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SUBJECT:   Allocations and Census Data for 2012-2013

LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE:     January 10, 2012

Allocations for 2011-12 School Year

On December 13, 2011, our office alerted LEAs of potential FY11 (SY 2011-2012) allocation reductions as part of a short-term continuing resolution.  Last week, the United States Department of Education (USED) updated our office on revisions.  With the enactment of Public Law (PL) 112-74 on December 23, 2011, most of the decrease that was part of the continuing resolution was restored.  USED expects to release revised allocations later this month.    

Allocations for the 2012-13 School Year

As school districts prepare their budgets for the 2012-2013 school year, I know that funding is a major concern.  At this time, Congress has not approved a budget for the 2012-2013 school year, so we are not able to provide federal program allocation information for individual school districts.  We hope to have estimated LEA information by the middle of April.  However, based on the 2012-2013 census information, it appears Missouri will see a decrease in allocations for the 2012-2013 school year.  Missouri has an 8.34% decrease in the national poverty share.  The best advice that we can give to LEAs at this time is to be conservative and expect to be funded at the 85% hold-harmless rate.

Census Data

The United States Department of Education has distributed the census poverty information that will be used to determine the SY 2012-2013 allocations.  The data is available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/index.html.  We have been asked to check this data for accuracy of school district boundary.  Our office feels that the census bureau has the correct school district boundary information.  We are providing this data to keep you informed about the allocation process.  However, we are not allowed to challenge the validity of the numbers.  If your district feels that they have a valid reason to challenge this count, the challenge procedure is detailed at the following website: http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/contact/challenges.html

The challenge period ends on February 27, 2012.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The census data files and SAIPE Fact Sheet are on the Financial Management web page at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/financialmanagement/CensusDataIndex.htm

These counts are for your entire school district area and include both public and nonpublic children.  Keep in mind that census poverty is much more restrictive than the free & reduced lunch count.  For instance, a family of four would have an annual income of $21,756 or less to be on census poverty.  That same family of four would qualify for free & reduced priced meals with an annual income of $40,793.  

The United States Department of Education will use the income year 2010 data provided by the Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Branch to determine the SY 2012-2013 Title I allocations.  The data is available on the Census Bureau’s web site at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/saipe/district.html

Frequently asked questions about SAIPE are available at http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/about/faq.html.

Questions may be directed to federalfinancial@dese.mo.gov or by calling 573-751-8643.

Pat Kaiser

Director, Federal Financial Management

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

PO Box 480

Jefferson City, MO  65102