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For more information about the programs discussed below,

please contact the Federal Financial Management Section (573) 526-5658.


Census Data and Projected

Decrease in Allocations - 2009-2010

Allocations for 2009-2010 School Year

As school districts prepare their budgets for the 2009-2010 school year, I know that funding is a major concern.  At this time, Congress has not approved a budget for the 2009-2010 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 2009-2010 census information, it appears Missouri will see a decrease in allocations for the 2009-2010 school year.  We went from a census poverty count of 170,436 last year to 160,841 this year which is a 5.63% decrease in census poverty and a 2.65% decrease in national poverty share.  Therefore, I would anticipate a significant drop in allocations for the 2009-2010 school year.  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.

2009-2010 Census Data Available

The United States Department of Education has distributed the census poverty information that will be used to determine the school year 2009-2010 allocations.  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/hhes/www/saipe/

The challenge period ends on March 10, 2009. Challenges received after this date will not be considered. 

The census data file is on the Federal Programs web page under Financial Management, Census Data, 2009-2010 Census Data http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/.   

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 $21,200 or less to be on census poverty.  That same family of four would qualify for free & reduced priced meals with an annual income of $39,220.   The United States Department of Education will use the income year 2007 data provided by the Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Branch to determine the school year 2009-2010 Title I allocations.  The data is available on the Census Bureau’s web site at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/saipe/district.html.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact my office.

Pat Kaiser

Director, Federal Financial Management

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

PO Box 480

Jefferson City, MO  65102

573-751-8643 (phone)

 


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of School Improvement - Federal Grants Management
Email: webreplyfgm@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-3468 Fax: 573-526-6698
Revised: September 12, 2006

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