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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Home School Count Reminders

Source: Funds Management

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, Core Data Personnel

Date: February 15, 2010

Since the home school count on Core Data Screen 15 is due today, the Division would like to remind districts of the importance and requirements associated with this data.  A home school student is a school-aged child who resides in the district; who has not received a diploma; whose parents or guardians filed a written declaration (as provided in Section 167.042, RSMo) indicating they are being home schooled; and who does not attend a public, private, or parochial school.

Parents are not required to submit this declaration.  However, in order to count a student as home schooled for the purposes of Core Data screen 15 entry, the district must have received the WRITTEN declaration for the CURRENT year from the parents indicating their intent to home school the child.  During on-site Special Education Fiscal Verification reviews which will begin in the current fiscal year (for a selected number of school districts), the number of CURRENT year written declarations of home school enrollment must equal the number of home schooled students submitted by the district on screen 15.

The declaration should include: the name and age of each child attending the home school, the address and telephone number of the home school, the name of each person teaching in the home school, and the name, address, and signature of each person making the declaration of enrollment.  Each declaration should be kept on file as back-up documentation for the reported data.

The home school count is used as part of the calculation for determining a district's Federal Part B Allocation for special education.  This count must be accurate in order to ensure compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and RSMo 167.042.

To access information about home school reporting, view the Core Data Manual at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/coredata/CDmanual.html.

To access information about RSMo 167.042, go to:

http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C100-199/1670000042.HTM

Please contact the Funds Management Section with any questions at (573) 751-0622 or webreplyspefm@dese.mo.gov.