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Student Opportunity Act (SOA) Plans

The Student Opportunity Act (SOA) implements the recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission and includes other provisions to benefit our public schools.

As part of the SOA, districts are required to submit three-year, evidence-based plans aimed at closing persistent disparities in achievement among student subgroups. Application guidance, samples, and templates are located below.

Districts expected to receive less than $1.5 million in incremental Chapter 70 funds in FY21 will fill out a "short form" template. Districts expected to receive over $1.5 million in incremental Chapter 70 funds in FY21 will fill out a "long form" template that will require additional information, particularly concerning their budgets.

We are asking for short, succinct plan documents, even for districts using the long form. Student Opportunity Plans are due by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2020.

We are providing this guidance document for planning purposes only. In March, we plan to send out an electronic link to a web form that districts will use to submit their plans.

Guidance Materials and Plan Template

Download Word Document
Evidence Based Program Examples
Download Excel Document
FY2021 Chapter 70 Information - All Districts
View HTML Page
FY21 Preliminary Chapter 70 Aid and Net School Spending Requirements
Download Word Document
FAQ for SOA Plans
Download PowerPoint Presentation
Student Opportunity Act Webinar - Short Form
    Watch YouTube Video
    Webinar Recording
Download PowerPoint Presentation
Student Opportunity Act Webinar - Long Form
    Watch YouTube Video
    Webinar Recording
Download PDF Document
Student Opportunity Plans - Short Form Guidance
Download PDF Document
Student Opportunity Plans - Long Form Guidance
    Download Excel Document
    Sample Long Form SOA Programs Budget
    Download Excel Document
    Long Form SOA Programs File
    Download Excel Document
    Long Form Recommended SOA Programs Budget - Chapter 70


Last Updated: February 24, 2020

Last Updated: February 24, 2020

 
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