School Finance: School Choice
FY11 School Choice Tuition, June 2011
The school choice assessment and tuition amounts due to be incorporated into the June 30, 2011 local aid distribution have been finalized. On June 30th the State Treasurer's office will process the remaining portion of the assessments and tuition, net of the amounts paid in the December, 2010 and March, 2011 quarterly local aid distributions.
By the end of June, superintendents of sending and receiving districts will be able to obtain their final school choice rosters and tuition amounts for each pupil. The information will be placed in the ESE security portal's school choice claim form dropbox. These spreadsheets will show each school choice pupil's name, address, enrollment dates, program, tuition and other information. School staff should contact ESE if they feel any of the information is not completely accurate, so that adjustments can be made during FY12.
A district summary spreadsheet shows the number of full-time equivalent pupils and tuition amounts for the 172 receiving districts and 276 sending districts involved in this program. During FY11 there were 12,196 full-time equivalent pupils participating, with total tuition amounting to $70,343,565. After incorporating $225,106 of adjustments to FY10 tuition, the net tuition statewide is $70,568,671.
On the same spreadsheet there is also a report that shows the annual estimates and quarterly payments that occurred during FY11, for any individual district.
School Choice Tuition Rates are calculated for regular and vocational programs. FY11 school choice tuition rates are set at 75 percent of the FY10 operating cost per full-time equivalent pupil for the receiving school district, with a cap of $5,000. In addition, the actual special education cost for each pupil with an individualized education plan is paid in full by the sending district. That amount is determined using the same rate methodology for specific services as is used in the special education circuit-breaker program.
If you have any questions about this information, please contact Roger Hatch of the Office of School Finance, at (781) 338-6527 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.