School Finance: School Choice
FY13 School Choice Tuition, June 2013
The school choice assessment and tuition amounts due to be incorporated into the June 28, 2013 local aid distribution have been finalized. On June 28th the State Treasurer's office will process the remaining portion of the assessments and tuition, net of the amounts paid in the December, 2012 and March, 2013 quarterly local aid distributions.
Sending and receiving districts are now able to obtain their final school choice rosters and tuition amounts for each pupil. The information has been placed in the ESE security portal's school choice claim form dropbox. These spreadsheets 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 follow-up can be done and, if necessary, adjustments can be made during FY14.
A district summary spreadsheet shows the number of full-time equivalent pupils and tuition amounts for the 173 receiving districts and 297 sending districts involved in this program. During FY13 there were 13,366 full-time equivalent pupils participating, with total tuition amounting to $77,980,697. After incorporating $84,734 of adjustments to FY12 tuition, the net tuition statewide is $77,895,963.
On the same spreadsheet there is also a report that shows the annual estimates during FY13, for individual districts.
School Choice Tuition Rates are calculated for regular and vocational programs. FY13 school choice tuition rates are set at 75 percent of the FY12 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.