School Finance and District Support

Supplemental Low-Income Data Collection

Under the Student Opportunity Act, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is required to identify eligible students up to 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for the purpose of determining Chapter 70 aid. In response to this requirement, we are augmenting our current matching methodology and providing a supplemental data collection form to give school districts and charter schools the opportunity to claim the relatively small number of students statewide who qualify as low income under the 185% FPL standard but who are not currently being identified through our match with state databases for public assistance programs. These changes will be implemented this fall for the fiscal year 2023 budget development process.

Last Updated: October 1, 2021

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