The release of the initial State Aid allocation numbers is always interesting. The most notable trend in the numbers was a surprising decrease of 1,200.69 WADM. We knew there was a high percentage of districts that would be leaving their high year, but the question was where the students would go. Let’s take a look at the actual numbers compared to initial allocations from past years.
There was a decrease of 1,200.69 WADM from July FY19 to July FY20.
The detail weight sheets confirm the loss of ADM. There was a decrease of 2,213.32 ADM statewide between July FY19 and July FY20.
There were declines in the grade weights, G/T weights and economically disadvantaged student weights. Bilingual and special education showed increases; these two growth areas kept the decline from being more significant.
The total State Aid allocations listed and compared below show a significant growth curve.
The net State Aid factors show a $162.94 increase over the previous year.
If you are in a district coming off the 3-year high, the higher State Aid factors are a huge benefit. The most surprising drop in the detailed weight sheet was in the decrease of economically disadvantaged students. It would be beneficial to check your district's number gathering process for the economically disadvantaged students to ensure that all available data is provided to the state. If we can help you with this, please let us know. We will send out our next finance report in mid-August, and we will have the chargeable report ready at that time as well.
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How are you preparing your students for a changing world?
You made it! School's out, students are gone, and while you may have vacations planned, summer PD scheduled or you're finally reading those books you've been waiting to dive into all year, don't neglect one critical item: your school's social media accounts. Summer is a great time to engage with your parents and community supporters.