Public School Academies and Special Education. Office of Special Education Fall Forum November 4, 2013. Introductions. Nancy Rotarius State Policy Coordinator Joni Jay Financial Analyst. Today’s Agenda. Explain the PSA structure Understanding Compliance Requirements.
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Office of Special Education
November 4, 2013
State Policy Coordinator
A public school academy is a public school under section 2 of article VIII of the 1963, is a school district for the purposes of section 11 of state constitution of article IX of the state constitution of 1963 and for the purposes of section 1225 and section 1351a, and is subject to the leadership and general supervision of the state board over all public education under section 3 of article VIII of the state constitution of 1963. A public school academy is a body corporate and is a governmental agency. The powers granted to a public school academy under this part constitute the performance of essential public purposes and governmental functions of this state.
In the state of Michigan, charter schools are referred to as public school academies (PSAs). A PSA is considered a public school district under Michigan law and has the same responsibilities regarding special education as the local educational agencies (LEAs) in the state.
All Federal IDEA Part B Flow through funds are distributed by Federal Statutory Formula to the LEA for distribution to provide programs and services within their ISD
34 CFR PART 76, SUBPART H
HOW DOES A STATE OR LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY ALLOCATE FUNDS TO CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT ARE OPENING FOR THE FIRST TIME OR SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDING THEIR ENROLLMENT?
Under what circumstances is a State required to adjust an allocation previously made to a new or expanding charter school under the final regulation?
Section 76.789(b) provides States with the flexibility to allocate funds to new or expanding charter schools based on reasonable estimates of projected enrollment at the charter school. Actual enrollment or eligibility data show that the State has allocated more or fewer funds to the charter school than the amount for which the charter school was eligible, then the State must make appropriate adjustments to the allocation previously made to the charter school.
PSAs that open for the first time or significantly expand on or before November 1 of any year must receive the proportionate amount of Federal formula funds for which it is eligible within five months of the date the charter schools opens or significantly expands
For PSAs that open for the first time or significantly expand after November 1st, but before February 1st; they must receive at least a pro rata portion of the funds for which it is eligible.
For PSAs that open or significantly expand on or after February 1st the ISD may allocate $, but is not required to provide the PSA with a pro rata portion of funds for which the charter school is eligible on or before the date $ is allocated
ISD Officials need to be kept up to date in the EEM so that these notices to the ISDs about new or significantly expanding PSAs can be communicated and proper allocations can be made
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