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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 2TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
CHAPTER 100CHARTERS
SUBCHAPTER AACOMMISSIONER'S RULES CONCERNING OPEN-ENROLLMENT CHARTER SCHOOLS
DIVISION 3CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING AND FINANCIAL OPERATIONS
RULE §100.1041State Funding

(a) Funding formula elements. A charter school is entitled to funding from both tiers of the Foundation School Program (FSP) in accordance with the funding formulas for school districts pursuant to Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 42.

  (1) Tier I program allocations are determined by substituting the statewide average adjusted allotment in place of the district's calculated adjusted allotment. The state average adjusted allotment takes into account the cost of education index and the small, mid-size, and sparsity adjustments specified in TEC, §§42.102, 42.103, 42.104, and 42.105. It is computed by dividing the state total cost for the regular education program by the number of students in the state counted in attendance in a regular education program in accordance with TEC, §42.101.

  (2) An allocation for the guaranteed yield allotment for Tier II of the FSP is determined by substituting a statewide average enrichment tax rate in place of the district's calculated enrichment tax rate (DTR) pursuant to TEC, §42.302. The state average tax rate is computed by first summing the Maintenance and Operations tax collections up to its DTR maximum limit for each district in the state and then dividing that result by the sum of all district property values as defined in TEC, §42.252.

(b) Implementation schedule. The new formula elements described in subsection (a) of this section will take effect for charter schools that begin operation in the 2001-2002 school year or later. Charter schools that report attendance that occurs prior to September 2, 2001, are considered to be in operation on September 1, 2001, and will be funded as described in House Bill 6, Section 40(b), 77th Texas Legislature, 2001. Charter schools that report no attendance that occurs prior to September 2, 2001, are considered to begin operation in the 2001-2002 school year or later, and will be funded according to subsection (a) of this section and TEC, §12.106.

(c) Tuition and fees. A charter school shall not charge tuition and shall not charge a fee except:

  (1) a charter school may charge a fee listed in TEC, §11.158(a); and

  (2) if authorized under §100.1201(6) of this title (relating to Voluntary Participation in State Programs), a charter holder may charge tuition for certain prekindergarten classes in compliance with TEC, §29.1531 and §29.1532.

(d) Eligibility for state funding. A charter holder is not eligible to receive state funds, including grant funds, prior to execution of its contract by the chair of the State Board of Education.

  (1) If a charter holder, before or without approval for an expansion amendment under §100.1033 of this title (relating to Charter Amendment), extends the grade levels it serves, adds or changes the site of an instructional facility, expands its geographic boundaries, or exceeds its maximum allowable enrollment, then the charter holder is not eligible to receive state funds for the activities of the unapproved expansion of its charter school operations.

  (2) A former charter holder is not eligible to receive state funds.

(e) Return of over-allocated funds.

  (1) Within 30 days of receiving notice of an over-allocation and a request for refund under TEC, §42.258, a charter holder shall transmit to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) an amount equal to the requested refund. Failure to comply with a request for refund under this subsection is a material charter violation and a management company breach. Funds allocated for student attendance in a program affected by an unapproved expansion under subsection (d)(1) of this section are over allocated within the meaning of this subsection.

  (2) If the charter holder fails to make the requested refund, the TEA may recover the over allocation by any means permitted by law, including, but not limited to, the process set forth in TEC, §42.258.

  (3) Notwithstanding paragraph (2) of this subsection, the TEA may not garnish or otherwise recover funds actually paid to and received by a charter holder under TEC, §12.106, if:

    (A) the basis of the garnishment or recovery is that:

      (i) the number of students enrolled in the school during a school year exceeded the student enrollment described by the school's charter during that period; and

      (ii) the school received the funds under TEC, §12.106, based on an accurate report of the school's actual student enrollment; and

    (B) the school:

      (i) submits to the commissioner a timely request to revise the maximum student enrollment described by the school's charter and the commissioner does not notify the school in writing of an objection to the proposed revision before the 90th day after the date on which the commissioner received the request, provided that the number of students enrolled at the school does not exceed the enrollment described by the school's request; or

      (ii) exceeds the maximum student enrollment described by the school's charter only because a court mandated that a specific child enroll in that school; and

      (iii) used all funds received under TEC, §12.106, to provide education services to students.

  (4) Nothing in paragraph (3) of this subsection requires the agency to fund activities that are ineligible for state funding under subsection (d)(1) of this section.


Source Note: The provisions of this §100.1041 adopted to be effective November 6, 2001, 26 TexReg 8826; amended to be effective April 18, 2002, 27 TexReg 3110; amended to be effective April 6, 2005, 30 TexReg 1911; amended to be effective September 12, 2012, 37 TexReg 7097

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