How does this policy change affect my “at-risk” funding?
- The Louisiana Department of Education has established an alternative method for determining “at-risk” student counts. For schools or school systems participating in Provision 2 or Community Eligibility, the at-risk count will be determined by the most recent available data for free and reduced priced lunch. The prior year’s percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced price lunch will be multiplied by the current year’s enrollment to establish the number of low-income students.
- Title 28, Section 1107D.1.a.ii. of the Louisiana Administrative Code reads: “For those schools or school systems participating in an alternate USDA food service program such as Provision 2 or Community Eligibility Option (CEO), the percentage rate for free and reduced price lunch will be frozen at the latest available free and reduced price lunch percentage prior to participation in the program and shall be multiplied by the base membership count to determine add-on low income students.”
- English as a second language, career and technical education, special education, gifted and talented and economy of scale counts will remain in place and operate in the same manner.
- Example: School A decides to implement Community Eligibility for the 2014-15 school year. For the 2013-14 school year, School A had 75 students who qualified for free and reduced price meals and an enrollment of 100 students. If School A enrolls 120 students for the 2014-15 school year, it will receive at-risk funding for 90 of its students (75% of 120). If School A enrolls 160 students in the 2015-16 school year, it will receive at-risk funding for 120 students.
- If you believe your school will experience a significant demographic change, you can opt out of a Universal Meal Program or conduct a new base year.
- Review past demographics – if the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced priced lunch remains fairly steady or is very high, a Universal Meal Program might be right for your school.