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© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM (FEFP) FUNDING FLORIDA CHARTER SCHOOL CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 2014
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Primary mechanism for funding operating costs of Florida school districts Established by the Florida Legislature in 1973 Calculated 5 times per year based on FTE Distribution of funds to school districts is based on the FEFP Florida Education Finance Program
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. 720 Hours of Instructional Time for Prekindergarten through Grade 3 Students (180 days x 4 hours per day) 900 Hours of Instructional Time for Grades 4 through 12 Students (180 days x 5 hours per day) 180 day term or hourly equivalent required by Section (2),F.S. The hourly requirements are specified in Rule 6A , FAC. FTE (Full Time Equivalent Student)
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Each PK-12 student must meet the membership requirement to be eligible to be reported, and must also meet the attendance requirement to be eligible for funding. Meeting the Membership requirement means that: The student is officially assigned to a course or program by a school or district The school captures the student course schedule for each student on the membership roll during survey week on date certain Each student must be in attendance one of the 5 days of survey week or one of the 6 days prior to survey week in which school was in session. Date Certain is always the Friday of Survey Week. FTE Eligibility
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Survey Period 1 (July) covers from the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1) to the beginning of the defined 180 day school year. Survey Period 2 (October) covers the first 90 days of the 180 day school year. Survey Period 3 (February) covers the second 90 days of the 180 day school year. Survey Period 4 (June) covers the period from the end of the 180 day school year to the end of the fiscal year (June 30). All FTE Reporting Deadlines can be viewed at: The FEFP is calculated by the legislature and recalculated 4 times each year using projected and reported FTE as reported during the FTE surveys. FTE Surveys
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. The FEFP is calculated 5 times each year. 1 st - May, created by the Legislature using projected FTE for all surveys. Used to establish WFTE caps. 2 nd - July, uses projected FTE from all surveys, has new certified School Taxable Values from Counties. FEFP Calculations
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. 3 rd - December, first calculation of the year to include actual FTE. Uses actual FTE for October, projected for February. 4 th - April, uses actual FTE, October and February. 5 th or Final - September of following year. Includes FTE amendments & audits. FEFP Calculations
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Basic ProgramsGrade LevelsCost Factor 101K ESE ProgramsGrade LevelsCost Factor 111K K K ESOL (ELL)Grade LevelsCost Factor 130K Career EducationGrade LevelsCost Factor Program Cost Factors
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. FTE PCF WFTE Full Time Equivalent Student Program Cost Factor Weighted Full Time Equivalent Student X = BSA District Cost Differential DCD BASE FUNDING X = Base Student Allocation = $4, X Base Funding Calculation
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. FTE Students 2,722, Mill Compression $166,641,584 Safe Schools $64,456,019 × DJJ Supplemental Allocation $7,260,453 Supplemental Academic Instruction $642,089,342 Instructional Materials $223,382,911 Teachers Classroom Supply Asst. Program $45,286,750 Reading Allocation $130,000,000 ESE Guaranteed Allocation $950,781,688 State Funded Discretionary Contribution $15,608,625 Weighted FTE Students 2,948, Program Weights Base Student Allocation (BSA) $4, District Cost Differential (DCD) Calculation Base Funding $11,898,760,020 Declining Enrollment Allocation $4,357,114 Sparsity Supplement $48,318,959 =×× = Total FEFP $14,684,060,947 + Student Transportation $424,875,855 Virtual Education Contribution $22,241,627 = + Digital Classroom Allocation $40,000, FEFP Second Calculation
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Required Local Effort $7,179,758,192 Required Local Effort $7,179,758,192 Discretionary Lottery/School Recognition $134,582,877 Class Size Reduction Allocation $3,013,103, = Mill Discretionary Local Effort $1, ,698 Total FEFP $14,684,060,947 Net State FEFP $7,499,962,017 Net State FEFP $7,499,962,017 += Total State Funding $10,647,648,670 Total Local Funding $8,254,058,890 Total State Funding $10,647,648,670 Total Local Funding $8,254,058,890 += TOTAL FUNDING $18,901,707, FEFP Calculation Proration to the Appropriation ($4,340,738) = +
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Historically, the FEFP included cost factors for ESE matrix levels of 251, 252, and 253. During the 2000 Legislative Session, the additional funding generated for special services was combined into one fund called the ESE Guaranteed Allocation. Each district now receives a calculated amount in the FEFP. This calculation is done in the FEFP Conference Report and is NOT recalculated during the year. Gives districts more flexibility in allocating funds for students Reduction in workload – no longer requires districts to complete matrices for these students ESE Guaranteed Allocation
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Charter schools may offer virtual instruction to K-12 students on a full-time basis under s , F.S. All FTE must be reported on a successfully completed credit basis and is limited to 1.0 unweighted FTE. 1.0 unweighted FTE shall consist of six full credit completions or the prescribed level of content that counts toward promotion to the next grade level. Credit completions may be a combination of full-credit courses or half-credit courses. Funding will be provided through the Virtual Education Contribution (VEC) at a rate of at least $5,230 per FTE. VEC consists of Base Funding, State Funded Discretionary Contribution, Discretionary Funding,.748 Millage Compression, Reading Allocation, and Instructional Materials. Virtual Charter Schools
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. The Charter Revenue Worksheet Can be found at the following site: Revenue Estimate Worksheet
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. The total appropriation is $134,582,877. Funds are provided for two programs: 1.First, funds are provided for the School Recognition Program to reward schools for academic achievement. Allocations are based on up to $100 per student in eligible schools. 2.The balance is provided for Discretionary Lottery to be used for enhancement by each school district. Funds are allocated on the district’s share of base FEFP funding. School Advisory Councils receive up to $5 per FTE student. School Recognition/Lottery 15
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. School Recognition 16 Schools may qualify for school recognition in the following ways:
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. School staff and the school advisory council must reach an agreement on how to spent the funds by February 1 st or the funds must be equally distributed to all classroom teachers. School Recognition Estimating your School Recognition Allocation:
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Class Size Reduction 18 Class Size funds are provided to meet the constitutional requirement that the class sizes for grades PK-3, 4-8, and 9-12 must be no greater than 18, 22, and 25 respectively for core curricula courses. The Following funds are provided (per WFTE) CSR Factor per student Grades PK-3 $ 1, Grades 4-8$ Grades 9-12$ Class Size Reduction Allocation
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Class Size Compliance 19 Class Size Compliance Measured at the school wide average for charter schools Measures only core courses. Excludes virtual and blended learning courses. Class size funding adjustments are made for each student causing school wide average to exceed the class size maximums. Funding adjustments for charter schools, district-operated schools of choice and traditional public schools are made independent of each other. Section (3), F.S., provides acceptable methods for meeting class size requirements Class Size Reduction Compliance
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Initial Class Size reduction Class Size Reduction categorical funding amount for each FTE over the cap. 100% Base Student Allocation ($4,031.77) multiplied by the district cost differential for each FTE over the cap. Commissioner may recommend by February 15, subject to approval by the Legislative Budget Commission, an alternate reduction amount. Extreme Emergency Unable to meet requirements despite appropriate effort to do so Appeals Process Class Size Reduction Compliance
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Reallocation to charter schools in compliance Up to 5% of the Base Student Allocation multiplied by the charter school’s total number of students Not to exceed 25% of total charter school funds reduced Restoration to charter schools not in compliance that submit a compliance plan by February 1. Balance of funds remaining, which is 75% of the calculated reduction. The Commissioner is authorized to withhold the distribution of the class size categorical allocation to ensure the availability of sufficient undistributed funds to support the implementation of the calculated reduction. Class Size Funding Adjustments
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Recalibration to A student may not earn more than 1 FTE (with the exception of DJJ students, who are served during the summer) School districts report all FTE regardless of the 1.0 FTE cap DOE recalibrates FTE to 1.0 DOE recalibrates FTE to 0.5 if a student only has enrollment in one survey (Survey 2 or Survey 3) FTE recalibration is annualized (Surveys1, 2, 3, 4) The 1.0 FTE cap includes: All FTE for instruction provided by the district of enrollment All dual enrollment FTE All FTE for instruction provided by other school districts, including Florida Virtual School.
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Recalibration to Prior to Beginning in Instruction ReportedAll FTE assigned to all InstructionNo (up to 900 hrs. for grades 4-12; up to 720 hrs. for grades K-3) Yes District Virtual instruction reported in FTE Survey 4 if successfully completed Yes Funding “Sort Order” AppliedYesNo FTE gathered across districts for 1.0 cap for student NoYes, except for DJJ summer instruction Instruction reported by FLVS included in 1.0 cap per student NoYes
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Recalibration to
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Administrative Fee 25 Authority: s (20), F.S. Administrative Fee School district must provide certain services to charter schools in exchange for withholding an administrative fee. Contract management FTE and data reporting ESE administration Test administration Information services Other services related to the federal lunch program
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Administrative Fee 26 Authority: s (20), s (17) F.S. Administrative Fee Calculation 26 Total fee shall be calculated based upon up to 5 percent of the available funds listed below, except for when 75% or more of the students enrolled in the charter school are exceptional students as defined in (3), F.S. in which case the 5% of those available funds shall be calculated based on unweighted FTE. FEFP, state and local District Discretionary Lottery Discretionary Millage Class Size Reduction (Categorical) A sponsor may only withhold up to 5 percent for charter schools with an enrollment up to and including 250 students. If more than 250 students, the difference between the total administrative fee calculation and the amount to be withheld may only be used for capital outlay purposes as specified in s (2), F.S. *For high-performance charter schools, a sponsor may withhold a total administrative fee of up to 2% for enrollment up to an including 250 students per school.
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Charter School Revenue Estimating Worksheet FEFP Calculations FTE General Instructions FTE Reporting Deadlines Financial and Program Cost Accounting and Reporting for Florida Schools (Red Book) Class Size Useful Tools
© 2014, Florida Department of Education. All Rights Reserved. Office of Funding and Financial Reporting (850) Lee Davis, Funding Supervisor Chris Sanchez, Director of Funding & Financial Reporting Contact Information
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