The third and final fiscal year 2020-21 state aid notice for
school districts is posted on the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary
Education website at https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/fiscal-and-administrative-services/publication-and-reports/state-aid-notices-for-school-districts.
Under State Aid Notices for School Districts, select State Aid Notice 2020-21
Final (PDF) - July 14, 2021.
For each listed funding category, the following information
is provided: indication of the existence of an Arkansas Division of Elementary
and Secondary Education Rule; the amount of state aid; the applicable statutory
code or act; indication of the existence of expenditure restrictions; the
revenue code; and the fund/source of fund code. The data section of the state
aid notice provides much of the data supporting the funding calculations. The
funding section of the state aid notice provides funding amounts based on
available data. Changes to data due to updates or corrections are reflected in
all associated funding categories. Please note the following when viewing the
state aid notice:
• All data supporting the funding calculations are subject
• Net revenues and 98% of URT X assessment less net revenues
amounts are provided.
• Miscellaneous funds are defined and are calculated as per
Arkansas Code Annotated §§ 6-20-2303 (12), 6-20-2308, and 6-20-2503 (a) (3).
Calendar year 2019 calculated miscellaneous funds and district total millage
rate effective January 1, 2019, are used in the initial calculation of 2020-21
state foundation funding aid and in the calculation of 2020-21 bonded debt
assistance. Calendar year 2020 calculated miscellaneous funds and district
total millage rate effective January 1, 2020, are used to update the
calculation of state foundation funding aid for fiscal year 2020-21.
• The average daily membership data reflects data submitted
during the most recent submission cycle of the corresponding school year.
• Alternative learning environment funding is based on prior
year full-time equivalent data. Contact Jared Hogue at
501-324-9660, Jared.Hogue@ade.arkansas.gov, or C.W. Gardenhire at
501-580-5660, C.W.Gardnenhire@ade.arkansas.gov, for further
• English language learners funding is based on students
identified in the current school year as not proficient in the English
language. Contact Tricia Kerr at 479-267-7450, Tricia.Kerr@ade.arkansas.gov,
for further information.
• District square miles as calculated by ArcGIS 10 software
are provided and may affect eligibility for special needs isolated funding
pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-20-604 (c) and (d), and small district
funding pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-20-604 (f). School district
density ratio is one of several determining factors for qualification for some
funding categories pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-20-604.
• The calculated portion of foundation funding that is
educational excellence trust funds is provided. Recent changes to the total educational
excellence trust fund available for distribution have resulted in revised
educational excellence trust fund amounts. Refer to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-5-307 and the Arkansas
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Rules Governing the School
District Educational Excellence Trust Fund Effective January 1, 2020, for
information regarding the determination of an increase in educational
excellence trust funds allocated for teacher salaries.
• Enhanced student achievement funding is based on October
1, 2019 national school lunch data. If applicable, the effect of enhanced
student achievement transition and the amount of enhanced student achievement
funding withholding pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 6-20-2305 (b) and (e) are
provided. Refer to Commissioner’s Memo Number FIN-21-018, published 11/2/2020, for
information on enhanced student achievement matching grant funds set aside for
eligible school districts. Information regarding enhanced student
achievement matching grant funds is not provided on this state aid notice.
• Declining enrollment funding, student growth funding
(includes Cycle 7 average daily membership updates), and isolated funding are
provided on the state aid notice. Pursuant to state law, a district cannot
receive both declining enrollment funding and either student growth or special
needs (isolated/small district/transportation) funding. A district that is
eligible to receive declining enrollment and student growth funding or
declining enrollment and special needs (isolated/small district/transportation)
funding will receive the category or categories that yield the most funding.
Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Rules
(categorized as current and pending) pertaining to state aid are found at Division of Elementary
and Secondary Education - Offices - Legal Services - Rules (arkansas.gov). The
following Rules are found under Current Rules:
Word - FINAL-- Declining Enrollment.docx (arkansas.gov)
District Education Excellence Trust Funds (arkansas.gov)
Funds ADE 337 Final Oct 2014 (arkansas.gov)
Word - dese_268_StudentSpecialNeedsFunding2020.docx (arkansas.gov)
Please review the state aid notice carefully. A comparison
of the most recent state aid notice to prior state aid notices may prove
helpful in detecting errors and variances.