The third and final fiscal year 2022-23 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 2022-23 Final
(PDF) - July 10, 2023.
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
• Miscellaneous funds are defined and are calculated as per
Arkansas Code Annotated §§ 6-20-2303 (13), 6-20-2308, and 6-20-2503 (a) (3). Calendar
year 2021 calculated miscellaneous funds and district total millage rate
effective January 1, 2021, are used in the initial calculation of 2022-23 state
foundation funding aid and in the calculation of 2022-23 bonded debt
assistance. Calendar year 2022 calculated miscellaneous funds and district
total millage rate effective January 1, 2022, are used to update the
calculation of state foundation funding aid for fiscal year 2022-23.
• 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 information.
• 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. 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
2021 national school lunch data. If applicable, enhanced student
achievement transition funding is included in enhanced student achievement
funding. The amount of enhanced student achievement funding withholding
pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-20-2305 (b) and (e) is provided, if
applicable. Refer to Commissioner’s Memos FIN-23-019 and FIN-23-014 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 the state aid notice.
Pursuant to Act 217 of 2022, Section 33, for fiscal year 2023, a public school
district shall not receive less enhanced student achievement funding than the
amount it received in fiscal year 2022.
• Declining enrollment funding, student growth
funding, and isolated funding are provided on the state aid notice. Pursuant to
state law, a district cannot receive both declining enrollment funding and
student growth funding. A district that is eligible to receive declining
enrollment and student growth funding will receive the category that yields the
• Pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-20-2305 (b) (6),
school districts identified as having an average annual teacher salary below
the statewide target average annual salary ($51,822 for 2022-23), may be
eligible for teacher salary equalization funding equal to $185 per prior year
average daily membership. Refer to Commissioner’s Memos FIN-22-035, FIN-22-017,
and FIN-21-048 for additional information.
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 - ade_296_Declining Enrollment Funding Rules.docx (arkansas.gov)
District Education Excellence Trust Funds (arkansas.gov)
Funds ADE 337 Final Oct 2014 (arkansas.gov)
Word - ADE 207 - Professional Development February 2016.docx (arkansas.gov)
Word - ade_268_2022_StudentSpecialNeedsFundingRules.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.