Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Purchase Price Threshold for Bidding Commodities

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Fiscal & Administrative Services
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Ark. Code Ann. ยง 6-21-304
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Ark. Code Ann. § 6-21-304 requires the Commissioner of Education to adjust the purchasing threshold for bidding amounts under Ark. Code Ann. § 6-21-304(a)(1)(A) by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers or its successor.  This adjustment shall be done by July 1 of each year.


The increase in the CPI for this category during the 12-month period ending April 2019 was 2.0%.  Therefore, the purchasing threshold for bidding under Ark. Code Ann. § 6-21-304 will increase from $20,500 to $20,910 for the 2019-2020 school year.


See below for calculation:



Purchasing threshold for bidding under Ark. Code. §6-21-304

CPI – All Urban Consumers

Percentage Change for the 12 month period ending April 2019










While the legislation does not provide a specific source for the CPI data, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) recognizes the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ as a valid source of CPI data.


The CPI data used for the percentage increase calculation is found at


Choose April 2019 and the category CPI-U to see the 2.0% change for the 12 month period ending April 2019.


For more information on the CPI, go to the following website:


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