EDUCATION CODE


TITLE 2. PUBLIC EDUCATION


SUBTITLE I. SCHOOL FINANCE AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT


CHAPTER 42. FOUNDATION SCHOOL PROGRAM


SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS


Sec. 42.001. STATE POLICY. (a) It is the policy of this state that the provision of public education is a state responsibility and that a thorough and efficient system be provided and substantially financed through state revenue sources so that each student enrolled in the public school system shall have access to programs and services that are appropriate to the student's educational needs and that are substantially equal to those available to any similar student, notwithstanding varying local economic factors.

(b) The public school finance system of this state shall adhere to a standard of neutrality that provides for substantially equal access to similar revenue per student at similar tax effort, considering all state and local tax revenues of districts after acknowledging all legitimate student and district cost differences.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Sec. 42.002. PURPOSES OF FOUNDATION SCHOOL PROGRAM. (a) The purposes of the Foundation School Program set forth in this chapter are to guarantee that each school district in the state has:

(1) adequate resources to provide each eligible student a basic instructional program and facilities suitable to the student's educational needs; and

(2) access to a substantially equalized program of financing in excess of basic costs for certain services, as provided by this chapter.

(b) The Foundation School Program consists of:

(1) two tiers that in combination provide for:

(A) sufficient financing for all school districts to provide a basic program of education that is rated acceptable or higher under Section 39.054 and meets other applicable legal standards; and

(B) substantially equal access to funds to provide an enriched program; and

(2) a facilities component as provided by Chapter 46.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.09, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 895 (H.B. 3), Sec. 60, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 42.003. STUDENT ELIGIBILITY. (a) A student is entitled to the benefits of the Foundation School Program if, on September 1 of the school year, the student:

(1) is 5 years of age or older and under 21 years of age and has not graduated from high school, or is at least 21 years of age and under 26 years of age and has been admitted by a school district to complete the requirements for a high school diploma; or

(2) is at least 19 years of age and under 26 years of age and is enrolled in an adult high school diploma and industry certification charter school pilot program under Section 29.259.

(b) A student to whom Subsection (a) does not apply is entitled to the benefits of the Foundation School Program if the student is enrolled in a prekindergarten class under Section 29.153.

(c) A child may be enrolled in the first grade if the child is at least six years of age at the beginning of the school year of the district or has been enrolled in the first grade or has completed kindergarten in the public schools in another state before transferring to a public school in this state.

(d) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a student younger than five years of age is entitled to the benefits of the Foundation School Program if:

(1) the student performs satisfactorily on the assessment instrument administered under Section 39.023(a) to students in the third grade; and

(2) the district has adopted a policy for admitting students younger than five years of age.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 850 (H.B. 1137), Sec. 5, eff. June 15, 2007.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 478 (S.B. 1142), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 42.004. ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROGRAM. The commissioner, in accordance with the rules of the State Board of Education, shall take such action and require such reports consistent with this chapter as may be necessary to implement and administer the Foundation School Program.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Sec. 42.005. AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE. (a) In this chapter, average daily attendance is:

(1) the quotient of the sum of attendance for each day of the minimum number of days of instruction as described under Section 25.081(a) divided by the minimum number of days of instruction;

(2) for a district that operates under a flexible year program under Section 29.0821, the quotient of the sum of attendance for each actual day of instruction as permitted by Section 29.0821(b)(1) divided by the number of actual days of instruction as permitted by Section 29.0821(b)(1); or

(3) for a district that operates under a flexible school day program under Section 29.0822, the average daily attendance as calculated by the commissioner in accordance with Section 29.0822(d).

(a-1) Expired.

(b) A school district that experiences a decline of two percent or more in average daily attendance shall be funded on the basis of:

(1) the actual average daily attendance of the preceding school year, if the decline is the result of the closing or reduction in personnel of a military base; or

(2) subject to Subsection (e), an average daily attendance not to exceed 98 percent of the actual average daily attendance of the preceding school year, if the decline is not the result of the closing or reduction in personnel of a military base.

(c) The commissioner shall adjust the average daily attendance of a school district that has a significant percentage of students who are migratory children as defined by 20 U.S.C. Section 6399.

(d) The commissioner may adjust the average daily attendance of a school district in which a disaster, flood, extreme weather condition, fuel curtailment, or other calamity has a significant effect on the district's attendance.

(e) For each school year, the commissioner shall adjust the average daily attendance of school districts that are entitled to funding on the basis of an adjusted average daily attendance under Subsection (b)(2) so that:

(1) all districts are funded on the basis of the same percentage of the preceding year's actual average daily attendance; and

(2) the total cost to the state does not exceed the amount specifically appropriated for that year for purposes of Subsection (b)(2).

(f) An open-enrollment charter school is not entitled to funding based on an adjustment under Subsection (b)(2).

(g) If a student may receive course credit toward the student's high school academic requirements and toward the student's higher education academic requirements for a single course, including a course provided under Section 28.009 by a public institution of higher education, the time during which the student attends the course shall be counted as part of the minimum number of instructional hours required for a student to be considered a full-time student in average daily attendance for purposes of this section.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 924, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1156, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 220, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 824, Sec. 3, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1339 (S.B. 151), Sec. 4, eff. June 18, 2005.

Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 5.07, eff. May 31, 2006.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 47, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 48, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1104 (S.B. 1619), Sec. 2, eff. June 17, 2011.

Sec. 42.0051. AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE FOR DISTRICTS IN DISASTER AREA. (a) From funds specifically appropriated for the purpose or other funds available to the commissioner for that purpose, the commissioner shall adjust the average daily attendance of a school district all or part of which is located in an area declared a disaster area by the governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, if the district experiences a decline in average daily attendance that is reasonably attributable to the impact of the disaster.

(b) The adjustment must be sufficient to ensure that the district receives funding comparable to the funding that the district would have received if the decline in average daily attendance reasonably attributable to the impact of the disaster had not occurred.

(c) The commissioner shall make the adjustment required by this section for the two-year period following the date of the governor's initial proclamation or executive order declaring the state of disaster.

(d) Section 42.005(b)(2) does not apply to a district that receives an adjustment under this section.

(e) A district that receives an adjustment under this section may not receive any additional adjustment under Section 42.005(d) for the decline in average daily attendance on which the adjustment under this section is based.

(f) For purposes of this title, a district's adjusted average daily attendance under this section is considered to be the district's average daily attendance as determined under Section 42.005.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1006 (H.B. 4102), Sec. 4, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 42.006. PUBLIC EDUCATION INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (PEIMS). (a) Each school district shall participate in the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) and shall provide through that system information required for the administration of this chapter and of other appropriate provisions of this code.

(a-1) The commissioner by rule shall require each school district and open-enrollment charter school to report through the Public Education Information Management System information regarding the number of students enrolled in the district or school who are identified as having dyslexia. The agency shall maintain the information provided in accordance with this subsection.

(b) Each school district shall use a uniform accounting system adopted by the commissioner for the data required to be reported for the Public Education Information Management System.

(c) Annually, the commissioner shall review the Public Education Information Management System and shall repeal or amend rules that require school districts to provide information through the Public Education Information Management System that is not necessary. In reviewing and revising the Public Education Information Management System, the commissioner shall develop rules to ensure that the system:

(1) provides useful, accurate, and timely information on student demographics and academic performance, personnel, and school district finances;

(2) contains only the data necessary for the legislature and the agency to perform their legally authorized functions in overseeing the public education system; and

(3) does not contain any information related to instructional methods, except as provided by Section 29.066 or required by federal law.

(d) The commissioner's rules must ensure that the Public Education Information Management System links student performance data to other related information for purposes of efficient and effective allocation of scarce school resources, to the extent practicable using existing agency resources and appropriations.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 903, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1340 (S.B. 1871), Sec. 7, eff. June 15, 2007.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 295 (H.B. 1264), Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 42.007. EQUALIZED FUNDING ELEMENTS. (a) The Legislative Budget Board shall adopt rules, subject to appropriate notice and opportunity for public comment, for the calculation for each year of a biennium of the qualified funding elements, in accordance with Subsection (c), necessary to achieve the state policy under Section 42.001.

(b) Before each regular session of the legislature, the board shall, as determined by the board, report the equalized funding elements to the commissioner and the legislature.

(c) The funding elements must include:

(1) a basic allotment for the purposes of Section 42.101 that, when combined with the guaranteed yield component provided by Subchapter F, represents the cost per student of a regular education program that meets all mandates of law and regulation;

(2) adjustments designed to reflect the variation in known resource costs and costs of education beyond the control of school districts;

(3) appropriate program cost differentials and other funding elements for the programs authorized under Subchapter C, with the program funding level expressed as dollar amounts and as weights applied to the adjusted basic allotment for the appropriate year;

(4) the maximum guaranteed level of qualified state and local funds per student for the purposes of Subchapter F;

(5) the enrichment and facilities tax rate under Subchapter F;

(6) the computation of students in weighted average daily attendance under Section 42.302; and

(7) the amount to be appropriated for the school facilities assistance program under Chapter 46.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 741, Sec. 10(b), eff. June 17, 2005.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.10, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 741 (H.B. 2753), Sec. 2, eff. June 17, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 741 (H.B. 2753), Sec. 10(b), eff. June 17, 2005.

Sec. 42.009. DETERMINATION OF FUNDING LEVELS. (a) Not later than July 1 of each year, the commissioner shall determine for each school district whether the estimated amount of state and local funding per student in weighted average daily attendance to be provided to the district under the Foundation School Program for maintenance and operations for the following school year is less than the amount provided to the district for the 2010-2011 school year. If the amount estimated to be provided is less, the commissioner shall certify the percentage decrease in funding to be provided to the district.

(b) In making the determinations regarding funding levels required by Subsection (a), the commissioner shall:

(1) make adjustments as necessary to reflect changes in a school district's maintenance and operations tax rate;

(2) for a district required to take action under Chapter 41 to reduce its wealth per student to the equalized wealth level, base the determinations on the district's net funding levels after deducting any amounts required to be expended by the district to comply with Chapter 41; and

(3) determine a district's weighted average daily attendance in accordance with this chapter as it existed on January 1, 2011.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 8 (S.B. 8), Sec. 18, eff. September 28, 2011.

SUBCHAPTER B. BASIC ENTITLEMENT



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Sec. 42.101. BASIC ALLOTMENT.


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(a) For each student in average daily attendance, not including the time students spend each day in special education programs in an instructional arrangement other than mainstream or career and technology education programs, for which an additional allotment is made under Subchapter C, a district is entitled to an allotment equal to the lesser of $4,765 or the amount that results from the following formula:

A = $4,765 X (DCR/MCR)


where:

"A" is the allotment to which a district is entitled;

"DCR" is the district's compressed tax rate, which is the product of the state compression percentage, as determined under Section 42.2516, multiplied by the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year; and

"MCR" is the state maximum compressed tax rate, which is the product of the state compression percentage, as determined under Section 42.2516, multiplied by $1.50.


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(b) A greater amount for any school year may be provided by appropriation.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.11, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.03, eff. May 31, 2006.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 50, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.07, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.08, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.09, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.31(3), eff. September 28, 2011.

For expiration of Subsections (c), (c-1), (c-2), and (c-3), see Subsection (c-3).



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Sec. 42.101. BASIC AND REGULAR PROGRAM ALLOTMENTS. (a) The basic allotment is an amount equal to the lesser of $4,765 or the amount that results from the following formula:

A = $4,765 X (DCR/MCR)


where:

"A" is the resulting amount for a district;

"DCR" is the district's compressed tax rate, which is the product of the state compression percentage, as determined under Section 42.2516, multiplied by the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year; and

"MCR" is the state maximum compressed tax rate, which is the product of the state compression percentage, as determined under Section 42.2516, multiplied by $1.50.

(a-1) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.31, effective September 28, 2011

(a-2) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.31, effective September 28, 2011

(b) A greater amount for any school year for the basic allotment under Subsection (a) may be provided by appropriation.

(c) A school district is entitled to a regular program allotment equal to the amount that results from the following formula:

RPA = ADA X AA X RPAF


where:

"RPA" is the regular program allotment to which the district is entitled;

"ADA" is the number of students in average daily attendance in a district, not including the time students spend each day in special education programs in an instructional arrangement other than mainstream or career and technology education programs, for which an additional allotment is made under Subchapter C;

"AA" is the district's adjusted basic allotment, as determined under Section 42.102 and, if applicable, as further adjusted under Section 42.103; and

"RPAF" is the regular program adjustment factor.

(c-1) Except as provided by Subsection (c-2), the regular program adjustment factor ("RPAF") is 0.9239 for the 2011-2012 school year and 0.98 for the 2012-2013 school year.

(c-2) For a school district that does not receive funding under Section 42.2516 for the 2011-2012 school year, the commissioner may set the regular program adjustment factor ("RPAF") at 0.95195 for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years if the district demonstrates that funding reductions as a result of adjustments to the regular program allotment made by S.B. No. 1, Acts of the 82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2011, will result in a hardship to the district in the 2011-2012 school year. Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, the commissioner shall adjust the regular program adjustment factor ("RPAF") for the 2012-2013 school year for a school district whose regular program adjustment factor is set in accordance with this subsection to ensure that the total amount of state and local revenue in the combined 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years does not differ from the amount the district would have received if the district's regular program adjustment factor had not been set in accordance with this subsection. A determination by the commissioner under this subsection is final and may not be appealed.

(c-3) The regular program adjustment factor ("RPAF") is 0.98 for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years or a greater amount established by appropriation, not to exceed 1.0. This subsection and Subsections (c), (c-1), and (c-2) expire September 1, 2015.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.11, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.03, eff. May 31, 2006.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 50, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.07, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.08, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.31(3), eff. September 28, 2011.

Sec. 42.102. COST OF EDUCATION ADJUSTMENT. (a) The basic allotment for each district is adjusted to reflect the geographic variation in known resource costs and costs of education due to factors beyond the control of the school district.

(b) The cost of education adjustment is the cost of education index adjustment adopted by the foundation school fund budget committee and contained in Chapter 203, Title 19, Texas Administrative Code, as that chapter existed on March 26, 1997.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 15, 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 42.103. SMALL AND MID-SIZED DISTRICT ADJUSTMENT. (a) The basic allotment for certain small and mid-sized districts is adjusted in accordance with this section. In this section:

(1) "AA" is the district's adjusted allotment per student;

(2) "ADA" is the number of students in average daily attendance for which the district is entitled to an allotment under Section 42.101; and

(3) "ABA" is the adjusted basic allotment determined under Section 42.102.

(b) The basic allotment of a school district that contains at least 300 square miles and has not more than 1,600 students in average daily attendance is adjusted by applying the formula:

AA = (1 + ((1,600 - ADA) X .0004)) X ABA


(c) The basic allotment of a school district that contains less than 300 square miles and has not more than 1,600 students in average daily attendance is adjusted by applying the formula:

AA = (1 + ((1,600 - ADA) X .00025)) X ABA


(d) The basic allotment of a school district that offers a kindergarten through grade 12 program and has less than 5,000 students in average daily attendance is adjusted by applying the formula, of the following formulas, that results in the greatest adjusted allotment:

(1) the formula in Subsection (b) or (c) for which the district is eligible; or

(2) AA = (1 + ((5,000 - ADA) X .000025)) X ABA.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(5), eff. September 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 553, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 6.008, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 105(a)(5), eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 42.104. USE OF SMALL OR MID-SIZED DISTRICT ADJUSTMENT IN CALCULATING SPECIAL ALLOTMENTS. In determining the amount of a special allotment under Subchapter C for a district to which Section 42.103 applies, a district's adjusted basic allotment is considered to be the district's adjusted allotment determined under Section 42.103.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

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For text of section as amended by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.10, see other Sec. 42.105.



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Sec. 42.105. SPARSITY ADJUSTMENT. Notwithstanding Sections 42.101, 42.102, and 42.103, a school district that has fewer than 130 students in average daily attendance shall be provided an adjusted basic allotment on the basis of 130 students in average daily attendance if it offers a kindergarten through grade 12 program and has preceding or current year's average daily attendance of at least 90 students or is 30 miles or more by bus route from the nearest high school district. A district offering a kindergarten through grade 8 program whose preceding or current year's average daily attendance was at least 50 students or which is 30 miles or more by bus route from the nearest high school district shall be provided an adjusted basic allotment on the basis of 75 students in average daily attendance. An average daily attendance of 60 students shall be the basis of providing the adjusted basic allotment if a district offers a kindergarten through grade 6 program and has preceding or current year's average daily attendance of at least 40 students or is 30 miles or more by bus route from the nearest high school district.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.11, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.10, eff. September 28, 2011.

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Sec. 42.105. SPARSITY ADJUSTMENT. Notwithstanding Sections 42.101, 42.102, and 42.103, a school district that has fewer than 130 students in average daily attendance shall be provided a regular program allotment on the basis of 130 students in average daily attendance if it offers a kindergarten through grade 12 program and has preceding or current year's average daily attendance of at least 90 students or is 30 miles or more by bus route from the nearest high school district. A district offering a kindergarten through grade 8 program whose preceding or current year's average daily attendance was at least 50 students or which is 30 miles or more by bus route from the nearest high school district shall be provided a regular program allotment on the basis of 75 students in average daily attendance. An average daily attendance of 60 students shall be the basis of providing the regular program allotment if a district offers a kindergarten through grade 6 program and has preceding or current year's average daily attendance of at least 40 students or is 30 miles or more by bus route from the nearest high school district.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.10, eff. September 28, 2011.

Sec. 42.106. TUITION ALLOTMENT FOR DISTRICTS NOT OFFERING ALL GRADE LEVELS. A school district that contracts for students residing in the district to be educated in another district under Section 25.039(a) is entitled to receive an allotment equal to the total amount of tuition required to be paid by the district under Section 25.039, not to exceed the amount specified by commissioner rule under Section 25.039(b).

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.12, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1069, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 51, eff. September 1, 2009.

SUBCHAPTER C. SPECIAL ALLOTMENTS


Sec. 42.151. SPECIAL EDUCATION. (a) For each student in average daily attendance in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29, in a mainstream instructional arrangement, a school district is entitled to an annual allotment equal to the adjusted basic allotment multiplied by 1.1. For each full-time equivalent student in average daily attendance in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29, in an instructional arrangement other than a mainstream instructional arrangement, a district is entitled to an annual allotment equal to the adjusted basic allotment multiplied by a weight determined according to instructional arrangement as follows:

Homebound
5.0
Hospital class
3.0
Speech therapy
5.0
Resource room
3.0

Self-contained, mild and moderate,

regular campus
3.0
Self-contained, severe, regular campus
3.0
Off home campus
2.7
Nonpublic day school
1.7
Vocational adjustment class
2.3

(b) A special instructional arrangement for students with disabilities residing in care and treatment facilities, other than state schools, whose parents or guardians do not reside in the district providing education services shall be established under the rules of the State Board of Education. The funding weight for this arrangement shall be 4.0 for those students who receive their education service on a local school district campus. A special instructional arrangement for students with disabilities residing in state schools shall be established under the rules of the State Board of Education with a funding weight of 2.8.

(c) For funding purposes, the number of contact hours credited per day for each student in the off home campus instructional arrangement may not exceed the contact hours credited per day for the multidistrict class instructional arrangement in the 1992-1993 school year.

(d) For funding purposes the contact hours credited per day for each student in the resource room; self-contained, mild and moderate; and self-contained, severe, instructional arrangements may not exceed the average of the statewide total contact hours credited per day for those three instructional arrangements in the 1992-1993 school year.

(e) The State Board of Education by rule shall prescribe the qualifications an instructional arrangement must meet in order to be funded as a particular instructional arrangement under this section. In prescribing the qualifications that a mainstream instructional arrangement must meet, the board shall establish requirements that students with disabilities and their teachers receive the direct, indirect, and support services that are necessary to enrich the regular classroom and enable student success.

(f) In this section, "full-time equivalent student" means 30 hours of contact a week between a special education student and special education program personnel.

(g) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules and procedures governing contracts for residential placement of special education students. The legislature shall provide by appropriation for the state's share of the costs of those placements.

(h) Funds allocated under this section, other than an indirect cost allotment established under State Board of Education rule, must be used in the special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29.

(i) The agency shall encourage the placement of students in special education programs, including students in residential instructional arrangements, in the least restrictive environment appropriate for their educational needs.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 494, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

(k) A school district that provides an extended year program required by federal law for special education students who may regress is entitled to receive funds in an amount equal to 75 percent, or a lesser percentage determined by the commissioner, of the adjusted basic allotment or adjusted allotment, as applicable, for each full-time equivalent student in average daily attendance, multiplied by the amount designated for the student's instructional arrangement under this section, for each day the program is provided divided by the number of days in the minimum school year. The total amount of state funding for extended year services under this section may not exceed $10 million per year. A school district may use funds received under this section only in providing an extended year program.

(l) From the total amount of funds appropriated for special education under this section, the commissioner shall withhold an amount specified in the General Appropriations Act, and distribute that amount to school districts for programs under Section 29.014. The program established under that section is required only in school districts in which the program is financed by funds distributed under this subsection and any other funds available for the program. After deducting the amount withheld under this subsection from the total amount appropriated for special education, the commissioner shall reduce each district's allotment proportionately and shall allocate funds to each district accordingly.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 494 (H.B. 1130), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

For expiration of Subsections (s), (s-1), (s-2), and (s-3), see Subsection (s-3).


Sec. 42.152. COMPENSATORY EDUCATION ALLOTMENT. (a) For each student who is educationally disadvantaged or who is a student who does not have a disability and resides in a residential placement facility in a district in which the student's parent or legal guardian does not reside, a district is entitled to an annual allotment equal to the adjusted basic allotment multiplied by 0.2, and by 2.41 for each full-time equivalent student who is in a remedial and support program under Section 29.081 because the student is pregnant.

(b) For purposes of this section, the number of educationally disadvantaged students is determined:

(1) by averaging the best six months' enrollment in the national school lunch program of free or reduced-price lunches for the preceding school year; or

(2) in the manner provided by commissioner rule, if no campus in the district participated in the national school lunch program of free or reduced-price lunches during the preceding school year.

(c) Funds allocated under this section shall be used to fund supplemental programs and services designed to eliminate any disparity in performance on assessment instruments administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39, or disparity in the rates of high school completion between students at risk of dropping out of school, as defined by Section 29.081, and all other students. Specifically, the funds, other than an indirect cost allotment established under State Board of Education rule, which may not exceed 45 percent, may be used to meet the costs of providing a compensatory, intensive, or accelerated instruction program under Section 29.081 or a disciplinary alternative education program established under Section 37.008, to pay the costs associated with placing students in a juvenile justice alternative education program established under Section 37.011, or to support a program eligible under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as provided by Pub. L. No. 103-382 and its subsequent amendments, and by federal regulations implementing that Act, at a campus at which at least 40 percent of the students are educationally disadvantaged. In meeting the costs of providing a compensatory, intensive, or accelerated instruction program under Section 29.081, a district's compensatory education allotment shall be used for costs supplementary to the regular education program, such as costs for program and student evaluation, instructional materials and equipment and other supplies required for quality instruction, supplemental staff expenses, salary for teachers of at-risk students, smaller class size, and individualized instruction. A home-rule school district or an open-enrollment charter school must use funds allocated under Subsection (a) for a purpose authorized in this subsection but is not otherwise subject to Subchapter C, Chapter 29. For purposes of this subsection, a program specifically designed to serve students at risk of dropping out of school, as defined by Section 29.081, is considered to be a program supplemental to the regular education program, and a district may use its compensatory education allotment for such a program.

(c-1) Notwithstanding Subsection (c), funds allocated under this section may be used to fund in proportion to the percentage of students served by the program that meet the criteria in Section 29.081(d) or (g):

(1) an accelerated reading instruction program under Section 28.006(g); or

(2) a program for treatment of students who have dyslexia or a related disorder as required by Section 38.003.

(c-2) Notwithstanding Subsection (c), funds allocated under this section may be used to fund a district's mentoring services program under Section 29.089.

(d) The agency shall evaluate the effectiveness of accelerated instruction and support programs provided under Section 29.081 for students at risk of dropping out of school.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(m) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(n) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(o) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(p) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(q) The State Board of Education, with the assistance of the comptroller, shall develop and implement by rule reporting and auditing systems for district and campus expenditures of compensatory education funds to ensure that compensatory education funds, other than the indirect cost allotment, are spent only to supplement the regular education program as required by Subsection (c). The reporting requirements shall be managed electronically to minimize local administrative costs. A district shall submit the report required by this subsection not later than the 150th day after the last day permissible for resubmission of information required under Section 42.006.

(q-1) The commissioner shall develop a system to identify school districts that are at high risk of having used compensatory education funds other than in compliance with Subsection (c) or of having inadequately reported compensatory education expenditures. If a review of the report submitted under Subsection (q), using the risk-based system, indicates that a district is not at high risk of having misused compensatory education funds or of having inadequately reported compensatory education expenditures, the district may not be required to perform a local audit of compensatory education expenditures and is not subject to on-site monitoring under this section.

(q-2) If a review of the report submitted under Subsection (q), using the risk-based system, indicates that a district is at high risk of having misused compensatory education funds, the commissioner shall notify the district of that determination. The district must respond to the commissioner not later than the 30th day after the date the commissioner notifies the district of the commissioner's determination. If the district's response does not change the commissioner's determination that the district is at high risk of having misused compensatory education funds or if the district does not respond in a timely manner, the commissioner shall:

(1) require the district to conduct a local audit of compensatory education expenditures for the current or preceding school year;

(2) order agency staff to conduct on-site monitoring of the district's compensatory education expenditures; or

(3) both require a local audit and order on-site monitoring.

(q-3) If a review of the report submitted under Subsection (q), using the risk-based system, indicates that a district is at high risk of having inadequately reported compensatory education expenditures, the commissioner may require agency staff to assist the district in following the proper reporting methods or amending a district or campus improvement plan under Subchapter F, Chapter 11. If the district does not take appropriate corrective action before the 45th day after the date the agency staff notifies the district of the action the district is expected to take, the commissioner may:

(1) require the district to conduct a local audit of the district's compensatory education expenditures; or

(2) order agency staff to conduct on-site monitoring of the district's compensatory education expenditures.

(q-4) The commissioner, in the year following a local audit of compensatory education expenditures, shall withhold from a district's foundation school fund payment an amount equal to the amount of compensatory education funds the agency determines were not used in compliance with Subsection (c). The commissioner shall release to a district funds withheld under this subsection when the district provides to the commissioner a detailed plan to spend those funds in compliance with Subsection (c).

(r) The commissioner shall grant a one-year exemption from the requirements of Subsections (q)-(q-4) to a school district in which the group of students who have failed to perform satisfactorily in the preceding school year on an assessment instrument required under Section 39.023(a), (c), or (l) subsequently performs on those assessment instruments at a level that meets or exceeds a level prescribed by commissioner rule. Each year the commissioner, based on the most recent information available, shall determine if a school district is entitled to an exemption for the following school year and notify the district of that determination.

(s) In addition to the allotment provided under Subsection (a), a school district is entitled to an annual allotment equal to $650:

(1) for each student in average daily attendance who has a parent or guardian who is serving on active duty in a combat zone as a member of the armed forces of the United States; and

(2) for each student in average daily attendance who:

(A) has a parent or guardian serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States; and

(B) has transferred to a campus in the district during the school year as a result of a change in residence because of an action taken under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. Section 2687).

(s-1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a school district may use funds allotted to the district under Subsection (s) only to provide supplemental programs and services described by Subsection (c) or Subsection (f) for students described by Subsection (s) who are enrolled in the district.

(s-2) The commissioner may provide allotments under Subsection (s) only if funds are specifically appropriated for that purpose or the commissioner determines that the amount appropriated for purposes of the Foundation School Program exceeds the amount to which school districts are entitled under this chapter and the excess funds may be used for that purpose. The amount appropriated for allotments under Subsection (s) may not exceed $9.9 million in a school year. If the total amount of allotments to which districts are entitled under Subsection (s) for a school year exceeds the amount appropriated or otherwise available for allotments under that subsection, the commissioner shall reduce each district's allotment under that subsection proportionately.

(s-3) Subsections (s), (s-1), (s-2), and this subsection expire September 1, 2013.

(t) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(u) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328, Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

(v) Expired.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 16, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.13, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 725, Sec. 11, eff. June 13, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1156, Sec. 4, 12, eff; Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 201, Sec. 30, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 253, Sec. 1, eff. sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 783, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 785, Sec. 57, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 903, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 6.009, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 728 (H.B. 2018), Sec. 23.001(17), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1204 (H.B. 1609), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 52, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 53, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 105(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.12, eff. September 28, 2011.

Sec. 42.153. BILINGUAL EDUCATION ALLOTMENT. (a) For each student in average daily attendance in a bilingual education or special language program under Subchapter B, Chapter 29, a district is entitled to an annual allotment equal to the adjusted basic allotment multiplied by 0.1.

(b) Funds allocated under this section, other than an indirect cost allotment established under State Board of Education rule, must be used in providing bilingual education or special language programs under Subchapter B, Chapter 29, and must be accounted for under existing agency reporting and auditing procedures.

(c) A district's bilingual education or special language allocation may be used only for program and student evaluation, instructional materials and equipment, staff development, supplemental staff expenses, salary supplements for teachers, and other supplies required for quality instruction and smaller class size.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Sec. 42.154. CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION ALLOTMENT. (a) For each full-time equivalent student in average daily attendance in an approved career and technology education program in grades nine through 12 or in career and technology education programs for students with disabilities in grades seven through 12, a district is entitled to:

(1) an annual allotment equal to the adjusted basic allotment multiplied by a weight of 1.35; and

(2) $50, if the student is enrolled in:

(A) two or more advanced career and technology education classes for a total of three or more credits; or

(B) an advanced course as part of a tech-prep program under Subchapter T, Chapter 61.

(a-1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the commissioner shall develop and implement a pilot program under which a school district is entitled to additional funding for each student receiving career and technology instruction in grade eight. The commissioner shall select not more than five school districts for participation in the pilot program. In selecting school districts for participation, the commissioner shall consider school districts that can provide services under the program at the least cost. For each full-time equivalent student in grade eight in average daily attendance in an approved career and technology education program, a school district participating in the program under this subsection is entitled to an annual allotment equal to the adjusted basic allotment multiplied by a weight of 1.35. Funds allocated under this subsection, other than an indirect cost allotment established under State Board of Education rule, must be used in providing career and technology programs in grade eight under Sections 29.182, 29.183, and 29.184. A school district is entitled to an allotment under this subsection for each school year through the completion of the 2011-2012 school year. Not later than January 1, 2013, the agency shall prepare and deliver to each member of the legislature a report describing the effectiveness of the pilot program described by this subsection. This subsection expires February 1, 2013.

(b) In this section, "full-time equivalent student" means 30 hours of contact a week between a student and career and technology education program personnel.

(c) Funds allocated under this section, other than an indirect cost allotment established under State Board of Education rule, must be used in providing career and technology education programs in grades nine through 12 or career and technology education programs for students with disabilities in grades seven through 12 under Sections 29.182, 29.183, and 29.184.

(d) The commissioner shall conduct a cost-benefit comparison between career and technology education programs and mathematics and science programs.

(e) Out of the total statewide allotment for career and technology education under this section, the commissioner shall set aside an amount specified in the General Appropriations Act, which may not exceed an amount equal to one percent of the total amount appropriated, to support regional career and technology education planning. After deducting the amount set aside under this subsection from the total amount appropriated for career and technology education under this section, the commissioner shall reduce each district's tier one allotments in the same manner described for a reduction in allotments under Section 42.253.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 201, Sec. 31, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 763 (H.B. 3485), Sec. 5, eff. June 15, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 54, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 42.1541. INDIRECT COST ALLOTMENTS. (a) The State Board of Education shall by rule increase the indirect cost allotments established under Sections 42.151(h), 42.152(c), 42.153(b), and 42.154(a-1) and (c) and in effect for the 2010-2011 school year in proportion to the average percentage reduction in total state and local maintenance and operations revenue provided under this chapter for the 2011-2012 school year as a result of S.B. Nos. 1 and 2, Acts of the 82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2011.

(b) To the extent necessary to permit the board to comply with this section, the limitation on the percentage of the indirect cost allotment prescribed by Section 42.152(c) does not apply.

(c) The board shall take the action required by Subsection (a) not later than the date that permits the increased indirect cost allotments to apply beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.13, eff. September 28, 2011.

Sec. 42.155. TRANSPORTATION ALLOTMENT. (a) Each district or county operating a transportation system is entitled to allotments for transportation costs as provided by this section.

(b) As used in this section:

(1) "Regular eligible student" means a student who resides two or more miles from the student's campus of regular attendance, measured along the shortest route that may be traveled on public roads, and who is not classified as a student eligible for special education services.

(2) "Eligible special education student" means a student who is eligible for special education services under Section 29.003 and who would be unable to attend classes without special transportation services.

(3) "Linear density" means the average number of regular eligible students transported daily, divided by the approved daily route miles traveled by the respective transportation system.

(c) Each district or county operating a regular transportation system is entitled to an allotment based on the daily cost per regular eligible student of operating and maintaining the regular transportation system and the linear density of that system. In determining the cost, the commissioner shall give consideration to factors affecting the actual cost of providing these transportation services in each district or county. The average actual cost is to be computed by the commissioner and included for consideration by the legislature in the General Appropriations Act. The allotment per mile of approved route may not exceed the amount set by appropriation.

(d) A district or county may apply for and on approval of the commissioner receive an additional amount of up to 10 percent of its regular transportation allotment to be used for the transportation of children living within two miles of the school they attend who would be subject to hazardous traffic conditions if they walked to school. Each board of trustees shall provide to the commissioner the definition of hazardous conditions applicable to that district and shall identify the specific hazardous areas for which the allocation is requested. A hazardous condition exists where no walkway is provided and children must walk along or cross a freeway or expressway, an underpass, an overpass or a bridge, an uncontrolled major traffic artery, an industrial or commercial area, or another comparable condition.

(e) The commissioner may grant an amount set by appropriation for private or commercial transportation for eligible students from isolated areas. The need for this type of transportation grant shall be determined on an individual basis and the amount granted shall not exceed the actual cost. The grants may be made only in extreme hardship cases. A grant may not be made if the students live within two miles of an approved school bus route.

(f) The cost of transporting career and technology education students from one campus to another inside a district or from a sending district to another secondary public school for a career and technology program or an area career and technology school or to an approved post-secondary institution under a contract for instruction approved by the agency shall be reimbursed based on the number of actual miles traveled times the district's official extracurricular travel per mile rate as set by the board of trustees and approved by the agency.

(g) A school district or county that provides special transportation services for eligible special education students is entitled to a state allocation paid on a previous year's cost-per-mile basis. The maximum rate per mile allowable shall be set by appropriation based on data gathered from the first year of each preceding biennium. Districts may use a portion of their support allocation to pay transportation costs, if necessary. The commissioner may grant an amount set by appropriation for private transportation to reimburse parents or their agents for transporting eligible special education students. The mileage allowed shall be computed along the shortest public road from the student's home to school and back, morning and afternoon. The need for this type transportation shall be determined on an individual basis and shall be approved only in extreme hardship cases.

(h) Funds allotted under this section must be used in providing transportation services.

(i) In the case of a district belonging to a county transportation system, the district's transportation allotment for purposes of determining a district's foundation school program allocations is determined on the basis of the number of approved daily route miles in the district multiplied by the allotment per mile to which the county transportation system is entitled.

(j) The Texas School for the Deaf is entitled to an allotment under this section. The commissioner shall determine the appropriate allotment.

(k) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the commissioner may not reduce the allotment to which a district or county is entitled under this section because the district or county provides transportation for an eligible student to and from a child-care facility, as defined by Section 42. 002, Human Resources Code, or a grandparent's residence instead of the student's residence, as authorized by Section 34.007, if the transportation is provided within the approved routes of the district or county for the school the student attends.

(l) A school district may, with the funds allotted under this section, provide a bus pass or card for another transportation system to each student who is eligible to use the regular transportation system of the district but for whom the regular transportation system of the district is not a feasible method of providing transportation. The commissioner by rule shall provide procedures for a school district to provide bus passes or cards to students under this subsection.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 17, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 169, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 201, Sec. 32, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 352 (H.B. 3506), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.

Sec. 42.156. GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENT ALLOTMENT. (a) For each identified student a school district serves in a program for gifted and talented students that the district certifies to the commissioner as complying with Subchapter D, Chapter 29, a district is entitled to an annual allotment equal to the district's adjusted basic allotment as determined under Section 42.102 or Section 42.103, as applicable, multiplied by .12 for each school year or a greater amount provided by appropriation.

(b) Funds allocated under this section, other than the amount that represents the program's share of general administrative costs, must be used in providing programs for gifted and talented students under Subchapter D, Chapter 29, including programs sanctioned by International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement, or in developing programs for gifted and talented students. Each district must account for the expenditure of state funds as provided by rule of the State Board of Education. If by the end of the 12th month after receiving an allotment for developing a program a district has failed to implement a program, the district must refund the amount of the allotment to the agency within 30 days.

(c) Not more than five percent of a district's students in average daily attendance are eligible for funding under this section.

(d) If the amount of state funds for which school districts are eligible under this section exceeds the amount of state funds appropriated in any year for the programs, the commissioner shall reduce each district's tier one allotments in the same manner described for a reduction in allotments under Section 42.253.

(e) If the total amount of funds allotted under this section before a date set by rule of the State Board of Education is less than the total amount appropriated for a school year, the commissioner shall transfer the remainder to any program for which an allotment under Section 42.152 may be used.

(f) After each district has received allotted funds for this program, the State Board of Education may use up to $500,000 of the funds allocated under this section for programs such as MATHCOUNTS, Future Problem Solving, Odyssey of the Mind, and Academic Decathlon, as long as these funds are used to train personnel and provide program services. To be eligible for funding under this subsection, a program must be determined by the State Board of Education to provide services that are effective and consistent with the state plan for gifted and talented education.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Sec. 42.157. PUBLIC EDUCATION GRANT ALLOTMENT. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), for each student in average daily attendance who is using a public education grant under Subchapter G, Chapter 29, to attend school in a district other than the district in which the student resides, the district in which the student attends school is entitled to an annual allotment equal to the adjusted basic allotment multiplied by a weight of 0.1.

(b) The total number of allotments under this section to which a district is entitled may not exceed the number by which the number of students using public education grants to attend school in the district exceeds the number of students who reside in the district and use public education grants to attend school in another district.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 722, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 42.158. NEW INSTRUCTIONAL FACILITY ALLOTMENT. (a) A school district is entitled to an additional allotment as provided by this section for operational expenses associated with opening a new instructional facility.

(b) For the first school year in which students attend a new instructional facility, a school district is entitled to an allotment of $250 for each student in average daily attendance at the facility. For the second school year in which students attend that instructional facility, a school district is entitled to an allotment of $250 for each additional student in average daily attendance at the facility.

(c) For purposes of this section, the number of additional students in average daily attendance at a facility is the difference between the number of students in average daily attendance in the current year at that facility and the number of students in average daily attendance at that facility in the preceding year.

(d) Subject to Subsection (d-1), the amount appropriated for allotments under this section may not exceed $25 million in a school year. If the total amount of allotments to which districts are entitled under this section for a school year exceeds the amount appropriated under this subsection, the commissioner shall reduce each district's allotment under this section in the manner provided by Section 42.253(h).

(d-1) In addition to the appropriation amount described by Subsection (d), the amount of $1 million may be appropriated each school year to supplement the allotment to which a school district is entitled under this section that may be provided using the appropriation amount described by Subsection (d). The commissioner shall first apply the funds appropriated under this subsection to prevent any reduction under Subsection (d) in the allotment for attendance at an eligible high school instructional facility, subject to the maximum amount of $250 for each student in average daily attendance. Any funds remaining after preventing all reductions in amounts due for high school instructional facilities may be applied proportionally to all other eligible instructional facilities, subject to the maximum amount of $250 for each student in average daily attendance.

(e) A school district that is required to take action under Chapter 41 to reduce its wealth per student to the equalized wealth level is entitled to a credit, in the amount of the allotments to which the district is entitled under this section, against the total amount required under Section 41.093 for the district to purchase attendance credits. A school district that is otherwise ineligible for state aid under this chapter is entitled to receive allotments under this section.

(f) The commissioner may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.

(g) In this section, "instructional facility" has the meaning assigned by Section 46.001.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.14, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1058 (H.B. 2237), Sec. 15, eff. June 15, 2007.

Sec. 42.160. HIGH SCHOOL ALLOTMENT. (a) A school district is entitled to an annual allotment of $275 for each student in average daily attendance in grades 9 through 12 in the district.

(b) A school district that is required to take action under Chapter 41 to reduce its wealth per student to the equalized wealth level is entitled to a credit, in the amount of the allotments to which the district is entitled under this section, against the total amount required under Section 41.093 for the district to purchase attendance credits. A school district that is otherwise ineligible for state aid under this chapter is entitled to receive allotments under this section.

(c) An open-enrollment charter school is entitled to an allotment under this section in the same manner as a school district.

(d) The commissioner shall adopt rules to administer this section, including rules related to the permissible use of funds allocated under this section to an open-enrollment charter school.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 56, eff. September 1, 2009.

SUBCHAPTER E. FINANCING THE PROGRAM


Sec. 42.251. FINANCING; GENERAL RULE.

Text of subsection as amended by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.14



Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2015


(a) The sum of the regular program allotment under Subchapter B and the special allotments under Subchapter C, computed in accordance with this chapter, constitute the tier one allotments. The sum of the tier one allotments and the guaranteed yield allotments under Subchapter F, computed in accordance with this chapter, constitute the total cost of the Foundation School Program.


Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2015


(a) The sum of the basic allotment under Subchapter B and the special allotments under Subchapter C, computed in accordance with this chapter, constitute the tier one allotments. The sum of the tier one allotments and the guaranteed yield allotments under Subchapter F, computed in accordance with this chapter, constitute the total cost of the Foundation School Program.

(b) The program shall be financed by:

(1) ad valorem tax revenue generated by an equalized uniform school district effort;

(2) ad valorem tax revenue generated by local school district effort in excess of the equalized uniform school district effort;

(3) state available school funds distributed in accordance with law; and

(4) state funds appropriated for the purposes of public school education and allocated to each district in an amount sufficient to finance the cost of each district's Foundation School Program not covered by other funds specified in this subsection.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 3.01(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.15, 3.01(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.14, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.15, eff. September 1, 2015.

For expiration of this section, see Subsection (c).


Sec. 42.2511. AUTHORIZATION FOR CERTAIN DISTRICTS TO RETAIN ADDITIONAL STATE AID. (a) This section applies only to a school district that was provided with state aid under former Section 42.2516 for the 2009-2010 or 2010-2011 school year based on the amount of aid to which the district would have been entitled under that section if Section 42.2516(g), as it existed on January 1, 2009, applied to determination of the amount to which the district was entitled for that school year.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, a district to which this section applies may retain the state aid provided to the district as described by Subsection (a).

(c) This section expires September 1, 2013.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 52.01, eff. September 28, 2011.

Sec. 42.2513. ADDITIONAL STATE AID FOR STAFF SALARY INCREASES. (a) A school district, including a school district that is otherwise ineligible for state aid under this chapter, is entitled to state aid in an amount equal to the sum of:

(1) the product of $500 multiplied by the number of full-time district employees, other than administrators or employees subject to the minimum salary schedule under Section 21.402; and

(2) the product of $250 multiplied by the number of part-time district employees, other than administrators.

(b) A determination by the commissioner under this section is final and may not be appealed.

(c) The commissioner may adopt rules to implement this section.

Added by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 4.10, eff. May 31, 2006.

Sec. 42.2514. ADDITIONAL STATE AID FOR TAX INCREMENT FINANCING PAYMENTS. For each school year, a school district, including a school district that is otherwise ineligible for state aid under this chapter, is entitled to state aid in an amount equal to the amount the district is required to pay into the tax increment fund for a reinvestment zone under Section 311.013(n), Tax Code.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.16, eff. September 28, 2011.

Sec. 42.2515. ADDITIONAL STATE AID FOR AD VALOREM TAX CREDITS UNDER TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACT. (a) For each school year, a school district, including a school district that is otherwise ineligible for state aid under this chapter, is entitled to state aid in an amount equal to the amount of all tax credits credited against ad valorem taxes of the district in that year under former Subchapter D, Chapter 313, Tax Code.

(b) The commissioner may adopt rules to implement and administer this section.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1505, Sec. 6, eff. Jan. 1, 2002.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1304 (H.B. 3390), Sec. 20, eff. January 1, 2014.


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Sec. 42.2516. ADDITIONAL STATE AID FOR TAX REDUCTION. (a) In this title, "state compression percentage" means the percentage of a school district's adopted maintenance and operations tax rate for the 2005 tax year that serves as the basis for state funding. If the state compression percentage is not established by appropriation for a school year, the commissioner shall determine the state compression percentage for each school year based on the percentage by which a district is able to reduce the district's maintenance and operations tax rate for that year, as compared to the district's adopted maintenance and operations tax rate for the 2005 tax year, as a result of state funds appropriated for distribution under this section for that year from the property tax relief fund established under Section 403.109, Government Code, or from another funding source available for school district property tax relief.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, a school district that imposes a maintenance and operations tax at a rate at least equal to the product of the state compression percentage multiplied by the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year is entitled to at least the amount of state revenue necessary to provide the district with the sum of:

(1) the percentage specified by Subsection (i) of the amount, as calculated under Subsection (e), of state and local revenue per student in weighted average daily attendance for maintenance and operations that the district would have received during the 2009-2010 school year under Chapter 41 and this chapter, as those chapters existed on January 1, 2009, at a maintenance and operations tax rate equal to the product of the state compression percentage for that year multiplied by the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year;

(2) the percentage specified by Subsection (i) of an amount equal to the product of $120 multiplied by the number of students in weighted average daily attendance in the district; and

(3) any amount to which the district is entitled under Section 42.106.

(b-1) The amount determined for a school district under Subsection (b) is increased or reduced as follows:

(1) if for any school year the district is entitled to a greater allotment under Section 42.155 or 42.158 or more additional state aid under Section 42.2515 than the allotment or additional state aid to which the district was entitled under Section 42.155, 42.158, or 42.2515, as applicable, for the 2009-2010 school year, the district's entitlement under Subsection (b) is increased by an amount equal to the difference between the amount to which the district is entitled under Section 42.155, 42.158, or 42.2515, as applicable, for that school year and the amount to which the district was entitled under the applicable section for the 2009-2010 school year; and

(2) if for any school year the district is not entitled to an allotment under Section 42.155 or 42.158 or additional state aid under Section 42.2515 or is entitled to a lesser allotment or less additional state aid under the applicable section than the allotment or additional state aid to which the district was entitled under the applicable section for the 2009-2010 school year, the district's entitlement under Subsection (b) is reduced by an amount equal to the difference between the amount to which the district was entitled under Section 42.155, 42.158, or 42.2515, as applicable, for the 2009-2010 school year and the amount to which the district is entitled under the applicable section for the current school year.

(b-2) If a school district adopts a maintenance and operations tax rate that is below the rate equal to the product of the state compression percentage multiplied by the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year, the commissioner shall reduce the district's entitlement under this section in proportion to the amount by which the adopted rate is less than the rate equal to the product of the state compression percentage multiplied by the rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year. The reduction required by this subsection applies beginning with the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted for the 2009 tax year.

(c) Enrichment revenue to which a school district is entitled under Section 42.302 is not included for purposes of determining the amount to which a district is entitled under this section.

(d) In determining the amount to which a district is entitled under Subsection (b)(1), the commissioner shall:

(1) include the percentage specified by Subsection (i) of any amounts received by the district during the 2008-2009 school year under Rider 86, page III-23, Chapter 1428 (H.B. 1), Acts of the 80th Legislature, Regular Session, 2007 (the General Appropriations Act); and

(2) for a school district that paid tuition under Section 25.039 during the 2008-2009 school year, reduce the amount to which the district is entitled by the amount of tuition paid during that school year.

(e) For purposes of determining the total amount of state and local revenue to which a district is entitled under Subsection (b)(1), the commissioner shall determine the amount of state and local revenue per student in weighted average daily attendance to which the district would have been entitled during the 2009-2010 school year under Chapter 41 and this chapter, as they existed on January 1, 2009, and multiply that amount by the number of students in weighted average daily attendance as determined in accordance with the changes to Chapter 41 and this chapter, including the repeal of former Section 42.103(e), made by H.B. No. 3646, Acts of the 81st Legislature, Regular Session, 2009.

(f) A school district that is required to take action under Chapter 41 to reduce its wealth per student to the equalized wealth level and that is entitled to state revenue under this section may receive that revenue through an adjustment against the total amount of attendance credits required to be purchased under Subchapter D, Chapter 41, or the total number of nonresident students required to be educated under Subchapter E, Chapter 41, as determined by the commissioner.

(f-1) The commissioner shall, in accordance with rules adopted by the commissioner, adjust the amount of a school district's local revenue derived from maintenance and operations tax collections, as calculated for purposes of determining the amount of state revenue to which the district is entitled under this section, if the district, for the 2010 tax year or a subsequent tax year:

(1) adopts an exemption under Section 11.13(n), Tax Code, that was not in effect for the 2009 tax year, or eliminates an exemption under Section 11.13(n), Tax Code, that was in effect for the 2009 tax year;

(2) adopts an exemption under Section 11.13(n), Tax Code, at a greater or lesser percentage than the percentage in effect for the district for the 2009 tax year;

(3) grants an exemption under an agreement authorized by Chapter 312, Tax Code, that was not in effect for the 2009 tax year, or ceases to grant an exemption authorized by that chapter that was in effect for the 2009 tax year; or

(4) agrees to deposit taxes into a tax increment fund created under Chapter 311, Tax Code, under a reinvestment zone financing plan that was not in effect for the 2009 tax year, or ceases depositing taxes into a tax increment fund created under that chapter under a reinvestment zone financing plan that was in effect for the 2009 tax year.

(f-2) The rules adopted by the commissioner under Subsection (f-1) must:

(1) require the commissioner to determine, as if this section did not exist, the effect under Chapter 41 and this chapter of a school district's action described by Subsection (f-1)(1), (2), (3), or (4) on the total state revenue to which the district would be entitled or the cost to the district of purchasing sufficient attendance credits to reduce the district's wealth per student to the equalized wealth level; and

(2) require an increase or reduction in the amount of state revenue to which a school district is entitled under Subsection (b)(1) that is substantially equivalent to any change in total state revenue or the cost of purchasing attendance credits that would apply to the district if this section did not exist.

(f-3) An adjustment made by the commissioner under the rules adopted under Subsection (f-1) is final and may not be appealed.

(g) The commissioner may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.

(h) A determination by the commissioner under this section is final and may not be appealed.

(i) The percentage to be applied for purposes of Subsections (b)(1) and (2) and Subsection (d)(1) is 100.00 percent for the 2011-2012 school year and 92.35 percent for the 2012-2013 school year. For the 2013-2014 school year and each subsequent school year, the legislature by appropriation shall establish the percentage reduction to be applied.

Added by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.04, eff. May 31, 2006.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 235 (H.B. 1922), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1191 (H.B. 828), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 57, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 53.01, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.17, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.18, eff. September 1, 2017.


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Sec. 42.2516. STATE COMPRESSION PERCENTAGE.


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(a) In this title, "state compression percentage" means the percentage of a school district's adopted maintenance and operations tax rate for the 2005 tax year that serves as the basis for state funding. If the state compression percentage is not established by appropriation for a school year, the commissioner shall determine the state compression percentage for each school year based on the percentage by which a district is able to reduce the district's maintenance and operations tax rate for that year, as compared to the district's adopted maintenance and operations tax rate for the 2005 tax year, as a result of state funds appropriated for that year from the property tax relief fund established under Section 403.109, Government Code, or from another funding source available for school district property tax relief.


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(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.


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(b-1) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.


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(b-2) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.


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(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.


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(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.


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(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.


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(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.


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(f-1) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.


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(f-2) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.


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(f-3) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.

(g) The commissioner may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.

(h) A determination by the commissioner under this section is final and may not be appealed.


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(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4, Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.

Added by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.04, eff. May 31, 2006.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 235 (H.B. 1922), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1191 (H.B. 828), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 57, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.18, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.19, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.32(a)(2), eff. September 1, 2017.

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Sec. 42.25161. ADDITIONAL STATE AID FOR SOUTH TEXAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT. (a) The commissioner shall provide South Texas Independent School District with the amount of state aid necessary to ensure that the district receives an amount of state and local revenue per student in weighted average daily attendance that is at least the percentage specified by Section 42.2516(i) of $120 greater than the amount the district would have received per student in weighted average daily attendance during the 2009-2010 school year under this chapter, as it existed on January 1, 2009, at a maintenance and operations tax rate equal to the product of the state compression percentage multiplied by the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year, provided that the district imposes a maintenance and operations tax at that rate.

(b) The commissioner may adopt rules necessary to implement this section.

(c) A determination by the commissioner under this section is final and may not be appealed.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 58, eff. September 1, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.20, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.32(a)(3), eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 42.2517. EXCESS FUNDS FOR COST OF EDUCATION ADJUSTMENT. (a) If the commissioner determines that the amount appropriated for purposes of the Foundation School Program exceeds the amount to which school districts are entitled under this chapter, the commissioner may:

(1) adjust each district's cost of education adjustment under Section 42.102 to reflect current uncontrollable variations in the cost of education, particularly the cost of providing salaries and benefits to classroom teachers; and

(2) provide funding under this chapter based on the cost of education index adjusted under Subdivision (1).

(b) If the amount available under Subsection (a) is not sufficient to provide funding based on the cost of education index adjusted under Subsection (a)(1), the commissioner shall rank districts by the increase in the cost of education adjustment applicable to each district under this section and shall provide funding under this section to districts in descending order of the amount of increase in the cost of education adjustment applicable to districts under this section, beginning with the district that has the greatest increase in the cost of education adjustment, until no funds are available for purposes of this section.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 201, Sec. 33, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 42.252. LOCAL SHARE OF PROGRAM COST (TIER ONE). (a) Each school district's share of the Foundation School Program is determined by the following formula:

LFA = TR X DPV


where:

"LFA" is the school district's local share;

"TR" is a tax rate which for each hundred dollars of valuation is an effective tax rate of the amount equal to the product of the state compression percentage, as determined under Section 42.2516, multiplied by the lesser of:

(1) $1.50; or

(2) the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year; and

"DPV" is the taxable value of property in the school district for the preceding tax year determined under Subchapter M, Chapter 403, Government Code.

(b) The commissioner shall adjust the values reported in the official report of the comptroller as required by Section 5.09(a), Tax Code, to reflect reductions in taxable value of property resulting from natural or economic disaster after January 1 in the year in which the valuations are determined. The decision of the commissioner is final. An adjustment does not affect the local fund assignment of any other school district.

(c) Appeals of district values shall be held pursuant to Section 403.303, Government Code.

(d) A school district must raise its total local share of the Foundation School Program to be eligible to receive foundation school fund payments.

(e) Repealed by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 3.01(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 18, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 3.01(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 59, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 42.2521. ADJUSTMENT FOR RAPID DECLINE IN TAXABLE VALUE OF PROPERTY. (a) For purposes of Chapters 41 and 46 and this chapter, and to the extent money specifically authorized to be used under this section is available, the commissioner shall adjust the taxable value of property in a school district that, due to factors beyond the control of the board of trustees, experiences a rapid decline in the tax base used in calculating taxable values in excess of four percent of the tax base used in the preceding year.

(b) To the extent that a sufficient amount of money is not available to fund all adjustments under this section, the commissioner shall reduce adjustments in the manner provided by Section 42.253(h) so that the total amount of adjustments equals the amount of money available to fund the adjustments.

(c) A decision of the commissioner under this section is final and may not be appealed.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.18, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 42.2522. ADJUSTMENT FOR OPTIONAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION. (a) In any school year, the commissioner may not provide funding under this chapter based on a school district's taxable value of property computed in accordance with Section 403.302(d)(2), Government Code, unless:

(1) funds are specifically appropriated for purposes of this section; or

(2) the commissioner determines that the total amount of state funds appropriated for purposes of the Foundation School Program for the school year exceeds the amount of state funds distributed to school districts in accordance with Section 42.253 based on the taxable values of property in school districts computed in accordance with Section 403.302(d), Government Code, without any deduction for residence homestead exemptions granted under Section 11.13(n), Tax Code.

(b) In making a determination under Subsection (a)(2), the commissioner shall:

(1) notwithstanding Section 42.253(b), reduce the entitlement under this chapter of a school district whose final taxable value of property is higher than the estimate under Section 42.254 and make payments to school districts accordingly; and

(2) give priority to school districts that, due to factors beyond the control of the board of trustees, experience a rapid decline in the tax base used in calculating taxable values in excess of four percent of the tax base used in the preceding year.

(c) In the first year of a state fiscal biennium, before providing funding as provided by Subsection (a)(2), the commissioner shall ensure that sufficient appropriated funds for purposes of the Foundation School Program are available for the second year of the biennium, including funds to be used for purposes of Section 42.2521.

(d) If the commissioner determines that the amount of funds available under Subsection (a)(1) or (2) does not at least equal the total amount of state funding to which districts would be entitled if state funding under this chapter were based on the taxable values of property in school districts computed in accordance with Section 403.302(d)(2), Government Code, the commissioner may, to the extent necessary, provide state funding based on a uniform lesser fraction of the deduction under Section 403.302(d)(2), Government Code.

(e) The commissioner shall notify school districts as soon as practicable as to the availability of funds under this section. For purposes of computing a rollback tax rate under Section 26.08, Tax Code, a district shall adjust the district's tax rate limit to reflect assistance received under this section.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.18, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1158, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 42.2523. ADJUSTMENT FOR PROPERTY VALUE AFFECTED BY STATE OF DISASTER. (a) For purposes of Chapters 41 and 46 and this chapter, the commissioner shall adjust the taxable value of property of a school district all or part of which is located in an area declared a disaster area by the governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, as necessary to ensure that the district receives funding based as soon as possible on property values as affected by the disaster.

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(c) Any additional funding to which a school district is entitled as a result of the adjustment required by this section is in addition to the amount of funding to which the district is entitled under Section 42.2516(b).

(d) A decision of the commissioner under this section is final and may not be appealed.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1006 (H.B. 4102), Sec. 5, eff. June 19, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.32(a)(4), eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 42.2524. REIMBURSEMENT FOR DISASTER REMEDIATION COSTS. (a) This section applies only to a school district all or part of which is located in an area declared a disaster area by the governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, and that incurs disaster remediation costs as a result of the disaster.

(b) During the two-year period following the date of the governor's initial proclamation or executive order declaring a state of disaster, a district may apply to the commissioner for reimbursement of disaster remediation costs that the district pays during that period and does not anticipate recovering through insurance proceeds, federal disaster relief payments, or another similar source of reimbursement.

(b-1) Expired.

(c) The commissioner may provide reimbursement under this section only if funds are available for that purpose as follows:

(1) reimbursement for a school district not required to take action under Chapter 41 may be provided from:

(A) amounts appropriated for that purpose, including amounts appropriated for those districts for that purpose to the disaster contingency fund established under Section 418.073, Government Code; or

(B) Foundation School Program funds available for that purpose, based on a determination by the commissioner that the amount appropriated for the Foundation School Program, including the facilities component as provided by Chapter 46, exceeds the amount to which districts are entitled under this chapter and Chapter 46; and

(2) reimbursement for a school district required to take action under Chapter 41 may be provided from funds described by Subdivision (1)(B) if funds remain available after fully reimbursing each school district described by Subdivision (1) for its disaster remediation costs.

(d) If the amount of money available for purposes of reimbursing school districts not required to take action under Chapter 41 is not sufficient to fully reimburse each district's disaster remediation costs, the commissioner shall reduce the amount of assistance provided to each of those districts proportionately. If the amount of money available for purposes of reimbursing school districts required to take action under Chapter 41 is not sufficient to fully reimburse each district's disaster remediation costs, the commissioner shall reduce the amount of assistance provided to each of those districts proportionately.

(e) A district seeking reimbursement under this section must provide the commissioner with adequate documentation of the costs for which the district seeks reimbursement.

(f) A district required to take action under Chapter 41:

(1) may, at its discretion, receive assistance provided under this section either as a payment of state aid under this chapter or as a reduction in the total amount required to be paid by the district for attendance credits under Section 41.093; and

(2) may not obtain reimbursement under this section for the payment of any disaster remediation costs that resulted in a reduction under Section 41.0931 of the district's cost of attendance credits.


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(g) Amounts provided to a district under this section are in addition to the amount to which the district is entitled under Section 42.2516.

(h) The commissioner shall adopt rules necessary to implement this section, including rules defining "disaster remediation costs" for purposes of this section and specifying the type of documentation required under Subsection (e).

(i) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the commissioner may permit a district to use amounts provided to a district under this section to pay the costs of replacing a facility instead of repairing the facility. The commissioner shall ensure that a district that elects to replace a facility does not receive an amount under this section that exceeds the lesser of:

(1) the amount that would be provided to the district if the facility were repaired; or

(2) the amount necessary to replace the facility.

(j) This section does not require the commissioner to provide any requested reimbursement. A decision of the commissioner regarding reimbursement is final and may not be appealed.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1006 (H.B. 4102), Sec. 5, eff. June 19, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.32(a)(5), eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 42.2525. ADJUSTMENTS FOR CERTAIN DISTRICTS RECEIVING FEDERAL IMPACT AID. The commissioner is granted the authority to ensure that school districts receiving federal impact aid due to the presence of a military installation or significant concentrations of military students do not receive more than an eight percent reduction should the federal government reduce appropriations to those schools.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.21, eff. September 28, 2011.

For expiration of this section, see Subsection (c).


Sec. 42.2526. ADJUSTMENT FOR DISTRICT OPERATING PILOT PROGRAM. (a) This section applies only to a school district operating a pilot program authorized by Section 28.0255.

(b) Beginning with the first school year that follows the first school year in which students receive high school diplomas under the pilot program authorized by Section 28.0255 and continuing for every subsequent school year that the district operates the pilot program, the commissioner shall provide funding for the district's prekindergarten program under Section 29.153 on a full-day basis for a number of prekindergarten students equal to twice the number of students who received a high school diploma under the pilot program authorized by Section 28.0255 during the preceding school year.

(c) This section expires September 1, 2023.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 660 (H.B. 1122), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 42.253. DISTRIBUTION OF FOUNDATION SCHOOL FUND. (a) For each school year the commissioner shall determine:

(1) the amount of money to which a school district is entitled under Subchapters B and C;

(2) the amount of money to which a school district is entitled under Subchapter F;

(3) the amount of money allocated to the district from the available school fund;

(4) the amount of each district's tier one local share under Section 42.252; and

(5) the amount of each district's tier two local share under Section 42.302.

(b) Except as provided by this subsection, the commissioner shall base the determinations under Subsection (a) on the estimates provided to the legislature under Section 42.254, or, if the General Appropriations Act provides estimates for that purpose, on the estimates provided under that Act, for each school district for each school year. The commissioner shall reduce the entitlement of each district that has a final taxable value of property for the second year of a state fiscal biennium that is higher than the estimate under Section 42.254 or the General Appropriations Act, as applicable. A reduction under this subsection may not reduce the district's entitlement below the amount to which it is entitled at its actual taxable value of property.

(c) Each school district is entitled to an amount equal to the difference for that district between the sum of Subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2) and the sum of Subsections (a)(3), (a)(4), and (a)(5).


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(c-1) The amounts to be paid under Section 42.2516(b)(3) shall be paid at the same time as other state revenue is paid to the district. Payments shall be based on amounts paid under Section 42.2516(b)(3) for the preceding year. Any deficiency shall be paid to the district at the same time the final amount to be paid to the district is determined, and any overpayment shall be deducted from the payments the district would otherwise receive in the following year.

(d) The commissioner shall approve warrants to each school district equaling the amount of its entitlement except as provided by this section. Warrants for all money expended according to this chapter shall be approved and transmitted to treasurers or depositories of school districts in the same manner that warrants for state payments are transmitted. The total amount of the warrants issued under this section may not exceed the total amount appropriated for Foundation School Program purposes for that fiscal year.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5, Sec. 1.20, eff. May 31, 2006.

(e-1) Repealed by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5, Sec. 1.20, eff. May 31, 2006.

(e-2) Expired September 1, 2001.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5, Sec. 1.20, eff. May 31, 2006.

(g) If a school district demonstrates to the satisfaction of the commissioner that the estimate of the district's tax rate, student enrollment, or taxable value of property used in determining the amount of state funds to which the district is entitled are so inaccurate as to result in undue financial hardship to the district, the commissioner may adjust funding to that district in that school year to the extent that funds are available for that year.

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(h) If the amount appropriated for the Foundation School Program for the second year of a state fiscal biennium is less than the amount to which school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are entitled for that year, the commissioner shall certify the amount of the difference to the Legislative Budget Board not later than January 1 of the second year of the state fiscal biennium. The Legislative Budget Board shall propose to the legislature that the certified amount be transferred to the foundation school fund from the economic stabilization fund and appropriated for the purpose of increases in allocations under this subsection. If the legislature fails during the regular session to enact the proposed transfer and appropriation and there are not funds available under Subsection (j), the commissioner shall adjust the total amounts due to each school district and open-enrollment charter school under this chapter and the total amounts necessary for each school district to comply with the requirements of Chapter 41 by an amount determined by applying to each district and school, including a district receiving funds under Section 42.2516, the same percentage adjustment to the total amount of state and local revenue due to the district or school under this chapter and Chapter 41 so that the total amount of the adjustment to all districts and schools results in an amount equal to the total adjustment necessary. The following fiscal year:

(1) a district's or school's entitlement under this section is increased by an amount equal to the adjustment made under this subsection; and

(2) the amount necessary for a district to comply with the requirements of Chapter 41 is reduced by an amount necessary to ensure the district's full recovery of the adjustment made under this subsection.


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(h) If the amount appropriated for the Foundation School Program for the second year of a state fiscal biennium is less than the amount to which school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are entitled for that year, the commissioner shall certify the amount of the difference to the Legislative Budget Board not later than January 1 of the second year of the state fiscal biennium. The Legislative Budget Board shall propose to the legislature that the certified amount be transferred to the foundation school fund from the economic stabilization fund and appropriated for the purpose of increases in allocations under this subsection. If the legislature fails during the regular session to enact the proposed transfer and appropriation and there are not funds available under Subsection (j), the commissioner shall adjust the total amounts due to each school district and open-enrollment charter school under this chapter and the total amounts necessary for each school district to comply with the requirements of Chapter 41 by an amount determined by applying to each district and school the same percentage adjustment to the total amount of state and local revenue due to the district or school under this chapter and Chapter 41 so that the total amount of the adjustment to all districts and schools results in an amount equal to the total adjustment necessary. The following fiscal year:

(1) a district's or school's entitlement under this section is increased by an amount equal to the adjustment made under this subsection; and

(2) the amount necessary for a district to comply with the requirements of Chapter 41 is reduced by an amount necessary to ensure a district's full recovery of the adjustment made under this subsection.

(i) Not later than March 1 each year, the commissioner shall determine the actual amount of state funds to which each school district is entitled under the allocation formulas in this chapter for the current school year and shall compare that amount with the amount of the warrants issued to each district for that year. If the amount of the warrants differs from the amount to which a district is entitled because of variations in the district's tax rate, student enrollment, or taxable value of property, the commissioner shall adjust the district's entitlement for the next fiscal year accordingly.

(j) The legislature may appropriate funds necessary for increases under Subsection (i) from funds that the comptroller, at any time during the fiscal year, finds are available.

(k) The commissioner shall compute for each school district the total amount by which the district's allocation of state funds is increased or reduced under Subsection (i) and shall certify that amount to the district.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5, Sec. 1.20, eff. May 31, 2006.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 19, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.19, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1187, Sec. 2.06, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 201, Sec. 34, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.05, eff. May 31, 2006.

Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.20, eff. May 31, 2006.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 60, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.22, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.23, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.32(a)(6), eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 42.2531. ADJUSTMENT BY COMMISSIONER. (a) The commissioner may make adjustments to amounts due to a school district under this chapter or Chapter 46, or to amounts necessary for a district to comply with the requirements of Chapter 41, as provided by this section.

(b) A school district that has a major taxpayer, as determined by the commissioner, that because of a protest of the valuation of the taxpayer's property fails to pay all or a portion of the ad valorem taxes due to the district may apply to the commissioner to have the district's taxable value of property or ad valorem tax collections adjusted for purposes of this chapter or Chapter 41 or 46. The commissioner may make the adjustment only to the extent the commissioner determines that making the adjustment will not:

(1) in the fiscal year in which the adjustment is made, cause the amount to which school districts are entitled under this chapter to exceed the amount appropriated for purposes of the Foundation School Program for that year; and

(2) if the adjustment is made in the first year of a state fiscal biennium, cause the amount to which school districts are entitled under this chapter for the second year of the biennium to exceed the amount appropriated for purposes of the Foundation School Program for that year.

(c) The commissioner shall recover the benefit of any adjustment made under this section by making offsetting adjustments in the school district's taxable value of property or ad valorem tax collections for purposes of this chapter or Chapter 41 or 46 on a final determination of the taxable value of property that was the basis of the original adjustment, or in the second school year following the year in which the adjustment is made, whichever is earlier.

(d) This section does not require the commissioner to make any requested adjustment. A determination by the commissioner under this section is final and may not be appealed.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1156, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 42.254. ESTIMATES REQUIRED. (a) Not later than October 1 of each even-numbered year:

(1) the agency shall submit to the legislature an estimate of the tax rate and student enrollment of each school district for the following biennium; and

(2) the comptroller shall submit to the legislature an estimate of the total taxable value of all property in the state as determined under Subchapter M, Chapter 403, Government Code, for the following biennium.

(b) The agency and the comptroller shall update the information provided to the legislature under Subsection (a) not later than March 1 of each odd-numbered year.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 20, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 42.255. FALSIFICATION OF RECORDS; REPORT. When, in the opinion of the agency's director of school audits, audits or reviews of accounting, enrollment, or other records of a school district reveal deliberate falsification of the records, or violation of the provisions of this chapter, through which the district's share of state funds allocated under the authority of this chapter would be, or has been, illegally increased, the director shall promptly and fully report the fact to the State Board of Education, the state auditor, and the appropriate county attorney, district attorney, or criminal district attorney.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Sec. 42.257. EFFECT OF APPRAISAL APPEAL. (a) If the final determination of an appeal under Chapter 42, Tax Code, results in a reduction in the taxable value of property that exceeds five percent of the total taxable value of property in the school district for the same tax year determined under Subchapter M, Chapter 403, Government Code, the commissioner shall request the comptroller to adjust its taxable property value findings for that year consistent with the final determination of the appraisal appeal.

(b) If the district would have received a greater amount from the foundation school fund for the applicable school year using the adjusted value, the commissioner shall add the difference to subsequent distributions to the district from the foundation school fund. An adjustment does not affect the local fund assignment of any other district.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Sec. 42.258. RECOVERY OF OVERALLOCATED FUNDS. (a) If a school district has received an overallocation of state funds, the agency shall, by withholding from subsequent allocations of state funds for the current or subsequent school year or by requesting and obtaining a refund, recover from the district an amount equal to the overallocation.

(a-1) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), the agency may recover an overallocation of state funds over a period not to exceed the subsequent five school years if the commissioner determines that the overallocation was the result of exceptional circumstances reasonably caused by statutory changes to Chapter 41 or 46 or this chapter and related reporting requirements.

(b) If a district fails to comply with a request for a refund under Subsection (a), the agency shall certify to the comptroller that the amount constitutes a debt for purposes of Section 403.055, Government Code. The agency shall provide to the comptroller the amount of the overallocation and any other information required by the comptroller. The comptroller may certify the amount of the debt to the attorney general for collection.

(c) Any amounts recovered under this section shall be deposited in the foundation school fund.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.24, eff. September 28, 2011.

Sec. 42.259. FOUNDATION SCHOOL FUND TRANSFERS. (a) In this section:

(1) "Category 1 school district" means a school district having a wealth per student of less than one-half of the statewide average wealth per student.

(2) "Category 2 school district" means a school district having a wealth per student of at least one-half of the statewide average wealth per student but not more than the statewide average wealth per student.

(3) "Category 3 school district" means a school district having a wealth per student of more than the statewide average wealth per student.

(4) "Wealth per student" means the taxable property values reported by the comptroller to the commissioner under Section 42.252 divided by the number of students in average daily attendance.

(b) Payments from the foundation school fund to each category 1 school district shall be made as follows:

(1) 15 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of September of a fiscal year;

(2) 80 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in eight equal installments to be made on or before the 25th day of October, November, December, January, March, May, June, and July; and

(3) five percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of February.

(c) Payments from the foundation school fund to each category 2 school district shall be made as follows:

(1) 22 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of September of a fiscal year;

(2) 18 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of October;

(3) 9.5 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of November;

(4) 7.5 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of April;

(5) five percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of May;

(6) 10 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of June;

(7) 13 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of July; and

(8) 15 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of August.

(c-1) Expired.

(d) Payments from the foundation school fund to each category 3 school district shall be made as follows:

(1) 45 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of September of a fiscal year;

(2) 35 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of October; and

(3) 20 percent of the yearly entitlement of the district shall be paid in an installment to be made on or before the 25th day of August.

(d-1) Expired.

(e) The amount of any installment required by this section may be modified to provide a school district with the proper amount to which the district may be entitled by law and to correct errors in the allocation or distribution of funds. If an installment under this section is required to be equal to other installments, the amount of other installments may be adjusted to provide for that equality. A payment under this section is not invalid because it is not equal to other installments.

(f) Previously unpaid additional funds from prior fiscal years owed to a district shall be paid to the district together with the September payment of the current fiscal year entitlement.

(g) The commissioner shall make all annual Foundation School Program payments under this section for purposes described by Sections 45.252(a)(1) and (2) before the deadline established under Section 45.263(b) for payment of debt service on bonds. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the commissioner may make Foundation School Program payments under this section after the deadline established under Section 45.263(b) only if the commissioner has not received notice under Section 45.258 concerning a district's failure or inability to pay matured principal or interest on bonds.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 426, Sec. 31, eff. June 9, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 6.03, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 201, Sec. 35, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1310, Sec. 4, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.06, eff. August 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 61, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 1.01, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1410 (S.B. 758), Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 42.260. USE OF CERTAIN FUNDS. (a) In this section, "participating charter school" means an open-enrollment charter school that participates in the uniform group coverage program established under Chapter 1579, Insurance Code.

(b) For each year, the commissioner shall certify to each school district or participating charter school the amount of additional funds to which the district or school is entitled due to the increase made by H.B. No. 3343, Acts of the 77th Legislature, Regular Session, 2001, to:

(1) the equalized wealth level under Section 41.002; or

(2) the guaranteed level of state and local funds per weighted student per cent of tax effort under Section 42.302.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, a school district or participating charter school may use the following amount of funds only to pay contributions under a group health coverage plan for district or school employees:

(1) an amount equal to 75 percent of the amount certified for the district or school under Subsection (b); or

(2) if the following amount is less than the amount specified by Subdivision (1), the sum of:

(A) the amount determined by multiplying the amount of $900 or the amount specified in the General Appropriations Act for that year for purposes of the state contribution under Section 9, Article 3.50-7, Insurance Code, by the number of district or school employees who participate in a group health coverage plan provided by or through the district or school; and

(B) the difference between the amount necessary for the district or school to comply with Section 3, Article 3.50-9, Insurance Code, for the school year and the amount the district or school is required to use to provide health coverage under Section 2 of that article for that year.

(d) A determination by the commissioner under this section is final and may not be appealed.

(e) The commissioner may adopt rules to implement this section.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1187, Sec. 2.08, eff. Sept. 1, 2002.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 62, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.25, eff. September 28, 2011.


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Sec. 42.261. CERTAIN FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR PURPOSE OF TAX REDUCTION. (a) Funds appropriated by the legislature for a tax year for the purpose of reducing a school district's maintenance and operations tax rate and providing state aid under Section 42.2516:

(1) are not excess funds for purposes of Section 42.2517;

(2) are not available for purposes of Section 42.2521 or 42.2522;

(3) may not be used for purposes of Chapter 46; and

(4) may not be provided by the commissioner to a school district for a purpose other than reduction of the district's maintenance and operations tax rate.

(b) The commissioner may adopt rules necessary to administer this section.

Added by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.07, eff. May 31, 2006.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.32(a)(7), eff. September 1, 2017.

SUBCHAPTER F. GUARANTEED YIELD PROGRAM


Sec. 42.301. PURPOSE. The purpose of the guaranteed yield component of the Foundation School Program is to provide each school district with the opportunity to provide the basic program and to supplement that program at a level of its own choice. An allotment under this subchapter may be used for any legal purpose other than capital outlay or debt service.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.20, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 42.302. ALLOTMENT. (a) Each school district is guaranteed a specified amount per weighted student in state and local funds for each cent of tax effort over that required for the district's local fund assignment up to the maximum level specified in this subchapter. The amount of state support, subject only to the maximum amount under Section 42.303, is determined by the formula:

GYA = (GL X WADA X DTR X 100) - LR


where:

"GYA" is the guaranteed yield amount of state funds to be allocated to the district;

"GL" is the dollar amount guaranteed level of state and local funds per weighted student per cent of tax effort, which is an amount described by Subsection (a-1) or a greater amount for any year provided by appropriation;

"WADA" is the number of students in weighted average daily attendance, which is calculated by dividing the sum of the school district's allotments under Subchapters B and C, less any allotment to the district for transportation, any allotment under Section 42.158 or 42.160, and 50 percent of the adjustment under Section 42.102, by the basic allotment for the applicable year;

"DTR" is the district enrichment tax rate of the school district, which is determined by subtracting the amounts specified by Subsection (b) from the total amount of maintenance and operations taxes collected by the school district for the applicable school year and dividing the difference by the quotient of the district's taxable value of property as determined under Subchapter M, Chapter 403, Government Code, or, if applicable, under Section 42.2521, divided by 100; and

"LR" is the local revenue, which is determined by multiplying "DTR" by the quotient of the district's taxable value of property as determined under Subchapter M, Chapter 403, Government Code, or, if applicable, under Section 42.2521, divided by 100.

(a-1) In this section, "wealth per student" has the meaning assigned by Section 41.001. For purposes of Subsection (a), the dollar amount guaranteed level of state and local funds per weighted student per cent of tax effort ("GL") for a school district is:

(1) the greater of the amount of district tax revenue per weighted student per cent of tax effort that would be available to the Austin Independent School District, as determined by the commissioner in cooperation with the Legislative Budget Board, if the reduction of the limitation on tax increases as provided by Section 11.26(a-1), (a-2), or (a-3), Tax Code, did not apply, or the amount of district tax revenue per weighted student per cent of tax effort used for purposes of this subdivision in the preceding school year, for the first six cents by which the district's maintenance and operations tax rate exceeds the rate equal to the product of the state compression percentage, as determined under Section 42.2516, multiplied by the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year; and

(2) $31.95, for the district's maintenance and operations tax effort that exceeds the amount of tax effort described by Subdivision (1).

(a-2) The limitation on district enrichment tax rate ("DTR") under Section 42.303 does not apply to the district's maintenance and operations tax effort described by Subsection (a-1)(1).

(a-3) Expired.

(a-4) Expired.

(b) In computing the district enrichment tax rate of a school district, the total amount of maintenance and operations taxes collected by the school district does not include the amount of:

(1) the district's local fund assignment under Section 42.252; or

(2) taxes paid into a tax increment fund under Chapter 311, Tax Code.

(c) For purposes of this section, school district taxes for which credit is granted under Section 31.035, 31.036, or 31.037, Tax Code, are considered taxes collected by the school district as if the taxes were paid when the credit for the taxes was granted.

(d) For purposes of this section, the total amount of maintenance and operations taxes collected for an applicable school year by a school district with alternate tax dates, as authorized by Section 26.135, Tax Code, is the amount of taxes collected on or after January 1 of the year in which the school year begins and not later than December 31 of the same year.

(e) For purposes of this section, school district taxes for which credit is granted under former Subchapter D, Chapter 313, Tax Code, are considered taxes collected by the school district as if the taxes were paid when the credit for the taxes was granted.

(f) If a school district imposes a maintenance and operations tax at a rate greater than the rate equal to the product of the state compression percentage, as determined under Section 42.2516, multiplied by the maintenance and operations tax rate adopted by the district for the 2005 tax year, the district is entitled to receive an allotment under this section on the basis of that greater tax effort.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 21, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 637, Sec. 3, eff. Aug. 30, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.20, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 320, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1187, Sec. 2.09, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1187, Sec. 2.10, eff. Sept. 1, 2002; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1505, Sec. 8, eff. Jan. 1, 2002; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1275, Sec. 2(21), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.08, eff. May 31, 2006.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 19 (H.B. 5), Sec. 3, eff. May 12, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1191 (H.B. 828), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2010.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 63, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 105(c), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 57.26, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 4 (S.B. 1), Sec. 61.08, eff. September 28, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1304 (H.B. 3390), Sec. 21, eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 42.303. LIMITATION ON ENRICHMENT TAX RATE. The district enrichment tax rate ("DTR") under Section 42.302 may not exceed the amount per $100 of valuation by which the maximum rate permitted under Section 45.003 exceeds the rate used to determine the district's local share under Section 42.252, or a greater amount for any year provided by appropriation.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1071, Sec. 21, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 396, Sec. 1.20, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., Ch. 5 (H.B. 1), Sec. 1.09, eff. May 31, 2006.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1328 (H.B. 3646), Sec. 64, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 42.304. COMPUTATION OF AID FOR DISTRICT ON MILITARY RESERVATION OR AT STATE SCHOOL. State assistance under this subchapter for a school district located on a federal military installation or at Moody State School is computed using the average tax rate and property value per student of school districts in the county, as determined by the commissioner.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

SUBCHAPTER G. SCHOOL FACILITIES INVENTORY AND STANDARDS


Sec. 42.352. STANDARDS. The State Board of Education shall establish standards for adequacy of school facilities. The standards shall include requirements related to space, educational adequacy, and construction quality. All facilities constructed after September 1, 1992, must meet the standards in order to be financed with state or local tax funds.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

Sec. 42.4101. ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE FOR DISTRICTS WITH STUDENTS USING PUBLIC EDUCATION GRANTS. (a) A district is entitled to additional assistance under this section as provided by Section 29.203(c).

(b) The amount of additional assistance under this section is computed by subtracting the number of students residing in the district and using public education grants to attend school in another district for the year in which the assistance is granted from the number of students using public education grants to attend school in the district for that year and multiplying the difference by $266.

(c) If a district to which this section applies is entitled to the maximum amount of assistance under Section 42.406, the maximum is increased by the amount of additional assistance to which the district is entitled under this section.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 722, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.