Florida Department of Education 
CONTACT PERSON NAME: David Montford PHONE: (850) 488-5142 July 12, 2001 SUNCOM: 278-5142 DPBM: 02-04 MEMORANDUM TO: District School Superintendents FROM: Wayne V. Pierson SUBJECT: ESE Guaranteed Allocation Funding for Scholarships, Charter Schools, and DJJ Facilities The 2000 Legislature created the ESE Guaranteed Allocation for school districts to provide educational programs and services for exceptional education students who would have been funded in ESE Support Levels 1, 2, and 3 in the school year 1999-2000. This funding provided school districts with flexibility in the delivery of services to these students. Loss of the specific cost factors created some problems in calculation of funding for such students attending charter schools and DJJ facilities. The 2001 Legislature, through enactment of the John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (Chapter 2001-82, Laws of Florida), provided a solution. Section (6) of the law provides for the calculation to be based on the methodology and the data used to calculate the guarantee as established in the 2000 appropriation. The consensus of the Florida Education Finance Program Allocation Conference is that this statutory formula be followed in determining funding of scholarship, charter school, and DJJ students, as these are the instances in which the program flexibility granted to districts through the appropriation are not applicable. Therefore, for students with disabilities in charter schools or DJJ programs, districts must complete a Matrix of Services for students with disabilities whose service levels are above Level 1. The calculation determines weighted 2000-01 funding for the student based on the applicable Level 1, 2, or 3 rating and then applies the 2001-02 grade level basic program funding (see the sample calculation, Attachment 1). Attachment 2 provides the calculated annual amount for each ESE Level in each district. Attachments 3 and 4 provide the component amounts for base funding and ESE Guaranteed Allocation funding. WVP:DGM:vb Attachments cc: District Finance Officers Dropout Prevention Coordinators ESE Directors

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