TEA announces personal education funding reform to help pandemic impact | News

ASTINE – Texas public school districts that lost attendance this school year may be able to reimburse part of that amount, state officials said Tuesday.

School funding is usually based on the number of students enrolled and the day-to-day presence on campus.

When the coronavirus pandemic occurred, districts struggled to maintain attendance and saw fewer registrations as families chose other study options. Therefore, the Texas Education Agency has prioritized flexibility to support major funding for school systems, including by providing full funding on a day-to-day basis, whether in person or remotely, state officials said.

“In recent years, the Texas legislature has taken steps to significantly increase funding for Texas public schools, as well as to focus the structure of the financial system on the needs of our students,” Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morat said in a statement. “This reform will further disrupt COVID-19-related learning and is another way we can prioritize the needs of our state’s teachers and students.”

These changes will allow eligible districts to adjust the operating minutes requirements for certain attendance reporting periods in the 2021-22 academic year, the statement said. In this case, districts can exclude operational minutes from their reports on school days, which have low interest rates in schools. This will “ensure that school districts have the financial resources to provide quality education to all students in Texas,” the publication said.

The amendment will apply to the first four reporting periods of the current school year for school systems that have experienced attendance, as well as focusing on personal learning, the statement said. It does not consider a district safe for ADA losses due to a drop in enrollment, he added.

“I am proud that the Texas House has always put the needs of our students first, and I work our teachers and administrators around the clock to make sure Texas schools are open and safe,” Dade Felan said in a statement. “It was a logical thing to do to continue to support our school districts and our students.”

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