Instructional Materials Allotment and the High Enrollment Growth Application

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August 21, 2015

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT: Instructional Materials Allotment and the High Enrollment Growth Application

Texas school districts and open-enrollment charter schools were provided the amounts of their instructional materials allotments (IMAs) for the 2015‒2016 and 2016‒2017 school years in late June of 2015. The IMAs were calculated using the most recent PEIMS enrollment data.
 
In accordance with the Texas Education Code, §31.0214, certain districts and charter schools may be eligible for adjustments to their IMA to accommodate rapid growth in enrollment. To be eligible for an increase, the district or charter must have experienced one of the following:

•    A minimum enrollment growth of ten percent over the previous five-year period
•    A net increase of 3,500 students over the previous five-year period
•    Unexpected enrollment growth due to unforeseen circumstances
•    The recent approval of a charter school expansion amendment by the commissioner of education

Districts or open-enrollment charter schools that meet these criteria may submit an application to the commissioner of education to request additional IMA funding. Contingent upon commissioner approval and funding availability, the allotment will be increased to include students who were not included in the original calculation. The commissioner’s determination under this process is final and may not be appealed.

Districts and charters are permitted to submit only one application each school year. In order for any approved increase in IMA funds to include the full biennial amount, applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Applications received after that deadline will be considered for the 2016‒2017 school year only.

The district or charter school will be notified of its status for additional IMA funding within 15 working days of the receipt of the application. The request for additional IMA funding must be submitted using the approved application, which may be accessed at http://tea.texas.gov/Curriculum_and_Instructional_Programs/Instructional_Materials/Ordering_and_Distribution/Forms_and_Downloads/

For assistance with the high enrollment growth application process, please contact Kelly Griffin at kelly.griffin@tea.texas.gov or at (512) 463-9601.
Sincerely,

Monica Martinez
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs