Significant Expansion of Enrollment for Charter Schools Serving Students with Disabilities

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The purpose of this letter is to inform open-enrollment charter schools that meet the criteria for significant expansion of enrollment that they may qualify for additional funding under the 2014–2015 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA-B) grant funds. This submission is available for significantly expanded open-enrollment charter schools that provide special education services to eligible students with disabilities based on current Full and Individual Evaluations (FIEs) and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

This letter also describes the process open-enrollment charters must follow to qualify for additional grant funds.

Criteria for Significant Expansion of Enrollment

 

The open-enrollment charter school must have both of the following to meet the criteria for significant expansion of enrollment:

  • A minimum student enrollment of 50
  • Increase in total enrollment must be 50% or greater

Note:  Student data increases due to a TEA-approved consolidation, merger, or annexation are not a factor when determining signification expansion. Therefore, student data from a merged charter school should not be included.

Process for Qualifying for Additional Funds


The child count data must be reported in the eGrants system, which can be accessed through the Texas Education Agency Secure Environment (TEASE) at https://seguin.tea.state.tx.us/apps/logon.asp.

  • Access eGrants via TEASE
  • From the drop-down list, select the 2014–2015 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application.
  • Under Special Collections, select the 2014–2015 Charter Data Request—Significantly Expanded.

 Timeline


Additional grant funding may become available for either the 2014–2015 or the 2015–2016 school year, depending on when the open-enrollment charter school certifies and submits the 2014–2015 Charter Data Request–Significantly Expanded form:

  • If the 2014–2015 Charter Data Request–Significantly Expanded Form is certified and submitted on or before November 1, 2014, the additional funding may be included in the open-enrollment charter school’s 2014–2015 Special Education maximum entitlements.
  • If the 2014–2015 Charter Data Request–Significantly Expanded Form is certified and submitted after November 1, 2014, but no later than January 31, 2015, the additional funding may be included in the open-enrollment charter school’s 2015–2016 school year Special Education planning amounts.

The SC5011 must be certified and submitted in eGrants no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time, January 31, 2015.

To complete the SC5011, the open-enrollment charter school must reflect unduplicated enrollment date of students eligible for IDEA-B funds collected on a specific date of the charter school’s choosing (no later than November 1, 2014) during the 2014–2015 school year. The form is prepopulated with the November 1, 2014 date. If the charter school chooses to use a date other than November 1, 2014, they can report the actual date they are using in the textbox “Additional Information for Agency Review.” Applicants are advised to thoroughly review data for accuracy and to ensure that auditable documentation is on file to support the data reported.

For Further Information

For assistance in completing the data collection form, refer to the Report Instructions for the Charter Data Request, available through eGrants, or contact your regional education service center. If additional assistance is required, contact the Division of Grants Administration at grants@tea.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Yolanda Cantu
Senior Director
Division of Grants Administration