2014OFA-1016

October 30, 2014

FROM:

Sarah Bourne

   

SUBJECT:

Interdistrict Magnet School Funding FY 15

You had asked us to provide the funding structure for magnet schools.   The three tables below compare small, medium and large size towns in each major geographic area of the state, include the magnet school grant, the ECS grant, and total state aid. The tables show the total amount of funding these municipalities are eligible for, based on the type of magnet school that is operating within their town.

I hope that you find this information useful.

INTERDISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL FUNDING FY 15

The tables below provide examples of the amount of state aid various towns receive for students who attend a magnet school. There are three tables to illustrate the state aid differences, by geographic location. Additionally, each geographic location includes an example of a small, medium and large sized town.

Table 1: Hartford Region - Per-Student Grants Shown by Sample Towns

SENDING TOWN

RESC-OPERATED SHEFF MAGNET

> 60% OF TOTAL ENROLLMENT FROM HARTFORD

RESC-OPERATED SHEFF MAGNET

< 60% OF TOTAL ENROLLMENT FROM HARTFORD

HARTFORD HOST MAGNET

State

Sending Town

State

Sending Town

State

Sending Town

Magnet Grant $ 1

ECS $ 1

Total State Aid $

Tuition

Magnet Grant $ 1

ECS $ 1

Total State Aid $

Tuition

Magnet Grant $ 2

ECS $ 2

Total State Aid $

Tuition $

Hartford

3,000

9,217

12,217

Varies3

10,443

9,217

19,660

Varies3

3,000

9,217

12,217

0

West Hartford

7,085

1,777

8,507

Varies3

10,443

1,777

12,220

Varies3

13,054

1,777

14,831

04

Granby

7,085

2,739

9,469

Varies3

10,443

2,739

13,182

Varies3

13,054

2,739

15,793

04

Notes:

1The magnet operating grant is payable to the RESC, while the ECS grant is payable to the sending town. The sum of the two represents the state aid for each student attending an interdistrict magnet school, but does not represent the total state aid that goes to the school.

2Hartford receives a magnet operating and an ECS grant for each student from Hartford, plus a magnet grant for each student from outside Hartford who attends a Hartford host magnet. Sending towns receive ECS grants for their students attending Hartford host magnets.

3Starting with FY 11, RESCs must charge tuition equal to the difference between the school's average per pupil expenditure for the prior fiscal year and the sum of (1) the state magnet school operating grant and (2) any revenue the school receives from other sources, calculated on a per-pupil basis. Because per-pupil expenditures vary from school-to-school, tuition charged to sending districts also varies.

4State law prohibits Hartford from charging tuition for students enrolled in interdistrict magnet schools it operates.

Table 2: New Haven Region – Per-Student Grants Shown by Sample Towns

SENDING TOWN

RESC-OPERATED

> 55% OF TOTAL ENROLLMENTFROM NEW HAVEN1

RESC-OPERATED

< 55% OF TOTAL ENROLLMENT FROM A SINGLE TOWN

NEW HAVEN HOST MAGNET

State

Sending Town

State

Sending Town

State

Sending Town

Magnet Grant $ 2

ECS $ 2

Total State Aid $ 2

Tuition $

Magnet Grant $ 2

ECS $ 2

Total State Aid $ 2

Tuition $

Magnet Grant $ 3

ECS $ 3

TotalState Aid $ 3

Tuition $

New Haven

3,000

8,209

11,209

Varies4

7,900

8,209

16,109

Varies4

3,000

8,209

11,209

0

Hamden

7,085

4,012

11,097

Varies4

7,900

4,012

11,912

Varies4

7,085

4,012

11,097

05

Oxford

7,085

2,232

9,317

Varies4

7,900

2,232

10,132

Varies4

7,085

2,232

9,317

05


Notes
:

1To simplify the table, we assumed that the town with more than 55% enrollment in the magnet school is New Haven, but by law any non-Sheff RESC magnet school that has more than 55% of its enrollment from one town gets $ 3,000 for each of those students. One exception is the Wintergreen Magnet School in Hamden.

2The magnet operating grant is payable to the RESC, while the ECS grant is payable to the sending town. The sum of the two represents the total state aid for each student attending an interdistrict magnet school, but does not represent the total state aid that goes to the school.

3A host town receives both a magnet operating and an ECS grant for each of its students, plus a magnet grant for each student from outside the host town who attends the host magnet. Sending towns receive ECS grants for their students attending host magnets. To simplify the table, we assumed that the host magnet is operated by the New Haven school district.

4Starting with FY 11, RESCs must charge tuition equal to the difference between the school's average per pupil expenditure for the prior fiscal year and the sum of (1) the state magnet school operating grant and (2) any revenue the school receives from other sources, calculated on a per-pupil basis. Because per-pupil expenditures vary from school-to-school, tuition charged to sending districts also varies.

5Although, unlike Hartford, New Haven is not prohibited by law from charging sending towns tuition to attend a New Haven host magnet, it has traditionally not done so.

Table 3: New London Region – Per-Student Grants Shown by Sample Towns

SENDING TOWN

RESC-OPERATED

> 55% OF TOTAL ENROLLMENT FROM NEW LONDON1

RESC-OPERATED

< 55% OF TOTAL ENROLLMENT FROM A SINGLE TOWN

NEW LONDON HOST MAGNET

State

Sending Town

State

Sending Town

State

Sending Town

Magnet Grant $ 2

ECS $ 2

Total State Aid $ 2

Tuition $

Magnet Grant $ 2

ECS $ 2

Total State Aid $ 2

Tuition $

Magnet Grant $ 3

ECS $ 3

Total State Aid $ 3

Tuition $

New London

3,000

7,222

10,222

Varies4

7,900

7,222

15,122

Varies4

3,000

7,222

10,222

0

Waterford

7,085

500

7,585

Varies4

7,900

500

8,400

Varies4

7,085

500

7,585

Varies5

Salem

7,085

4,613

11,698

Varies4

7,900

4,613

12,513

Varies4

7,085

4,613

11,698

Varies5

Notes:

1To simplify the table, we assumed that the town with more than 55% enrollment in the magnet school is New London, but by law any non-Sheff RESC magnet school that has more than 55% of its enrollment from one town gets $ 3,000 for each of those students.

2The magnet operating grant is payable to the RESC, while the ECS grant is payable to the sending town. The sum of the two represents the total state aid for each student attending an interdistrict magnet school, but does not represent the total state aid that goes to the school.

3A host town receives a magnet operating and an ECS grant for each of its students, plus a magnet grant for each student from outside the host town who attends the host magnet. Sending towns receive ECS grants for their students attending host magnets. To simplify the table, we assumed that the host magnet is operated by the New London school district.

4Starting with FY 11, RESCs must charge tuition equal to the difference between the school's average per pupil expenditure for the prior fiscal year and the sum of (1) the state magnet school operating grant and (2) any revenue the school receives from other sources, calculated on a per-pupil basis. Because per-pupil expenditures vary from school-to-school, tuition charged to sending districts also varies.

5Unlike Hartford, other host towns are not prohibited by law from charging sending towns tuition to attend their host magnets. The tuition is set by the host town.