§16-54-4  Reimbursement by the state. –


Published: 2015

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TITLE 16

Education

CHAPTER 16-54

Education of Limited English Proficient Students [See Title 16 Chapter 97

– The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

SECTION 16-54-4



   § 16-54-4  Reimbursement by the state.

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(a) Each school district shall be reimbursed for expenditures for direct

services and instructional programs. Reimbursement shall be made when these

services and programs have been carried out in accordance with the requirements

of state law and the board of regents' regulations relating to programs and

services for limited English proficient students.



   (b) For each fiscal year the following formula shall be used

to distribute aid for limited English proficient students:



   (1) The following formula and definitions are to be used to

determine the entitlement for each school district for students in programs or

services for the limited-English proficient:



   Net local cost for Resident full-



   limited English time equivalent



   proficient students X limited English X Share ratio =

Incentive



   (statewide) student's district district entitlement



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   Full-time equivalent



   limited English



   proficient students



   (statewide)



   



   (2) In the formula in subsection (b)(1) the terms have the

following meanings:



   (i) "Incentive entitlement" means the sum payable to a local

school district under this formula.



   (ii) "Net local cost for limited English proficient programs

statewide" means the total net instructional expenditure in the reference year

defined in § 16-7-16 of local schools for the support of programs, or

service for limited English proficient students, including the funds

distributed pursuant to this chapter, as the sum is determined by the

commissioner of elementary and secondary education. Federal funds shall be

excluded from reimbursement.



   (iii) "Full time equivalency students" means that time spent

by students in an approval program or service reimbursable under this chapter

divided by the amount of time in a normal school day.



   (iv) "Share ratio" means the effective share ratio as

calculated under § 16-7-20.



   (3) No school district shall receive for limited English

proficient students more than one hundred percent (100%) of its expenditures in

the reference year from a combination of state operations aid as calculated in

accordance with §§ 16-7-15 through 16-7-34 and reimbursement aid for

limited English proficient students as calculated in accordance with this

chapter.



   (4) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 7 of this

title, for each fiscal year not more than five percent (5%) of the funds

appropriated under this chapter should be used for departmental expenditures

for the administration of this chapter.



   (5) If the sum appropriated by the state in any fiscal year

for making payments to the cities and towns under this chapter are not

sufficient to pay in full the total amount which all cities and towns are

entitled to receive for the fiscal year, the maximum amount which all cities

and towns are entitled to receive for the fiscal year is to be ratably reduced.

In any given year the appropriation for implementation of this chapter shall

not exceed two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000).



   (6) Reimbursement payments as calculated under this chapter

shall be made according to § 16-7-17. All payments under this chapter

shall be used exclusively to support programs and services for limited English

proficient students.



   (7) Expenditure reports shall be submitted by the local

school districts to the commissioner of elementary and secondary education in

accordance with rules and regulations of the board of regents for elementary

and secondary education. The commissioner shall make an annual financial and

program evaluation report to the legislature on the status of state and local

efforts.



History of Section.

(P.L. 1982, ch. 286, § 2; P.L. 1988, ch. 84, § 59; P.L. 2001, ch. 86,

§ 51.)

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