While I have been a strong proponent of the C.E.P (Community Eligibility Provision) I realized that those who work in the various school districts are the experts. I emailed a couple of the larger school districts to get some answers on the funding questions and the City of Boston responded.
Thelma DaSilva, Communications Specialist, with the Boston Public Schools was kind enough to answer a few questions about the Community Eligibility Provision Program and share Boston’s concern with the Chapt. 70 funding and how the the State calculates the share of Title I dollars.
Former Deputy Superintendent Jay Lang seems to have been correct when he stated Lowell might be better off waiting another year until the “bugs” are worked out.
Here is her response:
Here are the answers to your questions. Should you have any further questions, please call me at 617-635-9067
A) Does the program negatively affect any state aid?
Since we no longer collect free and reduced lunch applications the State is moving to a new metric to define low-income and is using direct certified as the new methodology as well. Chapter 70 funding may be impacted for FY17, but we are not sure what the impact might be. In our conversations with the State, it was determined that this requires legislative action and there is no fix yet.
Everybody loses and that’s not the intent.
The State is looking to come up with a reasonable measure on how to fix this. As a plus, right now a higher concentration of poverty is not considered in Chapter 70 and this will give a chance to fix this issue as well.
B) Does it jeopardize funding for any other Federal grants?
No, our Federal grants are based on Census data so it does not affect that total allocation coming to the State. It does come into play when the State calculates the share of Title I dollars that Boston gets vs. the charter and vocational schools.
C) Is the reimbursement done on a timely basis?
There is no impact to timeliness on reimbursement from the state, it, however, has been easier for the district to calculate and reconcile revenue since it is a flat free meal rate.