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(1) As used in this section:
(a) “Program funds” means money appropriated under the Enrollment Growth Contingency Program.
(b) “Student enrollment count” means the enrollment count on the first school day of October, as described in Subsection 53F-2-302(3).
(2) There is created the Enrollment Growth Contingency Program to mitigate funding impacts on an LEA resulting from student enrollment irregularities during fiscal years 2021 and 2022.
(3) Subject to legislative appropriations, the state board, in consultation with the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst and the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, shall use program funds to:
(a) for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 and for an LEA that has declining enrollment, pay costs associated with Subsection 53F-2-302(3) to hold LEA funding distributions at the prior year's average daily membership; and
(b) for fiscal year 2022, fund ongoing impacts of student enrollment changes in the 2021-2022 academic year, including:
(i) assigning additional weighted pupil units to an LEA experiencing a net growth in weighted pupil units over the fiscal year 2022 base allocations associated with student enrollment increases following the student enrollment count;
(ii) at the request of an LEA that experienced a significant decline in student enrollment during the 2020-2021 academic year, pre-fund significantly higher anticipated student enrollment growth before the student enrollment count; and
(iii) with any remaining weighted pupil units, pay other weighted pupil unit related costs in accordance with Section 53F-2-205.
(4) If the state board pre-funds anticipated student enrollment growth under Subsection (3)(b)(ii), the state board shall:
(a) verify the LEA's enrollment after the student enrollment count; and
(b) balance funds as necessary based on the actual increase in student enrollment.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Utah Code Title 53E. Public Education System--State Administration § 53F-2-302.1. Enrollment Growth Contingency Program - last updated May 05, 2022 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ut/title-53e-public-education-system-state-administration/ut-code-sect-53f-2-302-1.html
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