The Wyoming School Foundation Program provides a guaranteed level of funding to every Wyoming public school district. This “guarantee” is essentially a block grant and is based on a number of factors, the most important of which is the number of students enrolled in the district in the prior year.
Other components having a significant impact on a district’s guarantee include special education and pupil transportation costs incurred in the prior year and the number, size and location of certain statutorily defined “small schools” operated by the district. Very small school districts meeting certain enrollment criteria may qualify for additional funding.
Once a district’s guarantee is established, that funding level is compared to the district’s available local revenue sources. If a district’s local revenues turn out to be less than its guarantee, the state of Wyoming makes up the difference through a series of entitlement payments distributed to the district throughout the school year.
A few school districts, on the other hand, have access to local revenues in excess of their guarantees. These districts must rebate the excess to the state of Wyoming–a process known as recapture. All recaptured monies flow into a Foundation Program fund and are eventually redistributed to those districts receiving entitlement payments from the state.
Proposed Changes to Administrative Rules
Emergency rules are necessary in order to comply with requirements added to W.S. 21-13-320, which are effective July 1, 2019. The statute requires the WDE to define procedures for and conditions under which school districts may procure student transportation vehicles, establish a mileage and age replacement schedule for student transportation vehicles, and establish a competitive bid process for student transportation vehicle procurement. Regular rules will be promulgated at the same time, giving the public an opportunity to provide comment.
The WDE seeks public comment on proposed revisions to the Chapter 20 Rules: Rules for the Pupil Transportation Component within the Education Resource Block Grant Model. The rules with their proposed revisions can be found below. Chapter 20 references Chapter 2 rules in several sections; therefore, the proposed rules revisions are being promulgated together.
The WDE seeks public comment on proposed revisions to the Chapter 2 Rules: Rules for Minimum Standards for the Wyoming School Buses. The rules with their proposed revisions can be found below. Chapter 20 references Chapter 2 rules in several sections; therefore, the proposed rules revisions are being promulgated together.
The Wyoming Department of Health and The Wyoming Department of Education have started to examine using Medicaid dollars to pay for some special education funding. Updates to that process will be posted here.
- JEIC SBS Program Update 6-5-2019
- Next public meeting:
- Joint Interim Education Committee Meeting, Cody WY
- September 26-27, 2019.
- Final Fiscal Year 2019
- Final Fiscal Year 2018
- Final Fiscal Year 2017
- Final Fiscal Year 2016
- Final Fiscal Year 2015
- Final Fiscal Year 2014
- Final Fiscal Year 2013
- Final Fiscal Year 2012
- Final Fiscal Year 2011
- Final Fiscal Year 2010
- Final Fiscal Year 2009
- Final Fiscal Year 2008
- Final Fiscal Year 2007
- Final Fiscal Year 2006
- Attendance and Membership
- CPA Audits
- CRERW Report
- Special Education Expenditure Report
- Stat 1 – School District Mill Levies and Bonded Debt
- Stat 2 – School District Enrollment and Staffing Data
- Stat 3 – School District Financial Profiles
- Title 1 Maintenance of Effort
- Transportation Reports