On June 7th, I wrote a blog post in which I attempted to estimate how much money a district could expect if SB 6 were enacted into law. Estimating the amount of money of the Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) before the bill is passed is just that, an estimate. There are several variables that we won’t know until the bill becomes law, and the Texas Education Agency review the provisions in the law and put it into a formula.
Since the June 7th post, the House added two amendments that might affect the funding for the IMA. One would fund the Technology Lending Program using up to 5% of the IMA. Another amendment would provide funding for the Texas School for the Deaf, the Texas School for the Blind and the Visually Impaired, and the Youth Commission for instructional materials. In addition, I haven’t been able to determine if TEA will use the K-12 student count, or go as young as “early education” to grade 12. Also, remember that there is a provision in SB 6 that provides more funding for districts that have a high-growth rate which means that those who don’t have a high-growth rate will receive less.
Even though I know it is dangerous to make estimates until the bill passes and TEA provides us with the definitive information, many of you keep asking how much money a district can expect from the IMA over the next two years. Therefore…I created another chart trying to estimate the per-pupil IMA allocation using all the variables mentioned above EXCEPT adjusting for the high-growth rate districts and the numbers for the Texas School for the Deaf, the Texas School for the Blind and the Visually Impaired, and the Youth Commission.
For an explanation for the HB 4 funding see this blog post.