Deep Dive into School Budget Models in Houston ISD
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Updated:2/19/2018Changes:1.) Increased Equity PUA based on new data that HISD will cut $45m from school budgets. 2.) Corrected PUA calcuations errors
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Current PUA ModelEquity PUA Model
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PER UNIT ALLOCATION
The per unit allocation for 2017-2018 are:
• Elementary School $3,522
• Middle school $3,558
• High school $3,522 (plus $170 High School State Allotment)
PER UNIT ALLOCATION
The per unit allocation:
• Elementary School $3,350
• Middle school $3,119
• High school $3,150
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SPECIAL POPULATION ALLOCATION
• State Compensatory (SCE): (# Economically disadvantaged + # At-risk) x 50% x 0.15 x PUA

• Gifted and Talented (G/T): # G/T x 0.12 x PUA

• English Language Learners (ELL): # ELL x 0.10 x PUA

• Homeless: # Homeless x 0.05 x PUA
SPECIAL POPULATION ALLOCATION
• State Compensatory (SCE): (# Economically disadvantaged + # At-risk) x 60% x 0.16 x PUA

• Gifted and Talented (G/T): # G/T x 0.09 x PUA

• English Language Learners (ELL): # ELL x 0.10 x PUA

• Homeless: # Homeless x 0.10 x PUA
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SMALL SCHOOL SUBSIDY
• The per-unit allocation for Small School Subsidy is $850.

The threshold enrollment levels are as follow:
• Elementary school - 500
• Middle School - 750
• High School - 1,000

Formula: (Threshold enrollment - school enrollment) x $850
Capped at the lower of 15% of Base Allocation or $228,480)
SMALL SCHOOL SUBSIDY
• The per-unit allocation for Small School Subsidy is $900.

The threshold enrollment levels are as follow:
• Elementary school - 550
• Middle School - 750
• High School - 1,000

Formula: (Threshold enrollment - school enrollment) x $900
Capped at 20% of Base Allocation
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POLICIES
• The only essential positions are the principal and administrative assistant.

• School staffing configurations will be determined at the school level, within the weighted pupil allocation, and with no restriction on teacher/student ratio, except
those required by state law.

• Unused Resource Allocation funds will carry over at 75%.

• Schools are required to carry over 100% prior year deficits as an offset to the current year’s allocation.

• All schools will be required to re-balance to the Final Budget based on October PEIMS snapshot data.
POLICIES
• All schools are required to staff the following essential positions: principal, administrative assistant, librarian/ media specialist, nurse, counselor/ licensed clinical social worker.

• School staffing configurations will be determined at the school level, within the weighted pupil allocation, and with no restriction on teacher/student ratio, except those required by state law.

• Unused Resource Allocation funds will carry over at 50%.

• Schools are required to carry over 100% prior year deficits as an offset to the current year’s allocation.

• All schools will be required to re-balance to the Final Budget based on October PEIMS snapshot data.
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Proposed FTE Model
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Elementary SchoolsMiddle SchoolsHigh Schools
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Principal1Principal1Principal1
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Librarian1Librarian1Librarian1
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Nurse1Nurse1Nurse1
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Counselor500:1Min 1Counselor550:1Min 1Counselor550:1Min 2
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Assistant Principal650:1Min 1Assistant Principal500:1Min 1Assistant Principal550:1Min 1
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Teacher Specialist500:1Min 1Teacher Specialist500:1Min 1Teacher Specialist500:1Min 1
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TeacherPreK24:1Teacher6th-8th30:1Teacher9th-12th33:1
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K-4th22:1Flex Position0-500 students1
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5th26:1501-1000 students2
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Fine Arts/PE 150:1Min 2Flex Positions21001-2000 students4
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Flex Positions0Teaching Assistant02000+ students6
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Teaching AssistantPreK24:0.5IT Cust Service1IT Cust Service0-1000 students1
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IT Cust Service0Clerical Support Admin Assistant11001-2000 students2
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Clerical Support Admin Assistant1Student Info Rep12000+ students3
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Student Info Rep1Data Clerk1Clerical Support Admin Assistant1
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General Clerk450:1Min 1General Clerk450:1Min 1Student Info Rep1
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Non-Salary Discretionary Funds$50/StudentNon-Salary Discretionary Funds$70/StudentRegistrar1
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General Clerk450:1Min 1
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Non-Salary G/T Funds$81/ G/T StudentNon-Salary G/T Funds$81/ G/T StudentNon-Salary Discretionary FundsComprehensive HS$83/Student
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Non-Comprehensive HS$75/Student
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Non-Salary SCE Funds$87/ At-risk StudentNon-Salary SCE Funds$87/ At-risk StudentNon-Salary G/T Funds$81/ G/T Student
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$87/ Economically Disadvantaged Student$87/ Economically Disadvantaged StudentNon-Salary SCE Funds$87/ At-risk Student
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$87/ Econ. Disadv. Student
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Non-Salary Bilingual Funds$168/Bilingual StudentNon-Salary Bilingual Funds$110/Bilingual StudentNon-Salary Bilingual Funds$110/Bilingual Student
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A complete set of policies has yet to be released. Of note is that fractional positions from ratios can be cashed in, staffed by part-time personnel, or converted into full time positions if the school has the funds to pay the difference. Flex positions are costed at a teacher salary and schools can staff them as they see fit. For example, 1 Flex position is 2 Teaching Assistant with funds left over.
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The following expenses will be funded centrally for all schools:
• Substitutes
• Athletic and UIL Buybacks and stipends
• Teacher-leader and Athletic coaching stipends
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