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New Census Estimates Released for FY15 Title I Low Income

The U.S. Department of Education has released the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for income year 2012.  These estimates will be used to calculate FY15 Title I Allocations. A file of 2012 Poverty Data, by Local Education Agency (LEA) is provided in an alphabetical listing of LEAs, Poverty Count, 5-17 Population, Poverty Percentage and Total Population online at http://www.isbe.net/funding/excel/FY15Preliminary_eligibility.xlsx.

With this data, LEAs can determine their potential eligibility for Basic, Concentration, Targeted and Education Finance Incentive Grants (EFIG). 

Basic Grant eligibility: an LEA must have at least 10 poverty children and the number of poverty children must be greater than 2 percent of the LEA population of children ages 5-17.

Concentration Grant eligibility: an LEA must have at least 6,500 poverty children or the number of those children exceeds 15% of the total 5-17 population. 

Targeted and EFIG grant qualifications: an LEA must have at least 10 poverty children and that number must be at least 5 percent of the 5-17 population.

The following link to the Census Bureau, www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/about/faq.html provides various aspects of the SAIPE count. We will be using the 2012 data to calculate SY 2014-15 Title I, Part A allocations because they are the most recent available data.

Superintendents, business managers, and Title I directors should carefully examine the data for their LEA as this will be the first indication as to whether your LEA may be gaining or losing in eligibility for Title I funds in FY15. ISBE neither controls nor generates the data.  The challenge period for the 2012 estimates is December 11, 2013 through March 10, 2014.  Refer to www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/contact/challenges.html if interested.

Note that this preliminary data does not include other non-census information, such as foster, neglected, or delinquent counts that may be used to calculate Title I allocations.

If you have questions on the information provided in this message, please contact Sally Cray scray@isbe.net in the Division of Funding and Disbursement Services at 217-782-5256