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Sections1/6/2016 3:30 PMWhere can I find Child Nutrition FAQs?

A: While Act 2014-245 requires that private schools (except church schools) register annually with the Department of Education, it is the interpretation of the State Superintendent of Education that this requirement does not apply to home school students. The collection of information regarding tuition, number of instructors, enrollment, value of property, and general condition of the school, tend to lend themselves to a brick and mortar facility rather than a home school environment.

Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 5:11 PMQ. I homeschool my children. Am I required to register with the state?

Allocations designated for State Supported Treatment Centers (STC) are intended to be used for educational purposes as identified in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Local Education Agency (LEA) and the STC. In years past, there has been little-to-no communication regarding the provision of educational services to the in STC's across the state. In an effort to ensure the accurate allocation of funds and that Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is being provided to public school students enrolled in these centers (as required by the United State Department of Education (USDOE)), the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) chose to require both a verification of "bed count" license, and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by both the LEA and STC. Since the LEA is ultimately responsible for the appropriation of state and federal funds, the appropriate expenditure of said funds, and the education being provided to the students at the STC in their region, they naturally should have input into how the allocated funds are being used. It is intended that this be a joint process, but ultimately if no agreement can be forged, the LEA must retain the authority to redirect (or withhold) funds to ensure that appropriate educational opportunities are being provided.

 

Specialized Treatment Centers9/21/2016 11:37 AMAre the "bed count" funds now completely in the local school system's control and discretion as to services provided and by whom?
Sections1/6/2016 3:37 PMWhere can I see Compliance Monitoring FAQs?

A: Private School registration is open annually between the dates of August 1st, and October 10th. A link to the registration site will be provided from the home page of the Alabama State Department of Education at www.alsde.edu

Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 8:45 PMWhen can private schools register with the state?

​It is the opinion of the State Superintendent of Education that a "cover school" is not required of parents who choose to home school their children.

Non-Public Schools8/11/2016 9:04 AMIs a "cover school" required for home schooling in Alabama?

Education Trust Fund allocations should be used to provide FAPE to public school students placed in STCs. The standards for usage should be determined by both the IEP for special education students, and the MOA as approved by both parties.

 

Specialized Treatment Centers9/1/2016 1:13 PMIf not, who is in control? Who shares control? What are the standards for usage of those funds?
Sections1/6/2016 3:44 PMWhere can I find Pupil Transportation FAQs?

A: The ALSDE does not maintain individual records for any public, private or church school student. Please refer back to the school in which you graduated. If it is a closed private school, conduct research to locate a former trustee or board member to see where the records were stored. If it is a closed church school, refer back to the church that sponsored the school. If the church is closed, conduct research to identify a former church member, pastor or deacon that might know the whereabouts of any stored student records.

Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 8:46 PMQ: I graduated from a private/church school in Alabama. I am attempting to enroll into a college and cannot find my high school transcripts. What do I do?

No. State nor Federal funds can be directly appropriated to private institutions.

Specialized Treatment Centers9/1/2016 1:14 PMCan the local system draw down the "bed count" money without an agreement for specialized services with a private agency whose licensed beds result in the count used to generate those funds?
Sections1/6/2016 3:37 PMWhere can I find School Architect FAQs?

A: The ALSDE does not maintain individual records for any public, private or church school student. Please refer back to the school in which you graduated. If it is a closed private school, conduct research to locate a former trustee or board member to see where the records were stored. If it is a closed church school, refer back to the church that sponsored the school. If the church is closed, conduct research to identify a former church member, pastor or deacon that might know the whereabouts of any stored student records.

Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 8:49 PMQ: I am applying for a job and need my private/church school transcripts and diploma. What do I do?

FAPE is required to be offered to individuals with disabilities as identified by IDEA or Section 504. However, Section 16-28-3 of the Code of Alabama, establishes criteria for school age children to be enrolled in school. While IDEA funds are restricted to special education students, ETF funds are allocated to provide education to appropriate school-age children. 

 

Specialized Treatment Centers9/1/2016 1:15 PMIf the local system can withhold funds to insure FAPE, would that not apply only to students receiving special education services?

A: No. Only private schools are required to annually register with the ALSDE.

Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 8:50 PMQ:Do the same requirements (such as they are) exist for all nonpublic schools, regardless of whether they’re affiliated with a church or not?

This was one of the areas of discrepancies we identified in making changes to STC governance. Several STC's receive "bed count" allocations which are intended to be used for educational purposes. However, in some instances, the STC's are not educating the children, just placing them back in the public schools during the school day. This results in the local school receiving state funds for these students, as well as the STC receiving state funds (double paying for single students). To date we have identified several million dollars that can be saved state-wide by eliminating this practice.

STC's receive additional funds from other state agencies such as DHR, DYS, or DMH. The funds provided by the other state agencies should be utilized to provide non-educational, residential, and support services.

 

 

Specialized Treatment Centers9/1/2016 1:15 PMIf students are enrolled in local system schools, does anything prohibit the system from spending these funds for supplementary services by the agency where students reside as long as those services are not duplicative and clearly of educational value to

A: The ALSDE is not authorized to license or regulate any private, nonpublic, or church school offering instruction in grades K-12 or any combination thereof.

Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 8:52 PMQ:If someone starts a nonpublic school and does not register with the ALSDE, will that person be reprimanded or forced to comply?

 A "bed count" is the official number of beds licensed to the facility by a state agency or county juvenile court. Agencies that license Specialized Treatment Centers (STC) are: Department of Youth Services (DYS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Department of Human Resources (DHR), Department of Corrections (DOC), and local independent juvenile courts.

Specialized Treatment Centers9/21/2016 11:07 AMWhat is a “bed count”?
A: Yes. Parents’ homeschooling their children should notify the local public school superintendent that they are homeschooling their children. This notification is only required at the initial decision to homeschool, and is not required to be made annually.
Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 8:53 PMQ:  The law requires guardians to prove their children ages 6-17 are in school by giving their names to the local superintendent, is that right?

a. A copy of the licensed bed count document from the licensing agency

b. A signed copy of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Education Agency(LEA) where the STC is located.

Specialized Treatment Centers9/21/2016 11:08 AMWhat documents are required in order to receive state Education Trust Fund (ETF) Allocations?

A: No. The ALSDE is not authorized to license or regulate any private, nonpublic, or church school offering instruction in grades K-12 or any combination thereof.

Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 8:55 PMQ:  Does the ALSDE (or any other agency) check to make sure a parent has notified the superintendent of participation in home or church schooling?

An STC can request state funding by providing the two documents required to the LEA it is partnering with to provide services to children.

Specialized Treatment Centers9/21/2016 11:10 AMWho can request state funding?

A: The ALSDE is not authorized to license or regulate any private, nonpublic, or church school offering instruction in grades K-12 or any combination thereof.

Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 8:56 PMQ: Are there any requirements for teachers at nonpublic schools? Could, for instance, someone with no high school diploma or equivalent legally teach in a non public school?

STC’s will receive state allocations at the beginning of the next fiscal year. For example, beds are reported October 1, 2016 through the LEA. An LEA that reports bed count on October 1, 2016 will receive funding October 1, 2017.

Specialized Treatment Centers9/21/2016 11:12 AMWhen will STC’s receive state allocations?
A: No. The ALSDE is not authorized to license or regulate any private, nonpublic, or church school offering instruction in grades K-12 or any combination thereof.
Non-Public Schools5/26/2016 8:57 PMQ:  I have a diploma and transcripts that were printed or handwritten with no official stamp or official seal. I would like to have something officially recognized by the state. Can the ALSDE endorse private, church or home school diplomas?

As the LEAs receive funding, they have the choice to pay in full or in monthly installments to the STC.

Specialized Treatment Centers9/21/2016 11:13 AMHow will STC’s receive their allocation?
Specialized Treatment Centers9/21/2016 11:15 AMWhen is the bed count from the LEA due to the ALSDE for funding? See link for the data collection due dates.

For example, if your license bed count allocation is $100,000 but the MOA states that only 80% of students receive educational services then the amount of funds disbursed to you will be $80,000 instead of the full $100,000.

 

Specialized Treatment Centers9/21/2016 11:16 AMBased on the percentage of educational services provided as stated in the MOA, the funding will be allocated accordingly.