Commissioner’s Update – Feb. 2, 2012

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Later today, the Department will release its estimates for the distribution of General Purpose Aid to local school districts for the 2012-13 school year.

It’s critical information for local districts as they plan their budgets for the coming school year. It’s important to note, however, that these figures are estimates and should not be entered into budgets as definitive figures.

First, the numbers are still subject to legislative action. Second, the aid estimates we’ll provide are based on a number of factors that are impossible to know at this point, such as student enrollment and the size of districts’ special education populations. For those reasons, subsidy amounts to be released later could still change.

A dispatch in the Maine DOE Newsroom has more details and a link to the web page where the estimates will be posted this afternoon.

— Stephen Bowen



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