7 Miss. Code. R. § 3-48.5 - Effective At-Risk Programs
Current through April 7, 2022
School districts are required to make annual reports to the Department of Education on the district's programs serving at-risk School Districts shall budget and spend Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) At-Risk funds, earned as prescribed by Section 37-151-7(1)(d), on effective programs specifically targeted to serve at-risk students. These programs must be in addition to all other regular or required programs offered by the school district to all students. The accounting of the expenditure of these funds shall be as required by the Mississippi School District Financial Accounting Manual as prescribed by the Department of Education.
The definition of an at-risk student will be as determined by each individual school district.
Examples of student groups a school district could use as a guideline in making a determination as to whether a student is considered at risk are:
The form, content and due dates of these reports will be prescribed by the Department of Education.
As a guideline, at-risk programs may include, but are not limited to:
The Department of Education shall review each district's At-Risk program request and based upon the district's ability to logically explain the purpose, stated goals and objectives, and the methodology for determining success of the program will make a determination as to whether the program is a valid use of MAEP At-Risk funds. In the event that the Department of Education determines that the program is not valid then the Department will notify the district in writing of that determination. The Department of Education will provide assistance to these districts by providing information on programs determined to be valid.
Before a school district can spend MAEP At-Risk dollars on any program targeting at- risk students other than what was originally approved by the Department of Education, the school district must seek approval from the Department. The district's request must include documented research as to the effectiveness of the program.
Districts failing to comply with any requirements of this policy shall be in violation of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards and upon determination of a violation the district's accreditation level will be downgraded by the Accreditation Commission.
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