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Tuition Cost for Public Charter Schools and Public On-Line Programs

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Public Charter Schools Tuition Cost

Overview

Per state ECEA Rules, a public charter school may charge tuition to the responsible LEA for the additional cost of providing special education services to students with disabilities.   Tuition costs is the amount of expenditures for special education services over and above applicable revenues for a child with a disability who receives special education services in a public charter school.  Tuition may be owed to the public charter school for a child identified with an eligible disability:  Intellectual Disability; Serious Emotional Disability; Hearing Impairment, including Deafness or Hearing Disability; Visual Impairment, including Blindness or Visual Disability; Deaf-Blindness; Multiple Disabilities; Autism Spectrum Disorders; or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Of the programs that serve students with eligible disabilities, the specific special education program provided to these students must exceed the duration and intensity of the regular special education program at the public charter school. 

ECEA Rules require the Colorado Department of Education to have a process in place to calculate a tuition cost rate for public charter schools.  The application for Documentation of a Tuition Cost Rate for Public Charter Schools is a formatted excel form containing sections:  Program Identification, Instructional and Support program costs, relevant Regular Education and Other Educational program costs, applicable education program revenues, and staff work books to record data on staff providing services at the public charter school to students with disabilities.  Staff licensing status is verified to ensure that all staff reported in the application are appropriately licensed and endorsed for the student disabilities served in the public charter school program per State and Federal reporting requirements.

The Department is responsible for the annual submission of tuition cost rates for public charter schools to the State Board of Education for approval.

Application for a Tuition Cost Rate for Public Charter Schools

Deadlines

  • Tuition Cost Application open date - Wednesday, July 28, 2021
  • Tuition Cost Application submit date - Thursday, September 30, 2021

Submission to the ESSU Data Management System (DMS), Fiscal Tab

The Application for a Tuition Cost Rate for Public Charter Schools contains information that must be protected.  Submission of the application is through the Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) Data Management System (DMS), a secure site for submission of sensitive information. Please review specific information contained in the Check List.  Email the CDE Tuition Cost Administrator, Kim Boylan at boylan_k@cde.state.co.us once the entire application is uploaded to the DMS, Fiscal Tab.  The DMS does not have a notification feature.  Failure to notify the CDE Tuition Cost Administrator will result in possible delays in processing the application.

Checklist (with Excel Form and DMS Submission Guidelines)

Data Elements and Instructions

Tuition Cost Rates

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Public On-Line Programs Tuition Cost

Application for a Tuition Cost Rate for Public On-Line Programs

Deadlines

  • Tuition Cost Application open date - Wednesday, July 28, 2021
  • Tuition Cost Application submit date - Thursday, September 30, 2021

Submission to the ESSU Data Management System (DMS), Fiscal Tab

The Application for a Tuition Cost Rate for Public On-Line Programs contains information that must be protected.  Submission of the application is through the Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) Data Management System (DMS), a secure site for submission of sensitive information. Email the CDE Tuition Cost Administrator, Kim Boylan, at boylan_k@cde.state.co.us once the entire application is uploaded to the DMS, Fiscal Tab.  The DMS does not have a notification feature.  Failure to notify the CDE Tuition Cost Administrator will result in possible delays in processing the application.

Data Elements and Instructions

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Questions? Contact

Lauren Rossini, rossini_l@cde.state.co.us or Kim Boylan, boylan_k@cde.state.co.us


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