Compendium of Budget Information for the 2009 General Session
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The Related to Basic School Program of the Minimum School Program are often referred to as 'Below-the-Line' programs. This moniker is given to these categorical programs to differentiate them from the WPU based Regular School Program. Funding is not determined by the number of WPUs assigned to the program, but rather, by the level of funding appropriated by the Legislature. The program is subdivided into four categories, Related to Basic Programs, Block Grant Program, Special Populations, and Other Programs.
Related to Basic School Programs compliment the regular program, but generally target a specific educational need, student population group, or teacher group. Most often, funding allocated to each categorical program is distributed broadly to school districts and charter schools based on a formula established in statute or board rule. However, some programs require a district or charter school to either qualify (based on established criteria) or to apply for program funding.
In FY 2008, the Legislature appropriated over $728.6 million to support the Minimum School Program - Related to Basic School Program. Program appropriations increased in FY 2009 to nearly $857.3 million.