FY 2016 Appropriation

House Bill 172 (1995 General Session) created the Highly Impacted Schools Program. The program provides additional resources for individual assistance to students at schools determined to be highly impacted. Program revenue supports "additional educational services in schools whose student demographic composition indicates a high concentration of students most likely to be at risk for academic failure" (USOE Finance and Statistics, MSP Descriptions, November 2006).

The program provides funding to approximately 50 schools with the highest rates of English language deficiency, student mobility, single parent families, free-lunch eligibility and ethnic-minority students. These schools serve communities where virtually all students are eligible for free lunch, where less than half of the students remain in a single school for the entire year, and where over half of the students speak a language other than English. The children who attend these schools experience living conditions that limit their potential for school success.

Formula -- Eligibility is determined every third year by a school's relative position within a ranked list of all schools that apply for funding. Each school receives a base allocation of $30,000. Remaining revenue is distributed proportionately.

Formula Restrictions -- Schools that receive Highly Impacted Schools funding must provide evidence that students attending the school have made academic gains.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $0 from all sources for Highly Impacted Schools. This is a 0 percent change from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources.


The Legislature repealed statutes governing the program. Program funding was transferred to the Enhancement for At-Risk Students program. Please refer to this program for statutory authority.

Intent Language

HB0002: Item 2

The Legislature intends that the State Board of Education review the Pupil Transportation Allocation Formula and recommend ways to improve the formula to increase efficiency, simplify allocation methodology to school districts, and provide incentives for alternative transportation methods. The Legislature further intends that the State Board of Education report its recommendations to the Education Interim Committee and the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee by October 31, 2015.

HB0002: Item 2

The Legislature intends that the State Board of Education and State Board of Regents provide joint recommendations on how to ensure that each concurrent enrollment course is taught by a qualified instructor, that credits earned by students count towards major and minor degree requirements at state colleges and universities, and that students are advised on the transferability of credits to private and out of state institutions. The Legislature also intends that these recommendations be reported to the Education Interim Committee and the Public Education Appropriations Committee by October 31, 2015.

Beginning in FY 2012, the Highly Impacted Schools program was combined into a new program titled "Enhancement for At-Risk Students." Please refer to this program for additional information.

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