At Risk Programs contain five subprograms that serve the specialized needs of students who might be academically "at risk" and help these students overcome the factors which put them at-risk. The five At Risk Programs include:
- Gang Prevention -- funding is targeted to programs that discourage students from joining gangs.
- Formula -- schools receive funds on a Request for Proposal basis.
- Formula Restrictions -- recipient schools must match requested funds based on the grade levels served by the school. Elementary schools must provide a 12 percent match, middle/intermediate/junior high schools must provide an 18 percent match, and high schools must provide a 25 percent match.
"At least half of the match must be in-kind services at the school, but in-kind services may not include expenditures for office space or clerical support" (USOE Finance & Statistics, MSP Descriptions, November 2006).
- Homeless and Disadvantaged Minority -- provides "additional educational services for homeless and economically disadvantaged ethnic minority students" (USOE Finance & Statistics, MSP Descriptions, November 2006).
- Formula -- program funding is divided equally based on two criteria. First, school districts receive program funding on a proportional basis as determined by the number of homeless students residing in homeless shelters (based on prior year count). The second half is distributed to school districts based on the proportional "prior year number of ethnic minority students who are eligible for free or reduced price school meals" (USOE Finance & Statistics, MSP Descriptions, November 2006).
- MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement) -- funding encourages high school age "ethnic minority and female students to pursue postsecondary training and employment in mathematics, engineering, or science by enabling them to participate in an enriched math and science curriculum" (USOE Finance & Statistics, MSP Descriptions, November 2006).
- Formula -- school districts receive funds on a Request for Proposal basis. The RFP process is administered by the MESA Public Education Committee.
- At Risk Regular Programs -- funding promotes reducing the achievement gap among demographic subgroups within the public education system.
- Formula -- school districts receive proportional funding based on "the share of current year Grades 1-12 [Program] WPUs plus [Necessarily Existent] Small School WPUs and the share of students eligible for free or reduced price school meals" (USOE Finance & Statistics, MSP Descriptions, November 2006). Each district is guaranteed a minimum of $18,600.
- Youth in Custody -- provides educational services to students who are in the custody of the Utah State Department of Human Services, a juvenile detention facility, or an equivalent agency of a tribe recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- Formula -- school districts receive program funding through an application process. Districts act as contractors providing services that range from "instruction in the core curriculum in secure facilities to the mentoring of students in foster care" (USOE Finance & Statistics, MSP Descriptions, November 2006).
- Formula Restrictions -- school districts must have Youth in Custody students within their jurisdiction to qualify for program funding.
During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $0 from all sources for Youth At-Risk. 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 and Youth-in-Custody programs. Please refer to these programs for statutory authority.
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.
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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 Youth At-Risk program was divided into two separate programs. Part of the funding was combined into a new program titled "Enhancement for At-Risk Students." The funding specifically for students in state custody was placed into a new program called "Youth-in-Custody" to provide more transparency in the budget process. Please refer to these programs for additional information.
COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.