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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 14. Education, Libraries, and Museums
- Chapter 17. Financing of Public Schools
- Section 520. Minimum Expenditure For Instruction.
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AS 14.17.520. Minimum Expenditure For Instruction.
- (a) A district shall budget for and spend a minimum of 70 percent of its school operating expenditures in each fiscal year
on the instructional component of the district budget.
- (b) The commissioner shall reject a district budget that does not comply with (a) of this section and, unless a waiver has
been granted by the board under (d) of this section, shall withhold payments of state aid from that district, beginning
with the payment for the second full month after rejection and continuing until the school board of the district
revises the district budget to comply with (a) of this section.
- (c) The commissioner shall review the annual audit of each district for compliance with the expenditure requirements of
(a) of this section. If the commissioner determines that a district does not meet those requirements, the commissioner
shall advise the district of the determination, calculate the amount of the deficiency, and deduct that amount from
state aid paid to the district for the current fiscal year. A deduction in state aid required under this subsection
begins with the payment for the second full month after the determination, unless a waiver has been granted by the
board under (d) of this section.
- (d) A district that has been determined by the commissioner to be out of compliance with the requirements of this section
may, within 20 days of the commissioner's determination, request a waiver by the board of the imposition by the
commissioner of any reduction in state aid payments under (b) or (c) of this section. The request must be in writing
and must include an analysis of the reasons and causes for the district's inability to comply with the requirements of
this section. The board may grant the waiver if the board determines that the district's failure to meet the
expenditure requirements of this section was due to circumstances beyond the control of the district. The request must
also be submitted to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee, which shall review the district's request and forward
the committee's recommendations on it to the board.
- (e) The commissioner shall submit an annual report on actions taken by the commissioner or the board under this section to
the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee by April 15 of each year.
- (f) In this section, "instructional component" includes expenditures for teachers and for pupil support services.
Article 03. PROCEDURE FOR PAYMENTS OF STATE AID
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