Until the Legislature approves the biennial budget, school districts and open enrollment charter schools may only use any unspent funds from previous Instructional Material Allotments (or local funds) to purchase instructional materials.
Schools are encouraged to develop detailed plans on how to spend their money. Schools may use the "deferred payment" option to spend up to 80% of the IMA they will receive after to Sept. 1 if publishers have agreed to wait on getting their payment. A list of publishers who have agreed (as of April 24) are available by clicking here.
View a recording of IMCAT's April 24 Lunchtime Learning webcast regarding the 84th Legislature by clicking here:
IMCAT's 24th Annual Conference
December 6-9, 2015
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About the 2015 Instructional Materials Allotment
We won't know officially about the allotments until after the Legislature passes a budget. They're supposed to do it before they adjourn June 1, but it's happened before: the Legislature had to go into special sessions in the summer to pass a budget.
The really rough way for a school district to estimate its allotment for Sept. 1, 2015 is this: There are 5.1 million school children in Texas. Take your total enrollment and calculate what percentage that is of 5.1 million. (If you have 5,100 children in your district, that's 0.1 percent of the children in Texas schools.)
The State Board of Education has authorized a disbursement equal to about $1.05 billion from the Permanent School Fund to the (eventually) Instructional Materials Fund over the state's next two fiscal years. Both the first House and Senate drafts of the budget call for about $500 million for instructional materials each year of the biennium. (We'll come back to that.)
So you can take your district's percentage of the total state enrollment and multiply that by $500 million to see what you may expect in the fiscal year beginning Sept. 1. It could be lower, because T.E.A. will deduct some for shipping costs under the current scheme of things.
That, we hope, is worst case. IMCAT is trying to persuade the Legislature to put the entire $1.05 billion in the first year of the biennium, because Proclamation 2015 will be so large. We think we have a pretty good chance, but we won't know until the Governor signs the Appropriations Bill.