GENESEE COUNTY, MI — State Superintendent Michael Rice has ruled the formula used to funnel some special education dollars through the Genesee Intermediate School District to local districts does not meet legal requirements.
In a Nov. 24 ruling, Rice ordered that the current formula be immediately replaced with one that is more equitable.
Under the previous formula, the GISD Mandatory Plan appropriates $3.8 million of Act 18 special education funds back to local districts based on a three-part formula:
-Total special education headcount
-Full-time-equivalent (FTE) special education student head count
-Total FTE headcount
FTE head count is adjusted for part-time student numbers. These three factors are currently equally weighted.
The formula did not accommodate Flint Community Schools’ declining enrollment and unique circumstances created by the water crisis, Rice ruled.
Flint schools had a total student count of 7,207 in 2013, the year the formula was last modified.
This year, enrollment