Integration

Incentive Revenue: Do We Qualify?

Your district qualifies for incentive revenue if:

• Your district has an approved achievement and integration plan.
• Included in your plan are activities that decrease racial and economic enrollment disparities between your district and a neighboring district, or between a racially identifiable school and other schools in your district. These activities also have to increase educational attainment rates or graduation rates.

The maximum amount of incentive revenue is $10 per adjusted pupil unit.

Your district’s integration status—whether you have a racially identifiable school, are racially isolated, adjoining, or voluntary—determines the activities that qualify you for incentive revenue.

If your district is racially isolated, adjoining, or voluntary:

Qualifying activities at the secondary level offer students the option to enroll with students from other districts into:

1. Credit-bearing courses held during a normal school day.

2. An academic summer program offered by a district.

3. A district through the statewide enrollment options process (open enrollment).

4. A district through special agreements between boards.

Qualifying activities at the middle and elementary levels offer students the option to enroll with students from other districts into:

1. A standards-based academic program offered during a normal school day.

2. A research-based academic summer program providing standards-based instruction.

3. A district through the statewide enrollment options process (open enrollment).

4. A district through special agreements between boards.

If your district has a racially identifiable school:

Qualifying activities include options that will decrease racial and economic enrollment disparities between that school and others in your district serving the same grade levels:

1. Changes to a district’s school attendance boundaries.

2. Magnet schools or programs with enrollment strategies specifically designed to decrease racial and economic enrollment disparities at the racially identifiable school.

3. Priority status for students in the racially identifiable school’s attendance area to attend district schools outside their attendance area.

4. A cross-district enrollment agreement with an adjoining school district with a school that has a lower percentage of enrolled protected class students.

5. Targeted school choice outreach to families related to any of the activities listed in 1-4.

Incentive Revenue: How do we get it?

Your district must identify the activities in your achievement and integration plan that meet one or more of the qualifying criteria.

• If you think you have qualifying activities, identify those in your actual plan—highlight the activity somehow, bold the text, change the font color. When drafting your plan use language that makes it perfectly clear that in fact a certain activity does meet the qualifying criteria. Someone reading that description and reading the qualifying criteria should be able to easily see that they align.
• Incentive revenue may only be used to fund these qualifying activities, so list these expenditures related to these activities as line items in your achievement and integration budget using FIN code 318. This is the unique UFARS code for incentive revenue.
• Enter the total amount of incentive revenue expenditures in the space provided on your district’s budget coversheet.
• If implementing the qualifying activity costs more than the amount of incentive revenue you are eligible for, you may supplement incentive revenue with integration revenue or general education revenue.

Your district will not receive incentive revenue if:

• You do not have qualifying activities clearly identified in your current plan.
• You do not include incentive revenue in your achievement and integration budget.

An important final step!

Submit your amended achievement and integration plans and budgets to mde.integration@state.mn.us. Include a note saying you are resubmitting in order to qualify for incentive revenue.