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Emergency Temporary Exception Provisions for Early Childhood Iowa Area Boards Carry-Forward Percentage

On Friday, April 24, 2020 Governor Reynolds signed a proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration; which included:

SCHOOL READY FUNDING LIMITATION

SECTION TEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and at the request of the Early Childhood Iowa State Board on behalf of Early Childhood Iowa Area Boards, I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 256I.9(4)(e), to the extent it limits the amount of school ready children grant funding an area board may carry forward from fiscal year 2020 to fiscal  year 2021 to twenty percent, but only if the amount does not exceed thirty-five percent consistent with any policy adopted by the Early Childhood Iowa State Board.

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Emergency Temporary Exception Provisions for Early Childhood Iowa Area Boards Carry-Forward Percentage

Iowa Law Requirements for School Ready Funding:


256I.9(4)(e) allows Early Childhood Iowa Area (ECIA) boards to carry forward a maximum of twenty percent of the current fiscal year’s School Ready funding into the succeeding fiscal year. The law states:
The amount of school ready children grant funding an area board may carry forward from one fiscal year to the succeeding fiscal year shall not exceed twenty percent of the grant amount for the fiscal year. All of the school ready children grant funds received by an area board for a fiscal year which remain unencumbered or unobligated at the close of a fiscal year shall be carried forward to the succeeding fiscal year. However, the grant amount for the succeeding fiscal year shall be reduced by the amount in excess of twenty percent of the grant amount received for the fiscal year.


ECI State Board Policy for Early Childhood Funding:


For Early Childhood funding, Tool G, Early Childhood Iowa Area Funding, identifies the carry-forward policy adopted by the ECI State Board. An ECIA board is allowed to carry-forward a maximum of twenty percent of the current fiscal year’s Early Childhood funding into the succeeding fiscal year.


Public Health Emergency Impacting Expenditure of ECIA Board Funding


The public health emergency, COVID-19, is dramatically impacting the operations of programs and services funded by ECIA boards beginning March 9, 2020. The impacts may cause a reduction in services and programs provided and funding expending. Because of the public health emergency, ECIA boards should not be penalized for not expending funding based on the carry-forward limit into the succeeding fiscal year.


Emergency Temporary Exception Provisions:
For School Ready funding, the ECI State Board requests Governor Reynolds to grant an exception to Iowa Code section 256I.9(4)(e) in a proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration and allow the ECI State Board to set the carry-forward limit at 35% for SFY’20 funding into SFY’21.


For Early Childhood funding, the ECI State Board approves a temporary exception to Tool G, Early Childhood Iowa Area Funding, to set the carry-forward limit at 35% for SFY’20 funding into SFY’21.