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Exempt School [Home School] Program

General Information

Parents (or legal guardians) may educate their child at home by electing not to meet State approval or accreditation requirements (Section 79-1601 R.R.S.). In Nebraska, “home schools” are referred to as exempt schools and are considered non-approved or non-accredited schools.  By filing for and receiving exempt status, parents are electing not to have their child attend a school that meets State approval and accreditation requirements while also complying with the mandatory school attendance law (Section 79-201 R.R.S.).

2018/19 School Year – Online and Paper Submission


NOTE: Exemption election filings will be accepted either via the online submission OR via paper submission by mail – do NOT submit both ways.


Online Submission through the Nebraska Exempt School Program

Paper Submission Via Mail (or drop off the information at the Department of Education if you live in the Lincoln area) (no faxes or emails will be accepted)

  • Before you begin, review the following documents (available in pdf format):
    • Rule 13, and
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    • Then, download/print the Instructions & Forms Packet here.
    • The packet includes:
      • Nebraska Exempt School Program/Instructions for a Rule 13 Exemption Via Paper Documents
        • Utilize the “Instructions” to assist in the completion & submission.
      • Statement of Election & Assurances (Form A) (two copies are attached)
      • Form B, and
      • Information Summary
    • Submit the documents by mail only (or drop off the information at the Department of Education if you live nearby).
    • Exemption election submissions are due annually by July 15.
      • Mid-school year filings – it is highly advisable to withdraw your child after NDE has received your submission. See Sections 003.02A1 and 003.02A2 of Rule 13 and questions D1, D28 & D29 of the FAQs for further information.

If you cannot submit online or download the documents, contact the Exempt School Program Office to request a packet by mail; indicate if this is a first year filing or renewing from the 2017/18 year.


2017/18 School Year

  • We have discontinued accepting 2017/18 submissions.

Statistical Information

 

Program Contacts

  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or beth.bolte@nebraska.gov
  • Micki Iverson: (402) 471-1894 or micki.iverson@nebraska.gov

 

Updated on 05/30/2018

ESU Core Services and Technology Infrastructure

2018/19 Certification

Notification of the 2017/18 ESU Core Services & Technology Infrastructure Certification Reduction (May 22, 2018)

LB 944 of the 105th Legislature makes adjustments to appropriations and re-appropriations for state operations, aid and construction programs, provides for transfers, and modified intent language and earmarks accompanying appropriations approved by the 105th Legislature, First Session, for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 and the next fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

The total 2017/18 and 2018/19 ESU Core Services & Technology Infrastructure Certification pursuant to 79-1241.03 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes will be reduced by two percent and four percent respectively as a result of the deficit re-appropriations. The 2017/18 ESU Coordinating Council’s two percent distribution will remain at the amount originally certified without reduction. Provisions establishes a two percent reduction which will occur on a pro rata basis off the total amount certified to each of the ESUs and Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. The adjustment will be recognized as a reduction to the final payment of aid on June 1, 2018. The ESU Coordinating Council will be reduced by six percent during the 2018/19 ESU Core Services & Technology Infrastructure Certification.

 

Program Contact:

  • Jen Utemark: (402) 471-3323 or jen.utemark@nebraska.gov

 

 

Updated on 06/11/2018

Budget Factors

2018/19 Budget Factors Certification (March 1, 2018)

Information on the 2018/19 Budget Factors Certification may be accessed below.

Budget Timeline

Certification Reports

Budget Certification Information Prior to 2018/19 School Year

Program Contacts:

  • Janice Eret: (402) 471-2248 or janice.eret@nebraska.gov
  • Bill Biven: (402) 471-0526 or bill.biven@nebraska.gov

Updated on 06/12/2018

State Aid

2018/19 State Aid Certification (March 1, 2018)

Other Links

Program Contact:

  • Jen Utemark: (402) 471-3323 or jen.utemark@nebraska.gov

Updated on 03/01/2018

2018/19 ESSA Financial Coding Information

Annual Financial Report (School District)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is directing change to various categories of reporting data to NDE.  A major provision of ESSA is a statewide accountability system that includes the annual requirement to identify schools with consistently underperforming subgroups for targeted support and improvement by 2019/20.  Additionally, ESSA requires a per pupil expenditure at the school building level.

In order to comply with this provision of ESSA and with a greater emphasis and expectation of financial accountability, the Commissioner has requested the development of a new district coding structure to collect financial data at the district level as well as the individual school level.   Aligning with Federal accounting codes will provide needed detail and enhance accuracy in reporting district financial data for reporting to USDE and US Census Bureau.

The links provided below are for the federal regulations that are driving the changes related to ESSA:

New Financial Coding Structure Effective for 2018/19 School Fiscal Year

Beginning with the 2018/19 school fiscal year, districts and ESUs must use the new coding structure for all district/ESU financial transactions or “crosswalk” their financial data into the new coding structures.  The 2018/19 Annual Financial Report Upload System will only accept district submissions using this new coding structure.

Transitioning to this updated and expanded financial coding system will be a challenge for districts and NDE but this change is a necessary step in improving financial data for reporting and research purposes.  The following links provide detailed information related to this project:

Federal Account Codes Manual

ESSA File Upload Testing Website

Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More

  • ESSA Coding Work Session / Tuesday, July 24 from 1-4 pm at ESU 10 in Kearney
    • SFOS Staff will be present to assist district bookkeepers and superintendents in preparing their coding system to align with the ESSA coding to gear up for the 2018/19 year.  There will be no cost to attend this session.  Please register by sending an email to Janice Eret at janice.eret@nebraska.gov.
  • Currently holding Zoom Meetings with ESUs upon request

Previous ESSA Presentation Information

If you have questions about this new system of coding, please contact Bill Biven, Janice Eret, or Bryce Wilson.

Program Contacts:

  • Bill Biven: (402) 471-0526 or bill.biven@nebraska.gov
  • Janice Eret: (402) 471-2248 or janice.eret@nebraska.gov
  • Bryce Wilson: (402) 471-4320 or bryce.wilson@nebraska.gov

Page updated 08/10/2018

Enrollment Option Program

General Information

Sections 79-232 through 79-246 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes define the Enrollment Option Program and its limits.

Application & Instructions

The Application for Student Transfer – Nebraska Enrollment Option Program is no longer a school year-specific form; therefore, the correct school year will need to be identified. The application & instructions dated June 2018 are the current documents. 

Below is a link to download the “Application for Student Transfer – Nebraska Enrollment Option Program ” [NDE 25-010] and “Information for Completing the Enrollment Option Application Form” (instructions). These are legal-size documents in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.

To locate the district name and district number of the option or resident school district, click on the following link: http://educdirsrc.education.ne.gov/.

  • Next, click on “Quick Lists” button.  On the next page (Quick Lists of Directory Information), scroll down to “PUBLIC DISTRICT AND SCHOOL INFORMATION.”
  • Next, click on the “sorted by county/district number” link to access the list of public school districts.  The district name and district number are referred to as “agency ID.”

When Section 1 has been completed, sign in the appropriate space and mail to the Option School District.

Click here for the Application and Instructions (revised 06/2018)

Note:

  1. As of June 2018, the application is a 2-page document.
  2. Use only the application with the June 2018 revised date.  Dispose of old applications & instructions; the application and instructions dated June 2018 are the current documents.
  3. The application is not a school year-specific form; therefore, the correct school year will need to be identified at the top of the form.
  4. Open Enrollment Option Students do not require an application be completed unless they complete the grades offered at their current building of attendance. See FAQ’s for further information.

Important Filing Information

September 1

  • Earliest date for submitting applications for the next school year.

March 15

  • Deadline for filing applications unless a waiver of dates is granted.
  • School boards may, by Board of Education policy, set deadlines later than March 15.  When applications are submitted after the March 15 deadline, both school districts may, upon mutual agreement, waive deadlines.

April 1

  • Final date for option district to respond to application.

The authorized official must indicate the date the application was accepted or rejected in Section 3 of the Application for Student Transfer.

For further information, refer to the Information for Completing the Enrollment Option Application Form  (06/2018)

Appeal Decisions

Program Contact:

  • Jen Utemark: (402) 471-3323 or jen.utemark@nebraska.gov

Updated on 07/16/2018

Poverty Allowance Expenditure Requirement

 2017/18 Calculated Poverty Allowance Expenditure Requirement

State Statute 79-1007.07 (2) states, the department shall determine the poverty allowance expenditures for 2017/18 using the reported expenditures on the annual financial report (AFR) for 2017/18.  State Statute 79-1007.07 (3) states, if the poverty allowance expenditures for 2017/18 do not equal 117.65 percent or more of the poverty allowance for 2017/18, the department shall calculate a poverty correction for the 2019/20 state aid calculations. Please use Function code 1160 for Poverty Instructional Programs.

For your information, we have created a report that documents the 2017/18 Calculated Poverty Allowance.

School districts can use this report to help determine whether the expenditures reported on the 2017/18 AFR under Function 1160 are 117.65% or more of the 2017/18 Calculated Poverty Allowance.

Program Contact:

  • Jen Utemark: (402) 471-3323 or jen.utemark@nebraska.gov

Link to 2017/18 Calculated LEP Allowance Expenditure Requirement

Page updated on 06/28/2018

LEP Allowance Expenditure Requirement

2017/18 Calculated Limited English Proficiency Allowance Expenditure Requirement

State Statute 79-1007.09 (2) states, the department shall determine the limited English proficiency allowance expenditures for 2017/18 using the reported expenditures on the annual financial report (AFR) for 2017/18.  State Statute 79-1007.09 (3) states, if the limited English proficiency allowance expenditures for 2017/18 do not equal 117.65 percent or more of the limited English proficiency allowance for 2017/18, the department shall calculate a limited English proficiency correction for the 2019/20 state aid calculations. If the limited English proficiency allowance expenditures do not equal fifty percent or more than of the allowance for 2017/18, the school district shall also be disqualified from receiving a limited English proficiency allowance for the 2019/20 state aid year. Please use Function code 1150 for Limited English Proficiency Instructional Programs.

For your information, we have created a report that documents the 2017/18 Calculated LEP Allowance.

School districts can use this report to help determine whether the expenditures reported on the 2017/18 AFR under Function 1150 are 117.65% or more of the 2017/18 Calculated LEP Allowance.

Program Contact:

  • Jen Utemark: (402) 471-3323 or jen.utemark@nebraska.gov

Link to 2017/18 Calculated Poverty Allowance Expenditure Requirement

Page updated on 06/28/2018

Webinars

School Finance Webinar – Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Information on the budget process and State Aid.

 

 

 

 

Page updated on 06/28/2018

New Superintendent Orientation Materials

The contents of this page are no longer available

 

 

Page Updated on 08/10/2018