|Date:||March 26, 1999|
|To:||State Directors of Vocational-Technical Education|
State Directors of Community, Technical and Junior Colleges
State Tech-Prep Coordinators
|From:||Patricia W. McNeil|
|Subject:||Distribution of Funds to Secondary School Programs in Fiscal Year 2000 and Succeeding Fiscal Years under Section 131(b) of Perkins III|
I have attached a comprehensive memorandum regarding the within-State distribution of funds in FY 2000 under section 131(b) of Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III). I want to briefly highlight the key points of this memorandum for you:
- The data required to distribute 70% of the secondary funds under Perkins III is not available from the Census Bureau.
- The Census Bureau's estimate of the relative number of children in poverty aged 5-17 for 1995-96 has a very high correlation with the data required by law to distribute the 70%.
- The Department will accept a State's substitution of the 5-17 data for the data required for distributing the 70% without further justification by the State.
- If a State wants to seek a waiver to use a different alternative formula, the State may use the 5-17 data as the point of comparison to justify that its proposed formula meets the more equitable distribution test.
While these are the major highlights, please review the attached memorandum in detail. If you have any questions or need additional information on these matters, please contact Mr. Jon Weintraub at (202) 205-5602.