Program Description: Section 31a of the State School Aid Act provides categorical funding to eligible Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and Public School Academies (PSAs) for the intent and purposes focused on the following student outcomes: attending school regularly, reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, being proficient in mathematics by the end of 8th grade, and being career and college ready by high school graduation [Section 31a(1)]. An "At-Risk Pupil" is a K-12 pupil, for whom the LEA has documentation, that meets any of the 10 identification criteria in Section 31a(19).
Funds allocated through Section 31a At-Risk are limited to instructional services and direct non-instructional services to pupils. They are intended to be spent in the current State fiscal year and may not be used for administration or other related costs. LEAs may carry over funds for one year. Legislative and technical assistance documents are available below.
Section 31a Estimated Allocations can be found on MDE's State Aid Payment Information webpage. Please refer to the following contacts for specific allocation-related questions:
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS): The MDE Practice Profile for MTSS
LEAs utilizing Section 31a funding are required to implement a K-12 MTSS framework with fidelity. The MDE has created the Practice Profile for MTSS as a model for implementing a responsive framework to address the academic and non-academic needs of students in the State of Michigan. For more comprehensive information, please visit the MDE Practice Profile for MTSS webpage.
School Breakfast Program Supplement
Per Section 31a(6), LEAs operating a school breakfast program are to use up to $10/student for the costs associated with the operation of this program. This is not an optional expenditure of Section 31a funds. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further guidance.
Annual Program and Fiscal Report (APFR)
The Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Section 31a APFR is due July 15, 2020. This fulfills the Section 31a(9) reporting requirement. The APFR is available through the Michigan Electronic Grants System Plus (MEGS+). The LEA’s MEGS+ Authorized Official (Level 5) or Application Administrator (Level 4) can initiate the Section 31a APFR in MEGS+. The MEGS+ Authorized Official (Level 5) can submit the Section 31a APFR.
To help support the timely submission of the FY20 APFR, the Section 31a Consultants are offering four optional Live Webinars from May 28 through July 8, 2020. Each 90-minute Webinar is designed to walk LEA representatives through the accurate completion of the APFR. Each Webinar offers the same content, so LEA representatives should choose the one Webinar that is most convenient for their team.
Register in advance for one Webinar. After registering, a confirmation e-mail will be sent containing the information about how to join the Webinar.
Resource Materials & Tools
At-Risk Program Planning
The MDE team is providing technical assistance guidance resources to aid LEAs in meeting the intent and purpose of Section 31a. These resources will guide LEAs in intentional program planning to address the requirements of Section 31a and maximize resources to meet the instructional and non-instructional needs of at-risk-eligible students.