New census estimates released, affect federal allocations
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, or SAIPE, for income year 2010. The SAIPE includes school district level populations and poverty counts for children ages 5-17. These school district level estimates will be included in the formulas used to calculate allocations for the school year 2012-13 Title I Part A program. The school district estimates are available on the Census Bureauís SAIPE website.
A school district can challenge the Census Bureau SAIPE estimates if it believes an estimate is incorrect. Information on the challenge procedures and an explanation on how the SAIPE counts are obtained can also be found on the Census Bureauís SAIPE website. The challenge period for the 2010 estimates ends Feb. 27, 2012. Any challenge should be made directly to the Census Bureau, as the South Dakota Department of Education has no control over these estimates.