Act 179 Prompts New Changes

Posted on 03/09/2020
Jonesboro - Good news for NEA school districts.  Beginning this fall there will be no tuition fees for school districts to send students to NEA Career & Technical Center.

Legislation passed in 2019 pertaining to the funding and operation of secondary technical centers in Arkansas in Act 179, includes the elimination of billing local school districts for student tuition.  What this means to school districts across the state of Arkansas is that secondary technical centers will no longer bill school districts for student tuition beginning this fall (2020) for students enrolled in their district that are also enrolled in a secondary career center such as NEA Career & Technical Center in Jonesboro.

In the past and including this fiscal year (2019-2020 school year), school districts sending students were billed for the total number of FTEs each fall and each spring.  The following school year, those school districts were reimbursed for the previous year's student tuition through a process known as pass-through funding in the amount of $3,250 per FTE.  This all changed as part of Act 179.

If you have questions regarding the cost to send students to any secondary technical center, contact Eddie Crain, NEACTC Director.
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