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August 16th, 2017

FY 2017 Annual Financial Report (AFR) Files: Available for LEAs & Counties

The Office of the Auditor General and the Arizona Department of Education have issued the Annual Financial Report (AFR) file packages for fiscal year 2017 for districts and charters.  The County 2017 AFR is also available.   The files may be downloaded by clicking the appropriate link below

District, Charter, and County AFR’s Districts | Charters | County

Districts and Charters may begin uploading their completed AFRs via common logon beginning September 03, 2017.

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August 15th, 2017

The Fiscal Year 2017 Statewide Equalization Recalculation has been completed

The Fiscal Year 2017 Statewide Equalization Recalculation has been completed.

District The positive adjustments have been included in the September 1st payment through the APOR64-1 report. Positive adjustments will be included as lump sum adjustments; whereas the negative adjustments will be taken over the entire fiscal year, 3/12ths taken in October and 1/12th each payment thereafter.

Charter The positive adjustments have been included in the September 1st payment through the CHAR64-1 report as a lump sum adjustment. The negative adjustments will be taken over the entire fiscal year, 3/12ths taken in October and 1/12th each payment thereafter.

Please see the FY17 statewide recalculation amount in the following spreadsheet. FY 17 Statewide Recalculation Adjustments

Pursuant to A.R.S § 15-915, hardship requests are available. Please complete the Hardship Form and submit to [email protected] by 8/31/2017.

With the hardship application, a minimum of 75% must be adjusted in FY18 and 25% will be adjusted in FY19. Adjustments will begin with the October 1 payment. Please include all questions regarding these adjustments in your e-mail, with the completed form attached. Exceptions for severe scenarios may be made.

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August 15th, 2017

FY 2018 Results-Based Funding

School Finance has finished the calculation of the FY 2018 Results-Based Funding, pursuant to A.R.S. 15-249.08. School Finance will distribute the monies to School Districts or Charter Districts for their eligible schools, based on the statutory formula, with the first distribution scheduled for September, 2017. The FY 2018 Results-Based Funding allocation file is located here.

Please refer to School Finance Memo 18-012, published on August 11, 2017, for the important details regarding Results-Based Funding eligibility, and accounting and expenditure reporting requirements.

In an effort to provide the most effective customer service, please direct all Results-Based Funding questions in an email to the School Finance payments team inbox at [email protected]. If the email will concern the first payment of Results-Based Funding, that email is due to the School Finance payments team inbox by August 28, 2017, in order to allow School Finance staff sufficient time to respond prior to the first distribution of funding in September, 2017.

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August 14th, 2017

New Inbox to contact School Finance Account Analysts

In School Finance, your Account Analysts are committed to helping LEAs improve data quality and payment accuracy. Starting in June 2017 the School Finance Account Analysts began working as a team to resolve incoming communications in order to improve response time and transparency.

Please direct your student data, SDER and transportation questions to: [email protected].

To serve you best, we ask you include some details in your email request. For example:

  • Your contact information (the name the charter or district you represent and phone number, if possible)
  • A description of your issue and what steps you’ve taken so far
  • If applicable, sample student IDs or the names of the reports that you need us to review
  • Reference ticket number if one has been created

If you prefer, you can call the School Finance main number at 602-542-5695.

Thank you for your patience while we work through this transition.

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July 27th, 2017

FY2017 915 Requests

The 915 process for FY 2017 requires administrative tools which are currently under development by the AzEDS Team. School Finance anticipates being able to open a 915 window during the second quarter of FY 2018.


Any 915 request  for FY 2017 received will be placed on hold until the needed tools are complete. Requests for FY 2016 or FY 2015 915s can be processed after the statewide recalculation for FY 2017 is complete.

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July 25th, 2017

Charter Estimates Window Now Open

Charter Estimated Counts is now open for all active charter holders to submit new or revised estimates of their ADM (Average Daily Membership) for FY2018 and will close on August 14, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

The data within Estimated Counts on August 14, 2017 will be used as the basis for the September 1, 2017 state aid disbursement.

Please see the table below submission and payment dates:

For Payment Date: Estimated Counts Submission OPEN DATE Estimated Counts Submission DEADLINE (by 4:30 p.m.)
September 1, 2017 July 25, 2017 August 14, 2017


Please see Memo 17-055 for submission instructions and more detail.

If you have questions regarding the submissions, please the Account Analyst Team at [email protected].

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