Public Education Grant

  • Public Education Grant

    In 1995, the Texas Legislature created the Public Education Grant (PEG) program (Texas Education Code [TEC], §§29.201– 29.205). The PEG program permits a parent whose child attends a campus on the PEG List to request a transfer to another campus within their home district or to a campus in a different district. A list of PEG-designated campuses is provided to districts annually. By February 1, districts must notify each parent assigned to a campus on the PEG List. Parents may then request a transfer for the following school year.

    Through the PEG program, districts receive a slightly higher allocation of funding from the state for each PEG-transferred student. (The additional funding is equal to 10 percent of the adjusted basic allotment, which varies by campus.)

     

    Updated December 12, 2018

    1. What is the PEG program?
    In 1995, the Texas Legislature created the Public Education Grant (PEG) program (Texas Education Code [TEC], §§29.201– 29.205). The PEG program permits a parent whose child attends a campus on the PEG List to request a transfer to another campus within their home district or to a campus in a different district. A list of PEG-designated campuses is provided to districts annually. By February 1, districts must notify each parent assigned to a campus on the PEG List. Parents may then request a transfer for the following school year.

    Through the PEG program, districts receive a slightly higher allocation of funding from the state for each PEG-transferred student. (The additional funding is equal to 10 percent of the adjusted basic allotment, which varies by campus.)

    2. Which campuses are on the current PEG List?
    See the most current PEG List (PDF).

    Identification

    3. Why does a campus appear on the PEG List?
    Statute governing the PEG program has been updated to reflect changes under House Bill 22 (85th Texas Legislature). Beginning in August 2018, campuses that receive an Improvement Required rating in both the Student Achievement domain and the School Progress domain will be placed on the 2019–20 PEG List. Please see TEC, §§29.201–29.205 for more information.

    For additional details on how campuses are identified, please see the Methodology for Identifying Campuses on the 2019–20 PEG List (PDF).

    4. What has changed about the PEG process in the past year?
    Beginning in August 2018, campuses that receive an Improvement Required rating in both the Student Achievement and the School Progress domains will be placed on the 2019–20 PEG List.

    5. Can a campus that was rated Improvement Required in 2017 be on the PEG List?
    Only if that campus earned an Improvement Required rating in both the Student Achievement and the School Progress domains in 2018. Unlike in previous years, an Improvement Required rating in the prior accountability year does not place a campus on the 2019–20 PEG List.

    6. Why aren't charter schools on the PEG List?
    Charter schools are schools of choice, and students at a charter school are eligible to transfer back to their home school district whenever they desire.

    7. Do PEG calculations use the same accountability subset used for state accountability ratings?
    Yes.

    Transfer

    8. How does a parent obtain a transfer?
    The parent contacts the district to which they wish to transfer their child and submits a written transfer request. Either the PEG notification letter from the home district or the PEG List provides adequate justification for the transfer request.

    9. Can a PEG-listed campus deny a student the right to request a transfer to another campus?
    No, the purpose of the letter sent by the PEG-listed campus is to notify every parent that they can request a transfer under the PEG program.

    10. Can TEA tell me if my PEG transfer request will be granted?
    No. PEG transfer requests are decided locally.

    11. I can't find the parent notification letter from our home campus; I'm not even sure the district sent me one. Can I still request a transfer?
    Yes, simply show the destination district the PEG List, and explain that your home campus is listed.

    12. Must a district accept all students who request transfers under the PEG program?
    No, but districts must follow the same policies they follow for evaluating non-PEG transfer requests. For example, they may restrict transfers by using a first-come-first-serve system and may deny further requests for lack of space.

    Interdistrict (between districts) – These may be rejected or accepted by the district receiving the transfer request based on existing district policy.

    Intradistrict (within district) – These requests may also be rejected or accepted based on existing district policy, although no additional funding is allotted for this type of transfer.

    13. My daughter attends a very low-performing campus that is now on the PEG List. I would like to transfer her to a high-performing campus in another district. They have rejected her transfer even though other students have been allowed to transfer under PEG. They tell me their district has a policy of only accepting PEG transfers of students who perform well on the STAAR. Is this legal? 
    No, districts may not discriminate based on a student's academic performance. A school district chosen by a student's parent under TEC §29.201 is entitled to accept or reject the application for the student to attend a campus in that district but may not use criteria that discriminate on the basis of a student's race, ethnicity, academic achievement, athletic abilities, language proficiency, sex, or socioeconomic status (TEC §29.203 [d]).

    14. Can a district refuse to accept a transfer because they do not wish to incur the additional special education expenses for that student?
    No, a district cannot discriminate based on special education needs.

    15. Can a district accept PEG transfers only for the children of staff?
    No, however, a district may deny PEG transfers and accept non-PEG transfers for the children of staff as long as this is consistent with the district’s policy.

    16. Is a fifth grader eligible to request a transfer if the middle school he/she will attend as a sixth grader is on the 2019–20 PEG List?
    Yes.

    17. My child attends a campus in a district that is rated F. Her campus is rated Met Standard. Can I still request a PEG transfer?
    Only if her campus is rated Improvement Required rating in both the Student Achievement and the School Progress domains and is on the PEG List. District ratings are not considered.

    18. Does the ability to transfer last the duration of the 2019–20 school year? 
    Yes, parents may request a transfer under the PEG program any time during the 2019–20 school year.

    19. Can students transfer before the beginning of the upcoming school year? 
    Any PEG transfers must be based on the PEG list currently in effect. If a student is enrolled in a campus on 2018–19 PEG list, they may initiate a PEG transfer anytime during the 2018–19 school year.

    The PEG list released in August 2018 is effective for the 2019–20 school year. It is not permissible to request an immediate PEG transfer in the fall of 2018 based on the 2019–20 PEG list. Transfer requests should follow local transfer timelines for the 2019–20 school year.

    20. Can a student transfer from one PEG-listed campus to another PEG-listed campus under the PEG program?
    No, under the PEG program criteria, a student may not transfer from one PEG-identified campus to another PEG-identified campus under the PEG program.

    21. What happens to students who transferred to a district under the PEG program, and in a subsequent year the campus they attend becomes a PEG-listed campus? Do they remain eligible to stay at the campus?
    The conditions of their original transfer are no longer in effect. They may still request to transfer during 2019–20 but only as a non-PEG transfer.

    22. In the situation above, is funding sustained? 
    The receiving district can no longer receive PEG funding for transfers to a campus that has become a PEG-listed campus.

    23. In the situation above, do the PEG-transferred students get the same notification as all other enrolled students?
    Yes, all students attending the campus that is PEG-identified must be notified that the campus they are attending is on the PEG List.

    24. Please explain continued student eligibility in cases where a campus is no longer PEG-listed or the student's attendance zone changes.
    Student eligibility for PEG transfers is based on assignment to attend a PEG campus in the district of residence. Student eligibility expires upon either of two conditions:

    • Completion of all grades offered by the campus upon which eligibility was originally based
    • Assignment of the student to a campus that is not on the PEG List as a result of redrawn attendance boundaries or student movement into a different attendance area

    A receiving district is permitted to continue to treat a student as PEG eligible after expiration of eligibility only if the student has not yet completed all grades on the campus to which the student transferred during the eligibility period.

    25. In the case of larger districts with multiple campuses that are not on the PEG List, can students request a transfer to another campus that is within the district?
    Yes.

    26. Are districts required to allow those transfers?
    Districts must follow the same policies they follow in allowing any transfer requests. For example, they may deny a request because of lack of space.

    Athletic Eligibility

    27. If a student transfers under the PEG program, is their athletic eligibility affected?
    Possibly. Rules regarding UIL eligibility are governed by the University Interscholastic League, not by TEA or school districts. See the downloadable TEA-UIL Side by Side. Page 9 addresses PEG transfers.

    Transportation

    28. Are districts responsible for providing transportation for students if they transfer to a campus in another district?

    No, districts are not required to provide transportation for students who transfer to another district under the PEG program.

    The school district in which a student resides shall provide each student attending a school in another district under this subchapter transportation free of charge to and from the school the student would otherwise attend (TEC 29.203 [f]).

    The phrase, “to and from the school the student would otherwise attend” means that the district is not required to provide transportation beyond what it would normally provide—to and from the students' homes and their regularly assigned campuses. In other words, neither the residing nor receiving district is required to provide transportation to the new campus.

    District Responsibilities

    29. Is there an overview of district responsibilities?
    Correspondence to superintendents was sent via email to superintendents of districts with at least one campus on the PEG List. The letter addresses district responsibilities.

    30. Districts are instructed to provide a clear, concise explanation of PEG when they notify parents. Can TEA provide such an explanation or provide a sample letter that could be used to send to parents?
    Because each campus's situation for being on the PEG List is unique, the campus needs to write its own letter addressing its specific situation. In writing this letter, it is recommended that local administrators

    • state the basic situation (that the campus is on the PEG List for the 2019–20 school year),
    • describe the PEG program (see the answer to the first question in this FAQ),
    • explain how the campus came to be on the list,
    • address how the campus plans to remedy any problems, and
    • state the district's policy regarding in-district transfers if that is an option for parents.

    31. The TEA letter instructs districts to inform parents how to obtain a transfer. What should be said? 
    The letter should clearly state that parents must contact the destination district and submit a written transfer request. The letter they have received from the home district, as well as the PEG List, provides adequate justification for the transfer request.

    32. Do we need to send letters to parents of fifth graders? Our campus is K–5, and these kids will be gone next year.
    Yes, according to statute, you are required to send the notice to all students. There is a possibility that some fifth graders will be retained and attend the campus again. Such retained students are eligible to be transferred under PEG guidelines. However, only students who would otherwise attend the K–5 campus in 2019–20 are eligible for PEG transfers from that campus.

    33. Must we notify the parents of incoming freshmen for a high school that is identified on the list? Or, similarly, must we notify the parents of incoming kindergarten students for an elementary school that is identified on the list?
    No, while those students also have the right to request a transfer, statute specifies that notification by February 1 of each year to parents of students currently assigned to the PEG-listed campus is sufficient.

    34. If a student moves into a PEG-listed campus after the notification has been sent out, must the campus provide them notification?
    Notification is not required beyond the February 1 deadline specified in statute; however, all students who would be attending a PEG-listed campus during the 2019–20 school year must be given the opportunity to transfer if they wish.

    35. Do districts need to contact other districts to let them know they have a PEG-listed campus?
    No.

    36. Are districts obligated to prepare the application for a transfer on behalf of the parent?
    No, the student's parent or guardian needs to apply for the transfer.

    37. Is there an appeals process?
    No, there is no PEG appeals process. However, a district may file an appeal of a campus Improvement Required rating through the accountability ratings appeals process. For more information about the accountability appeals process, see Chapter 8 of the 2018 Accountability Manual

    38. If a district is working with the agency to remove a campus from the list, does the notification letter to parents still need to be sent by February 1?
    Yes, because the outcome of the correspondence is unknown, districts must comply with statute by notifying parents of the campus's status as of February 1. However, the notification can include a statement that communication with the agency is in progress and that the campus’s PEG status may change.

    39. If a campus is on the PEG List but will be closed for 2019–20, is there still a requirement to send PEG notification letters to the current students? 
    No, if a campus listed on the 2019–20 PEG List will be closed for the 2019–20 school year, districts are not required to send notification letters to the students currently attending the campus. However, students reassigned to an existing campus that is on the 2019–20 PEG List should receive notification letters.

    40. We changed our grade configuration completely, from middle school to elementary school, but kept the same campus number. We will send the required PEG notification to the parents of this new elementary. Can parents request a transfer from this elementary to another elementary, even though it was performance at the middle school that put us on the PEG List?
    Yes, if the campus identification number remains the same, the new campus will still be on the PEG List, regardless of the changed grade span. The district must treat transfer requests within the district in the manner mentioned above. Parents can request to transfer to a campus with the same grade as the PEG-listed campus. Parents can also request to transfer to a similar campus outside the district.

    41. Do PEG-listed campuses have other special requirements they must meet to get off the list, such as more highly trained teachers or a smaller teacher-student ratio?
    No, there are no special requirements they must meet to get off the list. PEG-listed campuses must work to improve their domain rating in both the Student Achievement domain and the School Progress domain to get off the PEG List. Information on these domains can be found in the 2018 Accountability Manual.

    Financial Questions

    42. Can a district charge tuition for a student who transfers under the PEG program?
    No.

    43. Can a district accept paid-tuition transfers but decline PEG transfers? 
    Yes, a district may accept paid-tuition transfers but decline PEG transfers. Specifically, a district may do any of the following: accept regular transfers under TEC, Chapter 25, accept PEG transfers, accept both, or accept neither. The district's policy must be consistent on this.

    44. Can they accept a student from a PEG-listed campus but not call it a PEG transfer and charge them?
    Yes, if district policy is to accept transfers under TEC, Chapter 25, but not PEG, a student from a PEG-listed campus would be treated the same as any other transfer student under TEC, Chapter 25, including charging any tuition permitted under §25.038.

    45. What if they have a paid-tuition transfer student from a campus that later becomes a PEG-listed campus, can they continue to charge tuition?
    Yes, if they do not take PEG transfers. However, if they do take PEG transfers, they must treat the student as a PEG transfer the school year that the student becomes PEG eligible.

    46. If a parent is paying tuition for a student to attend a non-PEG campus under a tuition transfer agreement and the student's home campus becomes a PEG-listed campus, can the parent stop paying tuition and the student continue to attend the campus of choice?
    Yes, as long as the receiving district agrees to accept the student under the PEG program.

    47. Can a district charge an additional "transfer fee" for accepting a student who transferred under the PEG program? 
    No, the school district cannot charge a transfer fee for a PEG transfer. They can only charge fees where they have been granted statutory authority to charge fees.

    48. Are charter schools eligible for PEG funding? 
    No.

    PEG Archives

    49. Where can I find PEG Lists from prior years?
    Links to most lists, dating back to 1995, have been compiled at the PEG Archives page. Letters, lists, and other materials dating back to 2013 can also be found at the TEA Correspondence site. Most PEG letters were sent in December of each year.