Boards of directors of school districts shall be required to provide textbook services to nonpublic school pupils as provided in section 301.1 only during school years when the general assembly has appropriated funds to the department of education for the payment of claims for textbook costs submitted by the school district.
If the funds appropriated by the general assembly are not sufficient to pay claims submitted by the school districts, the amount paid to each school district by the department shall be prorated on the basis of funds so appropriated. The difference between the amount of the claim of a school district and the amount of payment received from the department of education shall be paid by the parent or guardian of the nonpublic school pupil served.
The costs of providing textbook services to nonpublic school pupils as provided in section 301.1 shall not be included in the computation of district cost under chapter 257, but shall be shown in the budget as an expense from miscellaneous income. Any textbook reimbursements received by a local school district for serving nonpublic school pupils shall not affect district cost limitations of chapter 257. The reimbursements provided in this section are miscellaneous income as defined in section 257.2.
Claims for reimbursement shall be made to the department of education by July 15 by the public school district providing textbook services during a school year on a form prescribed by the department, and the claim shall state the actual costs incurred in, and the actual number of nonpublic students requesting, the provision of textbook services. Claims shall be accompanied by an affidavit of an officer of the public school district affirming the accuracy of the claim. The department shall certify to the director of revenue and finance the amounts of approved claims to be paid, and the director of revenue and finance shall draw warrants payable to school districts which have established claims. The public school district of attendance shall furnish the services and shall receive reimbursement from the state. However, the services must be comparable to the services of the district of attendance and cannot exceed the per pupil cost of the program of the district of attendance.
[C79, 81, § 301.30]
89 Acts, ch 135, §114; 90 Acts, ch 1272, § 75; 94 Acts, ch 1175, §16
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