West Mifflin-Duquesne Tuition Dispute Appears to Be Settled
It has been ten years since the Duquesne School District’s high school program was shuttered and students reassigned to the nearby districts of West Mifflin and East Allegheny. The law that originally handled the transfer was struck down by the courts, and new legislation in 2010 was crafted to maintain the arrangement. As we wrote back in January of this year, West Mifflin sued over the reimbursement amount from Duquesne, by Commonwealth Court ruled that the issue would have to be resolved by the Department of Education.
A summary of the legislation, how students are assigned, and the tuition rates paid to the two districts is contained in this general notice from the Department of Education. The tuition rates for 7-12th graders (Duquesne’s middle school/junior high program was ended a few years ago) is updated through the 2016-17 school year. That year West Mifflin received $11,472 per-pupil coming from Duquesne. That is a slight discount from the $11,898 tuition rate for West Mifflin set by the Department that would presumably be charged to a student coming from a district other than Duquesne who wished to attend West Mifflin’s secondary program.
The issue was settled on Thursday according to a news report, with West Mifflin officials elated at the amount. The settlement was accepted at a special meeting of the school board of directors. The tuition amount for this school year will be $12,718, which the article mentions is “a $1,245 increase per student over last year”, which equates to the $11,472 amount. This is then to increase by 2% per year. Other funds for vocational education and Title I Federal programs are to be affected.