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Public Education Grant (PEG) FAQ
In 1995, the Texas Legislature created the Public Education Grant (PEG) program (TEC §§29.201– 29.205). The PEG program permits a parent whose child attends a school on the PEG List to request a transfer to another school within their home district or to a school in a different district.
The information on this page is intended to help districts and parents understand and make appropriate use of the PEG program.
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 basic allotment, which varies by campus.)
Which campuses are on the current PEG List?
See the most current PEG List (PDF).
Why does a campus appear on the PEG List?
Campuses that receive anFrating in both the Student Achievement domain and the School Progress domain are typically placed on the PEG List; however, because ratings were not issued in 2020 and 2021, the campuses identified for PEG based on 2019 ratings remain on the 2022–23 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 2021–23 PEG List (PDF).
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.
Do PEG calculations use the same accountability subset used for state accountability ratings?
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.
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.
Can TEA tell me if my PEG transfer request will be granted?
No. PEG transfer requests are decided locally.
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.
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.
My student 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]).
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.
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 if this is consistent with the district’s policy.
Is a fifth grader eligible to request a transfer if the middle school he/she will attend as a sixth grader is on the 2022–23 PEG List?
My child attends a campus in a district that was rated F in 2019. The campus was rated D. Can I still request a PEG transfer?
Only if the campus received an F rating in both the Student Achievement and the School Progress domains in 2019 and is on the PEG List. District ratings are not considered.
Does the ability to transfer last the duration of the 2022–23 school year?
Yes, parents may request a transfer under the PEG program any time during the 2022–23 school year.
Can students transfer before the beginning of the upcoming school year?
PEG transfers must be based on the PEG Listcurrently in effect. If a student is enrolled in a campus on the 2022–23 PEG List, they may initiate a PEG transfer anytime during the 2022–23 school year.
Due to COVID, the PEG List released in August 2020 is effective for the 2021–22 and 2022–23 school years. Transfer requests should follow local transfer timelines for the 2022–23 school year.
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.
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 2022–23 but only as a non-PEG transfer.
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.
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.
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 zoned assignment to a PEG campus in the district of residence. Student eligibility expires upon either of two conditions:
- Completion of all grades served by the PEG-listed campus upon which eligibility was originally based
- Zoned 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.