Instructional Materials Allotment
Each district and open-enrollment charter school is entitled to an Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA). The IMA is determined yearly by the commissioner according to appropriation. Districts and open-enrollment charter schools have access to their allotment through the Educational Materials (EMAT) ordering system.
Legislation from the 82nd Texas Legislature, First Called Session, 2011, created an Instructional Materials Allotment for the purchase of instructional materials, technological equipment and technology-related services. The IMA is described below:
“A school district is entitled to an annual allotment from the state instructional materials fund for each student enrolled in the district on a date during the preceding school year specified by the commissioner. The commissioner shall determine the amount of the allotment per student each year on the basis of the amount of money available in the state instructional materials fund. An allotment under this section shall be transferred from the state instructional materials fund to the credit of the district’s instructional materials account as provided by Section 31.0212.”
Senate Bill 6 requires districts to annually certify that all materials purchased through the IMA meet 100% of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
The Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) can be used to purchase instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education or the Commissioner of Education. The IMA can also be used to purchase instructional materials that are not on the adopted lists as well as technology services and technological equipment.