SB 183-FN-L (2011, failed House refused conference) relative to the calculation and distribution of adequate education grants.

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SENATE BILL 183-FN-LOCAL

AN ACT relative to the calculation and distribution of adequate education grants.

SPONSORS: Sen. Rausch, Dist 19; Sen. Stiles, Dist 24; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Sanborn, Dist 7; Sen. Bragdon, Dist 11; Sen. Luther, Dist 12; Sen. Gallus, Dist 1; Rep. Boehm, Hills 27; Rep. Bolster, Belk 5; Rep. Fleck, Carr 5; Rep. Chandler, Carr 1; Rep. Weyler, Rock 8

COMMITTEE: Finance

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill:

I. Determines the per pupil cost of the opportunity for an adequate education which includes aid distributed to schools based on the number of pupils eligible to receive special education, or eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch, or who are English language learners.

II. Provides fiscal capacity disparity aid, in addition to aid for the cost of the opportunity for an adequate education, based on a municipality’s equalized valuation, including utilities, per pupil and median family income.

III. Provides that for the biennium ending June 30, 2013, no municipality shall receive an adequate education grant in a fiscal year which is greater than the adequate education grant received in the 2011 fiscal year.

IV. Requires a municipality which is scheduled to receive an adequate education grant in a fiscal year which is less than the grant such municipality received in the 2011 fiscal year to receive an additional grant from the education trust fund in an amount equal to 100 percent of the amount of the decrease.

V. Provides that beginning July 1, 2013, a municipality’s total education grant shall not exceed 105.5 percent of the total education grant received in the preceding fiscal year.

VI. Provides additional funds for each third grade pupil who has tested at the proficient level or above in the reading component of the state assessment and who is not eligible to receive special education, English as a second language, or free or reduced-price meal program funds and authorizes a reduction of funds for each such pupil who does not test at the proficient level or above in the reading component of the state assessment.

VII. Repeals the statutory provisions requiring that excess education tax payments be remitted to the department of revenue administration thereby permitting municipalities to retain any excess education tax revenues.

VIII. Establishes a joint legislative oversight committee on accountability for an adequate education.

IX. Provides that the state shall pay the greater of $5,450 or the sum of $2,000 plus the amount calculated under RSA 198:40-a to chartered public school pupils.

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