SB 2 - Various state aid and charter school provisions

posted Nov 18, 2011, 7:07 AM by Bill Duncan   [ updated Dec 16, 2011, 11:22 AM ]


51. Authorizes the department of education to expend funds at 110 percent of budgeted amounts to fund chartered public school tuition payments, with the approval of the fiscal committee and governor and council.

224:153 Distribution of Adequate Education Grants. RSA 198:42, IV is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

IV. For the fiscal year-beginning July 1, 2011, and every fiscal year thereafter, the department of education may expend funds up to 110 percent of budgeted amounts as necessary to fund chartered public school tuition payments under RSA 194-B:11, I. Said amounts are hereby appropriated to the department from the education trust fund established under RSA 198:39. The education trust fund shall be used to satisfy the state's obligation under this paragraph. The payment shall be issued regardless of the balance of funds available in the education trust fund. In the event that chartered public school tuition payments exceed budgeted amounts by over 10 percent, the department of education may expend funds in excess of said amounts, with the approval of the fiscal committee of the general court and governor and council. Said funds shall be paid from the education trust fund established under RSA 198:39 upon the warrant of the governor out of any money in the fund not otherwise appropriated.

224:154 Chartered Public Schools; Funding. Amend RSA 194-B:11, I(c) to read as follows:

(c) [Notwithstanding RSA 198:42,] The commissioner of the department of education shall calculate and distribute chartered public school tuition payments as set forth herein. The first payment shall be 30 percent of the per pupil amount multiplied by the number of eligible pupils present on the first day of the current school year. Such payment shall be made no later than 15 days after the department of education receives the attendance report. The December 1 payment shall be 30 percent of the per pupil amount multiplied by the membership on November 1, and the March 1 payment shall be 30 percent of the per pupil amount multiplied by the membership on February 1. To calculate the final payment, the commissioner of the department of education shall multiply the per pupil amount by the average daily membership in attendance for the full school year, and subtract the total amount of the first 3 payments made. The remaining balance shall be the final payment. Eligible chartered public schools shall report membership in accordance with RSA 189:1-d. In this subparagraph, ''membership'' shall be as defined in RSA 189:1-d, II. Tuition amounts shall be prorated on a per diem basis for pupils attending a school for less than a full school year.