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Substitute Bill No. 404

    February Session, 2008

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT AND THE CALCULATION OF TOTAL NEED STUDENTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (e) of section 10-262i of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2008):

(e) [The] (1) Except as provided for in subdivisions (2), (3) and (4) of this subsection, the percentage of the increase in aid pursuant to this section applicable under subsection (d) shall be the average of the results of [(1)] (A) (i) a town's current program expenditures per resident student pursuant to subdivision (36) of section 10-262f of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes, subtracted from the highest current program expenditures per resident student in this state, [(B)] (ii) divided by the difference between the highest current program expenditures per resident student in this state and the lowest current program expenditures per resident student in this state, [(C)] (iii) multiplied by [fifty] thirty per cent, [(D)] (iv) plus [fifteen] fifty percentage points, [(2) (A)] (B) (i) a town's wealth pursuant to subdivision (26) of section 10-262f of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes, subtracted from the wealth of the town with the highest wealth of all towns in this state, [(B)] (ii) divided by the difference between the wealth of the town with the highest wealth of all towns in this state and the wealth of the town with the lowest wealth of all towns in this state, [(C)] (iii) multiplied by [fifty] thirty per cent, [(D)] (iv) plus [fifteen] fifty percentage points, and [(3) (A)] (C) (i) a town's grant mastery percentage pursuant to subdivision (12) of section 10-262f of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes, subtracted from one, subtracted from one minus the grant mastery percentage of the town with the highest grant mastery percentage in this state, [(B)] (ii) divided by the difference between one minus the grant mastery percentage of the town with the highest grant mastery percentage in this state and one minus the grant mastery percentage of the town with the lowest grant mastery percentage in this state, [(C)] (iii) multiplied by [fifty] thirty per cent, [(D)] (iv) plus [fifteen] fifty percentage points.

(2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, any town whose school district is in its third year or more of being identified as in need of improvement pursuant to section 10-223e of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes, and has failed to make adequate yearly progress in mathematics or reading at the whole district level, the percentage determined pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection for such town shall be increased by an additional twenty percentage points.

(3) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, any town whose school district is in its third year or more of being identified as in need of improvement pursuant to section 10-223e of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes, and has failed to make adequate yearly progress in mathematics or reading at the whole district level, the percentage of the increase in aid pursuant to this section applicable under subsection (d) of this section shall be the percentage of the increase determined under subdivision (1) of this section for such town, plus twenty percentage points or eighty per cent, whichever is greater.

(4) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009, for any town that (A) is a member of a regional school district that serves only grades seven to twelve, inclusive, and (B) has an assessment for students in such school district, excluding debt service for such students, that is reduced by ten per cent or more from the previous fiscal year, shall have the percentage of the increase in aid pursuant to this section applicable under subsection (d) of this section reduced by one-half of the percentage decrease of the assessment.

(5) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, charter, special act or home rule ordinance, on or before September 15, 2007, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, a town may request the Commissioner of Education to defer a portion of the town's increase in aid over the prior fiscal year pursuant to this section to be expended in the subsequent fiscal year. If the commissioner approves such request, the deferred amount shall be credited to the increase in aid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, rather than the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. Such funds shall be expended in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, in accordance with the provisions of this section. In no case shall a town be allowed to defer increases in aid required to be spent for education as a result of failure to make adequate yearly progress in accordance with the provisions of [this subdivision] subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (25) of section 10-262f of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2008):

(25) "Total need students" means the sum of (A) the number of resident students of the town for the school year, [except that for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2008, such number shall be reduced by one-quarter of the number resident students of the town for the school year enrolled in full-time approved interdistrict magnet school programs pursuant to section 10-264l,] (B) (i) for any school year commencing prior to July 1, 1998, one-quarter the number of children under the temporary family assistance program for the prior fiscal year, and (ii) for the school years commencing July 1, 1998, to July 1, 2006, inclusive, one-quarter the number of children under the temporary family assistance program for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, (C) for school years commencing July 1, 1995, to July 1, 2006, inclusive, one-quarter of the mastery count for the school year, (D) for school years commencing July 1, 1995, to July 1, 2006, inclusive, ten per cent of the number of eligible children, as defined in subdivision (1) of section 10-17e, for whom the board of education is not required to provide a program pursuant to section 10-17f, (E) for the school year commencing July 1, 2007, and each school year thereafter, fifteen per cent of the number of eligible students, as defined in subdivision (1) of section 10-17e, for whom the board of education is not required to provide a program pursuant to section 10-17f, and (F) for the school year commencing July 1, 2007, and each school year thereafter, thirty-three per cent of the number of children below the level of poverty.

Sec. 3. (Effective July 1, 2008) Section 60 of public act 07-3 of the June special session is repealed.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2008

10-262i(e)

Sec. 2

July 1, 2008

10-262f(25)

Sec. 3

July 1, 2008

Repealer section

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