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Substitute Bill No. 404

    February Session, 2008

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE MINIMUM BUDGET REQUIREMENT, THE CARRY-OVER OF EDUCATION COST SHARING ACCOUNTABILITY FUNDS AND THE REPEAL OF AN OBSOLETE PUBLIC ACT SECTION.

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 Subsection (e) of section 10-262i of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2008):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) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009, any town that (A) is a member of a regional school district that serves only grades seven to twelve, inclusive, or grades nine to twelve, inclusive, (B) appropriates at least the minimum percentage of increase in aid pursuant to the provisions of this section, and (C) has a reduced assessment from the previous fiscal year for students enrolled in such regional school district, excluding debt service for such students, shall be considered to be in compliance with the provisions of this section.

(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. (Effective from passage) The unexpended balance of funds appropriated to the Department of Education, for education equalization grants, in section 1 of public act 07-1 of the June special session, for the purpose described in subdivision (3) of subsection (c) of section 10-223e of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes, shall not lapse on June 30, 2008, and such funds shall continue to be available for expenditure for such purpose during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.

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

from passage

New section

Sec. 3

July 1, 2008

Repealer section

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