OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6498

AN ACT CONCERNING IMPLEMENTATION DATES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL REFORM.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: This bill delays costs for two years (till FY 15) associated with secondary school reform.

Municipal Impact: This bill delays costs and revenue impact for two years (till FY 15) associated with secondary school reform.

Explanation

Section 1, 2, and 4, which delays (for two years) the effective dates for the new graduation requirements, including: additional courses, expanded reporting requirements, and end-of-course exams, will result in a significant cost savings for local and regional school districts. It is anticipated that local and regional school districts would have incurred costs, beginning in FY 13, ranging from $14 million to $21 million (statewide) to implement the expanded high school graduation requirements. These costs will be delayed for two years.

Additionally, the delay will result in a cost savings to the State Department of Education (SDE). It is anticipated that SDE would have incurred costs ranging from $3. 4 million to $6 million, beginning in FY 13 to develop the model curriculum and prepare local and regional school districts for the change in curriculum. These costs will be delayed for two years.

Section 3, which delays the requirement that SDE provide grants to local and regional school districts to assist with the implementation of the new high school graduation requirements, will result in a significant cost savings to the state and a corresponding revenue loss to municipalities. SDE would have been required, beginning in FY 13 and within available appropriations, to provide grants to local and regional boards of education to begin implementation of the expanded high school graduation requirements. It is anticipated that these grants would be significant, as local and regional boards of education will require additional staffing, professional development, and equipment needs in order to meet the new requirements.

Sections 5, 6, and 10, makes changes to the reporting requirements of school governance councils, and is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Section 7, which expands the types of advanced placement programs a school board can provide, is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Section 8 is technical and has no fiscal impact.

Section 9, which creates a taskforce to examine issues surrounding high school graduation requirements, is anticipated to result in a minimal cost. Agencies would incur minimal costs, estimated to be less than $5,000, associated with mileage reimbursement of 51 cents per mile for agency staff (who seek such reimbursement) participating on the task force.

The Out Years

The bill delays the costs by two years. After two years, beginning in FY 15, the costs to local and regional school districts and to SDE will be incurred.