OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-929

AN ACT CONCERNING CLOSING THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GAP.

As Amended by Senate "A" (LCO 7652)

Senate Calendar No. : 490

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Various State Agencies

GF - Cost

less than 5,000

less than 5,000

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Section 1 of the bill establishes a task force to study the academic achievement gap in Connecticut. Agencies would incur minimal costs, in both FY 12 and FY 13, estimated to be less than $5,000, associated with mileage reimbursement of 51 cents per mile for legislators and agency staff (who seek such reimbursement) participating on the task force.

Section 2 of the bill establishes an Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap. Agencies would incur minimal costs, in both FY 12 and FY 13, estimated to be less than $5,000, associated with mileage reimbursement of 51 cents per mile for legislators and agency staff (who seek such reimbursement) participating on the task force. Additionally, the newly created Interagency Council may require additional resources of up to $50,000 to assist them with implementing the provisions contained within the master plan, established by the task force.

Section 3 of the bill allows a local or regional school district that has been designated as a low achieving school to increase the number of school sessions during the school year. This change is permissive and does not require any district to include additional school sessions or school hours. If a school district opted to increase the number of school sessions or school hours, it would face additional costs, which would be relative to the number of additional sessions or hours. It is assumed that a local or regional district would not opt to extend the school year if they did not have the resources to do so.

Section 4 makes various definitional changes that are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Section 5 establishes a pilot program to study the promotion of best practices in early literacy and closing the achievement gap. The creation of this pilot program is permissive, as the Commissioner of Education is not required to do it. It is assumed that the State Department of Education (SDE) would not create the pilot if they did not have the staff or the resources to do so.

Sections 6 and 7 make various changes that are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Section 501 requires SDE to approve and make available model curricula in reading and mathematics. It is anticipated that this could result in potential minimal costs to SDE associated with obtaining, copying, and disseminating the various curricula.

Section 502 adds additional requirements to the existing Connecticut School Reform Resource Center, and is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Senate “A” struck Section 4 of the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact, which was a significant cost of approximately $5 million beginning in FY 15. Senate “A” also added Sections 501 and 502 to the bill, which are described above.

The Out Years

The $50,000 needed to implement the provisions of the master plan, created by the Interagency Council are one time in nature. The costs associated with the achievement gap taskforce will continue into the future subject to the rate of inflation.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.