OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1097

AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE EDUCATION REFORM ACT OF 2012.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Local and Regional School Districts

See Below

See Below

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Explanation

Sections 1 and 8 of the bill requires that new teacher evaluations begin with the 2013-2014 school year, and that training and orientation be completed by the start of the school year beginning July 1, 2013. The FY 13 Revised Budget provided $3.5 million to the State Department of Education (SDE) to support local and regional boards of education in preparing for the new teacher evaluations. To the extent that a local and regional school district did not receive adequate support or training, the district could incur various costs with pushing up the deadlines associated with the new teacher evaluation system.

Sections 2, 3, 4-7, 9 and 11 make various procedural and conforming changes that are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Section 10 changes the final charter school payment of the year, from April 15 to April 1. This is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Sections 12 and 13 push out several deadlines regarding new reading assessments, intensive reading instruction programs, intensive reading strategies, and the selection of low-performing elementary schools to participate in the intensive reading program. To the extent that these provisions would have resulted in an additional cost to local and regional school districts, the costs will now be delayed until FY 15, with the exception of the low-performing elementary schools, intensive reading program, which will be delayed until FY 16.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the new deadlines and requirements.