OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 1056

AN ACT CONCERNING THE COLLECTION AND REPORTING OF DATA RELATING TO SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPENDITURES.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires, beginning July 15, 2016, each local and regional board of education to annually report to the State Department of Education (SDE) on its special education expenditures for the prior fiscal year. The report must include at least:

1. the board of education's total expenditures for special education,

2. such spending as a percentage of total school district expenditures, and

3. individual expenditures for each child requiring special education who is under the board's jurisdiction.

The bill exempts these annual reports from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), except for any report contents that a strategic school profile report (see BACKGROUND) might also contain. School profile reports are public records.

It also requires SDE, annually by October 1, to submit to the Education Committee a disaggregated data report detailing local and regional board of education special education expenditures for the prior fiscal year. The report must include, at least, a breakdown of the total number of special education students in each district whose per-pupil educational cost to the district exceeds the “net current expenditures per resident student” (see COMMENT) multiplied by (1) two, (2) two and a half, (3) three, (4) three and a half, (5) four, and (6) four and a half.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

Strategic School Profile Report

These reports contain school and district information about various topics, such as student needs, school resources, student and school performance, and the provision of special education services. By law, local and regional boards of education must create and submit these reports to the education commissioner (CGS 10-220).

Legislative History

The Education Committee reported the bill with a joint favorable change of reference to the Appropriations Committee, which then reported a substitute that removes a reduction of district special education per-pupil excess costs to be phased-in over four fiscal years (FYs 18-21).

COMMENT

Incorrect Internal Statutory Reference

The bill defines “net current expenditures per resident student” as identical to the definition in CGS 10-76g; however, no such term or definition appears in existing law or the bill.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute Change of Reference

Yea

32

Nay

0

(03/18/2015)

Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

56

Nay

0

(04/29/2015)