OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-7018

AN ACT CONCERNING ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Education, Dept.

GF – Cost

less than 50,000

None

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Various Local and Regional School Districts

Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Explanation

The bill results in a cost to the State Department of Education (SDE) of less than $50,000. The costs are broken into two components: (1) up to $10,000 for developing guidelines for alternative education, including (a) a description of purpose and expectations, (b) eligibility criteria, and (c) entrance and exit criteria, and (2) up to $40,000 for developing new strategic school profiles for alternative education programs, as the existing profiles are not able to generate the necessary data. Both of these costs are one time in nature.

The bill also allows local and regional boards of education to provide alternative education to students using space in an existing school or by establishing a new school specifically for alternative education. This could result in a significant cost to local and regional schools districts; however, the bill does not require them to do so.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation, except for the costs that have been identified as one time in nature.