OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-7253

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

Up to 2 million

None

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

80,000

80,000

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

30,464

30,464

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Local and Regional School Districts

Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Explanation

The bill makes several changes to the education statutes, three of which could result in a fiscal impact.

Section 11 allows a local or regional board of education to establish a Pipeline for Connecticut's Future program to partner with local businesses to offer on-site training. This could result in a potential cost to local and regional school districts. However, it is anticipated that districts would only chose to enter into partnerships if they did not result in additional costs.

Section 13 adjusts the timeframe for allowing the State Department of Education (SDE) to distribute digital individualized education program (IEP) software to districts. SDE is not required to purchase the software; however, if they do, it is anticipated that the software could result in a cost of up to $2 million.

Section 14 expands the types of public schools to which the complaint process alleging failure to meet the educational interest of the state, applies. This will result in additional complaints that SDE will be responsible for addressing. It is anticipated that SDE will require one additional Education Consultant with an annual salary of approximately $80,000 and corresponding fringe benefits of $30,464.

The bill makes various other procedural, technical and conforming changes that are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 38.08% of payroll in FY 18 and FY 19.