OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1014

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


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

107,864

107,864

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

23,939

23,939

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Local and Regional School Districts

Revenue Gain

10 million statewide

None

Local and Regional School Districts

Cost

31,250

Minimal

Explanation

Section 1 extends the school security grant program under the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) by one year until July 1, 2018. To date, DESPP has awarded $26.6 million in school security grants, and has a balance of $10 million, which is anticipated to be awarded in FY 18. The infrastructure grants yield a corresponding revenue increase to receiving local and regional boards of education.

Section 2 requires the State Board of Education (SBE) to issue four-year, nonrenewable out-of-state teacher permits to qualified applicants, which has no fiscal impact.

Section 3 extends the length of a resident teacher certificate from one to two years, which has no fiscal impact.

Section 4 specifies that an incarcerated parent is entitled to knowledge of and access to educational, medical or similar records regarding their minor student, with certain exceptions. This has no fiscal impact.

Section 5 makes changes to the membership of the Connecticut Advisory Council for Teacher Professional Standards, which has no fiscal impact.

Sections 6 and 7 require local and regional boards of education to submit to audits related to students receiving special education services through a private provider. Additionally, local and regional boards of education are allowed to require reports from private providers of special education services, review and reconcile such reports, and perform site visits where such contracted providers are delivering services, which are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Section 8 establishes a pilot program allowing local and regional boards of education for each town located within twelve miles of the school districts of West Hartford, New Haven, Shelton and Montville to provide school transportation services for resident students to attend an equivalent non-public school in the same districts, under certain conditions. The bill requires the costs associated with such transportation to be fully reimbursed by either the resident student or the nonpublic school in which such resident student is enrolled, thus not resulting in a fiscal impact to the state or local and regional boards of education.

Section 9 specifies that the screening device used for annual vision screening by school districts may be automated, which is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Sections 10-12 are anticipated to result in a cost of $86,803 ($62,864 for salary and $23,939 for fringe benefits) associated with one additional Education Services Assistant to conduct criminal background checks and records review for private school employee applicants.

Section 13 allows local boards of education to enter into an agreement with boards of finance, selectmen, or the authority making appropriations for the school district to perform certain non-educational functions for the board. This is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Section 14 requires certain school nurses to complete training within one year of appointment, which will result in a cost of approximately $31,250 annually to local and regional districts (statewide) to reimburse the State Department of Education (SDE) for conducting the twelve hour training. The cost for training each new school nurse is $250.

Section 15 requires local and regional boards of education to complete and submit the Health Services Program Information Survey to SDE, which has no fiscal impact.

Section 16 makes changes to the School Nurse Advisory Council, which has no fiscal impact.

Section 17 requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to conduct random compliance audits of school bus companies to ensure obligations are met regarding drivers who have motor vehicle operator license suspensions. This does not result in a fiscal impact as DMV has access to the required data and has standards in place to ensure proper compliance.

Section 17 also results in a potential revenue gain from companies who may be found to not be in compliance with Department of Motor Vehicle report. It is not known how many companies will subject to the $92 infraction under this bill.

Section 18 makes changes to the policies of boards of libraries and public reading rooms, which has no fiscal impact.

Section 19 establishes the Literacy Is Fundamental for Education program in SDE, which if funded, is anticipated to result in a cost of up to $45,000 annually. This program is not currently budgeted, and without an appropriation it would not be able to award grants to alliance districts.

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.