Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 7270

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 5383

 

*05383_______ED_*

Referred to Committee on EDUCATION

 

Introduced by:

 

(ED)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE EDUCATION COST-SHARING GRANT FORMULA FOR FISCAL YEARS ENDING JUNE 30, 2018, AND JUNE 30, 2019.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 10-262h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

[(a) Obsolete.

(b) Obsolete.

(c) (1) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, each town shall receive an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to the sum of any amounts paid to such town pursuant to subsection (c) and subdivision (1) of subsection (d) of section 10-66ee, and the amount provided for in subdivision (2) of this subsection.

(2) Equalization aid grant amounts.

T1

 

Grant for Fiscal Year

Grant for Fiscal Year

T2

Town

2016

2017

T3

     

T4

Andover

2,380,614

2,380,599

T5

Ansonia

16,641,477

16,641,477

T6

Ashford

3,933,350

3,933,350

T7

Avon

1,233,415

1,233,415

T8

Barkhamsted

1,678,323

1,678,295

T9

Beacon Falls

4,155,524

4,155,471

T10

Berlin

6,381,659

6,381,544

T11

Bethany

2,063,112

2,063,088

T12

Bethel

8,316,869

8,316,768

T13

Bethlehem

1,319,337

1,319,337

T14

Bloomfield

6,319,698

6,319,698

T15

Bolton

3,052,646

3,052,630

T16

Bozrah

1,255,401

1,255,387

T17

Branford

2,119,926

2,426,993

T18

Bridgeport

182,266,724

182,266,724

T19

Bridgewater

137,292

137,292

T20

Bristol

45,705,925

45,705,925

T21

Brookfield

1,564,515

1,564,493

T22

Brooklyn

7,110,490

7,110,430

T23

Burlington

4,439,634

4,439,537

T24

Canaan

209,258

209,258

T25

Canterbury

4,754,383

4,754,383

T26

Canton

3,488,569

3,488,492

T27

Chaplin

1,893,763

1,893,763

T28

Cheshire

9,664,954

9,664,625

T29

Chester

691,462

691,432

T30

Clinton

6,502,667

6,502,667

T31

Colchester

13,772,585

13,772,530

T32

Colebrook

508,008

508,008

T33

Columbia

2,589,653

2,589,623

T34

Cornwall

85,322

85,322

T35

Coventry

8,942,234

8,942,206

T36

Cromwell

4,663,336

4,754,798

T37

Danbury

30,705,677

31,698,975

T38

Darien

1,616,006

1,616,006

T39

Deep River

1,727,412

1,727,394

T40

Derby

8,001,514

8,001,514

T41

Durham

3,993,506

3,993,506

T42

East Granby

1,435,957

1,481,760

T43

East Haddam

3,791,594

3,791,563

T44

East Hampton

7,715,347

7,715,291

T45

East Hartford

49,563,484

49,563,484

T46

East Haven

20,004,233

20,004,233

T47

East Lyme

7,138,163

7,138,163

T48

East Windsor

5,810,543

5,810,543

T49

Eastford

1,116,844

1,116,844

T50

Easton

593,868

593,868

T51

Ellington

9,822,206

9,822,009

T52

Enfield

29,196,275

29,195,835

T53

Essex

389,697

389,697

T54

Fairfield

3,590,008

3,590,008

T55

Farmington

1,611,013

1,611,013

T56

Franklin

948,235

948,235

T57

Glastonbury

6,773,356

6,921,094

T58

Goshen

218,188

218,188

T59

Granby

5,603,808

5,603,665

T60

Greenwich

3,418,642

3,418,642

T61

Griswold

10,977,669

10,977,557

T62

Groton

25,625,179

25,625,179

T63

Guilford

3,058,981

3,058,981

T64

Haddam

1,925,611

2,034,708

T65

Hamden

27,131,137

27,131,137

T66

Hampton

1,339,928

1,339,928

T67

Hartford

201,777,130

201,777,130

T68

Hartland

1,358,660

1,358,660

T69

Harwinton

2,779,898

2,779,876

T70

Hebron

7,021,279

7,021,219

T71

Kent

167,342

167,342

T72

Killingly

15,871,254

15,871,254

T73

Killingworth

2,245,206

2,245,206

T74

Lebanon

5,524,550

5,524,550

T75

Ledyard

12,217,314

12,217,227

T76

Lisbon

3,927,193

3,927,193

T77

Litchfield

1,525,262

1,525,242

T78

Lyme

145,556

145,556

T79

Madison

1,576,061

1,576,061

T80

Manchester

34,864,748

34,864,748

T81

Mansfield

10,187,542

10,187,506

T82

Marlborough

3,234,990

3,234,918

T83

Meriden

60,812,457

60,812,457

T84

Middlebury

814,636

914,010

T85

Middlefield

2,153,551

2,153,527

T86

Middletown

19,861,550

19,861,550

T87

Milford

11,381,824

11,381,824

T88

Monroe

6,616,696

6,616,669

T89

Montville

12,858,302

12,858,140

T90

Morris

657,975

657,975

T91

Naugatuck

30,831,003

30,831,003

T92

New Britain

86,678,662

86,678,662

T93

New Canaan

1,495,604

1,495,604

T94

New Fairfield

4,492,869

4,492,822

T95

New Hartford

3,197,865

3,197,830

T96

New Haven

155,328,620

155,328,620

T97

New London

26,058,803

26,058,803

T98

New Milford

12,170,243

12,170,141

T99

Newington

13,226,771

13,226,394

T100

Newtown

4,760,009

5,105,657

T101

Norfolk

381,414

381,414

T102

North Branford

8,270,161

8,270,110

T103

North Canaan

2,091,790

2,091,790

T104

North Haven

3,677,315

4,023,706

T105

North Stonington

2,906,538

2,906,538

T106

Norwalk

11,551,095

11,551,095

T107

Norwich

36,577,969

36,577,969

T108

Old Lyme

605,586

605,586

T109

Old Saybrook

652,677

652,677

T110

Orange

1,350,098

1,623,431

T111

Oxford

4,677,464

4,677,464

T112

Plainfield

15,642,779

15,642,685

T113

Plainville

10,507,328

10,507,145

T114

Plymouth

9,952,004

9,951,918

T115

Pomfret

3,136,587

3,136,587

T116

Portland

4,440,331

4,440,226

T117

Preston

3,079,403

3,079,401

T118

Prospect

5,425,749

5,425,694

T119

Putnam

8,498,260

8,498,260

T120

Redding

687,733

687,733

T121

Ridgefield

2,063,814

2,063,814

T122

Rocky Hill

3,946,076

4,396,918

T123

Roxbury

158,114

158,114

T124

Salem

3,114,216

3,114,216

T125

Salisbury

187,266

187,266

T126

Scotland

1,450,663

1,450,663

T127

Seymour

10,179,589

10,179,389

T128

Sharon

145,798

145,798

T129

Shelton

5,706,910

6,199,810

T130

Sherman

244,327

244,327

T131

Simsbury

5,954,768

6,264,852

T132

Somers

6,068,653

6,068,546

T133

South Windsor

13,159,658

13,159,496

T134

Southbury

3,034,452

3,606,189

T135

Southington

20,621,655

20,621,165

T136

Sprague

2,661,506

2,661,473

T137

Stafford

9,981,310

9,981,252

T138

Stamford

10,885,284

11,109,306

T139

Sterling

3,257,690

3,257,637

T140

Stonington

2,079,926

2,079,926

T141

Stratford

21,821,740

21,820,886

T142

Suffield

6,345,468

6,345,284

T143

Thomaston

5,740,782

5,740,750

T144

Thompson

7,682,218

7,682,218

T145

Tolland

10,929,052

10,928,981

T146

Torrington

24,780,972

24,780,540

T147

Trumbull

3,481,940

3,703,712

T148

Union

243,880

243,877

T149

Vernon

19,650,126

19,650,126

T150

Voluntown

2,550,166

2,550,166

T151

Wallingford

21,866,589

21,866,413

T152

Warren

99,777

99,777

T153

Washington

240,147

240,147

T154

Waterbury

134,528,710

134,528,710

T155

Waterford

1,485,842

1,485,842

T156

Watertown

12,035,017

12,034,849

T157

West Hartford

19,872,200

21,469,839

T158

West Haven

45,996,566

45,996,566

T159

Westbrook

427,677

427,677

T160

Weston

948,564

948,564

T161

Westport

1,988,255

1,988,255

T162

Wethersfield

9,022,122

9,548,677

T163

Willington

3,718,418

3,718,418

T164

Wilton

1,557,195

1,557,195

T165

Winchester

8,187,980

8,187,980

T166

Windham

26,816,024

26,816,024

T167

Windsor

12,476,044

12,476,044

T168

Windsor Locks

5,274,785

5,274,785

T169

Wolcott

13,696,541

13,696,541

T170

Woodbridge

732,889

732,889

T171

Woodbury

1,106,713

1,347,989

T172

Woodstock

5,473,998

5,473,975]

For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019, each town maintaining public schools according to law shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its education cost- sharing grant entitlement.

Sec. 2. Section 10-262f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

Whenever used in this section and sections 10-262h to 10-262j, inclusive:

(1) "Adjusted equalized net grand list" means the equalized net grand list of a town multiplied by its income adjustment factor.

(2) "Base aid ratio" means (A) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, to June 30, 2013, inclusive, one minus the ratio of a town's wealth to the state guaranteed wealth level, provided no town's aid ratio shall be less than nine one-hundredths, except for towns which rank from one to twenty when all towns are ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on the ratio of the number of children below poverty to the number of children age five to seventeen, inclusive, the town's aid ratio shall not be less than thirteen one-hundredths when based on data used to determine the grants pursuant to section 10-262h of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and (B) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and each fiscal year thereafter, one minus the town's wealth adjustment factor, except that a town's aid ratio shall not be less than (i) ten one-hundredths for a town designated as an alliance district, as defined in section 10-262u, and (ii) [two] one one-hundredths for a town that is not designated as an alliance district.

(3) "Income adjustment factor" means the average of a town's per capita income divided by the per capita income of the town with the highest per capita income in the state and a town's median household income divided by the median household income of the town with the highest median household income in the state.

(4) "Median household income" for each town means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or that enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, whichever is more recent and available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which payment is to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.

(5) "Supplemental aid factor" means for each town the average of its percentage of children eligible under the temporary family assistance program and its grant mastery percentage.

(6) "Percentage of children eligible under the temporary family assistance program" means the town's number of children under the temporary family assistance program divided by the number of children age five to seventeen, inclusive, in the town.

(7) "Average mastery percentage" means for each school year the average of the three most recent mastery percentages available on December first of the school year.

(8) "Equalized net grand list", for purposes of calculating the amount of grant to which any town is entitled in accordance with section 10-262h, means the average of the net grand lists of the town upon which taxes were levied for the general expenses of the town two, three and four years prior to the fiscal year in which such grant is to be paid, provided such net grand lists are equalized in accordance with section 10-261a.

(9) "Foundation" means (A) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, three thousand nine hundred eighteen dollars, (B) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, four thousand one hundred ninety-two dollars, (C) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, four thousand four hundred eighty-six dollars, (D) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1993, June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, four thousand eight hundred dollars, (E) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, June 30, 1997, and June 30, 1998, five thousand seven hundred eleven dollars, (F) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, five thousand seven hundred seventy-five dollars, (G) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, to June 30, 2007, inclusive, five thousand eight hundred ninety-one dollars, (H) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, to June 30, 2013, inclusive, nine thousand six hundred eighty-seven dollars, and (I) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and each fiscal year thereafter, eleven thousand five hundred twenty-five dollars.

(10) "Number of children age five to seventeen, inclusive" means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, whichever is more recent and available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which payment is to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.

(11) "Supplemental aid ratio" means .04 times the supplemental aid factor of a town divided by the highest supplemental aid factor when all towns are ranked from low to high, provided any town whose percentage of children eligible under the temporary family assistance program exceeds twenty-five shall have a supplemental aid ratio of .04.

(12) "Grant mastery percentage" means (A) for the school year ending June 30, 1989, average mastery percentage, and (B) for the school years ending June 30, 1990, through the school year ending June 30, 1995, the average mastery percentage plus the mastery improvement bonus, and (C) for each school year thereafter, the average mastery percentage.

(13) "Mastery count" of a town means for each school year the grant mastery percentage of the town multiplied by the number of resident students.

(14) "Mastery improvement bonus" means for each school year through the school year ending June 30, 1995, seventy-five per cent of the difference between (A) the grant mastery percentage for the previous school year, and (B) the average mastery percentage for the school year, but not less than zero.

(15) "Mastery percentage" of a town for any school year means, using the mastery test data of record for the mastery examination administered in such year, pursuant to section 10-14n, the number obtained by dividing (A) the total number of valid tests with scores below the state-wide standard for remedial assistance, as determined by the Department of Education, in each subject of the examinations pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-14n taken by resident students, by (B) the total number of such valid tests taken by such students.

(16) "Mastery test data of record" means for the school year commencing July 1, 2013, and each school year thereafter, the data of record subsequent to the administration of the mastery examinations pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-14n, as adjusted by the Department of Education pursuant to a request by a local or regional board of education filed with the department not later than the August thirtieth following the administration of such examination.

(17) "Number of children under the temporary family assistance program" means the number obtained by adding together the unduplicated aggregate number of children five to eighteen years of age eligible to receive benefits under the temporary family assistance program or its predecessor federal program, as appropriate, in October and May of each fiscal year, and dividing by two, such number to be certified and submitted annually, no later than the first day of July of the succeeding fiscal year, to the Commissioner of Education by the Commissioner of Social Services.

(18) "Per capita income" for each town means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or that enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, whichever is more recent and available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which payment is to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.

(19) "Regional bonus" means, for any town which is a member of a regional school district and has students who attend such regional school district, an amount equal to one hundred dollars for each such student enrolled in the regional school district on October first or the full school day immediately preceding such date for the school year prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid multiplied by the ratio of the number of grades, kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, in the regional school district to thirteen.

(20) "Regular program expenditures" means (A) total current educational expenditures less (B) expenditures for (i) special education programs pursuant to subsection (h) of section 10-76f, (ii) pupil transportation eligible for reimbursement pursuant to section 10-266m, (iii) land and capital building expenditures, and equipment otherwise supported by a state grant pursuant to chapter 173, including debt service, (iv) health services for nonpublic school children, (v) adult education, (C) expenditures directly attributable to (i) state grants received by or on behalf of school districts except grants for the categories of expenditures listed in subparagraphs (B)(i) to (B)(iv), inclusive, of this subdivision and except grants received pursuant to section 10-262i and section 10-262c of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 1987, and except grants received pursuant to chapter 173, (ii) federal grants received by or on behalf of school districts except for adult education and federal impact aid, and (iii) receipts from the operation of child nutrition services and student activities services, (D) expenditures of funds from private and other sources, and (E) tuition received on account of nonresident students. The town of Woodstock may include as part of the current expenses of its public schools for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by Woodstock Academy from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said academy of a certified statement of such current expenses. The town of Winchester may include as part of the current expenses of its public school for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by the Gilbert School from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said school of a certified statement of such current expenses.

(21) "Regular program expenditures per need student" means, in any year, the regular program expenditures of a town for such year divided by the number of total need students in the town for such school year, provided for towns which are members of a kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district and for such regional school district, "regular program expenditures per need student" means, in any year, the regular program expenditures of such regional school district divided by the sum of the number of total need students in all such member towns.

(22) "Resident students" means the number of pupils of the town enrolled in public schools at the expense of the town on October first or the full school day immediately preceding such date, provided the number shall be decreased by the Department of Education for failure to comply with the provisions of section 10-16 and shall be increased by one one-hundred-eightieth for each full-time equivalent school day in the school year immediately preceding such date of at least five hours of actual school work in excess of one hundred eighty days and nine hundred hours of actual school work and be increased by the full-time equivalent number of such pupils attending the summer sessions immediately preceding such date at the expense of the town; "enrolled" shall include pupils who are scheduled for vacation on the above date and who are expected to return to school as scheduled. Pupils participating in the program established pursuant to section 10-266aa shall be counted in accordance with the provisions of subsection (h) of section 10-266aa.

(23) "Schools" means nursery schools, kindergarten and grades one to twelve, inclusive.

(24) "State guaranteed wealth level" means (A) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, 1.8335 times the town wealth of the town with the median wealth as calculated using the data of record on December first of the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid pursuant to section 10-262i, (B) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1991, and 1992, 1.6651 times the town wealth of the town with such median wealth, (C) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1993, June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, 1.5361 times the town wealth of the town with the median wealth, (D) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, to June 30, 2007, inclusive, 1.55 times the town wealth of the town with the median wealth, and (E) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter, 1.75 times the town wealth of the town with the median wealth.

(25) "Total need students" means the sum of (A) the number of resident students of the town for the school year, (B) (i) for any school year commencing prior to July 1, 1998, one-quarter the number of children under the temporary family assistance program for the prior fiscal year, and (ii) for the school years commencing July 1, 1998, to July 1, 2006, inclusive, one-quarter the number of children under the temporary family assistance program for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, (C) for school years commencing July 1, 1995, to July 1, 2006, inclusive, one-quarter of the mastery count for the school year, (D) for school years commencing July 1, 1995, to July 1, 2006, inclusive, ten per cent of the number of eligible children, as defined in subdivision (1) of section 10-17e, for whom the board of education is not required to provide a program pursuant to section 10-17f, (E) for the school years commencing July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2012, inclusive, fifteen per cent of the number of eligible students, as defined in subdivision (1) of section 10-17e, for whom the board of education is not required to provide a program pursuant to section 10-17f, (F) for the school years commencing July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2012, inclusive, thirty-three per cent of the number of children below the level of poverty, and (G) for the school year commencing July 1, 2013, and each school year thereafter, thirty per cent of the number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals or free milk.

(26) "Town wealth" means the average of a town's adjusted equalized net grand list divided by its total need students for the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid and its adjusted equalized net grand list divided by its population.

(27) "Population" of a town means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or that enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which a grant is to be paid, whichever is most recent; except that any town whose enumerated population residing in state and federal institutions within such town and attributed to such town by the census exceeds forty per cent of such "population" shall have its population adjusted as follows: Persons who are incarcerated or in custodial situations, including, but not limited to jails, prisons, hospitals or training schools or persons who reside in dormitory facilities in schools, colleges, universities or on military bases shall not be counted in the "population" of a town.

(28) "Base revenue" for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, means the sum of the grant entitlements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, of a town pursuant to section 10-262h of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, and subsection (a) of section 10-76g, including its proportional share, based on enrollment, of the revenue paid pursuant to section 10-76g, to the regional district of which the town is a member, and for each fiscal year thereafter means the amount of each town's entitlement pursuant to section 10-262h of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, minus its density supplement, as determined pursuant to subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, except that for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, each town's entitlement shall be determined without using the adjustments made to the previous year's grant pursuant to subparagraph (M) of subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, except that for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, each town's entitlement shall be determined without using the adjustments made to the previous year's grant pursuant to subparagraph (N) of subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013.

(29) "Density" means the population of a town divided by the square miles of a town.

(30) "Density aid ratio" means the product of (A) the density of a town divided by the density of the town in the state with the highest density, and (B) .006273.

(31) "Mastery goal improvement count" means the product of (A) the difference between the percentage of state-wide mastery examination scores, pursuant to subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of section 10-14n, at or above the mastery goal level for the most recently completed school year and the percentage of such scores for the prior school year, and (B) the resident students of the town, or zero, whichever is greater.

(32) "Target aid" means the sum of (A) the product of a town's base aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid, (B) the product of a town's supplemental aid ratio, the foundation level and the sum of the portion of its total need students count described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of subdivision (25) of this section for the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, and the adjustments to its resident student count described in subdivision (22) of this section relative to length of school year and summer school sessions, and (C) the town's regional bonus.

(33) "Fully funded grant" means the sum of (A) the product of a town's base aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid, and (B) the town's regional bonus.

(34) "Number of children below the level of poverty" means the number of children, ages five to seventeen, inclusive, in families in poverty, as determined under Part A of Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110. The count for member towns of regional school districts shall be the sum of towns' initial determination under Title I and the proportionate share of the regional districts determination based member enrollment in the regional district.

(35) "Current program expenditures" means (A) total current educational expenditures less (B) expenditures for (i) land and capital building expenditures, and equipment otherwise supported by a state grant pursuant to chapter 173, including debt service, (ii) health services for nonpublic school children, and (iii) adult education, (C) expenditures directly attributable to (i) state grants received by or on behalf of school districts except grants for the categories of expenditures listed in subparagraphs (B)(i) to (B)(iii), inclusive, of this subdivision and except grants received pursuant to section 10-262i and section 10-262c of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 1987, and except grants received pursuant to chapter 173, (ii) federal grants received by or on behalf of school districts except for adult education and federal impact aid, and (iii) receipts from the operation of child nutrition services and student activities services, (D) expenditures of funds from private and other sources, and (E) tuition received on account of nonresident students. The town of Woodstock may include as part of the current expenses of its public schools for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by Woodstock Academy from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said academy of a certified statement of such current expenses. The town of Winchester may include as part of the current expenses of its public school for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by the Gilbert School from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said school of a certified statement of such current expenses.

(36) "Current program expenditures per resident student" means, in any year, the current program expenditures of a town for such year divided by the number of resident students in the town for such school year.

(37) "Base aid" means the amount of the grant pursuant to section 10-262h of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, that a town was eligible to receive for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

(38) "Local funding percentage" means that for the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid pursuant to section 10-262i, the number obtained by dividing (A) total current educational expenditures less (i) expenditures for (I) land and capital building expenditures, and equipment otherwise supported by a state grant pursuant to chapter 173, including debt service, (II) health services for nonpublic school children, and (III) adult education, (ii) expenditures directly attributable to (I) state grants received by or on behalf of school districts, except those grants for the categories of expenditures described in subparagraphs (A)(i)(I) to (A)(i)(III), inclusive, of this subdivision, and except grants received pursuant to chapter 173, (II) federal grants received by or on behalf of local or regional boards of education, except those grants for adult education and federal impact aid, and (III) receipts from the operation of child nutrition services and student activities services, (iii) expenditures of funds from private and other sources, and (iv) tuition received by the district for the education of nonresident students, by (B) total current educational expenditures less expenditures for (i) land and capital building expenditures, and equipment otherwise supported by a state grant pursuant to chapter 173, including debt service, (ii) health services for nonpublic school children, and (iii) adult education.

(39) "Minimum local funding percentage" means (A) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, twenty per cent, (B) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, twenty-one per cent, (C) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, twenty-two per cent, (D) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, twenty-three per cent, and (E) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, twenty-four per cent.

(40) "Number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals or free milk" means the number of pupils of the town enrolled in public schools at the expense of the town on October first or the full school day immediately preceding such date, in families that meet the income eligibility guidelines established by the federal Department of Agriculture for free or reduced price meals or free milk under the National School Lunch Program, established pursuant to P.L. 79-396.

(41) "Equalized net grand list per capita" means the equalized net grand list of a town divided by the population of such town.

(42) "Equalized net grand list adjustment factor" means the ratio of the town's equalized net grant list per capita to one and one-half times the town equalized net grand list per capita of the town with the median equalized net grand list per capita.

(43) "Median household income adjustment factor" means the ratio of the median household income of the town to one and one-half times the median household income of the town with the median household income when all towns are ranked according to median household income.

(44) "Wealth adjustment factor" means the sum of a town's equalized net grand list adjustment factor multiplied by ninety one-hundredths per cent and a town's median household income adjustment factor multiplied by ten one-hundredths per cent.

(45) "Net current expenditures per resident student" means, in any school year, the net current expenditures, as defined in section 10-261, for such school year divided by the number of resident students in the town for such school year.

(46) "Education cost-sharing grant entitlement" means a town's fully funded grant plus any overage distribution.

(47) "Base amount" means a town's amount for equalization aid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, as enumerated in section 20 of public act 16-2 of the May special session.

(48) "Overage" means an amount equal to the difference between the sum of all base amounts and the sum of all fully funded grants.

(49) "Overage distribution" means an amount equal to a pro rata share of (A) thirty per cent of the overage for any town whose base amount is less than fifty per cent of the fully funded grant, (B) twenty-five per cent of the overage for any town whose base amount is fifty per cent or more, but less than sixty per cent of the fully funded grant, (C) twenty per cent of the overage for any town whose base amount is sixty per cent or more, but less than seventy per cent of the fully funded grant, (D) fifteen per cent of the overage for any town whose base amount is seventy per cent or more, but less than eighty per cent of the fully funded grant, (E) five per cent of the overage for any town whose base amount is eighty per cent or more, but less than ninety per cent of the fully funded grant, and (F) five per cent of the overage for any town whose base amount is ninety per cent or more, but less than one hundred per cent of the fully funded grant.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) (a) Not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section, the Department of Education shall issue a request for proposals for the purpose of conducting an adequacy study of public school funding in the state. Such adequacy study shall include, but need not be limited to, (1) an examination and analysis of the cost of delivering educational services in the state, (2) an adequate amount for the foundation level, and (3) equity adjustments for student need weights, such as students who are below the level of poverty as determined under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 USC 6301 et seq., students who are eligible for free and reduced price lunches pursuant to federal law and regulations, students enrolled in Husky A, and students who are English language learners as defined in section 10-76kk of the general statutes. Not later than August 14, 2017, the department shall select a person, as defined in section 1-79 of the general statutes, that has expertise in public funding for education to conduct such adequacy study.

(b) (1) Not later than December 14, 2017, such person shall submit an interim report on such adequacy study to the State Board of Education and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

(2) Not later than February 14, 2018, such person shall submit such adequacy study to the State Board of Education and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2017

10-262h

Sec. 2

July 1, 2017

10-262f

Sec. 3

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To establish an education cost-sharing grant formula for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2018, and June 30, 2019, and to require the Department of Education to issue a request for proposals for an adequacy study regarding public education funding.

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