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Governor's Bill No. 8

February Session, 2018

 

LCO No. 298

 

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Referred to Committee on EDUCATION

 

Introduced by:

 

SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist.

SEN. DUFF, 25th Dist.

REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th Dist.

REP. RITTER M., 1st Dist.

 

AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING EDUCATION.

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

Section 1. Subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 10-264i of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(3) For districts assisting the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as extended, or the goals of the 2013 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as extended, as determined by the commissioner, (A) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, the amount of such grant shall not exceed an amount equal to the number of such children transported multiplied by one thousand four hundred dollars, and (B) for the fiscal [years] year ending June 30, 2011, [to June 30, 2017, inclusive,] and each fiscal year thereafter, the amount of such grant shall not exceed an amount equal to the number of such children transported multiplied by two thousand dollars.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (48) of section 10-262f of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(48) "Base grant amount" means (A) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, the equalization aid grant a town was entitled to receive for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, as enumerated in section 20 of public act 16-2 of the May special session, minus any reductions to said equalization aid grant during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, resulting from lapses to the funds appropriated for said equalization aid grant attributable to the recommendation made by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, pursuant to section 12 of public act 15-244, and (B) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and each fiscal year thereafter, the equalization aid grant a town was entitled to receive for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, minus any reductions to said equalization aid grant during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, resulting from any (i) reduction in allotments for the executive branch made by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, pursuant to section 13 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, (ii) reduction in allotments for any budgeted agency of the state made by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, pursuant to section 14 of public act 17-2 of the June special session, or (iii) withholding or reduction of state financial assistance by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, pursuant to subsection (d) of section 12-170f.

Sec. 3. Section 10-262h of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, each town maintaining public schools according to law shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant as follows: (1) Any town designated as an alliance district, as defined in section 10-262u, shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its base grant amount; and (2) any town not designated as an alliance district shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to ninety-five per cent of its base grant amount.

(b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, each town maintaining public schools according to law and (1) whose equalized net grand list per capita is less than two hundred thousand dollars, or (2) designated as an alliance district, shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant as follows: [(1)] (A) Any such town whose fully funded grant is greater than its base grant amount shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its base grant amount plus [four and one-tenth] eight per cent of its grant adjustment; and [(2)] (B) any such town whose fully funded grant is less than its base grant amount shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its base grant amount minus twenty-five per cent of its grant adjustment, except any such town designated as an alliance district shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its base grant amount.

(c) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, each town maintaining public schools according to law and (1) whose equalized net grand list per capita is less than two hundred thousand dollars, or (2) designated as an alliance district, shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant as follows: (A) Any such town whose fully funded grant is greater than its base grant amount shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its equalization aid grant amount for the previous fiscal year plus six and seventy-six-one-hundredths per cent of its grant adjustment; and (B) any such town whose fully funded grant is less than its base grant amount shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its equalization aid grant amount for the previous fiscal year minus eight and thirty-three-one-hundredths per cent of its grant adjustment, except any such town designated as an alliance district shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its base grant amount.

[(c)] (d) For the fiscal years ending June 30, [2020] 2021, to June 30, 2027, inclusive, each town maintaining public schools according to law and (1) whose equalized net grand list per capita is less than two hundred thousand dollars, or (2) designated as an alliance district, shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant as follows: [(1)] (A) Any such town whose fully funded grant is greater than its base grant amount shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its equalization aid grant amount for the previous fiscal year plus ten and sixty-six-one-hundredths per cent of its grant adjustment; and [(2)] (B) any such town whose fully funded grant is less than its base grant amount shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its equalization aid grant amount for the previous fiscal year minus eight and thirty-three-one-hundredths per cent of its grant adjustment, except any such town designated as an alliance district shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its base grant amount.

[(d)] (e) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2028, and each fiscal year thereafter, each town maintaining public schools according to law and (1) whose equalized net grand list per capita is less than two hundred thousand dollars, or (2) designated as an alliance district, shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its fully funded grant, except any town designated as an alliance district whose fully funded grant amount is less than its base grant amount shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant in an amount equal to its base grant amount.

Sec. 4. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 10-71 of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) Each local [or] board of education for a town whose equalized net grand list per capita is less than two hundred thousand dollars or that is designated as an alliance district, as defined in section 10-262, regional board of education or regional educational service center which has submitted an adult education proposal to the State Board of Education pursuant to section 10-71a shall, annually, be eligible to receive, within available appropriations, a state grant based on a percentage of eligible costs for adult education as defined in section 10-67, provided such percentage shall be determined as follows:

(1) The percentage of the eligible costs for adult education a local board of education for a town whose equalized net grand list per capita is less than two hundred thousand dollars or that is designated as an alliance district shall receive, under the provisions of this section, shall be determined as follows: (A) Each town shall be ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine according to such town's adjusted equalized net grand list per capita, as defined in section 10-261; and (B) based upon such ranking, a percentage of not less than zero or more than sixty-five shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale, except that the percentage for a priority school district pursuant to section 10-266p shall not be less than twenty. Any such percentage shall be increased by seven and one-half percentage points but shall not exceed sixty-five per cent for any local board of education which provides basic adult education programs for adults at facilities operated by or within the general administrative control and supervision of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, provided such adults reside at such facilities.

(2) The percentage of the eligible costs for adult education a regional board of education shall receive under the provisions of this section shall be determined by its ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (A) multiplying the total population, as defined in section 10-261, of each town in the district by such town's ranking, as determined in subdivision (1) of this subsection, (B) adding together the figures for each town determined under (A), and (C) dividing the total computed under (B) by the total population of all towns in the district. The ranking of each regional board of education shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and each such board shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as would a town with the same rank, except that the reimbursement percentage for a priority school district pursuant to section 10-266p shall not be less than twenty.

(3) The percentage of the eligible costs for adult education a regional educational service center shall receive under the provisions of this subsection and section 10-66i shall be determined by its ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (A) multiplying the total population, as defined in section 10-261, of each member town in the regional educational service center by such town's ranking, as determined in subdivision (1) of this subsection, (B) adding together the figures for each town determined under (A), and (C) dividing the total computed under (B) by the total population of all member towns in the regional educational service center. The ranking of each regional educational service center shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and each such center shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as would a town with the same rank.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (6) of section 10-67, a local [or] board of education for a town whose equalized net grand list per capita is less than two hundred thousand dollars or that is designated as an alliance district, a regional board of education or a regional educational service center shall be eligible to receive an amount to be paid pursuant to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section. The amount shall equal the eligible expenditures from funds received from private sources by the local or regional board of education, regional educational service center or cooperating eligible entity multiplied by the appropriate percentage, as determined under subsection (a) of this section, provided such amount shall not exceed twenty per cent of the amount received by [the] such local or regional board of education or regional educational service center pursuant to subsection (a) of this section for the previous fiscal year. For payments from private sources to be eligible for reimbursement pursuant to this subsection, (1) based upon estimated eligible costs approved by the Department of Education, the eligible expenditures from local taxes in a fiscal year shall not be less than seventy per cent of the eligible expenditures from local taxes for the previous fiscal year, and (2) [the] such local or regional board of education, regional educational service center or cooperating eligible entity shall provide, not later than a date to be determined by the Commissioner of Education, evidence satisfactory to the commissioner of a written commitment of a payment from a private source. Evidence of actual payment shall be submitted to the commissioner not later than a date established by the commissioner. Upon receipt by [a] such local or regional board of education or regional educational service center of state funds pursuant to this subsection attributable to expenditures of a cooperating eligible entity, [the] such local or regional board or regional educational service center shall provide for the distribution of such funds to the cooperating eligible entity for the provision of adult education programs and services pursuant to subparagraph (A) of subsection (a) of section 10-69.

Sec. 5. Subdivision (1) of subsection (d) of section 10-66ee of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) (1) The state shall, within available appropriations, pay in accordance with this subsection, to the fiscal authority for a state charter school for each student enrolled in such school, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, ten thousand two hundred dollars, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, ten thousand five hundred dollars, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2018, inclusive, eleven thousand dollars, and for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and each fiscal year thereafter, eleven thousand two hundred fifty dollars. Such payments shall be made as follows: Twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than July fifteenth and September first based on estimated student enrollment on May first, and twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than January first and the remaining amount not later than April first, each based on student enrollment on October first.

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

Section 1

from passage

10-264i(a)(3)

Sec. 2

July 1, 2018

10-262f(48)

Sec. 3

from passage

10-262h

Sec. 4

July 1, 2018

10-71(a) and (b)

Sec. 5

from passage

10-66ee(d)(1)

Statement of Purpose:

To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]