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File No. 122

    February Session, 2018

Substitute House Bill No. 5168

House of Representatives, March 29, 2018

The Committee on Education reported through REP. FLEISCHMANN of the 18th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF THE SUMMER LEARNING GRANT PROGRAM.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2018) (a) The Department of Education, in consultation with the after school committee established pursuant to section 10-16v of the general statutes, may, within available appropriations, administer a grant program to provide grants to local and regional boards of education, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations that are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time, for summer learning programs that provide direct services and for entities that provide support to summer learning programs. For purposes of this section, "summer learning program" means a program that (1) provides a minimum of two hundred forty hours of educational, enrichment and recreational activities during the summer recess period for public schools and includes small group instruction in literacy and math for children in grades kindergarten to twelve, inclusive, and (2) has a parental involvement component.

(b) (1) Applications for grants pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be filed biennially with the Commissioner of Education at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. As part of the application, an applicant shall submit a plan for the expenditure of grant funds.

(2) Eligibility for grants pursuant to this section shall be determined for a two-year period and shall be based on the applicant's plan for expenditure of grant funds. Prior to the payment of funds to the grant recipient for the second year of the grant, the grant recipient shall report to the Department of Education on performance outcomes of the program and file an expenditure report pursuant to subsection (f) of this section. The report concerning performance outcomes shall include, but need not be limited to, measurements of the impact on student achievement, including grade-level reading ability and the behavior of student participants.

(c) The Department of Education and the after school committee established pursuant to section 10-16v of the general statutes shall develop and apply an appropriate evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of the grant program established pursuant to this section.

(d) For purposes of carrying out the provisions of this section, the Department of Education may accept funds from private sources and from any state agency that is a member of the after school committee established pursuant to section 10-16v of the general statutes.

(e) The Department of Education shall provide grant recipients with technical assistance, program monitoring and evaluation and professional development. The department may retain up to four per cent of the amount appropriated for the grant program for purposes of this subsection.

(f) Grant recipients shall file expenditure reports with the Commissioner of Education in accordance with subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section and at such other times and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. Grant recipients shall refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the program for which the grant was awarded, and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with the approved grant application. Any unexpended funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year but shall be available for expenditure under this section during the next succeeding fiscal year.

(g) Not later than March 15, 2020, and biennially thereafter, the Department of Education shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education on performance outcomes of recipients of grants under this section. The report shall include, but need not be limited to, measurements of the impact on student achievement, including grade-level reading ability and the behavior of student participants.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

New section

ED

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

Up to 200,000 per grant recipient

Up to 200,000 per grant recipient

Education, Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

22,372

22,372

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Potential Cost

8,128

8,128

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Local and Regional School Districts

Revenue Gain

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The bill may result in a potential significant cost to the State Department of Education (SDE) associated with the creation of a new summer learning grant program. The bill does not require SDE to create the program, but rather permits them to do so, within available appropriations.

The cost of the total grants distributed under the program would be up to approximately $200,000 on average per grant recipient.  This estimate is based on the average cost of a typical summer learning program, $200,000, and considers that the bill does not specify whether a grant would cover the program's total costs.  The overall total cost of the grants would be dependent on: (1) the actual size of the summer learning programs funded; (2) the share of summer learning program costs paid by each grant, and (3) the number of grant recipients.  Every ten recipients would cost the state approximately $2 million annually, if each grant covers the entire costs of a typically sized summer learning program.

The awarding of grant funds could also result in a potential gain to various local and regional school districts receiving grant funds. The potential revenue gain would be dependent on the amount of grant funding awarded to the district.

Additionally, SDE would require one half-time Associate Education Consultant with an annual salary of $22,372 and fringe benefits of $8,128. The consultant would be responsible for providing technical assistance, evaluation and monitoring of the newly established program.  

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation and the number of program participants.

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5168

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF THE SUMMER LEARNING GRANT PROGRAM.

SUMMARY

This bill allows the State Department of Education (SDE), in consultation with the after school committee (see BACKGROUND), to administer a grant program for summer learning programs within available appropriations. It defines a “summer learning program” as one that (1) provides at least 240 hours of educational, enrichment, and recreational activities during the public schools' summer break; (2) includes small group instruction in literacy and math for grades kindergarten through 12; and (3) has a parental involvement component.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

SUMMER LEARNING GRANT PROGRAM

Eligible Grant Recipients

The following entities may apply for a summer learning grant under the bill: local and regional boards of education, municipalities, and tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Application Process

The bill requires applicants to file grant applications biennially with the education commissioner and allows her to decide the manner and timing of these filings. Applicants must include a plan for spending grant funds as part of their submission.

Every two years, grant eligibility is determined based on the submitted expenditure plan. Before the second year of grant payments, the recipient must (1) report to SDE on its program's performance outcomes, which include the impact on student achievement, specifically grade-level reading ability and student behavior and (2) file an expenditure report with the education commissioner. The commissioner may require expenditure reports at any time.

Unexpended Funds

The bill requires grant recipients to refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the program for which the grant was awarded and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with the approved grant application. However, for any funds that are unexpended at the end of a fiscal year, the bill prohibits lapsing and requires that these funds be available for the next succeeding fiscal year.

Program Funding

The bill allows SDE to accept funds from private sources and from any state agency that is a member of the after school committee (i.e., the Department of Social Services and the Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors) in order to administer this grant program.

Additionally, the bill allows SDE to retain up to 4% of the state-appropriated amount for this grant program in order to provide recipients with technical assistance, program monitoring and evaluation, and professional development.

Program Evaluation

Under the bill, SDE and the after school committee must develop and apply an appropriate evaluation process to measure the grant program's effectiveness.

Reporting to the Legislature

By March 15, 2020, and biennially thereafter, the bill requires SDE to report to the Education Committee on the grant recipients' performance outcomes. The report must include measurements of the impact on student achievement, specifically grade-level reading ability and student behavior.

BACKGROUND

After School Committee

The law requires the education commissioner, in consultation with the social services commissioner and the executive director of the Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, to establish this committee. It must consist of members who have expertise in after school programs; after school program providers; local elected officials; members of community agencies; members of the business community; and professional educators. The committee may report and make recommendations on the following, among other things: (1) identifying state, federal, and private resources to support after school programs; (2) best practices; (3) professional development; and (4) barriers to after school programs (CGS 10-16v).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

36

Nay

0

(03/14/2018)

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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 36.33% of payroll in FY 19 and FY 20.