The general assembly recognizes that the actual funded pupil count and the at-risk pupil count for the 2021-22 budget year are lower than expected when the appropriation amount for the state share of total program funding was established during the 2021 legislative session, resulting in a decrease in total program funding for the 2021-22 budget year. In addition, local property tax revenue and specific ownership tax revenue are higher than anticipated, resulting in an increase in the local share of total program funding.
The act declares the general assembly's intent to maintain total program funding after application of the budget stabilization factor at the amount of the original appropriation for the 2021-22 budget year.
The act decreases the appropriation for the state share of total program funding by $139,565,749 in cash funds from the state education fund and adjusts the 2021-22 state fiscal year long bill accordingly.
The act appropriates $91,433,760 in cash funds from the state education fund to the department of education to distribute to school districts and institute charter schools that received lower than anticipated funding for at-risk pupils for the 2021-22 budget year. The appropriation is additional funding and does not affect a district's or institute charter school's total program.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)