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SB19-246

Public School Finance

Concerning the financing of public schools, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2019 Regular Session
Subject:
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

Financing for K-12 public schools - transfer to the state education fund - rural school funding - tier B special education funding - ninth grade success grant program - health and wellness through comprehensive physical education grant program - appropriation. The act increases the statewide base per pupil funding for the 2019-20 budget year by $182.76 to account for inflation, for a new statewide base per pupil funding of $6,951.53. The act also sets the minimum district total program funding for the 2019-20 budget year. The district total program funding reflects a $100 million reduction in the dollar amount of the budget stabilization factor over the prior budget year.

In addition, the act:

  • Amends the professional development and student support program (program) for English language learners and educators who work with English language learners to distribute money appropriated for the program's services and educator professional development activities proportionately, based on the level of English language proficiency of the students served by the program;
  • For the 2019-20 budget year, distributes $20 million on a per pupil basis to large rural school districts and small rural school districts, including district charter schools and each institute charter school whose accounting district is a large or small rural school district. Large rural school districts share 55% of the appropriation, and small rural school districts share 45% of the appropriation. The act bases the distribution on a school district's funded pupil count for the 2018-19 budget year. The act specifies the intended uses of the money and requires each rural district that receives money to report to the department of education concerning the use of the money.
  • Increases the amount of tier B special education funding by $22 million and allows the amount to be appropriated from the state education fund or the general fund;
  • Transfers $40,326,896 from the general fund to the state education fund;
  • Creates the ninth grade success grant program in the department of education to provide funding to local education providers and charter schools to implement a ninth grade success grant program. Grant recipients must use the money to implement a ninth grade success program that includes elements set forth in the act, including creating a cross-disciplinary success team of teachers and support staff, which includes mental health professionals or social workers.
  • Creates the health and wellness through comprehensive quality physical education instruction pilot program in the department of education that awards 3-year pilot program grants to schools or school districts to implement comprehensive quality physical education instruction. The act specifies the necessary components of a the comprehensive quality physical education instruction. The department of education shall contract with a qualified evaluator to conduct a program evaluation of the pilot program.

For the 2019-20 state fiscal year, the act appropriates:

  • $22 million from the general fund to the department of education for tier B special education programs;
  • In addition to funding appropriated through the annual general appropriation act, $7,633,721 and $2,509,623 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of education for the state share of district total program funding;
  • $20 million from the general fund to the department of education for rural school funding;
  • $800,000 from the general fund to the department of education for the ninth grade success grant program;
  • $125,495 from the state education fund to the department of education to fund hold-harmless kindergarten; and
  • $1,100,000 from the marijuana tax cash fund to the department of education for the health and wellness through comprehensive quality physical education instruction pilot program.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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