Bill Text - HB1202 (2012)

(New Title) amending the definition of “sending district” as it applies to students attending regional vocational education programs.


Revision: March 8, 2012, midnight

HB 1202-FN – AS INTRODUCED

2012 SESSION

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HOUSE BILL 1202-FN

AN ACT relative to tuition payments for chartered public school students attending out-of-district regional vocational education centers.

SPONSORS: Rep. Lovejoy, Rock 13; Rep. Schlachman, Rock 13; Sen. Prescott, Dist 23

COMMITTEE: Education

ANALYSIS

This bill requires the resident district of a chartered public school student attending a regional vocational education center outside of the student’s resident district to pay a share of the student’s tuition to the regional vocational education center.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve

AN ACT relative to tuition payments for chartered public school students attending out-of-district regional vocational education centers.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Regional Vocational Education; Tuition. Amend RSA 188-E:7 to read as follows:

188-E:7 Tuition.

I. Except for chartered public school students as provided in paragraph III, the department of education is authorized to pay from its regular budget tuition for full or part-time students, attending programs at designated vocational centers or designated vocational educational courses at other comprehensive high schools, whose residence is in a district where the high school of normal attendance does not offer a similar vocational education course.

II. Except for chartered public school students as provided in paragraph III, the department is authorized to pay from its budget for at risk students who reside in a school district in which the high school does not offer an alternative education program, to attend an alternative education program at a regional vocational education center or the associated high school. The tuition payment shall not exceed the cost of attending the regional vocational education center.

III. The resident district of a chartered public school student who attends a program or course of study at a regional vocational education center serving the resident district’s high school or the resident district’s designated high school or a regional vocational education center, due to the program or course not being available at the resident district’s regional vocational education center, shall pay the resident district’s share of tuition for the student’s attendance to the regional vocational education center of attendance. The average daily membership in attendance (ADMA) as defined in RSA 198:38, I for chartered public school students attending regional vocational education centers shall be prorated based on the time of attendance at the chartered public school and the regional vocational education center. The resident district and the chartered public school may include the proportion of each chartered public school student for whom the district pays tuition at a regional vocational education center in their ADMA count.

IV. The liability of the state and local school districts for tuition shall be determined by the state board under rules adopted pursuant to RSA 541-A, provided that a receiving district may charge a student from a sending district a differential vocational education rate and that the receiving district shall deposit that differential into its capital reserve account to be used for vocational centers and equipment.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

LBAO

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HB 1202-FN - FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT relative to tuition payments for chartered public school students attending out-of-district regional vocational education centers.

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The Department of Education states this bill will have an indeterminable fiscal impact on state expenditures, and local revenue and expenditures in FY 2012 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on state or county revenue, or county expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

    The Department of Education states this bill requires the resident district of a chartered public school student attending a regional vocational education center outside the student’s resident district to pay a share of the student’s tuition to the regional vocational educational center. In reference to this bill, the Department assumes the “resident district of a chartered public school student” to be the school district within which the student resides pursuant to RSA 193:12. The Department also assumes the “regional vocational education center serving the resident district’s high school or the resident district’s designated high school or a regional vocational education center, due to the program or course not being available at the resident district’s regional vocational education center” to be any regional career center serving the needs of the students of both the public high schools and chartered public high schools physically located within the respective career and technical education center’s purview. The Department also assumes any costs associated with parental decisions, regardless of this proposed bill, aside from transportation authorized by RSA 189:9, will be the responsibility of the parents involved, and any costs a school district agrees to bear will increase its liability to the extent of that agreement. The Department cannot estimate the fiscal impact of parental decisions, the overall number of students, the number of students who reside in the same district as their charter public high school, the out-of-district placements involved in potential tuition calculations, or the municipality of residence for those students involved in those calculations. The Department also cannot estimate the costs of tuition where the location of the career and technical education (CTE) center and the number of students attending that center from a chartered public school in the same town or near that CTE center are both unknown.

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