SB 278-FN-A - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 278-FN-A
SPONSORS: Sen. Dietsch, Dist 9; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Rep. Tucker, Coos 5
COMMITTEE: Education and Workforce Development
This bill establishes the education administration efficiency fund from which the department of education shall provide grants to school districts to lower administrative costs. The bill makes an appropriation to the department of education for this purpose.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
198:20-e Education Administration Efficiency Fund.
I. There is hereby established the education administration efficiency fund. The nonlapsing fund shall be continually appropriated to and administered by the department of education for the purposes of this section. The commissioner of the department of education shall use the fund to provide one-time grants to local school districts to reduce administrative costs by at least 10 percent, while retaining equal or improved quality of education and student well-being. The department of education shall adopt rules under RSA 541-A relative to the grant application procedure and criteria for disbursement of funds.
II. On or before November 1, the commissioner of the department of education shall submit an annual report to the governor and the house and senate education committees regarding disbursements from the fund established in paragraph I. The report shall include a compilation of the administrative costs of New Hampshire school districts and a comparison of New Hampshire's administrative costs to those of other states. Upon confirmation by the commissioner that New Hampshire school districts have lowered their administrative costs from the highest in the nation to the third quartile, as measured by the United States Census Bureau, the chairperson of the house or senate education committee shall submit legislation to repeal the fund established in this section.
(344) The education administration efficiency fund, established in RSA 198:20-e.
3 Appropriation; Department of Education; Education Administration Efficiency Fund. The sum of $1,000,000 for the biennium ending June 30, 2021, is hereby appropriated to the department of education for deposit in the education administration efficiency fund established in RSA 198:20-e, as inserted by section 1 of this act. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum from any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
SB 278-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Education Administration Efficiency Fund
This bill establishes the nonlapsing, continually appropriated education administration efficiency fund, for the purpose of providing one-time grants to local school districts for administrative cost saving efforts and administered by the Department of Education. This bill also provides a $1,000,000 general fund appropriation to the new fund for the biennium ending June 30, 2021.
The Department cannot yet estimate how much in requests it may get or disbursements it would make from fund established in this bill. However, the Department estimates it would incur an estimated $100,000 in costs in the first year for proper development of the program, which may include either a full-time temporary position or contracted services, and administrative costs in subsequent years would likely be less. It is unclear if the fund itself could be used for Department related administrative costs.
Department of Education
|Feb. 12, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|March 7, 2019||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Education and Workforce Development; SJ 4|
|Feb. 12, 2019||Hearing: 02/12/2019, Room 103, LOB, 10:15 am; SC 10|
|March 7, 2019||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 03/07/2019; SC 12|
|March 7, 2019||Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 03/07/2019; SJ 7|