SB 625-FN-A - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
SENATE BILL 625-FN-A
SPONSORS: Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Morse, Dist 22
COMMITTEE: Education and Workforce Development
This bill changes the formula for an additional adequate education grant to a school district that operates a full-day kindergarten program.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
02/13/2020 0478s 20-3045
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Adequate Education Grants for Kindergarten. Amend RSA 198:48-b to read as follows:
198:48-b Kindergarten Adequate Education Grants. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary:
I. A school district which operates a full-day kindergarten program in any school year in which the adequate education grant provided pursuant to RSA 198:42 does not include a count of the full-day kindergarten students, shall receive an additional adequate education grant based on the number of pupils attending kindergarten in the district as of the beginning of the school year.
II. The per pupil amount of the additional education grant provided in this section shall be [$1,200 for the 2008 school year] 50 percent of the amount distributed under RSA 198:40-a, II(a)[. Starting in the school year that commences in the fall of 2009, a school district which operates kindergarten in any school year in which the adequate education grant provided pursuant to RSA 198:42 does not include a count of kindergarten students, shall receive an additional adequate education grant calculated pursuant to the adequate education grant formula provided in RSA 198], based on the number of pupils [attending] enrolled and present on the first day of school in the current year in a full-day kindergarten program in the district [as of the beginning of the school year]. Once pupils enrolled in an approved kindergarten program have been counted in the average daily membership, school districts shall receive, for each such pupil, an adequate education grant calculated in accordance with [RSA 198:41 and RSA 198:42. School districts that receive kindergarten adequate education grants under this section shall not be eligible to receive any other per pupil adequate education grant] RSA 198:40-a, II.
SB 625-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENT #2020-0478s)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ X ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill provides one-time funding for school districts relative to new full-day kindergarten programs. Under current law, adequate education grants are distributed based on previous year student counts, which would mean a district operating a new full-day kindergarten program would not receive full-day adequate education grant for kindergarten pupils until the following year. Under this bill, a one-time payment would be made in the year of implementation equal the difference between half and full day adequacy, effectively eliminating the year lag for full-day kindergarten funding.
In the current school year (2019-20) there are three towns with new full-day kindergarten programs. Based on October 1, 2019 counts, this bill would result in the following estimated increases to state education trust fund expenditures and local school district revenue in FY 2020:
This bill’s impact on FY 2021 and beyond cannot be estimated as it is not known which, if any, other districts move from half-day to full-day kindergarten programs.
Department of Education
|Jan. 21, 2020||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Education and Workforce Development; SJ 2|
|Jan. 21, 2020||Hearing: 01/21/2020, Room 103, LOB, 10:30 am; SC 3|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0478s, 02/13/2020; SC 6|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Committee Amendment # 2020-0478s, AA, VV; 02/13/2020; SJ 4|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0478s, MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 02/13/2020; SJ 4|