HB 608-FN-A-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 608-FN-A-LOCAL
SPONSORS: Rep. Steven Smith, Sull. 11; Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Aron, Sull. 7; Rep. Rollins, Sull. 6; Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6; Rep. Spilsbury, Sull. 8
This bill increases the base per pupil cost for an adequate education; increases differentiated aid available to eligible pupils; establishes fiscal capacity disparity aid to municipalities based on equalized valuation per pupil; requires school districts to report on the use of adequate education grant funds; amends the law governing transportation of pupils in kindergarten through grade 12; and repeals stabilization grants to municipalities.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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 Twenty One
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
(65) Money received under RSA 77-A, RSA 77-E, RSA 78, RSA 78-A, RSA 78-B, RSA 83-F, RSA 198:42-a, RSA 284:44 and RSA 284:47, and from the sweepstakes fund, which shall be credited to the education trust fund under RSA 198:39.
II. The commissioner shall issue a warrant under the commissioner's hand and official seal for the amount computed in paragraph I to the selectmen or assessors of each municipality by December 15 directing them to assess such sum and pay it to the municipality for the use of the school district or districts, and if there is an excess education tax payment due pursuant to RSA 198:42-a, directing them to assess the amount of the excess payment and pay it to the department of revenue administration for deposit in the education trust fund. Such sums shall be assessed at such times as may be prescribed for other taxes assessed by such selectmen or assessors of the municipality.
(g) The full amount of excess education property tax payments from the department of revenue administration pursuant to RSA 198:42-a.
I. For the biennium beginning July 1,  2023, the annual cost of providing the opportunity for an adequate education as defined in RSA 193-E:2-a shall be as specified in paragraph II. The department shall adjust the rates specified in this paragraph in accordance with RSA 198:40-d.
II.(a) A cost of [$3,561.27] $3,709 per pupil in the ADMA, plus differentiated aid as follows:
(b) An additional [$1,780.63] $1,854 for each pupil in the ADMA who is eligible for a free or reduced price meal, plus an additional amount as follows:
(1) An additional $927 multiplied by the ADMA, in a school district in which at least 12 percent but less than 24 percent of the ADMA is eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal; or
(2) An additional $1,854 multiplied by the ADMA, in a school district in which at least 24 percent but less than 36 percent of the ADMA is eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal; or
(3) An additional $2,781 multiplied by the ADMA, in a school district in which at least 36 percent but less than 48 percent of the ADMA is eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal; or
(4) An additional $3,709 multiplied by the ADMA, in a school district in which 48 percent or more of the ADMA is eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal; plus
(c) An additional [$697.77] $726 for each pupil in the ADMA who is an English language learner; plus
(d) An additional [$1,915.86] $1,995 for each pupil in the ADMA who is receiving special education services; plus
(e) An additional [$697.77] $726 for each third grade pupil in the ADMA with a score below the proficient level on the reading component of the state assessment administered pursuant to RSA 193-C:6 or the authorized, locally-administered assessment as provided in RSA 193-C:3, IV(i), provided the pupil is not eligible to receive differentiated aid pursuant to subparagraphs (b)-(d). A school district receiving aid under this subparagraph shall annually provide to the department of education documentation demonstrating that the district has implemented an instructional program to improve non-proficient pupil reading.
III. The sum total calculated under paragraph II shall be the cost of an opportunity for an adequate education. The department shall determine the cost of an opportunity for an adequate education for each municipality based on the ADMA of pupils who reside in that municipality.
198:40-b Accountability for Use of Adequate Education Aid.
I. A school district which receives adequate education aid under RSA 198:40-a for schools within its jurisdiction shall separately account for such aid as part of its financial accounting procedures. Such aid shall only be used to provide enhanced programs in schools within its jurisdiction for which such aid has been allocated that are known to improve pupil achievement, including but not limited to: pre-kindergarten programs, full-day kindergarten programs, extended learning time, professional development opportunities for teachers, hiring of additional instructional and non-instructional personnel, programs designed to reduce class size, parental involvement programs, additional technology resources, dropout prevention programs, principal incentive programs, and curriculum enrichment programs. The school district shall determine which programs are most needed and most appropriate for their pupils. The department shall annually review and update the list of approved programs from which a school district may choose.
II. A school district which receives adequate education aid under RSA 198:40-a for use in schools within its jurisdiction shall annually submit a report to the commissioner documenting for each school within its jurisdiction for which such aid has been allocated, the enhanced programs selected for implementation, an explanation of the specific educational needs which the program is intended to address, an explanation of how the program will be implemented in the school, and an estimate of the cost of implementing the program. The commissioner shall review these reports to ensure that adequate education aid will be used to provide programs approved under paragraph I.
III. A school district which receives adequate education aid for schools within its jurisdiction pursuant to RSA 198:40-a shall direct such aid to the schools for which such aid was calculated. A school district which receives adequate education aid for pupils that attend schools in another school district, shall direct such aid to the school district where its pupils are being educated. Any adequate education aid directed from one school district to another pursuant to this paragraph shall be a credit against any existing financial liability between the school districts.
198:40-c Fiscal Capacity Disparity Aid.
I. In addition to aid for the cost of the opportunity for an adequate education provided under RSA 198:40-a, each biennium the commissioner shall calculate fiscal capacity disparity aid and provide that amount of aid in each year of the biennium to a municipality’s school districts and to chartered public schools approved under RSA 194-B as follows:
(a) A municipality with an equalized valuation per pupil of $660,000 or less shall receive $1,500 per pupil in the municipality's ADMA.
(b) A municipality with an equalized valuation per pupil between $660,001 and $999,999 shall receive .0044 cents per pupil in the municipality's ADMA per dollar of equalized valuation per pupil between $660,001 and $999,999.
(c) A municipality with an equalized valuation per pupil of $1,000,000 or more shall receive no fiscal capacity disparity aid.
II. Fiscal capacity disparity aid shall be distributed pursuant to RSA 198:42.
III. In this section, "equalized valuation per pupil” means a municipality’s equalized valuation, including properties subject to taxation under RSA 82 and RSA 83-F, as determined by the department of revenue administration, that was the basis for the local tax assessment in the determination year, divided by the school district’s kindergarten through grade 12 ADMA in the determination year.
6 Determination of Adequate Education Grants. RSA 198:41, I(c) is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:
(c) Add the municipality's fiscal capacity disparity aid pursuant to RSA 198:40-c.
III.(a) No municipality shall receive a total education grant which is less than the total education grant received in the preceding fiscal year.
(b) The additional amount of a municipality's free and reduced-price meal aid calculated pursuant to subparagraphs (1)-(4) only in RSA 198:40-a, II(b), shall not be more than 101.5 percent of the municipality's free and reduced-price meals aid received in the previous fiscal year.
(c) A municipality's fiscal capacity disparity aid pursuant to RSA 198:40-c shall not be more than 101.5 percent of the municipality's fiscal capacity disparity aid received in the previous fiscal year.
198:42-a Excess Education Property Tax Payments.
I. The commissioner of the department of revenue administration shall annually calculate a municipality’s excess education tax pursuant to RSA 198:41 and shall notify each municipality of the amount of its excess. A municipality shall remit any excess education tax revenue to the department of revenue administration on or before March 15 of the tax year in which the excess occurs. The commissioner shall collect and remit the excess to the state treasurer for deposit in the education trust fund established by RSA 198:39.
II. The amount of such excess to be remitted shall not include any income derived from the investment of funds by the municipal treasurers under RSA 41:29 and RSA 48:16.
III. The commissioner shall approve and provide forms relative to the reporting and remitting of excess education tax by the municipalities.
HB 608-FN-A-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE
The Office of Legislative Budget Assistant is unable to complete a fiscal note for this bill, as introduced, as it is awaiting information from the Department of Education. When completed, the fiscal note will be forwarded to the House Clerk's Office.
Department of Education
|Feb. 16, 2021||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 17, 2021||House||Exec Session|
: Retained in Committee
Feb. 17, 2021: Executive Session: 02/17/2021 09:30 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/92930919261
Feb. 16, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/16/2021 12:30 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/99866065403 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.
Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Education HJ 2 P. 56