HB1656 (2024) Detail

(New Title) relative to adequate education grant amounts for pupils receiving special education services.


HB 1656-FN-LOCAL - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

22Feb2024... 0603h

11Apr2024... 1211h

2024 SESSION

24-2623

12/05

 

HOUSE BILL 1656-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to adequate education grant amounts for pupils receiving special education services.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Kenney, Straf. 10; Rep. Morse, Graf. 9; Rep. Selig, Straf. 10; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 10; Rep. A. Nutting-Wong, Hills. 9; Rep. Wheeler, Hills. 33; Rep. H. Howard, Straf. 4; Rep. Toll, Ches. 15; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Altschiller, Dist 24

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides for categories of special education services for application to the calculation of differentiated aid in adequate education grant amounts.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22Feb2024... 0603h

11Apr2024... 1211h 24-2623

12/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to adequate education grant amounts for pupils receiving special education services.

 

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

 

1  Cost of an Opportunity for an Adequate Education; Differentiated Aid; Special Education.  RSA 198:40-a, II(d) is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

(d)(1)  An additional $2,642 for each pupil in the ADMR who is receiving special education services with a category A disability, $5,285 for each pupil in the ADMR who is receiving special education services with a category B disability, and $7,927 for each pupil in the ADMR who is receiving special education services with a category C disability.

(2)  For this subparagraph, "category A disability” applies to pupils receiving special education services inside regular class 80 percent or more of the day; "category B disability” applies to pupils receiving special education services inside regular class less than 40 percent of the day and inside regular class 40 percent through 79 percent of the day; and “category C disability” applies to pupils receiving special education services in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements.  Categories A, B, and C apply to pupils ages 5 in kindergarten through 21, inclusive.  Any pupil receiving special education services identified by the department that was not identified in the department’s data collection efforts to determine categories A, B, and C, shall default to category A.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.

 

LBA

24-2623

Amended 2/29/24

 

HB 1656-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2024-0603h)

 

AN ACT relative to adequate education grant amounts for pupils receiving special education services.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

Estimated State Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

Revenue Fund(s)

None

 

Expenditures

$0

District Public Schools

FY 2025 - Increase of Approximately $13,000,000

FY 2026 and FY 2027 - Indeterminable Increase

 

Charter Public Schools / Education Freedom Accounts

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source(s)

Education Trust Fund

Appropriations

$0

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source(s)

None

Does this bill provide sufficient funding to cover estimated expenditures? [X] N/A

Does this bill authorize new positions to implement this bill? [X] N/A

 

Estimated Political Subdivision Impact - Increase / (Decrease)

 

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

FY 2027

Local Revenue

$0

FY 2025 - Increase of Approximately $13,000,000

FY 2026 and FY 2027 - Indeterminable Increase

Local Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill replaces the current special education differentiated aid flat rate of $2,079.89 for each pupil in the ADMR (average daily membership – residence) who is receiving special education services with three categories of differential aid as follows:

  • An additional $2,642 for each pupil in the ADMR who is receiving special education services for less than 80 percent of the school day (category A disability);
  • An additional $5,285 for each pupil in the ADMR who is receiving special education services for 80 percent or more of the school day (category B disability);
  • And an additional $7,927 for each pupil in the ADMR who is receiving special education services in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/ hospital placements (category C disability).

 

The Department of Education notes the following with respect to deriving an estimated fiscal impact for this bill:

  • The three disability categories are collected October 1 of each year.
    • The Department of Education states it would need to convert this snapshot data into average daily membership to pay adequacy. There is an approximate six-month lag of when the “point in time” counts are available from the Bureau of Special Education to the Bureau of School Finance. Therefore, annual November 15th estimates will not be able to use current school year “point in time” counts. This method is accomplished by using the “point in time counts” of each category as a percentage of each municipality's sum of all categories at that time. An example is that Town X has 10 students in category A and 5 students each in categories B and C. This would result in the town having 50% students as category A, 25% of students in category B, and 25% of students in category C. Student category percentages are then multiplied by actual special education ADMR.
    • Special education “point in time” counts are done in fall, therefore, the Bureau of School Finance wouldn’t have data on if a student shifts categories during the school year.
  • The proposed section 198:40-a, II(d)(3) adds an additional cost per pupil in the ADMR by applying an additional weight per pupil receiving special education services shall begin July 1, 2025 (school year 2026) and therefore was not included in this analysis.

 

When incorporating this method to the FY2025 adequacy formula, and using the data below, a final state grant was determined to be $1,067,622,800, an increase of $12,948,839 when compared to the current law Final State Grant amount of $1,054,673,961.  It should be noted that this estimate does not consider chartered public schools nor education freedom accounts, which would have an indeterminable impact.

Disability Category

ADMR

Per Pupil Aid

A

28,383.29

$2,642

B

2,152.10

$5,285

C

405.44

$7,927

 

 

 

 

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Education

 

Amendments

Date Amendment
Feb. 14, 2024 2024-0603h
April 2, 2024 2024-1211h
April 2, 2024 2024-1327h

Links


Date Body Type
Jan. 10, 2024 House Hearing
Feb. 7, 2024 House Exec Session
Feb. 14, 2024 House Exec Session
Feb. 14, 2024 House Floor Vote
Jan. 10, 2024 House Hearing
Feb. 7, 2024 House Exec Session
Feb. 14, 2024 House Exec Session
Feb. 14, 2024 House Floor Vote
Jan. 10, 2024 House Hearing
Feb. 7, 2024 House Exec Session
Feb. 14, 2024 House Exec Session
Feb. 14, 2024 House Floor Vote
April 2, 2024 House Exec Session
April 2, 2024 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1656 Revision: 41637 Date: April 11, 2024, 4:44 p.m.
HB1656 Revision: 41512 Date: April 2, 2024, 4:27 p.m.
HB1656 Revision: 41513 Date: April 2, 2024, 4:26 p.m.
HB1656 Revision: 41010 Date: Feb. 29, 2024, 8:31 a.m.
HB1656 Revision: 40882 Date: Feb. 14, 2024, 5:10 p.m.
HB1656 Revision: 40397 Date: Dec. 15, 2023, 3:58 p.m.

Docket


April 16, 2024: Introduced 04/11/2024 and Referred to Education; SJ 10


April 11, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-1211h: MA RC 349-26 04/11/2024


April 11, 2024: Amendment # 2024-1327h: AF RC 187-187 04/11/2024


April 11, 2024: Amendment # 2024-1211h: AA VV 04/11/2024


April 3, 2024: Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-1327h


April 3, 2024: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-1211h 04/02/2024 (Vote 21-4; RC) HC 14 P. 16


March 27, 2024: Executive Session: 04/02/2024 11:30 am LOB 210-211


March 20, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/27/2024 10:00 am LOB 209


March 7, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/15/2024 01:00 pm LOB 209


Feb. 28, 2024: Division Work Session: 03/05/2024 03:30 pm LOB 209


Feb. 22, 2024: Referred to Finance 02/22/2024 HJ 6 P. 6


Feb. 22, 2024: Amendment # 2024-0603h: AA VV 02/22/2024 HJ 6 P. 6


Feb. 22, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-0603h: MA VV 02/22/2024 HJ 6 P. 6


Feb. 23, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-0603h (NT) 02/14/2024 (Vote 19-1; CC) HC 5 P. 26


Feb. 23, 2024: ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/14/2024 09:30 am LOB 205-207


Feb. 23, 2024: ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/07/2024 09:30 am LOB 205-207


Feb. 23, 2024: Subcommittee Work Session: 02/02/2024 10:00 am LOB 209


Feb. 23, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-0603h (NT) 02/14/2024 (Vote 19-1; CC) HC 5


Feb. 23, 2024: ==CANCELLED== Subcommittee Work Session: 01/26/2024 10:00 am LOB 209


Feb. 23, 2024: ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/14/2024 09:30 am LOB 205-207 HC 5


Feb. 23, 2024: ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/07/2024 09:30 am LOB 205-207 HC 5


Feb. 23, 2024: Subcommittee Work Session: 02/02/2024 10:00 am LOB 209 HC 5


Feb. 23, 2024: ==CANCELLED== Subcommittee Work Session: 01/26/2024 10:00 am LOB 209 HC 2


Feb. 23, 2024: Subcommittee Work Session: 01/19/2024 10:00 am LOB 209 HC 2


Feb. 23, 2024: Subcommittee Work Session: 01/11/2024 10:00 am LOB 205-207


Feb. 23, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/10/2024 09:30 am LOB 205-207


Feb. 23, 2024: Subcommittee Work Session: 01/19/2024 10:00 am LOB 209


Feb. 22, 2024: Referred to Finance 02/22/2024 HJ 6 P. 6


Feb. 23, 2024: Subcommittee Work Session: 01/11/2024 10:00 am LOB 205-207


Feb. 22, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-0603h: MA VV 02/22/2024 HJ 6 P. 6


Feb. 22, 2024: Amendment # 2024-0603h: AA VV 02/22/2024 HJ 6 P. 6


Feb. 23, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/10/2024 09:30 am LOB 205-207


Feb. 15, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-0603h (NT) 02/14/2024 (Vote 19-1; CC)


Feb. 5, 2024: ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/14/2024 09:30 am LOB 205-207


Jan. 31, 2024: ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/07/2024 09:30 am LOB 205-207


Jan. 24, 2024: Subcommittee Work Session: 02/02/2024 10:00 am LOB 209


Jan. 17, 2024: ==CANCELLED== Subcommittee Work Session: 01/26/2024 10:00 am LOB 209 HC 2


Jan. 11, 2024: Subcommittee Work Session: 01/19/2024 10:00 am LOB 209 HC 2


Jan. 5, 2024: Subcommittee Work Session: 01/11/2024 10:00 am LOB 205-207


Jan. 5, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/10/2024 09:30 am LOB 205-207


Dec. 15, 2023: Introduced 01/03/2024 and referred to Education HJ 1 P. 28