HB2670: technical correction; collection agencies; qualifications
S/E: study committee, special education; gifted
PRIME SPONSOR: Representative Bolick, LD 20
BILL STATUS: Caucus & COW
Establishes a study committee on special education weights and funding for gifted pupils.
Statute establishes a formula through which a school district budgets, and the state General Fund provides funding, for special education. A school district's Basic State Aid formula funding entitlement (referred to as its Equalization Base) is calculated in part by its:
· Base Support Level, which includes a school district's weighted student count. Specifically, this formula includes several Group B support level weights for programs that serve pupils with various disabilities (A.R.S. §§ 15-901(17) et seq. and 15-943).
· District Additional Assistance, which is calculated by multiplying a statutorily set amount by a school district's unweighted student count for certain grade ranges. In particular, this formula includes a special amount for programs for preschool children with disabilities (A.R.S. § 15-961).
The state General Fund will provide funding to a school district through Basic State Aid based on that district's Equalization Base as well as its Qualifying Tax Rate (A.R.S. § 41-1276) and the State Equalization Tax Rate.
The state General Fund provides funding for gifted pupils in two ways:
· The Superintendent of Public Instruction was appropriated $1 million from the state general Fund in FY 2019 for gifted education (Laws 2018, Ch. 276, §124). Pursuant to A.R.S. § 15-779.03(A), school districts that comply with A.R.S. § 15-799.01 and submit evidence that all district teachers who have primary responsibility for teaching gifted pupils have obtained or are working toward obtaining the appropriate certification endorsement may apply to ADE for additional funding for gifted programs. This funding is equal to $75 per pupil for 4% of the district's student count or $2,000, whichever is more.
1. Establishes a study committee to examine and make recommendations on special education weights and funding for gifted pupils. (Sec. 1)
2. Requires the study committee to submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Speaker of the House on or before January 1, 2020. (Sec. 1)
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6. Fifty-fourth Legislature HB 2670
7. First Regular Session Version 1: Caucus & COW
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