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ARIZONA STATE SENATE

Fifty-Fifth Legislature, First Regular Session

 

FACT SHEET FOR S.B. 1826

 

K-12 education; budget reconciliation; 2021-2022

Purpose

††††††††††† Makes statutory and session law changes relating to K-12 education necessary to implement the FY 2022 state budget.

Background

††††††††††† The Arizona Constitution prohibits substantive law from being included in the general appropriations, capital outlay appropriations and supplemental appropriations bills. However, it is often necessary to make statutory and session law changes to effectuate the budget. Thus, separate bills called budget reconciliation bills (BRBs) are introduced to enact these provisions. Because BRBs contain substantive law changes, the Arizona Constitution provides that they become effective on the general effective date, unless an emergency clause is enacted.

††††††††††† S.B. 1826 contains the budget reconciliation provisions for changes relating to K-12 education.

Provisions

Basic State Aid

1.   Increases the base level for FY 2022 from $4,305.73 to $4,390.65.

2.   Adjusts the basic state aid apportionment schedule to provide payments on the 15th business day, instead of the 1st business day of each month.

Charter Schools

3.   Increases the Charter Additional Assistance (CAA) amount per student count for FY 2022:

a)   from $1,875.21 to $1,897.90, for students in preschool programs for children with disabilities, kindergarten programs and grades 1 through 8; and

b)   from $2,185.53 to $2,211.97, for students in grades 9 through 12.

Transportation Funding

4.   Increases the transportation support level per route mile formula amount for FY 2022:

a)   from $2.74 to $2.77 for 0.5 or less approved daily route mileage per eligible student transported;

b)   from $2.24 to $2.27 for more than 0.5 to 1.0 approved daily route mileage per eligible student transported; and

c)   from $2.74 to $2.77 for more than 1.0 of approved daily route mileage per eligible student transported.

5.   Allows, beginning in the 2021-2022 school year:

a)   a school district to use a portion of its transportation funding to provide in lieu of transportation grants to parents of students attending the school district, according to a plan submitted to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE); or

b)   a charter school to use a portion of its CAA funding to provide in lieu of transportation grants to parents of students attending the charter school, according to a plan submitted to ADE.

6.   Allows transportation grants to support individual parents or neighborhood carpools to transport students to the school.

7.   Prohibits a participating district's transportation funding allocation from being reduced.

8. Requires participating charter schools to report to ADE regarding the monies awarded to parents.

9.   Directs ADE to:

a)   adopt policies and procedures accounting for transportation grant expenditures; and

b)   require proof of attendance for students receiving grant support.

Group B Support Level Weights

10.  Increases, from 5.833 to 5.988, the support level weights for students with multiple disabilities (MD-SC), autism (A-SC) and severe intellectual disability (self-contained) (SID-SC).

11. Increases, from 0.003 to 0.093, the support level weights for students with developmental delays (DD), emotional disabilities (ED), mild intellectual disabilities (MIID), a specific learning disability (SLD), speech/language impairments (SLI) and other health impairments (OHI).

12.  Adds a support level weight of 0.007 for educational programs for gifted (G) pupils scoring at or above the 97th percentile, based on national norms, on a test adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE).

Extraordinary Special Education Needs Fund

13.  Transfers, from the SBE to ADE, the administration and oversight of the Extraordinary Special Education Needs Fund (Extraordinary Needs Fund) and allows ADE to retain up to two percent of monies for administration.

14.  Requires ADE to award monies from the Extraordinary Needs Fund to school districts and charter schools with eligible claims, rather than with grants.

15.  Deems a school district or charter school eligible for Extraordinary Needs Fund monies if it demonstrates a student receiving special education services has incurred current year costs of at least three times the statewide per-pupil funding average.

16.  Requires a school district or charter school that is submitting a claim to the Extraordinary Needs Fund on behalf of a student to:

a)   demonstrate the current year total costs incurred by the student; and

b)   itemize the total costs that are attributable to the student.

17.  Allows a school district or charter school to submit a claim for:

a)   the full fiscal year, if an expense incurred at the time of filing will continue in subsequent quarters until the end of the same fiscal year; or

b)   expenses resulting from an independent educational evaluation.

18.  Allows a school district or charter school to revise a claim, to receive funding at the end of the quarter, for an additional expense for a student who received funding in the same fiscal year, subject to available monies.

19.  Requires ADE to:

a)   evaluate claim requests each quarter;

b)   if there are insufficient monies in the Extraordinary Needs Fund, prioritize funding based on the difference between the claim amount submitted by a school district or charter school and the total funding received for that student; and

c)   annually adopt policies and procedures, including the average statewide per-pupil funding amount for a fiscal year, for posting on the ADE website.

20.  Allows ADE to notify a school district or charter school that submits a claim with insufficient information to revise its claim within two weeks.

21.  Requires ADE to annually report, by December 15, to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), the Governorís Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting and the Secretary of State:

a)   the number of claims for extraordinary special education needs that were funded in the previous year;

b)   how school districts and charter schools used claim monies; and

c)   the total number of claims received during the previous year.

22.  Establishes that Extraordinary Needs Fund monies are continuously appropriated, rather than subject to legislative appropriation.

Results-Based Funding

23.  Requires ADE, in FY 2022, to distribute monies from the Results-Based Funding Fund (Fund) as follows:

a)   $225 per student count for each district or charter school that:

  i. has less than 60 percent of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (FRPL) or an equivalent measure, including the community eligibility provision; and

  ii. performed in the top 13 percent of all Arizona schools on the statewide assessment in spring 2019;

b)   $400 per student count for each district or charter school that:

  i. has at least 60 percent of enrolled students eligible for FRPL or an equivalent measure, including the community eligibility provision; and

  ii. performed in the top 13 percent of schools on the statewide assessment in spring 2019 of those schools with at least 60 percent of enrolled students eligible for FRPL or an equivalent measure;

c)   $225 per student count for each district or charter school that:

  i. has at least 60 percent of enrolled students eligible for FRPL or an equivalent measure, including the community eligibility provision; and

  ii.   performed within the top 13.1 to 27 percent of schools on the statewide assessment in spring 2019 of those schools with at least 60 percent of enrolled students eligible for FRPL or an equivalent measure; and

d)   $400 per student count for each alternative high school that performed in the top 27 percent of schools on the statewide assessment in spring 2019, with at least 60 percent of enrolled students eligible for FRPL or an equivalent measure.

24.  Specifies an alternative high school is eligible for results-based funding only if it reports the average percentage of students who received a passing score on both the mathematics and language arts portions of the statewide assessment during testing conducted in spring 2019.

School Facilities Board (SFB)

25.  Increases the prescribed cost per square foot for new school facility construction as follows:

a)   from $90 to $270.24 per square foot for preschool children with disabilities and kindergarten through grade 6;

b)   from $95 to $285.30 per square foot for grades 7 and 8; and

c)   from $110 to $330.30 per square foot for grades 9 through 12.

26.  Applies the increased amounts to the following new school facilities previously approved by the SFB:

a)   Douglas Unified;

b)   Liberty Elementary;

c)   Maricopa Unified;

d)   Queen Creek Unified;

e)   Safford Unified;

f) Santa Cruz Valley;

g)   Sahuarita Unified;

h)   Somerton Elementary;

i) Tanque Verde; and

j) Vail Unified.

27.  Applies each annual construction market adjustment to all approved projects by the SFB during that year.

28.  Allows the SFB to spend Building Renewal Grant (BRG) Fund monies for assessments to determine whether a BRG grant is warranted.

Industry-Recognized Certification and Licensure Reimbursement Fund

29.  Establishes the Industry-Recognized Certification and Licensure Reimbursement Fund (Certification and Licensure Fund) consisting of legislative appropriations, gifts, grants and other donations administered by ADE.

30.  Directs ADE to use Certification and Licensure Fund monies to eliminate or reduce exam costs for obtaining industry-recognized certificates and licenses for low-income students.

31.  Requires qualified students to:

a)   pass a certificate or license exam for a career and technical education (CTE) program;

b)   meet eligibility requirements for FRPL under the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Acts; and

c)   apply to ADE to receive reimbursement for the exam cost.

32.  Directs ADE to reduce the reward amount proportionally to each studentís exam cost, if available fund monies are insufficient to cover the costs of qualified applicants.

33.  Specifies that Certification and Licensure Fund monies are continuously appropriated and exempt from lapsing.

Cooperative Services Fund

34.  Creates the Cooperative Services Fund (Cooperative Fund) consisting of monies from ADE for special education institutional vouchers.

35.  Directs that Cooperative Fund monies be used for:

a)   deaf and blind students enrolled in regional school cooperatives;

b)   membership fees paid by participating school districts and charter schools in regional school cooperatives; and

c)   fee-for-service payments by school districts and charter schools that do not receive a special education institutional voucher for students enrolled in regional school cooperatives.

36.  Directs the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind to administer the Cooperative Fund which is subject to legislative appropriation and exempt from lapsing.

37.  Defines regional school cooperatives as regional programs and services offered by the schools in conjunction with other school districts and charter schools for students with a hearing impairment, sensory impairment or visual impairment who attend an Arizona district or charter school.

School Financial Transparency Portal

38.  Directs, starting in FY 2022 and retroactive to July 1, 2021, the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) to develop a transparent and accessible school financial transparency portal that includes the following school level data for charter and district schools and school districts:

a)   the total revenues generated by weighted student count;

b)   the total allocation of federal, state and local revenues;

c)   the allocation of Classroom Site Fund monies;

d)   the allocated amounts for teacher pay and benefits, classroom supplies, student support and other expenditures;

e)   a comparison between a schoolís funding information and other schools in the same local education agency; and

f) any other necessary information for a transparent comparison between schools regarding revenues, expenditures, student demographics or academic achievement.

39.  Directs ADE, the State Board for Charter Schools (ASBCS) and the Auditor General to provide and assist with any data or financial information requested by ADOA or the selected third-party contractor to provide the information as required.

40.  Directs ADOA to develop the portal with a third-party contractor that:

a)   has experience building education finance platforms to display school financial information in a transparent and understandable format;

b)   has been incorporated for at least five years;

c)   has an exclusive focus on education finance technology for kindergarten through grade 12; and

d)   has at least five years of experience building cloud-hosted education finance software including experience integrating with the uniform system of financial records.

41.  Requires each schoolís annual report card to include a link to the information provided by the school financial transparency portal.

Student-Level Data

42.  Requires ADE to adopt policies that allow county school superintendents, the SBE and the ASBCS access to student-level data for students currently enrolled in a school that is within their jurisdiction.

43. Requires ADE to develop and publish policies, as defined by interagency data-sharing agreements, to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other relevant privacy laws, including those that manage access to personally identifiable information to be implemented by ADE, county school superintendents, the SBE and the ASBCS.

44.  Requires the ADE-developed policies to:

a)   contain a detailed security plan that includes:

  i. guidelines for authorizing access and authenticating authorization to systems housing the data;

  ii. privacy compliance standards and security audits;

  iii. security breach planning, notice, procedures and consequences;

  iv. data retention and disposition policies, including criteria on how and when the data will be destroyed; and

  v. guidelines regarding data use and staff trainings;

b)   ensure that written agreements involving the disclosure of student-level data that comply with the following:

i. minimum FERPA conditions;

ii. specify the purpose, scope and duration of the disclosure and information disclosed;

iii. require personally identifiable information to comply with the outlined scope;

iv. prohibit access to personally identifiable information by anyone outside of the organization; and

v. require the organization to destroy personally identifiable information that is no longer needed for the outlined purpose and specify when the information must be destroyed;

c)   ensure that work products from the use of student-level data do not conflict with any state and federal reporting; and

d)   provide access to student-level data through an online platform within the parameters of federal law pursuant to the written agreements with the consent of required parties.

45.  Exempts homeschool student data from prescribed accessibility requirements.

Open Enrollment Polices

46.  Requires school district governing board (governing board) open enrollment policies to:

a)   include basic information needed to request enrollment that is consistent with guidance and state and federal law regarding pupil privacy and civil rights;

b)   include information regarding the provision of transportation or resources for transportation; and

c)   be easily accessible from the home page on each school's website and be available in English, Spanish or any other language used by a majority of the populations served by the school or school district.

47.  Requires a school district to update on each school's website the capacity and whether or not the school is currently accepting open enrollment students by grade level, at least once every 12 weeks, unless there are no changes to report.

48.  Requires a school district with any other separate capacity for specialized programs at schools to post required capacity information by specialized program.

49.  Directs schools to accept pupils throughout the school year as capacity allows through open enrollment policies and to select pupils on the wait list as seats become available.

50.  Requires pupils who are denied access to a school due to capacity limits to be informed that they are on a wait list and provided applicable selection process details.

51.  Requires a school district to enroll, at any time, any resident pupil who applies for enrollment.

52.  Requires a school district to give enrollment preference to and reserve capacity for:

a)   resident pupils;

b)   pupils returning to the school from the prior year; and

c)   siblings of pupils already enrolled.

53.  Allows a school district to give enrollment preference to children who:

a)   meet the definition of unaccompanied youth prescribed in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act; or

b)   attend a school that is closing.

54.  Allows a school district to give enrollment preference to and reserve capacity for:

a)   resident transfer pupils and their siblings; and

b)   pupils who meet additional criteria established and published by a governing board as outlined.

55.  Requires a school or a district, if remaining capacity as determined by the governing board is insufficient to enroll all applicant students, to select pupils through an equitable selection process, such as a lottery, with preference given to siblings of selected pupils.

56.  Prohibits a school from limiting admission based on ethnicity or race, national origin, sex, income level, disability, English language proficiency or athletic ability.

57.  Increases the limit, from 20 miles to 30 miles each way, for transportation provided by a school district to and from a pupil's school of attendance, pickup point or to an adjacent district for eligible pupils or pupils with disabilities.

58.  Requires governing board-adopted policies regarding attendance boundaries to include a parent or guardian notification procedure that includes an assurance that if a school remains open as part of the boundary change and capacity is available, pupils assigned to a new attendance area may stay enrolled in their current school.

59.  Prohibits attendance boundaries from being used to require pupils to attend certain schools based on the pupil's place of residence.

60.  Defines resident pupil as a pupil whose residence is within the attendance area of a school.

Enrollment Information Reporting

61.  Directs the SBE to:

a)   adopt a model format school districts can use for describing open enrollment options to ensure clarity and consistency for parents to understand their options, enrollment capacity at each school and the ability to choose any school within their district of residence or any other school in Arizona; and

b)   adopt rules, policies and guidance for school districts to utilize while enrolling students, consistent with state and federal law.

62.  Requires ADE to:

a)   investigate and enforce any complaints or substantiated claims of any unlawful or inappropriate enrollment practices by school districts, according to the supervisory duties of the SPI;

b)   refer any complaints received regarding charter schools to the ASBCS to investigate and enforce; and

c)   regularly update the SBE.

63.  Requires the ADE to provide an annual report that informs the public and policymakers of the open enrollment participation rate by school district, school and county, including:

a)   the number of pupils by student subgroup designation open enrolled as resident pupils, resident transfer pupils or nonresident pupils in each school and school district;

b)   the school districts and zip codes from which pupils are enrolling; and

c)   by FY 2023, the number of pupils enrolled in charter schools and the school districts from which those pupils are enrolling.

64.  Requires, subject to available appropriated monies, the SBE to design a public awareness effort by January of each year and distribute materials that:

a)   communicate to the public the ability to choose any public school in Arizona;

b)   direct the public to resources to learn about school choice options in Arizona; and

c)   instruct the public on how to request enrollment for pupils.

65.  Allows the SBE to include other options in its public awareness effort informational materials and messaging.

66.  Allows the SBE, in designing the public awareness effort and distributing materials, to collaborate with:

a)   public and private partners to assist in achieving prescribed objectives; and

b)   ADE to provide parents and the public with informational resources.

Career and Technical Education Districts

67.  Includes students in grade 9 and the school year immediately following graduation in the student count or average daily membership of a Career Technical Education District (CTED), school district that is a part of a CTED or charter school if the student is enrolled in an approved CTED course.

68.  Limits funding to no more than four years for the same student.

69.  Requires students in grade 9 to reach day 40 of grade 11 enrolled in an approved CTE program to generate funding as part of a CTED ADM calculation.

70.  Requires students in grade 9 or the school year after graduation to enroll in a program included on the In-Demand Regional Education List (List) complied by Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) for that studentís region in the year they began the program to generate funding as a part of a CTED ADM.

71.  Specifies that students in grade 9 or the school year after graduation enrolled in a course that meets for at least 150 minutes per class period will generate an ADM of:

a)   0.75, if they are enrolled at a centralized campus; or

b)   up to 0.75, if they are enrolled at a leased centralized campus.

72.  Allows students in an approved CTED leased campus or centralized campus program to generate an ADM during any day of the week and at any time between July 1 and June 30 each fiscal year.

73.  Includes, in a CTED student count, students enrolled in an internship course as a part of a CTED program.

74.  Requires the OEO, in collaboration with ADE, to compile a List of approved CTE programs that lead to a career path in high demand jobs with median-to-high wages in that region, by September 1 of each year.

75.  Requires the OEO to incorporate industry feedback in List development and submit the List to the Arizona Career and Technical Education Quality Commission for review and approval.

76.  Includes in the CTED Annual Report the following information for each CTED:

a)   ADM;

b)   the actual student count;

c)   program enrollment and persistence at each grade level towards completion;

d)   the percentage of students completing each program;

e)   the number of certifications and licenses earned, delineated by students attending a satellite program or a centralized campus.

Investigations of Certificated and Noncertificated Personnel

77.  Transfers, from the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to the SBE, the oversight of all work related to investigating certificated persons, persons seeking certification and noncertificated persons for immoral or unprofessional conduct.

78.  Deems investigators as employees of the SBE, instead of ADE.

79.  Directs the SBE, instead of ADE, to adopt rules to investigate complaints alleging a certificated person, a person seeking certification or a noncertificated person engaged in immoral or unprofessional conduct.

80.  Allows the SBE, instead of ADE, to:

a)   issue subpoenas to compel witness testimony and production of documents or physical evidence in an investigation or hearing alleging that a certificated or noncertificated person allegedly engaged in immoral or unprofessional conduct; and

b)   petition the superior court to enforce the subpoena.

81.  Deems any failure to obey a court order punishable as contempt.

82.  Directs ADE to provide the SBE access to the Educator Information System, including any related systems deemed necessary to investigate and adjudicate allegations of conduct for disciplinary action.

83.  Deems the SBE immune from civil liability, unless the information provided in the background investigation is false or there is reckless disregard for truth or falsity.

84.  Directs the following entities to report to the SBE, rather than ADE:

a)   any certificated or noncertificated person, or governing board member, who reasonably suspects or receives a reasonable allegation that a certificated or noncertificated person engaged in conduct involving minors; and

b)   a school district superintendent or the chief administrator of a charter school, who reasonably suspects or receives a reasonable allegation that a certificated or noncertificated person engaged in immoral or unprofessional conduct.

85.  Directs the exchange of criminal justice information between the central state repository and the SBE, rather than ADE, for evaluating a certificated or noncertificated person if SBE has reasonable suspicion that the person engaged in criminal, immoral or unprofessional conduct.

86.  Directs ADE, rather than the SBE, to provide the Department of Public Safety with a current list of email addresses for each Arizona school district and periodically provide updates.

Crisis Management Team

87.  Removes, retroactive to April 2, 2021, prescribed crisis management team membership appointed by the SPI.

88.  Removes allowances for the SPI to compensate crisis management team members from a portion of state monies for an underperforming school district.

89. Requires the crisis management team to submit a preliminary report by July 1, 2021, and a final report by December 31, 2021, to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, ADE and the chairpersons of the House of Representatives and Senate Education and Appropriations committees, with a copy provided to the Secretary of State.

90.  Repeals the crisis management team and its prescribed duties and reporting requirements on April 2, 2022.

Federal Monies and Waivers

91.  Directs, by July 1, 2021, school districts and charter schools to report to ADE whether they offered in-person, teacher-led instruction for at least 100 days in the 2020-2021 school year and delineate the number of days this instruction was offered.

92.  Requires ADE to:

a)   submit, by August 1, 2021, a report to JLBC and the Governorís Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting that compiles the outlined information; and

b)   post on its website, by September 1, 2021, plans from school districts and charter schools to address learning loss by spending appropriated monies from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.

93.  Directs the Governor's office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting to post on its website the $350 million allocation of Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund monies appropriated to Arizona by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to supplement ESSER Fund monies for school district and charter schools.

94.  Directs, for the 2020-2021 school year, the enforcement of statutory or regulatory requirements consistent with the approved federal waiver of accountability, school identification and related reporting requirements from the U.S. Department of Education, including minimum testing percentages and local school ratings.

School Finance Data System

95.  Requires ADE, before each expenditure to replace the school finance system, to submit the purpose and estimated costs for review and approval to ADOA and the Information Technology Authorization Committee (ITAC).

96.  Directs ADOA, in consultation with ADE, to detail development milestones for the replacement of the school finance data system and include, within 30 days after the end of FY 2021, the following:

a)   the deliverable dates ADE must meet for the entirety of the project's lifecycle;

b)   the deliverables provided by ADE to ADOA regarding full system documentation;

c)   critical deliverables for the project; and

d)   be derived from the ITAC approved accelerated plan on August 19, 2020.

97.  Requires ADE to:

a)   receive approval from the SPI and the ADOA Director to close a milestone and be eligible for funding for complete work on any major milestone or critical deliverable for the replacement of the school finance data system;

b)   submit an expenditure plan on the staffing of the school finance project for review and be deemed adequate by ADOA to comply with the project milestones;

c)   use a portion of the appropriated monies to engage with a third party to conduct an independent verification and validation for the replacement of the school finance data system; and

d)   update all current third-party agreements conducting the independent verification and validation.

98.  Requires ADOA to define any agreement terms with a third party that conducts the independent verification and validation.

99.  Specifies that the Legislature intends that ADE work collaboratively with ADOA to replace the school finance data system including providing all materials and necessary information to complete the project within the milestones, as outlined.

Transportation Modernization Grants Program

100.  Creates the Public School Transportation Modernization Grants Program (Program) in ADOA.

101. Directs ADOA to select an organization to administer the Program that:

a)   is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with experience awarding innovation grants to both Arizona school districts and charter schools that promote expanding student educational options or innovative approaches to K-12 education;

b)   has previously been awarded funding from Arizona or the federal government to provide grants to school districts or charter schools in the current or previous fiscal year; and

c)   demonstrates the ability and history to provide ongoing evaluation and compliance to entities that are awarded grants.

102. Requires the selected program administrator to:

a)   distribute grants to eligible school districts, charter schools or other entities;

b)   develop a public school transportation modernization grant application and procedures that require an applicant to explain how it would use grant monies to do either of the following:

  i. improve student access to reliable and safe transportation to attend school through open enrollment processes, or students who attend charter schools; or

  ii. support K-12 transportation innovations and efficiency solutions;

c)   make final grant determinations and awards as outlined; and

d)   submit an interim report, by December 31, 2021, to ADOA; and

e)   submit an annual report, by June 30 each year after, to the Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives with a copy of these reports to the Secretary of State.

103. Outlines the submitted reports must include:

a)   the best practices used by grant recipients to transport K-12 student to schools outside of attendance boundaries, if applicable;

b)   a list of recipients, the amounts and the purposes of the grants; and

c)   the number of students impacted per grant recipient.

104.  Requires ADE, ADOA and any grant recipient to provide any information, including student finance and enrolment data, deemed necessary by the program administrator to complete the reports.

105. Specifies the program administrator must:

a)   distribute the appropriated monies based on demand and the most innovative solutions;

b)   award at least 25 percent of the grants to rural and remote proposals, unless there is an insufficient number of qualified proposals; and

c)   retain up to five percent to administer the grant program each fiscal year.

106. Allows administrative expenditures to include a public awareness effort to communicate the ability to choose any Arizona public school, how to learn about school choice options and how to request enrollment for pupils.

107. Repeals the Program on January 1, 2025.

Miscellaneous

108.  Deems a governing board or a charter school governing body has the final determination on any policy requiring students and staff to use face coverings during school hours and on school property.

109. Allows, by August 15, 2021, the Buckeye Union High School District to submit corrections to its teacher experience index data and use the resulting teacher experience index to determine its FY 2021 base support level.

110. Directs the State Treasurer, by September 1 of each year, to report to the JLBC and the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting the following:

a)   the required distributions from the Student Support and Safety Fund including the actual distributions in the prior fiscal year and estimated distributions for the current fiscal year; and

b)   the required distributions from the Career Training and Workforce Fund, including the actual distributions in the prior fiscal year and estimated distributions for the current fiscal year.

111. Adds the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting as a recipient of a report from the SBE regarding the aggregate expenditures of local revenues for all school districts in the current year.

112. Adds the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting to the required entities the SBE must report the aggregate expenditures of local revenues for all school districts in the current year.

113. Conforms the tax year 2021 qualifying tax rate and state equalization tax rate to the statutory K-12 property tax rates.†

114. Increases, from $250,000 to $325,000 per fiscal year, the transfer limit of unclaimed prize money from the state lottery to the Tribal College Dual Enrollment Program Fund.†

115. Specifies that instructional time models requirements as outlined in Laws 2021, Chapter 299 apply to individual schools, instead of a school district.

116. Continues to state as the intent of the Legislature and the Governor that school districts increase the total percentage of classroom spending over the previous yearís percentages in the combined categories of instruction, student support and instructional support as prescribed by the Auditor General.

117. Makes technical and conforming changes.

118. Becomes effective on the general effective date.

Prepared by Senate Research

May 24, 2021

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