ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session

 


HB 2124: common school districts; tuition; elimination

Sponsor: Representative Udall, LD 25

Committee on Education

Overview

Alters the tuition and funding formula calculations for a common school district not within a high school district.

History

Statute caps the tuition for pupils attending school out of their school district of residence at the cost per student count of the school district attended, as determined for the current school year. The school district of attendance may not include in the cost per student count a charge for transportation if transportation is not provided. The school district of attendance must provide the school district of residence with the final tuition charge for the current year and an estimate of the budget year's tuition charge by prescribed deadlines.

However, a common school district not within a high school district may be charged, for high school pupils attending school in another school district, an amount equal to the average daily membership in the district of attendance from the common school district for the prior fiscal year. Statute permits adjustments to this amount under prescribed circumstances (A.R.S. 15-824).

Common school districts not within a high school district receive funding for high school students based on the high school tuition paid for these students to other school districts. This tuition amount paid for high school students is included in the district support level (DSL) or revenue control limit (RCL) when determining the common school district's general budget limit (A.R.S. 15-951).

Provisions

1.   Removes statute that:

a)   Prescribes how tuition is to be charged to a common school district that is not within a high school district for high school pupils; and

b)   Allows a school district governing board to budget for the bond issues portion of the cost of tuition charged to the district for pupils attending school in another school district. (Sec. 4, 6)

2.   States that the RCL and DSL for a common school district not within a high school district is calculated using the equalization base, rather than the tuition payable, for high school pupils who attend school in another school district. (Sec. 7)

3.   Determines the equalization base for high school pupils who attend school in another school district by multiplying the countywide average per-pupil equalization base for high school pupils by the number of resident high school pupils in the common school district not within a high school district during the prior school year. (Sec. 7)

4.   Requires monies collected for the equalization base for high school pupils who reside in a common school district not within a high school district and who attend another school district to be added to the county aid for equalization assistance. (Sec. 9)

5.   Deletes language that:

a)   Requires a school district governing board to admit 350 or fewer pupils from another school district or area without certificates of educational convenience to a high school if the pupil is a resident of a common school district that is not within a high school district and that does not offer instruction in the pupil's grade;

b)   Excludes pupils who are admitted under the 350 or fewer pupil limitation from the district additional assistance calculation of a common school district not within a high school district; and

c)   States that, for the purposes of determining eligibility to increase the RCL or DSL, the student count for a common school district not within a high school district is the student count for pupils in kindergarten programs and the 1st-12th grades (Sec. 4, 7)

Miscellaneous

6.   Contains a delayed effective date of January 1, 2023. (Sec. 10)

7.   Makes technical changes. (Sec. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9)

8.   Makes conforming changes. (Sec. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

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