2001 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Stolle
Reduce Class Sizes in 4-6

Item 143 #4s

Item 143 #4s

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2001 $0 FY2002 $27,000,000 GF

Page 134, line 31, strike "$2,553,495,681" and insert "$2,580,495,681".
Page 164, after line 12, insert:
"21.  Reduced Class Sizes Grades 4 - 6 Payments
a.  An additional state payment estimated at $27,000,000 the second year from the general fund shall be disbursed by the Department of Education as an incentive payment for reducing class sizes in grades 4 through 6 to achieve a pupil:teacher ratio of 20:1.
b.  Localities are required to provide a match for these funds based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay.
c.  By November 1 of each year school divisions must provide data to the Department of Education that each participating school has a September 30 pupil/teacher class ratio in grades 4 through 6 of 20 to 1.
d.  School divisions may elect to have schools participate at a higher ratio, with a commensurate reduction of state and required local funds, if local conditions do not permit participation at the established ratio.
e.  The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall provide a report on the status of the reduction in class sizes to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by December 1 of each year."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)