2001 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Stolle
Reduce Class Sizes in Middle School Math Classes

Item 143 #5s

Item 143 #5s

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2001 $0 FY2002 $25,000,000 GF

Page 134, line 31, strike "$2,553,495,681" and insert "$2,578,495,681".
Page 164, after line 12, insert:
"21.  Reduced Middle School Math Class Size Payments
a.  An additional state payment estimated at $25,000,000 the second year from the general fund shall be disbursed by the Department of Education as an incentive payment for reducing class sizes in middle school math classes 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 math classes 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 middle school math class sizes to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by December 1 of each year."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)