2006 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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Technical Workgroup Language (language only)

Item 135 #12s

Item 135 #12s

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

Page 117, after line 51, insert:
"The Department of Education shall convene a technical work group to include appropriate staff of the Department of Planning and Budget, the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees, and the Joint Legislative and Audit Review Commission as well as representatives of appropriate stakeholder groups.  The group shall: 1) study re-benchmarking cost trends and drivers; 2) review Standards of Quality (SOQ), incentive, categorical, and school facilities funding streams within Direct Aid to Public Education, as well as the Literary Fund, and identify options for efficiencies and cost savings and for greater funding flexibility, especially to better prepare the state and localities for future economic downturns; 3) consider alternatives to across-the-board compensation supplements to better target state funds; 4) review funding streams for programs for students at-risk of academic failure, and assess whether such programs should be incorporated into the SOQ; and 5) examine special education funding issues. The technical work group shall provide to the Governor and the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance: a) a detailed project workplan no later than July 15, 2006, and b) a summary of their work by October 15, 2006.".

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)