2006 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Conference Report)

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Technical Workgroup Language (language only)

Item 135 #14c

Item 135 #14c

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

Page 117, after line 51, insert:
"18. 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.  The group shall: 1) study re-benchmarking cost trends and drivers; 2) review existing 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 the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees: a) a detailed project workplan no later than August 1, 2006, and b) a summary of their work by September 15, 2007."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)