2009 Session

Budget Amendments - SB850 (Conference Report)

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Support Position Methodology (language only)

Item 140 #8c

Item 140 #8c

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

Page 152, strike lines 51 through 60.
Page 153, strike lines 1 through 12 and insert:
“k.1)  For the purposes of funding certain support positions in Basic Aid in the second year, a cap is used which is based upon the prevailing ratio of support positions to SOQ funded instructional positions as contained in this item in House Bill 1600/Senate Bill 850, as introduced in the 2009 Session.  For the purposes of making the required spending adjustments in the second year, the appropriation and distribution of Basic Aid shall reflect this methodology.  Local school divisions shall have the discretion as to where the adjustment may be made, consistent with the Standards of Quality funded in this Act.
2)  The Department of Education shall make its calculation for the total cost of rebenchmarking for the fiscal year
biennium to be consistent with the following methodologies: (i) using the ‘support position funding cap’ methodology change contained in House Bill 1600/Senate Bill 850, as introduced in the 2009 Session; and (ii) using the rebenchmarking methodology which was contained within Chapter 879, from the 2008 Session.  The Department of Education shall report the final calculations and related costs derived from each of these methodologies to the Governor, the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Board of Education prior to September 1, 2009.
3)  The Board of Education shall review the current Standards of Quality to evaluate the appropriateness of the existing staffing standards for instructional positions and the appropriateness of establishing ratio standards for support positions, with the objective of maximizing resources devoted to the instructional program.  The findings of this review, its associated costs, and its final recommendations for rebenchmarking shall be submitted to the Governor, the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees and the Joint Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education Funding established pursuant to Item 1, paragraph H. of this Act no later than November 1, 2009.
4)  The Department of Education shall review state laws, regulations, and procedures that could be modified, reduced, or eliminated in an effort to minimize the administrative burden on local school divisions and the Department of Education. The findings from this review shall be submitted to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by November 1, 2009.”

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)