OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1039

AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION ISSUES.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Education, Dept.

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Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Various Municipalities

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Explanation

Sections 1, 3-8 make various changes that are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Section 2, which allows advanced practice nurses and physician assistants stationed on military bases to perform required health assessments for students attending public schools, could result in a minimal savings to various school districts who would have otherwise had to pay for a provider off the base to perform the assessment. It is anticipated that this provision will impact very few districts.

Section 9, which changes the payment schedule for state magnet school operating grants, will impact the flow of revenue from the state to municipalities. Currently, the state pays municipalities fifty percent of the grant by September 1st and the remaining fifty percent by January 1st. Under the provision, municipalities would receive seventy percent of the grant by September 1st and the remaining thirty percent on May 1st. This change requires the state to pay twenty percent more of the operating grant earlier in the year, which allows the municipalities to receive additional revenue, earlier. Similarly, the state is paying thirty percent of the grant later (May, rather than January), so the balance of the revenue owed to municipalities will be received later, allowing the state to hold it longer.

Additionally, the bill allows the State Department of Education (SDE) to adjust the May 1st payment to account for any prior year adjustment, to account for discrepancies in enrollment data. To the extent that a magnet school has incorrect enrollment data (fewer students than reported) the May 1st payment to that school will be reduced accordingly.

Section 10, which requires that each interdistrict magnet school annually file a financial audit, as prescribed by the Commissioner of Education, could result in a minimal cost to magnet schools. It is estimated that this additional requirement could result in a cost of $100 to $1,000 per school, depending on the complexity of the audit prescribed by the Commissioner.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.