OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-299

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4476

File Copy No.: 407

Senate Calendar No.: 288

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 13 $

FY 14 $

Education, Dept.

GF/GO Bonds - Potential Cost

See Below

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Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 13 $

FY 14 $

Various Local and Regional School Districts

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Explanation

The amendment makes various changes to the education statutes, a more detailed explanation is provided below.

Sections 501-503 make Three Rivers Community College eligible to be an operator of a magnet school. Currently, there is a moratorium on non-sheff magnet schools, so until the moratorium is lifted, there would be no additional cost to the state. Should the moratorium be lifted, Three Rivers Community College would be subject to the regular approval and requirement process. If Three Rivers Community College is chosen as an operator, there would be a potential cost to the state associated with school construction and operating grants.

Sections 504-506 make various clarifying changes that are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Section 507 increases the age from sixteen to seventeen that a student, who has been expelled for the first time, is able to participate in an adult education program. Sixteen year olds who have been expelled may be offered an alternative education program within the local or regional board of education. By not allowing sixteen year olds to participate in adult education programs, some municipalities may face a foregone savings, as the cost of adult education is cheaper than the average cost of school. Additionally, providing alternative educational programs are usually more expensive; providing such programs to various sixteen year olds could result in an additional cost.

Section 508 increases the age from sixteen to seventeen that student, who is a mother, is able to participate in an adult education program. By not allowing sixteen year olds to participate in adult education programs, some municipalities may face a foregone savings, as the cost of adult education is cheaper than the average cost of school.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.