senate Bill S1576A
(D, WF) 0 Senate District
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Relates to amount of apportionments and deficiencies in apportionments of state monies to certain nonpublic schools to reimburse them for their expenses in complying with certain state requirements.
TITLE OF BILL:
relating to apportionment of
state monies to certain nonpublic schools to reimburse them for their
expenses in complying with certain state requirements for the
administration of state testing and evaluation programs and for
participation in state programs for the reporting of basic educational
This bill would reiterate the state's commitment to reimbursing
independent and religious schools their actual costs in complying
with state administrative mandates and participating in the state's
testing and evaluation program.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill reiterates statutory intent to reimburse
independent and religious schools for their actual costs under the
The Mandated Services Reimbursement program requires that independent
and religious schools be reimbursed for their actual costs in
providing services to the state, most of which are required by
statute and/or regulation. These services include the administration
of state testing and evaluation programs and participating in state
programs for reporting basic educational data.
Over its 35-year history, the program has experienced a number of
deficiencies, in some cases due to the state's poor fiscal climate.
In every case, however. those deficiencies were eventually made whole
when the economy permitted doing so. The state's 2008-09 enacted
state budget, however, for the first time, limited the state's
liability for reimbursement under the program to less than 100 percent.
The state's independent and religious schools provide significant
savings to state taxpayers by virtue of their educating nearly a half
million of New York's children. A reduction in Mandated Services
reimbursement will be devastating to the already fragile budgets of
the vast majority of these schools. Not only have hundreds of these
schools closed over the years, more are closing at the end of the
current school year. Their closing only exacerbates the fiscal stress
on the state budget as well as the burden faced by property tax
payers. It is in the state's interest, at least financially, to
maintain its long standing commitment to reimburse these schools for
their state-mandated expenses.
S.2998/A.5517 of 2009-2010
A.11075-B of 2008
To be determined.
The act takes effect immediately.
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