senate Bill S1779

Relates to the apportionment of monies to certain school districts

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Summary

Provides that the combined wealth ratio formula may be utilized in any school district located in Rockland county in which the ratio of resident non-public school students to the total of resident public and non-public school students exceeds one hundred seventy-five percent of the state average ratio and which has an adjusted gross income per resident textbook enrollment of less than the state average.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1275
Versions:
S1779
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง3602-g, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2786A, A1867A
2009-2010: A7988, A7988

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1779

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
certain formula school aid options for certain school districts

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would allow certain public
school districts the option of using an alternative combined wealth
ratio formula as an additional formula option for the calculation of
aid.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the education law with respect to the distribution of
monies to school districts in Rockland county. The provisions allow
the use of the combined wealth ratio formula in which the ratio of
non-public school students exceeds 175% , and which has an adjusted
gross income per resident textbook enrollment of less than the state
average.

Section 2 provides that the effective date of the bill shall be on the
first day of duly next succeeding the date on which it shall have
become law.

EXISTING LAW: The existing provisions in the Education Law
substantially overstate the wealth level of those school districts
where the ratio of resident non-public school students to the total of
resident and non-public school students exceeds 175% of the state
average ratio and which have an adjusted gross income per resident
textbook enrollment of less than the state average.

JUSTIFICATION: School districts function in an environment influenced
by a number of socioeconomic, demographic and other factors, some in
conflict with the other, with all presenting challenges to local
boards of education. Boards of education are required by law to
operate as efficiently as possible and are expected to not only meet
the needs of students in their community, but also to anticipate
future needs. They are expected to establish appropriate reserves for
various unexpected expenses and also to have available adequate
funding in times of economic downturn. Boards of education must also
implement and maintain educational programs that meet or exceed all
required federal and state academic standards while at the same time
being responsible to the public for their substantial investment in
buildings and grounds. All of these challenges are made more difficult
in those school districts where the ratio of resident nonpublic school
students to the total of resident pupil and nonpublic students exceeds
175% of the state average and where the adjusted gross income per
resident textbook enrollment is less than the state average. Current
formulas materially overstate the income level of residents in these
communities. In order to ensure that such school districts receive
state aid on an equitable basis, this proposed legislation would allow
an alternative combined wealth ratio formula to be utilized. This
would mean that the measure of relative wealth would be indexed
against the statewide average on a combination of two factors,
property wealth per pupil and income wealth per resident public and
nonpublic pupil. This bill would have the effect of correcting any
deficiencies in the aid formula to such school districts.


PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 - S.2786-A/A.1867-A - Referred to
Education 2009-2010 - S.5233/A.7988 - Referred to Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: It is estimated that this bill will increase
foundation aid by approximately $6.18 million over the amounts paid in
the 2008-09 school year.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The additional aid provided by this bill
will reduce local school tax burdens by approximately $6.18 million.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first day of July
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1779

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to certain formula school
  aid options for certain school districts

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3602-g
to read as follows:
  S  3602-G.  APPORTIONMENT  OF MONIES TO CERTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS.  THE
COMBINED WEALTH RATIO FORMULA MAY BE UTILIZED  IN  ANY  SCHOOL  DISTRICT
LOCATED  IN  ROCKLAND  COUNTY  IN WHICH THE RATIO OF RESIDENT NON-PUBLIC
SCHOOL STUDENTS TO THE TOTAL OF RESIDENT PUBLIC  AND  NON-PUBLIC  SCHOOL
STUDENTS  EXCEEDS  ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE STATE AVERAGE
RATIO AND WHICH HAS AN  ADJUSTED  GROSS  INCOME  PER  RESIDENT  TEXTBOOK
ENROLLMENT OF LESS THAN THE STATE AVERAGE.
  S  2.  This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02604-01-3

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