Bill Text: NH SB145 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to a temporary change in the formula for school funding.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 9-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-18 - Rereferred to Committee, Regular Calendar 14Y-10N, Motion Adopted; 03/18/2021; Senate Journal 8 [SB145 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2021-SB145-Introduced.html

SB 145-FN-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0887

06/04

 

SENATE BILL 145-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to a temporary change in the formula for school funding.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Rep. Luneau, Merr. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill makes temporary changes to the formula for school funding because of changes in the average daily membership in attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0887

06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to a temporary change in the formula for school funding.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Purpose:  

I.  This act is intended to maintain the level of  fiscal year 2022 state funding for school districts which have experienced significant disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic in fiscal year 2021.  These disruptions have affected fall 2020 average daily membership in attendance, upon which fiscal year 2022 funding is based.  This act will help school districts plan for town meetings, and help stabilize local property taxes.

II.  During the 2020-2021 school year, average daily membership attendance (ADMA) fell by approximately 8,000 students, because classes shifting between in-person and remote learning have caused more families to educate students at home.  Additionally, the free and reduced lunch enrollment fell by approximately 10,000, because of COVID-19 related USDA special exemptions to qualify all students eligible by school district without a parent application form.  ADMA is a basic building block figure for calculating the amount of school aid any town receives.  School aid will vary from year to year by how many students were served the previous fall.  Schools are notified of that census count by November 15 of the preceding year.

2  Average Daily Membership in Attendance; Fiscal Year 2022.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, the commissioner of the department of education shall compare the average daily membership in attendance (ADMA), defined in RSA 198:38, for each district and town for school year 2019-2020 and school year 2020-2021.  The greater enrollment shall be used to calculate school adequacy aid plus differentiated aid under RSA 198:40-a.

3  Consumer Price Index Adjustment.  For fiscal year 2022, the commissioner of the department of education shall not apply the Consumer Price Index adjustment to the calculation of adequate education grants.

4  New Subparagraph; Fiscal Capacity Disparity Aid.  Amend RSA 198:41, I by inserting after subparagraph (c) the following new subparagraph:

(d)  Add the municipality's additional aid for fiscal capacity disparity aid pursuant to RSA 198:40-c.

5  Fiscal Capacity Disparity Aid.  Amend 2019, 346:440, XVI to read as follows:

XVI.  Paragraphs I and III of section 236 shall take effect July 1, 2021.

XVI-a.  Paragraph II of section 236, relative to fiscal capacity disparity aid, shall take effect July 1, 2022.

6  Repeal.  RSA 198:41, I(d), relative to fiscal capacity disparity aid, is repealed.

7  Effective Date.

I.  Section 6 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2022.

II.  The remainder of  this act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

LBA

21-0887

1/29/21

 

SB 145-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to a temporary change in the formula for school funding.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$67,165,721

$0

$0

Funding Source:

  [    ] General            [ X ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$67,165,721

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill seeks to make the following changes to the formula for school funding in FY 2022:

  • Require the average daily membership in attendance (ADMA) used in the formula be the greater of school year 2019-2020 or 2020-2021.  Under current law, the ADMA that would be used to calculate FY 2022 payments would be from the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Eliminate the consumer price index (CPI) adjustment in FY 2022.  Under current law, per pupil aid amounts are adjusted for CPI at the beginning of each biennium.
  • Extend fiscal capacity disparity aid (FCDA) through FY 2022.  Under current law, FCDA would apply only to FY 2021.

 

Based on the proposed changes, the Department of Education has provided the following summary of this bill’s impact:

 

STATE TOTALS

 

FY 2022

Current Law*

Proposed

Per Pupil Aid

 

 

Base Adequacy Aid

$3,786.66

$3,708.78

Differentiated Aid

 

 

     Free and Reduced Lunch

$1,893.32

$1,854.38

     Special Education

$2,037.11

$1,995.21

     English Language Learner

$740.87

$725.63

     3rd Grade Reading

$740.87

$725.63

 

 

 

ADMA

 

 

Base

160,191

167,477

Differentiated Aid

 

 

     Free and Reduced Lunch

34,628

45,785

     Special Education

29,375

29,375

     English Language Learner

4,962

4,962

     3rd Grade Reading

2,270

2,270

 

 

 

Fiscal Capacity Disparity Aid

$0

$36,713,143

 

 

 

Total Adequacy Grant

$559,383,315

$626,549,035

Total SWEPT Retained Locally

$363,283,230

$363,283,230

Total Education Grant

$922,666,545

$989,832,266

*Preliminary Estimates

 

Based on the Department’s analysis, this bill would increase state education trust fund expenditures and local revenues by $67,165,721 in FY 2022.  

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Education

 

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