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State Update: 30-day Amendments Relating to P-12 Education

Friday, February 15, 2019  
The Governor released 30-day amendments relating to P-12 education late on February 14, 2019. Below is a summary of changes and links to bill language.

Aid to Localities Budget Bill
Senate 1503 and Assembly 2003
 
Section 1 of the Budget Bill
The amendments provide for two new sections:
  • One section to complement FY 2020 Executive Budget provisions include with Article VII legislation that directs the Budget Director to implement uniform reductions to address shortfalls in tax receipts which reach or exceed $500 million, exempting school aid.
  • One section that is designed to mitigate the financial impact of legislative action taken outside the enacted budget process.
 
Education Department
Office of Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve Education Program
 
The amendments make various technical corrections, in addition to the changes described below:
  • Amends the language for the General Support for Public Schools appropriation regarding School Funding Equity Plans in relation to the interaction between such plans and statutory budgetary requirements.
  • Updates the lapse date of the School District Performance Incentive re-appropriation from March 31, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
  • Updates the lapse date of the School District Management Efficiency re-appropriation from March 31, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
 
Amendments to Education, Labor and Family Assistance Article VII Bill
Senate 1506 Assembly 2006
 
Part A, relating to implementation of the 2019-20 Executive Budget School Aid proposal, is amended to:
  • Clarify that “underfunded high-need schools” are defined in paragraph d of subdivision 3 of section 3614 of education law, not paragraph c.
  • Specify that the School Funding Equity Plan language is “notwithstanding subdivision two of [section 3614 of education law],” in relation to the interaction between such plans and statutory budgetary requirements.
  • Clarify that the Services Aid apportionment shall be equal to the product of the Services Aid base multiplied by the sum of “one and” the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the current year “plus” the annual change in resident weighted average daily attendance, provided that such sum is not less than one.   This change is necessary because CPI is defined in education law as the percentage change (e.g., 0.02 rather than 1.02).
  • Include inadvertently repealed language related to state lottery support for deaf and blind schools, which is not impacted by the Services Aid proposal.