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.
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.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1779 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (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