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: An act 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 data
PURPOSE: This bill would demonstrate 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 program.
JUSTIFICATION: 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.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.8197-C of 2007-00
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This measure re-establishes the State's obligation to reimburse religious and independent schools for approximately $11 million that was renounced in the 200B-09 State Budget as Chapters 53 and 496 of the Laws of 200B. The measure does not require the state to appropriate such funds in any given fiscal year.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The act takes effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3810 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 4, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT 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 evalu- ation programs and for participation in state programs for the report- ing of basic educational data THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding chapters 53 and 496 of the laws of 2008 and any provision of law, rule or regulation to the contrary, and as mandated by chapter 507 of the laws of 1974, the commissioner of educa- tion shall out of funds made available for such purpose continue to annually apportion to each qualifying school an amount equal to the actual cost incurred by each qualifying non-public school an amount equal to the cost incurred by each such school during the preceding school year for providing services rendered to the state in compliance with requirements of the state's comprehensive attendance program, pupil evaluation program, the basic educational data system, regents examina- tions, the statewide evaluation plan, the uniform procedure for pupil attendance reporting, and other similar state prepared examinations and reporting procedures. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year for which reimbursement shall be made the following year, qualified schools shall have such reimbursement dispersed to them no later than the last day of December of the school year following the school year in which expenses were incurred. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09949-01-1