Maine LD 218: An Act To Support Fair Financing in Charter Schools and School Administrative Units

LD 218 (subjects: EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS , CHARTER SCHOOLS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=218&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. John Picchiotti of Fairfield: (R – District 108) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

7 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/3/2015 House Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/3/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock, REFERRED to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, in concurrence.
5/21/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Support Fair Financing in Charter Schools and School Administrative Units

Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas, for each public charter school student, the school administrative unit in which the student resides must forward per-pupil allocations to the public charter school; and

Whereas, a public charter school is not required to reimburse the school administrative unit in which the student resides if a public charter school student returns to the school administrative unit during the school year; and

Whereas, it is necessary that this Act take effect before the start of the 2015-2016 school year in order to properly allocate funds between school administrative units and public charter schools; and

Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 2413, sub- 2, A, as amended by PL 2013, c. 272, 2, is further amended to read:

A. For each public charter school student, the school administrative unit in which the student resides must forward the per-pupil allocation to the public charter school attended by the student as follows.

(1) The per-pupil allocation amount is the EPS per-pupil rate for the school administrative unit in which the student resides, as calculated pursuant to section 15676, based on the student???s grade level and adjusted as appropriate for economic disadvantage and limited English proficiency pursuant to section 15675, subsections 1 and 2. Debt service and capital outlays may not be included in the calculation of these per-pupil allocations. The department shall adopt rules governing how to calculate these per-pupil allocations, including those for targeted funds for assessment technology and kindergarten to grade 2 programs.

(2) For students attending public charter schools, the school administrative unit of residence shall forward the per-pupil allocations described in subparagraph (1) directly to the public charter school attended. These per-pupil allocations must be forwarded to each public charter school on a quarterly basis, as follows. For each fiscal year, allocations must be made in quarterly payments on September 1st, December 1st, March 1st and June 1st. The September and December payments must be based on the identity and number of students enrolled or anticipated to be enrolled in the public charter school at the opening of school for that school year. The number of students may not exceed the maximum enrollment approved in the charter contract for that year unless a waiver is obtained from the authorizer. The March and June payments must be based on the identity and number of students enrolled in the public charter school on February 1st.

(3) For transportation expenses, the average per-pupil expense in each school administrative unit of residence must be calculated and an amount equal to a proportion, up to but not more than 100%, of that per-pupil allocation amount must be forwarded to the public charter school attended on the same basis as the per-pupil allocations for operating funds. The percentage of that per-pupil expense must be determined by the authorizer of the public charter school and must be based on the cost of transportation services provided by the public charter school to the student.

(4) The department shall pay to the public charter school any additional allocation assigned to the public charter school for gifted and talented students pursuant to section 15681-A, subsection 5 in the year in which the allocation is assigned.

A school administrative unit is not required to send funds to a public charter school for a student enrolled in the public charter school’s preschool or prekindergarten program if the school administrative unit of the student’s residence does not offer that program to its own residents.

Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA 2413, sub- 2, A-1 and A-2 are enacted to read:

A-1. A school administrative unit is not required to send funds to a public charter school for a student enrolled in the public charter school’s preschool or prekindergarten program if the school administrative unit of the student’s residence does not offer that program to its own residents.
A-2. When a student attends a public charter school for a portion of a school year and attends the school administrative unit of the student’s residence for another portion of that school year, the public charter school to which the per-pupil allocations are made pursuant to paragraph A, subparagraph (1) must reimburse to the school administrative unit a prorated amount based upon the allocations paid and the dates of the student’s attendance. The department shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this paragraph. Rules adopted pursuant to this paragraph are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.

SUMMARY

This bill provides that per-pupil allocations paid by a school administrative unit to a public charter school must be returned to the school administrative unit of the student’s residence, on a prorated basis, if the student discontinues enrollment at the public charter school and returns to the school administrative unit during the school year.

This bill also changes the allocation of a provision of law to clarify when a school administrative unit needs to transfer funds to a charter school for certain programs.

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