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H.291

Introduced by   Representatives Chen of Mendon, Clarkson of Woodstock, Hosford of Waitsfield, Komline of Dorset, Nitka of Ludlow, Peterson of Williston, Reese of Pomfret and Shand of Weathersfield

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; adult education; education fund; general fund

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to pay for adult education out of the general fund instead of the education fund.

AN ACT RELATING TO PAYMENT FOR ADULT EDUCATION FROM THE GENERAL FUND

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  INTENT

(a)  The Vermont general assembly created the education fund in No. 60 of the Acts of 1997 (Act 60).  When it created the fund, the general assembly clearly stated that monies in the fund are to be used to make payments to school districts and supervisory unions for support of education.  Further, in

16 V.S.A. § 4011, the general assembly stipulated that the payments from the fund were to be used for basic education costs to be allocated on the basis of equalized pupils, and in 16 V.S.A. § 4028 that payments from the fund were to be used for special education and technical education.

(b)  Since the passage of Act 60, the general assembly has allowed use of education funds to be paid to a department or agency which provides an adult diploma program and adult education and literacy services.  This is contrary to the original intent of the general assembly when it created the education fund.

(c)  Therefore, it is the intent of this act to return to payment for adult education services from the general fund and to use the education fund only for the purposes originally envisioned by the general assembly.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 1049(d) is added to read:

(d)  Annually, the commissioner of finance and management shall pay from the general fund to a department or agency which provides:

(1)  an adult diploma program, an amount equal to 26 percent of the base education payment for each student who completed the diagnostic portion of the program, based on an average of the previous two years; and

(2)  adult education and literacy services, an amount equal to 20 percent of the base education payment for each client who is 16 to 20 years of age, inclusive, and who has gained at least one skill level pursuant to state or federal standards.  The calculation of “client” shall be based on an average of the previous two years, according to information submitted to the commissioner of finance and management on or before September 15 of the year of calculation.  For each client 16 to 20 years of age, information submitted shall include the name, address, and dates of attendance at all Vermont public secondary schools attended and whether the client has gained a skill level.

Sec. 3.  REPEAL

16 V.S.A. § 4011(f), relating to payments for adult education, is repealed.



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