|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Senator White of Windham District
Subject: Education; special education; technical training; excess spending penalty
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to exclude a district’s special education and technical education expenses from the calculation of “excess spending” under 32 V.S.A. § 5041.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE EXCLUSION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION EXPENSES FROM THE CALCULATION OF EXCESS EDUCATION SPENDING
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 32 V.S.A. § 5041(12) is amended to read:
(12) “Excess spending” means:
(A) the per-equalized pupil amount of:
(i) the district’s education spending, plus any amount required to be added from a capital construction reserve fund under 24 V.S.A. § 2804(b); minus
(ii) the portion of education spending which is approved school capital construction spending or deposited into a reserve fund under 24 V.S.A. § 2804 to pay future approved school capital construction costs, including that portion of tuition paid to an independent school designated as the public high school of the school district pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 827 for capital construction costs by the independent school which has received approval from the state board of education, using the processes for preliminary approval of public school construction costs pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(2); and minus
(iii) the portion of education spending attributable to technical center tuition charges, including the amount of technical center payments made on behalf of the district under 16 V.S.A. § 1561(b); and minus
(iv) the portion of education spending attributable to 40 percent of the total special education costs set forth in the school district budget approved by the voters;
(B) in excess of 125 percent of the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil in the prior fiscal year, as determined by the commissioner of education.
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