Governor's Proposed FY09 Budget Eliminating Regional Bonus

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ARTICLE 9

RELATING TO EDUCATION AID

SECTION 1. Section 16-7-40 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-7 entitled “Foundation

Level School Support” is hereby amended to read as follows:

16-7-40. Increased school housing ratio for regional schools – Energy conservation

Access for people with disabilities – Asbestos removal projects. – (a) In the case of regional

school districts formed prior to June 30, 2008, the school housing aid ratio shall be increased by

two percent (2%) for each grade so consolidated. only for those school housing projects approved

prior to June 30, 2008. Beginning July 1, 2008, upon the creation of a regional school district, the

school housing aid ratio shall be increased by two percent (2%) for each grade so consolidated for

school housing projects occurring in the first five years following regionalization. To qualify for

the increased share ratio, as defined in § 16-7-39, renovation and repair projects must be

submitted for approval through the necessity of school construction process, pursuant to the

school construction regulations as promulgated by the board of regents for Elementary and

Secondary Education, prior to the end of the second full fiscal year following the regionalization

of the applicable districts.

(2) Regional school districts undertaking renovation project(s) For existing regional

school districts undertaking renovation project(s) that were approved prior to June 30, 2008, there

shall be receive an increased share ratio of four percent (4%) for those specific project(s) only, in

addition to the combined share ratio calculated in § 16-7-39 and this subsection.

(b) In the case of renovation projects undertaken by regionalized and/or non-

regionalized school districts specifically for the purposes of energy conservation, access for

people with disabilities, and/or asbestos removal, the school housing aid share ratio shall be

increased by four percent (4%) for these specific projects only, in the calculation of school

housing aid. The increased share ratio shall continue to be applied for as log as the project(s)

receive state housing aid. In order to qualify for the increased share ratio, seventy-five percent

(75%) of the project costs must be specifically directed to either energy conservation, access for

people with disabilities, and/or asbestos removal or any combination of these projects. The board

of regents for elementary and secondary education shall promulgate rules and regulations for the

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administration and operation of this section. the school housing aid ratio shall be increased by two

percent (2%) from the level set forth in § 16-7-39 and this section for those projects that achieve

energy efficiency standards thirty percent (30%) above the Rhode Island Building Energy Code.

The school housing aid ratio shall be increased by three percent (3%) from the level set forth in §

16-7-39 and this section for those projects that achieve energy efficiency standards forty percent

(40%) above the Rhode Island Building Energy Code. The school housing aid ratio shall be

increased by four percent (4%) from the level set forth in § 16-7-39 and this section for those

projects that achieve energy efficiency standards fifty percent (50%) above the Rhode Island

Building Energy Code.

(c) Upon the transfer of ownership from the state to the respective cities and towns of the

regional career and technical center buildings located in Cranston, East Providence, Newport,

Providence, Warwick, Woonsocket and the Chariho regional school district, the school housing

aid share ratio shall be increased by four percent (4%) for the renovation and/or repair of these

buildings. To qualify for the increased share ratio, as defined in § 16-7-39, renovation and repair

projects must be submitted for approval through the necessity of school construction process prior

to the end of the second full fiscal year following the transfer of ownership and assumption of

local care and control of the building. Only projects at regional career and technical centers that

have full program approval from the department of elementary and secondary education shall be

eligible for the increased share ratio. The increased share ratio shall continue to be applied for as

long as the renovation and/or repair project receives school housing aid.

SECTION 2. Section 16-7.1-15 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-7.1 entitled “The

Rhode Island Student Investment Initiative” is hereby amended to read as follows:

16-7.1-15 The Rhode Island student investment initiative. – (a) Each locally or

regionally operated school district shall receive as a base the same amount of school aid as each

district received in fiscal year 1997-1998, adjusted to reflect the increases or decreases in aid

enacted to meet the minimum and maximum funding levels established for FY 2000 through FY

2007 2008. Each school district shall also receive school aid through each investment fund for

which that district qualifies pursuant to §§ 16-7.1-8, 16-7.1-9, 16-7.1-10, 16-7.1-11, 16-7.1-12,

16-7.1-16 and 16-7.1-19. These sums shall be in addition to the base amount described in this

section. For FY 2008 2009, the reference year for the data used in the calculation of aid pursuant

to § 16-7.1-8, § 16-7.1-9, § 16-7.1-10, § 16-7.1-11, § 16-7.1-11.1, § 16-7.1-12, § 16-7.1-16, §§

16-7.1-19 and 16-77.1-2(b) shall be FY 2004. Calculation and distribution of education aid under

§§ 16-5-31, 16-5-32, 16-7-20, 16-7-20.5, 16-7-34.2, 16-7-34.3, 16-24-6, 16-54-4, and 16-67-4 is

hereby suspended. The funding of the purposes and activities of chapter 67 of this title, the Rhode

Island Literacy and Dropout Prevention Act of 1967, shall be the same amount of the base

amount of each district funded for that purpose in fiscal year 1997-1998. In addition each district

shall expend three percent (3%) of its student equity and early childhood funds under the

provisions of chapter 67 of this title.

(b) Funding for full day kindergarten programs in accordance with § 16-7.1-11.1 shall

be in addition to funding received under this section.

(c) Funding distributed under §§ 16-77.1-2(b) and 16-64-1.1 shall be in addition to

funding distributed under this section.

(d) There shall be an appropriation to ensure that total aid distributed to communities in

FY 2008 2009 under this section and §§ 16-7.1-11.1, 16-64-1.1 and 16-77.1-2(b) shall be as

follows:

Barrington 2,599,526

Burrillville 13,854,743

Charlestown 2,002,832 2,002,838

Coventry 20,075,081

Cranston 35,580,911 35,475,911

Cumberland 13,257,009

East Greenwich 1,949,761

East Providence 26,888,254

Foster 1,416,463

Glocester 3,213,847

Hopkinton 6,241,352

Jamestown 531,908

Johnston 10,915,364 10,750,364

Lincoln 7,403,268

Little Compton 368,810

Middletown 10,497,116

Narragansett 1,897,159

Newport 11,871,080

New Shoreham 106,345

North Kingstown 11,986,005

North Providence 13,262,872 13,382,872

North Smithfield 4,834,237

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Pawtucket 67,023,559

Portsmouth 6,700,042

Providence 194,109,756 193,869,756

Richmond 6,188,615

Scituate 3,407,183

Smithfield 5,743,568

South Kingstown 10,548,698

Tiverton 5,932,058

Warwick 37,626,000

Westerly 6,843,077

West Warwick 20,440,547

Woonsocket 47,616,613 47,421,613

Bristol-Warren 20,498,190 20,438,190

Exeter-West Greenwich 7,661,019 7,586,019

Chariho 398,334

Foster-Glocester 5,729,861

Central Falls 43,873,873 45,187,735

This special provision shall not limit entitlements as determined by application of other

formula provisions in this section.

(e) Children with disabilities. (1) Based on its review of special education within the

context of Rhode Island school reform, the general assembly recommends addressing the needs of

all children and preventing disability through scientific research based, as described in the No

Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title 1, Part B, Section 1208 [20 U.S.C. § 6368], reading

instruction and the development of Personal Literacy Programs for students in the early grades

performing below grade level in reading and implement a system of student accountability that

will enable the state to track individual students over time. Additionally, the department of

elementary and secondary education must provide districts with rigorous criteria and procedures

for identifying students with learning disabilities and speech/language impairments. Additional

study is required of factors that influence programming for students with low incidence

disabilities; those with disabilities that severely compromise life functions; and programming for

students with disabilities through urban special education. Alternatives for funding special

education require examination.

(2) All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish any advice and information,

documentary and otherwise, to the general assembly and its agents that is deemed necessary or

desirable by the study to facilitate the purposes of this section.

SECTION 3. This article shall take effect as of July 1, 2008.