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Bill Detail: SB21-268

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Title Public School Finance
Status Governor Signed (06/11/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Zenzinger (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 05/11/2021
Summary

Section 1 of the bill:
  • Increases the statewide base per pupil funding for the
2021-22 budget year by $141.67 to account for inflation of
2% for a new statewide base per pupil funding amount of
$7,225.28; and
  • Sets the minimum statewide district total program funding

amount for the 2021-22 budget year and requires the dollar
amount of the budget stabilization factor to remain the
same for the 2022-23 budget year.
Section 2 of the bill authorizes the state board of education (state
board) to take action against an educator license, certificate, endorsement,
or authorization if the educator is convicted of an offense under the laws
of another state, the United States, or any territory subject to the
jurisdiction of the United States, the elements of which are substantially
similar to a felony drug offense described in part 4 of article 18 of title
18, Colorado Revised Statutes.
Section 3 of the bill extends to 18 months the length of the
accreditation contract entered into between the state board and each
school district board of education (local school board) and the state
charter school institute for the 2021-22 school year.
Sections 4 and 5 of the bill extend by one month the deadline for
a local school board to certify to the state board mileage for
reimbursement from the public school transportation fund and for the
state board to certify to the state treasurer the amount of reimbursements
from the public school transportation fund.
Section 6 of the bill changes the period of time in which the
department of education (department) may establish an alternative pupil
count day to within 45 school days after the first school day.
Section 7 of the bill allows local education providers to carry
forward more than 15% of the per-pupil intervention money received
pursuant to the READ Act for the 2020-21 budget year for use in the
2021-22 budget year.
Sections 8 and 9 of the bill adjust the amount of additional
funding authorized in Senate Bill 21-053 that is available to school
districts that fully fund total program with local revenue.
Sections 10 and 11 of the bill authorizes a school district that
operated a district preschool program under the Colorado Preschool
Program Act in the 2019-20 school year with a waiver to serve children
under 3 years of age to continue in subsequent school years to use the
same number of preschool positions to serve children under 3 years of age
who have multiple significant family risk factors.
Section 12 of the bill extends the budget deadlines for the 2021-22
budget year for school districts and local college districts.
Section 13 of the bill makes permanent statutory provisions that
allow school district charter schools that convert to institute charter
schools or institute charter schools that convert to school district charter
schools to continue to receive funding for at-risk students using the
funding formulas that applied to the charter schools prior to the
conversion.
Sections 14 of the bill requires the state board to review and
accept or reject a local school board's proposed revisions to an existing
innovation school or innovation zone plan. The state board's
determination must be based on serving the best interests of students,
families, and the community.
Section 15 of the bill removes the cap on appropriations for the
school counselor corps grant program.
Section 16 of the bill requires a board of cooperative services
(BOCES) that intends to locate or operate a BOCES school within the
geographic boundaries of a school district that is not a member of the
BOCES during the 2021-22 school year to obtain written permission from
the school district in which the school will be operated or located. The
requirement for written consent does not apply to a BOCES school that
is operating prior to the effective date of the bill.
Section 17 of the bill provides additional funding for at-risk
students for the 2021-22 budget year to school districts, district charter
schools, and institute charter schools. The amount of funding is based on
the number of pupils for the 2020-21 budget year who were English
language learners, as defined in the bill, and the number of pupils who
were eligible for reduced-price lunch. The department must distribute the
amount of additional funding for at-risk students to each school district
and institute charter school. Each school district that authorizes a charter
school must distribute to the charter school the per pupil distribution
amount for the eligible pupils enrolled in the charter school.
Section 18 of the bill appropriates $478,743,696 of general fund
money to the department for the state share of districts' total program
funding.
Section 19 of the bill authorizes the use of appropriations for the
Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT)
program for the 2021-22 budget year.
Section 20 of the bill appropriates $400,000 from the state public
school fund for school finance audit payments.
Section 21 of the bill appropriates $77,408,881 to the department
from the state education fund for additional funding for at-risk students
for the 2021-22 budget year.
Section 22 of the bill appropriates $2,000,000 from the state
education fund for the school counselor corps grant program.
Section 23 of the bill appropriates $1,706,537 from the general
fund to the department to restore funding to the following grant programs
that had appropriations reduced or eliminated for the 2020-21 fiscal year:
  • $800,000 and 0.6 FTE for the ninth grade success program;
  • $375,807 for the school leadership program;
  • $280,730 for the accelerated college opportunity exam fee
grant program; and
  • $250,000 and 0.3 FTE for the John W. Buckner automatic
enrollment in advanced placement courses grant program.

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