SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1905        FILED ON: 1/20/2017

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 223

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sonia Chang-Diaz

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act modernizing the foundation budget for the 21st century.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk

 

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

1/26/2017

Jack Lewis

7th Middlesex

1/26/2017

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

1/27/2017

Solomon Goldstein-Rose

3rd Hampshire

1/27/2017

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

1/30/2017

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

1/30/2017

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

1/30/2017

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

1/30/2017

Leonard Mirra

2nd Essex

 

Peter J. Durant

6th Worcester

1/31/2017

Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex

1/31/2017

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

1/31/2017

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

1/31/2017

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

1/31/2017

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

1/31/2017

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

1/31/2017

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

1/31/2017

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

1/31/2017

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

1/31/2017

Russell E. Holmes

6th Suffolk

 

Adam G. Hinds

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

1/31/2017

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

1/31/2017

Barbara A. L'Italien

Second Essex and Middlesex

2/1/2017

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

2/1/2017

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

2/1/2017

Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol

2/1/2017

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

2/1/2017

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

2/2/2017

John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth

2/2/2017

William L. Crocker, Jr.

2nd Barnstable

2/2/2017

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

2/2/2017

Bud Williams

11th Hampden

2/2/2017

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

2/2/2017

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

2/2/2017

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

2/2/2017

Aaron Vega

5th Hampden

2/2/2017

RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk

2/2/2017

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

2/2/2017

Michael J. Barrett

Third Middlesex

2/2/2017

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

2/2/2017

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

2/2/2017

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

2/2/2017

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

2/2/2017

Michael S. Day

31st Middlesex

2/2/2017

Daniel Cullinane

12th Suffolk

2/2/2017

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

2/2/2017

Juana B. Matias

16th Essex

2/2/2017

Joseph A. Boncore

First Suffolk and Middlesex

2/2/2017

Kate D. Campanale

17th Worcester

2/3/2017

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

2/3/2017

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

2/3/2017

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk

2/3/2017

Linda Dorcena Forry

First Suffolk

2/3/2017

Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex

2/3/2017

Cynthia Stone Creem

First Middlesex and Norfolk

2/3/2017

Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester

2/3/2017

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

2/3/2017

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

2/3/2017

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

2/3/2017

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

2/3/2017

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

2/3/2017

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

2/3/2017

Carmine L. Gentile

13th Middlesex

2/3/2017

Eric P. Lesser

First Hampden and Hampshire

2/3/2017

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

2/3/2017

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

2/3/2017

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

2/3/2017

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

2/3/2017

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

2/3/2017

Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

5th Worcester

2/3/2017

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

2/3/2017

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

2/3/2017

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

2/3/2017

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

2/3/2017

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

2/3/2017

Nick Collins

4th Suffolk

2/3/2017

Carlos González

10th Hampden

2/8/2017

Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester

3/3/2017

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

3/29/2017

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

4/3/2017

David F. DeCoste

5th Plymouth

4/7/2017

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

4/7/2017

Kathleen O'Connor Ives

First Essex

4/11/2017

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

4/13/2017

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

5/30/2017

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

6/1/2017

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

6/12/2017

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

6/15/2017

Ryan C. Fattman

Worcester and Norfolk

7/25/2017

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

8/3/2017

Cindy F. Friedman

Fourth Middlesex

9/27/2017

Adrian Madaro

1st Suffolk

2/7/2017

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

1/30/2018

Evandro C. Carvalho

5th Suffolk

2/7/2017

Chynah Tyler

7th Suffolk

2/7/2017

Daniel J. Hunt

13th Suffolk

2/7/2017

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

2/10/2017

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

2/10/2017

James T. Welch

Hampden

2/10/2017

Edward F. Coppinger

10th Suffolk

3/1/2017

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

3/1/2017

Michael J. Moran

18th Suffolk

3/1/2017

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

3/1/2017

Jeffrey Sánchez

15th Suffolk

3/1/2017

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

3/1/2017

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

Second Hampden and Hampshire

6/2/2017

Viriato M. deMacedo

Plymouth and Barnstable

6/2/2017

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

6/2/2017

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

6/2/2017

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

6/26/2017

Aaron Michlewitz

3rd Suffolk

6/2/2017

Andres X. Vargas

3rd Essex

1/22/2018

Paul R. Feeney

Bristol and Norfolk

1/30/2018

Dean A. Tran

Worcester and Middlesex

1/30/2018

Stanley C. Rosenberg

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

1/30/2018

Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

1/30/2018

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

1/30/2018

Linda Dean Campbell

15th Essex

1/30/2018

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

1/30/2018

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

1/30/2018

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

1/30/2018

Paul Tucker

7th Essex

1/30/2018

 



SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1905        FILED ON: 1/20/2017

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 223

By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 223) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Jack Lewis, Jason M. Lewis, Marjorie C. Decker and other members of the General Court for legislation to modernize the foundation budget for the 21st century.  Education.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court
(2017-2018)

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An Act modernizing the foundation budget for the 21st century.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Chapter 29 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 5B the following section:-

Section 5B½. (a) Annually, not later than January 15, the secretary of administration and  finance shall meet with the house and senate committees on ways and means and jointly determine an implementation schedule to fulfill the recommendations filed on November 2, 2015, by the foundation  budget review commission established in section 4 of chapter 70. The implementation schedule shall establish a foundation budget as defined in section 2 of said chapter 70 and incorporating the recommendations made by the commission relative to the categories of  tuitioned-out special education rate, assumed in-school special education enrollment, low-income  increment, low-income enrollment, foundation benefits, retired employee health insurance and English language learner increment; provided, however, that in the first year of the term of office of a governor who has not served in the preceding year, the parties shall determine an implementation schedule not later than January 31 of that year. In determining the implementation schedule, the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means shall hold a public hearing and receive testimony from the commissioner of elementary and secondary education and other interested parties. The schedule may be amended by agreement of the house and senate committees on ways and means in any fiscal year to reflect changes in enrollment, inflation, student populations or other factors that would affect the remaining costs in the schedule. The implementation schedule shall be included annually in a joint resolution and placed before the members of the general court, not later than February 15, for their consideration along with any proposed legislation necessary to execute and implement the schedule. The implementation schedule shall be subject to appropriation. Upon completion of the implementation schedule, a joint resolution shall be placed before the members of the general court affirming that the recommendations of the commission have been fulfilled; provided that upon the adoption of such resolution the determination of an annual implementation schedule shall no longer be required.

SECTION 2. Chapter 70 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 2, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 2. As used in this chapter and in chapters 15, 69 and 71, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

"Administration allotment", the amounts allotted within a district's foundation budget for administration in any fiscal year; provided, however, that the fiscal year 2017 administration allotment, based on a sum of the following rate calculations, shall be the base year, adjusted annually by the foundation inflation index:

(i) $182.01 multiplied by the foundation preschool enrollment and the foundation half-day kindergarten enrollment;

(ii) $364 multiplied by the foundation full-day kindergarten enrollment, the foundation elementary enrollment, the foundation junior high or middle school enrollment, the foundation high school enrollment, and the foundation vocational enrollment; and

(iii) $2,512.26 multiplied by the assumed in-school special education enrollment and the assumed tuitioned-out special education enrollment.

"Assumed in-school special education enrollment'', 4 per cent of the total foundation enrollment in a district not including vocational or preschool enrollment, plus 5 per cent of vocational enrollment.

"Assumed tuitioned-out special education enrollment'', 1 per cent of the total foundation enrollment in a district, not including vocational or preschool enrollment.

“Base Aid”, in a fiscal year, the total amount of chapter 70 aid provided in the general appropriation act of the previous fiscal year.

"Board'', the board of elementary and secondary education.

"Chapter 70 aid", the sum of a district's base aid, foundation aid increment, if any, and minimum aid increment, if any, in a fiscal year; provided, however that non-operating district shall receive chapter 70 aid in an amount greater than the district's foundation budget.

"Classroom and specialist teachers allotment", the amount allotted within a district's foundation budget for classroom and specialist teachers in a fiscal year; provided, however, that the fiscal year 2017 “classroom and specialist teachers allotment”, based on a sum of the following rate calculations, shall be the base year, adjusted annually by the foundation inflation index:

(i) $1,507.26 multiplied by the foundation preschool enrollment and the foundation half-day kindergarten enrollment;

(ii) $3,014.51 multiplied by the foundation full-day kindergarten enrollment;

(iii) $3,014.47 multiplied by the foundation elementary enrollment;

(iv) $2,652.75 multiplied by the foundation junior high or middle school enrollment;

(v) $3, 901.09 multiplied by the foundation high school enrollment;

(vi) $8,289.83 multiplied by the assumed in-school special education enrollment; and

(vii) $6,631.89 multiplied by the foundation vocational enrollment.

"Combined effort yield", the sum of a municipality's equalized property valuation multiplied by  the uniform property percentage and its income multiplied by  the uniform income percentage.

"Commissioner'', the commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

"Department'', the department of elementary and secondary education.

"District'' or "School district'', the school department of a city or town or a regional school district.

"Effort reduction percentage", the percentage of excess effort to be reduced in any given year.

"Employee benefits and fixed charges allotment", the amount allotted within a district's foundation budget for employee benefits and fixed charges; provided, however, that for fiscal year 2019 and thereafter, the employee benefits and fixed charges allotment shall be the employee health insurance rate multiplied by the number of active employees for whom the district provides health insurance, plus the retired employee health insurance rate multiplied by the number of the district’s retired employees, plus the product of .29 and the sum of the employee health insurance rate and the retired employee health insurance rate.

“Employee health insurance rate”, the employer share of the average group insurance commission premium for all plans for the 3 previous fiscal years; provided, however, that the group insurance commission shall annually, not later than June 30, provide the department with data necessary for the determination of such rate or any increase thereof.

“English language learner enrollment”, the number of students identified as English language learners pursuant to chapter 71A, including students enrolled in vocational and technical schools.

“English language learner expanded program increment”, the amount allotted within a district’s foundation budget for additional services for English language learners, including those enrolled in vocational and technical schools; provided, however, that the increment for fiscal year 2017 shall be $2,361 multiplied by the number of English language learners in the district, adjusted annually thereafter by the foundation inflation index.

“Enrollment categories”, any of the following categories in which a student, including students enrolled in special education programs and students attending a school in another district, pursuant to section 12B of chapter 76, who resides in the district and who attends either a public school in that district or a school for which the district of residence pays tuition, is placed; provided, however, that any such student shall be place in only 1 enrollment category depending on the grade and program to which the student is assigned; provided further, that English language learners and low-income students shall be placed in 1 of the following enrollment categories and shall be counted for the purposes of calculating the English language learners increment and the low-income expanded program increment:

(i) “elementary enrollment”, number of students enrolled in grades 1 to 5, inclusive, and not enrolled in English language learner or vocational programs in a district;

(ii) “high school enrollment”, the number of students enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, and not enrolled in English language learner or vocational programs in a district;

(iii) “junior high or middle school enrollment”, the number of students enrolled in grades 6 to 8, inclusive, and not enrolled in English language learner or vocational programs in a district;

(iv) “kindergarten enrollment”, the number of students enrolled in kindergarten and not enrolled in English language learner or vocational programs in a district; provided, however, that in any district in which kindergarten students attend school for a full day in a program that does not charge tuition or fees, the foundation kindergarten enrollment used to calculate the foundation budget amount described in this section shall be 2 times the kindergarten enrollment number that would otherwise be used for such calculations if the district and all towns responsible for appropriating for the district so request;

(v) “preschool enrollment”, the number of students enrolled in preschool programs in a district; and

(vi) “vocational enrollment”, the number of students enrolled in vocational, education programs or an agricultural school in a district.

“Equalized property valuation”, the most recent equalized property valuation for a municipality as determined by the department of revenue pursuant to sections 9, 10 and 10C of chapter 58.

"Excess effort", the positive difference, if any, between a municipality's target local contribution and its preliminary contribution.

"Foundation aid increment", the positive difference between a district's foundation budget and its required district contribution; provided, however, that from fiscal years 2019 to 2025, inclusive, both the district foundation budget and the required district contribution shall be calculated based on the implementation schedule agreed to pursuant to section 5B ½ of chapter 29.

"Foundation budget'', the sum of the administration allotment, instructional leadership allotment, classroom and specialist teachers allotment, other teaching services allotment, professional development allotment, instructional materials, equipment and technology allotment, guidance and psychological allotment, pupil services allotment, operations and maintenance allotment, employee benefits and fixed charges allotment and tuitioned-out special education tuition allotment and the English language learners expanded program increment and the low-income expanded program increment; provided, however, that the base year for calculating the foundation budget shall be fiscal year 2017; provided further, that the base year foundation budget shall be calculated according to the formulas in this section using foundation enrollment as described in this section; and provided further that, for fiscal years thereafter, the foundation budget shall be the base year foundation budget, as adjusted for enrollment and for inflation as set forth in section 3.

"Foundation enrollment'', the student enrollment of a district in any fiscal year; provided, however, that the “foundation enrollment” shall be the sum of the foundation kindergarten, elementary, junior high or middle school, high school and vocational enrollment plus 1/2 of the foundation preschool enrollment, including students enrolled in the program for the elimination of racial imbalance under section 12A of chapter 76; and provided further, that annually, not later than March 1 of each calendar year, the department shall certify the foundation enrollment for the next fiscal year as the actual enrollment as reported the previous October.

"Foundation inflation index'', in fiscal year 2017, the foundation inflation index shall equal 1.000; provided, however, that in fiscal year 2018 and in each fiscal year thereafter, the foundation inflation index shall equal the prior year's foundation inflation index multiplied by the minimum of: (i) the ratio of the value of the implicit price deflator for state and local government purchases in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year to its value in the first quarter of the year 2 years prior; or (ii) 1.045.

"General revenue sharing aid'', the amount of assistance from the commonwealth to be received by a city or town in a fiscal year from the following local aid programs: (i) payments in lieu of taxes for state-owned lands distributed pursuant to section 17 of chapter 58; (ii) the distribution to cities and towns of the balance of the State Lottery and Gaming Fund in accordance with the clause (c) of the second paragraph of section 35 of chapter 10; and (iii) additional assistance distributed pursuant to section 18E of chapter 58.

"Guidance and psychological allotment", the amount allotted within a district's foundation budget for guidance and psychological services; provided, however, that the fiscal year 2017 guidance and psychological allotment, based on a sum of the following rate calculations, shall be the base year, adjusted annually by the foundation inflation index:

(i) $109.66 multiplied by the foundation preschool enrollment and the foundation half-day kindergarten enrollment;

(ii) $219.36 multiplied by the foundation full-day kindergarten enrollment and the foundation elementary enrollment;

(iii) $291.99 multiplied by foundation junior high or middle school enrollment; and

(iv) $366.02 multiplied by the foundation high school enrollment and the foundation vocational enrollment.

"Income", total income from all sources as reported by the residents of a municipality on income tax returns submitted to the department of revenue for the most recent available calendar year.

"Income percentage", the uniform percentage of each municipality's total income which yields 1/2 of the statewide total of combined effort yields in any fiscal year.

"Instructional leadership allotment", the amounts allotted within a district's foundation budget for instructional leadership in a fiscal year; provided, however, that for fiscal year 2017, the “instructional leadership allotment” shall be the sum of the following rate calculations; and provided further, that for subsequent fiscal years, “instructional leadership allotment” shall be the sum of the following rates annually adjusted by the foundation inflation index:

(i) $328.72 multiplied by the foundation preschool enrollment and the foundation half-day kindergarten enrollment; and

(ii) $657.42 multiplied by the foundation full-day kindergarten enrollment, the foundation elementary enrollment, the foundation junior high or middle school enrollment, the foundation high school enrollment and the foundation vocational enrollment.

"Instructional materials, equipment and technology allotment", the amount allotted within a district's foundation budget for instructional materials, equipment and technology; provided, however, that the fiscal year 2017 instructional materials, equipment and technology allotment, based on a sum of the following rate calculations, shall be the base year, adjusted annually by the foundation inflation index:

(i) $ 218.16 multiplied by the foundation preschool enrollment and the foundation half-day kindergarten enrollment;

(ii) $436.31 multiplied by the foundation full-day kindergarten enrollment, the foundation elementary enrollment and the foundation junior high or middle school enrollment;

(iii) $698.10 multiplied by the foundation high school enrollment;

(iv) $349.05 multiplied by the assumed in-school special education enrollment; and

(v) $1,221.66 multiplied by the foundation vocational enrollment.

"Low-income enrollment'', the number of children attending school in a district regardless of residence or tuition-paying status, with a family income at or below 185 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided, however, that a low-income child or low-income student shall mean a child who meets these eligibility standards; and provided further, that in determining the total number of low-income students, the department shall use the preceding year's actual number of low-income elementary, junior high or middle school, high school and vocational students and ½ of the preceding year's actual number of low-income kindergarten and preschool students.

“Low-income expanded program increment”, the amount allotted within a district’s foundation budget for each student with a family income at or below 185 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided, however, that the department shall rank each district and divide the districts into septiles; provided further, that each district shall be assigned a low-income septile based on its low income percentage which shall be calculated as its number of low-income students divided by the total foundation enrollment; provided further, that each septile shall be assigned a low-income rate where the rate for the lowest percentage septile shall be $3,474 and each subsequent septile shall increase by equal amounts up to the highest percentage septile rate of $8,179; and provided further, that the rates for each septile shall be annually adjusted according to the foundation inflation index.

“Minimum aid”, the positive difference between a district’s foundation aid, and the product of $25 multiplied by the district foundation enrollment.

"Maximum local contribution", 82.5 per cent of a municipality's foundation budget.

"Municipal foundation budget", a city or town's local district's foundation budget plus the sum of its share of the foundation budgets at regional districts or at agricultural schools of which it is a member; provided, however, that a city or town's share of the foundation budget at regional districts or at agricultural schools shall be based upon its share of the total foundation enrollment from all member municipalities at those districts and schools.

"Municipal revenue growth factor'', the change in local general revenues calculated by subtracting 1 from the quotient calculated by dividing the sum of: (i) the maximum levy for the fiscal year estimated by multiplying the levy limit of the prior fiscal year by a factor equal to 102 ½ per cent plus the average of the percentage increases in the levy limit due to new growth adjustments over the last 3 available years as certified by the department of revenue or as otherwise estimated by the division of local services in the department of revenue where it appears that a municipality may not be entitled to increase its minimum levy limit by 2 ½ per cent; provided, however, that if the highest percentage during such 3 years exceeds the average of the other 2 years' percentages by more than 2 percentage points, then the lowest 3 of the last 4 years shall be used for such calculation; (ii) the amount of general revenue sharing aid for the fiscal year; and (iii) other budgeted recurring receipts not including user fees or other charges determined by the division of local services to be associated with the provision of specific municipal services for the prior fiscal year, by the sum of: (1) the actual levy limit for the prior fiscal year; (2) the amount of general revenue sharing aid received for the prior fiscal year; and (3) other recurring receipts not including user fees or other charges determined by the division of local services to be associated with the provision of specific municipal services budgeted by the municipality for the fiscal year preceding the prior fiscal year, if any; provided further, that for the purposes of this calculation, the levy limit shall exclude any amounts generated by overrides applicable to any year after the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993; provided further, that in the absence of an actual levy limit for the prior fiscal year, the actual levy limit for the prior fiscal year shall be estimated by multiplying the actual levy limit of the fiscal year preceding the prior fiscal year by a factor equal to 102 ½ per cent plus the average of the percentage increases in the levy limit due to new growth as specified above; and provided further, that in making any of these required calculations, the division of local services may substitute more current information or such other information as would produce a more accurate estimate of the change in a municipality's general local revenues and the department shall use such growth factor to calculate preliminary contribution, required local contribution and any other factors that directly or indirectly use the municipal growth factor.

"Net school spending'', the total amount spent for the support of public education, including teacher salary deferrals and tuition payments for children residing in the district who attend a school in another district or other approved facility, determined without regard to whether such amounts are regularly charged to school or non-school accounts by the municipality for accounting purposes; provided, however, that net school spending shall not include any spending for long-term debt service, and shall not include spending for school lunches and student transportation; provided further that “net school spending” shall also not include tuition revenue or revenue from activity, admission, other charges or any other revenue attributable to public education; provided further, that such revenue shall be made available to the school district which generated the revenue in addition to any financial resources made available by municipalities or state assistance; provided further, that the department, in consultation with the department of revenue, shall promulgate regulations to ensure a uniform method of determining which municipal expenditures shall be appropriated for the support of public education and which revenues are attributable to public education in accordance with this section; and provided further, that the regulations shall include provisions for resolving disputes which may arise between municipal and school officials.

"Operations and maintenance allotment", the amount allotted within a district's foundation budget for operations and maintenance; provided, however, that the fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance allotment, based on a sum of the following rate calculations, shall be the base year, adjusted annually by the foundation inflation index:

(i) $418.55 multiplied by the foundation preschool enrollment and the foundation half-day kindergarten enrollment;

(ii) $837.09 multiplied by the foundation full-day kindergarten enrollment and the foundation elementary enrollment;

(iii) $907.52 multiplied by foundation junior high or middle school enrollment;

(iv) $879.93 multiplied by the foundation high school enrollment;

(v) $2,806.32 multiplied by the assumed in-school special education enrollment; and

(vi) $1,646.82 multiplied by the foundation vocational enrollment.

“Other teaching services allotment”, the amount allotted within a district's foundation budget for other teaching services; provided, however, that the fiscal year 2017 other teaching services allotment, based on a sum of the following rate calculations, shall be the base year, adjusted annually by the foundation inflation index:

(i) $386.57 multiplied by the foundation preschool enrollment and the foundation half-day kindergarten enrollment;

(ii) $773.16 multiplied by the foundation full-day kindergarten enrollment and the foundation elementary enrollment;

(iii) $556.55 multiplied by the foundation junior high or middle school enrollment;

(iv) $463.34 multiplied by the foundation high school enrollment and the foundation vocational enrollment;

(v) $7,740.10 multiplied by the assumed in-school special education enrollment; and

(vi) $38.38 multiplied by the assumed tuitioned-out special education enrollment.

“Preliminary contribution”, the product of: (i) a municipality's required local contribution for the prior fiscal year; and (ii) 1 plus the municipal revenue growth factor for the current year; provided, however, that if a municipality's preliminary local contribution as a percentage of its foundation budget is more than 2.5 percentage points lower than the target local share, the preliminary contribution shall be recalculated using the municipality's revenue growth factor plus 1 percentage point; and provided further, that if a municipality's preliminary contribution as a percentage of its foundation budget is more than 7.5 percentage points lower than the target local share, the preliminary contribution shall be recalculated using the municipality's revenue growth factor plus 2 percentage points.

“Professional development allotment", the amount allotted within a district's foundation budget for professional development; provided, however, that the fiscal year 2017 professional development allotment, based on a sum of the following rate calculations, shall be the base year, adjusted annually by the foundation inflation index:

(i) $59.61 multiplied by the foundation preschool enrollment and the foundation half-day kindergarten enrollment;

(ii) $119.28 multiplied by the foundation full-day kindergarten enrollment;

(iii) $119.30 multiplied by the foundation elementary enrollment;

(iv) $129.32 multiplied by the foundation junior high or middle school enrollment;

(v) $125.39 multiplied by the foundation high school enrollment;

(vi) $399.90 multiplied by the assumed in-school special education enrollment; and

(vii) $207.31 multiplied by the foundation vocational enrollment.

"Property percentage", the uniform percentage of each municipality's total equalized property valuation which yields ½ of the statewide total of combined effort yields in any fiscal year.

"Pupil services allotment", the amount allotted within a district's foundation budget for pupil services; provided, however, that the fiscal year 2017 pupil services allotment, based on a sum of the following rate calculations, shall be the base year, adjusted annually by the foundation inflation index:

(i) $43.62 multiplied by the foundation preschool enrollment and the foundation half-day kindergarten enrollment;

(ii) $87.27 multiplied by the foundation full-day kindergarten enrollment;

(iii) $130.90 multiplied by the foundation elementary enrollment and the foundation English learner, full-day enrollment;

(iv) $213.81 multiplied by foundation junior high or middle school enrollment; and

(v) $493.03 multiplied by the foundation high school enrollment and the foundation vocational enrollment.

"Required district contribution", a local district's share of the municipality's required local contribution or, in a regional district or agricultural school, the sum of the member municipalities' required local contributions apportioned to that regional district or agricultural school.

"Required local contribution", the municipality's preliminary contribution minus the product of its excess effort, if any, multiplied by the effort reduction percentage; provided, however, that the “required local contribution” shall be apportioned to each district to which the municipality belongs, in proportion to the municipality's foundation budget at those districts.

“Retired employee”, an employee of a school district who retired while employed by that district and who receives health insurance benefits through that district.

“Retired employee health insurance rate”, the average group insurance commission premium for all retiree plans for the 3 previous fiscal years; provided, however, that the group insurance commission shall annually, not later than June 30, provide the department with data necessary for the determination of such rate or any increase thereof.

"Statewide target local share", the sum of all municipalities' target local contribution, as a percentage of the sum of all municipal foundation budgets, which shall be set at 59 per cent.

"Target aid share", for a local district, 100 per cent minus the municipality's target local share; provided, however, that for a regional district or agricultural school, the “target aid share” shall be 100 per cent minus each member municipality's target local share, multiplied by each municipality's share of the regional district's enrollment, summed for all members of the district.

"Target local contribution", the lesser of a municipality's combined effort yield and its maximum local contribution.

"Target local share", a municipality's target local contribution as a percentage of its municipal foundation budget.

“Tuitioned-out special education allotment”, the product of the tuitioned-out special education rate and the assumed tuitioned-out special education enrollment.

“Tuitioned-out special education rate”, 3 times the statewide foundation budget per-pupil amount.

"Wage adjustment factor'', an adjusted difference between the average annual wage for all jobs in the labor market area in which a municipality is located and the average annual wage in the commonwealth; provided, however, that average annual wage figures shall be published annually by the division of employment and training; provided further, that the wage adjustment factor shall be the sum of 1 plus a fraction, the numerator of which shall be the product of 1/3 and the difference resulting from subtracting the average annual wage in the commonwealth from the average annual wage of the municipality, and the denominator of which shall be the average annual wage in the commonwealth; and provided further, that the average annual wage of the municipality shall be the sum of:

(i) .8 multiplied by the average annual wage for all jobs in the labor market area in which the municipality is located; and

(ii) .2 multiplied by the average annual wage of the municipality; provided, however, the wage adjustment factor in any community shall not be less than 1.

SECTION 3. The third paragraph of section 3 of said chapter 70, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the last sentence and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sentences:- The factors to be inflated by the foundation inflation index shall be the monetary values for the administration allotment, the instructional leadership allotment, the classroom and specialist teachers allotment, the other teaching services allotment, the professional development allotment, the instructional materials, equipment and technology allotment, the guidance and psychological allotment, the pupil services allotment, the operations and maintenance allotment, the English language learner expanded program increment and the low-income student expanded program increment. The rates established in section 2 shall serve as the basis, subject to the foundation inflation index beginning in fiscal year 2018, for the implementation schedule established annually under section 5B1/2 of chapter 29.

SECTION 4. Said chapter 70 is hereby further amended by inserting after section 4 the following section:-

Section 4A. (a) The department, in consultation with the executive office of education, shall a convene data advisory committee to promote the improved use of school-level data to inform effective resource allocation decisions at the local level. The data advisory committee shall include, but not be limited to, a representative from the following organizations: the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Inc.; the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Inc.; the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials, Inc.; the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators, Inc.; and the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools, Inc. The data advisory committee shall assist the department to identify, advise and analyze cost-effective ways to achieve the following goals including, but not limited to:

(i) streamlining financial reporting, eliminating duplicate reporting requirements and improving data quality;

(ii) strengthening the department’s capacity to analyze and report staffing, scheduling and financial data in ways that support strategic resource allocation decisions at the district and school level;

(iii) strengthening district capacity to use data to make strategic resource allocation decisions; and

(iv) establishing a data collection and reporting system that:

(1) tracks funding allocated for English language learner and low-income students to ensure that spending is targeted to the intended populations and to provide a data source for the foundation budget review commission about the accuracy and adequacy of the low-income and English language learner increments; and

(2) allows for access to school-level expenditures and data across all districts to inform the public and policy-makers about effective school-level interventions and investments.

(b) The data advisory committee shall report its progress to the board, the senate and house chairs of the joint committee on education and the chairs of the senate and house committees on ways and means not less than semiannually, by December 1 and June 1, and shall make recommendations as necessary for the department to achieve the goals of this section. The department may, in consultation with the data advisory group, develop or procure the data collection and reporting system under clause (iv) of subsection (a).

SECTION 5. Section 5 of said chapter 70 is hereby repealed.

SECTION 6. Section 6 of said chapter 70, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 6, the word "minimum".

SECTION 7. Said section 6 of said chapter 70, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 8, the words "but not including equity aid,".

SECTION 8. Section 7 of said chapter 70 is hereby repealed.

SECTION 9. Section 9 of said chapter 70 is hereby repealed.

SECTION 10. Said chapter 70 is hereby further amended by striking out section 10, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 10. Subject to appropriation, the amount of state aid to be paid to each municipality in each fiscal year under this chapter shall be the sum of the base aid, the foundation aid increment and the minimum aid to which the municipality may be entitled under this chapter.