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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 557         FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 151

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jay R. Kaufman

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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 further providing for reimbursement to cities and towns for extraordinary special education costs.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire

James B. Eldridge

 

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

William N. Brownsberger

 

Stephen R. Canessa

12th Bristol


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 557        FILED ON: 1/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 151

By Mr. Kaufman of Lexington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 151) of Jay R. Kaufman and others for legislation to provide for reimbursement to cities and towns for extraordinary special education costs.  Education.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 445 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act further providing for reimbursement to cities and towns for extraordinary special education costs.
 

              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. Section 2 of Chapter 70 of the Massachusetts General Laws as appearing in the 2008 Official edition is hereby amended by:

              Amending the definition of “Foundation assistants”, by deleting subpart (e), and inserting in place thereof, the following subpart: - (e) one hundred and twenty-five thousandths multiplied by the actual in-school special education enrollment as stated in the previous years October 1, report to the Department of Education or as otherwise reported to said Department. 

              Further, amending the definition of “Foundation central office professional staff”, by deleting subpart (c), and inserting in place thereof, the following subpart: - (c) two hundredths multiplied by the sum of the actual in-school special education enrollment and the actual residential and day tuitions paid for all students counted in the special education enrollment.

              Further, deleting the definition of “Foundation non-salary expenses”, and inserting in place thereof, the following definition: - the sum of foundation athletic expenses, foundation extracurricular activity expenses, foundation utility and ordinary maintenance expenses, foundation benefits, foundation special education tuition, defined as the actual amount spent by each city, town or district for day or residential tuition payments for special education students and all contracted services relating to provision of any special education service required by M.G.L. c. 71B, and foundation miscellaneous expenses.

              Further, amending the definition of “Foundation support staff”, by deleting subpart (e), and inserting in place thereof, the following subpart: - (e) seventy-six thousandths multiplied by the actual in-school special education enrollment as stated in the previous years October 1, report to the Department of Education or as otherwise reported to said Department.

              Further, amending the definition of “Foundation teaching staff”, by deleting subpart (g), and inserting in place thereof, the following subpart: - (g) the actual in-school special education enrollment as stated in the previous years October 1, report to the Department of Education or as otherwise reported to said Department.

              SECTION 2. The provisions of section 3 of Chapter 70 of the Massachusetts General Laws as appearing in the 2008 Official edition is hereby amended by:

              Inserting in place of paragraph three, the following: - The foundation budget shall be calculated using foundation enrollments for the respective fiscal years as estimated by the department according to the procedures outlined in section 2 and shall be increased annually as required by this paragraph. The monetary factors used in calculating the foundation budget for such years shall be adjusted for inflation by multiplying each such factor by the foundation inflation index. The factors to be inflated shall be the monetary values for the foundation payroll, foundation non-salary expenses, professional development allotment, expanded program allotment, extraordinary maintenance allotment and book and equipment allotment.  Additionally, cities, towns and districts of the Commonwealth will receive extraordinary special education aid according to the following formula:  In fiscal year 2012 school districts will receive eighty percent of all special education costs, including transportation costs if the city, town, or district utilizes a regional transportation network to reduce transportation costs or other collaborative and demonstrated efforts to reduce such costs, above 3.75 times the per pupil foundation budget; eighty percent of all such costs above 3.5 times the per pupil foundation budget for fiscal year 2013; eighty percent of all such costs above 3.25 per pupil foundation budget for fiscal year 2010 and eighty percent of all such costs above 3.0 times the per pupil foundation budget for fiscal year 2015.  Cities, towns and school districts will be eligible for extraordinary special education funding from the Commonwealth will be distributed to cities, towns and districts in the budget year that the tuition are payable.             

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