Budget Amendment ID: FY2019-S4-236-R1

Redraft EDU 236

Modernizing the foundation budget

Messrs. Tarr, Hinds, Ross, Humason, O'Connor and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 16 the following section:-

“Section 16A. Chapter 71 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 89 the following section:-

Section 89A. (a) The department shall annually, not later than December 1, report on the funding levels projected to achieve full funding in the next fiscal year for reimbursements required under section 16C, section 5A of chapter 71B and subsection (gg) of section 89. The report shall be submitted to the clerks of the house of representatives and senate, the joint committee on education, the joint committee on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance. If any new seats in a commonwealth charter school are approved after December 1, the department shall submit an addendum report with an updated reimbursement amount under said subsection (gg) of said section 89 if those seats are expected to be funded through the next fiscal year.

(b) If the reimbursement levels in the general appropriations act in a fiscal year do not meet the funding levels recommended in the report pursuant to subsection (a) on August 1, the joint committee on education and the board of elementary and secondary education shall hold a public hearing and receive testimony from the secretary of administration and finance, other parties identified by the committee and the public not later than October 1.

The board of education and the joint committee on education shall, not more than 60 days after the hearing, make a joint recommendation on a schedule to meet the funding levels recommended under said subsection (a) in not more than 3 years, including any expected growth in the levels needed for full funding during that period; provided, however, that the board and joint committee on education shall submit an addendum to the recommendation to account for any growth in the projected full funding levels. The recommendation shall be filed with the clerks of senate and house of representatives, the chairs of the joint committee on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance.

If the board of education and the joint committee on education find that the recommended funding levels included in an implementation schedule are met prior to the completion of an implementation schedule, the board and joint committee shall notify the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the chairs of the joint committee on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance that the implementation schedule has been completed and that future fiscal years are no longer subject to the implementation schedule.

(c) Any fiscal year previously included in an implementation schedule under subsection (b) that does not meet the funding levels recommended under subsection (a) shall not be subject to a hearing under said subsection (b).”.