Joseph D. Morelle (Chair, Committee on Tourism, Arts and Sports Development, New York State Assembly ). New York State Assembly. 2005.

A03302 Summary: Relates to high performance aid

SAME AS    No same as                                                          

                                                                               

SPONSOR    Morelle                                                             

                                                                               

COSPNSR    Magee, John                                                         

                                                                               

MLTSPNSR                                                                       

                                                                               

Amd S3602, Ed L                                                                

Provides that in addition to any other authorized state school aid apportionment, high performance aid apportionments shall be available to school districts in which the percentage of graduates receiving regents diplomas in the base year exceeds the state average by 33 percent or more and in which the dropout rate in the year prior to the base year is 50 percent below the state average.                                                                       


A03302 Actions:

02/01/2005 referred to education                                               


A03302 Votes:


A03302 Memo:

TITLE  OF BILL:   An act to amend the education law, in relation to high       

performance aid                                                                

                                                                               

PURPOSE: To establish a new  aid  category  for  school  districts  that       

achieve high academic performance while controlling costs.                     

                                                                               

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: A new Subdivision 40 is added to Section       

3602  of  the Education Law to create a new aid category, "High Perform-       

ance Aid." In order to be eligible for this aid, a school district must:       

a) exceed by one-third the statewide average  percentage  for  award  of       

Regents Diplomas and b) have a dropout rate at least fifty percent lower       

than the state average dropout rate.                                           

                                                                               

High  Performance  Aid  will  be payable only to school districts with a       

per-pupil expense lower than the state  average  per-pupil  costs.  High       

performance  aid  will  equal  one-half  of  the  difference between the       

district per-pupil expense, multiplied by the number  of  students,  and       

further multiplied by the operating aid ratio.                                 

                                                                               

JUSTIFICATION: In 1997, efforts to ease the burden of local school prop-       

erty taxes led to the enactment of the STAR (School Tax Relief) Program.       

That legislation included a tax freeze initiative and contingency budget       

cap  that  rewards school districts for controlling the growth of spend-       

ing.  Prior to the creation of the STAR program, however, many districts       

have already made the difficult choices needed to  limit  cost  increase       

although  others  did  not operate under similar fiscal pressure.  Those       

districts that worked to hold down taxes, while  maintaining  a  quality       

education  for their students, should not be placed at a relative disad-       

vantage at this time.  Indeed, those students that have  benefitted  the       

State  through  reduced  operating aid expenditures should share in that       

savings.                                                                       

                                                                               

This legislation establishes a new aid category, "High Performance  Aid"       

to  assist  low  cost, high achieving school districts.  It returns to a       

district one-half of the State Operating Aid, it would have  been  enti-       

tled to if per pupil costs were at the State average. The pupil perform-       

ance  thresholds  for  receiving  aid  will remove any motivation to cut       

spending in ways that harm the school`s academic standing.                     

                                                                               

The new aid category is a sensible companion to  existing  cost  control       

incentives  such as aid for consolidation of services and additional aid       

for districts that freeze taxes.  It will not  only  benefit  taxpayers,       

but  also  students  and  their  parents  by  providing an incentive for       

schools to have a quality teaching program so as to access and  continue       

receiving the extra financial assistance.                                      

                                                                               

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:                                                     

                                                                               

A.4173-A of 1999-2000.                                                         

A.2694 of 2001-2002.                                                           

                                                                               

A.1006-A of 2003-2004.                                                         

                                                                               

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.                                         

                                                                               

EFFECTIVE DATE:This act shall take effect July 1, 2005.

S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K                   

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                                         3302                                  

                                                                               

                              2005-2006 Regular Sessions                       

                                                                               

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y                          

                                                                               

                                   February 1, 2005                            

                                      ___________                              

                                                                               

       Introduced by M. of A. MORELLE, MAGEE, JOHN -- read once and referred to

         the Committee on Education                                            

                                                                               

       AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to high performance aid  

                                                                               

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-

       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:                                               

                                                                               

    1    Section 1. Section 3602 of the education law is amended  by  adding  a

    2  new subdivision 40 to read as follows:                                  

    3    40.  HIGH  PERFORMANCE  AID. A. IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER APPORTIONMENT

    4  UNDER THIS SECTION, SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN WHICH THE PERCENTAGE  OF  GRADU-

    5  ATES RECEIVING REGENTS DIPLOMAS IN THE BASE YEAR EXCEEDS THE STATE AVER-

    6  AGE  BY THIRTY-THREE PER CENTUM OR MORE AND IN WHICH THE DROPOUT RATE IN

    7  THE YEAR PRIOR TO THE BASE YEAR IS AT LEAST FIFTY PER CENTUM  LESS  THAN

    8  THE  STATE  AVERAGE  DROPOUT RATE SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN APPORTIONMENT

    9  PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION.                                           

   10    B. THE OPERATING EFFICIENCY FACTOR  FOR  EACH  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  SHALL

   11  EQUAL  THE  PRODUCT  OF FIVE-TENTHS MULTIPLIED BY THE POSITIVE RESULT OF

   12  THE STATE AVERAGE EXPENSE PER PUPIL MINUS  THE  DISTRICT`S  EXPENSE  PER

   13  PUPIL AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION.                    

   14    C.  THE APPORTIONMENT FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE AID PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDI-

   15  VISION SHALL BE THE PRODUCT OF THE STATE SHARING RATIO FOR COMPREHENSIVE

   16  OPERATING AID MULTIPLIED BY THE  TOTAL  AIDABLE  PUPILS  UNITS  FOR  THE

   17  CALCULATION  OF  OPERATING  AID IN THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR MULTIPLIED BY

   18  THE OPERATING EFFICIENCY FACTOR.                                        

   19    S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2005.                         

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

                             { } is old law to be omitted.                     

                                                                  LBD06881-01-5

.SO DOC A 3302          *END*                    BTXT                 2005