Health insurance: average rate of growth of employer share in GIC over prior 3 fiscal years
(that's a check on #FBRC)
out-of-district sped goes to $35,547 by the end of the term, so 78% of approved costs on $45,793 in FY20 (and it's tied to inflation)
(that's a check on #FBRC)
preK-5 $2275 to $2537
6-8 $2380 to $2721
9-12 $1855 to 3755
So this is better, actually. And that's an aggressive increase on the high school end.
Yeah, they got it.
To give an idea: for FY20, the highest rate is $4589.
In 2027 in S2348, it would be $8797.
It is actually called "low income" and it is defined as "family income not more than 185% of the federal poverty guidelines."
As Colin Jones of @MassBudget has pointed out, that is a BIGGER group than currently classified as economically disadvantaged.
(in one of several sections that I imagine may be less than popular in Malden)
DESE is charged with finding "a consistent and accurate method to estimate the share of low income students in each district" if such is not available.
So far so good?
(aka: you don't get to make up what your net school spending is)
It phases in reimbursement of out-of-district special education transportation costs (25% in FY21; 50% in FY22; 75% in FY23; 100% in FY24) as part of the circuit breaker (which reimburses at 75%)
full charter reimbursement (not full costs; current rules) at not less than 75% (FY21), 90% (FY22), 100% (FY23)
Sets $30/pupil as a "minimum aid adjustment"
(which is a small equity step but it is one)
(this one I didn't see coming)
The @Mass_SBA cap is lifted! Currently, it is $600M; for FY20 (This year!) it would go to $750M and then tied to sales tax growth (or 4.5%, whichever is lower).
GOOD NEWS FOR SCHOOL BUILDINGS!
I know of no one who would dispute the necessity of that.
Cheers to all those who read such parts!
1. A Rural Schools Commission (which interestingly also includes a mention of regional schools) in Section 21. That has to be back with a report and recommendations 6/30/20 (which is quick!).
The Commissioner is to set statewide targets for address persistent disparities in achievement; then each district has to establish targets; then the districts have to submit three year plans.
The first ones will be due in April.
The districts then annually have to submit the data, then update the plans every three years.
(It doesn't allocate any money to it.)
They get the money parts. They added some additional good things on money. They include some things to look at for the future that are legitimate concerns.
They didn't add in dubious additions under a misuse of accountability.
My personal letters will be going in asking that they get this one through.
1. No, early college high school as a base foundation designation is not included.
The bottom of page 8 (starting line 176) creates a “minimum aid adjustment” which allows for a comparison with the FY20 level (and a district won’t get less).