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2021-02-18 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2021-02-18 House Journal Page 0139 HB 78 HOUSE BILL NO. 78 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to funding for correspondence programs; and providing for an effective date." 2021-02-18 House Journal Page 0140 was read the first time and referred to the Education and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Zero, Dept. of Education & Early Development 2. Fiscal, Dept. of Education & Early Development/Fund Capitalization The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 28 follows: "Dear Chief Clerk: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to state funding for correspondence programs operated by school districts. This bill makes changes to the "average daily membership" (ADM) and how it is adjusted in the formula under AS 14.17.410 for funding school operational costs. ADM is a defined term under AS 14.17.990(1). An ADM is essentially equivalent to one student, as measured by fulltime attendance in a 20-day October count period. The starting point for calculating basic need in the formula is the ADM of each school. That number is subject to adjustment in various ways to reflect the cost of education more accurately in different places and for different students in the state. After the various adjustments in the formula are calculated, the adjusted ADM is then multiplied by the base student allocation under AS 14.17.470 (a general reflection of per student cost) to determine basic need. Currently, 90 percent of the ADM of correspondence students in a district is added to the ADM after various adjustments. This means that under current law a district does not receive the full value of an ADM for a correspondence student nor the extra funding (the ADM multipliers) for special needs students and secondary vocational and technical instruction in a correspondence program. The bill would increase state funding to districts for correspondence programs in two ways. First, under AS 14.17.430, the funding eligibility calculation for correspondence programs (including a centralized correspondence program, if re-instituted) would be based 2021-02-18 House Journal Page 0141 on the full value of an ADM rather than the current value of 90 percent of an ADM. Second, under AS 14.17.410(b)(1)(C), the ADM of correspondence students would be included in the funding formula before the multipliers for special needs students and secondary school vocational and technical instruction are applied to the ADM of the district. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Mike Dunleavy Governor"