Building a World-Class Education System
Sens. Johnston, Heath & Rep. Hamner
SUMMARY OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO SB 213
Amendment L.016 (Senator Johnston): Creation of Hold Harmless Funding for Districts thatCould Experience a Loss in State Funding
For any district that could see a potential loss in state funding after calculation of the new school financeformula, the state will hold the district harmless. The calculation of the hold harmless is as follows:Hold Harmless = (14-15 State Funding
Calculated State Funding) + (0.02(Current Calculated TotalProgram + Current Teacher & Leadership Investment))This formula is best explained in two steps: The formula in the first set of parentheses ensures that thedistrict will not lose any state funding by giving the district the difference between (a) its state fundingunder the old act and (b) the funding the district is calculated to get under the new act.
The formula in the second set of parentheses ensures that the district will be “held positive” (i.e., it will
receive more state funding that it did under the old act). To calculate the hold positive, the state willfirst
add the district’s calculated total program in the current year to the district’s current Teacher &
Leadership Investment. Next, the state will multiply that amount by 2 percent.
As the district’scalculated total program and Teacher & Leadership Investment grow over time, so will this “
positive” amount of funding.
Amendment L.022 (Senator Johnston)
Clarifying Special Education Maintenance of Effort
mendment 22 clarifies that the additional SPED funding does not constitute “additional funding” that
would trigger additional maintenance of effort requirements at the federal level.
Amendment L.045 (Senator Johnston, Technical Amendment): Reinserting Excess CostsLanguage into the Special Education Section
This amendment reinserts language into the special education section of SB 213 that permits districtsthat enroll out of district students with disabilities to receive funding for these students, and contract
with the students’ districts of residence to re
ceive tuition payments.Note that this is existing law mistakenly left out of the introduced bill.
Amendment L.046 (Senators Todd and Hudak): Creation of SPED Investment Plan,Modification o
f Supplemental (“Floor”) Funding
, and Teaching and Leadership InvestmentRefinancing