125th MAINE LEGISLATURE
LD 1422 LR 1901(05)
An Act To Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy
Fiscal Note for House Amendment " " to Committee Amendment "A"
Sponsor: Rep. Berry of Bowdoinham
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
             
Fiscal Note
Contingent State Mandate - Funded
Fiscal Detail and Notes
Delaying the date that local school administrative units (SAU's) must implement a new standards-based system for awarding high school diplomas based on student demonstration of proficiency by one year for each year that transition grants are not provided delays the State Mandate.
This amendment removes the Mandate Preamble for the Committee Amendment which had exempted the State from the requirement to fund 90% of the required activities. Instead it provides a mechanism to fund those activities by requiring the Department of Education to provide grants to SAU's from the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services, established pursuant to 20-A, MRSA 2651, equal to 1/10 of 1% of a SAU's total cost of education to fund the cost of transitioning by January 1, 2017 to a standards-based system of education. Currently there are no monies in the Fund and no provisions in statute to direct monies to the Fund.