An Act To Establish the Summer Success Program Fund
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA c. 317, sub-c. 2 is enacted to read:
SUMMER SUCCESS PROGRAM FUND
§ 8811. Definitions
As used in this subchapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 8812. Summer Success Program Fund
§ 8813. Standards; approval
The commissioner shall use the program fund to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success programs in school administrative units throughout the State.
§ 8814. Program fund grants; eligibility; calculation
Beginning in fiscal year 2020-21 and each subsequent year, the department, through a grant application process, shall provide from the program fund funding to cover 90% of the costs of summer success programs in school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program pursuant to section 6602, subsection 1, paragraph A. Any remaining available funds must be provided to school administrative units with greater than 35% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.
§ 8815. Report
The department shall report by June 30, 2021 and annually thereafter to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs on the number of school administrative units administering summer success programs, the nature of the summer success programs receiving money from the program fund, the amount of money distributed and the number of children participating in a summer success program.
§ 8816. Rules
The commissioner shall adopt rules for the standards, approval and administration of the program fund, including the establishment of program fund requirements and specifications and procedures for the application and distribution of available funds, and to otherwise carry out the purposes of this subchapter. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined by Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §15688-A, sub-§9 is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. Maine Revised Statutes headnote amended; revision clause. In the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 317, before section 8801, the headnote "subchapter 1, summer schools" is enacted and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.
Sec. 4. Report. The Commissioner of Education shall submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 containing an outline of the routine technical rules proposed by the Department of Education to implement the Summer Success Program Fund, established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 317, subchapter 2, by the 2020-2021 school year.
This bill establishes the Summer Success Program Fund, a dedicated fund to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State, to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success programs in school administrative units throughout the State. The bill accomplishes the following.
1. It provides that money paid into the fund may include General Fund appropriations, as well as grants, gifts and other money from any unit of federal, state or local government or from any person, firm, partnership or corporation for deposit to the fund, money received from a social impact bond and interest, dividends and other pecuniary gains. It requires that school administrative units ensure that grants provided from the fund for expanding access to summer success programs supplement and not supplant federal funding.
2. It requires the commissioner to administer the fund within the Department of Education and to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
3. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the department is required to provide grant funding, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success programs in school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.
4. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.
5. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 that outlines the proposed rules to implement the fund by the 2020-2021 school year.