LD 151 LR 628(01)
An Act To Align State Law with Current Practice Regarding Required School Attendance
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement for Original Bill
Sponsor: Sen. Millett of Cumberland
Committee: Education and Cultural Affairs
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement
Undetermined current biennium cost increase - General Fund
Fiscal Detail and Notes
Changing the age at which children are required to begin attending school from 7 years of age to 6 years of age may result in increased costs to local school administrative units (SAU's) beginning in the 2019-2020 school year due to the potential for an increase in enrollment.  The impact to individual local SAU's can not be determined and will depend on the number of 6 year-olds that enroll in school as a result of this legislation versus the number that would have enrolled absent this bill.  School administrative units will begin receiving state subsidy for these students in the year following their enrollment in school based on the state contribution percentage for that year.  If the total state funding is not increased to cover the additional cost, existing subsidy will be redistributed, with some SAU's receiving more funding than would have been received if this requirement had not been in place and some SAU's receiving less.