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Finance--Equity


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State Status/Date Level Summary
ILAdopted 03/2012P-12Equal Funding for All Chicago Students
H.R. 843
Urges the administration of the Chicago Public School District to allocate equal funding for each student, regardless of where that student attends school.
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/97/HR/PDF/09700HR0843lv.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Comprehensive Review of School Finance Weights, Allotments and Adjustments
H.B. 3646 - Section 65
Adds new Subchapter I in Chapter 42 of Education Code. Establishes the Select Committee on Public School Finance Weights, Allotments, and Adjustments to conduct a comprehensive review of weights, allotments and adjustments under the public school finance syste...

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WASigned into law 04/2009P-12Definitions
H.B. 2261--Section 1, Definitions
Sections 1 and 2 express legislative intent to fulfill their obligation under Article IX of the State Constitution to establish a general and uniform system of public schools, define basic education and implement allocation formulas that address differences in...

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WASigned into law 04/2009P-12Funding Equity
H.B. 2261--Section 309, Funding Equity
Section 309 instructs the superintendent of public instruction to ensure the allocation formula results in adequate appropriation for low-enrollment districts, nonhigh districts, districts involved in cooperative transportation agreements and cooperative speci...

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SDSigned into law 02/2008P-12Finance equity
H.B. 1047
Appropriates money from the general fund to the Department of Education for the purpose of making payments to sparse school districts.
http://legis.state.sd.us...

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UTSigned into law 08/2007P-12Equalization Task Force
H.B. 1003
Creates a 16-member Equalization Task Force. The task force is to review and make recommendations on the following issues:
(a) methods to provide equalization of capital funding on a statewide or countywide basis; and (b) other issues related to equalization o...

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TXSigned into law 06/2007P-12Equalized Wealth
H.B. 3226
Relates to the equalization of property wealth in certain school districts; provides that, if a school district's wealth per student exceeds the equalized wealth level for the first time in the 2006-2007 or a later school year, the commissioner may consider th...

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IDSigned into law 04/2007P-12State Education Funding
S.B. 1236 (Section 8)
Increases state education funding to school districts, partially in order to create greater funding equity between school districts in the state. The appropriation provides $20.13 million in new line item funding for classroom supplies, textbooks and remedial ...

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ARSigned into law 04/2007P-12Funding
S.B. 274 (Finance)
Section 32 of the act repeals code concerning eligibility for isolated schools funding; Section 30 properly replaces the isolated schools language into another section of code; Section 33 amends the requirements for qualification to receive supplemental millag...

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TXAdopted 02/2007P-12Need for Lower Property Taxes
S.C.R. 20
Based on the premise that the legislature finds that the existing need for lower school district property taxes constitutes an emergency for the people of Texas. Based on legislative actions taken following the Texas Supreme Court decision in Neeley v. West Or...

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WYApproved by voters 11/2006P-12
Postsec.
Limits Property Tax Revenue Redistribution to School Districts
V. 2
Proposes an amendment (amendment B) to the Constitution to repeal the current limitation on the amount of property tax revenues that may be redistributed by the state through the School Foundation Program Account from school districts with greater property tax...

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KSBecame law without governor's signature 04/2005P-122010 Commission
H.B. 2247 (section 7-9)
Establishes the 2010 Commission. States that the commission shall cease to exist on December 31, 2010. Requires the commission to:
(a) Conduct continuous and on-going monitoring of the implementation and operation of the school district finance and quality per...

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RIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2004P-12Education Equity and Property Tax Relief Act
H.B. 8318
Adds a new chapter: the Education Equity and Property Tax Relief Act; creates a joint legislative committee to establish a permanent education foundation and education formula for the state. ...

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NHSigned into law 06/2004P-12Calculation for Statewide Enhanced Education Tax
S.B. 324
Requires the commissioner of revenue administration, when determining the amount of statewide enhanced education tax to be raised by a municipality, to make an adjustment to the municipality's total equalized value by subtracting the value of certain property ...

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TNSigned into law 06/2004Postsec.
Community College
Master Plan for Higher Education
H.B. 2865
Deleted and replaced a previous sub-section of law. Requires development of a master plan for future development of public higher education, including technology centers; requires the master plan to include specific goals, including: (A) Increasing educationa...

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VTSigned into law 05/2004P-12School Districts Funding
S.B. 315
This act establishes an equalized pupil count for union and unified union school districts, removes the system of assessing member districts to fund union and unified union school districts, and directs the commissioner of education to send funding directly to...

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GAAdopted 04/2004P-12Regular Advance and Low-Wealth Funding
GAC 160-5-4-.05
Adds rules regarding the provisions under which school systems can receive low-wealth funding. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-5-4-.05.pdf...

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TXAdopted 03/2004P-12Commissioner's Rules on School Finance
61.AA
Sets administrative ratios for funding purposes; addresses "gap funding" to meet equalization requirements....

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ARSigned into law 02/2004P-12Department of Education
H.B. 1009
Creates the Division of Public School Accountability and the Arkansas Public Schools Accountability Advisory Council; creates the Division of Public School Academic Facilities to ensure equal access to adequate educational facilities and educational equipment;...

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ARBecame law without governor's signature 01/2004P-12Public Education Reorganization
H.B. 1109
Relates to the public education re-organization act; to ensure equal opportunities for an adequate education to all students; provides for administrative annexation and administrative consolidation of school districts. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bil...

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ARSigned into law 01/2004P-12Public School Funding Act of 2003
S.B. 42
Relates to the Public School Funding Act of 2003; provides equitable funding to public schools; provides a system for monitoring public school expenditures; increases minimum teacher salaries; establishes a knowledge and skills-based pay system for teachers; p...

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ARSigned into law 01/2004P-12Student Assessment and Educational Accountability Act of 2004 - Equity
S.B. 33 1,3
Amends Ark. Code 6-15-404 and 15-15-402. Arkansas does not guarantee student success or that individual schools will perform at level indicated in goals. Arkansas is committed to giving all students an opportunity to perform at grade appropriate levels. http...

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RIBecame law without governor's signature 07/2003P-12Student Equity Investment Fund
H.B. 6055
Allocates moneys from the student equity investment fund based on each district's proportion of resident children eligible for USDA reimbursable school meals relative to the total number of eligible students statewide....

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WASigned into law 06/2003P-12State Property Taxes
S.B. 6058
Modifies the distribution of state property taxes. For the 2005-2006 school year, requires that an amount equal to three hundred dollars per full-time equivalent student in all school districts be deposited in the student achievement fund to be distributed to...

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OHAdopted 02/2003P-12School Funding Resolution
N/A
State board unanimously approved a school funding resolution expressing the board's commitment to work with the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly to explore ways to better fund Ohio's public schools. The Board requested in the resolution that the Governor...

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MDSigned into law 07/2002P-12Enrollment Count Review Committee
S.B. 856
Requires department to gather a committee of interested stakeholders to examine specified issues related to enrollment counts to ensure that the new school finance system, which is based on the number of pupils in each district, accurately reflects the workloa...

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WASigned into law 03/2002P-12Local Effort Assistance Program
H.B. 3011
Modifies and studies the local effort assistance program; provides that the purpose of the funds is to mitigate the effect that above average property tax rates might have on the ability of a school district to supplement the state's basic program of education...

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WYSigned into law 03/2002P-12Education Resource Block Grant Model
S.B. 51
Relates to school finance; modifies the education resource block grant model in response to the supreme court decision; implements recalibration of cost based prototypical school models; modifies requirements for out of state high school tuition payments; tran...

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ORSigned into law 07/2001P-12Local Option Equalization Grant Program
H.B. 2300
Establishes a Local Option Equalization Grant Program for school districts that impose Local Option Tax and that have district total assessed value of taxable property per student that is less than top 25% of districts....

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MTSigned into law 05/2001P-12Equity and Adequacy Task Force
H.B. 625
Requires the Governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to conduct a study of the adequacy and equity of funding for K-12 public schools in Montana; provides an appropriation....

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ORUnofficially approved by voters 11/2000P-12Equity and Adequacy in School Funding
V. 24; (NEW BILL)
MEASURE 1; Proposes an amendment to the Oregon Constitution regarding accountability and equity in school funding; provides that the legislature must fund school quality goals adequately; establishes grants....

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WYSigned into law 03/2000P-12Education Equity Account
H.B. 195
De-earmarks federal mineral royalties and severance taxes for transportation & interest on water development funds; creates the educational equity account for public schools....

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