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First Substitute H.B. 102

Representative Afton B. Bradshaw proposes to substitute the following bill:




Sponsor: Afton B. Bradshaw

             5      A. Lamont Tyler

             6      The act modifies provisions related to the State System of Public Education by providing
             7      supplemental funding to school districts who enroll nonresident students under the state's
             8      school choice program. The act takes effect July 1, 2001.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      AMENDS:
             11          53A-2-210, as last amended by Chapter 119, Laws of Utah 1993
             12      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             13          Section 1. Section 53A-2-210 is amended to read:
             14           53A-2-210. Funding.
             15          (1) A student who enrolls in a nonresident district is considered a resident of that district
             16      for purposes of state funding.
             17          (2) (a) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules providing that the resident district
             18      pay the nonresident district, for each of the resident district's students who enroll in the nonresident
             19      district, 1/2 of the amount [by which the resident district's per student expenditure exceeds the
             20      value of the state's contribution.] determined under the following formula:
             21          (i) in the most recent State Superintendent's Annual Report take the resident school
             22      district's total expenditures before interfund transfer for:
             23          (A) maintenance and operation;
             24          (B) tort liability; and
             25          (C) capital projects;

             26          (ii) subtract from the sum of Subsection (2)(a)(i):
             27          (A) the resident district's taxes collected under Title 53A, Chapter 17a, Minimum School
             28      Program Act;
             29          (B) state revenue;
             30          (C) federal revenue; and
             31          (D) expenditures for site acquisition or new facility construction, which includes
             32      remodeling that increases building square footage or other major remodeling, if approved by the
             33      State Office of Education; and
             34          (iii) divide the remaining amount under Subsection (2)(a)(ii) by the total student
             35      membership of the school district as reported in the most recent State Superintendent's Annual
             36      Report.
             37          (b) The Legislature shall provide an appropriation for school districts for each of their
             38      nonresident students under this section equal to the amount determined under Subsection (2)(a).
             39          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3), the parent or guardian of a nonresident
             40      student shall arrange for the student's own transportation to and from school.
             41          (b) The State Board of Education may adopt rules under which nonresident students may
             42      be transported to their schools of attendance if:
             43          (i) the transportation of students to schools in other districts would relieve overcrowding
             44      or other serious problems in the district of residence and the costs of transportation are not
             45      excessive; or
             46          (ii) the Legislature has granted an adequate specific appropriation for that purpose.
             47          (c) A receiving district shall provide transportation for a nonresident student on the basis
             48      of available space on an approved route within the district to the school of attendance if district
             49      students would be eligible for transportation to the same school from that point on the bus route
             50      and the student's presence does not increase the cost of the bus route.
             51          (d) Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting the resident district or the
             52      receiving district from providing bus transportation on any approved route.
             53          (e) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), the district of residence may not claim any
             54      state transportation costs for students enrolled in other school districts.
             55          Section 2. Effective date.
             56          This act takes effect on July 1, 2001.

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