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INFORMATIONAL LETTER # 130
POLICY CODE: DEB, DB, IKF
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
RE: School Funding Reform, Essential Programs and Services, and Learning Results Timelines
· School funding reform that commits the state to a significantly greater share of K-12 education costs beginning in FY2006 and continuing through FY2010. Applying the new requirements for state share to current projections would bring General Purpose Aid (GPA) to just over $809 million for FY2005-06, nearly $70 million more than the appropriation just passed by this session of the Legislature for FY2004-05.
· Continued development of the Essential Programs and Services model to include special education and transportation by the time of its implementation in FY2005-06.
· A new method of distribution for the state share of education funding that will ensure that local municipalities, single or part of a school administrative unit, will not be required to raise more than 8 mills for their local share of education cost by FY2010.
Delays in certain requirements and timelines for
Learning Results implementation as outlined in Informational Letter #117
A more detailed summary of the provisions included in LD1924 is attached. For more information contact Jim Rier (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Suzan Cameron (email@example.com) or call 624-6790.