The Assembly Education Committee held a public hearing on two bills on Thursday , Feb. 1:
Assembly Bill 569 relating to: publication of school and school district accountability reports.
This bill is companion bill to Senate Bill 494, which the WASB supports. Senate Bill 494 was passed by the state Senate on Jan. 23.
Assembly Bill 803 relating to: excluding costs funded by referenda from shared costs for the purpose of determining general equalization aids for school districts.
Note: An amendment (Assembly Amendment 1) has been offered to the bill to correct a drafting error in the original bill. The original bill would have allowed both the additional expenditures funded by either an operating or a capital projects (borrowing) referendum to be excluded from a district’s shared costs if the exclusion of those expenditures results in a greater amount of equalization aid for the district. The amendment limits the exclusion from shared costs to only the additional expenditures funded by a capital projects (borrowing) referendum.
The WASB supports this bill based on the adoption of Resolution 18-14 by delegates at the 2018 WASSB Delegate Assembly. The bill will prevent districts with above average property wealth per pupil and per pupil spending (shared costs per pupil) above 90 percent of the statewide average—so called negative tertiary aided districts—from having general aid deducted under the equalization formula when voters approve borrowing referenda for construction or remodeling projects.