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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Lundstrom
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/25/06
HB 49
SHORT TITLE Tribal Literacy Programs
SB
ANALYST Aguilar
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$50.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Public Education Department (PED)
Indian Affairs Department (IAD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 49 appropriates $50 thousand from the general fund to the Public Education Depart-
ment for the purpose of implementing new literacy programs on tribal sites in McKinley County.
Provisions contained in the bill require the department to contract with a nonprofit organization
that has greater than 50 years of experience working with Native American children and that is
already working in the state on the same type of integrated literacy program currently being used.
The bill contains a reversion provision at the end of FY07.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $50 thousand is a Recurring expense to the general fund. Any unexpended
or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert to the general
fund
.
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House Bill 49 Ė Page 2
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The Indian Education Department notes that children lacking preparation in basic literacy skills
will be ill-prepared for secondary and post-secondary levels. Literacy programs that are tailored
to the educational needs of Native American children may help to fill the gap in literacy devel-
opment and increase educational performance of Native American students.
TECHNICAL ISSUES
The requirements in House Bill 49 direct that the department contract with a nonprofit with more
than 50 years of experience and working in the state. The LFC is concerned that this project is
being directed to a particular company and may be in violation of the procurement code.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
The Indian Education Act of 2003 requires that curricula developed for Native American stu-
dents go through tribal consultation and ensure tribal approval and support. Therefore, it is rec-
ommended that the administrator of the grant work with the PEDíS Indian Education Division
and Bilingual Education Bureau to assure that programming and curricula developed meet tribal
and state standards and requirements.
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