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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
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ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/30/06
HB 62/HECS
SHORT TITLE Truancy Prevention Programs
SB
ANALYST Aguilar
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$1,500.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to appropriations contained in House Bill 3.
Duplicates an appropriation contained in the General Appropriations Act.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Public Education Department (PED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Education Committee substitute for House Bill 62 appropriates $1.270 million from the
general fund to the Public Education Department to support truancy and dropout prevention ini-
tiatives for public schools in partnership with other community-based state and local government
agencies.
The committee substitute also appropriates $230 thousand to the second judicial district court for
truancy court.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $1.5 million contained in this bill 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 62/HECS Page 2
The appropriations contained in the committee substitute are similar to appropriations included
in the general appropriations act to the public education department including language regarding
the $230 thousand appropriation to the second judicial district court.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Provisions contained in the bill focus on truancy and dropout prevention efforts using commu-
nity and governmental partners.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
The department notes early truancy intervention strategies will improve attendance, consequently
positively impacting public school performance measures and benchmarks regarding reading,
language arts and math and graduation rates.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
The PED would be responsible for administrating the flow of funds to community and govern-
mental partners. This would be accomplished through a competitive RFA. PED has an expan-
sion request which has been recommended in HB-3 for a truancy coordinator who would be re-
sponsible for these activities.
PA/nt