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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Garcia, M.J.
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/24/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Middle School International Film Program
SB 70
ANALYST Aguilar
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$400.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Duplicates House Bill 57.
Relates to an appropriation contained in House Bill 3.
ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL OPERATING BUDGET IMPACT (dollars in thousands)
FY06 FY07
FY08 3 Year
Total Cost
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
Total
$5.7
$5.7
$11.4 Recurring General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Public Education Department (PED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 70 appropriates $400 thousand from the general fund to the Public Education De-
partment to contract for a program to develop and implement an interdisciplinary international
education curriculum using international films for middle school students statewide.
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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The department notes that managing the contract will require some human resource support and
estimates this additional support at $5.7 thousand.
The appropriation of $400 thousand contained in the 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.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The Public Education Department reports Global Awareness is a key component of 21
st
century
learning, as defined by the Partnership for 21
st
Century Skills. Global awareness promotes un-
derstanding, tolerance and acceptance of ethnic, cultural, religious and personal differences as
they play out in communities and workplaces. It also helps people work through the complexi-
ties of different points of view that spring from different parts of the world.
These observations underscore both the importance of international education and the need for
access to high-quality, standards-based interdisciplinary curriculum which are not currently
available. Film provides a promising medium for developing the required understandings. Re-
search in both educational theory and cognitive psychology tells us that visual learning is among
the very best methods for teaching students of all ages how to think and how to learn. Visual
learning techniques - graphical ways of working with ideas and presenting information - teach
students to clarify their thinking, and to process, organize and prioritize new information.
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