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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Robinson
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/5/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Increase Albuquerque-Area School Faculty
SB 676
ANALYST Aguilar
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
1,000.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 676 appropriates $1 million from the general fund to the public education department
for the purpose of increasing the number of faculty members at schools within the Highland and
Manzano clusters in the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) and to add at least one additional
social worker to each cluster.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The bill provides additional funding to increase the number of faculty members at specific school
within APS. This would alter the distribution of funds to school districts affecting the State
Equalization Guarantee (SEG) distribution. The SEG is in place to assure all public school stu-
dents access to programs and services. Naming specific school clusters and providing funding
outside of the SEG would be in opposition to the tenet of equal funding independent of local cir-
cumstances and may expose the state to lawsuits by other school districts. PED points out that
the potential of disequalizing the funding formula for other districts.
The appropriation of $1 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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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
This bill would alter long-established precedent of local school boards making personnel deci-
sions regarding the number of teachers assigned to schools
The idea of providing additional teachers to schools, in general, is accepted as a method of low-
ering classroom size which is shown to improve student achievement.
Additional social worker availability would support resolution of student issues both in and out
of schools.
PA/yr