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General Assembly Activities

Thursday, March 28, 2019  

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ACTIVITIES

Senate Appropriations Committee

This morning, the committee amended HB 1003, school corporation expenditure targets.  The bill passed the Senate Education Committee and was recommitted to the Appropriations Committee.  The amendment deletes provisions of the bill that would require a school board to publicly acknowledge that the school corporation is on the excess education fund transfer list (they are transferring more than 15% of the Education Fund revenue to the Operation Fund).  So, beginning in 2021, a corporation on the excess education fund transfer list does not have to put any notice in their board minutes or on the corporation’s website.  Further, the amendment deletes the section that explanatory documentation must be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget if you are on the excess education fund transfer list for 2021.  The bill continues to require the creation of an annual compensation report by IEERB.  IASBO supports the new report.

The amendment does not change the guideline of transferring no more than 15% of the total Education Fund revenues to the Operation Fund in a calendar year.  The amendment does state that a school corporation who receives notice they are on the excess education fund transfer list must within 120 days of receiving the notice prepare an improvement plan to meet the 15% target percentage within the next three (3) years following the year in which notice is received.   This improvement plan must be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget.  There is no definition of an improvement plan.  A school corporation may have to explain their expenditures to the Fiscal and Qualitative Indicators Committee if they fail to meet the 15% target percentage within the three-year improvement plan or the transfer percentage increases over the previous year during the three-year improvement plan.  Therefore, school corporations will have three years to get to the 15% target before there is any action.  The amended bill continues to have no penalties if the 15% is not reached in the three-year period.  IASBO worked on the amendment to take much of the “public shaming” out of the bill and to give corporations time to meet the 15% guideline. 

There was to be no public testimony on the bill, but Senator Mishler, chair of the committee, asked IASBO and ISTA to speak to the amendment.  We both supported the amendment.  The amendment passed the committee by consent.  The amended bill passed by a vote of 9-3 as the Democrats on the committee voted against it.  They oppose the bill because it does not guarantee increases in teacher compensation.

Hb 1021 PASSED THE SENATE

HB 1021, education finance, passed the Senate this afternoon by a vote of 47-1.  This bill has several components that IASBO has supported from the start of the session.  The bill got our negative attention when the circuit breaker waiver was amended in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  That amendment changed the current 10% threshold to qualify for the waiver to 40% and it would have been effective for 2019.  That was very problematic.  HB 1021 was amended on second reading to keep the threshold at 10% for 2019 and increase it to 15% for 2020.  The problem with this amendment was that the threshold for the next three years would move to 25%, 50% and then to 75%.  Again, that change in the threshold was a real issue.  IASBO did not attempt to kill the bill because we need the waiver concept to stay alive, but we did state our issues with the second reading amendment.  It was important for the bill to keep moving and to get it into conference committee.  Representative Jeff Thompson, author of the bill, will dissent on HB 1021 putting it into conference committee.  He is already working on amendments to change the Senate version.  IASBO will be involved in the bill as it goes to conference committee to assure that any phase-out of the waiver will be fair and into the future.

 

Senate Local Government Committee

The committee met this morning to hear HB 1214, construction managers as constructors.  This concept was first created for universities and then added public schools.  But, there was a sunset clause regarding schools to use this process.  HB 1214 deletes the sunset provision for school corporations.  This is a may provision that school corporations can decide if they use CMc.  IASBO has always supported this concept as another tool to be used for construction purposes.  Testifying in favor of the bill were: Bill Payne of Fanning/Howey Associates for the Association of Indiana Architects and ISBA (also testifying for IASBO who was in Senate Appropriations dealing with HB 1003).  No one testified against the bill.  The bill passed the committee by a 10-0 vote.

 

House Education Committee

On Wednesday morning, the committee amended and passed out SB 606, teacher salaries.  The Senate version of the bill amended the compensation model factors by eliminating the 33.33% factor for teacher experience and additional degrees.  The House amendment would restore that factor to 50% of the calculation.  Further, the amendment would “allow teachers currently employed by the school corporation to receive a salary comparable to starting base salaries of new teachers”.  The amendment passed by consent and the bill passed 11-0.

 

POSITION OPENING

Position:  Superintendent
Corporation:  Southeast Fountain School Corporation

Application Requirements:  No electronic submissions will be accepted

Mail completed application to: Administrator Assistance, C/O Paul Pfledderer, Southeast Fountain School Corporation, 744 E. US Highway 136, Veedersburg, IN 47987

Applicants are not to contact Board members but should forward all questions concerning this position to Paul Pfledderer, 2556 W. Country Club Road, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Phone 765-918-2759 (paul.pfledderer@gmail.com)