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Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB18, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($2,666,616) through the biennium ending August 31, 2017.
School districts could incur additional costs in the form of contributions to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) Trust Account for counselors attending the academies since the stipend authorized by the bill would be considered creditable compensation. School districts may incur costs for substitutes while counselors attend the academies. Costs could vary widely among districts.
Counselors should be qualified to help children with future options about their education and career when counselors are hired by a school district. Due to the changing nature of requirements imposed on school districts, it is necessary for counselors to remain updated and knowledgeable about topics they are supposed to assist children in school with. For this reason, we remain neutral on HB 18.