HB 580

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

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Donna Howard

Bill Caption

Relating to use of compensatory education allotment funding to provide assistance with child care to students at risk of dropping out of school.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. No significant fiscal implication to unites of local government is anticipated. School districts would have the option to expend compensatory education allotment funding on child-care services or associated transportation costs for certain students.

Bill Analysis

Summary: Under current law, public funding for child-care services is not provided to public school students who have children. HB 580 changes this law and uses the compensatory education allotment as a revenue stream to fund child-care services and transportation for child-care reasons for students who have children. The purpose of using this fund is based on the reason "...that the compensatory education allotment is a special weighted allotment in the Foundation School Program used to support educationally disadvantaged students, including pregnant students, and such allotment funding covers certain permissible costs that are supplementary to the regular education program and that currently do not include child-care services" (Bill Analysis).

Analysis: The state has the legitimate role to provide a system of public education but is not tasked constitutionally with the requirement to ensure that all obstacles to education are eliminated. HB 580 enlarges the scope and cost of government by using public funds to pay child-care services for students who have children. The state should not socialize the cost of child care for public school students who have children. We oppose HB 580.