TITLE 16
Education

CHAPTER 16-7.1
The Paul W. Crowley Rhode Island Student Investment Initiative [See Title 16 Chapter 97 – The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

SECTION 16-7.1-15


§ 16-7.1-15 The Paul W. Crowley Rhode Island student investment initiative.

(a) Each locally or regionally operated school district shall receive as a base the same amount of school aid as each district received in fiscal year 1997-1998, adjusted to reflect the increases or decreases in aid enacted to meet the minimum and maximum funding levels established for FY 2000 through FY 2008. Each school district shall also receive school aid through each investment fund for which that district qualifies pursuant to §§ 16-7.1-8, 16-7.1-9, 16-7.1-10, 16-7.1-11, 16-7.1-12, 16-7.1-16 and 16-7.1-19. These sums shall be in addition to the base amount described in this section. For FY 2009 and FY 2010, the reference year for the data used in the calculation of aid pursuant to § 16-7.1-8, § 16-7.1-9, § 16-7.1-10, § 16-7.1-11, § 16-7.1-11.1, § 16-7.1-12, § 16-7.1-16, § 16-7.1-19 and 16-77.1-2(b) shall be FY 2004. Calculation and distribution of education aid under §§ 16-5-31, 16-5-32, 16-7-20, 16-7-20.5, 16-7-34.2, 16-7-34.3, 16-24-6, 16-54-4, and 16-67-4 is hereby suspended. Provided, however, calculation and distribution of education aid under § 16-7.1-10 is suspended for FY 2009 and FY 2010. School districts may continue to maintain professional development programs and may reduce other education programs to achieve savings during FY 2009 and FY 2010. The funding of the purposes and activities of chapter 67 of this title, the Rhode Island Literacy and Dropout Prevention Act of 1967, shall be the same amount of the base amount of each district funded for that purpose in fiscal year 1997-1998. In addition each district shall expend three percent (3%) of its student equity and early childhood funds under the provisions of chapter 67 of this title.

(b) Funding for full day kindergarten programs in accordance with § 16-7.1-11.1 shall be in addition to funding received under this section.

(c) Funding distributed under §§ 16-77.1-2(b) and 16-64-1.1 shall be in addition to funding distributed under this section.

(d) For FY 2009, aid to school districts shall be reduced by the equivalent savings that are realized due to a reduction of payments to the teachers' retirement system. The reduction for the Chariho regional school district shall be prorated among the member communities. In addition, for FY 2009 aid to school districts shall be reduced by any amount of previously appropriated school housing aid determined to be ineligible for reimbursement in accordance with § 16-7-44.2. For FY 2009 aid shall also be reduced by the amount of projected revenue for the period December 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 from the permanent school fund. The projected revenue shall be determined by annualizing actual earnings from the period May 12, 2008 through November 30, 2008. The department of elementary and secondary education shall reduce aid in two equal installments, payable in May and June; provided however, that East Providence shall receive one payment of reduced aid in May.

For FY 2009, aid to school districts shall include thirty eight million, three hundred twenty-four thousand, eight hundred twenty-two dollars ($38,324,822) from federal fiscal stabilization funds offset by a like reduction from general revenues. The distribution shall be in the same proportion as general operating aid.

(e) Districts shall comply with the assurances and reporting requirements provided in the federal guidance for the (ARRA) allocation and by the commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

(f) There shall be an appropriation to ensure that total aid distributed to communities in FY 2010 under this section and §§ 16-7.1-11.1, 16-64-1.1 and 16-77.1-2(b) and excluding any FY 2009 Stabilization reappropriations shall be as follows:

General Revenue Stimulus Fiscal Stabilization Allocation
Barrington 1,629,678 170,513
Burrillville 12,220,612 948,730
Charlestown 1,590,767 134,864
Coventry 16,912,980 1,365,674
Cranston 29,622,695 2,410,080
Cumberland 11,066,294 900,586
East Greenwich 1,321,451 129,312
East Providence 23,047,872 1,833,360
Foster 1,208,609 96,527
Glocester 2,754,277 219,128
Hopkinton 5,323,835 425,441
Jamestown 356,229 35,124
Johnston 8,971,463 730,358
Lincoln 5,884,774 499,702
Little Compton 267,222 24,622
Middletown 8,937,990 715,319
Narragansett 1,314,267 125,872
Newport 10,104,222 808,465
New Shoreham 50,323 6,826
North Kingstown 9,922,498 813,392
North Providence 11,311,934 911,004
North Smithfield 4,055,880 328,814
Pawtucket 58,731,451 4,584,707
Portsmouth 5,571,674 454,416
Providence 168,378,347 13,241,031
Richmond 5,300,144 422,147
Scituate 2,712,604 229,942
Smithfield 4,635,136 388,414
South Kingstown 8,575,177 714,097
Tiverton 4,923,363 402,699
Warwick 31,261,607 2,554,650
Westerly 5,319,551 460,458
West Warwick 17,635,159 1,395,236
Woonsocket 41,636,569 3,244,945
Bristol-Warren 17,675,687 1,395,455
Exeter-West Greenwich 6,378,147 515,945
Chariho 359,704 27,370
Foster-Glocester 4,878,574 390,339
Central Falls 40,233,714 3,021,611

In addition to the amounts listed above, the department of elementary and secondary education shall allocate monthly to each school district all funds received into the permanent school fund pursuant to § 42-61.2-7, as amended by chapter 13 of the 2008 Public Laws entitled "An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government", up to $14.1 million, in the same proportion as the aid distribution in the FY 2009 enacted appropriations act.

This special provision shall not limit entitlements as determined by application of other formula provisions in this section.

(g) For FY 2009 payments to charter public schools shall be reduced by the equivalent savings that are realized due to a reduction of payments to the teachers' retirement system. The reduction for district sponsored charter schools shall be incorporated in the sponsoring school district's aid as noted in subsection (f). Aid to charter public schools shall be reduced in the April quarterly payment. For FY 2009, charter public school funding is as follows:

Beacon Charter School 1,512,785

Blackstone Academy 1,469,349

Compass 614,485

Paul Cuffee 4,449,006

CVS Highlander 2,596,782

International 2,863,818

Kingston Hill Academy 736,784

Learning Community 3,669,529

NE Laborer's 1,508,866

Textron 2,361,370

Times 2 Academy 6,870,410

(h)(1) For FY 2010, payments to charter public schools shall be reduced by the equivalent savings that are realized due to a reduction of payments to the teachers' retirement system. The reduction for district sponsored charter schools shall be incorporated in the sponsoring schools district's aid as noted in subsection (f). For FY 2010, payments to charter public schools shall be reduced by one million four hundred sixty-three thousand three hundred sixty-seven dollars ($1,463,367) based on the charter schools' share of total FY 2009 enacted education aid, including school districts and state schools. For FY 2010, a distribution of stabilization funds per the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) totaling one million four hundred seventy-one thousand eighty-seven dollars ($1,471,087) shall be allocated to charter public schools proportionately based on their share of total FY 2009 enacted education aid, including school districts and state schools.

(2) For FY 2010, payments to charter public schools shall be further reduced by one million one hundred fifty-eight thousand one dollars ($1,158,001) based on the charter schools' share of total FY 2010 originally enacted education aid. For FY 2010, an additional distribution of stabilization funds per the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) totaling one hundred ninety-seven thousand seven hundred fifty-two dollars ($197,752) shall be allocated to charter public schools proportionately based on their share of total FY 2010 originally enacted education aid.

(3) Public charter schools shall comply with the assurances and reporting requirements provided in the federal guidance for the (ARRA) allocation and by the commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

(i) There shall be deducted from the final aid payment to each school district any amounts owed to the state at the end of the fiscal year for transportation of the district's students under the statewide transportation system established pursuant to R.I.G.L. 16-21.1-7 and 16-21.1-8. Districts shall receive monthly invoices summarizing the basis of the transportation fees charged. Any such deductions in aid shall be transferred to the statewide student transportation services restricted receipt account.

(j) The provisions of R.I.G.L. 16-26-7.1 notwithstanding, districts shall be assessed tuition to cover the costs of educational services that are additional to the core deaf and hard of hearing education program that is provided to resident students at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. This tuition shall be based on a graduated tuition schedule that is based on the varying needs of students. The department of elementary and secondary education shall develop and implement the schedule. Districts shall receive monthly invoices summarizing the basis for the tuition charged. There shall be deducted from the final aid payment to each school district at the end of the fiscal year any amounts owed to the state for these additional educational services.

(k) Children with disabilities. (1) Based on its review of special education within the context of Rhode Island school reform, the general assembly recommends addressing the needs of all children and preventing disability through scientific research based, as described in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title 1, Part B, Section 1208 [20 U.S.C. § 6368], reading instruction and the development of Personal Literacy Programs for students in the early grades performing below grade level in reading and implement a system of student accountability that will enable the state to track individual students over time. Additionally, the department of elementary and secondary education must provide districts with rigorous criteria and procedures for identifying students with learning disabilities and speech/language impairments. Additional study is required of factors that influence programming for students with low incidence disabilities; those with disabilities that severely compromise life functions; and programming for students with disabilities through urban special education. Alternatives for funding special education require examination.

(2) All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish any advice and information, documentary and otherwise, to the general assembly and its agents that is deemed necessary or desirable by the study to facilitate the purposes of this section.

(l) For FY 2011, aid to school districts shall be reduced by the equivalent savings that are realized due to a reduction of payments to the teachers' retirement system. The reduction for the Chariho regional school district shall be prorated among the member communities. For FY 2011, aid to school districts shall be further reduced by twenty million four hundred ninety thousand one hundred thirty-seven dollars ($20,490,137) from the FY 2010 originally enacted level based on the school district's share of total FY 2010 originally enacted education aid, including aid to state schools and charter schools. For FY 2011, a distribution of federal stabilization funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), in the amount of seventeen million four hundred thirty-one thousand nine hundred four dollars ($17,431,904), shall be allocated to school districts proportionately based on their share of total FY 2010 originally enacted education aid, including aid to state schools and charter schools.

(m) There shall be an appropriation to ensure that total aid distributed to communities in FY 2011 under this section and §§ 16-7.1-11.1, 16-64-1.1 and 16-77.1-2(b), excluding any FY 2009 and FY 2010 Stabilization reappropriations, shall be as follows:

General Revenues FY 2011 Stimulus Fiscal Stabilization Allocation
Barrington 1,712,863 64,829
Burrillville 12,736,916 312,396
Charlestown 1,661,061 47,203
Coventry 17,646,066 460,504
Cranston 30,913,084 816,662
Cumberland 11,548,713 304,926
East Greenwich 1,280,422 47,289
East Providence 23,918,627 613,330
Foster 1,260,670 32,351
Glocester 2,872,692 73,308
Hopkinton 5,553,441 142,447
Jamestown 373,817 13,029
Johnston 9,362,199 247,456
Lincoln 6,147,563 173,114
Little Compton 279,764 8,806
Middletown 9,323,001 239,745
Narragansett 1,377,507 46,177
Newport 10,540,392 271,661
New Shoreham 53,292 2,789
North Kingstown 10,356,579 276,550
North Providence 11,800,998 306,546
North Smithfield 4,231,887 110,796
Pawtucket 61,226,793 1,516,531
Portsmouth 5,828,378 154,719
Providence 175,422,098 4,405,942
Richmond 5,528,422 140,975
Scituate 2,833,854 79,668
Smithfield 4,765,663 133,614
South Kingstown 8,953,748 244,944
Tiverton 5,138,483 136,740
Warwick 32,626,231 867,483
Westerly 5,560,097 161,207
West Warwick 18,390,194 465,058
Woonsocket 43,284,016 1,072,017
Bristol-Warren 18,431,734 464,709
Exeter-West Greenwich 6,534,833 174,116
Chariho 374,768 8,899
Foster-Glocester 5,089,030 130,915
Central Falls 39,893,956 971,688

In addition to the amounts listed above, the department of elementary and secondary education shall allocate monthly to each school district all funds received into the permanent school fund pursuant to § 42-61.2-7, as amended by chapter 13 of the 2008 Public Laws entitled "An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government", up to $14.1 million, in the same proportion as the aid distribution in the FY 2009 enacted appropriations act.

This special provision shall not limit entitlements as determined by application of other formula provisions in this section.

(n) For FY 2009 payments to charter public schools shall be reduced by the equivalent savings that are realized due to a reduction of payments to the teachers' retirement system. The reduction for district sponsored charter schools shall be incorporated in the sponsoring school district's aid as noted in subsection (g). Aid to charter public schools shall be reduced in the April quarterly payment. For FY 2009, charter public school funding is as follows:

Beacon Charter School 1,512,785

Blackstone Academy 1,469,349

Compass 614,485

Paul Cuffee 4,449,006

CVS Highlander 2,596,782

International 2,863,818

Kingston Hill Academy 736,784

Learning Community 3,669,529

NE Laborer's 1,508,866

Textron 2,361,370

Times 2 Academy 6,870,410

(o) For FY 2011, payments to charter public schools shall be reduced by the equivalent savings that are realized due to a reduction of payments to the teachers' retirement system. The reduction for district sponsored charter schools shall be incorporated in the sponsoring schools district's aid as noted in subsection (g). For FY 2011, payments to charter public schools shall be further reduced by one million seventy-six thousand nine hundred forty-one dollars ($1,076,941) from the FY 2010 originally enacted education aid based on the charter schools' share of total FY 2010 enacted education aid, including aid to school districts and state schools. For FY 2011, a distribution of federal stabilization funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), in the amount of one million forty-eight thousand six hundred dollars ($1,048,600), shall be allocated to charter public schools proportionately based on their share of total FY 2010 originally enacted education aid, including aid to school districts and state schools.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1998, ch. 31, art. 31, § 3; P.L. 1999, ch. 31, art. 23, § 3; P.L. 2000, ch. 55, art. 20, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 77, art. 22, § 2; P.L. 2002, ch. 65, art. 18, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 376, art. 9, § 7; P.L. 2004, ch. 595, art. 23, § 2; P.L. 2005, ch. 117, art. 13, § 6; P.L. 2006, ch. 246, art. 19, § 2; P.L. 2007, ch. 73, art. 21, § 2; P.L. 2008, ch. 100, art. 38, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 151, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 182, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 5, art. 13, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 68, art. 3, § 1; P.L. 2010, ch. 23, art. 13, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 151, art. 5, § 1.)