View Amendment Current Amendment: 15 to Bill 3759 Reps. GOVAN, BROWN, McDANIEL, BRAWLEY, PENDARVIS, CLYBURN, GARVIN, GILLIARD, HOSEY, HOWARD, R. WILLIAMS, S. WILLIAMS, MOORE, HENEGAN, JEFFERSON, RIVERS, HENDERSON-MYERS, ANDERSON, and ROBINSON propose the following Amendment No. 15 to H. 3759 (COUNCIL\WAB\3759C025.AGM.WAB19):

Reference is to Printer's Date 02/28/19-H.

Amend the bill, as and if amended, PART IV, Enhancements to Workforce Preparation, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION at the end to read:

/ SECTION      ___.      Section 59-63-65 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

     "Section 59-63-65.      School districts which choose to reduce class size to fifteen to one in grades one through three shall be eligible for funding for the reduced pupil-teacher ratios from funds provided by the General Assembly for this purpose. Funding for schools in districts designated as impaired or for schools rated as unsatisfactory on the accountability ratings will receive priority in the distribution of funds. Funding for the impaired district schools and schools ranked unsatisfactory will be allocated based on the average daily membership in grades one through three in those schools for implementing reduced class size of fifteen to one in those grades. Other school districts will receive funding allocated based on free and reduced lunch eligible students. Local match is required for the lower ratio funding based on the Education Finance Act formula. Boards of trustees of each school district may implement the lower pupil-teacher ratios on a school by school, grade by grade, or class by class basis. District boards of trustees implementing the reduced ratios must establish policies to give priority to reduce the ratios in schools with the highest number of students eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program, and these students must be given priority in implementing the reduced class size. Unobligated funds from state appropriations which become available to a district during a fiscal year shall be redistributed to fund additional teachers on a prorated basis.
     Districts choosing to implement the reduced class size must track the students served in classes with a 15:1 ratio for three years so that the impact of smaller class size can be evaluated. The Department of Education, working with the Accountability Division, will develop a plan for evaluating the impact of this initiative and report to the Education Oversight Committee no later than December 1, 2001. School districts must document the use of these funds to reduce class size and the State Department of Education will conduct audits to confirm appropriate use of class size reduction funding.
     (A)(1)      Beginning with the 2020-2021 School Year, the maximum pupil-teacher ratio in a public school classroom must be:
           (a)      seventeen to one in elementary school;
           (b)      twenty-five to one in middle school and high school.
           (2)      The maximum pupil-teacher ratios provided in item (1) do not apply to physical education classes and band classes.
     (B)      As used in this section, 'teacher' refers to an employee possessing a professional certificate issued by the State Department of Education whose full-time responsibility is instruction of students. Pupil-teacher ratio is based on average daily membership.
     (C)      Portable or other temporary classroom space may be used to meet any facilities needs for reducing class size to fifteen to one, and notwithstanding the provisions of Section 59-144-30, funding derived from the Children's Education Endowment Fund may be used to acquire such portable or temporary facilities." /

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