Summary of the Introduced Bill

HB 859 -- School Intervention and Reform Grants Program

Sponsor:  Baker (25)

This bill establishes the School Intervention and Reform Grants
Program to be administered by the Commissioner of Education to
award grants to unaccredited or provisionally accredited school
districts funded from money contributed to the program, for which
taxpayers may receive a 50% tax credit.  The total amount of tax
credits for any one fiscal year is capped at $40 million.
Procedures for applying for and granting the tax credits are
specified in the bill.

The recipients of a School Intervention and Reform Grant will
implement programs such as early childhood education,
after-school programs, and alternative classrooms that research
has shown to be effective in improving and sustaining student
performance.  The grants will have a term of five years.  Grant
applicants must give priority to using consultants from colleges
of education of certain state universities and from cooperative
organizations representing school districts in urban areas.
Priority will be given to applicants whose proposed programs
feature community partnerships, whole-child approaches, and high
school redesign recommendations.  Schools that have been
designated as not making adequate yearly progress under the No
Child Left Behind Act will also be given priority.

The provisions of the bill will expire six years from the
effective date.

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94th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
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