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A01633 Summary:

BILL NO    A01633 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Pretlow

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Provides for the time period bases and manner of payment of employment
preparation education apportionment state aid.
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A01633 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A1633

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the education law, in relation to the employment
preparation education apportionment

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To make an additional reimbursement of expenditures to school
districts and BOCES from the Employment Preparation Education (EPE)
apportionment.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

The bill amends the EPE apportionment section of the Education Law to
add an additional payment period.

JUSTIFICATION:

School districts and BOCES who receive EPE aid for adult education
students are facing a serious cash flow problem.  Twice in this decade
the State, in typical budget sleight-of-hand, has lagged payments for
expenditures already made for six months each time. Given that the
State is often over-late in meeting its responsibilities to make
on-time payments, this additional one year lag creates a serious cash
flow problem for our school districts and BOCES.

School districts and BOCES typically pay for expenses for their adult
education programs up front, then make reports to the State Education
Department (SED) twice a year. Reports made by March first for the
period ending December 31st are paid sometime after April first.
Reports made by September 15th for the period ending June 30th are
paid sometime after April first. This bill will simply divide the year
into thirds, adding an additional reporting period and further
providing that the total of such payments will not exceed seventy-five
percent of the amount of the claims. This will greatly improve the
cash flow for these programs and will allow the school districts and
BOCES to catch up on the money already owed to them by the State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill. A2634 2009/2010 referred to education New Bill Originally
was a part of an omnibus proposal 1997-98 A.5505-C

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Initial catch-up cost to State approximately $10 million. No
additional costs thereafter. Relief to local school districts and
BOCES in more timely payments and a better cash flow situation.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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