SB359 As Amended

Sources of Revenue:

Other Fund N/A

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    The purpose of this bill is to improve public education by revising outdated provisions of the code to implement initiatives that will better prepare students for the college and work realities of the 21st Century.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 4,636,329 3,099,774
Personal Services 0 -1,493,268 -2,407,392
Current Expenses 0 4,873,461 4,251,030
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 1,256,136 1,256,136
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):

    If all proposals included in the bill are passed, it is estimated that there will be a total cost of $4,636,329 during FY14, and a total cost of $3,099,774 for FY15, consisting of the following components:
    For the 2013-14 Year:
    Estimated savings from reorganizing the delivery of professional development programs for educators $(1,100,000) (COUNTY BDS);
    Estimated cost for establishing a statewide comprehensive student assessment program $37,600 (STATE);
    Estimated cost to establish and implement new accreditation standards $235,000 (STATE);
    Estimated savings from reducing WVDE staff by 5% for FY14 $(1,110,771) (STATE) in payroll reductions, which is $196,647 more than the $914,124 of required reductions, plus an additional savings from reducing the number of retirees being used as temporary employees, along with standardizing their compensation rates $(382,497) (STATE);
    Estimated cost to increase pre-kindergarten programs to full-day $3,357,283 (STATE);
    Estimated savings to allow county boards to transfer excess personnel to other schools $(2,910,185) (COUNTY BDS);
    Estimated cost to reimburse professional educators for the out-of-pocket costs of renewing their nationally recognized certificates - $ 0 (With the $400,000 that is currently being appropriated for the reimbursement of expenses for the initial certification, and the re-appropriated carry-over balance in the account that the WVDE currently has, it is estimated that there will be sufficient funds to cover the cost for a number of years without the need for an additional appropriation);
    Estimated cost to have faculty senate members participate in interview process outside of employment term $209,492;
    Estimated cost to create a "Teachers' Assistant" position for the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten grades at a Pay Grade of "E" $1,243,578 (STATE), based on the assumption that only 50% of eligible aides would complete the additional requirements the first year;
    Estimated cost to increase minimum length of planning periods to 40 minutes $ 5,056,829;
    Estimated cost to establish loan assistance program for teachers under the Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship and Loan Assistance
    programs $0.
    For the 2014-15 year and thereafter:
    Same as above, with the following exceptions:
    Estimated cost to continue the implementation of the new accreditation standards $110,000 (STATE);
    Estimated cost for an additional 30% of aides to meet the additional requirements as a teachers' assistant $746,147 (STATE);
    Estimated cost for an additional 5% reduction in WVDE staff, with continuation of the reduction in the use of retirees $2,024,895 (STATE).



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Brenda Freed
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