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2021 House Bill 4048: Allocate new federal coronavirus relief dollars to schools
Introduced by Rep. Brad Paquette (R) on January 27, 2021
To revise school spending in the 2021-22 fiscal year to accommodate a $1.8 billion increase in federal coronavirus relief; see House-passed bill for details.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on January 27, 2021
Reported in the House on February 3, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass. This would appropriate $2.144 billion to schools for various coronavirus-epidemic related purposes, of which $1.781 billion is federal money and $363 million comes from state taxpayers. The federal money includes $1.490 billion for distribution to school districts, which can spend it on one of 15 activities specified in the federal relief law. Another $153.2 million federal dollars would pay for summer school and (academic) "credit recovery" programs to help students catch up, plus another #23.9 million for "incentive" payments to teachers and staff who agree to provide these; $86.7 million more would go to non-public schools. The $363 million state dollars will go to public schools that choose to offer in-person instruction for the rest of the 2020-21 school starting Feb. 15, with districts that qualify getting $250 for each student who is back in the classroom through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. An eligible district receives $250 per membership pupil that participates in 100% in-person instruction..
Amendment offered by Rep. Regina Weiss (D) on February 4, 2021
To give a proposed $250 per student "bonus" for school districts that reopen their classes to in-person instruction by Feb. 15, 2021 to all school districts, regardless of whether they resume live, in-class instruction.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 4, 2021
To revise school spending in the 2021-22 fiscal year to accommodate a $1.8 billion increase in federal coronavirus relief. The bill would allocate $1.490 billion to school districts, which they can spend on any of 15 specific activities listed in the federal relief bill. Among other items this bill also authorizes $86.7 million for non-public schools, $21 million for extra grants to summer school teachers, and more. The bill also appropriates $363 million state dollars to pay for extra “incentives” to get teachers back in public school classrooms. The bill is "tie-barred" to House Bill 4049, which transfers the power to close schools during an epidemic from the state health department to local health departments; this means the school spending bill can't become law unless that bill also becomes law.
Received in the Senate on February 9, 2021
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 9, 2021