AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR LOCAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THAT EVERY KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SECOND GRADE CLASSROOM HAS A FULL-TIME TEACHER ASSISTANT AND EVERY THREE THIRD GRADE CLASSROOMS HAS A FULL-TIME TEACHER ASSISTANT.
Appropriates from the General Fund $271 million in recurring additional funds to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Provides for allocations of the funds to local school administrative units to provide the dollar equivalent of teacher assistance positions, with one teacher assistant for every class in kindergarten, first, and second grade, and one teacher assistant for every three classes in third grade. Requires distribution based on an estimated statewide average salary and benefits per position and an average class size of 21 students per classroom. Effective July 1, 2019.
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