Date Requested:February 14, 2013
Time Requested:02:57 PM
Agency: Education, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2013R1781 Introduced HB2456
CBD Subject: DROPOUT AGE RAISED FROM 16 TO 17
FUND(S)
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 apply the minimum dropout age of 17 immediately to all students, whereas under current status the increase of the minimum age from 16 to 17 applies only to students who were freshmen during the 2011-12 school year and younger. In effect, this moves the drop out age to 17 up by a year for most students.

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2014
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 346,304 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    Using dropout data from the last three years, it is projected that 81 additional students (juniors and seniors age 16) would be required to stay in school one additional year. Based on the average state aid per pupil for 2012-13, the estimated cost to the State under the Public School Support Program is $346,304. This is a one-year cost only.
    
    County Boards of Education have indicated that increasing the drop-out age to 17 will result in increased costs for alternative education programs. Insufficient data exists to calculate an increased cost estimate for the county boards of education.


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Brenda Freed
Email Address:
bfreed@access.k12.wv.us