Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 081529
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File Number: 081529 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-557-08 Control:
File Name: INCORPORATE DATA ON STUDENT ENROLLMENT IN ALL SCHOOLS Introduced: 5/13/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 5/6/2008
Agenda Date: 5/6/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A31
Notes: THIS IS FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. (also see 073792) Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR TO INCORPORATE DATA ON STUDENT ENROLLMENT IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS, CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND MAGNET SCHOOLS IN CALCULATION OF STUDENT GENERATION RATES FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 073792]
Indexes: SCHOOLS
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

County Attorney 5/13/2008 Assigned Dennis A. Kerbel

Board of County Commissioners 5/6/2008 11A31 AMENDED Adopted as amended P
REPORT: Commissioner Moss questioned how private schools could be factored into the process for determining capacity and impact, if students attending private schools resided in other areas. Commissioner Heyman distributed a proposed amended item with new language to Board members through the County Attorney and noted the new language was to be used as reference only to a concurrency management system and as a measuring tool. She noted all private, charter, and magnet schools were licensed and registered with seats and capacity, and the 2000 U.S. Census revealed an increasing number of students now attending private schools. She noted she felt this information was important input for residential development since calculations already existed. Commissioner Heyman noted the County already used the South Florida Regional Planning for Charter Schools as a reference tool, because no boundaries had been set as to where a child lived and attended school. Assistant County Attorney Joni Armstrong-Coffey clarified she believed the intent of the revised version, provided by Commissioner Heyman, was to address the Student Generation Multiplier. She noted its language was designed to ask staff to obtain more detail on students attending traditional public, charter, magnet or private schools in areas specific, rather than countywide, to enable the Board to incorporate this information into the student generation multiplier, if desired. In response to Commissioner Moss’ question whether further steps would be needed by the Board once staff obtained this information; Assistant County Attorney Armstrong-Coffey stated she believed the Student Generation Multiplier would not need to come back before the Board, unless the Board desired so. Commissioner Moss noted his primary concern was how to make a valid determination of capacity and impact to educational facilities when considering new development. Commissioner Heyman clarified this was not a calculation and was not to implement a particular procedure, but to serve as an information gathering tool for providing a better understanding of the total concurrency management system, and to have staff come back to the Board with numbers for consideration. She pointed out various pockets within districts, countywide, where children were calculated in the residential formula who were not attending public schools. Responding to Commissioner Seijas’ question regarding how this resolution would impact the Interlocal Agreement that the County was now in the process of working out with the School System, Assistant County Attorney Armstrong-Coffey noted the Student Generation Multiplier was only referenced in the Interlocal Agreement, not an exact number, and the County would have to reach an agreement with the School Board as to how it worked. Hearing no further questions or comment, the Board voted to adopt the foregoing proposed resolution as amended, as follows: -to delete the second and third paragraphs on handwritten page 3, and insert the following language: “WHEREAS, an essential component of the public school concurrency management system is the Student Generation Multiplier-the formula, developed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning & Zoning in consultation with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, that is used to project the number of public school students generated by a residential development and thereby estimate the impact of the development on public schools in the area;” -to delete the sixth paragraph on handwritten page 3 and insert the following language: “WHEREAS, the Student Generation Multiplier is based on data derived from the United States Census concerning the attendance of school-age children at public schools;” - to delete the second paragraph on handwritten page 4 and insert the following language: “WHEREAS, anecdotal evidence suggests a trend since the 2000 U.S. Census for increasing numbers of school-age children to attend private, charter, or magnet schools rather than the public schools near their homes, and anecdotal evidence further suggests that the trend is not uniformed throughout Miami-Dade County but rather is more pronounced in some areas than others; and WHEREAS, more data concerning this trend would be helpful in determining whether and how to revise the Student Generation Multiplier to more accurately assess the impacts of residential development on public school facilities and to more accurately account for those impacts in the public school concurrency management system, in the assessment of impact fees, and in the application of zoning and other applicable land development regulations” -to delete lines 3 thru 6 of the third paragraph on handwritten page 4 and insert the following language: “…directs the County Mayor or designee to review data concerning attendance of school-age children in private, charter, and magnet schools as well as traditional public schools since the 2000 U.S. Census and, if feasible, revise the Student Generation Multiplier to better account for students who attend private, charter, and magnet schools, including accounting for differences among the various areas of Miami-Dade County concerning the proportion of students attending such schools.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR TO INCORPORATE DATA ON STUDENT ENROLLMENT IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS, CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND MAGNET SCHOOLS IN CALCULATION OF STUDENT GENERATION RATES FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

BODY
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature amended sections 163.3177(12), 163.31777, and 163.3180(13), Florida Statutes, to require every county, school district, and affected municipality in the state to establish a concurrency management system to coordinate county and municipal residential development with the availability of public school facilities; and
WHEREAS, an essential component of the public school concurrency management system is the Student Generation Multiplier-the formula, developed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning & Zoning in consultation with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, that is used to project the number of public school students generated by a residential development and thereby estimate the impact of the development on public schools in the area; and
WHEREAS, many school-age children in Miami-Dade County attend private schools rather than public schools; and
WHEREAS, many school-age children in Miami-Dade County attend charter or magnet schools in other areas of the County, rather than the public schools near their homes to which they would otherwise be assigned; and
WHEREAS, the Student Generation Multiplier is based on data derived from the United States Census concerning the attendance of school-age children at public schools; and
WHEREAS, anecdotal evidence suggests a trend since the 2000 U.S. Census for increasing numbers of school-age children to attend private, charter, or magnet schools rather than the public schools near their homes, and anecdotal evidence further suggests that the trend is not uniform throughout Miami-Dade County but rather is more pronounced in some areas than others; and
WHEREAS, more data concerning this trend would be helpful in determining whether and how to revise the Student Generation Multiplier to more accurately assess the impacts of residential development on public school facilities and to more accurately account for those impacts in the public school concurrency management system, in the assessment of impact fees, and in the application of zoning and other applicable land development regulations,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby directs the County Mayor or designee to review data concerning attendance of school-age children in private, charter, and magnet schools as well as traditional public schools since the 2000 U.S. Census and, if feasible, revise the Student Generation Multiplier to better account for students who attend private, charter, and magnet schools, including accounting for differences among the various areas of Miami-Dade County concerning the proportion of students attending such schools.



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