EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY
OF THE STATE OF
The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents
Theresa E. Savo
2007-2008 Budget Development Process
June 15, 2006
The third step in the 2007-2008 budget and legislative development process calls for the Board to:
the existing budget, legislative and State Aid initiatives to ensure they align
with the Regents priorities, the Departmentís strategic plan and the second half
of the new 24-month calendar. (March 2006);
the draft legislative initiatives and the conceptual goals of the Regents State
Aid proposal (May 2006);
Evaluate the 2007-2008 budget and legislative
initiatives proposed by the program offices in the Regents Standing Committees
∑ Discuss the proposed 2007-2008 budget initiatives and the State Aid conceptual proposal with the full Board of Regents (July 2006);
∑ Act on the 2007-2008 Budget Proposal, the Regents Priority Legislative Proposal and the State Aid conceptual proposal (September 2006); and
∑ Approve the final 2007-2008 State Aid proposal (October 2006).
Board direction and input are sought at each step in the process of developing the Departmentís annual budget and legislative proposals.
The Department budget and legislative proposals are developed over several months and involve staff from all areas of the Department. The Department budget and legislative proposals are expected to:
∑ be linked to the Departmentís strategic plan and the second half of the new 24-month calendar;
∑ achieve the outcomes established by the Regents Goals; and
∑ include all program areas in the development process.
Each year the Board of Regents is invited to review the existing initiatives and suggest changes. The Commissioner and Deputies then meet to make adjustments to existing initiatives or to develop new initiatives for the upcoming year. Deputy Commissioners involve the respective Regents Standing Committees in the review and evaluation of the initiatives for the upcoming year. The draft budget and legislative proposals, reflecting any changes recommended by the Regents Standing Committees, are then reviewed with the Full Board in July and the Regents act on the final budget and legislative proposals in September.
Attached is a summary of the proposed 2007-2008 budget initiatives for your review which reflects a total requested increase of $166 million including an additional 89 positions. You will have an opportunity to discuss and provide input on the proposed initiatives at the respective Regents Standing Committees.
Objectives Of This Proposed
∑ Educate Students for the Global Workforce. Enhance the capacity of the K-16 and continuing education systems to prepare students for the math, science and technology requirements of the global economy.
∑ Create and Build Access to Knowledge. Bring broad access to learning resources in every community.
Strengthen the Teaching Workforce.
Increase the capacity to recruit, retain and continually develop the skills
of teachers, especially in shortage areas.
Ensure Excellence and
Improve Accountability. Ensure that school
districts use resources efficiently and effectively and that all students
graduate with a diploma.
REGENTS PRIORITY BUDGET
Museum Education Act
Independent Living Centers
Making Money Matter:
Strengthened Accountability to Ensure
Improved Student Achievement and Effective Use of School Resources
Audit Services Staff
Create Office of Educational
and Academic Technology to Effectively Use
Technology to Improve Performance
Ensure Excellence and
Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP)
Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)/
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
Improving Graduation Rates for all Students
Postsecondary Education and
High Standards for All
Strengthen Graduate Education
Strengthen the Teaching
Workforce Through Increased and
Ability To Recruit, Retain and Develop the Skills of
Increased Teacher Retention and Effectiveness
Teacher Opportunity Corps
Professional Education Opportunity Programs
* Preliminary estimate; amount