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General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2011

LCO No. 6612

   
 

*SB0103906612SDO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. STILLMAN, 20th Dist.

REP. FLEISCHMANN, 18th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 1039

File No. 111

Cal. No. 108

Strike section 1 in its entirety and renumber the remaining sections and internal references accordingly

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 166 of the general statutes relating to professional certification, a local or regional board of education may employ any person certified by the United States armed forces to be an instructor or assistant instructor of a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program to serve as an instructor or assistant instructor of a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program in a school.

Sec. 502. Subsection (f) of section 10-66bb of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(f) An application for the establishment of a state charter school shall be (1) submitted to the State Board of Education for approval in accordance with the provisions of this subsection, and (2) filed with the local or regional board of education in the school district in which the charter school is to be located. The state board shall: (A) Review such application; (B) hold a public hearing on such application in the school district in which such state charter school is to be located; (C) solicit and review comments on the application from the local or regional board of education for the school district in which such charter school is to be located and from the local or regional boards of education for school districts that are contiguous to the district in which such school is to be located; and (D) vote on a complete application not later than [seventy-five] ninety days after the date of receipt of such application. The State Board of Education may approve an application and grant the charter for the state charter school by a majority vote of the members of the state board present and voting at a regular or special meeting of the state board called for such purpose. The State Board of Education may condition the opening of such school on the school's meeting certain conditions determined by the Commissioner of Education to be necessary and may authorize the commissioner to release the charter when the commissioner determines such conditions are met. Charters shall be granted for a period of time of up to five years and may allow the applicant to delay its opening for a period of up to one school year in order for the applicant to fully prepare to provide appropriate instructional services.

Sec. 503. Subsection (k) of section 10-66ee of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(k) If in any fiscal year, more than one new state or local charter school is approved pursuant to section 10-66bb, as amended by this act, and is awaiting funding pursuant to the provisions of this section, the State Board of Education shall determine which school is funded first based on a consideration of the following factors in order of importance as follows: (1) [Whether] The quality of the proposed program as measured against the criteria required in the charter school application process pursuant to section 10-66bb, as amended by this act, (2) whether the applicant has a demonstrated record of academic success by students, [(2)] (3) whether the school is located in a school district with a demonstrated need for student improvement, and [(3)] (4) whether the applicant has plans concerning the preparedness of facilities, staffing and outreach to students.

Sec. 504. Subsection (a) of section 10-145j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2011):

(a) Prior to July 1, [2011] 2015, the Department of Education may permit qualified graduates of a national corps of teachers' training program, approved by the Commissioner of Education, to be employed under a durational shortage area permit in public schools located in the towns of Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven and state charter schools located in Stamford. "