Education Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-1103

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.

Vote Date:

3/25/2011

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/7/2011

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Education Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To require pre-school programs in schools in order to help close the achievement gap.

SUBSTITUTE LANGUAGE

Sec. 1 deletes Sec. 10-16y and requires a longitudinal study to be undertaken by the Departments of Education and Social Services, within available appropriations, to evaluate the school readiness program that examines the educational progress of children from pre-k through 4th grade.

Sec. 2 (a) changes one member of the Early Childhood Education Cabinet from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to one from the Department of Children and Families; adds a parent or guardian of a child attending a school readiness program, and adds two appointed by the Governor –one from the CT Head Start Assoc. and one from the business or philanthropic community; (b) requires the Early Childhood Education Cabinet to develop and implement an Early Childhood Information System and defines such system.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

George A. Coleman, Acting Commissioner of Education strongly supports the bill.

The Department of Children and Families strongly supports the bill.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Dr. Linette Branham from CT Education Association expressed support with the bill, provided that the Early Childhood Education Cabinet include teacher representation.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) expressed concerns with an additional mandate placed on school districts.

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) expressed concerns with an additional mandate placed on school districts.

League of Women Voters of CT expressed concerns with an additional mandate placed on school districts.

CT Coalition for Justice in Education Funding expressed concerns with an additional mandate placed on school districts.

Reported by: Dianne Slopak

Date: March 29, 2011