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General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2012

LCO No. 3697

   
 

*SB0029903697SDO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. STILLMAN, 20th Dist.

REP. FLEISCHMANN, 18th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 299

File No. 407

Cal. No. 288

In line 329, insert brackets around "2010" and after the closing bracket insert "2012"

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

"Sec. 501. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 10-283 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) (1) Each town or regional school district shall be eligible to apply for and accept grants for a school building project as provided in this chapter. Any town desiring a grant for a public school building project may, by vote of its legislative body, authorize the board of education of such town to apply to the Commissioner of Education and to accept or reject such grant for the town. Any regional school board may vote to authorize the supervising agent of the regional school district to apply to the Commissioner of Education for and to accept or reject such grant for the district. Applications for such grants under this chapter shall be made by the superintendent of schools of such town or regional school district on the form provided and in the manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Construction Services. The application form shall require the superintendent of schools to affirm that the school district considered the maximization of natural light and the use and feasibility of wireless connectivity technology in projects for new construction and alteration or renovation of a school building. The Commissioner of Education shall review each grant application for a school building project for compliance with educational requirements and on the basis of categories for building projects established by the State Board of Education in accordance with this section, and shall evaluate, if appropriate, whether the project will assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al. , provided grant applications submitted for purposes of subsection (a) of section 10-65 or section 10-76e shall be reviewed annually by the commissioner on the basis of the educational needs of the applicant. The Commissioner of Education shall forward each application and the category that the Commissioner of Education has assigned to each such project in accordance with subdivision (2) of this subsection to the Commissioner of Construction Services not later than August thirty-first of each fiscal year. The Commissioner of Construction Services shall review all grant applications for school building projects on the basis of standards for school construction, established in regulation in accordance with section 10-287c. Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of Quinebaug Valley Community College and Three Rivers Community College and the following entities that will operate an interdistrict magnet school that will assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al. , as determined by the Commissioner of Education, may apply for and shall be eligible to receive grants for school building projects pursuant to section 10-264h for such a school: (A) The Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of a regional community-technical college, (B) the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System on behalf of a state university, (C) the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut on behalf of the university, (D) the board of governors for an independent college or university, as defined in section 10a-37, or the equivalent of such a board, on behalf of the independent college or university, (E) cooperative arrangements pursuant to section 10-158a, and (F) any other third-party not-for-profit corporation approved by the Commissioner of Education.

Sec. 502. Subsection (a) of section 10-264l of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) The Department of Education shall, within available appropriations, establish a grant program (1) to assist (A) local and regional boards of education, (B) regional educational service centers, (C) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of Quinebaug Valley Community College and Three Rivers Community College, and (D) cooperative arrangements pursuant to section 10-158a, and (2) in assisting the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al. , as determined by the Commissioner of Education, to assist (A) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of a regional community-technical college, (B) the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System on behalf of a state university, (C) the Board of Trustees of The University of Connecticut on behalf of the university, (D) the board of governors for an independent college or university, as defined in section 10a-37, or the equivalent of such a board, on behalf of the independent college or university, and (E) any other third-party not-for-profit corporation approved by the commissioner with the operation of interdistrict magnet school programs. All interdistrict magnet schools shall be operated in conformance with the same laws and regulations applicable to public schools. For the purposes of this section "an interdistrict magnet school program" means a program which (i) supports racial, ethnic and economic diversity, (ii) offers a special and high quality curriculum, and (iii) requires students who are enrolled to attend at least half-time. An interdistrict magnet school program does not include a regional agricultural science and technology school, a regional vocational-technical school or a regional special education center. On and after July 1, 2000, the governing authority for each interdistrict magnet school program that is in operation prior to July 1, 2005, shall restrict the number of students that may enroll in the program from a participating district to eighty per cent of the total enrollment of the program. The governing authority for each interdistrict magnet school program that begins operations on or after July 1, 2005, shall restrict the number of students that may enroll in the program from a participating district to seventy-five per cent of the total enrollment of the program, and maintain such a school enrollment that at least twenty-five per cent but not more than seventy-five per cent of the students enrolled are pupils of racial minorities, as defined in section 10-226a.

Sec. 503. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 10-264i of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) (1) (A) A local or regional board of education, (B) regional educational service center, (C) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of Quinebaug Valley Community College and Three Rivers Community College, (D) cooperative arrangement pursuant to section 10-158a, or (E) to assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al. , as determined by the Commissioner of Education, (i) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of a regional community-technical college, (ii) the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System on behalf of a state university, (iii) the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut on behalf of the university, (iv) the board of governors for an independent college or university, as defined in section 10a-37, or the equivalent of such a board, on behalf of the independent college or university, and (v) any other third-party not-for-profit corporation approved by the commissioner which transports a child to an interdistrict magnet school program, as defined in section 10-264l, in a town other than the town in which the child resides shall be eligible pursuant to section 10-264e to receive a grant for the cost of transporting such child in accordance with this section.

Sec. 504. Subsection (a) of section 10-207 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) Each school medical advisor shall [make a prompt examination of all pupils referred to such medical advisor by the school nurse, teacher, principal or superintendent, and shall interpret to such nurse, teacher, principal or superintendent, and to the parents of each such pupil, such medical advisor's findings, with recommendations as to how the pupil should be cared for and what provisions, if any, should be made at the school for the care and welfare of such pupil. Each such school medical advisor shall also make examinations of teachers, janitors and others in the employment of the board of education when requested to do so by the board of education or when, in such medical advisor's opinion, such examinations are necessary for the protection of health, provided such medical advisor shall accept the report of an equivalent physical examination by any reputable physician chosen by such teacher, janitor or other employee in lieu thereof. Such medical advisor shall make such sanitary inspection of school buildings as, in such medical advisor's opinion, is necessary for the protection of the health of pupils. The school medical advisor shall take steps to preserve and improve the health of pupils in accordance with the requirements of the Public Health Code of this state established by the Commissioner of Public Health under the provisions of section 19a-36 or the sanitary regulations in force in such town or district in excluding and readmitting pupils or teachers or other school employees suspected of being ill, or ill, with any communicable disease. In cooperation with the director of health, the school medical advisor shall interpret to teachers and nurses factors dealing with communicable disease control] work with the local or regional board of education that appointed such school medical advisor and the board of health or health department for the school district under the jurisdiction of such board to (1) plan and administer the health program for each school, (2) advise on the provision of school health services, (3) provide consultation on the school health environment, and (4) perform any other duties that may be agreed on by the school medical advisor and the local or regional board of education that appointed such school medical advisor.

Sec. 505. Subsection (a) of section 10-16b of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) In the public schools the program of instruction offered shall include at least the following subject matter, as taught by legally qualified teachers, the arts; career education; consumer education; health and safety, including, but not limited to, human growth and development, nutrition, first aid, including training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators, disease prevention, community and consumer health, physical, mental and emotional health, including youth suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, safety, which may include the dangers of gang membership, and accident prevention; language arts, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking and spelling; mathematics; physical education; science; social studies, including, but not limited to, citizenship, economics, geography, government and history; and in addition, on at least the secondary level, one or more world languages and vocational education. For purposes of this subsection, world languages shall include American Sign Language, provided such subject matter is taught by a qualified instructor under the supervision of a teacher who holds a certificate issued by the State Board of Education. For purposes of this subsection, the "arts" means any form of visual or performing arts, which may include, but not be limited to, dance, music, art and theatre. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Sec. 501

July 1, 2012

10-283(a)(1)

Sec. 502

July 1, 2012

10-264l(a)

Sec. 503

July 1, 2012

10-264i(a)(1)

Sec. 504

July 1, 2012

10-207(a)

Sec. 505

July 1, 2012

10-16b(a)