House Bill No. 7502

June Special Session, Public Act No. 01-1

AN ACT CONCERNING EXPENDITURES FOR THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subdivision (9) of section 10-262f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(9) "Foundation" means (A) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, three thousand nine hundred eighteen dollars, (B) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, four thousand one hundred ninety-two dollars, (C) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, four thousand four hundred eighty-six dollars, (D) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1993, June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, four thousand eight hundred dollars, (E) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, June 30, 1997, and June 30, 1998, five thousand seven hundred eleven dollars, (F) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, five thousand seven hundred seventy-five dollars, and (G) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, [and June 30, 2001] to June 30, 2003, inclusive, five thousand eight hundred ninety-one dollars.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (28) of section 10-262f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(28) "Base revenue" for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, means the sum of the grant entitlements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, of a town pursuant to section 10-262h and subsection (a) of section 10-76g, including its proportional share, based on enrollment, of the revenue paid pursuant to section 10-76g, to the regional district of which the town is a member, and for each fiscal year thereafter means the amount of each town's entitlement pursuant to section 10-262h, as amended by this act, minus its density supplement, as determined pursuant to subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h, as amended by this act, except that for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, each town's entitlement shall be determined without using the adjustments made to the previous year's grant pursuant to subparagraph (M) of subdivision (6) subsection (a) of section 10-262h, as amended by this act.

Sec. 3. Section 10-262f of the general statutes is amended by adding subdivision (32) as follows:

(NEW) (32) "Target aid" means the sum of (A) the product of a town's base aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid, (B) the product of a town's supplemental aid ratio, the foundation level and the sum of the portion of its total need students count described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of subdivision (25) of this section for the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, and the adjustments to its resident student count described in subdivision (22) of this section relative to length of school year and summer school sessions, and (C) the town's regional bonus.

Sec. 4. Subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(6) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, and each fiscal year thereafter, a grant in an amount equal to the [sum of (A) the product of a town's base aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid, (B) the product of a town's supplemental aid ratio, the foundation level and the sum of the portion of its total need students count described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of subdivision (25) of section 10-262f for the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, and the adjustments to its resident student count described in subdivision (22) of section 10-262f, relative to length of school year and summer school sessions, and (C) the town's regional bonus] amount of its target aid as described in subdivision (32) of section 10-262f, as amended by this act, except that [the] such amount [so determined] shall be [adjusted] capped in accordance with the following: (A) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, June 30, 1997, June 30, 1998, and June 30, 1999, for each town, the maximum percentage increase over its previous year's base revenue shall be the product of five per cent and the ratio of the wealth of the town ranked one hundred fifty-third when all towns are ranked in descending order to each town's wealth, provided no town shall receive an increase greater than five per cent. (B) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, June 30, 2001, June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, for each town, the maximum percentage increase over its previous year's base revenue shall be the product of six per cent and the ratio of the wealth of the town ranked one hundred fifty-third when all towns are ranked in descending order to each town's wealth, provided no town shall receive an increase greater than six per cent. (C) No such [adjustment shall be made] cap shall be used for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, or any fiscal year thereafter. (D) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, for each town, the maximum percentage reduction from its previous year's base revenue shall be equal to the product of three per cent and the ratio of each town's wealth to the wealth of the town ranked seventeenth when all towns are ranked in descending order, provided no town's grant shall be reduced by more than three per cent. (E) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1997, June 30, 1998, and June 30, 1999, for each town, the maximum percentage reduction from its previous year's base revenue shall be equal to the product of five per cent and the ratio of each town's wealth to the wealth of the town ranked seventeenth when all towns are ranked in descending order, provided no town's grant shall be reduced by more than five per cent. (F) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and each fiscal year thereafter, no town's grant shall be less than the grant it received for the prior fiscal year. (G) In addition to the amount determined pursuant to this subdivision, a town shall be eligible for a density supplement if the density of the town is greater than the average density of all towns in the state. The density supplement shall be determined by multiplying the density aid ratio of the town by the foundation level and the town's total need students for the prior fiscal year provided, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and each fiscal year thereafter, no town's density supplement shall be less than the density supplement such town received for the prior fiscal year. (H) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, the grant determined in accordance with this subdivision for a town ranked one to forty-two when all towns are ranked in descending order according to town wealth shall be further reduced by one and two-hundredths of a per cent and such grant for all other towns shall be further reduced by fifty-six-hundredths of a per cent. (I) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, and each fiscal year thereafter, no town whose school district is a priority school district shall receive a grant pursuant to this subdivision in an amount that is less than the amount received under such grant for the prior fiscal year. (J) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and each fiscal year thereafter, no town whose school district is a priority school district shall receive a grant pursuant to this subdivision that provides an amount of aid per resident student that is less than the amount of aid per resident student provided under the grant received for the prior fiscal year. (K) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, and each fiscal year thereafter, no town whose school district is a priority school district shall receive a grant pursuant to this subdivision in an amount that is less than seventy per cent of the sum of (i) the product of a town's base aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid, (ii) the product of a town's supplemental aid ratio, the foundation level and the sum of the portion of its total need students count described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of subdivision (25) of section 10-262f for the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, and the adjustments to its resident student count described in subdivision (22) of said section 10-262f relative to length of school year and summer school sessions, and (iii) the town's regional bonus. (L) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and each fiscal year thereafter, no town whose school district is a transitional school district shall receive a grant pursuant to this subdivision in an amount that is less than forty per cent of the sum of [(I)] (i) the product of a town's base aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, [(II)] (ii) the product of a town's supplemental aid ratio, the foundation level and the sum of the portion of its total need students count described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of subdivision (25) of section 10-262f for the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, and the adjustments to its resident student count described in subdivision (22) of said section 10-262f relative to length of school year and summer school sessions, and [(III)] (iii) the town's regional bonus. (M) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, (i) each town whose target aid is capped pursuant to this subdivision shall receive a grant that includes a pro rata share of twenty-five million dollars based on the difference between its target aid and the amount of the grant determined with the cap, and (ii) all towns shall receive a grant that is at least 1.68 per cent greater than the grant they received for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001. (N) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, (i) each town whose target aid is capped pursuant to this subdivision shall receive a pro rata share of fifty million dollars based on the difference between its target aid and the amount of the grant determined with the cap, and (ii) each town shall receive a grant that is at least 1.2 per cent more than its base revenue, as defined in subdivision (28) of section 10-262f, as amended by this act.

Sec. 5. Subsection (b) of section 10-76g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) Any local or regional board of education which provides special education pursuant to the provisions of sections 10-76a to 10-76g, inclusive, for any exceptional child described in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (5) of section 10-76a, under its jurisdiction, excluding (1) children placed by a state agency for whom a board of education receives payment pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (2) of subsection (e) of section 10-76d, and (2) children who require special education, who reside on state-owned or leased property or in permanent family residences, as defined in section 17a-154, and who are not the educational responsibility of the unified school districts established pursuant to sections 17a-37, 17a-240 and 18-99a, shall be financially responsible for the reasonable costs of special education instruction, as defined in the regulations of the State Board of Education, in an amount equal to (A) for any fiscal year commencing prior to July 1, 2002, five times the average per pupil educational costs of such board of education for the prior fiscal year, determined in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 10-76f, and (B) for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2002, and each fiscal year thereafter, four and one-half times such average per pupil educational costs of such board of education. The State Board of Education shall pay on a current basis any costs in excess of the local or regional boards' basic contribution paid by such board in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. Any amounts paid by the State Board of Education on a current basis pursuant to this subsection shall not be reimbursable in the subsequent year. Application for such grant shall be made by filing with the Department of Education, in such manner as prescribed by the commissioner, annually on or before December first a statement of the cost of providing special education pursuant to this subsection, provided a board of education may submit, not later than February first, claims for additional children or costs not included in the December filing. Payment by the state for such excess costs shall be made to the local or regional board of education as follows: Seventy-five per cent of the cost in February and the balance in April. The amount due each town pursuant to the provisions of this subsection shall be paid to the treasurer of each town entitled to such aid, provided the treasurer shall treat such grant, or a portion of the grant, which relates to special education expenditures incurred in excess of such town's board of education budgeted estimate of such expenditures, as a reduction in expenditures by crediting such expenditure account, rather than town revenue. Such expenditure account shall be so credited no later than thirty days after receipt by the treasurer of necessary documentation from the board of education indicating the amount of such special education expenditures incurred in excess of such town's board of education budgeted estimate of such expenditures.

Sec. 6. Section 10-155d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Board of Governors of Higher Education shall encourage and support experimentation and research in the preparation of teachers for public elementary and secondary schools. [and shall continue the study and evaluation conducted pursuant to section 10-324a of the 1965 supplement to the general statutes.] To help fulfill the purposes of this section, the Board of Governors of Higher Education shall appoint an advisory council composed of qualified professionals which shall render assistance and advice to [said] the board. In carrying out its activities pursuant to this section, [said] the board shall consult with the State Board of Education and such other agencies as it deems appropriate to assure coordination of all activities of the state relating to the preparation of teachers for public elementary and secondary schools.

(b) The Department of Higher Education, with the approval of the Commissioner of Education, shall expand, within available appropriations, participation in its summer alternate route to certification program and its week-end and evening alternate route to certification program. The department shall expand the week-end and evening program for participants seeking certification in a subject shortage area pursuant to section 10-8b. The department, in collaboration with the Department of Education, shall develop (1) regional alternate route to certification programs targeted to the subject shortage areas and (2) an alternate route to certification program for former teachers whose certificates have expired and who are interested in resuming their teaching careers.

Sec. 7. (NEW) The Department of Education, in cooperation with the Department of Higher Education, shall, within available appropriations, (1) establish an accelerated cross endorsement process for each subject shortage area pursuant to section 10-8b of the general statutes, to allow certified teachers to add a new endorsement to their certificates, and (2) establish a program for formerly certified teachers to regain certification.

Sec. 8. Subsection (b) of section 10a-168a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) Within available appropriations, the program shall provide grants to minority students [entering] (1) in teacher education programs [in] for their junior or senior year, or both such years, at any four-year institution of higher education, (2) completing the requirements of such a teacher education program as a graduate student, provided such student received a grant pursuant to this section for one year at the undergraduate level, or (3) enrolled in the alternate route to certification program administered through the Department of Higher Education. No student shall receive a grant under the program for more than two years. Maximum grants shall not exceed five thousand dollars per year. [for two years.] The department shall ensure that at least ten per cent of the grant recipients are minority students who transfer from a Connecticut regional community-technical college.

Sec. 9. Subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of section 10-217a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(1) The percentage of the amount paid from local tax revenues for such services reimbursed to a local board of education shall be determined by (A) ranking each town in the state in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine according to such town's adjusted equalized net grand list per capita, as defined in section 10-261; (B) based upon such ranking, (i) for reimbursement paid in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, a percentage of not less than forty-five nor more than ninety shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale, except that for any town in which the number of children under the temporary family assistance program, as defined in subdivision (17) of section 10-262f, is greater than one per cent of the total population of the town, as defined in subdivision (7) of subsection (a) of section 10-261, the percentage shall be not less than eighty, [and] (ii) for reimbursement paid in the fiscal [year] years ending June 30, 1991, [and each fiscal year thereafter] to June 30, 2001, inclusive, a percentage of not less than ten nor more than ninety shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale, except that for any town in which the number of children under the temporary family assistance program, as defined in said subdivision (17) of section 10-262f, is greater than one per cent of the total population of the town, as defined in subdivision (7) of subsection (a) of section 10-261, and for any town which has a wealth rank greater than thirty when towns are ranked pursuant to subparagraph (A) of this subdivision and which provides such services to greater than one thousand five hundred children who are not residents of the town, the percentage shall be not less than eighty, and (iii) for reimbursement paid in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, a percentage of not less than ten nor more than ninety shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale, except that for any town in which the number of children under the temporary family assistance program, as defined in said subdivision (17) of section 10-262f, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, was greater than one per cent of the total population of the town, as defined in subdivision (7) of subsection (a) of section 10-261 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, and for any town which has a wealth rank greater than thirty when towns are ranked pursuant to subparagraph (A) of this subdivision and which provides such services to greater than one thousand five hundred children who are not residents of the town, the percentage shall be not less than eighty.

Sec. 10. Section 10-16o of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The state shall encourage the development of a network of school readiness programs pursuant to sections 10-16p to 10-16r, inclusive, as amended by this act, 10-16u and 17b-749a in order to:

(1) Provide open access for children to quality programs that promote the health and safety of children and prepare them for formal schooling;

(2) Provide opportunities for parents to choose among affordable and accredited or approved programs;

(3) Encourage coordination and cooperation among programs and prevent the duplication of services;

(4) Recognize the specific service needs and unique resources available to particular municipalities and provide flexibility in the implementation of programs;

(5) Prevent or minimize the potential for developmental delay in children prior to children reaching the age of five;

(6) Enhance federally funded school readiness programs;

(7) Strengthen the family through: (A) Encouragement of parental involvement in a child's development and education; and (B) enhancement of a family's capacity to meet the special needs of the children, including children with disabilities;

(8) Reduce educational costs by decreasing the need for special education services for school age children and to avoid grade repetition;

(9) Assure that children with disabilities are integrated into programs available to children who are not disabled; and

(10) Improve the availability and quality of school readiness programs and their coordination with the services of child care providers.

Sec. 11. Subsections (b) and (c) of section 10-16p of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) The Department of Education shall be the lead agency for school readiness. For purposes of this section and section 10-16u, school readiness program providers eligible for funding from the Department of Education shall include local and regional boards of education, regional educational service centers, family resource centers and providers of child day care centers, as defined in section 19a-77, Head Start programs, preschool programs and other programs that meet such standards established by the Commissioner of Education. The department shall establish standards for school readiness programs. The standards may include, but need not be limited to, guidelines for staff-child interactions, curriculum content, including pre-literacy development, lesson plans, parent involvement, staff qualifications and training, and administration. The department shall develop age-appropriate developmental skills and goals for children attending such programs. The commissioner, in consultation with the Commissioners of Higher Education and Social Services and other appropriate entities, shall develop a continuing education training program for the staff of school readiness programs. For purposes of this section, on and after July 1, 2003, "staff qualifications" means there is in each classroom an individual who has at least the following: (1) A credential issued by an organization approved by the Commissioner of Education and nine credits or more in early childhood education or child development from an institution of higher education accredited by the Board of Governors of Higher Education or regionally accredited; (2) an associate's degree in early childhood education or child development from such an institution; or (3) a four-year degree in early childhood education or child development from such an institution.

(c) The Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Services, shall establish a grant program to provide spaces in accredited or approved school readiness programs for eligible children who reside in priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p or in former priority school districts as provided in this subsection. Under the program, the grant shall be provided, in accordance with this section, to the town in which such priority school district or former priority school district is located. Eligibility shall be determined for a five-year period based on an applicant's designation as a priority school district for the initial year of application, except that if a school district that receives a grant pursuant to this subsection is no longer designated as a priority school district at the end of such five-year period, such former priority school district shall continue to be eligible to receive a grant pursuant to this subsection. Grant awards shall be made annually contingent upon available funding and a satisfactory annual evaluation. The chief elected official of such town and the superintendent of schools for such priority school district or former priority school district shall submit a plan for the expenditure of grant funds and responses to the local request for proposal process to the Departments of Education and Social Services. The departments shall jointly review such plans and shall each approve the portion of such plan within its jurisdiction for funding. The plan shall: (1) Be developed in consultation with the local or regional school readiness council established pursuant to section 10-16r, as amended by this act; (2) be based on a needs and resource assessment; (3) provide for the issuance of requests for proposals for providers of accredited or approved school readiness programs, provided, after the initial requests for proposals, facilities that have been approved to operate a child care program financed through the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority and have received a commitment for debt service from the Department of Social Services pursuant to section 17b-749i, are exempt from the requirement for issuance of annual requests for proposals; and (4) identify the need for funding pursuant to section 17b-749a in order to extend the hours and days of operation of school readiness programs in order to provide child day care services for children attending such programs.

Sec. 12. Subsection (e) of section 10-16p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(e) (1) Ninety-three per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section shall be used for the grant program pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. Priority school districts and former priority school districts shall receive grants based on their proportional share of the sum of the products obtained by multiplying the average number of enrolled kindergarten students in each priority school district and in each former priority school district for the three years prior to the year the grant is to be paid, by the ratio of the average percentage of free and reduced price meals for all severe need schools in such district to the minimum percentage requirement for severe need school eligibility, provided no such school district shall receive a grant that is less than the grant it received for the prior fiscal year or a grant that is less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars.

(2) Six and five-tenths per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section shall be used for the competitive grant program pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

(3) The Department of Education may retain up to five-tenths of one per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for coordination, program evaluation and administration.

(4) If a town that is eligible for a grant pursuant to subsection (c) of this section does not submit, by January first, a plan which is subsequently approved for the expenditure of the entire amount of funds for which such town is eligible, the department may use up to [ten] fifty per cent of any amounts such town has not earmarked for expenditure to provide supplemental grants to other towns that are eligible for grants pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

Sec. 13. Subsections (g) and (h) of section 10-16p of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(g) Subject to the provisions of this subsection, no funds received by a town pursuant to subsection (c) or (d) of this section or section 10-16u shall be used to supplant federal, state or local funding received by such town for early childhood education, provided (1) a town may use the greater of (A) twenty-five thousand dollars, or (B) up to five per cent but no more than fifty thousand dollars of the amount received pursuant to subsection (c) or (d) of this section or section 10-16u for coordination, program evaluation and administration, and (2) if a town provides twenty-five thousand dollars in local funding for early childhood education coordination, program evaluation and administration, such town may use up to ten per cent but no more than seventy-five thousand dollars of such amount for coordination, program evaluation and administration. Each town that receives a grant pursuant to said subsection (c) or (d) or section 10-16u shall designate a person to be responsible for such coordination, program evaluation and administration and to act as a liaison between the town and the Departments of Education and Social Services. Each school readiness program that receives funds pursuant to this section or section 10-16u shall provide information to the department or the school readiness council, as requested, that is necessary for purposes of any school readiness program evaluation.

[(h) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1998, June 30, 1999, June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, grants pursuant to this section]

(h) For the first three years a town receives grants pursuant to this section, such grants may be used, with the approval of the commissioner, to prepare a facility or staff for operating a school readiness program and shall be adjusted based on the number of days of operation of a school readiness program if a shorter term of operation is approved by the commissioner.

Sec. 14. Subsection (a) of section 10-16q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each school readiness program shall include: (1) A plan for collaboration with other community programs and services, including public libraries, and for coordination of resources in order to facilitate full-day and year-round child care and education programs for children of working parents and parents in education or training programs; (2) parent involvement, parenting education and outreach; (3) (A) record-keeping policies that require documentation of the name and address of each child's doctor, primary care provider and health insurance company and information on whether the child is immunized and has had health screens pursuant to the federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Services Program under 42 USC 1396d, and (B) referrals for health services, including referrals for appropriate immunizations and screenings; (4) a plan for the incorporation of appropriate pre-literacy practices and teacher training in such practices; (5) nutrition services; [(5)] (6) referrals to family literacy programs that incorporate adult basic education and provide for the promotion of literacy through access to public library services; [(6)] (7) admission policies that promote enrollment of children from different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds and from other communities; [(7)] (8) a plan of transition for participating children from the school readiness program to kindergarten and provide for the transfer of records from the program to the kindergarten program; [(8)] (9) a plan for professional development for staff, [; (9)] including, but not limited to, training (A) in pre-literacy skills development, and (B) designed to assure respect for racial and ethnic diversity; (10) a sliding fee scale for families participating in the program pursuant to section 17b-749d; and [(10)] (11) an annual evaluation of the effectiveness of the program. On and after July 1, 2000, school readiness programs shall use the assessment measures developed pursuant to section 10-16s in conducting their annual evaluations.

Sec. 15. Subsection (a) of section 10-16p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) A town seeking to apply for a grant pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-16p, as amended by this act, or section 10-16u shall convene a local school readiness council or shall establish a regional school readiness council pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. Any other town may convene such a council. The chief elected official of the town or, in the case of a regional school district, the chief elected officials of the towns in the school district and the superintendent of schools for the school district shall jointly appoint and convene such council. Each school readiness council shall be composed of: (1) The chief elected official, or the official's designee; (2) the superintendent of schools, or a management level staff person as the superintendent's designee; (3) parents; (4) representatives from local programs such as Head Start, family resource centers, nonprofit and for-profit child day care centers, group day care homes, prekindergarten and nursery schools, and family day care home providers; and (5) other representatives from the community who provide services to children. The chief elected official shall designate the chairperson of the school readiness council.

Sec. 16. Subsection (c) of section 17b-749c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) The grants shall be used to:

(1) Help providers who are not accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to obtain such accreditation;

(2) Help directors and administrators to obtain training;

[(2)] (3) Provide comprehensive services, such as enhanced access to health care, a health consultant, nutrition, family support services, parent education, literacy and parental involvement, and community and home outreach programs; and provide information concerning access when needed to a speech and language therapist;

[(3)] (4) Purchase educational equipment;

[(4)] (5) Provide scholarships for training to obtain a child development associate certificate;

[(5)] (6) Provide training for persons who are mentor teachers, as defined in federal regulations for the Head Start program, and provide a family service coordinator or a family service worker as such positions are defined in such federal regulations;

[(6)] (7) Repair fire, health and safety problems in existing facilities and conduct minor remodeling to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; train child care providers on injury and illness prevention; and achieve compliance with national safety standards;

[(7)] (8) Create a supportive network with family day care homes;

[(8)] (9) Provide for educational consultation and staff development;

[(9)] (10) Provide for program quality assurance personnel;

[(10)] (11) Provide technical assistance services to enable providers to develop child care facilities pursuant to sections 17b-749g, 17b-749h and 17b-749i; [and] or

[(11)] (12) Establish a single point of entry system.

Sec. 17. Section 10-221l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Department of Education shall develop, within available appropriations, a State-Wide Early Reading Success Institute for educators based on the review completed by the Early Reading Success Panel pursuant to section 10-221j and the assessments conducted pursuant to section 10-221k. The institute shall commence operation in the 2000-2001 school year. The institute shall use training curriculum that incorporates comprehensive instruction in reading as determined by the Early Reading Success Panel pursuant to section 10-221j, to include, but not be limited to: (1) Instructional strategies that can be adapted for each student's needs; (2) early screening and ongoing assessment to determine which individual students need additional instruction; (3) teaching of oral language competencies, including phonological awareness, vocabulary, listening comprehension and grammatical skills; (4) systematic teaching of word identification skills including phonics instruction and instruction in phonemic awareness; and (5) teaching of comprehension competencies, including the use of context to infer meaning.

Sec. 18. Section 10-221m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) On or before July 1, 2001, each local or regional board of education for a priority school district pursuant to section 10-266p shall develop and implement a three-year in-service reading instruction training plan for the professional development of the district's school librarians, elementary school principals and not less than seventy per cent of its teachers in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive, provided spaces are available at the State-Wide Early Reading Success Institute for such training. [The]

(b) On or before October 1, 2001, each local or regional board of education for a priority school district shall revise the plan developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and implement such revised plan. The revised plan shall provide for a five-year school-based in-service reading instruction training program for the professional development of each elementary school's librarian, principal, reading specialist, special education teachers, speech and language specialists and classroom teachers in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive. Such plan shall [be consistent with the model for instruction] (1) utilize the school-based training model developed by the State-Wide Early Reading Success Institute pursuant to section 10-221l, as amended by this act, and (2) require the board of education to appoint a new or existing employee to serve as a school-based content specialist coordinator. The local or regional board of education may use funds received by the school district pursuant to section 10-265f for teacher training based on the plan.

Sec. 19. The Department of Education shall (1) oversee the development of the curricula for the Early Reading Success Institute pursuant to section 10-221l of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and establish necessary qualifications for persons providing teacher training; (2) develop recommendations to align the standards for reading competencies required under subsection (b) of section 10-221i of the general statutes, with the Early Reading Success Panel's research pursuant to section 10-221j of the general statutes; (3) delineate the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain certification as an elementary education teacher and as a reading specialist; and (4) examine the curriculum module designs and implementation of teacher training based on the report of the Early Reading Success Panel. The Commissioner of Education shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, on such actions to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education by February 1, 2002.

Sec. 20. (NEW) The Department of Education shall contract, within available appropriations, for an independent evaluation of the early reading success teacher training and curriculum modules as delineated in sections 10-221j to 10-221m, inclusive, of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

Sec. 21. Section 10-265f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Commissioner of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, an early reading success grant program to assist local and regional boards of education for priority school districts and school districts in which priority elementary schools are located in: (1) Establishing full-day kindergarten programs; (2) reducing class size in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive, to not more than eighteen students; and (3) establishing intensive early intervention reading programs, including after-school and summer programs, for students identified as being at risk of failing to learn to read by the end of first grade and students in grades one to three, inclusive, who are reading below grade level. Eligibility for grants pursuant to this section shall be determined for a five-year period based on a school district's designation as a priority school district or as a school district in which a priority elementary school is located for the initial year of application. In order to receive a grant, an eligible board of education shall submit a plan for the expenditure of grant funds, in accordance with this section, to the Department of Education, at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. An eligible school district may receive a grant for one or more purposes pursuant to subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of this subsection, provided at least fifty per cent of any grant funds received by such school district are used for programs pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection. If the commissioner determines the school district is addressing the issue of early reading intervention sufficiently, the commissioner may allow the school district to set aside a smaller percentage of the funds received pursuant to this section for such programs.

(b) (1) In the case of proposals for full-day kindergarten programs, the plan shall include: (A) Information on the number of full-day kindergarten classes that will be offered initially and the number of children to be enrolled in such classes; (B) how the board anticipates expanding the number of full-day kindergarten programs in future school years; (C) the number of additional teachers needed and any additional equipment needed for purposes of such programs; (D) a description of any proposed school building project that is related to the need for additional space for full-day kindergarten programs, including an analysis of the different options available to meet such need, such as relocatable classrooms, the division of existing classrooms, an addition to a building or new construction; (E) information on the curriculum for the full-day kindergarten program pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection; (F) information on coordination between the full-day kindergarten program and school readiness programs for the purpose of providing (i) information concerning transition from preschool to kindergarten, including the child's preschool records, and (ii) before and after school child care for children attending the full-day kindergarten program; and (G) any additional information the commissioner deems relevant.

(2) A full-day kindergarten program that receives funding pursuant to this subsection shall: (A) Include language development and appropriate reading readiness experiences; (B) provide for the assessment of a student's progress; (C) include a professional development component in the teaching of reading and reading readiness and assessment of reading competency for kindergarten teachers; [and] (D) provide for parental involvement; and (E) refer eligible children who do not have health insurance to the HUSKY program.

(c) (1) In the case of proposals for the reduction of class size in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive, to not more than eighteen students the plan shall include: (A) A time frame for achieving such reduction in class size; (B) information on the class size in such grades at each school at the time of application for the grant and the number of classes to be reduced in size with grant funds; (C) the number of additional teachers needed and any additional equipment needed; (D) a description of any proposed school building project related to the need for additional space for smaller classes, including an analysis of the different options available to meet such need such as relocatable classrooms, the division of existing classrooms, an addition to a building or new construction; (E) an estimate of the costs associated with implementation of the plan; and (F) any additional information the commissioner deems relevant.

(2) If a school district accepts funds pursuant to this subsection, such school district shall limit the class size of classes in which core curriculum is taught in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive, in accordance with its plan to eighteen or less students, provided students who enroll after October first in any school year are not included for purposes of such count.

(d) In the case of proposals for intensive early intervention reading programs including after-school and summer programs, the plan shall: (1) [Provide] Incorporate the competencies required for early reading success, critical indicators for teacher intervention and the components of a high quality early reading success curriculum in accordance with the findings of the Early Reading Success Panel delineated in section 10-221l, as amended by this act; (2) provide for a period of time each day of individualized or small group instruction for each student; [(2)] (3) provide for monitoring of students and follow-up in subsequent grades, documentation of continuous classroom observation of student's reading behaviors and establishment of performance indicators aligned with the state-wide mastery examinations under chapter 163c, the findings of the Early Reading Success Panel pursuant to section 10-221j and other methodologies for assessing reading competencies established by the department pursuant to section 10-221i; [(3)] (4) include a professional development component for teachers in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive, that emphasizes the teaching of reading and reading readiness and assessment of reading competency based on the findings of the Early Reading Success Panel pursuant to section 10-221j; [(4)] (5) provide for parental involvement and ensure that parents have access to information on strategies that may be used at home to improve prereading or reading skills; [(5)] (6) provide for data collection and program evaluation; and [(6)] (7) any additional information the commissioner deems relevant.

(e) (1) The pilot programs established pursuant to section 10-265j shall be funded from the amount appropriated for purposes of this section. The department shall use ninety per cent of the remaining funds appropriated for purposes of this section for grants to priority school districts. Priority school districts shall receive grants based on their proportional share of the sum of the products obtained by multiplying the number of enrolled kindergarten students in each priority school district for the year prior to the year the grant is to be paid, by the ratio of the average percentage of free and reduced price meals for all severe need schools in such district to the minimum percentage requirement for severe need school eligibility. (2) The department shall use nine per cent of such remaining funds for competitive grants to school districts in which a priority elementary school is located. In awarding grants to school districts in which priority elementary schools are located, the department shall consider the town wealth, as defined in subdivision (26) of section 10-262f, of the town in which the school district is located, or in the case of regional school districts, the towns which comprise the regional school district. Grants received by school districts in which priority elementary schools are located shall not exceed one hundred thousand dollars and shall be used for the appropriate purpose at the priority elementary school. (3) The department may retain up to one per cent of such remaining funds for coordination, program evaluation and administration.

(f) No funds received pursuant to this section shall be used to supplant federal, state or local funding to the local or regional boards of education for programs for grades kindergarten to three, inclusive.

(g) Expenditure reports shall be filed with the department as requested by the commissioner. School districts shall refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the program for which the grant is awarded, and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with the approved grant application.

Sec. 22. Subsection (b) of section 10-265g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) For each school year commencing on or after July 1, 1999, each local and regional board of education for a priority school district shall require the schools under its jurisdiction to evaluate the reading level of students enrolled in grades one to three, inclusive, in the middle of the school year and at the end of the school year. A student shall be determined to be substantially deficient in reading based on measures established by the State Board of Education. Each school shall provide a reading program for such students that incorporates the competencies required for early reading success and effective reading instruction as delineated in section 10-221l, as amended by this act. If a student is determined to be substantially deficient in reading based on: (1) The middle of the year evaluation, the school shall notify the parents or guardian of the student of such result; and (2) the end of the year evaluation, the school shall develop a personal reading plan for such student. The personal reading plan shall include measures to improve the student's reading level, such as tutoring, a transitional class, or a summer reading program as described in subsection (d) of section 10-265f. Promotion of such student from grade to grade shall be based on documented progress in achieving the goals of the personal reading plan or demonstrated reading proficiency. If a decision is made to promote a student who is substantially deficient in reading from third to fourth grade, the school principal shall provide written justification for such promotion to the superintendent of schools. A personal reading plan that incorporates the competencies required for early reading success and effective reading instruction as delineated in section 10-221l, as amended by this act, shall be maintained for a student who is substantially deficient in reading until the student achieves a satisfactory level of proficiency.

Sec. 23. Section 10-265k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Commissioner of Education shall conduct, within available appropriations, a longitudinal study that examines the educational progress of children both during and following participation in early reading success grant programs pursuant to section 10-265f, as amended by this act.

(b) The Commissioner of Education shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education on the longitudinal study by January 1, [2001] 2002.

Sec. 24. Subsection (h) of section 10-285a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(h) Subject to the provisions of section 10-285d, if an elementary school building project for a school in a priority school district or for a priority school is necessary in order to offer a full-day kindergarten program or to reduce class size pursuant to section 10-265f, as amended by this act, the percentage determined pursuant to this section shall be increased by [five] ten percentage points for the portion of the building used primarily for such full-day kindergarten program or such reduced size classes.

Sec. 25. The Commissioners of Education and Higher Education shall, within available appropriations, provide for a study of teacher education programs at institutions of higher education that provide coursework in reading instruction. The commissioners shall evaluate higher education reading programs and how such programs are implementing the report of the Early Reading Success Panel pursuant to section 10-221j of the general statutes. On or before January 1, 2002, the commissioners shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education on the results of such study, including any recommendations for revisions to such programs.

Sec. 26. Section 10-66aa of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

As used in sections 10-66aa to 10-66ff, inclusive, as amended by this act, and section 28 of this act.

(1) "Charter school" means a public, nonsectarian school which is (A) established under a charter granted pursuant to section 10-66bb, as amended by this act, (B) organized as a nonprofit entity under state law, (C) a public agency for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200, and (D) operated independently of any local or regional board of education in accordance with the terms of its charter and the provisions of sections 10-66aa to 10-66ff, inclusive, as amended by this act, provided no member or employee of a governing council of a charter school shall have a personal or financial interest in the assets, real or personal, of the school;

(2) "Local charter school" means a public school or part of a public school that is converted into a charter school and is approved by the local or regional board of education of the school district in which it is located and by the State Board of Education pursuant to subsection (e) of section 10-66bb; and

(3) "State charter school" means a new public school approved by the State Board of Education pursuant to subsection (f) of section 10-66bb.

Sec. 27. Section 10-66ee of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes of education equalization aid under section 10-262h a student enrolled (1) in a local charter school shall be considered a student enrolled in the school district in which such student resides, and (2) in a state charter school shall not be considered a student enrolled in the school district in which such student resides.

(b) The local board of education of the school district in which a student enrolled in a local charter school resides shall pay, annually, in accordance with its charter, to the fiscal authority for the charter school for each such student the amount specified in its charter, including the reasonable special education costs of students requiring special education. The board of education shall be eligible for reimbursement for such special education costs pursuant to section 10-76g.

(c) (1) The state shall, annually, pay in accordance with this subsection, to the fiscal authority for a state charter school, seven thousand dollars for each student enrolled in such school. Such payments shall be made as follows: Twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than July fifteenth and September fifteenth based on estimated student enrollment on May first, and twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than January fifteenth and the remaining amount not later than April fifteenth, each based on student enrollment on October first. (2) In the case of a student identified as requiring special education, the school district in which the student resides shall: (A) Hold the planning and placement team meeting for such student and shall invite representatives from the charter school to participate in such meeting; and (B) pay the state charter school, on a quarterly basis, an amount equal to the difference between the reasonable cost of educating such student and the sum of the amount received by the state charter school for such student pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection and amounts received from other state, federal, local or private sources calculated on a per pupil basis. Such school district shall be eligible for reimbursement pursuant to section 10-76g. The charter school a student requiring special education attends shall be responsible for ensuring that such student receives the services mandated by the student's individualized education program whether such services are provided by the charter school or by the school district in which the student resides.

(d) On or before October fifteenth of the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2001, and July 1, 2002, the Commissioner of Education shall determine if the enrollment in the program for the fiscal year is below the number of students for which funds were appropriated. If the commissioner determines that the enrollment is below such number, the additional funds shall not lapse but shall be used by the commissioner for (1) grants for interdistrict cooperative programs pursuant to section 10-74d, as amended by this act, (2) grants for open choice programs pursuant to section 10-266aa, as amended by this act, or (3) grants for interdistrict magnet schools pursuant to section 10-264l.

[(d)] (e) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, if at the end of a fiscal year amounts received by a state charter school, pursuant to subdivision (1) of [this] subsection (c) of this section, are unexpended, the charter school (1) may use, for the expenses of the charter school for the following fiscal year, up to ten per cent of such amounts, and (2) may (A) create a reserve fund to finance a specific capital or equipment purchase or another specified project as may be approved by the commissioner, and (B) deposit into such fund up to five per cent of such amounts.

[(e)] (f) The local or regional board of education of the school district in which the charter school is located shall provide transportation services for students of the charter school who reside in such school district pursuant to section 10-273a unless the charter school makes other arrangements for such transportation. Any local or regional board of education may provide transportation services to a student attending a charter school outside of the district in which the student resides and, if it elects to provide such transportation, shall be reimbursed pursuant to section 10-266m for the reasonable costs of such transportation. Any local or regional board of education providing transportation services under this subsection may suspend such services in accordance with the provisions of section 10-233c. The parent or guardian of any student denied the transportation services required to be provided pursuant to this subsection may appeal such denial in the manner provided in sections 10-186 and 10-187.

[(f)] (g) Charter schools shall be eligible to the same extent as boards of education for any grant for special education, competitive state grants and grants pursuant to sections 10-17g and 10-266w.

[(g)] (h) If the commissioner finds that any charter school uses a grant under this section for a purpose that is inconsistent with the provisions of this part, the commissioner may require repayment of such grant to the state.

[(h)] (i) Charter schools shall receive, in accordance with federal law and regulations, any federal funds available for the education of any pupils attending public schools.

[(i)] (j) The governing council of a charter school may (1) contract or enter into other agreements for purposes of administrative or other support services, transportation, plant services or leasing facilities or equipment, and (2) receive and expend private funds or public funds, including funds from local or regional boards of education and funds received by local charter schools for out-of-district students, for school purposes.

Sec. 28. (NEW) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, the Commissioner of Education shall establish, within available appropriations and bond authorizations, a grant program to assist state charter schools in financing (1) school building projects, as defined in section 10-282 of the general statutes, (2) general improvements to school buildings, as defined in subsection (a) of section 10-265h of the general statutes, and (3) repayment of debt incurred for prior school building projects. Eligibility for such grants shall be limited to state charter schools whose charters were renewed in the prior fiscal year pursuant to subsection (g) of section 10-66bb of the general statutes. The governing authority of such state charter schools may apply for such grants to the Department of Education at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. Each state charter school may receive no more than one grant under this section and no grant under this section shall exceed five hundred thousand dollars.

Sec. 29. Section 10-266aa of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Receiving district" means any school district that accepts students under the program established pursuant to this section; and

(2) "Sending district" means any school district that sends students it would otherwise be legally responsible for educating to another school district under the program; and

(3) "Minority students" means students who are "pupils of racial minorities", as defined in section 10-226a.

(b) There is established, within available appropriations, [a state-wide] an interdistrict public school attendance program. The purpose of the program shall be to: (1) Improve academic achievement; (2) reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation or preserve racial and ethnic balance; and (3) provide a choice of educational programs for students enrolled in the public schools. The Department of Education shall provide oversight for the program, including the setting of reasonable limits for the transportation of students participating in the program, and may provide for the incremental expansion of the program for the school year commencing in 2000 for each town required to participate in the program pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

(c) The program shall be phased in as provided in this subsection. [(1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, the Department of Education shall provide grants in the amount of fifty thousand dollars each to the regional educational service centers for the Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport regions to assist school districts in planning for the operation of the program. (2)] (1) For the school year commencing in 1998, and for each school year thereafter, the program shall be in operation in the Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport regions. The Hartford program shall operate as a continuation of the program described in section 10-266j. Students who reside in Hartford, New Haven or Bridgeport may attend school in another school district in the region and students who reside in such other school districts may attend school in Hartford, New Haven or Bridgeport, provided, beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, the proportion of students who are not minority students to the total number of students leaving Hartford, Bridgeport or New Haven to participate in the program shall not be greater than the proportion of students who were not minority students in the prior school year to the total number of students enrolled in Hartford, Bridgeport or New Haven in the prior school year. The regional educational service center operating the program shall make program participation decisions in accordance with the requirements of this subdivision. (2) For the school year commencing in 2000, and for each school year thereafter, the program shall be in operation in New London, provided beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, the proportion of students who are not minority students to the total number of students leaving New London to participate in the program shall not be greater than the proportion of students who were not minority students in the prior year to the total number of students enrolled in New London in the prior school year. The regional educational service center operating the program shall make program participation decisions in accordance with this subdivision. (3) The Department of Education may provide, within available appropriations, grants for the fiscal [years ending June 30, 1999, and June 30, 2000] year ending June 30, 2003, to the remaining regional educational service centers to assist school districts in planning for [the expansion of the program to] a voluntary program of student enrollment in every priority school district, pursuant to section 10-266p, [in the state. (3) For the school year commencing in 2000, and for each school year thereafter, the program shall be in operation in New Britain, New London, Waterbury and Windham. (4)] which is interested in participating in accordance with this subdivision. For the school year commencing in [2001] 2003, and for each school year thereafter, the voluntary enrollment program [shall] may be in operation in every priority school district in the state. Students from other school districts in the area of a priority school district, as determined by the regional educational service center pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, may attend school in the priority school district, [and students from the priority school district may attend school in any school district in such area in accordance with the provisions of this section, including the purposes specified in subsection (b) of this section] provided such students bring racial, ethnic and economic diversity to the priority school district and do not increase the racial, ethnic and economic isolation in the priority school district.

(d) School districts which received students from New London under the program during the 2000-2001 school year shall allow such students to attend school in the district until they graduate from high school. The attendance of such students in such program shall not be supported by grants pursuant to subsections (f) and (g) of this section but shall be supported, in the same amounts as provided for in said subsections, by interdistrict cooperative grants pursuant to section 10-74d, as amended by this act, to the regional educational service centers operating such programs.

[(d)] (e) Once the program is in operation in the region served by a regional educational service center pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the Department of Education shall provide [, annually, a grant in the amount of one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars] an annual grant to such a regional educational service center to assist school districts in its area in administering the program and to provide staff to assist students participating in the program to make the transition to a new school and to act as a liaison between the parents of such students and the new school district. Each regional educational service center shall determine which school districts in its area are located close enough to a priority school district to make participation in the program feasible in terms of student transportation pursuant to subsection (e) of this section, provided any student participating in the program prior to July 1, 1999, shall be allowed to continue to attend the same school such student attended prior to said date in the receiving district until the student completes the highest grade in such school. Each regional educational service center shall convene, annually, a meeting of representatives of such school districts in order for such school districts to report, by March thirty-first, the number of spaces available for the following school year for out-of-district students under the program. Annually, each regional educational service center shall provide a count of such spaces to the Department of Education by April fifteenth. If there are more students who seek to attend school in a receiving district than there are spaces available, the regional educational service center shall assist the school district in determining attendance by the use of a lottery or lotteries designed to preserve or increase racial, ethnic and economic diversity, except that the regional educational service center shall give preference to siblings and to students who would otherwise attend a school that has lost its accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The admission policies shall be consistent with section 10-15c and this section. No receiving district shall recruit students under the program for athletic or extracurricular purposes. Each receiving district shall allow out-of-district students it accepts to attend school in the district until they graduate from high school.

[(e)] (f) The Department of Education shall provide grants to regional educational service centers or local or regional boards of education for the reasonable cost of transportation for students participating in the program. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and each fiscal year thereafter, the department shall provide such grants within available appropriations, provided the state-wide average of such grants does not exceed an amount equal to two thousand one hundred dollars for each student transported. The regional educational service centers shall provide reasonable transportation services to high school students who wish to participate in supervised extracurricular activities. For purposes of this section, the number of students transported shall be determined on September first of each fiscal year.

[(f)] (g) The Department of Education shall provide, within available appropriations, an annual grant to the local or regional board of education for each receiving district in an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars for each out-of-district student who attends school in the receiving district under the program. Each town which receives funds pursuant to this subsection shall make such funds available to its local or regional board of education in supplement to any other local appropriation, other state or federal grant or other revenue to which the local or regional board of education is entitled.

[(g)] (h) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, each sending district and each receiving district shall divide the number of children participating in the program who reside in such district or attend school in such district by two for purposes of the counts for subdivision (22) of section 10-262f and subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10-261.

[(h)] (i) In the case of an out-of-district student who requires special education and related services, the sending district shall pay the receiving district an amount equal to the difference between the reasonable cost of providing such special education and related services to such student and the amount received by the receiving district pursuant to [subdivision (f)] subsection (g) of this section and in the case of students participating pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the per pupil amount received pursuant to section 10-74d as amended by this act. The sending district shall be eligible for reimbursement pursuant to section 10-76g.

[(i)] (j) Nothing in this section shall prohibit school districts from charging tuition to other school districts that do not have a high school pursuant to section 10-33.

[(j)] (k) On or before October fifteenth of each year, the Commissioner of Education shall determine if the enrollment in the program pursuant to subsection (c) of this section for the fiscal year is below the number of students for which funds were appropriated. If the commissioner determines that the enrollment is below such number, the additional funds shall not lapse but shall be used by the commissioner in accordance with this subsection. (1) Any amount up to three hundred fifty thousand dollars of such nonlapsing funds shall be used for supplemental grants to receiving districts on a pro rata basis for each out-of-district student in the program pursuant to subsection (c) of this section who attends the same school in the receiving district as at least nine other such out-of-district students, not to exceed one thousand dollars per student. (2) Any remaining nonlapsing funds shall be used for interdistrict cooperative grants pursuant to section 10-74d.

[(k)] (l) For purposes of the state-wide mastery examinations under section 10-14n, students participating in the program established pursuant to this section shall be considered residents of the school district in which they attend school.

Sec. 30. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 10-74d of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Department of Education shall, within available appropriations and after payments made pursuant to section 10-266j and for purposes of subsection (d) of 10-266aa, as amended by this act, maintain a competitive grant program for the purpose of assisting local and regional boards of education and regional educational service centers with the establishment and operation of interdistrict cooperative programs, including programs pursuant to section 10-266bb, and lighthouse schools, as defined in section 10-266cc, but excluding interdistrict magnet school programs for which a local or regional board of education or a regional educational service center receives funds pursuant to section 10-264h or 10-264l.

(b) To be eligible for a grant under this section, each application shall be submitted pursuant to a cooperative arrangement on behalf of two or more local or regional boards of education, by a regional educational service center solely or pursuant to a cooperative arrangement with one or more local or regional boards of education, or, in the case of a lighthouse school, by a local or regional board of education or regional educational service center. Applications shall be submitted annually to the Commissioner of Education at such times and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. [In] Except for applications for grants in accordance with subsection (d) of section 10-266aa, as amended by this act, in determining whether an application shall be approved and funds awarded pursuant to this section, the commissioner shall consider, but such consideration shall not be limited to, the following factors: (1) The specific objectives and description of the proposed program; (2) the cost; (3) the number of school districts and students that will benefit, provided on and after July 1, 1998, the commissioner shall not award a grant for a program, other than a lighthouse school, in which more than eighty per cent of the students are from one school district; (4) the relative wealth of the participating school districts; and (5) whether the proposed program is likely to (A) increase student achievement, and (B) reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation.

Sec. 31. Section 10-66j of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (e) as follows:

(NEW) (e) Each regional educational service center shall support regional efforts to recruit and retain minority educators and to support the collection and analysis of data on school district efforts to reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation.

Sec. 32. (NEW) (a) The Department of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, a competitive safe learning grant program to assist school districts in (1) developing a school environment where children learn in safety without fear of physical or verbal harm or intimidation, (2) activities that encourage respect for each student, (3) decreasing early youth aggression, (4) establishing student conflict and intervention policies and strategies, (5) eliminating bullying behaviors among students, (6) extending safe school environment programs to extra curricular activities, (7) after school programs as described in subsection (c) of section 10-223c of the general statutes, and (8) the development of crisis and violence prevention policies and strategies which make school environments safe. Each local and regional board of education may apply for a grant at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education prescribes.

(b) The department may accept private donations for purposes of the program provided such donations shall in no way limit the scope of program grants pursuant to this section.

(c) Any unexpended funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year but shall be available for expenditure during the next fiscal year for similar programs.

Sec. 33. Subsection (a) of section 10-266p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The State Board of Education shall administer a priority school district grant program to assist certain school districts to improve student achievement and enhance educational opportunities. The grant program shall include the priority school district portions of the grant programs established pursuant to sections 10-16p, as amended by this act, 10-265f, as amended by this act, 10-265m, as amended by this act, and 10-266t. The grant program and its component parts shall be for school districts in (1) the eight towns in the state with the largest population, based on the most recent federal decennial census, (2) towns which rank for the first fiscal year of each biennium from one to eleven when all towns are ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on the number of children under the temporary family assistance program, as defined in subdivision (17) of section 10-262f, plus the mastery count of the town, as defined in subdivision (9) of said section, and (3) towns which rank for the first fiscal year of each biennium one to eleven when all towns are ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on the ratio of the number of children under the temporary family assistance program as so defined to the resident students of such town, as defined in subdivision (19) of said section, plus the grant mastery percentage of the town, as defined in subdivision (8) of said section. The State Board of Education shall utilize the categorical grant program established under this section and sections 10-266q and 10-266r and other educational resources of the state to work cooperatively with such school districts during any school year to improve their educational programs or to provide early childhood education or early reading intervention programs. The component parts of the grant shall be allocated according to the provisions of sections 10-16p, as amended by this act, 10-265f, as amended by this act, 10-265m, as amended by this act, and 10-266t. Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of section 10-276a, the State Board of Education shall allocate one million dollars to each of the eight towns described in subdivision (1) of this subsection and five hundred thousand dollars to each of the towns described in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection, except the towns described in subdivision (1) of this subsection shall not receive any additional allocation if they are also described in subdivision (2) or (3) of this subsection.

Sec. 34. Any additional funds received pursuant to the Educational Cost Sharing Grant for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, and any funds appropriated for Supplemental Education Aid in section 1 of special act 01-1 of the June special session shall be used for local education purposes provided that up to one hundred thousand dollars of any amount received by the city of Hartford shall be used by the city to contract to provide for training in the duties of membership on a board of education. Fifty thousand dollars of such amount shall not lapse on June 30, 2002, but shall be available for expenditure during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003.

Sec. 35. (a) If YMCA day care programs have a preschool component and receive grants-in-aid from the Department of Social Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, for capital projects for the expansion of their facilities are not accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, such programs shall develop a plan for achieving such accreditation. On or before June 30, 2002, such programs shall report on their accreditation status to the Department of Social Services.

(b) If YMCA day care programs do not have a preschool component and receive grants-in-aid from the Department of Social Services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, for capital projects for the expansion of their facilities, such programs shall develop a plan for achieving accreditation by an organization approved by the Department of Social Services. On or before June 30, 2002, such programs shall report on their accreditation status to the Department of Social Services.

Sec. 36. Section 10-223b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) On or before October 1, 1999, and [biennially] on or before February 1, 2003, and every three years thereafter, the State Board of Education shall prepare a list of elementary and middle schools, by school district, that are in need of improvement based on student performance and performance trends on the state-wide mastery examinations pursuant to section 10-14n. The Department of Education shall notify each local and regional board of education of the schools in its district that are on the list and, if more than one school in a school district is on the list, the department shall advise the local or regional board of education on which of such schools are most in need of improvement.

(b) On or before January 1, 2000, and [biennially] on or before April 1, 2003, and every three years thereafter, each local and regional board of education that has a school on the list, through its superintendent of schools, shall meet with the Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner's designee, to discuss the process for improving school performance described in subsection (c) of this section. The commissioner shall require the local or regional board of education to undergo such process for such school, except that if more than one school in the school district is on the list, the local or regional board of education shall prioritize the schools on the list and develop a timetable for such schools to undergo such process. Such timetable and list shall be approved by the commissioner.

(c) The local or regional board of education shall require the school to [: (1) Develop] develop an improvement plan [,] and [(2)] take the steps necessary to become accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The improvement plan shall be submitted to the Department of Education and the local or regional board of education. [for its approval and, upon such approval,] The local or regional board of education shall approve the plan before it is implemented. Upon such approval, the plan shall be implemented beginning the following school year. The improvement plan (1) may provide for site-based management of the school, (2) shall include criteria for use in measuring progress, and (3) shall be developed in consultation with the school's principal, teachers and the parents of students attending the school. The Department of Education shall provide technical assistance to the school on the development of the plan and shall provide comments on the plan to the local or regional board of education prior to the board's approval of the plan. The local or regional board of education shall provide assistance to the school to improve its operation under the plan and to obtain accreditation. The commissioner may require the local or regional board of education to reallocate federal and state categorical assistance provided to the school district to implement the plan.

(d) The local or regional board of education shall monitor progress made by the school under the improvement plan. If two years after the date of approval of the improvement plan, the board of education finds that the school has not made sufficient progress, the board of education shall develop a plan for such school that requires the board to take one or more of the following actions in order to improve student achievement: (1) Close and reconstitute the school, (2) restructure the school in terms of the grades included or the programs offered, or both, (3) provide for site-based management of the school, and (4) allow students in the attendance area of the school to attend other public schools in the school district. The local or regional board of education may include in such plan a provision for the transfer of employees in conjunction with any such action. The local or regional board of education shall submit its plan to the commissioner for approval and, upon such approval, shall implement the plan.

Sec. 37. Section 10-223c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) [For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, the] The Commissioner of Education shall provide grants, within available appropriations, to local and regional boards of education that have one or more schools in need of improvement on the most recent list prepared pursuant to section 10-223b. Eligible boards of education shall use grant funds for costs related to the implementation of improvement plans for such schools, partnership programs between such schools and public libraries in the school district and actions necessary for such schools to become accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. An eligible board of education shall submit a plan for the expenditure of grant funds, in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, to the Department of Education, at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes.

(b) The plan for the expenditure of grant funds shall be approved by the department, after consultation with the State Librarian for purposes of the partnership programs, and shall include: (1) Methods and school-based programs identified pursuant to section 10-223d that address the specific subject areas, by grade level, in which students attending the school were most deficient on the state-wide mastery examinations pursuant to section 10-14n, [and] (2) actions that are necessary for the school to be accredited, and (3) partnership programs with public libraries in the school district that are designed to improve family literacy and parent involvement. The plan may include a quality after school program.

(c) A quality after school program shall include: (1) Criteria for student participation in the program; (2) leisure activities that facilitate social and cognitive development; (3) safe indoor and outdoor environments; (4) trained staff skilled in child development; (5) specific strategies and interventions for children with demonstrated academic weaknesses to improve academic performance and reduce social promotion; (6) family involvement and an assessment of transportation needs for families to utilize the program; and (7) program evaluation.

(d) Each board of education receiving a grant pursuant to this section shall set aside an amount equal to at least ten per cent of the grant for partnership programs with public libraries in the school district.

(e) The Department of Education may retain up to one per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for coordination, program evaluation and administration.

(f) No funds received pursuant to this section shall be used to supplant federal, state or local funding to the local or regional board of education for such schools.

(g) Expenditure reports shall be filed with the Department of Education as requested by the commissioner. School districts shall refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the program for which the grant was awarded, and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with the approved grant application.

(h) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, the Hartford school district shall not receive grants pursuant to this section but shall use a portion of the supplemental aid provided in section 35 of special act 00-13 to implement improvement plans and partnership programs in accordance with this section.

Sec. 38. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 10-283 of the general statutes, if the town of Plainfield does not use Plainfield High School as a public school for ten years after the date of completion of the project for code violation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, the town shall not be required to make a refund to the state, provided the building is redirected for public use.

Sec. 39. Subdivision (5) of subsection (e) of section 10-76d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(5) Application for the grant to be paid by the state for costs in excess of the local or regional board of education's basic contribution shall be made by such board of education by filing with the State Board of Education, in such manner as prescribed by the Commissioner of Education, annually on or before December first a statement of the cost of providing special education, as defined in subdivision (2) of this subsection, for a child of the board placed by a state agency in accordance with the provisions of said subdivision or, where appropriate, a statement of the cost of providing educational services other than special educational services pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) of section 10-253, provided a board of education may submit, not later than [February] March first, claims for additional children or costs not included in the December filing. Payment by the state for such excess costs shall be made to the local or regional board of education as follows: Seventy-five per cent of the cost in February and the balance in [April] May. The amount due each town pursuant to the provisions of this subsection and the amount due to each town as tuition from other towns pursuant to this section shall be paid to the treasurer of each town entitled to such aid, provided the treasurer shall treat such grant or tuition received, or a portion of such grant or tuition, which relates to special education expenditures incurred pursuant to subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection in excess of such board's budgeted estimate of such expenditures, as a reduction in expenditures by crediting such expenditure account, rather than town revenue. The state shall notify the local or regional board of education when payments are made to the treasurer of the town pursuant to this subdivision.

Sec. 40. Section 10a-169b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established an information technology loan reimbursement pilot program administered by the Department of Higher Education.

(b) Within available appropriations, the program shall provide a student loan reimbursement grant for persons who meet the eligibility requirements for the information technology scholarship program pursuant to section 10a-169a, and (1) attended [any] an institution of higher education in this state, (2) majored in an information technology related field, and (3) are newly employed on or after January 1, 2001, by [an electronic commerce or information technology intensive company, that has registered with or otherwise been qualified by the Department of Economic and Community Development pursuant to section 32-8a in an information technology intensive occupation verified by the department and identified in the strategic plan produced pursuant to section 31-11aa] a company in this state in an information technology related position.

(c) Persons who qualify under subsection (b) of this section and meet any additional requirements established by the Department of Higher Education pursuant to this subsection shall be reimbursed on an annual basis for qualifying student [loan payments in an amount equal to such loan payments paid by that person during the previous taxable year but not exceeding] loans. Such reimbursement shall not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars for each year of employment and for no more than a total of two years per person. A person qualifying under subsection (b) of this section shall only be reimbursed [for loan payments made while such person was] if such person is employed by a qualifying company at the time of application for loan reimbursement pursuant to this section. The Department of Higher Education [shall] may develop additional eligibility requirements for recipients. Such requirements may include income guidelines. Persons may apply for grants to the Department of Higher Education at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Higher Education prescribes.

(d) The recipients of reimbursements pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, shall constitute a cohort and reimbursements for succeeding years shall only be available for members of such cohort.

(e) Any unexpended funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year but shall be available for expenditure during the next fiscal year.

(f) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, the Department of Higher Education may use up to five per cent of the funds appropriated for purposes of this section for program administration, promotion and recruitment activities.

Sec. 41. Subsection (c) of section 10-183l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) In carrying out its duties, the board may employ a secretary and such clerical and other assistance as may be necessary. Their salaries shall be paid by said board with the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. Said board shall employ the services of one or more actuaries, each of which shall be an individual or firm having on its staff a fellow of the society of actuaries, to carry out the actuarial duties of this section and sections 10-183b, 10-183r, and 10-183z and for such related purposes as the board deems advisable. The cost of such services shall be charged to the funds provided for in section 10-183r. Said board shall arrange for such actuary to prepare an actuarial valuation of the assets and liabilities of the system as of June 30, 1980, and at least once every two years thereafter. On the basis of reasonable actuarial assumptions approved by the board, such actuary shall determine the normal cost required to meet the actuarial cost of current service and the unfunded accrued liability. Commencing December 1, 2002, such valuation shall be completed prior to December first biennially. Said board shall adopt all needed actuarial tables and may adopt regulations and rules not inconsistent with this chapter, including regulations and rules for payment of purchased service credits and repayment of previously withdrawn accumulated contributions. Said board shall establish such funds as are necessary for the management of the system. The board may enter into such contractual agreements, in accordance with established procedures, as may be necessary for the discharge of its duties.

Sec. 42. Subsections (b) and (c) of section 10-276a of the general statutes are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) (1) For the first fiscal year following the fiscal year such school district received its final priority school district grant, in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the amount of such final grant, and (B) an amount equal to twenty-five per cent of the difference between (i) the amount of such final grant, and (ii) the greater of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or the amount of the grants received by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c. (2) For the second fiscal year following the fiscal year such school district received its final priority school district grant, in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the amount of such final grant, and (B) an amount equal to fifty per cent of the difference between (i) the amount of such final grant, and (ii) the greater of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or the amount of the grants received by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c. (3) For the third fiscal year following the fiscal year such school district received its final priority school district grant, in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the amount of such final grant, and (B) an amount equal to seventy-five per cent of the difference between (i) the amount of such final grant, and (ii) the greater of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or the amount of the grants received by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c.

(c) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, [2002] 2004, if a school district that was not eligible to receive a priority school district grant pursuant to subsection (a) of said section 10-266p, for the prior fiscal year becomes eligible to receive such a grant, the amount of the grant such town receives pursuant to said section for the first year of such eligibility shall be reduced by fifty per cent.

Sec. 43. Subsection (a) of section 10-263c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The State Board of Education, within available appropriations, shall administer a transitional school district grant program in accordance with this section. Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of section 10-263d, each school district that does not receive a grant pursuant to section 10-266p or section 10-276a and is in a town which ranks one to twenty-one, inclusive, when towns are ranked in accordance with subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection (a) of said section 10-266p shall be eligible for a transitional school district grant of two hundred fifty thousand dollars. The local board of education for such school district shall apply for such grant at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education prescribes.

Sec. 44. Section 10-262n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Department of Education shall administer, within available appropriations, a program to assist local and regional school districts to improve the use of information technology in their schools. Under the program, the department shall provide grants to local and regional boards of education and may provide other forms of assistance such as the provision of purchasing under state-wide contracts with the Department of Information Technology. Grant funds may be used for: (1) Wiring and connectivity, (2) the purchase or leasing of computers, and (3) interactive software and the purchase and installation of software filters.

(b) Local and regional boards of education shall apply to the department for grants at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education prescribes. In order to be eligible for a grant, a local or regional board of education shall: (1) Have a technology plan that was developed or updated during the two-year period preceding the date of application for grant funds and, once the Commission for Educational Technology develops the long-range plan required pursuant to subdivision (5) of subsection (c) of section 4d-80, the local technology plan shall be consistent with such long-range plan, (2) provide that each school and superintendent's office be able to communicate with the Department of Education using the Internet, (3) present evidence that it has applied or will apply for a grant from the federal Universal Service Fund, and (4) submit a plan for the expenditure of grant funds in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

(c) The plan for the expenditure of grant funds shall: (1) Establish clear goals and a strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education, (2) include a professional development strategy to ensure that teachers know how to use the new technologies to improve education, (3) include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software and other services that will be needed to improve education, (4) provide for a sufficient budget to acquire and maintain the hardware, software, professional development and other services that will be needed to implement the strategy for improved education, (5) include an evaluation process that enables the school to monitor progress towards the specified goals and make adjustments in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise. The plan developed pursuant to this subsection shall be submitted to the department with the grant application.

(d) (1) Each school district shall be eligible to receive a minimum grant under the program [in the amount of ten thousand dollars and such] as follows: (A) Each school district in towns ranked from one to one hundred thirteen, inclusive, when all towns are ranked in ascending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on town wealth, as defined in subdivision (26) of section 10-262f, shall be eligible to receive a minimum grant in the amount of thirty thousand dollars, and (B) each school district in towns ranked from one hundred fourteen to one hundred sixty-nine, inclusive, when all towns are ranked in ascending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on town wealth, as defined in subdivision (26) of section 10-262f, shall be eligible to receive a minimum grant under the program in the amount of fifteen thousand dollars. Such minimum grant may be increased for certain school districts pursuant to subdivision (4) of this subsection. (2) The department shall use (A) one hundred thousand dollars of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for the vocational-technical schools for wiring and other technology initiatives at such schools, and (B) fifty thousand dollars of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for technology grants to state charter schools. The amount of the grant each state charter school receives shall be based on the number of students enrolled in the school. (3) The department may retain up to one per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for coordination, program evaluation and administration. (4) Any remaining appropriated funds shall be used to increase the grants to (A) priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p, (B) transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c, and (C) school districts in towns ranked from one to eighty-five, inclusive, when all towns are ranked in ascending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on town wealth, as defined in section 10-262f. Each such school district shall receive an amount based on the ratio of the number of resident students, as defined in said section 10-262f, in such school district to the total number of resident students in all such school districts.

(e) Each school district that participates in an interdistrict magnet school or in an endowed academy shall provide funds from the grant it receives pursuant to this section to such interdistrict magnet school or endowed academy in an amount equal to the per student amount of such grant multiplied by the number of students from such district enrolled in the interdistrict magnet school or endowed academy.

(f) Any unexpended funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year but shall be available for expenditure during the next fiscal year.

(g) No funds received pursuant to this section shall be used to supplant federal, state or local funding to the local or regional board of education for technology.

(h) Expenditure reports shall be filed with the Department of Education as requested by the commissioner. School districts shall refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the program for which the grant was awarded, and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with the approved grant application.

Sec. 45. (a) The appropriation in subsection (a) of section 1 of special act 01-1 of the June special session to the Department of Education, for Priority School Districts, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, is decreased from $83,894,569 to $82,274,351 and the appropriation in subsection (a) of section 11 of said special act 01-1 to said department, for Priority School Districts, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, is decreased from $83,242,509 to $81,622,258.

(b) The appropriation in subsection (a) of section 1 of special act 01-1 of the June special session to the Department of Education, for Early Childhood Programs, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, is increased from $2,806,047 to $2,816,547 and the appropriation in subsection (a) of section 11 of said special act 01-1 to said department, for Early Childhood Programs, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, is increased from $2,806,535 to $2,817,035.

(c) The appropriation in subsection (a) of section 1 of special act 01-1 of the June special session to the Department of Education, for Early Reading Success, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, is increased from $705,544 to $2,235,544 and the appropriation in subsection (a) of section 11 of said special act 01-1 to said department, for Early Reading Success, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, is increased from $706,461 to $2,236,461.

(d) The sum of $79,718 is appropriated to the Department of Education, from the General Fund, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, for extended school hours and support programs.

(e) The sum of $79,751 is appropriated to the Department of Education, from the General Fund, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, for extended school hours and support programs.

Sec. 46. (a) Of the amount appropriated in section 1 of special act 01-1 of the June special session to the Department of Education, for Priority School Districts, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002: (1) $37,419,838 shall be used for the purposes of School Readiness grants pursuant to section 10-16p of the general statutes; (2) $18,319,897 shall be used for the purposes of programs pursuant to section 10-265f of the general statutes, as amended by this act; (3) $3,108,991 shall be used for the purposes of Extended Day School Hour programs pursuant to section 10-266t of the general statutes; (4) $2,700,000 shall be used for the purpose of programs pursuant to section 10-265m of the general statutes, as amended by this act; and (5) $20,725,625 shall be available for the purposes of Priority School District grants pursuant to section 10-266p of the general statutes.

(b) Of the amount appropriated in section 11 of special act 01-1 of the June special session to the Department of Education, for Priority School Districts, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003: (1) $37,426,317 shall be used for the purposes of School Readiness grants pursuant to section 10-16p of the general statutes; (2) $18,328,147 shall be used for the purposes of programs pursuant to section 10-265f of the general statutes, as amended by this act; (3) $3,110,294 shall be used for the purposes of Extended Day School Hour programs pursuant to section 10-266t of the general statutes; (4) $2,700,000 shall be used for the purposes of programs pursuant to section 10-265m of the general statutes, as amended by this act; and (5) $20,057,500 shall be available for the purposes of Priority School District grants pursuant to section 10-266p of the general statutes.

Sec. 47. Section 73 of special act 01-1 of the June special session is amended to read as follows:

Notwithstanding the provisions of [section] sections 10-263c and 10-264d of the general statutes, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, the appropriation in sections 1 and 11 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, for Transitional School Districts, shall be divided equally [between] among the transitional school district towns [that] under said section 10-263c and the former transitional school district towns that are eligible to receive transitional school district phase-out grants under said section 10-264d, which towns receive less than $250,000 in additional funding in the educational cost sharing grant due to the phase-out of the cap.

Sec. 48. The funds appropriated to the Department of Education in subsection (a) of section 47 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, for RESC Based Magnet Schools, shall, on or before October 1, 2001, be used to provide a supplemental grant to regional educational service centers operating full time or part-time magnet schools as follows: (1) The sum of not less than $600,000 for each such magnet school operating for the first time during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, and initially enrolling more than one hundred full-time equivalent students; (2) the sum of not less than $250,000 for each such magnet school operating under the jurisdiction of a regional educational service center for the first time or expanded to a new school location during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001; and (3) such sums as the Commissioner of Education shall otherwise determine for magnet schools operating during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 49. The sum of two hundred thousand dollars appropriated to the Department of Higher Education in subsection (a) of section 1 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, for Education and Health Initiatives, shall be used as a grant for expansion of the summer alternative route for certification for teacher program.

Sec. 50. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-262j of the general statutes, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, one-half of any savings realized in such fiscal year from contract negotiations with the teachers of the city of Waterbury shall be exempt from the requirements of said section 10-262j provided (1) overall expenditures are increased from the prior fiscal year, and (2) the remaining half of any such savings are retained by the Waterbury Board of Education for expenditure for classroom supplies and other nonpersonnel education costs.

Sec. 51. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 10-67 to 10-73b, inclusive, of the general statutes, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, the WACE Technical Training Center in Waterbury shall be eligible to spend up to $300,000 of funding received under the Adult Education Grant pursuant to said sections 10-67 to 10-73b, inclusive, for technical training.

Sec. 52. The sum of $200,000 appropriated to the Department of Information Technology in subsection (a) of section 47 of special act 01-1 of the June special session, for CT Technology Initiatives, shall be transferred to the Department of Education for the purpose of establishing a competitive grant for local and regional school districts for basic technology purposes to facilitate communications for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002.

Sec. 53. Section 34 of public act 99-1 of the June special session and subsection (z) of section 47 of special act 01-1 of the June special session are repealed.

Sec. 54. This act shall take effect July 1, 2001.

Approved July 2, 2001