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Senate Bill No. 966

Public Act No. 03-100

AN ACT CONCERNING ADULT EDUCATION.

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

Section 1. Subdivision (1) of section 10-67 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2003):

(1) "Adult" means any person sixteen years of age or over who is [no longer] not enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school program or a student enrolled in school who was assigned to an adult class pursuant to subsection (d) of section 10-233d or section 10-73d.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (7) of section 10-67 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2003):

(7) "Eligible expenditure" means expenditures, or that portion thereof, directly attributable to programs and services required pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 10-69 and not otherwise eligible for reimbursement from any other state grant for: (A) Teachers, including teacher aides; (B) administration, including the director; (C) clerical assistance; (D) printing; (E) instructional materials and equipment, including computer equipment; [, provided a local or regional board of education's eligible expenditures for computer equipment in any fiscal year shall not exceed five per cent of such board's total eligible expenditures for such fiscal year; ] (F) program supplies; (G) facility rental other than for facilities provided by a local or regional board of education pursuant to section 10-70; (H) staff development; (I) counselors; (J) transportation; (K) security; and (L) child care services.

Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 10-69 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2003):

(b) [No] (1) Prior to July 1, 2004, no providing school district shall grant an adult education diploma to any adult education program participant who has not satisfactorily completed a minimum of twenty adult education credits, of which not fewer than four shall be in English; not fewer than three in mathematics; not fewer than three in social studies, including one in American history; not fewer than two in science; and not fewer than one in the arts or vocational education. On and after July 1, 2004, no providing school district shall grant an adult education diploma to any adult education program participant who has not satisfactorily completed a minimum of twenty adult education credits, of which not fewer than four shall be in English; not fewer than three in mathematics; not fewer than three in social studies, including one in American history and at least a one-half credit course in civics and American government; not fewer than two in science; and not fewer than one in the arts or vocational education. (2) Each providing school district shall determine the minimum number of weeks per semester an adult education program shall operate and shall provide certified counseling staff to assist adult education program students with educational and career counseling.

Sec. 4. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 10-71 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2003):

(1) The percentage of the eligible costs for adult education a local board of education shall receive, under the provisions of this section, shall be determined as follows: (A) Each town shall be ranked 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; and (B) based upon such ranking, a percentage of not less than zero nor more than sixty-five shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale, except that the percentage for a priority school district pursuant to section 10-266p shall not be less than twenty. Any such percentage shall be increased by seven and one-half percentage points but shall not exceed sixty-five per cent for any local board of education which provides basic adult education programs for adults at facilities operated by or within the general administrative control and supervision of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, provided such adults reside at such facilities. [Any such percentage shall be increased by one and one-half percentage points but shall not exceed sixty-five per cent for any local board of education which served four thousand or more students who were enrolled at least twelve hours in the fiscal year two years prior to the year of the grant and whose ratio of students served in the fiscal year two years prior to the year of the grant to persons in the town who were twenty-five years of age or older and did not have a high school diploma according to the most recent federal decennial census is greater than fifteen one-hundredths. (C) Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, any local board of education which served two thousand or more students who were enrolled at least twelve hours in the fiscal year two years prior to the year of the grant shall receive a grant in the amount determined pursuant to subparagraph (B) or the amount obtained by multiplying the number of such students served in the fiscal year two years prior to the year of the grant by twenty-five, whichever is greater. ]

Approved June 3, 2003