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Substitute Senate Bill No. 531

Public Act No. 04-57

AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS.

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

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 10-262n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

(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 wireless connectivity, (2) the purchase or leasing of computers, and (3) interactive software and the purchase and installation of software filters.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 10-283 of the general statutes, as amended by section 27 of public act 03-76, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

(a) (1) Each town or regional school district shall be eligible to apply for and accept grants for a school building project as provided in this chapter. Any town desiring a grant for a public school building project may, by vote of its legislative body, authorize the board of education of such town to apply to the Commissioner of Education and to accept or reject such grant for the town. Any regional school board may vote to authorize the supervising agent of the regional school district to apply to the Commissioner of Education for and to accept or reject such grant for the district. Applications for such grants under this chapter shall be made by the superintendent of schools of such town or regional school district on the form provided and in the manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Education. The application form shall require the superintendent of schools to affirm that the school district considered the maximization of natural light and the use and feasibility of wireless connectivity technology in projects for new construction and alteration or renovation of a school building. Grant applications for school building projects shall be reviewed by the Commissioner of Education on the basis of categories for building projects and standards for school construction established by the State Board of Education in accordance with this section, provided grant applications submitted for purposes of subsection (a) of section 10-65 or section 10-76e shall be reviewed annually by the commissioner on the basis of the educational needs of the applicant.

Sec. 3. Section 4d-85 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

The Department of Education, in cooperation with the Commission for Educational Technology, [in cooperation with the Department of Education,] shall develop, by July 1, 2001, and shall update every two years thereafter: (1) A state-wide standard for teacher and administrator competency in the use of technology for instructional purposes, and (2) a state-wide plan to assist teachers and administrators to achieve the standard. The commission shall assess the resources necessary to achieve such goal. The commission shall submit the plan to the General Assembly.

Approved May 10, 2004