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Substitute Senate Bill No. 529

Public Act No. 04-197

AN ACT CONCERNING VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURAL CENTERS.

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

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 10-65 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

(b) The board of education operating a vocational agriculture center may charge, subject to the provisions of section 10-65b, tuition for a school year in an amount not to exceed one hundred [two] twenty per cent of the foundation level pursuant to subdivision [(7)] (9) of section 10-262f, as amended, per student for the fiscal year in which the tuition is paid, except that such board may charge tuition for (1) students enrolled under shared-time arrangements on a pro rata basis and (2) special education students which shall not exceed the actual costs of educating such students minus the amounts received pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section and subsection (c) of this section. Any tuition paid by such board for special education students in excess of the tuition paid for non-special-education students shall be reimbursed pursuant to section 10-76g, as amended.

Sec. 2. Section 10-64 of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (d) as follows (Effective July 1, 2004):

(NEW) (d) Any local or regional board of education which does not furnish vocational agricultural training approved by the State Board of Education shall designate a school or schools having such a course approved by the State Board of Education as the school which any person may attend who has completed an elementary school course through the eighth grade. The board of education shall pay the tuition and reasonable and necessary cost of transportation of any person under twenty-one years of age who is not a graduate of a high school or vocational school and who attends the designated school, provided transportation services may be suspended in accordance with the provisions of section 10-233c. Each such board's reimbursement percentage pursuant to section 10-266m, as amended, for expenditures in excess of eight hundred dollars per pupil incurred in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004, and in each fiscal year thereafter, shall be increased by an additional twenty percentage points.

Approved June 3, 2004