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House Bill No. 5847

Public Act No. 06-135

AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF THE BUDGET CONCERNING EDUCATION.

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

Section 1. Section 10-16p of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (k) as follows (Effective July 1, 2006):

(NEW) (k) Notwithstanding subsection (c) of section 10-16p of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes, three million four hundred eighty-three thousand seven hundred fifty dollars of the school readiness appropriation for priority school districts shall only go to school readiness programs in the following towns: Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Waterbury and Windham.

Sec. 2. Subsection (b) of section 35 of public act 05-245, as amended by section 100 of public act 05-3 of the June special session, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, the distribution of priority school district grants pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-266p of the general statutes shall be as follows: (1) For priority school districts in the amount of [$ 36,513,547] $42,513,547, (2) for school readiness in the amount of [$ 50,355,222] $56,338,972, (3) for early reading success in the amount of $ 19,747,286, (4) for extended school building hours in the amount of $ 2,994,752, and (5) for school accountability in the amount of $ 3,499,699.

Sec. 3. Subsection (c) of section 10-264l of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(c) (1) The maximum amount each interdistrict magnet school program, except those described in subparagraph (A) of subdivision (3) of this subsection, shall be eligible to receive per enrolled student shall be determined as follows: (A) For each participating district whose magnet school program enrollment is equal to or less than thirty per cent of the magnet school program total enrollment, ninety per cent of the foundation as defined in subdivision (9) of section 10-262f, as amended; (B) for each participating district whose magnet school program enrollment is greater than thirty per cent but less than or equal to sixty per cent of the magnet school program total enrollment, a percentage between sixty and ninety per cent of said foundation that is inversely proportional to the percentage of magnet school program students from such district; and (C) for each participating district whose magnet school program enrollment is greater than sixty per cent but less than or equal to ninety per cent of the magnet school program total enrollment, a percentage between zero and sixty per cent of said foundation that is inversely proportional to the percentage of magnet school program students from such district. The amounts so determined shall be proportionately adjusted, if necessary, within the limit of the available appropriation, and in no case shall any grant pursuant to this section exceed the reasonable operating budget of the magnet school program, less revenues from other sources. Any magnet school program operating less than full-time but at least half-time shall be eligible to receive a grant equal to sixty-five per cent of the grant amount determined pursuant to this subsection.

(2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, and each fiscal year thereafter, the commissioner may, within available appropriations, provide supplemental grants for the purposes of enhancing educational programs in such interdistrict magnet schools, [including, but not limited to, summer school programs,] as the commissioner determines. Such grants shall be made after the commissioner has reviewed and approved the total operating budget for such schools, including all revenue and expenditure estimates.

(3) (A) Each interdistrict magnet school operated by a regional educational service center that enrolls less than fifty-five per cent of the school's students from a single town shall receive a per pupil grant in the amount of six thousand two hundred fifty dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, and in the amount of six thousand five hundred dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, and for each fiscal year thereafter.

(B) Each interdistrict magnet school operated by a regional educational service center that enrolls at least fifty-five per cent of the school's students from a single town shall receive a per pupil grant in an amount that is at least three thousand dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, and for each fiscal year thereafter.

(4) Within available appropriations, the commissioner may make grants to regional educational service centers that provide summer school educational programs approved by the commissioner to students participating in the interdistrict magnet school program.

Sec. 4. Subsection (g) of section 10-14n of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(g) On and after July 1, 2003, mastery testing pursuant to this section shall be in conformance with the testing requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, P. L. 107-110. [provided (1) any costs of such conformance to the state and local or regional boards of education that are attributable to additional federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, P. L. 107-110 shall be paid exclusively from federal funds received by the state and local or regional boards of education pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, P. L. 107-110, and (2) the] The joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education shall, on or before February 1, 2004, evaluate the estimated additional cost to the state and its local and regional boards of education for compliance with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, P. L. 107-110, net of appropriated federal funds for such purpose, and the comparable amount of estimated federal funds to be received by the state and its local and regional boards of education pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, P. L. 107-110 and report its findings and recommendations, if any, pursuant to the provisions of section 11-4a.

Sec. 5. Subsection (d) of section 10-262j of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is amended by adding subdivision (13) as follows (Effective July 1, 2006):

(NEW) (13) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, the regular program expenditures of a town shall be no less than the sum of (A) its minimum expenditure requirement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) if the resident student count for October, 2005 is less than the resident student count for October, 2004 the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October, 2005 using the data of record as of December 1, 2005, and the town's resident student count for October, 2004 using the data of record as of December 1, 2004, by one-half of the foundation.

Sec. 6. Section 10a-29 of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is amended by adding subdivision (8) as follows (Effective July 1, 2006):

(NEW) (8) A student that is from another state, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico shall be classified as an in-state student, if such student (A) attended for three years and graduated from a high school in this state, and (B) was sponsored, housed and supported during attendance at such school by a program, such as the "A Better Chance" program, established as a nonprofit organization that raises charitable funds on the local level for the purpose of giving students who are minority students, from single parent homes or live in poverty, an opportunity to attend school in a different environment. For purposes of this subdivision, "minority student" means a student whose racial ancestry is defined as other than white by the Bureau of Census of the United States Department of Commerce.

Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 10a-77a of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(a) (1) The Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges shall establish a permanent Endowment Fund for the Community-Technical College System to encourage donations from the private sector, with an incentive in the form of an endowment fund state grant, the net earnings on the principal of which are dedicated and made available to a regional community-technical college or the community-technical college system as a whole, for endowed professorships, scholarships and programmatic enhancements. The fund shall be administered by the board of trustees, or by a nonprofit entity entrusted for such purpose and qualified as a Section 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, and preferably constituted and controlled independent of the state and board of trustees so as to qualify the interest on state bonds the proceeds of which have been granted for deposit in the endowment fund as excludable from taxation under such code and shall, in any event, be held in a trust fund separate and apart from all other funds and accounts of the state and the community-technical college system. There shall be deposited into the fund: (A) Endowment fund state grants; and (B) interest or other income earned on the investment of moneys in the endowment fund pending transfer of the principal of the fund for the purposes identified in this subdivision. Endowment fund eligible gifts made on behalf of a regional community-technical college or the system as a whole shall be deposited in a permanent endowment fund created for each regional community-technical college and the system as a whole in the appropriate foundation established pursuant to sections 4-37e and 4-37f. A portion of the endowment fund state grant and a portion of earnings on such grant, including capital appreciation, shall be transferred, annually, within thirty days of the receipt of the endowment fund state grant by the permanent Endowment Fund for the Community-Technical College System, to such a regional community-technical college endowment fund based on the ratio of the total amount of such gifts made to such regional community-technical college to the total amount of all such gifts made to all the regional community-technical colleges and the system as a whole, provided the provisions of section 4-37f are satisfied.

(2) (A) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, to June 30, 2006, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the Department of Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b, shall deposit in the Endowment Fund for the Community-Technical College System a grant in an amount equal to half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received by or for the benefit of the community-technical college system as a whole and each regional community-technical college for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education, provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made.

(B) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2007, to June 30, 2014, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the Department of Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b, shall deposit in the Endowment Fund for the Community-Technical College System a grant in an amount equal to one-quarter of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts, except as provided in this subdivision, received by or for the benefit of the community-technical college system as a whole and each regional community-technical college for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education, provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made. Endowment fund eligible gifts that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision, made by donors during the period from January 1, 2005, to June 30, 2005, shall continue to be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received. Commitments by donors to make endowment fund eligible gifts for two or more years that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision and that are made for the period prior to December 31, 2004, but ending before December 31, 2012, shall continue to be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received through the commitment.

(C) In any such fiscal year in which the total of the eligible gifts received by the community-technical colleges exceeds the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year the amount in excess of such endowment fund state grant maximum commitment shall be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment. Any endowment fund eligible gifts that are not included in the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees pursuant to this subdivision may be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state matching grant commitment for such fiscal year.

(3) The Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges shall adopt, by October 1, 1997, guidelines with respect to (A) the solicitation of endowment fund eligible gifts from private donors, and (B) governing the acceptance of gifts made by a foundation established pursuant to sections 4-37e and 4-37f, to a community-technical college or its employees for reimbursement of expenditures or payment of expenditures on behalf of a community-technical college or its employees. Private donations shall not be construed to include proceeds of municipal grants.

Sec. 8. Subsection (a) of section 10a-99a of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(a) (1) The Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System shall establish a permanent Endowment Fund for the Connecticut State University System to encourage donations from the private sector, with an incentive in the form of an endowment fund state grant, the net earnings on the principal of which are dedicated and made available to a state university or the Connecticut State University system as a whole, for endowed professorships, scholarships and programmatic enhancements. The fund shall be administered by the board of trustees, or by a nonprofit entity entrusted for such purpose and qualified as a Section 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, and preferably constituted and controlled independent of the state and university so as to qualify the interest on state bonds the proceeds of which have been granted for deposit in the endowment fund as excludable from federal taxation under such code and shall, in any event, be held in a trust fund separate and apart from all other funds and accounts of the state and university. There shall be deposited into the fund: (A) Endowment fund state grants; and (B) interest or other earnings from the investment of moneys in the endowment fund pending transfer of the principal of the fund for the purposes identified in this subdivision. Endowment fund eligible gifts made on behalf of a state university or the system as a whole shall be deposited in a permanent endowment fund created for each such state university and the system as a whole in the appropriate foundation established pursuant to sections 4-37e and 4-37f. A portion of the endowment fund state grant and a portion of earnings on such grant, including capital appreciation, shall be transferred, annually, within thirty days of the receipt of the endowment fund state grant by the permanent Endowment Fund for the Connecticut State University System, to such a state university endowment fund based on the ratio of the total amount of such gifts made to such state university to the total amount of all such gifts made to all the state universities and the system as a whole, provided the provisions of section 4-37f are satisfied.

(2) (A) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, to June 30, 2006, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the Department of Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b, shall deposit in the Endowment Fund for the Connecticut State University System a grant in an amount equal to half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received by or for the benefit of the Connecticut State University system as a whole and each state university for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education, provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made.

(B) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2007, to June 30, 2014, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the Department of Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b, shall deposit in the Endowment Fund for the Connecticut State University System a grant in an amount equal to one-quarter of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts, except as provided for in this subdivision, received by or for the benefit of the Connecticut State University system as a whole and each state university for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education, provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made. Endowment fund eligible gifts that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision, made by donors during the period from January 1, 2005, to June 30, 2005, shall continue to be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received. Commitments by donors to make endowment fund eligible gifts for two or more years that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision and that are made for the period prior to December 31, 2004, but ending before December 31, 2012, shall continue to be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received.

(C) In any such fiscal year in which the total of the eligible gifts received by the Connecticut State University system as a whole and each state university exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year the amount in excess of such endowment fund state grant maximum commitment shall be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment. Any endowment fund eligible gifts that are not included in the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees pursuant to this subdivision may be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state matching grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year.

(3) The Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System shall adopt, by October 1, 1997, guidelines with respect to (A) the solicitation of endowment fund eligible gifts from private donors, and (B) governing the acceptance of gifts made by a foundation established pursuant to sections 4-37e and 4-37f, to a state university or its employees for reimbursement of expenditures or payment of expenditures on behalf of a state university or its employees. Private donations shall not be construed to include proceeds of federal grants but may include proceeds of municipal grants.

Sec. 9. Subsection (b) of section 10a-109i of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(b) (1) A permanent Endowment Fund for The University of Connecticut shall be confirmed, established or created to encourage donations from the private sector, with an incentive in the form of an endowment fund state grant, which shall be deposited in the university or in a foundation operating pursuant to sections 4-37e and 4-37f consistent with the deposit of endowment fund eligible gifts, and the net earnings on the principal of which are to be dedicated and made available to the university for endowed professorships, scholarships and programmatic enhancements. The fund shall be administered by the board of trustees, or by a nonprofit entity entrusted for such purpose and created or to be created and qualified as a Section 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, and preferably constituted and controlled independent of the state and university so as to qualify the interest on state bonds the proceeds of which have been granted for deposit in the endowment fund as excludable from federal taxation under such code and shall, in any event, be held in a trust fund with a bank or trust company separate and apart from all other funds and accounts of the state and university. There shall be deposited into the fund: (A) Endowment fund eligible gifts, (B) endowment fund state grants and (C) interest or other income earned on the investment of moneys in the endowment fund pending application or transfer or use of earnings on the principal thereof for the purposes identified in this subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section.

(2) (A) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 1999, to June 30, 2006, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the Department of Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b shall deposit in the endowment fund for the university a grant in an amount equal to half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts, except as provided in this subparagraph, received by the university or for the benefit of the university for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education, provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made. For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1999, and June 30, 2000, the Department of Higher Education shall deposit in the endowment fund for the university grants in total amounts which shall not exceed the endowment fund state grant, as defined in subdivision (7) of section 10a-109c of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 1997, and which shall be equal to the amounts certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees for each such fiscal year of endowment fund eligible gifts received by the university or for the benefit of the university and for which written commitments were made prior to July 1, 1997. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, the funds required to be deposited in the endowment fund pursuant to this subparagraph shall be appropriated to the university for such purpose and not appropriated to the fund established pursuant to section 10a-8b.

(B) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2007, to June 30, 2014, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the Department of Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b shall deposit in the endowment fund for the university a grant in an amount equal to one-quarter of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts, except as provided in this subdivision, received by the university or for the benefit of the university for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education, provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made. Endowment fund eligible gifts that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision, made by donors during the period from January 1, 2005, to June 30, 2005, shall continue to be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received. Commitments by donors to make endowment fund eligible gifts for two or more years that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision and that are made for the period prior to December 31, 2004, but ending before December 31, 2012, shall continue to be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received through the commitment.

(C) In any such fiscal year in which the eligible gifts received by the university exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year the amount in excess of such endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year, shall be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year. Any endowment fund eligible gifts that are not included in the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts certified by the chairperson of the board of trustees pursuant to this subparagraph may be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state matching grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year.

(3) Moneys in the endowment fund shall be invested pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of section 10a-109i, as amended, in such obligations as are eligible for investment of pension funds by the Treasurer provided any deposit in a bank or money market or other banking or money market arrangement, such as repurchase agreement, shall be fully secured unless otherwise insured by a federal corporation and the net earnings of the endowment fund shall be used solely for the purposes for which the fund has been established. There shall be no commingling of the investments of the endowment fund with any other fund or account of the state or the university.

(4) The board of trustees shall adopt guidelines with respect to the solicitation of endowment fund eligible gifts from private donors. Private donations shall not be construed to include proceeds of federal grants but may include proceeds of municipal grants.

Sec. 10. Subsection (a) of section 10a-143a of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(a) (1) The Board for State Academic Awards shall establish a permanent Endowment Fund for Charter Oak State College to encourage donations from the private sector, with an incentive in the form of an endowment fund state grant, the net earnings on the principal of which are dedicated and made available to Charter Oak State College for scholarships and programmatic enhancements. The fund shall be administered by the Board for State Academic Awards or by a nonprofit entity entrusted for such purpose and qualified as a Section 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, and preferably constituted and controlled independent of the state and college so as to qualify the interest on state bonds the proceeds of which have been granted for deposit in the endowment fund as excludable from federal taxation under such code and shall, in any event, be held in a trust fund separate and apart from all other funds and accounts of the state and the Board for State Academic Awards. There shall be deposited into the fund: (A) Endowment fund eligible gifts; (B) endowment fund state grants; and (C) interest or other earnings from the investment of moneys in the endowment fund pending transfer or use of earnings on the principal of the fund for the purposes identified in this subdivision.

(2) (A) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, to June 30, 2006, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the Department of Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b, shall deposit in the Endowment Fund for Charter Oak State College a grant in an amount equal to half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received by or for the benefit of Charter Oak State College for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the Board for State Academic Awards by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education, provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made.

(B) For each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2007, to June 30, 2014, inclusive, as part of the state contract with donors of endowment fund eligible gifts, the Department of Higher Education, in accordance with section 10a-8b, shall deposit in the Endowment Fund for Charter Oak State College a grant in an amount equal to one-quarter of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts, except as provided in this subdivision, received by or for the benefit of Charter Oak State College for the calendar year ending the December thirty-first preceding the commencement of such fiscal year, as certified by the chairperson of the Board for State Academic Awards by February fifteenth to (i) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, (ii) the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, and (iii) the Commissioner of Higher Education, provided such sums do not exceed the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for the fiscal year in which the grant is made. Endowment fund eligible gifts that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision, made by donors during the period from January 1, 2005, to June 30, 2005, shall continue to be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received. Commitments by donors to make endowment fund eligible gifts for two or more years that meet the criteria set forth in this subdivision and that are made for the period prior to December 31, 2004, but ending before December 31, 2012, shall continue to be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received through the commitment.

(C) In any such fiscal year in which the total of the eligible gifts received by Charter Oak State College exceeds the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year the amount in excess of such endowment fund state grant maximum commitment shall be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state grant maximum commitment. Any endowment fund eligible gifts that are not included in the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts certified by the chairperson of the Board for State Academic Awards pursuant to this subdivision may be carried forward and be eligible for a matching state grant in any succeeding fiscal year from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, inclusive, subject to the endowment fund state matching grant maximum commitment for such fiscal year.

(3) The Board for State Academic Awards shall adopt, by October 1, 1997, guidelines with respect to (A) the solicitation of endowment fund eligible gifts from private donors, and (B) governing the acceptance of gifts made by a foundation established pursuant to sections 4-37e and 4-37f, to Charter Oak State College or its employees for reimbursement of expenditures or payment of expenditures on behalf of Charter Oak State College or its employees. Private donations shall not be construed to include proceeds of municipal grants.

Sec. 11. Section 10a-8c of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

[Notwithstanding] (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, notwithstanding the provisions of sections 10a-77a, as amended by this act, 10a-99a, as amended by this act, 10a-109c, 10a-109i, as amended by this act, and 10a-143a, as amended by this act, no funds shall be appropriated to the Department of Higher Education for grants pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10a-77a, as amended by this act, subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10a-99a, as amended by this act, subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 10a-109i, as amended by this act, and subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10a-143a, as amended by this act: (1) Until such time as the amount in the Budget Reserve Fund, established in section 4-30a, equals ten per cent of the net General Fund appropriations for the fiscal year in progress, (2) the amount of the grants appropriated shall be reduced proportionately if the amount available is less than the amount required for such grants, and (3) the amount of funds available to be appropriated during any fiscal year for such grants shall not exceed twenty-five million dollars.

(b) Endowment fund eligible gifts that meet the criteria set forth in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10a-77a, as amended by this act, subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10a-99a, as amended by this act, subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 10a-109i, as amended by this act, and subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10a-143a, as amended by this act, made by donors during the period from January 1, 2005, to June 30, 2005, shall be matched by the Department of Higher Education in an amount equal to one-half of the total amount of endowment fund eligible gifts received. The department shall transfer the amount of the match to the endowment funds of the constituent units in accordance with section 10a-8b.

Sec. 12. Subsection (a) of section 10-264i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(a) A local or regional board of education, regional educational service center, the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of Manchester Community College, or cooperative arrangement pursuant to section 10-158a which transports a child to an interdistrict magnet school program, as defined in section 10-264l, as amended by this act, in a town other than the town in which the child resides shall be eligible pursuant to section 10-264e to receive a grant for the cost of transporting such child in accordance with this section. The amount of such grant shall not exceed an amount equal to the number of such children transported multiplied by one thousand [two] three hundred dollars. The Department of Education shall provide such grants within available appropriations. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prevent a local or regional board of education, regional educational service center or cooperative arrangement from receiving reimbursement under section 10-266m, as amended, for reasonable transportation expenses for which such board, service center or cooperative arrangement is not reimbursed pursuant to this section.

Sec. 13. Subsection (l) of section 5-198 of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(l) All members of the professional and technical staffs of the constituent units of the state system of higher education, as defined in section 10a-1, of all other state institutions of learning, of the Department of Higher Education, and of the agricultural experiment station at New Haven, professional and managerial employees of the [State Board] Department of Education and teachers certified by the State Board of Education and employed in teaching positions at state institutions.

Sec. 14. Section 10-265g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Each local and regional board of education for a priority school district shall offer a summer reading program, as described in subsection (d) of section 10-265f, as amended by this act, to children enrolled in kindergarten in the schools under its jurisdiction who are determined by their teachers to need additional reading and reading readiness instruction.

(b) For each school year commencing on or after July 1, [1999] 2006, 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. If a student is determined to be substantially deficient in reading based on [: (1) The middle of the year evaluation] a middle of the school year or end of the school year evaluation, the school shall notify the parents or guardian of the student of such result [; and (2) the end of the year evaluation,] and the school shall develop and implement a personal reading plan for such student.

(c) The personal reading plan shall include [measures to improve the student's reading level] additional instruction, within available appropriations, such as tutoring, [a transitional class,] an after school, school vacation, or weekend program or a summer reading program as described in subsection (d) of section 10-265f, as amended by this act. Personal reading plans pursuant to this section shall be (1) reviewed and revised as appropriate after each evaluation or state-wide examination, as appropriate, (2) discussed with the provider of the additional instruction, and (3) given to the parent or guardian of the student, in accordance with the provisions concerning notice to parents or legal guardians pursuant to section 10-15b, as amended by this act, and include recommendations for reading strategies that the parent or guardian can use at home. For purposes of providing additional instruction, boards of education for priority school districts shall give preference first to elementary schools and then to middle schools, with the highest number of students who are substantially deficient in reading.

(d) Promotion of [such student from grade to] students with personal reading plans from first, second or third 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] first, second or third grade, the school principal shall provide written justification for such promotion to the superintendent of schools.

(e) A personal reading plan that incorporates the competencies required for early reading success and effective reading instruction as delineated in section 10-221l shall be maintained for a student who is substantially deficient in reading until the student achieves a satisfactory grade level [of] proficiency, as determined by a reading evaluation pursuant to this subsection or a state-wide examination pursuant to section 10-14n of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes.

(f) Subject to the provisions of this subsection and within available appropriations, each local and regional board of education for a priority school district shall require for the 2006-2007 school year, and each school year thereafter, students in grades one to three, inclusive, who, based on an end-of-the year evaluation pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, are determined to be substantially deficient in reading, to attend school the summer following such evaluation. The superintendent of schools may exempt an individual student from such requirement, upon the recommendation of the school principal, based on the student's progress with the student's personal reading plan. If a student does not receive such an exemption, has been offered the opportunity to attend a summer school program and fails to attend summer school, the local or regional board of education shall not promote the student to the next grade.

[(c)] (g) The superintendent of schools shall report to the Commissioner of Education the information such superintendent receives pursuant to subsection [(b)] (d) of this section regarding the number of students who are substantially deficient in reading and are promoted from first, second or third [to fourth] grade to the next grade. The State Board of Education shall prepare and publish a report containing such information.

Sec. 15. Section 10-265l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) [Each] For the 2006-2007 school year and each school year thereafter, each local and regional board of education for a priority school district pursuant to section 10-266p, as amended, shall, within available appropriations, require the schools under its jurisdiction to [provide additional instruction, unless the school principal determines that such instruction is not necessary based on the recommendations of the student's teacher, (1) for the 2000-2001 school year, and each school year thereafter, to] develop and implement a personal reading plan, as described in section 10-265g, as amended by this act, for each student who fails to meet the state-wide standard for remedial assistance on the reading component of the third, fourth or fifth grade mastery examination under section 10-14n, as amended, [and (2) for the 2001-2002 school year, and each school year thereafter, to each student who fails to meet the state-wide standard for remedial assistance on the sixth grade mastery examination under section 10-14n. The instruction shall be designed to address the student's deficiencies and may include tutoring, an after school or school vacation program, or a weekend school program that is funded in accordance with section 10-265m] unless the school principal determines that such additional instruction is not necessary based on the recommendations of the student's teacher.

(b) Subject to the provisions of this subsection, each local and regional board of education for a priority school district [shall require (1) for the 2000-2001 school year, and each school year thereafter, students in the schools under its jurisdiction who fail to reach the state-wide standard for remedial assistance on the reading component of such fourth grade mastery examination to attend school the summer following the examination on which they failed to reach such standard, and (2)] may require, within available appropriations, (1) for the 2005-2006 school year, students in the fourth and sixth grades in schools under its jurisdiction who fail to make progress with the additional instruction provided in their personal reading plans to attend school during the summer following the school year in which the student fails to make such progress, and (2) for the [2001-2002] 2006-2007 school year, and each school year thereafter, students in the schools under its jurisdiction who fail [to reach the state-wide standard for remedial assistance on such sixth grade mastery examination] in fourth, fifth or sixth grade to make progress with the additional instruction provided in their personal reading plans to attend school the summer following the [examination on which they failed to reach such standard] school year in which they failed to make such progress. The superintendent of schools may exempt an individual student from such requirement, upon the recommendation of the school principal. [, based on the student's progress with the additional instruction provided pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. ] If a student does not receive such an exemption, has been offered the opportunity to attend a summer school program and fails to attend summer school, the local or regional board of education shall not promote the student to the next grade.

Sec. 16. Subsection (a) of section 10-265m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Commissioner of Education shall award grants, within available appropriations, to local and regional boards of education for priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p, as amended, for summer school programs required pursuant to [section] sections 10-265g and 10-265l, as amended by this act, and weekend school programs. 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 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 to the Department of Education, at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes.

Sec. 17. Subsection (d) of section 10-265f of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2007):

(d) In the case of proposals for intensive early intervention reading programs including after-school and summer programs, the plan shall: (1) 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; (2) provide for a period of time each day of individualized or small group instruction for each student; (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; (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; (5) provide for on-site teacher training and coaching in the implementation of research-based reading instruction delineated in section 10-221l; (6) 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; [(6)] (7) provide for data collection and program evaluation; and [(7)] (8) include any additional information the commissioner deems relevant. Each school district that receives grant funds under this section shall annually report to the Department of Education on the district's progress toward reducing the achievement gap in reading, including data on student progress in reading and how such data have been used to guide professional development and the coaching process.

Sec. 18. Subsection (a) of section 10-19o of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Commissioner of Education shall establish a program to provide grants to youth service bureaus in accordance with this section. Only youth service bureaus which were eligible to receive grants pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, [2005] 2006, or which applied for a grant by June 30, [2005] 2006, with prior approval of the town's contribution pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, shall be eligible for a grant pursuant to this section for any fiscal year commencing on or after July 1, [2005] 2006. Each such youth service bureau shall receive a grant of fourteen thousand dollars. The Department of Education may expend an amount not to exceed two per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for administrative expenses. If there are any remaining funds, each such youth service bureau that was awarded a grant in excess of fifteen thousand dollars in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, shall receive a percentage of such funds. The percentage shall be determined as follows: For each such grant in excess of fifteen thousand dollars, the difference between the amount of the grant awarded to the youth service bureau for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and fifteen thousand dollars shall be divided by the difference between the total amount of the grants awarded to all youth service bureaus that were awarded grants in excess of fifteen thousand dollars for said fiscal year and the product of fifteen thousand dollars and the number of such grants for said fiscal year.

Sec. 19. Subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(6) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, and each fiscal year thereafter, a grant in an amount equal to the amount of its target aid as described in subdivision (32) of section 10-262f, as amended, except that such amount shall be 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, June 30, 2003, and June 30, 2004, 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 cap shall be used for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, 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) For each fiscal year, except for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, 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 through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, 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, as amended, 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, as amended, 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) 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) 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, as amended, 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, as amended, relative to length of school year and summer school sessions, and (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. (O) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, each town shall receive a grant that is at least equal to the grant it received for the prior fiscal year. (P) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, (i) each town whose target aid is capped pursuant to this subdivision shall receive a grant that includes 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, (ii) each town's grant including the cap supplement shall be reduced by three per cent, (iii) the towns of Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven shall each receive a grant that is equal to the grant such towns received for the prior fiscal year plus one million dollars, (iv) those towns described in clause (i) of this subparagraph shall receive a grant that includes a pro rata share of three million dollars based on the same pro rata basis as used in said clause (i), (v) towns whose school districts are priority school districts pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-266p, as amended, or transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c or who are eligible for grants under section 10-276a or 10-263d for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, to June 30, 2004, inclusive, shall receive grants that are at least equal to the grants they received for the prior fiscal year, (vi) towns not receiving funds under clause (iii) of this subparagraph shall receive a pro rata share of any remaining funds based on their grant determined under this subparagraph. (Q) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, (i) no town shall receive a grant pursuant to this subparagraph in an amount that is less than sixty per cent of the amount determined pursuant to the previous subparagraphs of this subdivision, (ii) notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, each town shall receive a grant that is equal to the amount the town received for the prior fiscal year increased by twenty-three and twenty-seven hundredths per cent of the difference between the grant amount calculated pursuant to this subdivision and the amount the town received for the prior fiscal year, (iii) no town whose school district is a priority school district pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-266p, as amended, shall receive a grant pursuant to this subdivision that is less than three hundred seventy dollars per resident student, and (iv) each town shall receive a grant that is at least the greater of the amount of the grant it received for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, or the amount of the grant it received for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, increased by seven tenths per cent, except that the town of Winchester shall not receive less than its fixed entitlement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003. (R) Notwithstanding the provisions of this subdivision, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007, each town shall receive a grant that is equal to the amount of the grant the town received for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, increased by two per cent plus the amount specified in section 33 of public act 05-245*, provided for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, no town shall receive a grant in an amount that is less than sixty per cent of the amount of its target aid as described in subdivision (32) of section 10-262f of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes. (S) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and for each fiscal year thereafter, no town shall receive a grant in an amount that is less than (i) the grant it received for the prior fiscal year, or (ii) sixty per cent of the amount of its target aid as described in subdivision (32) of section 10-262f of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes.

Sec. 20. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2006) (a) There is established an In-Classroom School Breakfast Pilot Program. The Department of Education may, within available appropriations, maintain a competitive grant program for the purpose of assisting up to ten severe need schools, as defined by federal law governing school nutrition programs, to establish in-classroom school breakfast programs.

(b) Applicants for grants provided pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall apply annually to the Commissioner of Education at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. In determining whether to award an applicant a grant for an in-classroom school breakfast program, the commissioner shall consider, at a minimum, the following factors: (1) The specific objectives and description of the proposed program, (2) the cost of the proposed program, (3) the number of children who will benefit from the proposed program, and (4) whether the proposed program is likely to increase the number of students receiving nutritious breakfasts.

Sec. 21. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2006) (a) There is established, within the Department of Agriculture, a farm to school program. In consultation with the Department of Education, the program shall facilitate and promote the sale of Connecticut-grown farm products by farms to school districts, individual schools and other educational institutions under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education. Through the farm to school program, the Department of Agriculture shall (1) encourage and solicit Connecticut farmers to sell their products to such districts, schools and other educational institutions, (2) develop and regularly update a database of farmers interested in selling their products to Connecticut schools, including the types and amounts of products the farmers want to sell and the time periods during which the farmers want to sell, (3) in consultation with the Department of Education, facilitate purchases from local farmers by such interested districts, schools and other educational institutions, and (4) provide outreach and guidance to farmers concerning the value of and procedure for selling their products to such interested districts, schools and other educational institutions.

(b) The Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, school food service directors and interested farming organizations, shall (1) establish a week-long promotional event, to be known as Connecticut-Grown for Connecticut Kids Week, in late September or early October each year, that will promote Connecticut agriculture and foods to children through school meal and classroom programs, at farms, farmers' markets and other locations in the community, (2) encourage and solicit school districts, individual schools and other educational institutions under its jurisdiction to purchase Connecticut-grown farm products, (3) provide outreach, guidance and training to districts, parent and teacher organizations, schools and school food service directors concerning the value of and procedure for purchasing and incorporating into their regular menus Connecticut-grown farm products, (4) in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, arrange for local, regional and state-wide events where potential purchasers and farmers can interact, and (5) arrange for interaction between students and farmers, including field trips to farms and in-school presentations by farmers.

Sec. 22. Section 10-10a of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (d) as follows (Effective July 1, 2006):

(NEW) (d) Local and regional boards of education and preschool programs which receive state or federal funding shall participate, in a manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Education, in the state-wide public school information system described in subsection (a) of this section. Participation for purposes of this subsection shall include, but not be limited to, reporting on (1) student experiences in preschool by program type and by numbers of months in each such program, and (2) the readiness of students entering kindergarten and student progress in kindergarten. Such reporting shall be done by October 1, 2007, and annually thereafter.

Sec. 23. Subdivision (3) of subsection (e) of section 10-16p of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(3) If a town that is eligible for a grant pursuant to subsection (c) of this section does not submit, by October 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 seventy per cent of any amounts] funds that 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, [and the remaining thirty per cent of any amounts such town has not earmarked for expenditure,] for school readiness professional development, including, but not limited to, scholarship assistance for school readiness staff to attain early childhood education certification and staff training to enhance literacy teaching skills, and to conduct activities related to preschool and kindergarten student developmental evaluations or assessments.

Sec. 24. Subsection (b) of section 10-16q of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(b) (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, the per child cost of the Department of Education school readiness component of the program offered by a school readiness provider shall not exceed six thousand six hundred fifty dollars.

(2) For fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, and each fiscal year thereafter, the per child cost of the Department of Education school readiness component of the program offered by a school readiness provider shall not exceed six thousand nine hundred twenty-five dollars. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (e) of section 10-16p of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes, as amended by this act, the Department of Education shall not provide funding to any school readiness provider that (A) on or before January 1, 2004, first entered into a contract with a town to provide school readiness services pursuant to this section and is not accredited on January 1, 2007, or (B) after January 1, 2004, first entered into a contract with a town to provide school readiness services pursuant to this section and does not become accredited by the date three years after the date on which the provider first entered into such a contract.

(3) A school readiness provider may provide child day care services and the cost of such child day care services shall not be subject to such per child cost limitation.

Sec. 25. (Effective July 1, 2006) The Department of Higher Education, in consultation with the Department of Education, shall develop alternate route to certification programs for (1) school administrators and superintendents, and (2) early childhood education teachers. The programs shall include mentored apprenticeships and criteria for admission to the programs.

Sec. 26. Subsection (c) of section 10-66ee of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(c) (1) The state shall pay in accordance with this subsection, to the fiscal authority for a state charter school, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, seven thousand six hundred twenty-five dollars for each student enrolled in such school, and for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, and for each fiscal year thereafter, eight 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. If, for any fiscal year, the total amount appropriated for grants pursuant to this subdivision exceeds [seven thousand two hundred fifty] eight thousand dollars per student, the amount of such grants payable per student shall be increased proportionately, except that such per student increase shall not exceed seventy dollars. Any amount of such appropriation remaining after such per student increase shall be used by the Department of Education for supplemental grants to interdistrict magnet schools pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (c) of section 10-264l of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, such increase shall be limited to one hundred ten dollars per student. (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, as amended. 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.

Sec. 27. Section 10-266p of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (g) as follows (Effective July 1, 2006):

(NEW) (g) In addition to the amounts allocated in subsection (a) and subsections (c) to (f), inclusive, of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, and each fiscal year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall allocate six million dollars as follows: Each priority school district shall receive an allocation based on the ratio of the amount it is eligible to receive pursuant to subsection (a) and subsections (c) to (f), inclusive, of this section to the total amount all priority school districts are eligible to receive pursuant to said subsection (a) and said subsections (c) to (f), inclusive.

Sec. 28. Subsection (h) of section 10-265f of the 2006 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(h) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for the fiscal [years ending June 30, 2004, to] year ending June 30, 2007, the amount available for the competitive grant program pursuant to this section shall be one million seven hundred eighty-eight thousand one dollars and the maximum administrative amount shall not be more than [two] three hundred [three] fifty-three thousand six hundred forty-six dollars.

Approved June 6, 2006