Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 634

February Session, 2006

 

LCO No. 2658

 

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Referred to Committee on Education

 

Introduced by:

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSIENT STUDENTS AND SCHOOL RESIDENCY.

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

Section 1. Section 10-184 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

All parents [and those] or guardian, as defined in subsection (a) of section 10-186, as amended by this act, who have the care of children shall bring them up in some lawful and honest employment and instruct them or cause them to be instructed in reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and United States history and in citizenship, including a study of the town, state and federal governments. Subject to the provisions of this section and section 10-15c, each such parent or [other person having control] guardian of a child five years of age and over and under eighteen years of age shall cause such child to attend a public school regularly during the hours and terms the public school in the district in which such parent or guardian and such child [resides] reside is in session, unless such child is a high school graduate or the parent or [person having control] guardian of such child is able to show that the child is elsewhere receiving equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools. The parent or [person having control] guardian of a child sixteen or seventeen years of age may consent, as provided in this section, to such child's withdrawal from school. Such parent or [person] guardian shall personally appear at the school district office and sign a withdrawal form. The school district shall provide such parent or [person] guardian with information on the educational options available in the school system and in the community. The parent or [person having control] guardian of a child five years of age shall have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is six years of age and the parent or [person having control] guardian of a child six years of age shall have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is seven years of age. The parent or [person] guardian shall exercise such option by personally appearing at the school district office and signing an option form. The school district shall provide the parent or [person] guardian with information on the educational opportunities available in the school system.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 10-186 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2006):

(a) Each local or regional board of education shall furnish, by transportation or otherwise, school accommodations so that each child five years of age and over and under twenty-one years of age who is not a graduate of a high school or vocational school may attend public school, except as provided in section 10-233c, and subsection (d) of section 10-233d. Any board of education which denies school accommodations, including a denial based on an issue of residency, to any such child shall inform the parent or guardian of such child or the child, in the case of an emancipated minor or a pupil eighteen years of age or older, of his right to request a hearing by the board of education in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section. A board of education which has denied school accommodations shall advise the board of education under whose jurisdiction it claims such child should be attending school of the denial. For purposes of this section, (1) a "parent or guardian" [shall include] means the custodial parent or legal guardian or a surrogate parent appointed pursuant to section 10-94g, and (2) a child residing in a dwelling located in more than one town in this state shall be considered a resident of each town in which the dwelling is located and may attend school in any one of such towns. For purposes of this subsection, "dwelling" means a single, two or three family house or a condominium unit.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2006

10-184

Sec. 2

July 1, 2006

10-186(a)

Statement of Purpose:

To clarify rules concerning determination of a child's residence.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]