CHAPTER 172*
SUPPORT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. TRANSPORTATION

      *Former provisions discussed. 75 C. 15; 85 C. 34; 97 C. 432; 132 C. 198.

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Sec. 10-249. Enumeration of children of compulsory school age in school districts and by state departments having jurisdiction over such children.
Sec. 10-250. Report showing number of children.
Sec. 10-251. Penalty for refusing to give age of child.
Sec. 10-252. Children in state receiving homes. Employment of teachers.
Sec. 10-253. School privileges for children in certain placements, nonresident children and children in temporary shelters.
Sec. 10-254. Fraud.
Sec. 10-255. Waiver of forfeiture.
Sec. 10-256. Misapplication of school money.
Sec. 10-257. Income of town deposit fund.
Secs. 10-257a to 10-257g. Definitions. Minimum salaries for teachers; grants; calculations; contract negotiations. Salary aid grants, calculations; aid eligibility factor. General education aid grants; calculations. Eligibility. Teacher-pupil ratio aid grants; calculations. Grant applications; distribution of funds; grant adjustments.
Sec. 10-257h. Data to be transmitted.
Sec. 10-257i. Educational roundtable committee.
Sec. 10-258. Trust funds.
Sec. 10-259. Fiscal and school year defined.
Sec. 10-260. State aid to towns.
Sec. 10-260a. Auditing of state grants for public education. Review of procedures manual.
Sec. 10-261. Definitions.
Sec. 10-261a. Equalized net grand lists for purposes of educational equalization grants.
Sec. 10-261b. Data re transfers of real property for preparation of equalized net grand lists.
Secs. 10-262 to 10-262e. Amounts payable to towns per pupil in average daily membership; additional payment for increase in enrollment. Pro rata distribution of federal funds among towns. Educational equalization grants; calculations; effect of changes in data elements. Equalized net grand lists for fiscal years ending in 1978 and 1979. Grants to be expended for school purposes only; minimum expenditure requirement.
Sec. 10-262f. Definitions.
Sec. 10-262g. Base aid.
Sec. 10-262h. Equalization aid grant calculations.
Sec. 10-262i. Grant payments. Expenditures for educational purposes only; exception. Prohibition against supplanting local funding. Minimum budget requirement; exception. Penalty.
Sec. 10-262j. Minimum expenditure requirement.
Sec. 10-262k. Grants for compensatory education programs.
Sec. 10-262l. Grants for improvement in student achievement.
Sec. 10-262m. Grants for high level of foster care placements in a school district.
Sec. 10-262n. Grants to improve the use of technology in schools.
Sec. 10-262o. Grant program for teacher technology training programs.
Sec. 10-262p. Computer technology competency standards for students. Report on the status of educational technology in the public schools.
Sec. 10-262q. Centralized web-based site for educators.
Sec. 10-262r. Computer-assisted writing, instruction and testing. Pilot program.
Sec. 10-263. Withholding of payments; adjustments for underpayments and overpayments of grants.
Secs. 10-263a and 10-263b. Payment to towns not on uniform fiscal year. Amounts in average daily membership payable to the Department of Correction.
Sec. 10-263c. Transitional school district grant program.
Sec. 10-263d. Transitional school district phase-out grants. Reduced grants for first year of eligibility for transitional school district grants.
Sec. 10-263e. Safe learning grant program.
Sec. 10-264. Temporary additional payment.
Secs. 10-264a to 10-264d. Promotion of educational quality and diversity: Definitions. Local assessment. Regional plans. Withholding of funds.
Sec. 10-264e. Grant applications.
Sec. 10-264f. Grants for single districts or one or more schools within a district.
Sec. 10-264g. Grants for two or more districts.
Sec. 10-264h. Grants for capital expenditures for interdistrict magnet school facilities.
Sec. 10-264i. Transportation grants for interdistrict magnet school programs.
Sec. 10-264j. No time or regional restrictions on development and implementation of interdistrict programs.
Sec. 10-264k. Regions.
Sec. 10-264l. Grants for the operation of interdistrict magnet school programs. Transportation. Special education. Tuition.
Sec. 10-264m. Creation of additional interdistrict magnet school programs with special emphasis on information technology curriculum.
Sec. 10-264n. Collaborative planning for the establishment of additional interdistrict magnet schools in the Sheff region.
Sec. 10-264o. Tuition payable to interdistrict magnet schools that begin operations in support of the 2008 stipulation and order for Sheff v. O'Neill.
Sec. 10-265. Payments.
Sec. 10-265a. Definitions.
Sec. 10-265b. State grants for vocational education equipment.
Sec. 10-265c. Distribution of funds. Grant application; limitations.
Sec. 10-265d. Bond authorization.
Sec. 10-265e. Definitions.
Sec. 10-265f. Early reading success grant program.
Sec. 10-265g. Summer reading programs required for priority school districts. Evaluation of student reading level. Personal reading plans.
Sec. 10-265h. Grants for priority school districts for general improvements to school buildings.
Sec. 10-265i. Grants for priority school districts for the purchase of library books.
Sec. 10-265j. Model early childhood learning programs.
Sec. 10-265k. Longitudinal study of educational progress of children participating in early reading success grant programs. Report.
Sec. 10-265l. Requirements for additional instruction for poor performing students in priority school districts; exemption. Summer school required; exemption.
Sec. 10-265m. Grants for summer school programs in priority school districts.
Secs. 10-266 to 10-266i. Reimbursement for education of pupils residing on state property or reservation land held in trust by the state for an Indian tribe; exemption. State grants for special programs for educationally deprived children. Amount of aid; redistribution of funds. Application for and payment of grant. Review and audit of grant payments. State assistance in developing programs. State aid for occupational training programs. Redistribution of funds. Application for and payment of grants. Review and audit of payments. Statement of expenditures. Review and evaluation of programs for disadvantaged children.
Sec. 10-266j. Intercommunity programs for disadvantaged children.
Secs. 10-266k and 10-266l. State grants for special educational programs and other municipal purposes. Agreements between private schools and urban school districts for education of disadvantaged children in public schools.
Sec. 10-266m. Transportation grants.
Secs. 10-266n and 10-266o. Phase-in of transportation grants. Hold-harmless for transportation grants.
Sec. 10-266p. Priority school district grant program.
Sec. 10-266q. Application for grant. Utilization of funds.
Sec. 10-266r. Evaluation of program. Financial statement of expenditures.
Sec. 10-266s. Interdistrict leadership grant program.
Sec. 10-266t. Grants for extended school building hours for academic enrichment and support and recreation programs.
Sec. 10-266u. Retention of funds by the department. Grant to supplement existing programs. Reports. Audits.
Sec. 10-266v.
Sec. 10-266w. School breakfast grant program.
Sec. 10-266x. Development of innovative programs for educational improvement.
Sec. 10-266y. Competitive grant program for certain high school projects.
Sec. 10-266z.
Sec. 10-266aa. State-wide interdistrict public school attendance program.
Sec. 10-266bb. Grants for interdistrict resident summer programs and distance learning and other technologies.
Sec. 10-266cc. Lighthouse schools.
Secs. 10-267 to 10-273. State aid for purchase of nonprint learning materials, media equipment and books. "Average annual receipts from taxation" defined. Statement by town treasurer. Transportation grants for elementary school and kindergarten pupils, generally.
Sec. 10-273a. Reimbursement for transportation to and from elementary and secondary schools.
Secs. 10-273b to 10-276. Reimbursement for sidewalk construction. Definition of "high school" for purpose of transportation grants. Statement by town treasurer. Certificate by Tax Commissioner for high school transportation grant.
Sec. 10-276a. Priority school district phase-out grants. Reduced grants for first year of eligibility for priority school district grants.
Sec. 10-276b. Diverse learning environment for state-funded interdistrict programs.
Sec. 10-277. Reimbursement for transportation of high school pupils from towns or regional school districts not maintaining high schools. Transportation to nonpublic schools.
Secs. 10-278 to 10-280. Reimbursements: Classification for; fixed in amount received for school year ended June 30, 1938.
Sec. 10-280a. Transportation for pupils in nonprofit private schools outside school district.
Sec. 10-281. Transportation for pupils in nonprofit private schools within school district.

      Sec. 10-249. Enumeration of children of compulsory school age in school districts and by state departments having jurisdiction over such children. (a) The board of education of each local and regional school district shall annually determine by age the number of children of compulsory school age who reside within the jurisdiction of such school district as of January first of each year. Such determination shall be made by (1) enumeration of each such child individually or (2) any reasonable means of accounting approved by the Commissioner of Education.

      (b) If any child of compulsory school age is not attending school within the jurisdiction of the board of education of a local or regional school district, the superintendent of schools of the district shall make a reasonable effort to ascertain the reason for such nonattendance. If such child is employed at labor, the superintendent of schools shall make a reasonable effort to ascertain the name and address of such child's employer or of the establishment where such child is employed. Returns shall be made to the board of education on or before the fifteenth day of May. Any state, local or other public agency shall, upon request by the superintendent of schools, provide such information as may be reasonably required for the purposes of this section.

      (c) Each state department shall report periodically to the Commissioner of Education at such time and in such manner as he shall prescribe, the name and address of the most recent residence within the state for each child of compulsory school age under the jurisdiction of such department. The commissioner shall provide such information to the superintendent of schools of the local or regional school district wherein such child is indicated to have most recently resided.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1546; 1957, P.A. 72, S. 1; 1959, P.A. 417, S. 1; February, 1965, P.A. 123, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 43, S. 1; P.A. 78-218, S. 179; P.A. 81-257, S. 4, 10.)

      History: 1959 act removed fixed compensation of enumerators and provided for payment in discretion of board of education; 1965 act changed age of children to be enumerated from 18 to 21; 1971 act changed all marker dates in section, i.e. "October" to "April",`September" to "January", "September" to "March" and "November" to "May", and required recording of address of employer as well as name; P.A. 78-218 substituted "local and regional school district" for "town board of education" and "school district" for "town" and replaced masculine personal pronouns with appropriate nouns; P.A. 81-257 streamlined the procedure for enumerating children of compulsory school age, eliminated appointment of an enumerator, made alternate plans for enumeration acceptable, required "reasonable effort" to determine reason for nonattendance of any child and employment information, authorized public agencies to provide information upon request of superintendent and added Subsec. (c) re reports by state departments to commissioner of education re whereabouts of children under their jurisdiction.

      Cited. 152 C. 568.

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      Sec. 10-250. Report showing number of children. Annually, not later than June fifteenth, the superintendent of schools for each local or regional school district shall file with the Commissioner of Education a report, on a form prescribed by said commissioner, showing the number of children of compulsory school age residing within the jurisdiction of such school district determined in accordance with the provisions of section 10-249 and such other information as said commissioner requires.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1547; 1957, P.A. 72, S. 2; 1971, P.A. 43, S. 2; P.A. 78-218, S. 180; P.A. 81-257, S. 5, 10.)

      History: 1971 act changed deadline for report from January first to June fifteenth, substituted "report" for "sworn certificate" and required recording of children residing in town as of preceding "April" rather than "October"; P.A. 78-218 substituted "local or regional" board of education for "town" board; P.A. 81-257 clarified provisions, substituted "school district" for references to board of education and town and required filing of report with commissioner of education rather than with state board of education.

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      Sec. 10-251. Penalty for refusing to give age of child. Any person having control of a child under twenty-one years of age who wilfully refuses to give the name and age of such child, and such information concerning the school attendance of such child as this chapter requires, shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1548; 1957, P.A. 72, S. 3; February, 1965, P.A. 123, S. 2; P.A. 81-257, S. 6, 10.)

      History: 1965 act changed age of children in question from 18 to 21; P.A. 81-257 deleted reference to enumerator as recipient of information in keeping with amendment to Sec. 10-249 abolishing enumerators as canvassers of information.

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      Sec. 10-252. Children in state receiving homes. Employment of teachers. Section 10-252 is repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1549; 1955, S. 965d; P.A. 75-420, S. 4, 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 521, 610; P.A. 78-218, S. 181; P.A. 80-483, S. 43, 186; P.A. 81-257, S. 7, 10; P.A. 84-255, S. 20, 21.)

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      Sec. 10-253. School privileges for children in certain placements, nonresident children and children in temporary shelters. (a) Children placed out by the Commissioner of Children and Families or by other agencies or persons, including offices of a government of a federally recognized Native American tribe, private child-caring or child-placing agencies licensed by the Department of Children and Families, and eligible residents of facilities operated by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services or by the Department of Public Health who are eighteen to twenty-one years of age, shall be entitled to all free school privileges of the school district where they then reside as a result of such placement, except as provided in subdivision (4) of subsection (e) of section 10-76d. Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section and subdivision (4) of subsection (e) of section 10-76d, payment for such education shall be made by the board of education of the school district under whose jurisdiction such child would otherwise be attending school where such a school district is identified.

      (b) The board of education of the school district under whose jurisdiction a child would otherwise be attending school shall be financially responsible for the reasonable costs of education for a child placed out by the Commissioner of Children and Families or by other agencies, including, but not limited to, offices of a government of a federally recognized Native American tribe, in a private residential facility when such child requires educational services other than special education services. Such financial responsibility shall be the lesser of one hundred per cent of the costs of such education or the average per pupil educational costs of such board of education for the prior fiscal year, determined in accordance with subsection (a) of section 10-76f. Any costs in excess of the boards' basic contribution shall be paid by the State Board of Education on a current basis. The costs for services other than educational shall be paid by the state agency which placed the child. Application for the grant to be paid by the state for costs in excess of the local or regional board of education's basic contribution shall be made in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (5) of subsection (e) of section 10-76d. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, to June 30, 2007, inclusive, and for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2010, and June 30, 2011, the amount of the grants payable to local or regional boards of education in accordance with this subsection shall be reduced proportionately if the total of such grants in such year exceeds the amount appropriated for the purposes of this subsection for such year.

      (c) No board of education shall be required to provide school accommodations for any child whose legal residence is in another state unless the board has entered into an agreement concerning the provision of educational services and programs with the state or local educational agency of such state responsible for educating the child, the facility where the child is placed or the parent or guardian placing such child, and provided that a bond, in a sum equal to the tuition payable for such child, issued by a surety company authorized to do business in this state and conditioned upon the payment of tuition at the rate established by the board, shall be filed with the treasurer of the school district in which such child is attending school by the parent or guardian or other person or organization in control of such child.

      (d) Children residing with relatives or nonrelatives, when it is the intention of such relatives or nonrelatives and of the children or their parents or guardians that such residence is to be permanent, provided without pay and not for the sole purpose of obtaining school accommodations, and, for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 1981, and each fiscal year thereafter, children not requiring special education who are residing in any facility or home as a result of a placement by a public agency, including, but not limited to, offices of a government of a federally recognized Native American tribe, other than a local or regional board of education, and except as provided by subsection (b) of this section, shall be entitled to all free school privileges accorded to resident children of the school district in which they then reside. A local or regional board of education may require documentation from the parent or guardian, the relative or nonrelative, emancipated minor or pupil eighteen years of age or older that the residence is to be permanent, provided without pay and not for the sole purpose of obtaining school accommodations provided by the school district. Such documentation may include affidavits, provided that prior to any request for documentation of a child's residency from the child's parent or guardian, relative or nonrelative, or emancipated minor or pupil eighteen years of age or older, the board of education shall provide the parent or guardian, relative or nonrelative, emancipated minor or pupil eighteen years of age or older with a written statement specifying the basis upon which the board has reason to believe that such child, emancipated minor or pupil eighteen years of age or older is not entitled to school accommodations.

      (e) (1) For purposes of this subsection:

      (A) "Temporary shelters" means facilities which provide emergency shelter for a specified, limited period of time, and

      (B) "Educational costs" means the reasonable costs of providing regular or, except as otherwise provided, special education, but in no event shall such costs exceed the average per pupil cost for regular education students or the actual cost of providing special education for special education students.

      (2) Children in temporary shelters shall be entitled to free school privileges from either the school district in which the shelter is located or the school district in which the child would otherwise reside, if not for the need for temporary shelter. Upon notification from the school district in which the temporary shelter is located, the school district in which the child would otherwise reside, if identified, shall either pay tuition to the school district in which the temporary shelter is located for the child to attend school in that district or shall continue to provide educational services, including transportation, to such child. If the school district where the child would otherwise reside cannot be identified, the school district in which the temporary shelter is located shall be financially responsible for the educational costs for such child, except that in the case of a child who requires special education and related services and is placed by the Department of Children and Families in a temporary shelter on or after July 1, 1995, the school district in which the child resided immediately prior to such placement or the Department of Children and Families shall be responsible for the cost of such special education and related services, to the extent such board or department is responsible for such costs under subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of subsection (e) of section 10-76d. If the school district where the child would otherwise reside declines to provide free school privileges, the school district where the temporary shelter is located shall provide free school privileges and may recover tuition from the school district where the child would otherwise reside. In the case of children requiring special education who have been placed in out-of-district programs by either a board of education or state agency, the school district in which the child would otherwise reside shall continue to be responsible for the child's education until such time as a new residence is established, notwithstanding the fact that the child or child's family resides in a temporary shelter.

      (f) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, educational services shall be provided by each local and regional board of education to homeless children and youths in accordance with the provisions of 42 USC 11431, et seq., as amended from time to time.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1550; 1955, S. 966d; February, 1965, P.A. 586, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 793, S. 6; P.A. 75-420, S. 4, 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 521, 610; P.A. 78-218, S. 182; P.A. 80-483, S. 44, 186; P.A. 81-257, S. 9, 10; 81-432, S. 3, 11; P.A. 82-311, S. 2, 4; P.A. 83-88, S. 1, 2; P.A. 85-473, S. 2, 3; P.A. 86-303, S. 2, 4; P.A. 87-179, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-360, S. 13, 63; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-237, S. 4, 7; 95-257, S. 33, 58; P.A. 96-146, S. 10, 12; P.A. 98-168, S. 4, 26; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 8, 246; P.A. 05-245, S. 20; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 47.)

      History: 1965 act amended Subsec. (a) providing exception to requirement that children placed by welfare commissioner receive free school privileges in town where placed; 1969 act deleted reference to placement in hospitals or custodial institutions for periods less than a school year in Subsec. (a) and excluded from provisions "children placed in hospitals or custodial institutions pursuant to agreements made under section 10-76d of the 1967 supplement ..."; P.A. 75-420 substituted commissioner of social services for welfare commissioner; P.A. 77-614 substituted commissioner of human resources for commissioner of social services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-218 substituted "board of education" for "town" where a duty implied and "school district" for "town" where geographical location implied; P.A. 80-483 substituted commissioner of children and youth services for commissioner of human resources; P.A. 81-257 repealed Subsec. (d) which had required enumeration of child in district he resides on date of enumeration; P.A. 81-432 clarified educational and financial responsibilities for state agency placements; P.A. 82-311 clarified provisions of P.A. 81-432 concerning the provision of an education for non-special-education children who are placed by state agencies by amending Subsec. (a) to require that the responsibility for children placed by state agencies rests with the school district where the child is placed if no responsible school board can be determined; and amending Subsec. (d) to specify that children not requiring special education who are placed by a public agency in any facility or home are the responsibility of the district where they are placed; P.A. 83-88 amended Subsec. (c) to authorize board to establish rate of tuition for nonresident children; P.A. 85-473 amended section to apply to certain residents of department of mental health facilities; P.A. 86-303 in Subsec. (d) added the provision that the residence not be for the sole purpose of obtaining school accommodations and made other provisions re requiring documentation re the nature of the residence; P.A. 87-179 amended Subsec. (a) to make children placed out by licensed private child-caring or child-placing agencies entitled to the free school privileges of the school district where they reside as a result of placement and added new Subsec. (e) re financial responsibility for educational costs for children in temporary shelters; P.A. 88-360 in Subsec. (a) added reference to the Connecticut alcohol and drug abuse commission; P.A. 93-91 substituted commissioner and department of children and families for commissioner and department of children and youth services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced Connecticut alcohol and drug abuse commission with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-237 amended Subsec. (e) to add the exception concerning financial liability for special education and related services for children placed by the Department of Children and Families, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Department of Mental Health with Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, replaced Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Department of Public Health, and added "except as provided in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (4) of subsection (e) of section 10-76d" in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 1995 (Revisor's note: The reference to "subparagraph (B) of" was deleted editorially by the Revisors since Sec. 32 of P.A. 95-257 deleted former Subpara. (A) and the Subpara. (B) indicator from Sec. 10-76d(e)(4)); P.A. 96-146 amended Subsec. (e)(2) to make the Department of Children and Families responsible for the cost of special education and related services for certain children and to specify that the responsibility of the department or the school district in which the child resided prior to placement shall be to the extent the department or board is responsible for such costs under Sec. 10-76d(a)(2)(B), effective May 29, 1996; P.A. 98-168 amended Subsec. (b) to change one method for determining the financial responsibility of local and regional boards of education from "two and one-half times" the average to the average per pupil educational costs, effective July 1, 1998; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (b) by adding provisions re proportional reductions in grants for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, and added Subsec. (f) requiring the provision of educational services to homeless children and youths by local and regional boards in accordance with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-245 added language re placements by offices of a government of a federally recognized Native American tribe in Subsecs. (a), (b) and (d), and amended Subsec. (b) to extend the proportional reduction of grants through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 amended Subsec. (b) to add language extending proportional reduction of grants through fiscal years ending June 30, 2010, and June 30, 2011, effective October 5, 2009.

      See 59 C. 491. "Legal residence" in former statute construed to mean residence in ordinary or popular sense, not same as domicile or settlement. 132 C. 200. Cited. 228 C. 433.

      Cited. 30 CA 720.

      Cited. 4 CS 254. Cited. 13 CS 53.

      Subsec. (d):

      Cited. 226 C. 902.

      Cited. 34 CA 567.


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      Sec. 10-254. Fraud. Any member of a board of education who fraudulently makes or joins in making any false certificate, by reason of which money is drawn from the state treasury, shall be fined not more than sixty dollars.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1551.)

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      Sec. 10-255. Waiver of forfeiture. Section 10-255 is repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1552; P.A. 77-614, S. 302, 610; P.A. 78-218, S. 183; 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 84-255, S. 20, 21.)

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      Sec. 10-256. Misapplication of school money. If any money appropriated to the use of schools is applied by a town or school district to any other purpose, such town or school district shall forfeit the amount thereof to the state and the Comptroller shall sue for the same on behalf of the state, to be applied, when recovered, to the use of schools.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1553; P.A. 10-32, S. 29.)

      History: P.A. 10-32 made a technical change, effective May 10, 2010.

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      Sec. 10-257. Income of town deposit fund. Section 10-257 is repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1554; P.A. 82-239, S. 6, 7.)

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      Secs. 10-257a to 10-257g. Definitions. Minimum salaries for teachers; grants; calculations; contract negotiations. Salary aid grants, calculations; aid eligibility factor. General education aid grants; calculations. Eligibility. Teacher-pupil ratio aid grants; calculations. Grant applications; distribution of funds; grant adjustments. Sections 10-257a to 10-257g, inclusive, are repealed, effective July 1, 1996.

      (May Sp. Sess. P.A. 86-1, S. 1-5, 7, 8, 58; P.A. 87-2, S. 1-7, 15-17, 21; 87-228, S. 1, 2; 87-250, S. 7, 8, 11; 87-325, S. 1-4; 87-464, S. 6-8; 87-488, S. 1-7, 9; P.A. 88-171, S. 1, 2, 5; 88-274, S. 1, 2; P.A. 96-244, S. 62, 63.)

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      Sec. 10-257h. Data to be transmitted. (a) The executive secretary of the Teachers' Retirement Board shall, not later than October 1, 1987, and October first of every succeeding year, transmit to the Commissioner of Education a certified copy of the following data for each teacher reported by school districts to the Teachers' Retirement Board on the annual school staff reports due September 15, 1985, and September fifteenth of every succeeding year: (1) Social Security number; (2) school district code number; (3) educational preparation; (4) full-time equivalent status; (5) school level; (6) primary assignment code; (7) annual salary; and (8) the contract step at which the teacher is paid.

      (b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, regional school district #19 shall, for teachers employed by such district who are not participants in the teachers' retirement system pursuant to chapter 167a, furnish to the Teachers' Retirement Board in the same manner and at the same time the same information it furnishes to said board pursuant to subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 10-183n for teachers who participate in the system.

      (May Sp. Sess. P.A. 86-1, S. 9, 58; P.A. 87-488, S. 8, 9; P.A. 02-89, S. 15.)

      History: P.A. 87-488 added Subsec. (d) to require regional school district #19 to transmit certain data to the teachers' retirement board; P.A. 02-89 deleted as obsolete former Subsec. (a) requiring the supervising agent of each school district to provide the executive secretary with a preliminary report of certain data for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1987, deleted as obsolete former Subsec. (c) requiring the executive secretary to transmit to the Commissioner of Education a certified copy of certain data not later than July 1, 1986, and redesignated existing Subsecs. (b) and (d) as Subsecs. (a) and (b).

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      Sec. 10-257i. Educational roundtable committee. Section 10-257i is repealed.

      (May Sp. Sess. P.A. 86-1, S. 53, 58; P.A. 87-499, S. 33, 34.)

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      Sec. 10-258. Trust funds. If any town has received a permanent fund for the support of a school or schools, the town treasurer shall have charge of it and keep a separate account thereof; and the income of such fund shall be held subject to the order of the board of education, which shall apply it for the benefit of the school or schools within or nearest to the limits of the district formerly existing, in such manner as to carry out, as nearly as possible, the intent of the grantor of such fund.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1555.)

      See Sec. 10-247 re management of permanent funds.

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      Sec. 10-259. Fiscal and school year defined. The fiscal and school year shall commence July first and end June thirtieth.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1558.)

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      Sec. 10-260. State aid to towns. Section 10-260 is repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1576; June, 1955, S. 971d; P.A. 78-218, S. 211.)

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      Sec. 10-260a. Auditing of state grants for public education. Review of procedures manual. (a) In accomplishment of their duties as set forth in section 2-90 and in accordance with the authority granted under chapter 111 the Auditors of Public Accounts shall, as often as they deem necessary, examine the records and accounts of any town or local or regional board of education in connection with any grant made by any state agency pursuant to any section of the general statutes or any act of the General Assembly. Their findings shall be reported as required in section 2-90.

      (b) The Department of Education shall submit to the Auditors of Public Accounts for review any proposed changes in the procedures manual that would alter the method of calculating educational equalization grants.

      (P.A. 76-274, S. 1; P.A. 78-218, S. 184; P.A. 82-275, S. 1, 2; P.A. 03-76, S. 19.)

      History: P.A. 78-218 substituted "local" for "town" boards of education; P.A. 82-275 added Subsec. (b) which requires review of procedures manual; P.A. 03-76 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective June 3, 2003.

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      Sec. 10-261. Definitions. (a) Whenever used in this section and section 10-263:

      (1) "Public schools" means nursery schools, kindergartens and grades one to twelve, inclusive;

      (2) "Average daily membership" means the number of all pupils of the local or regional board of education enrolled in public schools at the expense of such board of education on October first or the full school day immediately preceding such date, provided the number so obtained shall be decreased by the Department of Education for failure to comply with the provisions of section 10-16 and shall be increased by one one-hundred-eightieth for each full-time equivalent school day of at least five hours of actual school work in excess of one hundred eighty days and nine hundred hours of actual school work and be increased by the full-time equivalent number of such pupils attending the summer sessions immediately preceding such date at the expense of such board of education; "enrolled" shall include pupils who are scheduled for vacation on the above dates and who are expected to return to school as scheduled. Pupils participating in the program established pursuant to section 10-266aa shall be counted in accordance with the provisions of subsection (h) of section 10-266aa;

      (3) "Net current expenditures" means total current educational expenditures, less expenditures for (A) pupil transportation; (B) capital expenditures for land, buildings, equipment otherwise supported by a state grant pursuant to chapter 173 and debt service, provided that, with respect to debt service, commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 1987, the principal amount of any debt incurred to pay an expense otherwise includable in net current expenditures may be included as part of net current expenditures in annual installments in accordance with a schedule approved by the Department of Education based upon substantially equal principal payments over the life of the debt; (C) adult education; (D) health and welfare services for nonpublic school children; (E) all tuition received on account of nonresident pupils; (F) food services directly attributable to state and federal aid for child nutrition and to receipts derived from the operation of such services; and (G) student activities directly attributable to receipts derived from the operation of such services, except that the town of Woodstock may include as part of the current expenses of its public schools for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by Woodstock Academy from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said academy of a certified statement of such current expenses, and except that the town of Winchester may include as part of the current expenses of its public schools for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by The Gilbert School from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said school of a certified statement of such current expenses;

      (4) "Adjusted equalized net grand list" means the equalized net grand list of a town multiplied by the ratio of the per capita income of the town to the per capita income of the town at the one hundredth percentile among all towns in the state ranked from lowest to highest in per capita income;

      (5) "Adjusted equalized net grand list per capita" means the equalized net grand list divided by the total population of a town multiplied by the ratio of the per capita income of the town to the per capita income of the town at the one hundredth percentile among all towns in the state ranked from lowest to highest in per capita income;

      (6) "Equalized net grand list", for purposes of calculating the amount of grant or allocation to which any town is entitled, means the net grand list of such town upon which taxes were levied for the general expenses of such town three years prior to the fiscal year in which such grant is to be paid, equalized in accordance with section 10-261a;

      (7) "Total population" of a town means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or that enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which a grant is to be paid or an allocation is to be made, whichever is most recent; except that any town whose enumerated population residing in state and federal institutions within such town and attributed to such town by the census exceeds forty per cent of such "total population" shall be counted as follows: Those persons who are incarcerated or in custodial situations, including, but not limited to jails, prisons, hospitals or training schools or those persons who reside in dormitory facilities in schools, colleges, universities or on military bases shall not be counted in the "total population" of a town;

      (8) "Per capita income" for each town means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or that enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which a grant is to be paid or an allocation is to be made, whichever is most recent;

      (9) "School tax rate" means the net current local educational expenditures of the fiscal year three years prior to that in which a grant is to be paid or an allocation is to be made, divided by a town's adjusted equalized net grand list.

      (b) Nothing in subsection (a) of this section shall be construed to in any way penalize those towns which have not adopted the uniform fiscal year.

      (c) If a town conducts a census, verified by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, that indicates a greater than twenty per cent difference in population, as calculated pursuant to this subsection, such updated census shall be used in determining such town's total population pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. The applicability of this subsection shall be determined by calculating (1) the difference between the town's last decennial census population and the census updated and verified by the Bureau of the Census times (2) the number of years between the last decennial census and the data year upon which the total population is computed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, divided by the number of years between the last decennial census and the year in which the updated census was conducted. The product shall then be added to the town population from the last decennial census. Any town that seeks revision of its total population figures under this subsection shall make application to the Commissioner of Education on or before January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which a grant is to be paid or an allocation is to be made.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1577; 1949, 1951, June, 1955, S. 972d; 1961, P.A. 571, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 531, S. 1; 1972, P.A. 120, S. 2; P.A. 75-341, S. 1, 5; P.A. 76-144, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-579, S. 1; 77-614, S. 139, 610; P.A. 78-218, S. 185; 78-244, S. 1; 78-338, S. 1, 2; P.A. 79-128, S. 1, 36; 79-553, S. 1, 3; P.A. 80-6; 80-404, S. 1, 4; P.A. 81-413, S. 1, 6; 81-432, S. 8, 11; P.A. 82-301, S. 3, 5; P.A. 83-363, S. 1, 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-4, S. 1, 8; P.A. 84-273, S. 1, 3; P.A. 85-180, S. 1, 3; P.A. 86-71, S. 6, 11; 86-208, S. 1, 2; P.A. 87-330, S. 1, 2; 87-499, S. 15, 34; P.A. 88-156, S. 5; 88-360, S. 25, 63; P.A. 89-124, S. 10, 13; P.A. 90-325, S. 9, 32; P.A. 96-161, S. 6, 13; 96-244, S. 22, 63; P.A. 97-290, S. 25, 29; P.A. 00-220, S. 13, 43; P.A. 01-173, S. 21, 67; P.A. 03-76, S. 20; 03-278, S. 114.)

      History: 1961 act changed the multiplier to determine "minimum program" from 200 to 250 for the school year 1961-62 and 300 for the school year 1962-63; 1969 act redefined "average daily membership" by imposing new formula, redefined "net current expenses" to exclude provision allowing figuring in interest on bonds for school construction and remodeling and deleted definition of "minimum program"; 1972 act specified 180 days "per pupil" in formula for average daily membership, allowed adjustments in districts with year-round sessions and defined "enrolled"; P.A. 75-341 defined "adjusted equalized net grand list per capita", "equalized net grand list", "total population", "median family income", "school tax rate" and "that portion of current operating expenditures supported by local taxes"; P.A. 76-144 removed provision allowing one one-hundred-eightieth (1/180) increase per day for school years exceeding 180 days in length and added Subsec. (b) protecting towns from being penalized because of failure to adopt uniform fiscal year; P.A. 77-579 redefined "total population" re inclusion or exclusion of students in dorms, military personnel on bases and persons incarcerated or in custodial institutions and defined "total student population"; P.A. 77-614 substituted department of revenue services for state tax department, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-218 substituted local or regional "board of education" for town or school district" throughout section; P.A. 78-244 redefined "equalized net grand list" for the purpose of determining amounts of grants pursuant to Sec. 10-262c; P.A. 78-338 added Subsec. (c) clarifying what constitutes total educational expenditures of town for purposes of calculating "school tax rate"; P.A. 79-128 defined "per pupil", "adjusted equalized net grand list" and "general state aid", replaced definition of "net current expenses" with "net current expenditures", "median family income" with "per capita income", and "that portion of current operating expenditures supported by local taxes" with "net current local educational expenditures" and redefined "adjusted equalized net grand list per capita", "total population", "total student population", and "school tax rate" in Subsec. (a) and amended Subsec. (c) to make provisions applicable more extensively than to calculation of school tax rate and to substitute "net current expenditures and net current local educational expenditures" for "the total educational expenditures" of a town; P.A. 79-553 clarified census figures to be used in determining total population and per capita income as those "available on January first of the year preceding the fiscal year in which payment is to be made ... " and added Subsec. (d) re use of town's own census figures; P.A. 80-6 revised formula for calculation to determine applicability of provisions in Subsec. (d); P.A. 80-404 redefined "equalized net grand list"; P.A. 81-413 specified that capital expenditures for land, buildings, and equipment "otherwise supported by a state grant pursuant to chapter 173" to be deducted in calculating net current expenditures and defined "guaranteed wealth level" in Subsec. (a); P.A. 81-432 deleted reference to Sec. 10-76p in Subsec. (c); P.A. 82-301 amended Subsec. (c) to eliminate reference to section 10-266o, repealed by section 4 of the act; P.A. 83-363 amended Subsec. (a) to insert subdivision indicators, delete reference to a data year from definition of average daily membership, add a definition of "number of children under the aid to dependent children program" and established procedures for such count to be transmitted by commissioner of income maintenance to commissioner of education and changed all data bases so that three-year-old data rather than two-year-old data is used to calculate grants; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-4 amended Subsec. (d) requiring that revisions of total population be submitted to the commissioner on or before January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which the grant payment is to be made; P.A. 84-273 amended Subsec. (a)(5) to exclude food services supported by state and federal aid and student activities supported by food services receipts from expenditures included as "net current expenditures"; P.A. 85-180 redefined "net current local educational expenditures" to exclude revenue from private and other sources for FY 1984-85 and ensuing fiscal years; P.A. 86-71 in Subsec. (c) deleted the reference to Sec. 10-266n which was repealed; P.A. 86-208 redefined "average daily membership" by providing that the number obtained be increased when a school year exceeds 180 days and by substituting "during the summer session" for "between July first and September first" in Subsec. (a)(2), effective July 1, 1987; P.A. 87-330 amended Subsec. (a)(5) to include in "net current expenditures", with respect to debt service, the principal amount of any debt incurred to pay an expense otherwise includable; P.A. 87-499 in Subsec. (a)(13) substituted "expenditures of funds" for "revenue" in the definition of "net current local educational expenditures"; P.A. 88-156 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(3); P.A. 88-360 in Subparas (F) and (G) of Subsec. (a)(5) substituted "directly attributable to" for "supported by"; P.A. 89-124 deleted references to Sec. 10-262e which was repealed by Sec. 12 of the act and to Sec. 10-262c which was repealed by Sec. 8 of public act 88-358, deleted the definitions for "number of children under the aid to dependent children program", "per pupil", "total student population", "general state aid" and "guaranteed wealth level" in Subsec. (a) and renumbered the Subdivs. and substituted "a grant is to be paid or an allocation is to be made" for "payment is to be made" and made other technical changes; P.A. 90-325 redefined "average daily membership" to be the enrollment count on October first rather than the average of the enrollments on October first and May first; P.A. 96-161 redefined "average daily membership" to change the basis for decreases and increases to correspond to the requirements of Sec. 10-16 and to rewrite the provision concerning the counting of students attending summer sessions, effective June 3, 1996; P.A. 96-244 removed the definition of "net current local educational expenditures" and deleted Subsec. (c) relating to such definition, relettering Subsec. (d) accordingly, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-290 amended Subsec. (a)(2) to add provision concerning pupils participating in the program established pursuant to Sec. 10-266aa, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 00-220 amended Subsec. (a)(2) to make a technical change, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 amended Subsec. (a)(2) to make a technical change, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-76 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(3), effective June 3, 2003, P.A. 03-278 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(2), effective July 9, 2003.

      Cited. 138 C. 265. Enactment term. 163 C. 537. Cited (as P.A. 79-128). 187 C. 187. Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-261a. Equalized net grand lists for purposes of educational equalization grants. (a) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, shall, on the basis of data provided by each town in the state in accordance with section 10-261b, determine annually for each town the ratio of the assessed valuation of real property for purposes of the property tax and the fair market value of such property as determined from records of actual sales of such property and from such other data and statistical techniques as deemed appropriate by the secretary. With respect to the assessment year in any town in which a revaluation required under section 12-62 becomes effective, the real estate ratio used for the purposes of this section shall be the assessment rate under the provisions of subsection (b) of section 12-62a. Said ratio as determined with respect to any town shall be used by the secretary to compute the equalized net grand list for such town for purposes of any grant that may be payable to such town under the provisions of section 10-262i, provided the sales assessment ratio used to compute the equalized net grand list of each town shall be calculated using uniform procedures for all towns. The equalized net grand list in such town shall consist of the assessed value of all real property on the net grand list divided by said ratio, plus the assessed value of all personal property on such net grand list divided by the assessment ratio in current use in such town.

      (b) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall, annually, no later than the first day of August submit the equalized net grand list for each town to the State Board of Education and the Commissioner of Education for purposes of computing the amount of grant payable to any town under the provisions of said section 10-262i.

      (c) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall, annually, no later than the first day of May mail to the chief executive officer and the assessor in each town notification concerning the equalized net grand list computed with respect to such town. Within fifteen days following receipt of such notification, any town may appeal to the secretary for a hearing concerning such equalized net grand list, provided such appeal shall be in writing and include a statement as to the reasons for such appeal. The secretary shall, within fifteen days following receipt of such appeal, grant or deny such hearing by notification in writing, including in the event of denial, a statement as to the reasons for such denial. If any town is aggrieved by the action of the secretary following such hearing or in denying any such hearing, such town may, within thirty days, appeal to the superior court for the judicial district in which such town is located. Such appeal shall be a preferred case, to be heard, unless cause appears to the contrary, at the first session, by the court. Upon all such appeals which are denied, costs may be taxed against the town at the discretion of the court, but no costs shall be taxed against the state.

      (d) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management is authorized to adopt regulations concerning the determinations and procedures required by this section, provided prior to such adoption a copy shall be sent to the chief executive officer and the assessor in each town and the secretary shall allow a reasonable period of time following such notification for any town to request a hearing concerning such proposed regulations or to submit recommendations.

      (P.A. 77-478, S. 1, 5; 77-614, S. 139, 587, 610; P.A. 78-244, S. 2; 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 80-483, S. 179, 186; P.A. 81-4, S. 1-3; 81-413, S. 5, 6; P.A. 86-351, S. 1, 3; P.A. 89-124, S. 11, 13; P.A. 96-171, S. 2, 16; P.A. 97-244, S. 5, 13; P.A. 03-174, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 substituted commissioner of revenue services for tax commissioner, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-244 substituted "June" for "October" in Subsec. (b) and amended Subsec. (c) to require notification to be sent to state board of education and to change deadline from June fifteenth to March first with date of commencement set at March 1, 1979, rather than June 15, 1979; P.A. 80-483 substituted secretary of the office of policy and management for commissioner of revenue services; P.A. 81-4 changed deadline for submission of equalized grand list to state board of education from June first to August first in Subsec. (b) and deadline for notification of town officers re computation of grand list in Subsec. (c) from March first to May first; P.A. 81-413 amended Subsec. (a) to require that the sales assessment ratio used to compute each town's equalized net grand list be calculated using uniform procedures for all towns; P.A. 86-351 amended Subsec. (c) by adding language concerning appeal by the town from denial of hearing by the secretary of the office of policy and management concerning the equalized net grand list, effective October 1, 1986, and applicable to the October 1, 1986, assessment list and appeals therefrom in any town and each assessment list thereafter; P.A. 89-124 in Subsec. (a) substituted references to Sec. 10-262i for Sec. 10-262c which was repealed by Sec. 8 of public act 88-358; P.A. 96-171 amended Subsec. (a) to delete reference to Subsec. (c) of Sec. 12-62a, reflecting repeal of said Subsec. (c) by same public act, effective May 31, 1996; P.A. 97-244 amended Subsec. (a) to add provision re assessment rate in years in which revaluation becomes effective, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 03-174 amended Subsec. (b) by adding reference to Commissioner of Education and amended Subsec. (c) by deleting reference to State Board of Education, effective July 1, 2003.

      Cited. 187 C. 187. Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-261b. Data re transfers of real property for preparation of equalized net grand lists. (a) The town clerk and assessor or board of assessors in each town shall, no later than the last day of each month, submit to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management all required data concerning each transfer of real property in such town recorded during the preceding month, except each transfer of real property in such town recorded during the months of October, November, December and January shall be submitted no later than sixty days following the last day of the month in which the transfer was recorded, as specified on a form prepared by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management for the purpose of determining the sales-assessment ratio for each town as required in section 10-261. Any municipality which neglects to transmit to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management the data as required by this section shall forfeit one dollar to the state, for each transfer of real property for which such data is required, provided the secretary may waive such forfeiture in accordance with procedures and standards adopted by regulation in accordance with chapter 54.

      (b) A town shall not be required to submit data as required under subsection (a) of this section in an assessment year in which a revaluation becomes effective.

      (P.A. 77-478, S. 3, 5; 77-614, S. 139, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 86-351, S. 2, 3; P.A. 87-115, S. 7, 8; P.A. 95-283, S. 30, 68; P.A. 97-244, S. 6, 13.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 substituted commissioner of revenue services for tax commissioner, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 86-351 substituted "secretary of the office of policy and management" for "commissioner of revenue services" as the person to receive all required data concerning each transfer of real property, effective October 1, 1986, and applicable to the October 1, 1986, assessment list in any town and each assessment list thereafter; P.A. 87-115 required that transfers of real property recorded in October, November, December and January be submitted to the office of policy and management no later than 60 days following the last day of the month in which the transfer was recorded and that any municipality which neglects to transmit the data as required shall forfeit $1.00 to the state for each transfer for which data is required and that the secretary of the office of policy and management may waive such forfeiture in accordance with regulations to be adopted and authorized said secretary to extend the time for submission of the data in any year in which a revaluation as required under Sec. 12-62 becomes effective for the assessment list, effective May 11, 1987, and applicable to transfers of real property occurring on or after October 1, 1987; P.A. 95-283 amended Subsec. (b) to replace board of tax review with board of assessment appeals, effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 97-244 replaced former Subsec. (b), which had allowed extensions of time for data submission, with new Subsec. providing that towns are not required to submit data in an assessment year in which a revaluation becomes effective, effective July 1, 1997.

      Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Secs. 10-262 to 10-262e. Amounts payable to towns per pupil in average daily membership; additional payment for increase in enrollment. Pro rata distribution of federal funds among towns. Educational equalization grants; calculations; effect of changes in data elements. Equalized net grand lists for fiscal years ending in 1978 and 1979. Grants to be expended for school purposes only; minimum expenditure requirement. Sections 10-262 to 10-262e, inclusive, are repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1578; June, 1955, S. 973d; 1961, P.A. 571, S. 2-4; June, 1963, P.A. 1, S. 1, 2; February, 1965, P.A. 361, S. 10; 1967, P.A. 580, S. 1; 1969, P.A. 604, S. 1, 2; June, 1971, S.A. 1, S. 13; 1972, S.A. 53, S. 11; P.A. 74-158, S. 1, 2; P.A. 75-341, S. 3-5; P.A. 76-387, S. 1-3, 5; P.A. 77-478, S. 2, 5; 77-540, S. 2, 4; 77-579, S. 2; 77-614, S. 302, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; 78-330, S. 1-3; 78-352, S. 5; P.A. 79-128, S. 2, 3, 35, 36; P.A. 80-404, S. 3, 4; P.A. 81-31, S. 1-3; 81-413, S. 2-4, 6; P.A. 82-91, S. 2, 3, 38; P.A. 83-363, S. 2, 5; 83-587, S. 14, 96; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-4, S. 2, 3, 8; P.A. 84-273, S. 2, 3; 84-474, S. 1, 3; 84-490, S. 1, 2; P.A. 85-550, S. 1, 3; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 86-1, S. 48, 58; P.A. 87-391, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-136, S. 12, 13, 37; 88-358, S. 8, 9; P.A. 89-124, S. 12, 13; P.A. 93-353, S. 51, 52.)

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      Sec. 10-262f. Definitions. Whenever used in this section and sections 10-262h to 10-262j, inclusive:

      (1) "Adjusted equalized net grand list" means the equalized net grand list of a town multiplied by its income adjustment factor.

      (2) "Base aid ratio" means one minus the ratio of a town's wealth to the state guaranteed wealth level, provided no town's aid ratio shall be less than nine one-hundredths, except for towns which rank from one to twenty when all towns are ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on the ratio of the number of children below poverty to the number of children age five to seventeen, inclusive, the town's aid ratio shall not be less than thirteen one-hundredths when based on data used to determine the grants pursuant to section 10-262h for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008.

      (3) "Income adjustment factor" means the average of a town's per capita income divided by the per capita income of the town with the highest per capita income in the state and a town's median household income divided by the median household income of the town with the highest median household income in the state.

      (4) "Median household income" for each town means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or that enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, whichever is more recent and available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which payment is to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.

      (5) "Supplemental aid factor" means for each town the average of its percentage of children eligible under the temporary family assistance program and its grant mastery percentage.

      (6) "Percentage of children eligible under the temporary family assistance program" means the town's number of children under the temporary family assistance program divided by the number of children age five to seventeen, inclusive, in the town.

      (7) "Average mastery percentage" means for each school year the average of the three most recent mastery percentages available on December first of the school year.

      (8) "Equalized net grand list", for purposes of calculating the amount of grant to which any town is entitled in accordance with section 10-262h, means the average of the net grand lists of the town upon which taxes were levied for the general expenses of the town two, three and four years prior to the fiscal year in which such grant is to be paid, provided such net grand lists are equalized in accordance with section 10-261a.

      (9) "Foundation" means (A) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, three thousand nine hundred eighteen dollars, (B) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, four thousand one hundred ninety-two dollars, (C) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, four thousand four hundred eighty-six dollars, (D) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1993, June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, four thousand eight hundred dollars, (E) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, June 30, 1997, and June 30, 1998, five thousand seven hundred eleven dollars, (F) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, five thousand seven hundred seventy-five dollars, (G) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, to June 30, 2007, inclusive, five thousand eight hundred ninety-one dollars, and (H) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, to June 30, 2012, inclusive, nine thousand six hundred eighty-seven dollars.

      (10) "Number of children age five to seventeen, inclusive" means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, whichever is more recent and available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which payment is to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.

      (11) "Supplemental aid ratio" means .04 times the supplemental aid factor of a town divided by the highest supplemental aid factor when all towns are ranked from low to high, provided any town whose percentage of children eligible under the temporary family assistance program exceeds twenty-five shall have a supplemental aid ratio of .04.

      (12) "Grant mastery percentage" means (A) for the school year ending June 30, 1989, average mastery percentage, and (B) for the school years ending June 30, 1990, through the school year ending June 30, 1995, the average mastery percentage plus the mastery improvement bonus, and (C) for each school year thereafter, the average mastery percentage.

      (13) "Mastery count" of a town means for each school year the grant mastery percentage of the town multiplied by the number of resident students.

      (14) "Mastery improvement bonus" means for each school year through the school year ending June 30, 1995, seventy-five per cent of the difference between (A) the grant mastery percentage for the previous school year, and (B) the average mastery percentage for the school year, but not less than zero.

      (15) "Mastery percentage" of a town for any school year means, using the mastery test data of record for the examination administered in such year, the number obtained by dividing (A) the total number of valid tests with scores below the state-wide standard for remedial assistance as determined by the Department of Education in each subject of the examinations pursuant to subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of section 10-14n taken by resident students, by (B) the total number of such valid tests taken by such students.

      (16) "Mastery test data of record" means (A) for any examination administered prior to the 2005-2006 school year, the data of record on the April thirtieth subsequent to the administration of the examinations pursuant to subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of section 10-14n, except that school districts may, not later than the March first following the administration of an examination, file a request with the Department of Education for an adjustment of the mastery test data from such examination, and (B) for examinations administered in the 2005-2006 school year and each school year thereafter, the data of record on the December thirty-first subsequent to the administration of the examinations pursuant to subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (c) of section 10-14n, or such data adjusted by the Department of Education pursuant to a request by a local or regional board of education for an adjustment of the mastery test data from such examination filed with the department not later than the November thirtieth following the administration of the examination.

      (17) "Number of children under the temporary family assistance program" means the number obtained by adding together the unduplicated aggregate number of children five to eighteen years of age eligible to receive benefits under the temporary family assistance program or its predecessor federal program, as appropriate, in October and May of each fiscal year, and dividing by two, such number to be certified and submitted annually, no later than the first day of July of the succeeding fiscal year, to the Commissioner of Education by the Commissioner of Social Services.

      (18) "Per capita income" for each town means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or that enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, whichever is more recent and available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which payment is to be made pursuant to section 10-262i.

      (19) "Regional bonus" means, for any town which is a member of a regional school district and has students who attend such regional school district, an amount equal to one hundred dollars for each such student enrolled in the regional school district on October first or the full school day immediately preceding such date for the school year prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid multiplied by the ratio of the number of grades, kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, in the regional school district to thirteen.

      (20) "Regular program expenditures" means (A) total current educational expenditures less (B) expenditures for (i) special education programs pursuant to subsection (h) of section 10-76f, (ii) pupil transportation eligible for reimbursement pursuant to section 10-266m, (iii) land and capital building expenditures, and equipment otherwise supported by a state grant pursuant to chapter 173, including debt service, provided, with respect to debt service, the principal amount of any debt incurred to pay an expense otherwise includable in regular program expenditures may be included as part of regular program expenditures in annual installments in accordance with a schedule approved by the Department of Education based upon substantially equal principal payments over the life of the debt, (iv) health services for nonpublic school children, (v) adult education, (C) expenditures directly attributable to (i) state grants received by or on behalf of school districts except grants for the categories of expenditures listed in subparagraphs (B)(i) to (B)(v), inclusive, of this subdivision and except grants received pursuant to section 10-262i and section 10-262c of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 1987, and except grants received pursuant to chapter 173, (ii) federal grants received by or on behalf of school districts except for adult education and federal impact aid, and (iii) receipts from the operation of child nutrition services and student activities services, (D) expenditures of funds from private and other sources, and (E) tuition received on account of nonresident students. The town of Woodstock may include as part of the current expenses of its public schools for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by Woodstock Academy from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said academy of a certified statement of such current expenses. The town of Winchester may include as part of the current expenses of its public school for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by the Gilbert School from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said school of a certified statement of such current expenses.

      (21) "Regular program expenditures per need student" means, in any year, the regular program expenditures of a town for such year divided by the number of total need students in the town for such school year, provided for towns which are members of a kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district and for such regional school district, "regular program expenditures per need student" means, in any year, the regular program expenditures of such regional school district divided by the sum of the number of total need students in all such member towns.

      (22) "Resident students" means the number of pupils of the town enrolled in public schools at the expense of the town on October first or the full school day immediately preceding such date, provided the number shall be decreased by the Department of Education for failure to comply with the provisions of section 10-16 and shall be increased by one one-hundred-eightieth for each full-time equivalent school day in the school year immediately preceding such date of at least five hours of actual school work in excess of one hundred eighty days and nine hundred hours of actual school work and be increased by the full-time equivalent number of such pupils attending the summer sessions immediately preceding such date at the expense of the town; "enrolled" shall include pupils who are scheduled for vacation on the above date and who are expected to return to school as scheduled. Pupils participating in the program established pursuant to section 10-266aa shall be counted in accordance with the provisions of subsection (h) of section 10-266aa.

      (23) "Schools" means nursery schools, kindergarten and grades one to twelve, inclusive.

      (24) "State guaranteed wealth level" means (A) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, 1.8335 times the town wealth of the town with the median wealth as calculated using the data of record on December first of the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid pursuant to section 10-262i, (B) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1991, and 1992, 1.6651 times the town wealth of the town with such median wealth, (C) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1993, June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, 1.5361 times the town wealth of the town with the median wealth, (D) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, to June 30, 2007, inclusive, 1.55 times the town wealth of the town with the median wealth, and (E) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter, 1.75 times the town wealth of the town with the median wealth.

      (25) "Total need students" means the sum of (A) the number of resident students of the town for the school year, (B) (i) for any school year commencing prior to July 1, 1998, one-quarter the number of children under the temporary family assistance program for the prior fiscal year, and (ii) for the school years commencing July 1, 1998, to July 1, 2006, inclusive, one-quarter the number of children under the temporary family assistance program for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, (C) for school years commencing July 1, 1995, to July 1, 2006, inclusive, one-quarter of the mastery count for the school year, (D) for school years commencing July 1, 1995, to July 1, 2006, inclusive, ten per cent of the number of eligible children, as defined in subdivision (1) of section 10-17e, for whom the board of education is not required to provide a program pursuant to section 10-17f, (E) for the school year commencing July 1, 2007, and each school year thereafter, fifteen per cent of the number of eligible students, as defined in subdivision (1) of section 10-17e, for whom the board of education is not required to provide a program pursuant to section 10-17f, and (F) for the school year commencing July 1, 2007, and each school year thereafter, thirty-three per cent of the number of children below the level of poverty.

      (26) "Town wealth" means the average of a town's adjusted equalized net grand list divided by its total need students for the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid and its adjusted equalized net grand list divided by its population.

      (27) "Population" of a town means that enumerated in the most recent federal decennial census of population or that enumerated in the current population report series issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census available on January first of the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year in which a grant is to be paid, whichever is most recent; except that any town whose enumerated population residing in state and federal institutions within such town and attributed to such town by the census exceeds forty per cent of such "population" shall have its population adjusted as follows: Persons who are incarcerated or in custodial situations, including, but not limited to jails, prisons, hospitals or training schools or persons who reside in dormitory facilities in schools, colleges, universities or on military bases shall not be counted in the "population" of a town.

      (28) "Base revenue" for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, means the sum of the grant entitlements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, of a town pursuant to section 10-262h and subsection (a) of section 10-76g, including its proportional share, based on enrollment, of the revenue paid pursuant to section 10-76g, to the regional district of which the town is a member, and for each fiscal year thereafter means the amount of each town's entitlement pursuant to section 10-262h minus its density supplement, as determined pursuant to subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h, except that for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, each town's entitlement shall be determined without using the adjustments made to the previous year's grant pursuant to subparagraph (M) of subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h, except that for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, each town's entitlement shall be determined without using the adjustments made to the previous year's grant pursuant to subparagraph (N) of subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 10-262h.

      (29) "Density" means the population of a town divided by the square miles of a town.

      (30) "Density aid ratio" means the product of (A) the density of a town divided by the density of the town in the state with the highest density, and (B) .006273.

      (31) "Mastery goal improvement count" means the product of (A) the difference between the percentage of state-wide mastery examination scores, pursuant to subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of section 10-14n, at or above the mastery goal level for the most recently completed school year and the percentage of such scores for the prior school year, and (B) the resident students of the town, or zero, whichever is greater.

      (32) "Target aid" means the sum of (A) 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, (B) 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 this section 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 this section relative to length of school year and summer school sessions, and (C) the town's regional bonus.

      (33) "Fully funded grant" means the sum of (A) 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, and (B) the town's regional bonus.

      (34) "Number of children below the level of poverty" means the number of children, ages five to seventeen, inclusive, in families in poverty, as determined under Part A of Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110. The count for member towns of regional school districts shall be the sum of towns' initial determination under Title I and the proportionate share of the regional districts determination based member enrollment in the regional district.

      (35) "Current program expenditures" means (A) total current educational expenditures less (B) expenditures for (i) land and capital building expenditures, and equipment otherwise supported by a state grant pursuant to chapter 173, including debt service, provided, with respect to debt service, the principal amount of any debt incurred to pay an expense otherwise includable in current program expenditures may be included as part of current program expenditures in annual installments in accordance with a schedule approved by the Department of Education based upon substantially equal principal payments over the life of the debt, (ii) health services for nonpublic school children, and (iii) adult education, (C) expenditures directly attributable to (i) state grants received by or on behalf of school districts except grants for the categories of expenditures listed in subparagraphs (B)(i) to (B)(iii), inclusive, of this subdivision and except grants received pursuant to section 10-262i and section 10-262c of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 1987, and except grants received pursuant to chapter 173, (ii) federal grants received by or on behalf of school districts except for adult education and federal impact aid, and (iii) receipts from the operation of child nutrition services and student activities services, (D) expenditures of funds from private and other sources, and (E) tuition received on account of nonresident students. The town of Woodstock may include as part of the current expenses of its public schools for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by Woodstock Academy from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said academy of a certified statement of such current expenses. The town of Winchester may include as part of the current expenses of its public school for each school year the amount expended for current expenses in that year by the Gilbert School from income from its endowment funds upon receipt from said school of a certified statement of such current expenses.

      (36) "Current program expenditures per resident student" means, in any year, the current program expenditures of a town for such year divided by the number of resident students in the town for such school year.

      (37) "Base aid" means the amount of the grant pursuant to section 10-262h that a town was eligible to receive for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.

      (P.A. 88-358, S. 1, 9; P.A. 89-124, S. 2-4, 13; 89-355, S. 7-9, 20; P.A. 90-225, S. 4-6, 10; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7, S. 10, 22; P.A. 92-262, S. 24, 25, 42; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-14, S. 3, 11; P.A. 93-145, S. 1, 6; 93-262, S. 1, 87; 93-353, S. 48, 52; P.A. 95-226, S. 1, 30; P.A. 96-161, S. 7, 13; 96-244, S. 23, 24, 63; P.A. 97-290, S. 24, 29; 97-318, S. 1, 12; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 13, 165; P.A. 98-168, S. 14, 26; 98-252, S. 18, 80; P.A. 99-217, S. 1-4, 8; 99-289, S. 8, 11; P.A. 00-187, S. 13, 75; 00-220, S. 14, 43; P.A. 01-173, S. 22, 67; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 1-3, 54; P.A. 03-76, S. 21, 22; 03-278, S. 115; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 22, 24; P.A. 05-13, S. 2, 3; 05-245, S. 29; P.A. 07-241, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 61; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 48; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 26.)

      History: P.A. 89-124 redefined "regional bonus" to add a provision that the regional bonus is for towns which are members of regional school districts, to provide that the bonus equals $25 for each student enrolled in the regional school district on October first or the immediately preceding full school day rather than for each resident student and made a technical change, redefined "regular program expenditures" to substitute "capital building expenditures" for "buildings" in Subpara. (B)(iii), transferred Subpara. (C)(i) re tuition received on account of nonresident students to new Subpara (E) and renumbered the subparagraph, in new Subpara. (C)(i) excepted grants received pursuant to Sec. 10-257f and chapter 173 and added new Subpara. (D) re expenditures of funds from private and other sources, and in Subdiv. (18) added a definition of "regular program expenditures per need student" for towns which are members of certain regional school districts and for such school districts; P.A. 89-355 redefined "education enhancement aid" by substituting 4.5% for 5% as the amount to be added to base aid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, in Subpara. (A) and by substituting 4.5% for 5% as the amount to be added to the previous year's education enhancement aid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, and each fiscal year thereafter in Subpara. (B), redefined "minimum aid" by substituting one-half of 1% for 1% as the amount to be added to base aid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, in Subpara. (A) and by substituting 0.5% for 1% as the amount to be added to the previous year's minimum aid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, and each fiscal year thereafter in Subpara. (B), and redefined "state guaranteed wealth level" by substituting 1.8335 for two as the number to be multiplied by the town wealth of the town with the median wealth; P.A. 90-225 in Subdiv. (5) redefined "education enhancement aid" to be for towns which rank seventeen to one hundred sixty-nine in wealth rather than for towns which in a certain fiscal year did not receive certain educational equalization grants and for the fiscal years after the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, added that education enhancement aid can be the previous year's minimum aid, if applicable, and reduced the additional percentage from 4.5% to 4%; Subdiv. (13) redefined "minimum aid" to be for towns which rank one to sixteen in wealth rather than for towns which in a certain fiscal year did not receive certain educational equalization grants and for the fiscal years after June 30, 1990, added that minimum aid means the previous year's minimum aid or education enhancement aid rather than the previous year's minimum aid plus one-half of 1% and in Subdiv. (22) redefined "state guaranteed wealth level" to be 1.6651 times the town wealth of the town with the median wealth for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, and thereafter; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7 amended Subdivs. (5) and (13) to substitute "the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992" for "each fiscal year thereafter" and amended Subdiv. (17) to remove a reference to welfare services for nonpublic school children; P.A. 92-262 amended Subdiv. (22) to add 1992 in Subpara. (B) and to add Subpara. (C) pertaining to fiscal year 1993 and ensuing years and added Subdivs. (28) and (29) defining "equalized mill rate" and "grand levy"; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-14 amended Subdiv. (29) to add "net taxable"; (Revisor's note: In 1993 an obsolete reference in Subdiv. (14) to repealed Sec. 17-107 was replaced editorially by the Revisors with reference to Sec. 17-106); P.A. 93-145 amended Subdiv. (7)(D) to include the fiscal years ending June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, and Subdiv. (7)(E) to replace the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994, with the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of income maintenance, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-353 amended Subdivs. (11) and (12) defining "mastery percentage" and "mastery test data of record" to remove a reference to Sec. 10-14n(c), effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-226 revised the definitions of "adjusted equalized net grand list", "base aid ratio", "foundation", "grant mastery percentage", "mastery improvement bonus", "mastery percentage", "regular program expenditures", "resident students", "state guaranteed wealth level", "total need students" and "town wealth", added the definitions of "income adjustment factor", "median household income", "supplemental aid factor", "percentage of children eligible under the aid to families with dependent children program", "number of children age five to seventeen, inclusive", "supplemental aid ratio", "population", "base revenue", "density", "density aid ratio" and "mastery goal improvement count", deleted definitions, made technical changes and renumbered, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-161 redefined "resident students" to change the basis for decreases and increases to correspond to the requirements of Sec. 10-16 and to rewrite the provision concerning the counting of students attending summer sessions, effective June 3, 1996; P.A. 96-244 amended Subdiv. (20) to make technical changes, deleting references to Secs. 10-257b to 10-257d, inclusive, and 10-257f, repealed elsewhere in the act, and amended Subdiv. (29) to substitute "enrollment" for "resident student counts", effective July 1, 1996 (Revisor's note: P.A. 96-244 omitted the closing sentence of Subdiv. (20) re inclusion of Gilbert School expenses as part of public school expenses of the town of Winchester. Since the provision was not enclosed within brackets the omission has been treated as a clerical error and the provision, as enacted by section 1 of public act 95-226, preserved); P.A. 97-290 amended Subdiv. (22) to add provision concerning pupils participating in the program established pursuant to Sec. 10-266aa, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 97-318 amended Subdiv. (9) to add June 30, 1998, and June 30, 1999, made a technical change in Subdiv. (13) and deleted former Subdiv. (23) defining "resident students in regular programs", renumbering the remaining Subdivs., effective July 1, 1997; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 replaced references to "aid to families with dependent children" with "temporary family assistance", effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-168 amended the definition of "foundation" in Subpara. (E) of Subdiv. (9)(E) to increase the amount to $5,775, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 98-252 made technical changes in Subdivs. (5) and (11), effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-217 amended Subdiv. (2) to substitute "six one-hundredths" for "zero", amended Subdiv. (9) to add provisions pertaining to the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, and to make technical changes, amended Subdiv. (17) to add reference to the predecessor federal program to the temporary family assistance program, and amended Subdiv. (25) to add provision in Subpara. (B)(ii) and to make the existing language in Subpara. (B)(i) apply to school years commencing prior to July 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 99-289 amended Subdiv. (22) to remove an obsolete reference, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-187 amended Subdiv. (19) to increase the amount from $25 to $100, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 00-220 amended Subdiv. (22) to make a technical change, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 amended Subdiv. (22) to make a technical change, effective July 1, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subdiv. (9)(G) to apply the amount through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, amended Subdiv. (28) to add exception for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, and added Subdiv. (32) defining "target aid", effective July 1, 2001 (Revisor's note: In Subdiv. (28), the word "of" was added editorially by the Revisors after "subdivision (6)" and before "subsection (a)" for clarity and proper form); P.A. 03-76 made technical changes in Subdivs. (16) and (20), effective June 3, 2003; P.A. 03-278 made a technical change in Subdiv. (22), effective July 9, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subdiv. (9)(G) to apply amount through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, and amended Subdiv. (28) by adding provision re town's entitlement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-13 made technical changes in Subdivs. (15), (16) and (31), effective May 4, 2005; P.A. 05-245 amended Subdiv. (9)(G) to apply amount through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 07-241 redefined "mastery percentage" in Subdiv. (15) to eliminate reference to examination year and redefined "mastery test data of record" in Subdiv. (16) to limit existing language to examinations administered prior to 2005-2006 school year, designate existing language as Subpara. (A) and add Subpara. (B) re examinations administered in 2005-2006 school year and each school year thereafter, effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 amended Subdiv. (2) to redefine "base aid ratio" to be no less than nine one-hundredths, except for towns ranked one to twenty when ranked in descending order based on ratio of children below poverty to number of children age five to seventeen, amended Subdiv. (9) to define "foundation" for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, to June 30, 2012, in Subpara. (H), amended Subdiv. (24) to redefine "state guaranteed wealth level" for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter, in Subpara. (E), amended Subdiv. (25) to redefine "total need students" to provide exception for fiscal year commencing July 1, 2008, in Subpara. (A), to terminate provision in Subpara. (B)(ii) with school year ending June 30, 2006, to provide that provisions in Subparas. (C) and (D) apply to school years commencing July 1, 1995, to July 1, 2006, and to add Subparas. (E) and (F) to apply to school years commencing on and after July 1, 2007, added Subdiv. (33) to define "fully funded grant", added Subdiv. (34) to define "number of children below the level of poverty", added Subdiv. (35) to define "current program expenditures", added Subdiv. (36) to define "current program expenditures per resident student", added Subdiv. (37) to define "base aid" and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subdiv. (35) to change references to regular program expenditures to current program expenditures and amended Subdiv. (36) to eliminate proviso re towns which are members of kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school districts, effective October 6, 2007; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 amended Subdiv. (25)(A) by deleting exception re one-quarter reduction applicable for fiscal year 2009, effective October 5, 2009.

      Cited. 228 C. 699.

      Subdiv. (17):

      P.A. 89-124, Sec. 3 cited. 228 C. 699.


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      Sec. 10-262g. Base aid. Section 10-262g is repealed, effective July 1, 1998.

      (P.A. 88-358, S. 5, 9; P.A. 98-252, S. 79, 80; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 105, 121.)

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      Sec. 10-262h. Equalization aid grant calculations. (a) Each town maintaining public schools according to law shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant as follows:

      (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the town's base aid and (B) twenty-one and one-half per cent of the difference between the town's target grant and its base aid;

      (2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the town's base aid and (B) forty-five per cent of the difference between the town's target grant and its base aid;

      (3) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the town's base aid plus seventy-one per cent of the difference between the town's target grant aid and its base aid and (B) for towns whose minimum aid or enhancement aid, whichever is applicable, is more than the amount determined pursuant to subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, a percentage, determined pursuant to subparagraph (C) of this subdivision, of the difference between such minimum aid or enhancement aid, whichever is applicable, and the amount determined pursuant to said subparagraph (A). (C) Such percentage shall be determined as follows: (i) Towns whose minimum aid or enhancement aid, whichever is applicable, is more than the amount determined pursuant to said subparagraph (A) shall be ranked in descending order based on the average of the grant mastery percentage of such town, as defined in subdivision (8) of section 10-262f, for the school year prior to the school year in which the grant is to be paid and the ratio of the number of children in such town under the aid to families with dependent children program, as defined in subdivision (14) of said section, to the resident students of such town, as defined in subdivision (19) of said section, for the school year two years prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, (ii) based upon such ranking, a percentage of not more than eighty and not less than thirty-eight and two-tenths shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale, except that the percentage for minimum aid towns shall be twenty-five per cent;

      (4) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993, a grant in the amount equal to the sum of (A) the product of the town's aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the prior school year, and (B) the town's regional bonus, and (C) for any town whose grant is less than the grant it received in the previous fiscal year, the product of such difference and the sum of such town's grant mastery percentage, as defined in subdivision (8) of section 10-262f, for the school year prior to the school year in which the grant is to be paid and the ratio of the number of children in such town under the aid to families with dependent children program, as defined in subdivision (14) of said section 10-262f, to the resident students of such town, as defined in subdivision (19) of said section 10-262f, for the school year two years prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, except such sum shall be adjusted to the greater amount as follows: (i) If such sum is forty or more it shall be multiplied by two, (ii) for towns whose rank when all towns are ranked in ascending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on equalized mill rate is greater than eighty-five, such sum shall be fifty and (iii) for towns which received payments pursuant to section 32-9s, during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, such sum shall be fifty, and (D) provided no town shall receive a grant greater than one hundred four and thirty-five hundredths per cent of its previous year's grant;

      (5) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the product of the town's aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the prior fiscal year, and (B) the town's regional bonus, except that no town shall receive a grant smaller than the grant it received in the previous fiscal year;

      (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 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 prior to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, 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 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 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 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 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. (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 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 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. (S) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (i) the town's base aid, and (ii) seventeen and thirty-one one-hundredths per cent of the difference between the town's fully funded grant as described in subdivision (33) of section 10-262f, and its base aid, except that such per cent shall be adjusted for all towns so that no town shall receive a grant that is less than the amount of the grant the town received for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, increased by four and four-tenths per cent. (T) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (i) the town's base aid, and (ii) twenty-two and two one-hundredths per cent of the difference between the fully funded grant as described in said subdivision (33) of section 10-262f, and its base aid, except that such per cent shall be adjusted for all towns so that no town shall receive a grant that is less than the amount of the grant the town received for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, increased by four and four-tenths per cent;

      (7) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, for towns that used an accrual method of accounting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, the portion of the grant received pursuant to subdivision (6) of this subsection which is considered to be a reimbursement for special education expenses incurred in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, shall be equal to the ratio of the amount received for special education pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-76g, in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, to the sum of such special education amount and the education equalization aid pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, and each fiscal year thereafter, such ratio shall be used to identify the amount of the grant pursuant to this section which is considered to be a reimbursement for special education expenses for the prior fiscal year.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, and the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, no town's equalization aid entitlement shall be less than its minimum aid or its education enhancement aid, whichever is applicable.

      (c) (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2010, and June 30, 2011, each town shall receive an equalization aid grant in amount provided for in subdivision (2) of this subsection.

      (2) Equalization aid grant amounts.

Town
Grant for Fiscal Year
Grant for Fiscal Year
2010
2011
Andover2,330,8562,330,856
Ansonia15,031,66815,031,668
Ashford3,896,0693,896,069
Avon1,232,6881,232,688
Barkhamsted1,615,8721,615,872
Beacon Falls4,044,8044,044,804
Berlin6,169,4106,169,410
Bethany2,030,8452,030,845
Bethel8,157,8378,157,837
Bethlehem1,318,1711,318,171
Bloomfield5,410,3455,410,345
Bolton3,015,6603,015,660
Bozrah1,229,2551,229,255
Branford1,759,0951,759,095
Bridgeport164,195,344164,195,344
Bridgewater137,292137,292
Bristol41,657,31441,657,314
Brookfield1,530,6931,530,693
Brooklyn6,978,2956,978,295
Burlington4,295,5784,295,578
Canaan207,146207,146
Canterbury4,733,6254,733,625
Canton3,348,7903,348,790
Chaplin1,880,8881,880,888
Cheshire9,298,8379,298,837
Chester665,733665,733
Clinton6,465,6516,465,651
Colchester13,547,23113,547,231
Colebrook495,044495,044
Columbia2,550,0372,550,037
Cornwall85,32285,322
Coventry8,845,6918,845,691
Cromwell4,313,6924,313,692
Danbury22,857,95622,857,956
Darien1,616,0061,616,006
Deep River1,687,3511,687,351
Derby6,865,6896,865,689
Durham3,954,8123,954,812
Eastford1,109,8731,109,873
East Granby1,301,1421,301,142
East Haddam3,718,2233,718,223
East Hampton7,595,7207,595,720
East Hartford41,710,81741,710,817
East Haven18,764,12518,764,125
East Lyme7,100,6117,100,611
Easton593,868593,868
East Windsor5,482,1355,482,135
Ellington9,504,9179,504,917
Enfield28,380,14428,380,144
Essex389,697389,697
Fairfield3,590,0083,590,008
Farmington1,611,0131,611,013
Franklin941,077941,077
Glastonbury6,201,1526,201,152
Goshen218,188218,188
Granby5,394,2765,394,276
Greenwich3,418,6423,418,642
Griswold10,735,02410,735,024
Groton25,374,98925,374,989
Guilford3,058,9813,058,981
Haddam1,728,6101,728,610
Hamden23,030,76123,030,761
Hampton1,337,5821,337,582
Hartford187,974,890187,974,890
Hartland1,350,8371,350,837
Harwinton2,728,4012,728,401
Hebron6,872,9316,872,931
Kent167,342167,342
Killingly15,245,63315,245,633
Killingworth2,227,4672,227,467
Lebanon5,467,6345,467,634
Ledyard12,030,46512,030,465
Lisbon3,899,2383,899,238
Litchfield1,479,8511,479,851
Lyme145,556145,556
Madison1,576,0611,576,061
Manchester30,619,10030,619,100
Mansfield10,070,67710,070,677
Marlborough3,124,4213,124,421
Meriden53,783,71153,783,711
Middlebury684,186684,186
Middlefield2,100,2392,100,239
Middletown16,652,38616,652,386
Milford10,728,51910,728,519
Monroe6,572,1186,572,118
Montville12,549,43112,549,431
Morris657,975657,975
Naugatuck29,211,40129,211,401
New Britain73,929,29673,929,296
New Canaan1,495,6041,495,604
New Fairfield4,414,0834,414,083
New Hartford3,143,9023,143,902
New Haven142,509,525142,509,525
Newington12,632,61512,632,615
New London22,940,56522,940,565
New Milford11,939,58711,939,587
Newtown4,309,6464,309,646
Norfolk381,414381,414
North Branford8,117,1228,117,122
North Canaan2,064,5922,064,592
North Haven3,174,9403,174,940
North Stonington2,892,4402,892,440
Norwalk10,095,13110,095,131
Norwich32,316,54332,316,543
Old Lyme605,586605,586
Old Saybrook652,677652,677
Orange1,055,9101,055,910
Oxford4,606,8614,606,861
Plainfield15,353,20415,353,204
Plainville10,161,85310,161,853
Plymouth9,743,2729,743,272
Pomfret3,092,8173,092,817
Portland4,272,2574,272,257
Preston3,057,0253,057,025
Prospect5,319,2015,319,201
Putnam8,071,8518,071,851
Redding687,733687,733
Ridgefield2,063,8142,063,814
Rocky Hill3,355,2273,355,227
Roxbury158,114158,114
Salem3,099,6943,099,694
Salisbury187,266187,266
Scotland1,444,4581,444,458
Seymour9,836,5089,836,508
Sharon145,798145,798
Shelton4,975,8524,975,852
Sherman244,327244,327
Simsbury5,367,5175,367,517
Somers5,918,6365,918,636
Southbury2,422,2332,422,233
Southington19,839,10819,839,108
South Windsor12,858,82612,858,826
Sprague2,600,6512,600,651
Stafford9,809,4249,809,424
Stamford7,978,8777,978,877
Sterling3,166,3943,166,394
Stonington2,061,2042,061,204
Stratford20,495,60220,495,602
Suffield6,082,4946,082,494
Thomaston5,630,3075,630,307
Thompson7,608,4897,608,489
Tolland10,759,28310,759,283
Torrington23,933,34323,933,343
Trumbull3,031,9883,031,988
Union239,576239,576
Vernon17,645,16517,645,165
Voluntown2,536,1772,536,177
Wallingford21,440,23321,440,233
Warren99,77799,777
Washington240,147240,147
Waterbury113,617,182113,617,182
Waterford1,445,4041,445,404
Watertown11,749,38311,749,383
Westbrook427,677427,677
West Hartford16,076,12016,076,120
West Haven41,399,30341,399,303
Weston948,564948,564
Westport1,988,2551,988,255
Wethersfield8,018,4228,018,422
Willington3,676,6373,676,637
Wilton1,557,1951,557,195
Winchester7,823,9917,823,991
Windham24,169,71724,169,717
Windsor11,547,66311,547,663
Windsor Locks4,652,3684,652,368
Wolcott13,539,37113,539,371
Woodbridge721,370721,370
Woodbury876,018876,018
Woodstock5,390,0555,390,055

      (3) The town of East Hartford shall not receive less than its fixed entitlement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.

      (P.A. 88-358, S. 2, 9; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7, S. 11, 22; P.A. 92-262, S. 26, 42; P.A. 93-1, S. 1, 3; P.A. 95-226, S. 2, 30; P.A. 96-178, S. 2, 18; P.A. 97-318, S. 2, 12; P.A. 98-168, S. 15, 26; P.A. 99-217, S. 5, 8; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 4, 54; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7, S. 2; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 23; P.A. 04-254, S. 2; P.A. 05-2, S. 1; 05-245, S. 32; P.A. 06-135, S. 19; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 62; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 53; P.A. 08-170, S. 2; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 72; P.A. 10-151, S. 2.)

      *Note: Section 33 of public act 05-245 is special in nature and therefore has not been codified but remains in full force and effect according to its terms.


      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7 amended Subsec. (a)(3) to change the formula, amended Subsec. (a)(4) to require that no town receive a grant smaller than the grant it received in the previous fiscal year and limited the applicability of Subsec. (b) to the fiscal years ending in June 1990 and 1991; P.A. 92-262 amended Subsec. (a)(4) to change the formula for fiscal year 1992-1993 and added Subdiv. (5) re fiscal year 1993-1994 and thereafter; P.A. 93-1 amended Subsec. (a)(4) to clarify that the exception for distressed municipalities applies to towns which received payments during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, effective January 28, 1993; P.A. 95-226 amended Subsec. (a) to limit Subdiv. (5) to the years ending June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, and added Subdivs. (6) and (7) concerning grants for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-178 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to add a further reduction of .02% or 0.56% for towns depending upon their rank when all towns are ranked in descending order according to town wealth, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-318 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to add provisions concerning the fiscal years ending June 30, 1998, and June 30, 1999, and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-168 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to increase the amount of the maximum percentage increase from 2% to 5% and substituted the product of 5% for 2% in the formula for determining such percentage, decreased the amount of the maximum percentage reduction for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1997 to June 30, 1999, inclusive, from 9% to 5% and substituted the product of 5% for 9% in the formula for determining such percentage, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-217 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to extend the applicability of the formula to each fiscal year commencing after June 30, 1996, to add cap for the percentage increase for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, to June 30, 2003, and to specify that no such adjustment be made for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, or any fiscal year thereafter, to provide that 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, to provide that the density supplement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and each fiscal year thereafter, shall not be less than the density supplement for the prior fiscal year, to extend the provisions limiting reductions in grants to priority school districts, to add provision requiring grants to priority school districts to at least maintain the amount of aid per student that was received under the grant for the prior fiscal year and to add provision limiting reductions in grants to transitional school districts, effective July 1, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to designate portions of existing provisions as Subparas. (A) to (L), to use the term target aid in place of language in former Subparas. (A) to (C) that was identical to the definition of target aid, to substitute "capped" for "adjusted", to add Subpara. (M) re fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, and Subpara. (N) re fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 2001; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7 amended Subsec. (a)(6) by adding new Subpara. (O) re hold harmless provision for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, effective August 15, 2002; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to extend cap in Subparas. (B) and (C), to end density supplement in Subpara. (G), to end hold harmless provision for priority school districts in Subpara. (J) and to add Subparas. (P) and (Q) re grant calculations for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-254 amended Subsec. (a)(6) by removing the cap in Subparas. (B) and (C), by restoring the density supplement in Subpara. (G) and by amending Subpara. (Q) re grants for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, by providing that no town shall receive a grant less than 60% of any grant previously received, each town shall receive a grant at least equal to the previous year plus a percentage increase, grants associated with priority school districts shall be at least $370 per student and no town shall receive less than it did for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, increased by 0.07%, except that Winchester shall receive at least its fixed entitlement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 05-2 amended Subsec. (a)(6)(Q)(iv) to change percentage increase in grant from 0.07% to 0.7%, effective March 22, 2005; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (a)(6) by adding Subpara. (R) re grant amount for fiscal years ending June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-135 amended Subsec. (a)(6) by providing in Subpara. (R), for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, that no town shall receive less than 60% of its target aid and by adding Subpara. (S) requiring that, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter, each town shall be held harmless and shall receive at least 60% of its target aid, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to provide that provision in Subpara. (G) applies to fiscal years prior to fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, revise Subpara. (S) to terminate provision with fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and replace former hold-harmless provision with language providing grant in amount that is the sum of town's base aid and 17.31% of difference between town's fully funded grant and its base aid, except that no town shall receive less than it did for fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, increased by 4.4%, and add Subpara. (T) to provide grant for fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, in amount that is the sum of town's base aid and 23.3% of the difference between town's fully funded grant and its base aid, except that no town shall receive less than it did for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, increased by 4.4%, effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subsec. (a)(6)(S)(ii) to add language re adjustment of per cent for all towns, effective October 6, 2007; P.A. 08-170 amended Subsec. (a)(6)(T)(ii) to change 23.3% to 22.02% and to provide that percentage shall be adjusted for all towns so that no town receives a grant in an amount less than in fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, effective July 1, 2008; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 added Subsec. (c) specifying equalization grants for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, effective September 9, 2009; P.A. 10-151 amended Subsec. (c)(3) by replacing "pursuant to this subsection" with "for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009", effective June 8, 2010.

      Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-262i. Grant payments. Expenditures for educational purposes only; exception. Prohibition against supplanting local funding. Minimum budget requirement; exception. Penalty. (a) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, and for each fiscal year thereafter, each town shall be paid a grant equal to the amount the town is entitled to receive under the provisions of section 10-262h, as calculated using the data of record as of the December first prior to the fiscal year such grant is to be paid, adjusted for the difference between the final entitlement for the prior fiscal year and the preliminary entitlement for such fiscal year as calculated using the data of record as of the December first prior to the fiscal year when such grant was paid.

      (b) The amount due each town pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be paid by the Comptroller, upon certification of the Commissioner of Education, to the treasurer of each town entitled to such aid in installments during the fiscal year as follows: Twenty-five per cent of the grant in October, twenty-five per cent of the grant in January and the balance of the grant in April. The balance of the grant due towns under the provisions of this subsection shall be paid in March rather than April to any town which has not adopted the uniform fiscal year and which would not otherwise receive such final payment within the fiscal year of such town.

      (c) All aid distributed to a town pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be expended for educational purposes only and shall be expended upon the authorization of the local or regional board of education. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and each fiscal year thereafter, if a town receives an increase in funds pursuant to this section over the amount it received for the prior fiscal year such increase shall not be used to supplant local funding for educational purposes. The budgeted appropriation for education in any town receiving an increase in funds pursuant to this section shall be not less than the amount appropriated for education for the prior year plus such increase in funds.

      (d) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2010, and June 30, 2011, the budgeted appropriation for education shall be no less than the budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, minus any reductions made pursuant to section 19 of public act 09-1 of the June 19 special session*, except that for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, those districts whose number of resident students for the school year commencing July 1, 2009, is lower than such district's number of resident students for the school year commencing July 1, 2008, may reduce such district's budgeted appropriation for education by the difference in number of resident students for such school years multiplied by three thousand.

      (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009, the budgeted appropriation for education in any town receiving an increase in funds pursuant to this section shall be not less than the amount appropriated for education for the prior year plus the percentage of such increase in funds as determined under subsection (f) of this section.

      (f) (1) Except as provided for in subdivisions (2), (3) and (4) of this subsection, the percentage of the increase in aid pursuant to this section applicable under subsection (e) shall be the average of the results of (A) (i) a town's current program expenditures per resident student pursuant to subdivision (36) of section 10-262f, subtracted from the highest current program expenditures per resident student in this state, (ii) divided by the difference between the highest current program expenditures per resident student in this state and the lowest current program expenditures per resident student in this state, (iii) multiplied by thirty per cent, (iv) plus fifty percentage points, (B) (i) a town's wealth pursuant to subdivision (26) of section 10-262f, subtracted from the wealth of the town with the highest wealth of all towns in this state, (ii) divided by the difference between the wealth of the town with the highest wealth of all towns in this state and the wealth of the town with the lowest wealth of all towns in this state, (iii) multiplied by thirty per cent, (iv) plus fifty percentage points, and (C) (i) a town's grant mastery percentage pursuant to subdivision (12) of section 10-262f, subtracted from one, subtracted from one minus the grant mastery percentage of the town with the highest grant mastery percentage in this state, (ii) divided by the difference between one minus the grant mastery percentage of the town with the highest grant mastery percentage in this state and one minus the grant mastery percentage of the town with the lowest grant mastery percentage in this state, (iii) multiplied by thirty per cent, (iv) plus fifty percentage points.

      (2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, any town whose school district is in its third year or more of being identified as in need of improvement pursuant to section 10-223e, and has failed to make adequate yearly progress in mathematics or reading at the whole district level, the percentage determined pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection for such town shall be increased by an additional twenty percentage points.

      (3) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, any town whose school district is in its third year or more of being identified as in need of improvement pursuant to section 10-223e, and has failed to make adequate yearly progress in mathematics or reading at the whole district level, the percentage of the increase in aid pursuant to this section applicable under subsection (e) of this section shall be the percentage of the increase determined under subdivision (1) of this section for such town, plus twenty percentage points, or eighty per cent, whichever is greater.

      (4) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter, any town that (A) is a member of a regional school district that serves only grades seven to twelve, inclusive, or grades nine to twelve, inclusive, (B) appropriates at least the minimum percentage of increase in aid pursuant to the provisions of this section, and (C) has a reduced assessment from the previous fiscal year for students enrolled in such regional school district, excluding debt service for such students, shall be considered to be in compliance with the provisions of this section.

      (5) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, charter, special act or home rule ordinance, on or before September 15, 2007, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, a town may request the Commissioner of Education to defer a portion of the town's increase in aid over the prior fiscal year pursuant to this section to be expended in the subsequent fiscal year. If the commissioner approves such request, the deferred amount shall be credited to the increase in aid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, rather than the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. Such funds shall be expended in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, in accordance with the provisions of this section. In no case shall a town be allowed to defer increases in aid required to be spent for education as a result of failure to make adequate yearly progress in accordance with the provisions of subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection.

      (g) Upon a determination by the State Board of Education that a town or kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district failed in any fiscal year to meet the requirements pursuant to subsection (c), (d) or (e) of this section, the town or kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district shall forfeit an amount equal to two times the amount of the shortfall. The amount so forfeited shall be withheld by the Department of Education from the grant payable to the town in the second fiscal year immediately following such failure by deducting such amount from the town's equalization aid grant payment pursuant to this section, except that in the case of a kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district, the amount so forfeited shall be withheld by the Department of Education from the grants payable pursuant to this section to the towns which are members of such regional school district. The amounts deducted from such grants to each member town shall be proportional to the number of resident students in each member town. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, the State Board of Education may waive such forfeiture upon agreement with the town or kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district that the town or kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district shall increase its budgeted appropriation for education during the fiscal year in which the forfeiture would occur by an amount not less than the amount of said forfeiture or for other good cause shown. Any additional funds budgeted pursuant to such an agreement shall not be included in a district's budgeted appropriation for education for the purpose of establishing any future minimum budget requirement.

      (P.A. 88-358, S. 3, 9; P.A. 89-124, S. 5, 13; P.A. 98-168, S. 16, 26; P.A. 05-245, S. 31; P.A. 06-13, S. 6; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 63; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 52; P.A. 08-170, S. 1, 13; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 30; P.A. 10-151, S. 1.)

      *Note: Section 19 of public act 09-1 of the June 19 special session is special in nature and therefore has not been codified but remains in full force and effect according to its terms.


      History: P.A. 89-124 in Subsec. (b) provided that the balance be paid in March rather than April for towns which have not adopted the uniform fiscal year and which would not otherwise receive such payment within their fiscal year; P.A. 98-168 amended Subsec. (c) to add prohibition against using an increase to supplant local funding, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (c) by adding language re appropriation not less than the amount for previous year plus increase in funds and added Subsec. (d) re penalty, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-13 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective May 2, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 added new Subsec. (d) re minimum budget requirement, added Subsec. (e) re failure to make adequately yearly progress and deferral of increase in aid, redesignated existing Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (f) and added reference therein to Subsec. (d), effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subsec. (e) to add language re notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, charter, special act or home rule ordinance, effective October 6, 2007; P.A. 08-170 amended Subsec. (e) to add provisions re member towns of regional school districts for fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009, effective July 1, 2008, and further amended Subsec. (e) to redesignate existing provisions as new Subdivs. (1), (2) and (5), to provide in new Subdiv. (1) for exception to Subdivs. (2), (3) and (4), to redesignate Subdivs. (1)(A) to (1)(D) as Subdivs. (1)(A)(i) to (1)(A)(iv), to change percentage from 50 to 30 in Subdiv. (1)(A)(iii) and from 15 to 50 in Subdiv. (1)(A)(iv), to redesignate Subdivs. (2)(A) to (2)(D) as Subdivs. (1)(B)(i) to (1)(B)(iv), to change percentage from 50 to 30 in Subdiv. (1)(B)(iii) and from 15 to 50 in Subdiv. (1)(B)(iv), to redesignate Subdivs. (3)(A) to (3)(D) as Subdivs. (1)(C)(i) to (1)(C)(iv), to change percentage from 50 to 30 in Subdiv. (1)(C)(iii) and from 15 to 50 in Subdiv. (1)(C)(iv), to make provisions of new Subdiv. (2), re school districts in third year or more of being identified as in need of improvement, applicable for fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, to add new Subdiv. (3) re school districts in third year or more of being identified as in need of improvement for fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, to add new Subdiv. (4) re member towns of regional school districts and to delete from new Subdiv. (5) similar provisions re such towns for fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009, effective July 1, 2009; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 added new Subsec. (d) re requirement for the budgeted appropriation for education for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) to (f) as Subsecs. (e) to (g) and made conforming changes therein and amended redesignated Subsec. (g) by replacing references re expenditure with references to budgeted appropriation for education, effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 10-151 amended Subsec. (d) by adding exception re reduction of budgeted appropriation for education for fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, due to decrease in number of resident students in district during school year commencing July 1, 2009, effective June 8, 2010.

      Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-262j. Minimum expenditure requirement. (a) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1990, June 30, 1991, June 30, 1992, and June 30, 1993, the regular program expenditures of a town shall be not less than the greater of (1) the product of (A) the target foundation multiplied by the number of total need students of the town for the prior school year, and (B) the ratio of the town's grant entitlement for such year pursuant to section 10-262h divided by the town's target grant, or (2) an amount equal to the sum of (A) the regular program expenditures for the town for the prior fiscal year, and (B) the amount of the aid increase paid to the town as calculated pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

      (b) For the purposes of subsection (a) of this section, the amount of the aid increase paid to a town shall be (1) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, the amount of aid to be paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, pursuant to section 10-262i, less the base aid for the town, (2) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, the amount of aid paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, pursuant to said section, less the amount of aid paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, pursuant to said section, (3) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, the amount of aid paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, pursuant to said section, less the amount of aid paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, pursuant to said section, (4) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993, the amount of aid paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993, less the amount of aid paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, pursuant to said section, (5) for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, the amount of aid paid to the town for the fiscal year pursuant to said section, less the amount of aid paid to the town for the prior fiscal year pursuant to said section, (6) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, the amount paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, pursuant to said section less base revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, (7) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, the amount paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, less the amount paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, pursuant to said section, (8) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, the amount paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, less the amount paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, pursuant to said section, (9) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, the amount paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, less the amount paid to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, pursuant to said section, and (10) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and each fiscal year thereafter, the amount paid to the town for said fiscal year, less the amount paid to the town for the year prior to said fiscal year, provided any amounts paid pursuant to section 7 of public act 99-217* shall be included in the determination of the aid increase paid to the town.

      (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, for the years ending June 30, 1990, June 30, 1991, June 30, 1992, and June 30, 1993, no town shall be required to spend more on regular program expenditures than an amount equal to the product of the foundation for such year and the total need students of the town for the prior school year.

      (d) (1) For the year ending June 30, 1994, the regular program expenditures of a town shall be not less than the greater of the foundation for such year multiplied by the total need students of the town for the prior school year or an amount equal to the sum of (A) the regular program expenditures for the town for the prior fiscal year, and (B) the amount of the aid increase paid to the town as calculated pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, except that no town shall be required to spend more on regular program expenditures than one hundred five per cent of the product of the foundation for such year and the total need students of the town for the prior school year.

      (2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, the regular program expenditures of a town shall be not less than the greater of the foundation for such year multiplied by the total need students of the town for the prior school year or an amount equal to the sum of (A) the regular program expenditures for the town for the prior fiscal year, and (B) the amount of the aid increase paid to the town as calculated pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, except that no town shall be required to spend more on regular program expenditures than one hundred ten per cent of the product of the foundation for such year and the total need students of the town for the prior school year.

      (3) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, the regular program expenditures of a town shall not be less than the lesser of (A) the sum of the regular program expenditures for the town for the prior fiscal year, and the amount of the aid increase paid to a town pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, or (B) the sum of the town's minimum expenditure requirement cap as determined by the Department of Education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and the sum of any aid increases paid to a town pursuant to subsection (b) of this section after the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995.

      (4) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, the regular program expenditures of a town shall be the lesser of the sum of (A) its minimum expenditure requirement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October 1996, using the data of record as of December 1, 1996, and its final audited resident student count for October 1993, by one-half of the foundation, or the sum of (i) its minimum expenditure requirement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, and (ii) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

      (5) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, the regular program expenditures of a town shall be the lesser of the sum of (A) its minimum expenditure requirement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October 1997, using the data of record as of December 1, 1997, and the town's resident student count for October 1996, using the data of record as of December 1, 1996, by one-half of the foundation, or the sum of (i) its minimum expenditure requirement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, and (ii) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

      (6) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, 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, 1999, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October 1998, using the data of record as of December 1, 1998, and the town's resident student count for October 1997, using the data of record as of December 1, 1997, by one-half of the foundation.

      (7) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, 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, 2000, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) if the resident student count for October 1999, is less than the resident student count for October 1998, the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October 1999, using the data of record as of December 1, 1999, and the town's resident student count for October 1998, using the data of record as of December 1, 1998, by one-half of the foundation.

      (8) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, 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, 2001, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) if the resident student count for October 2000, is less than the resident student count for October 1999, the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October 2000, using the data of record as of December 1, 2000, and the town's resident student count for October 1999, using the data of record as of December 1, 1999, by one-half of the foundation.

      (9) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, 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, 2002, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) if the resident student count for October 2001, is less than the resident student count for October 2000, the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October 2001, using the data of record as of December 1, 2001, and the town's resident student count for October 2000, using the data of record as of December 1, 2000, by one-half of the foundation.

      (10) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, 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, 2003, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) if the resident student count for October 2002, is less than the resident student count for October 2001, the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October 2002, using the data of record as of December 1, 2002, and the town's resident student count for October 2001, using the data of record as of December 1, 2001, by one-half of the foundation.

      (11) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, 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, 2004, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) if the resident student count for October 2003, is less than the resident student count for October 2002, the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October 2003, using the data of record as of December 1, 2003, and the town's resident student count for October 2002, using the data of record as of December 1, 2002, by one-half of the foundation.

      (12) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, 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, 2005, (B) its aid increase pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and (C) if the resident student count for October 2004, is less than the resident student count for October 2003, the result obtained by multiplying the difference between the town's resident student count for October 2004, using the data of record as of December 1, 2004, and the town's resident student count for October 2003, using the data of record as of December 1, 2003, by one-half of the foundation.

      (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.

      (e) (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section: (A) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1990, June 30, 1991, June 30, 1992, and June 30, 1993, the regular program expenditures of a kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district shall not be less than the greater of (i) the product of (I) the target foundation multiplied by the sum of the number of total need students in the member towns in the regional school district for the prior school year, and (II) the ratio of the sum of the member towns' grant entitlements for such year pursuant to section 10-262h divided by the sum of the member towns' target grants, or (ii) an amount equal to the sum of (I) the regular program expenditures for the regional school district for the prior fiscal year, and (II) the amount of the sum of the aid increases paid to the member towns as calculated pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, provided no kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district shall be required to spend more on regular program expenditures than an amount equal to the product of the foundation for such year and the sum of the total need students in the member towns of the regional school district for the prior school year; and (B) for the year ending June 30, 1993, and for each fiscal year thereafter, the regular program expenditures of a kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district shall be not less than the foundation for such year multiplied by the sum of the total need students of all member towns for the prior school year.

      (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (3) of subsection (d) of this section, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, the regular program expenditures of a kindergarten to twelve, inclusive, regional school district shall not be less than the lesser of (A) the sum of the regular program expenditures for the regional school district for the prior fiscal year, and the sum of the member towns' aid increases pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, or (B) the sum of the member towns' minimum expenditure requirement caps as determined by the Department of Education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and the sum of the member towns' aid increases paid pursuant to subsection (b) of this section after the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995.

      (f) For the purposes of this section "total need students" means total need students as calculated using the data of record as of December first of such data year.

      (P.A. 88-358, S. 4, 9; P.A. 89-124, S. 6, 13; P.A. 92-262, S. 27, 42; P.A. 93-145, S. 2, 3, 6; P.A. 94-245, S. 35, 46; P.A. 95-226, S. 3, 4, 7, 30; P.A. 97-318, S. 4, 12; P.A. 99-217, S. 6, 8; P.A. 00-187, S. 14, 21, 75; P.A. 01-173, S. 62, 67; P.A. 03-76, S. 23; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 25; P.A. 05-245, S. 30; P.A. 06-135, S. 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 64.)

      *Note: Section 7 of public act 99-217 is special in nature and therefore has not been codified but remains in full force and effect according to its terms.


      History: P.A. 89-124 in Subsec. (e) added forfeiture provisions and a minimum expenditure requirement for kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school districts and added new Subsec. (g) re definition of "total need students" for purposes of the section; P.A. 92-262 amended Subsecs. (a), (c) and (f) to add fiscal year 1993, added Subsec. (b)(4), and amended Subsec. (d) to substitute 1994 for 1993; P.A. 93-145 added Subsec. (b)(5) re the amount of aid for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994, and each fiscal year thereafter and amended Subsec. (d) to make the existing Subsec. Subdiv. (1), limited the applicability of said Subdiv. to the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994, added the "greater of the" existing requirement or the sum of the items described in Subparas. (A) and (B) and added the exception language, and added Subdiv. (2) concerning program expenditures for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and for each fiscal year thereafter, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-245 amended Subsec. (e) to add provision that any additional funds expended pursuant to an agreement between the State Board of Education and a kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, regional school district shall not be included in a district's expenditures for the purpose of establishing any future minimum expenditure requirement, effective June 2, 1994; P.A. 95-226 added Subsec. (b)(6)and (7) re the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, amended Subsec. (d) to limit Subdiv. (2) to the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and added Subdiv. (3) concerning the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, and added Subsec. (f)(2) re fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-318 amended Subsecs. (b) and (d) to add provisions re the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, and the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, respectively, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 99-217 added Subsec. (d)(6) and (7) re expenditures for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-187 added Subsec. (b)(10) re fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and each fiscal year thereafter and amended Subsec. (d)(7)(C) to add the clause "if the resident student count for October 1999, is less than the resident student count for October 1998", effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 added Subsec. (d)(8) and (9)re fiscal years ending June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, respectively, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-76 made technical changes in Subsec. (e), effective June 3, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 added Subsec. (d)(10) and (11) re fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-245 added Subsec. (d)(12) re minimum expenditure for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-135 added Subsec. (d)(13) re minimum expenditure for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 deleted former Subsec. (e) re forfeitures, redesignated existing Subsecs. (f) and (g) as Subsecs. (e) and (f) and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2007.

      Cited. 228 C. 699. P.A. 89-124, Sec. 6 cited. Id. Minimum expenditure requirement (MER) cited. Id.

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      Sec. 10-262k. Grants for compensatory education programs. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the board of education which has jurisdiction over the schools in any town (1) with a total population, as defined in subdivision (7) of subsection (a) of section 10-261, greater than twenty thousand, and (2) in which the grant mastery percentage, as defined in subdivision (12) of section 10-262f, is greater than twenty per cent may annually apply to the Commissioner of Education, on such forms as the commissioner may prescribe, to receive not more than two per cent of the town's grant entitlement pursuant to section 10-262h for the subsequent fiscal year for compensatory education programs. At the time of application, the board of education shall notify the board of finance in each town or city having a board of finance, the board of selectmen in each town having no board of finance or otherwise the authority making appropriations for the school district of the application. Upon submission of a timely application to the commissioner, the commissioner shall deduct such amount from the payment made to the town in October of such subsequent fiscal year pursuant to section 10-262i, and the board of education shall receive a grant in such amount.

      (P.A. 90-225, S. 8, 10; P.A. 92-262, S. 28, 42; P.A. 96-244, S. 55, 63; P.A. 97-318, S. 3, 12; P.A. 03-174, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 92-262 deleted provision exempting payments from provisions of repealed Sec. 10-14o; P.A. 96-244 decreased the population level for eligibility from greater than 26,000 to greater than 20,000 and made the initial year for applications under the new criteria "1997", effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-318 made a technical change, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 03-174 made technical changes, effective July 1, 2003.

      Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-262l. Grants for improvement in student achievement. (a) Each local and regional board of education, within available appropriations, shall be eligible to receive a state grant of funds as a reward for demonstrating improvement in district-wide student achievement on the state-wide mastery examinations under subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of section 10-14n. Each local and regional board of education shall receive a proportional share of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section based upon the improvement in its mastery goal improvement count, as defined in subdivision (31) of section 10-262f. The minimum grant for each eligible town shall be five hundred dollars. Each local and regional board of education shall expend grant funds pursuant to this section on behalf of its schools in a manner consistent with each school's relative contribution to the level of mastery goal achievement within the district.

      (b) Each town which receives funds pursuant to this section shall make such funds available to its local or regional board of education in supplement to any other local appropriation, other state or federal grant or other revenue to which the local or regional board of education is entitled.

      (P.A. 95-226, S. 6, 30; P.A. 97-318, S. 5, 12; P.A. 05-13, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 95-226 effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-318 made a technical change, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 05-13 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective May 4, 2005.

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      Sec. 10-262m. Grants for high level of foster care placements in a school district. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and each fiscal year thereafter, each school district in which two per cent or more of the average daily membership, as defined in section 10-261, of the school district are children age five to eighteen, inclusive, in foster care placements or certified relative foster care placements in such school district on October first of the fiscal year, as determined by the Department of Children and Families shall receive a grant, within available appropriations, from the Department of Education in an amount equal to one hundred thousand dollars. Such grant shall be in addition to funds received by such school district pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-76g.

      (P.A. 98-168, S. 10, 26; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-1, S. 10, 51.)

      History: P.A. 98-168 effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-1 required foster care placement grants to be within available appropriations, effective July 1, 1999.

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      Sec. 10-262n. Grants to improve the use of technology in schools. (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.

      (b) Local and regional boards of education shall apply to the department for grants at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education prescribes. In order to be eligible for a grant, a local or regional board of education shall: (1) Have a technology plan that was developed or updated during the three-year period preceding the date of application for grant funds and, once the Commission for Educational Technology develops the long-range plan required pursuant to subdivision (5) of subsection (c) of section 4d-80, the local technology plan shall be consistent with such long-range plan, (2) provide that each school and superintendent's office be able to communicate with the Department of Education using the Internet, (3) present evidence that it has applied or will apply for a grant from the federal Universal Service Fund, and (4) submit a plan for the expenditure of grant funds in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

      (c) The plan for the expenditure of grant funds shall: (1) Establish clear goals and a strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education, (2) include a professional development strategy to ensure that teachers know how to use the new technologies to improve education, (3) include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software and other services that will be needed to improve education, (4) provide for a sufficient budget to acquire and maintain the hardware, software, professional development and other services that will be needed to implement the strategy for improved education, (5) include an evaluation process that enables the school to monitor progress towards the specified goals and make adjustments in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise. The plan developed pursuant to this subsection shall be submitted to the department with the grant application.

      (d) (1) Each school district shall be eligible to receive a minimum grant under the program as follows: (A) Each school district in towns ranked from one to one hundred thirteen, inclusive, when all towns are ranked in ascending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on town wealth, as defined in subdivision (26) of section 10-262f, shall be eligible to receive a minimum grant in the amount of thirty thousand dollars, and (B) each school district in towns ranked from one hundred fourteen to one hundred sixty-nine, inclusive, when all towns are ranked in ascending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on town wealth, as defined in subdivision (26) of section 10-262f, shall be eligible to receive a minimum grant under the program in the amount of fifteen thousand dollars. Such minimum grant may be increased for certain school districts pursuant to subdivision (4) of this subsection. (2) The department shall use (A) one hundred thousand dollars of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for the vocational-technical schools for wiring and other technology initiatives at such schools, and (B) fifty thousand dollars of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for technology grants to state charter schools. The amount of the grant each state charter school receives shall be based on the number of students enrolled in the school. (3) The department may retain up to one per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for coordination, program evaluation and administration. (4) Any remaining appropriated funds shall be used to increase the grants to (A) priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p, (B) transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c, and (C) school districts in towns ranked from one to eighty-five, inclusive, when all towns are ranked in ascending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on town wealth, as defined in section 10-262f. Each such school district shall receive an amount based on the ratio of the number of resident students, as defined in said section 10-262f, in such school district to the total number of resident students in all such school districts.

      (e) Each school district that participates in an interdistrict magnet school or in an endowed academy shall provide funds from the grant it receives pursuant to this section to such interdistrict magnet school or endowed academy in an amount equal to the per student amount of such grant multiplied by the number of students from such district enrolled in the interdistrict magnet school or endowed academy.

      (f) Any unexpended funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year but shall be available for expenditure during the next fiscal year.

      (g) No funds received pursuant to this section shall be used to supplant federal, state or local funding to the local or regional board of education for technology.

      (h) Expenditure reports shall be filed with the Department of Education as requested by the commissioner. School districts shall refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the program for which the grant was awarded, and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with the approved grant application.

      (P.A. 00-187, S. 41, 75; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-1, S. 18, 46; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 44, 54; P.A. 03-174, S. 10; P.A. 04-57, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 00-187 effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-1 amended Subsec. (d)(4)(C) to make a technical change and replace towns ranked in "descending" order with towns ranked in "ascending" order, effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (d)(1) to remove provision for minimum grant of $10,000 and to substitute formula in Subparas. (A) and (B) for determining amount of the minimum grant, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-174 amended Subsec. (b)(1) by substituting a three-year period preceding the date of application for a two-year period, effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 04-57 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by adding reference to wireless connectivity, effective July 1, 2004.

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      Sec. 10-262o. Grant program for teacher technology training programs. The Department of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, a competitive grant program to fund innovative teacher training programs on the integration of technology into the public school curriculum in order to improve student learning. On and after July 1, 2001, such training programs shall be consistent with the standards developed pursuant to section 4d-85.

      (P.A. 00-187, S. 43, 75.)

      History: P.A. 00-187 effective July 1, 2000.

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      Sec. 10-262p. Computer technology competency standards for students. Report on the status of educational technology in the public schools. (a) The State Board of Education shall adopt grade kindergarten to grade twelve, inclusive, computer technology competency standards for students by July 1, 2001. Information on the standards shall be included in the report required pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

      (b) On or before July 1, 2001, and biennially thereafter, the Commissioner of Education shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education on the status of educational technology in the public schools. The report shall include information on the level of funding needed to assure that the technology needs in the areas of infrastructure improvements, educator professional development, curriculum development and student competency development are met.

      (P.A. 00-187, S. 44, 75.)

      History: P.A. 00-187 effective July 1, 2000.

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      Sec. 10-262q. Centralized web-based site for educators. The Department of Education shall develop and maintain, within available appropriations, a centralized web-based site for use by educators in posting and sharing suggested grade-specific or topic-specific lesson plans, curriculum resources and technology resource opportunities, as well as best practices on the use of technology in instruction.

      (P.A. 00-187, S. 46, 75.)

      History: P.A. 00-187 effective July 1, 2000.

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      Sec. 10-262r. Computer-assisted writing, instruction and testing. Pilot program. Section 10-262r is repealed, effective April 1, 2009.

      (P.A. 05-245, S. 39; P.A. 06-196, S. 65; P.A. 08-170, S. 16; P.A. 09-2, S. 27.)

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      Sec. 10-263. Withholding of payments; adjustments for underpayments and overpayments of grants. (a) The State Board of Education may withhold from the total sum which is paid from the State Treasury an amount which it determines to be equitable from any town or school district which it finds pursuant to section 10-4b to have failed to maintain its schools according to law.

      (b) Unless otherwise provided by law, if the Commissioner of Education determines, based upon a final report of actual revenue and expenditures of a school district, that there has been an underpayment or overpayment in a grant made by the State Board of Education, the commissioner shall calculate the amount of the underpayment or overpayment and shall adjust the amount of the grant payment for either of the two fiscal years next following the fiscal year in which such underpayment or overpayment was made. The amount of the adjustment shall be equal to the amount of the underpayment or overpayment.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1579; June, 1955, S. 974d; 1967, P.A. 166, S. 4; 1969, P.A. 531, S. 2; P.A. 78-218, S. 186; P.A. 79-128, S. 8, 36; P.A. 87-398, S. 1, 2.)

      History: 1967 act changed deadline for application from August fifteenth to August first; 1969 act deleted provision re deductions of amounts by which towns fail to maintain minimum program; P.A. 78-218 deleted reference to applications made by supervising agents and substituted "local or regional board of education" for "town or school district"; P.A. 79-128 deleted provisions re applications and scheduled payments, leaving only provision for withholding certain funds from payments to boards who fail to maintain schools according to law; P.A. 87-398 added new Subsec. (b) to provide for adjustments for underpayments and overpayments of grants and designated prior provisions as Subsec. (a).

      See Sec. 10-227 re forfeit of part of grant payment as penalty for violations of procedure in making returns of receipts, expenditures, etc. to Department of Education.

      Cited. 187 C. 187. Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Secs. 10-263a and 10-263b. Payment to towns not on uniform fiscal year. Amounts in average daily membership payable to the Department of Correction. Sections 10-263a and 10-263b are repealed.

      (P.A. 75-1, S. 1, 2; 75-481, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-81, S. 1, 2; P.A. 79-128, S. 35, 36; 79-631, S. 94, 95, 111; P.A. 89-124, S. 12, 13.)

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      Sec. 10-263c. Transitional school district grant program. (a) The State Board of Education, within available appropriations, shall administer a transitional school district grant program in accordance with this section. Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of section 10-263d, each school district that does not receive a grant pursuant to section 10-266p or section 10-276a and is in a town which ranks one to twenty-one, inclusive, when towns are ranked in accordance with subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection (a) of said section 10-266p shall be eligible for a transitional school district grant of two hundred fifty thousand dollars. The local board of education for such school district shall apply for such grant at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education prescribes.

      (b) A transitional school district grant shall be payable to the local board of education for the school district. The local board shall use the funds for any of the following: (1) The creation or expansion of programs or activities related to dropout prevention, (2) alternative and transitional programs for students having difficulty succeeding in traditional educational programs, (3) academic enrichment, tutorial and recreation programs or activities in school buildings during nonschool hours and during the summer, (4) development or expansion of extended-day kindergarten programs, (5) development or expansion of early reading intervention programs, including summer and after-school programs, (6) enhancement of the use of technology to support instruction or improve parent and teacher communication, (7) initiatives to strengthen parent involvement in the education of children, and parent and other community involvement in school and school district programs, activities and educational policies, which may be in accordance with the provisions of section 10-4g, or (8) for purposes of obtaining accreditation for elementary and middle schools from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Each such board of education shall use at least twenty per cent of its grant for early reading intervention programs. Each such board of education shall use its grant to supplement existing programs or create new programs. If the State Board of Education finds that any such grant is being used for other purposes or is being used to decrease the local share of support for schools, it may require repayment of such grant to the state.

      (c) Each transitional school district grant shall be awarded on an annual basis. Funding in subsequent years shall be based on funds available, annual application and program evaluation.

      (P.A. 98-168, S. 17, 26; P.A. 99-224, S. 6, 9; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 43, 54.)

      History: P.A. 98-168 effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-224 amended Subsec. (a) to stipulate that eligibility for grants is subject to the provisions of Sec. 10-263d(b), to specify that school districts that receive grants pursuant to Sec. 10-276a are not eligible for grants pursuant to this section, and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (a) to add "within available appropriations", effective July 1, 2001.

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      Sec. 10-263d. Transitional school district phase-out grants. Reduced grants for first year of eligibility for transitional school district grants. (a) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, if a school district that received a transitional school district grant pursuant to section 10-263c for the prior fiscal year is no longer eligible to receive such a grant, such school district shall receive a transitional school district phase-out grant for each of the three fiscal years following the fiscal year such school district received its final transitional school district grant. The amount of such phase-out grants shall be determined in accordance with this subsection. (1) For the first fiscal year following the fiscal year the town received its final transitional school district grant, in an amount equal to seventy-five per cent of such final grant. (2) For the second fiscal year following the fiscal year the town received its final transitional school district grant, in an amount equal to fifty per cent of such final grant. (3) For the third fiscal year following the fiscal year the town received its final transitional school district grant, in an amount equal to twenty-five per cent of such final grant.

      (b) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, if a school district that did not receive a grant pursuant to section 10-276a for the prior fiscal year and was not eligible to receive a transitional school district grant pursuant to section 10-263c for the prior fiscal year becomes eligible to receive such a transitional school district grant, the amount of the grant such town receives for the first year of such eligibility shall be reduced by fifty per cent.

      (P.A. 99-224, S. 7, 9.)

      History: P.A. 99-224 effective July 1, 1999.

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      Sec. 10-263e. Safe learning grant program. (a) The Department of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, a competitive safe learning grant program to assist school districts in (1) developing a school environment where children learn in safety without fear of physical or verbal harm or intimidation, (2) activities that encourage respect for each student, (3) decreasing early youth aggression, (4) establishing student conflict and intervention policies and strategies, (5) eliminating bullying behaviors among students, (6) extending safe school environment programs to extracurricular activities, (7) after school programs, and (8) the development of crisis and violence prevention policies and strategies which make school environments safe. Each local and regional board of education may apply for a grant at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education prescribes.

      (b) The department may accept private donations for purposes of the program provided such donations shall in no way limit the scope of program grants pursuant to this section.

      (c) Any unexpended funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year but shall be available for expenditure during the next fiscal year for similar programs.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 32, 54; P.A. 03-76, S. 33.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-76 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective June 3, 2003.

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      Sec. 10-264. Temporary additional payment. Obsolete.

      (1957, P.A. 642, S. 1.)

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      Secs. 10-264a to 10-264d. Promotion of educational quality and diversity: Definitions. Local assessment. Regional plans. Withholding of funds. Sections 10-264a to 10-264d, inclusive, are repealed, effective July 1, 1998.

      (P.A. 93-263, S. 1-4, 14; P.A. 95-226, S. 19, 30; P.A. 98-252, S. 79, 80; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 105, 121.)

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      Sec. 10-264e. Grant applications. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, and each fiscal year thereafter, at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes, local and regional boards of education, individually or cooperatively, pursuant to section 10-158a, or through a regional educational service center may apply to the commissioner for competitive grants pursuant to sections 10-264h, 10-264i and 10-264l.

      (P.A. 93-263, S. 5, 14; P.A. 95-226, S. 21, 30; P.A. 98-252, S. 19, 80.)

      History: P.A. 93-263 effective June 28, 1993; P.A. 95-226 deleted former Subsec. (b) re role of the General Assembly in the awarding of grants, removed Subsec. (a) designator, deleted reference to grants pursuant to Sec. 10-264f, added a reference to grants pursuant to Sec. 10-264l and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 98-252 made a technical change, effective July 1, 1998.

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      Sec. 10-264f. Grants for single districts or one or more schools within a district. (a) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, and each fiscal year thereafter, a local or regional board of education, may, in accordance with this section, apply to the commissioner, pursuant to section 10-264e, for a grant for the school district or one or more schools within the school district. Such grants shall be limited to school districts or schools in which the average mastery percentage, as defined in subdivision (3) of section 10-262f, is equal to or exceeds fifteen per cent and shall be based on a local plan to improve the quality of school performance and student outcomes. Applicants for such grants may also request technical assistance and waivers of specific state statutory and regulatory mandates which may be granted by the commissioner for good cause.

      (b) The commissioner may approve, in accordance with section 10-264e, programs pursuant to this section if he finds the program is likely to increase student performance as measured by state-wide mastery examination results or enhance student awareness of diversity. Programs which may be eligible for grants pursuant to this section include, but are not limited to, early childhood education and extended-day kindergarten, parent involvement in the education of children and in the schools, reduction in class size, tutoring and mentoring of students, after-school academic programs, lengthening the instructional school day and lengthening the instructional school year.

      (P.A. 93-263, S. 7, 14.)

      History: P.A. 93-263 effective June 28, 1993.

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      Sec. 10-264g. Grants for two or more districts. Section 10-264g is repealed, effective July 1, 1995.

      (P.A. 93-263, S. 8, 14; P.A. 95-226, S. 28, 30.)

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      Sec. 10-264h. Grants for capital expenditures for interdistrict magnet school facilities. (a)(1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, until the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, a local or regional board of education, regional educational service center or a cooperative arrangement pursuant to section 10-158a for purposes of an interdistrict magnet school may be eligible for reimbursement up to the full reasonable cost of any capital expenditure for the purchase, construction, extension, replacement, leasing or major alteration of interdistrict magnet school facilities, including any expenditure for the purchase of equipment, in accordance with this section. (A) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, and each fiscal year thereafter, such entities, and (B) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter, the following entities that operate an interdistrict magnet school that assists the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the commissioner: (i) The Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of a regional community-technical college, (ii) the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System on behalf of a state university, (iii) the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut on behalf of the university, (iv) the board of governors for an independent college or university, as defined in section 10a-37, or the equivalent of such a board, on behalf of the independent college or university, and (v) any other third-party not-for-profit corporation approved by the commissioner may be eligible for reimbursement up to ninety-five per cent of such cost. To be eligible for reimbursement under this section a magnet school construction project shall meet the requirements for a school building project established in chapter 173, except that the Commissioner of Education may waive any requirement in such chapter for good cause. On and after July 1, 1997, the commissioner shall approve only applications for reimbursement under this section that he finds will reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation. On and after July 1, 2009, applications for reimbursement under this section for the construction of new interdistrict magnet schools shall not be accepted until the commissioner develops a comprehensive state-wide interdistrict magnet school plan, in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of section 10-264l, unless the commissioner determines that such construction will assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al.

      (2) (A) Not later than July 1, 2007, the Commissioner of Education and the president of the Connecticut Science Center, Inc. shall enter into a memorandum of understanding establishing the parameters within which the center shall operate as and be given the status of a state-wide magnet science learning center. Upon achieving such status, the Connecticut Science Center, Inc. shall be eligible to apply for, in accordance with the provisions of subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, a grant of reimbursement of ninety-five per cent of any expenditures for the construction, replacement, alteration or repair of its facilities, including the reasonable and necessary costs for major exhibits. The Connecticut Science Center, Inc. may fund its five per cent share of expenditures from private contributions.

      (B) To be eligible to receive a grant pursuant to this subdivision, the Connecticut Science Center, Inc. shall file an application with the Commissioner of Education in such form and manner as the commissioner prescribes. Construction projects at the magnet science learning center shall meet the requirements of chapter 173, except that the commissioner may waive any requirements in such chapter for good cause.

      (b) Subject to the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the applicant shall receive current payments of scheduled estimated eligible project costs for the facility, provided (1) the applicant files an application for a school building project, in accordance with section 10-283 by the date prescribed by the commissioner, (2) final plans and specifications for the project are approved pursuant to sections 10-291 and 10-292, and (3) such district submits to the commissioner, in such form as the commissioner prescribes, and the commissioner approves a plan for the operation of the facility which includes, but need not be limited to: A description of the educational programs to be offered, the completion date for the project, an estimated budget for the operation of the facility, written commitments for participation from the districts that will participate in the school and an analysis of the effect of the program on the reduction of racial, ethnic and economic isolation. The commissioner shall notify the secretary of the State Bond Commission when the provisions of subdivisions (1) and (3) of this subsection have been met. Upon application to the Commissioner of Education, compliance with the provisions of subdivisions (1) and (3) of this subsection and after authorization by the General Assembly pursuant to section 10-283, the applicant shall be eligible to receive progress payments in accordance with the provisions of section 10-287i.

      (c) (1) If the school building ceases to be used as an interdistrict magnet school facility and the grant was provided for the purchase or construction of the facility, the commissioner shall determine whether (A) title to the building and any legal interest in appurtenant land shall revert to the state or (B) the school district shall reimburse the state an amount equal to the difference between the amount received pursuant to this section and the amount the district would have been eligible to receive based on the percentage determined pursuant to section 10-285a multiplied by the estimated eligible project costs. (2) If the school building ceases to be used as an interdistrict magnet school facility and the grant was provided for the extension or major alteration of the facility, the school district shall reimburse the state the amount determined in accordance with subparagraph (B) of subdivision (1) of this subsection. A school district receiving a request for reimbursement pursuant to this subdivision shall reimburse the state not later than the close of the fiscal year following the year in which the request is made. If the school district fails to so reimburse the state, the Department of Education may withhold such amount from the total sum which is paid from the State Treasury to such school district or the town in which it is located or, in the case of a regional school district, the towns which comprise the school district. If the amount paid from the State Treasury is less than the amount due, the department may refer the matter to the Department of Administrative Services for collection.

      (d) The commissioner shall provide for a final audit of all project expenditures pursuant to this section and may require repayment of any ineligible expenditures.

      (P.A. 93-263, S. 9, 14; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2, S. 177, 203; P.A. 95-226, S. 22, 30; P.A. 97-265, S. 84, 98; 97-290, S. 15, 29; P.A. 98-252, S. 20, 63, 80; 98-259, S. 2, 17; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5, S. 7; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-6, S. 2; P.A. 07-249, S. 21; P.A. 08-169, S. 27; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 93-263 effective June 28, 1993; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-2 amended Subsec. (a) to substitute current payments of scheduled estimated eligible project costs for a lump sum payment equal to the highest percentage rate determined pursuant to Sec. 10-285a multiplied by estimated eligible project costs and provided for a grant in an amount equal to 5% of the amount authorized and allocated for the project upon compliance with the provisions of Subdivs. (1) and (3), amended Subsec. (b) to provide for reimbursement to the state of the difference between the amount received pursuant to this section and the amount the school district would have been eligible to receive based on the percentage determined pursuant to Sec. 10-285a multiplied by the estimated eligible project costs if within three years after completion of the project children from at least two or more school districts are not participating in the school and to provide, in such a case, if the school district does not reimburse the state, title to the building shall revert to the state, inserted a new Subsec. (c) on a final audit and relettered Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (d), effective June 21, 1994; P.A. 95-226 divided Subsec. (a) into Subsecs. (a) and (b) and relettered the remaining Subsecs., in Subsec. (a) specified that the cost be "reasonable", added the requirement concerning chapter 173 and made technical changes, in Subsec. (b) added the requirement for the plan to include an estimated budget for the operation of the facility, specified that the project be authorized by the General Assembly and made technical changes, deleted former Subsec. (d) re reversion and added similar provision to Subsec. (c), and in Subsec. (c) replaced provision requiring the school district to reimburse the state if within three years of completion of the project students from two or more school districts are not participating in the school with provision allowing the commissioner to decide between reversion and reimbursement if the school building ceases to be used for the purpose for which the grant was provided, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-265 amended Subsec. (a) to make a technical change, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 97-290 amended Subsec. (a) to add provisions re cooperative arrangements for the purposes of an interdistrict magnet school and the limitation on the approval of applications on and after July 1, 1997, to applications that the commissioner finds will reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation, and amended Subsec. (b) to add the requirement for the plan to include an analysis of the effect of the program on the reduction of racial, ethnic and economic isolation, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-252 and P.A. 98-259 both amended Subsec. (b) to replace a grant in the amount of 5% of the amount authorized for the project with progress payments in accordance with Sec. 10-287i, effective July 1, 1998, and P.A. 98-252 further amended Subsec. (c) to designate existing provisions as Subdiv. (1) and limit applicability to grants for purchase or construction of a facility and to add new Subdiv. (2) re grants for extension or major alteration of a facility, effective June 8, 1998; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5 amended Subsec. (a) by making existing provisions re full reimbursement applicable until June 30, 2002, and by adding provisions re 95% reimbursement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, and fiscal years thereafter, effective July 1, 2002; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-6 amended Subsec. (a) by delaying change from full reimbursement to 95% reimbursement until the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, and fiscal years thereafter, effective July 1, 2002; P.A. 07-249 amended Subsec. (a) to designate existing language as Subdiv. (1) and add Subdiv. (2) re Connecticut Science Center, Inc., effective July 10, 2007; P.A. 08-169 amended Subsec. (a)(1) to designate existing language re fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, as Subpara. (A) and to add Subpara. (B) re fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter, and additional entities that operate magnet schools, effective July 1, 2008; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 amended Subsec. (a)(1) by adding provision re ceasing acceptance of applications for reimbursement for construction of new interdistrict magnet schools until commissioner develops comprehensive state-wide interdistrict magnet school plan, effective October 5, 2009.

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      Sec. 10-264i. Transportation grants for interdistrict magnet school programs. (a)(1)(A) A local or regional board of education, (B) regional educational service center, (C) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of Quinebaug Valley Community College, (D) cooperative arrangement pursuant to section 10-158a, or (E) to assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the Commissioner of Education, (i) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of a regional community-technical college, (ii) the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System on behalf of a state university, (iii) the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut on behalf of the university, (iv) the board of governors for an independent college or university, as defined in section 10a-37, or the equivalent of such a board, on behalf of the independent college or university, and (v) any other third-party not-for-profit corporation approved by the commissioner which transports a child to an interdistrict magnet school program, as defined in section 10-264l, 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.

      (2) Except as provided in subdivisions (3) and (4) of this subsection, the amount of such grant shall not exceed an amount equal to the number of such children transported multiplied by one thousand three hundred dollars.

      (3) For districts assisting the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the commissioner, (i) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, the amount of such grant shall not exceed an amount equal to the number of such children transported multiplied by one thousand four hundred dollars, and (ii) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, the amount of such grant shall not exceed an amount equal to the number of such children transported multiplied by two thousand dollars.

      (4) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2009, and June 30, 2010, in addition to the grants otherwise provided pursuant to this section, the Commissioner of Education may provide supplemental transportation grants to regional educational service centers for the purposes of transportation to interdistrict magnet schools. Any such grant shall be provided within available appropriations and after the commissioner has reviewed and approved the total interdistrict magnet school transportation budget for a regional education service center, including all revenue and expenditure estimates. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, in addition to the grants otherwise provided pursuant to this section, the Commissioner of Education, with the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, may provide supplemental transportation grants to the Hartford school district and the Capitol Region Education Council for the purposes of transportation of students who are not residents of Hartford to interdistrict magnet schools operated by the Capitol Region Education Council or the Hartford school district.

      (5) 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 for reasonable transportation expenses for which such board, service center or cooperative arrangement is not reimbursed pursuant to this section.

      (b) Grants under this section shall be contingent on documented costs of providing such transportation. Eligible entities identified in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section shall submit applications for grants under this section to the Commissioner of Education in such form and at such times as he prescribes. Grants pursuant to this section shall be paid as follows: In October one-half of the estimated eligible transportation costs and the balance of such costs in May.

      (c) Each eligible entity identified in subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section participating in the grant program shall prepare a financial statement of expenditures which shall be submitted to the Department of Education on or before September first of the fiscal year immediately following each fiscal year in which the school district, regional educational service center or cooperative arrangement participates in the grant program. Based on such statement, any underpayment or overpayment may be calculated and adjusted by the Department of Education in the grant for any subsequent year.

      (P.A. 93-263, S. 10, 14; P.A. 95-226, S. 23, 30; P.A. 98-168, S. 21, 26; 98-252, S. 21, 80; 98-259, S. 3, 17; P.A. 03-76, S. 24; P.A. 04-213, S. 21; P.A. 06-135, S. 12; P.A. 08-170, S. 8; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 25; P.A. 10-151, S. 3; 10-179, S. 58.)

      History: P.A. 93-263 effective June 28, 1993; P.A. 95-226 amended Subsec. (a) to apply provisions to regional educational service centers, to add reference to Sec. 10-264l, to specify that the funding for the grants be from the amount appropriated pursuant to Sec. 10-74d, to set a 5% limit, to add clarification concerning reimbursement under Sec. 10-266m and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 98-168 amended Subsec. (a) to set the cap for the grant, to delete provision for grants to be paid from the amount appropriated pursuant to Sec. 10-74d and to substitute provision for payment within available appropriations, and added new Subsec. (d) re retention of up to 1% by Department of Education, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 98-252 and 98-259 both made cooperative arrangements eligible for grants and made identical technical changes, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 03-76 made a technical change in Subsec. (c), effective June 3, 2003; P.A. 04-213 amended Subsec. (a) by allowing the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of Manchester Community College to be eligible for grants and by making a technical change, effective June 3, 2004; P.A. 06-135 amended Subsec. (a) by increasing grant from $1,200 to $1,300, effective July 1, 2006; P.A. 08-170 amended Subsec. (a) to add Subdiv. designators (1) to (4), substitute Quinebaug Valley Community College for Manchester Community College and add Subdiv. (5) re stipulation re Sheff v. O'Neill and deleted Subsec. (d) re administrative set-aside, effective July 1, 2008; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 amended Subsec. (a) by dividing existing provisions into new Subdivs. (1), (2) and (5), redesignating existing Subdivs. (1) to (5) as Subparas. (A) to (E) and existing Subparas. (A) to (E) as clauses (i) to (v), adding language in redesignated Subdiv. (2) re exception, adding new Subdiv. (3) re transportation grants for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 and adding new Subdiv. (4) re supplemental transportation grants, and amended Subsecs. (b) and (c) by replacing provision re enumerated entities with provision re eligible entities identified in Subsec. (a)(1), effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 10-151 amended Subsec. (a)(4) by replacing "year" with "years" and adding "and June 30, 2010,", effective June 8, 2010; P.A. 10-179 amended Subsec. (a)(4) by providing supplemental transportation grants to Hartford school district and Capitol Region Education Council for fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, effective May 7, 2010.

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      Sec. 10-264j. No time or regional restrictions on development and implementation of interdistrict programs. Nothing in subsection (a) of section 10-74d or in sections 10-264e to 10-264i, inclusive, shall be deemed to prohibit one or more local or regional boards of education from developing and implementing interdistrict programs at any time.

      (P.A. 93-263, S. 11, 14; P.A. 98-252, S. 22, 80.)

      History: P.A. 93-263 effective June 28, 1993; P.A. 98-252 made technical changes, effective July 1, 1998.

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      Sec. 10-264k. Regions. Section 10-264k is repealed, effective July 1, 1998.

      (P.A. 93-263, S. 12, 14; P.A. 98-252, S. 79, 80; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 105, 121.)

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      Sec. 10-264l. Grants for the operation of interdistrict magnet school programs. Transportation. Special education. Tuition. (a) The Department of Education shall, within available appropriations, establish a grant program (1) to assist (A) local and regional boards of education, (B) regional educational service centers, (C) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of Quinebaug Valley Community College, and (D) cooperative arrangements pursuant to section 10-158a, and (2) in assisting the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the Commissioner of Education, to assist (A) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of a regional community-technical college, (B) the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System on behalf of a state university, (C) the Board of Trustees of The University of Connecticut on behalf of the university, (D) the board of governors for an independent college or university, as defined in section 10a-37, or the equivalent of such a board, on behalf of the independent college or university, and (E) any other third-party not-for-profit corporation approved by the commissioner with the operation of interdistrict magnet school programs. All interdistrict magnet schools shall be operated in conformance with the same laws and regulations applicable to public schools. For the purposes of this section "an interdistrict magnet school program" means a program which (i) supports racial, ethnic and economic diversity, (ii) offers a special and high quality curriculum, and (iii) requires students who are enrolled to attend at least half-time. An interdistrict magnet school program does not include a regional agricultural science and technology school, a regional vocational-technical school or a regional special education center. On and after July 1, 2000, the governing authority for each interdistrict magnet school program that is in operation prior to July 1, 2005, shall restrict the number of students that may enroll in the program from a participating district to eighty per cent of the total enrollment of the program. The governing authority for each interdistrict magnet school program that begins operations on or after July 1, 2005, shall restrict the number of students that may enroll in the program from a participating district to seventy-five per cent of the total enrollment of the program, and maintain such a school enrollment that at least twenty-five per cent but not more than seventy-five per cent of the students enrolled are pupils of racial minorities, as defined in section 10-226a.

      (b) (1) Applications for interdistrict magnet school program operating grants awarded pursuant to this section shall be submitted annually to the Commissioner of Education at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes, except that on and after July 1, 2009, applications for such operating grants for new interdistrict magnet schools, other than those that the commissioner determines will assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., shall not be accepted until the commissioner develops a comprehensive state-wide interdistrict magnet school plan. The commissioner shall submit such comprehensive state-wide interdistrict magnet school plan on or before January 1, 2011, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education.

      (2) In determining whether an application shall be approved and funds awarded pursuant to this section, the commissioner shall consider, but such consideration shall not be limited to: (A) Whether the program offered by the school is likely to increase student achievement; (B) whether the program is likely to reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation; (C) the percentage of the student enrollment in the program from each participating district; and (D) the proposed operating budget and the sources of funding for the interdistrict magnet school. For a magnet school not operated by a local or regional board of education, the commissioner shall only approve a proposed operating budget that, on a per pupil basis, does not exceed the maximum allowable threshold established in accordance with this subdivision. The maximum allowable threshold shall be an amount equal to one hundred twenty per cent of the state average of the quotient obtained by dividing net current expenditures, as defined in section 10-261, by average daily membership, as defined in said section, for the fiscal year two years prior to the fiscal year for which the operating grant is requested. The Department of Education shall establish the maximum allowable threshold no later than December fifteenth of the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year for which the operating grant is requested. If requested by an applicant that is not a local or regional board of education, the commissioner may approve a proposed operating budget that exceeds the maximum allowable threshold if the commissioner determines that there are extraordinary programmatic needs. In the case of an interdistrict magnet school that will assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the commissioner, the commissioner shall also consider whether the school is meeting the desegregation standards set forth in said stipulation and order. If such school has not met the desegregation standards by the second year of operation, it shall not be entitled to receive a grant pursuant to this section unless the commissioner finds that it is appropriate to award a grant for an additional year or years for purposes of compliance with said stipulation and order. If requested by the commissioner, the applicant shall meet with the commissioner or the commissioner's designee to discuss the budget and sources of funding.

      (3) Except as provided in this section, the commissioner shall not award a grant to a program that is in operation prior to July 1, 2005, if more than eighty per cent of its total enrollment is from one school district, except that the commissioner may award a grant for good cause, for any one year, on behalf of an otherwise eligible magnet school program, if more than eighty per cent of the total enrollment is from one district. The commissioner shall not award a grant to a program that begins operations on or after July 1, 2005, if more than seventy-five per cent of its total enrollment is from one school district or if less than twenty-five or more than seventy-five per cent of the students enrolled are pupils of racial minorities, as defined in section 10-226a, except that the commissioner may award a grant for good cause, for one year, on behalf of an otherwise eligible interdistrict magnet school program, if more than seventy-five per cent of the total enrollment is from one district or less than twenty-five or more than seventy-five per cent of the students enrolled are pupils of racial minorities. The commissioner may not award grants pursuant to such an exception for a second consecutive year except as provided for in the 2008 stipulation for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the commissioner.

      (c) (1) The maximum amount each interdistrict magnet school program, except those described in subparagraphs (A) to (F), inclusive, of subdivision (3) of this subsection, shall be eligible to receive per enrolled student who is not a resident of the town operating the magnet school shall be (A) six thousand sixteen dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and (B) six thousand seven hundred thirty dollars for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2009, to June 30, 2011, inclusive. The per pupil grant for each enrolled student who is a resident of the town operating the magnet school program shall be three thousand dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter.

      (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, as the commissioner determines. Such grants shall be made after the commissioner has conducted a comprehensive financial review and approved the total operating budget for such schools, including all revenue and expenditure estimates.

      (3) (A) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraphs (C) to (F), inclusive, of this subdivision, 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 (i) six thousand two hundred fifty dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, (ii) six thousand five hundred dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, (iii) seven thousand sixty dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and (iv) seven thousand six hundred twenty dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and each fiscal year thereafter.

      (B) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraphs (C) to (F), inclusive, of this subdivision, 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 for each enrolled student who is not a resident of the district that enrolls at least fifty-five per cent of the school's students in the amount of (i) six thousand sixteen dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and (ii) six thousand seven hundred thirty dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and each fiscal year thereafter. The per pupil grant for each enrolled student who is a resident of the district that enrolls at least fifty-five per cent of the school's students shall be three thousand dollars.

      (C) Each interdistrict magnet school operated by a regional educational service center that began operations for the school year commencing July 1, 1998, and that for the school year commencing July 1, 2008, enrolled at least fifty-five per cent, but no more than seventy per cent of the school's students from a single town shall receive a per pupil grant for each enrolled student who is a resident of the district that enrolls at least fifty-five per cent, but no more than seventy per cent of the school's students in the amount of four thousand eight hundred ninety-four dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, and four thousand two hundred sixty-three dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and a per pupil grant for each enrolled student who is not a resident of the district that enrolls at least fifty-five per cent, but no more than seventy per cent of the school's students in the amount of six thousand seven hundred thirty dollars for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2010, and June 30, 2011.

      (D) Each interdistrict magnet school operated by a regional educational service center that began operations for the school year commencing July 1, 2001, and that for the school year commencing July 1, 2008, enrolled at least fifty-five per cent, but no more than eighty per cent of the school's students from a single town shall receive a per pupil grant for each enrolled student who is a resident of the district that enrolls at least fifty-five per cent, but no more than eighty per cent of the school's students in the amount of four thousand two hundred fifty dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, and three thousand eight hundred thirty-three dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and a per pupil grant for each enrolled student who is not a resident of the district that enrolls at least fifty-five per cent, but no more than eighty per cent of the school's students in the amount of six thousand seven hundred thirty dollars for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2010, and June 30, 2011.

      (E) Each interdistrict magnet school operated by (i) a regional educational service center, (ii) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of a regional community-technical college, (iii) the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System on behalf of a state university, (iv) the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut on behalf of the university, (v) the board of governors for an independent college or university, as defined in section 10a-37, or the equivalent of such a board, on behalf of the independent college or university, (vi) cooperative arrangements pursuant to section 10-158a, and (vii) any other third-party not-for-profit corporation approved by the commissioner that enrolls less than sixty per cent of its students from Hartford pursuant to the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., shall receive a per pupil grant in the amount of (I) nine thousand six hundred ninety-five dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, and (II) ten thousand four hundred forty-three dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

      (F) Each interdistrict magnet school operated by the Hartford school district, pursuant to the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., shall receive a per pupil grant for each enrolled student who is not a resident of the district in the amount of (i) twelve thousand dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, and (ii) thirteen thousand fifty-four dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

      (G) In addition to the grants described in subparagraph (F) of this subdivision, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, the commissioner may, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the Finance Advisory Committee, established pursuant to section 4-93, provide supplemental grants to the Hartford school district of up to one thousand fifty-four dollars for each student enrolled at an interdistrict magnet school operated by the Hartford school district who is not a resident of such district.

      (4) The amounts of the grants determined pursuant to this subsection shall be proportionately adjusted, if necessary, within available appropriations, and in no case shall any grant pursuant to this section exceed the reasonable operating budget of the interdistrict magnet school program, less revenues from other sources. Any interdistrict 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.

      (5) Within available appropriations, the commissioner may make grants to the following entities that operate an interdistrict magnet school that assists the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the commissioner and that provide academic support programs and summer school educational programs approved by the commissioner to students participating in such interdistrict magnet school program: (A) Regional educational service centers, (B) local and regional boards of education, (C) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of a regional community-technical college, (D) the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System on behalf of a state university, (E) the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut on behalf of the university, (F) the board of governors for an independent college or university, as defined in section 10a-37, or the equivalent of such a board, on behalf of the independent college or university, (G) cooperative arrangements pursuant to section 10-158a, and (H) any other third-party not-for-profit corporation approved by the commissioner.

      (6) Within available appropriations, the Commissioner of Education may make grants, in an amount not to exceed seventy-five thousand dollars, for start-up costs associated with the development of new interdistrict magnet school programs that assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the commissioner, to the following entities that develop such a program: (A) Regional educational service centers, (B) local and regional boards of education, (C) the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of a regional community-technical college, (D) the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System on behalf of a state university, (E) the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut on behalf of the university, (F) the board of governors for an independent college or university, as defined in section 10a-37, or the equivalent of such a board, on behalf of the independent college or university, (G) cooperative arrangements pursuant to section 10-158a, and (H) any other third-party not-for-profit corporation approved by the commissioner.

      (d) Grants made pursuant to this section, except those made pursuant to subdivision (6) of subsection (c) of this section, shall be paid as follows: Fifty per cent by September first and the balance by January first of each fiscal year. The January first payment shall be adjusted to reflect actual interdistrict magnet school program enrollment as of the preceding October first, if the actual level of enrollment is lower than the projected enrollment stated in the approved grant application.

      (e) The Department of Education may retain up to one-half of one per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for program evaluation and administration.

      (f) Each local or regional school district in which an interdistrict magnet school is located shall provide the same kind of transportation to its children enrolled in such interdistrict magnet school as it provides to its children enrolled in other public schools in such local or regional school district. The parent or guardian of a child denied the transportation services required to be provided pursuant to this subsection may appeal such denial in the manner provided in sections 10-186 and 10-187.

      (g) On or before October fifteenth of each year, the Commissioner of Education shall determine if interdistrict magnet school enrollment is below the number of students for which funds were appropriated. If the commissioner determines that the enrollment is below such number, the additional funds shall not lapse but shall be used by the commissioner for grants for interdistrict cooperative programs pursuant to section 10-74d.

      (h) In the case of a student identified as requiring special education, the school district in which the student resides shall: (1) Hold the planning and placement team meeting for such student and shall invite representatives from the interdistrict magnet school to participate in such meeting; and (2) pay the interdistrict magnet school an amount equal to the difference between the reasonable cost of educating such student and the sum of the amount received by the interdistrict magnet school for such student pursuant to subsection (c) of this section 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. If a student requiring special education attends an interdistrict magnet school on a full-time basis, such interdistrict magnet school 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 interdistrict magnet school or by the school district in which the student resides.

      (i) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the enrollment of nonpublic school students in an interdistrict magnet school program that operates less than full-time, provided (1) such students constitute no more than five per cent of the full-time equivalent enrollment in such magnet school program, and (2) such students are not counted for purposes of determining the amount of grants pursuant to this section and section 10-264i.

      (j) After accommodating students from participating districts in accordance with an approved enrollment agreement, an interdistrict magnet school operator that has unused student capacity may enroll directly into its program any interested student. A student from a district that is not participating in an interdistrict magnet school or the interdistrict student attendance program pursuant to section 10-266aa to an extent determined by the Commissioner of Education shall be given preference. The local or regional board of education otherwise responsible for educating such student shall contribute funds to support the operation of the interdistrict magnet school in an amount equal to the per student tuition, if any, charged to participating districts.

      (k) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, any tuition charged to a local or regional board of education by a regional educational service center operating an interdistrict magnet school shall be in an amount equal to at least seventy-five per cent of the difference between (1) the average per pupil expenditure of the magnet school for the prior fiscal year, and (2) the amount of any per pupil state subsidy calculated under subsection (c) of this section plus any revenue from other sources calculated on a per pupil basis. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, any tuition charged to a local or regional board of education by a regional educational service center operating an interdistrict magnet school for any student enrolled in such interdistrict magnet school shall be in an amount equal to at least ninety per cent of the difference between (A) the average per pupil expenditure of the magnet school for the prior fiscal year, and (B) the amount of any per pupil state subsidy calculated under subsection (c) of this section plus any revenue from other sources calculated on a per pupil basis. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and each fiscal year thereafter, any tuition charged to a local or regional board of education by a regional educational service center operating an interdistrict magnet school for any student enrolled in such interdistrict magnet school shall be in an amount equal to the difference between (i) the average per pupil expenditure of the magnet school for the prior fiscal year, and (ii) the amount of any per pupil state subsidy calculated under subsection (c) of this section plus any revenue from other sources calculated on a per pupil basis. If any such board of education fails to pay such tuition, the commissioner may withhold from such board's town or towns a sum payable under section 10-262i in an amount not to exceed the amount of the unpaid tuition to the magnet school and pay such money to the fiscal agent for the magnet school as a supplementary grant for the operation of the interdistrict magnet school program. In no case shall the sum of such tuitions exceed the difference between (I) the total expenditures of the magnet school for the prior fiscal year, and (II) the total per pupil state subsidy calculated under subsection (c) of this section plus any revenue from other sources. The commissioner may conduct a comprehensive financial review of the operating budget of a magnet school to verify such tuition rate.

      (l) A participating district shall provide opportunities for its students to attend an interdistrict magnet school in a number that is at least equal to the number specified in any written agreement with an interdistrict magnet school operator or in a number that is at least equal to the average number of students that the participating district enrolled in such magnet school during the previous three school years.

      (m) On or before May 15, 2010, and annually thereafter, each interdistrict magnet school operator shall provide written notification to any school district that is otherwise responsible for educating a student who resides in such school district and will be enrolled in an interdistrict magnet school under the operator's control for the following school year. Such notification shall include the number of any such students, by grade, who will be enrolled in an interdistrict magnet school under the control of such operator, the name of the school in which such student has been placed and the amount of tuition to be charged to the local or regional board of education for such student. Such notification shall represent an estimate of the number of students expected to attend such interdistrict magnet schools in the following school year, but shall not be deemed to limit the number of students who may enroll in such interdistrict magnet schools for such year.

      (n) (1) Each interdistrict magnet school operated by a regional educational service center shall annually file with the Commissioner of Education a financial audit in such form as prescribed by the commissioner.

      (2) Annually, the commissioner shall randomly select one interdistrict magnet school operated by a regional educational service center to be subject to a comprehensive financial audit conducted by an auditor selected by the commissioner. The regional educational service center shall be responsible for all costs associated with the audit conducted pursuant to the provisions of this subdivision.

      (o) For the school years commencing July 1, 2009, and July 1, 2010, the Hartford school district shall not charge tuition for any student enrolled in an interdistrict magnet school operated by such school district.

      (P.A. 95-226, S. 17, 30; P.A. 97-290, S. 16, 29; P.A. 98-168, S. 22, 26; 98-252, S. 23, 80; 98-259, S. 4, 17; P.A. 99-289, S. 9, 11; P.A. 00-48, S. 9, 12; P.A. 01-173, S. 65, 67; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7, S. 106; P.A. 03-76, S. 36; P.A. 04-213, S. 22; 04-257, S. 12; P.A. 05-2, S. 3; 05-245, S. 25, 36; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 77, 79; P.A. 06-135, S. 3; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 40, 42; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 45; P.A. 08-152, S. 11; 08-153, S. 2; 08-170, S. 7, 17; P.A. 09-45, S. 4; June 19 Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-1, S. 24; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 22; P.A. 10-179, S. 18.)

      History: P.A. 95-226 effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-290 amended Subsec. (a) to add provision restricting the number of students that may enroll in the program from a participating district to 80% of the total enrollment of the program and to make a technical change, and amended Subsec. (b) to require consideration of the percentage of the student enrollment in the program from each participating district, to add the prohibition against awarding a grant to a program if more than 80% of the total enrollment is from one school district with a one-year exception for good cause, and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-168 amended Subsec. (a) to delete provision for program to be established with funds appropriated for purposes of Sec. 10-74d and to substitute provision for program to be established within available appropriations, and added new Subsec. (e) re retention of up to 1% by the Department of Education, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 98-252 and 98-259 both made cooperative arrangements eligible for grants and P.A. 98-252 also made technical changes, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-289 amended Subsec. (a) to make the grants noncompetitive, amended Subsec. (c) to increase the percentage of the grant that programs operating less than full-time are eligible to receive from 50% to 65%, and added Subsec. (f) re transportation and Subsec. (g) re determination of level of enrollment, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-48 added Subsec. (h) re special education students, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 added Subsec. (i) re enrollment of nonpublic school students in programs operating less than full-time, effective July 1, 2001; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7 amended Subsec. (a) by changing requirements for enrollment percentages for schools beginning operations on or after July 1, 2005, added Subsec. (b)(4) re proposed operating budgets and by adding language re enrollment restrictions for programs beginning operations on or after July 1, 2005, and amended Subsec. (c) by redesignating existing provisions as Subdiv. (1), making technical changes therein, and adding new Subdiv. (2) re supplemental grants, effective August 15, 2002; P.A. 03-76 made a technical change in Subsec. (c)(1), effective June 3, 2003; P.A. 04-213 amended Subsec. (a) by allowing the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges on behalf of Manchester Community College to be eligible for grants and by adding provision re operation in conformance with laws applicable to public schools, effective June 3, 2004; P.A. 04-257 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 05-2 amended Subsec. (c)(2) to apply provisions to fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, and to delete reference to fiscal years ending June 30, 2003, and June 30, 2004, effective March 22, 2005; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (c)(2) by making proportional reduction in grants applicable to fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, and each fiscal year thereafter, effective June 30, 2005, and amended Subsec. (c) by adding exception in Subdiv. (1) for programs described in Subdiv. (3)(A) and by adding Subdiv. (3) re programs described by enrollment percentages from a single town, deleted former Subsec. (e) re retention of funds for program evaluation and administration and redesignated existing Subsecs. (f) to (i) as Subsecs. (e) to (h), effective July 1, 2005; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 amended Subsec. (c)(2) by including summer school programs and reinstated Subsec. (e) re amount retained for program evaluation and administration, reducing amount department may retain from 1% to one-half of 1%, and redesignated existing Subsecs. (e) to (h) as Subsecs. (f) to (i), effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-135 amended Subsec. (c)(2) by deleting reference to summer school programs and added Subdiv. (4) re grants to regional educational service centers that provide summer school educational programs, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 amended Subsec. (c) to make technical changes, to provide in Subdiv. (1) that host magnet school program with participating district that enrolls more than 55% of its students in the magnet school shall receive a grant that is $6,016 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, $6,730 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, $7,440 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, and $8,158 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and for residents of the host town a per pupil grant of $3,000 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and thereafter, to provide in Subdiv. (3)(A) that magnet schools operated by regional educational service center that enroll less than 55% of its students from a single town shall receive a per pupil grant that is $7,060 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, $7,620 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, $8,180 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, and $8,741 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, to add new Subdiv. (3)(B) re per pupil grants for magnet schools operated by regional educational service center that enrolls at least 55% of its students from a single town, to redesignate existing Subdiv. (3)(B) as Subdiv.(3)(C) and add Subsecs. (j) and (k) re unused student capacity and re financial audits of interdistrict magnet schools operated by regional educational service centers, effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subsec. (c) to remove restriction on formula for districts with enrollment greater than 55% in Subdiv. (1), to redesignate existing Subdiv. (4) as Subdiv. (5) and to add new Subdiv. (4) re proportional adjustment of grants, effective October 6, 2007; P.A. 08-152 amended Subsec. (a) to change "vocational agriculture" to "agricultural science and technology", effective July 1, 2008; P.A. 08-153 deleted Subsec. (c)(3)(C) re case where regional educational service center enrolls at least 55% of students from a single town, effective June 12, 2008; P.A. 08-170 amended Subsec. (a) to add Subdiv. designators (1)(A), (B) and (C), to substitute Quinebaug Valley Community College for Manchester Community College, to add Subdiv. (2) re stipulation re Sheff v. O'Neill, to redesignate existing Subdivs. (1), (2) and (3) as clauses (i), (ii) and (iii), to change "vocational agriculture" to "agricultural science and technology" and to delete former Subpara. designators (A) and (B), amended Subsecs. (b) and (c) to add provisions re stipulation re Sheff v. O'Neill, amended Subsec. (d) to add exception re Subsec. (c)(6) and amended Subsec. (j) to designate existing language as Subdivs. (1) and (2), to add language re interdistrict student attendance program to Subdiv. (1), to replace existing tuition formula for fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, in Subdiv. (2) with tuition formula that limits tuition to amount that is at least 75% of difference between per pupil expenditure of prior fiscal year and state subsidy and other revenue and provides for 10% cap on any increase and to add Subdiv. (3) re provision of opportunities, effective July 1, 2008; P.A. 09-45 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective May 20, 2009; June 19 Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-1 amended Subsec. (j) by adding Subdiv. (4) re notification to school district of student enrollment at interdistrict magnet school, effective July 1, 2009; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 amended Subsec. (b) by designating existing provision re submission of applications for interdistrict magnet school operating grants as Subdiv. (1) and amending same by adding provision re development and submission of a comprehensive state-wide interdistrict magnet school plan, designating existing provisions re considerations for application approval, desegregation standards and meeting with commissioner as Subdiv. (2) and amending same by redesignating existing Subdivs. (1) to (4) as Subparas. (A) to (D) and adding provision re maximum allowable threshold for proposed operating budget by a magnet school not operated by a local or regional board of education and designating existing provision re requirements for enrollment of students from one school district and of racial minorities as Subdiv. (3), amended Subsec. (c)(1) by replacing "and (B)" with "to (F), inclusive,", deleting former Subparas. (C) and (D), inserting "to June 30, 2011, inclusive" and making conforming changes, amended Subsec. (c)(2) by replacing "reviewed" with "conducted a comprehensive financial review", amended Subsec. (c)(3)(A) and (B) by replacing "Each" with "Except as otherwise provided in subparagraphs (C) to (F), inclusive, of this subdivision, each", deleting provision re regional educational service center enrolling less than 60% of its students from Hartford, deleting existing clauses re fiscal years 2010 and 2011 and inserting "and each fiscal year thereafter", amended Subsec. (c)(3) by adding Subpara. (C) re grant for interdistrict magnet school that began operations for school year commencing July 1, 1998, and has student enrollment of at least 55% but no more than 75% from a single town, adding Subpara. (D) re grant for interdistrict magnet school that began operations for school year commencing July 1, 2001, and has student enrollment of at least 55% but no more than 80% from a single town, adding Subpara. (E) re grant for interdistrict magnet schools operated by organizations enumerated in clauses (i) to (vii), adding Subpara. (F) re grant for interdistrict magnet schools operated by Hartford school district pursuant to stipulation and order and adding Subpara. (G) re supplemental grants for fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, amended Subsec. (j) by deleting Subdiv. (1) designator, redesignating existing Subdiv. (2) as new Subsec. (k) and amending same by redesignating existing Subparas. (A) and (B) as Subdivs. (1) and (2), deleting prohibition re 10% increase in tuition, adding provision re tuition charged by a regional educational service center operating an interdistrict magnet school, adding provision re cap on sum of tuitions and adding provision re comprehensive financial review of magnet school operating budget, and redesignating existing Subdivs. (3) and (4) as Subsecs. (l) and (m), redesignated existing Subsec. (k) as Subsec. (n) and added Subsec. (o) re prohibition against charging tuition for any student enrolled in interdistrict magnet school operated by Hartford school district for school years commencing July 1, 2009, and July 1, 2010, effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 10-179 amended Subsec. (c)(3)(C) and (D) by limiting per pupil grant for each enrolled student who is a resident of district to fiscal years ending June 30, 2010, and 2011, by changing amount of such grant for fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and by limiting per pupil grant for each enrolled student who is not a resident of district to fiscal years ending June 30, 2010, and 2011, effective May 7, 2010.

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      Sec. 10-264m. Creation of additional interdistrict magnet school programs with special emphasis on information technology curriculum. The Department of Education shall encourage the creation of additional interdistrict magnet school programs with special emphasis on information technology curriculum.

      (P.A. 01-193, S. 8, 9.)

      History: P.A. 01-193 effective July 1, 2001.

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      Sec. 10-264n. Collaborative planning for the establishment of additional interdistrict magnet schools in the Sheff region. The Commissioner of Education shall consult with any regional community-technical college, the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut State University System, the boards of trustees for higher education institutions licensed and accredited by the Board of Higher Education or the Board of Trustees for The University of Connecticut and may consult with any not-for-profit corporation approved by the Commissioner of Education to initiate collaborative planning for establishing additional interdistrict magnet schools in the Sheff region, as defined in subsection (q) of section 10-266aa.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 72.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 effective October 6, 2007.

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      Sec. 10-264o. Tuition payable to interdistrict magnet schools that begin operations in support of the 2008 stipulation and order for Sheff v. O'Neill. Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, interdistrict magnet schools that begin operations on or after July 1, 2008, pursuant to the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the Commissioner of Education, may operate without district participation agreements and enroll students from any district through a lottery designated by the commissioner. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, any tuition charged to a local or regional board of education by a regional educational service center operating such an interdistrict magnet school shall be in an amount equal to at least seventy-five per cent of the difference between the estimated per pupil cost less the state magnet grant pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-264l and any revenue from other sources as determined by the interdistrict magnet school operator. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, any tuition charged to a local or regional board of education by a regional educational service center operating an interdistrict magnet school for any student enrolled in such interdistrict magnet school shall be in an amount equal to at least ninety per cent of the difference between (1) the average per pupil expenditure of the magnet school for the prior fiscal year, and (2) the amount of any per pupil state subsidy calculated under subsection (c) of this section plus any revenue from other sources calculated on a per pupil basis. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and each fiscal year thereafter, any tuition charged to a local or regional board of education by a regional educational service center operating an interdistrict magnet school for any student enrolled in such interdistrict magnet school shall be in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the average per pupil expenditure of the magnet school for the prior fiscal year, and (B) the amount of any per pupil state subsidy calculated under subsection (c) of this section plus any revenue from other sources calculated on a per pupil basis. If any such board of education fails to pay such tuition, the commissioner may withhold from such board's town or towns a sum payable under section 10-262i in an amount not to exceed the amount of the unpaid tuition to the magnet school and pay such money to the fiscal agent for the magnet school as a supplementary grant for the operation of the interdistrict magnet school program. In no case shall the sum of such tuitions exceed the difference between (i) the total expenditures of the magnet school for the prior fiscal year, and (ii) the total per pupil state subsidy calculated under subsection (c) of this section plus any revenue from other sources. The commissioner may conduct a comprehensive review of the operating budget of a magnet school to verify such tuition rate.

      (P.A. 08-170, S. 14; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 24.)

      History: P.A. 08-170 effective July 1, 2008; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 deleted former Subsec. (b) and made a conforming change, deleted "but prior to July 1, 2009," from provision re when interdistrict magnet schools begin operations, added language re lottery designated by commissioner to provision re enrollment of students from any district, made existing provision re tuition charged applicable to fiscal year 2009, and added provisions re tuition charged applicable to fiscal year 2010, fiscal year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter, re sum of tuitions and re comprehensive review of operating budget by commissioner, effective October 5, 2009.

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      Sec. 10-265. Payments. Section 10-265 is repealed.

      (1957, P.A. 642, S. 2; 1959, P.A. 143, S. 2; 645; 1961, P.A. 42; 1963, P.A. 3; P.A. 74-145, S. 1, 2.)

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      Sec. 10-265a. Definitions. For purposes of this section and sections 10-265b to 10-265d, inclusive:

      (a) "Vocational education equipment" means personal property with an estimated useful life of five or more years and an initial purchase price of five hundred dollars or more for use in (1) vocational, technical or technological education; (2) business office education; (3) health occupations education; (4) marketing education; (5) consumer and occupational home economics education; and (6) cooperative work education. "Vocational education equipment" may include rebuilt and reconditioned machines.

      (b) "Net purchase price of vocational education equipment" means, commencing with the grant applications submitted during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1986, and for each fiscal year thereafter, the documented cost of all eligible equipment, reimbursable under this section and section 10-265b, including installation and freight charges, but excluding finance and leasing charges or interest costs incurred for such purchase. The cost of any vocational education equipment included in a grant pursuant to section 10-286 shall not be included in the net purchase price of vocational education equipment. For a local or regional board of education with an average daily membership, as defined in subsection (a) of section 10-261, of less than five thousand for the fiscal year three years prior to the fiscal year in which payment is to be made pursuant to section 10-265c, the net purchase price of vocational education equipment in any one fiscal year shall not exceed one hundred thousand dollars. For a local or regional board of education with an average daily membership, as defined in section 10-261, equal to or greater than five thousand, a regional educational service center or school districts entering into cooperative arrangements, the net purchase price of vocational education equipment in any one fiscal year shall not exceed one hundred fifty thousand dollars.

      (P.A. 82-369, S. 19, 28; P.A. 83-501, S. 7, 12; P.A. 85-170, S. 1, 4; P.A. 86-416, S. 1, 4; P.A. 87-499, S. 16, 34; P.A. 93-376, S. 3, 13; P.A. 98-252, S. 79, 80; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 105, 121.)

      History: P.A. 83-501 amended Subsec. (c) to clarify limitations for eligible expenditures adding provision that average daily membership count will be that for the fiscal year three years prior to the grant year and authorizing school districts which have entered into cooperative arrangements to participate in grant program; P.A. 85-170 deleted definitions of "eligible costs of vocational education equipment" and "eligible expenditures", added definition of "net purchase price of vocational education equipment" and increased maximum reimbursable amount for some smaller school districts and districts entering into cooperative arrangements; P.A. 86-416 deleted the applicability of this section to Sec. 10-265c(b) and substituted "educational" for "education" in the term "regional educational service center"; P.A. 87-499 in Subsec. (b) provided that beginning with applications submitted during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1986, the cost not be limited to that to be paid from funds from local tax sources and made a technical change; P.A. 93-376 redefined "vocational education equipment" to substitute "personal property" for "an item of equipment", to decrease the purchase price from $1,000 to $500 and to substitute a new list of fields for the use of the property and redefined "net purchase price of vocational education equipment" to exclude leasing charges and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 98-252 repealed section, effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 amended P.A. 98-252 to remove section from list of those to be repealed, effective June 24, 1998.

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      Sec. 10-265b. State grants for vocational education equipment. Commencing with grant applications submitted during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994, and for each fiscal year thereafter, in which funds are available pursuant to section 10-265d, the Commissioner of Education shall have the authority to receive, review and approve or disapprove applications for state grants to local or regional boards of education, regional educational service centers or school districts entering into cooperative arrangements for the purchase of vocational education equipment as defined in section 10-265a. Applications shall be submitted to the Commissioner of Education annually at such time and on such forms as the commissioner prescribes. The Commissioner of Education shall annually review and approve or disapprove each application and notify the applicant of the approval or disapproval of each application and, if the application is approved, of the amount of the estimated grant pursuant to section 10-265c. The commissioner shall authorize grant payments based upon such approved grant application from the local or regional board of education, regional educational service center or the board of education designated as the fiscal agent for school districts entering into cooperative arrangements. Only funds derived from local sources and the state grant paid to the applicant pursuant to this section shall be used in determining the final amount of each vocational education equipment grant. Each recipient of a grant pursuant to said section 10-265c shall submit a report of expenditures to the Commissioner of Education at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. The commissioner shall calculate any overpayment of the grant paid and the recipient shall return any such portion of a grant within sixty days after receipt of a written notice by the commissioner of such overpayment. In no event shall an adjustment result in a recipient being entitled to a grant greater than that already paid.

      (P.A. 82-369, S. 20, 28; P.A. 83-501, S. 8, 12; P.A. 85-170, S. 2, 4; P.A. 87-499, S. 17, 34; P.A. 88-136, S. 14, 37; P.A. 93-376, S. 4, 13; P.A. 98-252, S. 79, 80; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 105, 121.)

      History: P.A. 83-501 authorized school districts entering into cooperative arrangements pursuant to Sec. 10-158a to participate in the grant program; P.A. 85-170 entirely replaced prior provisions with new provisions authorizing the commissioner and not the board to receive and approve grant applications, permitting payment of grants prior to payment of the purchase price by the receiving board and providing for adjustment of grant amounts based upon documentation required to be filed by the grant recipient; P.A. 87-499 eliminated the requirement that the commissioner receive a copy of the executed purchase agreement in order to authorize grant payments, added that the state grant paid pursuant the section be used in determining the final grant amount and substituted "local sources" for "local tax sources"; P.A. 88-136 deleted obsolete provision re grant applications received during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1985; P.A. 93-376 substituted "1994" for "1986", changed the provisions concerning the documentation of expenditures and overpayments, and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 98-252 repealed section, effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 amended P.A. 98-252 to remove section from list of those to be repealed, effective June 24, 1998.

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      Sec. 10-265c. Distribution of funds. Grant application; limitations. Within the limits of the bond authorization, a local or regional board of education, regional educational service center or school districts entering into cooperative arrangements eligible to receive a grant pursuant to section 10-265b, shall receive not less than forty nor more than eighty per cent of the net purchase price of vocational education equipment except as otherwise provided in this section. For a local or regional board of education such percentage shall be determined pursuant to section 10-285a. For a regional educational service center or school districts entering into cooperative arrangements, such percentage shall be determined by its respective ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (1) multiplying the total population, as defined in section 10-261, of each member town by such town's percentile ranking, as determined in subsection (a) of section 10-285a; (2) adding together the figures for each town determined under subdivision (1) of this section; and (3) dividing the total computed under subdivision (2) of this section by the total population of all member towns. The ranking of each regional educational service center or school district entering into cooperative arrangements shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and such center or school district shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as would a town with the same rank. Such percentage shall be increased by ten per cent whenever a regional educational service center or two or more local or regional boards of education purchase equipment pursuant to a cooperative arrangement for the purpose of providing a program of vocational education. For purposes of approving grant applications, school districts will be ranked, from highest to lowest, based on each member town's adjusted equalized net grand list per capita, as defined in section 10-261. Regional school districts, regional educational service centers and school districts entering into cooperative arrangements will be assigned a rank through a population weighted average of member towns' adjusted equalized net grand list per capita rank. Grant applications shall be approved based on wealth rank beginning with the lowest wealth-ranked applicant. Applications approved pursuant to this section shall not exceed the bond authorization. Commencing with applications submitted for a grant for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1984, and annually thereafter, no school district shall be eligible to receive a grant under this section more than once every three years.

      (P.A. 82-369, S. 21, 28; P.A. 83-501, S. 9, 12; P.A. 84-388, S. 1, 3; P.A. 85-170, S. 3, 4; 85-558, S. 9, 17; P.A. 86-333, S. 13, 32; 86-416, S. 2, 4; P.A. 87-405, S. 11, 26; P.A. 93-376, S. 5, 13; P.A. 98-252, S. 79, 80; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 105, 121.)

      History: P.A. 83-501 required ranking of towns based on adjusted equalized net grand list per capita and awarding of grants to be based on wealth beginning with the lowest ranked applicant and provided that no school district shall be eligible to receive a grant more than once every three years; P.A. 84-388 added new Subsec. (d) re cooperative arrangements between boards of education, regional educational service centers and opportunities industrialization centers for the purchase of computer hardware; P.A. 85-170 made technical changes to reflect changes in Secs. 10-265a and 10-265b and deleted bid information requirement and provisions concerning the entering into of agreements, contained in Subsecs. (b) and (c); P.A. 85-558 extended program under Subsec. (d) to fiscal year ending June 30, 1986 and included computer systems rather than only hardware; P.A. 86-333 amended Subsec. (a) to clarify the determination of wealth ranking and reimbursement percentages; P.A. 86-416 in Subsec. (a) substituted "subsection" for "section" re eligibility to receive grants and in Subsec. (b) substituted "commissioner" for "state board", included installation and freight charges in grants for computer systems, deleted the requirements that information be filed re bidding and type and cost of the equipment and added the requirement that a copy of the purchase agreement and order be filed; substituted "ninety working days after payment" for "a reasonable period of time after receipt"; deleted the requirement that proof of receipt of the equipment be filed, and specified that certain sections not apply to the subsection; P.A. 87-405 amended Subsec. (b) to remove the limitation of the program to the fiscal year ending June 30, 1986; P.A. 93-376 deleted former Subsec. (b) concerning cooperative arrangements with opportunities industrialization centers for the purchase of computer systems, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 98-252 repealed section, effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 amended P.A. 98-252 to remove section from list of those to be repealed, effective June 24, 1998.

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      Sec. 10-265d. Bond authorization. (a) For purposes of making grants pursuant to section 10-265c, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding fourteen million eight hundred twenty thousand dollars, provided one million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United States agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

      (b) For purposes of making grants pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-265c, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding three hundred thousand dollars. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding five years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United States agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

      (P.A. 82-369, S. 22, 28; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-33, S. 3, 17; P.A. 84-388, S. 2, 3; 84-443, S. 8, 20; P.A. 85-558, S. 10, 17; P.A. 86-396, S. 15, 25; P.A. 87-405, S. 12, 26; P.A. 88-343, S. 7, 32; P.A. 90-297, S. 4, 24; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-4, S. 10, 25; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-7, S. 9, 36; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1, S. 9, 45; June 5 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-1, S. 9, 20; P.A. 98-252, S. 79, 80; 98-259, S. 5, 17; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 105, 121.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-33 increased bond authorization from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 and made technical correction; P.A. 84-388 added new Subsec. (b) re issuance of bonds for grants for purchase of computer hardware pursuant to agreements entered into by boards of education, regional educational service centers and opportunities industrialization centers; P.A. 84-443 increased authorization limit to $3,000,000; P.A. 85-558 increased maximum bond authorization under Subsec. (a) to $4,000,000 and under Subsec. (b) to $200,000; P.A. 86-396 increased bond authorization to $5,000,000; P.A. 87-405 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the bond authorization to $7,000,000 and amended Subsec. (b) to increase the bond authorization from $200,000 to $300,000; P.A. 88-343 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the bond authorization from to $9,000,000; P.A. 90-297 increased the bond authorization from to $10,000,000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-4 increased the bond authorization to $12,000,000; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-7 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the bond authorization to $13,000,000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1 amended Subsec. (a) to increase bond authorization to $15,000,000, effective July 1, 1993, provided $1,000,000 of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994; June 5 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-1 amended Subsec. (a) to decrease bond authorization to $14,900,000, effective July 31, 1997; P.A. 98-252 repealed section, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 98-259 amended Subsec. (a) to decrease authorization from $14,900,000 to $14,820,000, effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 amended P.A. 98-252 to remove section from list of those to be repealed, effective June 24, 1998.

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      Sec. 10-265e. Definitions. As used in sections 10-265e to 10-265i inclusive, and subsection (h) of section 10-285a:

      (1) "Priority school district" means a school district described in section 10-266p; and

      (2) "Priority school" means a school in which forty per cent or more of the lunches served are served to students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches pursuant to federal law and regulations, excluding such a school located in a priority school district.

      (P.A. 98-243, S. 3, 25.)

      History: P.A. 98-243 effective July 1, 1998.

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      Sec. 10-265f. Early reading success grant program. (a) The Commissioner of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, an early reading success grant program to assist local and regional boards of education for priority school districts and school districts in which priority elementary schools are located in: (1) Establishing full-day kindergarten programs; (2) reducing class size in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive, to not more than eighteen students; and (3) establishing intensive early intervention reading programs, including after-school and summer programs, for students identified as being at risk of failing to learn to read by the end of first grade and students in grades one to three, inclusive, who are reading below grade level. 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 or as a school district in which a priority elementary school is located 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, in accordance with this section, to the Department of Education, at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. An eligible school district may receive a grant for one or more purposes pursuant to subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of this subsection, provided at least fifty per cent of any grant funds received by such school district are used for programs pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection. If the commissioner determines the school district is addressing the issue of early reading intervention sufficiently, the commissioner may allow the school district to set aside a smaller percentage of the funds received pursuant to this section for such programs.

      (b) (1) In the case of proposals for full-day kindergarten programs, the plan shall include: (A) Information on the number of full-day kindergarten classes that will be offered initially and the number of children to be enrolled in such classes; (B) how the board anticipates expanding the number of full-day kindergarten programs in future school years; (C) the number of additional teachers needed and any additional equipment needed for purposes of such programs; (D) a description of any proposed school building project that is related to the need for additional space for full-day kindergarten programs, including an analysis of the different options available to meet such need, such as relocatable classrooms, the division of existing classrooms, an addition to a building or new construction; (E) information on the curriculum for the full-day kindergarten program pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection; (F) information on coordination between the full-day kindergarten program and school readiness programs for the purpose of providing (i) information concerning transition from preschool to kindergarten, including the child's preschool records, and (ii) before and after school child care for children attending the full-day kindergarten program; and (G) any additional information the commissioner deems relevant.

      (2) A full-day kindergarten program that receives funding pursuant to this subsection shall: (A) Include language development and appropriate reading readiness experiences; (B) provide for the assessment of a student's progress; (C) include a professional development component in the teaching of reading and reading readiness and assessment of reading competency for kindergarten teachers; (D) provide for parental involvement; and (E) refer eligible children who do not have health insurance to the HUSKY program.

      (c) (1) In the case of proposals for the reduction of class size in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive, to not more than eighteen students the plan shall include: (A) A time frame for achieving such reduction in class size; (B) information on the class size in such grades at each school at the time of application for the grant and the number of classes to be reduced in size with grant funds; (C) the number of additional teachers needed and any additional equipment needed; (D) a description of any proposed school building project related to the need for additional space for smaller classes, including an analysis of the different options available to meet such need such as relocatable classrooms, the division of existing classrooms, an addition to a building or new construction; (E) an estimate of the costs associated with implementation of the plan; and (F) any additional information the commissioner deems relevant.

      (2) If a school district accepts funds pursuant to this subsection, such school district shall limit the class size of classes in which core curriculum is taught in grades kindergarten to three, inclusive, in accordance with its plan to eighteen or less students, provided students who enroll after October first in any school year are not included for purposes of such count.

      (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 programs and students and follow-up in subsequent grades, documentation of continuous classroom observation of students' reading behaviors and establishment of performance indicators aligned with the state-wide mastery examinations under chapter 163c, measures of efficacy of programs developed by the department pursuant to subsection (i) of this section, 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; (7) provide for data collection and program evaluation; and (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.

      (e) (1) The model programs established pursuant to section 10-265j shall be funded from the amount appropriated for purposes of this section. The department shall use ninety per cent of the remaining funds appropriated for purposes of this section for grants to priority school districts. Priority school districts shall receive grants based on their proportional share of the sum of the products obtained by multiplying the number of enrolled kindergarten students in each priority school district for the year prior to the year the grant is to be paid, by the ratio of the average percentage of free and reduced price meals for all severe need schools in such district to the minimum percentage requirement for severe need school eligibility. (2) The department shall use nine per cent of such remaining funds for competitive grants to school districts in which a priority elementary school is located. In awarding grants to school districts in which priority elementary schools are located, the department shall consider the town wealth, as defined in subdivision (26) of section 10-262f, of the town in which the school district is located, or in the case of regional school districts, the towns which comprise the regional school district. Grants received by school districts in which priority elementary schools are located shall not exceed one hundred thousand dollars and shall be used for the appropriate purpose at the priority elementary school. (3) The department may retain up to one per cent of such remaining funds for coordination, program evaluation and administration.

      (f) No funds received pursuant to this section shall be used to supplant federal, state or local funding to the local or regional boards of education for programs for grades kindergarten to three, inclusive.

      (g) Expenditure reports shall be filed with the department as requested by the commissioner. School districts shall refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the program for which the grant is awarded, and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with the approved grant application.

      (h) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009, the amount available for the competitive grant program pursuant to this section shall be one million eight hundred fifty thousand dollars and the maximum administrative amount shall not be more than three hundred fifty-three thousand six hundred forty-six dollars.

      (i) (1) The Department of Education shall develop measures of efficacy of the early reading intervention programs employed by grant recipients under this section and the department shall list programs that are efficacious and make such list available to grant recipients. Not later than January 1, 2008, the department shall report the measures of efficacy and the list of efficacious programs to the Governor and the General Assembly, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

      (2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter, using the measures developed pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, the Department of Education shall determine the efficacy of the early reading intervention program employed by each grant recipient pursuant to this section. If any grant recipient is determined to be employing a program that is not shown to be effective, the department shall require the grant recipient to employ a program listed as efficacious by the department pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection.

      (P.A. 98-243, S. 4, 25; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 21, 54; P.A. 03-76, S. 47; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 31; P.A. 05-245, S. 49; P.A. 06-135, S. 17, 28; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 43, 44, 47; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 51.)

      History: P.A. 98-243 effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 in Subsec. (b) designated a portion of existing Subdiv. (1)(F) as Subpara. (F)(ii), adding Subpara. (F)(i) re transition information and in Subdiv. (2) added Subpara. (E) re HUSKY referral, and in Subsec. (d) renumbered existing Subdivs. (1) to (6) as Subdivs. (2) to (7), adding new Subdiv. (1) re incorporation of competencies and adding references to the findings of the Early Reading Success Panel in Subdivs. (3) and (4), effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-76 made a technical change in Subsec. (d), effective June 3, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 added Subsec. (h) re appropriations for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (h) by extending applicable amounts through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-135 amended Subsec. (d) by adding new Subdiv. (5) re on-site teacher training, by redesignating existing Subdivs. (5), (6) and (7) as Subdivs. (6), (7) and (8) and by adding language re annual reporting requirement, effective July 1, 2007, and amended Subsec. (h) by increasing maximum administrative amount from $203,646 to $353,646, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 amended Subsec. (d)(3) to add "programs" and language re measures of efficacy of programs, amended Subsec. (e) to change pilot programs to model programs and added Subsec. (i) re measures of efficacy of intervention programs, effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subsec. (h) to increase amount of the competitive grant program to $1,850,000 for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009, effective October 6, 2007.

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      Sec. 10-265g. Summer reading programs required for priority school districts. Evaluation of student reading level. Personal reading plans. (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, 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, 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 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 the school shall develop and implement a personal reading plan for such student.

      (c) The personal reading plan shall include additional instruction, within available appropriations, such as tutoring, an after school, school vacation, or weekend program or a summer reading program as described in subsection (d) of section 10-265f. 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, 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 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 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 proficiency, as determined by a reading evaluation pursuant to this subsection or a state-wide examination pursuant to section 10-14n.

      (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.

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

      (P.A. 98-243, S. 5, 25; P.A. 99-288, S. 5, 6; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 22, 54; P.A. 06-135, S. 14.)

      History: P.A. 98-243 effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-288 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), amended Subsec. (b) to substitute substantially deficient in reading for "reading below grade level" and deleted requirement to include information in the strategic school profile on the number of students promoted from third to fourth grade who are reading below grade level and added Subsec. (c) re report on number of students promoted from third to fourth grade who are substantially deficient in reading, effective July 1, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (b) to add requirements for reading program and personal reading plan to incorporate the competencies delineated in Sec. 10-221l, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 06-135 amended Subsec. (b) by requiring, for each school year commencing on or after July 1, 2006, that evaluation be performed at the middle or end of the school year and that plans be implemented, by designating existing language describing the plan as new Subsec. (c) and amending same to expand description, replace transition class with after school, school vacation or weekend instruction and include a plan evaluation process, by designating existing language re promotion as new Subsec. (d) and amending same by changing the grade levels to grades first through third, and by designating existing language re maintenance of the plan as Subsec. (e) and amending same by keying proficiency to mastery examinations, added new Subsec. (f) re students determined to be deficient in reading and redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (g) and amended same to change the grade levels to grades first through third and make conforming changes, effective June 6, 2006.

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      Sec. 10-265h. Grants for priority school districts for general improvements to school buildings. (a) The Commissioner of Education shall establish, within available bond authorizations, a grant program to assist priority school districts in paying for general improvements to school buildings. For purposes of this section "general improvements to school buildings" means work that (1) is generally not eligible for reimbursement pursuant to chapter 173, and (2) is to (A) replace windows, doors, boilers and other heating and ventilation system components, internal communications systems, lockers, and ceilings including the installation of new drop ceilings, (B) upgrade restrooms including the replacement of fixtures, (C) upgrade and replace lighting, or (D) install security equipment including, but not limited to, video surveillance devices and fencing, provided "general improvements to school buildings" may include work not specified in this subdivision if the school district provides justification for such work acceptable to the Commissioner of Education, but shall not include routine maintenance such as painting, cleaning, equipment repair or other minor repairs or work done at the administrative facilities of a board of education.

      (b) Eligibility for grants pursuant to this section shall be determined for a five-year period based on a school district's designation in the initial year of application as a priority school district. Grant awards shall be made annually contingent upon the filing of an application and a satisfactory annual evaluation. School districts shall apply for grants pursuant to this section at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes.

      (c) Priority school districts shall receive grants based on the formula established in subdivision (1) of subsection (e) of section 10-265f. No funds received by a school district pursuant to this section shall be used to supplant federal, state or local funding received by such town for improvements to school buildings.

      (d) Expenditure reports shall be filed with the Department of Education as requested by the commissioner. School districts shall refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the project for which the grants are awarded and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with the approved grant application.

      (e) General improvements for which grants are awarded in any year shall be completed by the end of the succeeding fiscal year.

      (P.A. 98-243, S. 8, 25; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 116, 121; P.A. 00-220, S. 15, 43.)

      History: P.A. 98-243 effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 amended Subsec. (c) to specify that grants be based on formula in Sec. 10-265f, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 00-220 amended Subsec. (a) to add video surveillance devices in Subdiv. (2)(D), effective July 1, 2000.

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      Sec. 10-265i. Grants for priority school districts for the purchase of library books. (a) The Commissioner of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, a grant program for priority school districts to purchase library books to promote better reading skills. For purposes of this section "library books" means books that are in school libraries and media centers for student use and are either for reference purposes or to be circulated.

      (b) Eligibility for grants pursuant to this section shall be determined for a five-year period based on a school district's designation in the initial year of application as a priority school district.

      (c) School districts shall apply for grants pursuant to this section at such times and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes.

      (d) Priority school districts shall receive grants based on the formula established in subdivision (1) of subsection (e) of section 10-265f. The Department of Education may retain up to one per cent of the amount of funds appropriated for purposes of this section for coordination, program evaluation and administration.

      (e) No funds received by a school district pursuant to this section shall be used to supplant federal, state or local funding received by such town for the purchase of library books.

      (P.A. 98-243, S. 9, 25; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 117, 121.)

      History: P.A. 98-243 effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1 amended Subsec. (d) to specify that grants be based on formula in Sec. 10-265f, effective July 1, 1998.

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      Sec. 10-265j. Model early childhood learning programs. The Commissioner of Education shall establish two model early childhood learning programs associated with institutions of higher education. Each program may include a laboratory school and a model day care program that serves sixty children ages three to five. Eligibility shall be determined for a five-year period. Grant awards shall be made annually during the five-year eligibility period, contingent upon available funding and a satisfactory annual evaluation. The Department of Education shall issue a request for proposals for the programs. The commissioner shall provide grants in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars each for purposes of such programs. The grants shall be provided from the amount appropriated for purposes of section 10-265f.

      (P.A. 98-243, S. 22, 25; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 46.)

      History: P.A. 98-243 effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 changed pilot programs to model programs, required programs to be associated with institutions of higher education rather than to be in priority school districts and provided that eligibility be for a five-year period with annual grants contingent upon available funding and evaluation, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 10-265k. Longitudinal study of educational progress of children participating in early reading success grant programs. Report. (a) The Commissioner of Education shall conduct, within available appropriations, a longitudinal study that examines the educational progress of children both during and following participation in early reading success grant programs pursuant to section 10-265f.

      (b) The Commissioner of Education shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education on the longitudinal study by January 1, 2002.

      (P.A. 98-243, S. 23, 25; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 23, 54.)

      History: P.A. 98-243 effective July 1, 1998; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (b) to change the reporting date deadline by one year to January 1, 2002, effective July 1, 2001.

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      Sec. 10-265l. Requirements for additional instruction for poor performing students in priority school districts; exemption. Summer school required; exemption. (a) 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 shall, within available appropriations, require the schools under its jurisdiction to develop and implement a personal reading plan, as described in section 10-265g, 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, 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 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 2006-2007 school year, and each school year thereafter, students in the schools under its jurisdiction who fail 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 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. 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.

      (P.A. 99-288, S. 3, 6; P.A. 01-173, S. 23, 67; P.A. 03-174, S. 9; P.A. 06-135, S. 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-288 effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 01-173 specified failure to meet the remedial standard on the "reading component" of the fourth grade mastery examination as the trigger for additional instruction in Subsec. (a) and for summer school in Subsec. (b) and made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-174 amended Subsec. (b)(2) by adding "within available appropriations", effective July 1, 2003; P.A. 06-135 amended Subsec. (a) by requiring, for the 2006-2007 school year and each school year thereafter, that the district implement personal reading plans, by expanding the grade levels to include third and fifth grades and by replacing summer school requirement with provision re additional instruction when necessary, amended Subsec. (b) by requiring, for the 2005-2006 school year, that the district require students in grades four and six with a personal reading plan who fail to make progress to attend summer school, and by requiring, for the 2006-2007 and each school year thereafter, that students in grade levels four through six be subject to the same requirement, effective June 6, 2006.

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      Sec. 10-265m. Grants for summer school programs in priority school districts. (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 for summer school programs required pursuant to sections 10-265g and 10-265l 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.

      (b) The plan shall include: (1) Criteria for student participation in the program, including provision for priority to students who are determined to be substantially deficient in reading, (2) criteria for teacher selection that emphasize the skills needed for teaching the summer program and criteria for establishment of the curriculum for the summer program, and (3) a system for reporting, by school and grade, on the number of students who attend the program, for assessing the performance of such students in the program and for tracking their performance during the school year. In deciding where to establish a summer school program, eligible boards of education shall give preference to elementary and middle schools with the highest number of students who are substantially deficient in reading.

      (c) Each priority school district shall receive a grant based on the ratio of the number of resident students, as defined in subdivision (22) of section 10-262f, in the district to the total number of resident students in all priority school districts.

      (d) No funds received pursuant to this section shall be used to supplant federal, state or local funding to the local or regional board of education for summer school or weekend school programs.

      (e) Expenditure reports shall be filed with the department as requested by the commissioner. Local or regional boards of education shall refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the program for which the grant is awarded, and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with an approved grant application.

      (P.A. 99-288, S. 4, 6; P.A. 00-187, S. 3, 75; P.A. 01-173, S. 24, 67; P.A. 06-135, S. 16.)

      History: P.A. 99-288 effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-187 relettered Subsecs. (b) to (d) as Subsecs. (c) to (e) and added new Subsec. (b) re plans for the expenditure of grant funds, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 amended Subsec. (b) to delete repetitive language, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 06-135 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to Sec. 10-265g, effective June 6, 2006.

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      Secs. 10-266 to 10-266i. Reimbursement for education of pupils residing on state property or reservation land held in trust by the state for an Indian tribe; exemption. State grants for special programs for educationally deprived children. Amount of aid; redistribution of funds. Application for and payment of grant. Review and audit of grant payments. State assistance in developing programs. State aid for occupational training programs. Redistribution of funds. Application for and payment of grants. Review and audit of payments. Statement of expenditures. Review and evaluation of programs for disadvantaged children. Sections 10-266 to 10-266i, inclusive, are repealed.

      (June, 1949, S. 975d; 1957, P.A. 579, S. 1; 1963, P.A. 620; February, 1965, P.A. 361, S. 4-7, 9; 523, S. 1-6; 1967, P.A. 35, S. 1-3; 506; 1969, P.A. 780, S. 5; 1971, P.A. 52; 841, S. 1, 2; June, 1971, P.A. 1, S. 1; 1972, P.A. 101, S. 1; P.A. 73-315; 73-606, S. 1, 2; P.A. 74-267, S. 1, 2; P.A. 75-479, S. 23-25; 75-567, S. 76, 80; P.A. 76-378, S. 1-3; P.A. 78-218, S. 187, 188; 78-311, S. 1, 3; P.A. 79-408, S. 3, 5; P.A. 80-40, S. 1, 2; P.A. 81-387, S. 1-3; 81-432, S. 4, 11; P.A. 84-255, S. 12, 21; P.A. 85-291, S. 1, 2; P.A. 88-136, S. 36, 37; P.A. 89-355, S. 10, 20; 89-368, S. 27; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7, S. 21, 22.)

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      Sec. 10-266j. Intercommunity programs for disadvantaged children. (a) For the purposes of this section: "Intercommunity programs for disadvantaged children" means educational programs or services designed to improve or accelerate the education of children whose educational achievement has been or is being restricted by economic, social or environmental disadvantages. "Receiving district" means the school district which accepts pupils from another school district in accordance with an agreement between it and one or more boards of education to provide an educational program for participating children which has been approved by the State Board of Education. "Sending district" means the school district responsible by law for the education of the children participating in such a program.

      (b) Any local or regional board of education may make a binding written agreement with any other such board or group of such boards to implement intercommunity programs for children under this section. Such written agreement shall include mutually acceptable terms concerning, but not limited to, the tuition per child which shall be paid by the sending district to the receiving district.

      (c) On and after July 1, 1998, the program established pursuant to this section for children residing in the Hartford school district shall operate in accordance with the provisions of section 10-266aa.

      (1967, P.A. 611, S. 1-4; P.A. 78-218, S. 189; P.A. 79-128, S. 9, 36; P.A. 84-224, S. 1, 2; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7, S. 6, 22; P.A. 95-226, S. 25, 30; P.A. 96-178, S. 3, 18; P.A. 97-247, S. 17, 27; 97-290, S. 5, 29; 97-318, S. 9, 12; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-11, S. 54, 65; P.A. 98-168, S. 25, 26.)

      History: P.A. 78-218 substituted "local" for "town" board of education in Subsec. (b) and deleted "town" with reference to school districts in Subsec. (c); P.A. 79-128 amended Subsec. (c) to delete reference to grants pursuant to Sec. 10-262 and to replace reference to lowest grant provided in said Sec. with reference to additional amount equaling $250 per pupil; P.A. 84-224 defined "intercommunity programs", deleting reference to "special educational programs", repealed definition of "economically disadvantaged children", increased the grant award from $250 to $300 and repealed Subsec. (d) which had stated that provisions of Secs. 10-266c to 10-266e, apply to programs, grants and payments under section; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7 amended Subsec. (c) to allow sending districts to receive grants pursuant to Sec. 10-74d; P.A. 95-226 amended Subsec. (c)(1) to increase the amount from $300 to $700 and (c)(2) to specify that funding be from the amount appropriated pursuant to Sec. 10-74d, and to change the amount from "one-half" of the cost to the "reasonable" cost, and added Subsec. (c)(3) re how to treat the number of children participating for purposes of certain counts and (c)(4) setting a cap on the total amount of the grants, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-178 added Subsec. (d) re grants to receiving districts of $468 per participating child, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-247 amended Subsec. (d) to provide that the local or regional board of education for the receiving district receive the grant and to require towns receiving funds to make such funds available to the local or regional board of education in supplement to any other local appropriation, other state or federal grant or other revenue to which the local or regional board of education is entitled, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 97-290 amended Subsec. (d) to add provisions for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and fiscal years thereafter, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 97-318 amended Subsec. (c)(1) to decrease the amount from $700 to $350 and amended Subsec. (c)(4) to decrease the amount from $900,000 to $700,000, effective July 1, 1997; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-11 amended Subsec. (c) to delete changes enacted by P.A. 97-318, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-168 added new Subsec. (c) re Hartford program and deleted former Subsecs. (c) and (d) re grants, effective July 1, 1998.

      Cited. 187 C. 187. Cited. 195 C. 24.

      Extension of an agreement made by Milford board of education with New Haven board of education pursuant to this section is within administrative discretion of Milford school board and Milford board of aldermen was enjoined from holding an advisory referendum on extension as this would be an unlawful expenditure of city funds. 28 CS 207. Violates Article I, Sec. 20 and Article VIII, Sec. 1 of Connecticut Constitution. 31 CS 377.


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      Secs. 10-266k and 10-266l. State grants for special educational programs and other municipal purposes. Agreements between private schools and urban school districts for education of disadvantaged children in public schools. Sections 10-266k and 10-266l are repealed.

      (1969, P.A. 792, S. 1-4; 1972, P.A. 199, S. 1; P.A. 78-185, S. 2, 3; 78-218, S. 190; P.A. 86-333, S. 31, 32.)

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      Sec. 10-266m. Transportation grants. (a) A local or regional board of education providing transportation in accordance with the provisions of sections 10-54, 10-66ee, 10-97, 10-158a, 10-273a, 10-277 and 10-281 shall be reimbursed for a percentage of such transportation costs as follows:

      (1) The percentage of pupil transportation costs reimbursed to a local board of education shall be determined by (A) ranking each town in the state 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; (B) based upon such ranking, and notwithstanding the provisions of section 2-32a, (i) except as otherwise provided in this subparagraph, a percentage of zero shall be assigned to towns ranked from one to thirteen and a percentage of not less than zero nor more than sixty shall be determined for the towns ranked from fourteen to one hundred sixty-nine on a continuous scale, except that any such percentage shall be increased by twenty percentage points in accordance with section 10-97, where applicable, and (ii) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, and for each fiscal year thereafter, a percentage of zero shall be assigned to towns ranked from one to seventeen and a percentage of not less than zero nor more than sixty shall be determined for the towns ranked from eighteen to one hundred sixty-nine on a continuous scale.

      (2) The percentage of pupil transportation costs reimbursed to a regional board of education shall be determined by its ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (A) multiplying the total population, as defined in section 10-261, of each town in the district by such town's ranking, as determined in subdivision (1) of this section, (B) adding together the figures determined under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, and (C) dividing the total computed under subparagraph (B) of this subdivision by the total population of all towns in the district. The ranking of each regional board of education shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and each such board shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as would a town with the same rank, provided such percentage shall be increased in the case of a secondary regional school district by an additional five percentage points and, in the case of any other regional school district by an additional ten percentage points.

      (3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivisions (1) and (2) of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, and for each fiscal year thereafter, no local or regional board of education shall receive a grant of less than one thousand dollars.

      (4) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, to June 30, 2011, inclusive, the amount of transportation grants payable to local or regional boards of education shall be reduced proportionately if the total of such grants in such year exceeds the amount appropriated for such grants for such year.

      (5) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the Commissioner of Education may provide grants, within available appropriations, in an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars per pupil, to local and regional boards of education and regional educational service centers that transport (A) out-of-district students to technical high schools located in Hartford, or (B) Hartford students attending a technical high school or a regional agricultural science and technology education center outside of the district, to assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the commissioner, for the costs associated with such transportation.

      (6) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, in addition to the reimbursements and grants payable under subdivisions (1) to (5), inclusive, of this subsection, the Commissioner of Education shall provide a grant when (A) two or more boards of education enter into a cooperative agreement in accordance with section 10-158a to transport students to schools operated by the boards of education during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and (B) such cooperative arrangement results in a savings, as determined by the commissioner, over the transportation costs incurred by the boards of education during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. This grant, which shall be returned to the municipalities in which the participating boards of education are located in accordance with the terms of the written cooperative arrangement, shall be equal to half of the difference in the amount the boards of education would have been reimbursed in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, for pupil transportation costs but for the savings realized in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, pursuant to the cooperative arrangement.

      (b) A cooperative arrangement established pursuant to section 10-158a which provides transportation in accordance with said section shall be reimbursed for a percentage of such transportation costs in accordance with its ranking pursuant to this subsection. The ranking shall be determined by (1) multiplying the total population, as defined in section 10-261, of each town in the cooperative arrangement by such town's ranking as determined pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, (2) adding such products, and (3) dividing such sum by the total population of all towns in the cooperative arrangement. The ranking of each cooperative arrangement shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and each cooperative arrangement shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as a town with the same rank.

      (P.A. 79-128, S. 23, 36; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-4, S. 6, 8; P.A. 85-476, S. 3, 6; P.A. 86-71, S. 2, 11; P.A. 89-355, S. 11, 20; P.A. 92-262, S. 29, 42; P.A. 93-133, S. 2, 3; P.A. 96-178, S. 4, 18; P.A. 97-247, S. 18, 27; 97-290, S. 27, 29; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 9; P.A. 05-245, S. 17; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 4; P.A. 08-170, S. 12; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 23; P.A. 10-167, S. 2.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-4 amended Subsec. (b) clarifying that total population figures, as defined in Sec. 10-261, are to be used to determine percentage of costs to be reimbursed; P.A. 85-476 amended section to specify that reimbursement percentage is determined by ranking, to provide that ranking is to be rounded to next higher whole number and to provide for reimbursement at same percentage as for a town with the same rank; P.A. 86-71 in Subsec. (a) provided for increasing the percentage in accordance with Sec. 10-97 and in Subsec. (b) substituted percentage points for per cent re increases for regional school districts; P.A. 89-355 in Subsec. (a) changed the reimbursement percentage sliding scale of 20% to 70% to 10% to 60%; P.A. 92-262 amended Subsec. (a) to add reference to Sec. 2-32a and to substitute zero for ten; P.A. 93-133 replaced alphabetic Subdiv. indicators with numerics and numeric Subpara. indicators with alphabetics, amended Subdiv. (1)(B) to add the two categories of towns based on their ranking and to assign a percentage of zero for the towns ranked from one to thirteen and to limit the existing percentage of not less than zero nor more than 60% to towns ranked from fourteen to one hundred sixty-nine and made technical changes in Subdivs. (1) and (2), effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 96-178 amended Subdiv. (1) to make the existing Subpara. (B) into (i), adding (ii) re assignment of percentage for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, and each fiscal year thereafter, and added Subdiv. (3) requiring minimum grant of $1,000 for each local or regional board of education, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-247 designated the existing section as Subsec. (a), adding reference to Sec. 10-158a and making a technical change, and added Subsec. (b) re cooperative arrangements, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 97-290 added reference to Sec. 10-66ee, effective July 1, 1997; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Subdiv. (4) re proportional reduction of grants for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (a)(4) to extend the proportional reduction of grants through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 amended Subsec. (a)(4) to extend proportional reduction of grants through fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, effective July 1, 2007; P.A. 08-170 amended Subsec. (a) to add Subdiv. (5) re grants that assist in meeting goals of stipulation re Sheff v. O'Neill, effective July 1, 2008; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 made a technical change in Subsec. (a)(1), amended Subsec. (a)(4) to extend proportional reduction of grants through fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, and amended Subsec. (a)(5) to add Subpara. (A) re transportation of out-of-district students to technical high schools located in Hartford and to designate as Subpara. (B) provision re Hartford students attending technical high school or regional agricultural science and technology education center outside of district, effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 10-167 added Subsec. (a)(6) re additional grant available for fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, when 2 or more boards of education enter into cooperative agreements to transport students and realize savings, effective June 7, 2010.

      Cited. 187 C. 187. Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Secs. 10-266n and 10-266o. Phase-in of transportation grants. Hold-harmless for transportation grants. Sections 10-266n and 10-266o are repealed.

      (P.A. 79-128, S. 24, 25, 36; P.A. 80-483, S. 45, 186; P.A. 82-91, S. 4, 38; 82-301, S. 4, 5; P.A. 86-71, S. 10, 11.)

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      Sec. 10-266p. Priority school district grant program. (a) The State Board of Education shall administer a priority school district grant program to assist certain school districts to improve student achievement and enhance educational opportunities. The grant program shall include the priority school district portions of the grant programs established pursuant to sections 10-16p, 10-265f, 10-265m and 10-266t. The grant program and its component parts shall be for school districts in (1) the eight towns in the state with the largest population, based on the most recent federal decennial census, (2) towns which rank for the first fiscal year of each biennium from one to eleven when all towns are ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on the number of children under the temporary family assistance program, as defined in subdivision (17) of section 10-262f, plus the mastery count of the town, as defined in subdivision (13) of section 10-262f, and (3) towns which rank for the first fiscal year of each biennium one to eleven when all towns are ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on the ratio of the number of children under the temporary family assistance program as so defined to the resident students of such town, as defined in subdivision (22) of section 10-262f, plus the grant mastery percentage of the town, as defined in subdivision (12) of section 10-262f. The State Board of Education shall utilize the categorical grant program established under this section and sections 10-266q and 10-266r and other educational resources of the state to work cooperatively with such school districts during any school year to improve their educational programs or to provide early childhood education or early reading intervention programs. The component parts of the grant shall be allocated according to the provisions of sections 10-16p, 10-265f, 10-265m and 10-266t. Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of section 10-276a, the State Board of Education shall allocate one million dollars to each of the eight towns described in subdivision (1) of this subsection and five hundred thousand dollars to each of the towns described in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection, except the towns described in subdivision (1) of this subsection shall not receive any additional allocation if they are also described in subdivision (2) or (3) of this subsection.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, any town which received a grant pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and which does not qualify for a grant pursuant to subsection (a) of this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, shall receive grants for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, June 30, 2001, and June 30, 2002, in amounts determined in accordance with this subsection. (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the amount of the grant such town received pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and (B) an amount equal to twenty-five per cent of the difference between (i) the amount of the grant such town received pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and (ii) the amount of the grants received by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c. (2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the amount of the grant such town received pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and (B) an amount equal to fifty per cent of the difference between (i) the amount of the grant such town received pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and (ii) the amount of the grants received by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c. (3) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the amount of the grant such town received pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and (B) an amount equal to seventy-five per cent of the difference between (i) the amount of the grant such town received pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and (ii) the amount of the grants received by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c.

      (c) In addition to the amount allocated pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, and each fiscal year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall allocate (1) seven hundred fifty thousand dollars to each town which ranks from one to three, inclusive, in population pursuant to subdivision (1) of said subsection (a) and three hundred thirty-four thousand dollars to each town which ranks from four to eight, inclusive, in population pursuant to said subdivision and (2) one hundred eighty thousand dollars to each of the towns described in subdivisions (2) and (3) of said subsection (a), except that the towns described in subdivision (1) of said subsection (a) shall not receive any additional allocation pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection if they are also described in subdivision (2) or (3) of said subsection (a).

      (d) In addition to the amounts allocated pursuant to subsections (a) and (c) of this section, the State Board of Education shall allocate a share, in the same proportion as the total amount allocated pursuant to said subsections, of two million five hundred thousand dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, and three million dollars for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and each fiscal year thereafter, to each of the towns receiving a grant pursuant to this section.

      (e) In addition to the amounts allocated pursuant to subsections (a), (c) and (d) of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, and each fiscal year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall allocate (1) one million five hundred thousand dollars to the town which ranks one in population pursuant to subdivision (1) of said subsection (a), (2) one million dollars to each town which ranks from two to four, inclusive, in population pursuant to said subdivision (1), (3) six hundred thousand dollars to the town which ranks five in population pursuant to said subdivision (1), (4) five hundred thousand dollars to each town which ranks from six to eight, inclusive, in population pursuant to said subdivision (1), and (5) two hundred fifty thousand dollars to each of the towns described in subdivisions (2) and (3) of said subsection (a), except that the towns described in subdivision (1) of said subsection (a) shall not receive any additional allocation pursuant to subdivision (5) of this subsection if they are also described in subdivision (2) or (3) of said subsection (a).

      (f) In addition to the amounts allocated in subsection (a), and subsections (c) to (e), inclusive, of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, the State Board of Education shall allocate two million thirty-nine thousand six hundred eighty-six dollars to the towns that rank one to three, inclusive, in population pursuant to subdivision (1) of said subsection (a), and for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2007, to June 30, 2011, the State Board of Education shall allocate two million six hundred ten thousand seven hundred ninety-eight dollars to the towns that rank one to three, inclusive, in population pursuant to subdivision (1) of said subsection (a).

      (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, 2009, and each fiscal year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall allocate three million seven hundred forty thousand five hundred seventy-three 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.

      (h) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and for each fiscal year thereafter, no town receiving a grant pursuant to this section shall receive a grant that is in an amount that is less than one hundred fifty dollars per pupil. For the purposes of this subsection, the amount of the grant on a per pupil basis shall be determined by dividing the total amount that a town receives for a grant under this section by the number of resident students, as defined in subdivision (22) of section 10-262f, of the local or regional school district for which the town receives a grant under this section.

      (i) In addition to the amounts allocated in subsection (a) and subsections (c) to (h), inclusive, of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and each fiscal year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall allocate six hundred fifty thousand dollars to the town ranked sixth when all towns are ranked from highest to lowest in population, based on the most recent federal decennial census.

      (P.A. 84-265, S. 1, 4; P.A. 87-499, S. 18, 34; P.A. 92-262, S. 30, 42; P.A. 93-145, S. 4, 6; P.A. 93-263, S. 13, 14; P.A. 94-245, S. 3, 46; P.A. 95-226, S. 24, 29, 30; P.A. 96-178, S. 5, 18; P.A. 97-318, S. 6, 12; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 14, 165; P.A. 99-224, S. 1-3, 9; June Sp. Sess. P. A. 01-1, S. 33, 54; P.A. 03-76, S. 35; 03-278, S. 116; P.A. 04-254, S. 4; P.A. 05-245, S. 27; P.A. 06-135, S. 27; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 7; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 47; P.A. 08-170, S. 3; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 35.)

      History: P.A. 87-499 made the program permanent rather than a three-year pilot; P.A. 92-262 changed the eligibility criteria for the program, reduced the number of towns able to participate and changed the provisions pertaining to the allocation of funds; P.A. 93-145 amended Subdivs. (2) and (3) to include towns ranked to eleven instead of ten, changed the allocation for the towns described in Subdiv. (1) to grants of $1,000,000 each from 80% "of the amount appropriated for purposes of the program for grants in equal amounts" and for the towns described in Subdivs. (2) and (3) to grants of $500,000 each from 20% "of the amount so appropriated for grants in equal amounts" and made a technical change, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-263 repealed section, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 94-245 added Subsec. (b) re grants for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, effective June 2, 1994; P.A. 95-226 amended Subsec. (a) to require the rankings to be for the first fiscal year of each biennium, added Subsec. (b)(2) re grants for the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, and repealed P.A. 93-263, S. 13 which had repealed the section, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-178 amended Subsec. (a) to allow the grants to be used to provide early childhood education or early reading intervention programs and added Subsec. (c) re further allocation for fiscal years commencing after July 1, 1996, and a requirement that an amount at least equal to 25% of the amount received pursuant to Subsec. (c) be used for early childhood education or reading intervention programs, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-318 amended Subsec. (c) by deleting requirement to use at least 25% of funds for early childhood education or reading intervention programs, and added subsec. (d) re additional funds, effective July 1, 1997; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 amended Subsec. (a) to replace "aid to families with dependent children" with "temporary family assistance", effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 99-224 amended Subsec. (a) to stipulate that the allocation of the $1,000,000 to each of the eight towns described in Subdiv. (1) is subject to the provisions of Sec. 10-276a(c), amended Subsec. (b) to replace obsolete phase-out provisions for school districts that no longer qualify for grants pursuant to Subsec. (a) with a new phase-out formula for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, to June 30, 2002, inclusive, and amended Subsec. (d) to add provision for the allocation of shares in the $3,000,000 to continue for "each fiscal year thereafter", effective July 1, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (a) to specify that the grant program includes the priority school district portions of the grant programs established pursuant to Secs. 10-16p, 10-265f, 10-265m and 10-266t, to specify that the component parts of the grant be allocated in accordance with said Secs. and to make technical changes, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-76, effective June 3, 2003, and P.A. 03-278, effective July 9, 2003, made technical changes in Subsec. (a); P.A. 04-254 added Subsec. (e) re additional grant allocations beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 05-245 added Subsec. (f) re allocations for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-135 added Subsec. (g) re allocations for fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, and each fiscal year thereafter, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 added Subsecs. (h) and (i) re minimum per pupil grant and re town ranked the sixth largest in population, effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subsec. (f) to extend allocation of $2,610,798 through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and amended Subsec. (g) to increase amount of allocation to $4,750,990, effective October 6, 2007; P.A. 08-170 amended Subsec. (g) to reduce funding for fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and fiscal years thereafter, from $4,750,990 to $4,160,122, effective July 1, 2008; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 amended Subsec. (f) by replacing "June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009" with "to June 30, 2011" and amended Subsec. (g) by replacing "four million one hundred sixty thousand one hundred twenty-two" with "three million seven hundred forty thousand five hundred seventy-three", effective October 5, 2009.

      Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-266q. Application for grant. Utilization of funds. (a) On or before September fifteenth of each fiscal year in which payment is to be made, the State Board of Education shall authorize grant awards. Grant awards shall be authorized only after proposals for such grants have been submitted to the commissioner by the school districts described in section 10-266p, at such time and in such manner as the commissioner shall prescribe, and after the commissioner and each such school district have reached agreement regarding how such grant shall be utilized. Each proposal shall be based on a three-year project plan and include, but not be limited to, an explanation of project goals, objectives, evaluation strategies and budget which shall identify local funding and other resource contributions for the three-year period provided proposals shall give priority to the development or expansion of extended-day kindergarten programs.

      (b) A priority school district grant shall be payable to the local board of education for the school districts described in section 10-266p, which shall use the funds for any of the following: (1) The creation or expansion of programs or activities related to dropout prevention, (2) alternative and transitional programs for students having difficulty succeeding in traditional educational programs, (3) academic enrichment, tutorial and recreation programs or activities in school buildings during nonschool hours and during the summer, (4) development or expansion of extended-day kindergarten programs, (5) development or expansion of early reading intervention programs, including summer and after-school programs, (6) enhancement of the use of technology to support instruction or improve parent and teacher communication, (7) initiatives to strengthen parent involvement in the education of children, and parent and other community involvement in school and school district programs, activities and educational policies, which may be in accordance with the provisions of section 10-4g, or (8) for purposes of obtaining accreditation for elementary and middle schools from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Each such board of education shall use at least twenty per cent of its grant for early reading intervention programs. Each such board of education shall use its grant to supplement existing programs or create new programs. If the State Board of Education finds that any such grant is being used for other purposes or is being used to decrease the local share of support for schools, it may require repayment of such grant to the state.

      (c) Each priority school district grant shall be awarded by the State Board of Education on an annual basis. Funding in subsequent years shall be based on funds available, annual application and program evaluation.

      (P.A. 84-265, S. 2, 4; P.A. 87-499, S. 19, 34; P.A. 89-355, S. 12, 20; P.A. 92-262, S. 31, 42; P.A. 93-145, S. 5, 6; 93-263, S. 13, 14; P.A. 94-245, S. 1, 46; P.A. 95-226, S. 29, 30; 95-259, S. 19, 32; P.A. 96-178, S. 6, 18; P.A. 97-290, S. 22, 29; 97-318, S. 7, 12.)

      History: P.A. 87-499 deleted the exceptions for the first year of the program in Subsecs. (a) to (c), inclusive, deleted provision re grant renewal in Subsec. (e), in Subsec. (f) added that set-aside be used for evaluation services and made technical changes; P.A. 89-355 in Subsec. (d) added that the funds may be used for activities related to dropout prevention and that the funds shall be used to strengthen parent and community involvement in education and added new Subsec. (g) re grants for certain dropout prevention programs; P.A. 92-262 removed provisions pertaining to designation as a priority school district and allocation of funds, including funds for administration, formerly found in Subsecs. (a), (f) and (g), relettering remaining Subsecs. accordingly; P.A. 93-145 provided for the use of funds for any of the programs described in Subdivs. (1) to (3), inclusive, and removed the requirement that a district have programs described in each Subdiv., effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-263 repealed section, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 94-245 amended Subsec. (b) to add Subdiv. (2) to allow the use of funds for academic enrichment, tutorial and recreation programs or activities in school buildings during nonschool hours and to renumber the remaining Subdivs., effective June 2, 1994; P.A. 95-226 repealed P.A. 93-263, S. 13 which had repealed the section, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-259 amended Subsec. (b) to make a technical change, effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 96-178 amended Subsec. (b) to insert new Subdiv. (4) re development or expansion of early childhood education or early reading intervention programs and designated existing Subdiv. (4) as Subdiv. (5), effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-290 and P.A. 97-318 both amended Subsec. (b) to insert new provisions re alternative and transitional programs as Subdiv. (2), renumbering existing Subdivs., to add summer programs in Subdiv. (3), to include summer and after-school programs in Subdiv. (5), to add new Subdiv. (6) re enhancement of the use of technology and to add Subdiv. (8) re accreditation, effective July 1, 1997.

      Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-266r. Evaluation of program. Financial statement of expenditures. (a) The State Board of Education shall prepare an evaluation of the priority school district grant program not later than December 15, 1990, and triennially thereafter.

      (b) Each school district participating in the project shall prepare an annual project evaluation, which shall include a description of program activities and documentation of program improvement and student achievement. Each such evaluation shall be submitted to the commissioner on or before August fifteenth of the fiscal year following each fiscal year in which the school district participated in the priority school district program.

      (c) Within sixty days after the close of the school year, each local board of education which received a priority school district grant shall file with the commissioner a financial statement of expenditures in such form as the commissioner shall prescribe. The State Board of Education shall periodically review grant payments made pursuant to this section in order to determine that such state funds received are being used for the purposes specified in the application. On or before December thirty-first of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which payment was received, each local board which received a priority school district grant shall file with the commissioner a financial audit in such form as prescribed by the commissioner.

      (P.A. 84-265, S. 3, 4; P.A. 87-499, S. 20, 34; P.A. 91-401, S. 15, 20; P.A. 92-170, S. 12, 13, 26; 92-262, S. 32, 33, 42; P.A. 93-263, S. 13, 14; P.A. 95-226, S. 29, 30.)

      History: P.A. 87-499 in Subsec. (a) inserted "December 15, 1990, and triennially thereafter" for February 15, 1987, and deleted the reference to the program as a "pilot"; P.A. 91-401 repealed requirement in Subsec. (c) that state board of education periodically audit grant payments, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 92-170 amended Subsec. (a) to remove a requirement that the evaluation be submitted to the general assembly; P.A. 92-262 removed references to regional boards of education; P.A. 93-263 repealed section, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-226 repealed P.A. 93-263, S. 13 which had repealed the section, effective July 1, 1995.

      Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-266s. Interdistrict leadership grant program. Section 10-266s is repealed, effective July 1, 1998.

      (P.A. 88-252, S. 2, 6; P.A. 90-339, S. 3, 6; P.A. 98-252, S. 79, 80; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 105, 121.)

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      Sec. 10-266t. Grants for extended school building hours for academic enrichment and support and recreation programs. (a) The Commissioner of Education shall award grants annually, in accordance with this section and section 10-266u, to local and regional boards of education identified as priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p. In addition, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, the commissioner shall provide a grant to any local or regional board of education in a town which does not qualify for a grant pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-266p for said fiscal years but does qualify for a grant pursuant to subsection (b) of said section for said fiscal years. The grants shall provide funds for extended school building hours for public schools in such districts for academic enrichment and support, and recreation programs for students in the districts. Such programs may be conducted in buildings other than public school buildings, provided the board of education is able to demonstrate to the commissioner that the facility in which the program will be run can adequately support the academic goals of the program and a plan is in place to provide adequate academic instruction.

      (b) The Commissioner of Education shall provide a grant estimate annually to each priority school district. The estimated grant shall be calculated as follows: Each district's average daily membership, as defined in subdivision (2) of section 10-261, divided by the total of all priority school districts' average daily membership, multiplied by the amount appropriated for the grant program minus the amounts specified in subsections (a) and (b) of section 10-266u.

      (c) (1) Annually, each such district shall file a grant application with the Commissioner of Education, in such form and at such time as he prescribes. The application shall identify the local distribution of funds by school and operator, with program specification, hours and days of operation.

      (2) Each such district shall solicit applications for individual school programs, on a competitive basis, from town and nonprofit agencies, prioritize the applications and select applications for funding within the total grant amount allocated to the district. District decisions to fund individual school programs shall be based on specified criteria including: (A) Total hours of operation, (B) number of students served, (C) total student hours of service, (D) total program cost, (E) estimate of volunteer hours, or other sources of support, (F) community involvement, commitment and support, (G) nonduplication of existing services, (H) needs of the student body of the school, (I) unique qualities of the proposal and (J) responsiveness to the requirements of this section and section 10-266u. Each district shall submit to the commissioner all proposals received as part of its grant application and documentation of the review and ranking process for such proposals.

      (3) Grants to individual school programs shall be limited to a range of twenty to eighty thousand dollars per school, based on school enrollment.

      (d) Each district, shall: (1) Demonstrate, in its grant application, that a district-wide and school building needs assessment was conducted, including an inventory of existing academic enrichment and support, and recreational opportunities available during nonschool hours both within and outside of school buildings; (2) ensure equal program access for all students and necessary accommodations and support for students with disabilities; (3) provide a summer component, unless it is able to document that sufficient summer opportunity already exists; (4) include in its application a schedule and total number of hours that it determines to be reasonable and sufficient for individual school programs; (5) support no less than ten per cent of the cost of the total district-wide extended school building hours program and provide documentation of local dollars or in-kind contributions, or both; and (6) contract for the direct operation of the program, unless it is able to document that no providers are interested or able to provide a cost efficient program.

      (e) All programs funded pursuant to this section shall: (1) Offer both academic enrichment and support and recreation experiences, (2) be open to all resident students in the district, (3) be designed to ensure communication with the child's teacher and ties to the regular school curriculum, (4) be clearly articulated with structured and specified experiences for children but able to accommodate the irregular participation of any one child, (5) provide for community involvement, (6) investigate the use of the National Service Corps, (7) coordinate operations and activities with existing programs and the agencies which operate such programs, (8) provide for parent involvement in program planning and the use of parents as advisers and volunteers, and (9) provide for business involvement or sponsorship. Programs within a district may vary in terms of times of operation and nature of the program. All programs which operate in a public school shall have access to existing special facilities and equipment in the public school and shall have the written endorsement of the school principal and superintendent of schools for the school district.

      (f) Grant funds may be used to hire personnel to provide for the instruction and supervision of children and for necessary support costs such as food, program supplies, equipment and materials, direct cost of building maintenance, personnel supervision and transportation but shall not be used for indirect costs.

      (g) The Commissioner of Education may negotiate the contents of a district's grant application or refuse to authorize a grant if he finds the proposal costs are not reasonable or necessary or the selection of specific local building programs over others was not justified by the process and the data.

      (h) Notwithstanding subsections (d) and (e) of this section, a school district may charge fees for participation in after-school academic enrichment, support or recreational programs, provided the fees are calculated on a sliding scale based on ability to pay and no fee exceeds seventy-five per cent of the average cost of participation. No school district may exclude a student from participation in such after-school academic enrichment, support and recreational programs due to inability to pay a fee.

      (May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-6, S. 2, 28; P.A. 96-178, S. 7, 18; P.A. 99-224, S. 5, 9; P.A. 00-220, S. 16, 23, 43; P.A. 03-174, S. 14; P.A. 04-26, S. 5.)

      History: May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-6 effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 96-178 amended Subsec. (a) to add provision for a grant for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, for towns which do not qualify for a grant pursuant to Sec. 10-266p(a) but do qualify for a grant pursuant to Sec. 10-266p(b), effective May 31, 1996; P.A. 99-224 amended Subsec. (a) to provide for the payment of grants for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, to school district that do not qualify for a grant pursuant to Sec. 10-266p(a) but do qualify for a grant pursuant to Sec. 10-266p(b), and removed obsolete language, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-220 amended Subsec. (a) to add provision re location of programs in buildings other than public school buildings and amended Subsec. (e) to make technical changes, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 03-174 added Subsec. (h) re fees for participation in after-school programs, effective July 1, 2003; P.A 04-26 made a technical change in Subsec. (h), effective April 28, 2004.

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      Sec. 10-266u. Retention of funds by the department. Grant to supplement existing programs. Reports. Audits. (a) The Department of Education shall retain up to two and one-half per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of section 10-266t for state-wide technical assistance, program monitoring and evaluation, and administration.

      (b) Each grant pursuant to section 10-266t shall be awarded on an annual basis. Funding in subsequent years shall be based on available appropriations, compliance with this section and section 10-266t and program evaluations.

      (c) Each school district which receives a grant pursuant to section 10-266t shall use the grant to supplement existing programs. If the Commissioner of Education finds that any grant is being used for other purposes, or to decrease the local share of support for schools or to supplant a previous source of funds, he may require repayment of such grant to the state.

      (d) Each such district shall prepare an annual program report which describes and documents program operation, student participation and other indicators of success and shall submit the report to the Commissioner of Education in such form and at such time as he prescribes.

      (e) Within sixty days after the close of the school year, each such district shall file with the Commissioner of Education a financial statement of expenditures, in such form as the commissioner prescribes. On or before December thirty-first of the fiscal year following the grant year, each district shall file, as part of the local government single audit process, an appropriate financial audit of the grant funds.

      (f) On or before December first annually, the Commissioner of Education shall file, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, an evaluation report of the program established pursuant to section 10-266t with the Governor, the General Assembly and the Office of Policy and Management.

      (May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-6, S. 3, 28; P.A. 96-251, S. 5; P.A. 00-220, S. 18, 43; P.A. 03-76, S. 25.)

      History: May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-6 effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 96-251 amended Subsec. (f) by requiring that on and after October 1, 1996, the report be submitted to the Governor, Office of Policy and Management and education committee and, upon request, to members of the General Assembly and adding provision re report summaries; P.A. 00-220 amended Subsec. (f) to remove provisions re submission of a summary of the report to individual members of the General Assembly, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 03-76 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective June 3, 2003.

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      Sec. 10-266v. Reserved for future use.

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      Sec. 10-266w. School breakfast grant program. (a) For each fiscal year, each local and regional board of education having at least one school building designated as a severe need school, as defined by federal law governing school nutrition programs, in the fiscal year two years prior to the grant year, shall be eligible to receive a grant to assist in providing school breakfasts to all students in each eligible severe need school, provided any local or regional board having at least one school building so designated shall participate in the federal school breakfast program on behalf of all severe need schools in the district with grades eight or under in which at least eighty per cent of the lunches served are served to students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches pursuant to federal law and regulations.

      (b) Grants under this section shall be contingent on documented direct costs of a school breakfast program which exceed the federal aid and cash income received by a school breakfast program. Eligible boards of education shall submit applications, on behalf of each of their severe need schools, for grants under this section to the Commissioner of Education. Applications shall be submitted in such form and at such times as the commissioner shall prescribe.

      (c) Within the limits of available funds, the amount to which each eligible local or regional board of education is entitled for each fiscal year under this section shall be the sum of (1) three thousand dollars for each severe need school in the school district which provides a school breakfast program prorated per one hundred eighty days of the school year; and (2) ten cents per breakfast served in each severe need school. If the amount due eligible boards of education exceeds the amount of funds available, the grants calculated under subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be reduced proportionately. In each fiscal year, grants calculated under subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be paid in October, and grants calculated under subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be paid in equal installments in January and May. Based on verification of the data used to calculate such grants, any underpayment or overpayment may be calculated and adjusted by the Department of Education in any subsequent year's grant.

      (d) Each local and regional board of education participating in the grant program shall prepare a financial statement of expenditures which shall be submitted to the department on or before September first of the fiscal year immediately following each fiscal year in which the school district participates in the grant program. If the commissioner finds that any school breakfast grant recipient uses such grant for purposes which are not in conformity with the purposes of this section, the commissioner may require repayment of the grant to the state.

      (May Sp. Sess. P.A. 86-1, S. 33, 58; P.A. 88-360, S. 26, 27, 63; P.A. 90-325, S. 10, 32; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7, S. 12, 22; P.A. 93-84, S. 1, 2; P.A. 03-76, S. 26.)

      History: P.A. 88-360 in Subsec. (a) substituted "each eligible severe need school" for "those schools with the greatest need" and in Subsec. (c) provided that the entitlement amount be within the limits of available funds rather than within the limits of the annual appropriation, deleted the $3,300 per school cap in Subdiv. (2), and provided that grants be paid in October rather than September; P.A. 90-325 in Subsec. (a) made the program ongoing rather than have the fiscal year ending June 20, 1991, be its final year; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-7 amended Subsec. (a) to require boards which have one school so designated to participate if they have the specified per cent of students receiving free or reduced price lunches, amended Subsec. (c)(1) to add the phrase on prorating and deleted obsolete language in Subsec. (d); P.A. 93-84 amended Subsec. (a) to change basis for requiring breakfast program from 80% of the "students in such school" being eligible for lunch program to 80% of lunches served are served to students who are eligible students, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 03-76 made a technical change in Subsec. (c), effective June 3, 2003.

      Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-266x. Development of innovative programs for educational improvement. (a) Within the limits of available appropriations, the Commissioner of Education shall establish a program to encourage local and regional boards of education to develop innovative programs for educational improvement. Local and regional boards of education may file an application to participate in the program in such form and at such time as the commissioner requires. Each application shall include a plan developed by the local or regional board of education, in consultation with the teachers employed in the school or school system for which such application is being made. Proposed plans shall provide for an evaluation process to measure academic progress and school improvement resulting from participation in the program. For purposes of the program, the commissioner may waive requirements under chapters 163, 168, 170 to 173, inclusive, and chapter 164, except for the provisions relating to special education required under federal law, and regulations adopted pursuant to said chapters, provided each application identifies (A) the specific statutes or regulations from which a waiver is requested, if any, and (B) the manner in which each waiver is expected to assist in achieving specified educational benefits. Local and regional boards of education may cooperate with businesses and nonprofit organizations in developing and implementing such plans and may receive and expend private funds for purposes of this section.

      (b) The Commissioner of Education may set aside up to ten per cent of the funds appropriated for purposes of this section to provide, on a competitive basis, minigrants to teachers in public schools for the development or use of innovative curricula, teaching aids or teaching methods. The amount of a minigrant shall not exceed five hundred dollars. The Department of Education may contract with a regional educational service center for purposes of this subsection.

      (c) The commissioner shall, annually, report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, on the program to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education.

      (P.A. 91-285, S. 1, 3; P.A. 92-262, S. 6, 42; P.A. 95-182, S. 9, 11; P.A. 98-252, S. 24, 80.)

      History: P.A. 92-262 increased the number of programs from three to six, added provision for increasing the number of programs in a particular type of community, added references to chapters 163, 170, 171, this chapter and chapter 173, and extended by one year the time frames for reports to the General Assembly; P.A. 95-182 made demonstration program a permanent program, deleted limitations on the number and location of schools which could operate programs, changed the way the plan is to be developed and the content of the plan, revised the list of requirements which the commissioner may waive and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 98-252 added new Subsec. (b) re minigrants and redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c), effective July 1, 1998.

      Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-266y. Competitive grant program for certain high school projects. The Department of Education shall establish, within available appropriations, a competitive grant program for high school projects that involve one or more of the following topics: Computers, engineering, mathematics, physics, science or technical construction. Local and regional boards of education may apply, on behalf of a high school under their jurisdiction, for a grant pursuant to this section at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education prescribes.

      (P.A. 00-193, S. 1, 3.)

      History: P.A. 00-193 effective July 1, 2000.

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      Sec. 10-266z. Reserved for future use.

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      Sec. 10-266aa. State-wide interdistrict public school attendance program. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Receiving district" means any school district that accepts students under the program established pursuant to this section;

      (2) "Sending district" means any school district that sends students it would otherwise be legally responsible for educating to another school district under the program; and

      (3) "Minority students" means students who are "pupils of racial minorities", as defined in section 10-226a.

      (b) There is established, within available appropriations, an interdistrict public school attendance program. The purpose of the program shall be to: (1) Improve academic achievement; (2) reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation or preserve racial and ethnic balance; and (3) provide a choice of educational programs for students enrolled in the public schools. The Department of Education shall provide oversight for the program, including the setting of reasonable limits for the transportation of students participating in the program, and may provide for the incremental expansion of the program for the school year commencing in 2000 for each town required to participate in the program pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

      (c) The program shall be phased in as provided in this subsection. (1) For the school year commencing in 1998, and for each school year thereafter, the program shall be in operation in the Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport regions. The Hartford program shall operate as a continuation of the program described in section 10-266j. Students who reside in Hartford, New Haven or Bridgeport may attend school in another school district in the region and students who reside in such other school districts may attend school in Hartford, New Haven or Bridgeport, provided, beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, the proportion of students who are not minority students to the total number of students leaving Hartford, Bridgeport or New Haven to participate in the program shall not be greater than the proportion of students who were not minority students in the prior school year to the total number of students enrolled in Hartford, Bridgeport or New Haven in the prior school year. The regional educational service center operating the program shall make program participation decisions in accordance with the requirements of this subdivision. (2) For the school year commencing in 2000, and for each school year thereafter, the program shall be in operation in New London, provided beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, the proportion of students who are not minority students to the total number of students leaving New London to participate in the program shall not be greater than the proportion of students who were not minority students in the prior year to the total number of students enrolled in New London in the prior school year. The regional educational service center operating the program shall make program participation decisions in accordance with this subdivision. (3) The Department of Education may provide, within available appropriations, grants for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, to the remaining regional educational service centers to assist school districts in planning for a voluntary program of student enrollment in every priority school district, pursuant to section 10-266p, which is interested in participating in accordance with this subdivision. For the school year commencing in 2003, and for each school year thereafter, the voluntary enrollment program may be in operation in every priority school district in the state. Students from other school districts in the area of a priority school district, as determined by the regional educational service center pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, may attend school in the priority school district, provided such students bring racial, ethnic and economic diversity to the priority school district and do not increase the racial, ethnic and economic isolation in the priority school district.

      (d) School districts which received students from New London under the program during the 2000-2001 school year shall allow such students to attend school in the district until they graduate from high school. The attendance of such students in such program shall not be supported by grants pursuant to subsections (f) and (g) of this section but shall be supported, in the same amounts as provided for in said subsections, by interdistrict cooperative grants pursuant to section 10-74d to the regional educational service centers operating such programs.

      (e) Once the program is in operation in the region served by a regional educational service center pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the Department of Education shall provide an annual grant to such regional educational service center to assist school districts in its area in administering the program and to provide staff to assist students participating in the program to make the transition to a new school and to act as a liaison between the parents of such students and the new school district. Each regional educational service center shall determine which school districts in its area are located close enough to a priority school district to make participation in the program feasible in terms of student transportation pursuant to subsection (f) of this section, provided any student participating in the program prior to July 1, 1999, shall be allowed to continue to attend the same school such student attended prior to said date in the receiving district until the student completes the highest grade in such school. Each regional educational service center shall convene, annually, a meeting of representatives of such school districts in order for such school districts to report, by March thirty-first, the number of spaces available for the following school year for out-of-district students under the program. Annually, each regional educational service center shall provide a count of such spaces to the Department of Education by April fifteenth. If there are more students who seek to attend school in a receiving district than there are spaces available, the regional educational service center shall assist the school district in determining attendance by the use of a lottery or lotteries designed to preserve or increase racial, ethnic and economic diversity, except that the regional educational service center shall give preference to siblings and to students who would otherwise attend a school that has lost its accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges or has been identified as in need of improvement pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110. The admission policies shall be consistent with section 10-15c and this section. No receiving district shall recruit students under the program for athletic or extracurricular purposes. Each receiving district shall allow out-of-district students it accepts to attend school in the district until they graduate from high school.

      (f) The Department of Education shall provide grants to regional educational service centers or local or regional boards of education for the reasonable cost of transportation for students participating in the program. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, and each fiscal year thereafter, the department shall provide such grants within available appropriations, provided the state-wide average of such grants does not exceed an amount equal to three thousand two hundred fifty dollars for each student transported, except that the Commissioner of Education may grant to regional educational service centers additional sums from funds remaining in the appropriation for such transportation services if needed to offset transportation costs that exceed such maximum amount. The regional educational service centers shall provide reasonable transportation services to high school students who wish to participate in supervised extracurricular activities. For purposes of this section, the number of students transported shall be determined on September first of each fiscal year.

      (g) The Department of Education shall provide, within available appropriations, an annual grant to the local or regional board of education for each receiving district in an amount not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars for each out-of-district student who attends school in the receiving district under the program. Each town which receives funds pursuant to this subsection shall make such funds available to its local or regional board of education in supplement to any other local appropriation, other state or federal grant or other revenue to which the local or regional board of education is entitled.

      (h) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, each sending district and each receiving district shall divide the number of children participating in the program who reside in such district or attend school in such district by two for purposes of the counts for subdivision (22) of section 10-262f and subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10-261.

      (i) In the case of an out-of-district student who requires special education and related services, the sending district shall pay the receiving district an amount equal to the difference between the reasonable cost of providing such special education and related services to such student and the amount received by the receiving district pursuant to subsection (g) of this section and in the case of students participating pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the per pupil amount received pursuant to section 10-74d. The sending district shall be eligible for reimbursement pursuant to section 10-76g.

      (j) Nothing in this section shall prohibit school districts from charging tuition to other school districts that do not have a high school pursuant to section 10-33.

      (k) On or before October fifteenth of each year, the Commissioner of Education shall determine if the enrollment in the program pursuant to subsection (c) of this section for the fiscal year is below the number of students for which funds were appropriated. If the commissioner determines that the enrollment is below such number, the additional funds shall not lapse but shall be used by the commissioner in accordance with this subsection. (1) Any amount up to five hundred thousand dollars of such nonlapsing funds shall be used for supplemental grants to receiving districts on a pro rata basis for each out-of-district student in the program pursuant to subsection (c) of this section who attends the same school in the receiving district as at least nine other such out-of-district students, not to exceed one thousand dollars per student. (2) Any remaining nonlapsing funds shall be used for interdistrict cooperative grants pursuant to section 10-74d.

      (l) For purposes of the state-wide mastery examinations under section 10-14n, students participating in the program established pursuant to this section shall be considered residents of the school district in which they attend school.

      (m) Within available appropriations, the commissioner may make grants to regional education service centers which provide summer school educational programs approved by the commissioner to students participating in the program.

      (n) The Commissioner of Education may provide grants for children in the Hartford program described in this section to participate in preschool and all day kindergarten programs. In addition to the subsidy provided to the receiving district for educational services, such grants may be used for the provision of before and after-school care and remedial services for the preschool and kindergarten students participating in the program.

      (o) Within available appropriations, the commissioner may make grants for academic student support for programs pursuant to this section that assist the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O'Neill, et al., as determined by the commissioner.

      (P.A. 97-290, S. 3, 29; P.A. 98-168, S. 23, 26; 98-252, S. 34, 80; P.A. 99-5, S. 1, 2; 99-289, S. 1, 11; P.A. 00-187, S. 15-17, 75; 00-220, S. 19, 43; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 29, 54; P.A. 03-76, S. 48; 03-168, S. 2; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 18; P.A. 04-26, S. 6; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 78; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 9, 10; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 49, 71; P.A. 08-170, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 97-290 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-168 amended Subsec. (b)(3) to specify that the program is for students enrolled in the public schools, and provided for oversight by the Department of Education, amended Subsec. (c) to require the Hartford program to operate as a continuation of the program described in Sec. 10-266j, amended Subsec. (d) to allow school districts to transfer students in the program to a different school if the district is changing school attendance areas on a district-wide basis, amended Subsec. (e) to increase grant amount from $1,000 to $1,200 and to limit requirement for after-school transportation to high school students participating in supervised extracurricular activities, and amended Subsec. (g) to delete provision re not counting children for purposes of any other count under Secs. 10-262f and 10-261, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 98-252 amended Subsec. (f) to specify that the grant is provided to the board of education and to add provision re funds to be made available to the board of education in supplement to other funds to which the board is entitled, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-5 amended Subsec. (e) to delete provision that transportation grants be within available appropriations and to add provision that for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and each fiscal year thereafter, such grants shall be within available appropriations, effective April 9, 1999; P.A. 99-289 amended Subsec. (b) to include the setting of reasonable transportation limits, amended Subsec. (c) to extend the time for planning grants to include the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000, and to make the provision of such grants permissive, to renumber Subdiv. (3) as Subdiv. (4) and to add new Subdiv. (3) re program operation in New Britain, New London, Waterbury and Windham, to change the date in Subdiv. (4) from the school year commencing in 1999 to school year commencing in 2000, and to substitute program operation in every priority school district for operation in every school district, amended Subsec. (d) to increase the amount of the grant from $100,000 to $175,000, to provide for staff to assist participating students and act as a liaison, to require the regional educational service centers to determine feasible distances for student transportation provided students participating in the program prior to July 1, 1999, are allowed to continue to attend the same school until they complete the highest grade in the school, to make the meetings with school districts annual, to require the reports on spaces to be made by March thirty-first and to require the regional educational service centers to provide a count to the department by April fifteenth, and to substitute provision allowing students to attend school in the district until they graduate from high school for provision allowing them to complete the highest grade in the school they are attending under the program, relettered Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (f), added new Subsec. (e) re records, amended Subsec. (f) to add "state-wide average" and to increase the amount from $1,200 to $2,000, relettered Subsecs. (f), (g), (h) and (i) as Subsecs. (g), (h), (i) and (j) and added Subsec. (k) re determination on level of enrollment, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-187 amended Subsec. (b) to give the department authority for the incremental expansion of the program, amended former Subsec. (f), redesignated as Subsec. (e) pursuant to P.A. 00-220, to increase the limit for the state-wide average from $2,000 to $2,100 and added Subsec. (l), redesignated as Subsec. (k) pursuant to P.A. 00-220, re state-wide mastery examinations, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 00-220 deleted former Subsec. (e) re transfer of records and relettered Subsecs. (f) to (k) as (e) to (j), in new Subsec. (e) added provision concerning the determination of the number of students transported on September first of each fiscal year, and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 in Subsec. (a) defined "minority students", in Subsec. (b) removed "state-wide" from description of the program, in Subsec. (c) deleted existing Subdiv. (1) to remove obsolete language, renumbered part of existing Subdiv. (2) as Subdiv. (1) and part as Subdiv. (3), added requirement in Subdiv. (1) re the proportion of students who are not minority students, added new Subdiv. (2) re New London program, made existing Subdiv. (4) part of Subdiv. (3), in Subdiv. (3) changed the applicable fiscal year to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2003, made the program in other priority school districts voluntary and based participation in the voluntary program on bringing racial, ethnic and economic diversity to the priority school district, redesignated existing Subsecs. (d) to (k) as Subsecs. (e) to (l), added new Subsec. (d) re school districts receiving students from New London, in Subsec. (e) deleted reference to $175,000 annual grant to a regional educational service center and specified that admission policies shall be consistent with provisions of section, in Subsec. (i) added limitation for amount in case of students participating pursuant to Subsec. (d) and in Subsec. (k) specified that determination of enrollment is the program pursuant to Subsec. (c), effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-76 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective June 3, 2003; P.A. 03-168 amended Subsec. (e) by making a technical change and adding provision re the No Child Left Behind Act, effective July 1, 2003; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (f) by changing "June 30, 2000," to "June 30, 2003," and adding provision giving commissioner discretion to grant additional money to offset transportation costs, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-26 made technical changes in Subsec. (e), effective April 28, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 added Subsec. (m) re summer school educational programs, effective July 1, 2005; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 amended Subsec. (f) to increase maximum grant from $2,100 to $3,250 per pupil, amended Subsec. (g) to increase per pupil grant from $2,000 to $2,500 and amended Subsec. (k) to increase maximum amount that may be used for supplemental grants from $350,000 to $500,000, effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Sec. 41 of June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-6, added editorially by the Revisors as Subsec. (n), to make permanent the grant supporting all day kindergarten for the Hartford program, and added Subsecs. (o) re grants for kindergarten and preschool programs, (p) re grants for academic student support and (q) defining "Sheff region", effective October 6, 2007; P.A. 08-170 amended Subsec. (n) to add preschool programs, deleted former Subsec. (o) re grants for kindergarten and preschool programs in the Sheff region, redesignated existing Subsec. (p) as Subsec. (o) and replaced provision therein re Sheff region with language re stipulation re Sheff v. O'Neill and deleted former Subsec. (q) re definition of "Sheff region", effective July 1, 2008.

      See Sec. 10-220h re transfer of student records.

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      Sec. 10-266bb. Grants for interdistrict resident summer programs and distance learning and other technologies. Local and regional boards of education and regional educational service centers shall be eligible to receive grants pursuant to section 10-74d for interdistrict cooperative programs (1) to establish full-time resident summer programs at colleges and universities to provide academically challenging courses for students from different backgrounds and communities, and (2) for distance learning and other technologies.

      (P.A. 97-290, S. 13, 29.)

      History: P.A. 97-290 effective July 1, 1997.

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      Sec. 10-266cc. Lighthouse schools. For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1999, June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Department of Education shall award, within available appropriations, competitive grants to the Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport school districts to assist in the development of curricula and the training of staff for lighthouse schools. Grants for such purpose shall not exceed one hundred thousand dollars for any individual school in any year and may be renewed for two additional years in such lesser amounts as the department determines are reasonable for purposes of implementing the lighthouse school program at a school. For purposes of this section and section 10-285a, a "lighthouse school" is an existing public school or a public school planned prior to July 1, 1997, in a priority school district that (1) has a specialized curriculum, and (2) is designed to promote intradistrict and interdistrict public school choice.

      (P.A. 97-290, S. 18, 29; P.A. 99-289, S. 10, 11; P.A. 00-187, S. 18, 75.)

      History: P.A. 97-290 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 99-289 extended the time for the awarding of the competitive grants to include the fiscal years ending June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-187 added cap and renewal provisions for grants, made the program permanent and removed obsolete language, effective July 1, 2000.

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      Secs. 10-267 to 10-273. State aid for purchase of nonprint learning materials, media equipment and books. "Average annual receipts from taxation" defined. Statement by town treasurer. Transportation grants for elementary school and kindergarten pupils, generally. Sections 10-267 to 10-273, inclusive, are repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1563-1567; 1949, S. 967d; 1951, S. 968d; 1957, P.A. 519, S. 1; 1959, P.A. 196, S. 1; 1961, P.A. 525, S. 2; 549; 1967, P.A. 21, S. 1; 523; P.A. 73-388; P.A. 76-434, S. 5, 12; P.A. 77-614, S. 139, 610; P.A. 78-218, S. 211.)

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      Sec. 10-273a. Reimbursement for transportation to and from elementary and secondary schools. Any town transporting children to and from any public elementary school, including kindergartens, or to and from any public secondary school within said town shall be reimbursed for the cost of such pupil transportation annually in accordance with the provisions of sections 10-97 and 10-266m.

      (1961, P.A. 525, S. 1, 3; 1963, P.A. 291; February, 1965, P.A. 361, S. 11; P.A. 78-272, S. 2, 6; P.A. 79-128, S. 28, 36; P.A. 86-71, S. 7, 11.)

      History: 1963 act added provision that grades kindergarten through eight are considered elementary without exception; 1965 act specified applicability to public elementary schools, included public secondary schools and deleted amendment enacted in 1963; P.A. 78-272 changed limit on transportation costs from $20 to $30 per pupil annually; P.A. 79-128 replaced basis for transportation reimbursement at rate of 50% of cost not exceeding $30 per pupil with provision for reimbursement in accordance with Secs. 10-266m and 10-266n; P.A. 86-71 deleted the reference to Sec. 10-266n which was repealed and added the reference to Sec. 10-97.

      Cited. 172 C. 615. Cited. 187 C. 187. Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

      Violates Article I, Sec. 20 and Article VIII, Sec. 1 of Connecticut Constitution. 31 CS 377.


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      Secs. 10-273b to 10-276. Reimbursement for sidewalk construction. Definition of "high school" for purpose of transportation grants. Statement by town treasurer. Certificate by Tax Commissioner for high school transportation grant. Sections 10-273b to 10-276, inclusive, are repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1568-1570; 1969, P.A. 672, S. 2; P.A. 74-288, S. 1, 3; P.A. 75-479, S. 24, 25; 75-567, S. 76, 80.)

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      Sec. 10-276a. Priority school district phase-out grants. Reduced grants for first year of eligibility for priority school district grants. (a) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, if a school district that received a priority school district grant pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-266p for the prior fiscal year is no longer eligible to receive such a grant, such school district shall receive a priority school district phase-out grant for each of the three fiscal years following the fiscal year such school district received its final priority school district grant. The amount of such phase-out grants shall be determined in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

      (b) (1) For the first fiscal year following the fiscal year such school district received its final priority school district grant, in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the amount of such final grant, and (B) an amount equal to twenty-five per cent of the difference between (i) the amount of such final grant, and (ii) the greater of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or the amount of the grants received by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c. (2) For the second fiscal year following the fiscal year such school district received its final priority school district grant, in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the amount of such final grant, and (B) an amount equal to fifty per cent of the difference between (i) the amount of such final grant, and (ii) the greater of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or the amount of the grants received by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c. (3) For the third fiscal year following the fiscal year such school district received its final priority school district grant, in an amount equal to the difference between (A) the amount of such final grant, and (B) an amount equal to seventy-five per cent of the difference between (i) the amount of such final grant, and (ii) the greater of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or the amount of the grants received by transitional school districts pursuant to section 10-263c.

      (c) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, if a school district that was not eligible to receive a priority school district grant pursuant to subsection (a) of said section 10-266p, for the prior fiscal year becomes eligible to receive such a grant, the amount of the grant such town receives pursuant to said section for the first year of such eligibility shall be reduced by fifty per cent.

      (P.A. 99-224, S. 4, 9; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 42, 54.)

      History: P.A. 99-224 effective July 1, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (b) to add "the greater of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or" in Subdivs. (1)(B)(ii), (2)(B)(ii) and (3)(B)(ii) and amended Subsec. (c) to change June 30, 2002, to June 30, 2004, effective July 1, 2001.

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      Sec. 10-276b. Diverse learning environment for state-funded interdistrict programs. The Department of Education shall ensure that all interdistrict educational programs and activities receiving state funding are conducted in a manner that promotes a diverse learning environment. It may establish reasonable enrollment priorities to encourage such programs and activities to have racially, ethnically and economically diverse student populations.

      (P.A. 00-220, S. 34, 43.)

      History: P.A. 00-220 effective July 1, 2000.

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      Sec. 10-277. Reimbursement for transportation of high school pupils from towns or regional school districts not maintaining high schools. Transportation to nonpublic schools. (a) For the purposes of this section, "high school" means any public high school or public junior high school approved by the State Board of Education.

      (b) Any town or regional school district which does not maintain a high school shall pay the reasonable and necessary cost of transportation of any pupil under twenty-one years of age who resides with such pupil's parents or guardian in such school district and who, with the written consent of the board of education, attends any high school approved by the State Board of Education. The town or regional board of education may, upon request, enter into a written agreement with the parents of any high school pupil permitting such pupil to attend an approved public high school other than that to which transportation is furnished by the school district and each may pay such costs of transportation as may be agreed upon. Such necessary and reasonable cost of transportation shall be paid by the town treasurer or the regional school district treasurer upon order of the superintendent of schools, as authorized by the board of education. The board of education may also, at its discretion, provide additional transportation for any pupil attending such high school to and from the point of embarkation in the town in which the pupil resides. Annually, on or before September first, the superintendent of schools of each school district so transporting pupils to high school shall certify under oath to the State Board of Education the names of the towns to which such pupils were transported together with the total cost to the town of such transportation. Upon application to the State Board of Education, any town or regional school district which so provides transportation for high school pupils enrolled in a school not maintained by such district pursuant to this section shall, annually, be reimbursed by the state for such transportation in accordance with the provisions of sections 10-97 and 10-266m.

      (c) Any town or regional school district which is transporting students to a high school, shall have the authority, at its discretion, to furnish similar transportation to nonpublic high schools or junior high schools located within the same town to which the town or regional school district is transporting students in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, or to nonpublic high schools or junior high schools located in a town adjacent to the transporting town or regional school district, or to a town adjacent to the town in which is located the public high school or junior high school to which the students are transported. If such town or regional school district does provide such transportation, it shall be reimbursed in the same manner and amounts as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

      (d) Any town or regional school district which provides transportation services pursuant to the provisions of this section may suspend such services in accordance with the provisions of section 10-233c.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1571; 1949, S. 969d; 1961, P.A. 63, S. 2; 1963, P.A. 492; 1967, P.A. 190, S. 2; 1969, P.A. 672, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 851, S. 1; P.A. 78-218, S. 191; 78-272, S. 3, 6; P.A. 79-128, S. 29, 36; P.A. 83-119, S. 5, 8; P.A. 84-255, S. 14, 21; P.A. 86-71, S. 8, 11; P.A. 93-353, S. 26, 52.)

      History: 1961 act substituted superintendent of schools for chairman of the board of education as the officer to order payment and certify to the same; 1963 act allowed agreements between parents and board re student's attendance at schools where transportation not furnished and payment of transportation costs involved and required that the board of education authorize the superintendent of schools order for payment; 1967 act changed report deadline from July first to August first and required report to include number of pupils transported rather then "total average daily membership" of pupils transported; 1969 act inserted Subsec. (a), containing definition of "high school", made former provisions Subsec. (b), excepted towns which are part of regional high school districts from provisions, specified that costs be paid for any pupil under 21 years of age, required payment to towns which provide transportation to schools in other towns rather than to towns where high school not maintained having annual tax receipts of $60,000 or less and deleted provisions re 40% payments after six months of school year; 1971 act made changes necessary to apply provisions to town or regional school districts and added Subsec. (c) re transportation to private schools; P.A. 78-218 substituted "such pupil's" for "his" in Subsec. (b); P.A. 78-272 changed maximum payment in Subsec. (b) from one-half of cost but not more than an average of $35 per pupil to one-half the cost or an average of $35 per pupil, whichever is greater; P.A. 79-128 replaced previous provision for reimbursement maximum with provision for reimbursement in accordance with Secs. 10-266m and 10-266n; P.A. 83-119 added Subsec. (d) re suspension of transportation services; P.A. 84-255 amended Subsec. (b) changing filing date for certification of the names and number of students being transported from August to September; P.A. 86-71 deleted the reference in Subsec. (b) to Sec. 10-266n which was repealed and added the reference to Sec. 10-97; P.A. 93-353 amended Subsec. (b) to change the information required to be certified under oath from the names of the high schools and the number of pupils transported to each school to the towns to which the pupils were transported, effective July 1, 1993.

      Cited. 172 C. 615. Cited. 187 C. 187. Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

      Violates Article I, Sec. 20 and Article VIII, Sec. 1 of Connecticut Constitution. 31 CS 377.

      Subsec. (b):

      Cited. 181 C. 544.


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      Secs. 10-278 to 10-280. Reimbursements: Classification for; fixed in amount received for school year ended June 30, 1938. Sections 10-278 to 10-280, inclusive, are repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 1572-1574; 1969, P.A. 672, S. 2.)

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      Sec. 10-280a. Transportation for pupils in nonprofit private schools outside school district. Any local or regional board of education may provide transportation to a student attending an elementary or secondary nonpublic school, not conducted for profit and approved by the State Board of Education, outside the school district wherein such student resides with a parent or guardian, provided such elementary or secondary nonpublic school is located within the state of Connecticut. Any local or regional board of education which provides transportation services pursuant to this section may suspend such services in accordance with the provisions of section 10-233c.

      (P.A. 78-278, S. 1, 3; P.A. 79-128, S. 30, 36; P.A. 83-119, S. 6, 8; P.A. 86-71, S. 9, 11; P.A. 89-355, S. 13, 20.)

      History: P.A. 79-128 changed basis of reimbursement, replacing payment of half of cost not exceeding $35 per pupil, with provision for payment in accordance with Secs. 10-266m and 10-266n and providing for proportionate reimbursement if funds allocated are insufficient to cover all claims for reimbursement; P.A. 83-119 allowed board to suspend transportation services in accordance with Sec. 10-233c; P.A. 86-71 deleted the reference to Sec. 10-266n which was repealed and added the reference to Sec. 10-97; P.A. 89-355 deleted the provisions concerning state reimbursement to boards of education for providing transportation pursuant to the section.

      Cited. 187 C. 187. Cited. 195 C. 24. Cited. 228 C. 699.

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      Sec. 10-281. Transportation for pupils in nonprofit private schools within school district. (a) Any municipality or school district shall provide, for its children enrolled in any grade, from kindergarten to twelve, inclusive, attending nonpublic nonprofit schools therein, the same kind of transportation services provided for its children in such grades attending public schools when a majority of the children attending such a nonpublic school are residents of the state of Connecticut. Such determination shall be based on the ratio of pupils who are residents to all pupils enrolled in each such school on October first or the full school day immediately preceding such date, during the school year next preceding that in which the transportation services are to be provided. For purposes of this section, residency means continuous and permanent physical presence within the state, except that temporary absences for short periods of time shall not affect the establishment of residency. In no case shall a municipality or school district be required to expend for transportation to any nonpublic school, in any one school year, a per pupil transportation expenditure greater than an amount double the local per pupil expenditure for public school transportation during the last completed school year. In the event that such per pupil expenditure for transportation to a nonprofit nonpublic school may exceed double the local per pupil expenditure, the municipality or school district may allocate its share of said transportation on a per pupil, per school basis and may pay, at its option, its share of said transportation directly to the provider of the transportation services on a monthly basis over the period such service is provided or provide such service for a period of time which constitutes less than the entire school year. Any such municipality or school district providing transportation services under this section may suspend such services in accordance with the provisions of section 10-233c. Any such municipality or school district providing transportation under this section shall be reimbursed only for the cost of such transportation as is required by this section upon the same basis and in the same manner as such municipality or school district is reimbursed for transporting children attending its public schools. The parent or guardian of any student who is denied the kind of transportation services required to be provided by this section may seek a remedy in the same manner as is provided for parents of public school children in section 10-186 and section 10-187.

      (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, to June 30, 2011, inclusive, the amount of the grants payable to local or regional boards of education in accordance with this section shall be reduced proportionately if the total of such grants in such year exceeds the amount appropriated for purposes of this section.

      (1957, P.A. 547, S. 1, 2; 1971, P.A. 653, S. 1, 2; 871, S. 80; P.A. 74-257, S. 1, 3; P.A. 75-479, S. 9, 25; P.A. 76-85; P.A. 78-218, S. 192; P.A. 83-119, S. 7, 8; 83-252, S. 1, 2; P.A. 85-249, S. 2, 3; P.A. 93-353, S. 27, 52; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 203; P.A. 04-26, S. 7; P.A. 05-245, S. 15; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 2; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 41.)

      History: 1971 acts made town's provision of transportation to nonprofit private schools mandatory when majority of students come from that town, rather than optional, allowed reimbursement for cost, deleted obsolete reference to decision to be rendered under Subsec. (b) and deleted Subsec. (b) itself; P.A. 74-257 required provision of transportation to nonprofit private schools when majority of students come from Connecticut rather than from the municipality; P.A. 75-479 limited amount required to be spent for private school transportation to double the amount spent per pupil locally; P.A. 76-85 added provision for redress of grievance re denial of transportation; P.A. 78-218 substituted "municipality" for "town, city or borough"; P.A. 83-119 allowed board to suspend transportation services in accordance with Sec. 10-233c; P.A. 83-252 established procedure for determining when a majority of students attending nonpublic schools are from the state and allowed costs in excess of the maximum expenditure required to be allocated on a per pupil, per school basis and payment of such excess costs to be made directly to the provider of transportation services or to be made for less than the entire school year; P.A. 85-249 amended section to specify that transportation services are to be provided for private nonprofit school children in grades kindergarten to twelve and to add definition of residency; P.A. 93-353 changed the method for determining whether the majority of the students attending a school are residents of the state and removed the requirement to base such determination on enrollment on May first as well as October first, effective July 1, 1993; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 designated existing provision as Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re proportional reductions in grants for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-26 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective April 28, 2004; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (b) to extend the proportional reduction of grants through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 amended Subsec. (b) to extend proportional reduction of grants through fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, effective July 1, 2007; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 amended Subsec. (b) to extend proportional reduction of grants through fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, effective October 5, 2009.

      Held constitutional as long as "school fund" not used for transportation purposes. 147 C. 374 (one dissent). "Same kind of transportation services" means that children attending nonpublic schools will ride to and from school under same safe and reliable conditions as students transported to public schools. It does not mean that they shall be transported only on days when public schools are in session. 243 C. 772.

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