OLR Bill Analysis

HB 6384 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS.

SUMMARY:

By law, when the State Department of Education (SDE) informs a local or regional board of education that it disproportionately and inappropriately identifies minority students as needing special education due to a reading deficiency, the board must annually report to SDE on how it is reducing the misidentifications. Then, SDE must study such reduction plans. This bill extends these requirements to situations where SDE informs a board that it is misidentifying students who are English language learners. It also defines “English language learners” as those students reported as English language learners by the local or regional school board for such students to SDE.

*House Amendment “A” (1) changes the monitored class of misidentified special education students from “students whose primary language is not English” to “English language learners,” (2) defines “English language learners,” (3) requires boards of education to submit to SDE plans for reducing special education misidentification of English language learners, and (4) requires SDE to study board of education plans for reducing such misidentifications.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013

BACKGROUND

Board of Education Reduction Plans

By law, SDE must study the plans and strategies submitted by local and regional boards of education to reduce the number of minority students misidentified as eligible for special education. The study determines whether a correlation exists between improvements in teacher training for reading instruction and a reduction in misidentified students.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

34

Nay

0

(03/13/2013)

Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

42

Nay

8

(04/30/2013)