Substitute House Bill No. 6697
          Substitute House Bill No. 6697

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 95-226

AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION GRANTS.


    Section  1. Section  10-262f  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Whenever used in  this  section  and  sections
10-262g to 10-262j, inclusive:
    (1) "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] ITS INCOME ADJUSTMENT FACTOR.
    (2) ["Aid] "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 zero.
    (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  AID TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT
CHILDREN PROGRAM AND ITS GRANT MASTERY PERCENTAGE.
    (6) "PERCENTAGE OF CHILDREN ELIGIBLE UNDER THE
AID TO FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT CHILDREN PROGRAM"
MEANS THE TOWN'S  NUMBER OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AID
TO  FAMILIES  WITH   DEPENDENT   CHILDREN  PROGRAM
DIVIDED BY THE  NUMBER  OF  CHILDREN  AGE  FIVE TO
SEVENTEEN, INCLUSIVE, IN THE TOWN.
    [(3)] (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.
    [(4) "Base aid" of a town means the amount for
the town listed  in  section  10-262g which amount
equals the sum  of (A) the amount of aid allocated
to the town  in  the  year  ending  June 30, 1989,
pursuant to the  provisions  of section 10-262c of
the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to
January  1,  1987,  and  (B)  the  amount  of  aid
allocated for the  benefit of resident students in
the  town for  the  year  ending  June  30,  1989,
pursuant to the  provisions of sections 10-257b to
10-257d, inclusive, and  10-257f, provided that if
the amount of  aid  paid  to  a  town  pursuant to
section 10-257f is less than the amount allocated,
then the base aid for the town shall be reduced by
the amount of the difference.
    (5)  "Education enhancement  aid"  means,  for
towns which in  the fiscal year in which the grant
is to be  paid  pursuant  to section 10-262i, rank
seventeen to one  hundred  sixty-nine,  inclusive,
when  each  town   in   the  state  is  ranked  in
descending  order  from   one   to   one   hundred
sixty-nine according to  such  town's town wealth,
as defined in subdivision (26) of this section, or
for towns in  which  the  average of the number of
children  under  the  aid  to  dependent  children
program for the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1988,
and the mastery  count  for the school year ending
June 30, 1989, was equal to or greater than twenty
per  cent of  such  town's  resident  students  in
regular programs for  the  school year ending June
30, 1989, (A)  base aid plus four and one-half per
cent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, and
(B) for the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, and
the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, the previous
year's education enhancement  aid  or minimum aid,
whichever is applicable, plus four per cent.
    (6)]  (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.
    [(7)]  (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
and (E) for  the  fiscal  [year] YEARS ending June
30, 1996, and  [for  each  fiscal year thereafter,
the regular program  expenditures per need student
of the town  where  the eightieth percentile total
need student is  located  when  all  towns  in the
state are ranked from lowest to highest in regular
program expenditures per  need  student,  for  the
fiscal year three  years  prior to the fiscal year
for which each  town's  entitlement  is calculated
pursuant to section  10-262h]  JUNE 30, 1997, FIVE
THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED ELEVEN 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
AID TO FAMILIES  WITH  DEPENDENT  CHILDREN PROGRAM
EXCEEDS TWENTY-FIVE SHALL  HAVE A SUPPLEMENTAL AID
RATIO OF .04.
    [(8)] (12) "Grant  mastery  percentage"  means
(A) for the  school  year  ending  June  30, 1989,
average mastery percentage  and (B) for the school
[year]  YEARS ending  June  30,  1990,  [and  each
school year thereafter]  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.
    [(9)] (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 in regular  programs  in the town for the
school year.
    [(10)] (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.
    [(11)] (15) "Mastery percentage" of a town for
any examination year means, using the mastery test
data  of record  for  the  examination  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  subsections  (a) and (b)
of section 10-14n  taken  by resident students, by
(B) the total  number of such valid tests taken by
such students.
    [(12)] (16) "Mastery  test data of record" for
any examination year  means  the data of record on
the   April   thirtieth    subsequent    to    the
administration  of the  examinations  pursuant  to
subsections (a) and  (b) of section 10-14n, except
that for the  examination  years  prior to July 1,
1988, the date  of  the  data  of  record shall be
April 30, 1988,  and  provided  beginning with the
administration  of such  examinations  during  the
1988-1989  school  year,   and   for   each   such
administration thereafter, school  districts  may,
not  later than  the  March  first  following  the
administration of an  examination,  file a request
with the state  department  of  education  for  an
adjustment of the  mastery  test  data  from  such
examination.
    [(13) "Minimum aid"  means, for towns which in
the fiscal year  in  which the grant is to be paid
pursuant to section  10-262i, rank one to sixteen,
inclusive, when each  town  in the state is ranked
in  descending  order  from  one  to  one  hundred
sixty-nine according to  such  town's town wealth,
as defined in  subdivision  (26)  of this section,
and in which the average of the number of children
under the aid  to  dependent  children program for
the fiscal year  ending  June  30,  1988,  and the
mastery count for  the school year ending June 30,
1989, was less than twenty per cent of such town's
resident  students in  regular  programs  for  the
school year ending  June  30,  1989,  (A) base aid
plus one-half of  one per cent for the fiscal year
ending June 30,  1990, and (B) for the fiscal year
ending June 30,  1991,  and the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1992,  the previous year's minimum aid or
education    enhancement   aid,    whichever    is
applicable.
    (14)] (17) "Number  of  children under the aid
to FAMILIES WITH dependent children 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 aid  to FAMILIES WITH dependent children
program pursuant to  sections  17b-22,  17b-180 to
17b-183, inclusive, 17b-807 and 17b-808 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.
    [(15)] (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.
    [(16)] (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 twenty-five
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.
    [(17)]  (20)  "Regular  program  expenditures"
means (A) total  current  educational expenditures
less (B) expenditures  for  (i)  special education
programs [eligible for  reimbursement] pursuant to
[section 10-76g] 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  instalments  in
accordance with a  schedule  approved by the state
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,  section  10-262c of
the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to
January  1, 1987,  sections  10-257b  to  10-257d,
inclusive, and section  10-257f  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.
    [(18)] (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.
    [(19)]  (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 reduced by
one-one-hundred-eightieth for each full school day
by which the  board  of education serving the town
failed to maintain  a  school  year of one hundred
eighty  days  in   the   school  year  immediately
preceding such date,  unless  the  State  Board of
Education authorized the  shortening  of  a school
year pursuant to  the provisions of section 10-15,
and       shall       be        increased       by
one-one-hundred-eightieth for each full school day
by which the  board  of education serving the town
maintained a school year beyond one hundred eighty
days in the school year immediately preceding such
date and be  increased  by  the  aggregate days of
membership of all  pupils  of  the  town attending
school at the  expense  of  the  town  during  the
summer  session immediately  preceding  such  date
divided by one  hundred  eighty,  except that if a
board of education  has  implemented scheduling of
school sessions year-round,  the  State  Board  of
Education may adjust the number so that no loss or
gain in state  aid  occurs  because of the type of
scheduling used; "enrolled"  shall  include pupils
who are scheduled  for  vacation on the above date
and  who are  expected  to  return  to  school  as
scheduled.  STUDENTS  ENROLLED   IN   AN  APPROVED
PROGRAM DESCRIBED IN  SECTION  10-266j, AS AMENDED
BY SECTION 25  OF  THIS  ACT,  SHALL BE COUNTED IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE  PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION (3)
OF SUBSECTION (c) OF SAID SECTION.
    [(20)]  (23)  "Resident  students  in  regular
programs" means for each school year the number of
resident students for  the  school  year  less the
number of resident  students  for  the school year
participating in special  education  programs  and
services pursuant to  section 10-76d for fifty per
cent or more of their instructional time.
    [(21)] (24) "Schools"  means  nursery schools,
kindergarten and grades one to twelve, inclusive.
    [(22)] (25) "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, and (B) for the
fiscal years ending June 30, 1991 and 1992, 1.6651
times the town wealth of the town with such median
wealth, and (C) for the fiscal [year] YEARS ending
June 30, 1993, [and for each year thereafter] JUNE
30, 1994, AND JUNE 30, 1995, 1.5361 times the town
wealth of the town with the median wealth, AND (D)
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1996, AND EACH
FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER, 1.55 TIMES THE TOWN WEALTH
OF THE TOWN WITH THE MEDIAN WEALTH.
    [(23) "Target foundation"  means four thousand
eight hundred dollars.
    (24) "Target grant"  means,  for  each  fiscal
year, the sum  of  (A) the product of a town's aid
ratio, the target  foundation and the town's total
need students for  the  prior school year, and (B)
the town's regional bonus.
    (25)] (26) "Total need students" means the sum
of (A) the number of resident students [in regular
programs in] OF  THE TOWN FOR the school year, (B)
one-quarter the number  of  children under the aid
to families with  dependent  children  program for
the prior fiscal  year,  [and]  (C) one-quarter of
the mastery count  for the school year AND (D) 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.
    [(26)] (27) "Town wealth" means the AVERAGE OF
A TOWN'S adjusted  equalized  net grand list [of a
town] divided by  [the wealth student count of the
town] 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) "Wealth student  count"  of a town means
the sum of  (A) the number of resident students in
the town for  the  school year prior to the fiscal
year in which  the grant is to be paid pursuant to
section 10-262i, (B)  one-quarter  the  number  of
children  under  the  aid  to  dependent  children
program in the  town  in the fiscal year two years
prior to the  fiscal year in which the grant is to
be  paid  pursuant   to   said   section  and  (C)
one-quarter of the  mastery  count in the town for
the school year  prior to the fiscal year in which
the grant is to be paid pursuant to said section.
    (28) "Equalized mill  rate" means the tax rate
derived by dividing  the  grand levy of a town for
the fiscal year  commencing  in 1989 by the town's
equalized net grand  list  for the assessment year
commencing in 1988  as determined by the secretary
of the office of policy and management pursuant to
section 10-261a.
    (29) "Grand levy"  means  the mill rate of the
town multiplied by  the  net taxable grand list of
the town and includes the value of special service
districts if such districts contain fifty per cent
or more of  the  value  of  total taxable property
within the town.]
    (28)  "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.
    (29) "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, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  2  OF THIS ACT, AND SUBSECTION
(a) OF SECTION  10-76g, INCLUDING ITS PROPORTIONAL
SHARE, BASED ON  RESIDENT  STUDENT  COUNTS, 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, AS  AMENDED  BY SECTION 2 OF THIS
ACT, MINUS ITS  DENSITY  SUPPLEMENT, AS DETERMINED
PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION  (6)  OF SUBSECTION (a) OF
SECTION 10-262h, AS  AMENDED  BY SECTION 2 OF THIS
ACT.
    (30) "DENSITY" MEANS  THE POPULATION OF A TOWN
DIVIDED BY THE SQUARE MILES OF A TOWN.
    (31) "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.
    (32) "MASTERY GOAL  IMPROVEMENT  COUNT"  MEANS
THE PRODUCT OF  (A)  THE  DIFFERENCE  BETWEEN  THE
PERCENTAGE  OF  STATE-WIDE   MASTERY   EXAMINATION
SCORES, PURSUANT TO  SUBSECTIONS  (a)  AND  (b) 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.
    Sec. 2. Subsection  (a)  of section 10-262h of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (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  [year]  YEARS ending June
30, 1994, and  [each  fiscal year thereafter] 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 YEARS ENDING JUNE 30, 1996,
AND JUNE 30,  1997,  A GRANT IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO
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 (26) OF
SECTION 10-262f, AS  AMENDED  BY SECTION 1 OF THIS
ACT, 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 SECTION 10-262f,
AS AMENDED, RELATIVE  TO LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR AND
SUMMER SCHOOL SESSIONS AND (C) THE TOWN'S REGIONAL
BONUS, EXCEPT THAT  THE AMOUNT SO DETERMINED SHALL
BE ADJUSTED IN  ACCORDANCE WITH THE FOLLOWING: FOR
THE FISCAL YEARS  ENDING  JUNE  30, 1996, AND JUNE
30, 1997, FOR  EACH  TOWN,  THE MAXIMUM PERCENTAGE
INCREASE OVER ITS  PREVIOUS  YEAR'S  BASE  REVENUE
SHALL BE THE PRODUCT OF TWO 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 TWO
PER CENT. 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. FOR THE  FISCAL  YEAR  ENDING JUNE 30, 1997,
FOR EACH TOWN,  THE  MAXIMUM  PERCENTAGE REDUCTION
FROM ITS PREVIOUS  YEAR'S  BASE  REVENUE  SHALL BE
EQUAL TO THE  PRODUCT  OF  NINE  PER  CENT AND THE
RATIO OF EACH  TOWN'S  WEALTH TO THE WEALTH OF THE
TOWN RANKED SEVENTEENTH WHEN ALL TOWN'S ARE RANKED
IN  DESCENDING ORDER,  PROVIDED  NO  TOWN'S  GRANT
SHALL BE REDUCED  BY  MORE  THAN NINE PER CENT. 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 NEEDS STUDENTS FOR THE PRIOR FISCAL YEAR;
    (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.
    Sec. 3. Subsection  (b)  of section 10-262j of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (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, [and] (5)  for  the  fiscal  [year] YEARS
ending  June  30,  1994,  and  [each  fiscal  year
thereafter] 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, AND (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.
    Sec. 4. Subsection  (d)  of section 10-262j of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (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,
[and for each fiscal year thereafter,] 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.
    Sec. 5. Section 10-76g of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    [(a)   Any   school    district,    except   a
state-operated  school  district,  which  provides
special education in  accordance  with regulations
adopted pursuant to  sections  10-76a  to  10-76g,
inclusive, for any  exceptional child described in
subdivision  (1)  of  subsection  (e)  of  section
10-76a, shall, for each fiscal year, be reimbursed
for  a percentage  of  its  net  cost  of  special
education  for  the   preceding  fiscal  year,  as
defined in subsection (h) of section 10-76f, equal
to the percentage  such  school  district would be
eligible to receive  pursuant to subsection (c) of
this section. Applications for such reimbursements
shall be made  not  later  than October first, and
all such reimbursements  shall  be  paid not later
than December fifteenth,  provided,  if  a  school
district submits after  November first the audited
data,  pursuant  to  section  10-227,  upon  which
reimbursements are based  or if the data submitted
would result in increased reimbursements in excess
of   one  hundred   twenty   per   cent   of   the
reimbursements for the prior fiscal year, then not
less than eighty-five  per  cent  of the estimated
reimbursements  based  upon   the   prior   year's
reported expenditures shall be paid not later than
December fifteenth and  the adjusted balance shall
be paid not later than March first.
    (b)] (a) (1)  For  the fiscal year ending June
30, 1984, and  each fiscal year thereafter, in any
case in which  special education is being provided
at a private  residential  institution,  including
the residential components of regional educational
service centers, to  a  child for whom no local or
regional  board  of   education   can   be   found
responsible  under  subsection   (b)   of  section
10-76d, the department  of  children  and families
shall pay the  costs  of special education to such
institution  pursuant  to   its   authority  under
sections 17a-1 to  17a-26,  inclusive,  17a-28  to
17a-50, inclusive, and  17a-52. (2) For the fiscal
year ending June  30,  1993,  and each fiscal year
thereafter,  any  local   or   regional  board  of
education  which provides  special  education  and
related services for  any  child  [(1)] (A) who is
placed by a  state agency in a private residential
facility  or  who  is  placed  in  a  facility  or
institution operated by the department of children
and  families  and   who   receives  such  special
education at a  program  operated  by  a  regional
education service center  or program operated by a
local or regional board of education and [(2)] (B)
for whom no  local  or regional board of education
can be found  responsible  under subsection (b) of
section 10-76d, shall  be  eligible to receive one
hundred  per  cent  of  the  reasonable  costs  of
special education for such child as defined in the
regulations of the  State  Board of Education. Any
such board eligible  for  payment  shall file with
the state department  of education, in such manner
as prescribed by  the  commissioner  of education:
[(A)] (i) Annually, on or before October first, an
estimate  of  the   cost   of   providing  special
education for such  child and [(B)] (ii) annually,
on or before  April  first  of such fiscal year, a
revised estimate of  such  costs.  Payment  by the
state for such costs shall be made to the local or
regional board of  education  as follows: One-half
of the estimated cost in December and the adjusted
balance in June.
    [(c)  A  school   district  providing  special
education in accordance  with  regulations adopted
pursuant to sections  10-76a to 10-76g, inclusive,
for any exceptional child described in subdivision
(1) of subsection  (e) of section 10-76a, shall be
eligible annually for reimbursement as follows:
    (1) The percentage  of the net cost of special
education aid a  local  board  of  education shall
receive, under the  provisions  of  this  section,
shall be determined  as  follows:  (A)  Each  town
shall be ranked  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, a  percentage of not less than zero
nor more than seventy shall be determined for each
town on a  continuous  scale,  except that no town
shall receive less than two per cent.
    (2) The percentage  of the net cost of special
education  a regional  board  of  education  shall
receive under the provisions of this section 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 subsection,
(B) adding together  the  figures  for  each  town
determined under (A),  and  (C) dividing the total
computed under (B)  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.
    (3) The percentage  of the net cost of special
education a regional  educational  service  center
shall receive under the provisions of this section
and section 10-66i  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  member  town  in  the
regional educational service center by such town's
ranking, as determined  in subdivision (1) of this
subsection, (B) adding  together  the  figures for
each town determined  under  (A), and (C) dividing
the  total  computed   under   (B)  by  the  total
population of all  member  towns  in  the regional
educational service center.  The  ranking  of each
regional  educational  service   center  shall  be
rounded to the  next  higher whole number and each
such center shall  receive  the same reimbursement
percentage as would a town with the same rank.
    (d)]  (b)  Any  local  or  regional  board  of
education   which   provides   special   education
pursuant to the  provisions  of sections 10-76a to
10-76g,  inclusive,  for   any  exceptional  child
described in subdivision  (1) of subsection (e) of
section 10-76a, under  its jurisdiction, excluding
(1) children placed  by  a state agency for whom a
board of education  receives  payment  pursuant to
the provisions of  subdivision  (2)  of subsection
(e) of section 10-76d and (2) children who require
special education, who  reside  on  state-owned or
leased property or in permanent family residences,
as defined in section 17a-154, and who are not the
educational responsibility of  the  unified school
districts established pursuant to sections 17a-37,
17a-240   and   18-99a,   shall   be   financially
responsible for the  reasonable  costs  of special
education   instruction,   as   defined   in   the
regulations of the State Board of Education, in an
amount equal to  five  times the average per pupil
educational costs of  such  board of education for
the prior fiscal  year,  determined  in accordance
with the provisions  of  subsection (a) of section
10-76f. The State  Board of Education shall pay on
a current basis  any  costs in excess of the local
or regional boards'  basic  contribution  paid  by
such board in  accordance  with  the provisions of
this subsection. Any  amounts  paid  by  the State
Board of Education  on a current basis pursuant to
this subsection shall  not  be reimbursable in the
subsequent year. Application  for such grant shall
be  made  by   filing   with   the  department  of
education, in such  manner  as  prescribed  by the
commissioner, (A) annually  on  or  before October
first an estimate of the cost of providing special
education  pursuant to  this  subsection  and  (B)
annually on or  before  April first of such fiscal
year, a revised estimate of such costs. Payment by
the state for  such  excess costs shall be made to
the  local  or  regional  board  of  education  as
follows:  One-half  of   the   estimated  cost  in
December and the  adjusted  balance  in  June. The
amount due each town pursuant to the provisions of
this subsection shall  be paid to the treasurer of
each  town entitled  to  such  aid,  provided  the
treasurer shall treat  such grant, or a portion of
the  grant, which  relates  to  special  education
expenditures incurred in  excess  of  such  town's
board  of  education  budgeted  estimate  of  such
expenditures, as a  reduction  in  expenditures by
crediting such expenditure  account,  rather  than
town revenue.
    (c) COMMENCING WITH  THE  FISCAL  YEAR  ENDING
JUNE  30,  1996,   AND   FOR   EACH   FISCAL  YEAR
THEREAFTER, WITHIN AVAILABLE  APPROPRIATIONS, EACH
TOWN WHOSE RATIO  OF  (1)  NET  COSTS  OF  SPECIAL
EDUCATION, AS DEFINED IN SUBSECTION (h) OF SECTION
10-76f, FOR THE  FISCAL  YEAR PRIOR TO THE YEAR IN
WHICH THE GRANT  IS  TO BE PAID TO (2) THE PRODUCT
OF ITS TOTAL  NEED STUDENTS, AS DEFINED IN SECTION
10-262f, AS AMENDED  BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, AND
THE  AVERAGE  REGULAR   PROGRAM  EXPENDITURES,  AS
DEFINED IN SECTION  10-262f,  AS AMENDED, PER NEED
STUDENT FOR ALL  TOWNS  FOR  SUCH YEAR EXCEEDS THE
STATE-WIDE AVERAGE FOR  ALL  SUCH  RATIOS SHALL BE
ELIGIBLE  TO  RECEIVE   A   SUPPLEMENTAL   SPECIAL
EDUCATION GRANT. SUCH  GRANT SHALL BE EQUAL TO THE
PRODUCT OF A  TOWN'S ELIGIBLE EXCESS COSTS AND THE
TOWN'S  BASE AID  RATIO,  AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION
10-262f, AS AMENDED,  PROVIDED  EACH  TOWN'S GRANT
SHALL BE ADJUSTED  PROPORTIONATELY IF NECESSARY TO
STAY WITHIN THE APPROPRIATION. PAYMENT PURSUANT TO
THIS  SUBSECTION  SHALL   BE  MADE  IN  JUNE.  FOR
PURPOSES OF THIS  SUBSECTION,  A  TOWN'S  ELIGIBLE
EXCESS COSTS ARE  THE  DIFFERENCE  BETWEEN ITS NET
COSTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND THE AMOUNT THE TOWN
WOULD HAVE EXPENDED  IF IT SPENT AT THE STATE-WIDE
AVERAGE RATE.
    Sec. 6. (NEW)  (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
subsections (a) and  (b)  of section 10-14n of the
general statutes. 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
(32) of section  10-262f  of the general statutes,
as amended by  section  1 of this act. 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.
    Sec. 7. Subsection  (f)  of section 10-262j of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (f)  (1)  Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
subsections (a), (b)  and  (c)  of  this  section:
[(1)] (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 [(A)] (i)  the  product of [(i)] (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)] (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  [(B)]  (ii)  an
amount equal to  the  sum of [(i)] (I) the regular
program  expenditures  for   the  regional  school
district for the prior fiscal year and [(ii)] (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  [(2)]  (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,
AS AMENDED BY  SECTION  4  OF  THIS  ACT,  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.
    Sec. 8. Subsection  (d)  of  section 10-66j of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d) For the fiscal year ending June 30, [1992]
1996, and for  each  fiscal  year thereafter, each
regional   educational   service   center   [which
received state grants  pursuant to section 10-257b
and 10-257c] shall  be  entitled to a grant in the
following amount:
             CREC           263,762
             RESCUE             [0] 90,000
             CES            209,393
             ACES           219,292
             LEARN           81,623
             EASTCONN       299,161
    Sec. 9. Subsection (c) of section 4b-53 of the
general statutes is  repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) There is  established  within  the general
fund a state  building works of art account, which
shall  be  a  separate,  nonlapsing  account.  The
moneys within said  account  shall be used (1) for
the purchase of  works  of  art from distinguished
Connecticut  artists, which  shall  be  placed  on
public  view in  state  buildings,  [and]  (2)  to
establish a bank of major works of art, from which
individual works of  art  may  be circulated among
state buildings, PUBLIC  ART MUSEUMS AND NONPROFIT
GALLERIES,  AND  (3)   FOR  REPAIR  OF  ALL  WORKS
ACQUIRED UNDER THIS  STATUTE. The State Commission
on the Arts, in consultation with the commissioner
of  public  works,   shall  adopt  regulations  in
accordance  with the  provisions  of  chapter  54,
which shall (A)  indicate  the  portion of the one
per cent allocation  under  subsection (b) of this
section, up to  one  quarter  of  such allocation,
which shall be  deposited  in the general fund and
credited to said account, (B) set forth the manner
in which the  moneys  in  said  account  shall  be
allocated and expended  for  the  purposes of this
subsection and (C)  establish procedures to ensure
accountability  in maintaining  the  integrity  of
such bank of works of art.
    Sec.  10.  Section   10-369   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) There shall  be  a State Commission on the
Arts. Commencing on  July  1, 1987, the commission
shall consist of  the president of the Connecticut
Advocates for the Arts, any member of the National
Council on the Arts who resides in Connecticut and
twenty-one members appointed  as  follows:  On  or
before July 1,  1985,  the  governor shall appoint
five members of  the commission, two of whom shall
be working artists  in  the  performing  or visual
arts and one  of  whom  shall be a person having a
background   of  significant   accomplishment   in
business, to serve  for  terms of four years. Upon
the expiration of  such  terms, the governor shall
appoint five members  to  serve  for terms of four
years. On or  before  July  1,  1993, the governor
shall appoint three  members to serve for terms of
two years and  shall  appoint two members to serve
for terms of  four years, except that the terms of
the three members  whose  terms expire on June 30,
1995, shall expire  on  December 31, 1994, or when
such   member's   successor   is   appointed   and
qualified, whichever is  later,  and  the terms of
the two members  whose  terms  expire  on June 30,
1997, shall expire  on  December 31, 1996, or when
such   member's   successor   is   appointed   and
qualified, whichever is later. Upon the expiration
of such terms,  and thereafter, the governor shall
appoint members to  serve  for terms of four years
and shall designate  one  of  such  members as the
chairperson of the  commission.  On or before July
1, 1987, the  president  pro tempore of the senate
shall appoint five members and the minority leader
of the senate shall appoint three members to serve
for terms of  two  years  and  the  speaker of the
house  of  representatives   shall   appoint  five
members and the  minority  leader  of the house of
representatives  shall appoint  three  members  to
serve for terms  of  two  years. Such appointments
shall be made  from among private citizens who are
widely known for  their  knowledge,  competence or
experience in connection  with  the  performing or
visual arts. Upon the expiration of such terms and
thereafter, members shall  be  appointed  to serve
for terms of  two years. Vacancies shall be filled
by  the appointing  authority  for  the  unexpired
portion of the  term.  Members  of said commission
shall receive no  compensation  for their services
as  such  but   shall   be  reimbursed  for  their
necessary expenses incurred  in the performance of
their duties. The  commission  shall meet at least
once during each  calendar  quarter  and  at  such
other times as  the chairperson deems necessary or
upon the request  of  a  majority  of  members  in
office.  A  majority   of   the   members  of  the
commission,  but  not   less   than  seven,  shall
constitute  a quorum.  Any  member  who  fails  to
attend three consecutive  meetings or who fails to
attend fifty per  cent of all meetings held during
any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned
from  office. Except  for  the  president  of  the
Connecticut Advocates for the Arts and the members
who are on  the  National  Council on the Arts, no
member shall serve  more than two full consecutive
terms which commence  on or after July 1, 1985, or
for more than  eight  consecutive years after said
date, whichever is the longer period.
    (b) The State  Commission on the Arts shall be
within the [department of education] STATE LIBRARY
for  administrative  purposes.  [only]  THE  STATE
LIBRARY BOARD SHALL  PROVIDE  SUCH  ADMINISTRATIVE
SUPPORT AS REQUIRED  BY  THE COMMISSION, INCLUDING
FINANCIAL   MANAGEMENT,   PERSONNEL    AND    DATA
PROCESSING SERVICES.
    Sec. 11. Subsection  (a)  of section 10-91b of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Not later  than  September  30,  1993, the
lead   agency,   in    coordination    with    the
participating agencies and  in  consultation  with
the  council,  shall   establish  and  maintain  a
state-wide system of  early  intervention services
pursuant  to  Part   H  of  the  Individuals  with
Disabilities Education Act,  20  USC 1471 et seq.,
for eligible children  and  the  families  of such
children, in accordance  with  sections  10-91a to
10-91d, inclusive, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT. ANY
INDIVIDUALIZED  FAMILY  SERVICE   PLAN   WHICH  IS
ESTIMATED  TO  REQUIRE  COSTS  IN  EXCESS  OF  TEN
THOUSAND DOLLARS DURING ANY TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD OF
EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES  PROVIDED  PURSUANT TO
SECTIONS 10-91a TO  10-91e,  INCLUSIVE, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT,  EXCLUSIVE OF EVALUATION, ASSESSMENTS
AND SERVICE COORDINATION,  SHALL  BE REVIEWED BY A
SUPERVISORY  AUTHORITY  DESIGNATED   BY  THE  LEAD
AGENCY AND MAY  BE REVISED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH
REVIEW FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE AND APPROPRIATENESS.
    Sec. 12. Subsection  (b)  of section 10-91d of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) The commissioner  of social services [may]
SHALL access OR PROVIDE FOR THE ACCESS OF Medicaid
reimbursement for services  provided  pursuant  to
sections 10-91a to  10-91d,  inclusive, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT.
    Sec.  13.  Section   10-91e   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The commissioner  of  education  shall, in
conjunction    with    the     commissioner     of
administrative services, establish  a  schedule of
parental contributions based  on  a  sliding scale
for early intervention  services provided pursuant
to  sections  10-91a   to  10-91d,  inclusive,  AS
AMENDED BY THIS  ACT, in accordance with Part H of
the Individuals with  Disabilities  Education Act,
20 USC 1471  et  seq.  The  schedule  of  parental
contributions  shall consider  the  cost  of  such
services relative to  the  financial  resources of
the  parents  or   legal   guardians  of  eligible
children.
    (b) The maximum  rate  to  be  charged for the
services rendered under sections 10-91a to 10-91d,
inclusive, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT,  and similar
services to each  eligible  child  for the ensuing
year shall be the full cost of all allowable costs
under  [part]  PART  H  of  the  Individuals  with
Disabilities Education Act  as  determined  by the
department of education,  in consultation with the
department of social services. The commissioner of
education shall have  the  right  of  recovery  or
indemnification  which  a   recipient   of   early
intervention services has  against  an insurer for
the cost of  services  if  assigned  such right by
parents or legal  guardians  of eligible children.
The department of  education  may assign its right
to collect parental  contributions  and recoveries
from third party  payers to a designee in order to
assist in obtaining payment for such services.
    (c) The State  Board  of Education shall adopt
regulations, pursuant to  section  10-91b  for the
recovery against insurers for the cost of services
and to establish  procedures for the determination
of the liability  of  a  parent or legal guardian.
The commissioner of education shall implement said
regulations   CONCERNING  (1)   RECOVERY   AGAINST
INSURERS  commencing  July   1,   1995,   AND  (2)
PROCEDURES FOR THE  DETERMINATION OF THE LIABILITY
OF A PARENT  OR  LEGAL GUARDIAN COMMENCING JULY 1,
1996, SUBJECT TO  THE PROVISIONS OF SUBSECTION (c)
OF SECTION 10-91b.
    [(d) The secretary of the office of policy and
management shall evaluate,  in  consultation  with
the department of  education,  the  feasibility of
holding   birth  to   three   early   intervention
recipients harmless for  the  impact of pursuit of
payment for early  intervention  services  against
lifetime health insurance  limits.  The  secretary
shall report, in accordance with the provisions of
section    11-4a,    on     his    findings    and
recommendations, including identification  of  the
appropriate state agency  to  pay  such claims, if
any,  to  the  joint  standing  committee  of  the
general  assembly  having  cognizance  of  matters
relating to education by December 1, 1994.]
    Sec. 14. Section 10-65 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) [A] EACH local or regional school district
operating a vocational agriculture center approved
by  the State  Board  of  Education  for  program,
educational need, location  and  area to be served
shall be eligible for the following grants: (1) In
accordance with the provisions of chapter 173, the
net   eligible  costs,   in   a   lump   sum,   of
constructing, acquiring, renovating  and equipping
approved facilities to  be  used  exclusively  for
such  vocational  agriculture   center,   for  the
expansion or improvement of existing facilities or
for the replacement  or  improvement  of equipment
therein, and (2)  [each  local  or regional school
district which operates  a  vocational agriculture
center  shall  be   eligible,]   subject   to  the
provisions of section 10-65b, [to receive a grant]
in an amount  equal  to  seven hundred dollars per
student for every secondary school student who was
enrolled in such  center  on  October first of the
previous year.
    (b)  The  board   of   education  operating  a
vocational agriculture center  may charge, subject
to the provisions  of  section 10-65b, tuition for
[any] A school  year  [commencing  before  July 1,
1994, which shall not exceed the average per pupil
expenditure of the  previous year for all students
enrolled  in  the  vocational  agriculture  center
minus seven hundred  dollars  and  for  any school
year commencing after  July 1, 1994,] in an amount
not to exceed  one  hundred  [twenty-one]  TWO per
cent  of  the   foundation   level   pursuant   to
subdivision (7) of  section  10-262f,  per student
for the fiscal  year in which the tuition is paid,
except that such  board may charge tuition for (1)
students enrolled under  shared-time  arrangements
on a pro  rata  basis  and  (2)  special education
students which shall  not  exceed the actual costs
of educating such  students  minus  [seven hundred
dollars]   THE  AMOUNTS   RECEIVED   PURSUANT   TO
SUBDIVISION (2) OF  SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION
AND SUBSECTION (c)  OF  THIS  SECTION. Any tuition
paid by such  board for special education students
in    excess   of    the    tuition    paid    for
non-special-education students shall be reimbursed
pursuant to section 10-76g.
    (c) IN ADDITION  TO  THE  GRANTS  DESCRIBED IN
SUBSECTION (a) OF  THIS  SECTION, WITHIN AVAILABLE
APPROPRIATIONS, (1) EACH  LOCAL  OR REGIONAL BOARD
OF EDUCATION OPERATING  A  VOCATIONAL  AGRICULTURE
CENTER IN WHICH MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY OF
THE  STUDENTS  IN   THE  PRIOR  SCHOOL  YEAR  WERE
OUT-OF-DISTRICT  STUDENTS  SHALL  BE  ELIGIBLE  TO
RECEIVE,  A GRANT  IN  AN  AMOUNT  EQUAL  TO  FIVE
HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR EVERY SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT
ENROLLED IN SUCH  CENTER  ON  OCTOBER FIRST OF THE
PREVIOUS YEAR AND  (2)  EACH  LOCAL  AND  REGIONAL
BOARD   OF  EDUCATION   OPERATING   A   VOCATIONAL
AGRICULTURE CENTER WHICH  DOES NOT RECEIVE A GRANT
PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION  (1)  OF  THIS  SUBSECTION
SHALL RECEIVE A  GRANT IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO SIXTY
DOLLARS  FOR  EVERY   SECONDARY   SCHOOL   STUDENT
ENROLLED IN SUCH CENTER ON SAID DATE.
    Sec.  15.  Section   10-155i  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   For   purposes    of    this    section,
"paraprofessional" means an employee of a local or
regional board of education who does not possess a
certificate issued by the State Board of Education
and who serves  as  an instructional assistant for
such local or regional school board of education.
    (b)   The  department   of   education   shall
establish  a  pilot   program,   within  available
appropriations,   to   assist    paraprofessionals
employed  by  boards   of   education   to  become
certified teachers. Such  assistance  may include,
but  shall not  be  limited  to,  payment  of  the
tuition directly related to the training necessary
to become a  certified  teacher and payment of the
salary  of  each   participating  paraprofessional
while such paraprofessional  is enrolled full-time
in a teacher  training  program  for  half  of any
school year or  the  equivalent,  or  for one full
school year, or both.
    (c) In implementing  such  pilot  program: (1)
The department of  education shall select not more
than ten school  districts  to participate in such
program; (2) the commissioner of education and the
commissioner of higher  education  shall  identify
institutions of higher  education  to  provide the
necessary teacher training  program,  and (3) each
participating   school  district   shall   select,
SUBJECT TO THE  PROVISIONS  OF  SUBSECTION  (d) OF
THIS SECTION, paraprofessionals  to participate in
such  program. The  department  of  education,  in
cooperation   with  the   department   of   higher
education, shall establish guidelines to implement
the provisions of this subsection.
    (d) ON AND  AFTER  JULY 1, 1995, PARTICIPATION
IN  THE  PROGRAM   ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT  TO  THIS
SECTION SHALL BE  LIMITED TO PARAPROFESSIONALS WHO
WERE PARTICIPATING IN  THE  PROGRAM  PRIOR TO SAID
DATE. THE PROGRAM SHALL TERMINATE ON JULY 1, 2001.
    Sec. 16. Eighty-five  thousand  dollars of the
amount appropriated to the department of education
for  family  resource  centers  in  section  1  of
substitute house bill  6696 of the current session
shall be used  for  programs  to  postpone teenage
sexual involvement.
    Sec. 17. (NEW) (a) The department of education
shall,   within  the   amount   appropriated   for
interdistrict  cooperative  grants   pursuant   to
section 10-74d, as  amended  by section 18 of this
act,  use  up   to   fifty   per   cent   of  such
appropriation  to establish  a  competitive  grant
program to assist  local  and  regional  boards of
education and regional educational service centers
with the operation  of interdistrict magnet school
programs. For the  purposes  of  this  section "an
interdistrict  magnet  school   program"  means  a
program which (1) supports diversity, (2) offers a
special  and  high  quality  curriculum,  and  (3)
requires students who  are  enrolled  to attend at
least half-time. An  interdistrict  magnet  school
program does not  include  a  regional  vocational
agriculture        school,       a        regional
vocational-technical school, or a regional special
education center.
    (b)  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.   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, whether:
(1) The program offered by the school is likely to
increase  student  performance   as   measured  by
state-wide mastery examination  results;  (2)  the
program is likely to enhance student diversity and
awareness  of  diversity;  and  (3)  participating
school  districts  are   located   within  regions
described  in  section   10-264k  of  the  general
statutes   which  approved   regional   plans   in
accordance with section  10-264c  of  the  general
statutes.
    (c)  The  maximum  amount  each  interdistrict
magnet school program shall be eligible to receive
per  enrolled  student   shall  be  determined  as
follows: (1) For each participating district whose
magnet school program  enrolment  is  equal  to or
less than thirty  per  cent  of  the magnet school
program total enrolment,  ninety  per  cent of the
foundation  as  defined   in  subdivision  (7)  of
section 10-262f of  the  general statutes; (2) for
each participating district  whose  magnet  school
program enrolment is  greater than thirty per cent
but less than  or  equal  to sixty per cent of the
magnet   school   program   total   enrolment,   a
percentage between sixty  and  ninety  per cent of
said foundation that  is inversely proportional to
the percentage of  magnet  school program students
from such district; and (3) for each participating
district whose magnet  school program enrolment is
greater than sixty per cent but less than or equal
to ninety per  cent  of  the magnet school program
total enrolment, a  percentage  between  zero  and
sixty  per  cent   of   said  foundation  that  is
inversely proportional to the percentage of magnet
school program students  from  such  district. The
amounts  so determined  shall  be  proportionately
adjusted, if necessary,  within  the  limit of the
available appropriation, and  in no case shall any
grant  pursuant  to   this   section   exceed  the
reasonable operating budget  of  the magnet school
program, less revenues  from  other  sources.  Any
magnet   school  program   operating   less   than
full-time but at least half-time shall be eligible
to receive a  grant equal to fifty per cent of the
grant   amount   determined   pursuant   to   this
subsection.
    (d) Grants made pursuant to 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  enrolment  as  of  the  preceding
October first, if the actual level of enrolment is
lower than the  projected  enrolment stated in the
approved grant application.
    Sec.  18.  Section   10-74d   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The state  department  of education shall,
within available appropriations AND AFTER PAYMENTS
MADE PURSUANT TO  SECTION  17 OF THIS ACT, SECTION
10-264i, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 23 OF THIS ACT, AND
SECTION 10-266j, AS  AMENDED BY SECTION 25 OF THIS
ACT, maintain a  COMPETITIVE grant program for the
purpose of assisting  local and regional boards of
education AND REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTERS
with   the   establishment    and   operation   of
interdistrict    cooperative   [facilities    and]
programs,   [including]  EXCLUDING   INTERDISTRICT
magnet [schools and] SCHOOL programs [not eligible
for  grants  pursuant   to   sections  10-264f  to
10-264i, inclusive] FOR  WHICH A LOCAL OR REGIONAL
BOARD  OF  EDUCATION  OR  A  REGIONAL  EDUCATIONAL
SERVICE CENTER RECEIVES  FUNDS PURSUANT TO SECTION
17 OF THIS  ACT  OR SECTION 10-264h, AS AMENDED BY
SECTION 22 OF THIS ACT.
    [(b) Programs implemented  pursuant to section
10-266j shall receive  grants  under this section.
Any funds remaining  from  the amount appropriated
for  purposes  of   this   section  after  grants,
pursuant to said  section  10-266j,  shall be used
for competitive grants pursuant to subsections (c)
and (d) of this section.
    (c)] (b) To be eligible for a grant under this
section,  each  application   shall  be  submitted
pursuant to a cooperative arrangement on behalf of
two or more  local or regional boards of education
or be submitted  by a regional educational service
center  solely  or   pursuant   to  a  cooperative
arrangement with one  or  more  local  or regional
boards  of  education.   Applications   shall   be
submitted   annually  to   the   commissioner   of
education [on such forms and] at such times AND IN
SUCH MANNER as  the  commissioner  prescribes.  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,  the
following factors: (1) The specific objectives and
description  of the  proposed  program;  (2)  [the
degree  to  which   the   proposal  enhances  cost
efficiency] THE COST;  (3)  the  number  of school
districts AND STUDENTS  benefited;  [and]  (4) the
relative  wealth  of   the   PARTICIPATING  school
districts; (5) WHETHER  THE  PROPOSED  PROGRAM  IS
LIKELY  TO (A)  INCREASE  STUDENT  PERFORMANCE  AS
MEASURED BY STATE-WIDE MASTERY EXAMINATION RESULTS
AND (B) ENHANCE STUDENT DIVERSITY AND AWARENESS OF
DIVERSITY; AND (6)  WHETHER  PARTICIPATING  SCHOOL
DISTRICTS ARE LOCATED  WITHIN REGIONS DESCRIBED IN
SECTION 10-264k WHICH  APPROVED  REGIONAL PLANS IN
ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 10-264c.
    [(d) Within the  availability  of  funds,  the
commissioner shall approve  grant  awards to local
and regional boards  of  education and to regional
educational service centers  based upon the nature
of the approved  program  and the number of school
districts  and  students  to  be  served.  If  the
commissioner finds that  any  such  grant is being
used for purposes  other  than  those which are in
conformity with the  purposes of this section, the
commissioner may require  repayment  of such grant
to the state.]
    Sec.  19.  Section   10-264a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    As  used  in  sections  10-264a  to  [10-264k]
10-264e,  inclusive,  AND   10-264h   TO  10-264k,
INCLUSIVE, AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT:
    (1) "Commissioner" means  THE  commissioner of
education.
    (2) "Region" means  each  area  of  the  state
listed by town pursuant to section 10-264k.
    (3) "Education and community improvement plan"
or  "plan"  means   (A)  a  voluntary  cooperative
interdistrict or regional  plan to (i) improve the
quality of school performance and student outcomes
through initiatives which may include, but are not
limited   to,   magnet   schools   and   programs,
interdistrict  schools  and   programs,   regional
vocational-technical       schools,       regional
vocational-agricultural   programs,  interdistrict
student   attendance  including   school   choice,
charter  schools, early  childhood  education  and
parent education, summer  school, extra-curricular
activities,  student  community   service,  paired
schools, teacher and  administrator  exchange  and
interactive   telecommunications;   (ii)    reduce
barriers to opportunity including, but not limited
to, poverty, unemployment  and the lack of housing
and   transportation;   (iii)    enhance   student
diversity  and  awareness  of  diversity  or  (iv)
address the programmatic  needs of limited English
proficient students with  quality  limited English
proficient  and  bilingual   programs   or  (B)  a
voluntary  local  plan  for  purposes  of  section
10-264f. [(C)] Each  such plan shall provide equal
opportunity  for  all   students,  including  such
additional services as  may be necessary to ensure
meaningful  participation  in   a  program.  [(D)]
Notwithstanding  any  provision   of  the  general
statutes  to the  contrary,  the  commissioner  of
education  may grant  waivers  of  specific  state
statutory or regulatory  mandates upon application
of  one  or  more  local  or  regional  boards  of
education,  provided  [(i)]   requests   for  such
waivers are included  in  a  plan  and [(ii)] such
waivers  are  consistent   with   the  educational
interests of the state.
    (4) "Regional forum"  means  a group comprised
of [the] (A)  THE  chief  elected official of each
municipality in a region, or his designee who is a
member  of the  local  legislative  body  of  such
municipality, (B) THE  chairman  of  the  board of
education for each  school district in the region,
or his designee  who  is a member of such board of
education, (C) two  teachers  from each region who
are active classroom teachers and residents of the
region, designated as  follows: (i) By the head of
the two largest  bargaining  units  in  the region
affiliated   with   the    Connecticut   Education
Association   for   the   regions   described   in
subdivisions  (3),  (5),  (6),  (7)  and  (11)  of
section 10-264k, and  (ii)  one by the head of the
largest  bargaining  unit   affiliated   with  the
Connecticut Education Association  and  one by the
head of such  unit affiliated with the Connecticut
State Federation of  Teachers  for  the  remaining
regions described in  said  section  and  (D) four
parents  of  public   school  students  from  each
region, one designated  by  each  of the boards of
education of the  four  cities  within  the region
that have the  largest population according to the
most recent federal  decennial census, who reflect
the diversity of  the  largest  racial  or  ethnic
subgroup of students in the public schools of each
such city.
    (5) "Institute" means the institute for public
service at The University of Connecticut.
    Sec. 20. Subsection  (a) of section 10a-22u of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) There shall  be  an account to be known as
the private occupational school student protection
account  within the  general  fund.  Each  private
occupational school authorized  in accordance with
the provisions of  sections  10a-22a  to  10a-22k,
inclusive, shall pay  to  the  state  treasurer an
amount equal to  one-half  of  one per cent of the
tuition  received  by  such  school  per  calendar
quarter exclusive of any refunds paid, except that
correspondence and home  study  schools authorized
in  accordance with  the  provisions  of  sections
10a-22a to 10a-22k, inclusive, shall contribute to
said  account  only   for   Connecticut  residents
enrolled in such  schools.  Payments shall be made
by  January  thirtieth,   April   thirtieth,  July
thirtieth and October  thirtieth  in each year for
tuition  received during  the  three  months  next
preceding the month of payment. Said account shall
be used for  the  purposes of section 10a-22v. Any
interest, income and  dividends  derived  from the
investment of the account shall be credited to the
account. All direct  expenses  for the maintenance
of the account  may be charged to the account upon
the   order  of   the   state   comptroller.   The
commissioner of higher  education  may  assess the
account (1) for  all  direct  expenses incurred in
the implementation of the purposes of this section
which are in  excess of the normal expenditures of
the department of HIGHER education for accounting,
auditing and clerical  services  and  (2)  for the
fiscal years ending June 30, [1994] 1996, and June
30, [1995] 1997,  in  an  amount not to exceed one
hundred EIGHTEEN thousand  dollars in each of such
fiscal  years  for  personnel  and  administrative
expenses for the  purposes  of sections 10a-22a to
10a-22k, inclusive, which  shall be transferred to
the  appropriation of  the  department  of  higher
education for personal services and other expenses
provided the department  has  expended all federal
funds that may  be  available  for  personnel  and
administrative expenses for  the  purposes of said
sections.
    Sec.  21.  Section   10-264e  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    [(a)] For the  fiscal  year  ending  June  30,
1996, and each  fiscal  year  thereafter,  at such
time  and  in  such  manner  as  the  commissioner
prescribes,  [(1) local  and  regional  boards  of
education  may  apply   to  the  commissioner  for
competitive grants pursuant to section 10-264f and
(2)]  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 [10-264g
to] 10-264h, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 22 OF THIS ACT,
10-264i [, inclusive,]  AND SECTION 17 OF THIS ACT
based  on  regional  plans  pursuant  to  sections
10-264b and 10-264c  or  any  other  interdistrict
proposal to [(A)]  improve  the  quality of school
performance  and  student   outcomes,   and  [(B)]
enhance  student  diversity   and   awareness   of
diversity.
    [(b)  On  or  before  January  15,  1995,  and
annually   thereafter,  the   commissioner   shall
review, approve or  reject  grant applications, in
whole or in  part, rank such applications in order
of priority and  recommend  to  the joint standing
committees   of  the   general   assembly   having
cognizance of matters  relating  to  education and
appropriations and the  budgets  of state agencies
funding for such  competitive  grants  pursuant to
sections  10-264f  to   10-264i,   inclusive.  The
commissioner's  recommendations pursuant  to  this
section  shall  include   information   concerning
potential future costs for such grants.]
    Sec.  22.  Section   10-264h  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) For the  fiscal year ending June 30, 1996,
and each fiscal year thereafter, [school districts
whose proposals are  approved  pursuant to section
10-264e] A LOCAL OR REGIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION OR
REGIONAL  EDUCATIONAL  SERVICE   CENTER   may   be
eligible  for  reimbursement   up   to   the  full
REASONABLE cost of any capital expenditure for the
purchase,  construction,  [including   equipment,]
extension,   replacement,   leasing    or    major
alteration   of   interdistrict    MAGNET   school
facilities,  INCLUDING  ANY  EXPENDITURE  FOR  THE
PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT,  in  accordance  with  this
section. TO BE  ELIGIBLE  FOR  REIMBURSEMENT UNDER
THIS SECTION A  MAGNET SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
SHALL MEET THE REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED IN CHAPTER
173, EXCEPT THAT  THE  COMMISSIONER  MAY WAIVE ANY
REQUIREMENT IN SUCH CHAPTER FOR GOOD CAUSE.
    (b) The [local  or regional board of education
for the school  district in which such facility is
to be located]  APPLICANT  shall  receive  current
payments of scheduled  estimated  eligible project
costs for the  facility,  provided (1) [one of the
participating districts] 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  [shall  include] 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 and written commitments
FOR PARTICIPATION from  the  districts  that [such
districts] will participate  in  the  school.  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, [and] 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 [school district]
APPLICANT shall be  eligible to receive a grant in
an amount equal  to  five  per  cent of the amount
authorized [and allocated] for the project for the
development  of  final  plans  and  specifications
pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection.
    [(b) If, within  three  years after completion
of the school  project  students  from two or more
school  districts,  as   described   in  the  plan
approved by the commissioner of education pursuant
to  subsection  (a)   of  this  section,  are  not
participating in the school]
    (c) IF THE  SCHOOL  BUILDING CEASES TO BE USED
FOR THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE GRANT WAS PROVIDED,
THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DETERMINE WHETHER (1) TITLE
TO  THE  BUILDING   AND   ANY  LEGAL  INTEREST  IN
APPURTENANT LAND SHALL  REVERT TO THE STATE OR (2)
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.   [or,   if  the  school
district does not so reimburse the state, title to
the  building  shall   revert   to  the  state  in
accordance with the  provisions  of subsection (d)
of this section.]
    [(c)] (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.
    [(d) If the  school building ceases to be used
for the purpose  for  which the grant was provided
within twenty years of the date of approval by the
general assembly of  the  project,  title  to  the
building and appurtenant  land shall revert to the
state unless the commissioner of education decides
otherwise for good cause.]
    Sec. 23. Subsection  (a) of section 10-264i of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) [For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996,
and each fiscal  year  thereafter,  a]  A local or
regional   board   of    education   OR   REGIONAL
EDUCATIONAL  SERVICE  CENTER  which  transports  a
child to [another  school district for the purpose
of participating in  a]  AN  INTERDISTRICT  magnet
school [or other  interdistrict school attendance]
program AS DEFINED IN SECTION 17 OF THIS ACT, IN A
TOWN  OTHER THAN  THE  TOWN  IN  WHICH  THE  CHILD
RESIDES  shall be  eligible  pursuant  to  section
10-264e to receive  a  grant up to one hundred per
cent of the  reasonable  cost of transporting such
child. THE DEPARTMENT  OF  EDUCATION SHALL, WITHIN
THE TOTAL AMOUNT  APPROPRIATED  FOR  INTERDISTRICT
COOPERATIVE GRANTS PURSUANT  TO SECTION 10-74d, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  18 OF THIS ACT, USE AN AMOUNT,
NOT TO EXCEED  FIVE PER CENT OF SUCH APPROPRIATION
FOR    INTERDISTRICT   MAGNET    SCHOOL    PROGRAM
TRANSPORTATION. NOTHING IN  THIS  SUBSECTION SHALL
BE CONSTRUED TO  PREVENT A LOCAL OR REGIONAL BOARD
OF EDUCATION FROM  RECEIVING  REIMBURSEMENT  UNDER
SECTION  10-266m  FOR   REASONABLE  TRANSPORTATION
EXPENSES FOR WHICH SUCH BOARD OR SERVICE CENTER IS
NOT REIMBURSED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.
    Sec.  24.  Section   10-266p  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (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
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  aid  to   families  with  dependent  children
program as defined  in subdivision (14) of section
10-262f, plus the  mastery  count  of  the town as
defined in subdivision (9) of said section 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  aid to families with dependent
children program as  so  defined  to  the resident
students of such  town  as  defined in subdivision
(19)  of  said  section  plus  the  grant  mastery
percentage of the  town  as defined in subdivision
(8) of said  section. 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.  The  State
Board  of Education  shall  allocate  one  million
dollars to each  of  the  eight towns described in
subdivision (1) of  this  section and five hundred
thousand dollars to each of the towns described in
subdivisions (2) and  (3)  of this section, except
the towns described  in  subdivision (1) shall not
receive any additional allocation if they are also
described in subdivision (2) or (3).
    (b)   Notwithstanding   the    provisions   of
subsection (a) of  this  section,  any  town which
received a grant  pursuant to this section (1) for
the  fiscal  year  ending  June  30,  1994,  shall
receive a grant  in the same amount for the fiscal
year ending June  30, 1995, AND (2) FOR THE FISCAL
YEAR ENDING JUNE  30, 1995, WHICH DOES NOT QUALIFY
FOR A GRANT  PURSUANT  TO  SUBSECTION  (a) FOR THE
FISCAL YEAR ENDING  JUNE 30, 1996, SHALL RECEIVE A
GRANT (A) FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1996, IN
AN AMOUNT EQUAL  TO  ONE-HALF  THE  AMOUNT  OF THE
GRANT  SUCH TOWN  RECEIVED  FOR  THE  FISCAL  YEAR
ENDING JUNE 30,  1995, AND (B) FOR THE FISCAL YEAR
ENDING  JUNE 30,  1997,  IN  AN  AMOUNT  EQUAL  TO
ONE-QUARTER OF THE  AMOUNT  OF THE GRANT SUCH TOWN
RECEIVED FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1995.
    Sec. 25. Subsection  (c) of section 10-266j of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) (1) Each  sending  district shall receive,
from  the amount  appropriated  for  interdistrict
cooperative  program grants  pursuant  to  section
10-74d,  for  each   child   participating  in  an
intercommunity program under  this  section  which
has been approved by the State Board of Education,
an amount equal  to  [three] SEVEN hundred dollars
for each such  pupil.  (2)  Each  school  district
which transports such  children under an agreement
made pursuant to this section shall be eligible to
receive for each  such  pupil transported from one
school  district  to   another   school  district,
[subject to an  appropriation  therefor]  FROM THE
AMOUNT APPROPRIATED FOR  INTERDISTRICT COOPERATIVE
PROGRAM  GRANTS PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  10-74d,  AS
AMENDED BY SECTION 18 OF THIS ACT, an amount equal
to [one-half] the  REASONABLE cost of transporting
each such child. (3) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION
OF  CHAPTER 172  TO  THE  CONTRARY,  EACH  SENDING
DISTRICT  SHALL  DIVIDE  THE  NUMBER  OF  CHILDREN
PARTICIPATING IN THE  PROGRAM  BY TWO FOR PURPOSES
OF THE COUNTS  FOR  SUBDIVISION  (19)  OF  SECTION
10-262f, AS AMENDED  BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, AND
SUBDIVISION  (2)  OF  SUBSECTION  (a)  OF  SECTION
10-261. EACH RECEIVING  DISTRICT  SHALL DIVIDE THE
NUMBER OF CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM BY
TWO FOR PURPOSES  OF  THE  COUNTS PURSUANT TO SAID
SUBDIVISIONS. (4) THE  TOTAL  AMOUNT OF THE GRANTS
PURSUANT  TO SUBDIVISIONS  (1)  AND  (2)  OF  THIS
SUBSECTION SHALL NOT  EXCEED NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND
DOLLARS.
    Sec.  26.  (NEW)   (a)   The  State  Board  of
Education   shall   provide,    within   available
appropriations,  grants  to   assist   local   and
regional  boards  of   education  in  establishing
school  readiness  programs   in  accordance  with
section 27 of  this  act.  Any  local  or regional
board  of  education   may   apply  for  a  school
readiness grant at such time and in such manner as
the commissioner of education prescribes, provided
such application includes:
    (1) The results  of  a  needs assessment which
identifies eligible children  and  existing school
readiness programs and services;
    (2)   A   program   description   and   budget
identifying  reasonable  costs   and   sources  of
revenue; and
    (3) Comments by  a  school  district readiness
council, as described in section 27 of this act.
    (b) No grant pursuant to this section shall be
used  to supplant  federal  funding  received  for
early  childhood  education   on  behalf  of  such
children.
    (c) The department  of education shall convene
an interagency school readiness council consisting
of  representatives  from  all  appropriate  state
agencies  to  improve  coordination  and  maximize
resources.
    Sec. 27. (NEW)  (a) A school readiness program
shall include: (1)  Not  less  than  four  hundred
fifty  hours  and   one  hundred  eighty  days  of
developmentally       appropriate      educational
experiences each year;  (2) parent involvement and
parenting education; (3) health services including
appropriate  immunizations  and   screenings,  and
nutrition services; (4)  family  literacy programs
that incorporate adult basic education; (5) a plan
of transition for  participating children from the
school readiness program  to  kindergarten;  (6) a
plan for coordination to access community programs
and services, arrange  continuous  child  care and
education  for  children  of  working  parents  or
parents  in education  or  training  programs  and
maximize other available  resources;  (7) a school
district readiness council which includes parents,
community leaders and representatives of community
service  agency  providers;   (8)   a   plan   for
professional development for  staff;  and  (9)  an
annual  evaluation of  the  effectiveness  of  the
program.
    (b) A school readiness program may be operated
by a local  or  regional  board  of education or a
local or regional  board of education may purchase
or   otherwise  make   arrangements   with   other
providers  of  nonsectarian  preschool  education,
provided any providers  shall be accredited by the
National Association for  the  Education  of Young
Children or otherwise  meet  such standards as may
be established by  the  commissioner of education.
If a local  or  regional  board of education makes
arrangements with more  than one provider, parents
or guardians who would like to have their children
participate  shall  be   able  to  choose  between
providers on a space-available basis.
    Sec.  28.  Section   10-264g  of  the  general
statutes is repealed.
    Sec. 29. Section  13  of  public act 93-263 is
repealed.
    Sec. 30. This  act  shall  take effect July 1,
1995.