Substitute Senate Bill No. 261
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 261

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-84


AN  ACT CONCERNING STUDENT MEMBERSHIP ON THE STATE
BOARD OF EDUCATION.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section   10-1   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    [The] PRIOR TO  JULY  1, 1998, THE State Board
of Education shall  consist  of nine members. [The
terms of the present members of the State Board of
Education shall expire on February 28, 1979. On or
before March 1,  1979,  the]  ON AND AFTER JULY 1,
1998, THE STATE  BOARD  OF EDUCATION SHALL CONSIST
OF ELEVEN MEMBERS,  TWO OF WHOM SHALL BE NONVOTING
STUDENT MEMBERS. THE  Governor shall appoint, with
the advice and  consent  of  the General Assembly,
the members of  said  board, PROVIDED EACH STUDENT
MEMBER  (1)  IS  ON  THE  LIST  SUBMITTED  TO  THE
GOVERNOR PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF THIS ACT, (2) IS
ENROLLED IN A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN THE STATE, (3)
HAS  COMPLETED  ELEVENTH   GRADE   PRIOR   TO  THE
COMMENCEMENT OF HIS  TERM,  (4)  HAS  AT LEAST A B
PLUS AVERAGE, AND  (5)  PROVIDES  AT  LEAST  THREE
REFERENCES  FROM TEACHERS  IN  THE  SCHOOL  HE  IS
ATTENDING. [Of those members first appointed, four
shall serve for a term of six years and five shall
serve for a term of four years from March 1, 1979.
Thereafter, all members  shall  be appointed for a
term of four  years.] NINE MEMBERS SHALL SERVE FOR
TERMS OF FOUR  YEARS  COMMENCING ON MARCH FIRST IN
THE YEAR OF THEIR APPOINTMENT. THE STUDENT MEMBERS
SHALL SERVE FOR  TERMS  OF  ONE YEAR COMMENCING ON
JULY FIRST IN  THE  YEAR OF THEIR APPOINTMENT. The
Commissioner of Higher Education shall serve as an
ex-officio member without  a  vote. Any vacancy in
said State Board  of  Education shall be filled in
the manner provided in section 4-19.
    Sec.  2.  (NEW)   (a)   The   Commissioner  of
Education shall appoint  a  state student advisory
council  on  education.   The  commissioner  shall
ensure that the  membership  of  the  council  (1)
includes  male  and   female   students,   (2)  is
racially, ethnically and economically diverse, (3)
includes students from each Congressional district
in the state,  and  (4) includes students who have
disabilities.
    (b) The council shall submit to the Governor a
list of five candidates for appointment as student
members to the  State  Board of Education pursuant
to  section  10-1  of  the  general  statutes,  as
amended by section  1 of this act. Such candidates
shall meet the  criteria  established  pursuant to
said section 10-1  for  student  membership on the
state board.
    Sec. 3. This  act  shall  take effect from its
passage.

Approved May 4, 1998