Substitute Senate Bill No. 1330

Public Act No. 99-224

An Act Concerning Priority School Districts.

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

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 10-266p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof: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 temporary family assistance program as defined in subdivision (17) 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 temporary family assistance 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 or to provide early childhood education or early reading intervention programs. [The] Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of section 4 of this act, the State Board of Education shall allocate one million dollars to each of the eight towns described in subdivision (1) of this subsection and five hundred thousand dollars to each of the towns described in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection, except the towns described in subdivision (1) shall not receive any additional allocation if they are also described in subdivision (2) or (3).

Sec. 2. Subsection (b) of section 10-266p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

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

Sec. 3. Subsection (d) of section 10-266p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

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

Sec. 4. (NEW) (a) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, if a school district that received a priority school district grant pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-266p of the general statutes, as amended by this act, for the prior fiscal year is no longer eligible to receive such a grant, such school district shall receive a priority school district phase-out grant for each of the three fiscal years following the fiscal year such school district received its final priority school district grant. The amount of such phase-out grants shall be determined in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

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

(c) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, if a school district that was not eligible to receive a priority school district grant pursuant to subsection (a) of said section 10-266p, for the prior fiscal year becomes eligible to receive such a grant, the amount of the grant such town receives pursuant to said section for the first year of such eligibility shall be reduced by fifty per cent.

Sec. 5. Subsection (a) of section 10-266t of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Commissioner of Education shall award grants annually, in accordance with this section and section 10-266u, to local and regional boards of education identified as priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p, as amended by this act. In addition, for the fiscal [year] years ending June 30, [1996] 2000, and June 30, 2001, the commissioner shall provide a grant to any local or regional board of education in a town which does not qualify for a grant pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-266p, as amended by this act, for said fiscal [year] years but does qualify for a grant pursuant to subsection (b) of said section for said fiscal [year] years. The grants shall provide funds for extended school building hours for public schools in such districts for academic enrichment and support, and recreation programs for students in the districts.

Sec. 6. Subsection (a) of section 10-263c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The State Board of Education shall administer a transitional school district grant program in accordance with this section. [Each] Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of section 7 of this act, each school district that [is not a priority school district] does not receive a grant pursuant to section 10-266p, as amended by this act, or section 4 of this act and is in a town which ranks one to twenty-one, inclusive, when towns are ranked in accordance with subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection (a) of said section 10-266p shall be eligible for a transitional school district grant of two hundred fifty thousand dollars. The local board of education for such school district shall apply for such grant at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education prescribes.

Sec. 7. (NEW) (a) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, if a school district that received a transitional school district grant pursuant to section 10-263c of the general statutes, as amended by this act, for the prior fiscal year is no longer eligible to receive such a grant, such school district shall receive a transitional school district phase-out grant for each of the three fiscal years following the fiscal year such school district received its final transitional school district grant. The amount of such phase-out grants shall be determined in accordance with this subsection. (1) For the first fiscal year following the fiscal year the town received its final transitional school district grant, in an amount equal to seventy-five percent of such final grant. (2) For the second fiscal year following the fiscal year the town received its final transitional school district grant, in an amount equal to fifty per cent of such final grant. (3) For the third fiscal year following the fiscal year the town received its final transitional school district grant, in an amount equal to twenty-five per cent of such final grant.

(b) Commencing with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, if a school district that did not receive a grant pursuant to section 4 of this act for the prior fiscal year and was not eligible to receive a transitional school district grant pursuant to section 10-263c of the general statutes, as amended by this act for the prior fiscal year becomes eligible to receive such a transitional school district grant, the amount of the grant such town receives for the first year of such eligibility shall be reduced by fifty per cent.

Sec. 8. Subsection (a) of section 10-71 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each local or regional board of education or regional educational service center which has submitted an adult education proposal to the State Board of Education pursuant to section 10-71a shall, annually, be eligible to receive a state grant based on a percentage of eligible costs for adult education as defined in section 10-67, provided such percentage shall be determined as follows:

(1) The percentage of the eligible costs for adult education 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, a percentage of not less than zero nor more than sixty-five shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale, except that the percentage for a priority school district pursuant to section 10-266p, as amended by this act, shall not be less than twenty. Any such percentage shall be increased by seven and one-half percentage points but shall not exceed sixty-five per cent for any local board of education which provides basic adult education programs for adults at facilities operated by or within the general administrative control and supervision of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, provided such adults reside at such facilities. Any such percentage shall be increased by one and one-half percentage points but shall not exceed sixty-five per cent for any local board of education which served four thousand or more students who were enrolled at least twelve hours in the fiscal year two years prior to the year of the grant and whose ratio of students served in the fiscal year two years prior to the year of the grant to persons in the town who were twenty-five years of age or older and did not have a high school diploma according to the most recent federal decennial census is greater than fifteen one-hundredths. (C) Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (B) of this subdivision, any local board of education which served two thousand or more students who were enrolled at least twelve hours in the fiscal year two years prior to the year of the grant shall receive a grant in the amount determined pursuant to subparagraph (B) or the amount obtained by multiplying the number of such students served in the fiscal year two years prior to the year of the grant by twenty-five, whichever is greater.

(2) The percentage of the eligible costs for adult 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, except that the reimbursement percentage for a priority school district pursuant to section 10-266p, as amended by this act, shall not be less than twenty.

(3) The percentage of the eligible costs for adult education a regional educational service center shall receive under the provisions of this subsection 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.

Sec. 9. This act shall take effect July 1, 1999.

Approved June 29, 1999

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