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Sec. 10-4q. State education resource center to promote equity and excellence.

      Sec. 10-4q. State education resource center to promote equity and excellence. (a) The State Board of Education shall establish a state education resource center to assist the board in the provision of programs and activities that will promote educational equity and excellence. Such activities, to be provided by the state education resource center or a regional educational service center, may include training and continuing education seminars, publication of technical materials, research and evaluation, and other related activities. The center may support programs and activities concerning early childhood education, the federal No Child Left Behind Act, P.L. 107-110, and closing the academic achievement gap between socio-economic subgroups, and other related programs.

      (b) The Commissioner of Education, with the assistance of the state education resource center, may provide grants to local and regional boards of education for districts identified as in need of improvement under the provisions of section 10-223e. The grants shall be for the creation and acquisition of new curricula, training in the use of the curricula and related supporting textbooks and other materials. Local and regional boards of education may use such grants only for curricula, training and related textbooks and materials that have been authorized by the commissioner. Local and regional boards of education shall apply for grants pursuant to this subsection at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes, and the commissioner shall determine the amount of the grant awards.

      (c) Within available appropriations, the Department of Education shall establish a Connecticut school reform resource center within the state education resource center established pursuant to subsection (a) of this section or by contract through a regional educational service center. The center shall operate year-round and focus on serving the needs of all public schools. The center shall (1) publish and distribute reports on the most effective practices for improving student achievement by successful schools, (2) provide a program of professional development activities for school leaders, including curriculum coordinators, principals, superintendents and board of education members, (3) provide information on successful models for evaluating student performance and managing student data, and (4) provide other programs and materials to assist in the improvement of public schools.

      (P.A. 05-245, S. 24.)

      History: P.A. 05-245 effective July 1, 2005.

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