PA 08-152—sHB 5869

Education Committee

Appropriations Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

SUMMARY: This act expands the enrollment opportunities school districts that do not operate vocational agriculture centers must offer to students who wish to attend a center in another district. It changes the name of the centers and the type of education they offer to “agricultural science and technology education” from “vocational agriculture” centers.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2008

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES

By law, school districts that do not furnish agricultural science and technology education must designate where their students may receive it. The act requires districts that do not provide the education themselves to provide enrollment opportunities in one or more agricultural science and technology education centers, not just one center, run by other districts. And if a district provided opportunities for its students to enroll in more than one center in the school year starting July 1, 2007, the act requires it to continue to do so in the numbers required by both prior law and the act.

Prior law required a school district that does not maintain an agricultural science and technology education center to allow its students to enroll in another district's center in numbers that are at least equal to (1) the number specified in any written agreement it has with a center or (2) if there is no written agreement, the average number of its students enrolled in the center during the three previous school years. The act requires districts to, in addition, provide the number of enrollment opportunities for 9th graders in each center it designates that are at least equal to (1) the number of 9th graders specified in its written agreement with each center or (2) the average number of 9th graders enrolled in each designated center or centers over the preceding three years.

BACKGROUND

Related Act

PA 08-170, among other things, enacts provisions that are identical to this act.

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