PA 09-143—sSB 940

Education Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE REPORTING OF TRUANCY DATA AND THE REDUCTION OF CERTAIN DUPLICATE REPORTS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

SUMMARY: This act requires boards of education to include truancy measures in the strategic school profile reports they must submit annually to the education commissioner. They must include these with the data about student and school performance that is already required. The act specifies that the measures include the type of data the State Department of Education is required to collect on attendance and unexcused absences to comply with federal reporting requirements (i. e. , the 2001 federal No Child Left Behind Act). The act further specifies that that data must be considered a public record under the Freedom of Information Act.

The act also eliminates reporting requirements for the chief information officer and the Department of Information Technology (DOIT).

Under prior law, the chief information officer, annually on February 1, had to submit to the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary a report showing the appropriation to each state agency for the fiscal year in progress for information and telecommunication systems and the actual expenditures for such systems by each such agency as of December 31st of the fiscal year. Annually on August 1, the chief information officer had to submit the report with respect to the last completed fiscal year to the OPM secretary. The act eliminates the February report in its entirety and, starting annually on August 1, 2009, requires the officer to submit only actual expenditures for the last completed fiscal year to the OPM secretary.

Finally, the act eliminates the requirement that DOIT report annually to the Education Committee on the technical assistance it must provide to boards of education and technical schools to expand their educational technology capabilities.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2009

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