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Raised Bill No. 6665

January Session, 2009

 

LCO No. 4569

 

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Referred to Committee on Education

 

Introduced by:

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE INCLUSION OF STUDENTS ON LOCAL AND REGIONAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION AND A STUDY OF BULLYING ISSUES.

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

Section 1. Section 10-218 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2009):

(a) Each board of education shall, not later than one month after the date on which the newly elected members take office, elect from its number a chairperson and elect a secretary of such board and may prescribe their duties. The votes of each member of such board cast in such election shall be reduced to writing and made available for public inspection within forty-eight hours, excluding Saturday, Sunday or legal holidays, and shall also be recorded in the minutes of the meeting at which taken, which minutes shall be available for public inspection at all reasonable times. If such officers are not chosen after one month because of a tie vote of the members, the town council or, if there is no town council, the selectmen of the town shall choose such officers from the membership of the board. The chairperson of the board of education or, in case of such chairperson's absence or inability to act, the secretary shall call a meeting of the board at least once in six months and whenever such chairperson deems it necessary or is requested in writing so to do by three of its members. If no meeting is called within fourteen days after such a request has been made, one may be called by any three members by giving the usual written notice to the other members.

(b) At least one student from each public high school located in the district shall serve on the board of education as a nonvoting member. The number of students from each such high school shall be determined by the local or regional board of education and the students shall be selected through a student election at the school or in another manner prescribed by such board of education.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a task force to study bullying issues. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, an examination of issues involving school districts' approach to combating bullying in schools.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members:

(1) Two appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives;

(2) Two appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate;

(3) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives;

(4) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;

(5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;

(6) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;

(7) The Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner's designee; and

(8) Two persons appointed by the Governor.

(c) Any member of the task force appointed under subdivision (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) or (6) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force, from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education shall serve as administrative staff of the task force.

(g) Not later than January 1, 2010, the task force shall submit, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 2010, whichever is later.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2009

10-218

Sec. 2

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To conduct a study concerning bullying issues in schools and to allow students to voice their concerns and share their opinions on matters affecting their education.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]