February Session, 2014
LCO No. 4782
SEN. STILLMAN, 20th Dist.
REP. FLEISCHMANN, 18th Dist.
SEN. BOUCHER, 26th Dist.
REP. ACKERT, 8th Dist.
"AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER. "
In line 12, after "Education" insert ", with the advice and consent of both houses of the General Assembly"
Strike section 2 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:
"Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The purposes of the State Education Resource Center, established pursuant to section 1 of this act, shall be to assist the State Board of Education in the provision of programs and activities that will promote educational equity and excellence. Such activities shall be limited to: Training, technical assistance and professional development for local and regional boards of education, school leaders, teachers, families and community partners in the form of seminars, publications, site visits, on-line content and other appropriate means; publication of technical materials; research and evaluation; writing, managing, administering and coordinating grants for the purposes described in this subsection; and any other related activities directly related to the purposes described in this subsection. The center may support programs and activities concerning early childhood education, improving school and district academic performance, and closing academic achievement gaps between socio-economic subgroups, and other related programs and activities. For such purposes the center is authorized and empowered to:
(1) Have perpetual succession as a body politic and corporate and to adopt bylaws for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business;
(2) Adopt an official seal and alter the same at pleasure;
(3) Maintain an office at such place or places as it may designate;
(4) Sue and be sued in its own name and plead and be impleaded;
(5) (A) Employ such assistants, agents and other employees as may be necessary or desirable who shall not be employees, as defined in subsection (b) of section 5-270 of the general statutes; (B) establish all necessary or appropriate personnel practices and policies, including those relating to hiring, promotion, compensation, retirement and collective bargaining, which need not be in accordance with chapter 68 of the general statutes, and the center shall not be an employer as defined in subsection (a) of section 5-270 of the general statutes; and (C) engage consultants, attorneys and appraisers as may be necessary or desirable to carry out its purposes in accordance with this section and sections 1, 3 and 4 of this act;
(6) Receive and accept aid or contributions from any source of money, property, labor or other things of value, to be held, used and applied to carry out the purposes of this section and sections 1, 3 and 4 of this act, subject to such conditions upon which such grants and contributions may be made, including, but not limited to, gifts or grants from any department, agency or instrumentality of the United States or this state for any purpose consistent with this section and sections 1, 3 and 4 of this act;
(7) Make and enter into all contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and the execution of its powers under this section and sections 1, 3 and 4 of this act, including contracts and agreements for such professional services as the center deems necessary, including, but not limited to, those services provided by financial consultants, underwriters and technical specialists;
(8) Acquire, lease, purchase, own, manage, hold and dispose of personal property, and lease, convey or deal in or enter into agreements with respect to such property on any terms necessary or incidental to the carrying out of these purposes;
(9) Invest in, acquire, lease, purchase, own, manage, hold and dispose of real property and lease, convey or deal in or enter into agreements with respect to such property on any terms necessary or incidental to carrying out the purposes of this section and sections 1, 3 and 4 of this act, provided such transactions shall be subject to approval, review or regulation by any state agency pursuant to title 4b of the general statutes or any other provision of the general statutes;
(10) Procure insurance against any liability or loss in connection with its property and other assets, in such amounts and from such insurers as it deems desirable and to procure insurance for employees;
(11) Account for and audit funds of the center and funds of any recipients of funds from the center;
(12) Hold patents, copyrights, trademarks, marketing rights, licenses, or any other evidences of protection or exclusivity as to any products as defined in this section and sections 1, 3 and 4 of this act, issued under the laws of the United States or any state or any nation;
(13) Establish advisory committees to assist in accomplishing its duties under this section and sections 1, 3 and 4 of this act, which may include one or more members of the board of directors and persons other than members; and
(14) Do all acts and things necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of this section and sections 1, 3 and 4 of this act, and the powers expressly granted by this section and sections 1, 3 and 4 of this act.
(b) The State Education Resource Center shall establish a Connecticut School Reform Resource Center either within the State Education Resource Center or by contract through a regional educational service center, established pursuant to section 10-66a of the general statutes. The Connecticut School Reform Resource Center shall operate year-round and shall focus on serving the needs of all public schools. The Connecticut School Reform Resource 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 (A) school leaders, including curriculum coordinators, principals, superintendents and board of education members, and (B) teachers to educate students that includes research-based child development and reading instruction tools and practices; (3) provide information on successful models for evaluating student performance and managing student data; (4) develop strategies for assisting such students who are in danger of failing; (5) develop culturally-relevant methods for educating students whose primary language is not English; and (6) provide other programs and materials to assist in the improvement of public schools.
(c) The State Education Resource Center shall be subject to (1) rules, regulations and restrictions on purchasing, procurement, personal service agreements and the disposition of assets generally applicable to Connecticut state agencies, including those contained in titles 4, 4a and 4b of the general statutes, section 4e-19 of the general statutes, and (2) audit by the Auditors of Public Accounts under section 2-90 of the general statutes. "
Strike section 14 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:
"Sec. 14. Subdivision (20) of section 10-183b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):
(20) "Public school" means any day school conducted within or without this state under the orders and superintendence of a duly elected school committee, a board of education, the State Board of Education, the board of governors or any of its constituent units, the E. O. Smith School, the Children's Center and its successors, the State Education Resource Center established pursuant to section 10-4q of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2013, the State Education Resource Center established pursuant to section 1 of this act, joint activities of boards of education authorized by subsection (b) of section 10-158a and any institution supported by the state at which teachers are employed or any incorporated secondary school not under the orders and superintendence of a duly elected school committee or board of education but located in a town not maintaining a high school and providing free tuition to pupils of the town in which it is located, and which has been approved by the State Board of Education under the provisions of part II of chapter 164, provided that such institution or such secondary school is classified as a public school by the retirement board. "
In line 437, after "2013," insert "or the State Education Resource Center established pursuant to section 1 of this act,"