PA 16-42—SB 383

Education Committee

Commerce Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM

SUMMARY: This act makes changes to the budgetary process for the Connecticut technical high school system. The act specifies that the State Board of Education (SBE) must review, but cannot amend, the proposed operating budget that the system must, by law, submit to SBE. It allows SBE to attach comments or recommendations for revisions when submitting the budget to the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) secretary.

Additionally, the act (1) makes several changes to the system's budgetary process regarding staffing needs and (2) requires the system superintendent to present additional information about technical high school and state workforce issues at an annual joint meeting of legislative committees.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016

BUDGETARY PROCESS AND SYSTEM STAFFING

The act makes several changes to the budgetary process regarding system staffing. It requires each technical high school to include a staffing needs statement in its proposed operating budget for the succeeding school year that it submits to the system superintendent.

Additionally, the act requires the superintendent to include a staffing needs statement for both the entire system and each school within it in her proposed operating budget for submission to the system's board, OPM, and the Appropriations and Education committees. The act also requires the superintendent to communicate directly with the OPM secretary about creating or filling staff positions included in the approved operating budget.

JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING ON TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS AND WORKFORCE ISSUES

The act requires the system superintendent to submit staffing information about each technical high school for the current academic year at the annual joint meeting of the Education, Higher Education, and Labor committees about technical high school and state workforce issues.

Existing law also requires the superintendent to submit the following at this meeting:

1. information ensuring that the system's curriculum incorporates workforce skills the labor commissioner identifies as needed for the next 30 years;

2. information on technical high school graduates and individuals who have completed an approved program of study (e. g. , their employment status, age and gender, and wages); and

3. an assessment of whether the system's resources can meet workforce needs.

Prior law also required the superintendent to provide recommendations to SBE on how to carry out the three provisions above. The act instead requires the superintendent to submit such recommendations to the system's board.

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