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File No. 232

    January Session, 2017

House Bill No. 7156

House of Representatives, March 27, 2017

The Committee on Education reported through REP. FLEISCHMANN of the 18th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS FOR CERTAIN UNACCOMPANIED YOUTHS.

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

Section 1. Subsection (f) of section 10-253 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(f) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, educational services shall be provided by each local and regional board of education to homeless children and youths in accordance with the provisions of 42 USC 11431, et seq., as amended from time to time. An unaccompanied youth, as described in 42 USC 11434a, as amended from time to time, shall be entitled to knowledge of and have access to all educational, medical or similar records in the cumulative record of such unaccompanied youth maintained by a local or regional board of education.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2017

10-253(f)

ED

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill allows any homeless student, who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, with full access to his or her educational records, including medical records, in the board's possession. This is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact as the change is procedural in nature.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 7156

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS FOR CERTAIN UNACCOMPANIED YOUTHS.

SUMMARY

This bill requires local and regional boards of education to provide any homeless student, who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, with full access to his or her educational records, including medical records, in the board's possession. The bill specifically references federal education law that defines “unaccompanied youth” to include a homeless child or youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian (42 USC 11434a).

By state and federal law, the parents or guardians of a student under age 18 have access to any school record for that student. Only students (1) over age 18 or (2) who are emancipated have rights as adults regarding record access.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

34

Nay

0

(03/08/2017)

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