OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 458

AN ACT CONCERNING VARIOUS REVISIONS AND ADDITIONS TO THE EDUCATION STATUTES.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the State Department of Education (SDE) to collect from public schools and districts and higher education institutions segregated data about student enrollment in, or graduation from, middle college, early college high school, and Connecticut Early College Opportunity programs (see BACKGROUND). This data is tracked by and reported to SDE's statewide public school information system, established by law as a standardized electronic database that tracks and reports data on student, teacher, school, and district performance growth.

Also, the bill requires SDE, in consultation with the Office of Higher Education, to study funding for these programs. SDE must report the study's findings to the Education Committee by January 1, 2019, which must include the (1) availability of state and local funding, (2) feasibility of establishing public-private partnerships for funding and support, (3) existing programs' current funding distribution or fund raising methods, and (4) recommendations for a consistent program funding source.

Lastly, the bill exempts noncertified teachers who are employed by local and regional boards of education to teach noncredit adult classes or adult education activities from the following requirements:

1. disclosing whether they have ever been convicted of a crime or have criminal charges pending against them when applying for the position,

2. submitting to a Department of Children and Families child abuse and neglect registry records check prior to hire, and

3. submitting to state and national criminal history records checks within 30 days of their date of hire.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018, except the provisions about SDE's funding study ( 2) take effect upon passage.

BACKGROUND

Middle College Program

This program is a collaboration between a school district's high schools and a regional community-technical college or a four-year college or university that allows a student to (1) enroll in a combination of core high school and college-level courses for which college credit may be earned and (2) attribute all earned credits toward a college or university program in which the student enrolls upon middle college graduation (CGS 31-11ff(a)(2) of the 2018 supplement).

Early College High School Program

This type of high school allows students to simultaneously earn, tuition-free, (1) a high school diploma and an associate's degree or (2) up to two years of credit toward a bachelor's degree. Attending students are underrepresented in colleges and universities, including low-income youth, first-generation college students, English language learners, and minority students (CGS 31-11ff(a)(1) of the 2018 supplement).

Connecticut Early College Opportunity Program

This program is a collaboration between a school district's high schools, a local community college, and a company or business entity where a student may earn an industry-recognized, two-year postsecondary degree in addition to a high school diploma (CGS 31-11ff(a)(3) of the 2018 supplement).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

35

Nay

0

(03/23/2018)