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File No. 447

    February Session, 2018

Substitute House Bill No. 5446

House of Representatives, April 12, 2018

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

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

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2018) On and after July 1, 2018, any school nurse who is initially qualified as a school nurse pursuant to the regulations adopted under section 10-212 of the general statutes shall complete twelve hours of professional development during the first year such school nurse is employed by a local or regional board of education. The Department of Education, in collaboration with the Association of School Nurses and the Connecticut Nurses' Association, shall approve a curriculum for such professional development.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 10-19o of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) The Commissioner of Education shall establish a program to provide grants to youth service bureaus in accordance with this section. Only youth service bureaus which (1) were eligible to receive grants pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, (2) applied for a grant by June 30, 2012, with prior approval of the town's contribution pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, (3) applied for a grant during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, or (4) applied for a grant during the fiscal year ending June 30, [2017] 2018, with prior approval of the town's contribution pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, shall be eligible for a grant pursuant to this section. Each such youth service bureau shall receive, within available appropriations, a grant of fourteen thousand dollars. The Department of Education may expend an amount not to exceed two per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for administrative expenses. If there are any remaining funds, each such youth service bureau that was awarded a grant in excess of fifteen thousand dollars in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, shall receive a percentage of such funds. The percentage shall be determined as follows: For each such grant in excess of fifteen thousand dollars, the difference between the amount of the grant awarded to the youth service bureau for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and fifteen thousand dollars shall be divided by the difference between the total amount of the grants awarded to all youth service bureaus that were awarded grants in excess of fifteen thousand dollars for said fiscal year and the product of fifteen thousand dollars and the number of such grants for said fiscal year.

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 10-16b of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) In the public schools the program of instruction offered shall include at least the following subject matter, as taught by legally qualified teachers, the arts; career education; consumer education; health and safety, including, but not limited to, human growth and development, nutrition, first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in accordance with the provisions of section 10-16qq, disease prevention and cancer awareness, including, but not limited to, age and developmentally appropriate instruction in performing self-examinations for the purposes of screening for breast cancer and testicular cancer, community and consumer health, physical, mental and emotional health, including youth suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, safety, which shall include the safe use of social media, as defined in section 9-601, and may include the dangers of gang membership, and accident prevention; language arts, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking and spelling; mathematics; physical education; science; social studies, including, but not limited to, citizenship, economics, geography, government and history; computer programming instruction; and in addition, on at least the secondary level, one or more world languages, [and] vocational education and instruction relating to the Safe Haven Act, sections 17a-57 to 17a-61, inclusive. For purposes of this subsection, world languages shall include American Sign Language, provided such subject matter is taught by a qualified instructor under the supervision of a teacher who holds a certificate issued by the State Board of Education. For purposes of this subsection, the "arts" means any form of visual or performing arts, which may include, but not be limited to, dance, music, art and theatre.

Sec. 4. Subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of section 10-198d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(b) (1) The chronic absenteeism prevention and intervention plan shall include, but need not be limited to, the following: (A) Information that describes (i) chronic absenteeism, including, but not limited to, the definition of a chronically absent child under section 10-198c, and the causes of chronic absenteeism, such as poverty, violence, poor health and lack of access to transportation, (ii) the effect of chronic absenteeism on a student's academic performance, and (iii) how family and school partnerships with community resources, including, but not limited to, family resource centers and youth service bureaus, can reduce chronic absenteeism and improve student attendance, and (B) a means of collecting and analyzing data relating to student attendance, truancy and chronic absenteeism for the purpose of (i) disaggregating such data by school district, school, grade and subgroups, such as race, ethnicity, gender, eligibility for free or reduced priced lunches, [and] students whose primary language is not English and students with disabilities, and (ii) assisting local and regional boards of education in (I) tracking chronic absenteeism over multiple years and for the current school year, (II) developing indicators to identify students who are at risk of being chronically absent children, (III) monitoring students' attendance over time, and (IV) making adjustments to interventions as they are being implemented.

Sec. 5. Section 10-198e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

The Department of Education shall identify effective truancy intervention models for implementation by local and regional boards of education pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-198a, including intervention models that address the needs of students with disabilities. Not later than August 15, 2017, a listing of such approved models shall be available for implementation by local and regional boards of education pursuant to said subsection (b).

Sec. 6. Subsection (a) of section 2-53m of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) The joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, in consultation with the Office of Fiscal Analysis, the Office of Legislative Research and the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, shall maintain an annual report card that evaluates the progress of state policies and programs in promoting the result that all Connecticut children grow up in a stable living environment, safe, healthy and ready to lead successful lives. Progress shall be measured by primary indicators of progress, including, but not limited to, indicators established in the final report of the former Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee prepared pursuant to the provisions of section 1 of public act 09-166, of state-wide rates of child abuse, child poverty, low birth weight, third grade reading proficiency, and the annual social health index developed pursuant to section 46a-131a. For each indicator, the data shall also be presented according to ethnicity or race, gender, geography, disability and, where appropriate, age and other relevant characteristics. The joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children shall prepare the report card on or before January 15, 2018, and annually thereafter. On or before January 15, 2018, and annually thereafter, said committee shall make the report card available to the public on the Internet and on the web site of the General Assembly and shall transmit the report card electronically to (1) members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies and human services, (2) the Commissioners of Children and Families, Education and Public Health, (3) the Child Advocate, (4) the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, and (5) the Chief Court Administrator.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

New section

Sec. 2

July 1, 2018

10-19o(a)

Sec. 3

July 1, 2018

10-16b(a)

Sec. 4

July 1, 2018

10-198d(b)(1)

Sec. 5

July 1, 2018

10-198e

Sec. 6

July 1, 2018

2-53m(a)

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

Section 1 was rewritten for clarity.

ED

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

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:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - Potential Cost

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Various Municipalities

Revenue Gain/Loss

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Explanation

Section 1 may result in a potential minimal cost to local and regional school districts associated with twelve hours of professional development for school nurses who are first employed after July 1, 2018. The State Department of Education (SDE) will provide this training to districts at a cost of $150 per school nurse, thus resulting in a cost to districts employing nurses who would require the professional development.

Section 2 extends the grant eligibility to youth service bureaus that applied to receive a grant during FY 18. This results in a potential revenue increase to municipalities operating youth service bureaus that would not otherwise qualify for a grant. As the youth service bureau grant is administered within available appropriation, the grant is effectively capped. If more applicants applied in FY 18, then in FY 17, the $14,000 minimum grant will be prorated accordingly. In FY 18, SDE was appropriated approximately $2.5 million in youth service bureau grants.

Section 3 could result in a cost of less than $5,000 per district, by requiring all local and regional boards of education to include instruction related to the Safe Haven Act in their regular course of study. The costs are associated with the printing and distribution of materials, if a district opts not to use on-line resources. For many districts, using free, on-line, established resources will eliminate the costs. The potential costs will vary by the size of the district.

Section 4 adds students with disabilities to the list of data subgroups that must be included in the chronic absenteeism and prevention plan. This does not result in a fiscal impact as SDE has the expertise and resources necessary.

Section 5 requires SDE to identify effective truancy intervention models, which does not result in a fiscal impact as they have the necessary expertise to develop such models.

Section 6 requires the Children's Committee annual report card to present data indicators according to disability, which is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact, as SDE will be able to provide this information.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5446

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

SUMMARY

This bill makes the following changes in the education statutes:

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

1 — PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SCHOOL NURSES

Starting July 1, 2018, the bill requires a school nurse who initially qualifies under State Board of Education regulations to complete 12 hours of professional development during his or her first year of employment by a local or regional board of education. (It is unclear whether a school nurse would have to complete such training again if hired by a different board of education later in his or her career.) The bill requires SDE, in collaboration with the Association of School Nurses and the Connecticut Nurses' Association, to approve the professional development curriculum.

2 — YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU GRANTS

By law, the education commissioner must establish a youth service bureau grant program that, within available appropriations, awards $14,000 grants to eligible bureaus that have applied for grants during designated fiscal years, with prior approval of their town's contribution. Towns must contribute an amount equal to the state grant amount of $14,000.

The bill extends grant eligibility to bureaus that applied to receive grants during FY 18 with prior approval of their town's contribution. Current law limits eligibility to FY 17 applicants.

By law, youth service bureaus coordinate community-based services that provide prevention and intervention programs for delinquent, pre-delinquent, pregnant, parenting, and troubled youths referred to them by schools, police, and juvenile courts, among others.

4 — CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM AND PREVENTION PLANS

By law, SDE must develop a chronic absenteeism and prevention plan for use by local and regional school boards. The plan must include the means for collecting and analyzing data relating to student attendance, truancy, and chronic absenteeism. The data must be disaggregated by school district, school grade, and specified subgroups, such as race, ethnicity, and gender. The bill adds students with disabilities to the list of data subgroups.

5 — TRUANCY INTERVENTION MODELS

The bill requires SDE to identify effective truancy intervention models for local and regional boards of education that address the needs of students with disabilities. SDE must include them in a listing made available to boards of education by August 15, 2017 (a deadline that precedes this provision's effective date).

BACKGROUND

Children's Committee Annual Report Card

By law, the Children's Committee must maintain an annual report card evaluating the progress of state policies and programs in promoting the result that all Connecticut children grow up in a stable living environment, safe, healthy, and ready to lead successful lives. Progress must be measured by primary indictors, such as statewide rates of child abuse, child poverty, low birth weight, and third grade reading proficiency. Each progress indicator presents data by ethnicity or race, gender, geography, and, where appropriate, age and other characteristics (CGS 2-53m of the 2018 supplement).

Safe Haven Law

The safe haven law allows a parent or a parent's lawful agent to voluntarily give up custody of an infant, age 30 days or younger, to the nursing staff of an emergency room without being subject to arrest for abandonment. The law does not protect the parent from being arrested and criminally prosecuted if abuse or neglect has occurred (CGS 17a-57 to 17a-61).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

35

Nay

0

(03/23/2018)

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