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Raised Bill No. 5168

February Session, 2018

 

LCO No. 1269

 

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Referred to Committee on EDUCATION

 

Introduced by:

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF THE SUMMER LEARNING GRANT PROGRAM.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2018) (a) The Department of Education, in consultation with the after school committee established pursuant to section 10-16v of the general statutes, may, within available appropriations, administer a grant program to provide grants to local and regional boards of education, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations that are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time, for summer learning programs that provide direct services and for entities that provide support to summer learning programs. For purposes of this section, "summer learning program" means a program that (1) provides a minimum of two hundred forty hours of educational, enrichment and recreational activities during the summer recess period for public schools and includes small group instruction in literacy and math for children in grades kindergarten to twelve, inclusive, and (2) has a parental involvement component.

(b) (1) Applications for grants pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be filed biennially with the Commissioner of Education at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. As part of the application, an applicant shall submit a plan for the expenditure of grant funds.

(2) Eligibility for grants pursuant to this section shall be determined for a two-year period and shall be based on the plan for expenditure of grant funds. Prior to the payment of funds to the grant recipient for the second year of the grant, the grant recipient shall report to the Department of Education on performance outcomes of the program and file expenditure reports pursuant to subsection (f) of this section. The report concerning performance outcomes shall include, but need not be limited to, measurements of the impact on student achievement, including grade-level reading ability, childhood obesity and the behavior of student participants.

(c) The Department of Education and the after school committee established pursuant to section 10-16v of the general statutes shall develop and apply appropriate evaluation procedures to measure the effectiveness of the grant program established pursuant to this section.

(d) For purposes of carrying out the provisions of this section, the Department of Education may accept funds from private sources and from any state agency that is a member of the after school committee.

(e) The Department of Education shall provide grant recipients with technical assistance, evaluation, program monitoring and professional development. The department may retain up to four per cent of the amount appropriated for the grant program for purposes of this subsection.

(f) Grant recipients shall file expenditure reports with the Commissioner of Education in accordance with subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of this section and at such other times and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. Grant recipients shall refund (1) any unexpended amounts at the close of the program for which the grant was awarded, and (2) any amounts not expended in accordance with the approved grant application. Any unexpended funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year but shall be available for expenditure under this section during the next succeeding fiscal year.

(g) Not later than March 15, 2020, and biennially thereafter, the Department of Education shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education on performance outcomes of recipients of grants under this section. The report shall include, but need not be limited to, measurements of the impact on student achievement, including grade-level reading ability, childhood obesity and the behavior of student participants.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To create a summer learning grant program.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]