Substitute Senate Bill No. 371

Public Act No. 99-281

An Act Concerning Technical Magnet Schools.

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

Section 1. On or before February 1, 2000, the State Board of Education shall recommend a name change for the regional vocational-technical schools to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education.

Sec. 2. (NEW) On and after July 1, 1999, the Commissioner of Education shall include school building projects for the regional vocational-technical schools on the list developed pursuant to section 10-283 of the general statutes. Prior to inclusion on the list, such projects shall be reviewed by the Department of Public Works. The adoption of the list by the General Assembly and authorization by the State Bond Commission of the issuance of bonds pursuant to section 10-287d of the general statutes, as amended by section 3 of this act, shall fund the full cost of the projects. Funds for the projects shall be transferred to the Department of Public Works and, upon such transfer, the projects shall be subject to the requirements of chapters 59 and 60 of the general statutes.

Sec. 3. Section 10-287d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

For the purposes of funding (1) grants to projects that have received approval of the State Board of Education pursuant to sections 10-287 and 10-287a, subsection (a) of section 10-65 and section 10-76e, [and] (2) grants to assist school building projects to remedy safety and health violations and damage from fire and catastrophe, and (3) regional vocational-technical school projects pursuant to section 2 of this act, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding one billion seven hundred forty-nine million five hundred sixty thousand dollars, provided one hundred eighty-four million eight hundred ten thousand dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1998. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United States agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

Sec. 4. Section 10-76q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The State Board of Education, in accordance with regulations adopted by said board, shall: (1) Provide the professional services necessary to identify, in accordance with section 10-76a, children requiring special education who are enrolled at state regional vocational-technical schools, in accordance with section 10-95; (2) identify each such child; (3) determine the appropriateness of the state regional vocational-technical school for the educational needs of each such child; (4) provide a suitable educational program for each such child where appropriate; (5) maintain a record thereof and (6) annually evaluate the progress and accomplishments of special education programs at the state regional vocational-technical schools.

(b) Where it is deemed appropriate that a child enrolled in a state regional vocational-technical school receive special education, the parents or guardian of such child shall have a right to the hearing and appeal process as provided for in section 10-76h.

(c) If a planning and placement team determines that a student requires special education services which preclude such student's participation in the vocational education program offered by a regional vocational-technical school, the student shall be referred to the board of education in the town in which the student resides for the development of an individualized educational program and such board of education shall be responsible for the implementation and financing of such program.

Sec. 5. Subsection (c) of section 10-74d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) The [state] Department of Education may retain (1) up to one per cent of the amount appropriated for interdistrict cooperative grants pursuant to this section for state-wide technical assistance, program monitoring and evaluation, and administration, and (2) up to one per cent of such amount for use by the regional vocational-technical schools for interdistrict summer school, weekend and after-school programs.

Sec. 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 1999.

Approved June 29, 1999