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S.222

Introduced by   Senator Collins of Franklin District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; adult education and literacy services; appropriation

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to establish a categorical grant to reimburse school districts for purchase of adult education and literacy services for a student enrolled in a high school and for services provided to a person who has dropped out of school.

AN ACT RELATING TO FUNDING OF ADULT EDUCATION AND LITERACY SERVICES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 164(20) is added to read:

(20)  Develop and regularly update a list, which includes:

(A)  the cost of each service for services that may be provided by adult education and literacy service providers to a student enrolled in a public secondary school;

(B)  the cost of each service for services that may be provided by a public school to a person between the ages of 16 and 21 receiving adult education and literacy services and who is not enrolled in the public school; and

(C)  a full-time equivalency percentage for each service provided to an enrolled student who is receiving adult education and literacy services reimbursed under section 4017 of this title.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 563(6) is amended to read:
            (6)  Shall have discretion to furnish instruction to pupils who have completed a secondary education, to provide educational services to a student who has dropped out of school and not received a diploma, and to administer early educational programs.

Sec. 3.  16 V.S.A. § 4001(1) is amended to read:

(1)  "Average daily membership" of a school district in any year means:

(A)  the full-time equivalent enrollment of pupils, as defined by the state board by rule, who are legal residents of the district attending a school owned and operated by the district, attending a public school outside the district under an interdistrict agreement, not counted under subdivision (C) of this subdivision (1), or for whom the district pays tuition to one or more approved independent schools or public schools outside the district during the annual census period.  The census period consists of the first 40 days of the school year in which school is actually in session; and

(B)  the full-time equivalent enrollment in the year between the end of the last census period and the end of the current census period, of any

state-placed students as defined in subdivision 11(a)(28) of this title.  A school district which provides for the education of its students by paying tuition to an approved independent school or public school outside the district shall not count a state-placed student for whom it is paying tuition for purposes of determining average daily membership.  A school district which is receiving the full amount, as defined by the state board by rule, of the student's education costs under subsection 2950(a) of this title, shall not count the student for purposes of determining average daily membership. A state-placed student who is counted in average daily membership shall be counted as a student for the purposes of determining weighted student count; and

(C)  the full-time equivalent enrollment, as defined by the state board pursuant to subdivision 164(20)(C) of this title in the year between the end of the last census period and the end of the current census period of any student who is using adult education and literacy services pursuant to subsection 4017(b) of this title.

Sec. 4.  16 V.S.A. § 4017 is added to read:

§ 4017.  EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

(a)  Each town school district, city school district, union school district, unified union school district, incorporated school district, or member school district of an interstate school district shall receive reimbursement for payments made or services rendered under this section.

(b)  A school district may contract with adult education and literacy providers to provide educational services to an enrolled student who is at risk of not succeeding in the school setting.  In this case, the school district shall pay the amount established by the state board for the services under subdivision 164(20)(A) of this title.

(c)  A school district may provide educational services to a person who is less than 22 years of age, has not received a high school diploma, is not enrolled in a public school, and is enrolled in an adult education and literacy program.  In this case, the school district shall receive reimbursement in the amount established by the state board under subdivision 164(20)(B) of this title and an amount which shall be paid directly for Vermont’s adult educational and literacy services program for educational services that have been provided that meet student achievement standards established by the state board.  In this subsection, "educational services" may include counseling, health services, participation in cocurricular activities, and participation in academic or other courses.

Sec. 5.  REPEAL

16 V.S.A. § 4011(f)(2) is repealed.


Sec. 6.  APPROPRIATION

The amount of $1 million is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of education to pay for reimbursements to public school districts pursuant to Sec. 4 of this act.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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