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ACT SUMMARY 2007-2008


ACT NO. 66


Education; miscellaneous changes

This act makes miscellaneous, mostly technical changes to education law. The more substantive changes include:

* Clarifies an apparent conflict between 16 V.S.A. §§ 823(a) and 824(b) and 16 V.S.A. § 825(b) by allowing a receiving school to vary from certain tuition requirements, provided that the same terms are offered to all sending districts.

* Provides transportation assistance for districts that transport their technical education students, regardless of whether the course is offered at a technical center or a satellite location in the region.

* Clarifies the types of technical assistance for which a high spending district may contract if it uses a portion of its excess spending penalty for that purpose.

* Eliminates the excess spending penalty for extremely small towns that exceed the limit solely because of new special education costs.

* Deletes the sunset and codifies into statute an existing provision that provides assistance to districts with unusual special education costs.

* Shortens the timeline for calculating average daily membership so that the equalized pupil count may be established earlier.

* Extends and clarifies 2006 session law regarding pregnant and parenting teens attending a teen education center.

* Clarifies that when the base value of TIF property is increased for education property taxes, the increase applies only to the TIF district and not to the entire town.

* Removes from the calculation of excess spending the deficit created in a district that tuitions its students when the deficit resulted solely because one or more students moved into the district after the budget was determined.

Effective Date: Various

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont