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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.7

Introduced by Representative Otterman of Topsham

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; tuition; maximum

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to limit the amount of tuition paid to a secondary school to the lowest amount charged by a public secondary school within a 30‑mile radius of the school district boundaries.

AN ACT RELATING TO LIMITS ON SECONDARY TUITION PAYMENTS

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

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 824 is amended to read:

§ 824.  HIGH SCHOOL TUITION

(a)  Tuition for high school pupils shall be paid by the school district in which the pupil is a resident.

(b)  Except as otherwise provided for technical students, the district shall pay the full tuition charged an amount not to exceed the lowest tuition charged by any public secondary school within a 30‑mile radius of the school district boundaries for its pupils attending a public high school in Vermont or an adjoining state, or a public or independent school in Vermont functioning as an approved area technical center, or an independent school meeting school quality standards.  However, if a payment made to a public high school or an independent school meeting school quality standards is three percent more or less than the calculated net cost per secondary pupil in the receiving school district for the year of attendance then the district shall be reimbursed, credited, or refunded pursuant to section 836 of this title, unless otherwise agreed to by the boards of both the receiving and sending districts or independent schools.

(c)  For students in grades 7 and 8, the district shall pay an amount not to exceed the average announced tuition of Vermont union high schools an amount not to exceed the lowest tuition charged by any public secondary school offering grades 7 and 8 within a 30‑mile radius of the school district boundaries for students in grades 7 and 8 for the year of attendance for its pupils enrolled in an approved independent school not functioning as a Vermont area technical center, or any higher amount approved by the electorate at an annual or special meeting warned for that purpose.  For students in grades 9–12, the district shall pay an amount not to exceed the average announced tuition of Vermont union high schools lowest tuition charged by any public secondary school offering grades 9–12 within a 30‑mile radius of the school district boundaries for students in grades 9–12 for the year of attendance for its pupils enrolled in an approved independent school not functioning as a Vermont area technical center, or any higher amount approved by the electorate at an annual or special meeting warned for that purpose.  



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