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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.884

Introduced by   Committee on Education

Date:

Subject:  Education; prekindergarten; qualifications; STARS program

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to ensure the quality of all prekindergarten education programs offered by or through public school districts.

AN ACT RELATING TO ENSURING QUALITY IN PREKINDERGARTEN EDUCATION PROGRAMS OFFERED BY OR THROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS

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

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 829(10)(A) is amended to read:

(A)  A provider must The prekindergarten education program, whether offered by or through the district, shall have received:

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Sec. 2.  PREKINDERGARTEN EDUCATION; MINIMUM QUALITY STANDARDS

(a)  For the 2008–2009 school year, any prekindergarten education program offered by a school district that is not yet participating in the STARS program shall be granted presumptive eligibility at a three star level if the program is in good regulatory standing with the department for children and families.

(b)  The departments for children and families and of education jointly shall develop and approve rules for the STARS program, applicable respectively to public and private providers, to be adopted by the department for children and families under chapter 25 of Title 3.  The rules shall be in effect no later than April 1, 2009.



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