|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Committee on Education
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 provider must The
prekindergarten education program, whether offered by or through the district, shall
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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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