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House Calendar

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2007

49th DAY OF BIENNIAL SESSION

House Convenes at 10:00 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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ACTION CALENDAR

     Action Postponed Until Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 274  Adult Foster Care............................................................................. 112

               Rep. Mrowicki for Human Services

Favorable with Amendment

H. 15  Relating to a Statewide School Year Calendar..................................... 112

               Rep. Mook for the Committee on Education

NEW BUSINESS

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 313  Administration and Enforcement of Fines Judicial Bureau.................... 115

               Rep. Lippert for Judiciary

 

 

 


 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

ACTION CALENDAR

     Action Postponed Until Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 274

An act relating to adult foster care.

(Rep. Mrowicki of Putney will speak for the Committee on Human Services.)

Favorable with Amendment

H. 15

     An act relating to a statewide school year calendar.

     Pending Action: Second reading of the bill.

Rep. Mook of Bennington, for the Committee on Education, recommends the bill be amended by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 1.  FINDINGS

(a)  The general assembly finds:

(1)  School districts need to find ways to collaborate in order to maintain concurrent schedules, improve student learning, and reduce costs through sharing of resources.

(2)  Students learn best when provided educational services for uninterrupted periods of instructional time.

(3)  Educators can deliver instructional services more efficiently and effectively when schools are following the same vacation, holiday, and statewide assessment schedules.

(4)  Common professional development days provide educators the opportunity to participate in regional and statewide programs.

(5)  A uniform statewide calendar ensures better attendance at regional programs, such as technical centers.

(6)  The dates on which a school year begins and ends have great impact on families and businesses, as does the scheduling of in-service days and vacation.

(b)  Therefore, it is the intent of this act to direct the commissioner of education to adopt a statewide calendar.  It is not the intent that the statewide calendar shall deviate from the traditional summer vacation period.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 1071 is amended to read:

§ 1071.  SCHOOL YEAR AND SCHOOL DAY CALENDAR

(a)  Minimum number of days Statewide school calendarExcept as provided in this section, each public school shall be maintained and operated for  The commissioner shall develop a uniform statewide calendar for use by all public schools.  To develop the first year’s calendar, which the commissioner shall use as the model for future calendars, the commissioner shall engage in a public process with students, parents, educators, the business community, and other interested parties.  The purpose of the statewide calendar shall be to improve high quality learning opportunities for all Vermont students.  The commissioner shall announce the uniform statewide calendar by October 1 for the ensuing school year.  The calendar shall include:

(1)  at least one hundred seventy-five 175 common student attendance days in each school year.  For purposes of this section, a majority of students enrolled in a school must be recorded on the school roll as in attendance on any day counted as a student attendance day.;

(2)  at least five common teacher in-service education days, during which time activities shall be conducted without students present in order to increase the competency of the staff, improve the curriculum of the school, enable teachers to attend state educational meetings, or disseminate student progress information to parents or the community;

(3)  to the extent possible, common periods for statewide assessments;

(4)  periods of vacation and holidays so as to ensure uninterrupted periods of instructional time;

(5)  a sufficient number of makeup days to compensate for unanticipated closings.  

(b)  Hours of operation.  Within the minimum set by the state board, the school board shall fix the number of hours that shall constitute a school day, subject to change upon the order of the state board.

(c)  Unanticipated closings.  When a public school is closed for cause beyond the control of the school board it may petition the state board for a waiver of the requirements of this section.  The petition shall be filed with the state board within 10 days of each occurrence and not later than June 15 of the school year involved; and the state board shall act on the petition at its next meeting held five or more business days following receipt of the petition.  Action may include approval of the request, disapproval of the request, or postponement of a decision for a definite period in order to enable the district to schedule makeup days.  If the petition is approved and a waiver granted, the school district shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of this section.  If the state board fails to act at that meeting, the petition shall be deemed to have been approved and the waiver granted.

(d)  Unique community situations.  If a school district or group of school districts needs to deviate from the uniform calendar due to a circumstance unique to the community which cannot otherwise be accommodated, the district or districts may petition the state board for a waiver by January 1 for the ensuing school year, and the state board shall act on the petition at its next meeting.

(e)  Regional calendar.  Before April 1 of each year, the superintendents of schools and the headmasters of public schools not managed by school boards in an area shall meet, and by majority vote, establish a uniform calendar within that area for the following school year.  The calendar shall include student attendance days, periods of vacation, holidays and teacher in-service education days and shall comply with subsection (a) of this section.  Unless permitted by the commissioner, no area served by a regional technical center shall be divided into two or more calendar regions.  [Deleted.]

(f)  Additional days.  Nothing in this section prohibits a school board from scheduling additional days for student attendance or teacher in-service education.  However, those days shall not conflict with any applicable school displace or replace days identified as common student attendance days or common teacher in-service education days on the statewide calendar.

(g)  Upon application of one or more school districts, after approval by the voters of each such district, the state board may grant a waiver of the requirements of subsection (a) if it is satisfied that equivalent educational programming will be maintained or improved.  The waiver may be granted for any purpose, including the conservation of energy.

Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE

     The statewide calendar developed under this act shall be voluntary for the 2008–2009 school year and shall be mandatory for the 2009–2010 school year and each year thereafter.

(Committee vote: 11-0-0)

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Committee Bill for Second Reading

H. 313

An act relating to the administration and enforcement of fines within the judicial bureau.

(Rep. Lippert of Hinesburg will speak for the Committee on Judiciary.)

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 – Room 11 – 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. –Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty – International Trade and State Sovereignty.

 

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

Members’ amendments to H.302

(Fiscal Year 2007 budget adjustment bill)

 

The Appropriations Committee invites all members of the House who intend to introduce amendments to the FY 2007 budget adjustment bill to meet with the Appropriations Committee on Thursday, February 15, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 42.   Please talk to Virginia Catone in Room 40 (ext. 2251) to schedule a time.

 

Public Hearings on Fiscal Year 2008 State budget

Tuesday, February 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 11 & Friday, February 23, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Room 10

     The House Appropriations Committee will hear from Vermont citizens, including representatives of advocacy groups and other organizations, on the subject of Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations.  Testimony will be scheduled in advance for 10-minute intervals (or shorter, depending on the amount of requests).  To reserve a time slot, please call the Committee office at 802-828-2251

 

 

 



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