The Vermont Statutes Online

Title 16: Education

Chapter 37: CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION

 

Sub-Chapter 1: General Provisions

§ 1521. Purpose

(a) It is the policy of the State of Vermont that all Vermonters should receive educational services that enable them to master the skills essential for further education and training or for successful entry into or advancement in the workplace.

(b) It is further the policy of the State of Vermont that Vermont's career technical education system shall be based on clear standards for student performance and career technical education program performance and that achievement of these standards shall be measured on a regular and ongoing basis. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 5, eff. April 27, 1998; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1522. Definitions

As used in this chapter:

(1) "Secondary CTE student" means a resident of this State, of any age, who has not completed high school and is enrolled in a secondary career technical education program.

(2) "Adult student" means a resident of this State, of any age, who has completed high school and who needs additional career technical education for entry into the labor force or who needs to upgrade skills to qualify for higher pay or for more dependable employment.

(3) "Secondary career technical education" or "secondary CTE" means an educational program leading to a high school diploma, designed to provide students with career and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will prepare them for further education, enhance their employment options, or lead to an industry-recognized credential.

(4) "Regional CTE center" means any of the 16 regional CTE centers operating with State support on January 1, 1984, and any other centers so designated thereafter by rule of the State Board.

(5) "Sending district" means a school district paying tuition on behalf of a student to a school district that provides CTE courses.

(6) "Receiving district" means a school district, inside or outside of this State, receiving tuition on behalf of a student to whom it provides career technical education. The classification of a school district as a receiving district is not altered by reason of the participation of that district in a contract for management of the regional CTE center under section 1543 of this title.

(7) "Service region" means, for each regional CTE center, a region surrounding it designated by rule of the State Board under section 1531 of this title. The State Board may designate a service region for two or more comprehensive high schools if that region is not served by a career technical center.

(8), (9) [Repealed.]

(10) "CTE tuition" means the amount calculated by subtracting from total regional technical CTE center costs all expenditures from State and federal grants except for incentive grants, adult education grants, or other State grants as defined by State Board rule, then dividing the result by the sum of the actual number of full-time equivalent out-of-state students and the average of the full-time equivalent Vermont students for the three prior years.

(11) "Adult career technical education" or "adult CTE" means an educational program that is not part of a postsecondary degree program, that does not award postsecondary credit, and that provides students with career and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will prepare them for further education, enhance their employment options, or lead to an industry-recognized credential.

(12) "Postsecondary career technical education" or "postsecondary CTE" means an educational program or course of study that awards postsecondary credit and is designed to provide students with career and technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will prepare them for further education, enhance their employment options, or lead to an industry-recognized credential.

(13) "Postsecondary CTE student" means a resident of this State, of any age, who desires to enroll in, or is enrolled in, a postsecondary CTE program.

(14) "Comprehensive high school" means a public or independent school other than a career technical center that provides secondary career technical education approved under section 1533 of this title. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1993, No. 233 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 49a, 49b, eff. June 21, 1994; 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 24, eff. July 1, 1999; 2001, No. 63, § 164d, eff. July 1, 2002; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 140, 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


 

Sub-Chapter 2: State Board Of Education

§ 1531. Responsibility of State Board

(a) The State Board has overall responsibility for the effectiveness of career technical education. This requires the Board to collect suitable information and to take appropriate steps within its legal, financial, and personnel resources to ensure that:

(1) Career technical education is equally available to students and is of consistent quality in all parts of the State, including areas remote from career technical centers.

(2) The timing and content of career technical education is properly and flexibly coordinated with academic instruction.

(3) Career technical education is available to adult students, particularly in areas where unemployment is high or occupational retraining needs are great. This includes entering into contracts with postsecondary educational institutions or with any resource supplier to provide adult programs at career technical centers.

(4) Career technical education programs and courses of study are demonstrably useful to their graduates in obtaining employment or improving the quality of their employment.

(5) Career technical education programs are well coordinated with related State programs in education and training. This includes ensuring that career technical education graduates receive appropriate credit toward requirements in apprenticeship programs and professional licensing programs.

(b) In order to provide regional career technical education services efficiently, the State Board shall designate a service region for each career technical center. However, the Board may designate a service region for two or more comprehensive high schools if that region is not served by a career technical center.

(c) For a school district that is geographically isolated from a Vermont career technical center, the State Board may approve a career technical center in another state as the career technical center that district students may attend. In this case, the school district shall receive transportation assistance pursuant to section 1563 of this title and tuition assistance pursuant to section 1561(c) of this title. Any student who is a resident in the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union and who is enrolled at public expense in the Charles H. McCann Technical School or the Franklin County Technical School shall be considered to be attending an approved career technical center in another state pursuant to this subsection, and, if the student is from a school district eligible for a small schools support grant pursuant to section 4015 of this title, the student's full-time equivalency shall be computed according to time attending the school. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 14; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 1993, No. 233 (Adj. Sess.), § 49c, eff. June 21, 1994; 1999, No. 10, § 1; 1999, No. 29, § 49, eff. May 19, 1999; 2001, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), § 188a; 2003, No. 66, § 183a; 2013, No. 56, § 28; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1532. Minimum standards; measurement of standards

(a) The State Board shall adopt by rule:

(1) Minimum standards for the operation and performance of career technical centers that include the school quality standards adopted by the State Board under subdivision 164(9) and section 165 of this title.

(2) Standards for student performance based on the standards adopted by the State Board under subdivision 164(9) of this title and standards for industry recognized credentials.

(3) The minimum number of days of career technical instruction for each academic year.

(4) The minimum number of hours of instruction for each course of study within career technical education.

(5) The availability of remedial programs offered to students by career technical centers or by another school, agency, or program.

(6) Accounting procedures and standards, including methods for calculating tuition for career technical education.

(7) A system of equipment inventory, amortization, and maintenance.

(8) Procedures and requirements for measurement of student knowledge and skill upon entry into and exit from the career technical program. The purpose of the measurement shall be to determine student achievement in relation to the standards for academic and career technical competence as adopted under subdivision (2) of this subsection. Aggregate results shall be reported to the communities in the service region along with other items reported pursuant to subdivision 165(a)(2) of this title.

(b) The following shall be adopted by procedure or rule:

(1) competencies that graduates of each kind of career technical program should be able to demonstrate, including career technical competencies necessary for the student's intended employment;

(2) minimum admissions competencies for entrance into each career technical course of study;

(3) procedures by which the Secretary will review and comment on the employment qualifications of candidates for positions at career technical centers for whom State salary assistance will be requested;

(4) requirements for career technical centers to provide programs designed to acquaint prospective students with career technical courses of study;

(5) procedures by which the Secretary will review and approve use of course of study credits in career technical education to meet State graduation requirements;

(6) procedures, including communications with the sending school districts, to identify unique or specific circumstances relative to a student's progress or safety. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 1a; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.); 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 6, eff. April 27, 1998; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 141, 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1533. Career technical center evaluation

(a) At least once in each period of five years, and in coordination with the Vermont Advisory Council on Career Technical Education, the Secretary shall evaluate the effectiveness of each career technical center in the State. The State Board by rule shall prescribe the method for conducting these evaluations.

(b) Evaluations of career technical centers shall consider at least the following areas:

(1) compliance with this chapter and the rules of the State Board;

(2) the condition and suitability of the facility and its equipment;

(3) the quality of the course of study, including faculty development policies and instruction;

(4) the overall success of the center at combining academic education, skill training, and employability trait development into its program;

(5) the overall success of the center in providing regionwide services and a flexible response to student needs, integrating its courses of study into a coherent program, and coordinating its program with postsecondary career technical education services;

(6) the satisfaction of the center's customer groups, including graduates, sending schools, and local industry;

(7) the adequacy and effectiveness of the center in meeting the educational and employment needs of all its eligible students, including its success in taking steps to encourage each student to consider enrolling in courses not traditional for that student's sex.

(c) [Repealed.]  (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 3, 7; 2003, No. 122 (Adj. Sess.), § 294w; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 142, 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1534. Course of study evaluation

(a) At least once in each period of five years, and in coordination with the Vermont Advisory Council on Career Technical Education, the Secretary shall evaluate the effectiveness of each course of study offered by any career technical center in the State. The State Board by rule shall prescribe the method for conducting these evaluations.

(b) Evaluations of courses of study shall consider at least the following areas as they apply in every center offering that course:

(1) the content and quality of the program, including the scope of instruction and the academic and practical competencies required for completion;

(2) the length of the course;

(3) the adequacy of equipment used in the course;

(4) the appropriateness of the program and its content in light of later career and higher education choices made by recent graduates;

(5) the usefulness of the program to recent graduates;

(6) coordination with other State programs, especially licensing, job training, and apprenticeship programs;

(7) possibilities for decentralization of the program.

(c) [Repealed.]  (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 2003, No. 122 (Adj. Sess.), § 294w; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 143, 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


 

Sub-Chapter 3: Local Career Technical Education Programs

§ 1541. Responsibility of local school boards that operate career technical centers

(a) A school board that operates a CTE center has responsibility for providing secondary and adult career technical education services within its service region.

(b) A school board that operates a CTE center shall establish a regional advisory board. It shall give due regard to the policy and financial recommendations of its regional advisory board. When the school board rejects a written recommendation of a regional advisory board, or fails to adopt a recommendation after 30 days, it shall notify the advisory board and the Secretary in writing, stating its reasons. If the State Board designates a service region for two or more comprehensive high schools, the boards of the high schools shall establish a joint regional advisory board.

(c) In consultation with its regional advisory board, a school board that operates a regional CTE center shall:

(1) annually set the budget for operation of the center;

(2) establish the secondary and adult curriculum of the regional center, including courses of study offered;

(3) whenever advantageous to the service region, provide for the decentralization of its career technical programs, including the creation of rotating and satellite programs;

(4) employ and, as need requires, dismiss an assistant director for adult education and, subject to section 243 of this title, a director of career technical education;

(5) establish admission and program completion policies;

(6) periodically evaluate the success of the center in serving all parts of its service area and in offering useful adult training and education programs;

(7) periodically evaluate the quality of each course of study offered by the center;

(8) coordinate use of the center with the Vermont State Colleges, with other State programs, including licensing, job training, and apprenticeship programs, and other approved institutions, for the provision of postsecondary career technical education programs and charge fees not exceeding actual direct and indirect costs of the use of the center;

(9) offer programs designed to acquaint prospective students with CTE programs that do not require an enrollment commitment; and

(10) after giving due consideration to efficient and cost-effective use of the center, establish fees for building and equipment use.

(d) A school board that operates a CTE center:

(1) shall establish a CTE tuition;

(2) shall make the center's facilities and equipment available for providing CTE education to adults; and

(3) shall use and maintain all facilities designed and constructed for career technical education in a manner consistent with that purpose, except when those facilities are not needed for CTE and the Secretary consents. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 2, 3; 1989, No. 243 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 4, 7; 1993, No. 233 (Adj. Sess.), § 49d, eff. June 21, 1994; 2007, No. 192 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.004, eff. June 7, 2008; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 145, 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1541a. Responsibility of local boards in sending districts

(a) A school board of a sending district that offers public education in grade 11 or 12 shall:

(1) Provide students enrolled in grades 11 and 12 with a genuine opportunity to participate fully and to benefit from career technical education.

(2) Provide students enrolled in programs at career technical centers transportation between its high school building and the career technical center or centers in its designated service region or regions.

(3) If the career technical center for the region does not offer a course of study desired by a student, pay tuition on behalf of that student who applies and is accepted to another career technical center that does offer such a course of study. The district of residence is not responsible for providing transportation for a student attending a career technical center under this subdivision.

(b) A school district that maintains a secondary school shall provide the names and addresses of enrolled students to the CTE center for its region for the limited purpose of the CTE center providing information to students and their parents about CTE center offerings. An approved independent school shall provide to the CTE center the names and addresses of enrolled secondary students for whom it receives publicly funded tuition dollars. (Added 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; amended 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 7, eff. April 27, 1998; 2013, No. 56, § 5, eff. May 30, 2013; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.h)


§ 1542. Regional advisory board

(a) Each regional advisory board shall consist of:

(1) one member from each public high school in the center's service region, elected by and from among the members of that high school board for a term determined by that high school board; and

(2) the superintendent or his or her designee of each supervisory union within the center's service region; and

(3) one member elected for a term of three years by and from among the school board of each sending district in the center's service region that does not have a public high school represented on the advisory board under subdivision (1) of this section; except, that if there are more than three such districts in the center's service area, the advisory board shall select three school boards to represent the interests of all such districts, shall rotate its selections among the districts, and shall stagger the expiration of initial terms; and

(4) one member of the board of each independent comprehensive high school within a service region, elected by the members of that board for a term determined by that board; and

(5) once constituted, the regional advisory board shall elect three additional members for terms of three years to represent the interests of employers or employees, provided that no two terms shall expire in any year.

(b) A regional advisory board, with the consent of the Workforce Development Council, may delegate its responsibilities to the grantee that performs workforce development activities in the region pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 542. In this case, the grantee shall become the regional advisory board unless and until the school board that operates the career technical center requests that the regional advisory board be reconstituted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 1993, No. 233 (Adj. Sess.), § 49e, eff. June 21, 1994; 2001, No. 33, § 2; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 147, 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1543. Repealed. 2001, No. 33, § 6.


§ 1544. Career technical courses in other schools

Subject to any direction and regulations as to courses, teachers, or equipment that the State Board may prescribe by rule, high schools may include within their courses of study pretechnical or career technical courses, or both. Before establishing such a program, a high school shall consult with the regional advisory board for its CTE service region. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 6; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 148, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1545. Credits and grades earned

(a) Grades earned in a course offered within a CTE program approved by the State Board shall not be altered by any public school or approved or recognized independent school in Vermont and shall be applied by the school toward any State graduation requirements in accordance with rules adopted by the State Board. Any State Board rules regarding earning of credits shall allow flexibility with respect to the integration of CTE education and other academic courses.

(b) The credits earned for a career technical education program approved by the State Board shall be honored by any public or independent school within Vermont. If necessary to enable a student to participate in career technical education and graduate with his or her class, the credits earned shall be applied toward any school district or independent school graduation requirements exceeding the minimum number of credits required by the State Board. The school board of the high school from which the student wishes to graduate shall make a determination as to whether the credits shall be applied toward graduation requirements. A decision of a school board may be appealed to the Secretary who shall construe this section to favor participation in career technical education.

(c) For any student attending the Vermont Academy for Science and Technology pursuant to subsection 4011(e) of this title, the credits and grades earned shall, upon request of the student or the student's parent or guardian, be applied toward graduation requirements at the Vermont high school that the student attended prior to enrolling in the Academy. (Added 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; amended 2001, No. 149 (Adj. Sess.), § 68, eff. June 27, 2002; 2003, No. 36, § 20; 2013, No. 77, § 9; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 149, 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1546. Comprehensive high schools

(a) In the sections referenced in this section, when applied to an independent comprehensive high school, the term "school board" or "school district" means "the school's board of trustees."

(b) A comprehensive high school shall charge and receive tuition pursuant to section 824 of this title. A comprehensive high school shall be a career technical center for the purposes of receiving funding for grants per full-time equivalent student under section 1561 of this title, for tryout classes under section 1562 of this title, for equipment replacement under section 1564 of this title, for incentive grants under section 1566 of this title, and for reporting requirements under section 1568 of this title. Funds received under this section shall be used for support of career technical education programs within the comprehensive high school.

(c) Two or more comprehensive high schools for which the State Board has designated a service region shall be a career technical center for the purposes of accountability to the State Board under subchapter 2 of this chapter, responsibilities of the career technical center under subchapter 3 of this chapter, and receiving State financial assistance under subchapter 5 of this chapter, excluding the per equalized pupil general State support grant under subsection 1561(b). The regional advisory board shall determine how funds received under subchapter 5 shall be distributed. A comprehensive high school aggrieved by a decision of the regional advisory board may appeal to the Secretary who, after opportunity for hearing, may affirm or modify the decision. (Added 1999, No. 10, § 2; amended 2001, No. 63, § 164a, eff. July 1, 2002; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 150, 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


 

Sub-Chapter 4: Eligibility And Tuition

§ 1551. Secondary student eligibility

(a) A secondary student shall be enrolled in a program of part-time or full-time career technical education at a career technical center if he or she:

(1) applies for the program; and

(2) is accepted into the program by the career technical center.

(b) A secondary student who is eligible to enroll in a career technical center, but who resides in a sending school district, and who so applies, shall be enrolled for academic education in the high school associated with the career technical center if:

(1) the sending school district operates a high school but does not provide daily transportation at its expense to and from the career technical center; or

(2) the sending school district does not operate a high school.

(c) A secondary student who enrolls in a career technical center may enroll part-time in any school to which he or she would otherwise be entitled to enroll for full-time attendance. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1551a. Secondary students not enrolled in a high school

(a) Enrollment in a high school shall not be a precondition for enrollment in a career technical center for a student of any age without a diploma. For the purposes of this section, a general education development credential shall not be considered a high school diploma.

(b) A school district may establish reasonable procedures to require its resident students to discuss educational opportunities within career technical centers or the high school. Procedures shall not interfere with enrollment in a career technical center. If a student without a diploma who is not enrolled in a high school enrolls in a career technical center, within 10 days of enrollment, the career technical center shall notify the school district of residence of the enrollment. (Added 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 9; amended 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1552. Secondary student tuition

(a) Each career technical center shall establish a tuition charge for secondary career technical education. The amount shall reflect the actual cost, as defined by rule of the State Board, of attendance in the career technical courses offered by the center. The tuition charge shall be reduced proportionally for students enrolled in a part-time program.

(b) Secondary students are eligible for tuition assistance in career technical education provided in another state when the State Board determines that such career technical education can properly serve the needs of Vermont students.

(c) For students from a school district within Vermont, funds received under subsection 1561(c) of this title shall be subtracted when calculating the tuition charge. For students who are not Vermont residents, funds received under subsections 1561(b) and (c) of this title shall not be subtracted when calculating the tuition charge.

(d) The tuition charged to a school district within Vermont shall be based on the average of the district's three prior years' full-time equivalent student enrollment in the career technical center. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 10, 25, eff. July 1, 1999, eff. July 1, 1999; 2005, No. 54, § 11; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1553. Adult students

An adult student who is academically qualified for career technical education, who applies and for whom space is available shall be enrolled in a program of secondary career technical education at a career technical center at a rate not to exceed 40 percent of the announced tuition. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 9; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 11, eff. April 27, 1998; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


 

Sub-Chapter 5: State Financial Assistance

§ 1561. Tuition reduction

(a) In this section:

(1) "Student" means a Vermont secondary student without a diploma regardless of age and regardless of whether the student is enrolled in a high school in Vermont.

(2) "Full-time equivalent student" means the average of a Vermont school district's three prior years' full-time equivalent enrollment of students in the career technical center.

(b) On behalf of a sending school district within Vermont, a career technical center shall receive from the Education Fund for each full-time equivalent student from the district 87 percent of the base education amount and an equivalent amount shall be subtracted from the amount due to the sending district under section 4011 of this title. The amount sent to the career technical center and subtracted from the sending district shall be considered a revenue and an expenditure of the district and shall be reported as such in appropriate accounts and in the district's annual budget.

(c) Annually, the General Assembly shall appropriate funds to pay for a supplemental assistance grant per full-time equivalent student. The amount of the grant shall be equal to 35 percent of the base education amount for that year.

(d) In any year following a year in which fall semester full-time equivalent enrollment of students at a career technical center increased by 20 percent or more over the previous fall semester, in addition to other aid, the career technical center shall receive an extra supplemental assistance grant equal to two-thirds of the 35 percent of the base education amount for that year, multiplied by the actual full-time equivalent enrollment increase. The next year, if the increase in fall semester full-time equivalent enrollment is less than 20 percent, in addition to other aid, the career technical center shall receive an extra supplemental assistance grant equal to one-third of the 35 percent of the base education amount for the year multiplied by the actual full-time equivalent increase of the previous fall semester. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 46, § 3, eff. May 13, 1987; 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 10, 10a; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 6, 7; 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 12, eff. July 1, 1999; 2001, No. 63, § 164b; 2003, No. 68, § 18, eff. June 18, 2003; 2003, No. 76 (Adj. Sess.), § 26, eff. Feb. 17, 2004; 2003, No. 122 (Adj. Sess.), § 188; 2005, No. 54, § 12; 2009, No. 44, §§ 18, 19, eff. May 21, 2009; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1562. Tryout classes

From the monies annually available for use in career technical education, the State Board may reimburse part of the program cost attributable to programs designed to assist students in deciding whether to enroll in career technical courses. As a condition of such assistance, the program shall demonstrate that it has taken steps to encourage each student to consider enrolling in courses not traditional for that student's sex. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1563. Transportation assistance

(a) It is the policy of the General Assembly to encourage Vermont students to enroll in career technical education courses. In furtherance of that policy, transportation assistance is provided for in this section to facilitate the enrollment of Vermont students in career technical education programs.

(b) Transportation assistance shall be paid from the Education Fund to school districts that provide transportation to and from career technical education programs, regardless of whether the program is offered in a career technical center in the district's designated service region or regions or is offered within the career technical center region at a location other than at a career technical center. Assistance shall be $1.50 per mile for actual number of miles traveled, in 1998 dollars adjusted annually by the annual price index for state and local government purchases of goods and services. Payments shall be made on or before December 10 and June 10. Requests submitted on or following May 15 shall be reimbursed in the next payment.

(c) The State Board may adopt rules necessary to implement this section. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 1997, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.), § 13, eff. July 1, 1999; 2007, No. 66, § 7; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1564. Repealed. 2009, No. 1 (Sp. Sess.), § E.511.1.


§ 1565. Salary assistance

(a) The State Board shall reimburse a school district operating a career technical center for a portion of its cost in paying the salary of the following persons:

(1) the director of career technical education;

(2) a person whose principal duty is to provide guidance services for career technical students;

(3) a person whose principal duty is to find job training opportunities for students during the time they are enrolled at the career technical center;

(4) an assistant director for adult education;

(5) an assistant director of career technical education, if the career technical center has full-time equivalent enrollment of at least 150 and the sending school population is at least 30 percent of the career technical center's total full-time equivalent enrollment.

(b) Assistance under this section shall be determined by a formula and standards established by rule of the State Board. The formula and those standards:

(1) Shall provide different levels of support for different positions as follows:

(A) Directors and guidance coordinators' salary assistance shall be 50 percent of the State average salary and benefits for each position, or 50 percent of the actual salary and benefits for each individual, whichever is less.

(B) Assistant directors, except for assistant directors for adult education, if the district is eligible, and co-op teachers' salary assistance shall be 35 percent of the State average salary and benefits for each position, or 35 percent of the actual salary and benefits for each individual, whichever is less.

(C) Salary assistance for assistant directors for adult education shall be up to 50 percent of the State average salary and benefits paid to full-time assistant directors for adult education; salary assistance shall be prorated for part-time assistant directors. Salary assistance under this subdivision (1)(C) shall not be paid from the Education Fund to the extent that the obligation is not fully funded from the General Fund. State General Fund assistance shall be divided so that each district employing an assistant director receives the same base amount of State salary support. The base support shall be pro-rated for part-time assistant directors. Payment under this subsection does not preclude a district from using other State and federal grants to supplement the actual salaries and benefits of assistant directors for adult education.

(2) Shall require as a condition of assistance that the director:

(A) Is responsible for the overall administration of all career technical programs.

(B) Reports administratively to the superintendent of schools for the supervisory union of the school district that operates the center, or to a headmaster if the career technical center is not managed by a school board. (Added 1983, No. 247 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1987, No. 238 (Adj. Sess.), § 12; 1991, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 2007, No. 46, § 5a, eff. May 23, 2007; 2007, No. 66, § 8; 2007, No. 192 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.004.1; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 302, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)


§ 1566. Repealed. 2013, No. 56, § 15(3), eff. May 30, 2013.


§ 1567. Repealed. 2001, No. 63, § 164d, eff. July 1, 2002.