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Substitute House Bill No. 5345

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-26

AN ACT CONCERNING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND READMISSION AND PLACEMENT OF OLDER STUDENTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 10-186 of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-130, is amended by adding subsection (d) as follows:

(NEW) (d) If a child sixteen years of age or older voluntarily terminates enrollment in a school district and subsequently seeks readmission, the local or regional board of education for the school district may deny school accommodations to such child for up to ninety school days from the date of such termination.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 10-220 of the general statutes, as amended by section 6 of public act 95-182, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each local or regional board of education shall maintain good public elementary and secondary schools, implement the educational interests of the state as defined in section 10-4a and provide such other educational activities as in its judgment will best serve the interests of the school district; provided any board of education may secure such opportunities in another school district in accordance with provisions of the general statutes and shall give all the children of the school district as nearly equal advantages as may be practicable; shall have charge of the schools of its respective school district; shall make a continuing study of the need for school facilities and of a long-term school building program and from time to time make recommendations based on such study to the town; shall have the care, maintenance and operation of buildings, lands, apparatus and other property used for school purposes and at all times shall insure all such buildings and all capital equipment contained therein against loss in an amount not less than eighty per cent of replacement cost; shall determine the number, age and qualifications of the pupils to be admitted into each school; shall employ and dismiss the teachers of the schools of such district subject to the provisions of sections 10-151 AS AMENDED and 10-158a; shall designate the schools which shall be attended by the various children within the school district; shall make such provisions as will enable each child of school age, residing in the district to attend some public day school for the period required by law and provide for the transportation of children wherever transportation is reasonable and desirable, and for such purpose may make contracts covering periods of not more than five years; MAY PLACE IN AN ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL PROGRAM OR OTHER SUITABLE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM A PUPIL ENROLLING IN SCHOOL WHO IS NINETEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND CANNOT ACQUIRE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF CREDITS FOR GRADUATION BY AGE TWENTY-ONE may arrange with the board of education of an adjacent town for the instruction therein of such children as can attend school in such adjacent town more conveniently; shall cause each child seven years of age and over and under sixteen living in the school district to attend school in accordance with the provisions of section 10-184, and shall perform all acts required of it by the town or necessary to carry into effect the powers and duties imposed by law.

Sec. 3. Section 10-221a of the general statutes, as amended by section 8 of public act 95-182, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Commencing with classes graduating in 1988, and for each graduating class thereafter, no local or regional board of education shall permit any student to graduate from high school or grant a diploma to any student who has not satisfactorily completed a minimum of twenty credits, not fewer than four of which shall be in English, not fewer than three in mathematics, not fewer than three in social studies, not fewer than two in science, not fewer than one in the arts or vocational education and not fewer than one in physical education. Any student who presents a certificate from a physician stating that, in the opinion of the physician, participation in physical education is medically contraindicated because of the physical condition of such student, shall be excused from the physical education requirement, provided the credit for physical education may be fulfilled by an elective. Determination of eligible credits shall be at the discretion of the local or regional board of education, provided the primary focus of the curriculum of eligible credits corresponds directly to the subject matter of the specified course requirements. [These] THE LOCAL OR REGIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY PERMIT A STUDENT TO GRADUATE DURING A PERIOD OF EXPULSION PURSUANT TO SECTION 10-233d, AS AMENDED, IF THE BOARD DETERMINES THE STUDENT HAS SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED THE NECESSARY CREDITS PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. THE requirements OF THIS SECTION shall apply to any student requiring special education pursuant to section 10-76a, except when the planning and placement team for such student determines the requirement not to be appropriate. For purposes of this section, a credit shall consist of not less than the equivalent of a forty-minute class period for each school day of a school year except for a credit or part of a credit toward high school graduation earned at an institution accredited by the Department of Higher Education or regionally accredited. Only courses taken in grades nine through twelve, inclusive, shall satisfy this graduation requirement, except that a local or regional board of education may grant a student credit (1) toward meeting a specified course requirement upon the successful completion in grade seven or eight of any course, the primary focus of which corresponds directly to the subject matter of a specified course requirement in grades nine to twelve, inclusive; or (2) toward meeting the high school graduation requirement upon the successful completion of coursework at an institution accredited by the Department of Higher Education or regionally accredited. One three-credit semester course, or its equivalent, at such an institution shall equal one-half credit for purposes of this section. [Notwithstanding the grant of such credit, each such student shall complete at least twenty credits in grades nine to twelve, inclusive, successfully.] A local or regional board of education may offer one-half credit in community service which, if satisfactorily completed, shall qualify for high school graduation credit pursuant to this section, provided such community service is supervised by a certified school administrator or teacher and consists of not less than fifty hours of actual service that may be performed at times when school is not regularly in session and not less than ten hours of related classroom instruction. For purposes of this section, community service does not include partisan political activities. The State Board of Education shall assist local and regional boards of education in meeting the requirements of this section.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 1996.

Approved April 29, 1996. Effective July 1, 1996.

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