SB 1021

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AN ACT ESTABLISHING A COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS PILOT PROGRAM.

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

1Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) As used in this section:

2(1) "Community school" has the same meaning as provided in

3section 10-74i of the general statutes;

4(2) "Lead partner agency" means a nonprofit organization that

5partners with school personnel to manage and lead the work of

6developing and sustaining a community school; and

7(3) "Community partner" has the same meaning as provided in

8section 10-74i of the general statutes; and

9(b) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021, the

10 Department of Education shall administer a comprehensive

11community schools pilot program that awards grants for the planning

12and implementation of a new community school or the expansion of

13an existing community school. The department shall annually award

14(1) sustainable community school start-up grants in an amount not to

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15exceed fifty thousand dollars per grant awarded to not more than four

16applicants, and (2) sustainable community school implementation

17grants in an amount not to exceed one hundred twenty-five thousand

18dollars per grant awarded to not more than four applicants, provided

19no more than two such implementation grants are awarded to an

20applicant located in an educational reform district, as defined in

21section 10-262u of the general statutes.

22(c) (1) Prior to submitting an application under this subsection, an

23applicant shall establish a community school planning and oversight

24team that is responsible for developing school-specific programming

25goals, assessing program needs and, if applicable, overseeing the

26process of implementing expanded programming. Such team shall be

27composed of at least twelve, but not more than eighteen, members as

28follows: (A) At least four of whom are parents or guardians of students

29who would be served by the proposed community school, (B) at least

30four of whom are teachers at the proposed community school, (C) the

34representatives from civic or parent-teacher organizations selected by

35the local or regional board of education that such board believes

36represents the best interests of students and public education.

37(2) Any local or regional board of education for a town designated

38as an alliance district, as defined in section 10-262u of the general

39statutes and a lead partner agency may submit an application for a

40 sustainable community school start-up grant. An application

41submitted under this subsection shall include evidence of support

42from (A) the local or regional board of education, (B) a lead partner

43agency, and (C) the parents or guardians of students who would be

44served by the community school.

45(d) (1) Prior to submitting an application under this subsection, an

46applicant shall establish a community school planning and oversight

47team, as described in subdivision (1) of subsection (c) of this section,

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48and a school leadership team that is responsible for continually

49monitoring the development and implementation of a community

50school. The community school planning and oversight team and the

51school leadership team shall collaborate with the lead partner agency

52and school personnel at the community school to (A) conduct a

53baseline analysis of students' instructional and service needs within

54the school and the community, (B) provide for the coordinated

55delivery of instructional programming and services to students, and

56 (C) address the ongoing responsiveness of the comprehensive

57community school pilot program. The school leadership team shall be

58composed of at least twelve, but not more than fifteen, members as

59follows: (i) The principal at the community school, or the principal's

60designee, (ii) parents or guardians of students who would be served by

61the community school, (iii) teachers and other school personnel

62providing direct services to students at the community school, (iv)

63representatives from community partners who would provide services

64at the community school, (v) in the case of a community school at a

65high school, at least one who is a student enrolled at such school, and

66(vi) at least two of whom are representatives from the neighborhoods

67served by such school.

68(2) Any local or regional board of education for a town designated

69as an alliance district, as defined in section 10-262u of the general

70statutes and a lead partner agency may submit an application for a

71sustainable community school implementation grant. An application

72submitted under this subsection shall include (A) a community school

73plan, as described in section 10-74i of the general statutes, (B) evidence

74of support from the local or regional board of education and a lead

75partner agency, and that the support from such lead partner agency is

76for a period of at least five years, (C) the creation of a position, or

77designation of an existing employee, at the school to be the community

78schools coordinator that will be integrated with the office of the school

79 principal, (D) strategies that coordinate and integrate services

80provided to students and their families by family resource centers,

81established pursuant to section 10-4o of the general statutes, (E) a

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82sustainable funding plan for the community school, including the costs

83and benefits of service coordination, sources of charitable revenue and

84in-kind services and the feasibility of using funding received pursuant

85to Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 USC 6301

86et seq., as an on-going funding source, (F) evidence of sustained

87parental engagement in the planning, implementation and planned

88operation of the community school, (G) strategies for ensuring a

89continuum of early childhood education opportunities, if the school

90offers kindergarten, (H) evidence of support and commitment from the

91exclusive bargaining unit for certified employees chosen pursuant to

92section 10-153b of the general statutes, (I) a description of the structure

93and composition of the community school planning and oversight

94team, established pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, and (J)

95a description of the school leadership team, established pursuant to

96subdivision (1) of this section.

97 (e) On or before August 15, 2020, and August 15, 2021, the 98 Department of Education shall conduct an evaluation of the

99comprehensive community school pilot program. Such evaluation

100shall address (1) the overall effectiveness of the pilot program at each

101community school based on measures of student engagement, student

102academic achievement, parental engagement and noninstructional

103services provided to students and their families, (2) any changes in the

104number or percentage of students and nonstudents receiving services

105at the community school, and the nature of such change, (3) any local

106budget savings resulting from implementation of the community

107school, (4) the nature and breadth of revenue sources utilized in the

108provision of services through the community school, (5) the degree of

109community stakeholder and institutional partner engagement, (6) any

110increases in access to community services for students and their

111families as a result of the community school, (7) any increased

112collaboration between participating agencies and private partners, and

113(8) any lessons learned regarding strategies to improve the future

114delivery of community school services to students and their families.

115 The department shall submit such evaluation and any

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116recommendations for legislation to the joint standing committee of the

117General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education,

118children and human services, in accordance with the provisions of

119section 11-4a of the general statutes.

120Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) There is established the

121Connecticut Community Schools Consortium. The consortium shall

122serve as a network of local and regional boards of education and

123community partners participating in the operation of a community

124school, pursuant to section 10-74i of the general statutes or section 1 of

125this act, to share best practices, address common issues or problems,

126coordinate services and resources and seek collaboration across school

127districts. The consortium shall meet at least quarterly.

128(b) The consortium shall be administered by a steering committee.

129 The steering committee shall determine the operations and

130participants of the consortium. The steering committee shall consist of:

131(1) The Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner's designee;

132(2) Two representatives from the American Federation of Teachers-

133Connecticut, one of whom is an active community school participant

134or a certified educator;

135 (3) Two representatives from the Connecticut Education

136Association, one of whom is an active community school participant or

137a certified educator;

138(4) An administrator from a community school or a school in which

139a community school is being planned, selected by the Connecticut

140Association of School Administrators;

141(5) An administrator from a community school or a school in which

142a community school is being planned, selected by the Connecticut

143Federation of School Administrators; and

144(6) A superintendent from a school district in which a community

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145school is located or a community school is being planned, selected by

146the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.

147(c) The steering committee shall be convened by the Commissioner

148of Education, or the commissioner's designee, not later than September

14915, 2019. The commissioner, or the commissioner's designee, shall

150select two chairpersons from among the membership of the steering

151committee. The steering committee may invite additional participants

152to join the consortium, including, but not limited to, state and national

153experts, representatives from charitable organizations, local or regional

154service providers, mental health providers and regional chambers of

155commerce or business entities with an interest in a local community

156school initiative.

157(d) On or before January 1, 2021, and annually thereafter, the

158steering committee shall submit a report concerning the consortium's

159activities for the previous year to the joint standing committee of the

160General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education,

161in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general

162statutes.

163(e) The Connecticut Community Schools Consortium shall be within

164the Department of Education for administrative purposes only.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections: