2012 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 10 - Education and Culture
Chapter 164 - Educational Opportunities
Section 10-66ee - Charter school funding. Special education students. Transportation. Contracts. Cooperative arrangements.


CT Gen Stat § 10-66ee (2012) What's This?

(a) For the purposes of equalization aid under section 10-262h a student enrolled (1) in a local charter school shall be considered a student enrolled in the school district in which such student resides, and (2) in a state charter school shall not be considered a student enrolled in the school district in which such student resides.

(b) (1) The local board of education of the school district in which a student enrolled in a local charter school resides shall pay, annually, in accordance with its charter, to the fiscal authority for the charter school for each such student the amount specified in its charter, including the reasonable special education costs of students requiring special education. The board of education shall be eligible for reimbursement for such special education costs pursuant to section 10-76g.

(2) The local or regional board of education of the school district in which the local charter school is located shall be responsible for the financial support of such local charter school at a level that is at least equal to the product of (A) the per pupil cost for the prior fiscal year, less the reimbursement pursuant to section 10-76g for the current fiscal year, and (B) the number of students attending such local charter school in the current fiscal year. As used in this subdivision, “per pupil cost” means, for a local or regional board of education, the quotient of the net current expenditures, as defined in subdivision (3) of section 10-261, divided by the average daily membership, as defined in subdivision (2) of section 10-261, of such local or regional board of education.

(c) (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and each fiscal year thereafter, the State Board of Education may approve, within available appropriations, a per student grant to a local charter school described in subsection (b) of section 10-66nn in an amount not to exceed three thousand dollars for each student enrolled in such local charter school, provided the local or regional board of education for such local charter school and the representatives of the exclusive bargaining unit for certified employees, chosen pursuant to section 10-153b, mutually agree on staffing flexibility in such local charter school, and such agreement is approved by the State Board of Education. For the purposes of equalization aid grants pursuant to section 10-262h, the state shall make such payments, in accordance with this subsection, to the town in which a local charter school is located as follows: Twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than July fifteenth and September first based on estimated student enrollment on May first, and twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than January first and the remaining amount not later than April fifteenth, each based on student enrollment on October first.

(2) The town shall pay to the fiscal authority for a local charter school the portion of the amount paid to the town pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection attributable for students enrolled in such local charter school. Such payments shall be made as follows: Twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than July twentieth and September fifteenth and twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than January fifteenth and the remaining amount not later than April fifteenth.

(d) (1) For the purposes of equalization aid grants pursuant to section 10-262h, the state shall pay in accordance with this subsection, to the town in which a state charter school is located for each student enrolled in such school, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, ten thousand two hundred dollars, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, eleven thousand dollars, and for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, and each fiscal year thereafter, eleven thousand five hundred dollars. Such payments shall be made as follows: Twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than July fifteenth and September first based on estimated student enrollment on May first, and twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than January first and the remaining amount not later than April fifteenth, each based on student enrollment on October first. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subdivision, the payment of the remaining amount made not later than April 15, 2013, shall be within available appropriations and may be adjusted for each student on a pro rata basis.

(2) The town shall pay to the fiscal authority for a state charter school the portion of the amount paid to the town pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection attributable for students enrolled in such state charter school. Such payments shall be made as follows: Twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than July twentieth and September fifteenth and twenty-five per cent of the amount not later than January fifteenth and the remaining amount not later than April fifteenth.

(3) In the case of a student identified as requiring special education, the school district in which the student resides shall: (A) Hold the planning and placement team meeting for such student and shall invite representatives from the charter school to participate in such meeting; and (B) pay the state charter school, on a quarterly basis, an amount equal to the difference between the reasonable cost of educating such student and the sum of the amount received by the state charter school for such student pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection and amounts received from other state, federal, local or private sources calculated on a per pupil basis. Such school district shall be eligible for reimbursement pursuant to section 10-76g. The charter school a student requiring special education attends shall be responsible for ensuring that such student receives the services mandated by the student’s individualized education program whether such services are provided by the charter school or by the school district in which the student resides.

(e) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, if at the end of a fiscal year amounts received by a state charter school, pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (d) of this section, are unexpended, the charter school (1) may use, for the expenses of the charter school for the following fiscal year, up to ten per cent of such amounts, and (2) may (A) create a reserve fund to finance a specific capital or equipment purchase or another specified project as may be approved by the commissioner, and (B) deposit into such fund up to five per cent of such amounts.

(f) The local or regional board of education of the school district in which the charter school is located shall provide transportation services for students of the charter school who reside in such school district pursuant to section 10-273a unless the charter school makes other arrangements for such transportation. Any local or regional board of education may provide transportation services to a student attending a charter school outside of the district in which the student resides and, if it elects to provide such transportation, shall be reimbursed pursuant to section 10-266m for the reasonable costs of such transportation. Any local or regional board of education providing transportation services under this subsection may suspend such services in accordance with the provisions of section 10-233c. The parent or guardian of any student denied the transportation services required to be provided pursuant to this subsection may appeal such denial in the manner provided in sections 10-186 and 10-187.

(g) Charter schools shall be eligible to the same extent as boards of education for any grant for special education, competitive state grants and grants pursuant to sections 10-17g and 10-266w.

(h) If the commissioner finds that any charter school uses a grant under this section for a purpose that is inconsistent with the provisions of this part, the commissioner may require repayment of such grant to the state.

(i) Charter schools shall receive, in accordance with federal law and regulations, any federal funds available for the education of any pupils attending public schools.

(j) The governing council of a charter school may (1) contract or enter into other agreements for purposes of administrative or other support services, transportation, plant services or leasing facilities or equipment, and (2) receive and expend private funds or public funds, including funds from local or regional boards of education and funds received by local charter schools for out-of-district students, for school purposes.

(k) If in any fiscal year, more than one new state or local charter school is approved pursuant to section 10-66bb and is awaiting funding pursuant to the provisions of this section, the State Board of Education shall determine which school is funded first based on a consideration of the following factors in order of importance as follows: (1) The quality of the proposed program as measured against the criteria required in the charter school application process pursuant to section 10-66bb, (2) whether the applicant has a demonstrated record of academic success by students, (3) whether the school is located in a school district with a demonstrated need for student improvement, and (4) whether the applicant has plans concerning the preparedness of facilities, staffing and outreach to students.

(l) Within available appropriations, the state may provide a grant in an amount not to exceed seventy-five thousand dollars to any newly approved state charter school that assists the state in meeting the goals of the 2008 stipulation and order for Milo Sheff, et al. v. William A. O’Neill, et al., as determined by the Commissioner of Education, for start-up costs associated with the new charter school program.

(m) Charter schools may, to the same extent as local and regional boards of education, enter into cooperative arrangements as described in section 10-158a, provided such arrangements are approved by the Commissioner of Education. Any state charter school participating in a cooperative arrangement under this subsection shall maintain its status as a state charter school and not be excused from any obligations pursuant to sections 10-66aa to 10-66ll, inclusive.

(n) The Commissioner of Education shall provide any town receiving aid pursuant to subsection (c) or (d) of this section with the amount of such aid to be paid to each state or local charter school located in such town.

(P.A. 96-214, S. 5; P.A. 97-290, S. 9, 29; P.A. 98-168, S. 24, 26; P.A. 99-289, S. 6, 11; P.A. 00-48, S. 1, 12; 00-187, S. 23, 75; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 27, 54; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 14; P.A. 04-254, S. 8; P.A. 05-245, S. 38; P.A. 06-135, S. 26; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3, S. 11, 16; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 54; P.A. 08-170, S. 10; June 19 Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-1, S. 22; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6, S. 36; P.A. 11-48, S. 200; 11-179, S. 12; P.A. 12-116, S. 29; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-2, S. 19–21; Dec. Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1, S. 31.)

History: P.A. 97-290 amended Subsec. (c) to change the payment schedule and to add the provisions on special education students, added new Subsecs. (d) and (g) re unexpended funds and repayment and redesignated remaining Subsecs., amended Subsec. (e) to provide for reimbursement pursuant to Sec. 10-266m and amended Subsec. (i) to add funds received by local charter schools for out-of-district students, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-168 amended Subsec. (c) to change the state payment to $6,500 per student from an amount equal to 105% of the foundation level pursuant to Sec. 10-262f and made the same change for the purpose of calculating the school district payment for a special education student, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-289 amended Subsec. (b) to add provisions relating to special education costs, amended Subsec. (c) to substitute amount based on per cent of the foundation for a specific dollar amount, to substitute July fifteenth and September fifteenth for “in July and September”, January fifteenth for “in January” and not later than April fifteenth for “in April”, and add requirement for charter school to ensure that special education students receive services mandated in their individualized education programs and amended Subsec. (e) to add provision concerning appeal of denial of transportation services, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-48 amended Subsec. (c) to specify that payment for special education students be made by the school district on a quarterly basis, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 00-187 amended Subsec. (c) to change the amount of the state payments to $7,000 for each student, effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 redesignated Subsecs. (d) to (i) as Subsecs. (e) to (j), making a technical change in Subsec. (e), and added new Subsec. (d) re determination of enrollment numbers and use of any additional funds, effective July 1, 2001; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by increasing amount of per student grant from $7,000 to $7,250 and adding provision re proportional increase, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-254 amended Subsec. (c)(1) to provide for a maximum increase in grants payable per student for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by increasing amount of per pupil grant for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, to $7,625 and by adding language re per pupil grant of $8,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, and each fiscal year thereafter, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 06-135 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by replacing $7,250 with $8,000 re total amount per student appropriated for grants and providing that supplemental per pupil grants shall not exceed $70 with any amount remaining to be used for supplemental grants for interdistrict magnet schools, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-3 amended Subsec. (c)(1) to make technical changes, to increase the per pupil grant to $8,650 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, and $9,300 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, to make permissive the requirement that commissioner spend unallocated funds for supplemental grants for interdistrict magnet schools and to permit commissioner to use such funds to pay for audits and added Subsec. (k) re priority for funding of new schools, effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subsec. (c)(1) to provide that unallocated funds may be used to pay expenses incurred by department to ensure continuity of a charter school when required by a court and to pay expenses incurred when creating a CommPACT school, effective October 6, 2007; P.A. 08-170 added Subsec. (l) re start-up costs for charter schools in support of stipulation re Sheff v. O’Neill, effective July 1, 2008; June 19 Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-1 added Subsec. (m) re cooperative arrangements, effective July 1, 2009; Sept. Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-6 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by adding “and each fiscal year thereafter,” re state payment of $9,300, effective October 5, 2009; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (c)(1) by replacing “and each fiscal year thereafter” with “to June 30, 2011, inclusive”, making a conforming change and adding provision re increasing per pupil grant to $9,400 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, and each fiscal year thereafter, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-179 amended Subsec. (k) by adding local charter schools to provision re if more than one charter school is approved in any fiscal year, redesignating existing Subdivs. (1) to (3) as Subdivs. (2) to (4), and adding new Subdiv. (1) re quality of proposed program measured against criteria required in application process, effective July 13, 2011; P.A. 12-116 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting “education” re equalization aid, amended Subsec. (b) by designating existing provisions as Subdiv. (1) and adding Subdiv. (2) re board of education responsibility for financial support of local charter schools, added new Subsec. (c) re per student grant to local charter schools, redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (d), amended redesignated Subsec. (d)(1) by adding reference to equalization aid grants pursuant to Sec. 10-262h, replacing provision re grant payment to fiscal authority of state charter school with provision re grant payment to town in which state charter school is located, deleting provisions re grant amounts for fiscal years 2006 to 2012, adding provisions re grant payments for fiscal years 2013, 2014, 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter and re payment schedule, redesignated existing language re grant payment schedule as Subsec. (d)(2) and amended same by adding provision re town to pay fiscal authority of state charter school amount paid to town pursuant to Subsec. (d)(1), deleting provisions re amounts based on estimated student enrollment on May first and October first and deleting provision re increase in per student grant amount, redesignated existing Subsec. (d)(2) as Subsec. (d)(3), deleted former Subsec. (d) re use of additional funds, amended Subsec. (l) by adding provision re grant to town in which state charter school is located and re payment to the fiscal authority for such charter school, added Subsec. (n) re commissioner to provide aid to towns to be paid to each state or local charter school located in such towns, and made conforming and technical changes, effective July 1, 2012; June 12 Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-2 amended Subsecs. (c) and (d) by replacing “July first” with “July fifteenth” in Subdiv. (1) and replacing “July fifteenth” with “July twentieth” in Subdiv. (2), amended Subsec. (l) by deleting “town in which a” and deleting “is located, to be paid to the fiscal authority for such charter school” and amended Subsec. (n) by replacing “subsection (c), subsection (d) or (l)” with “subsection (c) or (d)”, effective July 1, 2012; Dec. Sp. Sess. P.A. 12-1 amended Subsec. (d)(1) to change amount of state payment for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, from $10,500 to $10,200 and add provision re payment of remaining amount made not later than April 15, 2013, to be within available appropriations and may be adjusted on pro rata basis, effective December 21, 2012.

Does not require charter school to provide transportation services to preschool children. 278 C. 326.

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