An Act To Establish a Process for the Implementation of Universal Voluntary Public Preschool Programs for Children 4 Years of Age
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §405, sub-§3, ¶T, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 395, Pt. J, §4, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §1001, sub-§8, as amended by PL 1983, c. 859, Pt. K, §§3 and 7, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA c. 203, sub-c. 3 is enacted to read:
PUBLIC PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN 4 YEARS OF AGE
§ 4271. Start-up funding for public preschool programs
The commissioner shall adopt rules that establish criteria for the approval of implementation plans and for the awarding of start-up funds for the allowable costs of operating public preschool programs. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 4. 20-A MRSA §4501, as amended by PL 2007, c. 141, §6, is further amended to read:
§ 4501. Duty of school units
In accordance with the policy expressed in section 2, every school administrative unit shall raise annually sufficient funds to maintain or support elementary and secondary schools to provide free education for its resident students at all grade levels. These schools shall meet the requirements of basic school approval. School units that choose to To the extent the State provides adequate start-up funding, a school administrative unit may offer an opportunity for every child 4 years of age residing in the school administrative unit to attend a public preschool program must meet , or a program affiliated with the school administrative unit, meeting the requirements of basic school approval. It is the goal of the State to provide adequate start-up funding to ensure that public preschool programs for children 4 years of age are offered by all school administrative units by the 2018-2019 school year.
Sec. 5. 20-A MRSA §4502, sub-§9, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 141, §11, is amended to read:
Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, the commissioner may provide start-up funding as set forth in section 4271 to school administrative units to implement or expand public preschool programs for children 4 years of age as required under this subsection.
Sec. 6. 20-A MRSA §15671, sub-§5-A, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 368, Pt. C, §5, is amended to read:
Sec. 7. 20-A MRSA §15674, sub-§3 is enacted to read:
Sec. 8. 20-A MRSA §15675, sub-§3, ¶A, as amended by PL 2007, c. 141, §15, is further amended to read:
Sec. 9. 20-A MRSA §15681, sub-§1, ¶C, as amended by PL 2007, c. 141, §16, is further amended to read:
Sec. 10. 20-A MRSA §15688-A, sub-§4 is enacted to read:
Sec. 11. 20-A MRSA §15689-F, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 368, Pt. C, §20, is amended to read:
Sec. 12. Implementation of universal availability of public preschool programs for children 4 years of age; rules. Prior to beginning the process of adopting rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 4271, subsection 4 related to the Department of Education's recommended standards and best practices for public preschool programs for children 4 years of age, the Commissioner of Education shall invite stakeholders to provide their feedback and perspectives on the department's recommendations for school administrative units to phase in their implementation plans for the universal availability of public preschool programs for children 4 years of age by the 2018-2019 school year and the department's current partnership with other states and research partners in a consortium to establish a state-of-the-art system for assessing young children's learning from kindergarten entry to grade 3.
1. Members. The commissioner shall invite the involvement of at least the following persons to participate in the department's planning and research initiatives as members of the stakeholder group:
2. Report. The commissioner shall submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 3, 2014 containing a summary of the work of the consortium partners and stakeholders, as well as an outline of the rules proposed by the department to implement the universal availability of public preschool programs for children 4 years of age by the 2018-2019 school year.
Sec. 13. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF
General Purpose Aid for Local Schools 0308
Initiative: Reduces funding for the bus refurbishing program.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$0||($69,877)|
PK-20, Adult Education and Federal Programs Team Z081
Initiative: Provides funds for 80% of one Early Childhood Coordinator position and related All Other costs beginning in fiscal year 2014-15.
POSITIONS - LEGISLATIVE COUNT
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$0||$69,877|
|EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF|
|DEPARTMENT TOTAL - ALL FUNDS||$0||$0|