| Session - 127th Maine Legislature
C "A", Filing Number H-585, Sponsored by
Amend the bill in section 1 in subsection 19 by inserting after paragraph B the following:
Amend the bill by striking out all of section 4 (page 2, lines 31 to 35 in L.D.) and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 4. 20-A MRSA §2404, sub-§2, ¶G, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 414, §5, is amended to read:
Amend the bill in section 12 in subsection 7 in the 3rd and 4th lines (page 7, lines 6 and 7 in L.D.) by striking out the following: " the school administrative unit that has" and inserting the following: ' the Department of Education as having'
Amend the bill by striking out all of section 13.
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
1. It provides that once the Commissioner of Education makes a designation to enroll a student who resides in a school administrative unit that neither maintains a school nor contracts with another school administrative unit, the student must be enrolled in the receiving school administrative unit designated by the commissioner. If dissatisfied with the commissioner's decision, the superintendent of the school administrative unit where the student resides or the superintendent of the receiving school administrative unit may, within 10 calendar days of the commissioner's decision, request that the State Board of Education review the transfer; the state board may approve or disapprove the commissioner’s designation.
2. It amends the enrollment preference provision in the public charter school eligibility statute to require, rather than allow, as in the bill, a public charter school authorized by a local school board or by a collaborative among local school boards to give enrollment preference to residents of the school administrative unit or units whose school board or school boards authorized the public charter school.
3. It provides that, when the Department of Health and Human Services places a state ward in an out-of-state residential treatment center, the Commissioner of Education may designate the Department of Education as having responsibility for the oversight of the child's individualized education program.
4. It strikes the proposal in the bill that authorizes the Commissioner of Education to provide additional funds to a school administrative unit based on a budgetary hardship resulting from a special education placement.
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