An Act To Improve the Student Transfer Process
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §5205, sub-§6, ¶B, as amended by PL 2013, c. 456, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. Commission To Study the Student Transfer Process. Notwithstanding Joint Rule 353, the Commission To Study the Student Transfer Process, referred to in this section as "the commission," is established.
1. Membership. The commission consists of 7 members appointed as follows:
2. Chairs. The Senate member is the Senate chair and the first-named House of Representatives member is the House chair of the commission.
3. Appointments; convening of commission. All appointments must be made no later than 30 days following the effective date of this Act. The appointing authorities shall notify the Executive Director of the Legislative Council once all appointments have been completed. After appointment of all members, the chairs shall call and convene the first meeting of the commission. If 30 days or more after the effective date of this Act a majority of but not all appointments have been made, the chairs may request authority and the Legislative Council may grant authority for the commission to meet and conduct its business.
4. Duties. The commission shall conduct a comprehensive review of the appeal process under the laws governing the transfer of a student from one school administrative unit to another school administrative unit pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5205, subsection 6. The review must include, but is not limited to, the following:
5. Staff assistance. The Legislative Council shall provide necessary staffing services to the commission.
6. Report. No later than December 6, 2017, the commission shall submit a report that includes its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.
This bill provides that a parent of a student requesting a transfer from one school administrative unit to another school administrative unit may not request the Commissioner of Education to review a decision to not approve a transfer if both superintendents find a transfer is not in the student's best interest. The bill also establishes the Commission To Study the Student Transfer Process to conduct a review of the appeal process under the laws governing the transfer of a student from one school administrative unit to another school administrative unit, including, but not limited to, a review of the criteria used by the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education to make a decision regarding a parent's request to review a decision to not approve a transfer.