|Connecticut Governor Considers Early Childhood Education Legislation: Governor Dannel Malloy (D) has until June 16 to act on a piece of legislation regarding early childhood education in Connecticut. The bill, HB 5449, would authorize the state’s Commissioner of Early Childhood Education to spend up to two percent of certain appropriated funds each fiscal year to evaluate and improve child care programs. Possible uses of the funding include piloting innovative and results-driven service delivery, interagency coordination and collaboration, and evaluative tools and infrastructure, among others.
Veteran-Focused Higher Education Legislation Moves Through Massachusetts Legislature: Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation that would direct the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Veterans’ Services to study the feasibility of exempting veterans from tuition, fees, and associated costs of attending college in the state. The bill, S2454, directs the department to submit a report on the study to the legislature by December 31, 2019. S2454 passed the Senate on May 3 and the House on May 23.
New York Lawmakers Propose Career and Technical Education Pathway: Legislation regarding career and technical education for high school students in the state is under consideration in the New York State Legislature. The bills, SB 2109 and AB 7972, would establish a career and technical education pathway that would lead to a Regents diploma, but differ from traditional requirements around assessments. Designed for students completing a course of study for a career or trade, the new pathway would consist of a CTE course sequence, work-based learning experiences, and the completion of a work-skills employability profile. SB 2109 advanced to its third reading in the Senate on May 31, and AB 7972 was referred to the Assembly Education Committee on May 23.
Academically Gifted Student Legislation Introduced in North Carolina: Last week, legislation regarding identification of and funding for academically gifted students was introduced in North Carolina. The bill, HB 1048, would require equal access to gifted programs and courses for students who meet a specified cut-score on end of course assessments in grades 3-7. The bill would also increase the per-student funding allocation for academically gifted students from $1,314 to $1,350. The bill is currently pending in the House Committee on K-12 Education.
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