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Title 16 : Education

Chapter 133 : State Funding of Public Education

Subchapter 002 : General State Funding of Public Education

(Cite as: 16 V.S.A. § 4013)
  • § 4013. [Reserved for future use.]

  • [Section 4013 effective July 1, 2024]

    § 4013. English learners services; State aid

    (a) Definitions. As used in this section:

    (1) “Applicable federal laws” mean the Equal Education Opportunities Act (20 U.S.C. § 1703), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d et seq.), and Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. §§ 6301 et seq. and 20 U.S.C. §§ 6801 et seq.), each as amended.

    (2) “EL services” mean instructional and support personnel and services that are required under applicable federal laws for EL students and their families.

    (3) “EL students” or “EL pupils” mean students who have been identified as English learners through the screening protocols required under 20 U.S.C. § 6823(b)(2).

    (b) Required EL services. Each school district shall:

    (1) screen students to determine which students are EL students and therefore qualify for EL services;

    (2) assess and monitor the progress of EL students;

    (3) provide EL services;

    (4) budget sufficient resources through a combination of State and federal categorical aid and local education spending to provide EL services;

    (5) report expenditures on EL services annually to the Agency of Education through the financial reporting system as required by the Agency; and

    (6) evaluate the effectiveness of their EL programs and report educational outcomes of EL students as required by the Agency and applicable federal laws.

    (c) Agency of Education support and quality assurance. The Agency of Education shall:

    (1) provide guidance and program support to all school districts with EL students as required under applicable federal law, including:

    (A) professional development resources for EL teachers and support personnel; and

    (B) information on best practices and nationally recognized language development standards; and

    (2) prescribe, collect, and analyze financial and student outcome data from school districts to ensure that districts are providing high-quality EL services and expending sufficient resources to provide these services.

    (d) Categorical aid. In addition to the EL weight under section 4010 of this title, a school district that has, as determined annually on October 1 of the year:

    (1) one to five EL students enrolled shall receive State aid of $25,000.00 for that school year; or

    (2) six to 25 EL students enrolled shall receive State aid of $50,000.00 for that school year.

    (e) Annual appropriation. Annually, the General Assembly shall include in its appropriation for statewide education spending under subsection 4011(a) of this title an appropriation to provide aid to school districts for EL services under this section.

    (f) Payment. On or before November 1 of each year, the State Treasurer shall withdraw from the Education Fund, based on warrant of the Commissioner of Finance and Management, and shall forward to each school district the aid amount it is owed under this section. (Added 2021, No. 127 (Adj. Sess.), § 10, eff. July 1, 2024.)