ASSEMBLY, No. 2794

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JUNE 10, 2010

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  VINCENT PRIETO

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

Assemblywoman  JOAN M. QUIGLEY

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

Assemblywoman  CELESTE M. RILEY

District 3 (Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester)

Assemblyman  CRAIG J. COUGHLIN

District 19 (Middlesex)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Malone, Chivukula, Senators Sacco and Whelan

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Permits school boards to charge certain students for remedial or advanced courses provided during summer school.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning tuition for summer school and supplementing chapter 11 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    The Legislature finds and declares that:

     a.     School districts around the State are feeling the effects of the tough economic climate;

     b.    Reductions in State aid are requiring boards of education to make drastic cuts in programs and services offered in their school districts;

     c.     Many school districts have been forced, for example, to eliminate summer school programs, resulting in a decrease Statewide in the availability of these types of programs; and

     d.    Allowing school districts to charge tuition for those students able to pay for courses provided during the summer session would help school districts ensure that these valuable programs remain available to the students who need them.

 

     2.    a.  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a board of education may charge tuition for a remedial or advanced course provided during a summer school session to a student who resides in the district in accordance with the following provisions:

     (1)   for a student from a household with a household income that exceeds the most recent federal poverty guidelines multiplied by 1.85, the district may charge full tuition;

     (2)   for a student from a household with household income that exceeds the most recent federal poverty guidelines multiplied by 1.30, but is at or below the most recent federal poverty guidelines multiplied by 1.85, the district may charge 75% of the full tuition charged by the board of education;

     (3)   for a student from a household with a household income that exceeds the most recent federal poverty guidelines, but is at or below the most recent federal poverty guidelines multiplied by 1.30, the district may charge 50% of the full tuition charged by the board of education; and

     (4)   for a student from a household with a household income at or below the most recent federal poverty guidelines, the district may not charge any tuition.

     b.    A board of education may charge full tuition to a student who resides in the district for an enrichment course provided during a summer school session, which course carries no credit and is determined by the executive county superintendent of schools to have no direct relationship to the curriculum.

     c.     A board of education may charge tuition for a remedial, advanced, or enrichment course provided during a summer school session to a student who does not reside in the school district, at an amount to be determined by the board.

     d.    As used in this section:

     “Advanced course” means a course or subject not previously taken in an approved school district program for which additional credits or advanced placement may be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

     “Enrichment course” means a course or subject of a vocational nature for which no credits are to be awarded.

     “Household income” means income as defined in 7 CFR ss.245.2 and 245.6 or any subsequent superseding federal law or regulation.

     “Remedial course” means a course or subject that is a review of a course or subject previously taken for which credits or placements may be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     Pursuant to State Board of Education regulations at N.J.A.C.6A:32-10.2, a school district is prohibited from charging tuition to a student domiciled in the district for a remedial or advanced course offered during the summer session.  This bill would allow school districts to charge tuition under certain circumstances for summer school courses.  The school district would be allowed to charge full tuition for a remedial or advanced course to a student from a household with a household income that exceeds the household income limit for the reduced price lunch program.  If the student is from a household that is at or below the most recent federal poverty guidelines, the district may not charge any tuition.  For a student from a household with a household income that exceeds the most recent federal poverty guidelines multiplied by 1.30 (the limit for the free lunch program), but is at or below the federal poverty guidelines multiplied by 1.85 (the limit for the reduced price lunch program), the district may charge 75% of the full tuition.  For a student from a household with a household income that exceeds the most recent federal poverty guidelines, but is at or below the limit for the free lunch program, the district may charge 50% of the full tuition.

     As is provided under current State Board of Education regulation, N.J.A.C.6A:32-10.3 (b), a board of education may charge tuition to a student who resides in the district for an enrichment course provided during a summer school session.  The bill also provides that a board of education may charge tuition for a remedial, advanced, or enrichment course provided to a student who does not reside in the school district, at an amount to be determined by the board.

     The bill defines an “advanced course,” an “enrichment course,” and a “remedial course,” as those terms are defined in State board regulations at N.J.A.C. 6A:32-2.1.