(Note: Only the underlined text is new. Everything else is existing law.)This legislation was introduced by the Education Committee at my request, working with Sen. Don DeFronzo and Rep. Peter Tercyak. Its inspiration is the Polish Language School in New Britain. The legislation would allow students to get high school credit for their language studies in nonprofit educational programs, like the Polish Language School.
AN ACT CONCERNING HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR PRIVATE WORLD LANGUAGE COURSES.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. Subsection (e) of section 10-221a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2008):
(e) Only courses taken in grades nine through twelve, inclusive, shall satisfy this graduation requirement, except that a local or regional board of education may grant a student credit (1) toward meeting a specified course requirement upon the successful completion in grade seven or eight of any course, the primary focus of which corresponds directly to the subject matter of a specified course requirement in grades nine to twelve, inclusive; (2) toward meeting the high school graduation requirement upon completion of a world language course offered privately through a nonprofit provider, provided such student passes an examination prescribed by the Commissioner of Education and such credits shall not exceed two; or [(2)] (3) toward meeting the high school graduation requirement upon the successful completion of coursework at an institution accredited by the Department of Higher Education or regionally accredited. One three-credit semester course, or its equivalent, at such an institution shall equal one-half credit for purposes of this section.
The Polish Language School in New Britain is 47 years old and has 680 students. Its programs are conducted on Saturday mornings at the Pulaski Middle School. It is a wonderful program that teaches students, not just the Polish language, but the history and culture of Poland. It enriches the lives of young people and enhances their educational experience.
Sen. DeFronzo and Rep. Tercyak, spoke in favor of the bill along with students of the school, parent Jolanta Bicki and the Principal of the School, Zygmunt Pietrzak.