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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO EDUCATION COLLABORATIVES

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1.  Subsection (c) of section 4E of chapter 40 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 39 to 40, the words, “The commissioner shall appoint an individual to serve as a voting member of the education collaborative board of directors” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- The commissioner shall appoint an individual to serve as a liaison from the department of elementary and secondary education to the education collaborative board of directors.

SECTION 2.  Said subsection (c) of said section 4E of said chapter 40, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in lines 106 to 108, inclusive, the words “in a form approved by the department of revenue and in a sum not less than the amount established by the department,” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- in a form approved by the department of revenue and in a sum not less than the amount established by said department.

SECTION 3.  Said subsection (c) of said section 4E of said chapter 40, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in lines 130 to 131, the words “and articles of incorporation”.

SECTION 4.  Said section 4E of said chapter 40, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following 4 subsections:-

(n)  Education collaboratives shall be organized into no more than 6 regions established by the board of elementary and secondary education, in consultation with the Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives. One collaborative from each region shall be designated by majority vote of the member collaboratives as a regional liaison for a period of 3 years. Each regional liaison shall: (1) identify regional needs and priorities for educational services; (2) develop policies to coordinate the delivery of services to school districts in a manner that responds to regional needs and priorities; and (3) work in partnership with the department of elementary and secondary education and other regional entities, including but not limited to, district and school assistance centers, readiness centers, and workforce investment boards, to coordinate the dissemination of information and support to districts.  The department shall, subject to appropriation, provide grants to regional liaisons to support their planning and coordination activities.

(o)  The board of elementary and secondary education may designate a lead collaborative in each region to provide support for the implementation of initiatives consistent with the provisions of this chapter and accept proposals for such designation under procedures adopted by the board.

(p)  The department shall promote the use of education collaboratives as providers of educational services and programs for local school districts, when appropriate, and shall include consideration of grant applications that include the use of education collaboratives for the purpose of procuring services and programs. The department may designate educational collaboratives as eligible recipients for any applicable federal or state grants to cities, towns, and regional school districts for educational programs. 

(q)  An education collaborative formed pursuant to this section may provide services to developmentally disabled individuals over the age of 22, upon approval from the board of directors and the secretary of the executive office of health and human services and shall be subject to the programmatic rules and regulations of the relevant agency.

SECTION 5.  Section 4 of chapter 43 of the acts of 2012 is hereby repealed.

SECTION 6.  The board of elementary and secondary education shall promulgate regulations as may be necessary to carry out this act.

SECTION 7.  Subsection (n) of section 4E of chapter 40 of the General Laws, as inserted by section 4, shall take effect 1 year from the effective date of this act.

Approved, January 10, 2019.