The Committee on Ways and Means recommends that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in place thereof the following:
The commissioner of elementary and secondary education is hereby authorized to approve the establishment of a pilot vocational-technical education program in criminal justice by the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. The purpose of the pilot program is to determine the feasibility and cost of establishing criminal justice as a vocational-technical education program pursuant to chapter 74 of the General Laws. Students enrolled in the pilot program will be considered to be enrolled in an approved vocational-technical education program for all purposes except for the purposes of funding under chapter 70 of the General Laws. The qualifications of the teachers are subject to approval by the commissioner. The department of elementary and secondary education will report its recommendations regarding the feasibly and costs of establishing criminal justice as a vocational-technical education program under chapter 74 of the General Laws to the general court by June 30, 2013.
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