Amendment ID: S2393-4-R1

Redraft Amendment 4

Definining Academic Progress for Scholarship Applications

Ms. L'Italien moves to amend the bill by inserting after section 12 the following section:-

“SECTION 12A.  There shall be a commission to study and advise the general court and the executive branch on best practices for creating and implementing a statewide work-study and internship and scholarship program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who participate in higher education through inclusive concurrent enrollment.

The commission shall include the following members or their designees: the senate and house chairs of the joint committee on higher education, who shall serve as co-chairs; the secretary of labor and workforce development; the secretary of education; the commissioner of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission; the commissioner of developmental services;  the executive director of The Arc of Massachusetts, Inc.; the executive director of the commonwealth corporation; a representative of Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Inc.; the dean of the school of global inclusion and social development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; a representative of the New England Council; a representative from Jewish Vocational Services; and a representative of the Massachusetts statewide independent living council. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation. The commission may consult with the inclusive concurrent enrollment board. The commission shall meet at least bi-monthly and shall develop and submit to the senate and house chairs of the joint committee on higher education and the joint committee on labor and workforce development a report of its findings and recommended strategies for implementation not later than December 31, 2017.”.