Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to increase forthwith access to vocational education programs, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
The commissioner of elementary and secondary education may approve the establishment of 2 pilot vocational-technical education programs in criminal justice, 1 of which shall be by the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and 1 of which shall be by Quincy High School. The purpose of the pilot programs shall be to determine the feasibility and cost of establishing criminal justice as a vocational-technical education program under chapter 74 of the General Laws. Students enrolled in the pilot programs shall be considered to be enrolled in an approved vocational-technical education program for all purposes; provided, however, that those students shall not be included within the definition of vocational enrollment in section 2 of chapter 70 of the General Laws for funding purposes. The qualifications of the teachers shall be subject to approval by the commissioner. The department of elementary and secondary education shall report its recommendations regarding the feasibility 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.
Approved, February 9, 2010.