2021

LEGISLATE VIRTUAL CONGRESS

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

June 11, 2021

AN ACT

A Bill Relating to Community Service in Education

A bill to encourage collegiate students to engage in a required amount of community service during their years in school.

Introduced By:

Date Introduced:

Referred to:

Student Senator Mocciolo

June 11, 2021, 3:22:25 PM

Education

Whereas community service has the potential to enhance productivity and wellbeing in many facets of Connecticut society.

Whereas many college students are at an exciting point in their lives at which they can direct their energy toward meaningful causes.

Whereas it is the duty of public education institutions to foster within their students' community-oriented behavior and a commitment to the greater society.

Whereas encouraging widespread community service is worth the investment in public education.

BE IT ENACTED BY LEGISLATE SENATORS VIRTUALLY ASSEMBLED THAT

Glossary of Terms:

  1. Community service shall refer to any unpaid volunteer work aimed to support economic, social, or political systems in a local community.

  2. Schools shall refer to Connecticut public colleges and universities.

Connecticut public colleges and universities will now receive additional funding if they implement a form of community service requirement for their student bodies. Schools must meet several standards in order for their applications to be approved by the state. Students must have sufficient access and resources to fulfill this requirement on campus. Activities must involve a minimum of 50 hours per year. Students may receive exemptions from the requirement if they must devote time and effort to urgent needs or emergencies, such as maintaining a job that is necessary for their livelihood.

Punishments:

Enforcement:

If a school does not comply with the guidelines and goals in their applications, whether set forth by the state or the school itself, funding, including the next scheduled grant, will be terminated.

Enactment:

A Bill Relating to Community Service in Education

will go into effect on

August 1, 2022, 4:00:00 AM

The bill will go into effect at the start of the 2022-23 school year in order to provide schools with time to coordinate any new programs and structure their requirements. The state legislature must create an application and a set of criteria for schools’ programs. It should also negotiate the amount of increased funding. Announcements of the passage and details of the bill, as well as the application, must be made to all schools. Schools wishing to receive the extra funding must coordinate and develop their programs according to the guidelines of the application.