Maine LD 215: An Act To Improve Student Retention in Maine’s Postsecondary Institutions

LD 215 (subjects: SCHOOL PROGRAMS , JOB TRAINING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=215&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Justin Alfond of Cumberland: (D – District 27) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/3/2015 Senate Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Langley of Hancock REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/3/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/9/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED READ ONCE Committee Amendment “A” (S-21) READ and ADOPTED ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/14/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-21).
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/16/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/23/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-21).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/29/2015 Senate On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford PLACED ON THE SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE pending , in concurrence.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 555.
7/16/2015 House Carried over from the Special Appropriations Table to any special or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 555.
4/11/2016 Senate On Motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford taken from the SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE.
Under suspension of the Rules, On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford The Senate RECONSIDERED PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-21).
On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford Senate Amendment “A” (S-489) READ and ADOPTED
PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED by Committee Amendment “A” (S-21) and Senate Amendment “A” (S-489) In NON-CONCURRENCE
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence
4/12/2016 House The House RECEDED and CONCURRED to PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-21) and Senate Amendment “A” (S-489).
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/12/2016 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/12/2016 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 215 as originally introduced. L.D. 215 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-21) .

An Act To Improve Student Retention in Maine’s Postsecondary Institutions

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 6902-A is enacted to read:

6902-A. Postsecondary services

The corporation shall provide services, in accordance with this section and for the purpose of significantly increasing the percentage of eligible students who obtain a postsecondary degree, to up to 4 postsecondary institutions in the State to assist up to 200 students in completing a postsecondary course of study.

1. “Eligible student” defined. As used in this section, “eligible student” means a student who:

A. Has previously been enrolled in a high school program administered by the corporation;
B. Has been in or currently is in foster care; or
C. Has earned a high school equivalency diploma through an alternative program within the previous 5 years.

2. Student services. The corporation shall:

A. Provide academic and social mentoring and counseling to eligible students, including monitoring of academic performance and connection to campus life;
B. Assist each eligible student in developing an individualized academic plan for completing a course of study and consider each eligible student’s individual academic needs and provide connections to sources of academic support, if necessary;
C. Develop a system of peer mentoring between eligible students and other college students and between eligible students and college graduates; and
D. Provide eligible students with financial guidance relating to postsecondary expenses, including assisting eligible students in obtaining all available sources of financial aid.

Sec. 2. Report. Jobs for Maine’s Graduates shall determine methods for implementing the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 6902-A and report its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 31, 2016. The committee may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature.

Sec. 3. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.

EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF

Jobs for Maine’s Graduates – College Retention N181

Initiative: Provides ongoing funds to support college retention efforts for Jobs for Maine’s Graduates students. Jobs for Maine’s Graduates may seek matching funds from public and private sources on both a state and national level to support the college retention efforts.

GENERAL FUND 2015-16 2016-17
All Other
$250,000 $250,000
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GENERAL FUND TOTAL $250,000 $250,000

SUMMARY

This bill directs Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, a state-authorized nonprofit corporation, to provide mentoring and counseling services, course guidance and graduation planning, peer support services and financial guidance to up to 200 students and at up to 4 postsecondary institutions in the State for the purpose of significantly increasing the percentage of eligible students who obtain a postsecondary degree. Eligible students must have previously been enrolled in a Jobs for Maine’s Graduates high school program, been in or currently be in foster care or have earned a high school equivalency diploma within the 5 years prior to obtaining these services.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 215 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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