On June 13, 2014, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Public Act 14-212, which establishes SERC as a quasi-public agency.
On June 13, 2014, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Public Act 14-212, which establishes SERC as a quasi-public agency. This new status defines the State Education Resource Center as a legal entity under CT General Statutes. SERC would have the same overall purpose as under existing law, providing programming and resources that promote educational equity and excellence. We are glad to continue our valued partnerships with educators, families, policy makers, state agencies, and community leaders.
Previous statutes created SERC through the State Board of Education, not as a separate governing entity. Our collaboration with the CT State Department of Education has served our stakeholders well since the Special Education Resource Center was founded 45 years ago. The new status as a quasi-public agency will allow us to continue this collaboration while also strengthening SERC’s long-term viability, enabling us to carry out the unique mission that the General Assembly has supported for decades.
SERC will operate under a number of existing laws that apply to all of Connecticut’s quasi-public agencies, including biennial audits and annual reports to the Governor. The new law will also:
- Establish a 13-member governance board to oversee SERC, with a chairperson appointed by the Governor;
- Maintain the Special Education Resource Center within SERC, with federal funds granted to the state, as under current law;
- Re-establish a School Reform Resource Center, which SERC will now have the opportunity to operate independent of available appropriations; and
- Allow SERC to continue supporting early childhood programs and activities, now in collaboration with the new Office of Early Childhood.
SERC is excited about our new status as a quasi-public agency! We thank our partners for their support as we carry on our work on behalf of Connecticut’s children, families, and educators.