Education Laws and Regulations
603 CMR 45.00:
Independent Agricultural and Technical Institutes
45.03: Programs of Study and Admission
(1) The primary purpose of an agricultural high school is to prepare students for occupations or additional education related to agriculture, agriscience, agribusiness, the care and management of animals, horticulture, forestry, and environmental science. While agricultural high schools may offer other forms of vocational-technical education, as defined in M.G.L. c. 74, § 1, they shall avoid duplication of programs offered in vocational schools located within a 20-mile radius of the school. No new programs or courses of study shall be established without the prior approval of the Commissioner.
(2) Agricultural high schools shall not give any preference for admission to students on the basis of residence in the particular geographical area previously known as the county within which the school was located. Students shall be admitted in accordance with an admissions plan approved by the Commissioner.
(3) Each agricultural high school shall be responsible for the transportation of its students in accordance with M.G.L. c. 71, § 7A, and may contract with municipalities for the provision of transportation services, provided that such responsibility shall be limited to students residing in municipalities within a 20-mile radius of the school, as determined by the Commissioner.
(4) The provisions of M.G.L. c. 74, with the exception of §§ 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B, 7, 7C, 8A, 23, 24, 32, 37A, 37B, 37C, and 37F, shall apply to independent agricultural and technical institutes. M.G.L. c. 76, § 12B, shall not apply to independent agricultural and technical institutes or students enrolled at such schools.
(5) 603 CMR 4.00: Vocational Technical Education, with the exception of 603 CMR 4.03(6)(b), shall apply to independent agricultural and technical institutes.
603 CMR 45.00: M.G.L. c. 74A §21