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HF 117

as introduced - 91st Legislature, 2020 1st Special Session (2019 - 2020) Posted on 06/20/2020 06:35pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education; providing funding for and strengthening the Increase Teachers
of Color Act; providing funding for early childhood education; providing funding
for full-service community schools grants; providing funding for support our
students grants; establishing a distance learning broadband access grant program;
requiring school districts and charter schools to use the September 2020 permanent
school fund apportionment for certain purposes; requiring reports; appropriating
money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 124D.16, subdivision 2;
136A.1275, subdivision 1, as amended; 136A.1791, subdivisions 1, as amended,
2, 3, as amended, 4, 5; Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, sections 122A.70;
124D.151, subdivision 6; 126C.05, subdivisions 1, 3; 126C.10, subdivision 2d;
136A.1275, subdivisions 2, 3; Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 11, article
3, sections 22, subdivision 3; 23, subdivision 5; article 8, section 13, subdivision
2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 120B; 122A;
136A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

ARTICLE 1

TEACHERS OF COLOR

Section 1.

new text begin [120B.113] INCLUSIVE SCHOOL ENHANCEMENT GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Grant program established. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must establish a grant
program to support implementation of world's best workforce strategies under section
120B.11, subdivision 2, clauses (4) and (6), to support collaborative efforts to make school
climate and curriculum more inclusive and respectful toward all students, families, and
employees, especially those of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Applications and grant awards. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must determine application
procedures and deadlines, select schools to participate in the grant program, and determine
the payment process and amount of the grants. To the extent there are sufficient applications,
the commissioner should award an approximately equal number of grants between districts
in greater Minnesota and those in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. If there are an
insufficient number of applications received for either geographic area, then the commissioner
may award grants to meet the requests for funds wherever a district is located.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Description. new text end

new text begin The grant program must provide funding that supports collaborative
efforts to make schools' curriculum and learning and work environments more inclusive
and respectful of students' racial and ethnic diversity and to address issues of structural
inequities in schools that create opportunity and achievement gaps for students, families,
and staff who are of color or who are American Indian, consistent with the requirements
for long-term plans under section 124D.861, subdivision 2, paragraph (c).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin Grant recipients must annually report to the commissioner by a date
and in a form and manner determined by the commissioner on efforts planned and
implemented that engaged students, families, educators, and community members of diverse
racial and ethnic backgrounds in making improvements to school climate and curriculum.
The report must assess the impact of those efforts as perceived by racially and ethnically
diverse stakeholders as well as areas needed for further continuous improvement.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [122A.59] COME TEACH IN MINNESOTA HIRING BONUSES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin This section establishes a program to support districts and
schools recruiting and offering hiring bonuses for licensed teachers from another state in
order to meet staffing needs in shortage areas in economic development regions in Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin Districts or schools must verify that the hiring bonus is given to
teachers licensed in another state who:
new text end

new text begin (1) qualify for a Tier 3 Minnesota license;
new text end

new text begin (2) have moved to the economic development region in Minnesota where they were
hired; and
new text end

new text begin (3) belong to a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented among teachers compared
to students in the district or school under section 120B.35, subdivision 3, paragraph (b),
clause (2).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Bonus amount. new text end

new text begin Districts or schools may offer a signing and retention bonus
of up to $5,000 to teachers who meet the eligibility requirements. Teachers who meet
eligibility requirements and meet a licensure shortage area in the economic development
region of the state where the school is located may be offered a signing bonus of up to
$8,000. Teachers must be paid half of the bonus when starting employment and half after
completing four years of service in the hiring district or school. Teachers who do not complete
their first school year upon receiving a hiring bonus must repay the hiring bonus.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Administration. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must establish a process for districts or
schools to seek reimbursement for hiring bonuses given to teachers in shortage areas moving
to and working in Minnesota schools experiencing specific shortages.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section applies to teacher contracts entered into on or after
July 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 122A.70, is amended to read:


122A.70 TEACHER MENTORSHIP AND RETENTION OF EFFECTIVE
TEACHERS.

Subdivision 1.

Teacher mentoring, induction, and retention programs.

(a) School
districts are encouraged to develop teacher mentoring programs for teachers new to the
profession or district, including teaching residents, teachers of color, teachers who are
American Indian, teachers in license shortage areas, teachers with special needs, or
experienced teachers in need of peer coaching.

(b) Teacher mentoring programs must be included in or aligned with districts' teacher
evaluation and peer review processes under sections 122A.40, subdivision 8, and 122A.41,
subdivision 5. A district may use staff development revenue under section 122A.61, special
grant programs established by the legislature, or another funding source to pay a stipend to
a mentor who may be a current or former teacher who has taught at least three years and is
not on an improvement plan. Other initiatives using such funds or funds available under
sections 124D.861 and 124D.862 may include:

(1) additional stipends as incentives to mentors of color or who are American Indian;

(2) financial supports for professional learning community affinity groups across schools
within and between districts for teachers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to
come together throughout the school yeardeleted text begin. For purposes of this section, "affinity groups"
are groups of educators who share a common racial or ethnic identity in society as persons
of color or who are American Indian
deleted text end;

(3) programs for induction aligned with the district or school mentorship program during
the first three years of teaching, especially for teachers from underrepresented racial and
ethnic groups; or

(4) grants supporting licensed and nonlicensed educator participation in professional
development, such as workshops and graduate courses, related to increasing student
achievement for students of color and American Indian students in order to close opportunity
and achievement gaps.

(c) deleted text beginA school or district that receives a grant mustdeleted text endnew text begin Schools or districts maynew text end negotiate
additional retention strategies or protection from deleted text beginunrequested leave of absencesdeleted text endnew text begin layoffsnew text end in
the beginning years of employment for teachers of color and teachers who are American
Indian. Retention strategies may include providing financial incentives for teachers of color
and teachers who are American Indiannew text begin. Retention strategies may include providing financial
incentives for teachers of color and teachers who are American Indian
new text end to work in the school
or district for at least five years and placing American Indian educators at sites with other
American Indian educators and educators of color at sites with other educators of color to
reduce isolation and increase opportunity for collegial support.

Subd. 2.

Applications.

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must
make application forms available to sites interested in developing or expanding a mentorship
program. A school district; a group of school districts; a coalition of districts, teachers, and
teacher education institutions; or a coalition of schools, teachers, or nonlicensed educators
may apply for a program grant. The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board,
in consultation with the teacher mentoring task force, must approve or disapprove the
applications. To the extent possible, the approved applications must reflect effective
mentoring, professional development, and retention components, and be geographically
distributed throughout the state. The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
must encourage the selected sites to consider the use of its assessment procedures.

Subd. 3.

Criteria for selection.

At a minimum, applicants must express commitment
to:

(1) allow staff participation;

(2) assess skills of both beginning and mentor teachers;

(3) provide appropriate in-service to needs identified in the assessment;

(4) provide leadership to the effort;

(5) cooperate with higher education institutions;

(6) provide facilities and other resources;

(7) share findings, materials, and techniques with other school districts; and

(8) retain teachers of color and teachers who are American Indian.

Subd. 4.

Additional funding.

Applicants are required to seek additional funding and
assistance from sources such as school districts, postsecondary institutions, foundations,
and the private sector.

Subd. 5.

Program implementation.

New and expanding mentorship sites that are funded
to design, develop, implement, and evaluate their program must participate in activities that
support program development and implementation. The Professional Educator Licensing
and Standards Board must provide resources and assistance to support new sites in their
program efforts. These activities and services may include, but are not limited to: planning,
planning guides, media, training, conferences, institutes, and regional and statewide
networking meetings. Nonfunded schools or districts interested in getting started may
participate. Fees may be charged for meals, materials, and the like.

Subd. 6.

Report.

By June 30 of each year after receiving a grant, recipients must submit
a report to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board on program efforts
that describes mentoring and induction activities and assesses the impact of these programs
on teacher effectiveness and retention.

Sec. 4.

new text begin [136A.1274] ASPIRING MINNESOTA TEACHERS OF COLOR
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Scholarship program established. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must establish a
scholarship program to support undergraduate or graduate students preparing to become
teachers and belonging to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the teacher workforce
who have demonstrated financial need.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin To be eligible for a scholarship under this section, a teacher candidate
must:
new text end

new text begin (1) be admitted and enrolled in a teacher preparation program approved by the
Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and be seeking initial licensure or
enrolled in an eligible institution under section 136A.103, completing a two-year program
specifically designed to prepare early childhood educators;
new text end

new text begin (2) self-identify to the teacher preparation program as a person of color or American
Indian;
new text end

new text begin (3) be meeting satisfactory academic progress as defined under section 136A.101,
subdivision 10; and
new text end

new text begin (4) have an adjusted gross family income of $125,000 or less and demonstrate financial
need.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Administration. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner must establish an application process
for individual students and institutions on behalf of all eligible students at the institution
and other guidelines for implementing the scholarship program.
new text end

new text begin (b) The maximum scholarship amount is $10,000 per year for full-time study prior to
student teaching defined as 12 or more undergraduate credits or the number of credits
determined by the institution for full-time graduate student status. If a student is admitted
and enrolled in a program for one term during the academic year, the maximum scholarship
amount is $5,000. The minimum scholarship under this section for full-time study must be
no less than $1,000 per year. The amount determined must be reduced and prorated per
credit for part-time study. The maximum total amount of a scholarship per candidate is
$25,000 in a lifetime.
new text end

new text begin (c) Established amounts are not rulemaking for purposes of chapter 14 or section 14.386.
new text end

new text begin (d) Scholarships must be paid to the teacher preparation institution on behalf of the
candidate after the institution has informed the office of candidates' names, self-identified
racial and ethnic identities, gender, licensure area sought, and full-time or part-time status.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020, and initial grants must be
awarded by November 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1275, subdivision 1, as amended by Laws
2020, chapter 109, article 1, section 9, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Establishment.

(a) The commissioner of the Office of Higher Education
must establish a grant program for student teaching stipends for low-income students enrolled
in a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board-approved teacher preparation
program who deleted text beginintend to teachdeleted text endnew text begin are student teachingnew text end in a new text beginlicensure new text endshortage area deleted text beginafter graduating
and receiving their teaching license
deleted text end or belong to deleted text beginan underrepresenteddeleted text endnew text begin anew text end racial or ethnic groupnew text begin
underrepresented in the teacher workforce
new text end.

(b) deleted text begin"Shortagedeleted text endnew text begin For purposes of this grant program, "licensure shortagenew text end area" means a
license field deleted text beginor economic development region within Minnesota defined as a shortage area
by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board in coordination with the
commissioner using
deleted text endnew text begin determined by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards
Board in which the number of surveyed districts or schools within an economic development
region reporting or predicting hiring a teacher for a specific licensure area as "very difficult"
is equal to or greater than the number of districts or schools reporting or predicting such
hiring as "easy" in
new text end data collected for the teacher supply and demand report under section
122A.091, subdivision 5.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 136A.1275, subdivision 2, is amended
to read:


Subd. 2.

Eligibility.

To be eligible for a grant under this section, a new text beginstudent new text endteacher
candidate must:

(1) be enrolled in a Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board-approved
teacher preparation program that requires at least 12 weeks of student teaching new text beginto complete
the program
new text endin order to be recommended for any Tier 3 teaching licensenew text begin from early childhood
through grade 12
new text end;

(2) demonstrate financial need based on criteria established by the commissioner under
subdivision 3;

(3) be meeting satisfactory academic progress as defined under section 136A.101,
subdivision 10; and

(4) deleted text beginintend to teach indeleted text endnew text begin be completing a program innew text end a new text beginlicensure new text endshortage area new text beginexisting
within the economic development region where either the candidate's preparation program
or permanent residence is located,
new text endor belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in
the Minnesota teacher workforce. deleted text beginIntent can be documented based on the teacher license
field the student is pursuing or a statement of intent to teach in an economic development
region defined as a shortage area in the year the student receives a grant.
deleted text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 136A.1275, subdivision 3, is amended
to read:


Subd. 3.

Administration; repayment.

(a) The commissioner must establish an
application process and other guidelines for implementing this program.

(b) The commissioner must determine each academic year the stipend amount up to
$7,500 based on the amount of available funding, the number of eligible applicants, and the
financial need of the applicants.

(c) new text beginIn order to help improve all students' access to effective and diverse teachers, new text endthe
percentage of the total award deleted text beginfunds available at the beginning of the fiscal yeardeleted text end reserved
for teacher candidates who identify as belonging to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented
in the Minnesota teacher workforce must be equal to or greater than the total percentage of
students deleted text beginofdeleted text endnew text begin from all such underrepresentednew text end racial or ethnic groups deleted text beginunderrepresented in the
Minnesota teacher workforce
deleted text end as measured under section 120B.35, subdivision 3. If this
percentage cannot be met because of a lack of qualifying candidates, the remaining amount
may be awarded to teacher candidates who intend to teach in a shortage area.new text begin Student teacher
candidates who are of color or American Indian who have made satisfactory academic
progress must have priority for receiving a grant from available funds to student teach and
complete their preparation programs if they meet eligibility requirements and participated
in the aspiring Minnesota teachers of color scholarship program under section 136A.1274.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 1, as amended by Laws
2020, chapter 109, article 1, section 11, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) The terms used in this section have the meanings given
them in this subdivision.

(b) "Qualified educational loan" means a government, commercial, or foundation loan
for actual costs paid for tuition and reasonable educational and living expenses related to a
teacher's preparation or further education.

(c) "School district" means an independent school district, special school district,
intermediate district, education district, special education cooperative, service cooperative,
a cooperative center for vocational education, or a charter school located in Minnesota.

(d) "Teacher" means an individual holding a teaching license issued by the Professional
Educator Licensing and Standards Board who is employed by a school district to provide
classroom instructionnew text begin or a Head Start or Early Head Start nonlicensed early childhood
professional employed by a Head Start program under section 119A.50
new text end.

(e) "Teacher shortage area" meansnew text begin any of the following experiencing a teacher shortage
as reported by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
new text end:

(1) the licensure fields deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin specific to particularnew text end economic development regions deleted text beginreported
by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board in coordination with the
commissioner as experiencing a teacher shortage; and
deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

(2) new text beginindividual economic development regions; or
new text end

new text begin (3) new text endeconomic development regions where there is a shortage of licensed teachers who
deleted text begin reflect the racial or ethnic diversity ofdeleted text endnew text begin are of color or who are American Indian where the
aggregate percentage of this group of teachers is lower than the aggregate percentage of
students of color and American Indian
new text end students in the region deleted text beginas reported by the Professional
Educator Licensing and Standards Board in coordination with the commissioner
deleted text end.

(f) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education unless
indicated otherwise.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Program established; administration.

The commissioner deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end establish
and administer a teacher shortage loan forgiveness program. A teacher is eligible for the
program if the teacher is teaching in an identified teacher shortage area new text beginfor the economic
development region in which the teacher works as defined in subdivision 1 and reported
new text end under subdivision 3 and complies with the requirements of this section.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 3, as amended by Laws
2020, chapter 109, article 1, section 12, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Use of report on teacher shortage areas.

Using data collected for the teacher
supply and demand report to the legislature under section 122A.091, subdivision 5,
Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board shall identify the licensure fields and
new text begin racial or ethnic groups in new text endeconomic development regions in Minnesota experiencing a
teacher shortage.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Application for loan forgiveness.

Each applicant for loan forgiveness, according
to rules adopted by the commissioner, deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end:

(1) apply for teacher shortage loan forgiveness and promptly submit any additional
information required by the commissioner; and

(2) submit to the commissioner a completed affidavit, prescribed by the commissioner,
affirming the teacher is teaching indeleted text begin: (i) a licensure field identified by the commissioner as
experiencing a teacher shortage; or (ii) an economic development region identified by the
commissioner as experiencing a teacher shortage
deleted text endnew text begin a shortage areanew text end.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 136A.1791, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Amount of loan forgiveness.

(a) To the extent funding is available, the annual
amount of teacher shortage loan forgiveness for an approved applicant deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin as a teacher in
any shortage area must
new text end not exceed deleted text begin$1,000deleted text endnew text begin $2,000new text end or the cumulative balance of the applicant's
qualified educational loans, including principal and interest, whichever amount is less.new text begin To
support the retention of teachers who are of color or American Indian and to the extent there
are sufficient applications, the percentage of loan repayments granted to teachers of color
and American Indian teachers must at least be equivalent to the aggregated percentage of
students of color and American Indian students in the state.
new text end

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), applicants who meet both licensure field and
underrepresented racial or ethnic group eligibility in their economic development region
may receive an annual amount of up to $4,000 or the cumulative balance of the applicant's
qualified educational loans, including principal and interest, whichever amount is less.
new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end Recipients must secure their own qualified educational loans. Teachers who
graduate from an approved teacher preparation program or teachers who add a licensure
field, consistent with the teacher shortage requirements of this section, are eligible to apply
for the loan forgiveness program.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end No teacher deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin maynew text end receive more than deleted text beginfivedeleted text endnew text begin tennew text end annual awards.

Sec. 13.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 11, article 3, section 22, subdivision 3,
is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Mentoring, induction, and retention incentive program grants for teachers
of color.

(a) For the development and expansion of mentoring, induction, and retention
programs for teachers of color or American Indian teachers under Minnesota Statutes,
section 122A.70:

$
750,000
.....
2020
$
deleted text begin 750,000 deleted text end new text begin
2,250,000
new text end
.....
2021

(b) The board may retain up to five percent of the appropriation amount for monitoring
and administering the grant program and may have an interagency agreement with the
Department of Education including transfer of funds to help administer the program.

(c) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.

(d) The base for fiscal year 2022 new text beginand later new text endis deleted text begin$750,000 and the base for fiscal year 2023
is $742,000
deleted text endnew text begin $2,250,000new text end.

Sec. 14.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 11, article 3, section 23, subdivision 5,
is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

American Indian teacher preparation grants.

(a) For joint grants to assist
people who are American Indian to become teachers under Minnesota Statutes, section
122A.63:

$
460,000
.....
2020
$
deleted text begin 460,000 deleted text end new text begin
1,060,000
new text end
.....
2021

(b) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.

new text begin (c) The base for fiscal year 2022 and later is $1,060,000.
new text end

Sec. 15. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
designated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Inclusive school enhancement grants. new text end

new text begin (a) To support schools in their efforts
to close opportunity and achievement gaps under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.113:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,500,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin (b) The department may use up to five percent of this appropriation to administer the
grant program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Come Teach in Minnesota hiring bonuses. new text end

new text begin (a) For the Come Teach in
Minnesota hiring bonuses program under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.59:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin (b) The department may use up to five percent of the appropriation amount to administer
the program under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Aspiring Minnesota teachers of color scholarships. new text end

new text begin (a) For transfer to the
Office of Higher Education for scholarships to candidates preparing to teach in licensure
or demographic shortage areas under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1274:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 5,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin (b) The Office of Higher Education may use no more than three percent of the
appropriation amount to administer the program under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Student teacher candidate grants in shortage areas. new text end

new text begin (a) For transfer to the
Office of Higher Education for the student teacher candidate grants in shortage areas program
under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1275, directed to support candidates belonging to
a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the teacher workforce and meeting other
eligibility requirements:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin (b) The Office of Higher Education may use no more than three percent of the
appropriation amount to administer the program under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Teacher shortage loan forgiveness program. new text end

new text begin (a) For transfer to the Office of
Higher Education for the teacher shortage loan forgiveness program under Minnesota
Statutes, section 136A.1791, specific to teachers defined in Minnesota Statutes, section
136A.1791, subdivision 1, paragraph (e), clause (3):
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin (b) The Office of Higher Education may use no more than three percent of the
appropriation amount to administer the program under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Teacher recruitment marketing campaign. new text end

new text begin (a) For transfer to the Professional
Educator Licensing and Standards Board for developing two contracts to develop and
implement an outreach and marketing campaign under this subdivision:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin (b) The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must issue a request for
proposals to develop and implement an outreach and marketing campaign to elevate the
profession and recruit teachers, especially teachers of color and American Indian teachers.
Outreach efforts should include and support current and former Teacher of the Year finalists
interested in being recruitment fellows to encourage prospective educators throughout the
state.
new text end

new text begin (c) The outreach and marketing campaign must focus on making the following individuals
become interested in teaching in Minnesota public schools:
new text end

new text begin (1) high school and college students of color or American Indian students who have not
chosen a career path; or
new text end

new text begin (2) adults from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the teacher workforce who
may be seeking to change careers.
new text end

new text begin (d) The board must award two $250,000 grants each year to firms or organizations that
demonstrate capacity to reach wide and varied audiences of prospective teachers based on
a work plan with quarterly deliverables. Preferences should be given to firms or organizations
that are led by people of color and that have people of color working on the campaign with
a proven record of success. The grant recipients must recognize current pathways or programs
to become a teacher and must partner with educators, schools, institutions, and racially
diverse communities. The grant recipients are encouraged to provide in-kind contributions
or seek funds from nonstate sources to supplement the grant award.
new text end

new text begin (e) The board may use no more than three percent of the appropriation amount to
administer the program under this subdivision, and may have an interagency agreement
with the Department of Education including transfer of funds to help administer the program.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

EARLY EDUCATION

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 124D.151, subdivision 6, is
amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Participation limits.

(a) Notwithstanding section 126C.05, subdivision 1,
paragraph (d), the pupil units for a voluntary prekindergarten program for an eligible school
district or charter school must not exceed 60 percent of the kindergarten pupil units for that
school district or charter school under section 126C.05, subdivision 1, paragraph (e).

(b) In reviewing applications under subdivision 5, the commissioner must limit the total
number of participants in the voluntary prekindergarten and school readiness plus programs
under Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 5, article 8, section 9, to not more than deleted text begin7,160deleted text end
new text begin 13,160 new text endparticipants for fiscal years deleted text begin2019, 2020, anddeleted text end 2021, new text begin2022, and 2023, new text endand deleted text begin3,160deleted text end new text begin9,160
new text end participants for fiscal years deleted text begin2022deleted text end new text begin2024 new text endand later.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2021 and later.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124D.16, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Amount of aid.

(a) A district is eligible to receive school readiness aid for
eligible prekindergarten pupils enrolled in a school readiness program under section 124D.15
if the biennial plan required by section 124D.15, subdivision 3a, has been approved by the
commissioner.

(b) A district must receive school readiness aid equal to:

(1) the number of four-year-old children in the district on October 1 for the previous
school year times the ratio of 50 percent of the total school readiness aid for that year to the
total number of four-year-old children reported to the commissioner for the previous school
year; plus

(2) the number of pupils enrolled in the school district from families eligible for the free
or reduced school lunch program for the previous school year times the ratio of 50 percent
of the total school readiness aid for that year to the total number of pupils in the state from
families eligible for the free or reduced school lunch program for the previous school year.

(c) The total school readiness aid entitlement equals deleted text begin$23,558,000deleted text end new text begin$55,905,000 new text endfor fiscal
year deleted text begin2016deleted text end new text begin2021, $53,636,000 for fiscal year 2022, $53,688,000 for fiscal year 2023, new text endand
deleted text begin $33,683,000deleted text end new text begin$53,683,000 new text endfor fiscal year deleted text begin2017deleted text end new text begin2024 new text endand later.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2021 and later.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 126C.05, subdivision 1, is amended
to read:


Subdivision 1.

Pupil unit.

Pupil units for each Minnesota resident pupil under the age
of 21 or who meets the requirements of section 120A.20, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), in
average daily membership enrolled in the district of residence, in another district under
sections 123A.05 to 123A.08, 124D.03, 124D.08, or 124D.68; in a charter school under
chapter 124E; or for whom the resident district pays tuition under section 123A.18, 123A.22,
123A.30, 123A.32, 123A.44, 123A.488, 123B.88, subdivision 4, 124D.04, 124D.05, 125A.03
to 125A.24, 125A.51, or 125A.65, shall be counted according to this subdivision.

(a) A prekindergarten pupil with a disability who is enrolled in a program approved by
the commissioner and has an individualized education program is counted as the ratio of
the number of hours of assessment and education service to 825 times 1.0 with a minimum
average daily membership of 0.28, but not more than 1.0 pupil unit.

(b) A prekindergarten pupil who is assessed but determined not to be disabled is counted
as the ratio of the number of hours of assessment service to 825 times 1.0.

(c) A kindergarten pupil with a disability who is enrolled in a program approved by the
commissioner is counted as the ratio of the number of hours of assessment and education
services required in the fiscal year by the pupil's individualized education program to 875,
but not more than one.

(d) A prekindergarten pupil who is not included in paragraph (a) or (b) and is enrolled
in an approved voluntary prekindergarten program under section 124D.151 is counted as
the ratio of the number of hours of instruction to 850 times 1.0, but not more than 0.6 pupil
units.

(e) A kindergarten pupil who is not included in paragraph (c) is counted as 1.0 pupil
unit if the pupil is enrolled in a free all-day, every day kindergarten program available to
all kindergarten pupils at the pupil's school that meets the minimum hours requirement in
section 120A.41, or is counted as .55 pupil unit, if the pupil is not enrolled in a free all-day,
every day kindergarten program available to all kindergarten pupils at the pupil's school.

(f) A pupil who is in any of grades 1 to 6 is counted as 1.0 pupil unit.

(g) A pupil who is in any of grades 7 to 12 is counted as 1.2 pupil units.

(h) A pupil who is in the postsecondary enrollment options program is counted as 1.2
pupil units.

(i) For fiscal years 2018 through deleted text begin2021deleted text endnew text begin 2023new text end, a prekindergarten pupil who:

(1) is not included in paragraph (a), (b), or (d);

(2) is enrolled in a school readiness plus program under Laws 2017, First Special Session
chapter 5, article 8, section 9; and

(3) has one or more of the risk factors specified by the eligibility requirements for a
school readiness plus program,

is counted as the ratio of the number of hours of instruction to 850 times 1.0, but not more
than 0.6 pupil units. A pupil qualifying under this paragraph must be counted in the same
manner as a voluntary prekindergarten student for all general education and other school
funding formulas.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2021 and later.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 126C.05, subdivision 3, is amended
to read:


Subd. 3.

Compensation revenue pupil units.

Compensation revenue pupil units for
fiscal year 1998 and thereafter must be computed according to this subdivision.

(a) The compensation revenue concentration percentage for each building in a district
equals the product of 100 times the ratio of:

(1) the sum of the number of pupils enrolled in the building eligible to receive free lunch
plus one-half of the pupils eligible to receive reduced priced lunch on October 1 of the
previous fiscal year; to

(2) the number of pupils enrolled in the building on October 1 of the previous fiscal
year.

(b) The compensation revenue pupil weighting factor for a building equals the lesser of
one or the quotient obtained by dividing the building's compensation revenue concentration
percentage by 80.0.

(c) The compensation revenue pupil units for a building equals the product of:

(1) the sum of the number of pupils enrolled in the building eligible to receive free lunch
and one-half of the pupils eligible to receive reduced priced lunch on October 1 of the
previous fiscal year; times

(2) the compensation revenue pupil weighting factor for the building; times

(3) .60.

(d) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) to (c), for voluntary prekindergarten programs under
section 124D.151, charter schools, and contracted alternative programs in the first year of
operation, compensation revenue pupil units shall be computed using data for the current
fiscal year. If the voluntary prekindergarten program, charter school, or contracted alternative
program begins operation after October 1, compensatory revenue pupil units shall be
computed based on pupils enrolled on an alternate date determined by the commissioner,
and the compensation revenue pupil units shall be prorated based on the ratio of the number
of days of student instruction to 170 days.

(e) deleted text beginNotwithstanding paragraphs (a) to (c), for voluntary prekindergarten seats discontinued
in fiscal year 2022 due to the reduction in the participation limit under section 124D.151,
subdivision 6, those discontinued seats must not be used to calculate compensation revenue
pupil units for fiscal year 2022.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (f)deleted text end The percentages in this subdivision must be based on the count of individual pupils
and not on a building average or minimum.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 126C.10, subdivision 2d, is amended
to read:


Subd. 2d.

Declining enrollment revenue.

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end A school district's declining enrollment
revenue equals the greater of zero or the product of: (1) 28 percent of the formula allowance
for that year and (2) the difference between the adjusted pupil units for the preceding year
and the adjusted pupil units for the current year.

deleted text begin (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), for fiscal year 2022 only, prekindergarten pupil units
under section 126C.05, subdivision 1, paragraph (d), must be excluded from the calculation
of declining enrollment revenue.
deleted text end

Sec. 6.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 11, article 8, section 13, subdivision 2,
is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

School readiness.

(a) For revenue for school readiness programs under
Minnesota Statutes, sections 124D.15 and 124D.16:

$
33,683,000
.....
2020
$
deleted text begin 33,683,000 deleted text end new text begin
53,683,000
new text end
.....
2021

(b) The 2020 appropriation includes $3,368,000 for 2019 and $30,315,000 for 2020.

(c) The 2021 appropriation includes $3,368,000 for 2020 and deleted text begin$30,315,000deleted text end new text begin$50,315,000
new text end for 2021.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 7. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
designated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Voluntary prekindergarten program. new text end

new text begin (a) For the voluntary prekindergarten
program under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.151:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 30,339,304
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin (b) The fiscal year 2021 appropriation includes $0 for 2020 and $30,339,304 for fiscal
year 2021.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner must proportionately allocate the amounts appropriated in this
subdivision among each education funding program affected by the enrollment of voluntary
prekindergarten pupils.
new text end

ARTICLE 3

EDUCATION EXCELLENCE

Section 1. new text beginDISTANCE LEARNING BROADBAND ACCESS GRANT PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this section, "commissioner" means the
commissioner of education.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin A distance learning broadband access grant program is
established in the Department of Education to provide temporary wireless or wire-line
broadband access to students currently lacking Internet access so that the students may
participate in distance learning offered by school districts and charter schools during the
peacetime public health emergency period that relates to the infectious disease known as
COVID-19.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Eligible expenditures. new text end

new text begin A grant awarded under this section may be used to:
new text end

new text begin (1) provide a student with a data card, USB modem, or other mobile or temporary
broadband device that enables the student to access learning materials available on the
Internet through a mobile or temporary wireless or wire-line broadband connection;
new text end

new text begin (2) reimburse a school district or charter school for actual costs incurred to provide
emergency distance learning wireless or wire-line broadband access during the 2019-2020
school year; and
new text end

new text begin (3) reimburse a school district or charter school for the cost of wireless or wire-line
broadband Internet access for households with students that did not otherwise have Internet
access before March 13, 2020, for the 2019-2020 school year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Eligible applicants. new text end

new text begin A Minnesota school district or charter school may apply
for a grant award under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Application review. new text end

new text begin (a) An applicant for a grant under this section must file
an application with the commissioner on a form developed by the commissioner. The
commissioner may consult with the commissioner of employment and economic development
when developing the form.
new text end

new text begin (b) An application for a grant under this subdivision must describe a school district's or
charter school's approach to identify and prioritize access for students unable to access the
Internet for distance learning and may include a description of local or private matching
grants or in-kind contributions.
new text end

new text begin (c) A school district or charter school may develop its application in cooperation with
the school district's or charter school's community education department, the school district's
or charter school's adult basic education program provider, a public library, an Internet
service provider, or other community partner.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner must award grants under this section on a first-come, first-served
basis.
new text end

new text begin (e) The commissioner must develop administrative procedures governing the application
and grant award process.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Grant amount. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must establish a maximum per-pupil amount
for grants awarded under this section based on (1) the number of districts and charter schools
that apply for a grant, and (2) the availability of federal money for a similar purpose.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginPERMANENT SCHOOL FUND; SEPTEMBER 2020 APPORTIONMENT.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a school district or charter school must use the
September, 2020, permanent school fund apportionment under Minnesota Statutes, section
127A.33, to provide mental health services and support for students or to purchase
educational technology for students, including hardware, software, or connectivity.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $8,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of employment and economic development for transfer to the commissioner of education
for emergency distance learning wireless or wire-line broadband access for student grants
for school districts and charter schools under section 1. Up to five percent of the appropriation
under this paragraph may be used to reimburse reasonable costs incurred by the Department
of Education to administer section 1. This is a onetime appropriation. Any funds that remain
unexpended on September 30, 2020, are transferred to the border-to-border broadband fund
account established in Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.396. By December 1, 2020, the
commissioner of education must report to the legislature regarding the number of districts
and charter schools that received grants under section 1 and the number of students that
were provided Internet access. The report must also identify the costs to administer the grant
program and the amount transferred to the border-to-border broadband fund.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
designated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Full-service community schools. new text end

new text begin For full-service community schools under
Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.231:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 10,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin Up to $50,000 is for administration of this program. The base for fiscal year 2022 is
$10,000,000.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Support our students grants. new text end

new text begin (a) For support our students grants under Laws
2016, chapter 189, article 25, section 56:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 13,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, this appropriation is available
until June 30, 2026. Any balance remaining after June 30, 2026, cancels to the general fund.
new text end