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HF 257

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 01/27/2011 11:11am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Introduction Posted on 01/27/2011

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; creating the early graduation achievement
scholarship program; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes
2010, sections 120B.07; 126C.126; 126C.20; proposing coding for new law
in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 120B.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 120B.07, is amended to read:


120B.07 EARLY GRADUATION.

new text begin (a) new text endNotwithstanding any law to the contrary, any secondary school student who has
completed all required courses or standards may, with the approval of the student, the
student's parent or guardian, and local school officials, graduate before the completion
of the school year.

new text begin (b) new text endGeneral education revenue attributable to the student must be paid as though the
student was in attendance for the entire yearnew text begin unless the student participates in the early
graduation achievement scholarship program under section 120B.08
new text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2011.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [120B.08] EARLY GRADUATION ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Participation. new text end

new text begin A student who qualifies for early graduation under
section 120B.07 is eligible to participate in the early graduation achievement scholarship
program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Scholarship amounts. new text end

new text begin A student who participates in the early graduation
achievement scholarship program is eligible for a scholarship of $2,500 if the student
qualifies for graduation one semester or two trimesters early, $5,000 if the student qualifies
for graduation two semesters or three or four trimesters early, or $7,500 if the student
qualifies for graduation three or more semesters or five or more trimesters early.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Scholarship uses. new text end

new text begin An early graduation achievement scholarship may be
used at any accredited institution of higher education.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text begin A qualifying student may apply to the commissioner of
education for an early graduation achievement scholarship. The application must be in
the form and manner specified by the commissioner. Upon verification of the qualifying
student's course completion necessary for graduation, the department must issue the
student a certificate showing the student's scholarship amount.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Enrollment verification. new text end

new text begin A student who qualifies under this section
and enrolls in an accredited higher education institution must submit a form to the
commissioner verifying the student's enrollment in the higher education institution and the
tuition charges for that semester. Within 15 days of receipt of a student's enrollment and
tuition verification form, the commissioner must issue a scholarship check to the student in
the lesser of the tuition amount for that semester or the maximum amount of the student's
early graduation achievement scholarship. A student may continue to submit enrollment
verification forms to the commissioner until the student has used the full amount of the
student's graduation achievement scholarship.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin General education money transferred. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must transfer
the amounts necessary to fund the early graduation achievement scholarships from the
general education aid appropriation for that year.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal years 2012 and later.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 126C.126, is amended to read:


126C.126 REALLOCATING GENERAL EDUCATION REVENUE FOR
ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN AND PREKINDERGARTEN.

(a) In order to provide additional revenue for an optional all-day kindergarten
program, a district may reallocate general education revenue attributable to 12th grade
students who have graduated early under section 120B.07new text begin and who do not participate in
the early graduation achievement scholarship program under section 120B.08
new text end.

(b) A school district may spend general education revenue on extended time
kindergarten and prekindergarten programs.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal years 2012 and later.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 126C.20, is amended to read:


126C.20 ANNUAL GENERAL EDUCATION AID APPROPRIATION.

There is annually appropriated from the general fund to the department the amount
necessary for general education aidnew text begin under section 126C.13new text endnew text begin and the early graduation
achievement scholarship program under section 120B.08
new text end. This amount must be reduced
by the amount of any money specifically appropriated for the same purpose in any year
from any state fund.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal years 2012 and later.
new text end