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HF 512

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/14/2011 11:11am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education; modifying the postsecondary enrollment options act;
requiring high school students to take a college level class; modifying college
transfer credits; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 120B.024;
124D.09, subdivisions 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 24, 25, by adding a subdivision;
135A.08, subdivision 1; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09,
subdivision 23.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 120B.024, is amended to read:


120B.024 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS; COURSE CREDITS.

(a) Students beginning 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school year and later must
successfully complete the following high school level course credits for graduation:

(1) four credits of language arts;

(2) three credits of mathematics, encompassing at least algebra, geometry, statistics,
and probability sufficient to satisfy the academic standard;

(3) three credits of science, including at least one credit in biology;

(4) three and one-half credits of social studies, encompassing at least United
States history, geography, government and citizenship, world history, and economics or
three credits of social studies encompassing at least United States history, geography,
government and citizenship, and world history, and one-half credit of economics taught in
a school's social studies, agriculture education, or business department;

(5) one credit in the arts; and

(6) a minimum of seven elective course credits.

A course credit is equivalent to a student successfully completing an academic
year of study or a student mastering the applicable subject matter, as determined by the
local school district.

(b) An agriculture science course may fulfill a science credit requirement in addition
to the specified science credits in biology and chemistry or physics under paragraph (a),
clause (3).

(c) A career and technical education course may fulfill a science, mathematics, or
arts credit requirement in addition to the specified science, mathematics, or arts credits
under paragraph (a), clause (2), (3), or (5).

new text begin (d) Students beginning 9th grade in the 2011-2012 school year must complete a
minimum of one-half credit of classes through postsecondary enrollment options under
section 124D.09, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate, or complete a
successful work experience in a program approved by the student's school district or
charter school.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Alternative pupil.

"Alternative pupil" means deleted text beginandeleted text end new text begina 9th, 10th, new text end11thnew text begin,new text end or 12th
grade student not enrolled in a public school district, and includes students attending
nonpublic schools and students who are home schooled. An alternative pupil is considered
a pupil for purposes of this section only. An alternative pupil must register with the
commissioner of education before participating in the postsecondary enrollment options
program. The commissioner shall prescribe the form and manner of the registration, in
consultation with the Nonpublic Education Council under section 123B.445, and may
request any necessary information from the alternative pupil.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
for the 2011-2012 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Authorization; notification.

Notwithstanding any other law to the
contrary, an 11th or 12th grade pupil enrolled in a school or an American Indian-controlled
tribal contract or grant school eligible for aid under section 124D.83, except a foreign
exchange pupil enrolled in a district under a cultural exchange program, may apply to an
eligible institution, as defined in subdivision 3, to enroll in nonsectarian courses offered by
that postsecondary institution. new text beginNotwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a 9th or 10th
grade pupil enrolled in a school or an American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant
school eligible for aid under section 124D.83, except a foreign exchange pupil enrolled in a
district under a cultural exchange program, may apply to an eligible institution, as defined
in subdivision 3, to enroll in nonsectarian courses offered by that postsecondary institution,
following successful completion of the counseling requirements under subdivision 6.
new text endIf an
institution accepts a secondary pupil for enrollment under this section, the institution shall
send written notice to the pupil, the pupil's school or school district, and the commissioner
within ten days of acceptance. The notice must indicate the course and hours of enrollment
of that pupil. deleted text beginIf the pupil enrolls in a course for postsecondary credit, the institution must
notify the pupil about payment in the customary manner used by the institution.
deleted text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Dissemination of information; notification of intent to enroll.

By March
1 of each year, a district must provide general information about the program to all pupils
in grades new text begin8, 9, new text end10new text begin,new text end and 11. To assist the district in planning, a pupil shall inform the district
by March 30 of each year of the pupil's intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during
the following school year. A pupil is not bound by notifying or not notifying the district
by March 30.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Limit on participation.

new text beginA pupil who first enrolls in grade 9 may not
enroll in postsecondary courses under this section for secondary credit for more than
the equivalent of four academic years. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 10 may not
enroll in postsecondary courses under this section for secondary credit for more than
the equivalent of three academic years.
new text endA pupil who first enrolls in grade 11 may not
enroll in postsecondary courses under this section for secondary credit for more than the
equivalent of two academic years. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 12 may not enroll in
postsecondary courses under this section for secondary credit for more than the equivalent
of one academic year. If a pupil in grade new text begin9, 10, new text end11new text begin,new text end or 12 first enrolls in a postsecondary
course for secondary credit during the school year, the time of participation shall be
reduced proportionately. If a pupil is in a learning year or other year-round program and
begins each grade in the summer session, summer sessions shall not be counted against the
time of participation. A pupil who has graduated from high school cannot participate in a
program under this section. A pupil who has completed course requirements for graduation
but who has not received a diploma may participate in the program under this section.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Enrollment priority.

A postsecondary institution shall give priority to
its postsecondary students when enrolling new text begin9th, 10th, new text end11thnew text begin,new text end and 12th grade pupils in its
courses. A postsecondary institution may provide information about its programs to a
secondary school or to a pupil or parent, but it may not advertise or otherwise recruit or
solicit the participation of secondary pupils to enroll in its programs on financial grounds.
An institution must not enroll secondary pupils, for postsecondary enrollment options
purposes, in remedial, developmental, or other courses that are not college level. Once a
pupil has been enrolled in a postsecondary course under this section, the pupil shall not
be displaced by another student.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 12, is amended to read:


Subd. 12.

Credits.

A pupil may enroll in a course under this section for deleted text begineitherdeleted text endnew text begin bothnew text end
secondary credit deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin andnew text end postsecondary credit. deleted text beginAt the time a pupil enrolls in a course,
the pupil shall designate whether the course is for secondary or postsecondary credit.
A pupil taking several courses may designate some for secondary credit and some for
postsecondary credit.
deleted text end A pupil must not audit a course under this section.

A district shall grant academic credit to a pupil enrolled in a course for secondary
credit if the pupil successfully completes the course. Seven quarter or four semester
college credits equal at least one full year of high school credit. Fewer college credits may
be prorated. deleted text beginA district must also grant academic credit to a pupil enrolled in a course for
postsecondary credit if secondary credit is requested by a pupil.
deleted text end If no comparable course is
offered by the district, the district must, as soon as possible, notify the commissioner, who
shall determine the number of credits that shall be granted to a pupil who successfully
completes a course. If a comparable course is offered by the district, the school board
shall grant a comparable number of credits to the pupil. If there is a dispute between the
district and the pupil regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the
pupil may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision
regarding the number of credits shall be final.

The secondary credits granted to a pupil must be counted toward the graduation
requirements and subject area requirements of the district. Evidence of successful
completion of each course and secondary credits granted must be included in the pupil's
secondary school record. A pupil shall provide the school with a copy of the pupil's grade
in each course taken for secondary credit under this section. Upon the request of a pupil,
the pupil's secondary school record must also include evidence of successful completion
and credits granted for a course taken for postsecondary credit. In either case, the record
must indicate that the credits were earned at a postsecondary institution.

deleted text begin If a pupil enrolls in a postsecondary institution after leaving secondary school, the
postsecondary institution must award postsecondary credit for any course successfully
completed for secondary credit at that institution. Other
deleted text end Postsecondary institutions deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin
must
new text end award, deleted text beginafter a pupil leaves secondary school,deleted text endnew text begin consistent with the institution's credit
transfer policy,
new text end postsecondary credit for any courses successfully completed under this
section. An institution may not charge a pupil for the award of credit.

The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and
the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota must, and private nonprofit and
proprietary postsecondary institutions should, award postsecondary credit for any
successfully completed courses in a program certified by the National Alliance of
Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships offered according to an agreement under subdivision
10.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 13, is amended to read:


Subd. 13.

Financial arrangements.

For a pupil enrolled in a course under this
section, the department must make payments according to this subdivision for courses that
were taken for secondary credit.

deleted text begin The department must not make payments to a school district or postsecondary
institution for a course taken for postsecondary credit only.
deleted text end The department must not
make payments to a postsecondary institution for a course from which a student officially
withdraws during the first 14 days of the quarter or semester or who has been absent from
the postsecondary institution for the first 15 consecutive school days of the quarter or
semester and is not receiving instruction in the home or hospital.

A postsecondary institution shall receive the following:

(1) for an institution granting quarter credit, the reimbursement per credit hour shall
be an amount equal to 88 percent of the product of the formula allowance minus $415,
multiplied by 1.3, and divided by 45; or

(2) for an institution granting semester credit, the reimbursement per credit hour
shall be an amount equal to 88 percent of the product of the general revenue formula
allowance minus $415, multiplied by 1.3, and divided by 30.

The department must pay to each postsecondary institution 100 percent of the
amount in clause (1) or (2) within 30 days of receiving initial enrollment information
each quarter or semester. If changes in enrollment occur during a quarter or semester,
the change shall be reported by the postsecondary institution at the time the enrollment
information for the succeeding quarter or semester is submitted. At any time the
department notifies a postsecondary institution that an overpayment has been made, the
institution shall promptly remit the amount due.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 24, is amended to read:


Subd. 24.

Limit; state obligation.

The provisions of subdivisions 13, 19, 22, and
23 shall not apply for any postsecondary courses in which a pupil is enrolled in addition
to being enrolled full time in that pupil's district deleted text beginor for any postsecondary course in
which a pupil is enrolled for postsecondary credit
deleted text end. The pupil is enrolled full time if the
pupil attends credit-bearing classes in the high school or high school program for all of
the available hours of instruction.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 25, is amended to read:


Subd. 25.

Pupils 40 miles or more from an eligible institution.

A pupil who
is enrolled in a secondary school that is located 40 miles or more from the nearest
eligible institution may request that the resident district offer at least one accelerated or
advanced academic course within the resident district in which the pupil may enroll for
postsecondary credit. A pupil may enroll in a course offered under this subdivision for
deleted text begin eitherdeleted text end secondary deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin andnew text end postsecondary credit according to subdivision 12.

A district must offer an accelerated or advanced academic course for postsecondary
credit if one or more pupils requests such a course under this subdivision. The district
may decide which course to offer, how to offer the course, and whether to offer one or
more courses. The district must offer at least one such course in the next academic period
and must continue to offer at least one accelerated or advanced academic course for
postsecondary credit in later academic periods.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 27. new text end

new text begin Out-of-state institutions. new text end

new text begin High schools shall accept successfully
completed classes from accredited postsecondary institutions outside of the state and grant
high school credit for specific graduations requirements attained. These courses must
be paid for by the student unless the district agrees to the payment prior to the student
beginning the course.
new text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 135A.08, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Course equivalency.

The Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota and the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
shall develop and maintain course equivalency guides for use between institutions
that have a high frequency of transfer. The course equivalency guides must include
information on the course equivalency and awarding of credit for learning acquired as
a result of the successful completion of formal military coursesnew text begin, advanced placement
courses, international baccalaureate course,
new text end and occupational training. Course equivalency
guides are not required for vocational technical programs that have not been divided into
identifiable courses. The governing boards of private institutions that grant associate and
baccalaureate degrees and that have a high frequency of transfer students are requested
to participate in developing these guides.

Sec. 13. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.09, subdivision 23, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end