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HF 558

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 01/30/2017 03:55pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education; providing for innovative delivery of career and technical
education programs and sharing of district resources; amending Laws 2012, chapter
263, section 1, as amended.

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

Section 1.

Laws 2012, chapter 263, section 1, as amended by Laws 2014, chapter 312,
article 15, section 24, is amended to read:


Section 1. INNOVATIVE DELIVERY OF new text beginCAREER AND TECHNICAL
new text end EDUCATION new text beginPROGRAMS AND new text endSERVICES AND SHARING OF DISTRICT
RESOURCESdeleted text begin; PILOT PROJECTdeleted text end.

Subdivision 1.

Establishment; requirements for participation.

(a) A deleted text beginpilot projectdeleted text endnew text begin
program
new text end is established to improve studentnew text begin, career and college readiness,new text end and school outcomes
by allowing groups of school districts to work togethernew text begin in partnership with local and regional
postsecondary institutions and programs, community institutions, and other private, public,
for-profit, and nonprofit workplace partners,
new text end tonew text begin: (1)new text end provide innovative education programs
and activities new text beginthat integrate core academic and career and technical subjects in students'
programs of study through coordinated secondary and postsecondary career and technical
programs leading to an industry certification or other credential; (2) provide embedded
professional development for program participants; (3) use performance assessments in
authentic settings to measure students' technical skills and progress toward attaining an
industry certification or other credential;
new text endand new text begin(4) efficiently new text endshare districtnew text begin, institution, and
workplace
new text end resources. deleted text beginThe pilot project may last until June 30, 2018, or for up to five years,
whichever is less, except that innovation partnerships formed during the period of the pilot
project may continue past June 30, 2018, with the agreement of the partnership members.
deleted text end

(b) To participate in this deleted text beginpilot projectdeleted text endnew text begin programnew text end to improve studentnew text begin, career and college
readiness,
new text end and school outcomes, a group of two or more school districts must collaborate
with school staff new text beginand project partners new text endand receive formal school board approval to form a
partnership. The partnership must develop a plan to provide challenging programmatic
options for studentsnew text begin under paragraph (a)new text end, create professional development opportunities for
educatorsnew text begin and other program participantsnew text end, increase student engagement and connection and
challenging learning opportunities for new text begindiverse populations of new text endstudentsnew text begin that are focused on
employability skills and technical, job-specific skills related to a specific career pathway
new text end,
or demonstrate efficiencies in delivering financial and other servicesnew text begin needed to realize plan
goals and objectives
new text end. The plan must deleted text beginestablishdeleted text endnew text begin includenew text end:

(1) collaborative educational goals and objectives;

(2) strategies and processes to implement those goals and objectives, including a budget
process with periodic expenditure reviews;

(3) valid and reliable measures new text beginincluding performance assessments in authentic settings
and progress toward attaining an industry certification or other credential, among other
measures,
new text endto evaluate progress in realizing the goals and objectives;

(4) an implementation timeline; and

(5) other applicable conditions, regulations, responsibilities, duties, provisions, fee
schedules, and legal considerations needed to fully implement the plan.

A partnership may invite additional districts new text beginor other participants under paragraph (a)
new text end to join the partnership deleted text beginduring the pilot project termdeleted text end after notifying the commissioner.

(c) A partnership of interested districts must deleted text beginapply by February 1 of any yeardeleted text endnew text begin submit an
application
new text end to the education commissioner in the form and manner the commissioner
determines, consistent with new text beginthe requirements of new text endthis section. The application must contain
the formal approval adopted by the school board in each district to participate in the plan.

(d) Notwithstanding other law to the contrary, a participating school district under this
section continues to: receive revenue and maintain its taxation authority; be organized and
governed by an elected school board with general powers under Minnesota Statutes, section
123B.02; and be subject to employment agreements under Minnesota Statutes, chapter
122A, and Minnesota Statutes, section 179A.20; and district employees continue to remain
employees of the employing school district.

new text begin (e) Participating districts must submit a biennial report by February 1 in each
odd-numbered year to the education committees of the legislature and the education
commissioner that includes performance assessment, high school graduation, and career
and technical certification data to show the success of the partnership in preparing diverse
populations of students for careers and jobs.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Commissioner's role.

Interested groups of school districts must submit a
completed application to the commissioner deleted text beginby March 1 ofdeleted text endnew text begin innew text end any year in the form and manner
determined by the commissioner. The education commissioner must convene an advisory
panel deleted text begincomposed of a teacher appointed by Education Minnesota, a school principal appointed
by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, a school board member
appointed by the Minnesota School Boards Association, and a school superintendent
appointed by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators
deleted text end to advise the commissioner
on applicants' qualifications to participate in this deleted text beginpilot projectdeleted text endnew text begin programnew text end. The commissioner
deleted text begin may select up to six qualified applicants under subdivision 1 by April 1 of any year to
participate in this pilot project, ensuring
deleted text endnew text begin must ensurenew text end an equitable geographical distribution
of deleted text beginprojectdeleted text endnew text begin programnew text end participants to the extent practicable. The commissioner must select only
those applicants that fully comply with the requirements in subdivision 1. The commissioner
deleted text begin mustdeleted text endnew text begin maynew text end terminate a deleted text beginprojectdeleted text endnew text begin programnew text end participant that fails to effectively implement the
goals and objectives contained in its application and according to its stated timeline.

deleted text begin Subd. 3. deleted text end

deleted text begin Pilot project evaluation. deleted text end

deleted text begin Participating school districts must submit pilot project
data to the commissioner in the form and manner determined by the commissioner. The
education commissioner must analyze participating districts' progress in realizing their
educational goals and objectives to work together in providing innovative education programs
and activities and sharing resources. The commissioner must include the analysis of best
practices in a report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over kindergarten through
grade 12 education finance and policy on the efficacy of this pilot project. The commissioner
shall submit an interim project report by February 1, 2016, and must submit a final report
to the legislature by February 1, 2019, recommending whether or not to continue or expand
the pilot project.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin (a) This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to those applications submitted after that date.
new text end

new text begin (b) Districts already approved for an innovation zone pilot project may continue to
operate under Laws 2012, chapter 263, section 1, as amended by Laws 2014, chapter 312,
article 15, section 24.
new text end