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HF 755

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 02/01/2012 06:02pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 02/28/2011

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; establishing a pilot project to examine how school districts
might operate jointly to provide innovative delivery of programs and activities
and share resources.

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

Section 1. new text beginSCHOOL DISTRICTS' JOINT OPERATION AND INNOVATIVE
DELIVERY OF EDUCATION; PILOT PROJECT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment; requirements for participation. new text end

new text begin (a) A four-year
pilot project is established to allow groups of school districts to pursue benefits of operating
jointly to deliver innovative education programs and activities and share resources.
new text end

new text begin (b) To participate in this pilot project, a group of three or more school districts
must form a joint partnership to share elements common to all the partners in providing
innovative delivery of educational programs and activities and sharing resources.
new text end

new text begin (c) A partnership under paragraph (b) interested in participating in this pilot project
must apply to the commissioner of education in the form and manner the commissioner
prescribes, consistent with subdivision 2. When submitting its application, each
participating school district in each partnership also must submit to the commissioner:
new text end

new text begin (1) a formally adopted school board agreement identifying the specific joint use
opportunities the participating district intends to pursue as part of the joint partnership; and
new text end

new text begin (2) a binding and specific four-year plan to provide innovative delivery of
educational programs and activities and to share resources, consistent with this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin A participating district's plan under clause (2) must describe its educational
objectives and processes for seeking advice and collaboration and managing the project;
its budget arrangements that include regular reviews of expenditures; its administrative
structures for implementing and evaluating the plan; and any other applicable conditions,
regulations, responsibilities, duties, provisions, fee schedules, or legal considerations
needed to implement its plan.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Role of the commissioner. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may select up to six
applicants under subdivision 1, paragraph (b), from throughout the state to participate in
this pilot project. The commissioner may consider and select only those applicants that
the commissioner determines have fully complied with the requirements in subdivision 1.
To the extent needed as demonstrated in district plans, and notwithstanding any law to
the contrary, the commissioner may allow the member districts in a joint partnership to
operate as though they were charter schools under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.10.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Pilot project evaluation. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must gather and evaluate data
on the measurable success of the joint partnerships in delivering innovative education
programs and activities and sharing resources. The commissioner must use the data to
develop and submit to the education policy and finance committees of the legislature by
February 1, 2016, a report evaluating the success of this pilot project and recommend
whether or not to continue or expand the pilot project.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to the 2011-2012 through 2014-2015 school year.
new text end