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HF 883

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/07/2011 09:08am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education; clarifying role of commissioner of education in approving,
certifying, and recertifying online learning providers; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2010, section 124D.095, subdivision 7.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 124D.095, subdivision 7, is amended to
read:


Subd. 7.

Department of Education.

(a) The deleted text begindepartmentdeleted text endnew text begin commissioner new text end must review
and new text begineither new text endapprove new text beginand certify or disapprove new text endonline learning providersdeleted text begin. Thedeleted text endnew text begin on a cyclical
basis to determine whether online learning students are being provided
new text end online learning
courses and programs deleted text beginmust bedeleted text endnew text begin that arenew text end rigorous, aligned with state academic standards,
and contribute to new text beginthe students' new text endgrade progression in a single subjectnew text begin sufficient to satisfy
state high school graduation requirements
new text end. The online provider must deleted text begingivedeleted text endnew text begin demonstrate
to
new text end the commissioner deleted text beginwritten assurancedeleted text endnew text begin, in the form and manner the commissioner
determines,
new text end that: (1) all courses meet state academic standards; and (2) the online
learning curriculum, instruction, and deleted text beginassessment, expectationsdeleted text endnew text begin assessments;new text endnew text begin provisionsnew text end
for actual teacher-contact time deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin, andnew text end other student-to-teacher communicationdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin that
involves or is supervised by highly qualified teachers licensed by the Board of Teaching;
new text end
and academic supportnew text begin, as described by the provider in its online course syllabus,new text end meet
nationally recognized professional standards deleted text beginand are described as such in an online course
syllabus that meets the commissioner's requirements
deleted text end. deleted text beginOncedeleted text end An online learning provider deleted text beginis
approved under this paragraph, all of its online learning course offerings are
deleted text endnew text begin approved and
certified by the commissioner remains
new text end eligible for payment under this section unless new text beginthe
provider changes the content or substance of its online course syllabus as indicated by the
provider or determined by the commissioner as part of the cyclical review or at another
time, the commissioner determines as part of the cyclical review or at another time that
students are not receiving instruction sufficient to meet state academic standards or high
school graduation requirements, or an enrolling district or the department successfully
challenges
new text enda course deleted text beginis successfully challenged by an enrolling district or the departmentdeleted text end
under paragraph (b).new text begin The commissioner must establish and electronically publish a
process for both withdrawing a provider's certification and recertifying that provider,
consistent with this subdivision.
new text end

(b) An enrolling district may challenge the validity of a course offered by an online
learning provider. The department must review such challenges based on the certification
procedures under paragraph (a). The department may initiate its own review of the validity
of an online learning course offered by an online learning provider.

(c) The department may collect a fee not to exceed $250 for certifying online
learning providers or $50 per course for reviewing a challenge by an enrolling district.new text begin An
online provider that contracts with multiple school districts or charter schools under this
section needs initial approval and certification from the department only once to provide
the same online learning course or program to multiple school districts or charter schools
even if that course or program is provided at different times.
new text end

(d) The department must develop, publish, and maintain a list of deleted text beginapproveddeleted text end online
learning providers and online learning courses and programs that deleted text beginitdeleted text endnew text begin the commissionernew text end
has reviewed and certified.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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