as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/21/2019 04:31pm
A bill for an act
relating to state government; extending the school safety technical assistance center
and School Safety Technical Assistance Council; amending Minnesota Statutes
2018, section 127A.052; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 127A.051,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 127A.052, is amended to read:
(a) The commissioner shall establish a school safety technical assistance center at the
department to help districts and schools under section 121A.031 provide a safe and supportive
learning environment and foster academic achievement for all students by focusing on
prevention, intervention, support, and recovery efforts to develop and maintain safe and
supportive schools. The center must work collaboratively with implicated state agencies
identified by the center and schools, communities, and interested individuals and
organizations to determine how to best use available resources.
(b) The center's services shall include:
(1) evidence-based policy review, development, and dissemination;
(2) single, point-of-contact services designed for schools, parents, and students seeking
information or other help;
(3) qualitative and quantitative data gathering, interpretation, and dissemination of
summary data for existing reporting systems and student surveys and the identification and
pursuit of emerging trends and issues;
(4) assistance to districts and schools in using Minnesota student survey results to inform
intervention and prevention programs;
(5) education and skill building;
(6) multisector and multiagency planning and advisory activities incorporating best
practices and research; and
(7) administrative and financial support for school and district planning, schools
recovering from incidents of violence, and school and district violence prevention education.
(c) The center shall:
(1) compile and make available to all districts and schools evidence-based elements and
resources to develop and maintain safe and supportive schools;
(2) establish and maintain a central repository for collecting and analyzing information
about prohibited conduct under section 121A.031, including, but not limited to:
(i) training materials on strategies and techniques to prevent and appropriately address
prohibited conduct under section 121A.031;
(ii) model programming;
(iii) remedial responses consistent with section 121A.031, subdivision 2, paragraph (i);
(iv) other resources for improving the school climate and preventing prohibited conduct
under section 121A.031;
(3) assist districts and schools to develop strategies and techniques for effectively
communicating with and engaging parents in efforts to protect and deter students from
prohibited conduct under section 121A.031; and
(4) solicit input from social media experts on implementing this section.
(d) The commissioner shall provide administrative services including personnel, budget,
payroll and contract services, and staff support for center activities including developing
and disseminating materials, providing seminars, and developing and maintaining a website.
Center staff shall include a center director, a data analyst coordinator, and trainers who
provide training to affected state and local organizations under a fee-for-service agreement.
The financial, administrative, and staff support the commissioner provides under this section
must be based on an annual budget and work program developed by the center and submitted
to the commissioner by the center director.
(e) School safety technical assistance center staff may consult with school safety center
staff at the Department of Public Safety in providing services under this section.
(f) The center is voluntary and advisory. The center does not have enforcement,
rulemaking, oversight, or regulatory authority.
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(g) The center expires on June 30, 2019.
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Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 19-2186
The council expires on June 30, 2019.