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HF 1188

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 01:45am

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

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Introduction Posted on 02/27/2009

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A bill for an act
relating to education; pursuing E-16 reforms to improve and expand opportunities
for all students to attain educational success; establishing E-16 advisory
subcommittees.

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

Section 1. new text beginE-16 REFORM; DEVELOPING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
IMPROVING THE E-16 EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND STUDENT OUTCOMES.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Oversight Advisory Committee; advisory subcommittees. new text end

new text begin (a) An
E-16 Oversight Advisory Committee shall appoint advisory subcommittee members
with established expertise in specific E-16 structural components to develop strong
recommendations for improving the E-16 educational system and student outcomes,
consistent with this section. The Oversight Advisory Committee shall consist of 12
members: the commissioners of education, finance, and human services or their designees;
three state senators from the majority party and one state senator from the minority party
with E-16 expertise appointed by the senate majority leader and the senate minority leader,
respectively; three house of representatives members from the majority party and one
house of representatives member from the minority party with E-16 expertise appointed
by the speaker of the house and the house of representatives minority leader, respectively;
and a representative of the governor.
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new text begin (b) The E-16 Oversight Advisory Committee shall appoint members to the
advisory subcommittees described in this section. Each advisory subcommittee shall
seek assistance from recognized experts and other sources to explore research-based
strategies and solutions that address the issues listed in the applicable subdivision and
use a thoughtful, iterative process of consensus building to develop recommendations.
The advisory subcommittees are encouraged to research best practices, review state and
national data, seek public input, and rigorously discuss policies and strategies related to
the specific issues raised and the recommendations sought. Each advisory subcommittee
shall meet at least quarterly each year at the call of the chair and at a time and location that
is convenient to the public. All meetings are open to the public.
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new text begin (c) The Oversight Advisory Committee and the advisory subcommittees must frame
the recommendations they develop in the context of increasing by 50 percent by 2020
the number of Minnesota students who complete a postsecondary program and with the
expectation of having available up to $1,000,000,000 in additional education funding to
achieve that goal. The Oversight Advisory Committee must use the recommendations
it receives from the advisory subcommittees and submits to the legislature to proffer
its recommendations to the legislature for:
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new text begin (1) improving student achievement at all educational levels and eliminating the
student achievement gap;
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new text begin (2) effectively integrating preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school,
and higher education to create a responsive, comprehensive, and seamless E-16 education
system for all students;
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new text begin (3) providing all students in all schools with qualified and committed teachers and
excellent administrators; and
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new text begin (4) increasing public awareness of the link between educated citizens and the state's
economic and civic health, in part by making public longitudinal data on the performance
of the state's E-16 educational system.
new text end

new text begin (d) The Oversight Advisory Committee shall seek funds from public and nonpublic
sources for the operational costs of the committee and subcommittees. Each advisory
subcommittee shall submit an interim report by December 31, 2009, and a final report
by December 31, 2010, to the Oversight Advisory Committee. The Oversight Advisory
Committee shall submit its recommendations and the recommendations of the advisory
subcommittees to the education policy and finance committees of the legislature within 45
days of receiving the subcommittee reports. The Oversight Advisory Committee and all
advisory subcommittees expire on March 1, 2011.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Early Learning Advisory Subcommittee. new text end

new text begin (a) The Early Learning
Advisory Subcommittee shall seek and analyze information and develop immediate and
long-term recommendations for improving children's early learning from birth to age
five in the context of:
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new text begin (1) existing early learning programs and structures;
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new text begin (2) early care and education including access to prenatal care;
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new text begin (3) children's language development;
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new text begin (4) provider qualifications;
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new text begin (5) education and care of children with exceptional needs and disabilities;
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new text begin (6) infant and toddler care;
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new text begin (7) consumer education;
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new text begin (8) parent and guardian engagement;
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new text begin (9) workforce development;
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new text begin (10) facilities development;
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new text begin (11) technical assistance; and
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new text begin (12) program accreditation.
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new text begin (b) This advisory subcommittee shall at least address:
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new text begin (1) the existing early care and education infrastructure, including early learning
quality improvement and rating systems and the features of existing systems that are
effective in determining and improving system quality;
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new text begin (2) the development of an early learning quality rating scale for child development
and care programs that serve children birth to age five, contribute directly to high quality
care, and encourage consumer awareness among parents interested in accessing accurate
information about their children's programs;
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new text begin (3) the development of an integrated funding model that aligns with the quality rating
scale for child care and development programs serving children birth to age five; and
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new text begin (4) how to best use local, state, federal, and nonpublic resources to complement a
statewide funding model to improve early learning in Minnesota.
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new text begin (c) Advisory subcommittee members must be recognized experts with sufficient
relevant knowledge to competently address the issues listed in this subdivision and to
develop the requisite recommendations.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Prekindergarten Through Grade 3 Advisory Subcommittee. new text end

new text begin (a)
The Prekindergarten Through Grade 3 Advisory Subcommittee shall seek and analyze
information and develop immediate and long-term recommendations for improving and
accelerating the development of children's early language and math skills, developing
children's social skills, providing preschool and out-of-school programs and activities,
and reducing class sizes.
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new text begin (b) This advisory subcommittee shall at least address:
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new text begin (1) the alignment and sequence of standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment
that focus on the academics, social competence, and self-discipline of children from
prekindergarten through grade 3;
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new text begin (2) a school organization that makes available voluntary half-day and full-day
prekindergarten programs for three- and four-year-old children and required full-day
kindergarten programs for students deemed not ready for kindergarten that build on
children's prekindergarten experiences, and gives school teachers and principals sufficient
staff development opportunities to successfully develop and maintain prekindergarten and
kindergarten programs;
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new text begin (3) teacher preparation and certification requirements for teachers to provide
instruction at all levels from prekindergarten to grade 3;
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new text begin (4) small class sizes, where qualified teachers provide balanced instruction that is
both student and teacher directed and meaningful, and where timely and formative student
assessments are administered to improve teaching;
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new text begin (5) school accountability that enables parents and the community to better support
students' education;
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new text begin (6) literacy and math curricula and instruction that focus on the prekindergarten to
grade 3 continuum; and
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new text begin (7) the development of an integrated funding model that aligns with standards,
curriculum, instruction, and assessment focused on children from prekindergarten through
grade 3.
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new text begin (c) Advisory subcommittee members must be recognized experts with sufficient
relevant knowledge to competently address the issues listed in this subdivision and to
develop the requisite recommendations.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Grades 4 Through 8 Advisory Subcommittee. new text end

new text begin (a) The Grades 4 Through
8 Advisory Subcommittee shall seek and analyze information and develop immediate and
long-term recommendations for improving students' transition from elementary school to
high school by providing students of all backgrounds with strong academic preparation
and high academic expectations that enable them to demonstrate progress and achieve
proficiency in core curriculum, form positive identities and patterns of behavior, facilitate
successful transition to high school, and support successful high school experiences.
new text end

new text begin (b) This advisory subcommittee shall at least address:
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new text begin (1) strengthened middle level organizational structures, instructional practices, and
classroom learning environments;
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new text begin (2) specialized middle level teacher and administrator competencies;
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new text begin (3) middle level transitions for students;
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new text begin (4) professional collaboration and networks focused on best practices, academic
excellence, developmental responsiveness, and social equity;
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new text begin (5) data-driven decision making that increases student academic achievement, with
students' assessment results periodically disaggregated to ensure that students' needs
are met;
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new text begin (6) small learning communities that promote long-term relationships and stability;
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new text begin (7) extensive family and community involvement; and
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new text begin (8) the development of an integrated funding model that aligns with middle level
organizational structures, instructional practices, and classroom learning environments for
students in grades 4 through 8.
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new text begin (c) Advisory subcommittee members must be recognized experts with sufficient
relevant knowledge to competently address the issues listed in this subdivision and to
develop the requisite recommendations.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Grades 9 Through 12 Advisory Subcommittee. new text end

new text begin (a) The Grades 9
Through 12 Advisory Subcommittee shall seek and analyze information and develop
immediate and long-term recommendations for improving all students' readiness for a
successful postsecondary educational experience and their successful transition from high
school to that postsecondary experience.
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new text begin (b) This advisory subcommittee shall at least address:
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new text begin (1) high school designs that reduce the student achievement gap, increase student
graduation rates, prevent high school students dropping out and teen pregnancies, enable
students to readily adapt to rapid technological changes, improve students' workforce
readiness, improve students' direct access to successful postsecondary educational
experiences, enable students to successfully compete in a global economy, and foster
students' civic engagement;
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new text begin (2) an alignment of courses and assessments that results from a direct connection
between students' high school work and postsecondary expectations and provides options
for dual enrollment, tech prep, middle and early college high schools, programs serving
disadvantaged youth, and college access programs;
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new text begin (3) need-based financial aid policies that link students' postsecondary preparation
and state budgetary policies and support collaboration between high schools and
postsecondary educational institutions;
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new text begin (4) an educational accountability system that effectively integrates K-12 and
postsecondary education;
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new text begin (5) improved, more accessible education-related information for policy makers
and the public about high school students' preparation and readiness for a successful
postsecondary educational experience that anticipates and diagnoses academic problems,
provides information about all educational levels, assesses student achievement, and
provides longitudinal data on students' educational progress; and
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new text begin (6) the development of an integrated funding model that aligns with improved
student readiness for postsecondary education and improved student transitions from high
school to successful postsecondary educational experiences for all students in grades
9 through 12.
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new text begin (c) Advisory subcommittee members must be recognized experts with sufficient
relevant knowledge to competently address the issues listed in this subdivision and to
develop the requisite recommendations.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Transitions to Postsecondary Education Advisory Subcommittee.
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new text begin (a) The Transitions to Postsecondary Education Advisory Subcommittee shall seek
and analyze information and develop immediate and long-term recommendations for
improving students' access to a successful postsecondary educational experience by
lowering financial and informational barriers to and ensuring better academic preparation
for postsecondary education.
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new text begin (b) This advisory subcommittee shall at least address:
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new text begin (1) the alignment of college placement exams and other college readiness indicators
with K-12 standards and assessments;
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new text begin (2) teacher professional development that improves the rigor of high school courses
and curriculum;
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new text begin (3) improved student counseling related to attaining postsecondary education;
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new text begin (4) a more understandable and accessible student financial aid system;
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new text begin (5) early and ongoing support for middle school and high school students to prepare
them for postsecondary education;
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new text begin (6) student intervention programs provided by a single postsecondary institution or
in collaboration with other institutions, school districts, and education stakeholders to
help students become better prepared; and
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new text begin (7) the development of an integrated funding model that aligns with increased
college enrollment, improved student graduation rates, improved college-going rates for
at-risk youth, expanded student aspirations and educational attainment, and improved
academic preparation.
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new text begin (c) Advisory subcommittee members must be recognized experts with sufficient
relevant knowledge to competently address the issues listed in this subdivision and to
develop the requisite recommendations.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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