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HF 1205

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/13/2017 06:01pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 02/14/2017

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; increasing gifted and talented funding; requiring
reporting; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections
120B.11, subdivision 2; 120B.15; 126C.10, subdivision 2b.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 120B.11, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Adopting plans and budgets.

A school board, at a public meeting, shall adopt
a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning
that is aligned with creating the world's best workforce and includes:

(1) clearly defined district and school site goals and benchmarks for instruction and
student achievement for all student subgroups identified in section 120B.35, subdivision 3,
paragraph (b), clause (2);

(2) a process tonew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end assess and evaluate each student's progress toward meeting state and local academic
standardsdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;
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new text begin (ii)new text end assess and identify students to participate in gifted and talented programs deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin,new text end
accelerate their instruction, and adopt early-admission procedures consistent with section
120B.15deleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;new text end and deleted text beginidentifying
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new text begin (iii) identifynew text end the strengths and weaknesses of instruction in pursuit of student and school
success and curriculum affecting students' progress and growth toward career and college
readiness and leading to the world's best workforce;

(3) a system to periodically review and evaluate the effectiveness of all instruction and
curriculum, taking into account strategies and best practices, student outcomes, school
principal evaluations under section 123B.147, subdivision 3, students' access to effective
teachers who are members of populations underrepresented among the licensed teachers in
the district or school and who reflect the diversity of enrolled students under section 120B.35,
subdivision 3
, paragraph (b), clause (2), and teacher evaluations under section 122A.40,
subdivision 8
, or 122A.41, subdivision 5;

(4) strategies for improving instruction, curriculum, and student achievement, including
the English and, where practicable, the native language development and the academic
achievement of English learners;

(5) a process to examine the equitable distribution of teachers and strategies to ensure
low-income and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by
inexperienced, ineffective, or out-of-field teachers;

(6) education effectiveness practices that integrate high-quality instruction, rigorous
curriculum, technology, and a collaborative professional culture that develops and supports
teacher quality, performance, and effectiveness; and

(7) an annual budget for continuing to implement the district plan.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 120B.15, is amended to read:


(a) School districts deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end identify students, locally develop programs addressing
instructional and affective needs, provide staff development, and evaluate programs to
provide gifted and talented students with challenging and appropriate educational programs.

(b) School districts must adopt guidelines for assessing and identifying students for
participation in gifted and talented programs consistent with section 120B.11, subdivision
2, clause (2). The guidelines should include the use of:

(1) multiple and objective criteria; and

(2) assessments and procedures that are valid and reliable, fair, and based on current
theory and research. Assessments and procedures should be sensitive to underrepresented
groups, including, but not limited to, low-income, minority, twice-exceptional, and English

(c) School districts must adopt procedures for the academic acceleration of gifted and
talented students consistent with section 120B.11, subdivision 2, clause (2). These procedures
must include how the district will:

(1) assess a student's readiness and motivation for acceleration; and

(2) match the level, complexity, and pace of the curriculum to a student to achieve the
best type of academic acceleration for that student.

(d) School districts must adopt procedures consistent with section 124D.02, subdivision
1, for early admission to kindergarten or first grade of gifted and talented learners consistent
with section 120B.11, subdivision 2, clause (2). The procedures must be sensitive to
underrepresented groups.

new text begin (e) By January 15 of each year, a school district must post to its Web site information
on the school district's gifted and talented programming. The information must include:
new text end

new text begin (1) a link to the portion of the district's world's best workforce report describing
assessment and identification procedures used by the district;
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new text begin (2) a description of the types of gifted and talented services offered in the district;
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new text begin (3) any evaluation of the program's effectiveness; and
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new text begin (4) a financial summary of the district's revenue for and expenditures on gifted and
talented programming for the previous school year.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2017.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 126C.10, subdivision 2b, is amended to read:

Subd. 2b.

Gifted and talented revenue.

Gifted and talented revenue for each district
equals the district's adjusted pupil units for that school year times deleted text begin$13deleted text endnew text begin $39new text end. A school district
must reserve gifted and talented revenue and, consistent with section 120B.15, must spend
the revenue only to:

(1) identify gifted and talented students;

(2) provide education programs for gifted and talented students; or

(3) provide staff development to prepare teachers to best meet the unique needs of gifted
and talented students.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2018 and later.
new text end