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HF 2045

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 05/10/2016 08:12am

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

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/19/2015

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A bill for an act
relating to education; establishing a grant program to increase student support
services personnel in Minnesota schools; establishing a grant program to
provide funding for postsecondary institutions that train student support services
personnel; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 121A.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [121A.395] TITLE.
new text end

new text begin This act may be cited as the "Student Support Services Personnel Act."
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [121A.3951] STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PERSONNEL GRANT
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of sections 121A.395 to 121A.3952,
the following terms have the meanings given them:
new text end

new text begin (1) "student support services personnel" includes individuals licensed to serve as a
school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, school nurse, or chemical
dependency counselor in Minnesota; and
new text end

new text begin (2) "new position" means a student support services personnel full-time or part-time
position not under contract by a school at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin The purpose of the student support services personnel grant
program is to:
new text end

new text begin (1) address shortages of student support services personnel within Minnesota schools;
new text end

new text begin (2) decrease caseloads for existing student support services personnel to ensure
effective services;
new text end

new text begin (3) ensure that students receive effective academic guidance and integrated and
comprehensive services to improve kindergarten through grade 12 school outcomes and
career and college readiness;
new text end

new text begin (4) ensure that student support services personnel serve within the scope and practice
of their training and licensure;
new text end

new text begin (5) fully integrate learning supports, instruction, and school management within a
comprehensive approach that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration; and
new text end

new text begin (6) improve school safety and school climate to support academic success and
career and college readiness.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Grant eligibility and application. new text end

new text begin (a) A school district, charter school,
intermediate school district, or other cooperative unit is eligible to apply for a six-year
grant under this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of education shall specify the form and manner of the grant
application. In awarding grants, the commissioner must give priority to schools in which
student support services personnel positions do not currently exist. Additional criteria
must include at least the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) existing student support services personnel caseloads;
new text end

new text begin (2) school demographics;
new text end

new text begin (3) Title 1 revenue;
new text end

new text begin (4) Minnesota student survey data;
new text end

new text begin (5) graduation rates; and
new text end

new text begin (6) postsecondary completion rates.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Allowed uses; match requirements. new text end

new text begin A grant under this section must be
used to hire a new position. A school that receives a grant must match the grant with local
funds in each year of the grant. In each of the first four years of the grant, the local match
equals $1 for every $1 awarded in the same year. In years five and six of the grant, the
local match equals $3 for every $1 awarded in the same year. The local match may not
include federal reimbursements attributable to the new position.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Report required. new text end

new text begin By February 1 following any fiscal year in which a grant
was received, a school must submit a written report to the commissioner indicating how
the new positions affected two or more of the following measures:
new text end

new text begin (1) school climate;
new text end

new text begin (2) attendance rates;
new text end

new text begin (3) academic achievement;
new text end

new text begin (4) career and college readiness; and
new text end

new text begin (5) postsecondary completion rates.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [121A.3952] STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PERSONNEL TRAINING
GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin Student support services personnel training grants are
intended to increase the number of postsecondary graduates qualified to serve as student
support services personnel in Minnesota schools.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligible institutions; application. new text end

new text begin (a) Any Minnesota institution of higher
education that offers a preparation program that meets the requirements for licensure of
student support services personnel is eligible to apply for a six-year grant in the form
and manner specified by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of education shall develop criteria for awarding grants
consistent with the purposes of this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Allowed uses; match requirements. new text end

new text begin An institution that receives a grant
under this section must use the grant to hire staff as necessary to meet the purposes of
this section, and must match the grant with local funds in each year of the grant. In each
of the first four years of the grant, the local match equals $1 for every $1 awarded in
the same year. In years five and six of the grant, the local match equals $3 for every $1
awarded in the same year. A grant must be used to supplement, not supplant, existing
funding for uses under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report required. new text end

new text begin By February 1 following any fiscal year in which a grant
was received, an institution must submit a written report to the commissioner indicating
how the new positions affected:
new text end

new text begin (1) the number of students enrolled in programs that lead to licensure of student
support services personnel;
new text end

new text begin (2) the number of graduates of programs that lead to licensure of student support
services personnel; and
new text end

new text begin (3) employment outcomes for graduates of programs that lead to licensure of student
support services personnel, including employment in Minnesota schools.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
designated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Student support services personnel grants. new text end

new text begin For student support services
personnel grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.3951:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 95,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, this appropriation is available
until June 30, 2022. Any balance remaining after June 30, 2022, shall cancel to the
general fund.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Student support services personnel training grants. new text end

new text begin For student support
services personnel training grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.3952:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 500,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Department. new text end

new text begin (a) For the Department of Education:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin .......
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin .......
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end

new text begin Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin (b) $250,000 in fiscal year 2016 only is for administration of the Student Support
Services Personnel Act under Minnesota Statutes, sections 121A.395 to 121A.3952.
new text end