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HF 2230

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/12/2014 12:39pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education; clarifying the innovative delivery pilot project;
appropriating money; amending Laws 2012, chapter 263, section 1.

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

Section 1.

Laws 2012, chapter 263, section 1, is amended to read:


Section 1. INNOVATIVE DELIVERY OF EDUCATION SERVICES AND
SHARING OF DISTRICT RESOURCES; PILOT PROJECT.

Subdivision 1.

Establishment; requirements for participation.

(a) A deleted text beginfive-year
deleted text end pilot project deleted text beginfor the 2013-2014 through 2017-2018 school yearsdeleted text end is established to improve
student and school outcomes by allowing groups of school districts to work together to
provide innovative education programs and activities and share district resources.new text begin The
pilot project may last until June 30, 2018, or for up to five years, whichever is less.
new text end

(b) To participate in this pilot project to improve student and school outcomes, a
group of two or more school districts must collaborate with school staff and receive formal
school board approval to form a partnership. The partnership must develop a plan to
provide challenging programmatic options for students, create professional development
opportunities for educators, increase student engagement and connection and challenging
learning opportunities for students, or demonstrate efficiencies in delivering financial and
other services. The plan must establish:

(1) collaborative educational goals and objectives;

(2) strategies and processes to implement those goals and objectives, including a
budget process with periodic expenditure reviews;

(3) valid and reliable measures to evaluate progress in realizing the goals and
objectives;

(4) an implementation timeline; and

(5) other applicable conditions, regulations, responsibilities, duties, provisions, fee
schedules, and legal considerations needed to fully implement the plan.

A partnership may invite additional districts to join the partnership during the pilot
project term after notifying the commissioner.

(c) A partnership of interested districts must apply by February 1deleted text begin, 2013,deleted text endnew text begin of any year
new text end to the education commissioner in the form and manner the commissioner determines,
consistent with this section. The application must contain the formal approval adopted by
the school board in each district to participate in the plan.

(d) Notwithstanding other law to the contrary, a participating school district under
this section continues to: receive revenue and maintain its taxation authority; be organized
and governed by an elected school board with general powers under Minnesota Statutes,
section 123B.02; and be subject to employment agreements under Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 122A, and Minnesota Statutes, section 179A.20; and district employees continue
to remain employees of the employing school district.

Subd. 2.

Commissioner's role.

Interested groups of school districts must submit
a completed application to the commissioner by March 1, deleted text begin2013,deleted text endnew text begin of any yearnew text end in the form
and manner determined by the commissioner. The education commissioner must convene
an advisory panel composed of a teacher appointed by Education Minnesota, a school
principal appointed by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, a
school board member appointed by the Minnesota School Boards Association, and a
school superintendent appointed by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators
to advise the commissioner on applicants' qualifications to participate in this pilot project.
The commissioner deleted text beginmust select between three anddeleted text endnew text begin may select up tonew text end six qualified applicants
under subdivision 1 by April 1deleted text begin, 2013,deleted text endnew text begin of any yearnew text end to participate in this pilot project,
ensuring an equitable geographical distribution of project participants to the extent
practicable. The commissioner must select only those applicants that fully comply with
the requirements in subdivision 1. The commissioner must terminate a project participant
that fails to effectively implement the goals and objectives contained in its application and
according to its stated timeline.

Subd. 3.

Pilot project evaluation.

Participating school districts must submit pilot
project data to the commissioner in the form and manner determined by the commissioner.
The education commissioner must analyze participating districts' progress in realizing
their educational goals and objectives to work together in providing innovative education
programs and activities and sharing resources. The commissioner must include the
analysis of best practices in a report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over
kindergarten through grade 12 education finance and policy on the efficacy of this pilot
project. The commissioner deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin shallnew text end submit an interim project report deleted text beginat any timedeleted text endnew text begin by
February 1, 2016,
new text end and must submit a final report to the legislature by February 1, deleted text begin2018
deleted text endnew text begin 2019new text end, recommending whether or not to continue or expand the pilot project.

Sec. 2.

Laws 2012, chapter 263, section 1, the effective date, is amended to read:


EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment
deleted text beginand applies to the 2013-2014 through 2017-2018 school yearsdeleted text end.

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $25,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2015 from the general fund to the commissioner
of education for the review of applicants, selection of participants, and evaluation of
the pilot projects authorized in section 1.
new text end