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HF 2537

as introduced - 93rd Legislature (2023 - 2024) Posted on 03/02/2023 02:13pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education; modifying postsecondary enrollment options provisions;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivisions 2, 4, 5a, 7, 9,
10, 10b, 11, 12.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Purpose.

The purpose of this section is to promote rigorous academic pursuitsnew text begin,
to facilitate career preparation,
new text end and to provide a wider variety of options to high school
pupils by encouraging and enabling secondary pupils to enroll full time or part time in
nonsectarian courses or programs in eligible postsecondary institutions, as defined in
subdivision 3.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Alternative pupil.

(a) "Alternative pupil" means a 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
studentdeleted text begin, subject to paragraph (b),deleted text end who is not enrolled in a public school district. Alternative
pupil includes students attending nonpublic schools and students who are home schooled.
An alternative pupil is considered a pupil for purposes of this section only. An alternative
pupil must register with the commissioner of education before participating in the
postsecondary enrollment options program. The commissioner must prescribe the form and
manner of the registration, in consultation with the Nonpublic Education Council under
section 123B.445, and may request any necessary information from the alternative pupil.

(b) A 10th grade student qualifies as an alternative pupil if the student: (1) is enrolled
in a career or technical education course offered by an eligible institution; and (2) received
a passing score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment or another reading
assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution. A career or technical
education course must meet the requirements under subdivision 5a. If an alternative pupil
in 10th grade receives a grade of "C" or better in the career or technical education course
taken under this subdivision, the postsecondary institution must allow the student to take
additional postsecondary courses for credit at that institution, not to exceed the limits in
subdivision 8.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivision 5a, is amended to read:


Subd. 5a.

Authorization; career or technical education.

A 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
pupil enrolled in a district or an American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant school
eligible for aid under section 124D.83, except a foreign exchange pupil enrolled in a district
under a cultural exchange program, may enroll in a career or technical education course
offered by a Minnesota state college or university. deleted text beginA 10th grade pupil applying for enrollment
in a career or technical education course under this subdivision must have received a passing
score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading as a condition of
enrollment. A current 10th grade pupil who did not take the 8th grade Minnesota
Comprehensive Assessment in reading may substitute another reading assessment accepted
by the enrolling postsecondary institution.
deleted text end A secondary pupil may enroll in the pupil's first
postsecondary options enrollment course under this subdivision. A student who is refused
enrollment by a Minnesota state college or university under this subdivision may apply to
an eligible institution offering a career or technical education course. The postsecondary
institution must give priority to its students according to subdivision 9. If a secondary student
receives a grade of "C" or better in the career or technical education course taken under this
subdivision, the postsecondary institution must allow the student to take additional
postsecondary courses for secondary credit at that institution, not to exceed the limits in
subdivision 8. A "career or technical course" is a course that is part of a career and technical
education program that provides individuals with coherent, rigorous content aligned with
academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further
education and careers in current and emerging professions and provide technical skill
proficiency, an industry recognized credential, and a certificate, a diploma, or an associate
degree.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Dissemination of information; notification of intent to enroll.

By the earlier
of (1) three weeks prior to the date by which a student must register for district courses for
the following school year, or (2) March 1 of each year, a district must provide up-to-date
information on the district's website and in materials that are distributed to parents and
students about the program, including information about enrollment requirements and the
ability to earn postsecondary credit to all pupils in grades 8, 9, 10, and 11. To assist the
district in planning, a pupil must inform the district bynew text begin October 30 ornew text end May 30 of each year
of the pupil's intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following deleted text beginschool yeardeleted text endnew text begin
academic term
new text end. A pupil is bound by notifying or not notifying the district by new text beginOctober 30 or
new text end May 30new text begin unless a district fails to provide timely up-to-date information as required by this
subdivision
new text end.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Enrollment priority.

(a) A postsecondary institution must give priority to its
postsecondary students when enrolling pupils in grades 10, 11, and 12 in its courses. A
postsecondary institution may provide information about its programs to a secondary school
or to a pupil or parentnew text begin.new text end deleted text beginand it may advertise or otherwise recruit or solicit a secondary pupil
to enroll in its programs on educational and programmatic grounds only except,
notwithstanding other law to the contrary, and for the 2014-2015 through 2019-2020 school
years only, an eligible postsecondary institution may advertise or otherwise recruit or solicit
a secondary pupil residing in a school district with 700 students or more in grades 10, 11,
and 12, to enroll in its programs on educational, programmatic, or financial grounds.
deleted text end

(b) An institution must not enroll secondary pupils, for postsecondary enrollment options
purposes, in remedial, developmental, or other courses that are not college level except
when a student eligible to participate and enrolled in the graduation incentives program
under section 124D.68 enrolls full time in a middle or early college program. A middle or
early college program must be specifically designed to allow the student to earn dual high
school and college credit with a well-defined pathway to allow the student to earn a
postsecondary degree or credential. In this case, the student must receive developmental
college credit and not college credit for completing remedial or developmental courses.

(c) Once a pupil has been enrolled in any postsecondary course under this section, the
pupil must not be displaced by another student.

(d) If a postsecondary institution enrolls a secondary school pupil in a course under this
section, the postsecondary institution also must enroll in the same course an otherwise
enrolled and qualified postsecondary student who qualifies as a veteran under section
197.447, and demonstrates to the postsecondary institution's satisfaction that the institution's
established enrollment timelines were not practicable for that student.

(e) A postsecondary institution must allow secondary pupils to enroll in online courses
under this section consistent with the institution's policy regarding postsecondary pupil
enrollment in online courses.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Courses according to agreements.

(a) An eligible pupil, according to
subdivision 5, may enroll in a nonsectarian course taught by a secondary teacher or a
postsecondary faculty member and offered at a secondary school, or another location,
according to an agreement between a public school board and the governing body of an
eligible public postsecondary system or an eligible private postsecondary institution, as
defined in subdivision 3. All provisions of this section apply to a pupil, public school board,
district, and the governing body of a postsecondary institution, except as otherwise provided.new text begin
A secondary school and a postsecondary institution who enroll eligible pupils in courses
according to agreements must annually report to the commissioner the participation rates
of pupils enrolled in courses according to agreements, including the number of pupils
enrolled and the number of courses taken for postsecondary credit.
new text end

(b) To encourage students, especially American Indian students and students of color,
to consider teaching as a profession, participating schools, school districts, and postsecondary
institutions are encouraged to develop and offer an "Introduction to Teaching" or
"Introduction to Education" course under this subdivision. For the purpose of applying for
grants under this paragraph, "eligible institution" includes schools and districts that partner
with an accredited college or university in addition to postsecondary institutions identified
in subdivision 3, paragraph (a). Grant recipients under this paragraph must annually report
to the commissioner in a form and manner determined by the commissioner on the
participation rates of students in courses under this paragraph, including the number of
students who apply for admission to colleges or universities with teacher preparation
programs and the number of students of color and American Indian students who earned
postsecondary credit. Grant recipients must also describe recruiting efforts intended to
ensure that the percentage of participating students who are of color or American Indian
meets or exceeds the overall percentage of students of color or American Indian students
in the school.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivision 10b, is amended to read:


Subd. 10b.

Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board; membership; duties.

(a) A
postsecondary institution offering courses taught by the secondary teacher according to
subdivision 10 must establish an advisory board. The purpose of the advisory board is to
engage stakeholders in concurrent enrollment decisions. The duties of the board must include
the following:

(1) providing strategic advice and input relating to concurrent enrollment issues;

(2) recommend and review proposals for concurrent enrollment course offerings;

(3) serve as a coordinating entity between secondary education and postsecondary
institutions; and

(4) increase the understanding and collaboration among concurrent enrollment partners,
stakeholders, the legislature, and the public.

(b) The advisory board at each institution must consist of 16 members in addition to a
concurrent enrollment faculty coordinator who shall serve as the chair and convene the
meetings. A postsecondary institution may elect to have an advisory board of less than 16
members if the institution determines that the extent of its concurrent program warrants a
smaller board. Except for the original members, advisory board members must serve
three-year staggered terms. Advisory board members, appointed by the postsecondary
institution, must be balanced based on geography and school size, and include, if practical,
representatives from the following:

(1) postsecondary faculty members;

(2) school superintendents;

new text begin (3) secondary and postsecondary students;
new text end

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end high school principals;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end concurrent enrollment teachers;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text endnew text begin (6)new text end high school counselors;

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end charter school administrators;

deleted text begin (7)deleted text endnew text begin (8)new text end school board members;

deleted text begin (8)deleted text endnew text begin (9)new text end secondary academic administrators;

deleted text begin (9)deleted text endnew text begin (10)new text end parents; and

deleted text begin (10)deleted text endnew text begin (11)new text end other local organizations.

(c) Members of the board serve without compensation.

(d) The board shall report to the postsecondary institution periodically as requested by
the postsecondary institution to provide advice and proposals described in paragraph (a).

(e) The postsecondary institution shall provide administrative services and meeting space
for the board to do its work.

(f) A board established under this section expires when the postsecondary institution no
longer offers concurrent enrollment course offerings.

(g) The postsecondary institution shall appoint the first members to the advisory board
by October 31, 2015, or by October 15 following the year it establishes a concurrent
enrollment program. The postsecondary institution shall designate the terms of the first
members so that an approximately equal number serve terms of two, three, and four years.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivision 11, is amended to read:


Subd. 11.

Participation in high school activities.

Enrolling in a course under this section
shall not, by itself, prohibit a pupil from participating in activities sponsored by the pupil's
high schooldeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; accessing scholarships awarded, sponsored, or disbursed by the school; or
participating in leadership roles or national organizations sponsored by the pupil's high
school.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 124D.09, subdivision 12, is amended to read:


Subd. 12.

Credits; grade point average weighting policy.

(a) A pupil must not audit
a course under this section.

(b) A district shall grant academic credit to a pupil enrolled in a course for secondary
credit if the pupil successfully completes the course. Seven quarter or four semester college
credits equal at least one full year of high school credit. Fewer college credits may be
prorated. A district must also grant academic credit to a pupil enrolled in a course for
postsecondary credit if secondary credit is requested by a pupil. If no comparable course is
offered by the district, the district must, as soon as possible, notify the commissioner, who
shall determine the number of credits that shall be granted to a pupil who successfully
completes a course. If a comparable course is offered by the district, the school board shall
grant a comparable number of credits to the pupil. If there is a dispute between the district
and the pupil regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the pupil may
appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding
the number of credits shall be final.

(c) A school board must adopt a policy regarding weighted grade point averages for any
high school or dual enrollment course.new text begin A school board must adopt an identical policy
regarding weighted grade point averages for credits earned via postsecondary coursework
as it gives to credits earned via concurrent enrollment coursework.
new text end The policy must state
whether the district offers weighted grades. A school board must annually publish on its
website a list of courses for which a student may earn a weighted grade.

(d) The secondary credits granted to a pupil must be counted toward the graduation
requirements and subject area requirements of the district. Evidence of successful completion
of each course and secondary credits granted must be included in the pupil's secondary
school record. A pupil shall provide the school with a copy of the pupil's grade in each
course taken for secondary credit under this section. Upon the request of a pupil, the pupil's
secondary school record must also include evidence of successful completion and credits
granted for a course taken for postsecondary credit. In either case, the record must indicate
that the credits were earned at a postsecondary institution.new text begin If a pupil withdraws from a
postsecondary course consistent with the institution's policy regarding course enrollment
and withdrawal, then the course shall not be counted toward the graduation requirements
and subject area requirements of the district and the pupil's secondary school must not
include the course in the pupil's secondary school record.
new text end

(e) If a pupil enrolls in a postsecondary institution after leaving secondary school, the
postsecondary institution must award postsecondary credit for any course successfully
completed for secondary credit at that institution. Other postsecondary institutions may
award, after a pupil leaves secondary school, postsecondary credit for any courses
successfully completed under this section. An institution may not charge a pupil for the
award of credit.

(f) The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the
Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota must, and private nonprofit and proprietary
postsecondary institutions should, award postsecondary credit for any successfully completed
courses in a program certified by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
offered according to an agreement under subdivision 10. Consistent with section 135A.101,
subdivision 3
, all MnSCU institutions must give full credit to a secondary pupil who
completes for postsecondary credit a postsecondary course or program that is part or all of
a goal area or a transfer curriculum at a MnSCU institution when the pupil enrolls in a
MnSCU institution after leaving secondary school. Once one MnSCU institution certifies
as completed a secondary student's postsecondary course or program that is part or all of a
goal area or a transfer curriculum, every MnSCU institution must consider the student's
course or program for that goal area or the transfer curriculum as completed.