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HF 2949

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/21/2012 02:34pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; modifying certain education finance provisions;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, sections 120B.07; 120B.08;
120B.09; 120B.12, subdivision 2; 124D.98, subdivisions 2, 3; 126C.126.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 120B.07, is amended to read:


120B.07 EARLY GRADUATION.

deleted text begin (a)deleted text end Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, any secondary school student who has
completed all required courses or standards may, with the approval of the student, the
student's parent or guardian, and local school officials, graduate before the completion
of the school year.

deleted text begin (b) General education revenue attributable to the student must be paid as though
the student was in attendance for the entire year unless the student participates in the
early graduation achievement scholarship program under section 120B.08 or the early
graduation military service award program under section 120B.09.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2012 and later.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 120B.08, is amended to read:


120B.08 EARLY GRADUATION ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
PROGRAM.

Subdivision 1.

Participation.

A student who qualifies for early graduation under
section 120B.07new text begin, who meets the criteria in subdivision 1a and who has not participated in
the early graduation military service award program under section 120B.09,
new text end is eligible to
participate in the early graduation achievement scholarship program.

new text begin Subd. la. new text end

new text begin Eligible student. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, an eligible student is a
secondary student enrolled in a Minnesota public school who, at the time of graduation,
generated Minnesota general education revenue and who graduates prior to the end of the
fourth school year after first enrolling in ninth grade.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Scholarship amounts.

A student who participates in the early graduation
achievement scholarship program is eligible for a scholarship of $2,500 if the student
deleted text begin qualifies for graduationdeleted text endnew text begin graduatesnew text end one semester or two trimesters early, $5,000 if the
student deleted text beginqualifies for graduationdeleted text endnew text begin graduatesnew text end two semesters or three or four trimesters early,
or $7,500 if the student deleted text beginqualifies for graduationdeleted text endnew text begin graduatesnew text end three or more semesters or five
or more trimesters early.new text begin Participation in the optional summer term, extended day sessions,
and intersessions of a state-approved learning year program under section 124D.128 are
considered a quarter for purposes of computing scholarship amounts.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Scholarship uses.

An early graduation achievement scholarship may
be used at any deleted text beginaccrediteddeleted text endnew text begin Minnesotanew text end institution of higher educationnew text begin accredited by an
accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education
new text end.

Subd. 4.

Application.

A qualifying student may apply to the commissioner of
education for an early graduation achievement scholarship. The application must be in the
form and manner specified by the commissionernew text begin and must be received at the department
within one calendar year of the date of graduation
new text end. Upon verification of the qualifying
student's course completion necessary for graduation, the department must issue the
student a certificate showing the student's scholarship amount.

Subd. 5.

Enrollment verification.

A student who qualifies under this section and
enrolls in an accredited higher education institution new text beginlocated in Minnesota new text endmust submit
a form to the commissioner verifying the student's enrollment in the new text beginMinnesota new text endhigher
education institution and the tuition charges for that semester. Within deleted text begin15deleted text endnew text begin 45new text end days of receipt
of a student's enrollment and tuition verification form, the commissioner must issue a
scholarship check to the deleted text beginstudentdeleted text endnew text begin Minnesota higher education institutionnew text end in the lesser of the
tuition amount for that semester or the maximum amount of the student's early graduation
achievement scholarship. A student may continue to submit enrollment verification forms
to the commissioner until the student has used the full amount of the student's graduation
achievement scholarshipnew text begin or four years from the date of the student's graduation, whichever
occurs first. The scholarship cannot be renewed
new text end.

Subd. 6.

General education money transferred.

The commissioner must transfer
the amounts necessary to fund the early graduation achievement scholarships from the
general education aid appropriation for that year.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2012 and later.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 120B.09, is amended to read:


120B.09 EARLY GRADUATION MILITARY SERVICE AWARD PROGRAM.

Subdivision 1.

Eligibility.

For purposes of this section, "eligible person" means a
secondary student enrolled in any Minnesota public schoolnew text begin who, at the time of graduation,
generated Minnesota general education revenue,
new text end who qualifies for early graduation under
section 120B.07new text begin, who graduated prior to the end of the fourth school year after first
enrolling in ninth grade, who has not participated in the early graduation achievement
scholarship program under section 120B.08,
new text end and who, before the end of the calendar
year of the student's graduation, enters into active service in either the active or reserve
component of the United States armed forces and deploys for 60 days or longer to a
military base or installation outside Minnesota for the purpose of attending basic military
training or military school and, if required by the military, performing other military duty.
The active service may be in accordance with United States Code, title 10 or title 32.

Subd. 2.

Application.

An eligible person may apply to the commissioner of
education for an early graduation military service bonus. The application must be in the
form and manner specified by the commissionernew text begin and must be received at the department
within one calendar year of the date of graduation
new text end.

Subd. 3.

Verification and award.

new text beginThe request for payment must be received at the
department by the end of the fiscal year following the date of the student's graduation.
new text endUpon verification of the qualifying student's course completion necessary for graduation
and eligibility for the military service bonus, the commissioner must issue payment to that
person. Payment amounts must be determined according to section 120B.08, subdivision
2
.new text begin Once the original amount of the award has been paid, it cannot be renewed.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2012 and later.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 120B.12, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Identification; report.

For the 2011-2012 school year and later, each
school district shall identify before the end of kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 students
who are not reading at grade level before the end of the current school year. Reading
assessments must identify and evaluate students' areas of academic need related to
literacy. The district must use a locally adopted assessment and annually report summary
assessment results to the commissioner by deleted text beginJunedeleted text endnew text begin Julynew text end 1.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 124D.98, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Proficiency aid.

new text begin(a) new text endIn fiscal year 2013 and later, the proficiency aid for
each school new text begindistrict new text endis equal to the product of the deleted text beginschool'sdeleted text endnew text begin school district'snew text end proficiency
allowance times the number of pupils new text beginenrolled in kindergarten through grade four new text endat the
school new text begindistrict new text endon October 1 of the previous fiscal year.

new text begin (b) new text endA deleted text beginschool'sdeleted text endnew text begin school district'snew text end proficiency allowance is equal to the percentage of
students in deleted text begineach buildingdeleted text endnew text begin the districtnew text end that meet or exceed proficiency on the third grade
reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, averaged across the previous three test
administrations, times deleted text begin$85deleted text endnew text begin $101.30new text end.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 124D.98, subdivision 3, is
amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Growth aid.

In fiscal year 2013 and later, the growth aid for each school
new text begin district new text endis equal to the product of the deleted text beginschool'sdeleted text endnew text begin school district'snew text end growth allowance times the
number of pupils enrolled new text beginin kindergarten through grade four new text endat the school new text begindistrict new text endon
October 1 of the previous fiscal year. A deleted text beginschool'sdeleted text endnew text begin school district'snew text end growth allowance is equal
to the percentage of students at that school new text begindistrict new text endmaking medium or high growth, under
section 120B.299, on the fourth grade reading Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment,
averaged across the previous three test administrations, times deleted text begin$85deleted text endnew text begin $101.30new text end.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 126C.126, is amended to read:


126C.126 REALLOCATING GENERAL EDUCATION REVENUE FOR
ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN AND PREKINDERGARTEN.

deleted text begin (a) In order to provide additional revenue for an optional all-day kindergarten
program, a district may reallocate general education revenue attributable to 12th grade
students who have graduated early under section 120B.07 and who do not participate in
the early graduation achievement scholarship program under section 120B.08 or the early
graduation military service award program under section 120B.09.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text end A school district may spend general education revenue on extended time
kindergarten and prekindergarten programs.