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HF 3115

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/22/2010 11:39am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; requiring statewide physical education standards; requiring
a report; establishing a healthy kids awards program; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2008, section 120B.021, subdivision 1; proposing coding for new law
in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 121A.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 120B.021, subdivision 1, is amended to
read:


Subdivision 1.

Required academic standards.

The following subject areas are
required for statewide accountability:

(1) language arts;

(2) mathematics;

(3) science;

(4) social studies, including history, geography, economics, and government and
citizenship;

(5) new text beginphysical education;
new text end

new text begin (6)new text end health deleted text beginand physical educationdeleted text end, for which locally developed academic standards
apply; and

deleted text begin (6)deleted text end new text begin(7) new text endthe arts, for which statewide or locally developed academic standards apply,
as determined by the school district. Public elementary and middle schools must offer at
least three and require at least two of the following four arts areas: dance; music; theater;
and visual arts. Public high schools must offer at least three and require at least one of the
following five arts areas: media arts; dance; music; theater; and visual arts.

The commissioner must submit proposed standards in science and social studies to
the legislature by February 1, 2004.

For purposes of applicable federal law, the academic standards for language arts,
mathematics, and science apply to all public school students, except the very few students
with extreme cognitive or physical impairments for whom an individualized education
plan team has determined that the required academic standards are inappropriate.
An individualized education plan team that makes this determination must establish
alternative standards.

A school district, no later than the 2007-2008 school year, must adopt graduation
requirements that meet or exceed state graduation requirements established in law or
rule. A school district that incorporates these state graduation requirements before the
2007-2008 school year must provide students who enter the 9th grade in or before
the 2003-2004 school year the opportunity to earn a diploma based on existing locally
established graduation requirements in effect when the students entered the 9th grade.
District efforts to develop, implement, or improve instruction or curriculum as a result
of the provisions of this section must be consistent with sections 120B.10, 120B.11,
and 120B.20.

The commissioner must include the contributions of Minnesota American Indian
tribes and communities as they relate to the academic standards during the review and
revision of the required academic standards.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to all students beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [121A.215] LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICIES; WEB
SITE.
new text end

new text begin When available, a school district must post its current local school wellness policy
on its Web site.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2010.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginDEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Recess guidelines. new text end

new text begin The department is encouraged to develop
guidelines that school districts can adopt that promote quality recess practices and
behaviors that engage all students, increase their activity levels, build social skills, and
decrease behavioral issues.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Common course catalogue. new text end

new text begin The department is encouraged to include
all physical education classes districts offer as part of the Minnesota common course
catalogue.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The department shall report to the legislative committees having
jurisdiction over education policy and finance by December 15, 2011, on the physical
education standards and graduation requirements required by districts.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Standards adoption. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
120B.021, subdivision 2, paragraph (b), clause (1), and any additional statutory criteria
required when reviewing or revising standards and benchmarks, the commissioner
of education shall adopt statewide physical education standards using the expedited
rulemaking process in Minnesota Statutes, section 14.389. The standards adopted must be
identical to the standards developed by the National Association for Sports and Physical
Education. The department must adopt the standards by July 1, 2010. The revisor may
make grammatical or other technical changes to conform the standards to the form in
Minnesota Rule.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginHEALTHY KIDS AWARDS PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The healthy kids awards program is established to
motivate kindergarten through grade 12 students to become active by rewarding them for
their nutritional well-being and physical activity. The program is an effort to integrate
physical activity into nonphysical education classes, recess, and extracurricular activities
throughout the day in addition to the physical and nutritional education received in
physical education classes. Schools joining the program must commit to participate from
October through May of each school year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Commissioner of education. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of education shall
oversee the healthy kids awards program. The commissioner shall solicit letters of intent
to participate in the healthy kids awards program from schools by September 15 of each
school year. The commissioner shall award schools each month that have at least 75
percent of students reaching the goal of being physically active for 60 minutes each day.
Any time spent in physical education classes counts toward the time requirements of
this program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Incentives. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall seek outside sources of funding in
order to create a monetary or other incentive to those schools being awarded.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies beginning in the 2010-2011 school year and later.
new text end