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HF 3120

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/22/2010 11:42am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; creating efficiency plus access task forces; appropriating
money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 123A.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [123A.29] EFFICIENCY PLUS ACCESS TASK FORCES.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin The purpose of the efficiency plus access task forces
is to facilitate greater efficiency and reduce education costs through collaboration and
cooperation across school districts and other governmental agencies while maintaining
or improving the learning results for students. The legislative intent is to reduce the
administrative costs of education without resorting to a policy of required consolidation
that reduces the number of districts or school boards and without creating fewer larger
schools that require longer bus rides for students.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Required district participation. new text end

new text begin Each district with an enrollment of
fewer than 5,000 pupils in K-12 for fiscal year 2010 shall participate in an efficiency
plus access task force.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Optional district and other public entity participation. new text end

new text begin School districts
with more than 5,000 pupils, charter schools, cities, townships, counties, public higher
education institutions, Head Start agencies, public libraries, and other public entities are
encouraged to participate in the efficiency plus access task forces.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Task force membership. new text end

new text begin (a) Participating districts may organize the task
forces using an existing education district, intermediate district, or other cooperative
model. Districts may request that a service cooperative assist in establishing task forces
for their service area. Districts do not need to be contiguous to form an efficiency plus
access task force. Each task force shall consist of one member appointed by each district
board included in the task force and one member from each entity defined in subdivision
3 that choose to participate. Districts and other public entities may decide to become
members of more than one efficiency plus access task force. These appointments shall be
made by August 15, 2010.
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new text begin (b) Each school board shall develop a process within the district allowing teachers,
students, parents, and the community to have access and opportunities to review and make
recommendations to be brought forward to the efficiency plus access task force.
new text end

new text begin (c) By July 1, 2010, the commissioner shall inform districts of their responsibilities
under this section. The initial meeting of each task force shall not be later than September
30, 2010. At the initial meeting, each task force shall elect a chair and other officers it
considers necessary to coordinate the work of the task force.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Task force; powers. new text end

new text begin (a) Each task force shall review and make
recommendations to the boards of the participating districts and public entities regarding
how the purpose of this section can be met in the following areas:
new text end

new text begin (1) administrative services including but not limited to superintendent services,
principal services, financial management, human services, facilities and grounds
maintenance, food and nutrition services, research and evaluation services, transportation
services, health services, information technology services, and other administrative
services. Cooperation with other public agencies for the provision of administrative
services should be considered;
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new text begin (2) instructional and learning services including but not limited to creating a
common calendar; low-attendance elective secondary courses; use of technology to
replace or supplement courses currently being provided; use of technology to provide
new learning opportunities through technology with an emphasis on using low-cost or
no-cost learning opportunities available online; coordination with higher education so
that advanced courses are provided college credit to avoid duplication between high
school and postsecondary; determine how certain students can complete select high school
credit requirements while in middle school; and exploring ways to utilize the learning
opportunities in the community through programs such as parks and recreation, arts,
libraries, and other community providers; and
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new text begin (3) cooperative arrangements for shared extracurricular activities, including having
the activities become the responsibility of the community recreational program.
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new text begin (b) The task force shall consider creating new models of schools including
project-based learning schools, online learning schools in cooperation with other education
districts, service cooperatives or chartered schools, new grade 11 postsecondary models in
partnership with colleges and universities, pre-K through primary grades in partnership
with early childhood providers, and other models of schooling.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Reporting. new text end

new text begin Each efficiency plus access task force shall file its initial
planning report with the commissioner no later than October 15, 2010. The report shall
include the basic information about the composition of the task force, including how
input to the task force will be obtained consistent with subdivision 4, paragraph (b). The
commissioner shall review and comment to ensure appropriate task force organization.
School boards that have not joined a task force will be assigned one by the commissioner.
Each task force shall complete its recommendations and file its report with the member
school boards and commissioner no later than December 1, 2011. The report shall
include recommendations pursuant to subdivision 5 and identify the financial impact of
those recommendations for at least fiscal years 2013 and 2014. The commissioner shall
conduct a review and comment regarding each report no later than January 15, 2012. Each
school board shall file a report with the commissioner regarding the actions it will take
in response to the report no later than March 15, 2012. The report shall also include the
impact on other agencies included in the task force planning. The commissioner shall file
a report with the legislature summarizing the results of the task force work and school
board action by June 30, 2012.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin Unless otherwise indicated, the sums
indicated in this section are appropriated from the general fund to the Department of
Education for the fiscal years designated.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Department. new text end

new text begin For the Department of Education:
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new text begin $
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new text begin 2011
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new text begin The department shall contract with an outside entity to perform the tasks assigned to
the commissioner in Minnesota Statutes, section 123A.29.
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