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HF 4038

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/07/2022 03:01pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; providing for reporting of student fights; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2020, section 121A.53.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 121A.53, is amended to read:


121A.53 REPORT TO COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION.

Subdivision 1.

Exclusions and expulsions; physical assaults.

The school board must
report through the department electronic reporting system each exclusion or expulsionnew text begin, each
fight involving students that is witnessed by a district employee,
new text end and each physical assault
of a district employee by a student within 30 days of the effective date of the dismissal
action or assault to the commissioner of education. This report must include a statement of
alternative educational services, or other sanction, intervention, or resolution in response
to the assault given the pupil and the reason for, the effective date, and the duration of the
exclusion or expulsion or other sanction, intervention, or resolution. The report must also
include the student's age, grade, gender, race, and special education status.

Subd. 2.

Report.

(a) The school board must include state student identification numbers
of affected pupils on all dismissal and other disciplinary reports required by the department.
The department must report annually to the commissioner summary data on the number of
dismissalsnew text begin, student fights witnessed by a district employee,new text end and physical assaults of district
employees by a student by age, grade, gender, race, and special education status of the
affected pupils. All dismissal and other disciplinary reports must be submitted through the
department electronic reporting system.

(b) The commissioner must aggregate the district data reported under this section and
include the aggregated data, including aggregated data on physical assaults of a district
employee by a student, in the annual school performance reports under section 120B.36.

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Fighting witnessed by a district employee. new text end

new text begin A school district employee who
witnesses fighting between students must report the incident to the building administrator
responsible for student discipline and file a police report. The school board must report the
incident to the department according to this section and determine whether a police report
has been filed by the district employee witnessing the fighting.
new text end