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SF 13

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 01/10/2017 09:01am

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; appropriating money for a research-supported,
computer-based educational program that uses singing to improve the reading
ability of students in grades 3 through 5.

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

Section 1. APPROPRIATIONS.

Subdivision 1.

Department of Education.

The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
designated.

Subd. 2.

Singing-based pilot program to improve student reading.

(a) For a grant to
pilot a research-supported, computer-based educational program that uses singing to improve
the reading ability of students in grades 3 through 5:

$
300,000
.....
2018
$
300,000
.....
2019

This is a onetime appropriation.

(b) The commissioner of education shall award a grant to the Rock 'n' Read Project to
implement in at least three Minnesota school districts, charter schools, or school sites, a
research-supported, computer-based educational program that uses singing to improve the
reading ability of students in grades 3 through 5. The grantee shall be responsible for selecting
participating school sites; providing any required hardware and software, including software
licenses, for the duration of the grant period; providing technical support, training, and staff
to install required project hardware and software; providing on-site professional development
and instructional monitoring and support for school staff and students; administering
preintervention and postintervention reading assessments; evaluating the impact of the
intervention; and other project management services as required. To the extent practicable,
the grantee must select participating schools in urban, suburban, and greater Minnesota,
and give priority to schools in which a high proportion of students do not read proficiently
at grade level and are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

(c) By February 15, 2019, the grantee must submit a report detailing expenditures and
outcomes of the grant to the commissioner of education and the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over kindergarten through
grade 12 education policy and finance.

(d) The grant must be matched with cash or in-kind contributions from nonstate sources.

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