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SF 799

1st Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 04/03/2013 08:32am

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1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to education; establishing a student services personnel team staffing
1.3grant; appropriating money.
1.4BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.5    Section 1. TITLE.
1.6This act may be cited as the "Student Services Personnel Team Assurance Act."

1.7    Sec. 2. STUDENT SERVICES PERSONNEL TEAM STAFFING GRANTS.
1.8    Subdivision 1. Grant program established. A grant program is established to assist
1.9school districts with caseloads above the established and recognized recommendations
1.10or guidelines of the student service personnel professions in licensed school counseling,
1.11school psychology, school nursing, school social work, and chemical dependency
1.12counseling. Grants must be used to create or increase student service personnel teams to
1.13address the academic, career, personal, social, and early-onset mental health needs of the
1.14students within that district and assist students in meeting the requirements for high school
1.15graduation, college and career exploration and selection, college affordability planning,
1.16and successful transitions into postsecondary education or training.
1.17    Subd. 2. Definitions. "Student services personnel team" means a licensed school
1.18counselor, school psychologist, school nurse, school social worker, and chemical
1.19dependency counselor licensed by the Board of Teaching to provide such services.
1.20    Subd. 3. Application. The commissioner of education shall develop the form
1.21and method for applying for the grants. The commissioner shall develop criteria for
1.22determining the allocation of the grants. This criteria must include priority funding
1.23directed to school districts in which student service personnel teams either (1) do not exist,
2.1(2) need missing or additional positions of a specific student service personnel team to
2.2complete the team, (3) are not normally funded or reimbursed by other sources, or (4) have
2.3caseloads among specific team members in excess of 150 percent of the established and
2.4recognized recommendations or guidelines of the profession.
2.5    Subd. 4. Grant awards. To qualify for a grant, each student services personnel
2.6team member must serve within the scope and practice of the established and recognized
2.7capacity of their respective professions and as defined by the Board of Teaching. Grants
2.8for the student services personnel team shall be used to lower the caseloads for specific
2.9team member areas in order to more effectively provide direct services to kindergarten
2.10through grade 12 students. Grant funding under this section must be matched by new
2.11funding for the student services personnel team from the school district. The school
2.12district must provide the additional funding for a two-year period or repay the grant to the
2.13Department of Education.
2.14    Subd. 5. Reports. School districts that receive grant funds shall report to the
2.15commissioner of education no later than July 31 of each year regarding the impact of the
2.16student services personnel team on the academic, career, personal, social, and early-onset
2.17mental health needs of the students served by the team during the previous academic year.
2.18The Department of Education shall develop the criteria necessary for the reports.

2.19    Sec. 3. APPROPRIATION.
2.20    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
2.21appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
2.22designated.
2.23    Subd. 2. Student services grants. For student services personnel team staffing
2.24grants under section 2:
2.25
$
20,000,000
.....
2014
2.26
$
20,000,000
.....
2015
2.27Any balance in the first year does not cancel, but is available in the second year.

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