as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 09/08/2021 09:32am
A bill for an act
relating to education finance; clarifying general education aid; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2020, section 126C.21.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 126C.21, is amended to read:
The amount payable to any district from state sources for any one
year may not be reduced below the amount payable as apportionment of the school
endowment fund pursuant to sections 127A.32 to 127A.34.
Each year the amount of money apportioned
to a district for that year pursuant to deleted text beginsectionsdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end 127A.34, subdivision 2, deleted text beginand 272.029,
subdivision 6,deleted text end must be deducted from the general education aid earned by that district for
the same year or from aid earned from other state sources.
(a) The general
education aid paid to a school district or charter school that failed to meet federal special
education maintenance of effort for the previous fiscal year must be reduced by the amount
that must be paid to the federal government due to the shortfall.
(b) The general education aid paid to school districts that were members of a cooperative
that failed to meet federal special education maintenance of effort must be reduced by the
amount that must be paid to the federal government due to the shortfall. The commissioner
must apportion the aid reduction amount to the member school districts based on each
district's individual shortfall in maintaining effort, and on each member district's proportionate
share of any shortfall in expenditures made by the cooperative. Each district's proportionate
share of shortfall in expenditures made by the cooperative must be calculated using the
adjusted marginal pupil units of each member school district.
(c) The amounts recovered under this subdivision shall be paid to the federal government
to meet the state's obligations resulting from the district's, charter school's, or cooperative's
failure to meet federal special education maintenance of effort.