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as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/10/2021 04:06pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education; establishing student support personnel aid; appropriating
money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 124D.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [124D.901] STUDENT SUPPORT PERSONNEL AID.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given:
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new text begin (1) "new position" means a student support services personnel full-time or part-time
position not under contract by a school district, charter school, or cooperative unit at the
start of the 2020-2021 school year; and
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new text begin (2) "student support services personnel" means an individual licensed to serve as a school
counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, school nurse, or chemical dependency
counselor in Minnesota.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin The purpose of student support personnel aid is to:
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new text begin (1) address shortages of student support services personnel within Minnesota schools;
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new text begin (2) decrease caseloads for existing student support services personnel to ensure effective
services;
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new text begin (3) ensure that students receive effective academic guidance and integrated and
comprehensive services to improve prekindergarten through grade 12 school outcomes and
career and college readiness;
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new text begin (4) ensure that student support services personnel serve within the scope and practice
of their training and licensure;
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new text begin (5) fully integrate learning supports, instruction, and school management within a
comprehensive approach that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration; and
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new text begin (6) improve school safety and school climate to support academic success and career
and college readiness.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Aid eligibility and application. new text end

new text begin A school district, charter school, intermediate
school district, or other cooperative unit is eligible to apply for student support personnel
aid under this section. The commissioner must prescribe the form and manner of the
application, which must include a plan describing how the aid will be used.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Student support personnel aid. new text end

new text begin (a) The initial student support personnel aid
for a school district equals the greater of $22 times the number of pupils enrolled at the
district on October 1 of the previous fiscal year or $35,000. The initial student support
personnel aid for a charter school equals $22 times the number of pupils enrolled at the
charter school on October 1 of the previous fiscal year.
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new text begin (b) The cooperative student support personnel aid for a school district that is a member
of an intermediate school district or other cooperative unit that enrolls students equals $4
times the number of pupils enrolled at the district on October 1 of the previous fiscal year.
If a district is a member of more than one cooperative unit that enrolls students, the revenue
must be allocated among the cooperative units.
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new text begin (c) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) and (b), the student support personnel aid must not
exceed the district or cooperative unit's actual expenditure according to the approved plan
under subdivision 3.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Allowed uses; match requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) Aid under this section must be used
to hire new positions for student support services personnel.
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new text begin (b) Cooperative student support personnel aid must be transferred to the intermediate
district or other cooperative unit of which the district is a member and used to hire new
positions for student support services personnel at the intermediate district or cooperative
unit.
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new text begin (c) If a school district, charter school, or cooperative unit is not able to hire a new full-time
equivalent position with student support personnel aid, the aid may be used for contracted
services from individuals licensed to serve as a school counselor, school psychologist, school
social worker, school nurse, or chemical dependency counselor in Minnesota.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Report required. new text end

new text begin By February 1 following any fiscal year in which student
support personnel aid was received, a school district, charter school, or cooperative unit
must submit a written report to the commissioner indicating how the new position affected
two or more of the following measures:
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new text begin (1) school climate;
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new text begin (2) attendance rates;
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new text begin (3) academic achievement;
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new text begin (4) career and college readiness; and
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new text begin (5) postsecondary completion rates.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Student support personnel aid. new text end

new text begin (a) For aid to support schools in
addressing students' social, emotional, and physical health under Minnesota Statutes, section
124D.901:
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new text begin $
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new text begin 18,712,000
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new text begin .....
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new text begin 2022
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new text begin $
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new text begin 23,152,000
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new text begin .....
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new text begin 2023
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new text begin (b) The 2023 appropriation includes $2,079,000 for 2022 and $21,073,000 for 2023.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Student support personnel. new text end

new text begin (a) For developing a student support personnel
workforce pipeline focused on workforce development strategies to increase providers of
color and Indigenous providers, professional re-specialization, recruitment, and retention;
to increase the number of student support personnel providing school-based services; and
to provide a school health services support position at the Department of Education:
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new text begin $
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new text begin 2,550,000
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new text begin .....
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new text begin 2022
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new text begin $
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new text begin 2,550,000
new text end
new text begin .....
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new text begin 2023
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new text begin (b) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
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