Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

SF 2082

2nd Engrossment - 80th Legislature (1997 - 1998) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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

Current Version - 2nd Engrossment

  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to education; recodifying and making 
  1.3             technical amendments to kindergarten through grade 12 
  1.4             education statutes; amending Minnesota Statutes 1996, 
  1.5             sections 120.02, subdivisions 1, 13, 14, 15, and 18; 
  1.6             120.06, subdivisions 1 and 2a; 120.062, subdivisions 
  1.7             4, 5, and 8a; 120.0621, as amended; 120.064, 
  1.8             subdivisions 4, 4a, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 
  1.9             19, 20, 21, 22, and 24; 120.075, subdivisions 1, 2, 
  1.10            3a, and 4; 120.0751, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; 
  1.11            120.0752, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3; 120.08; 120.101, 
  1.12            subdivisions 5a, 7, 8, 9, and 10; 120.102, 
  1.13            subdivisions 1, 3, and 4; 120.103, subdivisions 3, 4, 
  1.14            5, and 6; 120.11; 120.14; 120.17, subdivisions 1, 1b, 
  1.15            2, 3, 3a, 3b, 3d, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 6, 7, 7a, 8a, 9, 10, 
  1.16            16, 18, and 19; 120.1701, subdivisions 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 
  1.17            8, 8a, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, and 22; 
  1.18            120.172, subdivision 2; 120.173, subdivisions 1, 3, 4, 
  1.19            and 6; 120.1811; 120.182; 120.183; 120.185; 120.188; 
  1.20            120.189; 120.190; 120.59; 120.60; 120.61; 120.62; 
  1.21            120.63; 120.64; 120.66; 120.73, subdivisions 1, 2a, 
  1.22            2b, 3, and 4; 120.74; 120.75; 120.76; 120.80; 121.11, 
  1.23            subdivision 7; 121.1115, subdivisions 1 and 2; 
  1.24            121.155; 121.201; 121.203, subdivision 1; 121.207, 
  1.25            subdivisions 2 and 3; 121.585, subdivisions 2, 6, and 
  1.26            7; 121.615, subdivision 11; 121.704; 121.705, 
  1.27            subdivision 2; 121.706; 121.707, subdivisions 3, 4, 5, 
  1.28            6, and 7; 121.708; 121.710, subdivisions 2 and 3; 
  1.29            121.831, subdivisions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12; 
  1.30            121.835, subdivisions 4, 5, 7, and 8; 121.8355, 
  1.31            subdivisions 2, 3, 5, and 6; 121.88, subdivisions 2, 
  1.32            3, 4, 6, 7, and 9; 121.882, subdivisions 1, 2b, 3, 7, 
  1.33            7a, 8, and 9; 121.885, subdivisions 1 and 4; 121.904, 
  1.34            subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4c, and 13; 121.906; 121.908; 
  1.35            121.911; 121.912, subdivisions 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 5, and 6; 
  1.36            121.9121, subdivisions 2 and 4; 121.914, subdivisions 
  1.37            2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8; 121.917; 122.01; 122.02; 
  1.38            122.03; 122.21; 122.22, subdivisions 1, 4, 5, 6, 7a, 
  1.39            9, 13, 14, 18, 20, and 21; 122.23, subdivisions 2, 2b, 
  1.40            3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 16c, 18, 18a, 
  1.41            and 20; 122.241; 122.242, subdivisions 1, 3, 8, and 9; 
  1.42            122.243; 122.245, subdivision 2; 122.246; 122.247, 
  1.43            subdivisions 2 and 2a; 122.248; 122.25, subdivisions 2 
  1.44            and 3; 122.32; 122.34; 122.355; 122.41; 122.43; 
  1.45            122.44; 122.45, subdivisions 2 and 3a; 122.46; 122.47; 
  1.46            122.48; 122.531, subdivisions 2c, 5a, and 9; 122.5311, 
  2.1             subdivision 1; 122.532, subdivisions 2, 3a, and 4; 
  2.2             122.535, subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6; 122.541, 
  2.3             subdivisions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7; 122.895; 122.91, 
  2.4             subdivisions 2, 2a, 3a, 4, and 6; 122.93, subdivisions 
  2.5             3 and 8; 122.95, subdivisions 1, 1a, 2, and 4; 123.11, 
  2.6             subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7; 123.12; 123.13; 
  2.7             123.15; 123.33, subdivisions 1, 2, 2a, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 
  2.8             and 11a; 123.335; 123.34, subdivisions 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 
  2.9             9a, and 10; 123.35, subdivisions 1, 2, 4, 5, 8a, 9b, 
  2.10            12, 13, 15, 19a, 19b, 20, and 21; 123.351, 
  2.11            subdivisions 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 8a; 123.3513; 
  2.12            123.3514, subdivisions 3, 4b, 4d, 5, 6, 6b, 7a, and 
  2.13            7b; 123.36, subdivisions 1, 5, 10, 11, 13, and 14; 
  2.14            123.37, subdivisions 1, 1a, and 1b; 123.38, 
  2.15            subdivisions 1, 2, 2a, 2b, and 3; 123.39, subdivisions 
  2.16            1, 2, 8, 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d, 8e, 9a, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 
  2.17            and 16; 123.40, subdivisions 1, 2, and 8; 123.41; 
  2.18            123.582, subdivision 2; 123.63; 123.64; 123.66; 
  2.19            123.681; 123.70, subdivisions 2, 4, and 8; 123.702, 
  2.20            subdivisions 1, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 4a, 5, 6, and 7; 123.704; 
  2.21            123.7045; 123.71; 123.72; 123.75, subdivisions 2, 3, 
  2.22            and 5; 123.751, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3; 123.76; 
  2.23            123.78, subdivisions 1a and 2; 123.79, subdivision 1; 
  2.24            123.799, as amended; 123.7991, subdivision 3; 123.801; 
  2.25            123.805; 123.932, subdivision 1b; 123.933; 123.935, 
  2.26            subdivisions 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6; 123.936; 123.9361; 
  2.27            123.9362; 123.947; 124.06; 124.07, subdivision 2; 
  2.28            124.078; 124.08; 124.09; 124.10, subdivisions 1 and 2; 
  2.29            124.12; 124.14, subdivisions 2, 3, 3a, 4, 6, 7, and 8; 
  2.30            124.15, subdivisions 2, 2a, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8; 124.17, 
  2.31            subdivisions 1f, 2, 2a, 2b, and by adding 
  2.32            subdivisions; 124.175; 124.19, subdivision 5; 124.195, 
  2.33            subdivisions 1, 3, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, and 14; 124.196; 
  2.34            124.2131, subdivisions 1, 2, 3a, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 
  2.35            11; 124.214; 124.225, subdivisions 7f, 8l, 8m, and 9; 
  2.36            124.227; 124.239, subdivision 3; 124.242; 124.248, 
  2.37            subdivisions 1 and 1a; 124.255; 124.26, subdivision 
  2.38            1c; 124.2601, subdivision 7; 124.2605; 124.2615, 
  2.39            subdivision 4; 124.2711, as amended; 124.2713, 
  2.40            subdivision 7; 124.2715, subdivision 3; 124.2716, 
  2.41            subdivisions 1 and 2; 124.2725, subdivision 15; 
  2.42            124.2726, subdivisions 1, 2, and 4; 124.2727, 
  2.43            subdivisions 6a, as added, 6c, as added, and 9; 
  2.44            124.273, subdivisions 3, 4, 6, and 7; 124.276, 
  2.45            subdivisions 1 and 3; 124.278, subdivision 3; 124.311, 
  2.46            subdivision 1; 124.32; 124.3201, subdivisions 5, 6, 
  2.47            and 7; 124.322, subdivision 1; 124.35; 124.37; 124.38, 
  2.48            subdivisions 1, 4a, and 7; 124.381; 124.39; 124.40; 
  2.49            124.41, subdivision 3; 124.42, as amended; 124.431, 
  2.50            subdivisions 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, and 14; 124.44; 
  2.51            124.46, as amended; 124.48, as amended; 124.492; 
  2.52            124.493, subdivision 1; 124.494, subdivisions 1, 2, 
  2.53            2a, 3, 5, and 7; 124.4945; 124.511; 124.573, 
  2.54            subdivisions 2, 2b, 2e, 2f, 3, 3a, and 5a; 124.625; 
  2.55            124.63; 124.646; 124.6462; 124.6469, subdivision 3; 
  2.56            124.647; 124.6471; 124.6472; 124.648, as amended; 
  2.57            124.71, subdivision 1; 124.72; 124.73; 124.74; 124.75; 
  2.58            124.755, subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9; 
  2.59            124.82, subdivisions 1 and 3; 124.83, subdivision 8; 
  2.60            124.84, subdivisions 1 and 2; 124.85, subdivisions 2, 
  2.61            2a, 2b, 2c, 5, 6, and 7; 124.86, subdivisions 1, 3, 
  2.62            and 4; 124.90; 124.91, subdivisions 4 and 6; 124.912, 
  2.63            subdivisions 7 and 9; 124.914; 124.916, as amended; 
  2.64            124.918, subdivisions 2, 3, and 7; 124.95, subdivision 
  2.65            1; 124.97; 124A.02, subdivisions 1, 3a, 20, 21, 22, 
  2.66            23, and 24; 124A.029, subdivisions 1, 3, and 4; 
  2.67            124A.03, subdivisions 2, 2a, and 3c; 124A.0311, 
  2.68            subdivisions 2, 3, and 4; 124A.032; 124A.034; 
  2.69            124A.035; 124A.036, as amended; 124A.04, as amended; 
  2.70            124A.22, subdivisions 2a, 5, 8, 12, and 14, as added; 
  2.71            124A.225, subdivisions 4 and 5; 124A.29; 124A.30; 
  3.1             124C.07; 124C.08, subdivisions 2 and 3; 124C.09; 
  3.2             124C.12, subdivision 2; 124C.41, subdivision 4; 
  3.3             124C.45, subdivision 1; 124C.49; 124C.498, as amended; 
  3.4             124C.60, subdivision 2; 124C.72, subdivision 2; 
  3.5             124C.73, subdivision 3; 125.03, subdivisions 1 and 6; 
  3.6             125.04; 125.05, subdivisions 1, 1a, 6, and 8; 125.06; 
  3.7             125.09; 125.11; 125.12, subdivisions 1a, 2, 2a, 3, 3b, 
  3.8             4, 6, 6a, 6b, 7, 8, 9, 9a, 10, 11, and 13; 125.121, 
  3.9             subdivisions 1 and 2; 125.135; 125.138, subdivisions 
  3.10            1, 3, 4, and 5; 125.16; 125.17, subdivisions 2b, 3, 
  3.11            3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10a, 11, and 12; 125.18; 
  3.12            125.181; 125.183, subdivisions 1, 4, and 5; 125.184; 
  3.13            125.185, subdivisions 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7; 125.187; 
  3.14            125.188, subdivisions 1, 3, and 5; 125.1885, 
  3.15            subdivision 5; 125.189; 125.1895, subdivision 4; 
  3.16            125.211, subdivision 2; 125.230, subdivisions 4, 6, 
  3.17            and 7; 125.231, subdivision 3; 125.53; 125.54; 125.60, 
  3.18            subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 6a, and 8; 125.611, subdivisions 
  3.19            1 and 13; 125.62, subdivisions 2, 3, and 7; 125.623, 
  3.20            subdivision 3; 125.702; 125.703; 125.704, subdivision 
  3.21            1; 125.705, subdivisions 1, 3, 4, and 5; 125.80; 
  3.22            126.05; 126.12; 126.13; 126.14; 126.15, subdivisions 2 
  3.23            and 3; 126.1995; 126.21, subdivisions 3 and 5; 126.22, 
  3.24            subdivisions 5 and 6; 126.235; 126.239, subdivision 1; 
  3.25            126.262, subdivisions 3 and 6; 126.264; 126.265; 
  3.26            126.266, subdivision 1; 126.267; 126.36, subdivisions 
  3.27            1, 5, and 7; 126.43, subdivisions 1 and 2; 126.48, 
  3.28            subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; 126.49, subdivisions 
  3.29            1, 5, 6, and 8; 126.50; 126.501; 126.51, subdivisions 
  3.30            1a and 2; 126.52, subdivisions 5 and 8; 126.531, 
  3.31            subdivision 1; 126.54, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 
  3.32            6; 126.56, subdivision 6; 126.69, subdivision 1; 
  3.33            126.70, subdivisions 1 and 2a; 126.72, subdivisions 3 
  3.34            and 6; 126.78, subdivision 4; 126.84, subdivisions 1, 
  3.35            3, 4, and 5; 126A.01; 126B.01, subdivisions 2 and 4; 
  3.36            126B.10; 127.02; 127.03; 127.04; 127.17, subdivisions 
  3.37            1, 3, and 4; 127.19; 127.20; 127.40, subdivision 4; 
  3.38            127.41; 127.411; 127.412; 127.413; 127.42; 127.44; 
  3.39            127.45, subdivision 2; 127.455; 127.46; 127.47, 
  3.40            subdivision 2; 127.48; 129C.10, subdivisions 3a, 3b, 
  3.41            4, and 6; and 129C.15; Minnesota Statutes 1997 
  3.42            Supplement, sections 120.05; 120.062, subdivisions 3, 
  3.43            6, and 7; 120.064, subdivisions 8, 10, 14a, and 20a; 
  3.44            120.101, subdivisions 5 and 5c; 120.1015; 120.1701, 
  3.45            subdivision 3; 120.181; 121.1113, subdivision 1; 
  3.46            121.615, subdivisions 2, 3, 9, and 10; 121.831, 
  3.47            subdivision 3; 121.88, subdivision 10; 121.882, 
  3.48            subdivision 2; 121.904, subdivision 4a; 121.912, 
  3.49            subdivision 1; 123.35, subdivision 8; 123.3514, 
  3.50            subdivisions 4, 4a, 4e, 6c, and 8; 123.7991, 
  3.51            subdivision 2; 124.155, subdivisions 1 and 2; 124.17, 
  3.52            subdivisions 1 and 4; 124.195, subdivisions 2, 7, and 
  3.53            10; 124.2445; 124.2455; 124.248, subdivisions 3 and 4; 
  3.54            124.26, subdivision 2; 124.2601, subdivision 6; 
  3.55            124.2615, subdivision 2; 124.2713, subdivision 8; 
  3.56            124.321, subdivisions 1 and 2; 124.322, subdivision 
  3.57            1a; 124.323, subdivision 1; 124.41, subdivision 2; 
  3.58            124.431, subdivisions 2 and 11; 124.45, subdivision 2; 
  3.59            124.481; 124.574, subdivision 9; 124.83, subdivision 
  3.60            1; 124.86, subdivision 2; 124.91, subdivision 5; 
  3.61            124.912, subdivisions 1 and 6; 124.918, subdivisions 
  3.62            1, 6, and 8; 124A.22, subdivisions 2, as added, 6, 11, 
  3.63            13, and 13b, as added; 124A.23, subdivisions 1, 2, and 
  3.64            3; 124A.28, subdivision 3; 124C.45, subdivision 1a; 
  3.65            125.05, subdivision 1c; 125.12, subdivision 14; 
  3.66            126.22, subdivisions 2, 3a, and 8; 126.23, subdivision 
  3.67            1; 126.51, subdivision 1; 126.531, subdivision 3; 
  3.68            126.72, subdivision 2; 126.77, subdivision 1; and 
  3.69            129C.10, subdivision 3; proposing coding for new law 
  3.70            as Minnesota Statutes, chapters 120B; and 120C; 
  3.71            repealing Minnesota Statutes 1996, sections 16B.43; 
  4.1             120.71; 120.72; 120.90; 122.52; 122.532, subdivision 
  4.2             1; 122.541, subdivision 3; 123.35, subdivision 10; 
  4.3             123.42; 124.01; 124.19, subdivision 4; 124.2725, 
  4.4             subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 
  4.5             and 16; 124.312, as amended; 124.38, subdivision 9; 
  4.6             124.472; 124.473; 124.474; 124.476; 124.477; 124.478; 
  4.7             124.479; 124.71, subdivision 2; 124A.02, subdivisions 
  4.8             15 and 16; 124A.029, subdivision 2; 124A.03, 
  4.9             subdivision 3b; 124A.22, subdivision 13f; 124A.225, 
  4.10            subdivision 6; 124A.31; 124C.55; 124C.56; 124C.57; 
  4.11            124C.58; 125.10; 126.84, subdivision 6; 127.01; 
  4.12            127.08; 127.09; 127.10; 127.11; 127.12; 127.13; 
  4.13            127.15; 127.16; 127.17, subdivision 2; 127.21; and 
  4.14            127.23; Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, sections 
  4.15            124.2725, subdivision 11; 124.313; 124.314; and 
  4.16            124A.26. 
  4.17  BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
  4.18                             ARTICLE 1 
  4.19                            CHAPTER 120A 
  4.20                    ENROLLMENT; ATTENDANCE; FEES 
  4.21     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.02, 
  4.22  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  4.23     Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] For the purposes of this chapter 
  4.24  the words, phrases and terms defined in this section shall have 
  4.25  the meanings respectively ascribed to given them. 
  4.26     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.02, 
  4.27  subdivision 13, is amended to read: 
  4.28     Subd. 13.  [COMMON DISTRICT.] A "Common district" is 
  4.29  means any school district validly created and existing as a 
  4.30  common school district or joint common school district as of 
  4.31  July 1, 1957, or pursuant to the terms of the education code. 
  4.32     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.02, 
  4.33  subdivision 14, is amended to read: 
  4.34     Subd. 14.  [INDEPENDENT DISTRICT.] An "Independent district 
  4.35  "  is means any school district validly created and existing as 
  4.36  an independent, consolidated, joint independent, county or a ten 
  4.37  or more township district as of July 1, 1957, or pursuant to the 
  4.38  education code. 
  4.39     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.02, 
  4.40  subdivision 15, is amended to read: 
  4.41     Subd. 15.  [SPECIAL DISTRICT.] A "Special district" is 
  4.42  means a district established by a charter granted by the 
  4.43  legislature or by a home rule charter including any 
  5.1   district which is designated a special independent school 
  5.2   district by the legislature. 
  5.3      Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.02, 
  5.4   subdivision 18, is amended to read: 
  5.5      Subd. 18.  [SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX.] "School district tax" is 
  5.6   means the tax levied and collected to provide the amount of 
  5.7   money voted or levied by the district or the board for school 
  5.8   purposes. 
  5.9      Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
  5.10  120.05, is amended to read: 
  5.11     120.05 [PUBLIC SCHOOLS.] 
  5.12     Subd. 2.  [DEFINITIONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.] (1) "Elementary 
  5.13  school" means any school with building, equipment, courses of 
  5.14  study, class schedules, enrollment of pupils ordinarily in 
  5.15  prekindergarten through grade 6 or any portion thereof, and 
  5.16  staff meeting the standards established by the state board of 
  5.17  education. 
  5.18     The state board of education shall not close a school or 
  5.19  deny any state aids to a district for its elementary schools 
  5.20  because of enrollment limitations classified in accordance with 
  5.21  the provisions of clause (1). 
  5.22     (2) Subd. 3.  [MIDDLE SCHOOL.] "Middle school" means any 
  5.23  school other than a secondary school giving an approved course 
  5.24  of study in a minimum of three consecutive grades above 4th but 
  5.25  below 10th with building, equipment, courses of study, class 
  5.26  schedules, enrollment, and staff meeting the standards 
  5.27  established by the state board of education. 
  5.28     (3) Subd. 4.  [SECONDARY SCHOOL.] "Secondary school" means 
  5.29  any school with building, equipment, courses of study, class 
  5.30  schedules, enrollment of pupils ordinarily in grades 7 through 
  5.31  12 or any portion thereof, and staff meeting the standards 
  5.32  established by the state board of education. 
  5.33     (4) Subd. 5.  [VOCATIONAL CENTER SCHOOL.] A "Vocational 
  5.34  center school" is one means any school serving a group of 
  5.35  secondary schools with approved areas of secondary vocational 
  5.36  training and offering vocational secondary and adult programs 
  6.1   necessary to meet local needs and meeting standards established 
  6.2   by the state board of education. 
  6.3      Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.06, 
  6.4   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  6.5      Subdivision 1.  [AGE LIMITATIONS; PUPILS.] All schools 
  6.6   supported in whole or in part by state funds are public schools. 
  6.7   Admission to a public school is free to any person who resides 
  6.8   within the district which that operates the school, who is under 
  6.9   21 years of age, and who satisfies the minimum age requirements 
  6.10  imposed by this section.  Notwithstanding the provisions of any 
  6.11  law to the contrary, the conduct of all students under 21 years 
  6.12  of age attending a public secondary school shall be is governed 
  6.13  by a single set of reasonable rules and regulations promulgated 
  6.14  by the school board.  No person shall be admitted to any public 
  6.15  school (1) as a kindergarten pupil, unless the pupil is at least 
  6.16  five years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which 
  6.17  the school year for which the pupil seeks admission commences; 
  6.18  or (2) as a 1st grade student, unless the pupil is at least six 
  6.19  years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the 
  6.20  school year for which the pupil seeks admission commences or has 
  6.21  completed kindergarten; except that any school board may 
  6.22  establish a policy for admission of selected pupils at an 
  6.23  earlier age. 
  6.24     Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.06, 
  6.25  subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
  6.26     Subd. 2a.  [EDUCATION OF HOMELESS.] Notwithstanding 
  6.27  subdivision 1, a school district must not deny free admission to 
  6.28  a homeless person of school age solely because the school 
  6.29  district cannot determine that the person is a resident of 
  6.30  the school district. 
  6.31     Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
  6.32  120.062, subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
  6.33     Subd. 3.  [LIMITED ENROLLMENT OF NONRESIDENT PUPILS.] (a) A 
  6.34  school board may, by resolution, limit the enrollment of 
  6.35  nonresident pupils in its schools or programs according to this 
  6.36  section to a number not less than the lesser of: 
  7.1      (1) one percent of the total enrollment at each grade level 
  7.2   in the district; or 
  7.3      (2) the number of district residents at that grade level 
  7.4   enrolled in a nonresident district according to this section.  
  7.5      (b) A district that limits enrollment of nonresident pupils 
  7.6   under paragraph (a) shall report to the commissioner by July 15 
  7.7   on the number of nonresident pupils denied admission due to the 
  7.8   limitations on the enrollment of nonresident pupils. 
  7.9      Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.062, 
  7.10  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
  7.11     Subd. 4.  [PUPIL APPLICATION PROCEDURES.] In order that a 
  7.12  pupil may attend a school or program in a nonresident district, 
  7.13  the pupil's parent or guardian must submit an application to the 
  7.14  nonresident district.  Before submitting an application, the 
  7.15  pupil and the pupil's parent or guardian must explore with a 
  7.16  school guidance counselor, or other appropriate staff member 
  7.17  employed by the district the pupil is currently attending, the 
  7.18  pupil's academic or other reason for applying to enroll in a 
  7.19  nonresident district.  The pupil's application must identify the 
  7.20  reason for enrolling in the nonresident district.  The parent or 
  7.21  guardian of a pupil must submit an application by January 15 for 
  7.22  initial enrollment beginning the following school year.  The 
  7.23  application shall must be on a form provided by the department 
  7.24  of children, families, and learning.  A particular school or 
  7.25  program may be requested by the parent.  Once enrolled in a 
  7.26  nonresident district, the pupil may remain enrolled and is not 
  7.27  required to submit annual or periodic applications.  To return 
  7.28  to the resident district or to transfer to a different 
  7.29  nonresident district, the parent or guardian of the pupil must 
  7.30  provide notice to the resident district or apply to a different 
  7.31  nonresident district by January 15 for enrollment beginning the 
  7.32  following school year. 
  7.33     Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.062, 
  7.34  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
  7.35     Subd. 5.  [DESEGREGATION DISTRICT TRANSFERS.] (a) This 
  7.36  subdivision applies to a transfer into or out of a district that 
  8.1   has a desegregation plan approved by the commissioner of 
  8.2   children, families, and learning.  
  8.3      (b) An application to transfer may be submitted at any time 
  8.4   for enrollment beginning at any time. 
  8.5      (c) The parent or guardian of a pupil who is a resident of 
  8.6   a district that has a desegregation plan must submit an 
  8.7   application to the resident district.  If the district accepts 
  8.8   the application, it must forward the application to the 
  8.9   nonresident district. 
  8.10     (d) The parent or guardian of a pupil who applies for 
  8.11  enrollment in a nonresident district that has a desegregation 
  8.12  plan must submit an application to the nonresident district.  
  8.13     (e) Each district must accept or reject an application it 
  8.14  receives and notify the parent or guardian in writing within 30 
  8.15  calendar days of receiving the application.  A notification of 
  8.16  acceptance must include the date enrollment can begin. 
  8.17     (f) If an application is rejected, the district must state 
  8.18  the reason for rejection in the notification.  If a district 
  8.19  that has a desegregation plan rejects an application for a 
  8.20  reason related to the desegregation plan, the district must 
  8.21  state with specificity how acceptance of the application would 
  8.22  result in noncompliance with state board rules with respect to 
  8.23  the school or program for which application was made.  
  8.24     (g) If an application is accepted, the parent or guardian 
  8.25  must notify the nonresident district in writing within 15 
  8.26  calendar days of receiving the acceptance whether the pupil 
  8.27  intends to enroll in the nonresident district.  Notice of 
  8.28  intention to enroll obligates the pupil to enroll in the 
  8.29  nonresident district, unless the school boards of the resident 
  8.30  and nonresident districts agree otherwise.  If a parent or 
  8.31  guardian does not notify the nonresident district, the pupil may 
  8.32  not enroll in that nonresident district at that time, unless the 
  8.33  school boards of the resident and nonresident district agree 
  8.34  otherwise. 
  8.35     (h) Within 15 calendar days of receiving the notice from 
  8.36  the parent or guardian, the nonresident district shall notify 
  9.1   the resident district in writing of the pupil's intention to 
  9.2   enroll in the nonresident district.  
  9.3      (i) A pupil enrolled in a nonresident district under this 
  9.4   subdivision is not required to make annual or periodic 
  9.5   application for enrollment but may remain enrolled in the same 
  9.6   district.  A pupil may transfer to the resident district at any 
  9.7   time.  
  9.8      (j) A pupil enrolled in a nonresident district and applying 
  9.9   to transfer into or out of a district that has a desegregation 
  9.10  plan must follow the procedures of this subdivision.  For the 
  9.11  purposes of this type of transfer, "resident district" means the 
  9.12  nonresident district in which the pupil is enrolled at the time 
  9.13  of application.  
  9.14     (k) A district that has a desegregation plan approved by 
  9.15  the state board of education must accept or reject each 
  9.16  individual application in a manner that will enable compliance 
  9.17  with its desegregation plan. 
  9.18     Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
  9.19  120.062, subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
  9.20     Subd. 6.  [NONRESIDENT DISTRICT PROCEDURES.] A district 
  9.21  shall notify the parent or guardian in writing by February 15 
  9.22  whether the application has been accepted or rejected.  If an 
  9.23  application is rejected, the district must state in the 
  9.24  notification the reason for rejection.  The parent or guardian 
  9.25  shall must notify the nonresident district by March 1 whether 
  9.26  the pupil intends to enroll in the nonresident district.  Notice 
  9.27  of intent to enroll in the nonresident district obligates the 
  9.28  pupil to attend the nonresident district during the following 
  9.29  school year, unless the school boards of the resident and the 
  9.30  nonresident districts agree in writing to allow the pupil to 
  9.31  transfer back to the resident district, or the pupil's parents 
  9.32  or guardians change residence to another district.  If a parent 
  9.33  or guardian does not notify the nonresident district, the pupil 
  9.34  may not enroll in that nonresident district during the following 
  9.35  school year, unless the school boards of the resident and 
  9.36  nonresident district agree otherwise.  The nonresident district 
 10.1   shall must notify the resident district by March 15 of the 
 10.2   pupil's intent to enroll in the nonresident district.  The same 
 10.3   procedures apply to a pupil who applies to transfer from one 
 10.4   participating nonresident district to another participating 
 10.5   nonresident district. 
 10.6      Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 10.7   120.062, subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
 10.8      Subd. 7.  [BASIS FOR DECISIONS.] The school board must 
 10.9   adopt, by resolution, specific standards for acceptance and 
 10.10  rejection of applications.  Standards may include the capacity 
 10.11  of a program, class, or school building.  The school board may 
 10.12  not reject applications for enrollment in a particular grade 
 10.13  level if the nonresident enrollment at that grade level does not 
 10.14  exceed the limit set by the board under subdivision 3.  
 10.15  Standards may not include previous academic achievement, 
 10.16  athletic or other extracurricular ability, disabling conditions, 
 10.17  proficiency in the English language, previous disciplinary 
 10.18  proceedings, or the student's district of residence. 
 10.19     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.062, 
 10.20  subdivision 8a, is amended to read: 
 10.21     Subd. 8a.  [EXCEPTIONS TO DEADLINES.] Notwithstanding 
 10.22  subdivision 4, the following pupil application procedures apply: 
 10.23     (a) Upon agreement of the resident and nonresident school 
 10.24  districts, a pupil may submit an application to a nonresident 
 10.25  district after January 15 for enrollment beginning the following 
 10.26  school year.  
 10.27     (b) If, as a result of entering into, modifying, or 
 10.28  terminating an agreement between school boards, a pupil is 
 10.29  assigned after December 1 to a different school for enrollment 
 10.30  beginning at any time, the pupil, the pupil's siblings, or any 
 10.31  other pupil residing in the pupil's residence may submit an 
 10.32  application to a nonresident district at any time before July 1 
 10.33  for enrollment beginning the following school year. 
 10.34     (c) A pupil who becomes a resident of a school district 
 10.35  after December 1 may submit an application to a nonresident 
 10.36  district on January 15 or any time after that date for 
 11.1   enrollment beginning any time before the following December 1. 
 11.2      (d) If the commissioner of children, families, and learning 
 11.3   and the commissioner of human rights determine that the 
 11.4   policies, procedures, or practices of a school district are in 
 11.5   violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public 
 11.6   Law Number 88-352) or chapter 363, any pupil in the district may 
 11.7   submit an application to a nonresident district at any time for 
 11.8   enrollment beginning at any time. 
 11.9      For exceptions under this subdivision, the applicant, the 
 11.10  applicant's parent or guardian, the district of residence, and 
 11.11  the district of attendance must observe, in a prompt and 
 11.12  efficient manner, the application and notice procedures in 
 11.13  subdivisions 4 and 6, except that the application and notice 
 11.14  deadlines do not apply. 
 11.15     Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.0621, as 
 11.16  amended by Laws 1997, First Special Session chapter 4, article 
 11.17  4, sections 1, 2, and 3, is amended to read: 
 11.18     120.0621 [ENROLLMENT OPTIONS PROGRAMS IN BORDER STATES.] 
 11.19     Subdivision 1.  [OPTIONS FOR ENROLLMENT IN ADJOINING 
 11.20  STATES.] Minnesota pupils and pupils residing in adjoining 
 11.21  states may enroll in school districts in the other state 
 11.22  according to: 
 11.23     (1) section 120.08, subdivision 2; or 
 11.24     (2) this section. 
 11.25     Subd. 2.  [PUPILS IN MINNESOTA.] A Minnesota resident pupil 
 11.26  may enroll in a school district in an adjoining state if the 
 11.27  district to be attended borders Minnesota.  
 11.28     Subd. 3.  [PUPILS IN BORDERING STATES.] A non-Minnesota 
 11.29  pupil who resides in an adjoining state in a school district 
 11.30  that borders Minnesota may enroll in a Minnesota school district 
 11.31  if either the school board of the district in which the pupil 
 11.32  resides or state in which the pupil resides pays tuition to the 
 11.33  school district in which the pupil is enrolled. 
 11.34     Subd. 3a.  [CANADIAN PUPILS.] A pupil who resides in Canada 
 11.35  may enroll in a Minnesota school district if the province in 
 11.36  which the pupil resides pays tuition to the school district in 
 12.1   which the pupil is enrolled.  A pupil may enroll either full 
 12.2   time or part time for all instructional programs and shall be 
 12.3   considered eligible for all other purposes for all other 
 12.4   programs offered by the district.  The tuition must be an amount 
 12.5   that is at least comparable to the tuition specified in section 
 12.6   120.08, subdivision 1.  A school district may accept funds from 
 12.7   any international agency for these programs. 
 12.8      Subd. 4.  [PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS.] Except as otherwise 
 12.9   provided in this section, the rights and duties set forth in 
 12.10  section 120.062 apply to Minnesota pupils, parents, and school 
 12.11  districts if a pupil enrolls in a nonresident district according 
 12.12  to this section.  
 12.13     Subd. 5a.  [TUITION PAYMENTS.] In each odd-numbered year, 
 12.14  before March 1, the commissioner shall must agree to rates of 
 12.15  tuition for Minnesota elementary and secondary pupils attending 
 12.16  in other states for the next two fiscal years when the other 
 12.17  state agrees to negotiate tuition rates.  The commissioner shall 
 12.18  must negotiate equal, reciprocal rates with the designated 
 12.19  authority in each state for pupils who reside in an adjoining 
 12.20  state and enroll in a Minnesota school district.  The rates must 
 12.21  be at least equal to the tuition specified in section 120.08, 
 12.22  subdivision 1.  If the other state does not agree to negotiate a 
 12.23  general tuition rate, a Minnesota school district may negotiate 
 12.24  a tuition rate with the school district in the other state that 
 12.25  sends a pupil to or receives a pupil from the Minnesota school 
 12.26  district.  The tuition rate for a pupil with a disability must 
 12.27  be equal to the actual cost of instruction and services 
 12.28  provided.  The resident district of a Minnesota pupil attending 
 12.29  in another state under this section must pay the amount of 
 12.30  tuition agreed upon in this section to the district of 
 12.31  attendance, prorated on the basis of the proportion of the 
 12.32  school year attended. 
 12.33     Subd. 5b.  [TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS.] (a) The agreement 
 12.34  under subdivision 5a with each state must specify that the 
 12.35  attending district in each state transport a pupil from the 
 12.36  district boundary to the school of attendance.  
 13.1      (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the districts of 
 13.2   residence and attendance may agree that either district may 
 13.3   provide transportation from a pupil's home or agreed upon 
 13.4   location to school.  Transportation aid for Minnesota students 
 13.5   eligible for aid shall must be paid only for transportation 
 13.6   within the resident district. 
 13.7      Subd. 6.  [EFFECTIVE IF RECIPROCAL.] This section is 
 13.8   effective with respect to South Dakota upon enactment of 
 13.9   provisions by South Dakota that the commissioner determines are 
 13.10  essentially similar to the provisions for Minnesota pupils in 
 13.11  this section.  After July 1, 1993, This section is effective 
 13.12  with respect to any other bordering state upon enactment of 
 13.13  provisions by the bordering state that the commissioner 
 13.14  determines are essentially similar to the provisions for 
 13.15  Minnesota pupils in this section. 
 13.16     Subd. 7.  [APPEAL TO THE COMMISSIONER.] If a Minnesota 
 13.17  school district cannot agree with an adjoining state on a 
 13.18  tuition rate for a Minnesota student attending school in that 
 13.19  state and that state has met the requirements in subdivision 6, 
 13.20  then the student's parent or guardian may request that the 
 13.21  commissioner agree on a tuition rate for the student.  The 
 13.22  Minnesota school district must pay the amount of tuition the 
 13.23  commissioner agrees upon.  
 13.24     Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.075, 
 13.25  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 13.26     Subdivision 1.  [PREVIOUS ENROLLMENT.] Any pupil who, 
 13.27  pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 1976, section 
 13.28  120.065, or Minnesota Statutes, 1977 Supplement, section 123.39, 
 13.29  subdivision 5a, was enrolled on either January 1, 1978, or April 
 13.30  5, 1978, in a school district of which the pupil was not a 
 13.31  resident may continue in enrollment in that district.  
 13.32     Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.075, 
 13.33  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 13.34     Subd. 2.  [UNDER SCHOOL AGE.] Any child who was under 
 13.35  school age on either January 1, 1978, or April 5, 1978, but who 
 13.36  otherwise would have qualified pursuant to the provisions of 
 14.1   Minnesota Statutes 1976, section 120.065, or Minnesota Statutes, 
 14.2   1977 Supplement, section 123.39, subdivision 5a, for enrollment 
 14.3   in a school district of which the child was not a resident may 
 14.4   enroll in that district.  
 14.5      Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.075, 
 14.6   subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
 14.7      Subd. 3a.  [ADOPTED CHILD.] Any child who was born on or 
 14.8   before January 1, 1978 but who was adopted after January 1, 1978 
 14.9   and whose adoptive parent on January 1, 1978 owned property 
 14.10  residence upon which would have qualified the child for 
 14.11  enrollment pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 1976, section 120.065, 
 14.12  in a school district of which the child was not a resident may 
 14.13  enroll in that district.  Any child who was born on or before 
 14.14  January 1, 1978 but who was adopted after January 1, 1978 and 
 14.15  whose adoptive parent on January 1, 1978 owned or was a tenant 
 14.16  upon property so as to qualify a child for enrollment pursuant 
 14.17  to Minnesota Statutes, 1977 Supplement, section 123.39, 
 14.18  subdivision 5a, in a school district of which the child was not 
 14.19  a resident may enroll in that district. 
 14.20     Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.075, 
 14.21  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 14.22     Subd. 4.  [SIBLING OF QUALIFIED PUPIL.] Subdivisions 1, 1a, 
 14.23  2, 3 and 3a shall also apply to any brother or sister of a 
 14.24  qualified pupil who is related to that pupil by blood, adoption, 
 14.25  or marriage and to any foster child of that pupil's parents.  
 14.26  The enrollment of any pupil pursuant to subdivision 1, 2, 3 or 
 14.27  3a and of a brother or sister of that pupil or of a foster child 
 14.28  of that pupil's parents pursuant to this subdivision shall must 
 14.29  remain subject to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 1976, 
 14.30  section 120.065 and Minnesota Statutes, 1977 Supplement, section 
 14.31  123.39, subdivision 5a, as they read on January 1, 1978. 
 14.32     Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.0751, 
 14.33  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 14.34     Subdivision 1.  [COMMISSIONER MAY PERMIT ENROLLMENT.] The 
 14.35  commissioner may permit a pupil to enroll in a school district 
 14.36  of which the pupil is not a resident under this section.  
 15.1      Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.0751, 
 15.2   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 15.3      Subd. 2.  [APPLICATION TO THE COMMISSIONER.] The pupil or 
 15.4   the pupil's parent or guardian shall must make application to 
 15.5   the commissioner, explaining the particular circumstances which 
 15.6   that make the nonresident district the appropriate district of 
 15.7   attendance for the pupil.  The application must be signed by the 
 15.8   pupil's parent or guardian and the superintendent of the 
 15.9   nonresident district.  
 15.10     Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.0751, 
 15.11  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 15.12     Subd. 3.  [CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL.] In approving or 
 15.13  disapproving the application the commissioner shall must 
 15.14  consider the following:  
 15.15     (a) (1) if the circumstances of the pupil are similar or 
 15.16  analogous to the exceptions permitted by section 120.075, 
 15.17  whether attending school in the district of residence creates a 
 15.18  particular hardship for the pupil; or 
 15.19     (b) (2) if the pupil has been continuously enrolled for at 
 15.20  least two years in a district of which the pupil was not a 
 15.21  resident because of an error made in good faith about the actual 
 15.22  district of residence, whether attending school in the district 
 15.23  of residence creates a particular hardship for the pupil.  If 
 15.24  the commissioner finds that a good faith error was made and that 
 15.25  attending school in the district of residence would create a 
 15.26  particular hardship for the siblings of that pupil or foster 
 15.27  children of that pupil's parents, the commissioner may 
 15.28  separately approve an application for any or all of the siblings 
 15.29  of the pupil who are related by blood, adoption, or marriage and 
 15.30  for foster children of the pupil's parents.  
 15.31     Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.0751, 
 15.32  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 15.33     Subd. 4.  [DECISION DEADLINE.] The commissioner shall must 
 15.34  render its decision in each case within 60 days of receiving the 
 15.35  application in subdivision 2.  
 15.36     Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.0751, 
 16.1   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 16.2      Subd. 5.  [FORMS.] The commissioner shall must provide the 
 16.3   forms required by subdivision 2 and shall must adopt the 
 16.4   procedures necessary to implement this section. 
 16.5      Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.0752, 
 16.6   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 16.7      Subdivision 1.  [ENROLLMENT EXCEPTION.] A pupil may enroll 
 16.8   in a school district of which the pupil is not a resident under 
 16.9   this section.  
 16.10     Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.0752, 
 16.11  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 16.12     Subd. 2.  [BOARD APPROVAL.] The pupil's parent or guardian 
 16.13  must receive the approval of the school board of the nonresident 
 16.14  district and the school board of the resident district.  The 
 16.15  nonresident school board shall notify the resident school board 
 16.16  of the approval. 
 16.17     Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.0752, 
 16.18  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 16.19     Subd. 3.  [11TH AND 12TH GRADE STUDENTS.] Notwithstanding 
 16.20  subdivision 2, an 11th or 12th grade pupil who has been enrolled 
 16.21  in a district and whose parent or guardian moves to another 
 16.22  district, may continue to enroll in the nonresident district 
 16.23  upon the approval of the school board of the nonresident 
 16.24  district.  The approval of the school board of the pupil's 
 16.25  resident district is not required.  
 16.26     Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.08, is 
 16.27  amended to read: 
 16.28     120.08 [ATTENDANCE; SCHOOL IN ANOTHER STATE; SEVERANCE 
 16.29  PAY.] 
 16.30     Subdivision 1.  [ATTENDANCE IN ANOTHER STATE.] Any person 
 16.31  under 21 years of age residing in any district not maintaining a 
 16.32  secondary school who has successfully completed the elementary 
 16.33  school may, with the consent of the board of such district, 
 16.34  attend any secondary school of a district in an adjoining state 
 16.35  willing to admit the person, which if the secondary school is 
 16.36  nearer to the place of residence than any duly established 
 17.1   secondary school in Minnesota, the distances being measured by 
 17.2   the usual traveled routes.  Any tuition charged by the district 
 17.3   so attended shall must be paid to the district attended by the 
 17.4   district in which the person resides.  This tuition shall must 
 17.5   not be more than (a) such the district charges nonresident 
 17.6   pupils of that state, (b) the average maintenance cost exclusive 
 17.7   of transportation per pupil unit in average daily membership in 
 17.8   the school attended, nor (c) the tuition rate provided for in 
 17.9   section 124.18, subdivision 2.  
 17.10     Any pupil attending a secondary school in an adjoining 
 17.11  state for whom tuition is paid from district funds is entitled 
 17.12  to transportation services in accordance with Minnesota Statutes.
 17.13     Subd. 2.  [TUITION.] A school board of a district 
 17.14  maintaining a secondary school may by a majority vote provide 
 17.15  for the instruction of any resident pupil attending an 
 17.16  elementary school, a middle school, or a secondary school in 
 17.17  a school district in an adjoining state.  Any charge for tuition 
 17.18  or transportation, by the district in the adjoining state, shall 
 17.19  must be paid by the resident district.  The pupil shall must be 
 17.20  considered a pupil of the resident district for the purposes of 
 17.21  state aid. 
 17.22     Subd. 3.  [SEVERANCE PAY.] A district shall must pay 
 17.23  severance pay to a teacher who is placed on unrequested leave of 
 17.24  absence by the district as a result of an agreement under this 
 17.25  section.  A teacher is eligible under this subdivision if the 
 17.26  teacher: 
 17.27     (1) is a teacher, as defined in section 125.12, subdivision 
 17.28  1, but not a superintendent; 
 17.29     (2) has a continuing contract with the district according 
 17.30  to section 125.12, subdivision 4. 
 17.31     The amount of severance pay shall must be equal to the 
 17.32  teacher's salary for the school year during which the teacher 
 17.33  was placed on unrequested leave of absence minus the gross 
 17.34  amount the teacher was paid during the 12 months following the 
 17.35  teacher's termination of salary, by an entity whose teachers by 
 17.36  statute or rule must possess a valid Minnesota teaching license, 
 18.1   and minus the amount a teacher receives as severance or other 
 18.2   similar pay according to a contract with the district or 
 18.3   district policy.  These entities include, but are not limited 
 18.4   to, the school district that placed the teacher on unrequested 
 18.5   leave of absence, another school district in Minnesota, an 
 18.6   education district, an intermediate school district, a SC, a 
 18.7   board formed under section 471.59, a state residential academy, 
 18.8   the Lola and Rudy Perpich Minnesota center for arts education, a 
 18.9   vocational center, or a special education cooperative.  These 
 18.10  entities do not include a school district in another state, a 
 18.11  Minnesota public post-secondary institution, or a state agency.  
 18.12  Only amounts earned by the teacher as a substitute teacher or in 
 18.13  a position requiring a valid Minnesota teaching license shall be 
 18.14  subtracted.  A teacher may decline any offer of employment as a 
 18.15  teacher without loss of rights to severance pay. 
 18.16     To determine the amount of severance pay that is due for 
 18.17  the first six months following termination of the teacher's 
 18.18  salary, the district may require the teacher to provide 
 18.19  documented evidence of the teacher's employers and gross 
 18.20  earnings during that period.  The district shall must pay the 
 18.21  teacher the amount of severance pay it determines to be due from 
 18.22  the proceeds of the levy for this purpose.  To determine the 
 18.23  amount of severance pay that is due for the second six months of 
 18.24  the 12 months following the termination of the teacher's salary, 
 18.25  the district may require the teacher to provide documented 
 18.26  evidence of the teacher's employers and gross earnings during 
 18.27  that period.  The district shall must pay the teacher the amount 
 18.28  of severance pay it determines to be due from the proceeds of 
 18.29  the levy for this purpose. 
 18.30     A teacher who receives severance pay under this subdivision 
 18.31  waives all further reinstatement rights under section 125.12, 
 18.32  subdivision 6a or 6b.  If the teacher receives severance pay, 
 18.33  the teacher shall must not receive credit for any years of 
 18.34  service in the district paying severance pay prior to the year 
 18.35  in which the teacher becomes eligible to receive severance pay.  
 18.36     The severance pay is subject to section 465.72.  The 
 19.1   district may levy annually according to section 124.912, 
 19.2   subdivision 1, for the severance pay. 
 19.3      Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 19.4   120.101, subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 19.5      Subd. 5.  [AGES AND TERMS.] Every child between seven and 
 19.6   16 years of age shall must receive instruction.  Every child 
 19.7   under the age of seven who is enrolled in a half-day 
 19.8   kindergarten, or a full-day kindergarten program on alternate 
 19.9   days, or other kindergarten programs shall receive instruction.  
 19.10  Except as provided in subdivision 5a, a parent may withdraw a 
 19.11  child under the age of seven from enrollment at any time.  
 19.12     Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.101, 
 19.13  subdivision 5a, is amended to read: 
 19.14     Subd. 5a.  [CHILDREN UNDER SEVEN.] Once a pupil under the 
 19.15  age of seven is enrolled in kindergarten or a higher grade in a 
 19.16  public school, the pupil is subject to the compulsory attendance 
 19.17  provisions of this chapter and section 127.20, unless the school 
 19.18  board of the district in which the pupil is enrolled has a 
 19.19  policy that exempts children under seven from this subdivision. 
 19.20     In a school district in which children under seven are 
 19.21  subject to compulsory attendance under this subdivision, 
 19.22  paragraphs (a) to (c) apply. 
 19.23     (a) A parent or guardian may withdraw the pupil from 
 19.24  enrollment in the school for good cause by notifying the school 
 19.25  district.  Good cause includes, but is not limited to, 
 19.26  enrollment of the pupil in another school, as defined in 
 19.27  subdivision 4, or the immaturity of the child. 
 19.28     (b) When the pupil enrolls, the enrolling official must 
 19.29  provide the parent or guardian who enrolls the pupil with a 
 19.30  written explanation of the provisions of this subdivision. 
 19.31     (c) A pupil under the age of seven who is withdrawn from 
 19.32  enrollment in the public school under paragraph (a) is no longer 
 19.33  subject to the compulsory attendance provisions of this chapter. 
 19.34     In a school district that had adopted a policy to exempt 
 19.35  children under seven from this subdivision, the school 
 19.36  district's chief attendance officer must keep the truancy 
 20.1   enforcement authorities supplied with a copy of the school 
 20.2   board's current policy certified by the clerk of the school 
 20.3   board.  
 20.4      Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 20.5   120.101, subdivision 5c, is amended to read: 
 20.6      Subd. 5c.  [EDUCATION RECORDS.] (a) A school district from 
 20.7   which a student is transferring must transmit the student's 
 20.8   educational records, within ten business days of a request, to 
 20.9   the school district in which the student is enrolling.  School 
 20.10  districts must make reasonable efforts to determine the school 
 20.11  district in which a transferring student is next enrolling in 
 20.12  order to comply with this subdivision. 
 20.13     (b) A school district that transmits a student's 
 20.14  educational records to another school district or other 
 20.15  educational entity to which the student is transferring must 
 20.16  include in the transmitted records information about 
 20.17  disciplinary action taken as a result of any incident in which 
 20.18  the student possessed or used a dangerous weapon. 
 20.19     Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.101, 
 20.20  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
 20.21     Subd. 7.  [REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTRUCTORS.] A person who is 
 20.22  providing instruction to a child must meet at least one of the 
 20.23  following requirements:  
 20.24     (1) hold a valid Minnesota teaching license in the field 
 20.25  and for the grade level taught; 
 20.26     (2) be directly supervised by a person holding a valid 
 20.27  Minnesota teaching license; 
 20.28     (3) successfully complete a teacher competency examination; 
 20.29     (4) provide instruction in a school that is accredited by 
 20.30  an accrediting agency, recognized according to section 123.935, 
 20.31  subdivision 7, or recognized by the state board of education; 
 20.32     (5) hold a baccalaureate degree; or 
 20.33     (6) be the parent of a child who is assessed according to 
 20.34  the procedures in subdivision 8.  
 20.35     Any person providing instruction in a public school must 
 20.36  meet the requirements of clause (1). 
 21.1      Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.101, 
 21.2   subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
 21.3      Subd. 8.  [ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMANCE.] (a) Each year the 
 21.4   performance of every child who is not enrolled in a public 
 21.5   school must be assessed using a nationally norm-referenced 
 21.6   standardized achievement examination.  The superintendent of the 
 21.7   district in which the child receives instruction and the person 
 21.8   in charge of the child's instruction must agree about the 
 21.9   specific examination to be used and the administration and 
 21.10  location of the examination.  
 21.11     (b) To the extent the examination in paragraph (a) does not 
 21.12  provide assessment in all of the subject areas in subdivision 6, 
 21.13  the parent must assess the child's performance in the applicable 
 21.14  subject area.  This requirement applies only to a parent who 
 21.15  provides instruction and does not meet the requirements of 
 21.16  subdivision 7, clause (1), (2), or (3).  
 21.17     (c) If the results of the assessments in paragraphs (a) and 
 21.18  (b) indicate that the child's performance on the total battery 
 21.19  score is at or below the 30th percentile or one grade level 
 21.20  below the performance level for children of the same age, the 
 21.21  parent shall must obtain additional evaluation of the child's 
 21.22  abilities and performance for the purpose of determining whether 
 21.23  the child has learning problems.  
 21.24     (d) A child receiving instruction from a nonpublic school, 
 21.25  person, or institution that is accredited by an accrediting 
 21.26  agency, recognized according to section 123.935, subdivision 7, 
 21.27  or recognized by the state board of education, is exempt from 
 21.28  the requirements of this subdivision.  
 21.29     Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.101, 
 21.30  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
 21.31     Subd. 9.  [LEGITIMATE EXEMPTIONS.] A parent, guardian, or 
 21.32  other person having control of a child may apply to a school 
 21.33  district to have the child excused from attendance for the whole 
 21.34  or any part of the time school is in session during any school 
 21.35  year.  Application may be made to any member of the board, a 
 21.36  truant officer, a principal, or the superintendent.  The school 
 22.1   board of the district in which the child resides may approve the 
 22.2   application upon the following being demonstrated to the 
 22.3   satisfaction of that board: 
 22.4      (1) That the child's bodily or mental condition is such as 
 22.5   to prevent attendance at school or application to study for the 
 22.6   period required; or 
 22.7      (2) That for the school years 1988-1989 through 1999-2000 
 22.8   the child has already completed the studies ordinarily required 
 22.9   in the 10th grade and that for the school years beginning with 
 22.10  the 2000-2001 school year the child has already completed the 
 22.11  studies ordinarily required to graduate from high school; or 
 22.12     (3) That it is the wish of the parent, guardian, or other 
 22.13  person having control of the child, that the child attend for a 
 22.14  period or periods not exceeding in the aggregate three hours in 
 22.15  any week, a school for religious instruction conducted and 
 22.16  maintained by some church, or association of churches, or any 
 22.17  Sunday school association incorporated under the laws of this 
 22.18  state, or any auxiliary thereof.  This school for religious 
 22.19  instruction shall must be conducted and maintained in a place 
 22.20  other than a public school building, and in no event it must 
 22.21  not, in whole or in part, shall be conducted and maintained at 
 22.22  public expense.  However, a child may be absent from school on 
 22.23  such days as the child attends upon instruction according to the 
 22.24  ordinances of some church. 
 22.25     Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.101, 
 22.26  subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
 22.27     Subd. 10.  [ISSUING AND REPORTING EXCUSES.] The clerk or 
 22.28  any authorized officer of the school board shall must issue and 
 22.29  keep a record of such excuses, under such rules as the board may 
 22.30  from time to time establish. 
 22.31     Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 22.32  120.1015, is amended to read: 
 22.33     120.1015 [LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR; DAYS OF INSTRUCTION.] 
 22.34     A school board's annual school calendar shall must include 
 22.35  at least three additional days of student instruction beyond the 
 22.36  number of days of student instruction the board formally adopted 
 23.1   as its school calendar at the beginning of the 1996-1997 school 
 23.2   year. 
 23.3      Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.102, 
 23.4   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 23.5      Subdivision 1.  [REPORTS TO SUPERINTENDENT.] The person in 
 23.6   charge of providing instruction to a child shall must submit the 
 23.7   following information to the superintendent of the district in 
 23.8   which the child resides: 
 23.9      (1) by October 1 of each school year, the name, age, and 
 23.10  address of each child receiving instruction; 
 23.11     (2) the name of each instructor and evidence of compliance 
 23.12  with one of the requirements specified in section 120.101, 
 23.13  subdivision 7; 
 23.14     (3) an annual instructional calendar showing that 
 23.15  instruction will occur on at least the number of days required 
 23.16  under section 120.101, subdivision 5b; and 
 23.17     (4) for each child instructed by a parent who meets only 
 23.18  the requirement of section 120.101, subdivision 7, clause (6), a 
 23.19  quarterly report card on the achievement of the child in each 
 23.20  subject area required in section 120.101, subdivision 6. 
 23.21     Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.102, 
 23.22  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 23.23     Subd. 3.  [EXEMPTIONS.] A nonpublic school, person, or 
 23.24  other institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency, 
 23.25  recognized according to section 123.935, or recognized by the 
 23.26  state board of education, is exempt from the requirements in 
 23.27  subdivisions 1 and 2, except for the requirement in subdivision 
 23.28  1, clause (1). 
 23.29     Sec. 39.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.102, 
 23.30  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 23.31     Subd. 4.  [REPORTS TO THE STATE.] A superintendent shall 
 23.32  must make an annual report to the commissioner of children, 
 23.33  families, and learning.  The report must include the following 
 23.34  information: 
 23.35     (1) the number of children residing in the district 
 23.36  attending nonpublic schools or receiving instruction from 
 24.1   persons or institutions other than a public school; 
 24.2      (2) the number of children in clause (1) who are in 
 24.3   compliance with section 120.101 and this section; and 
 24.4      (3) the names, ages, and addresses of children whom the 
 24.5   superintendent has determined are not in compliance with section 
 24.6   120.101 and this section.  
 24.7      Sec. 40.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.103, 
 24.8   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 24.9      Subd. 3.  [NOTICE TO PARENTS.] The superintendent shall 
 24.10  must notify the parent, in writing, if a child is alleged to be 
 24.11  receiving instruction in violation of sections 120.101 and 
 24.12  120.102.  The written notification shall must include a list of 
 24.13  the specific alleged violations. 
 24.14     Sec. 41.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.103, 
 24.15  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 24.16     Subd. 4.  [FACT-FINDING AND MEDIATION.] If the specified 
 24.17  alleged violations of the compulsory attendance requirements are 
 24.18  not corrected within 15 days of receipt of the written 
 24.19  notification, the superintendent shall must request fact-finding 
 24.20  and mediation services from the commissioner of children, 
 24.21  families, and learning. 
 24.22     Sec. 42.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.103, 
 24.23  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 24.24     Subd. 5.  [NOTICE TO COUNTY ATTORNEY.] If the alleged 
 24.25  violations are not corrected through the fact-finding and 
 24.26  mediation process under subdivision 4, the superintendent shall 
 24.27  must notify the county attorney of the alleged violations.  The 
 24.28  superintendent shall must notify the parents, by certified mail, 
 24.29  of the superintendent's intent to notify the county attorney of 
 24.30  the alleged violations. 
 24.31     Sec. 43.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.103, 
 24.32  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
 24.33     Subd. 6.  [CRIMINAL COMPLAINT; PROSECUTION.] The county 
 24.34  attorney in the county in which the alleged violations have 
 24.35  occurred has jurisdiction to conduct a prosecution for 
 24.36  violations of section 120.101, 120.102, or 120.103.  A criminal 
 25.1   complaint may be filed in any court in the county exercising 
 25.2   criminal jurisdiction and shall must name the persons neglecting 
 25.3   or refusing to comply with section 120.101, 120.102, or 120.103. 
 25.4   After the complaint has been filed, a warrant shall must be 
 25.5   issued and proceedings in trial shall must commence as provided 
 25.6   by law in misdemeanor cases.  
 25.7      Sec. 44.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.11, is 
 25.8   amended to read: 
 25.9      120.11 [SCHOOL BOARDS AND TEACHERS, DUTIES.] 
 25.10     It shall be is the duty of each board through its clerk or 
 25.11  other authorized agent or employee, to report the names of 
 25.12  children required to attend school, with excuses, if any, 
 25.13  granted in such the district, to the superintendent or 
 25.14  principals thereof of the district, within the first week of 
 25.15  school.  Subsequent excuses granted shall must be forthwith 
 25.16  reported in the same manner.  The clerk or principal shall must 
 25.17  provide the teachers in the several schools supervised, with the 
 25.18  necessary information for the respective grades of school, 
 25.19  relating to the list of pupils with excuses granted.  On receipt 
 25.20  of the list of such pupils of school age and the excuses granted 
 25.21  Within five days after receiving the report, the clerk or 
 25.22  principals shall must report the names of children not excused, 
 25.23  who are not attending school, with the names and addresses of 
 25.24  their parents, to the district superintendent within five days 
 25.25  after receiving the report.  
 25.26     Sec. 45.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.14, is 
 25.27  amended to read: 
 25.28     120.14 [ATTENDANCE OFFICERS.] 
 25.29     The board of any district may authorize the employment of 
 25.30  attendance officers, who shall must investigate truancy or 
 25.31  nonattendance at school, make complaints, serve notice and 
 25.32  process, and attend to the enforcement of all laws and district 
 25.33  rules regarding school attendance.  When any attendance officer 
 25.34  learns of any case of habitual truancy or continued 
 25.35  nonattendance of any child required to attend school the officer 
 25.36  shall must immediately notify the person having control of such 
 26.1   the child to forthwith send to and keep the child in school.  
 26.2   The attendance officer shall must also refer a habitual truant 
 26.3   child as defined in section 260.015, subdivision 19, and the 
 26.4   child's parent or legal guardian to appropriate services and 
 26.5   procedures under chapter 260A, if available within the school 
 26.6   district.  Attendance officers or other designated school 
 26.7   officials shall must ensure that the notice required by section 
 26.8   260A.03 for a child who is a continuing truant is sent.  The 
 26.9   officer shall must act under the general supervision of 
 26.10  the district superintendent. 
 26.11     Sec. 46.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.73, 
 26.12  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 26.13     Subdivision 1.  A school board is authorized to require 
 26.14  payment of fees in the following areas: 
 26.15     (a) in any program where the resultant product, in excess 
 26.16  of minimum requirements and at the pupil's option, becomes the 
 26.17  personal property of the pupil; 
 26.18     (b) admission fees or charges for extra curricular 
 26.19  activities, where attendance is optional; 
 26.20     (c) a security deposit for the return of materials, 
 26.21  supplies, or equipment; 
 26.22     (d) personal physical education and athletic equipment and 
 26.23  apparel, although any pupil may personally provide it if it 
 26.24  meets reasonable requirements and standards relating to health 
 26.25  and safety established by the school board; 
 26.26     (e) items of personal use or products which that a student 
 26.27  has an option to purchase such as student publications, class 
 26.28  rings, annuals, and graduation announcements; 
 26.29     (f) fees specifically permitted by any other statute, 
 26.30  including but not limited to section 171.04, subdivision 1, 
 26.31  clause (1); 
 26.32     (g) field trips considered supplementary to a district 
 26.33  educational program; 
 26.34     (h) any authorized voluntary student health and accident 
 26.35  benefit plan; 
 26.36     (i) for the use of musical instruments owned or rented by 
 27.1   the district, a reasonable rental fee not to exceed either the 
 27.2   rental cost to the district or the annual depreciation plus the 
 27.3   actual annual maintenance cost for each instrument; 
 27.4      (j) transportation of pupils to and from extra curricular 
 27.5   activities conducted at locations other than school, where 
 27.6   attendance is optional; 
 27.7      (k) transportation of pupils to and from school for which 
 27.8   aid for fiscal year 1996 is not authorized under Minnesota 
 27.9   Statutes 1994, section 124.223, subdivision 1, and for which 
 27.10  levy for fiscal year 1996 is not authorized under Minnesota 
 27.11  Statutes 1994, section 124.226, subdivision 5, if a district 
 27.12  charging fees for transportation of pupils establishes 
 27.13  guidelines for that transportation to ensure that no pupil is 
 27.14  denied transportation solely because of inability to pay; 
 27.15     (l) motorcycle classroom education courses conducted 
 27.16  outside of regular school hours; provided the charge shall must 
 27.17  not exceed the actual cost of these courses to the school 
 27.18  district; 
 27.19     (m) transportation to and from post-secondary institutions 
 27.20  for pupils enrolled under the post-secondary enrollment options 
 27.21  program under section 123.39, subdivision 16.  Fees collected 
 27.22  for this service must be reasonable and shall must be used to 
 27.23  reduce the cost of operating the route.  Families who qualify 
 27.24  for mileage reimbursement under section 123.3514, subdivision 8, 
 27.25  may use their state mileage reimbursement to pay this fee.  If 
 27.26  no fee is charged, districts shall must allocate costs based on 
 27.27  the number of pupils riding the route.  
 27.28     Sec. 47.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.73, 
 27.29  subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
 27.30     Subd. 2a.  Students may be required to furnish their own 
 27.31  transportation to and from an instructional community-based 
 27.32  employment station which that is part of an approved 
 27.33  occupational experience secondary vocational program.  As an 
 27.34  alternative, a school board may require the payment of 
 27.35  reasonable fees for transportation to and from these 
 27.36  instructional community-based employment stations.  This 
 28.1   subdivision shall only be applied applies to students who 
 28.2   receive remuneration for their participation in these programs.  
 28.3      Sec. 48.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.73, 
 28.4   subdivision 2b, is amended to read: 
 28.5      Subd. 2b.  [SCHOOL UNIFORMS.] Notwithstanding section 
 28.6   120.74, a school board may require students to furnish or 
 28.7   purchase clothing that constitutes a school uniform if the board 
 28.8   has adopted a uniform requirement or program for the student's 
 28.9   school.  In adopting a uniform requirement, the board shall 
 28.10  promote student, staff, parent, and community involvement in the 
 28.11  program and account for the financial ability of students to 
 28.12  purchase uniforms.  
 28.13     Sec. 49.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.73, 
 28.14  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 28.15     Subd. 3.  Sections 120.71 to 120.76 shall may not preclude 
 28.16  the operation of a school store wherein where pupils may 
 28.17  purchase school supplies and materials.  
 28.18     Sec. 50.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.73, 
 28.19  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 28.20     Subd. 4.  A school board may waive any such deposit or fee 
 28.21  if any pupil or the pupil's parent or guardian is unable to pay 
 28.22  it. 
 28.23     Sec. 51.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.74, is 
 28.24  amended to read: 
 28.25     120.74 [PROHIBITED FEES.] 
 28.26     Subdivision 1.  (a) A school board is not authorized to 
 28.27  charge fees in the following areas: 
 28.28     (1) textbooks, workbooks, art materials, laboratory 
 28.29  supplies, towels; 
 28.30     (2) supplies necessary for participation in any 
 28.31  instructional course except as authorized in sections 120.73 and 
 28.32  120.75; 
 28.33     (3) field trips which that are required as a part of a 
 28.34  basic education program or course; 
 28.35     (4) graduation caps, gowns, any specific form of dress 
 28.36  necessary for any educational program, and diplomas; 
 29.1      (5) instructional costs for necessary school personnel 
 29.2   employed in any course or educational program required for 
 29.3   graduation; 
 29.4      (6) library books required to be utilized for any 
 29.5   educational course or program; 
 29.6      (7) admission fees, dues, or fees for any activity the 
 29.7   pupil is required to attend; 
 29.8      (8) any admission or examination cost for any required 
 29.9   educational course or program; 
 29.10     (9) locker rentals; 
 29.11     (10) transportation of pupils (i) for which state 
 29.12  transportation aid for fiscal year 1996 is authorized pursuant 
 29.13  to Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 124.223, or (ii) for which a 
 29.14  levy for fiscal year 1996 is authorized under Minnesota Statutes 
 29.15  1994, section 124.226, subdivision 5. 
 29.16     (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (6), a 
 29.17  school board may charge fees for textbooks, workbooks, and 
 29.18  library books, lost or destroyed by students.  The board must 
 29.19  annually notify parents or guardians and students about its 
 29.20  policy to charge a fee under this paragraph. 
 29.21     Subd. 2.  No pupil's rights or privileges, including the 
 29.22  receipt of grades or diplomas may be denied or abridged for 
 29.23  nonpayment of fees; but this provision shall does not prohibit a 
 29.24  school district from maintaining any action provided by law for 
 29.25  the collection of such fees authorized by sections 120.73 and 
 29.26  120.75. 
 29.27     Sec. 52.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.75, is 
 29.28  amended to read: 
 29.29     120.75 [HEARING.] 
 29.30     Subdivision 1.  [PUBLIC HEARING.] Prior to Before the 
 29.31  initiation of any fee not authorized or prohibited by sections 
 29.32  120.73 and 120.74, the local school board shall must hold a 
 29.33  public hearing within the district upon three weeks published 
 29.34  notice in the district's official newspaper, or such notice as 
 29.35  is otherwise required for a regular school board meeting given 
 29.36  three weeks prior to before the hearing on the proposed adoption 
 30.1   of the policy. 
 30.2      Sec. 53.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.76, is 
 30.3   amended to read: 
 30.4      120.76 [POST-SECONDARY INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS.] 
 30.5      Sections 120.71 to 120.76 shall may not be construed to 
 30.6   prohibit a school board from charging reasonable fees for goods 
 30.7   and services provided in connection with any post-secondary 
 30.8   instructional program, including but not limited to vocational 
 30.9   technical, veteran farmer cooperative training, and community 
 30.10  education programs, and continuing education and evening school 
 30.11  programs other than those conducted pursuant to section 124.26.  
 30.12     Sec. 54.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
 30.13  subdivision 8a, is amended to read: 
 30.14     Subd. 8a.  [SECONDARY SCHOOL PROGRAMS.] The board may 
 30.15  permit a person who is over the age of 21 or who has graduated 
 30.16  from high school to enroll as a part-time student in a class or 
 30.17  program at a secondary school if there is space available.  In 
 30.18  determining if there is space available, full-time public school 
 30.19  students, shared-time students, and students returning to 
 30.20  complete a regular course of study shall be given priority over 
 30.21  part-time students seeking enrollment pursuant to this 
 30.22  subdivision.  The following are not prerequisites for enrollment:
 30.23     (a) (1) residency in the school district; 
 30.24     (b) (2) United States citizenship; or 
 30.25     (c) (3) for a person over the age of 21, a high school 
 30.26  diploma or equivalency certificate.  A person may enroll in a 
 30.27  class or program even if that person attends evening school, an 
 30.28  adult or continuing education, or a post-secondary educational 
 30.29  program or institution. 
 30.30     Sec. 55.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 127.19, is 
 30.31  amended to read: 
 30.32     127.19 [OFFICERS, TEACHERS; NEGLECT OF DUTY; PENALTY.] 
 30.33     Any school officer, truant officer, public or nonpublic 
 30.34  school teacher, principal, district superintendent, or person 
 30.35  providing instruction other than a parent refusing, willfully 
 30.36  failing, or neglecting to perform any duty imposed by sections 
 31.1   120.101 to 120.14 is guilty of a misdemeanor; and, upon 
 31.2   conviction,.  All persons found guilty shall be punished for 
 31.3   each offense by a fine of not more than $10 or by imprisonment 
 31.4   for not more than ten days.  All fines, when collected, shall be 
 31.5   paid into the county treasury for the benefit of the school 
 31.6   district in which the offense is committed. 
 31.7      Sec. 56.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 127.20, is 
 31.8   amended to read: 
 31.9      127.20 [VIOLATIONS; PENALTIES.] 
 31.10     Any person who fails or refuses to provide for instruction 
 31.11  of a child of whom the person has legal custody, and who is 
 31.12  required by section 120.101, subdivision 5, to receive 
 31.13  instruction, when notified so to do by a truant officer or other 
 31.14  official, or any person who induces or attempts to induce any 
 31.15  such child unlawfully to be absent from school, or who knowingly 
 31.16  harbors or employs, while school is in session, any child 
 31.17  unlawfully absent from school, shall be guilty of a 
 31.18  misdemeanor.  Any fines collected shall be paid into the county 
 31.19  treasury for the benefit of the school district in which the 
 31.20  offense is committed. 
 31.21     Sec. 57.  [REPEALER.] 
 31.22     Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.90, is repealed. 
 31.23     Sec. 58.  [INSTRUCTION TO REVISOR.] 
 31.24     The revisor of statutes shall renumber each section of 
 31.25  Minnesota Statutes listed in column A with the number listed in 
 31.26  column B.  The revisor shall also make necessary cross-reference 
 31.27  changes consistent with the renumbering. 
 31.28        Column A                        Column B 
 31.29       120.01                         120A.01
 31.30       120.011                        120A.02
 31.31       120.0112                       120A.03
 31.32       120.02, subd. 1                120A.04, subd. 1
 31.33               subd. 2                         subd. 4
 31.34               subd. 3                         subd. 8
 31.35               subd. 4                         subd. 3
 31.36               subd. 5                         subd. 6
 32.1                subd. 6                         subd. 16
 32.2                subd. 8                         subd. 7
 32.3                subd. 9                         subd. 2
 32.4                subd. 12                        subd. 15
 32.5                subd. 13                        subd. 5
 32.6                subd. 14                        subd. 10
 32.7                subd. 15                        subd. 14
 32.8                subd. 18                        subd. 12
 32.9        120.05, subd. 2                120A.04, subd. 9
 32.10               subd. 3                         subd. 11
 32.11               subd. 4                         subd. 13
 32.12               subd. 5                         subd. 17
 32.13       120.06, subd. 1                120A.10, subd. 1
 32.14               subd. 2a                        subd. 2
 32.15               subd. 3                         subd. 3
 32.16       123.35, subd. 8a               120A.11, subd. 1
 32.17               subd. 8b                        subd. 2
 32.18               subd. 9                         subd. 3
 32.19       120.062, subd. 2               120A.12, subd. 1
 32.20                subd. 3                        subd. 2
 32.21                subd. 4                        subd. 3
 32.22                subd. 5                        subd. 4
 32.23                subd. 6                        subd. 5
 32.24                subd. 7                        subd. 6
 32.25                subd. 8a                       subd. 7
 32.26                subd. 9                        subd. 8
 32.27                subd. 10                       subd. 9
 32.28                subd. 11                       subd. 10
 32.29                subd. 12                       subd. 11
 32.30       120.0621, subd. 1              120A.13, subd. 1
 32.31                 subd. 2                       subd. 2
 32.32                 subd. 3                       subd. 3
 32.33                 subd. 3a                      subd. 4
 32.34                 subd. 4                       subd. 5
 32.35                 subd. 5a                      subd. 6
 32.36                 subd. 5b                      subd. 7
 33.1                  subd. 6                       subd. 8
 33.2                  subd. 7                       subd. 9
 33.3        120.08                         120A.14
 33.4        120.075, subd. 1               120A.15, subd. 1
 33.5                 subd. 1a                       subd. 2
 33.6                 subd. 2                        subd. 3
 33.7                 subd. 3                        subd. 4
 33.8                 subd. 3a                       subd. 5
 33.9                 subd. 4                        subd. 6
 33.10                subd. 5                        subd. 7
 33.11       120.0751                       120A.16
 33.12       120.0752                       120A.17
 33.13       120.063                        120A.19
 33.14       120.101, subd. 1               120A.20, subd. 1
 33.15                subd. 2                        subd. 2
 33.16                subd. 3                        subd. 3
 33.17                subd. 4                        subd. 4
 33.18                subd. 5                        subd. 5
 33.19                subd. 5a                       subd. 6
 33.20                subd. 5c                       subd. 7
 33.21                subd. 5d                       subd. 8
 33.22                subd. 6                        subd. 9
 33.23                subd. 7                        subd. 10
 33.24                subd. 8                        subd. 11
 33.25                subd. 9                        subd. 12
 33.26                subd. 10                       subd. 13
 33.27       120.102                        120A.21
 33.28       120.103                        120A.22
 33.29       120.11                         120A.23
 33.30       120.14                         120A.24
 33.31       120.19                         120A.25
 33.32       120.20                         120A.26
 33.33       120.1015                       120A.28
 33.34       120.106                        120A.29
 33.35       120.73, subd. 1                120A.40, subd. 1
 33.36               subd. 2                         subd. 2
 34.1                subd. 2a                        subd. 3
 34.2                subd. 2b                        subd. 4
 34.3                subd. 3                         subd. 5
 34.4                subd. 4                         subd. 6
 34.5        120.74                         120A.41
 34.6        120.75                         120A.42
 34.7        120.76                         120A.43
 34.8                              ARTICLE 2 
 34.9                             CHAPTER 120B 
 34.10                     EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 
 34.11     Section 1.  [120B.01] [DEFINITIONS.] 
 34.12     For purposes of this chapter, the words defined in section 
 34.13  120.02 have the same meaning. 
 34.14     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 34.15  subdivision 4, is amended to read:  
 34.16     Subd. 4.  [FORMATION OF SCHOOL.] (a) A sponsor may 
 34.17  authorize one or more licensed teachers under section 125.05, 
 34.18  subdivision 1, to operate a charter school subject to approval 
 34.19  by the state board of education.  If a school board elects not 
 34.20  to sponsor a charter school, the applicant may appeal the school 
 34.21  board's decision to the state board of education if two members 
 34.22  of the school board voted to sponsor the school.  If the state 
 34.23  board authorizes the school, the state board shall must sponsor 
 34.24  the school according to this section.  The school shall must be 
 34.25  organized and operated as a cooperative under chapter 308A or 
 34.26  nonprofit corporation under chapter 317A.  
 34.27     (b) Before the operators may form and operate a school, the 
 34.28  sponsor must file an affidavit with the state board of education 
 34.29  stating its intent to authorize a charter school.  The affidavit 
 34.30  must state the terms and conditions under which the sponsor 
 34.31  would authorize a charter school.  The state board must approve 
 34.32  or disapprove the sponsor's proposed authorization within 60 
 34.33  days of receipt of the affidavit.  Failure to obtain state board 
 34.34  approval precludes a sponsor from authorizing the charter school 
 34.35  that was the subject of the affidavit.  
 34.36     (c) The operators authorized to organize and operate a 
 35.1   school shall must hold an election for members of the school's 
 35.2   board of directors in a timely manner after the school is 
 35.3   operating.  Any staff members who are employed at the school, 
 35.4   including teachers providing instruction under a contract with a 
 35.5   cooperative, and all parents of children enrolled in the school 
 35.6   may participate in the election.  Licensed teachers employed at 
 35.7   the school, including teachers providing instruction under a 
 35.8   contract with a cooperative, must be a majority of the members 
 35.9   of the board of directors.  A provisional board may operate 
 35.10  before the election of the school's board of directors.  Board 
 35.11  of director meetings must comply with section 471.705. 
 35.12     (d) The granting or renewal of a charter by a sponsoring 
 35.13  entity shall must not be conditioned upon the bargaining unit 
 35.14  status of the employees of the school.  
 35.15     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 35.16  subdivision 4a, is amended to read: 
 35.17     Subd. 4a.  [CONVERSION OF EXISTING SCHOOLS.] A school board 
 35.18  may convert one or more of its existing schools to charter 
 35.19  schools under this section if 90 percent of the full-time 
 35.20  teachers at the school sign a petition seeking conversion.  The 
 35.21  conversion must occur at the beginning of an academic year.  
 35.22     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 35.23  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 35.24     Subd. 5.  [CONTRACT.] The sponsor's authorization for a 
 35.25  charter school shall must be in the form of a written contract 
 35.26  signed by the sponsor and the board of directors of the charter 
 35.27  school.  The contract for a charter school shall must be in 
 35.28  writing and contain at least the following: 
 35.29     (1) a description of a program that carries out one or more 
 35.30  of the purposes in subdivision 1; 
 35.31     (2) specific outcomes pupils are to achieve under 
 35.32  subdivision 10; 
 35.33     (3) admission policies and procedures; 
 35.34     (4) management and administration of the school; 
 35.35     (5) requirements and procedures for program and financial 
 35.36  audits; 
 36.1      (6) how the school will comply with subdivisions 8, 13, 15, 
 36.2   and 21; 
 36.3      (7) assumption of liability by the charter school; 
 36.4      (8) types and amounts of insurance coverage to be obtained 
 36.5   by the charter school; and 
 36.6      (9) the term of the contract, which may be up to three 
 36.7   years.  
 36.8      Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 36.9   subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
 36.10     Subd. 7.  [PUBLIC STATUS; EXEMPTION FROM STATUTES AND 
 36.11  RULES.] A charter school is a public school and is part of the 
 36.12  state's system of public education.  Except as provided in this 
 36.13  section, a charter school is exempt from all statutes and rules 
 36.14  applicable to a school, a school board, or a school district, 
 36.15  although it may elect to comply with one or more provisions of 
 36.16  statutes or rules.  
 36.17     Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 36.18  120.064, subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
 36.19     Subd. 8.  [REQUIREMENTS.] (a) A charter school shall meet 
 36.20  all applicable state and local health and safety requirements. 
 36.21     (b) A school sponsored by a school board may be located in 
 36.22  any district, unless the school board of the district of the 
 36.23  proposed location disapproves by written resolution.  If such a 
 36.24  school board denies a request to locate within its boundaries a 
 36.25  charter school sponsored by another school board, the sponsoring 
 36.26  school board may appeal to the state board of education.  If the 
 36.27  state board authorizes the school, the state board shall must 
 36.28  sponsor the school.  
 36.29     (c) A charter school must be nonsectarian in its programs, 
 36.30  admission policies, employment practices, and all other 
 36.31  operations.  A sponsor may not authorize a charter school or 
 36.32  program that is affiliated with a nonpublic sectarian school or 
 36.33  a religious institution. 
 36.34     (d) Charter schools shall must not be used as a method of 
 36.35  providing education or generating revenue for students who are 
 36.36  being home-schooled. 
 37.1      (e) The primary focus of a charter school must be to 
 37.2   provide a comprehensive program of instruction for at least one 
 37.3   grade or age group from five through 18 years of age.  
 37.4   Instruction may be provided to people younger than five years 
 37.5   and older than 18 years of age. 
 37.6      (f) A charter school may not charge tuition. 
 37.7      (g) A charter school is subject to and shall must comply 
 37.8   with chapter 363 and section 126.21. 
 37.9      (h) A charter school is subject to and shall must comply 
 37.10  with The Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, sections 127.26 to 127.39, 
 37.11  and the Minnesota public school fee law, sections 120.71 to 
 37.12  120.76. 
 37.13     (i) A charter school is subject to the same financial 
 37.14  audits, audit procedures, and audit requirements as a school 
 37.15  district.  The audit must be consistent with the requirements of 
 37.16  sections 121.904 to 121.917, except to the extent deviations are 
 37.17  necessary because of the program at the school.  The department 
 37.18  of children, families, and learning, state auditor, or 
 37.19  legislative auditor may conduct financial, program, or 
 37.20  compliance audits. 
 37.21     (j) A charter school is a school district for the purposes 
 37.22  of tort liability under chapter 466.  
 37.23     Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 37.24  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
 37.25     Subd. 9.  [ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS.] A charter school may 
 37.26  limit admission to: 
 37.27     (1) pupils within an age group or grade level; 
 37.28     (2) people who are eligible to participate in the 
 37.29  graduation incentives program under section 126.22; or 
 37.30     (3) residents of a specific geographic area where the 
 37.31  percentage of the population of non-Caucasian people of that 
 37.32  area is greater than the percentage of the non-Caucasian 
 37.33  population in the congressional district in which the geographic 
 37.34  area is located, and as long as the school reflects the racial 
 37.35  and ethnic diversity of the specific area. 
 37.36     A charter school shall enroll an eligible pupil who submits 
 38.1   a timely application, unless the number of applications exceeds 
 38.2   the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or building.  In 
 38.3   this case, pupils shall must be accepted by lot. 
 38.4      A charter school may not limit admission to pupils on the 
 38.5   basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or 
 38.6   aptitude, or athletic ability.  
 38.7      Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 38.8   120.064, subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
 38.9      Subd. 10.  [PUPIL PERFORMANCE.] A charter school must 
 38.10  design its programs to at least meet the outcomes adopted by the 
 38.11  state board of education for public school students.  In the 
 38.12  absence of state board requirements, the school must meet the 
 38.13  outcomes contained in the contract with the sponsor.  The 
 38.14  achievement levels of the outcomes contained in the contract may 
 38.15  exceed the achievement levels of any outcomes adopted by the 
 38.16  state board for public school students.  
 38.17     Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 38.18  subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
 38.19     Subd. 11.  [EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER OPERATING MATTERS.] A 
 38.20  charter school shall must employ or contract with necessary 
 38.21  teachers, as defined by section 125.03, subdivision 1, who hold 
 38.22  valid licenses to perform the particular service for which they 
 38.23  are employed in the school.  The school may employ necessary 
 38.24  employees who are not required to hold teaching licenses to 
 38.25  perform duties other than teaching and may contract for other 
 38.26  services.  The school may discharge teachers and nonlicensed 
 38.27  employees. 
 38.28     The board of directors also shall decide matters related to 
 38.29  the operation of the school, including budgeting, curriculum and 
 38.30  operating procedures.  
 38.31     Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 38.32  subdivision 12, is amended to read: 
 38.33     Subd. 12.  [PUPILS WITH A DISABILITY.] A charter school 
 38.34  must comply with sections 120.03 and 120.17 and rules relating 
 38.35  to the education of pupils with a disability as though it were a 
 38.36  school district.  
 39.1      Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 39.2   subdivision 13, is amended to read:  
 39.3      Subd. 13.  [LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR.] A charter school shall 
 39.4   must provide instruction each year for at least the number of 
 39.5   days required by section 120.101, subdivision 5.  It may provide 
 39.6   instruction throughout the year according to sections 120.59 to 
 39.7   120.67 or 121.585.  
 39.8      Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 39.9   subdivision 14, is amended to read: 
 39.10     Subd. 14.  [REPORTS.] A charter school must report at least 
 39.11  annually to its sponsor and the state board of education the 
 39.12  information required by the sponsor or the state board.  The 
 39.13  reports are public data under chapter 13.  
 39.14     Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 39.15  120.064, subdivision 14a, is amended to read: 
 39.16     Subd. 14a.  [REVIEW AND COMMENT.] The department shall must 
 39.17  review and comment on the evaluation, by the chartering school 
 39.18  district, of the performance of a charter school before the 
 39.19  charter school's contract is renewed.  The information from the 
 39.20  review and comment shall be reported to the state board of 
 39.21  education in a timely manner.  Periodically, the state board 
 39.22  shall report trends or suggestions based on the evaluation of 
 39.23  charter school contracts to the education committees of the 
 39.24  state legislature.  
 39.25     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 39.26  subdivision 15, is amended to read: 
 39.27     Subd. 15.  [TRANSPORTATION.] (a) By July 1 of each year, a 
 39.28  charter school shall must notify the district in which the 
 39.29  school is located and the department of children, families, and 
 39.30  learning if it will provide transportation for pupils 
 39.31  enrolled at in the school for the fiscal year. 
 39.32     (b) If a charter school elects to provide transportation 
 39.33  for pupils, the transportation shall must be provided by the 
 39.34  charter school within the district in which the charter school 
 39.35  is located.  The state shall must pay transportation aid to the 
 39.36  charter school according to section 124.248, subdivision 1a. 
 40.1      For pupils who reside outside the district in which the 
 40.2   charter school is located, the charter school is not required to 
 40.3   provide or pay for transportation between the pupil's residence 
 40.4   and the border of the district in which the charter school is 
 40.5   located.  A parent may be reimbursed by the charter school for 
 40.6   costs of transportation from the pupil's residence to the border 
 40.7   of the district in which the charter school is located if the 
 40.8   pupil is from a family whose income is at or below the poverty 
 40.9   level, as determined by the federal government.  The 
 40.10  reimbursement may not exceed the pupil's actual cost of 
 40.11  transportation or 15 cents per mile traveled, whichever is 
 40.12  less.  Reimbursement may not be paid for more than 250 miles per 
 40.13  week.  
 40.14     At the time a pupil enrolls in a charter school, the 
 40.15  charter school shall must provide the parent or guardian with 
 40.16  information regarding the transportation.  
 40.17     (c) If a charter school does not elect to provide 
 40.18  transportation, transportation for pupils enrolled at the school 
 40.19  shall must be provided by the district in which the school is 
 40.20  located, according to sections 120.062, subdivision 9, and 
 40.21  123.39, subdivision 6, for a pupil residing in the same district 
 40.22  in which the charter school is located.  Transportation may be 
 40.23  provided by the district in which the school is located, 
 40.24  according to sections 120.062, subdivision 9, and 123.39, 
 40.25  subdivision 6, for a pupil residing in a different district.  
 40.26     Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 40.27  subdivision 17, is amended to read: 
 40.28     Subd. 17.  [INITIAL COSTS.] A sponsor may authorize a 
 40.29  charter school before the applicant has secured its space, 
 40.30  equipment, facilities, and personnel if the applicant indicates 
 40.31  the authority is necessary for it to raise working capital.  A 
 40.32  sponsor may not authorize a school before the state board of 
 40.33  education has approved the authorization.  
 40.34     Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 40.35  subdivision 19, is amended to read: 
 40.36     Subd. 19.  [LEAVE TO TEACH IN A CHARTER SCHOOL.] If a 
 41.1   teacher employed by a school district makes a written request 
 41.2   for an extended leave of absence to teach at a charter school, 
 41.3   the school district must grant the leave.  The school district 
 41.4   must grant a leave for any number of years requested by the 
 41.5   teacher, and must extend the leave at the teacher's request.  
 41.6   The school district may require that the request for a leave or 
 41.7   extension of leave be made up to 90 days before the teacher 
 41.8   would otherwise have to report for duty.  Except as otherwise 
 41.9   provided in this subdivision and except for section 125.60, 
 41.10  subdivision 6a, the leave is governed by section 125.60, 
 41.11  including, but not limited to, reinstatement, notice of 
 41.12  intention to return, seniority, salary, and insurance. 
 41.13     During a leave, the teacher may continue to aggregate 
 41.14  benefits and credits in the teachers' retirement association 
 41.15  account by paying both the employer and employee contributions 
 41.16  based upon the annual salary of the teacher for the last full 
 41.17  pay period before the leave began.  The retirement association 
 41.18  may impose reasonable requirements to efficiently administer 
 41.19  this subdivision.  
 41.20     Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 41.21  subdivision 20, is amended to read: 
 41.22     Subd. 20.  [COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.] Employees of the board 
 41.23  of directors of a charter school may, if otherwise eligible, 
 41.24  organize under chapter 179A and comply with its provisions.  The 
 41.25  board of directors of a charter school is a public employer, for 
 41.26  the purposes of chapter 179A, upon formation of one or more 
 41.27  bargaining units at the school.  Bargaining units at the school 
 41.28  shall must be separate from any other units within the 
 41.29  sponsoring district, except that bargaining units may remain 
 41.30  part of the appropriate unit within the sponsoring district, if 
 41.31  the employees of the school, the board of directors of the 
 41.32  school, the exclusive representative of the appropriate unit in 
 41.33  the sponsoring district, and the board of the sponsoring 
 41.34  district agree to include the employees in the appropriate unit 
 41.35  of the sponsoring district.  
 41.36     Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 42.1   120.064, subdivision 20a, is amended to read: 
 42.2      Subd. 20a.  [TEACHER AND OTHER EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT.] (a) 
 42.3   Teachers in a charter school shall must be public school 
 42.4   teachers for the purposes of chapters 354 and 354a. 
 42.5      (b) Except for teachers under paragraph (a), employees in a 
 42.6   charter school shall must be public employees for the purposes 
 42.7   of chapter 353.  
 42.8      Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 42.9   subdivision 21, is amended to read: 
 42.10     Subd. 21.  [CAUSES FOR NONRENEWAL OR TERMINATION.] (a) The 
 42.11  duration of the contract with a sponsor shall must be for the 
 42.12  term contained in the contract according to subdivision 5.  The 
 42.13  sponsor may or may not renew a contract at the end of the term 
 42.14  for any ground listed in paragraph (b).  A sponsor may 
 42.15  unilaterally terminate a contract during the term of the 
 42.16  contract for any ground listed in paragraph (b).  At least 60 
 42.17  days before not renewing or terminating a contract, the sponsor 
 42.18  shall notify the board of directors of the charter school of the 
 42.19  proposed action in writing.  The notice shall state the grounds 
 42.20  for the proposed action in reasonable detail and that the 
 42.21  charter school's board of directors may request in writing an 
 42.22  informal hearing before the sponsor within 14 days of receiving 
 42.23  notice of nonrenewal or termination of the contract.  Failure by 
 42.24  the board of directors to make a written request for a hearing 
 42.25  within the 14-day period shall be treated as acquiescence to the 
 42.26  proposed action.  Upon receiving a timely written request for a 
 42.27  hearing, the sponsor shall give reasonable notice to the charter 
 42.28  school's board of directors of the hearing date.  The sponsor 
 42.29  shall conduct an informal hearing before taking final action.  
 42.30  The sponsor shall take final action to renew or not renew a 
 42.31  contract by the last day of classes in the school year.  If the 
 42.32  sponsor is a local school board, the school's board of directors 
 42.33  may appeal the sponsor's decision to the state board of 
 42.34  education.  
 42.35     (b) A contract may be terminated or not renewed upon any of 
 42.36  the following grounds: 
 43.1      (1) failure to meet the requirements for pupil performance 
 43.2   contained in the contract; 
 43.3      (2) failure to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal 
 43.4   management; 
 43.5      (3) for violations of law; or 
 43.6      (4) other good cause shown. 
 43.7      If a contract is terminated or not renewed, the school 
 43.8   shall must be dissolved according to the applicable provisions 
 43.9   of chapter 308A or 317A.  
 43.10     Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 43.11  subdivision 22, is amended to read: 
 43.12     Subd. 22.  [PUPIL ENROLLMENT.] If a contract is not renewed 
 43.13  or is terminated according to subdivision 21, a pupil who 
 43.14  attended the school, siblings of the pupil, or another pupil who 
 43.15  resides in the same place as the pupil may enroll in the 
 43.16  resident district or may submit an application to a nonresident 
 43.17  district according to section 120.062 at any time.  Applications 
 43.18  and notices required by section 120.062 shall must be processed 
 43.19  and provided in a prompt manner.  The application and notice 
 43.20  deadlines in section 120.062 do not apply under these 
 43.21  circumstances.  
 43.22     Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.064, 
 43.23  subdivision 24, is amended to read: 
 43.24     Subd. 24.  [IMMUNITY.] The state board of education, 
 43.25  members of the state board, a sponsor, members of the board of a 
 43.26  sponsor in their official capacity, and employees of a sponsor 
 43.27  are immune from civil or criminal liability with respect to all 
 43.28  activities related to a charter school they approve or sponsor.  
 43.29  The board of directors shall obtain at least the amount of and 
 43.30  types of insurance required by the contract, according to 
 43.31  subdivision 5.  
 43.32     Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 43.33  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 43.34     Subdivision 1.  [SPECIAL INSTRUCTION FOR CHILDREN WITH A 
 43.35  DISABILITY.] Every district shall must provide special 
 43.36  instruction and services, either within the district or in 
 44.1   another district, for children with a disability who are 
 44.2   residents of the district and who are disabled as set forth in 
 44.3   section 120.03.  Notwithstanding any age limits in laws to the 
 44.4   contrary, special instruction and services must be provided from 
 44.5   birth until September 1 after the child with a disability 
 44.6   becomes 22 years old but shall not extend beyond secondary 
 44.7   school or its equivalent, except as provided in section 126.22, 
 44.8   subdivision 2.  Local health, education, and social service 
 44.9   agencies shall must refer children under age five who are known 
 44.10  to need or suspected of needing special instruction and services 
 44.11  to the school district.  Districts with less than the minimum 
 44.12  number of eligible children with a disability as determined by 
 44.13  the state board shall must cooperate with other districts to 
 44.14  maintain a full range of programs for education and services for 
 44.15  children with a disability.  This subdivision does not alter the 
 44.16  compulsory attendance requirements of section 120.101.  
 44.17     Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 44.18  subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 
 44.19     Subd. 1b.  [HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.] Upon completion of 
 44.20  secondary school or the equivalent, a pupil with a disability 
 44.21  who satisfactorily attains the objectives in the pupil's 
 44.22  individual education plan shall must be granted a high school 
 44.23  diploma that is identical to the diploma granted to a pupil 
 44.24  without a disability.  
 44.25     Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 44.26  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 44.27     Subd. 2.  [METHOD OF SPECIAL INSTRUCTION.] (a) Special 
 44.28  instruction and services for children with a disability must be 
 44.29  based on the assessment and individual education plan.  The 
 44.30  instruction and services may be provided by one or more of the 
 44.31  following methods: 
 44.32     (1) in connection with attending regular elementary and 
 44.33  secondary school classes; 
 44.34     (2) establishment of special classes; 
 44.35     (3) at the home or bedside of the child; 
 44.36     (4) in other districts; 
 45.1      (5) instruction and services by special education 
 45.2   cooperative centers established under this section, or in 
 45.3   another member district of the cooperative center to which the 
 45.4   resident district of the child with a disability belongs; 
 45.5      (6) in a state residential school or a school department of 
 45.6   a state institution approved by the commissioner; 
 45.7      (7) in other states; 
 45.8      (8) by contracting with public, private, or voluntary 
 45.9   agencies; 
 45.10     (9) for children under age five and their families, 
 45.11  programs and services established through collaborative efforts 
 45.12  with other agencies; 
 45.13     (10) for children under age five and their families, 
 45.14  programs in which children with a disability are served with 
 45.15  children without a disability; and 
 45.16     (11) any other method approved by the commissioner. 
 45.17     (b) Preference shall be given to providing special 
 45.18  instruction and services to children under age three and their 
 45.19  families in the residence of the child with the parent or 
 45.20  primary caregiver, or both, present. 
 45.21     (c) The primary responsibility for the education of a child 
 45.22  with a disability shall must remain with the district of the 
 45.23  child's residence regardless of which method of providing 
 45.24  special instruction and services is used.  If a district other 
 45.25  than a child's district of residence provides special 
 45.26  instruction and services to the child, then the district 
 45.27  providing the special instruction and services shall must notify 
 45.28  the child's district of residence before the child's individual 
 45.29  education plan is developed and shall must provide the district 
 45.30  of residence an opportunity to participate in the plan's 
 45.31  development.  The district of residence must inform the parents 
 45.32  of the child about the methods of instruction that are available.
 45.33     (d) Paragraphs (e) to (i) may be cited as the "Blind 
 45.34  Persons' Literacy Rights and Education Act." 
 45.35     (e) The following definitions apply to paragraphs (f) to 
 45.36  (i). 
 46.1      "Blind student" means an individual who is eligible for 
 46.2   special educational services and who: 
 46.3      (1) has a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye 
 46.4   with correcting lenses or has a limited field of vision such 
 46.5   that the widest diameter subtends an angular distance of no 
 46.6   greater than 20 degrees; or 
 46.7      (2) has a medically indicated expectation of visual 
 46.8   deterioration. 
 46.9      "Braille" means the system of reading and writing through 
 46.10  touch commonly known as standard English Braille.  
 46.11     "Individualized education plan" means a written statement 
 46.12  developed for a student eligible for special education and 
 46.13  services pursuant to this section and section 602(a)(20) of part 
 46.14  A of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, United 
 46.15  States Code, title 20, section 1401(a). 
 46.16     (f) In developing an individualized education plan for each 
 46.17  blind student the presumption must be that proficiency in 
 46.18  Braille reading and writing is essential for the student to 
 46.19  achieve satisfactory educational progress.  The assessment 
 46.20  required for each student must include a Braille skills 
 46.21  inventory, including a statement of strengths and deficits.  
 46.22  Braille instruction and use are not required by this paragraph 
 46.23  if, in the course of developing the student's individualized 
 46.24  education program, team members concur that the student's visual 
 46.25  impairment does not affect reading and writing performance 
 46.26  commensurate with ability.  This paragraph does not require the 
 46.27  exclusive use of Braille if other special education services are 
 46.28  appropriate to the student's educational needs.  The provision 
 46.29  of other appropriate services does not preclude Braille use or 
 46.30  instruction.  Instruction in Braille reading and writing shall 
 46.31  must be available for each blind student for whom the 
 46.32  multidisciplinary team has determined that reading and writing 
 46.33  is appropriate. 
 46.34     (g) Instruction in Braille reading and writing must be 
 46.35  sufficient to enable each blind student to communicate 
 46.36  effectively and efficiently with the same level of proficiency 
 47.1   expected of the student's peers of comparable ability and grade 
 47.2   level.  
 47.3      (h) The student's individualized education plan must 
 47.4   specify: 
 47.5      (1) the results obtained from the assessment required under 
 47.6   paragraph (f); 
 47.7      (2) how Braille will be implemented through integration 
 47.8   with other classroom activities; 
 47.9      (3) the date on which Braille instruction will begin; 
 47.10     (4) the length of the period of instruction and the 
 47.11  frequency and duration of each instructional session; 
 47.12     (5) the level of competency in Braille reading and writing 
 47.13  to be achieved by the end of the period and the objective 
 47.14  assessment measures to be used; and 
 47.15     (6) if a decision has been made under paragraph (f) that 
 47.16  Braille instruction or use is not required for the student:  
 47.17     (i) a statement that the decision was reached after a 
 47.18  review of pertinent literature describing the educational 
 47.19  benefits of Braille instruction and use; and 
 47.20     (ii) a specification of the evidence used to determine that 
 47.21  the student's ability to read and write effectively without 
 47.22  Braille is not impaired. 
 47.23     (i) Instruction in Braille reading and writing is a service 
 47.24  for the purpose of special education and services under this 
 47.25  section. 
 47.26     (j) Paragraphs (e) to (i) shall must not be construed to 
 47.27  supersede any rights of a parent or guardian of a child with a 
 47.28  disability under federal or state law. 
 47.29     Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 47.30  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 47.31     Subd. 3.  [RULES OF THE STATE BOARD.] (a) The state board 
 47.32  shall promulgate must adopt rules relative to qualifications of 
 47.33  essential personnel, courses of study, methods of instruction, 
 47.34  pupil eligibility, size of classes, rooms, equipment, 
 47.35  supervision, parent consultation, and any other rules it deems 
 47.36  necessary for instruction of children with a disability.  These 
 48.1   rules shall must provide standards and procedures appropriate 
 48.2   for the implementation of and within the limitations of 
 48.3   subdivisions 3a and 3b.  These rules shall must also provide 
 48.4   standards for the discipline, control, management, and 
 48.5   protection of children with a disability.  The state board shall 
 48.6   must not adopt rules for pupils served in level 1, 2, or 3, as 
 48.7   defined in Minnesota Rules, part 3525.2340, establishing either 
 48.8   case loads or the maximum number of pupils that may be assigned 
 48.9   to special education teachers.  The state board, in consultation 
 48.10  with the departments of health and human services, shall must 
 48.11  adopt permanent rules for instruction and services for children 
 48.12  under age five and their families.  These rules are binding on 
 48.13  state and local education, health, and human services agencies.  
 48.14  The state board shall must adopt rules to determine eligibility 
 48.15  for special education services.  The rules shall must include 
 48.16  procedures and standards by which to grant variances for 
 48.17  experimental eligibility criteria.  The state board shall must, 
 48.18  according to section 14.05, subdivision 4, notify a district 
 48.19  applying for a variance from the rules within 45 calendar days 
 48.20  of receiving the request whether the request for the variance 
 48.21  has been granted or denied.  If a request is denied, the 
 48.22  board shall must specify the program standards used to evaluate 
 48.23  the request and the reasons for denying the request.  
 48.24     (b) The state's regulatory scheme should support schools by 
 48.25  assuring that all state special education rules adopted by the 
 48.26  state board of education result in one or more of the following 
 48.27  outcomes: 
 48.28     (1) increased time available to teachers for educating 
 48.29  students through direct and indirect instruction; 
 48.30     (2) consistent and uniform access to effective education 
 48.31  programs for students with disabilities throughout the state; 
 48.32     (3) reduced inequalities, conflict, and court actions 
 48.33  related to the delivery of special education instruction and 
 48.34  services for students with disabilities; 
 48.35     (4) clear expectations for service providers and for 
 48.36  students with disabilities; 
 49.1      (5) increased accountability for all individuals and 
 49.2   agencies that provide instruction and other services to students 
 49.3   with disabilities; 
 49.4      (6) greater focus for the state and local resources 
 49.5   dedicated to educating students with disabilities; and 
 49.6      (7) clearer standards for evaluating the effectiveness of 
 49.7   education and support services for students with disabilities.  
 49.8      Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 49.9   subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
 49.10     Subd. 3a.  [SCHOOL DISTRICT OBLIGATIONS.] Every district 
 49.11  shall must ensure that the following: 
 49.12     (1) all students with disabilities are provided the special 
 49.13  instruction and services which are appropriate to their needs.  
 49.14  Where the individual education plan team has determined 
 49.15  appropriate goals and objectives based on the student's needs, 
 49.16  including the extent to which the student can be included in the 
 49.17  least restrictive environment, and where there are essentially 
 49.18  equivalent and effective instruction, related services, or 
 49.19  assistive technology devices available to meet the student's 
 49.20  needs, cost to the school district may be among the factors 
 49.21  considered by the team in choosing how to provide the 
 49.22  appropriate services, instruction, or devices that are to be 
 49.23  made part of the student's individual education plan.  The 
 49.24  student's needs and the special education instruction and 
 49.25  services to be provided shall must be agreed upon through the 
 49.26  development of an individual education plan.  The plan shall 
 49.27  must address the student's need to develop skills to live and 
 49.28  work as independently as possible within the community.  By 
 49.29  grade 9 or age 14, the plan shall must address the student's 
 49.30  needs for transition from secondary services to post-secondary 
 49.31  education and training, employment, community participation, 
 49.32  recreation, and leisure and home living.  The plan must include 
 49.33  a statement of the needed transition services, including a 
 49.34  statement of the interagency responsibilities or linkages or 
 49.35  both before secondary services are concluded; 
 49.36     (2) children with a disability under age five and their 
 50.1   families are provided special instruction and services 
 50.2   appropriate to the child's level of functioning and needs; 
 50.3      (3) children with a disability and their parents or 
 50.4   guardians are guaranteed procedural safeguards and the right to 
 50.5   participate in decisions involving identification, assessment 
 50.6   including assistive technology assessment, and educational 
 50.7   placement of children with a disability; 
 50.8      (4) to the maximum extent appropriate, children with a 
 50.9   disability, including those in public or private institutions or 
 50.10  other care facilities, are educated with children who are not 
 50.11  disabled, and that special classes, separate schooling, or other 
 50.12  removal of children with a disability from the regular 
 50.13  educational environment occurs only when and to the extent that 
 50.14  the nature or severity of the disability is such that education 
 50.15  in regular classes with the use of supplementary services cannot 
 50.16  be achieved satisfactorily; 
 50.17     (5) in accordance with recognized professional standards, 
 50.18  testing and evaluation materials, and procedures utilized used 
 50.19  for the purposes of classification and placement of children 
 50.20  with a disability are selected and administered so as not to be 
 50.21  racially or culturally discriminatory; and 
 50.22     (6) the rights of the child are protected when the parents 
 50.23  or guardians are not known or not available, or the child is a 
 50.24  ward of the state.  
 50.25     Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 50.26  subdivision 3b, is amended to read: 
 50.27     Subd. 3b.  [PROCEDURES FOR DECISIONS.] Every district shall 
 50.28  utilize must use at least the following procedures for decisions 
 50.29  involving identification, assessment, and educational placement 
 50.30  of children with a disability: 
 50.31     (a) Parents and guardians shall must receive prior written 
 50.32  notice of:  
 50.33     (1) any proposed formal educational assessment or proposed 
 50.34  denial of a formal educational assessment of their child; 
 50.35     (2) a proposed placement of their child in, transfer from 
 50.36  or to, or denial of placement in a special education program; or 
 51.1      (3) the proposed provision, addition, denial, or removal of 
 51.2   special education services for their child;. 
 51.3      (b) The district shall must not proceed with the initial 
 51.4   formal assessment of a child, the initial placement of a child 
 51.5   in a special education program, or the initial provision of 
 51.6   special education services for a child without the prior written 
 51.7   consent of the child's parent or guardian.  The refusal of a 
 51.8   parent or guardian to consent may be overridden by the decision 
 51.9   in a hearing held pursuant to clause paragraph (e) at the 
 51.10  district's initiative;. 
 51.11     (c) Parents and guardians shall must have an opportunity to 
 51.12  meet with appropriate district staff in at least one 
 51.13  conciliation conference, mediation, or other method of 
 51.14  alternative dispute resolution that the parties agree to, if 
 51.15  they object to any proposal of which they are notified pursuant 
 51.16  to clause paragraph (a).  The conciliation process or other form 
 51.17  of alternative dispute resolution shall must not be used to deny 
 51.18  or delay a parent or guardian's right to a due process hearing.  
 51.19  If the parent or guardian refuses efforts by the district to 
 51.20  conciliate the dispute with the school district, the requirement 
 51.21  of an opportunity for conciliation or other alternative dispute 
 51.22  resolution shall must be deemed to be satisfied.  
 51.23  Notwithstanding other law, in any proceeding following a 
 51.24  conciliation conference, the school district must not offer a 
 51.25  conciliation conference memorandum into evidence, except for any 
 51.26  portions that describe the district's final proposed offer of 
 51.27  service.  Otherwise, with respect to forms of dispute 
 51.28  resolution, mediation, or conciliation, Minnesota Rule of 
 51.29  Evidence 408 applies.  The department of children, families, and 
 51.30  learning may reimburse the districts or directly pay the costs 
 51.31  of lay advocates, not to exceed $150 per dispute, used in 
 51.32  conjunction with alternative dispute resolution. 
 51.33     (d) The commissioner shall must establish a mediation 
 51.34  process to assist parents, school districts, or other parties to 
 51.35  resolve disputes arising out of the identification, assessment, 
 51.36  or educational placement of children with a disability.  The 
 52.1   mediation process must be offered as an informal alternative to 
 52.2   the due process hearing provided under clause paragraph (e), but 
 52.3   must not be used to deny or postpone the opportunity of a parent 
 52.4   or guardian to obtain a due process hearing. 
 52.5      (e) Parents, guardians, and the district shall must have an 
 52.6   opportunity to obtain an impartial due process hearing initiated 
 52.7   and conducted by and in the school district responsible for 
 52.8   assuring that an appropriate program is provided in accordance 
 52.9   with state board rules, if the parent or guardian continues to 
 52.10  object to:  
 52.11     (1) a proposed formal educational assessment or proposed 
 52.12  denial of a formal educational assessment of their child; 
 52.13     (2) the proposed placement of their child in, or transfer 
 52.14  of their child to a special education program; 
 52.15     (3) the proposed denial of placement of their child in a 
 52.16  special education program or the transfer of their child from a 
 52.17  special education program; 
 52.18     (4) the proposed provision or addition of special education 
 52.19  services for their child; or 
 52.20     (5) the proposed denial or removal of special education 
 52.21  services for their child. 
 52.22     Within five business days after the request for a hearing, 
 52.23  or as directed by the hearing officer, the objecting party shall 
 52.24  must provide the other party with a brief written statement of 
 52.25  particulars of the objection, the reasons for the objection, and 
 52.26  the specific remedies sought.  The other party shall provide the 
 52.27  objecting party with a written response to the statement of 
 52.28  objections within five business days of receipt of the statement.
 52.29     The hearing shall must take place before an impartial 
 52.30  hearing officer mutually agreed to by the school board and the 
 52.31  parent or guardian.  Within four business days of the receipt of 
 52.32  the request for the hearing, if the parties have not agreed on 
 52.33  the hearing officer, the school board shall must request the 
 52.34  commissioner to appoint a hearing officer.  The school board 
 52.35  shall must include with the request the name of the person 
 52.36  requesting the hearing, the name of the student, the attorneys 
 53.1   involved, if any, and the date the hearing request was 
 53.2   received.  The hearing officer shall must not be a school board 
 53.3   member or employee of the school district where the child 
 53.4   resides or of the child's school district of residence, an 
 53.5   employee of any other public agency involved in the education or 
 53.6   care of the child, or any person with a personal or professional 
 53.7   interest which that would conflict with the person's objectivity 
 53.8   at the hearing.  A person who otherwise qualifies as a hearing 
 53.9   officer is not an employee of the district solely because the 
 53.10  person is paid by the district to serve as a hearing officer.  
 53.11  If the hearing officer requests an independent educational 
 53.12  assessment of a child, the cost of the assessment shall must be 
 53.13  at district expense.  The proceedings shall must be recorded and 
 53.14  preserved, at the expense of the school district, pending 
 53.15  ultimate disposition of the action. 
 53.16     (f) The decision of the hearing officer pursuant to clause 
 53.17  paragraph (e) shall be rendered not more than 45 calendar days 
 53.18  from the date of the receipt of the request for the hearing, 
 53.19  except that hearing officers are encouraged to accelerate the 
 53.20  timeline to 30 days for children birth through two whose needs 
 53.21  change rapidly and require quick resolution of complaints.  A 
 53.22  hearing officer may not grant specific extensions of time beyond 
 53.23  the 45-day period unless requested by either party for good 
 53.24  cause shown on the record.  The decision of the hearing 
 53.25  officer shall be is binding on all parties unless appealed to 
 53.26  the commissioner by the parent; guardian; school board of the 
 53.27  district where the child resides pursuant to clause 
 53.28  paragraph (g); and also in the case of children birth through 
 53.29  two, by the county board. 
 53.30     The local decision shall must: 
 53.31     (1) be in writing; 
 53.32     (2) state the controlling facts upon which the decision is 
 53.33  made in sufficient detail to apprise the parties and the hearing 
 53.34  review officer of the basis and reason for the decision; and 
 53.35     (3) be based on the standards set forth in subdivision 3a 
 53.36  and the rules of the state board. 
 54.1      (g) Any local decision issued pursuant to clauses 
 54.2   paragraphs (e) and (f) may be appealed to the commissioner 
 54.3   within 30 calendar days of receipt of that written decision, by 
 54.4   the parent, guardian, or the school board of the district 
 54.5   responsible for assuring that an appropriate program is provided 
 54.6   in accordance with state board rules.  The appealing party shall 
 54.7   must note the specific parts of the hearing decision being 
 54.8   appealed. 
 54.9      If the decision is appealed, a written transcript of the 
 54.10  hearing shall must be made by the school district and provided 
 54.11  by the district to the parties involved and the hearing review 
 54.12  officer within five calendar days of the filing of the appeal.  
 54.13  The hearing review officer shall must conduct an appellate 
 54.14  review and issue a final independent decision based on an 
 54.15  impartial review of the local decision and the entire record 
 54.16  within 30 calendar days after the filing of the appeal.  
 54.17  However, the hearing review officer shall must seek additional 
 54.18  evidence if necessary and may afford the parties an opportunity 
 54.19  for written or oral argument; provided.  Any hearing held to 
 54.20  seek additional evidence shall must be an impartial due process 
 54.21  hearing but shall be is deemed not to be a contested case 
 54.22  hearing for purposes of chapter 14.  The hearing review officer 
 54.23  may grant specific extensions of time beyond the 30-day period 
 54.24  at the request of any party for good cause shown on the record. 
 54.25     The final decision shall must: 
 54.26     (1) be in writing; 
 54.27     (2) include findings and conclusions; and 
 54.28     (3) be based upon the standards set forth in subdivision 3a 
 54.29  and in the rules of the state board. 
 54.30     (h) The decision of the hearing review officer shall be is 
 54.31  final unless appealed by the parent or guardian or school board 
 54.32  to the Minnesota court of appeals or federal district court as 
 54.33  provided by federal law.  State judicial review shall must be in 
 54.34  accordance with chapter 14.  
 54.35     (i) The commissioner of children, families, and learning 
 54.36  shall must select an individual who has the qualifications 
 55.1   enumerated in this paragraph to serve as the hearing review 
 55.2   officer: 
 55.3      (1) the individual must be knowledgeable and impartial; 
 55.4      (2) the individual must not have a personal interest in or 
 55.5   specific involvement with the student who is a party to the 
 55.6   hearing; 
 55.7      (3) the individual must not have been employed as an 
 55.8   administrator by the district that is a party to the hearing; 
 55.9      (4) the individual must not have been involved in the 
 55.10  selection of the administrators of the district that is a party 
 55.11  to the hearing; 
 55.12     (5) the individual must not have a personal, economic, or 
 55.13  professional interest in the outcome of the hearing other than 
 55.14  the proper administration of the federal and state laws, rules, 
 55.15  and policies; 
 55.16     (6) the individual must not have substantial involvement in 
 55.17  the development of a state or local policy or procedures that 
 55.18  are challenged in the appeal; 
 55.19     (7) the individual is not a current employee or board 
 55.20  member of a Minnesota public school district, education 
 55.21  district, intermediate unit or regional education agency, the 
 55.22  department of children, families, and learning, and the state 
 55.23  board of education; and 
 55.24     (8) the individual is not a current employee or board 
 55.25  member of a disability advocacy organization or group.  
 55.26     (j) In all appeals, the parent or guardian of the pupil 
 55.27  with a disability or the district that is a party to the hearing 
 55.28  may challenge the impartiality or competence of the proposed 
 55.29  hearing review officer by applying to the hearing review officer.
 55.30     (k) Pending the completion of proceedings pursuant to this 
 55.31  subdivision, unless the district and the parent or guardian of 
 55.32  the child agree otherwise, the child shall must remain in the 
 55.33  child's current educational placement and shall must not be 
 55.34  denied initial admission to school. 
 55.35     (l) The child's school district of residence, a resident 
 55.36  district, and providing district shall must receive notice of 
 56.1   and may be a party to any hearings or appeals under this 
 56.2   subdivision. 
 56.3      (m) A school district is not liable for harmless technical 
 56.4   violations of this subdivision or rules implementing this 
 56.5   subdivision if the school district can demonstrate on a 
 56.6   case-by-case basis that the violations did not harm the 
 56.7   student's educational progress or the parent or guardian's right 
 56.8   to notice, participation, or due process. 
 56.9      (n) Within ten calendar days after appointment, the hearing 
 56.10  officer shall must schedule and hold a prehearing conference.  
 56.11  At that conference, or later, the hearing officer may take any 
 56.12  appropriate action that a court might may take under Rule 16 of 
 56.13  Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure including, but not limited 
 56.14  to, scheduling, jurisdiction, and listing witnesses including 
 56.15  expert witnesses. 
 56.16     (o) A hearing officer or hearing review officer appointed 
 56.17  under this subdivision shall be is deemed to be an employee of 
 56.18  the state under section 3.732 for the purposes of section 3.736 
 56.19  only. 
 56.20     (p) In order to be eligible for selection, hearing officers 
 56.21  and hearing review officers shall must participate in training 
 56.22  and follow procedures as designated by the commissioner. 
 56.23     (q) The hearing officer may admit all evidence which that 
 56.24  possesses probative value, including hearsay, if it is the type 
 56.25  of evidence on which reasonable, prudent persons are accustomed 
 56.26  to rely in the conduct of their serious affairs.  The hearing 
 56.27  officer shall must give effect to the rules of privilege 
 56.28  recognized by law.  Evidence which that is incompetent, 
 56.29  irrelevant, immaterial, or unduly repetitious shall be excluded. 
 56.30     Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 56.31  subdivision 3d, is amended to read: 
 56.32     Subd. 3d.  [INTERAGENCY SERVICES.] If at the time of 
 56.33  initial referral for an educational assessment, or a 
 56.34  reassessment, the school district determines that a child with 
 56.35  disabilities who is age 3 through 21 may be eligible for 
 56.36  interagency services, the district may request that the county 
 57.1   of residence provide a representative to the initial assessment 
 57.2   or reassessment team meeting or the first individual education 
 57.3   plan team meeting following the assessment or reassessment.  The 
 57.4   district may request to have a county representative attend 
 57.5   other individual education plan team meetings when it is 
 57.6   necessary to facilitate coordination between district and county 
 57.7   provided services.  Upon request from a school district, the 
 57.8   resident county shall provide a representative to assist the 
 57.9   individual education plan team in determining the child's 
 57.10  eligibility for existing health, mental health, or other support 
 57.11  services administered or provided by the county.  The individual 
 57.12  education plan team and the county representative shall must 
 57.13  develop an interagency plan of care for an eligible child and 
 57.14  the child's family to coordinate services required under the 
 57.15  child's individual education plan with county services.  The 
 57.16  interagency plan of care shall must include appropriate family 
 57.17  information with the consent of the family, a description of how 
 57.18  services will be coordinated between the district and county, a 
 57.19  description of service coordinator responsibilities and 
 57.20  services, and a description of activities for obtaining 
 57.21  third-party payment for eligible services, including medical 
 57.22  assistance payments. 
 57.23     Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 57.24  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 57.25     Subd. 4.  [SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR NONRESIDENT CHILDREN.] 
 57.26  When a school district provides instruction and services outside 
 57.27  the district of residence, board and lodging, and any tuition to 
 57.28  be paid, shall be paid by the district of residence.  The 
 57.29  tuition rate to be charged for any child with a disability shall 
 57.30  must be the actual cost of providing special instruction and 
 57.31  services to the child including a proportionate amount for 
 57.32  capital outlay and debt service but not including any amount for 
 57.33  transportation, minus the amount of special aid for children 
 57.34  with a disability received on behalf of that child.  If the 
 57.35  boards involved do not agree upon the tuition rate, either board 
 57.36  may apply to the commissioner to fix the rate.  The commissioner 
 58.1   shall must then set a date for a hearing, giving each board at 
 58.2   least ten days' notice, and after the hearing the 
 58.3   commissioner shall must make an order fixing the tuition rate, 
 58.4   which shall be is binding on both school districts. 
 58.5      When a district provides instruction and services in a day 
 58.6   program outside the district of residence, the district of 
 58.7   residence shall be is responsible for providing transportation.  
 58.8   When a district provides instruction and services requiring 
 58.9   board and lodging or placement in a residential program outside 
 58.10  the district of residence, the nonresident district in which the 
 58.11  child is placed shall be is responsible for providing 
 58.12  transportation.  Transportation costs shall be paid by the 
 58.13  district responsible for providing transportation and the state 
 58.14  shall pay transportation aid to that district.  
 58.15     For the purposes of this section, any school district may 
 58.16  enter into an agreement, upon mutually agreed upon terms and 
 58.17  conditions which are mutually agreed upon, to provide special 
 58.18  instruction and services for children with a disability.  In 
 58.19  that event, one of the participating units may employ and 
 58.20  contract with necessary qualified personnel to offer services in 
 58.21  the several districts.  Each participating unit shall must 
 58.22  reimburse the employing unit a proportionate amount of the 
 58.23  actual cost of providing the special instruction and services, 
 58.24  less the amount of state special education aid, which shall be 
 58.25  claimed in full by the employing district.  
 58.26     Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 58.27  subdivision 4a, is amended to read: 
 58.28     Subd. 4a.  [ATTENDANCE IN ANOTHER DISTRICT.] No resident of 
 58.29  a district who is eligible for special instruction and services 
 58.30  pursuant to this section shall may be denied provision of this 
 58.31  instruction and service because of attending a public school in 
 58.32  another school district pursuant to section 123.39, subdivision 
 58.33  5, if the attendance is not subject to section 120.075, 
 58.34  120.0751, or 120.0752.  If the pupil attends a public school 
 58.35  located in a contiguous district and the district of attendance 
 58.36  does not provide special instruction and services, the district 
 59.1   of residence shall must provide necessary transportation for the 
 59.2   pupil between the boundary of the district of residence and the 
 59.3   educational facility where special instruction and services are 
 59.4   provided within the district of residence.  The district of 
 59.5   residence may provide necessary transportation for the pupil 
 59.6   between its boundary and the school attended in the contiguous 
 59.7   district, but shall must not pay the cost of transportation 
 59.8   provided outside the boundary of the district of residence.  
 59.9      Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 59.10  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 59.11     Subd. 5.  [SCHOOL OF PARENTS' CHOICE.] Nothing in this 
 59.12  chapter shall must be construed as preventing parents of a child 
 59.13  with a disability from sending such the child to a school of 
 59.14  their choice, if they so elect, subject to admission standards 
 59.15  and policies adopted according to chapter 128A, and all other 
 59.16  provisions of chapters 120 to 129. 
 59.17     Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 59.18  subdivision 5a, is amended to read:  
 59.19     Subd. 5a.  [SUMMER PROGRAMS.] A district may provide summer 
 59.20  programs for children with a disability living within the 
 59.21  district and nonresident children temporarily placed in the 
 59.22  district pursuant to subdivision 6 or 7.  Prior to March 31 or 
 59.23  30 days after the child with a disability is placed in the 
 59.24  district, whichever is later, the providing district shall give 
 59.25  notice to the district of residence of any nonresident children 
 59.26  temporarily placed in the district pursuant to subdivision 6 or 
 59.27  7, of its intention to provide these programs.  Notwithstanding 
 59.28  any contrary provisions in subdivisions 6 and 7, the school 
 59.29  district providing the special instruction and services shall 
 59.30  must apply for special education aid for the summer program.  
 59.31  The unreimbursed actual cost of providing the program for 
 59.32  nonresident children with a disability, including the cost of 
 59.33  board and lodging, may be billed to the district of the child's 
 59.34  residence and shall must be paid by the resident district.  
 59.35  Transportation costs shall must be paid by the district 
 59.36  responsible for providing transportation pursuant to subdivision 
 60.1   6 or 7 and transportation aid shall must be paid to that 
 60.2   district.  
 60.3      Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 60.4   subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
 60.5      Subd. 6.  [PLACEMENT IN ANOTHER DISTRICT; RESPONSIBILITY.] 
 60.6   The responsibility for special instruction and services for a 
 60.7   child with a disability temporarily placed in another district 
 60.8   for care and treatment shall be determined in the following 
 60.9   manner: 
 60.10     (a) The school district of residence of a child shall be 
 60.11  the district in which the child's parent resides, if living, or 
 60.12  the child's guardian, or the district designated by the 
 60.13  commissioner of children, families, and learning if neither 
 60.14  parent nor guardian is living within the state. 
 60.15     (b) When a child is temporarily placed for care and 
 60.16  treatment in a day program located in another district and the 
 60.17  child continues to live within the district of residence during 
 60.18  the care and treatment, the district of residence is responsible 
 60.19  for providing transportation and an appropriate educational 
 60.20  program for the child.  The district may provide the educational 
 60.21  program at a school within the district of residence, at the 
 60.22  child's residence, or in the district in which the day treatment 
 60.23  center is located by paying tuition to that district. 
 60.24     (c) When a child is temporarily placed in a residential 
 60.25  program for care and treatment, the nonresident district in 
 60.26  which the child is placed is responsible for providing an 
 60.27  appropriate educational program for the child and necessary 
 60.28  transportation while the child is attending the educational 
 60.29  program; and shall must bill the district of the child's 
 60.30  residence for the actual cost of providing the program, as 
 60.31  outlined in subdivision 4, except that.  However, the board, 
 60.32  lodging, and treatment costs incurred in behalf of a child with 
 60.33  a disability placed outside of the school district of residence 
 60.34  by the commissioner of human services or the commissioner of 
 60.35  corrections or their agents, for reasons other than for making 
 60.36  provision providing for the child's special educational 
 61.1   needs shall must not become the responsibility of either the 
 61.2   district providing the instruction or the district of the 
 61.3   child's residence. 
 61.4      (d) The district of residence shall pay tuition and other 
 61.5   program costs, not including transportation costs, to the 
 61.6   district providing the instruction and services.  The district 
 61.7   of residence may claim general education aid for the child as 
 61.8   provided by law.  Transportation costs shall must be paid by the 
 61.9   district responsible for providing the transportation and the 
 61.10  state shall must pay transportation aid to that district.  
 61.11     Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 61.12  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
 61.13     Subd. 7.  [PLACEMENT IN STATE INSTITUTION; 
 61.14  RESPONSIBILITY.] (a) Responsibility for special instruction and 
 61.15  services for a child with a disability placed in a state 
 61.16  institution on a temporary basis shall must be determined in the 
 61.17  following manner: 
 61.18     (a) (1) the legal residence of such the child shall be 
 61.19  is the school district in which the child's parent resides, if 
 61.20  living, or the child's guardian.; and 
 61.21     (b) (2) when the educational needs of such the child can be 
 61.22  met through the institutional program, the costs for such the 
 61.23  instruction shall must be paid by the department to which the 
 61.24  institution is assigned.  
 61.25     (c) (b) When it is determined that such the child can 
 61.26  benefit from public school enrollment, provision for such the 
 61.27  instruction shall be made in the following manner: 
 61.28     (1) determination of eligibility for special instruction 
 61.29  and services shall must be made by the commissioner of children, 
 61.30  families, and learning and the commissioner of the department 
 61.31  responsible for the institution; 
 61.32     (2) the school district where the institution is located 
 61.33  shall be is responsible for providing transportation and an 
 61.34  appropriate educational program for the child and shall must 
 61.35  make a tuition charge to the child's district of residence for 
 61.36  the actual cost of providing the program; and 
 62.1      (3) the district of the child's residence shall pay the 
 62.2   tuition and other program costs excluding transportation costs 
 62.3   and may claim general education aid for the child.  
 62.4   Transportation costs shall must be paid by the district where 
 62.5   the institution is located and the state shall must pay 
 62.6   transportation aid to that district.  
 62.7      Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 62.8   subdivision 7a, is amended to read: 
 62.9      Subd. 7a.  [ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL FOR THE DISABLED.] 
 62.10  Responsibility for special instruction and services for a 
 62.11  visually disabled or hearing impaired child attending the 
 62.12  Minnesota state academy for the deaf or the Minnesota state 
 62.13  academy for the blind shall must be determined in the following 
 62.14  manner: 
 62.15     (a) The legal residence of the child shall be is the school 
 62.16  district in which the child's parent or guardian resides. 
 62.17     (b) When it is determined pursuant to section 128A.05, 
 62.18  subdivision 1 or 2, that the child is entitled to attend either 
 62.19  school, the state board shall must provide the appropriate 
 62.20  educational program for the child.  The state board shall must 
 62.21  make a tuition charge to the child's district of residence for 
 62.22  the cost of providing the program.  The amount of tuition 
 62.23  charged shall must not exceed the basic revenue of the district 
 62.24  for that child, for the amount of time the child is in the 
 62.25  program.  For purposes of this subdivision, "basic revenue" has 
 62.26  the meaning given it in section 124A.22, subdivision 2.  The 
 62.27  district of the child's residence shall must pay the tuition and 
 62.28  may claim general education aid for the child.  Tuition received 
 62.29  by the state board, except for tuition received under clause 
 62.30  paragraph (c), shall must be deposited in the state treasury as 
 62.31  provided in clause paragraph (g). 
 62.32     (c) In addition to the tuition charge allowed in clause 
 62.33  paragraph (b), the academies may charge the child's district of 
 62.34  residence for the academy's unreimbursed cost of providing an 
 62.35  instructional aide assigned to that child, if that aide is 
 62.36  required by the child's individual education plan.  Tuition 
 63.1   received under this clause paragraph must be used by the 
 63.2   academies to provide the required service. 
 63.3      (d) When it is determined that the child can benefit from 
 63.4   public school enrollment but that the child should also remain 
 63.5   in attendance at the applicable school, the school district 
 63.6   where the institution is located shall must provide an 
 63.7   appropriate educational program for the child and shall must 
 63.8   make a tuition charge to the state board for the actual cost of 
 63.9   providing the program, less any amount of aid received pursuant 
 63.10  to section 124.32.  The state board shall must pay the tuition 
 63.11  and other program costs including the unreimbursed 
 63.12  transportation costs.  Aids for children with a disability shall 
 63.13  must be paid to the district providing the special instruction 
 63.14  and services.  Special transportation shall must be provided by 
 63.15  the district providing the educational program and the 
 63.16  state shall must reimburse such that district within the limits 
 63.17  provided by law.  
 63.18     (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of clauses paragraphs (b)
 63.19  and (d), the state board may agree to make a tuition charge for 
 63.20  less than the amount specified in clause paragraph (b) for 
 63.21  pupils attending the applicable school who are residents of the 
 63.22  district where the institution is located and who do not board 
 63.23  at the institution, if that district agrees to make a tuition 
 63.24  charge to the state board for less than the amount specified 
 63.25  in clause paragraph (d) for providing appropriate educational 
 63.26  programs to pupils attending the applicable school. 
 63.27     (f) Notwithstanding the provisions of clauses paragraphs (b)
 63.28  and (d), the state board may agree to supply staff from the 
 63.29  Minnesota state academy for the deaf and the Minnesota state 
 63.30  academy for the blind to participate in the programs provided by 
 63.31  the district where the institutions are located when the 
 63.32  programs are provided to students in attendance at the state 
 63.33  schools.  
 63.34     (g) On May 1 of each year, the state board shall count the 
 63.35  actual number of Minnesota resident kindergarten and elementary 
 63.36  students and the actual number of Minnesota resident secondary 
 64.1   students enrolled and receiving education services at the 
 64.2   Minnesota state academy for the deaf and the Minnesota state 
 64.3   academy for the blind.  The state board shall deposit in the 
 64.4   state treasury an amount equal to all tuition received less:  
 64.5      (1) the total number of students on May 1 less 175, times 
 64.6   the ratio of the number of kindergarten and elementary students 
 64.7   to the total number of students on May 1, times the general 
 64.8   education formula allowance; plus 
 64.9      (2) the total number of students on May 1 less 175, times 
 64.10  the ratio of the number of secondary students on May 1 to the 
 64.11  total number of students on May 1, times 1.3, times the general 
 64.12  education formula allowance.  
 64.13     (h) The sum provided by the calculation in clause 
 64.14  paragraph (g), subclauses clauses (1) and (2), must be deposited 
 64.15  in the state treasury and credited to the general operation 
 64.16  account of the academy for the deaf and the academy for the 
 64.17  blind.  
 64.18     (i) There is annually appropriated to the department of 
 64.19  children, families, and learning for the Faribault academies the 
 64.20  tuition amounts received and credited to the general operation 
 64.21  account of the academies under this section.  A balance in an 
 64.22  appropriation under this paragraph does not cancel but is 
 64.23  available in successive fiscal years.  
 64.24     Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 64.25  subdivision 8a, is amended to read: 
 64.26     Subd. 8a.  [RESIDENCE OF CHILD UNDER SPECIAL CONDITIONS.] 
 64.27  The legal residence of a child with a disability placed in a 
 64.28  foster facility for care and treatment when: 
 64.29     (1) parental rights have been terminated by court order; 
 64.30     (2) parent or guardian is not living within the state; 
 64.31     (3) no other school district residence can be established; 
 64.32  or 
 64.33     (4) parent or guardian having legal custody of the child is 
 64.34  an inmate of a Minnesota correctional facility or is a resident 
 64.35  of a halfway house under the supervision of the commissioner of 
 64.36  corrections; 
 65.1   shall be is the school district in which the child resides.  
 65.2   The school board of the district of residence shall must provide 
 65.3   the same educational program for such the child as it provides 
 65.4   for all resident children with a disability in the district.  
 65.5      Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 65.6   subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
 65.7      Subd. 9.  [SPECIAL INSTRUCTION.] No resident of a district 
 65.8   who is eligible for special instruction and services pursuant to 
 65.9   this section shall may be denied provision of this instruction 
 65.10  and service on a shared time basis because of attendance at a 
 65.11  nonpublic school defined in section 123.932, subdivision 3.  If 
 65.12  a resident pupil with a disability attends a nonpublic school 
 65.13  located within the district of residence, the district shall 
 65.14  must provide necessary transportation for that pupil within the 
 65.15  district between the nonpublic school and the educational 
 65.16  facility where special instruction and services are provided on 
 65.17  a shared time basis.  If a resident pupil with a disability 
 65.18  attends a nonpublic school located in another district and if no 
 65.19  agreement exists pursuant to section 124A.034, subdivision 1 or 
 65.20  1a, for the provision of special instruction and services on a 
 65.21  shared time basis to that pupil by the district of attendance 
 65.22  and where the special instruction and services are provided 
 65.23  within the district of residence, the district of 
 65.24  residence shall must provide necessary transportation for that 
 65.25  pupil between the boundary of the district of residence and the 
 65.26  educational facility.  The district of residence may provide 
 65.27  necessary transportation for that pupil between its boundary and 
 65.28  the nonpublic school attended, but the nonpublic school shall 
 65.29  must pay the cost of transportation provided outside the 
 65.30  district boundary.  
 65.31     Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 65.32  subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
 65.33     Subd. 10.  [NONRESIDENT EDUCATION; BILLING.] All tuition 
 65.34  billing for the education of nonresident children pursuant to 
 65.35  this section shall must be done on uniform forms prescribed by 
 65.36  the commissioner.  The billing shall contain an itemized 
 66.1   statement of costs which that are being charged to the district 
 66.2   of residence.  One copy of each such billing shall must be filed 
 66.3   with the commissioner.  
 66.4      Sec. 39.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 66.5   subdivision 16, is amended to read: 
 66.6      Subd. 16.  [COMMUNITY TRANSITION INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE.] A 
 66.7   district, group of districts, or special education cooperative, 
 66.8   in cooperation with the county or counties in which the district 
 66.9   or cooperative is located, shall must establish a community 
 66.10  transition interagency committee for youth with disabilities, 
 66.11  beginning at grade 9 or age equivalent, and their families.  
 66.12  Members of the committee shall must consist of representatives 
 66.13  from special education;, vocational and regular education;, 
 66.14  community education;, post-secondary education and training 
 66.15  institutions;, adults with disabilities who have received 
 66.16  transition services if such persons are available;, parents of 
 66.17  youth with disabilities;, local business or industry;, 
 66.18  rehabilitation services;, county social services;, health 
 66.19  agencies;, and additional public or private adult service 
 66.20  providers as appropriate.  The committee shall must elect a 
 66.21  chair and shall must meet regularly.  The committee shall must: 
 66.22     (1) identify current services, programs, and funding 
 66.23  sources provided within the community for secondary and 
 66.24  post-secondary aged youth with disabilities and their families; 
 66.25     (2) facilitate the development of multiagency teams to 
 66.26  address present and future transition needs of individual 
 66.27  students on their individual education plans; 
 66.28     (3) develop a community plan to include mission, goals, and 
 66.29  objectives, and an implementation plan to assure that transition 
 66.30  needs of individuals with disabilities are met; 
 66.31     (4) recommend changes or improvements in the community 
 66.32  system of transition services; 
 66.33     (5) exchange agency information such as appropriate data, 
 66.34  effectiveness studies, special projects, exemplary programs, and 
 66.35  creative funding of programs; and 
 66.36     (6) following procedures determined by the commissioner, 
 67.1   prepare a yearly summary assessing the progress of transition 
 67.2   services in the community including follow-up of individuals 
 67.3   with disabilities who were provided transition services to 
 67.4   determine postschool outcomes.  The summary must be disseminated 
 67.5   to all adult services agencies involved in the planning and to 
 67.6   the commissioner of children, families, and learning by October 
 67.7   1 of each year.  
 67.8      Sec. 40.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 67.9   subdivision 18, is amended to read: 
 67.10     Subd. 18.  [AGENCY ACCESS TO NONPUBLIC DATA.] The 
 67.11  commissioner of administration shall must prepare a form and 
 67.12  disseminate guidelines for state agencies, political 
 67.13  subdivisions, and other responsible authorities to use to enable 
 67.14  a responsible authority to allow another responsible authority 
 67.15  access to data about a child with a disability that is 
 67.16  classified as not public.  The form and guidelines must be 
 67.17  consistent with section 13.05, subdivision 9, and federal law, 
 67.18  and are not subject to the rulemaking requirements under chapter 
 67.19  14. 
 67.20     Sec. 41.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.17, 
 67.21  subdivision 19, is amended to read: 
 67.22     Subd. 19.  [PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEES.] Provisions of 
 67.23  Minnesota Rules, part 3525.1100, regarding parent advisory 
 67.24  committees shall apply to local school boards or cooperative 
 67.25  boards carrying out the provisions of this section. 
 67.26     Sec. 42.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 67.27  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 67.28     Subd. 2.  [DEFINITIONS.] For the purposes of this section 
 67.29  the following terms have the meaning meanings given them.  
 67.30     (a) "Coordinate" means to provide ready access to a 
 67.31  community's services and resources to meet child and family 
 67.32  needs.  
 67.33     (b) "Core early intervention services" means services that 
 67.34  are available at no cost to children and families.  These 
 67.35  services include: 
 67.36     (1) identification and referral; 
 68.1      (2) screening; 
 68.2      (3) evaluation; 
 68.3      (4) assessment; 
 68.4      (5) service coordination; 
 68.5      (6) special education and related services provided under 
 68.6   section 120.17, subdivision 3a, and United States Code, title 
 68.7   20, section 1401; and 
 68.8      (7) protection of parent and child rights by means of 
 68.9   procedural safeguards. 
 68.10     (c) "County board" means a county board established under 
 68.11  chapter 375. 
 68.12     (d) "Early intervention record" means any personally 
 68.13  identifiable information about a child or the child's family 
 68.14  that is generated by the early intervention system, and that 
 68.15  pertains to evaluation and assessment, development of an 
 68.16  individualized family service plan, and the delivery of early 
 68.17  intervention services. 
 68.18     (e) "Early intervention services" means services provided 
 68.19  in conformity with an individualized family service plan that 
 68.20  are designed to meet the special developmental needs of a child 
 68.21  eligible under Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, part 303, 
 68.22  and the needs of the child's family related to enhancing the 
 68.23  child's development and that are selected in collaboration with 
 68.24  the parent.  These services include core early intervention 
 68.25  services and additional early intervention services listed in 
 68.26  subdivision 4 and services defined in Code of Federal 
 68.27  Regulations, title 34, section 303, et seq. 
 68.28     (f) "Early intervention system" means the total effort in 
 68.29  the state to meet the needs of eligible children and their 
 68.30  families, including, but not limited to: 
 68.31     (1) any public agency in the state that receives funds 
 68.32  under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, United 
 68.33  States Code, title 20, sections 1471 to 1485 (Part H, Public Law 
 68.34  Number 102-119); 
 68.35     (2) other state and local agencies administering programs 
 68.36  involved in the provision of early intervention services, 
 69.1   including, but not limited to: 
 69.2      (i) the Maternal and Child Health program under title V of 
 69.3   the Social Security Act, United States Code, title 42, sections 
 69.4   701 to 709; 
 69.5      (ii) the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 
 69.6   United States Code, title 20, sections 1411 to 1420 (Part B); 
 69.7      (iii) medical assistance under the Social Security Act, 
 69.8   United States Code, title 42, section 1396 et seq.; 
 69.9      (iv) the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of 
 69.10  Rights Act, United States Code, title 42, sections 6021 to 6030 
 69.11  (Part B); and 
 69.12     (v) the Head Start Act, United States Code, title 42, 
 69.13  sections 9831 to 9852; and 
 69.14     (3) services provided by private groups or third-party 
 69.15  payers in conformity with an individualized family service plan. 
 69.16     (g) "Eligibility for Part H" means eligibility for early 
 69.17  childhood special education under section 120.03 and Minnesota 
 69.18  Rules, part 3525.2335, subpart 1, items A and B. 
 69.19     (h) "Facilitate payment" means helping families access 
 69.20  necessary public or private assistance that provides payment for 
 69.21  services required to meet needs identified in a service plan, 
 69.22  individual education plan (IEP), individual service plan (ISP), 
 69.23  or individualized family service plan (IFSP), according to time 
 69.24  frames required by the plan.  This may also include activities 
 69.25  to collect fees for services provided on a sliding fee basis, 
 69.26  where permitted by state law. 
 69.27     (i) "Individualized family service plan" or "IFSP" means a 
 69.28  written plan for providing services to a child and the child's 
 69.29  family.  
 69.30     (j) "Interagency child find systems" means activities 
 69.31  developed on an interagency basis with the involvement of 
 69.32  interagency early intervention committees and other relevant 
 69.33  community groups to actively seek out, identify, and refer 
 69.34  infants and young children with, or at risk of, disabilities, 
 69.35  and their families. 
 69.36     (k) "Local primary agency" means the agency designated 
 70.1   jointly by the school and county board under subdivision 4. 
 70.2      (l) "Parent" means the biological parent with parental 
 70.3   rights, adoptive parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent. 
 70.4      (m) "Part H state plan" means the annual state plan 
 70.5   application approved by the federal government under the 
 70.6   Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, United States Code, 
 70.7   title 20, section 1471 et seq. (Part H, Public Law Number 
 70.8   102-119). 
 70.9      (n) "Pay for" means using federal, state, local, and 
 70.10  private dollars available for early intervention services. 
 70.11     (o) "Respite" means short-term, temporary care provided to 
 70.12  a child with a disability due to the temporary absence or need 
 70.13  for relief of the family member or members or primary caregiver, 
 70.14  normally providing the care. 
 70.15     (p) "State lead agency" means the state agency receiving 
 70.16  federal funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education 
 70.17  Act, United States Code, title 20, section 1471 et seq. (Part H, 
 70.18  Public Law Number 102-119). 
 70.19     (q) "Surrogate parent" means a person appointed by the 
 70.20  local education agency to assure that the rights of the child to 
 70.21  early intervention services are protected.  
 70.22     Sec. 43.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 70.23  120.1701, subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 70.24     Subd. 3.  [STATE INTERAGENCY COORDINATING COUNCIL.] An 
 70.25  interagency coordinating council of at least 17, but not more 
 70.26  than 25 members is established, in compliance with Public Law 
 70.27  Number 102-119, section 682.  The members shall must be 
 70.28  appointed by the governor.  Council members shall must elect the 
 70.29  council chair.  The representative of the commissioner of 
 70.30  children, families, and learning may not serve as the chair.  
 70.31  The council shall must be composed of at least five parents, 
 70.32  including persons of color, of children with disabilities under 
 70.33  age 12, including at least three parents of a child with a 
 70.34  disability under age seven, five representatives of public or 
 70.35  private providers of services for children with disabilities 
 70.36  under age five, including a special education director, county 
 71.1   social service director, and a community health services or 
 71.2   public health nursing administrator, one member of the senate, 
 71.3   one member of the house of representatives, one representative 
 71.4   of teacher preparation programs in early childhood-special 
 71.5   education or other preparation programs in early childhood 
 71.6   intervention, at least one representative of advocacy 
 71.7   organizations for children with disabilities under age five, one 
 71.8   physician who cares for young children with special health care 
 71.9   needs, one representative each from the commissioners of 
 71.10  commerce, children, families, and learning, health, human 
 71.11  services, and economic security, and a representative from 
 71.12  Indian health services or a tribal council.  Section 15.059, 
 71.13  subdivisions 2 to 5, apply to the council.  The council shall 
 71.14  must meet at least quarterly.  
 71.15     The council shall must address methods of implementing the 
 71.16  state policy of developing and implementing comprehensive, 
 71.17  coordinated, multidisciplinary interagency programs of early 
 71.18  intervention services for children with disabilities and their 
 71.19  families. 
 71.20     The duties of the council include recommending policies to 
 71.21  ensure a comprehensive and coordinated system of all state and 
 71.22  local agency services for children under age five with 
 71.23  disabilities and their families.  The policies must address how 
 71.24  to incorporate each agency's services into a unified state and 
 71.25  local system of multidisciplinary assessment practices, 
 71.26  individual intervention plans, comprehensive systems to find 
 71.27  children in need of services, methods to improve public 
 71.28  awareness, and assistance in determining the role of interagency 
 71.29  early intervention committees.  
 71.30     Each year By June 1, the council shall must recommend to 
 71.31  the governor and the commissioners of children, families, and 
 71.32  learning, health, human services, commerce, and economic 
 71.33  security policies for a comprehensive and coordinated system. 
 71.34     Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the state 
 71.35  interagency coordinating council shall expire expires on June 
 71.36  30, 2001.  
 72.1      Sec. 44.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 72.2   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 72.3      Subd. 4.  [RESPONSIBILITIES OF COUNTY BOARDS AND SCHOOL 
 72.4   BOARDS.] (a) It is the joint responsibility of county boards and 
 72.5   school boards to coordinate, provide, and pay for appropriate 
 72.6   services, and to facilitate payment for services from public and 
 72.7   private sources.  Appropriate services for children eligible 
 72.8   under section 120.03 must be determined in consultation with 
 72.9   parents, physicians, and other educational, medical, health, and 
 72.10  human services providers.  The services provided must be in 
 72.11  conformity with an IFSP for each eligible infant and toddler 
 72.12  from birth through age two and its family, or an individual 
 72.13  education plan (IEP) or individual service plan (ISP) for each 
 72.14  eligible child ages three through four.  
 72.15     (b) Appropriate services include family education and 
 72.16  counseling, home visits, occupational and physical therapy, 
 72.17  speech pathology, audiology, psychological services, special 
 72.18  instruction, nursing, respite, nutrition, assistive technology, 
 72.19  transportation and related costs, social work, vision services, 
 72.20  case management including service coordination under subdivision 
 72.21  8, medical services for diagnostic and evaluation purposes, 
 72.22  early identification, and screening, assessment, and health 
 72.23  services necessary to enable children with disabilities to 
 72.24  benefit from early intervention services. 
 72.25     (c) School and county boards shall coordinate early 
 72.26  intervention services.  In the absence of agreements established 
 72.27  according to subdivision 13, service responsibilities for 
 72.28  children birth through age two are as follows: 
 72.29     (1) school boards are required to must provide, pay for, 
 72.30  and facilitate payment for special education and related 
 72.31  services required under section 120.17, subdivision 2; 
 72.32     (2) county boards are required to must provide, pay for, 
 72.33  and facilitate payment for noneducational services of social 
 72.34  work, psychology, transportation and related costs, nursing, 
 72.35  respite, and nutrition services not required under clause (1). 
 72.36     (d) School and county boards may develop an interagency 
 73.1   agreement according to subdivision 13 to establish agency 
 73.2   responsibility that assures that early intervention services are 
 73.3   coordinated, provided, paid for, and that payment is facilitated 
 73.4   from public and private sources. 
 73.5      (e) County and school boards shall must jointly determine 
 73.6   the primary agency in this cooperative effort and must notify 
 73.7   the commissioner of the state lead agency of their decision.  
 73.8      Sec. 45.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 73.9   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 73.10     Subd. 5.  [INTERAGENCY EARLY INTERVENTION COMMITTEES.] (a) 
 73.11  A school district, group of districts, or special education 
 73.12  cooperative, in cooperation with the health and human service 
 73.13  agencies located in the county or counties in which the district 
 73.14  or cooperative is located, shall must establish an interagency 
 73.15  early intervention committee for children with disabilities 
 73.16  under age five and their families.  Committees shall must 
 73.17  include representatives of local and regional health, education, 
 73.18  and county human service agencies;, county boards;, school 
 73.19  boards;, early childhood family education programs;, parents of 
 73.20  young children with disabilities under age 12;, current service 
 73.21  providers;, and may also include representatives from other 
 73.22  private or public agencies.  The committee shall must elect a 
 73.23  chair from among its members and shall must meet at least 
 73.24  quarterly. 
 73.25     (b) The committee shall must develop and implement 
 73.26  interagency policies and procedures concerning the following 
 73.27  ongoing duties: 
 73.28     (1) develop public awareness systems designed to inform 
 73.29  potential recipient families of available programs and services; 
 73.30     (2) implement interagency child find systems designed to 
 73.31  actively seek out, identify, and refer infants and young 
 73.32  children with, or at risk of, disabilities and their families; 
 73.33     (3) establish and evaluate the identification, referral, 
 73.34  child and family assessment systems, procedural safeguard 
 73.35  process, and community learning systems to recommend, where 
 73.36  necessary, alterations and improvements; 
 74.1      (4) assure the development of individualized family service 
 74.2   plans for all eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities 
 74.3   from birth through age two, and their families, and individual 
 74.4   education plans and individual service plans when necessary to 
 74.5   appropriately serve children with disabilities, age three and 
 74.6   older, and their families and recommend assignment of financial 
 74.7   responsibilities to the appropriate agencies.  Agencies are 
 74.8   encouraged; 
 74.9      (5) encourage agencies to develop individual family service 
 74.10  plans for children with disabilities, age three and older; 
 74.11     (5) (6) implement a process for assuring that services 
 74.12  involve cooperating agencies at all steps leading to 
 74.13  individualized programs; 
 74.14     (6) (7) facilitate the development of a transitional plan 
 74.15  if a service provider is not recommended to continue to provide 
 74.16  services; 
 74.17     (7) (8) identify the current services and funding being 
 74.18  provided within the community for children with disabilities 
 74.19  under age five and their families; 
 74.20     (8) (9) develop a plan for the allocation and expenditure 
 74.21  of additional state and federal early intervention funds under 
 74.22  United States Code, title 20, section 1471 et seq.  (Part H, 
 74.23  Public Law Number 102-119) and United States Code, title 20, 
 74.24  section 631, et seq. (Chapter I, Public Law Number 89-313); and 
 74.25     (9) (10) develop a policy that is consistent with section 
 74.26  13.05, subdivision 9, and federal law to enable a member of an 
 74.27  interagency early intervention committee to allow another member 
 74.28  access to data classified as not public. 
 74.29     (c) The local committee shall also: 
 74.30     (1) participate in needs assessments and program planning 
 74.31  activities conducted by local social service, health and 
 74.32  education agencies for young children with disabilities and 
 74.33  their families; 
 74.34     (2) review and comment on the early intervention section of 
 74.35  the total special education system for the district, the county 
 74.36  social service plan, the section or sections of the community 
 75.1   health services plan that address needs of and service 
 75.2   activities targeted to children with special health care needs, 
 75.3   and the section of the maternal and child health special project 
 75.4   grants that address needs of and service activities targeted to 
 75.5   children with chronic illness and disabilities; and 
 75.6      (3) prepare a yearly summary on the progress of the 
 75.7   community in serving young children with disabilities, and their 
 75.8   families, including the expenditure of funds, the identification 
 75.9   of unmet service needs identified on the individual family 
 75.10  services plan and other individualized plans, and local, state, 
 75.11  and federal policies impeding the implementation of this section.
 75.12     (d) The summary must be organized following a format 
 75.13  prescribed by the commissioner of the state lead agency and must 
 75.14  be submitted to each of the local agencies and to the state 
 75.15  interagency coordinating council by October 1 of each year. 
 75.16     The departments of children, families, and learning, 
 75.17  health, and human services must provide assistance to the local 
 75.18  agencies in developing cooperative plans for providing services. 
 75.19     Sec. 46.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 75.20  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
 75.21     Subd. 6.  [LOCAL PRIMARY AGENCY.] (a) The local primary 
 75.22  agency shall must: 
 75.23     (1) facilitate the development of annual fund requests that 
 75.24  identify arrangements with other local and regional agencies 
 75.25  providing services as part of the state's early childhood 
 75.26  intervention system and that result in service availability on a 
 75.27  year-round basis, as necessary; 
 75.28     (2) administer funds received through the annual fund 
 75.29  request; 
 75.30     (3) provide oversight for data collection efforts; 
 75.31     (4) facilitate completion of interagency early intervention 
 75.32  committee duties as indicated in subdivision 5; 
 75.33     (5) request mediation from the state lead agency, if 
 75.34  necessary; 
 75.35     (6) request assistance from the state lead agency when 
 75.36  disputes between agencies cannot be resolved within 20 calendar 
 76.1   days; and 
 76.2      (7) receive written requests from parents for matters that 
 76.3   may be resolved through due process hearings. 
 76.4      (b) When the local primary agency is not an education 
 76.5   agency, resources distributed under the early intervention fund 
 76.6   shall must be transferred from a local educational agency to a 
 76.7   noneducation agency using a state provided contract.  A local 
 76.8   primary agency may budget for indirect costs at an amount not to 
 76.9   exceed five percent of the amount allocated from the early 
 76.10  intervention fund. 
 76.11     Sec. 47.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 76.12  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
 76.13     Subd. 7.  [INDIVIDUALIZED FAMILY SERVICE PLAN.] (a) A team 
 76.14  must participate in IFSP meetings to develop the individualized 
 76.15  family service plan IFSP.  The team shall include:  
 76.16     (1) a parent or parents of the child; 
 76.17     (2) other family members, as requested by the parent, if 
 76.18  feasible to do so; 
 76.19     (3) an advocate or person outside of the family, if the 
 76.20  parent requests that the person participate; 
 76.21     (4) the service coordinator who has been working with the 
 76.22  family since the initial referral, or who has been designated by 
 76.23  the public agency to be responsible for implementation of the 
 76.24  IFSP; and 
 76.25     (5) a person or persons involved in conducting evaluations 
 76.26  and assessments.  
 76.27     (b) The IFSP must include: 
 76.28     (1) information about the child's developmental status; 
 76.29     (2) family information, with the consent of the family; 
 76.30     (3) major outcomes expected to be achieved by the child and 
 76.31  the family, that include the criteria, procedures, and 
 76.32  timelines; 
 76.33     (4) specific early intervention services necessary to meet 
 76.34  the unique needs of the child and the family to achieve the 
 76.35  outcomes; 
 76.36     (5) payment arrangements, if any; 
 77.1      (6) medical and other services that the child needs, but 
 77.2   that are not required under the Individual with Disabilities 
 77.3   Education Act, United States Code, title 20, section 1471 et 
 77.4   seq. (Part H, Public Law Number 102-119) including funding 
 77.5   sources to be used in paying for those services and the steps 
 77.6   that will be taken to secure those services through public or 
 77.7   private sources; 
 77.8      (7) dates and duration of early intervention services; 
 77.9      (8) name of the service coordinator; 
 77.10     (9) steps to be taken to support a child's transition from 
 77.11  early intervention services to other appropriate services; and 
 77.12     (10) signature of the parent and authorized signatures of 
 77.13  the agencies responsible for providing, paying for, or 
 77.14  facilitating payment, or any combination of these, for early 
 77.15  intervention services.  
 77.16     Sec. 48.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 77.17  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
 77.18     Subd. 8.  [SERVICE COORDINATION.] (a) The team developing 
 77.19  the individualized family service plan IFSP under subdivision 7 
 77.20  shall must select a service coordinator to carry out service 
 77.21  coordination activities on an interagency basis.  Service 
 77.22  coordination must actively promote a family's capacity and 
 77.23  competency to identify, obtain, coordinate, monitor, and 
 77.24  evaluate resources and services to meet the family's needs.  
 77.25  Service coordination activities include: 
 77.26     (1) coordinating the performance of evaluations and 
 77.27  assessments; 
 77.28     (2) facilitating and participating in the development, 
 77.29  review, and evaluation of individualized family service plans; 
 77.30     (3) assisting families in identifying available service 
 77.31  providers; 
 77.32     (4) coordinating and monitoring the delivery of available 
 77.33  services; 
 77.34     (5) informing families of the availability of advocacy 
 77.35  services; 
 77.36     (6) coordinating with medical, health, and other service 
 78.1   providers; 
 78.2      (7) facilitating the development of a transition plan at 
 78.3   least six months prior to before the time the child is no longer 
 78.4   eligible for early intervention services, if appropriate; 
 78.5      (8) managing the early intervention record and submitting 
 78.6   additional information to the local primary agency at the time 
 78.7   of periodic review and annual evaluations; and 
 78.8      (9) notifying a local primary agency when disputes between 
 78.9   agencies impact service delivery required by an individualized 
 78.10  family service plan IFSP. 
 78.11     (b) A service coordinator must be knowledgeable about 
 78.12  children and families receiving services under this section, 
 78.13  requirements of state and federal law, and services available in 
 78.14  the interagency early childhood intervention system.  
 78.15     Sec. 49.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 78.16  subdivision 8a, is amended to read: 
 78.17     Subd. 8a.  [EARLY INTERVENTION RESPITE.] The provision of 
 78.18  respite services for an eligible child and family shall must be 
 78.19  determined in the context of the IFSP development based on the 
 78.20  individual needs of the child and family and with consideration 
 78.21  given to the following criteria: 
 78.22     (1) severity of the child's disability and needs; 
 78.23     (2) potential risk of out-of-home placement for the child 
 78.24  if respite services are not provided; 
 78.25     (3) parental lack of access to informal support systems, 
 78.26  including, but not limited to, extended family, supportive 
 78.27  friends, and community supports; 
 78.28     (4) presence of factors known to increase family stress, 
 78.29  including, but not limited to, family size and presence of 
 78.30  another child or family member with a disability; 
 78.31     (5) the availability of other public services provided to 
 78.32  the family which that assist the parent or primary caretaker in 
 78.33  obtaining relief from caretaking responsibilities; and 
 78.34     (6) the perceived and expressed level of need for respite 
 78.35  services by the parent. 
 78.36     Counties are encouraged to make a variety of respite 
 79.1   service models available, which may include in or out-of-home 
 79.2   respite, family reimbursement programs, and parent-to-parent 
 79.3   respite projects.  
 79.4      Sec. 50.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 79.5   subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
 79.6      Subd. 9.  [EARLY INTERVENTION FLOW-THROUGH DOLLARS.] (a) 
 79.7   The state lead agency shall must administer the early 
 79.8   intervention account which that consists of federal 
 79.9   allocations.  The Part H state plan shall must state the amount 
 79.10  of federal resources in the early intervention account available 
 79.11  for use by local agencies.  The state lead agency shall must 
 79.12  distribute the funds to the local primary agency based on a 
 79.13  December 1 count of the prior year of Part H eligible children 
 79.14  for the following purposes:  
 79.15     (1) as provided in Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, 
 79.16  part 303.425, to arrange for payment for early intervention 
 79.17  services not elsewhere available, or to pay for services during 
 79.18  the pendency of a conflict procedure, including mediation, 
 79.19  complaints, due process hearings, and interagency disputes; and 
 79.20     (2) to support interagency child find system activities.  
 79.21     (b) The priority purpose for this fund is paragraph (a), 
 79.22  clause (1).  The local primary agency shall must reallocate 
 79.23  resources from the early intervention fund as necessary in order 
 79.24  to meet this priority. 
 79.25     (c) Nothing in this subdivision shall limit limits the 
 79.26  state lead agency's authority to allocate discretionary federal 
 79.27  funds for any purpose consistent with the Individuals with 
 79.28  Disabilities Education Act, United States Code, title 20, 
 79.29  sections 1471 to 1485 (Part H, Public Law Number 102-119) and 
 79.30  regulations adopted under United States Code, title 20, sections 
 79.31  1471 to 1485. 
 79.32     (d) Each county board must continue to spend for early 
 79.33  intervention services under subdivision 2, paragraph (e), an 
 79.34  amount equal to the total county expenditure during the period 
 79.35  from January 1, 1993, to December 31, 1993, for these same 
 79.36  services.  The commissioner of human services, in consultation 
 80.1   with the commissioner of health and the association of Minnesota 
 80.2   counties, shall must establish a process for determining base 
 80.3   year 1993 expenditures. 
 80.4      (e) County boards that have submitted base year 1993 
 80.5   expenditures as required under paragraph (d) are not required to 
 80.6   pay any increased cost over the base year 1993 for early 
 80.7   intervention services resulting from implementing the early 
 80.8   intervention system.  Increased costs to county boards may be 
 80.9   paid for with early intervention flow-through dollars. 
 80.10     (f) School boards are not required to pay for services 
 80.11  defined in subdivision 4, paragraph (c), clause (2). 
 80.12     Sec. 51.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 80.13  subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
 80.14     Subd. 10.  [PAYMENT FOR SERVICES.] Core early intervention 
 80.15  services shall must be provided at public expense with no cost 
 80.16  to parents.  Parents shall must be requested to assist in the 
 80.17  cost of additional early intervention services by using 
 80.18  third-party payment sources and applying for available 
 80.19  resources.  Payment structures permitted under state law shall 
 80.20  must be used to pay for additional early intervention services.  
 80.21  Parental financial responsibility shall must be clearly defined 
 80.22  in the individualized family service plan IFSP.  A parent's 
 80.23  inability to pay shall must not prohibit a child from receiving 
 80.24  needed early intervention services.  
 80.25     Sec. 52.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 80.26  subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
 80.27     Subd. 11.  [PAYOR OF LAST RESORT.] (a) For fiscal years 
 80.28  1995 and 1996, the state lead agency shall must establish a 
 80.29  reserve account from federal sources to pay for services in 
 80.30  dispute or to pay for early intervention services when local 
 80.31  agencies have exhausted all other public and private funds 
 80.32  available for Part H eligible children. 
 80.33     (b) The lead agency shall must report to the legislature by 
 80.34  January 1, 1996, regarding county board expenditures for early 
 80.35  intervention services and the continuing need and funding of the 
 80.36  reserve account.  
 81.1      Sec. 53.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 81.2   subdivision 12, is amended to read: 
 81.3      Subd. 12.  [MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT.] A county human services 
 81.4   agency or county board shall must continue to provide services 
 81.5   set forth in their county social service agency plan.  The 
 81.6   county human services agency or county board shall must serve 
 81.7   children with disabilities under age five, and their families, 
 81.8   or as specified in the individualized family service plan IFSP 
 81.9   for children with disabilities, birth through age two, or the 
 81.10  individual service plan of each child.  Special instruction and 
 81.11  related services for which a child with a disability is eligible 
 81.12  under this section are the responsibility of the local school 
 81.13  board.  It is the joint responsibility of county boards and 
 81.14  school boards to coordinate, provide, and pay for all 
 81.15  appropriate services required in subdivision 11b and to 
 81.16  facilitate payment for services from public and private sources. 
 81.17     Sec. 54.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 81.18  subdivision 15, is amended to read: 
 81.19     Subd. 15.  [BENEFITS COORDINATION.] The department of 
 81.20  health shall must provide technical assistance in a timely 
 81.21  manner to service coordinators, parents of children with 
 81.22  disabilities, and agencies in situations requiring the 
 81.23  coordination of health insurance benefits, or the identification 
 81.24  of third-party payor responsibilities to provide necessary 
 81.25  health benefits. 
 81.26     Sec. 55.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 81.27  subdivision 17, is amended to read: 
 81.28     Subd. 17.  [MEDIATION PROCEDURE.] The commissioner of the 
 81.29  state lead agency shall must use federal funds to provide 
 81.30  mediation for the activities in paragraphs (a) and (b). 
 81.31     (a) A parent may resolve a dispute regarding issues in 
 81.32  subdivision 16, paragraph (b), clause (5), through mediation. If 
 81.33  the parent chooses mediation, all public agencies involved in 
 81.34  the dispute shall must participate in the mediation process.  
 81.35  The parent and the public agencies must complete the mediation 
 81.36  process within 20 calendar days of the date the commissioner 
 82.1   receives a parent's written request for mediation.  The 
 82.2   mediation process may not be used to delay a parent's right to a 
 82.3   due process hearing.  The resolution of the mediation is not 
 82.4   binding on any party. 
 82.5      (b) The local primary agency may request mediation on 
 82.6   behalf of involved agencies when there are disputes between 
 82.7   agencies regarding responsibilities to coordinate, provide, pay 
 82.8   for, or facilitate payment for early intervention services.  
 82.9      Sec. 56.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 82.10  subdivision 19, is amended to read: 
 82.11     Subd. 19.  [INTERAGENCY DISPUTE PROCEDURE.] (a) A dispute 
 82.12  between a school board and a county board that is responsible 
 82.13  for implementing the provisions of subdivision 4 regarding early 
 82.14  identification, child and family assessment, service 
 82.15  coordination, and IFSP development and implementation shall must 
 82.16  be resolved according to this subdivision when the dispute 
 82.17  involves services provided to children and families eligible 
 82.18  under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, United 
 82.19  States Code, title 20, section 1471 et seq. (Part H, Public Law 
 82.20  Number 102-119). 
 82.21     (b) A dispute occurs when the school board and county board 
 82.22  are unable to agree as to who is responsible to coordinate, 
 82.23  provide, pay for, or facilitate payment for services from public 
 82.24  and private sources. 
 82.25     (c) Written and signed disputes shall must be filed with 
 82.26  the local primary agency. 
 82.27     (d) The local primary agency shall have attempted must 
 82.28  attempt to resolve the matter with the involved school board and 
 82.29  county board and may request mediation from the commissioner of 
 82.30  the state lead agency for this purpose. 
 82.31     (e) When interagency disputes have not been resolved within 
 82.32  30 calendar days, the local primary agency shall must request 
 82.33  the commissioner of the state lead agency to review the matter 
 82.34  with the commissioners of health and human services and make a 
 82.35  decision.  The commissioner shall must provide a consistent 
 82.36  process for reviewing those procedures.  The commissioners' 
 83.1   decision is binding subject to the right of an aggrieved party 
 83.2   to appeal to the state court of appeals. 
 83.3      (f) The local primary agency shall must ensure that 
 83.4   eligible children and their families receive early intervention 
 83.5   services during resolution of a dispute.  While a local dispute 
 83.6   is pending, the local primary agency shall must either assign 
 83.7   financial responsibility to an agency or pay for the service 
 83.8   from the early intervention account under subdivision 9.  If in 
 83.9   resolving the dispute, it is determined that the assignment of 
 83.10  financial responsibility was inappropriate, the responsibility 
 83.11  for payment must be reassigned to the appropriate agency and the 
 83.12  responsible agency shall must make arrangements for reimbursing 
 83.13  any expenditures incurred by the agency originally assigned 
 83.14  financial responsibility. 
 83.15     Sec. 57.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 83.16  subdivision 20, is amended to read:  
 83.17     Subd. 20.  [DUE PROCESS HEARINGS.] The procedures for due 
 83.18  process hearings and appeals shall must be the same as those in 
 83.19  section 120.17, subdivision 3b.  The responsibility for payment 
 83.20  of costs and conducting due process hearings and appeals shall 
 83.21  be allocated to the appropriate agency in accordance with 
 83.22  subdivisions 5, 13, and 16. 
 83.23     Sec. 58.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 83.24  subdivision 21, is amended to read:  
 83.25     Subd. 21.  [DATA COLLECTION.] By July 1, 1994, the 
 83.26  departments of children, families, and learning, health, and 
 83.27  human services shall must develop a plan to collect data about 
 83.28  which early intervention services are being provided to children 
 83.29  and families eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities 
 83.30  Education Act, United States Code, title 20, section 1471 et 
 83.31  seq. (Part H, Public Law Number 102-119) and sources of payment 
 83.32  for those services.  
 83.33     Sec. 59.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1701, 
 83.34  subdivision 22, is amended to read: 
 83.35     Subd. 22.  [STATE INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT.] (a) The 
 83.36  commissioners of the departments of children, families, and 
 84.1   learning, health, and human services shall must enter into an 
 84.2   agreement to implement this section and Part H, Public Law 
 84.3   Number 102-119, and as required by Code of Federal Regulations, 
 84.4   title 34, section 303.523, to promote the development and 
 84.5   implementation of interagency, coordinated, multidisciplinary 
 84.6   state and local early childhood intervention service systems for 
 84.7   serving eligible young children with disabilities, birth through 
 84.8   age two, and their families.  The agreement must be reviewed 
 84.9   annually. 
 84.10     (b) The state interagency agreement shall must outline at a 
 84.11  minimum the conditions, procedures, purposes, and 
 84.12  responsibilities of the participating state and local agencies 
 84.13  for the following: 
 84.14     (1) membership, roles, and responsibilities of a state 
 84.15  interagency committee for the oversight of priorities and budget 
 84.16  allocations under Part H, Public Law Number 102-119, and other 
 84.17  state allocations for this program; 
 84.18     (2) child find; 
 84.19     (3) establishment of local interagency agreements; 
 84.20     (4) review by a state interagency committee of the 
 84.21  allocation of additional state and federal early intervention 
 84.22  funds by local agencies; 
 84.23     (5) fiscal responsibilities of the state and local 
 84.24  agencies; 
 84.25     (6) intraagency and interagency dispute resolution; 
 84.26     (7) payor of last resort; 
 84.27     (8) maintenance of effort; 
 84.28     (9) procedural safeguards, including mediation; 
 84.29     (10) complaint resolution; 
 84.30     (11) quality assurance; 
 84.31     (12) data collection; 
 84.32     (13) an annual summary to the state interagency 
 84.33  coordinating council regarding conflict resolution activities 
 84.34  including disputes, due process hearings, and complaints; and 
 84.35     (14) other components of the state and local early 
 84.36  intervention system consistent with Public Law Number 102-119. 
 85.1   Written materials must be developed for parents, IEIC's, and 
 85.2   local service providers that describe procedures developed under 
 85.3   this section as required by Code of Federal Regulations, title 
 85.4   34, section 303. 
 85.5      Sec. 60.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.172, 
 85.6   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
 85.7      Subd. 2.  [STATE PLAN.] The state board of education shall 
 85.8   not adopt any provision in the state plan for special education 
 85.9   which that reduces the opportunities for parents and school 
 85.10  districts to resolve their differences through conciliation.  
 85.11     Sec. 61.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.173, 
 85.12  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
 85.13     Subdivision 1.  [COMMISSIONER APPROVAL.] The commissioner 
 85.14  of children, families, and learning may approve applications 
 85.15  from school districts to provide prevention services as an 
 85.16  alternative to special education and other compensatory programs 
 85.17  during three school years.  A district with an approved program 
 85.18  may provide instruction and services in a regular education 
 85.19  classroom to eligible pupils.  Pupils eligible to participate in 
 85.20  the program are low-performing pupils who, based on documented 
 85.21  experience, the professional judgment of a classroom teacher, or 
 85.22  a team of licensed professionals, would eventually qualify for 
 85.23  special education instruction or related services under section 
 85.24  120.17 if the intervention services authorized by this section 
 85.25  were unavailable.  Pupils may be provided services during 
 85.26  extended school days and throughout the entire year.  
 85.27     Sec. 62.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.173, 
 85.28  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 85.29     Subd. 3.  [EVALUATION.] The application shall must also set 
 85.30  forth the review and evaluation procedures to be used by the 
 85.31  district addressing at least the following:  
 85.32     (1) the number of pupils with and without a disability 
 85.33  served; 
 85.34     (2) the impact of the program on the academic progress and 
 85.35  social adjustment of the pupils; 
 85.36     (3) the level of satisfaction teachers, parents, and pupils 
 86.1   have with the program; 
 86.2      (4) the effect of the program on the number of referrals 
 86.3   for special education, federal chapter 1, and other programs; 
 86.4      (5) the amount of time spent by teachers on procedural 
 86.5   activities; 
 86.6      (6) the increased amount of time the pupil is in a regular 
 86.7   education classroom; and 
 86.8      (7) cost implications.  
 86.9      Sec. 63.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.173, 
 86.10  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 86.11     Subd. 4.  [REVIEW FOR EXCESS EXPENDITURES.] The 
 86.12  commissioner shall must review each application to determine 
 86.13  whether the personnel, equipment, supplies, residential aid, and 
 86.14  summer school are necessary to meet the district's obligation to 
 86.15  provide special instruction and services to children with a 
 86.16  disability according to section 120.17.  The commissioner shall 
 86.17  may not approve revenue for any expenditures determined to be 
 86.18  unnecessary. 
 86.19     Sec. 64.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.173, 
 86.20  subdivision 6, is amended to read:  
 86.21     Subd. 6.  [PUPIL RIGHTS.] A pupil participating in the 
 86.22  program must be individually evaluated according to the pupil's 
 86.23  actual abilities and needs.  A pupil who is eligible for 
 86.24  services under section 120.17 is entitled to procedural 
 86.25  protections provided under Public Law Number 94-142 in any 
 86.26  matter that affects the identification, evaluation, placement, 
 86.27  or change in placement of a pupil.  The district must ensure the 
 86.28  protection of a pupil's civil rights, provide equal educational 
 86.29  opportunities, and prohibit discrimination.  Failure to comply 
 86.30  with this subdivision will at least cause a district to become 
 86.31  ineligible to participate in the program.  Notwithstanding rules 
 86.32  of the state board of education, a pupil's rights under this 
 86.33  section cannot be waived by the state board. 
 86.34     Sec. 65.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 86.35  120.181, is amended to read: 
 86.36     120.181 [PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN WITHOUT DISABILITIES; 
 87.1   EDUCATION AND TRANSPORTATION.] 
 87.2      The responsibility for providing instruction and 
 87.3   transportation for a pupil without a disability who has a 
 87.4   short-term or temporary physical or emotional illness or 
 87.5   disability, as determined by the standards of the state board, 
 87.6   and who is temporarily placed for care and treatment for that 
 87.7   illness or disability, shall must be determined as provided in 
 87.8   this section.  
 87.9      (a) The school district of residence of the pupil shall be 
 87.10  is the district in which the pupil's parent or guardian resides, 
 87.11  or when the district designated by the commissioner if neither 
 87.12  the pupil's parent nor guardian resides is living within the 
 87.13  state and tuition has been denied, the district designated by 
 87.14  the commissioner of children, families, and learning.  
 87.15     (b) Prior to Before the placement of a pupil for care and 
 87.16  treatment, the district of residence shall must be notified and 
 87.17  provided an opportunity to participate in the placement 
 87.18  decision.  When an immediate emergency placement is necessary 
 87.19  and time does not permit resident district participation in the 
 87.20  placement decision, the district in which the pupil is 
 87.21  temporarily placed, if different from the district of residence, 
 87.22  shall must notify the district of residence of the emergency 
 87.23  placement within 15 days of the placement.  
 87.24     (c) When a pupil without a disability is temporarily placed 
 87.25  for care and treatment in a day program and the pupil continues 
 87.26  to live within the district of residence during the care and 
 87.27  treatment, the district of residence shall must provide 
 87.28  instruction and necessary transportation for the pupil.  The 
 87.29  district may provide the instruction at a school within the 
 87.30  district of residence, at the pupil's residence, or in the case 
 87.31  of a placement outside of the resident district, in the district 
 87.32  in which the day treatment program is located by paying tuition 
 87.33  to that district.  The district of placement may contract with a 
 87.34  facility to provide instruction by teachers licensed by the 
 87.35  state board of teaching.  
 87.36     (d) When a pupil without a disability is temporarily placed 
 88.1   in a residential program for care and treatment, the district in 
 88.2   which the pupil is placed shall must provide instruction for the 
 88.3   pupil and necessary transportation while the pupil is receiving 
 88.4   instruction, and in the case of a placement outside of the 
 88.5   district of residence, the nonresident district shall must bill 
 88.6   the district of residence for the actual cost of providing the 
 88.7   instruction for the regular school year and for summer school, 
 88.8   excluding transportation costs.  When a pupil without a 
 88.9   disability is temporarily placed in a residential program 
 88.10  outside the district of residence, the administrator of the 
 88.11  court placing the pupil shall must send timely written notice of 
 88.12  the placement to the district of residence.  The district of 
 88.13  placement may contract with a residential facility to provide 
 88.14  instruction by teachers licensed by the state board of teaching. 
 88.15     (e) The district of residence shall must include the pupil 
 88.16  in its residence count of pupil units and pay tuition as 
 88.17  provided in section 124.18 to the district providing the 
 88.18  instruction.  Transportation costs shall must be paid by the 
 88.19  district providing the transportation and the state shall must 
 88.20  pay transportation aid to that district.  For purposes of 
 88.21  computing state transportation aid, pupils governed by this 
 88.22  subdivision shall must be included in the disabled 
 88.23  transportation category.  
 88.24     Sec. 66.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.1811, is 
 88.25  amended to read: 
 88.26     120.1811 [RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITIES; EDUCATION.] 
 88.27     Subdivision 1.  [EDUCATIONAL SCREENING.] Secure and 
 88.28  nonsecure residential treatment facilities licensed by the 
 88.29  department of human services or the department of corrections 
 88.30  shall must screen each juvenile who is held in a facility for at 
 88.31  least 72 hours, excluding weekends or holidays, using an 
 88.32  educational screening tool identified by the department of 
 88.33  children, families, and learning, unless the facility determines 
 88.34  that the juvenile has a current individual education plan and 
 88.35  obtains a copy of it.  The department of children, families, and 
 88.36  learning shall must develop or identify an education screening 
 89.1   tool for use in residential facilities.  The tool must include a 
 89.2   life skills development component. 
 89.3      Subd. 2.  [RULEMAKING.] The state board of education may, 
 89.4   in consultation with the commissioners of corrections and human 
 89.5   services, make or amend rules relating to education programs in 
 89.6   residential treatment facilities, if necessary, to implement 
 89.7   this section. 
 89.8      Sec. 67.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.182, is 
 89.9   amended to read: 
 89.10     120.182 [SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR.] 
 89.11     The authority for the selection and employment of the 
 89.12  director of a special education cooperative established pursuant 
 89.13  to section 120.17 or 471.59 shall be is vested in the governing 
 89.14  board of the cooperative.  Notwithstanding the provisions of 
 89.15  section 125.12, subdivision 6a or 6b, no individual shall have a 
 89.16  right to employment as a director based on seniority or order of 
 89.17  employment by the cooperative.  
 89.18     Sec. 68.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.183, is 
 89.19  amended to read: 
 89.20     120.183 [INTERAGENCY OFFICE ON TRANSITION SERVICES.] 
 89.21     The commissioner of children, families, and learning shall 
 89.22  must establish an interagency office on transition services to:  
 89.23     (1) gather and coordinate data on transition services for 
 89.24  secondary age pupils with a disability; 
 89.25     (2) provide information, consultation, and technical 
 89.26  assistance to state and local agencies involved in the delivery 
 89.27  of services to pupils with a disability in transition from 
 89.28  secondary school programs to employment and post-secondary 
 89.29  training programs; 
 89.30     (3) assist agencies in establishing local interagency 
 89.31  agreements to assure the necessary services for efficient and 
 89.32  appropriate transition from school to work or post-secondary 
 89.33  training programs; and 
 89.34     (4) assist regions and local areas in planning interagency 
 89.35  in-service training to develop and improve transition services.  
 89.36     Sec. 69.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.185, is 
 90.1   amended to read: 
 90.2      120.185 [ACCOMMODATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES.] 
 90.3      A school or school district shall must provide a student 
 90.4   who is an "individual with a disability" under Section 504 of 
 90.5   the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, United States Code, title 29, 
 90.6   section 794, or under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 
 90.7   Public Law Number 101-336, with reasonable accommodations or 
 90.8   modifications in programs.  
 90.9      Sec. 70.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.188, is 
 90.10  amended to read: 
 90.11     120.188 [PURCHASING GUIDELINES.] 
 90.12     Subdivision 1.  [RIGHTS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO PURCHASE 
 90.13  SCHOOL-OWNED ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY.] (a) When a child with a 
 90.14  disability exits a school district and enters a new school 
 90.15  district, the child's new school district may purchase any 
 90.16  assistive technology devices that the child's former school 
 90.17  district has purchased on the child's behalf.  The child's new 
 90.18  school district must notify, in writing, the child's former 
 90.19  school district of the intent to purchase the device.  The 
 90.20  child's new school district must complete a purchase agreement 
 90.21  according to section 120.1701, subdivision 10.  The child's 
 90.22  former school district must respond, in writing, to the request 
 90.23  to purchase within 30 days.  
 90.24     (b) School Districts may decline to sell a device if they 
 90.25  can demonstrate the technology is a general use device or can be 
 90.26  modified for use by other students. 
 90.27     Subd. 2.  [LIABILITY FOR USED EQUIPMENT.] The child's 
 90.28  former school district shall is not be liable for any 
 90.29  nonconformities in the equipment after it is purchased by the 
 90.30  child's new school district, or for injuries arising out of the 
 90.31  use of the assistive technology device.  This section does not 
 90.32  foreclose the child's right to bring suit against the 
 90.33  manufacturer, assistive device lessor, or assistive device 
 90.34  dealer for nonconformities in or injuries arising out of the use 
 90.35  of the assistive technology device. 
 90.36     Subd. 3.  [THIRD-PARTY PAYORS.] Nothing contained in this 
 91.1   section shall may be construed as decreasing the obligation of 
 91.2   an insurance company or other third-party payor to provide 
 91.3   coverage for assistive technology. 
 91.4      Sec. 71.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.189, is 
 91.5   amended to read: 
 91.6      120.189 [INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE USED ASSISTIVE 
 91.7   TECHNOLOGY DEVICES.] 
 91.8      Subdivision 1.  [OPTION TO PURCHASE BY DEPARTMENT OF 
 91.9   ECONOMIC SECURITY.] (a) When a child with a disability 
 91.10  transitions into a work environment or enrolls in a 
 91.11  post-secondary course or program, the department of economic 
 91.12  security may purchase any assistive technology device that the 
 91.13  child's former school district purchased on the child's behalf. 
 91.14     (b) The department of economic security may purchase an 
 91.15  assistive technology device initially purchased by a school 
 91.16  district for a child who is currently a recipient of 
 91.17  rehabilitation services and who needs the identical assistive 
 91.18  technology device as stated on the recipient's individual 
 91.19  written rehabilitation plan.  The purchase may be made not more 
 91.20  than three months prior to before the child exiting exits the 
 91.21  school district. 
 91.22     Subd. 2.  [LIABILITY FOR USED EQUIPMENT.] The department of 
 91.23  economic security and the department of children, families, and 
 91.24  learning shall are not be liable for any nonconformities in the 
 91.25  equipment after it is purchased by the department of economic 
 91.26  security, or for injuries arising out of the use of the 
 91.27  assistive technology device.  This section does not foreclose 
 91.28  the child's right to bring suit against the manufacturer, 
 91.29  assistive device lessor, or assistive device dealer for 
 91.30  nonconformities in or injuries arising out of the use of the 
 91.31  assistive technology device. 
 91.32     Subd. 3.  [THIRD-PARTY PAYOR.] Nothing contained in this 
 91.33  section shall may be construed as decreasing the obligation of 
 91.34  an insurance company or other third-party payor to provide 
 91.35  coverage for assistive technology. 
 91.36     Sec. 72.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.190, is 
 92.1   amended to read: 
 92.2      120.190 [PURCHASE AGREEMENT; PRICE FORMULA.] 
 92.3      The commissioner shall must develop guidelines for the sale 
 92.4   of used assistive technology including a purchase agreement, a 
 92.5   formula for establishing the sale price, and other terms and 
 92.6   conditions of the sale. 
 92.7      Sec. 73.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.80, is 
 92.8   amended to read: 
 92.9      120.80 [EARLY GRADUATION.] 
 92.10     Subdivision 1.  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, 
 92.11  any secondary school student who has completed all required 
 92.12  courses may, with the approval of the student, the student's 
 92.13  parent or guardian, and local school officials, graduate prior 
 92.14  to before the completion of the school year.  General education 
 92.15  revenue attributable to the student must be paid as though the 
 92.16  student was in attendance for the entire year. 
 92.17     Sec. 74.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.3513, is 
 92.18  amended to read: 
 92.19     123.3513 [ADVANCED ACADEMIC CREDIT.] 
 92.20     A school district shall must grant academic credit to a 
 92.21  pupil attending an accelerated or advanced academic course 
 92.22  offered by a higher education institution or a nonprofit public 
 92.23  agency other than the district, if the pupil successfully 
 92.24  completes the course attended and passes an examination approved 
 92.25  by the district.  If no comparable course is offered by the 
 92.26  district, the commissioner shall determine the number of credits 
 92.27  which shall be granted to a pupil who successfully completes and 
 92.28  passes the course.  If a comparable course is offered by the 
 92.29  district, the school board shall must grant a comparable number 
 92.30  of credits to the pupil.  If there is a dispute between the 
 92.31  district and the pupil regarding the number of credits granted 
 92.32  for a particular course, the pupil may appeal the school board's 
 92.33  decision to the commissioner.  The commissioner's decision 
 92.34  regarding the number of credits shall be final.  
 92.35     The credits granted to a pupil shall be counted toward the 
 92.36  graduation requirements and subject area requirements of the 
 93.1   school district.  Evidence of successful completion of each 
 93.2   class and credits granted shall be included in the pupil's 
 93.3   secondary school record.  
 93.4      Sec. 75.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.3514, 
 93.5   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
 93.6      Subd. 3.  [DEFINITIONS.] For purposes of this section, an 
 93.7   the following terms have the meanings given to them. 
 93.8      (a) "Eligible institution" means a Minnesota public 
 93.9   post-secondary institution, a private, nonprofit two-year trade 
 93.10  and technical school granting associate degrees, an 
 93.11  opportunities industrialization center accredited by the North 
 93.12  Central Association of Colleges and Schools, or a private, 
 93.13  residential, two-year or four-year, liberal arts, 
 93.14  degree-granting college or university located in Minnesota.  
 93.15  "Course" means a course or program.  
 93.16     (b) "Course" means a course or program.  
 93.17     Sec. 76.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 93.18  123.3514, subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
 93.19     Subd. 4.  [AUTHORIZATION; NOTIFICATION.] Notwithstanding 
 93.20  any other law to the contrary, an 11th or 12th grade pupil 
 93.21  enrolled in a school or an American Indian-controlled tribal 
 93.22  contract or grant school eligible for aid under section 124.86, 
 93.23  except a foreign exchange pupil enrolled in a district under a 
 93.24  cultural exchange program, may apply to an eligible institution, 
 93.25  as defined in subdivision 3, to enroll in nonsectarian courses 
 93.26  offered by that post-secondary institution.  If an institution 
 93.27  accepts a secondary pupil for enrollment under this section, the 
 93.28  institution shall send written notice to the pupil, the pupil's 
 93.29  school or school district, and the commissioner of children, 
 93.30  families, and learning within ten days of acceptance.  The 
 93.31  notice shall must indicate the course and hours of enrollment of 
 93.32  that pupil.  If the pupil enrolls in a course for post-secondary 
 93.33  credit, the institution shall must notify the pupil about 
 93.34  payment in the customary manner used by the institution. 
 93.35     Sec. 77.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 93.36  123.3514, subdivision 4a, is amended to read:  
 94.1      Subd. 4a.  [COUNSELING.] To the extent possible, the school 
 94.2   or school district shall must provide counseling services to 
 94.3   pupils and their parents or guardian before the pupils enroll in 
 94.4   courses under this section to ensure that the pupils and their 
 94.5   parents or guardian are fully aware of the risks and possible 
 94.6   consequences of enrolling in post-secondary courses.  The school 
 94.7   or school district shall must provide information on the program 
 94.8   including who may enroll, what institutions and courses are 
 94.9   eligible for participation, the decision-making process for 
 94.10  granting academic credits, financial arrangements for tuition, 
 94.11  books and materials, eligibility criteria for transportation 
 94.12  aid, available support services, the need to arrange an 
 94.13  appropriate schedule, consequences of failing or not completing 
 94.14  a course in which the pupil enrolls, the effect of enrolling in 
 94.15  this program on the pupil's ability to complete the required 
 94.16  high school graduation requirements, and the academic and social 
 94.17  responsibilities that must be assumed by the pupils and their 
 94.18  parents or guardian.  The person providing counseling shall 
 94.19  encourage pupils and their parents or guardian to also use 
 94.20  available counseling services at the post-secondary institutions 
 94.21  before the quarter or semester of enrollment to ensure that 
 94.22  anticipated plans are appropriate.  
 94.23     Prior to enrolling in a course, the pupil and the pupil's 
 94.24  parents or guardian must sign a form that must be provided by 
 94.25  the school or school district and may be obtained from a 
 94.26  post-secondary institution stating that they have received the 
 94.27  information specified in this subdivision and that they 
 94.28  understand the responsibilities that must be assumed in 
 94.29  enrolling in this program.  The department of children, 
 94.30  families, and learning shall must, upon request, provide 
 94.31  technical assistance to a school or school district in 
 94.32  developing appropriate forms and counseling guidelines. 
 94.33     Sec. 78.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.3514, 
 94.34  subdivision 4b, is amended to read: 
 94.35     Subd. 4b.  [DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION; NOTIFICATION OF 
 94.36  INTENT TO ENROLL.] By March 1 of each year, a school district 
 95.1   shall must provide general information about the program to all 
 95.2   pupils in grades 10 and 11.  To assist the district in planning, 
 95.3   a pupil shall inform the district by March 30 of each year of 
 95.4   the pupil's intent to enroll in post-secondary courses during 
 95.5   the following school year.  A pupil is not bound by notifying or 
 95.6   not notifying the district by March 30.  
 95.7      Sec. 79.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.3514, 
 95.8   subdivision 4d, is amended to read: 
 95.9      Subd. 4d.  [ENROLLMENT PRIORITY.] A post-secondary 
 95.10  institution shall give priority to its post-secondary students 
 95.11  when enrolling 11th and 12th grade pupils in its courses.  A 
 95.12  post-secondary institution may provide information about its 
 95.13  programs to a secondary school or to a pupil or parent, but it 
 95.14  may not advertise or otherwise recruit or solicit the 
 95.15  participation on financial grounds, secondary pupils to enroll 
 95.16  in its programs.  An institution shall must not enroll secondary 
 95.17  pupils, for post-secondary enrollment options purposes, in 
 95.18  remedial, developmental, or other courses that are not college 
 95.19  level.  Once a pupil has been enrolled in a post-secondary 
 95.20  course under this section, the pupil shall not be displaced by 
 95.21  another student.  
 95.22     Sec. 80.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 95.23  123.3514, subdivision 4e, is amended to read: 
 95.24     Subd. 4e.  [COURSES ACCORDING TO AGREEMENTS.] An eligible 
 95.25  pupil, according to subdivision 4, may enroll in a nonsectarian 
 95.26  course taught by a secondary teacher or a post-secondary faculty 
 95.27  member and offered at a secondary school, or another location, 
 95.28  according to an agreement between a public school board and the 
 95.29  governing body of an eligible public post-secondary system or an 
 95.30  eligible private post-secondary institution, as defined in 
 95.31  subdivision 3.  All provisions of this section shall apply to a 
 95.32  pupil, public school board, school district, and the governing 
 95.33  body of a post-secondary institution, except as otherwise 
 95.34  provided.  
 95.35     Sec. 81.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.3514, 
 95.36  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
 96.1      Subd. 5.  [CREDITS.] A pupil may enroll in a course under 
 96.2   this section for either secondary credit or post-secondary 
 96.3   credit.  At the time a pupil enrolls in a course, the pupil 
 96.4   shall designate whether the course is for secondary or 
 96.5   post-secondary credit.  A pupil taking several courses may 
 96.6   designate some for secondary credit and some for post-secondary 
 96.7   credit.  A pupil must not audit a course under this section. 
 96.8      A school district shall grant academic credit to a pupil 
 96.9   enrolled in a course for secondary credit if the pupil 
 96.10  successfully completes the course.  Seven quarter or four 
 96.11  semester college credits equal at least one full year of high 
 96.12  school credit.  Fewer college credits may be prorated.  A school 
 96.13  district shall must also grant academic credit to a pupil 
 96.14  enrolled in a course for post-secondary credit if secondary 
 96.15  credit is requested by a pupil.  If no comparable course is 
 96.16  offered by the district, the district shall must, as soon as 
 96.17  possible, notify the commissioner, which who shall determine the 
 96.18  number of credits that shall be granted to a pupil who 
 96.19  successfully completes a course.  If a comparable course is 
 96.20  offered by the district, the school board shall grant a 
 96.21  comparable number of credits to the pupil.  If there is a 
 96.22  dispute between the district and the pupil regarding the number 
 96.23  of credits granted for a particular course, the pupil may appeal 
 96.24  the school board's decision to the commissioner.  The 
 96.25  commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits shall be 
 96.26  final.  
 96.27     The secondary credits granted to a pupil shall must be 
 96.28  counted toward the graduation requirements and subject area 
 96.29  requirements of the school district.  Evidence of successful 
 96.30  completion of each course and secondary credits granted shall 
 96.31  must be included in the pupil's secondary school record.  A 
 96.32  pupil must shall provide the school with a copy of the pupil's 
 96.33  grade in each course taken for secondary credit under this 
 96.34  section.  Upon the request of a pupil, the pupil's secondary 
 96.35  school record shall must also include evidence of successful 
 96.36  completion and credits granted for a course taken for 
 97.1   post-secondary credit.  In either case, the record shall must 
 97.2   indicate that the credits were earned at a post-secondary 
 97.3   institution. 
 97.4      If a pupil enrolls in a post-secondary institution after 
 97.5   leaving secondary school, the post-secondary institution shall 
 97.6   must award post-secondary credit for any course successfully 
 97.7   completed for secondary credit at that institution.  Other 
 97.8   post-secondary institutions may award, after a pupil leaves 
 97.9   secondary school, post-secondary credit for any courses 
 97.10  successfully completed under this section.  An institution may 
 97.11  not charge a pupil for the award of credit. 
 97.12     Sec. 82.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.3514, 
 97.13  subdivision 6, is amended to read:  
 97.14     Subd. 6.  [FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS.] For a pupil enrolled in 
 97.15  a course under this section, the department of children, 
 97.16  families, and learning shall must make payments according to 
 97.17  this subdivision for courses that were taken for secondary 
 97.18  credit.  
 97.19     The department shall must not make payments to a school 
 97.20  district or post-secondary institution for a course taken for 
 97.21  post-secondary credit only.  The department shall must not make 
 97.22  payments to a post-secondary institution for a course from which 
 97.23  a student officially withdraws during the first 14 days of the 
 97.24  quarter or semester or who has been absent from the 
 97.25  post-secondary institution for the first 15 consecutive school 
 97.26  days of the quarter or semester and is not receiving instruction 
 97.27  in the home or hospital. 
 97.28     A post-secondary institution shall receive the following: 
 97.29     (1) for an institution granting quarter credit, the 
 97.30  reimbursement per credit hour shall be an amount equal to 88 
 97.31  percent of the product of the formula allowance, multiplied by 
 97.32  1.3, and divided by 45; or 
 97.33     (2) for an institution granting semester credit, the 
 97.34  reimbursement per credit hour shall be an amount equal to 88 
 97.35  percent of the product of the general revenue formula allowance, 
 97.36  multiplied by 1.3, and divided by 30. 
 98.1      The department of children, families, and learning shall 
 98.2   must pay to each post-secondary institution 100 percent of the 
 98.3   amount in clause (1) or (2) within 30 days of receiving initial 
 98.4   enrollment information each quarter or semester.  If changes in 
 98.5   enrollment occur during a quarter or semester, the change shall 
 98.6   be reported by the post-secondary institution at the time the 
 98.7   enrollment information for the succeeding quarter or semester is 
 98.8   submitted.  At any time the department of children, families, 
 98.9   and learning notifies a post-secondary institution that an 
 98.10  overpayment has been made, the institution shall promptly remit 
 98.11  the amount due.  
 98.12     Sec. 83.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.3514, 
 98.13  subdivision 6b, is amended to read: 
 98.14     Subd. 6b.  [FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS, PUPILS AGE 21 OR OVER.] 
 98.15  For a pupil enrolled in a course according to this section, the 
 98.16  department of children, families, and learning shall must make 
 98.17  payments according to this subdivision for courses taken to 
 98.18  fulfill high school graduation requirements by pupils eligible 
 98.19  for adult high school graduation aid.  
 98.20     The department must not make payments to a school district 
 98.21  or post-secondary institution for a course taken for 
 98.22  post-secondary credit only.  The department shall must not make 
 98.23  payments to a post-secondary institution for a course from which 
 98.24  a student officially withdraws during the first 14 days of the 
 98.25  quarter or semester or who has been absent from the 
 98.26  post-secondary institution for the first 15 consecutive school 
 98.27  days of the quarter or semester and is not receiving instruction 
 98.28  in the home or hospital. 
 98.29     A post-secondary institution shall receive the following: 
 98.30     (1) for an institution granting quarter credit, the 
 98.31  reimbursement per credit hour shall be an amount equal to 88 
 98.32  percent of the product of the formula allowance, multiplied by 
 98.33  1.3, and divided by 45; or 
 98.34     (2) for an institution granting semester credit, the 
 98.35  reimbursement per credit hour shall be an amount equal to 88 
 98.36  percent of the product of the general revenue formula allowance 
 99.1   multiplied by 1.3, and divided by 30. 
 99.2      The department of children, families, and learning shall 
 99.3   must pay to each post-secondary institution 100 percent of the 
 99.4   amount in clause (1) or (2) within 30 days of receiving initial 
 99.5   enrollment information each quarter or semester.  If changes in 
 99.6   enrollment occur during a quarter or semester, the change shall 
 99.7   be reported by the post-secondary institution at the time the 
 99.8   enrollment information for the succeeding quarter or semester is 
 99.9   submitted.  At any time the department of children, families, 
 99.10  and learning notifies a post-secondary institution that an 
 99.11  overpayment has been made, the institution shall promptly remit 
 99.12  the amount due. 
 99.13     A school district shall receive: 
 99.14     (1) for a pupil who is not enrolled in classes at a 
 99.15  secondary program, 12 percent of the general education formula 
 99.16  allowance times .65, times 1.3; or 
 99.17     (2) for a pupil who attends classes at a secondary program 
 99.18  part time, the general education formula allowance times .65, 
 99.19  times 1.3, times the ratio of the total number of hours the 
 99.20  pupil is in membership for courses taken by the pupil for credit 
 99.21  to 1020 hours.  
 99.22     Sec. 84.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
 99.23  123.3514, subdivision 6c, is amended to read: 
 99.24     Subd. 6c.  [FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR COURSES PROVIDED 
 99.25  ACCORDING TO AGREEMENTS.] (a) The agreement between a public 
 99.26  school board and the governing body of a public post-secondary 
 99.27  system or private post-secondary institution shall set forth the 
 99.28  payment amounts and arrangements, if any, from the public school 
 99.29  board to the post-secondary institution.  No payments shall be 
 99.30  made by the department of children, families, and learning 
 99.31  according to subdivision 6 or 6b.  For the purpose of computing 
 99.32  state aids for a school district, a pupil enrolled according to 
 99.33  subdivision 4e shall be counted in the average daily membership 
 99.34  of the school district as though the pupil were enrolled in a 
 99.35  secondary course that is not offered in connection with an 
 99.36  agreement.  Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to 
100.1   prohibit a public post-secondary system or private 
100.2   post-secondary institution from receiving additional state 
100.3   funding that may be available under any other law.  
100.4      (b) If a course is provided under subdivision 4e, offered 
100.5   at a secondary school, and taught by a secondary teacher, the 
100.6   post-secondary system or institution must not require a payment 
100.7   from the school board that exceeds the cost to the 
100.8   post-secondary institution that is directly attributable to 
100.9   providing that course.  
100.10     Sec. 85.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.3514, 
100.11  subdivision 7a, is amended to read: 
100.12     Subd. 7a.  [TEXTBOOKS; MATERIALS.] All textbooks and 
100.13  equipment provided to a pupil, and paid for under subdivision 6, 
100.14  are the property of the pupil's school district of residence.  
100.15  Each pupil is required to return all textbooks and equipment to 
100.16  the school district after the course has ended. 
100.17     Sec. 86.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.3514, 
100.18  subdivision 7b, is amended to read:  
100.19     Subd. 7b.  [SUPPORT SERVICES.] The post-secondary 
100.20  institution shall must inform the pupil of the support services 
100.21  available at that institution.  If the student has an individual 
100.22  education plan that provides general education support and 
100.23  accommodations, the post-secondary institution shall must 
100.24  provide the support services as described in the student's IEP 
100.25  and the post-secondary institution and the district shall 
100.26  negotiate an agreement on the rate to be charged for the 
100.27  services.  Nothing in this section shall prevent the student 
100.28  from enrolling while the agreement is being developed.  If the 
100.29  parties cannot agree on the services, on application of either 
100.30  party, the commissioner shall resolve the dispute in the same 
100.31  manner the commissioner fixes tuition rates under section 
100.32  120.17, subdivision 4.  The commissioner's decision is binding 
100.33  on both parties.  
100.34     Sec. 87.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
100.35  123.3514, subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
100.36     Subd. 8.  [TRANSPORTATION.] A parent or guardian of a pupil 
101.1   enrolled in a course for secondary credit may apply to the 
101.2   pupil's district of residence for reimbursement for transporting 
101.3   the pupil between the secondary school in which the pupil is 
101.4   enrolled or the pupil's home and the post-secondary institution 
101.5   that the pupil attends.  The state shall provide state aid to a 
101.6   district in an amount sufficient to reimburse the parent or 
101.7   guardian for the necessary transportation costs when the 
101.8   family's or guardian's income is at or below the poverty level, 
101.9   as determined by the federal government.  The reimbursement 
101.10  shall be the pupil's actual cost of transportation or 15 cents 
101.11  per mile traveled, whichever is less.  Reimbursement may not be 
101.12  paid for more than 250 miles per week.  However, if the nearest 
101.13  post-secondary institution is more than 25 miles from the 
101.14  pupil's resident secondary school, the weekly reimbursement may 
101.15  not exceed the reimbursement rate per mile times the actual 
101.16  distance between the secondary school or the pupil's home and 
101.17  the nearest post-secondary institution times ten.  The state 
101.18  shall must pay aid to the district according to this subdivision.
101.19     Sec. 88.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.227, is 
101.20  amended to read: 
101.21     124.227 [INTERDISTRICT DESEGREGATION OR INTEGRATION 
101.22  TRANSPORTATION GRANTS.] 
101.23     (a) A district that provides transportation of pupils to 
101.24  and from an interdistrict program for desegregation or 
101.25  integration purposes may apply to the commissioner of children, 
101.26  families, and learning for a grant to cover the additional costs 
101.27  of transportation.  
101.28     (b) A district in the metropolitan area may apply to the 
101.29  commissioner for a grant to cover the costs of transporting 
101.30  pupils who are enrolled under section 120.062 if the enrollment 
101.31  of the student in the nonresident district contributes to 
101.32  desegregation or integration purposes.  The commissioner must 
101.33  shall develop the form and manner of applications, the criteria 
101.34  to be used to determine when transportation is for desegregation 
101.35  or integration purposes, and the accounting procedure to be used 
101.36  to determine excess costs.  In determining the grant amount, the 
102.1   commissioner must shall consider other revenue received by the 
102.2   district for transportation for desegregation or integration 
102.3   purposes. 
102.4      (c) Grants may be awarded under paragraph (b) only if 
102.5   grants awarded under paragraph (a) have been fully funded. 
102.6      Sec. 89.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.248, 
102.7   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
102.8      Subdivision 1.  [GENERAL EDUCATION REVENUE.] General 
102.9   education revenue shall must be paid to a charter school as 
102.10  though it were a school district.  The general education revenue 
102.11  for each pupil unit is the state average general education 
102.12  revenue per pupil unit minus $170, calculated without 
102.13  compensatory revenue, transportation sparsity revenue, and the 
102.14  transportation portion of the transition revenue adjustment, 
102.15  plus compensatory revenue as though the school were a school 
102.16  district. 
102.17     Sec. 90.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.248, 
102.18  subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
102.19     Subd. 1a.  [TRANSPORTATION REVENUE.] Transportation revenue 
102.20  shall must be paid to a charter school that provides 
102.21  transportation services according to section 120.064, 
102.22  subdivision 15, according to this subdivision.  Transportation 
102.23  aid shall equal transportation revenue.  
102.24     (a) In addition to the revenue under subdivision 1, a 
102.25  charter school providing transportation services shall must 
102.26  receive general education aid for each pupil unit equal to the 
102.27  sum of $170, plus the transportation sparsity allowance for the 
102.28  school district in which the charter school is located, plus the 
102.29  transportation transition allowance for the school district in 
102.30  which the charter school is located.  
102.31     (b) For the first two years that a charter school is 
102.32  providing transportation services, the special programs 
102.33  transportation revenue equals the charter school's actual cost 
102.34  in the current school year for transportation services for 
102.35  children with disabilities under section 124.223, subdivisions 
102.36  4, 5, 7, and 8.  For the third year of transportation services 
103.1   and later fiscal years, the special programs transportation 
103.2   revenue shall be computed according to section 124.225, 
103.3   subdivision 14.  
103.4      Sec. 91.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
103.5   124.248, subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
103.6      Subd. 3.  [SPECIAL EDUCATION AID.] Except as provided in 
103.7   subdivision 1a, paragraph (b), special education aid shall must 
103.8   be paid to a charter school according to section 124.3201, as 
103.9   though it were a school district.  The charter school may charge 
103.10  tuition to the district of residence as provided in section 
103.11  120.17, subdivision 4.  The charter school shall allocate its 
103.12  special education levy equalization revenue to the resident 
103.13  districts of the pupils attending the charter school.  The 
103.14  districts of residence shall levy as though they were 
103.15  participating in a cooperative, as provided in section 124.321, 
103.16  subdivision 3. 
103.17     Sec. 92.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
103.18  124.248, subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
103.19     Subd. 4.  [OTHER AID, GRANTS, REVENUE.] (a) A charter 
103.20  school is eligible to receive other aids, grants, and revenue 
103.21  according to chapters 120 to 129, as though it were a school 
103.22  district except that, notwithstanding section 124.195, 
103.23  subdivision 3, the payments shall must be of an equal amount on 
103.24  each of the 23 payment dates unless a charter school is in its 
103.25  first year of operation in which case it shall receive on its 
103.26  first payment date ten percent of its cumulative amount 
103.27  guaranteed for the year and 22 payments of an equal amount 
103.28  thereafter the sum of which shall be 90 percent of the 
103.29  cumulative amount guaranteed.  However, it may not receive aid, 
103.30  a grant, or revenue if a levy is required to obtain the money, 
103.31  except as otherwise provided in this section.  Federal aid 
103.32  received by the state must be paid to the school, if it 
103.33  qualifies for the aid as though it were a school district. 
103.34     (b) A charter school may receive money from any source for 
103.35  capital facilities needs.  In the year-end report to the state 
103.36  board of education, the charter school shall report the total 
104.1   amount of funds received from grants and other outside sources. 
104.2      Sec. 93.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.273, 
104.3   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
104.4      Subd. 3.  [PARTICIPATION OF NONPUBLIC SCHOOL PUPILS.] In 
104.5   counting the number of pupils of limited English proficiency for 
104.6   purposes of this section, districts may include pupils of 
104.7   limited English proficiency who attend nonpublic schools in the 
104.8   district.  A district which counts those pupils and receives aid 
104.9   pursuant to this section shall must offer those pupils the same 
104.10  programs on the same terms that it offers to pupils of limited 
104.11  English proficiency who attend the public school.  A program 
104.12  provided for a nonpublic school pupil pursuant to this 
104.13  subdivision shall must be provided at a public school or a 
104.14  neutral site as defined in section 123.932, subdivision 9.  
104.15  Nonpublic school pupils served by a district's educational 
104.16  program for pupils of limited English proficiency shall must be 
104.17  counted for average daily membership pursuant to sections 
104.18  124A.02, subdivisions 20 to 22, and 124A.034, subdivisions 1 to 
104.19  2.  
104.20     Sec. 94.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.273, 
104.21  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
104.22     Subd. 4.  [APPLICATION DATES.] To obtain aid for limited 
104.23  English proficiency programs, a district shall must submit 
104.24  information required by the department to implement this section.
104.25     Sec. 95.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.273, 
104.26  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
104.27     Subd. 6.  [RECORDS; AUDIT.] A district which applies for 
104.28  aid pursuant to this section shall must maintain records which 
104.29  support the information contained in all of its applications.  
104.30  The commissioner of children, families, and learning may audit 
104.31  these records upon request.  A district which receives aid 
104.32  pursuant to this section shall must keep such additional records 
104.33  in the manner prescribed by the commissioner to ensure that an 
104.34  educational program for pupils of limited English proficiency is 
104.35  implemented and operated in accordance with sections 126.261 to 
104.36  126.269.  
105.1      Sec. 96.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.273, 
105.2   subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
105.3      Subd. 7.  [MONEY FROM OTHER SOURCES.] A school district 
105.4   providing a program for pupils of limited English proficiency 
105.5   shall must be eligible to receive moneys for these programs from 
105.6   other government agencies and from private sources when these 
105.7   moneys are available. 
105.8      Sec. 97.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.311, 
105.9   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
105.10     Subdivision 1.  [INSTRUCTION.] A school district may 
105.11  receive assurance of mastery revenue to provide direct 
105.12  instructional services to eligible pupils.  
105.13     Sec. 98.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.32, is 
105.14  amended to read: 
105.15     124.32 [CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY.] 
105.16     Subd. 2b.  [TRAVEL AID.] The state shall must pay each 
105.17  district one-half of the sum actually expended by a district for 
105.18  necessary travel of essential personnel providing home-based 
105.19  services to children with a disability under age five and their 
105.20  families.  
105.21     Subd. 4.  [AID PAYMENT.] The aids provided for children 
105.22  with a disability shall must be paid to the district providing 
105.23  the special instruction and services.  General education 
105.24  aid shall must be paid to the district of the pupil's 
105.25  residence.  The total amount of aid paid may not exceed the 
105.26  amount expended for children with a disability in the year for 
105.27  which the aid is paid.  
105.28     Subd. 6.  [FULL STATE PAYMENT.] The state shall must pay 
105.29  each district the actual cost incurred in providing instruction 
105.30  and services for a child with a disability whose district of 
105.31  residence has been determined by section 120.17, subdivision 8a, 
105.32  and who is temporarily placed in a state institution or a 
105.33  licensed residential facility for care and treatment.  This 
105.34  section does not apply to a child placed in a foster home or a 
105.35  foster group home. 
105.36     Upon following the procedure specified by the commissioner 
106.1   of children, families, and learning, the district may bill the 
106.2   state the actual cost incurred in providing the services 
106.3   including transportation costs and a proportionate amount of 
106.4   capital expenditures and debt service, minus the amount of the 
106.5   basic revenue, as defined in section 124A.22, subdivision 2, of 
106.6   the district for the child and the special education aid, 
106.7   transportation aid, and any other aid earned on behalf of the 
106.8   child.  The limit set forth in subdivision 4 shall apply applies 
106.9   to aid paid pursuant to this subdivision.  
106.10     To the extent possible, the commissioner shall obtain 
106.11  reimbursement from another state for the cost of serving any 
106.12  child whose parent or guardian resides in that state.  The 
106.13  commissioner may contract with the appropriate authorities of 
106.14  other states to effect reimbursement.  All money received from 
106.15  other states shall must be paid to the state treasury and placed 
106.16  in the general fund.  
106.17     Subd. 7.  [PROGRAM AND AID APPROVAL.] Before June 1 of each 
106.18  year, each district providing special instruction and services 
106.19  to children with a disability shall must submit to the 
106.20  commissioner an application for approval of these programs and 
106.21  their budgets for the next fiscal year.  The application shall 
106.22  must include an enumeration of the costs proposed as eligible 
106.23  for state aid pursuant to this section and of the estimated 
106.24  number and grade level of children with a disability in the 
106.25  district who will receive special instruction and services 
106.26  during the regular school year and in summer school programs 
106.27  during the next fiscal year.  The application shall must also 
106.28  include any other information deemed necessary by the 
106.29  commissioner for the calculation of state aid and for the 
106.30  evaluation of the necessity of the program, the necessity of the 
106.31  personnel to be employed in the program, for determining the 
106.32  amount which the program will receive from grants from federal 
106.33  funds, or special grants from other state sources, and the 
106.34  program's compliance with the rules and standards of the state 
106.35  board.  The commissioner shall review each application to 
106.36  determine whether the program and the personnel to be employed 
107.1   in the program are actually necessary and essential to meet the 
107.2   district's obligation to provide special instruction and 
107.3   services to children with a disability pursuant to sections 
107.4   120.17 and 120.1701.  The commissioner shall not approve aid 
107.5   pursuant to this section for any program or for the salary of 
107.6   any personnel determined to be unnecessary or unessential on the 
107.7   basis of this review.  The commissioner may withhold all or any 
107.8   portion of the aid for programs which receive grants from 
107.9   federal funds, or special grants from other state sources.  By 
107.10  August 31 the commissioner shall approve, disapprove, or modify 
107.11  each application, and notify each applying district of the 
107.12  action and of the estimated amount of aid for the programs.  The 
107.13  commissioner shall provide procedures for districts to submit 
107.14  additional applications for program and budget approval during 
107.15  the fiscal year, for programs needed to meet any substantial 
107.16  changes in the needs of children with a disability in the 
107.17  district.  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 124.15, the 
107.18  commissioner may modify or withdraw the program or aid approval 
107.19  and withhold aid pursuant to this section without proceeding 
107.20  according to section 124.15 at any time the commissioner 
107.21  determines that the program does not comply with rules of the 
107.22  state board or that any facts concerning the program or its 
107.23  budget differ from the facts in the district's approved 
107.24  application.  
107.25     Subd. 8.  [REGULAR CLASSROOM PROGRAMS.] When planning 
107.26  programs for the education of children with a disability in the 
107.27  regular classroom, school districts are encouraged to consider 
107.28  the size of the regular class and to provide the support 
107.29  services necessary to insure ensure successful mainstreaming.  
107.30     Subd. 10.  [SUMMER SCHOOL.] By March 15 of each year, 
107.31  districts shall must submit separate applications for program 
107.32  and budget approval for summer school programs.  The review of 
107.33  These applications shall must be reviewed as provided in 
107.34  subdivision 7.  By May 1 of each year, the commissioner shall 
107.35  approve, disapprove, or modify the applications and notify the 
107.36  districts of the action and of the estimated amount of aid for 
108.1   the summer school programs.  
108.2      Subd. 12.  [ALLOCATION FROM COOPERATIVE CENTERS, SERVICE 
108.3   COOPERATIVES, EDUCATION DISTRICTS, AND INTERMEDIATE DISTRICTS.] 
108.4   For purposes of this section, a special education cooperative, 
108.5   service cooperative, education district, or an intermediate 
108.6   district shall must allocate its approved expenditures for 
108.7   special education programs among participating school districts. 
108.8   Special education aid for services provided by a cooperative, 
108.9   service cooperative, education district, or intermediate 
108.10  district shall must be paid to the participating school 
108.11  districts. 
108.12     Sec. 99.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.3201, 
108.13  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
108.14     Subd. 5.  [SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION REVENUE.] (a) 
108.15  A school district's special education revenue for fiscal year 
108.16  1996 and later equals the state total special education revenue, 
108.17  minus the amount determined under paragraph (b), times the ratio 
108.18  of the district's adjusted special education base revenue to the 
108.19  state total adjusted special education base revenue.  If the 
108.20  state board of education modifies its rules for special 
108.21  education in a manner that increases a school district's special 
108.22  education obligations or service requirements, the commissioner 
108.23  of children, families, and learning shall annually increase each 
108.24  district's special education revenue by the amount necessary to 
108.25  compensate for the increased service requirements.  The 
108.26  additional revenue equals the cost in the current year 
108.27  attributable to rule changes not reflected in the computation of 
108.28  special education base revenue, multiplied by the appropriate 
108.29  percentages from subdivision 2. 
108.30     (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), if the special education 
108.31  base revenue for a district equals zero, the special education 
108.32  revenue equals the amount computed according to subdivision 2 
108.33  using current year data. 
108.34     Sec. 100.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.3201, 
108.35  subdivision 6, is amended to read:  
108.36     Subd. 6.  [SPECIAL EDUCATION AID.] A school district's 
109.1   special education aid for fiscal year 1996 and later equals the 
109.2   district's special education revenue times the aid percentage 
109.3   factor for that year. 
109.4      Sec. 101.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.3201, 
109.5   subdivision 7, is amended to read:  
109.6      Subd. 7.  [REVENUE ALLOCATION FROM COOPERATIVE CENTERS AND 
109.7   INTERMEDIATES.] For the purposes of this section and section 
109.8   124.321, a special education cooperative or an intermediate 
109.9   district shall must allocate its approved expenditures for 
109.10  special education programs among participating school districts. 
109.11     Sec. 102.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
109.12  124.321, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
109.13     Subdivision 1.  [LEVY EQUALIZATION REVENUE.] (a) For fiscal 
109.14  year 1999, special education levy equalization revenue for a 
109.15  school district, excluding an intermediate school district, 
109.16  equals the sum of the following amounts: 
109.17     (1) the levy percentage factor for that year times the 
109.18  district's special education revenue under section 124.3201; 
109.19  plus 
109.20     (2) the levy percentage factor for that year times the 
109.21  district's special education excess cost revenue under section 
109.22  124.323; plus 
109.23     (3) the levy percentage factor for that year times the 
109.24  district's school-to-work program for children with a disability 
109.25  revenue under section 124.574.  
109.26     Sec. 103.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
109.27  124.321, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
109.28     Subd. 2.  [REVENUE ALLOCATION FROM STATE ACADEMIES.] (a) 
109.29  For purposes of this section, the Minnesota state academy for 
109.30  the deaf or the Minnesota state academy for the blind each year 
109.31  shall must allocate an amount equal to the levy percentage 
109.32  factor for that year times their special education revenue under 
109.33  section 124.3201 for the year to each school district that 
109.34  assigns a child with an individual education plan requiring an 
109.35  instructional aide to attend either academy.  The school 
109.36  districts that assign a child who requires an instructional aide 
110.1   may make a levy in the amount of the costs allocated to them by 
110.2   either academy. 
110.3      (b) When the Minnesota state academy for the deaf or the 
110.4   Minnesota state academy for the blind allocates revenue among 
110.5   school districts that assign a child who requires an 
110.6   instructional aide, for purposes of the districts making a levy 
110.7   under this subdivision, the academy shall must provide 
110.8   information to the department of children, families, and 
110.9   learning on the amount of revenue it allocated to the school 
110.10  districts that assign a child who requires an instructional aide.
110.11     Sec. 104.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.322, 
110.12  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
110.13     Subdivision 1.  [ELIGIBILITY.] A district is eligible for 
110.14  an alternative delivery base revenue adjustment if the 
110.15  commissioner of children, families, and learning has approved 
110.16  the application of the district according to section 120.173.  
110.17     Sec. 105.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
110.18  124.322, subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
110.19     Subd. 1a.  [BASE REVENUE ADJUSTMENT.] For the third fiscal 
110.20  year after approval of a district's application, and thereafter, 
110.21  the special education base revenue under section 124.3201, 
110.22  subdivision 1, shall must be computed based on activities 
110.23  defined as reimbursable under state board rules for special 
110.24  education and nonspecial education students, and additional 
110.25  activities as detailed and approved by the commissioner of 
110.26  children, families, and learning. 
110.27     Sec. 106.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
110.28  124.323, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
110.29     Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] In For the purposes of this 
110.30  section, the definitions in this subdivision apply. 
110.31     (a) "Unreimbursed special education cost" means the sum of 
110.32  the following: 
110.33     (1) expenditures for teachers' salaries, contracted 
110.34  services, supplies, equipment, and transportation services 
110.35  eligible for revenue under section 124.3201; plus 
110.36     (2) expenditures for tuition bills received under section 
111.1   120.17 for services eligible for revenue under sections 
111.2   124.3201, subdivision 2, and 124.3202, subdivision 1; minus 
111.3      (3) revenue for teachers' salaries, contracted services, 
111.4   supplies, and equipment under sections 124.3201 and 124.3202; 
111.5   minus 
111.6      (4) tuition receipts under section 120.17 for services 
111.7   eligible for revenue under sections 124.3201, subdivision 2, and 
111.8   124.3202, subdivision 1. 
111.9      (b) "General revenue," for fiscal year 1996, means for 
111.10  fiscal year 1996, the sum of the general education revenue 
111.11  according to section 124A.22, subdivision 1, as adjusted 
111.12  according to section 124A.036, subdivision 5, plus the total 
111.13  referendum revenue according to section 124A.03, subdivision 
111.14  1e.  For fiscal years 1997 and later, "general revenue" means 
111.15  the sum of the general education revenue according to section 
111.16  124A.22, subdivision 1, as adjusted according to section 
111.17  124A.036, subdivision 5, plus the total referendum revenue minus 
111.18  transportation sparsity revenue minus total operating capital 
111.19  revenue. 
111.20     Sec. 107.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.48, as 
111.21  amended by Laws 1997, chapter 192, section 20, is amended to 
111.22  read: 
111.23     124.48 [INDIAN SCHOLARSHIPS.] 
111.24     Subdivision 1.  [AWARDS.] The state board, with the advice 
111.25  and counsel of the Minnesota Indian scholarship committee, may 
111.26  award scholarships to any Minnesota resident student who is of 
111.27  one-fourth or more Indian ancestry, who has applied for other 
111.28  existing state and federal scholarship and grant programs, and 
111.29  who, in the opinion of the board, has the capabilities to 
111.30  benefit from further education.  Scholarships shall must be for 
111.31  advanced or specialized education in accredited or approved 
111.32  colleges or in business, technical or vocational schools.  
111.33  Scholarships shall be used to defray the total cost of education 
111.34  including tuition, incidental fees, books, supplies, 
111.35  transportation, other related school costs and the cost of board 
111.36  and room and shall be paid directly to the college or school 
112.1   concerned.  The total cost of education includes all tuition and 
112.2   fees for each student enrolling in a public institution and the 
112.3   portion of tuition and fees for each student enrolling in a 
112.4   private institution that does not exceed the tuition and fees at 
112.5   a comparable public institution.  Each student shall be awarded 
112.6   a scholarship based on the total cost of the student's education 
112.7   and a standardized need analysis.  The amount and type of each 
112.8   scholarship shall be determined through the advice and counsel 
112.9   of the Minnesota Indian scholarship committee.  
112.10     When an Indian student satisfactorily completes the work 
112.11  required by a certain college or school in a school year the 
112.12  student is eligible for additional scholarships, if additional 
112.13  training is necessary to reach the student's educational and 
112.14  vocational objective.  Scholarships may not be given to any 
112.15  Indian student for more than five years of study without special 
112.16  approval of the Minnesota Indian scholarship committee.  
112.17     Subd. 3.  [INDIAN SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE.] The Minnesota 
112.18  Indian scholarship committee is established.  Members shall be 
112.19  appointed by The state board must appoint members with the 
112.20  assistance of the Indian affairs council as provided in section 
112.21  3.922, subdivision 6.  Members shall be reimbursed for expenses 
112.22  as provided in section 15.059, subdivision 6.  The state board 
112.23  shall determine the membership terms and duration of the 
112.24  committee, which expires no later than June 30, 2001.  The 
112.25  committee shall provide advice to the state board in awarding 
112.26  scholarships to eligible American Indian students and in 
112.27  administering the state board's duties regarding awarding of 
112.28  American Indian post-secondary preparation grants to school 
112.29  districts.  
112.30     Sec. 108.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
112.31  124.481, is amended to read: 
112.32     124.481 [INDIAN POST-SECONDARY PREPARATION GRANTS.] 
112.33     The state board of education, with the advice of the 
112.34  Minnesota Indian scholarship committee, may make grants to 
112.35  school districts or tribal grant or contract schools to support 
112.36  post-secondary preparation for secondary pupils who are of 
113.1   one-fourth or more Indian ancestry and who, in the opinion of 
113.2   the superintendent, have the capabilities to benefit from higher 
113.3   education.  Distribution of the grants must be in accordance 
113.4   with a plan prepared by the state board, with the advice of the 
113.5   Minnesota Indian scholarship committee, that describes the 
113.6   objectives and methods of implementing the grant program, 
113.7   including the manner in which grants will be distributed in 
113.8   proportion to the geographical distribution of the Indian 
113.9   population of the state. 
113.10     Sec. 109.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.573, 
113.11  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
113.12     Subd. 2.  [LIMIT.] The commissioner may withhold all or any 
113.13  portion of the aid paid under this section for a secondary 
113.14  vocational education program which receives funds from any other 
113.15  source.  In no event shall A district or center must not receive 
113.16  a total amount of state aid pursuant to this section which, when 
113.17  added to funds from other sources, will provide the program an 
113.18  amount for salaries and travel which exceeds 100 percent of the 
113.19  amount of its expenditures for salaries and travel in the 
113.20  program.  
113.21     Sec. 110.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.573, 
113.22  subdivision 2b, is amended to read: 
113.23     Subd. 2b.  [SECONDARY VOCATIONAL AID.] A district's 
113.24  secondary vocational education aid for a fiscal year equals the 
113.25  lesser of: 
113.26     (a) $80 times the district's average daily membership in 
113.27  grades 10 to 12; or 
113.28     (b) 25 percent of approved expenditures for the following: 
113.29     (1) salaries paid to essential, licensed personnel 
113.30  providing direct instructional services to students in that 
113.31  fiscal year for services rendered in the district's approved 
113.32  secondary vocational education programs; 
113.33     (2) contracted services provided by a public or private 
113.34  agency other than a Minnesota school district or cooperative 
113.35  center under subdivision 3a; 
113.36     (3) necessary travel between instructional sites by 
114.1   licensed secondary vocational education personnel; 
114.2      (4) necessary travel by licensed secondary vocational 
114.3   education personnel for vocational student organization 
114.4   activities held within the state for instructional purposes; 
114.5      (5) curriculum development activities that are part of a 
114.6   five-year plan for improvement based on program assessment; 
114.7      (6) necessary travel by licensed secondary vocational 
114.8   education personnel for noncollegiate credit bearing 
114.9   professional development; and 
114.10     (7) specialized vocational instructional supplies. 
114.11     (c) Up to ten percent of a district's secondary vocational 
114.12  aid may be spent on equipment purchases.  Districts using 
114.13  secondary vocational aid for equipment purchases must report to 
114.14  the department of children, families, and learning on the 
114.15  improved learning opportunities for students that result from 
114.16  the investment in equipment.  
114.17     Sec. 111.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.573, 
114.18  subdivision 2e, is amended to read: 
114.19     Subd. 2e.  [ALLOCATION FROM COOPERATIVE CENTERS AND 
114.20  INTERMEDIATE DISTRICTS.] For purposes of subdivisions 2b, 
114.21  paragraph (b), and 2f, paragraph (b), a cooperative center or an 
114.22  intermediate district shall must allocate its approved 
114.23  expenditures for secondary vocational education programs among 
114.24  participating school districts.  For purposes of subdivision 2f, 
114.25  paragraph (a), a cooperative center or an intermediate 
114.26  district shall must allocate its secondary vocational aid for 
114.27  fiscal year 1994 among participating school districts.  For 1995 
114.28  and later fiscal years, secondary vocational aid for services 
114.29  provided by a cooperative center or an intermediate district 
114.30  shall be paid to the participating school district.  
114.31     Sec. 112.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.573, 
114.32  subdivision 2f, is amended to read: 
114.33     Subd. 2f.  [AID GUARANTEE.] Notwithstanding subdivision 2b, 
114.34  the secondary vocational education aid for a school district is 
114.35  not less than the lesser of: 
114.36     (a) 95 percent of the secondary vocational education aid 
115.1   the district received for the previous fiscal year; or 
115.2      (b) 40 percent of the approved expenditures for secondary 
115.3   vocational programs included in subdivision 2b, paragraph (b). 
115.4      Sec. 113.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.573, 
115.5   subdivision 3, is amended to read:  
115.6      Subd. 3.  [COMPLIANCE WITH RULES.] Aid shall must be paid 
115.7   under this section only for services rendered or for costs 
115.8   incurred in secondary vocational education programs approved by 
115.9   the commissioner and operated in accordance with rules 
115.10  promulgated by the state board.  These rules shall must provide 
115.11  minimum student-staff ratios required for a secondary vocational 
115.12  education program area to qualify for this aid.  The rules must 
115.13  not require the collection of data at the program or course 
115.14  level to calculate secondary vocational aid.  The rules shall 
115.15  must not require any minimum number of administrative staff, any 
115.16  minimum period of coordination time or extended employment for 
115.17  secondary vocational education personnel, or the availability of 
115.18  vocational student activities or organizations for a secondary 
115.19  vocational education program to qualify for this aid.  The 
115.20  requirement in these rules that program components be available 
115.21  for a minimum number of hours shall must not be construed to 
115.22  prevent pupils from enrolling in secondary vocational education 
115.23  courses on an exploratory basis for less than a full school 
115.24  year.  The state board shall must not require a school district 
115.25  to offer more than four credits or 560 hours of vocational 
115.26  education course offerings in any school year.  Rules relating 
115.27  to secondary vocational education programs shall must not 
115.28  incorporate the provisions of the state plan for vocational 
115.29  education by reference.  This aid shall be paid only for 
115.30  services rendered and for costs incurred by essential, licensed 
115.31  personnel who meet the work experience requirements for 
115.32  licensure pursuant to the rules of the state board.  Licensed 
115.33  personnel means persons holding a valid secondary vocational 
115.34  license issued by the commissioner, except that when.  If an 
115.35  average of five or fewer secondary full-time equivalent students 
115.36  are enrolled per teacher in an approved post-secondary program 
116.1   at intermediate district No. 287, 916, or 917, licensed 
116.2   personnel means persons holding a valid vocational license 
116.3   issued by the commissioner, the state board for vocational 
116.4   technical education, or the board of trustees of the Minnesota 
116.5   state colleges and universities.  Notwithstanding section 
116.6   124.15, the commissioner may modify or withdraw the program or 
116.7   aid approval and withhold aid under this section without 
116.8   proceeding under section 124.15 at any time.  To do so, the 
116.9   commissioner must determine that the program does not comply 
116.10  with rules of the state board or that any facts concerning the 
116.11  program or its budget differ from the facts in the district's 
116.12  approved application. 
116.13     Sec. 114.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.573, 
116.14  subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
116.15     Subd. 3a.  [AID FOR CONTRACTED SERVICES.] In addition to 
116.16  the provisions of subdivisions 2 and 3, a school district or 
116.17  cooperative center may contract with a public or private agency 
116.18  other than a Minnesota school district or cooperative center for 
116.19  the provision of secondary vocational education services.  The 
116.20  state board shall must promulgate rules relating to program 
116.21  approval procedures and criteria for these contracts and 
116.22  aid shall must be paid only for contracts approved by the 
116.23  commissioner of children, families, and learning.  For the 
116.24  purposes of subdivision 4, The district or cooperative center 
116.25  contracting for these services shall must be construed to be 
116.26  providing the services.  
116.27     Sec. 115.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.573, 
116.28  subdivision 5a, is amended to read: 
116.29     Subd. 5a.  [DISTRICT REPORTS.] Each district or cooperative 
116.30  center shall must report data to the department for all 
116.31  secondary vocational education programs as required by the 
116.32  department to implement the secondary vocational aid formula.  
116.33     Sec. 116.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
116.34  124.574, subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
116.35     Subd. 9.  [REVENUE ALLOCATION FROM COOPERATIVE CENTERS AND 
116.36  INTERMEDIATE DISTRICTS.] For purposes of this section and 
117.1   section 124.321, a cooperative center or an intermediate 
117.2   district shall must allocate its approved expenditures for 
117.3   school-to-work programs for children with a disability among 
117.4   participating school districts.  Aid for school-to-work programs 
117.5   for children with a disability for services provided by a 
117.6   cooperative or intermediate district shall be paid to the 
117.7   participating school districts.  
117.8      Sec. 117.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.86, 
117.9   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
117.10     Subdivision 1.  [AUTHORIZATION.] (a) Each year each 
117.11  American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant school 
117.12  authorized by the United States Code, title 25, section 450f, 
117.13  that is located on a reservation within the state is eligible to 
117.14  receive tribal contract or grant school aid subject to the 
117.15  requirements in this subdivision paragraphs (b) to (d). 
117.16     (a) (b) The school must plan, conduct, and administer an 
117.17  education program that complies with the requirements of either 
117.18  this chapter and chapters 120, 121, 122, 123, 124A, 124C, 125, 
117.19  126, 129, and 268A or Code of Federal Regulations, title 25, 
117.20  sections 31.0 to 45.80. 
117.21     (b) (c) The school must comply with all other state 
117.22  statutes governing independent school districts or their 
117.23  equivalent in the Code of Federal Regulations, title 25.  
117.24     (c) (d) The state tribal contract or grant school aid must 
117.25  be used to supplement, and not to replace, the money for 
117.26  American Indian education programs provided by the federal 
117.27  government. 
117.28     Sec. 118.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
117.29  124.86, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
117.30     Subd. 2.  [REVENUE AMOUNT.] An American Indian-controlled 
117.31  tribal contract or grant school that is located on a reservation 
117.32  within the state and that complies with the requirements in 
117.33  subdivision 1 is eligible to receive tribal contract or grant 
117.34  school aid.  The amount of aid is derived by: 
117.35     (1) multiplying the formula allowance under section 
117.36  124A.22, subdivision 2, less $170, times the difference between 
118.1   (a) (i) the actual pupil units as defined in section 124A.02, 
118.2   subdivision 15, in average daily membership, excluding section 
118.3   124.17, subdivision 2f, and (b) (ii) the number of pupils for 
118.4   the current school year, weighted according to section 124.17, 
118.5   subdivision 1, receiving benefits under section 123.933 or 
118.6   123.935 or for which the school is receiving reimbursement under 
118.7   section 126.23; 
118.8      (2) adding to the result in clause (1) an amount equal to 
118.9   the product of the formula allowance under section 124A.22, 
118.10  subdivision 2, less $300 times the tribal contract compensation 
118.11  revenue pupil units; 
118.12     (3) subtracting from the result in clause (2) the amount of 
118.13  money allotted to the school by the federal government through 
118.14  Indian School Equalization Program of the Bureau of Indian 
118.15  Affairs, according to Code of Federal Regulations, title 25, 
118.16  part 39, subparts A to E, for the basic program as defined by 
118.17  section 39.11, paragraph (b), for the base rate as applied to 
118.18  kindergarten through twelfth grade, excluding small school 
118.19  adjustments and additional weighting, but not money allotted 
118.20  through subparts F to L for contingency funds, school board 
118.21  training, student training, interim maintenance and minor 
118.22  repair, interim administration cost, prekindergarten, and 
118.23  operation and maintenance, and the amount of money that is 
118.24  received according to section 126.23; 
118.25     (4) dividing the result in clause (3) by the sum of the 
118.26  actual pupil units in average daily membership, excluding 
118.27  section 124.17, subdivision 2f, plus the tribal contract 
118.28  compensation revenue pupil units; and 
118.29     (5) multiplying the sum of the actual pupil units, 
118.30  including section 124.17, subdivision 2f, in average daily 
118.31  membership plus the tribal contract compensation revenue pupil 
118.32  units by the lesser of $1,500 or the result in clause (4). 
118.33     Sec. 119.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.86, 
118.34  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
118.35     Subd. 3.  [WAIVER.] Notwithstanding subdivision 1, 
118.36  paragraphs (a) (b) and (b) (c), a tribal contract or grant 
119.1   school: 
119.2      (1) is not subject to the Minnesota election law; 
119.3      (2) has no authority under this section to levy for 
119.4   property taxes, issue and sell bonds, or incur debt; and 
119.5      (3) may request through its managing tribal organization a 
119.6   recommendation of the state board of education, for 
119.7   consideration of the legislature, that a tribal contract or 
119.8   grant school not be subject to specified statutes related to 
119.9   independent school districts. 
119.10     Sec. 120.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.86, 
119.11  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
119.12     Subd. 4.  [EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION REVENUE.] A 
119.13  school receiving aid under this section is eligible to receive 
119.14  early childhood family education revenue to provide early 
119.15  childhood family education programs for parents and children who 
119.16  are enrolled or eligible for enrollment in a federally 
119.17  recognized tribe.  The revenue equals 1.5 times the statewide 
119.18  average expenditure per participant under section 124.2711, 
119.19  times the number of children and parents participating full time 
119.20  in the program.  The program shall must comply with section 
119.21  121.882, except that the school is not required to provide a 
119.22  community education program or establish a community education 
119.23  advisory council.  The program shall must be designed to improve 
119.24  the skills of parents and promote American Indian history, 
119.25  language, and culture.  The school shall must make affirmative 
119.26  efforts to encourage participation by fathers.  Admission may 
119.27  not be limited to those enrolled in or eligible for enrollment 
119.28  in a federally recognized tribe. 
119.29     Sec. 121.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.90, is 
119.30  amended to read: 
119.31     124.90 [MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS.] 
119.32     Subdivision 1.  [ELIGIBILITY.] A school district may enroll 
119.33  as a provider in the medical assistance program and receive 
119.34  medical assistance payments for covered special education 
119.35  services provided to persons eligible for medical assistance 
119.36  under chapter 256B.  To receive medical assistance payments, the 
120.1   school district must comply with relevant provisions of state 
120.2   and federal statutes and regulations governing the medical 
120.3   assistance program. 
120.4      Subd. 2.  [FUNDING.] A school district that provides a 
120.5   covered service to an eligible person and complies with relevant 
120.6   requirements of the medical assistance program shall be is 
120.7   entitled to receive payment for the service provided, including 
120.8   that portion of the payment that will subsequently be reimbursed 
120.9   by the federal government, in the same manner as other medical 
120.10  assistance providers.  The school district is not required to 
120.11  provide matching funds or pay part of the costs of the service, 
120.12  as long as the rate charged for the service does not exceed 
120.13  medical assistance limits that apply to all medical assistance 
120.14  providers. 
120.15     Subd. 3.  [CONTRACT FOR SERVICES.] A school district may 
120.16  contract for the provision of medical assistance-covered 
120.17  services, and may contract with a third party agency to assist 
120.18  in administering and billing for these services. 
120.19     Subd. 4.  [PRIVATE INSURERS.] A school district may enroll 
120.20  as a provider for insurance companies to provide covered special 
120.21  education services to eligible persons.  To receive payments, 
120.22  the district must comply with relevant state and federal 
120.23  statutes.  A district may contract for services, and may 
120.24  contract with a third party agency to assist in administering 
120.25  and billing for these services. 
120.26     Subd. 5.  [NO REDUCTION IN REVENUE.] A school district's 
120.27  revenue for special education programs shall must not be reduced 
120.28  by any payments for medical assistance or insurance received 
120.29  according to this section. 
120.30     Sec. 122.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
120.31  126.22, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
120.32     Subd. 2.  [ELIGIBLE PUPILS.] The following pupils are 
120.33  eligible to participate in the graduation incentives program:  
120.34     (a) any pupil under the age of 21 who:  
120.35     (1) performs substantially below the performance level for 
120.36  pupils of the same age in a locally determined achievement test; 
121.1   or 
121.2      (2) is at least one year behind in satisfactorily 
121.3   completing coursework or obtaining credits for graduation; or 
121.4      (3) is pregnant or is a parent; or 
121.5      (4) has been assessed as chemically dependent; or 
121.6      (5) has been excluded or expelled according to sections 
121.7   127.26 to 127.39; or 
121.8      (6) has been referred by a school district for enrollment 
121.9   in an eligible program or a program pursuant to section 126.23; 
121.10  or 
121.11     (7) is a victim of physical or sexual abuse; or 
121.12     (8) has experienced mental health problems; or 
121.13     (9) has experienced homelessness sometime within six months 
121.14  before requesting a transfer to an eligible program; or 
121.15     (10) speaks English as a second language or has limited 
121.16  English proficiency; or 
121.17     (11) has withdrawn from school or has been chronically 
121.18  truant; or 
121.19     (b) any person who is at least 21 years of age and who:  
121.20     (1) has received fewer than 14 years of public or nonpublic 
121.21  education, beginning at age 5; 
121.22     (2) has not completed the requirements for a high school 
121.23  diploma; and 
121.24     (3) at the time of application, (i) is eligible for 
121.25  reemployment insurance benefits or has exhausted the benefits, 
121.26  (ii) is eligible for, or is receiving income maintenance and 
121.27  support services, as defined in section 268.0111, subdivision 5, 
121.28  or (iii) is eligible for services under the displaced homemaker 
121.29  program, state wage-subsidy program, or any programs under the 
121.30  federal Jobs Training Partnership Act or its successor. 
121.31     Sec. 123.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
121.32  126.22, subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
121.33     Subd. 3a.  [ADDITIONAL ELIGIBLE PROGRAM.] A pupil who is at 
121.34  least 16 years of age, who is eligible under subdivision 2, 
121.35  clause (a), and who has been enrolled only in a public school, 
121.36  if the pupil has been enrolled in any school, during the year 
122.1   immediately before transferring under this subdivision, may 
122.2   transfer to any nonpublic school that has contracted with the 
122.3   serving school district to provide nonsectarian educational 
122.4   services.  Such a The school must enroll every eligible pupil 
122.5   who seeks to transfer to the school under this program subject 
122.6   to available space. 
122.7      Sec. 124.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.22, 
122.8   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
122.9      Subd. 5.  [DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION.] A school district 
122.10  shall must disseminate information, developed by the department 
122.11  of children, families, and learning, about the graduation 
122.12  incentives program to residents in the district who are under 
122.13  the age of 21. 
122.14     Sec. 125.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.22, 
122.15  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
122.16     Subd. 6.  [DESEGREGATION PLANS.] Notwithstanding any 
122.17  provision to the contrary, students may not enroll in a 
122.18  nonresident district under this section if their enrollment in 
122.19  another school district would result in a violation of a 
122.20  district's desegregation plan, as mandated and approved by the 
122.21  state board of education. 
122.22     Sec. 126.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
122.23  126.22, subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
122.24     Subd. 8.  [ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION.] (a) For a pupil 
122.25  attending an eligible program full time under subdivision 3, 
122.26  paragraph (d), the department of children, families, and 
122.27  learning shall must pay 90 percent of the district's average 
122.28  general education revenue less compensatory revenue to the 
122.29  eligible program and ten percent of the district's average 
122.30  general education revenue less compensatory revenue to the 
122.31  resident district within 30 days after the eligible program 
122.32  verifies enrollment using the form provided by the department.  
122.33  For a pupil attending an eligible program part time, revenue 
122.34  shall be reduced proportionately, according to the amount of 
122.35  time the pupil attends the program, and the payments to the 
122.36  eligible program and the resident district shall be reduced 
123.1   accordingly.  A pupil for whom payment is made according to this 
123.2   section may not be counted by any district for any purpose other 
123.3   than computation of general education revenue.  If payment is 
123.4   made for a pupil under this subdivision, a school district shall 
123.5   not reimburse a program under section 126.23 for the same pupil. 
123.6   Compensatory revenue shall be paid according to section 124A.22, 
123.7   subdivision 3. 
123.8      (b) The department of children, families, and learning 
123.9   shall must pay up to 100 percent of the revenue to the eligible 
123.10  program if there is an agreement to that effect between the 
123.11  school district and the eligible program.  
123.12     Sec. 127.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
123.13  126.23, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
123.14     Subdivision 1.  [AID.] If a pupil enrolls in an alternative 
123.15  program, eligible under section 126.22, subdivision 3, paragraph 
123.16  (d), or subdivision 3a, operated by a private organization that 
123.17  has contracted with a school district to provide educational 
123.18  services for eligible pupils under section 126.22, subdivision 
123.19  2, the district contracting with the private organization must 
123.20  reimburse the provider an amount equal to at least 90 percent of 
123.21  the district's average general education less compensatory 
123.22  revenue per pupil unit times the number of pupil units for 
123.23  pupils attending the program.  Compensatory revenue must be 
123.24  allocated according to section 124A.28, subdivision 1a.  For a 
123.25  pupil attending the program part time, the revenue paid to the 
123.26  program shall must be reduced proportionately, according to the 
123.27  amount of time the pupil attends the program, and revenue paid 
123.28  to the district shall be reduced accordingly.  Pupils for whom a 
123.29  district provides reimbursement may not be counted by the 
123.30  district for any purpose other than computation of general 
123.31  education revenue.  If payment is made to a district or program 
123.32  for a pupil under this section, the department of children, 
123.33  families, and learning shall must not make a payment for the 
123.34  same pupil under section 126.22, subdivision 8. 
123.35     Sec. 128.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.235, is 
123.36  amended to read: 
124.1      126.235 [EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR PREGNANT MINORS AND MINOR 
124.2   PARENTS.] 
124.3      Upon request, a school district must make available to a 
124.4   pregnant minor or a minor custodial parent an educational 
124.5   program to enable the minor to earn a high school diploma.  The 
124.6   department of children, families, and learning shall must 
124.7   develop program designs and provide districts with technical 
124.8   assistance.  A district's educational program must use 
124.9   appropriate community services and must recognize each pupil's 
124.10  individual needs and parental responsibilities.  The district 
124.11  shall must designate at least one person to review quarterly 
124.12  each pupil's progress in the program. 
124.13     If a pupil receives social services according to section 
124.14  257.33 or employment and training services according to section 
124.15  256.736, the district shall must develop the pupil's educational 
124.16  program in consultation with the providers of the services and 
124.17  shall provide a liaison when necessary.  The pupil may request 
124.18  that an adult, selected by the pupil, assist in developing the 
124.19  educational program. 
124.20     Sec. 129.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.239, 
124.21  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
124.22     Subdivision 1.  [TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR TEACHERS.] A 
124.23  secondary teacher assigned by a school district to teach an 
124.24  advanced placement or international baccalaureate course may 
124.25  participate in a training program offered by the college board 
124.26  or International Baccalaureate North America, Inc.  The state 
124.27  may pay a portion of the tuition, room, and board costs a 
124.28  teacher incurs in participating in a training program.  The 
124.29  commissioner of children, families, and learning shall determine 
124.30  application procedures and deadlines, and select teachers to 
124.31  participate in the training program.  The procedures determined 
124.32  by the commissioner shall, to the extent possible, ensure that 
124.33  advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses 
124.34  become available in all parts of the state and that a variety of 
124.35  course offerings are available in school districts.  This 
124.36  subdivision does not prevent teacher participation in training 
125.1   programs offered by the college board or International 
125.2   Baccalaureate North America, Inc., when tuition is paid by a 
125.3   source other than the state. 
125.4      Sec. 130.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.262, 
125.5   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
125.6      Subd. 3.  [ESSENTIAL INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL.] "Essential 
125.7   instructional personnel" means the following:  
125.8      (a) A teacher licensed by the state board of teaching to 
125.9   teach bilingual education or English as a second language; 
125.10     (b) A teacher with an exemption from a teaching license 
125.11  requirement pursuant to section 126.266 who is employed in a 
125.12  school district's English as a second language or bilingual 
125.13  education program; 
125.14     (c) Any teacher as defined in section 125.03 who holds a 
125.15  valid license from the state board of teaching, if the district 
125.16  assures the department of children, families, and learning that 
125.17  the teacher will obtain the preservice and in-service training 
125.18  the department considers necessary to enable the teacher to 
125.19  provide appropriate service to pupils of limited English 
125.20  proficiency.  
125.21     Sec. 131.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.262, 
125.22  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
125.23     Subd. 6.  [PRIMARY LANGUAGE.] "Primary language" is means a 
125.24  language other than English which is the language normally used 
125.25  by the child or the language which is spoken in the child's home 
125.26  environment.  
125.27     Sec. 132.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.264, is 
125.28  amended to read: 
125.29     126.264 [RIGHTS OF PARENTS.] 
125.30     Subdivision 1.  [NOVICE.] No later than Within ten days 
125.31  after the enrollment of any pupil in an instructional program 
125.32  for limited English proficient students, the school district in 
125.33  which the pupil resides shall must notify the parent or guardian 
125.34  by mail.  This notice shall must:  
125.35     (a) Be in writing in English and in the primary language of 
125.36  the pupil's parents; 
126.1      (b) Inform the parents that their child has been enrolled 
126.2   in an instructional program for limited English proficient 
126.3   students; 
126.4      (c) Contain a simple, nontechnical description of the 
126.5   purposes, method and content of the program; 
126.6      (d) Inform the parents that they have the right to visit 
126.7   the educational program for limited English proficient students 
126.8   in which their child is enrolled; 
126.9      (e) Inform the parents of the time and manner in which to 
126.10  request and receive a conference for the purpose of explaining 
126.11  the nature and purpose of the program; and 
126.12     (f) Inform the parents of their rights to withdraw their 
126.13  child from an educational program for limited English proficient 
126.14  students and the time and manner in which to do so.  
126.15     The department of children, families, and learning shall, 
126.16  at the request of the school district, prepare the notice in the 
126.17  primary language of the parent or guardian.  
126.18     Subd. 2.  [WITHDRAWAL FROM PROGRAM.] Any parent whose child 
126.19  is enrolled in an educational program for limited English 
126.20  proficient students shall have the right, either at the time of 
126.21  the original notification of enrollment or at the close of any 
126.22  semester thereafter, to withdraw the child from the program by 
126.23  providing written notice of this intent to the principal of the 
126.24  school in which the child is enrolled or to the superintendent 
126.25  of the school district in which the child resides.  Nothing 
126.26  herein in this section shall preclude a parent from reenrolling 
126.27  a child of limited English proficiency in an educational program 
126.28  for limited English proficient students. 
126.29     Subd. 3.  [PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT.] A district which receives 
126.30  moneys pursuant to section 124.273 shall must encourage 
126.31  involvement of parents of pupils enrolled in the educational 
126.32  program for limited English proficient students in this 
126.33  program.  The district shall solicit the views of parents about 
126.34  the program and its effects upon their children. 
126.35     Sec. 133.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.265, is 
126.36  amended to read: 
127.1      126.265 [GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAMS.] 
127.2      A district which receives aid pursuant to section 124.273 
127.3   shall must comply with the following program requirements: 
127.4      (a) To the extent possible, the district shall must avoid 
127.5   isolating children of limited English proficiency for a 
127.6   substantial part of the school day; and 
127.7      (b) In predominantly nonverbal subjects, such as art, 
127.8   music, and physical education, pupils of limited English 
127.9   proficiency shall be permitted to participate fully and on an 
127.10  equal basis with their contemporaries in public school classes 
127.11  provided for these subjects.  To the extent possible, the school 
127.12  district shall must assure to pupils enrolled in a program for 
127.13  limited English proficient students an equal and meaningful 
127.14  opportunity to participate fully with other pupils in all 
127.15  extracurricular activities. 
127.16     Sec. 134.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.266, 
127.17  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
127.18     Subdivision 1.  [EXEMPTIONS.] The commissioner of children, 
127.19  families, and learning may grant an exemption from the licensure 
127.20  requirement in the hiring of teachers of English as a second 
127.21  language or bilingual education teachers to a school district if 
127.22  the commissioner finds that compliance would impose a hardship 
127.23  upon the district in the securing of teachers for its 
127.24  educational programs for limited English proficient students.  
127.25  The commissioner of children, families, and learning shall 
127.26  notify the board of teaching of any exemptions granted pursuant 
127.27  to this section. 
127.28     Sec. 135.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.267, is 
127.29  amended to read: 
127.30     126.267 [TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.] 
127.31     The commissioner shall provide technical assistance to 
127.32  school districts receiving aid pursuant to section 124.273 and 
127.33  to post-secondary institutions for preservice and in-service 
127.34  training for bilingual education teachers and English as a 
127.35  second language teachers employed in educational programs for 
127.36  limited English proficient students, teaching methods, 
128.1   curriculum development, testing and testing mechanisms, and the 
128.2   development of instructional materials for these educational 
128.3   programs. 
128.4      Sec. 136.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.43, 
128.5   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
128.6      Subdivision 1.  [CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM GOALS.] (a) A 
128.7   cultural exchange grant program is established to develop and 
128.8   create opportunities for children and staff of different ethnic, 
128.9   racial, and other cultural backgrounds to experience educational 
128.10  and social exchange.  Student and staff exchanges under this 
128.11  section may only take place between a district with a 
128.12  desegregation plan approved by the state board of education and 
128.13  a district without a desegregation plan.  Participating school 
128.14  districts shall offer summer programs for credit with the goals 
128.15  set forth in paragraphs (a) (b) to (d) (e). 
128.16     (a) (b) The program shall must develop curriculum 
128.17  reflective of particular ethnic, racial, and other cultural 
128.18  aspects of various demographic groups in the state. 
128.19     (b) (c) The program shall must develop immersion programs 
128.20  that are coordinated with the programs offered in 
128.21  paragraph (a) (b). 
128.22     (c) (d) The program shall must create opportunities for 
128.23  students from across the state to enroll in summer programs 
128.24  in school districts other than the one of residence, or in other 
128.25  schools within their district of residence. 
128.26     (d) (e) The program shall must create opportunities for 
128.27  staff exchanges on a cultural basis. 
128.28     Sec. 137.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.43, 
128.29  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
128.30     Subd. 2.  [CULTURAL EXCHANGE GRANTS.] A school district 
128.31  together with a group of school districts, a cooperative 
128.32  governmental unit, the center for arts and education, or a 
128.33  post-secondary institution may apply for cultural exchange 
128.34  grants.  The commissioner of children, families, and learning 
128.35  shall determine grant recipients and may adopt application 
128.36  guidelines.  The grants must be competitively determined and 
129.1   applicants must demonstrate: 
129.2      (1) the capacity to develop a focused curriculum that 
129.3   reflects the particular ethnic, racial, and other cultural 
129.4   aspects of the community in which the school where the program 
129.5   is offered is located; 
129.6      (2) the capacity to develop immersion programs coordinated 
129.7   with the curriculum developed in clause (1); 
129.8      (3) the capacity to coordinate a cultural exchange program 
129.9   with other curriculum programs to assure continuity in a pupil's 
129.10  education; 
129.11     (4) the capacity to maximize diversity of ethnic, racial, 
129.12  and other cultural backgrounds of participants; 
129.13     (5) that the application is jointly developed by 
129.14  participants; and 
129.15     (6) that the outcomes of the exchange program are clearly 
129.16  articulated. 
129.17     Sec. 138.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.48, 
129.18  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
129.19     Subdivision 1.  [PROGRAM DESCRIBED.] American Indian 
129.20  language and culture education programs shall be are programs in 
129.21  elementary and secondary schools enrolling American Indian 
129.22  children designed: 
129.23     (1) to make the curriculum more relevant to the needs, 
129.24  interests, and cultural heritage of American Indian pupils; 
129.25     (2) to provide positive reinforcement of the self-image of 
129.26  American Indian pupils; and 
129.27     (3) to develop intercultural awareness among pupils, 
129.28  parents, and staff.  Program components may include:  
129.29  instruction in American Indian language, literature, history, 
129.30  and culture; development of support components for staff, 
129.31  including in-service training and technical assistance in 
129.32  methods of teaching American Indian pupils; research projects, 
129.33  including experimentation with and evaluation of methods of 
129.34  relating to American Indian pupils; provision of personal and 
129.35  vocational counseling to American Indian pupils; modification of 
129.36  curriculum, instructional methods, and administrative procedures 
130.1   to meet the needs of American Indian pupils; and establishment 
130.2   of cooperative liaisons with nonsectarian nonpublic, community, 
130.3   tribal or alternative schools offering curricula which reflect 
130.4   American Indian culture.  Districts offering programs may make 
130.5   contracts for the provision of program components by 
130.6   nonsectarian nonpublic, community, tribal or alternative 
130.7   schools.  These programs may also be provided as components of 
130.8   early childhood and family education programs. 
130.9      Sec. 139.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.48, 
130.10  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
130.11     Subd. 2.  [VOLUNTARY ENROLLMENT.] Enrollment in American 
130.12  Indian language and culture education programs shall must be 
130.13  voluntary.  School districts and participating schools shall 
130.14  must make affirmative efforts to encourage participation.  They 
130.15  shall encourage parents to visit classes or come to school for a 
130.16  conference explaining the nature of the program and provide 
130.17  visits by school staff to parents' homes to explain the nature 
130.18  of the program. 
130.19     Sec. 140.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.48, 
130.20  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
130.21     Subd. 3.  [ENROLLMENT OF OTHER CHILDREN; SHARED TIME 
130.22  ENROLLMENT.] To the extent it is economically feasible, a school 
130.23  district or participating school may make provision for the 
130.24  voluntary enrollment of non-American Indian children in the 
130.25  instructional components of an American Indian language and 
130.26  culture education program in order that they may acquire an 
130.27  understanding of the cultural heritage of the American Indian 
130.28  children for whom that particular program is designed.  However, 
130.29  in determining eligibility to participate in a program, priority 
130.30  shall must be given to American Indian children.  American 
130.31  Indian children and other children enrolled in an existing 
130.32  nonpublic school system may be enrolled on a shared time basis 
130.33  in American Indian language and culture education programs. 
130.34     Sec. 141.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.48, 
130.35  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
130.36     Subd. 4.  [LOCATION OF PROGRAMS.] American Indian language 
131.1   and culture education programs shall must be located in 
131.2   facilities in which regular classes in a variety of subjects are 
131.3   offered on a daily basis. 
131.4      Sec. 142.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.48, 
131.5   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
131.6      Subd. 5.  [ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS.] No A school district or 
131.7   participating school shall must not, in providing these programs 
131.8   , assign students to schools in a way which will have the effect 
131.9   of promoting segregation of students by race, sex, color, or 
131.10  national origin. 
131.11     Sec. 143.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.49, 
131.12  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
131.13     Subdivision 1.  [AMERICAN INDIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 
131.14  EDUCATION LICENSES.] The board of teaching shall must grant 
131.15  initial and continuing teaching licenses in American Indian 
131.16  language and culture education that bear the same duration as 
131.17  other initial and continuing licenses.  The board shall must 
131.18  grant licenses to persons who present satisfactory evidence that 
131.19  they: 
131.20     (a) Possess competence in an American Indian language or 
131.21  possess unique qualifications relative to or knowledge and 
131.22  understanding of American Indian history and culture; or 
131.23     (b) Possess a bachelor's degree or other academic degree 
131.24  approved by the board or meet such requirements as to course of 
131.25  study and training as the board may prescribe, or possess such 
131.26  relevant experience as the board may prescribe. 
131.27     This evidence may be presented by affidavits, resolutions, 
131.28  or by such other methods as the board may prescribe.  
131.29  Individuals may present applications for licensure on their own 
131.30  behalf or these applications may be submitted by the 
131.31  superintendent or other authorized official of a school 
131.32  district, participating school, or an American Indian school.  
131.33     Sec. 144.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.49, 
131.34  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
131.35     Subd. 5.  [PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT; EXEMPTIONS.] 
131.36  Any person licensed under this section shall be eligible for 
132.1   employment by a school board or a participating school as a 
132.2   teacher in an American Indian language and culture education 
132.3   program in which the American Indian language or culture in 
132.4   which the person is licensed is taught.  A school district or 
132.5   participating school may prescribe only those additional 
132.6   qualifications for teachers licensed under this section as are 
132.7   approved by the board of teaching.  Any school board or 
132.8   participating school upon request may be exempted from the 
132.9   licensure requirements of this section in the hiring of one or 
132.10  more American Indian language and culture education teachers for 
132.11  any school year in which compliance would, in the opinion of the 
132.12  commissioner of children, families, and learning, create a 
132.13  hardship in the securing of the teachers.  
132.14     Sec. 145.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.49, 
132.15  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
132.16     Subd. 6.  [PERSONS SERVING UNDER EXEMPTIONS; LICENSURE; 
132.17  TENURE.] An American Indian language and culture education 
132.18  teacher serving under an exemption as provided in subdivision 5 
132.19  6 shall be granted a license as soon as that teacher achieves 
132.20  the qualifications for it the license.  Not more than one year 
132.21  of service by an American Indian language and culture education 
132.22  teacher under an exemption shall be credited to the teacher for 
132.23  the purposes of section 125.12 and not more than two years shall 
132.24  be credited for the purposes of section 125.17; and the one or 
132.25  two years shall be deemed to precede immediately and be 
132.26  consecutive with the year in which a teacher becomes licensed.  
132.27     Sec. 146.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.49, 
132.28  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
132.29     Subd. 8.  [AFFIRMATIVE EFFORTS IN HIRING.] In hiring for 
132.30  all positions in these programs, school districts and 
132.31  participating schools shall give preference to and make 
132.32  affirmative efforts to seek, recruit, and employ persons who 
132.33  share the culture of the American Indian children who are 
132.34  enrolled in the program.  The district or participating school 
132.35  shall provide procedures for the involvement of the parent 
132.36  advisory committees in designing the procedures for the 
133.1   recruitment, screening and selection of applicants, provided 
133.2   that nothing herein.  This subdivision shall not be construed to 
133.3   limit the school board's authority to hire and discharge 
133.4   personnel. 
133.5      Sec. 147.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.50, is 
133.6   amended to read: 
133.7      126.50 [TEACHERS AIDES; COMMUNITY COORDINATORS.] 
133.8      In addition to employing American Indian language and 
133.9   culture education teachers, each district or participating 
133.10  school providing programs pursuant to sections 126.45 to 126.55 
133.11  may employ teachers' aides.  Teachers' aides shall must not be 
133.12  employed for the purpose of supplanting American Indian language 
133.13  and culture education teachers. 
133.14     Any district or participating school which conducts 
133.15  American Indian language and culture education programs pursuant 
133.16  to sections 126.45 to 126.55 shall must employ one or more full- 
133.17  time or part-time community coordinators if there are 100 or 
133.18  more students enrolled in the program.  Community coordinators 
133.19  shall promote communication understanding, and cooperation 
133.20  between the schools and the community and shall visit the homes 
133.21  of children who are to be enrolled in an American Indian 
133.22  language and culture education program in order to convey 
133.23  information about the program. 
133.24     Sec. 148.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.501, is 
133.25  amended to read: 
133.26     126.501 [RECRUITING AND RETAINING INDIAN TEACHERS.] 
133.27     This section applies to a school board of a school district 
133.28  in which there are at least ten American Indian children 
133.29  enrolled.  The school board shall must actively recruit teacher 
133.30  applicants who are American Indian from the time it is 
133.31  reasonably expected that a position will become available until 
133.32  the position is filled or September 1, whichever is earlier.  
133.33  Notwithstanding section 125.12, subdivision 4, 6a, or 6b, 
133.34  125.17, subdivisions 3 and 11, any other law to the contrary, or 
133.35  any provision of a contract entered into after May 7, 1988, to 
133.36  the contrary, when placing a teacher on unrequested leave of 
134.1   absence, the board may retain a probationary teacher or a 
134.2   teacher with less seniority in order to retain an American 
134.3   Indian teacher. 
134.4      Sec. 149.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
134.5   126.51, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
134.6      Subdivision 1.  [PARENT COMMITTEE.] School boards and 
134.7   American Indian schools shall must provide for the maximum 
134.8   involvement of parents of children enrolled in education 
134.9   programs, including language and culture education programs, 
134.10  programs for elementary and secondary grades, special education 
134.11  programs, and support services.  Accordingly, the school board 
134.12  of a school district in which there are ten or more American 
134.13  Indian children enrolled and each American Indian school shall 
134.14  must establish a parent committee.  If a committee whose 
134.15  membership consists of a majority of parents of American Indian 
134.16  children has been or is established according to federal, 
134.17  tribal, or other state law, that committee may serve as the 
134.18  committee required by this section and shall be is subject to, 
134.19  at least, the requirements of this subdivision and subdivision 
134.20  1a.  
134.21     The parent committee shall must develop its recommendations 
134.22  in consultation with the curriculum advisory committee required 
134.23  by section 123.972, subdivision 3.  This committee shall must 
134.24  afford parents the necessary information and the opportunity 
134.25  effectively to express their views concerning all aspects of 
134.26  American Indian education and the educational needs of the 
134.27  American Indian children enrolled in the school or program.  The 
134.28  committee shall must also address the need for adult education 
134.29  programs for American Indian people in the community.  The 
134.30  school board or American Indian school shall must ensure that 
134.31  programs are planned, operated, and evaluated with the 
134.32  involvement of and in consultation with parents of children 
134.33  served by the programs.  
134.34     Sec. 150.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.51, 
134.35  subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
134.36     Subd. 1a.  [RESOLUTION OF CONCURRENCE.] Each year by Prior 
135.1   to December 1, the school board or American Indian school shall 
135.2   must submit to the department of children, families, and 
135.3   learning a copy of a resolution adopted by the parent 
135.4   committee.  The copy must be signed by the chair of the 
135.5   committee and must state whether the committee concurs with the 
135.6   educational programs for American Indian children offered by the 
135.7   school board or American Indian school.  If the committee does 
135.8   not concur with the educational programs, the reasons for 
135.9   nonconcurrence and recommendations shall be submitted with the 
135.10  resolution.  By resolution, the school board shall must respond, 
135.11  in cases of nonconcurrence, to each recommendation made by the 
135.12  committee and state its reasons for not implementing the 
135.13  recommendations.  
135.14     Sec. 151.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.51, 
135.15  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
135.16     Subd. 2.  [MEMBERSHIP.] The committee shall must be 
135.17  composed of parents of children eligible to be enrolled in 
135.18  American Indian education programs; secondary students eligible 
135.19  to be served; American Indian language and culture education 
135.20  teachers and aides; American Indian teachers; counselors; adult 
135.21  American Indian people enrolled in educational programs; and 
135.22  representatives from community groups.  A majority of each 
135.23  committee shall must be parents of children enrolled or eligible 
135.24  to be enrolled in the programs.  The number of parents of 
135.25  American Indian and non-American Indian children shall reflect 
135.26  approximately the proportion of children of those groups 
135.27  enrolled in the programs. 
135.28     Sec. 152.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.52, 
135.29  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
135.30     Subd. 5.  [COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.] The state board shall 
135.31  must provide for the maximum involvement of the state committees 
135.32  on American Indian education, parents of American Indian 
135.33  children, secondary students eligible to be served, American 
135.34  Indian language and culture education teachers, American Indian 
135.35  teachers, teachers' aides, representatives of community groups, 
135.36  and persons knowledgeable in the field of American Indian 
136.1   education, in the formulation of policy and procedures relating 
136.2   to the administration of sections 126.45 to 126.55.  
136.3      Sec. 153.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.52, 
136.4   subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
136.5      Subd. 8.  [TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.] The commissioner shall 
136.6   provide technical assistance to school districts, schools and 
136.7   post-secondary institutions for preservice and in-service 
136.8   training for American Indian education teachers and teacher's 
136.9   aides, teaching methods, curriculum development, testing and 
136.10  testing mechanisms, and the development of materials for 
136.11  American Indian education programs.  
136.12     Sec. 154.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.531, 
136.13  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
136.14     Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENT.] The state board of 
136.15  education shall create one or more American Indian education 
136.16  committees.  Members shall must include representatives of 
136.17  tribal bodies, community groups, parents of children eligible to 
136.18  be served by the programs, American Indian administrators and 
136.19  teachers, persons experienced in the training of teachers for 
136.20  American Indian education programs, persons involved in programs 
136.21  for American Indian children in American Indian schools, and 
136.22  persons knowledgeable in the field of American Indian 
136.23  education.  Members shall be appointed so as to be 
136.24  representative of significant segments of the population of 
136.25  American Indians.  
136.26     Sec. 155.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
136.27  126.531, subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
136.28     Subd. 3.  [EXPENSES.] Each committee shall must be 
136.29  reimbursed for expenses according to section 15.059, subdivision 
136.30  6.  The state board shall must determine the membership terms 
136.31  and the duration of each committee, which expire no later than 
136.32  June 30, 2001. 
136.33     Sec. 156.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.54, 
136.34  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
136.35     Subdivision 1.  [GRANTS; PROCEDURES.] Each fiscal year the 
136.36  state board of education shall must make grants to no fewer than 
137.1   six American Indian language and culture education programs.  At 
137.2   least three programs shall must be in urban areas and at least 
137.3   three shall must be on or near reservations.  The board of a 
137.4   local district, a participating school or a group of boards may 
137.5   develop a proposal for grants in support of American Indian 
137.6   language and culture education programs.  Proposals may provide 
137.7   for contracts for the provision of program components by 
137.8   nonsectarian nonpublic, community, tribal, or alternative 
137.9   schools.  The commissioner shall prescribe the form and manner 
137.10  of application for grants, and no grant shall be made for a 
137.11  proposal not complying with the requirements of sections 126.45 
137.12  to 126.55.  The state board shall must submit all proposals to 
137.13  the state advisory task force on American Indian language and 
137.14  culture education programs for its recommendations concerning 
137.15  approval, modification, or disapproval and the amounts of grants 
137.16  to approved programs. 
137.17     Sec. 157.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.54, 
137.18  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
137.19     Subd. 2.  [PLANS.] Each school district or participating 
137.20  school submitting a proposal under subdivision 1 shall must 
137.21  develop and submit with the proposal a plan which shall: 
137.22     (a) Identify the measures to be used to meet the 
137.23  requirements of sections 126.45 to 126.55; 
137.24     (b) Identify the activities, methods and programs to meet 
137.25  the identified educational needs of the children to be enrolled 
137.26  in the program; 
137.27     (c) Describe how district goals and objectives as well as 
137.28  the objectives of sections 126.45 to 126.55 are to be achieved; 
137.29     (d) Demonstrate that required and elective courses as 
137.30  structured do not have a discriminatory effect within the 
137.31  meaning of section 126.48, subdivision 5; 
137.32     (e) Describe how each school program will be organized, 
137.33  staffed, coordinated, and monitored; and 
137.34     (f) Project expenditures for programs under sections 126.45 
137.35  to 126.55. 
137.36     Sec. 158.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.54, 
138.1   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
138.2      Subd. 3.  [ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS.] Each school district 
138.3   receiving a grant under this section shall must each year 
138.4   conduct a count of American Indian children in the schools of 
138.5   the district; test for achievement; identify the extent of other 
138.6   educational needs of the children to be enrolled in the American 
138.7   Indian language and culture education program; and classify the 
138.8   American Indian children by grade, level of educational 
138.9   attainment, age and achievement.  Participating schools shall 
138.10  must maintain records concerning the needs and achievements of 
138.11  American Indian children served. 
138.12     Sec. 159.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.54, 
138.13  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
138.14     Subd. 4.  [NONDISCRIMINATION; TESTING.] In accordance with 
138.15  recognized professional standards, all testing and evaluation 
138.16  materials and procedures utilized for the identification, 
138.17  testing, assessment and classification of American Indian 
138.18  children shall must be selected and administered so as not to be 
138.19  racially or culturally discriminatory and shall must be valid 
138.20  for the purpose of identifying, testing, assessing, and 
138.21  classifying American Indian children. 
138.22     Sec. 160.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.54, 
138.23  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
138.24     Subd. 5.  [RECORDS.] Participating schools and school 
138.25  districts shall keep records and afford access to them as the 
138.26  commissioner finds necessary to ensure that American Indian 
138.27  language and culture education programs are implemented in 
138.28  conformity with sections 126.45 to 126.55.  Each school district 
138.29  or participating school shall must keep accurate, detailed, and 
138.30  separate revenue and expenditure accounts for pilot American 
138.31  Indian language and culture education programs funded under this 
138.32  section. 
138.33     Sec. 161.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.54, 
138.34  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
138.35     Subd. 6.  [MONEY FROM OTHER SOURCES.] A school district or 
138.36  participating school providing American Indian language and 
139.1   culture education programs shall be eligible to receive moneys 
139.2   for these programs from other government agencies and from 
139.3   private sources when the moneys are available. 
139.4      Sec. 162.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.56, 
139.5   subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
139.6      Subd. 6.  [INFORMATION.] The higher education services 
139.7   office, in cooperation with the academic excellence foundation, 
139.8   shall must assemble and distribute information about 
139.9   scholarships and eligible programs. 
139.10     Sec. 163.  [REPEALER.] 
139.11     (a) Minnesota Statutes 1996, sections 124C.55; 124C.56; 
139.12  124C.57; and 124C.58, are repealed. 
139.13     (b) Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.312, as amended by 
139.14  Laws 1997, First Special Session chapter 4, article 2, sections 
139.15  13 and 14; Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, sections 124.313; 
139.16  and 124.314, are repealed effective for revenue for fiscal year 
139.17  1999. 
139.18     Sec. 164.  [INSTRUCTION TO REVISOR.] 
139.19     The revisor of statutes shall renumber each section of 
139.20  Minnesota Statutes listed in column A with the number listed in 
139.21  column B.  The revisor shall also make necessary cross-reference 
139.22  changes consistent with the renumbering. 
139.23        Column A                        Column B 
139.24       120.03, subd. 1                120B.02, subd. 1
139.25               subd. 5                         subd. 2
139.26       120.17, subd. 1                120B.03, subd. 1
139.27               subd. 1b                        subd. 2
139.28               subd. 2                         subd. 3
139.29               subd. 3                         subd. 4
139.30               subd. 3a                        subd. 5
139.31               subd. 3b                        subd. 6
139.32               subd. 3d                        subd. 7
139.33               subd. 4                         subd. 8
139.34               subd. 4a                        subd. 9
139.35               subd. 5                         subd. 10
139.36               subd. 5a                        subd. 11
140.1                subd. 6                         subd. 12
140.2                subd. 7                         subd. 13
140.3                subd. 7a                        subd. 14
140.4                subd. 8a                        subd. 15
140.5                subd. 9                         subd. 16
140.6                subd. 10                        subd. 17
140.7                subd. 11                        subd. 18
140.8                subd. 15                        subd. 19
140.9                subd. 16                        subd. 20
140.10               subd. 18                        subd. 21
140.11               subd. 19                        subd. 22
140.12       120.1701, subd. 1              120B.04, subd. 1
140.13                 subd. 2                       subd. 2
140.14                 subd. 3                       subd. 3
140.15                 subd. 4                       subd. 4
140.16                 subd. 5                       subd. 5
140.17                 subd. 6                       subd. 6
140.18                 subd. 7                       subd. 7
140.19                 subd. 8                       subd. 8
140.20                 subd. 8a                      subd. 9
140.21                 subd. 9                       subd. 10
140.22                 subd. 10                      subd. 11
140.23                 subd. 11                      subd. 12
140.24                 subd. 12                      subd. 13
140.25                 subd. 13                      subd. 14
140.26                 subd. 14                      subd. 15
140.27                 subd. 15                      subd. 16
140.28                 subd. 16                      subd. 17
140.29                 subd. 17                      subd. 18
140.30                 subd. 18                      subd. 19
140.31                 subd. 19                      subd. 20
140.32                 subd. 20                      subd. 21
140.33                 subd. 21                      subd. 22
140.34                 subd. 22                      subd. 23
140.35       120.172                        120B.08
140.36       120.173                        120B.09
141.1        120.181                        120B.10
141.2        120.1811                       120B.11
141.3        120.182                        120B.12
141.4        120.183                        120B.13
141.5        120.185                        120B.14
141.6        126.237                        120B.15
141.7        124.32, subd. 2b               120B.20, subd. 1
141.8                subd. 4                         subd. 2
141.9                subd. 6                         subd. 3
141.10               subd. 7                         subd. 4
141.11               subd. 8                         subd. 5
141.12               subd. 10                        subd. 6
141.13               subd. 12                        subd. 7
141.14       124.3201                       120B.21
141.15       124.321                        120B.22
141.16       124.322, subd. 1               120B.23, subd. 1
141.17                subd. 1a                       subd. 2
141.18                subd. 5                        subd. 3
141.19       124.323                        120B.24
141.20       124.90                         120B.26
141.21       120.187                        120B.30
141.22       120.188                        120B.31
141.23       120.189                        120B.32
141.24       120.190                        120B.33
141.25       126.261                        120B.40
141.26       126.262                        120B.41
141.27       126.264                        120B.42
141.28       126.265                        120B.43
141.29       126.266                        120B.44
141.30       126.267                        120B.45
141.31       126.269                        120B.46
141.32       124.273, subd. 1c              120B.47, subd. 1
141.33                subd. 1d                       subd. 2
141.34                subd. 1e                       subd. 3
141.35                subd. 1f                       subd. 4
141.36                subd. 1g                       subd. 5
142.1                 subd. 3                        subd. 6
142.2                 subd. 4                        subd. 7
142.3                 subd. 5                        subd. 8
142.4                 subd. 6                        subd. 9
142.5                 subd. 7                        subd. 10
142.6        124.3111                       120B.50
142.7        124.311                        120B.51
142.8        126.22, subd. 1                120B.57, subd. 1
142.9                subd. 2                         subd. 2
142.10               subd. 3                         subd. 3
142.11               subd. 3a                        subd. 4
142.12               subd. 4                         subd. 5
142.13               subd. 5                         subd. 6
142.14               subd. 6                         subd. 7
142.15               subd. 7                         subd. 8
142.16               subd. 8                         subd. 9
142.17               subd. 9                         subd. 10
142.18       126.23                         120B.58
142.19       124.225                        120B.59
142.20       126.235                        120B.61
142.21       124.573, subd. 1               120B.66, subd. 1
142.22                subd. 2                        subd. 2
142.23                subd. 2b                       subd. 3
142.24                subd. 2e                       subd. 4
142.25                subd. 2f                       subd. 5
142.26                subd. 3                        subd. 6
142.27                subd. 3a                       subd. 7
142.28                subd. 5a                       subd. 8
142.29       124.574, subd. 1               120B.67, subd. 1
142.30                subd. 2c                       subd. 2
142.31                subd. 2d                       subd. 3
142.32                subd. 2e                       subd. 4
142.33                subd. 2f                       subd. 5
142.34                subd. 2g                       subd. 6
142.35                subd. 2h                       subd. 7
142.36                subd. 5                        subd. 8
143.1                 subd. 6                        subd. 9
143.2                 subd. 7                        subd. 10
143.3                 subd. 9                        subd. 11
143.4        126.45                         120B.70
143.5        126.46                         120B.71
143.6        126.47                         120B.72
143.7        126.48                         120B.73
143.8        126.49, subd. 1                120B.74, subd. 1
143.9                subd. 2                         subd. 2
143.10               subd. 2a                        subd. 3
143.11               subd. 3                         subd. 4
143.12               subd. 4                         subd. 5
143.13               subd. 5                         subd. 6
143.14               subd. 6                         subd. 7
143.15               subd. 7                         subd. 8
143.16               subd. 8                         subd. 9
143.17       126.50                         120B.75
143.18       126.501                        120B.76
143.19       126.51, subd. 1                120B.77, subd. 1
143.20               subd. 1a                        subd. 2
143.21               subd. 2                         subd. 3
143.22               subd. 4                         subd. 4
143.23       126.52, subd. 5                120B.78, subd. 1
143.24               subd. 8                         subd. 2
143.25               subd. 9                         subd. 3
143.26       126.531                        120B.79
143.27       126.54                         120B.80
143.28       126.55                         120B.81
143.29       124.86                         120B.82
143.30       124.48, subd. 1                120B.83, subd. 1
143.31               subd. 3                         subd. 2
143.32       124.481                        120B.84
143.33       126.43                         120B.86
143.34       124.315                        120B.88
143.35       124.227                        120B.89
143.36       120.064, subd. 1               129B.90, subd. 1
144.1                 subd. 2                        subd. 2
144.2                 subd. 3                        subd. 3
144.3                 subd. 4                        subd. 4
144.4                 subd. 4a                       subd. 5
144.5                 subd. 5                        subd. 6
144.6                 subd. 7                        subd. 7
144.7                 subd. 8                        subd. 8
144.8                 subd. 9                        subd. 9
144.9                 subd. 10                       subd. 10
144.10                subd. 11                       subd. 11
144.11                subd. 12                       subd. 12
144.12                subd. 13                       subd. 13
144.13                subd. 14                       subd. 14
144.14                subd. 14a                      subd. 15
144.15                subd. 15                       subd. 16
144.16                subd. 16                       subd. 17
144.17                subd. 17                       subd. 18
144.18                subd. 18                       subd. 19
144.19                subd. 19                       subd. 20
144.20                subd. 20                       subd. 21
144.21                subd. 20a                      subd. 22
144.22                subd. 21                       subd. 23
144.23                subd. 22                       subd. 24
144.24                subd. 23                       subd. 25
144.25                subd. 24                       subd. 26
144.26       124.248, subd. 1               120B.91, subd. 1
144.27                subd. 1a                       subd. 2
144.28                subd. 2                        subd. 3
144.29                subd. 2a                       subd. 4
144.30                subd. 3                        subd. 5
144.31                subd. 4                        subd. 6
144.32                subd. 5                        subd. 7
144.33                subd. 6                        subd. 8
144.34       126.239                        120B.92
144.35       123.3513                       120B.93
144.36       123.3514, subd. 1              120B.94, subd. 1
145.1                  subd. 2                       subd. 2
145.2                  subd. 3                       subd. 3
145.3                  subd. 3a                      subd. 4
145.4                  subd. 4                       subd. 5
145.5                  subd. 4a                      subd. 6
145.6                  subd. 4b                      subd. 7
145.7                  subd. 4c                      subd. 8
145.8                  subd. 4d                      subd. 9
145.9                  subd. 4e                      subd. 10
145.10                 subd. 5                       subd. 11
145.11                 subd. 6                       subd. 12
145.12                 subd. 6a                      subd. 13
145.13                 subd. 6b                      subd. 14
145.14                 subd. 6c                      subd. 15
145.15                 subd. 6d                      subd. 16
145.16                 subd. 6e                      subd. 17
145.17                 subd. 7                       subd. 18
145.18                 subd. 7a                      subd. 19
145.19                 subd. 7b                      subd. 20
145.20                 subd. 8                       subd. 21
145.21                 subd. 9                       subd. 22
145.22                 subd. 10                      subd. 23
145.23                 subd. 11                      subd. 24
145.24                 subd. 11a                     subd. 25
145.25       120.80                         120B.95
145.26       126.56, subd. 1                120B.96, subd. 1
145.27               subd. 2                         subd. 2
145.28               subd. 3                         subd. 3
145.29               subd. 4                         subd. 4
145.30               subd. 4a                        subd. 5
145.31               subd. 5                         subd. 6
145.32               subd. 6                         subd. 7
145.33               subd. 7                         subd. 8
145.34                             ARTICLE 3 
145.35                            CHAPTER 120C 
145.36                        COMMUNITY EDUCATION 
146.1      Section 1.  [120C.01] [DEFINITIONS.] 
146.2      For the purposes of this chapter, the words defined in 
146.3   section 120.02 have the same meaning. 
146.4      Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.201, is 
146.5   amended to read: 
146.6      121.201 [HEARING IMPAIRED EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES.] 
146.7      Subdivision 1.  [RESPONSIBILITY OF COMMISSIONER.] The 
146.8   commissioner shall coordinate and may pay for support services 
146.9   for hearing impaired persons to assure access to educational 
146.10  opportunities.  Services may be provided to adult students who 
146.11  are hearing impaired and (a) (1) have been denied access to 
146.12  educational opportunities because of the lack of support 
146.13  services or (b) (2) are presently enrolled or (c) (3) are 
146.14  contemplating enrollment in an educational program and would 
146.15  benefit from support services.  The commissioner shall also be 
146.16  responsible for conducting in-service training for public and 
146.17  private agencies regarding the needs of hearing impaired persons 
146.18  in the adult education system.  
146.19     Subd. 2.  [SUPPORT SERVICES.] The state board may pay 
146.20  school districts or public or private community agencies for the 
146.21  following support services:  
146.22     (a) (1) interpreter services to provide translation for an 
146.23  individual or a group of students; or 
146.24     (b) (2) notetaker services to convert spoken language to 
146.25  written language when the student must maintain visual contact 
146.26  with other persons such as an interpreter or instructor.  
146.27     Subd. 3.  [PROGRAMS INCLUDED.] Support services may be 
146.28  provided for:  
146.29     (a) (1) local school district adult education programs; 
146.30     (b) (2) adult technical college programs; and 
146.31     (c) (3) avocational education programs sponsored by public 
146.32  or private community agencies.  
146.33     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.203, 
146.34  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
146.35     Subdivision 1.  [AIDS PROGRAM.] The commissioner of 
146.36  children, families, and learning, in consultation with the 
147.1   commissioner of health, shall assist districts in developing and 
147.2   implementing a program to prevent and reduce the risk of 
147.3   acquired immune deficiency syndrome.  Each district shall must 
147.4   have a program that includes at least: 
147.5      (1) planning materials, guidelines, and other technically 
147.6   accurate and updated information; 
147.7      (2) a comprehensive, technically accurate, and updated 
147.8   curriculum; 
147.9      (3) cooperation and coordination among districts and SCs; 
147.10     (4) a targeting of adolescents, especially those who may be 
147.11  at high risk of contracting AIDS, for prevention efforts; 
147.12     (5) involvement of parents and other community members; 
147.13     (6) in-service training for appropriate district staff and 
147.14  school board members; 
147.15     (7) collaboration with state agencies and organizations 
147.16  having an AIDS prevention or AIDS risk reduction program; 
147.17     (8) collaboration with local community health services, 
147.18  agencies and organizations having an AIDS prevention or AIDS 
147.19  risk reduction program; and 
147.20     (9) participation by state and local student organizations. 
147.21     The department may provide assistance at a neutral site to 
147.22  a nonpublic school participating in a district's program.  
147.23  District programs must not conflict with the health and wellness 
147.24  curriculum developed under Laws 1987, chapter 398, article 5, 
147.25  section 2, subdivision 7. 
147.26     If a district fails to develop and implement a program to 
147.27  prevent and reduce the risk of AIDS, the department shall must 
147.28  assist the SC service cooperative in the region serving that 
147.29  district to develop or implement the program. 
147.30     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
147.31  121.615, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
147.32     Subd. 2.  [CREATION OF FOUNDATION.] There is created the 
147.33  Minnesota school-to-work student organization foundation.  The 
147.34  purpose of the foundation shall be is to promote vocational 
147.35  student organizations and applied leadership opportunities in 
147.36  Minnesota public and nonpublic schools through public-private 
148.1   partnerships.  The foundation shall be is a nonprofit 
148.2   organization.  The board of directors of the foundation and 
148.3   activities of the foundation are under the direction of the 
148.4   state board of education.  
148.5      Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
148.6   121.615, subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
148.7      Subd. 3.  [BOARD OF DIRECTORS.] The board of directors of 
148.8   the school-to-work student organization foundation shall consist 
148.9   consists of: 
148.10     (1) seven members appointed by the board of directors of 
148.11  the school-to-work student organizations and chosen so that each 
148.12  represents one of the following career areas:  agriculture, 
148.13  family and consumer sciences, service occupations, health 
148.14  occupations, marketing, business, and technical/industrial; 
148.15     (2) seven members from business, industry, and labor 
148.16  appointed by the governor to staggered terms and chosen so that 
148.17  each represents one of the following career areas:  agriculture, 
148.18  family and consumer sciences, service occupations, health 
148.19  occupations, marketing, business, and technical/industrial; 
148.20     (3) five students or alumni of school-to-work student 
148.21  organizations representing diverse career areas, three from 
148.22  secondary student organizations, and two from post-secondary 
148.23  student organizations.  The students or alumni shall be 
148.24  appointed by the criteria and process agreed upon by the 
148.25  executive directors of the student-to-work organizations; and 
148.26     (4) four members from education appointed by the governor 
148.27  to staggered terms and chosen so that each represents one of the 
148.28  following groups:  school district level administrators, 
148.29  secondary school administrators, middle school administrators, 
148.30  and post-secondary administrators. 
148.31     Executive directors of vocational education student 
148.32  organizations are ex officio, nonvoting members of the board. 
148.33     Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
148.34  121.615, subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
148.35     Subd. 9.  [PRIVATE FUNDING.] The foundation shall must seek 
148.36  private resources to supplement the available public money.  
149.1   Individuals, businesses, and other organizations may contribute 
149.2   to the foundation in any manner specified by the board of 
149.3   directors.  All money received shall be administered by the 
149.4   board of directors. 
149.5      Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
149.6   121.615, subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
149.7      Subd. 10.  [REPORT.] The board of directors of the 
149.8   foundation shall must submit an annual report on the progress of 
149.9   its activities to the state board of education and to the board 
149.10  of trustees of the Minnesota state colleges and universities.  
149.11  The annual report shall contain a financial report for the 
149.12  preceding year.  The foundation shall submit a biennium report 
149.13  to the legislature before February 15, in the odd-numbered year. 
149.14     Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.615, 
149.15  subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
149.16     Subd. 11.  [APPROPRIATION.] There is annually appropriated 
149.17  to the foundation All the amounts received by the foundation 
149.18  pursuant to this section are annually appropriated to the 
149.19  foundation. 
149.20     Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.704, is 
149.21  amended to read: 
149.22     121.704 [YOUTH WORKS PROGRAM.] 
149.23     The youth works program is established to fulfill the 
149.24  purposes of section 121.701.  The youth works program shall must 
149.25  supplement existing programs and services.  The program shall 
149.26  must not displace existing programs and services, existing 
149.27  funding of programs or services, or existing employment and 
149.28  employment opportunities.  No eligible organization may 
149.29  terminate, layoff, or reduce the hours of work of an employee to 
149.30  place or hire a program participant.  No eligible organization 
149.31  may place or hire an individual for a project if an employee is 
149.32  on layoff from the same or a substantially equivalent position. 
149.33     Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.705, 
149.34  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
149.35     Subd. 2.  [GRANT AUTHORITY.] The commission and, beginning 
149.36  January 1, 1997, the council shall must use any state 
150.1   appropriation and any available federal funds, including any 
150.2   grant received under federal law, to award grants to establish 
150.3   programs for youth works meeting the requirements of section 
150.4   121.706.  At least one grant each must be available for a 
150.5   metropolitan proposal, a rural proposal, and a statewide 
150.6   proposal.  If a portion of the suburban metropolitan area is not 
150.7   included in the metropolitan grant proposal, the statewide grant 
150.8   proposal must incorporate at least one suburban metropolitan 
150.9   area.  In awarding grants, the commission and, beginning January 
150.10  1, 1997, the council may select at least one residential 
150.11  proposal and one nonresidential proposal, provided the proposals 
150.12  meet or exceed the criteria in section 121.706. 
150.13     Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.706, is 
150.14  amended to read: 
150.15     121.706 [GRANT APPLICATIONS.] 
150.16     Subdivision 1.  [APPLICATIONS REQUIRED.] An organization 
150.17  seeking federal or state grant money under sections 121.704 to 
150.18  121.709 shall prepare and submit to the commission and, 
150.19  beginning January 1, 1997, the council an application that meets 
150.20  the requirements of this section.  The commission and, beginning 
150.21  January 1, 1997, the council shall must develop, and the 
150.22  applying organizations shall must comply with, the form and 
150.23  manner of the application. 
150.24     Subd. 2.  [APPLICATION CONTENT.] An applicant on its 
150.25  application shall must: 
150.26     (1) propose a program to provide participants the 
150.27  opportunity to perform community service to meet specific unmet 
150.28  community needs, and participate in classroom, work-based, and 
150.29  service-learning; 
150.30     (2) assess the community's unmet educational, human, 
150.31  environmental, and public safety needs, the resources and 
150.32  programs available for meeting those needs, and how young people 
150.33  participated in assessing community needs; 
150.34     (3) describe the educational component of the program, 
150.35  including classroom hours per week, classroom time for 
150.36  participants to reflect on the program experience, and 
151.1   anticipated academic outcomes related to the service experience; 
151.2      (4) describe the work to be performed, the ratio of youth 
151.3   participants to crew leaders and mentors, and the expectations 
151.4   and qualifications for crew leaders and mentors; 
151.5      (5) describe local funds or resources available to meet the 
151.6   match requirements of section 121.709; 
151.7      (6) describe any funds available for the program from 
151.8   sources other than the requested grant; 
151.9      (7) describe any agreements with local businesses to 
151.10  provide participants with work-learning opportunities and 
151.11  mentors; 
151.12     (8) describe any agreement with local post-secondary 
151.13  educational institutions to offer participants course credits 
151.14  for their community service-learning experience; 
151.15     (9) describe any agreement with a local high school or an 
151.16  alternative learning center to provide remedial education, 
151.17  credit for community service work and work-based learning, or 
151.18  graduate equivalency degrees; 
151.19     (10) describe any pay for service or other program delivery 
151.20  mechanism that will provide reimbursement for benefits conferred 
151.21  or recover costs of services participants perform; 
151.22     (11) describe how local resources will be used to provide 
151.23  support and assistance for participants to encourage them to 
151.24  continue with the program, fulfill the terms of the contract, 
151.25  and remain eligible for any postservice benefit; 
151.26     (12) describe the arbitration mechanism for dispute 
151.27  resolution required under section 121.707, subdivision 2; 
151.28     (13) describe involvement of community leaders in 
151.29  developing broad-based support for the program; 
151.30     (14) describe the consultation and sign-off process to be 
151.31  used with any local labor organization representing employees in 
151.32  the area engaged in work similar to that proposed for the 
151.33  program to ensure that no current employees or available 
151.34  employment positions will be displaced by program participants; 
151.35     (15) certify to the commission and, beginning January 1, 
151.36  1997, the council, and to any certified bargaining 
152.1   representatives representing employees of the applying 
152.2   organization that the project will not decrease employment 
152.3   opportunities that would be available without the project; will 
152.4   not displace current employees including any partial 
152.5   displacement in the form of reduced hours of work other than 
152.6   overtime, wages, employment benefits, or regular seasonal work; 
152.7   will not impair existing labor agreements; and will not result 
152.8   in the substitution of project funding for preexisting funds or 
152.9   sources of funds for ongoing work; 
152.10     (16) describe the length of the required service period, 
152.11  which may not be less than six months or more than two years, a 
152.12  method to incorporate a participant's readiness to advance or 
152.13  need for postservice financial assistance into individual 
152.14  service requirements, and any opportunity for participating part 
152.15  time or in another program; 
152.16     (17) describe a program evaluation plan that contains 
152.17  cost-effectiveness measures, measures of participant success 
152.18  including educational accomplishments, job placements, community 
152.19  contributions, and ongoing volunteer activities, outcome 
152.20  measures based on a preprogram and postprogram survey of 
152.21  community rates of arrest, incarceration, teenage pregnancy, and 
152.22  other indicators of youth in trouble, and a list of local 
152.23  resources dedicated to reducing these rates; 
152.24     (18) describe a three-year financial plan for maintaining 
152.25  the program; 
152.26     (19) describe the role of local youth in developing all 
152.27  aspects of the grant proposal; and 
152.28     (20) describe the process by which the local private 
152.29  industry council participated in, and reviewed the grant 
152.30  application. 
152.31     Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.707, 
152.32  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
152.33     Subd. 3.  [POSTSERVICE BENEFIT.] (a) Each eligible 
152.34  organization shall must agree to provide to every participant 
152.35  who fulfills the terms of a contract under section 121.707, 
152.36  subdivision 2, a nontransferable postservice benefit.  The 
153.1   benefit must be not less than $4,725 per year of full-time 
153.2   service or prorated for part-time service or for partial service 
153.3   of at least 900 hours.  Upon signing a contract under section 
153.4   121.707, subdivision 2, each eligible organization shall must 
153.5   deposit funds to cover the full amount of postservice benefits 
153.6   obligated, except for national education awards that are 
153.7   deposited in the national service trust fund.  Funds encumbered 
153.8   in fiscal years 1994 and 1995 for postservice benefits shall 
153.9   must be available until the participants for whom the funds were 
153.10  encumbered are no longer eligible to draw benefits.  
153.11     (b) Nothing in this subdivision prevents a grantee 
153.12  organization from using funds from nonfederal or nonstate 
153.13  sources to increase the value of postservice benefits above the 
153.14  value described in paragraph (a). 
153.15     (c) The higher education services office shall must 
153.16  establish an account for depositing funds for postservice 
153.17  benefits received from eligible organizations.  If a participant 
153.18  does not complete the term of service or, upon successful 
153.19  completion of the program, does not use a postservice benefit 
153.20  according to subdivision 4 within seven years, the amount of the 
153.21  postservice benefit shall must be refunded to the eligible 
153.22  organization or, at the organization's discretion, dedicated to 
153.23  another eligible participant.  Interest earned on funds 
153.24  deposited in the postservice benefit account is appropriated to 
153.25  the higher education services office for the costs of 
153.26  administering the postservice benefits accounts.  
153.27     (d) The state shall must provide an additional postservice 
153.28  benefit to any participant who successfully completes the 
153.29  program.  The benefit must be a credit of five points to be 
153.30  added to the competitive open rating of a participant who 
153.31  obtains a passing grade on a civil service examination under 
153.32  chapter 43A.  The benefit is available for five years after 
153.33  completing the community service. 
153.34     Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.707, 
153.35  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
153.36     Subd. 4.  [USES OF POSTSERVICE BENEFITS.] (a) A postservice 
154.1   benefit for a participant provided under subdivision 3, 
154.2   paragraph (a), (b), or (c), must be available for seven years 
154.3   after completing the program and may only be used for: 
154.4      (1) paying a student loan; 
154.5      (2) costs of attending an institution of higher education; 
154.6   or 
154.7      (3) expenses incurred by a student in an approved youth 
154.8   apprenticeship program under chapter 126B, or in a registered 
154.9   apprenticeship program approved by the department of labor and 
154.10  industry. 
154.11  Financial assistance provided under this subdivision must be in 
154.12  the form of vendor payments whenever possible.  Any postservice 
154.13  benefits provided by federal funds or vouchers may be used as a 
154.14  downpayment on, or closing costs for, purchasing a first home. 
154.15     (b) Postservice benefits are to be used to develop skills 
154.16  required in occupations where numbers of jobs are likely to 
154.17  increase.  The commission, in consultation with the workforce 
154.18  development council, and beginning January 1, 1997, the 
154.19  workforce development council, shall must determine how the 
154.20  benefits may be used in order to best prepare participants with 
154.21  skills that build on their service-learning and equip them for 
154.22  meaningful employment. 
154.23     (c) The postservice benefit shall must not be included in 
154.24  determining financial need when establishing eligibility or 
154.25  award amounts for financial assistance programs under chapter 
154.26  136A. 
154.27     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.707, 
154.28  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
154.29     Subd. 5.  [LIVING ALLOWANCE.] (a) A participant in a 
154.30  full-time community service program shall receive a monthly 
154.31  stipend of not less than $500.  An eligible organization may 
154.32  provide participants with additional amounts from nonstate 
154.33  sources.  The amount of the living allowance may be prorated for 
154.34  part-time participants. 
154.35     (b) Nothing in this subdivision requires an existing 
154.36  program to decrease any stipend, salary, or living allowance 
155.1   provided to a participant under the program. 
155.2      (c) In addition to the living allowance provided under 
155.3   paragraph (a), a grantee organization shall provide health and 
155.4   child care coverage to each participant in a full-time youth 
155.5   works program who does not otherwise have access to health or 
155.6   child care coverage.  The state shall must include the cost of 
155.7   group health and child care coverage in the grant to the 
155.8   eligible organization. 
155.9      Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.707, 
155.10  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
155.11     Subd. 6.  [PROGRAM TRAINING.] (a) The commission and, 
155.12  beginning January 1, 1997, the council shall must, within 
155.13  available resources, ensure an opportunity for each participant 
155.14  to have three weeks of training in a residential setting.  If 
155.15  offered, each training session must: 
155.16     (1) orient each participant in the nature, philosophy, and 
155.17  purpose of the program; 
155.18     (2) build an ethic of community service through general 
155.19  community service training; and 
155.20     (3) provide additional training as it determines necessary. 
155.21     (b) Each grantee organization shall also train participants 
155.22  in skills relevant to the community service opportunity. 
155.23     Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.707, 
155.24  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
155.25     Subd. 7.  [TRAINING AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS.] Each 
155.26  grantee organization shall must assess the educational level of 
155.27  each entering participant.  Each grantee shall work to enhance 
155.28  the educational skills of each participant.  The commission and, 
155.29  beginning January 1, 1997, the council may coordinate or 
155.30  contract with educational institutions or other providers for 
155.31  educational services and evaluation.  All grantees shall give 
155.32  priority to educating and training participants who do not have 
155.33  a high school diploma or its equivalent, or who cannot afford 
155.34  post-secondary training and education. 
155.35     Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.708, is 
155.36  amended to read: 
156.1      121.708 [PRIORITY.] 
156.2      The commission and, beginning January 1, 1997, the council 
156.3   shall must give priority to an eligible organization proposing a 
156.4   program that meets the goals of sections 121.704 to 121.707, and 
156.5   that: 
156.6      (1) involves youth in a meaningful way in all stages of the 
156.7   program, including assessing community needs, preparing the 
156.8   application, and assuming postservice leadership and mentoring 
156.9   responsibilities; 
156.10     (2) serves a community with significant unmet needs; 
156.11     (3) provides an approach that is most likely to reduce 
156.12  arrest rates, incarceration rates, teenage pregnancy, and other 
156.13  indicators of troubled youth; 
156.14     (4) builds linkages with existing, successful programs; and 
156.15     (5) can be operational quickly. 
156.16     Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.710, 
156.17  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
156.18     Subd. 2.  [INTERIM REPORT.] The commission and, beginning 
156.19  January 1, 1997, the council shall must report semiannually to 
156.20  the legislature with interim recommendations to change the 
156.21  program. 
156.22     Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.710, 
156.23  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
156.24     Subd. 3.  [FINAL REPORT.] The commission and, beginning 
156.25  January 1, 1997, the council shall must present a final report 
156.26  to the legislature by January 1, 1998, summarizing grantee 
156.27  evaluations, reporting on individual participants and 
156.28  participating grantee organizations, and recommending any 
156.29  changes to improve or expand the program. 
156.30     Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
156.31  121.831, subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
156.32     Subd. 3.  [PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY.] A learning readiness 
156.33  program shall must include the following: 
156.34     (1) a comprehensive plan to anticipate and meet the needs 
156.35  of participating families by coordinating existing social 
156.36  services programs and by fostering collaboration among agencies 
157.1   or other community-based organizations and programs that provide 
157.2   a full range of flexible, family-focused services to families 
157.3   with young children; 
157.4      (2) a development and learning component to help children 
157.5   develop appropriate social, cognitive, and physical skills, and 
157.6   emotional well-being; 
157.7      (3) health referral services to address children's medical, 
157.8   dental, mental health, and nutritional needs; 
157.9      (4) a nutrition component to meet children's daily 
157.10  nutritional needs; 
157.11     (5) parents' involvement in meeting children's educational, 
157.12  health, social service, and other needs; 
157.13     (6) community outreach to ensure participation by families 
157.14  who represent the racial, cultural, and economic diversity of 
157.15  the community; 
157.16     (7) community-based staff and program resources, including 
157.17  interpreters, that reflect the racial and ethnic characteristics 
157.18  of the children participating in the program; and 
157.19     (8) a literacy component to ensure that the literacy needs 
157.20  of parents are addressed through referral to and cooperation 
157.21  with adult basic education programs and other adult literacy 
157.22  programs. 
157.23     Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.831, 
157.24  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
157.25     Subd. 6.  [COORDINATION WITH OTHER PROVIDERS.] (a) The 
157.26  district shall must coordinate the learning readiness program 
157.27  with existing community-based social services providers and 
157.28  foster collaboration among agencies and other community-based 
157.29  organizations and programs that provide flexible, family-focused 
157.30  services to families with children.  The district shall must 
157.31  actively encourage greater sharing of responsibility and 
157.32  accountability among service providers and facilitate children's 
157.33  transition between programs.  
157.34     (b) To the extent possible, resources shall must follow the 
157.35  children so that children receive appropriate services in a 
157.36  stable environment and are not moved from one program location 
158.1   to another.  Where geographically feasible, the district shall 
158.2   must actively promote colocating of services for children and 
158.3   their families. 
158.4      Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.831, 
158.5   subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
158.6      Subd. 7.  [ADVISORY COUNCIL.] Each learning readiness 
158.7   program shall must have an advisory council composed of members 
158.8   of existing early education-related boards, parents of 
158.9   participating children, child care providers, culturally 
158.10  specific service organizations, local resource and referral 
158.11  agencies, and representatives of early childhood service 
158.12  providers.  The council shall must advise the school board in 
158.13  creating and administering the program and shall must monitor 
158.14  the progress of the program.  The council shall must ensure that 
158.15  children at greatest risk receive appropriate services.  If 
158.16  the school board is unable to appoint to the advisory council 
158.17  members of existing early education-related boards, it shall 
158.18  must appoint parents of children enrolled in the program who 
158.19  represent the racial, cultural, and economic diversity of the 
158.20  district and representatives of early childhood service 
158.21  providers as representatives to an existing advisory council. 
158.22     Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.831, 
158.23  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
158.24     Subd. 8.  [PRIORITY CHILDREN.] The district shall must give 
158.25  greatest priority to providing services to eligible children 
158.26  identified, through a means such as the early childhood 
158.27  screening process, as being developmentally disadvantaged or 
158.28  experiencing risk factors that could impede their learning 
158.29  readiness. 
158.30     Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.831, 
158.31  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
158.32     Subd. 9.  [CHILD RECORDS.] (a) A record of a child's 
158.33  progress and development shall must be maintained in the child's 
158.34  cumulative record while enrolled in the learning readiness 
158.35  program.  The cumulative record shall must be used for the 
158.36  purpose of planning activities to suit individual needs and 
159.1   shall become part of the child's permanent record.  The 
159.2   cumulative record is private data under chapter 13.  Information 
159.3   in the record may be disseminated to an educator or service 
159.4   provider only to the extent that that person has a need to know 
159.5   the information.  
159.6      (b) An educator or service provider may transmit 
159.7   information in the child's cumulative record to an educator or 
159.8   service provider in another program for young children when the 
159.9   child applies to enroll in that other program. 
159.10     Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.831, 
159.11  subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
159.12     Subd. 10.  [SUPERVISION.] A program provided by a school 
159.13  board shall must be supervised by a licensed early childhood 
159.14  teacher, a certified early childhood educator, or a licensed 
159.15  parent educator.  A program provided according to a contract 
159.16  between a school district and a nonprofit organization or 
159.17  another private organization shall must be supervised and 
159.18  staffed according to the terms of the contract.  
159.19     Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.831, 
159.20  subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
159.21     Subd. 11.  [DISTRICT STANDARDS.] The school board of the 
159.22  district shall must develop standards for the learning readiness 
159.23  program that reflect the eligibility criteria in subdivision 3.  
159.24  The board shall must consider including in the standards the 
159.25  program characteristics in subdivision 4. 
159.26     Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.831, 
159.27  subdivision 12, is amended to read: 
159.28     Subd. 12.  [PROGRAM FEES.] A district may adopt a sliding 
159.29  fee schedule based on a family's income but shall must waive a 
159.30  fee for a participant unable to pay.  The fees charged must be 
159.31  designed to enable eligible children of all socioeconomic levels 
159.32  to participate in the program. 
159.33     Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.835, 
159.34  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
159.35     Subd. 4.  [DISTRIBUTION.] The commissioner of children, 
159.36  families, and learning shall give priority to funding existing 
160.1   programs. 
160.2      To the extent possible, the commissioner shall award grants 
160.3   to applicants with experience or demonstrated ability in 
160.4   providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary, community-based 
160.5   programs with objectives similar to those listed in subdivision 
160.6   2, or in providing other human services or social services 
160.7   programs using a multidisciplinary, community-based approach. 
160.8      Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.835, 
160.9   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
160.10     Subd. 5.  [APPLICATIONS.] Each grant application must 
160.11  propose a five-year program designed to accomplish the purposes 
160.12  of this section.  The application must be submitted on forms 
160.13  provided by the commissioner of children, families, and 
160.14  learning.  The grant application must include: 
160.15     (1) a description of the specific neighborhoods that will 
160.16  be served under the program and the name, address, and a 
160.17  description of each community agency or agencies with which the 
160.18  applicant intends to contract to provide services using grant 
160.19  money; 
160.20     (2) a letter of intent from each community agency 
160.21  identified in clause (1) that indicates the agency's willingness 
160.22  to participate in the program and approval of the proposed 
160.23  program structure and components; 
160.24     (3) a detailed description of the structure and components 
160.25  of the proposed program and an explanation of how each component 
160.26  will contribute to accomplishing the purposes of this section; 
160.27     (4) a description of how public and private resources, 
160.28  including schools, health care facilities, government agencies, 
160.29  neighborhood organizations, and other resources, will be 
160.30  coordinated and made accessible to families in target 
160.31  neighborhoods, including letters of intent from public and 
160.32  private agencies indicating their willingness to cooperate with 
160.33  the program; 
160.34     (5) a detailed, proposed budget that demonstrates the 
160.35  ability of the program to accomplish the purposes of this 
160.36  section using grant money and other available resources, 
161.1   including funding sources other than a grant; and 
161.2      (6) a comprehensive evaluation plan for measuring the 
161.3   success of the program in meeting the objectives of the overall 
161.4   grant program and the individual grant project, including an 
161.5   assessment of the impact of the program in terms of at least 
161.6   three of the following criteria:  
161.7      (i) utilization rates of community services; 
161.8      (ii) availability of support systems for families; 
161.9      (iii) birth weights of newborn babies; 
161.10     (iv) child accident rates; 
161.11     (v) utilization rates of prenatal care; 
161.12     (vi) reported rates of child abuse; 
161.13     (vii) rates of health screening and evaluation; and 
161.14     (viii) school readiness of way to grow participants 
161.15  compared to nonparticipants. 
161.16     Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.835, 
161.17  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
161.18     Subd. 7.  [ADVISORY COMMITTEES.] The commissioner of 
161.19  children, families, and learning shall establish a program 
161.20  advisory committee consisting of persons knowledgeable in child 
161.21  development, child health, and family services, who reflect the 
161.22  geographic, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity of the state; 
161.23  and representatives of the commissioners of children, families, 
161.24  and learning, human services, and health.  This program advisory 
161.25  committee shall must review grant applications, assist in 
161.26  distribution of the grants, and monitor progress of the way to 
161.27  grow/school readiness program.  Each grantee must establish a 
161.28  program advisory board of 12 or more members to advise the 
161.29  grantee on program design, operation, and evaluation.  The board 
161.30  must include representatives of local units of government and 
161.31  representatives of the project area who reflect the geographic, 
161.32  cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity of that community.  
161.33     Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.835, 
161.34  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
161.35     Subd. 8.  [REPORT.] The advisory committee shall must 
161.36  report to the education committee of the legislature by January 
162.1   15, 1993, on the evaluation required in subdivision 5, clause 
162.2   (6), and shall make recommendations for establishing successful 
162.3   way to grow programs in unserved areas of the state. 
162.4      Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.8355, 
162.5   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
162.6      Subd. 2.  [DUTIES.] (a) Each collaborative shall must: 
162.7      (1) establish, with assistance from families and service 
162.8   providers, clear goals for addressing the health, developmental, 
162.9   educational, and family-related needs of children and youth and 
162.10  use outcome-based indicators to measure progress toward 
162.11  achieving those goals; 
162.12     (2) establish a comprehensive planning process that 
162.13  involves all sectors of the community, identifies local needs, 
162.14  and surveys existing local programs; 
162.15     (3) integrate service funding sources so that children and 
162.16  their families obtain services from providers best able to 
162.17  anticipate and meet their needs; 
162.18     (4) coordinate families' services to avoid duplicative and 
162.19  overlapping assessment and intake procedures; 
162.20     (5) focus primarily on family-centered services; 
162.21     (6) encourage parents and volunteers to actively 
162.22  participate by using flexible scheduling and actively recruiting 
162.23  volunteers; 
162.24     (7) provide services in locations that are readily 
162.25  accessible to children and families; 
162.26     (8) use new or reallocated funds to improve or enhance 
162.27  services provided to children and their families; 
162.28     (9) identify federal, state, and local institutional 
162.29  barriers to coordinating services and suggest ways to remove 
162.30  these barriers; and 
162.31     (10) design and implement an integrated local service 
162.32  delivery system for children and their families that coordinates 
162.33  services across agencies and is client centered.  The delivery 
162.34  system shall provide a continuum of services for children birth 
162.35  to age 18, or birth through age 21 for individuals with 
162.36  disabilities.  The collaborative shall describe the community 
163.1   plan for serving pregnant women and children from birth to age 
163.2   six. 
163.3      (b) The outcome-based indicators developed in paragraph 
163.4   (a), clause (1), may include the number of low birth weight 
163.5   babies, the infant mortality rate, the number of children who 
163.6   are adequately immunized and healthy, require out-of-home 
163.7   placement or long-term special education services, and the 
163.8   number of minor parents. 
163.9      Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.8355, 
163.10  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
163.11     Subd. 3.  [INTEGRATED LOCAL SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM.] A 
163.12  collaborative shall must design an integrated local service 
163.13  delivery system that coordinates funding streams and the 
163.14  delivery of services between existing agencies.  The integrated 
163.15  local service delivery system may: 
163.16     (1) improve outreach and early identification of children 
163.17  and families in need of services and intervene across service 
163.18  systems on behalf of families; 
163.19     (2) offer an inclusive service system that supports all 
163.20  families within a community; 
163.21     (3) coordinate services that eliminate the need to match 
163.22  funding streams, provider eligibilities, or clients with 
163.23  multiple providers; 
163.24     (4) improve access to services by coordinating 
163.25  transportation services; 
163.26     (5) provide initial outreach to all new mothers and 
163.27  periodic family visits to children who are potentially at risk; 
163.28     (6) coordinate assessment across systems to determine which 
163.29  children and families need coordinated multiagency services and 
163.30  supplemental services; 
163.31     (7) include multiagency service plans and coordinate 
163.32  unitary case management; and 
163.33     (8) integrate funding of services. 
163.34     Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.8355, 
163.35  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
163.36     Subd. 5.  [LOCAL PLANS.] The collaborative plan shall must 
164.1   describe how the collaborative will carry out the duties and 
164.2   implement the integrated local services delivery system required 
164.3   under this section.  The plan shall must include a list of the 
164.4   collaborative participants, a copy of the agreement required 
164.5   under subdivision 1, the amount and source of resources each 
164.6   participant will contribute to the integrated fund, and methods 
164.7   for increasing local participation in the collaborative, 
164.8   involving parents and other community members in implementing 
164.9   and operating the collaborative, and providing effective 
164.10  outreach services to all families with young children in the 
164.11  community.  The plan shall must also include specific goals that 
164.12  the collaborative intends to achieve and methods for objectively 
164.13  measuring progress toward meeting the goals.  
164.14     Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.8355, 
164.15  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
164.16     Subd. 6.  [PLAN APPROVAL BY THE CHILDREN'S CABINET.] (a) 
164.17  The children's cabinet shall must approve local plans for 
164.18  collaboratives.  In approving local plans, the children's 
164.19  cabinet shall must give highest priority to a plan that provides:
164.20     (1) early intervention and family outreach services; 
164.21     (2) family visitation services; 
164.22     (3) a continuum of services for children from birth to age 
164.23  18; 
164.24     (4) family preservation services; 
164.25     (5) culturally sensitive approaches for delivering services 
164.26  and utilizing culturally specific organizations; 
164.27     (6) clearly defined outcomes and valid methods of 
164.28  assessment; 
164.29     (7) effective service coordination; 
164.30     (8) participation by the maximum number of jurisdictions 
164.31  and local, county, and state funding sources; 
164.32     (9) integrated community service providers and local 
164.33  resources; 
164.34     (10) integrated transportation services; 
164.35     (11) integrated housing services; and 
164.36     (12) coordinated services that include a children's mental 
165.1   health collaborative authorized by law. 
165.2      (b) The children's cabinet shall must ensure that the 
165.3   collaboratives established under this section do not conflict 
165.4   with any state or federal policy or program and do not 
165.5   negatively impact the state budget. 
165.6      Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.88, 
165.7   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
165.8      Subd. 2.  [ADVISORY COUNCIL.] Each board shall must provide 
165.9   for an advisory council to consist of members who represent:  
165.10  various service organizations; churches; public and nonpublic 
165.11  schools; local government including elected officials; public 
165.12  and private nonprofit agencies serving youth and families; 
165.13  parents; youth; park, recreation or forestry services of 
165.14  municipal or local government units located in whole or in part 
165.15  within the boundaries of the school district; and any other 
165.16  groups participating in the community education program in the 
165.17  school district. 
165.18     Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.88, 
165.19  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
165.20     Subd. 3.  [COOPERATION.] The council shall must function in 
165.21  cooperation with the community education director in an advisory 
165.22  capacity in the interest of promoting the goals and objectives 
165.23  of sections 121.85 to 121.88.  
165.24     Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.88, 
165.25  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
165.26     Subd. 4.  [DUPLICATION POLICY.] Each council shall must 
165.27  adopt a policy to reduce and eliminate program duplication 
165.28  within the district. 
165.29     Sec. 39.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.88, 
165.30  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
165.31     Subd. 6.  [PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES.] A school 
165.32  board may offer, as part of a community education program, a 
165.33  program for adults with disabilities.  Boards are encouraged to 
165.34  offer programs cooperatively with other districts and 
165.35  organizations.  Programs may not be limited to district 
165.36  residents.  Programs may include: 
166.1      (1) services enabling the adults to participate in 
166.2   community activities or community education classes; 
166.3      (2) classes specifically for adults with disabilities; 
166.4      (3) outreach activities to identify adults needing service; 
166.5      (4) activities to increase public awareness of the roles of 
166.6   people with disabilities; 
166.7      (5) activities to enhance the role of people with 
166.8   disabilities in the community; and 
166.9      (6) other direct and indirect services and activities 
166.10  benefiting adults with disabilities.  
166.11     Sec. 40.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.88, 
166.12  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
166.13     Subd. 7.  [PROGRAM APPROVAL.] To be eligible for revenue 
166.14  for the program for adults with disabilities, a program and 
166.15  budget must receive approval from the community education 
166.16  section in the department of children, families, and learning.  
166.17  Approval may be for five years.  During that time, a school 
166.18  board must report any significant changes to the department for 
166.19  approval.  For programs offered cooperatively, the request for 
166.20  approval must include an agreement on the method by which local 
166.21  money is to be derived and distributed.  A request for approval 
166.22  must include all of the following:  
166.23     (1) characteristics of the people to be served; 
166.24     (2) description of the program services and activities; 
166.25     (3) program budget and amount of aid requested; 
166.26     (4) participation by adults with disabilities in developing 
166.27  the program; 
166.28     (5) assessment of the needs of adults with disabilities; 
166.29  and 
166.30     (6) cooperative efforts with community organizations.  
166.31     Sec. 41.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.88, 
166.32  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
166.33     Subd. 9.  [YOUTH SERVICE PROGRAMS.] A school board may 
166.34  offer, as part of a community education program with a youth 
166.35  development program, a youth service program that provides young 
166.36  people with meaningful opportunities to become involved in their 
167.1   community, develop individual capabilities, make career 
167.2   connections, seek support networks and services, become active 
167.3   citizens, and address community needs through youth service.  
167.4   The school board may award up to one credit, or the equivalent, 
167.5   toward graduation for a pupil who completes the youth service 
167.6   requirements of the district.  The community education advisory 
167.7   council, after considering the results of the commissioner's 
167.8   study under section 121.885, subdivision 1, shall must design 
167.9   the program in cooperation with the district planning, 
167.10  evaluating and reporting committee and local organizations that 
167.11  train volunteers or need volunteers' services.  Programs must 
167.12  include: 
167.13     (1) preliminary training for pupil volunteers conducted, 
167.14  when possible, by organizations experienced in such training; 
167.15     (2) supervision of the pupil volunteers to ensure 
167.16  appropriate placement and adequate learning opportunity; 
167.17     (3) sufficient opportunity, in a positive setting for human 
167.18  development, for pupil volunteers to develop general skills in 
167.19  preparation for employment, to enhance self-esteem and 
167.20  self-worth, and to give genuine service to their community; 
167.21     (4) integration of academic learning with the service 
167.22  experience; and 
167.23     (5) integration of youth community service with elementary 
167.24  and secondary curriculum. 
167.25     Youth service projects include, but are not limited to, the 
167.26  following: 
167.27     (1) human services for the elderly, including home care and 
167.28  related services; 
167.29     (2) tutoring and mentoring; 
167.30     (3) training for and providing emergency services; 
167.31     (4) services at extended day programs; 
167.32     (5) environmental services; and 
167.33     (6) service-learning programs in which schools, including 
167.34  post-secondary schools, and employers work together with young 
167.35  people to provide them with meaningful opportunities for 
167.36  community service and with the academic and technical skills 
168.1   that employers require. 
168.2      The commissioner shall maintain a list of acceptable 
168.3   projects with a description of each project.  A project that is 
168.4   not on the list must be approved by the commissioner.  
168.5      A youth service project must have a community sponsor that 
168.6   may be a governmental unit or nonprofit organization.  To assure 
168.7   that pupils provide additional services, each sponsor must 
168.8   assure that pupil services do not displace employees or reduce 
168.9   the workload of any employee. 
168.10     The commissioner must shall assist districts in planning 
168.11  youth service programs, implementing programs, and developing 
168.12  recommendations for obtaining community sponsors.  
168.13     Sec. 42.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
168.14  121.88, subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
168.15     Subd. 10.  [EXTENDED DAY PROGRAMS.] (a) A school board may 
168.16  offer, as part of a community education program, an extended day 
168.17  program for children from kindergarten through grade 6 for the 
168.18  purpose of expanding students' learning opportunities.  A 
168.19  program must include the following: 
168.20     (1) adult supervised programs while school is not in 
168.21  session; 
168.22     (2) parental involvement in program design and direction; 
168.23     (3) partnerships with the K-12 kindergarten through grade 
168.24  12 system, and other public, private, or nonprofit entities; and 
168.25     (4) opportunities for trained secondary school pupils to 
168.26  work with younger children in a supervised setting as part of a 
168.27  community service program. 
168.28     (b) The district may charge a sliding fee based upon family 
168.29  income for extended day programs.  The district may receive 
168.30  money from other public or private sources for the extended day 
168.31  program.  The school board of the district shall must develop 
168.32  standards for school age child care programs.  Districts with 
168.33  programs in operation before July 1, 1990, must adopt standards 
168.34  before October 1, 1991.  All other districts must adopt 
168.35  standards within one year after the district first offers 
168.36  services under a program authorized by this subdivision.  The 
169.1   state board of education may not adopt rules for extended day 
169.2   programs. 
169.3      (c) The district shall maintain a separate account within 
169.4   the community services fund for all funds related to the 
169.5   extended day program. 
169.6      Sec. 43.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.882, 
169.7   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
169.8      Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENT.] A district that provides a 
169.9   community education program under sections 121.85 to 121.88 may 
169.10  establish an early childhood family education program.  Two or 
169.11  more districts, each of which provides a community education 
169.12  program, may cooperate to jointly provide an early childhood 
169.13  family education program. 
169.14     Sec. 44.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
169.15  121.882, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
169.16     Subd. 2.  [PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS.] Early childhood family 
169.17  education programs are programs for children in the period of 
169.18  life from birth to kindergarten, for the parents of such 
169.19  children, and for expectant parents.  The programs may include 
169.20  the following:  
169.21     (1) programs to educate parents about the physical, mental, 
169.22  and emotional development of children; 
169.23     (2) programs to enhance the skills of parents in providing 
169.24  for their children's learning and development; 
169.25     (3) learning experiences for children and parents that 
169.26  promote children's development; 
169.27     (4) activities designed to detect children's physical, 
169.28  mental, emotional, or behavioral problems that may cause 
169.29  learning problems; 
169.30     (5) activities and materials designed to encourage 
169.31  self-esteem, skills, and behavior that prevent sexual and other 
169.32  interpersonal violence; 
169.33     (6) educational materials which may be borrowed for home 
169.34  use; 
169.35     (7) information on related community resources; 
169.36     (8) programs to prevent child abuse and neglect; 
170.1      (9) other programs or activities to improve the health, 
170.2   development, and learning readiness of children; or 
170.3      (10) activities designed to maximize development during 
170.4   infancy.  
170.5      The programs shall must not include activities for children 
170.6   that do not require substantial involvement of the children's 
170.7   parents.  The programs shall must be reviewed periodically to 
170.8   assure the instruction and materials are not racially, 
170.9   culturally, or sexually biased.  The programs shall must 
170.10  encourage parents to be aware of practices that may affect 
170.11  equitable development of children. 
170.12     Sec. 45.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.882, 
170.13  subdivision 2b, is amended to read: 
170.14     Subd. 2b.  [HOME VISITING PROGRAM.] (a) The commissioner of 
170.15  children, families, and learning shall include as part of the 
170.16  early childhood family education programs a parent education 
170.17  component to prevent child abuse and neglect.  This parent 
170.18  education component must include: 
170.19     (1) expanding statewide the home visiting component of the 
170.20  early childhood family education programs; 
170.21     (2) training parent educators, child educators, community 
170.22  outreach workers, and home visitors in the dynamics of child 
170.23  abuse and neglect and positive parenting and discipline 
170.24  practices; and 
170.25     (3) developing and disseminating education and public 
170.26  information materials that promote positive parenting skills and 
170.27  prevent child abuse and neglect. 
170.28     (b) The parent education component must: 
170.29     (1) offer to isolated or at-risk families home visiting 
170.30  parent education services that at least address parenting 
170.31  skills, a child's development and stages of growth, 
170.32  communication skills, managing stress, problem-solving skills, 
170.33  positive child discipline practices, methods of improving 
170.34  parent-child interactions and enhancing self-esteem, using 
170.35  community support services and other resources, and encouraging 
170.36  parents to have fun with and enjoy their children; 
171.1      (2) develop a risk assessment tool to determine the 
171.2   family's level of risk; 
171.3      (3) establish clear objectives and protocols for home 
171.4   visits; 
171.5      (4) determine the frequency and duration of home visits 
171.6   based on a risk-need assessment of the client, with home visits 
171.7   beginning in the second trimester of pregnancy and continuing, 
171.8   based on client need, until a child is six years old; 
171.9      (5) encourage families to make a transition from home 
171.10  visits to site-based parenting programs to build a family 
171.11  support network and reduce the effects of isolation; 
171.12     (6) develop and distribute education materials on 
171.13  preventing child abuse and neglect that may be used in home 
171.14  visiting programs and parent education classes and distributed 
171.15  to the public; 
171.16     (7) initially provide at least 40 hours of training and 
171.17  thereafter ongoing training for parent educators, child 
171.18  educators, community outreach workers, and home visitors that 
171.19  covers the dynamics of child abuse and neglect, domestic 
171.20  violence and victimization within family systems, signs of abuse 
171.21  or other indications that a child may be at risk of being abused 
171.22  or neglected, what child abuse and neglect are, how to properly 
171.23  report cases of child abuse and neglect, respect for cultural 
171.24  preferences in child rearing, what community resources, social 
171.25  service agencies, and family support activities and programs are 
171.26  available, child development and growth, parenting skills, 
171.27  positive child discipline practices, identifying stress factors 
171.28  and techniques for reducing stress, home visiting techniques, 
171.29  and risk assessment measures; 
171.30     (8) provide program services that are community-based, 
171.31  accessible, and culturally relevant; and 
171.32     (9) foster collaboration among existing agencies and 
171.33  community-based organizations that serve young children and 
171.34  their families. 
171.35     (c) Home visitors should reflect the demographic 
171.36  composition of the community the home visitor is serving to the 
172.1   extent possible.  
172.2      Sec. 46.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.882, 
172.3   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
172.4      Subd. 3.  [SEPARATE ACCOUNTS.] The district shall must 
172.5   maintain a separate account within the community education fund 
172.6   for money for early childhood family education programs. 
172.7      Sec. 47.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.882, 
172.8   subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
172.9      Subd. 7.  [DISTRICT ADVISORY COUNCILS.] The school 
172.10  board shall must appoint an advisory council from the area in 
172.11  which the program is provided.  A majority of the council shall 
172.12  must be parents participating in the program.  The council shall 
172.13  must assist the board in developing, planning, and monitoring 
172.14  the early childhood family education program.  The council shall 
172.15  must report to the school board and the community education 
172.16  advisory council.  
172.17     Sec. 48.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.882, 
172.18  subdivision 7a, is amended to read: 
172.19     Subd. 7a.  [ALTERNATIVE COUNCIL.] A school board may direct 
172.20  the community education council, required according to section 
172.21  121.88, subdivision 2, to perform the functions of the advisory 
172.22  council for early childhood family education.  
172.23     Sec. 49.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.882, 
172.24  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
172.25     Subd. 8.  [TEACHERS.] A school board shall must employ 
172.26  necessary qualified teachers for its early childhood family 
172.27  education programs. 
172.28     Sec. 50.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.882, 
172.29  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
172.30     Subd. 9.  [ASSISTANCE.] The department of children, 
172.31  families, and learning shall must provide assistance to 
172.32  districts with programs described in this section.  The 
172.33  department must establish guidelines that list barriers to 
172.34  learning and development affecting children served by early 
172.35  childhood family education programs. 
172.36     Sec. 51.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.885, 
173.1   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
173.2      Subdivision 1.  [SERVICE-LEARNING AND WORK-BASED LEARNING 
173.3   PROGRAMS STUDY.] The governor's workforce development council 
173.4   shall must assist the commissioner of children, families, and 
173.5   learning in studying how to combine community service activities 
173.6   and service-learning with work-based learning programs. 
173.7      Sec. 52.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.885, 
173.8   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
173.9      Subd. 4.  [PROGRAMS FOLLOWING YOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICE.] (a) 
173.10  The Minnesota commission on national and community service in 
173.11  cooperation with the governor's workforce development council, 
173.12  the commissioner and the higher education services office, shall 
173.13  provide for those participants who successfully complete youth 
173.14  community service under sections 121.704 to 121.709, the 
173.15  following: 
173.16     (1) for those who have a high school diploma or its 
173.17  equivalent, an opportunity to participate in a youth 
173.18  apprenticeship program at a community or technical college; and 
173.19     (2) for those who are post-secondary students, an 
173.20  opportunity to participate in an educational program that 
173.21  supplements post-secondary courses leading to a degree or a 
173.22  statewide credential of academic and occupational proficiency. 
173.23     (b) Participants who successfully complete a youth 
173.24  community service program under sections 121.704 to 121.710 are 
173.25  eligible to receive an education voucher as provided under 
173.26  section 121.707, subdivision 4.  The voucher recipient may apply 
173.27  the voucher toward the cost of the recipient's tuition and other 
173.28  education-related expenses at a post-secondary school under 
173.29  paragraph (a). 
173.30     (c) The governor's workforce development council, in 
173.31  cooperation with the board of trustees of the Minnesota state 
173.32  colleges and universities, shall must establish a mechanism to 
173.33  transfer credit earned in a youth apprenticeship program between 
173.34  the technical colleges and other post-secondary institutions 
173.35  offering applied associate degrees. 
173.36     Sec. 53.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
174.1   123.35, subdivision 8, is amended to read:  
174.2      Subd. 8.  [EVENING SCHOOLS; ADULT AND CONTINUING 
174.3   EDUCATION.] The board may establish and maintain public evening 
174.4   schools and adult and continuing education programs and such.  
174.5   The evening schools and adult and continuing education 
174.6   programs when so maintained shall by the board must be available 
174.7   to all persons over 16 years of age who, from any cause, are 
174.8   unable to attend the full-time elementary or secondary schools 
174.9   of such district. 
174.10     Sec. 54.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.70, 
174.11  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
174.12     Subd. 2.  [SCHEDULE OF IMMUNIZATIONS.] No person who has 
174.13  commenced a treatment schedule of immunization pursuant to 
174.14  subdivision 1, clause (2), may remain enrolled in any child care 
174.15  facility, elementary, or secondary school in this state after 18 
174.16  months of enrollment unless there is submitted to the 
174.17  administrator, or other person having general control and 
174.18  supervision of the school or child care facility, a statement 
174.19  from a physician or a public clinic which provides immunizations 
174.20  that the person has completed the primary schedule of 
174.21  immunizations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio and 
174.22  in which the month and year of each additional immunization 
174.23  received is included.  The statement must include the month and 
174.24  year of each additional immunization received.  For a child less 
174.25  than seven years of age, a primary schedule of immunizations 
174.26  shall consist of four doses of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, 
174.27  and pertussis and three doses of vaccine for poliomyelitis.  For 
174.28  a child seven years of age or older, a primary schedule of 
174.29  immunizations shall consist of three doses of vaccine for 
174.30  diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. 
174.31     Sec. 55.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.70, 
174.32  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
174.33     Subd. 4.  [SUBSTITUTE IMMUNIZATION STATEMENT.] A person who 
174.34  is enrolling or enrolled in an elementary or secondary school or 
174.35  child care facility may substitute a statement from the 
174.36  emancipated person or a parent or guardian if the person is a 
175.1   minor child in lieu of the statement from a physician or public 
175.2   clinic which provides immunizations.  If the statement is from a 
175.3   parent or guardian or emancipated person, the statement shall 
175.4   must indicate the month and year of each immunization given.  In 
175.5   order for the statement to be acceptable for a person who is 
175.6   enrolling in an elementary school and who is six years of age or 
175.7   younger, it must indicate that the following was given:  no less 
175.8   than one dose of vaccine each for measles, mumps, and rubella 
175.9   given separately or in combination, and no less than four doses 
175.10  of vaccine for poliomyelitis, unless the third dose was given 
175.11  after the fourth birthday, then three doses are minimum, and no 
175.12  less than five doses of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and 
175.13  pertussis, unless the fourth dose was given after the fourth 
175.14  birthday, then four are minimum.  In order for the statement to 
175.15  be acceptable for a person who is enrolling in an elementary or 
175.16  secondary school and is age seven through age 19, the statement 
175.17  must indicate that the person has received no less than one dose 
175.18  of vaccine each for measles, mumps, and rubella given separately 
175.19  or in combination and consistent with subdivision 10, and no 
175.20  less than three doses of vaccine for poliomyelitis, diphtheria, 
175.21  and tetanus.  
175.22     In order for the statement to be acceptable for a person 
175.23  who is enrolling in a secondary school, and who was born after 
175.24  1956 and is 20 years of age or older, the statement must 
175.25  indicate that the person has received no less than one dose of 
175.26  vaccine each for measles, mumps, and rubella given separately or 
175.27  in combination, and no less than one dose of vaccine for 
175.28  diphtheria and tetanus within the preceding ten years.  In order 
175.29  for the statement to be acceptable for a person who is enrolling 
175.30  in a child care facility and who is at least 15 months old but 
175.31  who has not reached five years of age, it must indicate that the 
175.32  following were given:  no less than one dose of vaccine each for 
175.33  measles, mumps, and rubella given separately or in combination; 
175.34  no less than one dose of vaccine for haemophilus influenza type 
175.35  b; no less than four doses of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, 
175.36  and pertussis; and no less than three doses of vaccine for 
176.1   poliomyelitis.  In order for the statement to be acceptable for 
176.2   a person who is enrolling in a child care facility and who is 
176.3   five or six years of age, it must indicate that the following 
176.4   was given:  no less than one dose of vaccine each for measles, 
176.5   mumps, and rubella given separately or in combination, no less 
176.6   than four doses of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and 
176.7   pertussis, and no less than three doses of vaccine for 
176.8   poliomyelitis.  In order for the statement to be acceptable for 
176.9   a person who is enrolling in a child care facility and who is 
176.10  seven years of age or older, the statement must indicate that 
176.11  the person has received no less than one dose of vaccine each 
176.12  for measles, mumps, and rubella given separately or in 
176.13  combination and consistent with subdivision 10, and no less than 
176.14  three doses of vaccine for poliomyelitis, diphtheria, and 
176.15  tetanus.  The commissioner of health, on finding that any of the 
176.16  above requirements are not necessary to protect the public's 
176.17  health, may suspend for one year that requirement.  
176.18     Sec. 56.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.70, 
176.19  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
176.20     Subd. 8.  [REPORT.] The administrator or other person 
176.21  having general control and supervision of the elementary or 
176.22  secondary school shall file a report with the commissioner of 
176.23  children, families, and learning on all persons enrolled in the 
176.24  school, except that.  The superintendent of each school district 
176.25  shall file a report with the commissioner of children, families, 
176.26  and learning for all persons within the district receiving 
176.27  instruction in a home school in compliance with sections 120.101 
176.28  and 120.102.  The parent of persons receiving instruction in a 
176.29  home school shall submit the statements as required by 
176.30  subdivisions 1, 2, 3, and 4 to the superintendent of the school 
176.31  district in which the person resides by October 1 of each school 
176.32  year.  The school report shall must be prepared on forms 
176.33  developed jointly by the commissioner of health and the 
176.34  commissioner of children, families, and learning and be 
176.35  distributed to the local school districts by the commissioner of 
176.36  health and shall.  The school report must state the number of 
177.1   persons attending the school, the number of persons who have not 
177.2   been immunized according to subdivision 1 or 2, and the number 
177.3   of persons who received an exemption under subdivision 3, clause 
177.4   (c) or (d).  The school report shall must be filed with the 
177.5   commissioner of children, families, and learning within 60 days 
177.6   of the commencement of each new school term.  Upon request, a 
177.7   district shall must be given a 60-day extension for filing the 
177.8   school report.  The commissioner of children, families, and 
177.9   learning shall forward the report, or a copy thereof, to the 
177.10  commissioner of health who shall provide summary reports to 
177.11  boards of health as defined in section 145A.02, subdivision 2.  
177.12  The administrator or other person having general control and 
177.13  supervision of the child care facility shall file a report with 
177.14  the commissioner of human services on all persons enrolled in 
177.15  the child care facility.  The child care facility report must be 
177.16  prepared on forms developed jointly by the commissioner of 
177.17  health and the commissioner of human services and be distributed 
177.18  to child care facilities by the commissioner of health and.  The 
177.19  child care facility report must state the number of persons 
177.20  enrolled in the facility, the number of persons with no 
177.21  immunizations, the number of persons who received an exemption 
177.22  under subdivision 3, clause (c) or (d), and the number of 
177.23  persons with partial or full immunization histories.  The child 
177.24  care facility report shall must be filed with the commissioner 
177.25  of human services by November 1 of each year.  The commissioner 
177.26  of human services shall forward the report, or a copy thereof, 
177.27  to the commissioner of health who shall provide summary reports 
177.28  to boards of health as defined in section 145A.02, subdivision 
177.29  2.  The report required by this subdivision is not required of a 
177.30  family child care or group family child care facility, for 
177.31  prekindergarten children enrolled in any elementary or secondary 
177.32  school provided services according to section 120.17, 
177.33  subdivision 2, nor for child care facilities in which at least 
177.34  75 percent of children in the facility participate on a one-time 
177.35  only or occasional basis to a maximum of 45 hours per child, per 
177.36  month.  
178.1      Sec. 57.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.702, 
178.2   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
178.3      Subdivision 1.  [EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING.] 
178.4   Every school board shall must provide for a mandatory program of 
178.5   early childhood developmental screening for children once before 
178.6   school entrance, targeting children who are between 3-1/2 and 
178.7   four years old.  This screening program shall must be 
178.8   established either by one board, by two or more boards acting in 
178.9   cooperation, by service cooperatives, by early childhood family 
178.10  education programs, or by other existing programs.  This 
178.11  screening examination is a mandatory requirement for a student 
178.12  to continue attending kindergarten or first grade in a public 
178.13  school.  A child need not submit to developmental screening 
178.14  provided by a school board if the child's health records 
178.15  indicate to the school board that the child has received 
178.16  comparable developmental screening from a public or private 
178.17  health care organization or individual health care provider.  
178.18  The school Districts are encouraged to reduce the costs of 
178.19  preschool developmental screening programs by utilizing 
178.20  volunteers in implementing the program. 
178.21     Sec. 58.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.702, 
178.22  subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 
178.23     Subd. 1b.  [SCREENING PROGRAM.] (a) A screening program 
178.24  shall must include at least the following components:  
178.25  developmental assessments, hearing and vision screening or 
178.26  referral, immunization review and referral, the child's height 
178.27  and weight, identification of risk factors that may influence 
178.28  learning, an interview with the parent about the child, and 
178.29  referral for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment when potential 
178.30  needs are identified.  The school district and the person 
178.31  performing or supervising the screening shall must provide a 
178.32  parent or guardian with clear written notice that the parent or 
178.33  guardian may decline to answer questions or provide information 
178.34  about family circumstances that might affect development and 
178.35  identification of risk factors that may influence learning.  The 
178.36  notice shall must clearly state that declining to answer 
179.1   questions or provide information does not prevent the child from 
179.2   being enrolled in kindergarten or first grade if all other 
179.3   screening components are met.  If a parent or guardian is not 
179.4   able to read and comprehend the written notice, the school 
179.5   district and the person performing or supervising the screening 
179.6   must convey the information in another manner.  The notice shall 
179.7   must also inform the parent or guardian that a child need not 
179.8   submit to the school district screening program if the child's 
179.9   health records indicate to the school that the child has 
179.10  received comparable developmental screening performed within the 
179.11  preceding 365 days by a public or private health care 
179.12  organization or individual health care provider.  The notice 
179.13  shall must be given to a parent or guardian at the time the 
179.14  district initially provides information to the parent or 
179.15  guardian about screening and shall must be given again at the 
179.16  screening location.  
179.17     (b) All screening components shall be consistent with the 
179.18  standards of the state commissioner of health for early 
179.19  developmental screening programs.  No A developmental screening 
179.20  program shall must not provide laboratory tests or a physical 
179.21  examination to any child.  The school district shall must 
179.22  request from the public or private health care organization or 
179.23  the individual health care provider the results of any 
179.24  laboratory test or physical examination within the 12 months 
179.25  preceding a child's scheduled screening.  
179.26     (c) If a child is without health coverage, the school 
179.27  district shall must refer the child to an appropriate health 
179.28  care provider.  
179.29     (d) A school board may offer additional components such as 
179.30  nutritional, physical and dental assessments, review of family 
179.31  circumstances that might affect development, blood pressure, 
179.32  laboratory tests, and health history.  
179.33     (e) If a statement signed by the child's parent or guardian 
179.34  is submitted to the administrator or other person having general 
179.35  control and supervision of the school that the child has not 
179.36  been screened because of conscientiously held beliefs of the 
180.1   parent or guardian, the screening is not required.  
180.2      Sec. 59.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.702, 
180.3   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
180.4      Subd. 2.  [FOLLOW-UP SCREENING.] If any child's screening 
180.5   indicates a condition which requires diagnosis or treatment, the 
180.6   child's parents shall be notified of the condition and 
180.7   the school board shall ensure that an appropriate follow-up and 
180.8   referral process is available.  
180.9      Sec. 60.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.702, 
180.10  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
180.11     Subd. 3.  [DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING PROGRAM INFORMATION.] 
180.12  The school board shall must inform each resident family with a 
180.13  child eligible to participate in the developmental screening 
180.14  program about the availability of the program and the state's 
180.15  requirement that a child receive developmental screening not 
180.16  later than 30 days after the first day of attending kindergarten 
180.17  in a public school.  
180.18     Sec. 61.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.702, 
180.19  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
180.20     Subd. 4.  [DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING SERVICES.] A school 
180.21  board may contract with or purchase service from an approved 
180.22  early developmental screening program in the area.  
180.23  Developmental screening must be conducted by either an 
180.24  individual who is licensed as, or has training that is similar 
180.25  to a special education teacher, school psychologist, 
180.26  kindergarten teacher, prekindergarten teacher, school nurse, 
180.27  public health nurse, registered nurse, or physician.  The 
180.28  individual may be a volunteer.  
180.29     Sec. 62.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.702, 
180.30  subdivision 4a, is amended to read: 
180.31     Subd. 4a.  [SCREENING RECORD.] The school district 
180.32  shall must provide the parent or guardian of the child screened 
180.33  with a record indicating the month and year the child received 
180.34  developmental screening and the results of the screening.  The 
180.35  district shall must keep a duplicate copy of the record of each 
180.36  child screened.  
181.1      Sec. 63.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.702, 
181.2   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
181.3      Subd. 5.  [VOLUNTEER SCREENING PROGRAMS.] Every school 
181.4   board shall must integrate and utilize volunteer screening 
181.5   programs in implementing sections 123.702 to 123.7045 wherever 
181.6   possible.  
181.7      Sec. 64.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.702, 
181.8   subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
181.9      Subd. 6.  [HEALTH CARE PROVIDER SOCIETIES.] A school board 
181.10  may consult with local societies of health care providers.  
181.11     Sec. 65.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.702, 
181.12  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
181.13     Subd. 7.  [PRIORITY TO VOLUNTEERS.] In selecting personnel 
181.14  to implement the screening program, the school district shall 
181.15  must give priority first to qualified volunteers. 
181.16     Sec. 66.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.704, is 
181.17  amended to read: 
181.18     123.704 [DATA USE.] 
181.19     Data on individuals collected in screening programs 
181.20  established pursuant to section 123.702 is private, as defined 
181.21  by section 13.02, subdivision 12.  Individual and summary data 
181.22  shall must be reported to the school district by the health 
181.23  provider who performs the screening services, for the purposes 
181.24  of developing appropriate educational programs to meet the 
181.25  individual needs of children and designing appropriate health 
181.26  education programs for the district; provided,.  No data on an 
181.27  individual shall be disclosed to the district without the 
181.28  consent of that individual's parent or guardian. 
181.29     Sec. 67.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.7045, is 
181.30  amended to read: 
181.31     123.7045 [DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING AID.] 
181.32     Each school year, the state shall must pay a school 
181.33  district $25 for each child screened according to the 
181.34  requirements of section 123.702.  If this amount of aid is 
181.35  insufficient, the district may permanently transfer from the 
181.36  general fund an amount that, when added to the aid, is 
182.1   sufficient. 
182.2      Sec. 68.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.255, is 
182.3   amended to read: 
182.4      124.255 [SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM.] 
182.5      Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENT.] The school enrichment 
182.6   partnership program is established.  The purpose of the program 
182.7   is to encourage school districts to expand the involvement of 
182.8   the private sector in the delivery of academic programs.  The 
182.9   program will provide matching state funds for those provided by 
182.10  the private sector. 
182.11     Subd. 2.  [REVENUE ELIGIBILITY.] A school district or group 
182.12  of school districts is eligible to receive state aid under this 
182.13  program.  Districts may enter into joint agreements to provide 
182.14  programs or make expenditures under this section.  The 
182.15  limitations under this subdivision shall apply to these programs 
182.16  or expenditures as if they were operated by a single district.  
182.17  A district may receive $1 of state aid for each $2 raised from 
182.18  the private sector.  The private match must be in the form of 
182.19  cash.  Specific types of noncash support may be considered for 
182.20  the private match.  State aid is limited to the lesser of 
182.21  $75,000 or $10 per pupil unit per district. 
182.22     Subd. 3.  [REVENUE MANAGEMENT.] The use of the state and 
182.23  private funds provided under this section is under the general 
182.24  control of the school board.  The board may establish, without 
182.25  using state funds or public employees, a separate foundation to 
182.26  directly manage the funds.  The private funds must be used to 
182.27  acquire instructional or noninstructional academic materials of 
182.28  a capital nature including, but not limited to, textbooks, 
182.29  globes, maps, and other academic material.  The funds may shall 
182.30  not be used for salaries or other employee benefits. 
182.31     Subd. 4.  [PROCEDURES; REPORT.] The Minnesota academic 
182.32  excellence foundation, under the direction of the commissioner 
182.33  of children, families, and learning, shall must establish 
182.34  application forms, guidelines, procedures, and timelines for the 
182.35  distribution of state aid.  The commissioner may require 
182.36  reporting necessary to evaluate the program.  Measures of 
183.1   success will include numbers of partnerships and funds raised; 
183.2   numbers of school foundations formed; and demonstrated linkages 
183.3   of partnerships to improved instructional delivery resulting in 
183.4   increased student learning. 
183.5      Subd. 5.  [RESULTS-ORIENTED CHARTER SCHOOLS.] 
183.6   Notwithstanding section 124.248, subdivision 4, paragraph (b), a 
183.7   results-oriented charter school is eligible to participate in 
183.8   the program under this section as if it were a school district. 
183.9      Sec. 69.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.26, 
183.10  subdivision 1c, is amended to read: 
183.11     Subd. 1c.  [PROGRAM APPROVAL.] (a) To receive aid under 
183.12  this section, a district, a consortium of districts, or a 
183.13  private nonprofit organization must submit an application by 
183.14  June 1 describing the program, on a form provided by the 
183.15  department.  The program must be approved by the commissioner 
183.16  according to the following criteria:  
183.17     (1) how the needs of different levels of learning will be 
183.18  met; 
183.19     (2) for continuing programs, an evaluation of results; 
183.20     (3) anticipated number and education level of participants; 
183.21     (4) coordination with other resources and services; 
183.22     (5) participation in a consortium, if any, and money 
183.23  available from other participants; 
183.24     (6) management and program design; 
183.25     (7) volunteer training and use of volunteers; 
183.26     (8) staff development services; 
183.27     (9) program sites and schedules; and 
183.28     (10) program expenditures that qualify for aid.  
183.29     (b) The commissioner may grant adult basic education funds 
183.30  to a private, nonprofit organization to provide services that 
183.31  are not offered by a district or that are supplemental to a 
183.32  district's program.  The program provided under this provision 
183.33  must be approved and funded according to the same criteria used 
183.34  for district programs. 
183.35     (c) Adult basic education programs may be approved under 
183.36  this subdivision for up to five years.  Five-year program 
184.1   approval shall must be granted to an applicant who has 
184.2   demonstrated the capacity to: 
184.3      (1) offer comprehensive learning opportunities and support 
184.4   service choices appropriate for and accessible to adults at all 
184.5   basic skill need levels; 
184.6      (2) provide a participatory and experiential learning 
184.7   approach based on the strengths, interests, and needs of each 
184.8   adult, that enables adults with basic skill needs to: 
184.9      (i) identify, plan for, and evaluate their own progress 
184.10  toward achieving their defined educational and occupational 
184.11  goals; 
184.12     (ii) master the basic academic reading, writing, and 
184.13  computational skills, as well as the problem-solving, decision 
184.14  making, interpersonal effectiveness, and other life and learning 
184.15  skills they need to function effectively in a changing society; 
184.16     (iii) locate and be able to use the health, governmental, 
184.17  and social services and resources they need to improve their own 
184.18  and their families' lives; and 
184.19     (iv) continue their education, if they desire, to at least 
184.20  the level of secondary school completion, with the ability to 
184.21  secure and benefit from continuing education that will enable 
184.22  them to become more employable, productive, and responsible 
184.23  citizens; 
184.24     (3) plan, coordinate, and develop cooperative agreements 
184.25  with community resources to address the needs that the adults 
184.26  have for support services, such as transportation, flexible 
184.27  course scheduling, convenient class locations, and child care; 
184.28     (4) collaborate with business, industry, labor unions, and 
184.29  employment-training agencies, as well as with family and 
184.30  occupational education providers, to arrange for resources and 
184.31  services through which adults can attain economic 
184.32  self-sufficiency; 
184.33     (5) provide sensitive and well trained adult education 
184.34  personnel who participate in local, regional, and statewide 
184.35  adult basic education staff development events to master 
184.36  effective adult learning and teaching techniques; 
185.1      (6) participate in regional adult basic education peer 
185.2   program reviews and evaluations; and 
185.3      (7) submit accurate and timely performance and fiscal 
185.4   reports.  
185.5      Sec. 70.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
185.6   124.26, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
185.7      Subd. 2.  [ACCOUNTS; REVENUE; AID.] Each district, group of 
185.8   districts, or private nonprofit organization providing adult 
185.9   basic education programs shall must establish and maintain 
185.10  accounts separate from all other district accounts for the 
185.11  receipt and disbursement of all funds related to these 
185.12  programs.  All revenue received pursuant to this section shall 
185.13  must be utilized solely for the purposes of adult basic 
185.14  education programs.  In no case shall Federal and state aid plus 
185.15  levy must not equal more than 100 percent of the actual cost of 
185.16  providing these programs. 
185.17     Sec. 71.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
185.18  124.2601, subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
185.19     Subd. 6.  [AID GUARANTEE.] (a) For fiscal year 1994, any 
185.20  adult basic education program that receives less state aid under 
185.21  subdivisions 3 and 7 than from the aid formula for fiscal year 
185.22  1992 shall must receive the amount of aid it received in fiscal 
185.23  year 1992. 
185.24     (b) For 1995, 1996, and 1997 fiscal years, an adult basic 
185.25  education program that receives aid shall must receive at least 
185.26  the amount of aid it received in fiscal year 1992 under 
185.27  subdivisions 3 and 7, plus aid equal to the amount of revenue 
185.28  that would have been raised for taxes payable in 1994 under 
185.29  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 124.2601, subdivision 4, minus 
185.30  the amount raised under subdivision 4. 
185.31     (c) For fiscal year 1998, any adult basic education program 
185.32  that receives less state aid than in fiscal year 1997 shall 
185.33  receive additional aid equal to 80 percent of the difference 
185.34  between its 1997 aid and the amount of aid under subdivision 5.  
185.35  For fiscal year 1999 and later, additional aid under this 
185.36  paragraph must be reduced by 20 percent each year. 
186.1      Sec. 72.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2601, 
186.2   subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
186.3      Subd. 7.  [PRORATION.] If the total appropriation for adult 
186.4   basic education aid is insufficient to pay all approved programs 
186.5   the full amount of aid earned, the department of children, 
186.6   families, and learning shall must proportionately reduce each 
186.7   approved program's aid. 
186.8      Sec. 73.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2605, is 
186.9   amended to read: 
186.10     124.2605 [GED TEST FEES.] 
186.11     The commissioner of children, families, and learning shall 
186.12  pay 60 percent of the fee that is charged to an eligible 
186.13  individual for the full battery of a GED test, but not more than 
186.14  $20 for an eligible individual. 
186.15     Sec. 74.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
186.16  124.2615, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
186.17     Subd. 2.  [AMOUNT OF AID.] (a) A district is eligible to 
186.18  receive learning readiness aid if the program plan as required 
186.19  by subdivision 1 has been approved by the commissioner of 
186.20  children, families, and learning.  
186.21     (b) For fiscal year 1998 and thereafter, a district 
186.22  shall must receive learning readiness aid equal to: 
186.23     (1) the number of eligible four-year old children in the 
186.24  district times the ratio of 50 percent of the total learning 
186.25  readiness aid for that year to the total number of eligible 
186.26  four-year old children reported to the commissioner for that 
186.27  year; plus 
186.28     (2) the number of pupils enrolled in the school district 
186.29  from families eligible for the free or reduced school lunch 
186.30  program times the ratio of 50 percent of the total learning 
186.31  readiness aid for that year to the total number of pupils in the 
186.32  state from families eligible for the free or reduced school 
186.33  lunch program. 
186.34     Sec. 75.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2615, 
186.35  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
186.36     Subd. 4.  [SEPARATE ACCOUNTS.] The district shall must 
187.1   deposit learning readiness aid in a separate account within the 
187.2   community education fund.  
187.3      Sec. 76.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2711, as 
187.4   amended by Laws 1997, chapter 162, article 1, sections 6 and 7, 
187.5   is amended to read: 
187.6      124.2711 [EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION REVENUE.] 
187.7      Subdivision 1.  [REVENUE.] The revenue for early childhood 
187.8   family education programs for a school district equals $101.25 
187.9   for 1998 and $113.50 for 1999 and later fiscal years times the 
187.10  greater of: 
187.11     (1) 150; or 
187.12     (2) the number of people under five years of age residing 
187.13  in the school district on October 1 of the previous school year. 
187.14     Subd. 2.  [POPULATION.] For the purposes of subdivision 1, 
187.15  data reported to the department of children, families, and 
187.16  learning may be used to determine the number of people under 
187.17  five years of age residing in the district.  The commissioner, 
187.18  with the assistance of the state demographer, shall review the 
187.19  number reported by any district operating an early childhood 
187.20  family education program.  If requested, the district shall 
187.21  submit to the commissioner an explanation of its methods and 
187.22  other information necessary to document accuracy.  If the 
187.23  commissioner determines that the district has not provided 
187.24  sufficient documentation of accuracy, the commissioner may 
187.25  request the state demographer to prepare an estimate of the 
187.26  number of people under five years of age residing in the 
187.27  district and may use this estimate for the purposes of 
187.28  subdivision 1.  
187.29     Subd. 2a.  [EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION LEVY.] To 
187.30  obtain early childhood family education revenue, a district may 
187.31  levy an amount equal to the tax rate of .653 percent times the 
187.32  adjusted tax capacity of the district for the year preceding the 
187.33  year the levy is certified.  If the amount of the early 
187.34  childhood family education levy would exceed the early childhood 
187.35  family education revenue, the early childhood family education 
187.36  levy shall must equal the early childhood family education 
188.1   revenue.  
188.2      Subd. 3.  [EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION AID.] If a 
188.3   district complies with the provisions of section 121.882, it 
188.4   shall must receive early childhood family education aid equal to 
188.5   the difference between the early childhood family education 
188.6   revenue and the early childhood family education levy.  If the 
188.7   district does not levy the entire amount permitted, the early 
188.8   childhood family education aid shall must be reduced in 
188.9   proportion to the actual amount levied.  
188.10     Subd. 4.  [USE OF REVENUE RESTRICTED.] Early childhood 
188.11  family education revenue may be used only for early childhood 
188.12  family education programs.  Not more than five percent of early 
188.13  childhood family education revenue may be used to administer 
188.14  early childhood family education programs.  The increase in 
188.15  revenue for fiscal years 1992 and 1993 shall be used to: 
188.16     (1) increase participation of families so that the total 
188.17  participation in early childhood family education programs in 
188.18  the district more nearly reflects the demographic, racial, 
188.19  cultural, and ethnic diversity of the district; and 
188.20     (2) provide programs for families who, because of poverty 
188.21  and other barriers to learning, may need programs designed to 
188.22  meet their needs.  
188.23     Subd. 5.  [HOME VISITING LEVY.] A school district that 
188.24  enters into a collaborative agreement to provide education 
188.25  services and social services to families with young children may 
188.26  levy an amount equal to $1.60 times the number of people under 
188.27  five years of age residing in the district on September 1 of the 
188.28  last school year.  Levy revenue under this subdivision shall 
188.29  must not be included as revenue under subdivision 1.  The 
188.30  revenue shall must be used for home visiting programs under 
188.31  section 121.882, subdivision 2b.  
188.32     Subd. 6.  [RESERVE ACCOUNT.] Early childhood family 
188.33  education revenue, which includes aids, levies, fees, grants, 
188.34  and all other revenues received by the school district for early 
188.35  childhood family education programs, must be maintained in a 
188.36  reserve account within the community service fund. 
189.1      Sec. 77.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2713, 
189.2   subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
189.3      Subd. 7.  [COMMUNITY EDUCATION AID.] A district's community 
189.4   education aid is the difference between its community education 
189.5   revenue and the community education levy.  If the district does 
189.6   not levy the entire amount permitted, the community education 
189.7   aid shall must be reduced in proportion to the actual amount 
189.8   levied.  
189.9      Sec. 78.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
189.10  124.2713, subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
189.11     Subd. 8.  [USES OF GENERAL REVENUE.] (a) General community 
189.12  education revenue may be used for: 
189.13     (1) nonvocational, recreational, and leisure time 
189.14  activities and programs; 
189.15     (2) programs for adults with disabilities, if the programs 
189.16  and budgets are approved by the department of children, 
189.17  families, and learning; 
189.18     (3) adult basic education programs, according to section 
189.19  124.26; 
189.20     (4) summer programs for elementary and secondary pupils; 
189.21     (5) implementation of a youth development plan; 
189.22     (6) implementation of a youth service program; 
189.23     (7) early childhood family education programs, according to 
189.24  section 121.882; and 
189.25     (8) extended day programs, according to section 121.88, 
189.26  subdivision 10. 
189.27     (9) In addition to money from other sources, a district may 
189.28  use up to ten percent of its community education revenue for 
189.29  equipment that is used exclusively in community education 
189.30  programs.  This revenue may be used only for the following 
189.31  purposes:  
189.32     (i) to purchase or lease computers and related materials; 
189.33     (ii) to purchase or lease equipment for instructional 
189.34  programs; and 
189.35     (iii) to purchase textbooks and library books. 
189.36     (b) General community education revenue must not be used to 
190.1   subsidize the direct activity costs for adult enrichment 
190.2   programs.  Direct activity costs include, but are not limited 
190.3   to, the cost of the activity leader or instructor, cost of 
190.4   materials, or transportation costs. 
190.5      Sec. 79.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2715, 
190.6   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
190.7      Subd. 3.  [LEVY.] A district may levy for a program for 
190.8   adults with disabilities an amount up to the amount designated 
190.9   in subdivision 2.  In the case of a program offered by a group 
190.10  of districts, the levy amount shall must be apportioned among 
190.11  the districts according to the agreement submitted to the 
190.12  department of children, families, and learning.  
190.13     Sec. 80.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2716, 
190.14  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
190.15     Subdivision 1.  [ELIGIBILITY.] A school district that 
190.16  offers an extended day program according to section 121.88, 
190.17  subdivision 10, is eligible for extended day revenue for the 
190.18  additional costs of providing services to children with 
190.19  disabilities or to children experiencing family or related 
190.20  problems of a temporary nature who participate in the extended 
190.21  day program. 
190.22     Sec. 81.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2716, 
190.23  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
190.24     Subd. 2.  [EXTENDED DAY REVENUE.] The extended day revenue 
190.25  for an eligible school district equals the approved additional 
190.26  cost of providing services to children with disabilities or 
190.27  children experiencing family or related problems of a temporary 
190.28  nature who participate in the extended day program.  
190.29     Sec. 82.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.276, 
190.30  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
190.31     Subdivision 1.  [ELIGIBILITY.] A school district that has a 
190.32  family connections program, according to sections 125.70 to 
190.33  125.705, for one or more of its teachers is eligible for aid to 
190.34  extend the teaching contract of a family connections teacher.  
190.35     Sec. 83.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.276, 
190.36  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
191.1      Subd. 3.  [COMMISSIONER APPROVAL.] The commissioner may 
191.2   approve plans and applications for districts throughout the 
191.3   state for family connections aid.  Application procedures and 
191.4   deadlines shall be established by The commissioner shall 
191.5   establish application procedures and deadlines. 
191.6      Sec. 84.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124C.12, 
191.7   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
191.8      Subd. 2.  [ELIGIBILITY.] An applicant for revenue may be 
191.9   any one of the following: 
191.10     (1) a school district located in a city of the first class 
191.11  offering a program in cooperation with other districts or by 
191.12  itself, in one or more areas in the district or in the entire 
191.13  district; 
191.14     (2) at least two cooperating school districts located in 
191.15  the seven-county metropolitan area but not located in a city of 
191.16  the first class; 
191.17     (3) a group of school districts that are all members of the 
191.18  same education district; 
191.19     (4) an education district; 
191.20     (5) a group of cooperating school districts none of which 
191.21  are members of any education district; or 
191.22     (6) a school district. 
191.23     Sec. 85.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 125.702, is 
191.24  amended to read: 
191.25     125.702 [PROGRAM SELECTION.] 
191.26     Subdivision 1.  [AUTHORIZATION.] A school district or group 
191.27  of districts may establish an improved learning program.  
191.28     Subd. 2.  [RULES AND RIGHTS.] The state board of education 
191.29  may waive school district compliance with its rules which would 
191.30  prevent implementation of an improved learning program.  
191.31  Participation in an improved learning program as a 
191.32  principal-teacher, counselor-teacher, or career teacher shall 
191.33  must not affect seniority in the district or rights under the 
191.34  applicable collective bargaining agreement.  
191.35     Subd. 3.  [ADDITIONAL FUNDING.] A school district providing 
191.36  an improved learning program may receive funds for the program 
192.1   from private sources and governmental agencies, including state 
192.2   or federal funds.  
192.3      Sec. 86.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 125.703, is 
192.4   amended to read: 
192.5      125.703 [ADVISORY COUNCIL.] 
192.6      The school board of a district providing a family 
192.7   connections program shall must appoint an advisory council.  
192.8   Council members shall must be selected from the school 
192.9   attendance area in which programs are provided.  Members of the 
192.10  council may include students, teachers, principals, 
192.11  administrators and community members.  A majority of the members 
192.12  shall must be parents with children participating in the local 
192.13  program.  The local advisory council shall must advise the 
192.14  school board in the development, coordination, supervision, and 
192.15  review of the career teacher program.  The council shall must 
192.16  meet at least two times each year with any established community 
192.17  education advisory council in the district.  Members of the 
192.18  council may be members of the community education advisory 
192.19  council.  The council shall must report to the school board. 
192.20     Sec. 87.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 125.704, 
192.21  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
192.22     Subdivision 1.  [MANDATORY COMPONENTS.] A family 
192.23  connections program shall must include:  
192.24     (1) participation by a designated individual as a career 
192.25  teacher, principal-teacher, or counselor teacher; 
192.26     (2) an emphasis on each individual child's unique learning 
192.27  and development needs; 
192.28     (3) procedures to give the career teacher a major 
192.29  responsibility for leadership of the instructional and 
192.30  noninstructional activities of each child beginning with early 
192.31  childhood family education; 
192.32     (4) procedures to involve parents in the learning and 
192.33  development experiences of their children; 
192.34     (5) procedures to implement outcome based education by 
192.35  focusing on the needs of the learner; 
192.36     (6) procedures to coordinate and integrate the 
193.1   instructional program with all community education programs; 
193.2      (7) procedures to concentrate career teacher programs at 
193.3   sites that provide early childhood family education and 
193.4   subsequent learning and development programs; and 
193.5      (8) procedures for the district to fund the program.  
193.6      Sec. 88.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 125.705, 
193.7   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
193.8      Subdivision 1.  [STATUS.] A family connections program may 
193.9   include a career teacher, principal-teacher, and counselor 
193.10  teacher component.  The career teacher, principal-teacher, and 
193.11  counselor teacher shall must not be the exclusive teacher for 
193.12  students assigned to them but shall serve as a primary teacher 
193.13  and perform the function of developing and implementing a 
193.14  student's overall learning and development program.  The career 
193.15  teacher, principal-teacher, and counselor teacher may be 
193.16  responsible for regular assignments as well as learning and 
193.17  development programs for other assigned students.  
193.18     Sec. 89.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 125.705, 
193.19  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
193.20     Subd. 3.  [STAFF/STUDENT RATIO.] (a) Except as provided in 
193.21  clause (b), one career teacher, principal-teacher, or counselor 
193.22  teacher shall be assigned for every 125 students.  For each 
193.23  special education student included in the assignment, the 1:125 
193.24  ratio shall must be reduced by one.  
193.25     (b) One principal-teacher shall be assigned for every 50 
193.26  students when the principal-teacher is also the principal of the 
193.27  school.  
193.28     Sec. 90.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 125.705, 
193.29  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
193.30     Subd. 4.  [SELECTION; RENEWAL.] (a) The school board 
193.31  shall must establish procedures for teachers, principals, and 
193.32  counselors to apply for the position of career teacher, 
193.33  principal-teacher, or counselor teacher.  The authority for 
193.34  selection of career teachers, principal-teachers, and counselor 
193.35  teachers shall be is vested in the board and no individual shall 
193.36  have a right to employment as a career teacher, 
194.1   principal-teacher, or counselor teacher based on seniority or 
194.2   order of employment in the district.  
194.3      (b) Employment of the career teacher, principal-teacher, 
194.4   and counselor teacher may be on a 12-month basis with vacation 
194.5   time negotiated individually with the board.  The annual 
194.6   contract of a career teacher, principal-teacher, or counselor 
194.7   teacher may not be renewed, as the board shall see fit; 
194.8   provided, however,.  The board shall must give any such 
194.9   teacher whose contract as a career teacher, principal-teacher, 
194.10  or counselor teacher it declines to renew for the following year 
194.11  written notice to that effect before April 15.  If the board 
194.12  fails to renew the contract of a career teacher, 
194.13  principal-teacher, or counselor teacher, that individual shall 
194.14  must be reinstated to another position in the district if 
194.15  eligible pursuant to section 125.12 or 125.17.  
194.16     Sec. 91.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 125.705, 
194.17  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
194.18     Subd. 5.  [DUTIES.] The career teacher, principal-teacher, 
194.19  and counselor teacher shall be is responsible for:  
194.20     (1) the overall education, learning, and development plan 
194.21  of assigned students.  This plan shall be designed by The career 
194.22  teacher, principal-teacher, and counselor teacher must design 
194.23  this plan with the student, parents, and other faculty, 
194.24  and shall must seek to maximize the learning and development 
194.25  potential and maturation level of each pupil; 
194.26     (2) measuring the proficiency of the assigned students and 
194.27  assisting other staff in identifying pupil needs and making 
194.28  appropriate educational and subject groupings; 
194.29     (3) when part of the district's plan, taking responsibility 
194.30  for the parent and early childhood education of assigned 
194.31  students; 
194.32     (4) designing and being responsible for program components 
194.33  which meet special learning needs of high potential and talented 
194.34  students; 
194.35     (5) coordinating the ongoing, year-to-year learning and 
194.36  development program for assigned students; and 
195.1      (6) developing learning and development portfolios.  
195.2      Sec. 92.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
195.3   126.77, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
195.4      Subdivision 1.  [VIOLENCE PREVENTION CURRICULUM.] (a) The 
195.5   commissioner of children, families, and learning, in 
195.6   consultation with the commissioners of health and human 
195.7   services, state minority councils, battered women's programs, 
195.8   sexual assault centers, representatives of religious 
195.9   communities, and the assistant commissioner of the office of 
195.10  drug policy and violence prevention, shall assist districts on 
195.11  request in developing or implementing a violence prevention 
195.12  program for students in kindergarten to grade 12 that can be 
195.13  integrated into existing curriculum.  The purpose of the program 
195.14  is to help students learn how to resolve conflicts within their 
195.15  families and communities in nonviolent, effective ways.  
195.16     (b) Each district is encouraged to integrate into its 
195.17  existing curriculum a program for violence prevention that 
195.18  includes at least: 
195.19     (1) a comprehensive, accurate, and age appropriate 
195.20  curriculum on violence prevention, nonviolent conflict 
195.21  resolution, sexual, racial, and cultural harassment, and student 
195.22  hazing that promotes equality, respect, understanding, effective 
195.23  communication, individual responsibility, thoughtful decision 
195.24  making, positive conflict resolution, useful coping skills, 
195.25  critical thinking, listening and watching skills, and personal 
195.26  safety; 
195.27     (2) planning materials, guidelines, and other accurate 
195.28  information on preventing physical and emotional violence, 
195.29  identifying and reducing the incidence of sexual, racial, and 
195.30  cultural harassment, and reducing child abuse and neglect; 
195.31     (3) a special parent education component of early childhood 
195.32  family education programs to prevent child abuse and neglect and 
195.33  to promote positive parenting skills, giving priority to 
195.34  services and outreach programs for at-risk families; 
195.35     (4) involvement of parents and other community members, 
195.36  including the clergy, business representatives, civic leaders, 
196.1   local elected officials, law enforcement officials, and the 
196.2   county attorney; 
196.3      (5) collaboration with local community services, agencies, 
196.4   and organizations that assist in violence intervention or 
196.5   prevention, including family-based services, crisis services, 
196.6   life management skills services, case coordination services, 
196.7   mental health services, and early intervention services; 
196.8      (6) collaboration among districts and SCs service 
196.9   cooperatives; 
196.10     (7) targeting early adolescents for prevention efforts, 
196.11  especially early adolescents whose personal circumstances may 
196.12  lead to violent or harassing behavior; 
196.13     (8) opportunities for teachers to receive in-service 
196.14  training or attend other programs on strategies or curriculum 
196.15  designed to assist students in intervening in or preventing 
196.16  violence in school and at home; and 
196.17     (9) administrative policies that reflect, and a staff that 
196.18  models, nonviolent behaviors that do not display or condone 
196.19  sexual, racial, or cultural harassment or student hazing. 
196.20     (c) The department may provide assistance at a neutral site 
196.21  to a nonpublic school participating in a district's program. 
196.22     Sec. 93.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.78, 
196.23  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
196.24     Subd. 4.  [GRANT PROCEEDS.] A successful applicant 
196.25  shall must use the grant money to develop and implement or to 
196.26  continue a violence prevention program according to the terms of 
196.27  the grant application. 
196.28     Sec. 94.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.84, 
196.29  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
196.30     Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENT.] The commissioner of 
196.31  children, families, and learning, in consultation with the 
196.32  commissioner of human services, shall make male responsibility 
196.33  and fathering grants to youth or parenting programs that 
196.34  collaborate with school districts to educate young people, 
196.35  particularly males ages ten to 21, on the responsibilities of 
196.36  parenthood. 
197.1      Sec. 95.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.84, 
197.2   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
197.3      Subd. 3.  [EXPECTED OUTCOMES.] Grant recipients shall must 
197.4   use the funds for programs designed to prevent teen pregnancy 
197.5   and to prevent crime in the long term.  Recipient programs must 
197.6   assist youth to: 
197.7      (1) understand the connection between sexual behavior, 
197.8   adolescent pregnancy, and the roles and responsibilities of 
197.9   marriage and parenting; 
197.10     (2) understand the long-term responsibility of fatherhood; 
197.11     (3) understand the importance of fathers in the lives of 
197.12  children; 
197.13     (4) acquire parenting skills and knowledge of child 
197.14  development; and 
197.15     (5) find community support for their roles as fathers and 
197.16  nurturers of children. 
197.17     Sec. 96.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.84, 
197.18  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
197.19     Subd. 4.  [GRANT APPLICATIONS.] (a) An application for a 
197.20  grant may be submitted by a youth or parenting program whose 
197.21  purpose is to reduce teen pregnancy or teach child development 
197.22  and parenting skills in collaboration with a school district.  
197.23  Each grant application must include a description of the 
197.24  program's structure and components, including collaborative and 
197.25  outreach efforts; an implementation and evaluation plan to 
197.26  measure the program's success; a plan for using males as 
197.27  instructors and mentors; and a cultural diversity plan to ensure 
197.28  that staff or teachers will reflect the cultural backgrounds of 
197.29  the population served and that the program content is culturally 
197.30  sensitive. 
197.31     (b) Grant recipients must, at a minimum, provide education 
197.32  in responsible parenting and child development, responsible 
197.33  decision-making related to marriage and relationships, and the 
197.34  legal implications of paternity.  Grant recipients also must 
197.35  provide public awareness efforts in the collaborating school 
197.36  district.  Grant recipients may offer support groups, health and 
198.1   nutrition education, and mentoring and peer teaching. 
198.2      (c) A grant applicant must establish an advisory committee 
198.3   to assist the applicant in planning and implementation of a 
198.4   grant.  The advisory committee must include student 
198.5   representatives, adult males from the community, representatives 
198.6   of community organizations, teachers, parent educators, and 
198.7   representatives of family social service agencies. 
198.8      Sec. 97.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.84, 
198.9   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
198.10     Subd. 5.  [ADMINISTRATION.] The commissioner of children, 
198.11  families, and learning shall administer male responsibility and 
198.12  fathering grants.  The commissioner shall establish a grant 
198.13  review committee composed of teachers and representatives of 
198.14  community organizations, student organizations, and education or 
198.15  family social service agencies that offer parent education 
198.16  programs. 
198.17     Sec. 98.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126A.01, is 
198.18  amended to read: 
198.19     126A.01 [ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GOALS AND PLAN.] 
198.20     The environmental education program described in this 
198.21  chapter section and section 126A.06 has these goals for the 
198.22  pupils and other citizens of this state: 
198.23     (a) Pupils and citizens should be able to apply informed 
198.24  decision-making processes to maintain a sustainable lifestyle.  
198.25  In order to do so, citizens should: 
198.26     (1) understand ecological systems; 
198.27     (2) understand the cause and effect relationship between 
198.28  human attitudes and behavior and the environment; 
198.29     (3) be able to evaluate alternative responses to 
198.30  environmental issues before deciding on alternative courses of 
198.31  action; and 
198.32     (4) understand the effects of multiple uses of the 
198.33  environment. 
198.34     (b) Pupils and citizens shall have access to information 
198.35  and experiences needed to make informed decisions about actions 
198.36  to take on environmental issues. 
199.1      (c) For the purposes of this chapter section and section 
199.2   126A.06, "state plan" means "Greenprint for Minnesota:  A State 
199.3   Plan for Environmental Education." 
199.4      Sec. 99.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126B.01, 
199.5   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
199.6      Subd. 2.  [FUNDING.] Work-based learning programs 
199.7   incorporating post-secondary instruction implemented under this 
199.8   chapter section and sections 126B.03 to 126B.10 shall provide 
199.9   for student funding according to section 123.3514. 
199.10     Sec. 100.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126B.01, 
199.11  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
199.12     Subd. 4.  [PARTNERSHIP GRANTS.] The council shall must 
199.13  award grants to implement local education and employment 
199.14  transition systems to local education and employment transition 
199.15  partnerships established under section 126B.10.  Grants under 
199.16  this section may be used for the local education and employment 
199.17  transitions system, youth apprenticeship and other work-based 
199.18  learning programs, youth employer programs, youth 
199.19  entrepreneurship programs, and other programs and purposes the 
199.20  council determines fulfill the purposes of the education and 
199.21  employment transitions system.  The council shall must evaluate 
199.22  grant proposals on the basis of the elements required in the 
199.23  local plan described in section 126B.10, subdivision 3.  The 
199.24  council shall must develop and publicize the grant application 
199.25  process and review and comment on the proposals submitted.  
199.26  Priority in awarding grants must be given to local partnerships 
199.27  that include multiple communities and a viable base of 
199.28  educational, work-based learning, and employment opportunities.  
199.29     Sec. 101.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126B.10, is 
199.30  amended to read: 
199.31     126B.10 [EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT TRANSITIONS 
199.32  PARTNERSHIPS.] 
199.33     Subdivision 1.  [LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS; ESTABLISHMENT.] Local 
199.34  education and employment transitions partnerships may be 
199.35  established to implement local education and employment 
199.36  transitions systems.  Local partnerships shall must represent 
200.1   multiple sectors in the community, including, at a minimum, 
200.2   representatives of employers, primary and secondary education, 
200.3   labor and professional organizations, workers, learners, 
200.4   parents, community-based organizations, and to the extent 
200.5   possible, post-secondary education.  
200.6      Subd. 2.  [BOARD.] A local education and employment 
200.7   transitions partnership shall must establish a governing board 
200.8   for planning and implementing work-based and other applied 
200.9   learning programs.  The board shall must consist of at least one 
200.10  representative from each member of the education and employment 
200.11  transitions partnership.  A majority of the board must consist 
200.12  of representatives of local or regional employers. 
200.13     Subd. 3.  [LOCAL EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT TRANSITIONS 
200.14  SYSTEMS.] A local education and employment transitions 
200.15  partnership shall must assess the needs of employers, employees, 
200.16  and learners, and develop a plan for implementing and achieving 
200.17  the objectives of a local or regional education and employment 
200.18  transitions system.  The plan shall must provide for a 
200.19  comprehensive local system for assisting learners and workers in 
200.20  making the transition from school to work or for retraining in a 
200.21  new vocational area.  The objectives of a local education and 
200.22  employment transitions system include:  
200.23     (1) increasing the effectiveness of the educational 
200.24  programs and curriculum of elementary, secondary, and 
200.25  post-secondary schools and the work site in preparing students 
200.26  in the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the 
200.27  workplace; 
200.28     (2) implementing learner outcomes for students in grades 
200.29  kindergarten through 12 designed to introduce the world of work 
200.30  and to explore career opportunities, including nontraditional 
200.31  career opportunities; 
200.32     (3) eliminating barriers to providing effective integrated 
200.33  applied learning, service-learning, or work-based curriculum; 
200.34     (4) increasing opportunities to apply academic knowledge 
200.35  and skills, including skills needed in the workplace, in local 
200.36  settings which include the school, school-based enterprises, 
201.1   post-secondary institutions, the workplace, and the community; 
201.2      (5) increasing applied instruction in the attitudes and 
201.3   skills essential for success in the workplace, including 
201.4   cooperative working, leadership, problem-solving, and respect 
201.5   for diversity; 
201.6      (6) providing staff training for vocational guidance 
201.7   counselors, teachers, and other appropriate staff in the 
201.8   importance of preparing learners for the transition to work, and 
201.9   in methods of providing instruction that incorporate applied 
201.10  learning, work-based learning, and service-learning experiences; 
201.11     (7) identifying and enlisting local and regional employers 
201.12  who can effectively provide work-based or service-learning 
201.13  opportunities, including, but not limited to, apprenticeships, 
201.14  internships, and mentorships; 
201.15     (8) recruiting community and workplace mentors including 
201.16  peers, parents, employers and employed individuals from the 
201.17  community, and employers of high school students; 
201.18     (9) identifying current and emerging educational, training, 
201.19  and employment needs of the area or region, especially within 
201.20  industries with potential for job growth; 
201.21     (10) improving the coordination and effectiveness of local 
201.22  vocational and job training programs, including vocational 
201.23  education, adult basic education, tech prep, apprenticeship, 
201.24  service-learning, youth entrepreneur, youth training and 
201.25  employment programs administered by the commissioner of economic 
201.26  security, and local job training programs under the Job Training 
201.27  Partnership Act, United States Code, title 29, section 1501, et 
201.28  seq.; 
201.29     (11) identifying and applying for federal, state, local, 
201.30  and private sources of funding for vocational or applied 
201.31  learning programs; 
201.32     (12) providing students with current information and 
201.33  counseling about career opportunities, potential employment, 
201.34  educational opportunities in post-secondary institutions, 
201.35  workplaces, and the community, and the skills and knowledge 
201.36  necessary to succeed; 
202.1      (13) providing educational technology, including 
202.2   interactive television networks and other distance learning 
202.3   methods, to ensure access to a broad variety of work-based 
202.4   learning opportunities; 
202.5      (14) including students with disabilities in a district's 
202.6   vocational or applied learning program and ways to serve at-risk 
202.7   learners through collaboration with area learning centers under 
202.8   sections 124C.45 to 124C.49, or other alternative programs; and 
202.9      (15) providing a warranty to employers, post-secondary 
202.10  education programs, and other post-secondary training programs, 
202.11  that learners successfully completing a high school work-based 
202.12  or applied learning program will be able to apply the knowledge 
202.13  and work skills included in the program outcomes or graduation 
202.14  requirements.  The warranty shall require education and training 
202.15  programs to continue to work with those learners that need 
202.16  additional skill development until they can demonstrate 
202.17  achievement of the program outcomes or graduation requirements. 
202.18     Subd. 4.  [ANNUAL REPORTS.] A local education and 
202.19  employment transitions partnership shall must annually publish a 
202.20  report and submit information to the council as required.  The 
202.21  report shall must include information required by the council 
202.22  for the statewide system performance assessment.  The 
202.23  report shall must be available to the public in the communities 
202.24  served by the local education and employment transitions 
202.25  partnership.  The report shall must be published no later than 
202.26  September 1 of the year following the year in which the data was 
202.27  collected. 
202.28     Sec. 102.  [REPEALER.] 
202.29     Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.84, subdivision 6, is 
202.30  repealed. 
202.31     Sec. 103.  [INSTRUCTION TO REVISOR.] 
202.32     The revisor of statutes shall renumber each section of 
202.33  Minnesota Statutes listed in column A with the number listed in 
202.34  column B.  The revisor shall also make necessary cross-reference 
202.35  changes consistent with the renumbering. 
202.36        Column A                        Column B 
203.1        126A.01                        115A.073
203.2        126A.06                        115A.074
203.3        123.70                         120C.05
203.4        123.701                        120C.06
203.5        123.702, subd. 1               120C.07, subd. 1
203.6                 subd. 1a                       subd. 2
203.7                 subd. 1b                       subd. 3
203.8                 subd. 2                        subd. 4
203.9                 subd. 3                        subd. 5
203.10                subd. 4                        subd. 6
203.11                subd. 4a                       subd. 7
203.12                subd. 5                        subd. 8
203.13                subd. 6                        subd. 9
203.14                subd. 7                        subd. 10
203.15       123.704                        120C.08
203.16       123.7045                       120C.09
203.17       123.35, subd. 17               120C.11
203.18       126.202                        120C.12
203.19       121.203                        120C.13
203.20       121.831                        120C.20
203.21       124.2615                       120C.21
203.22       121.835                        120C.22
203.23       121.882, subd. 1               120C.25, subd. 1
203.24                subd. 2                        subd. 2
203.25                subd. 2a                       subd. 3
203.26                subd. 2b                       subd. 4
203.27                subd. 3                        subd. 5
203.28                subd. 4                        subd. 6
203.29                subd. 5                        subd. 7
203.30                subd. 6                        subd. 8
203.31                subd. 7                        subd. 9
203.32                subd. 7a                       subd. 10
203.33                subd. 8                        subd. 11
203.34                subd. 9                        subd. 12
203.35       124.2711, subd. 1              120C.26, subd. 1
203.36                 subd. 2                       subd. 2
204.1                  subd. 2a                      subd. 3
204.2                  subd. 3                       subd. 4
204.3                  subd. 4                       subd. 5
204.4                  subd. 5                       subd. 6
204.5                  subd. 6                       subd. 7
204.6        121.85                         120C.30
204.7        121.88, subd. 1                120C.31, subd. 1
204.8                subd. 2                         subd. 2
204.9                subd. 2a                        subd. 3
204.10               subd. 3                         subd. 4
204.11               subd. 4                         subd. 5
204.12               subd. 5                         subd. 6
204.13               subd. 6                         subd. 7
204.14               subd. 7                         subd. 8
204.15               subd. 8                         subd. 9
204.16               subd. 9                         subd. 10
204.17               subd. 10                        subd. 11
204.18       124.2713, subd. 1              120C.32, subd. 1
204.19                 subd. 2                       subd. 2
204.20                 subd. 3                       subd. 3
204.21                 subd. 5                       subd. 4
204.22                 subd. 6                       subd. 5
204.23                 subd. 6a                      subd. 6
204.24                 subd. 6b                      subd. 7
204.25                 subd. 7                       subd. 8
204.26                 subd. 8                       subd. 9
204.27                 subd. 9                       subd. 10
204.28                 subd. 10                      subd. 11
204.29       124.2714                       120C.33
204.30       124.2716                       120C.34
204.31       121.8355, subd. 1              120C.35, subd. 1
204.32                 subd. 2                       subd. 2
204.33                 subd. 2a                      subd. 3
204.34                 subd. 3                       subd. 4
204.35                 subd. 3a                      subd. 5
204.36                 subd. 4                       subd. 6
205.1                  subd. 5                       subd. 7
205.2                  subd. 6                       subd. 8
205.3                  subd. 7                       subd. 9
205.4        125.70                         120C.37
205.5        125.701                        120C.38
205.6        125.702                        120C.39
205.7        125.703                        120C.40
205.8        125.704                        120C.41
205.9        125.705                        120C.42
205.10       125.276, subd. 1               120C.43, subd. 1
205.11                subd. 2a                       subd. 2
205.12                subd. 3                        subd. 3
205.13                subd. 4                        subd. 4
205.14       124A.291                       120C.44
205.15       126.77                         120C.45
205.16       126.78                         120C.46
205.17       126.79                         120C.47
205.18       126.84                         120C.48
205.19       121.615                        120C.50
205.20       121.70                         120C.51
205.21       121.701                        120C.52
205.22       121.702                        120C.53
205.23       121.704                        120C.54
205.24       121.705                        120C.55
205.25       121.706                        120C.56
205.26       121.707                        120C.57
205.27       121.708                        120C.58
205.28       121.709                        120C.59
205.29       121.710                        120C.60
205.30       126B.01                        120C.62
205.31       126B.03, subd. 2               120C.63, subd. 1
205.32                subd. 3                        subd. 2
205.33       126B.06                        120C.64
205.34       126B.10                        120C.65
205.35       121.885                        120C.67
205.36       123.35, subd. 8                120C.70
206.1        124.26, subd. 1b               120C.71, subd. 1
206.2                subd. 1c                        subd. 2
206.3                subd. 2                         subd. 3
206.4        124.2601                       120C.72
206.5        124.261                        120C.73
206.6        124.2605                       120C.74
206.7        124.2715                       120C.76
206.8        121.201                        120C.77
206.9        121.612                        120C.82
206.10       124.255                        120C.84
206.11       124C.10                        120C.86
206.12       124C.11                        120C.87
206.13       124C.12                        120C.88
206.14                             ARTICLE 4 
206.15                            CHAPTER 121A 
206.16                        STATE ADMINISTRATION 
206.17     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.11, 
206.18  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
206.19     Subd. 7.  [GENERAL SUPERVISION OVER EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES.] 
206.20  The state board of education shall adopt goals for and exercise 
206.21  general supervision over public schools and public educational 
206.22  agencies in the state, classify and standardize public 
206.23  elementary and secondary schools, and prepare for them outlines 
206.24  and suggested courses of study.  The state board shall develop a 
206.25  plan to attain the adopted goals.  At the state board's request, 
206.26  the commissioner may assign department of children, families, 
206.27  and learning staff to assist the state board in attaining its 
206.28  goals.  The commissioner shall explain to the state board in 
206.29  writing any reason for refusing or delaying a request for staff 
206.30  assistance.  The state board may recognize educational 
206.31  accrediting agencies for the sole purposes of sections 120.101, 
206.32  120.102, and 120.103. 
206.33     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
206.34  121.1113, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
206.35     Subdivision 1.  [STATEWIDE TESTING.] (a) The commissioner, 
206.36  with advice from experts with appropriate technical 
207.1   qualifications and experience and stakeholders, shall include in 
207.2   the comprehensive assessment system, for each grade level to be 
207.3   tested, a single statewide norm-referenced or 
207.4   criterion-referenced test, or a combination of a norm-referenced 
207.5   and a criterion-referenced test, which shall be highly 
207.6   correlated with the state's graduation standards and 
207.7   administered annually to all students in the third, fifth, and 
207.8   eighth grades.  The commissioner shall establish one or more 
207.9   months during which schools shall administer the tests to 
207.10  students each school year.  The Minnesota basic skills tests in 
207.11  reading and mathematics shall fulfill students' eighth grade 
207.12  testing requirements.  
207.13     (b) In addition, at the secondary level, districts shall 
207.14  assess student performance in all required learning areas and 
207.15  selected required standards within each area of the profiles 
207.16  profile of learning.  The testing instruments and testing 
207.17  process shall be determined by the commissioner.  The results 
207.18  shall be aggregated at the site and district level.  The testing 
207.19  shall be administered beginning in the 1999-2000 school year and 
207.20  thereafter. 
207.21     (c) The comprehensive assessment system shall include an 
207.22  evaluation of school site and school district performance levels 
207.23  during the 1997-1998 school year and thereafter using an 
207.24  established performance baseline developed from students' test 
207.25  scores under this section that records, at a minimum, students' 
207.26  unweighted mean test scores in each tested subject, a second 
207.27  performance baseline that reports, at a minimum, the same 
207.28  unweighted mean test scores of only those students enrolled in 
207.29  the school by January 1 of the previous school year, and a third 
207.30  performance baseline that reports the same unweighted test 
207.31  scores of all students except those students receiving limited 
207.32  English proficiency instruction.  The evaluation also shall 
207.33  record separately, in proximity to the performance baselines, 
207.34  the percentages of students who are eligible to receive a free 
207.35  or reduced price school meal, demonstrate limited English 
207.36  proficiency, or are eligible to receive special education 
208.1   services. 
208.2      (d) In addition to the testing and reporting requirements 
208.3   under paragraphs (a), (b), and (c), the commissioner, in 
208.4   consultation with the state board of education, shall include 
208.5   the following components in the statewide educational 
208.6   accountability and public reporting system: 
208.7      (1) uniform statewide testing of all third, fifth, eighth, 
208.8   and post-eighth grade students with exemptions, only with parent 
208.9   or guardian approval, from the testing requirement only for 
208.10  those very few students for whom the student's individual 
208.11  education plan team under section 120.17, subdivision 2, 
208.12  determines that the student is incapable of taking a statewide 
208.13  test, or a limited English proficiency student under section 
208.14  126.262, subdivision 2, if the student has been in the United 
208.15  States for fewer than 12 months and for whom special language 
208.16  barriers exist, such as the student's native language does not 
208.17  have a written form or the district does not have access to 
208.18  appropriate interpreter services for the student's native 
208.19  language; 
208.20     (2) educational indicators that can be aggregated and 
208.21  compared across school districts and across time on a statewide 
208.22  basis; 
208.23     (3) students' scores on the American College Test; 
208.24     (4) participation in the National Assessment of Educational 
208.25  Progress so that the state can benchmark its performance against 
208.26  the nation and other states, and, where possible, against other 
208.27  countries, and contribute to the national effort to monitor 
208.28  achievement; and 
208.29     (5) basic skills and advanced competencies connecting 
208.30  teaching and learning to high academic standards, assessment, 
208.31  and transitions to citizenship and employment. 
208.32     (e) Districts must report exemptions under paragraph (d), 
208.33  clause (1), to the commissioner consistent with a format 
208.34  provided by the commissioner. 
208.35     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.1115, 
208.36  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
209.1      Subdivision 1.  [EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND PUBLIC 
209.2   REPORTING.] Consistent with the state board of education process 
209.3   to adopt a results-oriented graduation rule under section 
209.4   121.11, subdivision 7c, the state board of education and the 
209.5   department of children, families, and learning, in consultation 
209.6   with education and other system stakeholders, shall must 
209.7   establish a coordinated and comprehensive system of educational 
209.8   accountability and public reporting that promotes higher 
209.9   academic achievement.  
209.10     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.1115, 
209.11  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
209.12     Subd. 2.  [STATISTICAL ADJUSTMENTS.] In developing policies 
209.13  and assessment processes to hold schools and school districts 
209.14  accountable for high levels of academic standards, including the 
209.15  profile of learning, the commissioner shall aggregate student 
209.16  data over time to report student performance levels measured at 
209.17  the school district, regional, or statewide level.  When 
209.18  collecting and reporting the data, the commissioner shall:  (1) 
209.19  acknowledge the impact of significant demographic factors such 
209.20  as residential instability, the number of single parent 
209.21  families, parents' level of education, and parents' income level 
209.22  on school outcomes; and (2) organize and report the data so that 
209.23  state and local policymakers can understand the educational 
209.24  implications of changes in districts' demographic profiles over 
209.25  time.  Any report the commissioner disseminates containing 
209.26  summary data on student performance must integrate student 
209.27  performance and the demographic factors that strongly correlate 
209.28  with that performance.  
209.29     Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.078, is 
209.30  amended to read: 
209.31     124.078 [PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE.] 
209.32     A state permanent school fund advisory committee is 
209.33  established to advise the department of natural resources on the 
209.34  management of permanent school fund land, which is held in trust 
209.35  for the school districts of the state.  The advisory committee 
209.36  shall must consist of the following persons or their designees:  
210.1   the chairs of the education committees of the legislature, the 
210.2   chairs of the senate committee on finance and house committee on 
210.3   ways and means, the commissioner of children, families, and 
210.4   learning, one superintendent from a nonmetropolitan district, 
210.5   and one superintendent from a metropolitan area district.  The 
210.6   school district superintendents shall be appointed by the 
210.7   commissioner of children, families, and learning.  
210.8      The advisory committee shall review the policies of the 
210.9   department of natural resources on management of school trust 
210.10  fund lands and shall recommend necessary changes in policy and 
210.11  implementation in order to ensure provident utilization of the 
210.12  permanent school fund lands.  
210.13     Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.08, is 
210.14  amended to read: 
210.15     124.08 [SCHOOL ENDOWMENT FUND,; DESIGNATION.] 
210.16     For the purpose of aid to public schools, a school 
210.17  endowment fund is established.  
210.18     The school endowment fund shall consist of the income from 
210.19  the permanent school fund.  The commissioner of children, 
210.20  families, and learning may accept for and on behalf of the 
210.21  permanent school fund a donation of cash, marketable securities, 
210.22  or other personal property.  A noncash donation, other than a 
210.23  donation of marketable securities, must be disposed of for cash 
210.24  as soon as the commissioner can obtain fair market value for the 
210.25  donation.  Marketable securities may be disposed of at the 
210.26  discretion of the state board of investment consistent with 
210.27  sections 11A.16 and 11A.24.  A cash donation and the cash 
210.28  receipts from a donation disposed of for cash must be credited 
210.29  immediately to the permanent school fund.  Earnings from 
210.30  marketable securities are earnings of the permanent school fund. 
210.31     Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.09, is 
210.32  amended to read: 
210.33     124.09 [SCHOOL ENDOWMENT FUND,; APPORTIONMENT.] 
210.34     The commissioner shall apportion the school endowment fund 
210.35  shall be apportioned semiannually by the commissioner, on the 
210.36  first Monday in March and September in each year, to districts 
211.1   whose schools have been in session at least nine months.  The 
211.2   apportionment shall be in proportion to the number of pupils in 
211.3   average daily membership during the preceding year; provided, 
211.4   that.  The apportionment shall not be paid to a district for 
211.5   pupils for whom tuition is received by the district. 
211.6      Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.10, 
211.7   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
211.8      Subdivision 1.  [COPY TO COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE.] The 
211.9   commissioner shall furnish a copy of the apportionment of the 
211.10  school endowment fund shall be furnished by the commissioner to 
211.11  the commissioner of finance, who thereupon shall draw warrants 
211.12  on the state treasury, payable to the several districts, for the 
211.13  amount due each district.  There is hereby annually appropriated 
211.14  from the school endowment fund the amount of such apportionments.
211.15     Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.10, 
211.16  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
211.17     Subd. 2.  [APPORTIONMENTS TO DISTRICTS.] The county auditor 
211.18  each year shall apportion to the school districts within the 
211.19  county the amount received from power line taxes under section 
211.20  273.42, liquor licenses, fines, estrays, and other sources 
211.21  belonging to the general fund.  The apportionments shall must be 
211.22  made in proportion to each district's net tax capacity within 
211.23  the county in the prior year.  The apportionments shall must be 
211.24  made and amounts distributed to the school districts at the 
211.25  times provided for the settlement and distribution of real and 
211.26  personal property taxes under sections 276.09, 276.11, and 
211.27  276.111, except that all of the power line taxes apportioned to 
211.28  a school district from the county school fund shall must be 
211.29  included in the first half distribution of property taxes to the 
211.30  school district.  No district shall receive any part of the 
211.31  money received from liquor licenses unless all sums paid for 
211.32  such licenses in such district are apportioned to the county 
211.33  school fund.  
211.34     Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.12, is 
211.35  amended to read: 
211.36     124.12 [MANNER OF PAYMENT OF STATE AIDS.] 
212.1      Subd. 2.  It shall be the duty of the commissioner of 
212.2   children, families, and learning to deliver to the commissioner 
212.3   of finance a certificate for each district entitled to receive 
212.4   state aid under the provisions of this chapter.  Upon the 
212.5   receipt of such certificate, it shall be the duty of the 
212.6   commissioner of finance to draw a warrant upon the state 
212.7   treasurer in favor of the district for the amount shown by each 
212.8   certificate to be due to the district.  The commissioner of 
212.9   finance shall transmit such warrants to the district together 
212.10  with a copy of the certificate prepared by the commissioner. 
212.11     Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.14, 
212.12  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
212.13     Subd. 2.  [ERRORS IN DISTRIBUTION.] On determining that the 
212.14  amount of state aid distributed to a school district is in 
212.15  error, the commissioner is authorized to adjust the amount of 
212.16  aid consistent with this subdivision.  On determining that the 
212.17  amount of aid is in excess of the school district's entitlement, 
212.18  the commissioner is authorized to recover the amount of the 
212.19  excess by any appropriate means.  Notwithstanding the fiscal 
212.20  years designated by the appropriation, the excess may be 
212.21  recovered by reducing future aid payments to the school 
212.22  district.  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, if the aid 
212.23  reduced is not of the same type as that overpaid, the school 
212.24  district shall must adjust all necessary financial accounts to 
212.25  properly reflect all revenues earned in accordance with the 
212.26  uniform financial accounting and reporting standards pursuant to 
212.27  sections 121.904 to 121.917.  Notwithstanding the fiscal years 
212.28  designated by the appropriation, on determining that the amount 
212.29  of an aid paid is less than the school district's entitlement, 
212.30  the commissioner is authorized to increase such aid from the 
212.31  current appropriation. 
212.32     Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.14, 
212.33  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
212.34     Subd. 3.  [AUDITS.] The commissioner shall establish 
212.35  procedures for conducting and shall conduct audits of school 
212.36  district records and files for the purpose of verifying school 
213.1   district pupil counts, levy limitations, and aid entitlements.  
213.2   The commissioner shall establish procedures for selecting and 
213.3   shall select districts to be audited.  Disparities, if any, 
213.4   between pupil counts, levy limitations, or aid entitlements 
213.5   determined by audit of school district records and files and 
213.6   data reported by school districts in reports, claims and other 
213.7   documents shall be reviewed by the commissioner who shall order 
213.8   increases or decreases accordingly.  Whenever possible, the 
213.9   commissioner shall audit at least 25 districts each year 
213.10  pursuant to this subdivision. 
213.11     Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.14, 
213.12  subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
213.13     Subd. 3a.  [LESS THAN 25 DISTRICTS AUDITED.] If the 
213.14  commissioner audits fewer than 25 school districts in a fiscal 
213.15  year pursuant to subdivision 3, the commissioner shall report 
213.16  the reasons for the number audited to the following legislative 
213.17  committees:  house education, house appropriations, senate 
213.18  education, and senate finance. 
213.19     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.14, 
213.20  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
213.21     Subd. 4.  [FINAL DECISION AND RECORDS.] A reduction of aid 
213.22  under this section may be appealed to the state board of 
213.23  education and its decision shall be final.  Public schools shall 
213.24  at all times be open to the inspection of the commissioner, and. 
213.25  The accounts and records of any district shall must be open to 
213.26  inspection by the state auditor, the state board, or the 
213.27  commissioner for the purpose of audits conducted under this 
213.28  section.  Each district shall keep for a minimum of three years 
213.29  at least the following:  (1) identification of the annual 
213.30  session days held, together with a record of the length of each 
213.31  session day, (2) a record of each pupil's daily attendance, with 
213.32  entrance and withdrawal dates, and (3) identification of the 
213.33  pupils transported who are reported for transportation aid.  
213.34     Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.14, 
213.35  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
213.36     Subd. 6.  [ADJUSTMENT APPROPRIATION.] There is annually 
214.1   appropriated from the general fund to the department of 
214.2   children, families, and learning any additional amounts 
214.3   necessary for the adjustments made pursuant to section 124.155, 
214.4   subdivision 1.  
214.5      Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.14, 
214.6   subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
214.7      Subd. 7.  [APPROPRIATION TRANSFERS.] If a direct 
214.8   appropriation from the general fund to the department of 
214.9   children, families, and learning for any education aid or grant 
214.10  authorized in this chapter and chapters 121, 123, 124A, 124C, 
214.11  125, 126, and 134 exceeds the amount required, the commissioner 
214.12  of children, families, and learning may transfer the excess to 
214.13  any education aid or grant appropriation that is insufficient.  
214.14  However, section 124A.032 applies to a deficiency in the direct 
214.15  appropriation for general education aid.  Excess appropriations 
214.16  shall must be allocated proportionately among aids or grants 
214.17  that have insufficient appropriations.  The commissioner of 
214.18  finance shall make the necessary transfers among appropriations 
214.19  according to the determinations of the commissioner of children, 
214.20  families, and learning.  If the amount of the direct 
214.21  appropriation for the aid or grant plus the amount transferred 
214.22  according to this subdivision is insufficient, the commissioner 
214.23  shall prorate the available amount among eligible districts.  
214.24  The state is not obligated for any additional amounts.  
214.25     Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.14, 
214.26  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
214.27     Subd. 8.  [HEALTH AND SAFETY AID TRANSFER.] The 
214.28  commissioner of children, families, and learning, with the 
214.29  approval of the commissioner of finance, annually may transfer 
214.30  an amount from the appropriation for health and safety aid to 
214.31  the appropriation for debt service aid for the same fiscal 
214.32  year.  The amount of the transfer equals the amount necessary to 
214.33  fund any shortage in the debt service aid appropriation created 
214.34  by a data correction that occurs between November 1 and June 30 
214.35  of the preceding fiscal year. 
214.36     Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.15, 
215.1   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
215.2      Subd. 2.  [VIOLATIONS OF LAW.] The commissioner shall 
215.3   reduce the district's special state aid for any school year 
215.4   whenever the board of the district authorizes or permits within 
215.5   the district violations of law within the district by: 
215.6      (1) employment in a public school of the district of 
215.7   employing a teacher who does not hold a valid teaching license 
215.8   or permit, or in a public school; 
215.9      (2) noncompliance with a mandatory rule of general 
215.10  application promulgated by the state board in accordance with 
215.11  statute in the absence of, unless special circumstances 
215.12  making make enforcement thereof inequitable, contrary to the 
215.13  best interest of, or imposing impose an extraordinary hardship 
215.14  on, the district affected, or, or the rule is contrary to the 
215.15  district's best interests; 
215.16     (3) the district's continued performance by the district of 
215.17  a contract made for the rental of rooms or buildings for school 
215.18  purposes or for the rental of any facility owned or operated by 
215.19  or under the direction of any private organization, which if the 
215.20  contract has been disapproved where, the time for review of the 
215.21  determination of disapproval has expired, and no proceeding for 
215.22  review is pending, or; 
215.23     (4) any practice which is a violation of sections 1 and 2 
215.24  of article 13 of the Constitution of the state of Minnesota, or; 
215.25     (5) failure to provide reasonably provide for the a 
215.26  resident pupil's school attendance to which a resident pupil is 
215.27  entitled under Minnesota Statutes,; or 
215.28     (6) noncompliance with state laws prohibiting 
215.29  discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, national 
215.30  origin, sex, age, marital status, status with regard to public 
215.31  assistance or disability, as defined in section 363.03,. 
215.32  the special state aid to which a district is otherwise entitled 
215.33  for any school year shall be reduced The reduction must be made 
215.34  in the amount and upon the procedure provided in this section 
215.35  or, in the case of the violation stated in clause (1), upon the 
215.36  procedure provided in section 124.19, subdivision 3. 
216.1      Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.15, 
216.2   subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
216.3      Subd. 2a.  [ASSURANCE OF COMPLIANCE.] After consultation 
216.4   with the commissioner of human rights, the state board of 
216.5   education shall adopt rules in conformance with chapter 
216.6   14 which.  The rules must direct school districts to file with 
216.7   the commissioner of children, families, and learning assurances 
216.8   of compliance with state and federal laws prohibiting 
216.9   discrimination and which specify the information required to be 
216.10  submitted in support of the assurances.  The commissioner of 
216.11  children, families, and learning shall provide copies of the 
216.12  assurances and the supportive information to the commissioner of 
216.13  human rights.  If, after reviewing the assurances and the 
216.14  supportive information it appears that one or more violations of 
216.15  the Minnesota human rights act are occurring in the district, 
216.16  the commissioner of human rights shall notify the commissioner 
216.17  of children, families, and learning of the violations, and the 
216.18  commissioner of children, families, and learning may then 
216.19  proceed pursuant to subdivision 3. 
216.20     Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.15, 
216.21  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
216.22     Subd. 3.  [NOTICE TO BOARD.] When it appears that one or 
216.23  more of the violations an enumerated violation is occurring in a 
216.24  district, the commissioner shall forthwith notify the board of 
216.25  that district in writing thereof.  Such The notice shall must 
216.26  specify the violations, set a reasonable time within which the 
216.27  district shall must correct the specified violations, describe 
216.28  the correction required, and advise that if the correction is 
216.29  not made within the time allowed, special state aids to the 
216.30  district will be reduced.  The time allowed for correction may 
216.31  be extended by the commissioner if there is reasonable ground 
216.32  therefor.  
216.33     Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.15, 
216.34  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
216.35     Subd. 4.  [DISPUTE VIOLATIONS; HEARING.] The board to which 
216.36  such notice is given may, by a majority vote of the whole board, 
217.1   decide to dispute that the specified violation exists or that 
217.2   the time allowed is reasonable or the correction specified is 
217.3   correct, or that the commissioner may reduce aids, in which case 
217.4   written notice of such decision shall be given.  The board must 
217.5   give the commissioner written notice of the decision.  If the 
217.6   commissioner, after such further investigation as the 
217.7   commissioner deems necessary, adheres to the previous notice, 
217.8   such the board shall be entitled to a hearing by the state board 
217.9   , in which event a.  The state board must set a hearing time and 
217.10  place shall be set therefor and notice and the board of the 
217.11  district must be given notice by mail to the board of the 
217.12  district.  The state board shall must adopt rules governing the 
217.13  proceedings for hearings which shall.  The hearings must be 
217.14  designed to give a full and fair hearing and permit interested 
217.15  parties an opportunity to produce evidence relating to the 
217.16  issues involved.  Such The rules may provide that any question 
217.17  of fact to be determined upon such review at the hearing may be 
217.18  referred to one or more members of the board or to an employee 
217.19  of the state board acting as a referee to hear evidence and 
217.20  report to the state board the testimony taken to the state board.
217.21  The state board, or any a person designated to receive evidence 
217.22  upon a review under this act at a hearing, shall have the same 
217.23  right to issue subpoenas and administer oaths and parties to the 
217.24  review hearing shall have the same right to subpoenas issued as 
217.25  are accorded with respect to allowed for proceedings before the 
217.26  industrial commission.  There shall be A stenographic 
217.27  record must be made of all testimony given and other proceedings 
217.28  during such the hearing, and as far as.  If practicable, rules 
217.29  governing reception admission of evidence in courts shall obtain 
217.30  apply to the hearing.  The decision of the state board shall 
217.31  must be in writing and the controlling facts upon which the 
217.32  decision is made shall must be stated in sufficient detail to 
217.33  apprise the parties and the reviewing court of the basis and 
217.34  reason of for the decision.  The decision shall must be confined 
217.35  to whether or not any of the specified violations or any of them 
217.36  existed at the date of the commissioner's first notice, 
218.1   whether such the violations as did exist were corrected within 
218.2   the time permitted, and whether such the violations require 
218.3   reduction of the state aids under this section.  
218.4      Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.15, 
218.5   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
218.6      Subd. 5.  [VIOLATION; AID REDUCTION.] The commissioner 
218.7   shall not reduce state aids payable to the district if the 
218.8   violation specified is corrected within the time permitted, or 
218.9   if the commissioner on being notified of the district board's 
218.10  decision to dispute decides the violation does not exist, or if 
218.11  the state board decides after hearing no violation specified in 
218.12  the commissioner's notice existed at the time of it the notice, 
218.13  or that any that existed the violations were corrected within 
218.14  the time permitted, there shall be no reduction of state aids 
218.15  payable to the school district.  Otherwise state aids payable to 
218.16  the district for the year in which the violation occurred shall 
218.17  be reduced as follows:  The total amount of state aids to which 
218.18  the district may be entitled shall be reduced in the proportion 
218.19  that the period during which a specified violation continued, 
218.20  computed from the last day of the time permitted for correction, 
218.21  bears to the total number of days school is held in the district 
218.22  during the year in which a violation exists, multiplied by 60 
218.23  percent of the basic revenue, as defined in section 124A.22, 
218.24  subdivision 2, of the district for that year. 
218.25     Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.15, 
218.26  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
218.27     Subd. 6.  [REDUCTION IN AIDS PAYABLE.] Reductions in aid 
218.28  under this section and section 124.19 shall must be from general 
218.29  education aid.  If there is not sufficient general education aid 
218.30  remaining to be paid for the school year in which the violation 
218.31  occurred, the reduction shall be from the other aids listed in 
218.32  section 124.155, subdivision 2, that are payable to the district 
218.33  for that year in the order in which the aids are listed in 
218.34  section 124.155, subdivision 2.  If there is not a sufficient 
218.35  amount of state aids remaining payable to the district for the 
218.36  school year in which the violation occurred to permit the full 
219.1   amount of reduction required, that part of the required 
219.2   reduction not taken from that school year's aids will be taken 
219.3   from the state aids payable to the district for the next school 
219.4   year, and the reduction will be made from the various aids 
219.5   payable for the next year in the order above specified. 
219.6      Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.15, 
219.7   subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
219.8      Subd. 8.  [NOTICE TO DISTRICT.] Any notice to be given to 
219.9   the board of a district will be deemed given when a copy thereof 
219.10  is mailed, registered, to the superintendent of the district, if 
219.11  there is a superintendent, and to the clerk of the board of the 
219.12  district, unless.  If it is shown that neither the 
219.13  superintendent nor the clerk in fact received such notice in the 
219.14  ordinary course of mail, in which event then the time for 
219.15  correction will be accordingly extended by the commissioner so 
219.16  that a reasonable time will be allowed from actual receipt of 
219.17  notice for correction.  If notice is sent by the commissioner 
219.18  with respect to a violation which is continued by the district 
219.19  in a succeeding year, no separate notice for that violation for 
219.20  the succeeding year will be required.  Proceedings initiated by 
219.21  such notice shall include any continuing violation 
219.22  notwithstanding that a part thereof occurs in a year different 
219.23  from that the year in which it started.  The commissioner may 
219.24  require reasonable proof of the time that a violation ceased for 
219.25  the determination of the amount of aids to be withheld.  Costs 
219.26  and disbursements of the review by the district court, exclusive 
219.27  of those incurred in the administrative proceedings, may be 
219.28  taxed against the losing party and in the event taxed against 
219.29  the state shall must be paid from the appropriations made to the 
219.30  department for the payment of special state aids. 
219.31     Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
219.32  124.155, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
219.33     Subdivision 1.  [AMOUNT OF ADJUSTMENT.] Each year state 
219.34  aids and credits enumerated in subdivision 2 payable to any 
219.35  school district for that fiscal year shall be adjusted, in the 
219.36  order listed, by an amount equal to (1) the amount the district 
220.1   recognized as revenue for the prior fiscal year pursuant to 
220.2   section 121.904, subdivision 4a, clause (b), minus (2) the 
220.3   amount the district recognizes as revenue for the current fiscal 
220.4   year pursuant to section 121.904, subdivision 4a, clause (b).  
220.5   For the purposes of making the aid adjustment under this 
220.6   subdivision, the amount the district recognizes as revenue for 
220.7   either the prior fiscal year or the current fiscal year pursuant 
220.8   to section 121.904, subdivision 4a, clause (b), shall not 
220.9   include any amount levied pursuant to sections 124.315, 
220.10  subdivision 4, 124.912, subdivisions 1, paragraph (2), 2, and 3, 
220.11  124.916, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3, paragraphs 4, 5, and 6, 
220.12  124.918, subdivision 6, and 124A.03, subdivision 2.  Payment 
220.13  from the permanent school fund shall not be adjusted pursuant to 
220.14  this section.  The school district shall be notified of the 
220.15  amount of the adjustment made to each payment pursuant to this 
220.16  section. 
220.17     Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
220.18  124.155, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
220.19     Subd. 2.  [ADJUSTMENT TO AIDS.] (a) The amount specified in 
220.20  subdivision 1 shall be used to adjust the following state aids 
220.21  and credits in the order listed: 
220.22     (1) general education aid authorized in section 124A.23; 
220.23     (2) secondary vocational aid authorized in section 124.573; 
220.24     (3) special education aid authorized in sections 124.32 and 
220.25  124.3201; 
220.26     (4) school-to-work program aid for children with a 
220.27  disability authorized in section 124.574; 
220.28     (5) aid for pupils of limited English proficiency 
220.29  authorized in section 124.273; 
220.30     (6) transportation aid authorized in section 124.225; 
220.31     (7) community education programs aid authorized in section 
220.32  124.2713; 
220.33     (8) adult education aid authorized in section 124.26; 
220.34     (9) early childhood family education aid authorized in 
220.35  section 124.2711; 
220.36     (10) capital expenditure aid authorized in section 124.83; 
221.1      (11) school district cooperation aid authorized in section 
221.2   124.2727; 
221.3      (12) assurance of mastery aid according to section 124.311; 
221.4      (13) homestead and agricultural credit aid, disparity 
221.5   credit and aid, and changes to credits for prior year 
221.6   adjustments according to section 273.1398, subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 
221.7   and 7; 
221.8      (14) attached machinery aid authorized in section 273.138, 
221.9   subdivision 3; 
221.10     (15) alternative delivery aid authorized in section 
221.11  124.322; 
221.12     (16) special education equalization aid authorized in 
221.13  section 124.321; 
221.14     (17) special education excess cost aid authorized in 
221.15  section 124.323; 
221.16     (18) learning readiness aid authorized in section 124.2615; 
221.17  and 
221.18     (19) cooperation-combination aid authorized in section 
221.19  124.2725. 
221.20     (b) The commissioner of children, families, and learning 
221.21  shall schedule the timing of the adjustments to state aids and 
221.22  credits specified in subdivision 1, as close to the end of the 
221.23  fiscal year as possible. 
221.24     Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.195, 
221.25  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
221.26     Subdivision 1.  [APPLICABILITY.] This section applies to 
221.27  all aids or credits paid by the commissioner of children, 
221.28  families, and learning from the general fund to school districts.
221.29     Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
221.30  124.195, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
221.31     Subd. 2.  [DEFINITIONS.] (a) The term "other district 
221.32  receipts" means payments by county treasurers pursuant to 
221.33  section 276.10, apportionments from the school endowment fund 
221.34  pursuant to section 124.09, apportionments by the county auditor 
221.35  pursuant to section 124.10, subdivision 2, and payments to 
221.36  school districts by the commissioner of revenue pursuant to 
222.1   chapter 298.  
222.2      (b) The term "cumulative amount guaranteed" means the sum 
222.3   of the following: 
222.4      (1) one-third of the final adjustment payment according to 
222.5   subdivision 6; plus 
222.6      (2) the product of 
222.7      (i) the cumulative disbursement percentage shown in 
222.8   subdivision 3; times 
222.9      (ii) the sum of 
222.10     90 percent of the estimated aid and credit entitlements 
222.11  paid according to subdivision 10; plus 
222.12     100 percent of the entitlements paid according to 
222.13  subdivisions 8 and 9; plus 
222.14     the other district receipts; plus 
222.15     the final adjustment payment according to subdivision 6.  
222.16     (c) The term "payment date" means the date on which state 
222.17  payments to school districts are made by the electronic funds 
222.18  transfer method.  If a payment date falls on a Saturday, a 
222.19  Sunday, or a weekday which is a legal holiday, the payment shall 
222.20  be made on the immediately following business day.  The 
222.21  commissioner of children, families, and learning may make 
222.22  payments on dates other than those listed in subdivision 3, but 
222.23  only for portions of payments from any preceding payment dates 
222.24  which could not be processed by the electronic funds transfer 
222.25  method due to documented extenuating circumstances.  
222.26     Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.195, 
222.27  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
222.28     Subd. 3.  [PAYMENT DATES AND PERCENTAGES.] The commissioner 
222.29  of children, families, and learning shall pay to a school 
222.30  district on the dates indicated an amount computed as follows:  
222.31  the cumulative amount guaranteed minus the sum of (a) the 
222.32  district's other district receipts through the current payment, 
222.33  and (b) the aid and credit payments through the immediately 
222.34  preceding payment.  For purposes of this computation, the 
222.35  payment dates and the cumulative disbursement percentages are as 
222.36  follows:  
223.1                            Payment date               Percentage 
223.2   Payment 1    July 15:                                   2.25
223.3   Payment 2    July 30:                                   4.50 
223.4   Payment 3    August 15:  the greater of (a) the final        
223.5                adjustment for the prior fiscal year for
223.6                the state paid property tax credits
223.7                established in section 273.1392, or
223.8                (b) the amount needed to provide 6.75 percent
223.9   Payment 4    August 30:                                 9.0 
223.10  Payment 5    September 15:                             12.75 
223.11  Payment 6    September 30:                             16.50
223.12  Payment 7    October 15:  the greater of (a) one-half of
223.13               the final adjustment for the prior fiscal year
223.14               for all aid entitlements except state paid
223.15               property tax credits, or (b) the amount needed to
223.16               provide 20.75 percent
223.17  Payment 8    October 30:  the greater of (a) one-half of the
223.18               final adjustment for the prior fiscal year for all
223.19               aid entitlements except state paid property
223.20               tax credits, or (b) the amount needed
223.21               to provide 25.0 percent
223.22  Payment 9    November 15:                               31.0
223.23  Payment 10   November 30:                               37.0
223.24  Payment 11   December 15:                               40.0
223.25  Payment 12   December 30:                               43.0
223.26  Payment 13   January 15:                                47.25
223.27  Payment 14   January 30:                                51.5
223.28  Payment 15   February 15:                               56.0
223.29  Payment 16   February 28:                               60.5
223.30  Payment 17   March 15:                                  65.25
223.31  Payment 18   March 30:                                  70.0
223.32  Payment 19   April 15:                                  73.0
223.33  Payment 20   April 30:                                  79.0 
223.34  Payment 21   May 15:                                    82.0 
223.35  Payment 22   May 30:                                    90.0 
223.36  Payment 23   June 20:                                  100.0
224.1      Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.195, 
224.2   subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
224.3      Subd. 3a.  [APPEAL.] The commissioner, in consultation with 
224.4   the commissioner of finance, may revise the payment dates and 
224.5   percentages in subdivision 3 for a district if it is determined 
224.6   that there is an emergency or there are serious cash flow 
224.7   problems in the district that cannot be resolved by issuing 
224.8   warrants or other forms of indebtedness.  The commissioner shall 
224.9   establish a process and criteria for school districts to appeal 
224.10  the payment dates and percentages established in subdivision 3.  
224.11     Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.195, 
224.12  subdivision 3b, is amended to read: 
224.13     Subd. 3b.  [CASH FLOW ADJUSTMENT.] During each year in 
224.14  which the cash flow low points for August, September, and 
224.15  October estimated by the commissioner of finance for invested 
224.16  treasurer's cash exceeds $360,000,000, the commissioner of 
224.17  children, families, and learning shall increase the cumulative 
224.18  disbursement percentages established in subdivision 3 to the 
224.19  following amounts: 
224.20  Payment 3   August 15:                         12.75 percent
224.21  Payment 4   August 30:                         15.00 percent
224.22  Payment 5   September 15:                      17.25 percent
224.23  Payment 6   September 30:                      19.50 percent
224.24  Payment 7   October 15:                        21.75 percent
224.25     Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.195, 
224.26  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
224.27     Subd. 4.  [PAYMENT LIMIT.] Subdivision 3 does not authorize 
224.28  the commissioner of children, families, and learning to pay to a 
224.29  district's operating funds an amount of state general fund cash 
224.30  that exceeds the sum of:  
224.31     (a) its estimated aid and credit payments for the current 
224.32  year according to subdivision 10; 
224.33     (b) its actual aid payments according to subdivisions 8 and 
224.34  9; and 
224.35     (c) the final adjustment payment for the prior year.  
224.36     Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.195, 
225.1   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
225.2      Subd. 5.  [COMMISSIONER'S ASSUMPTIONS.] For purposes of 
225.3   determining the amount of state general fund cash to be paid to 
225.4   school districts pursuant to subdivision 3, the commissioner of 
225.5   children, families, and learning shall:  
225.6      (a) (1) assume that the payments to school districts by the 
225.7   county treasurer of revenues accruing to the fiscal year of 
225.8   receipt pursuant to section 276.11 are made in the following 
225.9   manner: 
225.10     (1) (i) 50 percent within seven business days of each due 
225.11  date; and 
225.12     (2) (ii) 100 percent within 14 business days of each due 
225.13  date; 
225.14     (b) (2) assume that the payments to school districts by the 
225.15  county treasurer of revenues accruing to the fiscal year of 
225.16  receipt pursuant to section 276.111 are made in the following 
225.17  manner: 
225.18     (1) (i) 50 percent within seven business days of the 
225.19  October 15 due date; 
225.20     (2) (ii) 100 percent within 14 business days of the October 
225.21  15 due date; and 
225.22     (3) (iii) 100 percent within ten business days of the 
225.23  November 15 due date.; and 
225.24     (c) (3) assume that the payments to school districts by 
225.25  county auditors pursuant to section 124.10, subdivision 2, are 
225.26  made at the end of the months indicated in that subdivision.  
225.27     Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.195, 
225.28  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
225.29     Subd. 6.  [FINAL ADJUSTMENT PAYMENT.] For all aids and 
225.30  credits paid according to subdivision 10, the final adjustment 
225.31  payment shall must include the amounts necessary to pay the 
225.32  district's full aid entitlement for the prior year based on 
225.33  actual data.  This payment shall must be used to correct all 
225.34  estimates used for the payment schedule in subdivision 3.  The 
225.35  payment shall must be made as specified in subdivision 3.  In 
225.36  the event actual data are not available, the final adjustment 
226.1   payment may be computed based on estimated data.  A corrected 
226.2   final adjustment payment shall must be made when actual data are 
226.3   available.  
226.4      Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
226.5   124.195, subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
226.6      Subd. 7.  [PAYMENTS TO SCHOOL NONOPERATING FUNDS.] Each 
226.7   fiscal year state general fund payments for a district 
226.8   nonoperating fund shall must be made at 90 percent of the 
226.9   estimated entitlement during the fiscal year of the 
226.10  entitlement.  This amount shall be paid in 12 equal monthly 
226.11  installments.  The amount of the actual entitlement, after 
226.12  adjustment for actual data, minus the payments made during the 
226.13  fiscal year of the entitlement shall must be paid prior to 
226.14  October 31 of the following school year.  The commissioner may 
226.15  make advance payments of homestead and agricultural credit aid 
226.16  for a district's debt service fund earlier than would occur 
226.17  under the preceding schedule if the district submits evidence 
226.18  showing a serious cash flow problem in the fund.  The 
226.19  commissioner may make earlier payments during the year and, if 
226.20  necessary, increase the percent of the entitlement paid to 
226.21  reduce the cash flow problem. 
226.22     Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
226.23  124.195, subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
226.24     Subd. 10.  [AID PAYMENT PERCENTAGE.] Except as provided in 
226.25  subdivisions 8, 9, and 11, each fiscal year, all education aids 
226.26  and credits in this chapter and chapters 121, 123, 124A, 
226.27  124B, 124D, 125, 126, 134, and section 273.1392, shall be paid 
226.28  at 90 percent of the estimated entitlement during the fiscal 
226.29  year of the entitlement.  The final adjustment payment, 
226.30  according to subdivision 6, shall must be the amount of the 
226.31  actual entitlement, after adjustment for actual data, minus the 
226.32  payments made during the fiscal year of the entitlement. 
226.33     Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.195, 
226.34  subdivision 14, is amended to read: 
226.35     Subd. 14.  [EDUCATION AIDS CASH FLOW ACCOUNT.] (a) An 
226.36  education aids cash flow account is established in the state 
227.1   treasury for the purpose of ensuring the timely payment of state 
227.2   aids or credits to school districts as provided in this 
227.3   section.  In the event the account balance in any appropriation 
227.4   from the general fund to the department of children, families, 
227.5   and learning for education aids or credits is insufficient to 
227.6   make the next scheduled payment or payments, the commissioner of 
227.7   children, families, and learning is authorized to transfer funds 
227.8   from the education aids cash flow account to the accounts that 
227.9   are insufficient. 
227.10     (b) For purposes of this subdivision, an account may have 
227.11  an insufficient balance only as a result of some districts being 
227.12  overpaid based on revised estimates for the relevant annual aid 
227.13  or credit entitlements.  When the overpayment amounts are 
227.14  recovered from the pertinent districts, the commissioner of 
227.15  children, families, and learning shall transfer those amounts to 
227.16  the education aids cash flow account.  The commissioner shall 
227.17  determine when it is not feasible to recover the overpayments in 
227.18  a timely manner from the district's future aid payments and 
227.19  notify the district of the amount that is to be refunded to the 
227.20  state.  School Districts are encouraged to make such refunds 
227.21  promptly.  The commissioner may approve a schedule for making a 
227.22  refund when a district demonstrates that its cash flow is 
227.23  inadequate to promptly make the refund in full. 
227.24     (c) There is annually appropriated from the general fund to 
227.25  the education aids cash flow account the additional amount 
227.26  necessary to ensure the timely payment of state aids or credits 
227.27  to school districts as provided in this section.  For any fiscal 
227.28  year, the appropriation authorized in this subdivision shall 
227.29  must not exceed an amount equal to two-tenths of one percent of 
227.30  the total general fund appropriations in that year for education 
227.31  aids and credits.  At the close of each fiscal year, the amount 
227.32  of actual transfers plus anticipated transfers required in 
227.33  paragraph (b) shall must equal the authorized amounts 
227.34  transferred in paragraph (a) so that the net effect on total 
227.35  general fund spending for education aids and credits is zero.  
227.36     Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.196, is 
228.1   amended to read: 
228.2      124.196 [CHANGE IN PAYMENT OF AIDS AND CREDITS.] 
228.3      If the commissioner of finance determines that 
228.4   modifications in the payment schedule would reduce the need for 
228.5   state short-term borrowing, the commissioner of children, 
228.6   families, and learning shall modify payments to school districts 
228.7   according to this section.  The modifications shall must begin 
228.8   no sooner than September 1 of each fiscal year, and shall must 
228.9   remain in effect until no later than May 30 of that same fiscal 
228.10  year.  In calculating the payment to a school district pursuant 
228.11  to section 124.195, subdivision 3, the commissioner may subtract 
228.12  the sum specified in that subdivision, plus an additional amount 
228.13  no greater than the following: 
228.14     (1) the net cash balance in each of the district's four 
228.15  operating funds on June 30 of the preceding fiscal year; minus 
228.16     (2) the product of $150 times the number of actual pupil 
228.17  units in the preceding fiscal year; minus 
228.18     (3) the amount of payments made by the county treasurer 
228.19  during the preceding fiscal year, pursuant to section 276.11, 
228.20  which is considered revenue for the current school year.  
228.21  However, no additional amount shall be subtracted if the total 
228.22  of the net unappropriated fund balances in the district's four 
228.23  operating funds on June 30 of the preceding fiscal year, is less 
228.24  than the product of $350 times the number of actual pupil units 
228.25  in the preceding fiscal year.  The net cash balance shall must 
228.26  include all cash and investments, less certificates of 
228.27  indebtedness outstanding, and orders not paid for want of funds. 
228.28     A district may appeal the payment schedule established by 
228.29  this section according to the procedures established in section 
228.30  124.195, subdivision 3a. 
228.31     Sec. 39.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2131, 
228.32  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
228.33     Subdivision 1.  [ADJUSTED NET TAX CAPACITY.] (a)  
228.34  [COMPUTATION.] The department of revenue shall must annually 
228.35  conduct an assessment/sales ratio study of the taxable property 
228.36  in each school district in accordance with the procedures in 
229.1   paragraphs (b) and (c).  Based upon the results of this 
229.2   assessment/sales ratio study, the department of revenue shall 
229.3   must determine an aggregate equalized net tax capacity for the 
229.4   various classes of taxable property in each school district, 
229.5   which tax capacity shall be designated as the adjusted net tax 
229.6   capacity.  The adjusted net tax capacities shall be determined 
229.7   using the net tax capacity percentages in effect for the 
229.8   assessment year following the assessment year of the study.  The 
229.9   department of revenue shall must make whatever estimates are 
229.10  necessary to account for changes in the classification system.  
229.11  The department of revenue may incur the expense necessary to 
229.12  make the determinations.  The commissioner of revenue may 
229.13  reimburse any county or governmental official for requested 
229.14  services performed in ascertaining the adjusted net tax 
229.15  capacity.  On or before March 15 annually, the department of 
229.16  revenue shall file with the chair of the tax committee of the 
229.17  house of representatives and the chair of the committee on taxes 
229.18  and tax laws of the senate a report of adjusted net tax 
229.19  capacities.  On or before June 15 annually, the department of 
229.20  revenue shall file its final report on the adjusted net tax 
229.21  capacities established by the previous year's assessments and 
229.22  the current year's net tax capacity percentages with the 
229.23  commissioner of children, families, and learning and each county 
229.24  auditor for those school districts for which the auditor has the 
229.25  responsibility for determination of local tax rates.  A copy of 
229.26  the report so filed shall be mailed to the clerk of each 
229.27  district involved and to the county assessor or supervisor of 
229.28  assessments of the county or counties in which each district is 
229.29  located. 
229.30     (b)  [METHODOLOGY.] In making its annual assessment/sales 
229.31  ratio studies, the department of revenue shall must use a 
229.32  methodology consistent with the most recent Standard on 
229.33  Assessment Ratio Studies published by the assessment standards 
229.34  committee of the International Association of Assessing 
229.35  Officers.  The commissioner of revenue shall supplement this 
229.36  general methodology with specific procedures necessary for 
230.1   execution of the study in accordance with other Minnesota laws 
230.2   impacting the assessment/sales ratio study.  The commissioner 
230.3   shall document these specific procedures in writing and shall 
230.4   publish the procedures in the State Register, but these 
230.5   procedures will not be considered "rules" pursuant to the 
230.6   Minnesota Administrative Procedure Act.  For purposes of this 
230.7   section, sections 270.12, subdivision 2, clause (8), and 278.05, 
230.8   subdivision 4, the commissioner of revenue shall exclude from 
230.9   the assessment/sales ratio study the sale of any nonagricultural 
230.10  property which does not contain an improvement, if (1) the 
230.11  statutory basis on which the property's taxable value as most 
230.12  recently assessed is less than market value as defined in 
230.13  section 273.11, or (2) the property has undergone significant 
230.14  physical change or a change of use since the most recent 
230.15  assessment.  
230.16     (c)  [AGRICULTURAL LANDS.] For purposes of determining the 
230.17  adjusted net tax capacity of agricultural lands for the 
230.18  calculation of adjusted net tax capacities, the market value of 
230.19  agricultural lands shall must be the price for which the 
230.20  property would sell in an arms length transaction. 
230.21     (d)  [FORCED SALES.] The commissioner of revenue may 
230.22  include forced sales in the assessment/sales ratio studies if it 
230.23  is determined by the commissioner of revenue that these forced 
230.24  sales indicate true market value. 
230.25     (e)  [STIPULATED VALUES AND ABATEMENTS.] The estimated 
230.26  market value to be used in calculating sales ratios shall must 
230.27  be the value established by the assessor before any stipulations 
230.28  resulting from appeals by property owners and before any 
230.29  abatement unless the abatement was granted for the purpose of 
230.30  correcting mere clerical errors. 
230.31     (f)  [SALES OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY.] Separate sales 
230.32  ratios shall must be calculated for commercial property and for 
230.33  industrial property.  These two classes shall be combined only 
230.34  in jurisdictions in which there is not an adequate sample of 
230.35  sales in each class. 
230.36     Sec. 40.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2131, 
231.1   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
231.2      Subd. 2.  [ADJUSTED NET TAX CAPACITY; GROWTH LIMIT.] In the 
231.3   calculation of adjusted net tax capacities for 1987 and each 
231.4   year thereafter, the commissioner of revenue shall not increase 
231.5   the adjusted net tax capacity of taxable property for any school 
231.6   district over the adjusted net tax capacity established and 
231.7   filed with the commissioner of children, families, and learning 
231.8   for the immediately preceding year by more than the greater of 
231.9   (1) 19 percent of the certified adjusted net tax capacity 
231.10  established and filed with the commissioner of children, 
231.11  families, and learning for the year immediately preceding, or 
231.12  (2) 40 percent of the difference between the district's total 
231.13  adjusted net tax capacity for the current year calculated 
231.14  without the application of this subdivision and the district's 
231.15  certified adjusted net tax capacity established and filed with 
231.16  the commissioner of children, families, and learning for the 
231.17  immediately preceding year.  
231.18     Sec. 41.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2131, 
231.19  subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
231.20     Subd. 3a.  [CAPTURED TAX CAPACITY ADJUSTMENT.] In 
231.21  calculating adjusted net tax capacity, the commissioner of 
231.22  revenue shall increase the adjusted net tax capacity of a school 
231.23  district containing a tax increment financing district for which 
231.24  an election is made under section 469.1782, subdivision 1, 
231.25  clause (1).  The amount of the increase equals the captured net 
231.26  tax capacity of the tax increment financing district in the year 
231.27  preceding the first taxes payable year in which the special law 
231.28  permits collection beyond that permitted by the general law 
231.29  duration limit that otherwise would apply.  The addition applies 
231.30  beginning for aid and levy for the first taxes payable year in 
231.31  which the special law permits collection of increment beyond 
231.32  that permitted by the general law duration limit that otherwise 
231.33  would apply.  The addition continues to apply for each taxes 
231.34  payable year the district remains in effect.  
231.35     Sec. 42.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2131, 
231.36  subdivision 5, is amended to read:  
232.1      Subd. 5.  [ADJUSTED NET TAX CAPACITY; APPEALS.] Should 
232.2   any If a district, within 30 days after receipt of a copy of a 
232.3   report filed with the commissioner of children, families, and 
232.4   learning made pursuant to subdivision 1 or 3, be is of the 
232.5   opinion that the commissioner of revenue has made an error in 
232.6   the determination of the school district's market value, it may 
232.7   appeal from the report or portion thereof relating to the school 
232.8   district to the commissioner of revenue for a review and 
232.9   determination of the matters contained in the appeal.  The 
232.10  commissioner of revenue shall advise the school district of the 
232.11  determination within 30 days.  If the school district wishes to 
232.12  appeal the determination of the commissioner of revenue, it must 
232.13  file a notice of appeal with the tax court, as provided in 
232.14  subdivisions 6 to 11 within ten days of the notice of 
232.15  determination from the commissioner of revenue. 
232.16     Sec. 43.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2131, 
232.17  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
232.18     Subd. 6.  [NOTICE OF APPEAL.] The school district shall 
232.19  must file with the court administrator of the tax court a notice 
232.20  of appeal from the determination of the commissioner of revenue 
232.21  fixing the market value of the school district, and such notice 
232.22  shall must show the basis of the alleged error.  A copy of 
232.23  such the notice of appeal shall must be served upon the 
232.24  commissioner of revenue, and proof of service shall must be 
232.25  filed with the court administrator. 
232.26     Sec. 44.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2131, 
232.27  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
232.28     Subd. 7.  [HEARING.] Upon receipt of the notice of appeal 
232.29  the tax court shall must review the notice of appeal and 
232.30  determine whether it appears from the allegations and proofs 
232.31  therein contained that an error has been made in the 
232.32  determination by the commissioner of revenue of the market value 
232.33  of the property in the school district.  If the court finds it 
232.34  probable that such an error has been made, it shall must notice 
232.35  the matter for hearing; otherwise, it shall must dismiss the 
232.36  appeal and notify the parties thereof.  Hearing shall Hearings 
233.1   must be set and held in the same manner as other hearings of the 
233.2   tax court are set and heard, except that an appeal filed under 
233.3   subdivision 5 shall must take precedence over other appeals 
233.4   pending before the court.  The attorney general shall represent 
233.5   the commissioner of revenue.  The Administrative Procedure Act, 
233.6   sections 14.09 to 14.28, 14.38, 14.44 to 14.45, and 14.57 to 
233.7   14.69, shall apply to hearings insofar as it is applicable.  
233.8      Sec. 45.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2131, 
233.9   subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
233.10     Subd. 8.  [TAX COURT DETERMINATION.] The tax court shall 
233.11  hear, consider, and determine such appeal, de novo upon the 
233.12  issues made by the notice of appeal, if a hearing has been 
233.13  granted thereon.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the court 
233.14  shall must:  (1) file findings of fact, or (2) refer the issues 
233.15  to the commissioner of revenue with instructions and 
233.16  recommendations for a determination and correction of the market 
233.17  value of the appealing school district.  The decision of the tax 
233.18  court, if it decides the matter de novo, shall have the same 
233.19  force and effect as a determination by the commissioner of 
233.20  revenue in the first instance under this section, and the 
233.21  commissioner of revenue shall must be notified thereof.  If the 
233.22  matter is rereferred to the commissioner of revenue, a 
233.23  redetermination by the commissioner of revenue in accordance 
233.24  with the recommendations of the tax court shall must likewise 
233.25  have the same force and effect as a determination by it in the 
233.26  first instance under this section. 
233.27     Sec. 46.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2131, 
233.28  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
233.29     Subd. 9.  [HEARING EXAMINER.] In addition to the powers and 
233.30  duties of the tax court as prescribed by chapter 271, and any 
233.31  act amendatory thereof, any hearing ordered pursuant to the 
233.32  provisions hereunder this section may be heard by a hearing 
233.33  examiner in lieu of one or more judges of the tax court.  If a 
233.34  hearing is conducted by a hearing examiner, such hearing 
233.35  examiner shall exercise the same powers conferred by law upon 
233.36  one or more judges of the tax court.  The hearing examiner shall 
234.1   report to the court.  The court is authorized to make findings 
234.2   of fact based on the report of the hearing examiner in the same 
234.3   manner as is required by these provisions when the hearing is 
234.4   conducted by the court.  The tax court may employ hearing 
234.5   examiners upon such terms and conditions as it shall prescribe.  
234.6   A hearing examiner so appointed shall be in the unclassified 
234.7   service of the state.  
234.8      Sec. 47.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2131, 
234.9   subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
234.10     Subd. 11.  [AIDS PENDING APPEALS.] During the pendency of 
234.11  any appeal from the commissioner of revenue evaluation, state 
234.12  aids to the appealing district so appealing shall must be paid 
234.13  on the basis of the evaluation subject to adjustment upon final 
234.14  determination of the appeal. 
234.15     Sec. 48.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.214, is 
234.16  amended to read: 
234.17     124.214 [AID ADJUSTMENTS.] 
234.18     Subdivision 1.  [OMISSIONS.] No adjustments to any aid 
234.19  payments made pursuant to this chapter or chapter 124A, 
234.20  resulting from omissions in school district reports, except 
234.21  those adjustments determined by the legislative auditor, shall 
234.22  be made for any school year after December 30 of the next school 
234.23  year, unless otherwise specifically provided by law. 
234.24     Subd. 2.  [ABATEMENTS.] Whenever by virtue of chapter 278, 
234.25  sections 270.07, 375.192, or otherwise, the net tax capacity of 
234.26  any school district for any taxable year is changed after the 
234.27  taxes for that year have been spread by the county auditor and 
234.28  the local tax rate as determined by the county auditor based 
234.29  upon the original net tax capacity is applied upon the changed 
234.30  net tax capacities, the county auditor shall, prior to February 
234.31  1 of each year, certify to the commissioner of children, 
234.32  families, and learning the amount of any resulting net revenue 
234.33  loss that accrued to the school district during the preceding 
234.34  year.  Each year, the commissioner shall pay an abatement 
234.35  adjustment to the district in an amount calculated according to 
234.36  the provisions of this subdivision.  This amount shall be 
235.1   deducted from the amount of the levy authorized by section 
235.2   124.912, subdivision 9.  The amount of the abatement 
235.3   adjustment shall must be the product of:  
235.4      (1) the net revenue loss as certified by the county 
235.5   auditor, times 
235.6      (2) the ratio of:  
235.7      (a) (i) the sum of the amounts of the district's certified 
235.8   levy in the preceding year according to the following:  
235.9      (i) (A) section 124A.23 if the district received general 
235.10  education aid according to that section for the second preceding 
235.11  year; 
235.12     (ii) (B) section 124.226, subdivisions 1 and 4, if the 
235.13  district received transportation aid according to section 
235.14  124.225 for the second preceding year; 
235.15     (iii) (C) section 124.243, if the district received capital 
235.16  expenditure facilities aid according to that section for the 
235.17  second preceding year; 
235.18     (iv) (D) section 124.244, if the district received capital 
235.19  expenditure equipment aid according to that section for the 
235.20  second preceding year; 
235.21     (v) (E) section 124.83, if the district received health and 
235.22  safety aid according to that section for the second preceding 
235.23  year; 
235.24     (vi) (F) sections 124.2713, 124.2714, and 124.2715, if the 
235.25  district received aid for community education programs according 
235.26  to any of those sections for the second preceding year; 
235.27     (vii) (G) section 124.2711, subdivision 2a, if the district 
235.28  received early childhood family education aid according to 
235.29  section 124.2711 for the second preceding year; 
235.30     (viii) (H) section 124.321, subdivision 3, if the district 
235.31  received special education levy equalization aid according to 
235.32  that section for the second preceding year; 
235.33     (ix) (I) section 124A.03, subdivision 1g, if the district 
235.34  received referendum equalization aid according to that section 
235.35  for the second preceding year; and 
235.36     (x) (J) section 124A.22, subdivision 4a, if the district 
236.1   received training and experience aid according to that section 
236.2   for the second preceding year; to 
236.3      (b) to (ii) the total amount of the district's certified 
236.4   levy in the preceding October, plus or minus auditor's 
236.5   adjustments. 
236.6      Subd. 3.  [EXCESS TAX INCREMENT.] (a) If a return of excess 
236.7   tax increment is made to a school district pursuant to section 
236.8   469.176, subdivision 2, or upon decertification of a tax 
236.9   increment district, the school district's aid and levy 
236.10  limitations must be adjusted for the fiscal year in which the 
236.11  excess tax increment is paid under the provisions of this 
236.12  subdivision. 
236.13     (a) (b) An amount must be subtracted from the school 
236.14  district's aid for the current fiscal year equal to the product 
236.15  of: 
236.16     (1) the amount of the payment of excess tax increment to 
236.17  the school district, times 
236.18     (2) the ratio of: 
236.19     (A) (i) the sum of the amounts of the school district's 
236.20  certified levy for the fiscal year in which the excess tax 
236.21  increment is paid according to the following: 
236.22     (i) (A) section 124A.23, if the district received general 
236.23  education aid according to that section for the second preceding 
236.24  year; 
236.25     (ii) (B) section 124.226, subdivisions 1 and 4, if the 
236.26  school district received transportation aid according to section 
236.27  124.225 for the second preceding year; 
236.28     (iii) (C) section 124.243, if the district received capital 
236.29  expenditure facilities aid according to that section for the 
236.30  second preceding year; 
236.31     (iv) (D) section 124.244, if the district received capital 
236.32  expenditure equipment aid according to that section for the 
236.33  second preceding year; 
236.34     (v) (E) section 124.83, if the district received health and 
236.35  safety aid according to that section for the second preceding 
236.36  year; 
237.1      (vi) (F) sections 124.2713, 124.2714, and 124.2715, if the 
237.2   district received aid for community education programs according 
237.3   to any of those sections for the second preceding year; 
237.4      (vii) (G) section 124.2711, subdivision 2a, if the district 
237.5   received early childhood family education aid according to 
237.6   section 124.2711 for the second preceding year; 
237.7      (viii) (H) section 124.321, subdivision 3, if the district 
237.8   received special education levy equalization aid according to 
237.9   that section for the second preceding year; 
237.10     (ix) (I) section 124A.03, subdivision 1g, if the district 
237.11  received referendum equalization aid according to that section 
237.12  for the second preceding year; and 
237.13     (x) (J) section 124A.22, subdivision 4a, if the district 
237.14  received training and experience aid according to that section 
237.15  for the second preceding year; to 
237.16     (B) to (ii) the total amount of the school district's 
237.17  certified levy for the fiscal year, plus or minus auditor's 
237.18  adjustments. 
237.19     (b) (c) An amount must be subtracted from the school 
237.20  district's levy limitation for the next levy certified equal to 
237.21  the difference between: 
237.22     (1) the amount of the distribution of excess increment,; 
237.23  and 
237.24     (2) the amount subtracted from aid pursuant to clause (a). 
237.25     If the aid and levy reductions required by this subdivision 
237.26  cannot be made to the aid for the fiscal year specified or to 
237.27  the levy specified, the reductions must be made from aid for 
237.28  subsequent fiscal years, and from subsequent levies.  The school 
237.29  district shall must use the payment of excess tax increment to 
237.30  replace the aid and levy revenue reduced under this subdivision. 
237.31     (d) This subdivision applies only to the total amount of 
237.32  excess increments received by a school district for a calendar 
237.33  year that exceeds $25,000. 
237.34     Sec. 49.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.625, is 
237.35  amended to read: 
237.36     124.625 [VETERANS TRAINING.] 
238.1      The commissioner shall continue the veterans training 
238.2   program.  All receipts to the veterans training revolving fund 
238.3   for the veterans training program are appropriated to the 
238.4   commissioner to pay the necessary expenses of operation of the 
238.5   program.  The department of children, families, and learning 
238.6   shall must act as the state agency for approving educational 
238.7   institutions for purposes of United States Code, title 38, 
238.8   chapter 36, relating to educational benefits for veterans and 
238.9   other persons.  The state board may adopt rules to fulfill its 
238.10  obligations as the state approving agency.  All federal money 
238.11  received for purposes of the veterans training program shall 
238.12  must be deposited in the veterans training revolving fund and is 
238.13  appropriated to the department for those purposes.  
238.14     Sec. 50.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124A.036, as 
238.15  amended by Laws 1997, chapter 7, article 1, section 65, is 
238.16  amended to read: 
238.17     124A.036 [PAYMENTS TO RESIDENT AND NONRESIDENT DISTRICTS.] 
238.18     Subdivision 1.  [AID TO DISTRICT OF RESIDENCE.] General 
238.19  education aid shall must be paid to the district of residence 
238.20  unless otherwise specifically provided by law.  
238.21     Subd. 1a.  [REPORTING; REVENUE FOR HOMELESS.] For all 
238.22  school purposes, unless otherwise specifically provided by law, 
238.23  a homeless pupil must be considered a resident of the school 
238.24  district that enrolls the pupil. 
238.25     Subd. 2.  [DISTRICT WITHOUT SCHOOLS.] Except as otherwise 
238.26  provided in law, any district not maintaining classified 
238.27  elementary or secondary schools shall must pay the tuition 
238.28  required in order to enable resident pupils to attend school in 
238.29  another district when necessary, and shall must receive general 
238.30  education aid on the same basis as other districts.  The 
238.31  aid shall must be computed as if the pupils were enrolled in the 
238.32  district of residence.  
238.33     Subd. 3.  [NOTIFICATION OF RESIDENT DISTRICT.] A district 
238.34  educating a pupil who is a resident of another district shall 
238.35  must notify the district of residence within 60 days of the date 
238.36  the pupil is determined by the district to be a nonresident, but 
239.1   not later than August 1 following the end of the school year in 
239.2   which the pupil is educated.  If the district of residence does 
239.3   not receive a notification from the providing district pursuant 
239.4   to this subdivision, it shall is not be liable to that district 
239.5   for any tuition billing received after August 1 of the next 
239.6   school year.  
239.7      Subd. 4.  [STATE AGENCY AND COURT PLACEMENTS.] If a state 
239.8   agency or a court of the state desires to place a child in a 
239.9   school district which that is not the child's district of 
239.10  residence, that agency or court shall must, prior to before 
239.11  placement, allow the district of residence an opportunity to 
239.12  participate in the placement decision and notify the district of 
239.13  residence, the district of attendance and the commissioner of 
239.14  children, families, and learning of the placement decision.  
239.15  When a state agency or court determines that an immediate 
239.16  emergency placement is necessary and that time does not permit 
239.17  district participation in the placement decision or notice to 
239.18  the districts and the commissioner of children, families, and 
239.19  learning of the placement decision prior to before the 
239.20  placement, the agency or court may make the decision and 
239.21  placement without that participation or prior notice.  The 
239.22  agency or court shall must notify the district of residence, the 
239.23  district of attendance and the commissioner of children, 
239.24  families, and learning of an emergency placement within 15 days 
239.25  of the placement.  
239.26     Subd. 5.  [ALTERNATIVE ATTENDANCE PROGRAMS.] The general 
239.27  education aid for districts must be adjusted for each pupil 
239.28  attending a nonresident district under sections 120.062, 
239.29  120.075, 120.0751, 120.0752, 124C.45 to 124C.48, and 126.22.  
239.30  The adjustments must be made according to this subdivision. 
239.31     (a) General education aid paid to a resident district must 
239.32  be reduced by an amount equal to the general education revenue 
239.33  exclusive of compensatory revenue attributable to the pupil in 
239.34  the resident district. 
239.35     (b) General education aid paid to a district serving a 
239.36  pupil in programs listed in this subdivision shall must be 
240.1   increased by an amount equal to the general education revenue 
240.2   exclusive of compensatory revenue attributable to the pupil in 
240.3   the nonresident district.  
240.4      (c) If the amount of the reduction to be made from the 
240.5   general education aid of the resident district is greater than 
240.6   the amount of general education aid otherwise due the district, 
240.7   the excess reduction must be made from other state aids due the 
240.8   district. 
240.9      (d) The district of residence shall must pay tuition to a 
240.10  district or an area learning center, operated according to 
240.11  paragraph (e), providing special instruction and services to a 
240.12  pupil with a disability, as defined in section 120.03, or a 
240.13  pupil, as defined in section 120.181, who is enrolled in a 
240.14  program listed in this subdivision.  The tuition shall must be 
240.15  equal to (1) the actual cost of providing special instruction 
240.16  and services to the pupil, including a proportionate amount for 
240.17  debt service and for capital expenditure facilities and 
240.18  equipment, and debt service but not including any amount for 
240.19  transportation, minus (2) the amount of general education aid 
240.20  and special education aid, attributable to that pupil, that is 
240.21  received by the district providing special instruction and 
240.22  services. 
240.23     (e) An area learning center operated by a service 
240.24  cooperative, intermediate district, education district, or a 
240.25  joint powers cooperative may elect through the action of the 
240.26  constituent boards to charge tuition for pupils rather than to 
240.27  calculate general education aid adjustments under paragraph (a), 
240.28  (b), or (c).  The tuition must be equal to the greater of the 
240.29  average general education revenue per pupil unit attributable to 
240.30  the pupil, or the actual cost of providing the instruction, 
240.31  excluding transportation costs, if the pupil meets the 
240.32  requirements of section 120.03 or 120.181. 
240.33     Subd. 6.  [CHARTER SCHOOLS.] (a) The general education aid 
240.34  for districts must be adjusted for each pupil attending a 
240.35  charter school under section 120.064.  The adjustments must be 
240.36  made according to this subdivision. 
241.1      (b) General education aid paid to a resident district must 
241.2   be reduced by an amount equal to the general education revenue 
241.3   exclusive of compensatory revenue. 
241.4      (c) General education aid paid to a district in which a 
241.5   charter school not providing transportation according to section 
241.6   120.064, subdivision 15, is located shall must be increased by 
241.7   an amount equal to the product of:  (1) the sum of $170, plus 
241.8   the transportation sparsity allowance for the district, plus the 
241.9   transportation transition allowance for the district; times (2) 
241.10  the pupil units attributable to the pupil.  
241.11     (d) If the amount of the reduction to be made from the 
241.12  general education aid of the resident district is greater than 
241.13  the amount of general education aid otherwise due the district, 
241.14  the excess reduction must be made from other state aids due the 
241.15  district. 
241.16     Sec. 51.  [INSTRUCTION TO REVISOR.] 
241.17     The revisor of statutes shall renumber each section of 
241.18  Minnesota Statutes listed in column A with the number listed in 
241.19  column B.  The revisor shall also make necessary cross-reference 
241.20  changes consistent with the renumbering. 
241.21        Column A                        Column B 
241.22       121.01                         121A.01
241.23       121.81                         121A.02
241.24       121.82                         121A.03
241.25       121.02, subd. 1                121A.04, subd. 1
241.26               subd. 2a                        subd. 2
241.27               subd. 3                         subd. 3
241.28               subd. 4                         subd. 4
241.29       121.03                         121A.05
241.30       121.04                         121A.06
241.31       121.05                         121A.07
241.32       121.06                         121A.08
241.33       121.14                         121A.09
241.34       121.11, subd. 7                121A.10, subd. 1
241.35               subd. 7b                        subd. 2
241.36               subd. 7d                        subd. 3
242.1                subd. 9                         subd. 4
242.2                subd. 11                        subd. 5
242.3                subd. 7c               121A.11
242.4        121.1113                       121A.12
242.5        121.1115, subd. 1              121A.13, subd. 1
242.6                  subd. 1a                      subd. 2
242.7                  subd. 2                       subd. 3
242.8        126.685                        121A.15
242.9        121.48                         121A.17 
242.10       121.1601                       121A.19
242.11       126.82                         121A.20
242.12       121.16, subd. 1                121A.22, subd. 1
242.13               subd. 3                         subd. 2
242.14       121.161                        121A.23
242.15       121.162                        121A.24
242.16       121.163                        121A.25
242.17       121.175                        121A.27
242.18       121.15, subd. 1                121A.31, subd. 1
242.19               subd. 1a                        subd. 2
242.20               subd. 1b                        subd. 3
242.21               subd. 2                         subd. 4
242.22               subd. 3                         subd. 5
242.23               subd. 4                         subd. 6
242.24               subd. 5                         subd. 7
242.25               subd. 6                         subd. 8
242.26               subd. 7                         subd. 9
242.27               subd. 7a                        subd. 10
242.28               subd. 8                         subd. 11
242.29               subd. 9                         subd. 12
242.30       121.1501                       121A.32
242.31       121.1502                       121A.33
242.32       121.931, subd. 1               121A.36, subd. 1
242.33                subd. 2                        subd. 2
242.34                subd. 5                        subd. 3
242.35       121.932, subd. 2               121A.37, subd. 1
242.36                subd. 3                        subd. 2
243.1                 subd. 4                        subd. 3
243.2                 subd. 4a                       subd. 4
243.3                 subd. 4b                       subd. 5
243.4                 subd. 5                        subd. 6
243.5                 subd. 6                        subd. 7
243.6        121.933, subd. 1               121A.38
243.7        121.95                         121A.39
243.8        121.498                        121A.41
243.9        121.496, subd. 2               121A.43, subd. 1
243.10                subd. 3                        subd. 2
243.11       121.11, subd. 5                121A.50
243.12       121.918                        121A.51
243.13       121.919                        121A.52
243.14       124.078                        121A.54
243.15       124.079                        121A.55
243.16       124.08                         121A.56
243.17       124.09                         121A.57
243.18       124.10                         121A.58
243.19       124.12                         121A.60
243.20       124.14, subd. 1                121A.61, subd. 1
243.21               subd. 2                         subd. 2
243.22               subd. 3                         subd. 3
243.23               subd. 3a                        subd. 4
243.24               subd. 4                         subd. 5
243.25               subd. 6                         subd. 6
243.26               subd. 7                         subd. 7
243.27               subd. 8                         subd. 8
243.28       124.15, subd. 1                121A.62, subd. 1
243.29               subd. 2                         subd. 2
243.30               subd. 2a                        subd. 3
243.31               subd. 3                         subd. 4
243.32               subd. 4                         subd. 5
243.33               subd. 5                         subd. 6
243.34               subd. 6                         subd. 7
243.35               subd. 7                         subd. 8
243.36               subd. 8                         subd. 9
244.1        124.155                        121A.63
244.2        124.18                         121A.65
244.3        124.195, subd. 1               121A.67, subd. 1
244.4                 subd. 2                        subd. 2
244.5                 subd. 3                        subd. 3
244.6                 subd. 3a                       subd. 4
244.7                 subd. 3b                       subd. 5
244.8                 subd. 3c                       subd. 6
244.9                 subd. 4                        subd. 7
244.10                subd. 5                        subd. 8
244.11                subd. 6                        subd. 9
244.12                subd. 7                        subd. 10
244.13                subd. 8                        subd. 11
244.14                subd. 9                        subd. 12
244.15                subd. 10                       subd. 13
244.16                subd. 11                       subd. 14
244.17                subd. 14                       subd. 15
244.18                subd. 15                       subd. 16
244.19       124.196                        121A.68
244.20       124A.036                       121A.69
244.21       124.2131, subd. 1              121A.70, subd. 1
244.22                 subd. 2                       subd. 2
244.23                 subd. 3                       subd. 3
244.24                 subd. 3a                      subd. 4
244.25                 subd. 5                       subd. 5
244.26                 subd. 6                       subd. 6
244.27                 subd. 7                       subd. 7
244.28                 subd. 8                       subd. 8
244.29                 subd. 9                       subd. 9
244.30                 subd. 10                      subd. 10
244.31                 subd. 11                      subd. 11
244.32       124.214                        121A.72
244.33       124.2141                       121A.73
244.34       126.256                        121A.80
244.35       126.115                        121A.82
244.36       124.625                        121A.84
245.1                              ARTICLE 5
245.2                             CHAPTER 122A 
245.3             SCHOOL DISTRICTS; FORMATION AND COOPERATION
245.4      Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.155, is 
245.5   amended to read: 
245.6      121.155 [JOINT POWERS AGREEMENTS FOR FACILITIES.] 
245.7      Subdivision 1.  [INSTRUCTIONAL FACILITIES.] Any group of 
245.8   districts may form a joint powers district under section 471.59 
245.9   representing all participating districts to build or acquire a 
245.10  facility to be used for instructional purposes.  The joint 
245.11  powers board must submit the project for review and comment 
245.12  under section 121.15.  The joint powers board must hold a 
245.13  hearing on the proposal.  The joint powers district must submit 
245.14  the question of authorizing the borrowing of funds for the 
245.15  project to the voters of the joint powers district at a special 
245.16  election.  The question submitted shall state the total amount 
245.17  of funding needed from all sources.  The joint powers board may 
245.18  issue the bonds according to chapter 475 and certify the levy 
245.19  required by section 475.61 only if a majority of those voting on 
245.20  the question vote in the affirmative and only after the school 
245.21  boards of each member district have adopted a resolution 
245.22  pledging the full faith and credit of that district.  The 
245.23  resolution shall irrevocably commit that district to pay a 
245.24  proportionate share, based on pupil units, of any debt levy 
245.25  shortages that, together with other funds available, would allow 
245.26  the joint powers board to pay the principal and interest on the 
245.27  obligations.  The district's payment of its proportionate share 
245.28  of the shortfall shall be made from the district's capital 
245.29  expenditure fund.  The clerk of the joint powers board must 
245.30  certify the vote of the bond election to the commissioner of 
245.31  children, families, and learning. 
245.32     Subd. 2.  [SHARED FACILITIES.] A group of governmental 
245.33  units may form a joint powers district under section 471.59 
245.34  representing all participating units to build or acquire a 
245.35  facility.  The joint powers board must submit the project for 
245.36  review and comment under section 121.15.  The joint powers board 
246.1   must hold a hearing on the proposal.  The joint powers district 
246.2   must submit the question of authorizing the borrowing of funds 
246.3   for the project to the voters of the joint powers district at a 
246.4   special election.  The question submitted shall state the total 
246.5   amount of funding needed from all sources.  The joint powers 
246.6   board may issue the bonds according to chapter 475 and certify 
246.7   the levy required by section 475.61 only if a majority of those 
246.8   voting on the question vote in the affirmative and only after 
246.9   the boards of each member unit have adopted a resolution 
246.10  pledging the full faith and credit of that unit.  The resolution 
246.11  must irrevocably commit that unit to pay an agreed upon share of 
246.12  any debt levy shortages that, together with other funds 
246.13  available, would allow the joint powers board to pay the 
246.14  principal and interest on the obligations.  The clerk of the 
246.15  joint powers board must certify the vote of the bond election to 
246.16  the commissioner of children, families, and learning. 
246.17     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.01, is 
246.18  amended to read: 
246.19     122.01 [DEFINITIONS.] 
246.20     Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] For purposes of this 
246.21  chapter, the words defined in section 120.02, have the same 
246.22  meaning. 
246.23     Subd. 2.  [TEACHER.] For purposes of this chapter, "teacher"
246.24  means a teacher as defined in section 125.12, subdivision 1. 
246.25     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.02, is 
246.26  amended to read: 
246.27     122.02 [CLASSES, NUMBER.] 
246.28     School Districts shall be classified as common, 
246.29  independent, or special districts, each of which is a public 
246.30  corporation.  Each district shall be known by its classification 
246.31  and each shall be assigned a number by the commissioner so that 
246.32  its title will be .......... school district number ..... . 
246.33     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.03, is 
246.34  amended to read: 
246.35     122.03 [ASSIGNMENT OF IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS.] 
246.36     Subdivision 1.  [ASSIGNMENT.] The commissioner of children, 
247.1   families, and learning shall, by order, assign an identification 
247.2   number to each district.  The assignment shall be made so that 
247.3   each classified district has an exclusive identification number 
247.4   which is exclusive to it in its classification. 
247.5      Subd. 2.  [NOTIFICATION.] Upon making the assignment of an 
247.6   identification number, the commissioner of children, families, 
247.7   and learning shall forthwith notify the clerk of the district 
247.8   and the county auditors of the counties in which any part of the 
247.9   district lies of the identification number assigned.  A 
247.10  certified copy of the order may be recorded in the office of the 
247.11  county recorder to show the new legal name of the district. 
247.12     Subd. 3.  [LEGAL IDENTIFICATION.] From and after the making 
247.13  of the order, The legal identification of the district shall 
247.14  become and be as assigned the assigned identification number.  
247.15  All records, correspondence, reports and references to the 
247.16  district shall must thereafter refer to the district by its 
247.17  proper title as assigned. 
247.18     Subd. 4.  [USE OF NUMBERS.] A number once assigned to a 
247.19  district under section 122.02 or under any prior law, shall must 
247.20  not be used again to identify any district in the same 
247.21  classification.  As the need arises, and as required by law, as 
247.22  new districts are formed, the commissioner of children, 
247.23  families, and learning shall assign unused numbers as 
247.24  identification.  When numbered districts are dissolved, the 
247.25  numbers assigned to them will not be reassigned to any other 
247.26  district. 
247.27     Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.21, is 
247.28  amended to read: 
247.29     122.21 [DETACHMENT AND ANNEXATION OF LAND.] 
247.30     Subdivision 1.  [DETACHMENT AND ANNEXATION.] The owner of 
247.31  land which adjoins any independent district, and whose land is 
247.32  not in a special district may petition the county board of the 
247.33  county in which the greater part of the area proposed for 
247.34  detachment and annexation lies to detach all or any part of the 
247.35  land together with the intervening lands as defined 
247.36  in subparagraph paragraph (b) below, from the district it now is 
248.1   in, and to attach it, together with such intervening land, to 
248.2   the adjoining district.  For purpose of this section, land is 
248.3   adjoining a school district if: 
248.4      (a) The boundary of the area proposed for detachment and 
248.5   annexation is the same as the district boundary to which 
248.6   attachment is sought at any point, including corners, or 
248.7      (b) The area proposed for detachment and annexation is 
248.8   separated at any point from the district to which annexation is 
248.9   sought by not more than one-half mile and the intervening land 
248.10  is vacant and unoccupied or is owned by one or more of the 
248.11  following:  The United States, or the state of Minnesota or any 
248.12  of its political subdivisions, or an owner who is unknown or 
248.13  cannot be found or 
248.14     (c) The area proposed by a land owner for detachment and 
248.15  annexation is adjoining, (as defined in subparagraphs 
248.16  paragraphs (a) and (b) above), any land proposed for detachment 
248.17  from and annexation to the same district in another pending 
248.18  petition. 
248.19     Subd. 2.  [PETITION.] The petition shall must contain: 
248.20     (a) A correct description of the area proposed for 
248.21  detachment and annexation, together with such including 
248.22  supporting data with regard to regarding location and title to 
248.23  land as will establish facts conformable to subdivision 1 to 
248.24  establish that the land is adjoining a district. 
248.25     (b) The reasons for the proposed change with facts showing 
248.26  that the granting of the petition will not reduce the size of 
248.27  any district to less than four sections, unless the district is 
248.28  not operating a school within the district. 
248.29     (c) Consent to the petition, endorsed thereon at any time 
248.30  before the hearing by the board of the district from which the 
248.31  area is to be removed, if, at the time of the filing of the 
248.32  petition, any part of the area proposed for detachment is part 
248.33  of a district which maintains and operates a secondary school 
248.34  within the district.  Before the hearing, the consent of the 
248.35  board of the district in which the area proposed for detachment 
248.36  lies must be endorsed on the petition. 
249.1      (d) An identification of the district to which annexation 
249.2   is sought. 
249.3      (e) Such Other information as the petitioners may desire to 
249.4   affix. 
249.5      (f) An acknowledgment by the petitioner. 
249.6      Subd. 3.  [FILING PETITION.] The petition shall must be 
249.7   filed with the auditor who shall present it to the county board 
249.8   at its next meeting.  At the meeting, the county board shall 
249.9   must fix a time and place for hearing the petition, which time.  
249.10  The hearing shall be not more than 60 nor less than ten days 
249.11  from the date of the meeting.  The auditor shall forthwith serve 
249.12  notice of the hearing on each district directly affected by the 
249.13  petition, by mail addressed to the clerk.  If any area affected 
249.14  by the petition is in another county, the auditor shall mail a 
249.15  notice of hearing to the auditor of such county and shall also 
249.16  give one week's published notice of the hearing in the county 
249.17  wherein in which the hearing is to be held, and ten days' posted 
249.18  notice in each school district affected.  Such posted and 
249.19  published notice may combine pending petitions.  At the hearing 
249.20  on the petition, the county board shall must receive and hear 
249.21  any evidence for or against the petition.  The hearing may be 
249.22  adjourned from time to time. 
249.23     Subd. 4.  [ORDER.] Within six months of the time when the 
249.24  petition was filed filing of the petition, the county board 
249.25  shall must issue its order either granting or denying the 
249.26  petition, unless all or part.  If any of the land area described 
249.27  in the petition is included in a plat for consolidation or 
249.28  combination which has been approved by the commissioner of 
249.29  children, families, and learning in which event, then no order 
249.30  may be issued while consolidation or combination proceedings are 
249.31  pending.  No order shall be issued which results in attaching to 
249.32  a district any territory not adjoining that district, as defined 
249.33  in subdivision 1(a).  No order shall be issued which reduces the 
249.34  size of any district to less than four sections unless the 
249.35  district is not operating a school within the district.  The 
249.36  order may be made effective at have a deferred effective date 
250.1   not later than July 1 next immediately following its issuance.  
250.2   If the petition be is granted, the auditor shall transmit a 
250.3   certified copy to the commissioner.  Failure to issue an order 
250.4   within six months of the filing of the petition or termination 
250.5   of proceedings upon an approved consolidation plat, whichever is 
250.6   later, is a denial of the petition. 
250.7      Subd. 5.  [MODIFICATION OF RECORDS.] Upon receipt of the 
250.8   order, the commissioner shall forthwith modify the records and 
250.9   any plats and petitions and proceedings involving districts 
250.10  affected by such order presently before the commissioner for 
250.11  action or record, to conform to the order. 
250.12     Subd. 6.  [TAXABLE PROPERTY.] Upon the effective date of 
250.13  the order, the detachment and annexation ordered therein is 
250.14  effected.  All taxable property in the area so detached and 
250.15  annexed remains taxable for payment of any school purpose 
250.16  obligations theretofore authorized by or on that date 
250.17  outstanding already authorized by or outstanding on the 
250.18  effective date of the order against the district from which 
250.19  detached.  Such property is not by virtue of the order 
250.20  relieved The order does not relieve such property from the 
250.21  obligation of any bonded debt theretofore already incurred to 
250.22  which it was subject prior to the order.  All taxable property 
250.23  in the area so detached and annexed is taxable for payment of 
250.24  any school district obligations authorized on or subsequent to 
250.25  the effective date of the order by the district to which 
250.26  annexation is made. 
250.27     Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
250.28  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
250.29     Subdivision 1.  [DISSOLUTION.] Any district may be 
250.30  dissolved and the territory be attached to other districts by 
250.31  proceeding in accordance with this section.  
250.32     Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
250.33  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
250.34     Subd. 4.  [PETITION.] A petition executed pursuant to 
250.35  subdivision 2(b) shall be filed with the auditor.  It shall The 
250.36  petition must contain the following: 
251.1      (a) A statement that petitioners desire proceedings 
251.2   instituted leading to dissolution of the district and other 
251.3   provisions made for the education of the inhabitants of the 
251.4   territory and that petitioners are eligible voters of the 
251.5   district; 
251.6      (b) An identification of the district; and 
251.7      (c) The reasons supporting the petition which may include 
251.8   recommendations as to disposition of territory to be dissolved.  
251.9   The recommendations are advisory in nature only and are not 
251.10  binding on any petitioners or county board for any purpose. 
251.11     The persons circulating the petition shall attach their 
251.12  affidavit swearing or affirming that the persons executing the 
251.13  petition are eligible voters, as defined in section 201.014, of 
251.14  the district and that they signed in the presence of one of the 
251.15  circulators. 
251.16     The auditor shall present the petition to the county board 
251.17  at its next meeting.  At that meeting, the county board shall 
251.18  must determine a date for a hearing.  The hearing shall be not 
251.19  less than 20 nor more than 60 days from the date of that meeting.
251.20     Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
251.21  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
251.22     Subd. 5.  [CERTIFICATION.] Certification executed pursuant 
251.23  to subdivision 2(c) shall must be filed with the auditor.  It 
251.24  shall The certification must contain the following: 
251.25     (a) A copy of the resolution initiating the election; 
251.26     (b) A copy of the notice of election with an affidavit of 
251.27  publication or posting; 
251.28     (c) The question voted on; 
251.29     (d) The results of the election by number of votes cast for 
251.30  and number against the question; and 
251.31     (e) If an advisory ballot is taken on annexation, the 
251.32  question voted on and number of ballots cast for and against the 
251.33  proposal.  
251.34     The auditor shall present the certification to the county 
251.35  board at its next meeting.  At that meeting, the county board 
251.36  shall must determine a date for a hearing.  The hearing shall be 
252.1   not less than 20 nor more than 60 days from the date of that 
252.2   meeting.  
252.3      Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
252.4   subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
252.5      Subd. 6.  [HEARING.] When a hearing is ordered under this 
252.6   section, the auditor shall have give ten days' posted notice of 
252.7   the hearing in the district proposed for dissolution, one week's 
252.8   published notice in the county, and ten days' mailed notice to 
252.9   the clerk of the district proposed for dissolution and to the 
252.10  clerk of each adjoining district and to the commissioner.  
252.11  If all or any part of the district proposed for dissolution or 
252.12  any adjoining district lies in another county, the auditor shall 
252.13  forthwith upon establishment of the hearing date, mail notice of 
252.14  the hearing to the auditor of each county so situated upon 
252.15  establishment of the hearing date.  
252.16     Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
252.17  subdivision 7a, is amended to read: 
252.18     Subd. 7a.  [INFORMATION TO COUNTY AUDITOR.] (a) Before the 
252.19  day of a hearing ordered pursuant to this section, each district 
252.20  adjoining the district proposed for dissolution shall must 
252.21  provide the following information and resolution to the county 
252.22  auditor of the county containing the greatest land area of the 
252.23  district proposed for dissolution:  
252.24     (1) The outstanding bonded debt, outstanding energy loans 
252.25  made according to section 216C.37 or sections 298.292 to 
252.26  298.298, and the capital loan obligation of the district; 
252.27     (2) The net tax capacity of the district; 
252.28     (3) The most current school tax rates for the district, 
252.29  including any referendum, discretionary, or other optional 
252.30  levies being assessed currently and the expected duration of the 
252.31  levies; 
252.32     (4) A resolution passed by the school board of the district 
252.33  stating that if taxable property of the dissolved district is 
252.34  attached to it, one of the following requirements is imposed:  
252.35     (i) the taxable property of the dissolving district which 
252.36  is attached to its district shall not be liable for the bonded 
253.1   debt, outstanding energy loans made according to section 216C.37 
253.2   or sections 298.292 to 298.298, or the capital loan obligation 
253.3   of the district which existed as of the time of the attachment; 
253.4      (ii) the taxable property of the dissolving district which 
253.5   is attached to its district shall be liable for the payment of 
253.6   the bonded debt, outstanding energy loans made according to 
253.7   section 216C.37 or sections 298.292 to 298.298, or the capital 
253.8   loan obligation of the district which existed as of the time of 
253.9   the attachment in the proportion which the net tax capacity of 
253.10  that part of the dissolving district which is included in the 
253.11  newly enlarged district bears to the net tax capacity of the 
253.12  entire district as of the time of attachment; or 
253.13     (iii) the taxable property of the dissolving district which 
253.14  is attached to its district shall be liable for some specified 
253.15  portion of the amount that could be requested pursuant to 
253.16  subclause (ii).  
253.17     (b) An apportionment pursuant to paragraph (a), clause (4), 
253.18  subclause (ii) or (iii), shall be made by the county auditor of 
253.19  the county containing the greatest land area of the district 
253.20  proposed for transfer.  
253.21     (c) An apportionment of bonded indebtedness, outstanding 
253.22  energy loans made according to section 216C.37 or sections 
253.23  298.292 to 298.298, or capital loan obligation pursuant to 
253.24  paragraph (a), clause (4), subclause (ii) or (iii), shall not 
253.25  relieve any property from any tax liability for payment of any 
253.26  bonded or capital obligation, but taxable property in a district 
253.27  enlarged pursuant to this section becomes primarily liable for 
253.28  the payment of the bonded debt, outstanding energy loans made 
253.29  according to section 216C.37 or sections 298.292 to 298.298, or 
253.30  capital loan obligation to the extent of the proportion stated.  
253.31     Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
253.32  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
253.33     Subd. 9.  [ORDER FOR DISSOLUTION.] (a) An order issued 
253.34  under subdivision 8, clause (b), shall must contain the 
253.35  following: 
253.36     (1) A statement that the district is dissolved unless the 
254.1   results of an election held pursuant to subdivision 11 provide 
254.2   otherwise; 
254.3      (2) A description by words or plat or both showing the 
254.4   disposition of territory in the district to be dissolved; 
254.5      (3) The outstanding bonded debt, outstanding energy loans 
254.6   made according to section 216C.37 or sections 298.292 to 
254.7   298.298, and the capital loan obligation of the district to be 
254.8   dissolved; 
254.9      (4) A statement requiring the fulfillment of the 
254.10  requirements imposed by each adjoining district to which 
254.11  territory in the dissolving district is to be attached regarding 
254.12  the assumption of its outstanding preexisting bonded 
254.13  indebtedness by any territory from the dissolving district which 
254.14  is attached to it; 
254.15     (5) An effective date for the order.  The effective date 
254.16  shall be July 1 of an odd-numbered year unless the school board 
254.17  and the exclusive representative of the teachers in each 
254.18  affected district agree to an effective date of July 1 of an 
254.19  even-numbered year.  The agreement must be in writing and 
254.20  submitted to the commissioner of children, families, and 
254.21  learning; and 
254.22     (6) Other information the county board may desire to 
254.23  include. 
254.24     (b) The auditor shall within ten days from its issuance 
254.25  serve a copy of the order by mail upon the clerk of the district 
254.26  to be dissolved and upon the clerk of each district to which the 
254.27  order attaches any territory of the district to be dissolved and 
254.28  upon the auditor of each other county in which all or any part 
254.29  of the district to be dissolved or any district to which the 
254.30  order attaches territory lies, and upon the commissioner.  
254.31     Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
254.32  subdivision 13, is amended to read: 
254.33     Subd. 13.  [ELECTION DATE.] If an election is required 
254.34  under subdivision 11, then before the expiration of a 45 day 
254.35  period after the date of the order for dissolution and 
254.36  attachment, the auditor shall set a date and call the election 
255.1   by filing a written order therefor for the election and serving 
255.2   a copy thereof of the order personally or by mail on the clerk 
255.3   of the district in which the election is to be held.  The date 
255.4   shall be not less than 15 nor more than 30 days after the date 
255.5   of the order, upon which date a special election shall be held 
255.6   in the district proposed for dissolution.  The auditor 
255.7   shall cause post and publish notice of the election to be posted 
255.8   and published according to law.  Upon receipt of the notice, the 
255.9   board shall conduct the election.  
255.10     Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
255.11  subdivision 14, is amended to read: 
255.12     Subd. 14.  [ELECTION RESULTS.] The board must certify the 
255.13  results of the election shall be certified by the board to the 
255.14  auditor.  If a majority of all votes cast on the question at the 
255.15  election approve the order, the order becomes final and 
255.16  effective as of the date specified in the order.  Each person 
255.17  served with the order shall be so notified.  If a majority of 
255.18  all votes cast on the question disapprove the order, the 
255.19  proceedings are dismissed, and the order becomes void.  
255.20     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
255.21  subdivision 18, is amended to read: 
255.22     Subd. 18.  [BONDED DEBT.] The bonded debt of a district 
255.23  dissolved under provisions of this section shall must be paid 
255.24  according to levies made therefor for that debt under provision 
255.25  of chapter 475.  The obligation of the taxable property in the 
255.26  dissolved district with reference to the payment of such bonded 
255.27  debt is not affected by this section.  
255.28     Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
255.29  subdivision 20, is amended to read: 
255.30     Subd. 20.  [CURRENT ASSETS AND LIABILITIES.] If the 
255.31  dissolved district is not divided by the order of dissolution 
255.32  and attachment, all of its current assets and liabilities, real 
255.33  and personal, and all its legally valid and enforceable claims 
255.34  and contract obligations shall must pass to the district to 
255.35  which it is attached, except as provided in section 122.532.  If 
255.36  the district to be dissolved is divided by the order of 
256.1   dissolution and attachment, the commissioner shall, within 30 
256.2   days after the order is issued, issue an order for the 
256.3   distribution of its current assets and liabilities, real and 
256.4   personal.  If the commissioner's order provides for the transfer 
256.5   of an interest in real estate to a district, this order may also 
256.6   impose a dollar amount as a claim against that district in favor 
256.7   of other districts, and this claim shall be paid and enforced in 
256.8   the manner provided by law for the payment of judgments against 
256.9   a district.  The obligations of districts to the teachers 
256.10  employed by the dissolved district shall be governed by the 
256.11  provisions of section 122.532.  
256.12     Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.22, 
256.13  subdivision 21, is amended to read: 
256.14     Subd. 21.  [LEVIES.] (a) In the year prior to the effective 
256.15  date of the dissolution of a district, the school board of a 
256.16  district to which all of the dissolving district is to be 
256.17  attached may adopt a resolution directing the school board of 
256.18  the dissolving district to certify levies for general education, 
256.19  basic transportation, and capital expenditure equipment and 
256.20  facilities in an amount not to exceed the maximum amount 
256.21  authorized for the dissolving district for taxes payable in the 
256.22  year the dissolution is effective.  If the dissolving district 
256.23  is to be attached to more than one school district, the boards 
256.24  of the districts to which the dissolving district is to be 
256.25  attached may adopt a joint resolution that accomplishes the 
256.26  purpose in this paragraph. 
256.27     (b) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, upon 
256.28  receipt of a resolution under paragraph (a), the board of the 
256.29  dissolving district must certify levies in the amounts specified 
256.30  in the resolution for taxes payable in the year the dissolution 
256.31  is effective.  
256.32     Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
256.33  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
256.34     Subd. 2.  [RESOLUTION.] (a) Upon a resolution of a school 
256.35  board in the area proposed for consolidation or upon receipt of 
256.36  a petition therefor executed by 25 percent of the voters 
257.1   resident in the area proposed for consolidation or by 50 such 
257.2   voters, whichever is lesser less, the county auditor of the 
257.3   county which contains the greatest land area of the proposed new 
257.4   district shall forthwith cause a plat to be prepared prepare a 
257.5   plat.  The resolution or petition shall must show the 
257.6   approximate area proposed for consolidation.  
257.7      (b) The resolution or petition may propose the following: 
257.8      (1) that the bonded debt of the component districts will be 
257.9   paid according to the levies previously made for that debt under 
257.10  chapter 475, or that the taxable property in the newly created 
257.11  district will be taxable for the payment of all or a portion of 
257.12  the bonded debt previously incurred by any component district as 
257.13  provided in subdivision 16; 
257.14     (2) that obligations for a capital loan or an energy loan 
257.15  made according to section 216C.37 or sections 298.292 to 298.298 
257.16  outstanding in a preexisting district as of the effective date 
257.17  of consolidation remain solely with the preexisting district 
257.18  that obtained the loan, or that all or a portion of the loan 
257.19  obligations will be assumed by the newly created or enlarged 
257.20  district and paid by the newly created or enlarged district on 
257.21  behalf of the preexisting district that obtained the loan; 
257.22     (3) that referendum levies previously approved by voters of 
257.23  the component districts pursuant to section 124A.03, subdivision 
257.24  2, or its predecessor provision, be combined as provided in 
257.25  section 122.531, subdivision 2a or 2b, or that the referendum 
257.26  levies be discontinued; 
257.27     (4) that the board of the newly created district consist of 
257.28  the number of members determined by the component districts, 
257.29  which may be six or seven members elected according to 
257.30  subdivision 18, or any number of existing school board members 
257.31  of the component districts, and a method to gradually reduce the 
257.32  membership to six or seven; or 
257.33     (5) that separate election districts from which school 
257.34  board members will be elected, the boundaries of these election 
257.35  districts, and the initial term of the member elected from each 
257.36  of these election districts be established. 
258.1      The resolution must provide for election of board members 
258.2   from one of the following options:  single-member districts; 
258.3   multimember districts; at large; or a combination of these 
258.4   options.  The resolution must include a plan for the orderly 
258.5   transition to the option chosen. 
258.6      A group of districts that operates a cooperative secondary 
258.7   facility funded under section 124.494 may also propose a 
258.8   temporary school board structure as specified in section 
258.9   124.494, subdivision 7. 
258.10     If a county auditor receives more than one request for a 
258.11  plat and the requests involve parts of identical districts, the 
258.12  auditor shall forthwith prepare a plat which in the auditor's 
258.13  opinion best serves the educational interests of the inhabitants 
258.14  of the districts or areas affected.  
258.15     (c) The plat shall must show: 
258.16     (1) Boundaries of the proposed district, as determined by 
258.17  the county auditor, and present district boundaries, 
258.18     (2) The location of school buildings in the area proposed 
258.19  as a new district and the location of school buildings in 
258.20  adjoining districts, 
258.21     (3) The boundaries of any proposed separate election 
258.22  districts, and 
258.23     (4) Other pertinent information as determined by the county 
258.24  auditor.  
258.25     Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
258.26  subdivision 2b, is amended to read: 
258.27     Subd. 2b.  [ORDERLY REDUCTION PLAN.] As part of the 
258.28  resolution required by subdivision 2, the school board must 
258.29  prepare a plan for the orderly reduction of the membership of 
258.30  the board to six or seven members and a plan for the 
258.31  establishment or dissolution of election districts.  The plan 
258.32  must be submitted to the secretary of state for review and 
258.33  comment.  
258.34     Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
258.35  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
258.36     Subd. 3.  [SUPPORTING STATEMENT.] The county auditor shall 
259.1   prepare a supporting statement to accompany the plat shall be 
259.2   prepared by the county auditor.  The statement shall must 
259.3   contain: 
259.4      (a) The adjusted net tax capacity of property in the 
259.5   proposed district, 
259.6      (b) If a part of any district is included in the proposed 
259.7   new district, the adjusted net tax capacity of the property and 
259.8   the approximate number of pupils residing in the part of the 
259.9   district included shall be shown separately and the adjusted net 
259.10  tax capacity of the property and the approximate number of 
259.11  pupils residing in the part of the district not included shall 
259.12  also be shown, 
259.13     (c) The reasons for the proposed consolidation, including a 
259.14  statement that at the time the plat is submitted to the state 
259.15  board of education, no proceedings are pending to dissolve any 
259.16  district involved in the plat unless all of the district to be 
259.17  dissolved and all of each district to which attachment is 
259.18  proposed is included in the plat, 
259.19     (d) A statement showing that the jurisdictional fact 
259.20  requirements of subdivision 1 are met by the proposal, 
259.21     (e) Any proposal contained in the resolution or petition 
259.22  regarding the disposition of the bonded debt, outstanding energy 
259.23  loans made according to section 216C.37 or sections 298.292 to 
259.24  298.298, capital loan obligations, or referendum levies of 
259.25  component districts, 
259.26     (f) Any other information the county auditor desires to 
259.27  include, and 
259.28     (g) The signature of the county auditor.  
259.29     Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
259.30  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
259.31     Subd. 6.  [COMMISSIONER.] The commissioner shall, upon 
259.32  receipt of a plat, forthwith examine it and approve, modify or 
259.33  reject it.  The commissioner shall also approve or reject any 
259.34  proposal contained in the resolution or petition regarding the 
259.35  disposition of the bonded debt of the component districts.  If 
259.36  the plat shows the boundaries of proposed separate election 
260.1   districts and if the commissioner modifies the plat, the 
260.2   commissioner shall also modify the boundaries of the proposed 
260.3   separate election districts.  The commissioner shall conduct a 
260.4   hearing at the nearest county seat in the area upon reasonable 
260.5   notice to the affected districts and county boards if requested 
260.6   within 20 days after submission of the plat.  Such a hearing may 
260.7   be requested by The board of any affected district, a county 
260.8   board of commissioners, or the petition of 20 resident voters 
260.9   living within the area proposed for consolidation may request 
260.10  such a hearing.  The commissioner shall endorse on the plat 
260.11  action regarding any proposal for the disposition of the bonded 
260.12  debt of component districts and the reasons for these actions 
260.13  and.  Within 60 days of the date of the receipt of the plat, the 
260.14  commissioner shall return it to the county auditor who submitted 
260.15  it.  The commissioner shall furnish a copy of that plat, and the 
260.16  supporting statement and its endorsement to the auditor of each 
260.17  county containing any land area of the proposed new district.  
260.18  If land area of a particular county was included in the plat, as 
260.19  submitted by the county auditor, and all of such land area is 
260.20  excluded in the plat as modified and approved, the commissioner 
260.21  shall also furnish a copy of the modified plat, supporting 
260.22  statement, and any endorsement to the auditor of such county.  
260.23     Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
260.24  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
260.25     Subd. 7.  [NOTICE TO BOARD.] Upon receipt of an approved 
260.26  plat, the county auditor shall forthwith notify the board of any 
260.27  district, all or part of whose land is included in the proposed 
260.28  new district.  
260.29     Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
260.30  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
260.31     Subd. 8.  [BOARD ADOPTION.] The board of any independent 
260.32  district maintaining a secondary school, the board of any common 
260.33  district maintaining a secondary school, all or part of whose 
260.34  land is included in the proposed new district, shall must, 
260.35  within 45 days of the approval of the plat by the commissioner, 
260.36  either adopt or reject the plan as proposed in the approved 
261.1   plat.  If the board of any such district entitled to act on the 
261.2   petition rejects the proposal, the proceedings are terminated 
261.3   and dismissed.  If any board fails to act on the plat within the 
261.4   time allowed, the proceedings are terminated.  
261.5      Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
261.6   subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
261.7      Subd. 9.  [MULTIPLE DISTRICTS; APPROVAL.] If the approved 
261.8   plat contains land area in more than one independent district 
261.9   maintaining a secondary school, or common district maintaining a 
261.10  secondary school, and if each board entitled to act on the plat 
261.11  approves the plat, each board shall cause publish notice of its 
261.12  action to be published at least once in its official newspaper.  
261.13  If all of the school boards entitled to act on the plat call, by 
261.14  resolution, for an election on the question, or if five percent 
261.15  of the eligible voters of any such district petition the clerk 
261.16  of the district, within 30 days after the publication of the 
261.17  notice, for an election on the question, the consolidation shall 
261.18  not become effective until approved by a majority vote in the 
261.19  district at an election held in the manner provided in 
261.20  subdivisions 11, 12, and 13.  
261.21     Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
261.22  subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
261.23     Subd. 10.  [APPROVAL BY RESIDENTS.] If an approved plat 
261.24  contains land area in any district not entitled to act on 
261.25  approval or rejection of the plat by action of its board, the 
261.26  plat may be approved by the residents of the land area within 60 
261.27  days of approval of plat by the commissioner in the following 
261.28  manner: 
261.29     A petition calling upon the county auditor to call and 
261.30  conduct an election on the question of adoption or rejection of 
261.31  the plat may be circulated in the land area by any person 
261.32  residing in the area.  Upon the filing of the petition with the 
261.33  county auditor, executed by at least 25 percent of the eligible 
261.34  voters in each district or part of a district contained in the 
261.35  land area, the county auditor shall forthwith call and conduct a 
261.36  special election of the electors resident in the whole land area 
262.1   on the question of adoption of the plat.  For the purposes of 
262.2   this section, the term "electors resident in the whole land area"
262.3   means any person residing on any remaining portion of land, a 
262.4   part of which is included in the consolidation plat.  Any 
262.5   eligible voter owning land included in the plat who lives upon 
262.6   land adjacent or contiguous to that part of the voter's land 
262.7   included in the plat shall be included and counted in computing 
262.8   the 25 percent of the eligible voters necessary to sign the 
262.9   petition and shall also be qualified to sign the petition.  
262.10  Failure to file the petition within 60 days of approval of the 
262.11  plat by the commissioner terminates the proceedings.  
262.12     Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
262.13  subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
262.14     Subd. 11.  [NOTICE OF ELECTION.] Upon an election becoming 
262.15  callable under provisions of subdivision 9 or 10, the school 
262.16  board shall give ten days' posted notice of election in the area 
262.17  in which the election is to be held and also if there be a 
262.18  newspaper is published in the area, one weeks' published notice 
262.19  shall be given.  The notice shall must specify the time, place 
262.20  and purpose of the election.  
262.21     Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
262.22  subdivision 12, is amended to read: 
262.23     Subd. 12.  [ELECTION.] The school board shall determine the 
262.24  date of the election, the number of boundaries of voting 
262.25  precincts, and the location of the polling places where voting 
262.26  shall be conducted, and the hours the polls will be open.  
262.27  The school board shall also provide official ballots which shall 
262.28  must be used exclusively and shall be in the following form: 
262.29     For consolidation .... 
262.30     Against consolidation .... 
262.31     The school board shall must appoint election judges who 
262.32  shall act as clerks of election.  The ballots and results shall 
262.33  must be certified to the school board who shall canvass and 
262.34  tabulate the total vote cast for and against the proposal.  
262.35     Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
262.36  subdivision 13, is amended to read: 
263.1      Subd. 13.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] If a majority of the votes 
263.2   cast on the question at the election approve the consolidation, 
263.3   and if the necessary approving resolutions of boards entitled to 
263.4   act on the plat have been adopted, the school board shall must, 
263.5   within ten days of the election, notify the county auditor who 
263.6   shall, within ten days of the notice or of the expiration of the 
263.7   period during which an election can be called, issue an order 
263.8   setting a date for the effective date of the change.  The 
263.9   effective date shall must be July 1 of the year determined by 
263.10  the school board in the original resolution adopted under 
263.11  subdivision 2.  The auditor shall mail or deliver a copy of such 
263.12  order to each auditor holding a copy of the plat and to the 
263.13  clerk of each district affected by the order and to the 
263.14  commissioner.  The school board shall must similarly notify the 
263.15  county auditor if the election fails.  The proceedings are then 
263.16  terminated and the county auditor shall so notify the 
263.17  commissioner and the auditors and the clerk of each school 
263.18  district affected.  
263.19     Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
263.20  subdivision 14, is amended to read: 
263.21     Subd. 14.  [IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.] Upon receipt of the 
263.22  order creating a new district, the commissioner shall forthwith, 
263.23  by order, assign an identification number to the new district 
263.24  and shall mail a copy of the order to the county auditor and to 
263.25  each auditor who holds a copy of the plat.  If all of the 
263.26  territory in one and only one independent district maintaining a 
263.27  secondary school is included in the new independent district 
263.28  created pursuant to consolidation, and if the commissioner finds 
263.29  that it is more practical and reasonable and in the interest of 
263.30  efficiency and economy of operation to so do, the commissioner 
263.31  may assign to the new district the same number as previously 
263.32  held by the included independent district.  
263.33     Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
263.34  subdivision 16, is amended to read: 
263.35     Subd. 16.  [BONDED DEBT.] As of the effective date of the 
263.36  consolidation, the bonded debt of all component districts shall 
264.1   must be paid according to the plan for consolidation proposed in 
264.2   the approved plat and according to this subdivision. 
264.3      (a) If the plan for consolidation so provides, the bonded 
264.4   debt of all component districts shall must be paid according to 
264.5   levies previously made for that debt under chapter 475.  In this 
264.6   case, the obligation of the taxable property in the component 
264.7   districts with reference to the payment of such bonded debt is 
264.8   not affected by the consolidation. 
264.9      (b) If the plan for consolidation makes no provision for 
264.10  the disposition of bonded debt, all the taxable property in the 
264.11  newly created district is taxable for the payment of any bonded 
264.12  debt incurred by any component district in the proportion which 
264.13  the net tax capacity of that part of a preexisting district 
264.14  which is included in the newly created district bears to the net 
264.15  tax capacity of the entire preexisting district as of the time 
264.16  of the consolidation. 
264.17     (c) If the plan for consolidation so provides, all the 
264.18  taxable property in the newly created district will be taxable 
264.19  for a portion of the bonded debt incurred by any component 
264.20  district prior to the consolidation. 
264.21     The county auditor shall make the apportionment required 
264.22  under paragraphs (b) and (c) shall be made by the county auditor 
264.23  and shall be incorporated and incorporate the apportionment as 
264.24  an annex to the order of the commissioner dividing the assets 
264.25  and liabilities of the component parts.  This subdivision shall 
264.26  not relieve any property from any tax liability for payment of 
264.27  any bonded obligation but taxable property in the newly created 
264.28  district becomes primarily liable for the payment of bonded 
264.29  debts to the extent of the proportion stated. 
264.30     Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
264.31  subdivision 16c, is amended to read: 
264.32     Subd. 16c.  [BONDS; ELECTION.] The board of the newly 
264.33  created district, when constituted as provided in subdivision 
264.34  17, may provide for an election of that district on the issuance 
264.35  of bonds.  It may issue and sell bonds authorized at the 
264.36  election, or bonds authorized at an election previously held in 
265.1   any preexisting district wholly included within the newly 
265.2   created district, or bonds for a purpose for which an election 
265.3   is not required by law.  The actions may be taken at any time 
265.4   after the date of the county auditor's order issued under 
265.5   subdivision 13, and before or after the date upon which the 
265.6   consolidation becomes effective for other purposes, and taxes 
265.7   for the payment of the bonds shall be levied upon all taxable 
265.8   property in the newly created district.  No bonds shall be 
265.9   delivered to purchasers until 30 days after the date of the 
265.10  county auditor's order.  If within this period a notice of 
265.11  appeal from the county auditor's order to the district court is 
265.12  filed in accordance with section 127.25, no bonds shall be 
265.13  delivered by the newly created district to purchasers unless: 
265.14     (1) the county auditor's order is affirmed by final order 
265.15  of the district court in the special proceeding, and a period of 
265.16  30 days from the service of the final order expires without an 
265.17  appeal being commenced; or, 
265.18     (2) if an appeal is taken, the order is affirmed and the 
265.19  time for petitioning for further review has expired; except 
265.20  that.  Notwithstanding the pendency of the appeal, if all of the 
265.21  territory of one and only one independent district maintaining a 
265.22  secondary school is included in the newly created district, and 
265.23  if the net tax capacity of taxable property in the territory 
265.24  comprises 90 percent or more of the net tax capacity of all 
265.25  taxable property in the newly created district, then the board 
265.26  may issue, sell, and deliver any bonds voted by the preexisting 
265.27  independent district and any bonds voted or otherwise authorized 
265.28  by the newly created district, notwithstanding the pendency of 
265.29  the appeal, and the bonds shall must be paid by the levy of 
265.30  taxes upon the property within the territory of the preexisting 
265.31  independent district and within the other areas, if any, that 
265.32  are finally determined to be properly included within the newly 
265.33  created district.  In any election held in the newly created 
265.34  district as authorized in the preceding sentence, all qualified 
265.35  electors residing within the area of that district as defined in 
265.36  the county auditor's order shall be entitled to vote, but the 
266.1   votes cast by residents of former districts or portions of 
266.2   former districts included in the area, other than the 
266.3   independent district maintaining the secondary school, shall be 
266.4   received and counted separately.  The bonds shall must not be 
266.5   issued and sold unless authorized by a majority of the votes 
266.6   cast thereon by electors of the independent district maintaining 
266.7   the secondary school, and also by a majority of the votes cast 
266.8   thereon by electors residing within the entire area of the newly 
266.9   created district.  
266.10     Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
266.11  subdivision 18, is amended to read: 
266.12     Subd. 18.  [BOARD ELECTION; DUTIES.] (a) The county auditor 
266.13  shall determine a date, not less than 30 nor more than 60 days 
266.14  from the date that the order setting the effective date of the 
266.15  consolidation according to subdivision 13 was issued, upon which 
266.16  date shall be held to hold a special election in the district 
266.17  for the purpose of electing a board of six members for terms of 
266.18  four years and until a successor is elected and qualifies 
266.19  according to provisions of law governing the election of board 
266.20  members in independent districts.  Notwithstanding the 
266.21  foregoing, three members of the first board must be elected to 
266.22  terms that expire on the first Monday in January following the 
266.23  first regularly scheduled school district general election that 
266.24  occurs more than six months after the election of the first 
266.25  board and three members must be elected to terms that expire on 
266.26  the first Monday in January following the second school district 
266.27  general election that occurs more than six months after the 
266.28  election of the first board.  If the first board consists of 
266.29  seven members, then four members may be elected at either the 
266.30  first or second regularly scheduled school district general 
266.31  election following the election of the first board.  If the 
266.32  resolution or petition for consolidation pursuant to subdivision 
266.33  2 proposed the establishment of separate election districts, 
266.34  these members shall be elected from separate election districts 
266.35  according to the provisions of that resolution or petition and 
266.36  of chapter 205A. 
267.1      (b) The county auditor shall give ten days' posted notice 
267.2   of election in the area in which the election is to be held and 
267.3   also if there be a newspaper is published in the proposed new 
267.4   district, one weeks' published notice shall be given.  The 
267.5   notice shall must specify the time, place, and purpose of the 
267.6   election. 
267.7      (c) Any person desiring to be a candidate for a school 
267.8   election shall file an application with the county auditor to 
267.9   have the applicant's name placed on the ballot for such office, 
267.10  specifying the term for which the application is made.  The 
267.11  application shall must be filed not less than 21 days before the 
267.12  election. 
267.13     (d) The county auditor shall prepare, at the expense of the 
267.14  county, necessary ballots for the election of officers, placing 
267.15  thereon the names of the proposed candidates for each office.  
267.16  The ballots shall must be marked and signed as official ballots 
267.17  and shall be used exclusively at the election.  The county 
267.18  auditor shall determine the number of voting precincts and the 
267.19  boundaries of each.  The county auditor shall determine the 
267.20  location of polling places and the hours the polls shall be open 
267.21  and shall appoint three election judges for each polling place 
267.22  who shall act as clerks of election.  Election judges shall 
267.23  certify ballots and results to the county auditor for tabulation 
267.24  and canvass. 
267.25     (e) After making a canvass and tabulation, the county 
267.26  auditor shall issue a certificate of election to the candidate 
267.27  for each office who received the largest number of votes cast 
267.28  for the office.  The county auditor shall deliver such 
267.29  certificate to the person entitled thereto to a certificate by 
267.30  certified mail, and each person so certified shall file an 
267.31  acceptance and oath of office with the county auditor within 30 
267.32  days of the date of mailing of the certificate.  A person who 
267.33  fails to qualify prior to the time specified shall be deemed to 
267.34  have refused to serve, but such filing may be made at any time 
267.35  before action to fill vacancy has been taken. 
267.36     (f) The board of each district included in the new enlarged 
268.1   district shall continue to maintain school the schools therein 
268.2   until the effective date of the consolidation.  Such boards 
268.3   shall have power and authority only to make such contracts, to 
268.4   do such things as are necessary to maintain properly maintain 
268.5   the schools for the period prior to that date, and to certify to 
268.6   the county auditor according to levy limitations applicable to 
268.7   the component districts the taxes collectible in the calendar 
268.8   year when the consolidation becomes effective. 
268.9      (g) It shall be the immediate duty of The newly elected 
268.10  board of the new enlarged district has the immediate duty, when 
268.11  after the members thereof have qualified and the board has been 
268.12  organized, to plan for the maintenance of the school or schools 
268.13  of the new district for the next school year, to enter into the 
268.14  necessary negotiations and contracts for the employment of 
268.15  personnel, purchase of equipment and supplies, and other 
268.16  acquisition and betterment purposes, when authorized by the 
268.17  voters to issue bonds under the provisions of chapter 475; and.  
268.18  On the effective date of the consolidation to, the newly elected 
268.19  board must assume the full duties of the care, management and 
268.20  control of the new enlarged district.  The board of the new 
268.21  enlarged district shall must give due consideration to the 
268.22  feasibility of maintaining such existing attendance centers and 
268.23  of establishing such other attendance centers, especially in 
268.24  rural areas, as will afford equitable and efficient school 
268.25  administration and assure the convenience and welfare of the 
268.26  pupils residing in the enlarged district.  The obligations of 
268.27  the new board to teachers employed by component districts shall 
268.28  be governed by the provisions of section 122.532.  The 
268.29  obligations of the new board to nonlicensed employees employed 
268.30  by component districts is governed by subdivision 18a.  
268.31     Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
268.32  subdivision 18a, is amended to read: 
268.33     Subd. 18a.  [NONLICENSED EMPLOYEES.] (a) As of the 
268.34  effective date of a consolidation of two or more districts or 
268.35  parts of them, each nonlicensed employee employed by an affected 
268.36  district must be assigned to the newly created district. 
269.1      (b) As of the effective date of a consolidation, any 
269.2   employee organization may petition the commissioner of the 
269.3   bureau of mediation services for a certification election under 
269.4   chapter 179A.  An organization certified as the exclusive 
269.5   representative for nonlicensed employees in a particular 
269.6   preexisting district continues as the exclusive representative 
269.7   for those particular employees for a period of 90 days from the 
269.8   effective date of a consolidation.  If a petition for 
269.9   representation of nonlicensed employees is filed within 90 days, 
269.10  an exclusive representative for those particular nonlicensed 
269.11  employees continues as the exclusive representative until the 
269.12  bureau of mediation services certification proceedings are 
269.13  concluded. 
269.14     (c) The terms and conditions of employment of nonlicensed 
269.15  employees assigned to the newly created district are temporarily 
269.16  governed by contracts executed by an exclusive representative 
269.17  for a period of 90 days from the effective date of the 
269.18  consolidation.  If a petition for representation is filed with 
269.19  the bureau of mediation services within the 90 days, the 
269.20  contractual terms and conditions of employment for those 
269.21  nonlicensed employees who were governed by a preexisting 
269.22  contract continue in effect until the bureau of mediation 
269.23  services proceedings are concluded and, if an exclusive 
269.24  representative has been elected, until successor contracts are 
269.25  executed between the board of the newly created district and the 
269.26  new exclusive representative.  The terms and conditions of 
269.27  employment of nonlicensed employees assigned to the newly 
269.28  created district who were not governed by a collective 
269.29  bargaining agreement at the time of the consolidation are 
269.30  governed by the policies of the board of the newly created 
269.31  district. 
269.32     (d) The date of first employment in the newly created 
269.33  district is the date on which services were first performed by 
269.34  the employee in the preexisting district.  Any sick leave, 
269.35  vacation time, or severance pay benefits accumulated under 
269.36  policies of the preexisting district or contracts between the 
270.1   exclusive representatives and the board of the preexisting 
270.2   district continue to apply in the newly created district to the 
270.3   employees of the preexisting districts, subject to any maximum 
270.4   accumulation limitations negotiated in a successor contract.  
270.5   Future leaves of absence, vacations, or other benefits to be 
270.6   accumulated in the newly created district are governed by board 
270.7   policy or by contract between the exclusive representative of an 
270.8   appropriate unit of employees and the board of the newly created 
270.9   district.  The board of the newly created district shall must 
270.10  provide, to transferred nonlicensed employees, open enrollment 
270.11  in all insurance plans with no limit on preexisting conditions.  
270.12     Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.23, 
270.13  subdivision 20, is amended to read: 
270.14     Subd. 20.  [RETIREMENT INCENTIVES.] (a) For consolidations 
270.15  effective July 1, 1994, and thereafter, a school board of a 
270.16  district may offer early retirement incentives to licensed and 
270.17  nonlicensed staff.  The early retirement incentives that the 
270.18  board may offer are: 
270.19     (1) the payment of employer pension plan contributions for 
270.20  a specified period of allowable service credit for district 
270.21  employees who have at least ten years of allowable service 
270.22  credit in the applicable pension plan under paragraph (b); 
270.23     (2) an extended leave of absence for an eligible employee 
270.24  under section 125.60; 
270.25     (3) severance payment incentives under paragraph (c); and 
270.26     (4) the employer payment of the premiums for continued 
270.27  health insurance coverage under paragraph (d). 
270.28     These incentives may only be offered to employees who 
270.29  terminate active employment with the school district or who 
270.30  enter into an extended leave of absence as a result of the 
270.31  consolidation, whichever applies.  The board may determine the 
270.32  staff to whom the incentives are offered.  Unilateral 
270.33  implementation of this section by a school board is not an 
270.34  unfair labor practice under chapter 179A. 
270.35     (b) An employee with at least ten years of allowable 
270.36  service credit in the applicable pension plan who is offered an 
271.1   early retirement incentive under paragraph (a), clause (1), may 
271.2   purchase up to five additional years of allowable service credit 
271.3   from the applicable pension plan.  To do so, the former employee 
271.4   must pay the member contributions to the pension plan annually 
271.5   in a manner and in accord with a schedule specified by the 
271.6   executive director of the applicable fund.  If the former 
271.7   employee makes the member contribution, the board shall must 
271.8   make the applicable employer contribution.  The salary used to 
271.9   determine these contributions is the salary of the person in the 
271.10  last year that the former employee was employed by the 
271.11  district.  During the period of continuing member and employer 
271.12  contributions, the person is not considered to be an active 
271.13  member of the applicable pension plan, is not eligible for any 
271.14  active member disability or survivorship benefit coverage, and 
271.15  is not included in any postemployment termination benefit plan 
271.16  changes unless the applicable benefit legislation provides 
271.17  otherwise.  Continued eligibility to purchase service credit 
271.18  under this paragraph expires if the person is subsequently 
271.19  employed during the service purchase period by a public employer 
271.20  with retirement coverage under a pension plan specified in 
271.21  section 356.30, subdivision 3. 
271.22     (c) Severance payment incentives must conform with sections 
271.23  465.72, 465.721, and 465.722. 
271.24     (d) The board may offer a former employee continued 
271.25  employer-paid health insurance coverage.  Coverage may not 
271.26  extend beyond age 65 or the end of the first month in which the 
271.27  employee is eligible for employer-paid health insurance coverage 
271.28  from a new employer.  For purposes of this subdivision, 
271.29  "employer-paid health insurance coverage" means medical, 
271.30  hospitalization, or health insurance coverage provided through 
271.31  an insurance company that is licensed to do business in the 
271.32  state and for which the employing unit pays more than one-half 
271.33  of the cost of the insurance premiums. 
271.34     (e) A school board may offer these incentives beginning on 
271.35  the day that the consolidation is approved under section 122.23, 
271.36  subdivision 12 or, if an election is not called under section 
272.1   122.23, subdivision 9 or 10, on the day that the plat is 
272.2   approved by the commissioner.  A board may offer these 
272.3   incentives until the June 30 following the effective date of the 
272.4   consolidation.  
272.5      Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.241, is 
272.6   amended to read: 
272.7      122.241 [COOPERATION AND COMBINATION.] 
272.8      Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] Sections 122.241 to 122.248 
272.9   establish procedures for school boards that adopt, by 
272.10  resolution, a five-year written agreement: 
272.11     (1) to provide at least secondary instruction cooperatively 
272.12  for at least one or two years, if the districts cooperate 
272.13  according to subdivision 2; and 
272.14     (2) to combine into one district.  
272.15     Subd. 2.  [COOPERATION REQUIREMENTS.] Cooperating districts 
272.16  shall must: 
272.17     (1) implement a written agreement according to section 
272.18  122.541 no later than the first year of cooperation; 
272.19     (2) all be members of one education district, if any one of 
272.20  the districts is a member, no later than the end of the second 
272.21  year of cooperation; and 
272.22     (3) all be members of one SC, if any one of the districts 
272.23  is a member. 
272.24     Clause (1) does not apply to a district that implemented an 
272.25  agreement for secondary education, according to section 122.535, 
272.26  during any year before the 1991-1992 school year.  If the 
272.27  districts cooperate for one or more years, the agreement may be 
272.28  continued during those years. 
272.29     Subd. 3.  [COMBINATION REQUIREMENTS.] Combining districts 
272.30  must be contiguous and meet one of the following requirements at 
272.31  the time of combination:  
272.32     (1) at least two districts with at least 400 resident 
272.33  pupils enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in the combined district 
272.34  and projections, approved by the department of children, 
272.35  families, and learning, of enrollment at least at that level for 
272.36  five years; 
273.1      (2) at least two districts if either: 
273.2      (i) both of the districts qualify for secondary sparsity 
273.3   revenue under section 124A.22, subdivision 6, and have an 
273.4   average isolation index over 23; or 
273.5      (ii) the combined district qualifies for secondary sparsity 
273.6   revenue; 
273.7      (3) at least three districts with fewer than 400 resident 
273.8   pupils enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in the combined district; 
273.9   or 
273.10     (4) at least two districts with fewer than 400 resident 
273.11  pupils enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in the combined district 
273.12  if either district is located on the border of the state. 
273.13     A combination under clause (2), (3), or (4) must be 
273.14  approved by the commissioner of children, families, and 
273.15  learning.  The commissioner shall disapprove a combination under 
273.16  clause (2), (3), or (4) if the combination is educationally 
273.17  unsound or would not reasonably enable the districts to fulfill 
273.18  statutory and rule requirements. 
273.19     Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.242, 
273.20  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
273.21     Subdivision 1.  [ADOPTION AND STATE BOARD REVIEW.] Each 
273.22  school board must adopt, by resolution, a plan for cooperation 
273.23  and combination.  The plan must address each item in this 
273.24  section.  The plan must be specific for any item that will occur 
273.25  within three years and may be general or set forth alternative 
273.26  resolutions for an item that will occur in more than three 
273.27  years.  The plan must be submitted to the state board of 
273.28  education and the secretary of state for review and comment.  
273.29  Significant modifications and specific resolutions of items must 
273.30  be submitted to the state board for review and comment.  In the 
273.31  official newspaper of each district proposed for combination, 
273.32  the school board must publish at least a summary of the adopted 
273.33  plans, each significant modification and resolution of items, 
273.34  and each state board review and comment. 
273.35     Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.242, 
273.36  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
274.1      Subd. 3.  [BOARD FORMATION.] The plan must state:  
274.2      (1) whether the new district would have one elected school 
274.3   board or whether it would have one elected school board and one 
274.4   elected board for each elementary school exercising powers and 
274.5   duties delegated to it by the school board of the entire 
274.6   district; 
274.7      (2) how many of the existing members of each district would 
274.8   become members of the school board of the combined district and, 
274.9   if so, a method to gradually reduce the membership to six or 
274.10  seven; and 
274.11     (3) if desired, election districts that include the 
274.12  establishment of separate areas from each of the combining 
274.13  districts from which school board members will be elected, the 
274.14  boundaries of these election districts, and the initial term of 
274.15  the member elected from each of these election districts.  
274.16     Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.242, 
274.17  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
274.18     Subd. 8.  [REFERENDUM.] The plan must set forth:  
274.19     (1) procedures for a referendum, held prior to the year of 
274.20  the proposed combination, to approve combining the school 
274.21  districts; and 
274.22     (2) whether a majority of those voting in each district 
274.23  proposed for combination or a majority of those voting on the 
274.24  question in the entire area proposed for combination would be 
274.25  needed to pass the referendum.  
274.26     Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.242, 
274.27  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
274.28     Subd. 9.  [FINANCES.] The plan must state:  
274.29     (1) whether debt service for the bonds outstanding at the 
274.30  time of combination remains solely with the district that issued 
274.31  the bonds or whether all or a portion of the debt service for 
274.32  the bonds will be assumed by the combined district and paid by 
274.33  the combined district on behalf of the district that issued the 
274.34  bonds; 
274.35     (2) whether obligations for a capital loan or energy loan 
274.36  made according to section 216C.37 or sections 298.292 to 298.298 
275.1   outstanding at the time of combination remain solely with the 
275.2   district that obtained the loan, or whether all or a portion of 
275.3   all the loan obligations will be assumed by the combined 
275.4   district and paid by the combined district on behalf of the 
275.5   district that obtained the loan; 
275.6      (3) the treatment of debt service levies, down payment 
275.7   levies under section 124.82, and referendum levies; 
275.8      (4) whether the cooperating or combined district will levy 
275.9   for reorganization operating debt according to section 121.915, 
275.10  clause (1); and 
275.11     (5) two- and five-year projections, prepared by the 
275.12  department of children, families, and learning upon the request 
275.13  of any district, of revenues, expenditures, and property taxes 
275.14  for each district if it cooperated and combined and if it did 
275.15  not. 
275.16     Sec. 39.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.243, is 
275.17  amended to read: 
275.18     122.243 [STATE BOARD AND VOTER APPROVAL.] 
275.19     Subdivision 1.  [COMMISSIONER APPROVAL.] Before submitting 
275.20  the question of combining school districts to the voters at a 
275.21  referendum, the cooperating districts shall must submit the 
275.22  proposed combination to the commissioner of children, families, 
275.23  and learning.  The commissioner shall determine the date for 
275.24  submission and may require any information it determines 
275.25  necessary.  The commissioner shall disapprove the proposed 
275.26  combination if it is educationally unsound, will not reasonably 
275.27  enable the combined district to fulfill statutory and rule 
275.28  requirements, or if the plan or modifications are incomplete.  
275.29  If disapproved by the commissioner, the referendum shall be 
275.30  postponed, but not canceled, by the school boards. 
275.31     Subd. 2.  [VOTER APPROVAL.] A referendum on the question of 
275.32  combination shall must be conducted during the first or second 
275.33  year of cooperation for districts that cooperate according to 
275.34  section 122.241, or no more than 18 months before the effective 
275.35  date of combination for districts that do not cooperate.  The 
275.36  referendum shall must be on a date called by the school boards.  
276.1   The referendum shall must be conducted by the school boards 
276.2   according to the Minnesota election law, as defined in section 
276.3   200.01.  If the referendum fails, the same question or a 
276.4   modified question may be submitted.  If the referendum fails 
276.5   again, the districts shall must modify their cooperation and 
276.6   combination plan.  A third referendum may be conducted.  If a 
276.7   second or third referendum is conducted after October 1, the 
276.8   newly combined district may not levy under section 124.2725 
276.9   until the following year.  Referendums shall be conducted on the 
276.10  same date in all districts. 
276.11     Sec. 40.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.245, 
276.12  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
276.13     Subd. 2.  [NONLICENSED EMPLOYEES TERMINATION.] If 
276.14  compatible plans are not negotiated according to section 
276.15  122.242, subdivision 5, the school boards shall comply with this 
276.16  subdivision with respect to nonlicensed employees.  Nonlicensed 
276.17  employees whose positions are discontinued as a result of 
276.18  cooperation or combination, as applicable, shall be:  
276.19     (1) employed by a cooperating board or the combined board, 
276.20  if possible; 
276.21     (2) assigned to work in a cooperating district or the 
276.22  combined district, if possible; or 
276.23     (3) terminated in the inverse order in which they were 
276.24  employed in a district, according to a combined seniority list 
276.25  of nonlicensed employees in the cooperating or combined 
276.26  district, as applicable.  
276.27     Sec. 41.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.246, is 
276.28  amended to read: 
276.29     122.246 [COUNTY AUDITOR PLAT.] 
276.30     Upon the request of two or more districts that have adopted 
276.31  a resolution to cooperate and combine, the county auditor shall 
276.32  prepare a plat.  If the proposed combined district is located in 
276.33  more than one county, the request shall must be submitted to the 
276.34  county auditor of the county that has the greatest land area in 
276.35  the proposed district.  The plat shall must show: 
276.36     (1) the boundaries of each of the present districts; 
277.1      (2) the boundaries of the proposed district; 
277.2      (3) the boundaries of proposed election districts, if 
277.3   requested; and 
277.4      (4) other information deemed pertinent by the school boards 
277.5   or the county auditor. 
277.6      Sec. 42.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.247, 
277.7   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
277.8      Subd. 2.  [BONDED DEBT.] Debt service for bonds outstanding 
277.9   at the time of the combination may be levied by the 
277.10  combined school board consistent with the plan adopted according 
277.11  to section 122.242, and any subsequent modifications, subject to 
277.12  section 475.61.  The primary obligation to pay the bonded 
277.13  indebtedness that is outstanding on the effective date of 
277.14  combination remains with the district that issued the bonds.  
277.15  However, the combined district may make debt service payments on 
277.16  behalf of a preexisting district.  
277.17     Sec. 43.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.247, 
277.18  subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
277.19     Subd. 2a.  [CAPITAL LOAN.] The combined school board may 
277.20  levy for the obligations for a capital loan outstanding at the 
277.21  time of combination, consistent with the plan adopted according 
277.22  to section 122.242 and any subsequent modifications.  The 
277.23  primary obligation to levy as required by the capital loan 
277.24  remains with taxable property in the preexisting district that 
277.25  obtained the capital loan.  However, the obligation of a capital 
277.26  loan may be extended to all of the taxable property in the 
277.27  combined district.  
277.28     Sec. 44.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.248, is 
277.29  amended to read: 
277.30     122.248 [REPORTS TO DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND 
277.31  LEARNING.] 
277.32     Cooperating districts may submit joint reports and jointly 
277.33  provide information required by the department of children, 
277.34  families, and learning.  The joint reports must allow 
277.35  information to be attributed to each district.  A combined 
277.36  district must report and provide information as a single unit.  
278.1      Sec. 45.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.25, 
278.2   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
278.3      Subd. 2.  [BOARD ELECTION.] At the annual meeting, if a 
278.4   majority of the votes cast on the question favors the conversion 
278.5   to an independent district, a board of six members shall be 
278.6   elected.  Nominations may be made from the floor of the meeting 
278.7   and election shall be by secret ballot.  All board members 
278.8   elected at this meeting shall serve for terms expiring on the 
278.9   third Tuesday in the next May next following the election on 
278.10  which date a regular annual election shall be held in the manner 
278.11  provided by law.  At this first annual election for independent 
278.12  districts, six directors shall be elected, two to hold office 
278.13  until July 1 following the next annual election, two to hold 
278.14  office until the expiration of one year from said July 1 and two 
278.15  to hold office until the expiration of two years from said July 
278.16  1; the time which each director shall hold office being 
278.17  designated on the ballot.  
278.18     Sec. 46.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.25, 
278.19  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
278.20     Subd. 3.  [IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.] If the organization of 
278.21  the district is changed from common to independent at the 
278.22  meeting, the clerk shall forthwith notify the auditor and the 
278.23  commissioner.  
278.24     Upon receipt of such notification, the commissioner shall 
278.25  forthwith assign a new identification number to the district and 
278.26  shall notify the auditor and the clerk of the district thereof.  
278.27     Sec. 47.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.32, is 
278.28  amended to read: 
278.29     122.32 [REMAINING DISTRICTS, ACTION OF COUNTY BOARD; 
278.30  ELECTION.] 
278.31     Subdivision 1.  [DISSOLUTION.] If there be Any organized 
278.32  school district not maintaining a classified school within the 
278.33  district, except those districts which have a contract with a 
278.34  state university or with the board of regents of the University 
278.35  of Minnesota for the education of all the children of the 
278.36  district, such district shall hereby be dissolved as of the date 
279.1   the district ceases to maintain a classified school.  Any such 
279.2   district not maintaining a classified school shall forthwith 
279.3   must be attached by order of the county board to such district 
279.4   maintaining classified elementary or secondary schools upon 
279.5   notice and hearing as provided in section 122.22 for the 
279.6   attachment of dissolved districts. 
279.7      Subd. 2.  [SPECIAL ELECTION.] Prior to the order of the 
279.8   county board, the board may direct the county auditor to call a 
279.9   special election in the manner and form in which district 
279.10  elections are held.  The purpose of the election shall be to 
279.11  determine to which district or districts the dissolved district 
279.12  shall be attached.  The county board after hearing shall must 
279.13  determine the form of question as it should appear on the 
279.14  ballot.  The results of the election shall be advisory in nature 
279.15  only. 
279.16     Subd. 3.  [ORDER; ASSET AND LIABILITY TRANSFER.] The county 
279.17  auditor shall certify the results of the election shall be 
279.18  certified by the county auditor to the county board and.  Within 
279.19  45 days after such election, the county board shall must issue 
279.20  its order dissolving the district.  The order shall must also 
279.21  attach the dissolved district to a proper district as determined 
279.22  by the county board, and a copy of such order shall must be 
279.23  filed with the commissioner of children, families, and 
279.24  learning.  Title to all the property, real and personal, of the 
279.25  district dissolved passes to the district to which such 
279.26  dissolved district is attached.  If a district is divided by 
279.27  virtue of the proceedings the county board shall issue its order 
279.28  providing for the division of the current assets and liabilities 
279.29  according to such terms as it may deem just and equitable.  If 
279.30  the order of the county board attaches any land area to a 
279.31  district with bonded debt, the taxable property in such area 
279.32  assumes its proportionate share of the authorized and 
279.33  outstanding debt of the district to which it is attached. 
279.34     Sec. 48.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.34, is 
279.35  amended to read: 
279.36     122.34 [PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN NONOPERATING DISTRICTS.] 
280.1      Section 122.32 shall not apply to any school district in 
280.2   which is located any existing private school maintaining 
280.3   elementary and secondary education for 75 percent of eligible 
280.4   pupils within the district and complying with the requirements 
280.5   of section 120.101.  
280.6      Sec. 49.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.355, is 
280.7   amended to read: 
280.8      122.355 [BORDER DISTRICTS; CONTINUED OPERATION.] 
280.9      Subdivision 1.  [BORDER DISTRICTS.] The common school 
280.10  districts situated along the border of the state of Minnesota 
280.11  and the state of Wisconsin which have, for the preceding 25 
280.12  years, prior to May 26, 1965 been educating pupils of their 
280.13  district in school districts in Wisconsin may continue to 
280.14  operate as common school districts notwithstanding that any of 
280.15  such school districts do not maintain classified schools.  
280.16  Such school districts are not subject to the terms and 
280.17  provisions of sections 122.32 to 122.52. 
280.18     Subd. 2.  [CONTINUED OPERATION.] The provisions of 
280.19  subdivision 1 shall remain in effect as long as the school 
280.20  district does not discontinue the practice of education for 
280.21  their district as described in subdivision 1. 
280.22     Sec. 50.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.41, is 
280.23  amended to read: 
280.24     122.41 [DUTY TO MAINTAIN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS.] 
280.25     Each school district shall must maintain classified 
280.26  elementary and secondary schools, grades 1 through 12, unless 
280.27  the district is exempt according to section 122.34 or 122.355, 
280.28  has made an agreement with another district or districts as 
280.29  provided in sections 122.535, 122.541, or sections 122.241 to 
280.30  122.248, or 122.93, subdivision 8, or has received a grant under 
280.31  sections 124.492 to 124.495.  A district that has an agreement 
280.32  according to sections 122.241 to 122.248 or 122.541 shall must 
280.33  operate a school with the number of grades required by those 
280.34  sections.  A district that has an agreement according to section 
280.35  122.535 or 122.93, subdivision 8, or has received a grant under 
280.36  sections 124.492 to 124.495 shall must operate a school for the 
281.1   grades not included in the agreement, but not fewer than three 
281.2   grades.  
281.3      Sec. 51.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.43, is 
281.4   amended to read: 
281.5      122.43 [PHASE OUT OF DISSOLVED DISTRICT.] 
281.6      Subd. 2.  [MAINTAIN SCHOOLS.] The board of each district so 
281.7   dissolved shall continue to maintain school schools until all 
281.8   its territory has been attached to a proper district not later 
281.9   than July 1.  Such boards shall only make such contracts and do 
281.10  such things as are necessary to properly maintain schools 
281.11  properly for the period they may be in session prior to the 
281.12  attachment.  
281.13     Sec. 52.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.44, is 
281.14  amended to read: 
281.15     122.44 [PROCEDURE FOR ATTACHMENT TO ORGANIZED DISTRICTS.] 
281.16     Subdivision 1.  [ATTACHMENT.] Upon notice and hearing, as 
281.17  provided in section 122.22 for the attachment of dissolved 
281.18  districts, all territory of school districts dissolved by 
281.19  sections 122.41 to 122.52 and all area of the state not in a 
281.20  district maintaining classified elementary and secondary schools 
281.21  shall must be attached by order of the county board to organized 
281.22  districts maintaining classified elementary and secondary 
281.23  schools, grades 1 through 12, unless a district has made an 
281.24  agreement with another district or districts as provided in 
281.25  section 122.535 or 122.541. 
281.26     Sec. 53.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.45, 
281.27  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
281.28     Subd. 2.  [TAXABLE PROPERTY.] As of the effective date of 
281.29  the attachment, all the taxable property in the newly enlarged 
281.30  district is taxable for the payment of any bonded debt 
281.31  theretofore already incurred by any component district in the 
281.32  proportion which the net tax capacity of that part of a 
281.33  preexisting district which is included in the newly enlarged 
281.34  district bears to the net tax capacity of the entire preexisting 
281.35  district as of the time of the attachment.  The county auditor 
281.36  shall make this apportionment shall be made by the county 
282.1   auditor and shall be incorporated and incorporate the 
282.2   apportionment as an annex to the order of the commissioner 
282.3   dividing the assets and liabilities of the component parts.  
282.4   This subdivision shall not relieve any property from any tax 
282.5   liability for payment of any bonded obligation but taxable 
282.6   property in the newly enlarged district becomes primarily liable 
282.7   for the payment of bonded debts to the extent of the proportion 
282.8   stated.  
282.9      Sec. 54.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.45, 
282.10  subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
282.11     Subd. 3a.  [REIMBURSEMENT; SPECIAL LEVY.] (a) Liabilities 
282.12  of a dissolved district existing at the time of the attachment 
282.13  other than bonded debt within the purview of subdivision 2 shall 
282.14  must be obligations of the consolidated district after 
282.15  attachment (in the amount and kind determined by the 
282.16  commissioner according to subdivision 1, where a dissolved 
282.17  district is divided), for the payment of which the consolidated 
282.18  district has a right to reimbursement by special levy or 
282.19  levies.  The amount of reimbursement will be equal to the 
282.20  liabilities of the dissolved district for which the consolidated 
282.21  district is obligated less the aggregate of the following which 
282.22  has been or will be received by the consolidated district at or 
282.23  after the time of attachment from or as a result of the 
282.24  dissolution and attachment of the dissolved district: 
282.25     (1) all taxes inuring to the consolidating district upon 
282.26  levies made by the dissolved district; 
282.27     (2) all cash, bank accounts, investments, and other current 
282.28  assets; 
282.29     (3) earned state aids of the dissolved districts; 
282.30     (4) returns from the sale of property of the dissolved 
282.31  district. 
282.32     (b) The amount of such special levy so computed shall be 
282.33  certified to the county auditor with the other tax requirements 
282.34  of the consolidated district but separately stated and 
282.35  identified.  The auditor shall add the amount of special levy so 
282.36  certified to the school rate for the territory in the 
283.1   consolidated district which came from the dissolved district and 
283.2   include it in the levy on the taxable property in that 
283.3   territory; provided,.  The county auditor shall not spread more 
283.4   of the amount certified for special levy in any year than will 
283.5   amount to 20 percent of the school levy without the special 
283.6   levy, leaving the remaining part of the certified amount for 
283.7   levy in successive years without further certification.  Any 
283.8   amount of reimbursement to which it is entitled omitted by the 
283.9   consolidated district from its initial certification for special 
283.10  levy may be certified in a subsequent year for levy in the same 
283.11  manner as the levy upon initial certification. 
283.12     The levy authorized by this subdivision shall be in 
283.13  addition to those otherwise authorized for a school district.  
283.14     Sec. 55.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.46, is 
283.15  amended to read: 
283.16     122.46 [OFFICERS AND TEACHERS, TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS.] 
283.17     Subdivision 1.  [BOARD.] The board of the district 
283.18  maintaining a secondary school to which district is attached 
283.19  territory of districts discontinued by sections 122.41 to 122.52 
283.20  shall must assume the duties and responsibilities of the board 
283.21  of the district so enlarged for the balance of the term to which 
283.22  the members were elected.  At the next annual school election 
283.23  the successors to the members whose terms then expire shall be 
283.24  elected by the legally qualified voters of the newly enlarged 
283.25  district.  Thereafter board members shall be elected according 
283.26  to the election procedure established for the election of board 
283.27  members in independent districts. 
283.28     Sec. 56.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.47, is 
283.29  amended to read: 
283.30     122.47 [SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, APPLICATION.] 
283.31     When provisions of sections 122.41 to 122.52 are made to 
283.32  apply to any special school district, such district shall hereby 
283.33  be converted to an independent school district on the effective 
283.34  date specified in the orders issued under provisions of sections 
283.35  122.41 to 122.52.  All applicable provisions of Minnesota 
283.36  Statutes 1965, section 122.26, relating to such conversions 
284.1   shall otherwise be in force.  To the extent that any law or 
284.2   charter provision of any special district is inconsistent with 
284.3   the status of an independent school district or the powers 
284.4   common to independent school districts, such law or charter 
284.5   provision is hereby repealed.  Provided, however, that nothing 
284.6   in sections 122.41 to 122.52 shall in any way invalidate 
284.7   remaining portions of such laws or home rule charters, or the 
284.8   continuance of such special school districts to which no new 
284.9   territory is attached under the provisions of sections 122.41 to 
284.10  122.52.  
284.11     Sec. 57.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.48, is 
284.12  amended to read: 
284.13     122.48 [PRIVATE SCHOOLS.] 
284.14     Sections 122.41 to 122.46 shall not apply to any school 
284.15  district in which is located any existing private school 
284.16  maintaining elementary and secondary education for 75 percent of 
284.17  the eligible pupils within the district and complying with the 
284.18  requirements of section 120.101. 
284.19     Sec. 58.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.531, 
284.20  subdivision 2c, is amended to read: 
284.21     Subd. 2c.  [DISCONTINUED REFERENDUM REVENUE.] If the plan 
284.22  for consolidation provides for discontinuance of referendum 
284.23  revenue previously approved by voters of the component districts 
284.24  pursuant to section 124A.03, subdivision 2, or its predecessor 
284.25  provision, the newly created district shall must not receive 
284.26  referendum revenue unless the voters of the newly created 
284.27  district authorize referendum revenue pursuant to section 
284.28  124A.03, subdivision 2.  
284.29     Sec. 59.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.531, 
284.30  subdivision 5a, is amended to read: 
284.31     Subd. 5a.  [SUPPLEMENTAL REVENUE.] (a) For purposes of 
284.32  computing the supplemental revenue and the minimum allowance 
284.33  under section 124A.22, subdivision 9, paragraph (b), in the case 
284.34  of a consolidation, the newly created district's 1991-1992 
284.35  revenue and 1991-1992 actual pupil units are the sum of the 
284.36  1991-1992 revenue and 1991-1992 pupil units, respectively, of 
285.1   the former districts comprising the new district. 
285.2      (b) For purposes of computing the supplemental revenue and 
285.3   the minimum allowance under section 124A.22, subdivision 9, 
285.4   paragraph (b), in the case of a dissolution and attachment, a 
285.5   district's 1991-1992 revenue is the revenue of the existing 
285.6   district plus the result of the following calculation: 
285.7      (1) the 1991-1992 revenue of the dissolved district divided 
285.8   by 
285.9      (2) the dissolved district's 1991-1992 actual pupil units, 
285.10  multiplied by 
285.11     (3) the pupil units of the dissolved district in the most 
285.12  recent year before the dissolution allocated to the newly 
285.13  created or enlarged district. 
285.14     (c) In the case of a dissolution and attachment, the 
285.15  department of children, families, and learning shall allocate 
285.16  the pupil units of the dissolved district to the newly enlarged 
285.17  district based on the allocation of the property on which the 
285.18  pupils generating the pupil units reside.  
285.19     Sec. 60.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.531, 
285.20  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
285.21     Subd. 9.  [LEVY FOR SEVERANCE PAY OR EARLY RETIREMENT 
285.22  INCENTIVES.] The school board of a newly created or enlarged 
285.23  district to which part or all of a dissolved district was 
285.24  attached according to section 122.22 may levy for severance pay 
285.25  or early retirement incentives for licensed and nonlicensed 
285.26  employees who resign or retire early as a result of the 
285.27  dissolution or consolidation, if the commissioner of children, 
285.28  families, and learning approves the incentives and the amount to 
285.29  be levied.  The amount may be levied over a period of up to five 
285.30  years and shall must be spread in whole or in part on the 
285.31  property of a preexisting district or the newly created or 
285.32  enlarged district, as determined by the school board of the 
285.33  newly created or enlarged district. 
285.34     Sec. 61.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.5311, 
285.35  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
285.36     Subdivision 1.  [CAPITAL LOAN OBLIGATIONS.] If a district 
286.1   has a capital loan outstanding at the time of reorganization 
286.2   according to section 122.22, 122.23, or sections 122.241 to 
286.3   122.248, and if the plan for reorganization provides for payment 
286.4   of all or a portion of the capital loan obligation by the newly 
286.5   created or enlarged district or makes no provision for payment, 
286.6   all of the taxable property in the newly created or enlarged 
286.7   district is taxable for the payment to the extent stated in the 
286.8   plan.  Notwithstanding any contract to the contrary, if all of 
286.9   the taxable property in the newly created or enlarged district 
286.10  is taxable for the payment of the capital loan and until the 
286.11  capital loan is retired or canceled, the maximum effort debt 
286.12  service levy shall must be recalculated annually by the 
286.13  department of children, families, and learning to be equal to 
286.14  the required debt service levy plus an additional amount.  The 
286.15  additional amount shall must be the greater of: 
286.16     (i) zero, or 
286.17     (ii) the maximum effort debt service levy of the 
286.18  preexisting district minus the required debt service levy of the 
286.19  preexisting district that received the capital loan. 
286.20     For the purpose of the recalculation, additional bond 
286.21  issues after the date of the reorganization shall not impact the 
286.22  maximum effort debt service levy or the required debt service 
286.23  levy. 
286.24     Notwithstanding any contract to the contrary, the plan for 
286.25  reorganization may specify that the obligation for a capital 
286.26  loan remains solely with the preexisting district that incurred 
286.27  the obligation.  This subdivision does not relieve any property 
286.28  from any tax liability for payment of any capital loan 
286.29  obligation. 
286.30     Sec. 62.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.532, 
286.31  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
286.32     Subd. 2.  [TEACHER ASSIGNMENT.] (a) As of the effective 
286.33  date of a consolidation in which a district is divided or the 
286.34  dissolution of a district and its attachment to two or more 
286.35  existing districts, each teacher employed by an affected 
286.36  district shall be assigned to the newly created or enlarged 
287.1   district on the basis of a ratio of the pupils assigned to each 
287.2   district according to the new district boundaries.  The district 
287.3   receiving the greatest number of pupils must be assigned the 
287.4   teacher with the greatest seniority, and the remaining teachers 
287.5   must be alternately assigned to each district until the district 
287.6   receiving the fewest pupils has received its ratio of teachers 
287.7   who will not be retiring before the effective date of the 
287.8   consolidation or dissolution. 
287.9      (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the school board and the 
287.10  exclusive representative of teachers in each school district 
287.11  involved in the consolidation or dissolution and attachment may 
287.12  negotiate a plan for assigning teachers to each newly created or 
287.13  enlarged district. 
287.14     Sec. 63.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.532, 
287.15  subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
287.16     Subd. 3a.  [INTERIM CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS.] (a) Until a 
287.17  successor contract is executed between the new school board and 
287.18  the exclusive representative of the teachers of the new 
287.19  district, the school boards of both districts and the exclusive 
287.20  representatives of the teachers of both districts may agree: 
287.21     (1) to comply with the contract of either district with 
287.22  respect to all of the teachers assigned to the new district; or 
287.23     (2) that each of the contracts shall apply to the teachers 
287.24  previously subject to the respective contract.  
287.25     (b) In the absence of an agreement according to paragraph 
287.26  (a), the following shall apply: 
287.27     (1) if the effective date is July 1 of an even-numbered 
287.28  year, each of the contracts shall apply to the teachers 
287.29  previously subject to the respective contract and shall be 
287.30  binding on the new school board; or 
287.31     (2) if the effective date is July 1 of an odd-numbered 
287.32  year, the contract of the district that previously employed the 
287.33  largest proportion of teachers assigned to the new district 
287.34  applies to all of the teachers assigned to the new district and 
287.35  shall be binding on the new school board.  The application of 
287.36  this section shall not result in a reduction in a teacher's 
288.1   basic salary, payments for cocurricular or extracurricular 
288.2   assignments, district contributions toward insurance coverages 
288.3   or tax-sheltered annuities, leaves of absence, or severance pay 
288.4   until a successor contract is executed between the new school 
288.5   board and the exclusive representative.  
288.6      Sec. 64.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.532, 
288.7   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
288.8      Subd. 4.  [CONTRACTS; TERMINATION; TENURE.] Except as 
288.9   provided in this section, the provisions of section 125.12 or 
288.10  125.17 shall apply to the employment of each teacher by the new 
288.11  employing district on the same basis as they would have applied 
288.12  to the employment if the teacher had been employed by that new 
288.13  district before the effective date of the consolidation or 
288.14  dissolution and attachment.  For the purpose of applying the 
288.15  provisions of subdivision 3, clause (c), and the provisions of 
288.16  section 125.12, subdivision 6b, each school district must be 
288.17  considered to have started school each year on the same date.  
288.18     Sec. 65.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.535, 
288.19  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
288.20     Subd. 2.  [AGREEMENT.] The school board may enter into one 
288.21  or more agreements providing for instruction of its secondary 
288.22  pupils in one or more districts.  The agreement shall must be 
288.23  effective on July 1 and shall be for a specified or indefinite 
288.24  number of years.  The agreement shall must set forth the 
288.25  obligations of transportation, the tuition to be paid to the 
288.26  providing district, and all additional charges and fees to be 
288.27  paid to the providing district.  The amount of tuition shall not 
288.28  be subject to the provisions of section 124.18, subdivision 2.  
288.29  The agreement may provide for negotiation of a plan for the 
288.30  assignment or employment in a providing district as an exchange 
288.31  teacher according to section 125.13, or placement on unrequested 
288.32  leave of absence of teachers whose positions are discontinued as 
288.33  a result of the agreement.  "Teacher" has the meaning given it 
288.34  in section 125.12, subdivision 1.  
288.35     Sec. 66.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.535, 
288.36  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
289.1      Subd. 3.  [INFORMATIONAL MEETING.] Before entering into 
289.2   agreements permitted by subdivision 2 of this section, the 
289.3   school board shall must hold a public hearing.  The board shall 
289.4   must publish notice of the hearing in the newspaper with the 
289.5   largest circulation in the district.  If the board proposes to 
289.6   enter into agreements with two or more districts, the board may 
289.7   conduct separate or consolidated hearings.  
289.8      Sec. 67.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.535, 
289.9   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
289.10     Subd. 4.  [REVIEW AND COMMENT.] After the hearing required 
289.11  by subdivision 3 and before entering into an agreement, the 
289.12  board shall must submit the agreement to the commissioner of 
289.13  children, families, and learning for review and comment.  
289.14     Sec. 68.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.535, 
289.15  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
289.16     Subd. 5.  [AID PAYMENTS.] A district entering into an 
289.17  agreement permitted in subdivision 2 of this section shall must 
289.18  continue to count its resident pupils who are educated in other 
289.19  districts as resident pupils in the calculation of pupil units 
289.20  for the purposes of state aids, levy limitations, and any other 
289.21  purpose.  A district may continue to provide transportation and 
289.22  collect transportation aid for its resident pupils.  For 
289.23  purposes of aid calculations, the commissioner of children, 
289.24  families, and learning may adjust the cost per eligible pupil 
289.25  transported to reflect changes in cost resulting from the 
289.26  agreement, if any.  
289.27     Sec. 69.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.535, 
289.28  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
289.29     Subd. 6.  [SEVERANCE PAY.] A district shall must pay 
289.30  severance pay to a teacher who is placed on unrequested leave of 
289.31  absence by the district as a result of the agreement.  A teacher 
289.32  is eligible under this subdivision if the teacher: 
289.33     (1) is a teacher, as defined in section 125.12, subdivision 
289.34  1, but not a superintendent; 
289.35     (2) has a continuing contract with the district according 
289.36  to section 125.12, subdivision 4. 
290.1      The amount of severance pay shall must be equal to the 
290.2   teacher's salary for the school year during which the teacher 
290.3   was placed on unrequested leave of absence minus the gross 
290.4   amount the teacher was paid during the 12 months following the 
290.5   teacher's termination of salary, by an entity whose teachers by 
290.6   statute or rule must possess a valid Minnesota teaching license, 
290.7   and minus the amount a teacher receives as severance or other 
290.8   similar pay according to a contract with the district or 
290.9   district policy.  These entities requiring a valid Minnesota 
290.10  teaching license include, but are not limited to, the school 
290.11  district that placed the teacher on unrequested leave of 
290.12  absence, another school district in Minnesota, an education 
290.13  district, an intermediate school district, a SC, a board formed 
290.14  under section 471.59, a state residential academy, the Lola and 
290.15  Rudy Perpich Minnesota center for arts education, a vocational 
290.16  center, or a special education cooperative.  These entities do 
290.17  not include a school district in another state, a Minnesota 
290.18  public post-secondary institution, or a state agency.  Only 
290.19  amounts earned by the teacher as a substitute teacher or in a 
290.20  position requiring a valid Minnesota teaching license shall be 
290.21  subtracted.  A teacher may decline any offer of employment as a 
290.22  teacher without loss of rights to severance pay. 
290.23     To determine the amount of severance pay that is due for 
290.24  the first six months following termination of the teacher's 
290.25  salary, the district may require the teacher to provide 
290.26  documented evidence of the teacher's employers and gross 
290.27  earnings during that period.  The district shall must pay the 
290.28  teacher the amount of severance pay it determines to be due from 
290.29  the proceeds of the levy for this purpose.  To determine the 
290.30  amount of severance pay that is due for the second six months of 
290.31  the 12 months following the termination of the teacher's salary, 
290.32  the district may require the teacher to provide documented 
290.33  evidence of the teacher's employers and gross earnings during 
290.34  that period.  The district shall must pay the teacher the amount 
290.35  of severance pay it determines to be due from the proceeds of 
290.36  the levy for this purpose.  
291.1      A teacher who receives severance pay under this subdivision 
291.2   waives all further reinstatement rights under section 125.12, 
291.3   subdivision 6a or 6b.  If the teacher receives severance pay, 
291.4   the teacher shall not receive credit for any years of service in 
291.5   the district paying severance pay prior to the year in which the 
291.6   teacher becomes eligible to receive severance pay. 
291.7      The severance pay is subject to section 465.72.  The 
291.8   district may levy annually according to section 124.912, 
291.9   subdivision 1, for the severance pay.  
291.10     Sec. 70.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.541, 
291.11  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
291.12     Subdivision 1.  [DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS.] The school boards 
291.13  of two or more districts may, after consultation with the 
291.14  department of children, families, and learning, enter into an 
291.15  agreement providing for:  
291.16     (1) discontinuance by all districts except one of at least 
291.17  the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades; and 
291.18     (2) instruction of the pupils in the discontinued grades in 
291.19  one of the cooperating districts.  Each district shall must 
291.20  continue to operate a school with at least three grades.  Before 
291.21  entering into a final agreement, the boards shall must provide a 
291.22  copy of this agreement to the commissioner of children, 
291.23  families, and learning.  
291.24     Sec. 71.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.541, 
291.25  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
291.26     Subd. 2.  [AID; TRANSPORTATION.] (a) Each district shall 
291.27  must continue to count its resident pupils who are educated in a 
291.28  cooperating district as resident pupils in the calculation of 
291.29  pupil units for all purposes.  The agreement shall must provide 
291.30  for tuition payments between or among the districts.  
291.31     (b) Each district shall must continue to provide 
291.32  transportation and collect transportation aid for its resident 
291.33  pupils pursuant to sections 123.39, 124.223, and 124.225.  A 
291.34  district may provide some or all transportation to its resident 
291.35  pupils by contracting with a cooperating district.  For purposes 
291.36  of section 124.225, the commissioner may adjust the base cost 
292.1   per eligible pupil transported to reflect changes in costs 
292.2   resulting from the agreement.  
292.3      Sec. 72.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.541, 
292.4   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
292.5      Subd. 4.  [NEGOTIATED PLAN FOR DISCONTINUED TEACHERS.] 
292.6   The school board and exclusive bargaining representative of the 
292.7   teachers in each district discontinuing grades may negotiate a 
292.8   plan to assign or employ in a cooperating district or to place 
292.9   on unrequested leave of absence all teachers whose positions are 
292.10  discontinued as a result of the agreement.  The school board and 
292.11  exclusive bargaining representative of the teachers in each 
292.12  district providing instruction to nonresident pupils may 
292.13  negotiate a plan to employ teachers from a cooperating district 
292.14  whose positions are discontinued as a result of the agreement.  
292.15  If plans are negotiated and if the boards determine the plans 
292.16  are compatible, the boards shall include the plans in their 
292.17  agreement.  
292.18     Sec. 73.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.541, 
292.19  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
292.20     Subd. 5.  [COMBINED SENIORITY LIST.] If compatible plans 
292.21  are not negotiated before the March 1 preceding any year of the 
292.22  agreement, the cooperating districts shall be governed by this 
292.23  subdivision.  Insofar as possible, teachers who have acquired 
292.24  continuing contract rights and whose positions are discontinued 
292.25  as a result of the agreement shall be employed by a cooperating 
292.26  district or assigned to teach in a cooperating district as 
292.27  exchange teachers pursuant to section 125.13.  If necessary, 
292.28  teachers whose positions are discontinued as a result of the 
292.29  agreement and who have acquired continuing contract rights shall 
292.30  be placed on unrequested leave of absence in fields in which 
292.31  they are licensed in the inverse order in which they were 
292.32  employed by a cooperating district, according to a combined 
292.33  seniority list of teachers in the cooperating districts.  For 
292.34  the purpose of establishing a combined seniority list, each 
292.35  school district must be considered to have started school each 
292.36  year on the same date.  
293.1      Sec. 74.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.541, 
293.2   subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
293.3      Subd. 6.  [NOTICE AND HEARING.] Prior to entering into an 
293.4   agreement, the school board shall consult with the community at 
293.5   an informational meeting.  The board shall must publish notice 
293.6   of the meeting in the official newspaper of the district and may 
293.7   send written notice of the meeting to parents of pupils who 
293.8   would be affected. 
293.9      Sec. 75.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.541, 
293.10  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
293.11     Subd. 7.  [MEETING LOCATION.] Notwithstanding any law to 
293.12  the contrary, school boards that have an agreement may hold a 
293.13  valid joint meeting at any location that would be permissible 
293.14  for one of the school boards participating in the meeting.  A 
293.15  school board that has an agreement may hold a meeting in any 
293.16  district that is a party to the agreement.  The school board 
293.17  shall comply with section 471.705 and any other law applicable 
293.18  to a meeting of a school board.  
293.19     Sec. 76.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.895, is 
293.20  amended to read: 
293.21     122.895 [EMPLOYEES OF COOPERATIVE DISTRICTS UPON 
293.22  DISSOLUTION OR WITHDRAWAL.] 
293.23     Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] For the purposes of this 
293.24  section, the terms defined in this subdivision have the meanings 
293.25  given them. 
293.26     (a) "Teacher" means a teacher as defined in section 125.12, 
293.27  subdivision 1, who is employed by a district or center listed in 
293.28  subdivision 2, except that it does not include a superintendent. 
293.29     (b) "Cooperative" means any district or center to which 
293.30  this section applies. 
293.31     (c) "Withdrawal" means a school district's removal of its 
293.32  students from a program of instruction, counseling, or 
293.33  evaluation provided by a cooperative in order to provide the 
293.34  same educational services by other means. 
293.35     (d) "Education support position" means a position not 
293.36  requiring a teaching license in which an employee assists a 
294.1   teacher by providing instructional, counseling, or evaluative 
294.2   support services directly to students. 
294.3      (e) "Education support employee" means an employee holding 
294.4   an education support position.  
294.5      Subd. 2.  [APPLICABILITY.] This section applies to: 
294.6      (1) an education district organized according to sections 
294.7   122.91 to 122.95; 
294.8      (2) a cooperative vocational center organized according to 
294.9   section 123.351; 
294.10     (3) a joint powers district or board organized according to 
294.11  section 471.59 which employs teachers to provide instruction; 
294.12     (4) an intermediate district organized according to chapter 
294.13  136D; 
294.14     (5) a service cooperative which employs teachers to provide 
294.15  instruction; and 
294.16     (6) school districts participating in an agreement for the 
294.17  cooperative provision of special education services to children 
294.18  with disabilities according to section 120.17, subdivision 4.  
294.19     Subd. 2a.  [AGREEMENTS FOR COOPERATIVE SPECIAL EDUCATION.] 
294.20  (a) Upon the termination of an agreement according to section 
294.21  120.17, subdivision 4, a teacher employed to provide special 
294.22  education services by a school district participating in the 
294.23  agreement will be afforded rights to employment by other school 
294.24  districts according to subdivisions 3, 4, and 5.  Nonlicensed 
294.25  employees of a participating district employed to provide 
294.26  special education services will, upon the agreement's 
294.27  termination, be afforded rights to employment by other 
294.28  participating districts according to subdivision 8. 
294.29     (b) Upon a school district's withdrawal from the 
294.30  cooperative provision of special education under an agreement 
294.31  according to section 120.17, subdivision 4, a teacher employed 
294.32  to provide special education services by a participating 
294.33  district will be afforded rights to employment by other school 
294.34  districts according to subdivisions 3, 6, and 7.  Nonlicensed 
294.35  employees of a participating district employed to provide 
294.36  special education services will be afforded rights to employment 
295.1   by the withdrawing district according to subdivision 9.  
295.2      Subd. 3.  [NOTIFICATION OF TEACHERS.] In any year in which 
295.3   a cooperative dissolves or a member withdraws from a 
295.4   cooperative, the governing board of a cooperative shall must 
295.5   provide all teachers employed by the cooperative written 
295.6   notification by March 10 of: 
295.7      (1) the dissolution of the cooperative and the effective 
295.8   date of dissolution; or 
295.9      (2) the withdrawal of a member of the cooperative and the 
295.10  effective date of withdrawal. 
295.11     Subd. 4.  [RIGHTS OF A TEACHER WITH A CONTINUING CONTRACT 
295.12  IN A MEMBER DISTRICT UPON DISSOLUTION.] (a) This subdivision 
295.13  applies to a teacher previously employed in a member district 
295.14  who: 
295.15     (1) had a continuing contract with that member district; 
295.16     (2) has been continuously employed immediately after 
295.17  leaving that member district by one or more cooperatives that 
295.18  provided instruction to pupils enrolled in that member district; 
295.19  and 
295.20     (3) is either a probationary teacher or has a continuing 
295.21  contract with the cooperative that is dissolving. 
295.22     (b) A teacher may elect to resume the teacher's continuing 
295.23  contract with the member district by which the teacher was 
295.24  previously employed by filing a written notice of the election 
295.25  with the member school board on or before March 20.  Failure by 
295.26  a teacher to file a written notice by March 20 of the year the 
295.27  teacher receives a notice according to subdivision 3 constitutes 
295.28  a waiver of the teacher's rights under this subdivision. 
295.29     The member district shall must make reasonable realignments 
295.30  of positions to accommodate the seniority rights of a teacher 
295.31  electing to resume continuing contract rights in the member 
295.32  district according to this subdivision. 
295.33     Upon returning the teacher shall receive credit for: 
295.34     (1) all years of continuous service under contract with the 
295.35  cooperative and the member district for all purposes relating to 
295.36  seniority, compensation, and employment benefits; and 
296.1      (2) the teacher's current educational attainment on the 
296.2   member district's salary schedule.  
296.3      (c) A teacher who does not elect to return to the member 
296.4   district according to this subdivision may exercise rights under 
296.5   subdivision 5. 
296.6      Subd. 5.  [RIGHTS OF OTHER TEACHERS.] (a) This subdivision 
296.7   applies to a teacher who: 
296.8      (1) has a continuing contract with the cooperative; and 
296.9      (2) either did not have a continuing contract with any 
296.10  member district or does not return to a member district 
296.11  according to the procedures set forth in subdivision 4, 
296.12  paragraph (b). 
296.13     (b) By May 10 of the school year in which the cooperative 
296.14  provides the notice required by subdivision 3, clause (1), the 
296.15  cooperative shall must provide to each teacher described in 
296.16  subdivision 4 and this subdivision a written notice of available 
296.17  teaching positions in any member district to which the 
296.18  cooperative was providing services at the time of dissolution.  
296.19  Available teaching positions are all teaching positions that, 
296.20  during the school year following dissolution: 
296.21     (1) are positions for which the teacher is licensed; and 
296.22     (2) are not assigned to a continuing contract teacher 
296.23  employed by a member school district after any reasonable 
296.24  realignments which may be necessary under the applicable 
296.25  provisions of section 125.12, subdivision 6a or 6b, to 
296.26  accommodate the seniority rights of teachers employed by the 
296.27  member district. 
296.28     (c) On or before June 1 of the school year in which the 
296.29  cooperative provides the notice required by subdivision 3, 
296.30  clause (1), any teacher wishing to do so must file with the 
296.31  school board a written notice of the teacher's intention to 
296.32  exercise the teacher's rights to an available teaching 
296.33  position.  Available teaching positions shall must be offered to 
296.34  teachers in order of their seniority within the dissolved 
296.35  cooperative. 
296.36     (d) Paragraph (e) applies to: 
297.1      (1) a district that was a member of a dissolved 
297.2   cooperative; or 
297.3      (2) any other district that, except as a result of open 
297.4   enrollment according to section 120.062, provides essentially 
297.5   the same instruction provided by the dissolved cooperative to 
297.6   pupils enrolled in a former member district. 
297.7      (e) For five years following dissolution of a cooperative, 
297.8   a district to which this paragraph applies may not appoint a new 
297.9   teacher or assign a probationary or provisionally licensed 
297.10  teacher to any position requiring licensure in a field in which 
297.11  the dissolved cooperative provided instruction until the 
297.12  following conditions are met: 
297.13     (1) a district to which this paragraph applies has provided 
297.14  each teacher formerly employed by the dissolved cooperative, who 
297.15  holds the requisite license, written notice of the position; and 
297.16     (2) no teacher holding the requisite license has filed a 
297.17  written request to be appointed to the position with the school 
297.18  board within 30 days of receiving the notice. 
297.19     If no teacher files a request according to clause (2), the 
297.20  district may fill the position as it sees fit.  During any part 
297.21  of the school year in which dissolution occurs and the first 
297.22  school year following dissolution, a teacher may file a request 
297.23  for an appointment according to this paragraph regardless of 
297.24  prior contractual commitments with other member districts.  
297.25  Available teaching positions shall must be offered to teachers 
297.26  in order of their seniority on a combined seniority list of the 
297.27  teachers employed by the cooperative and the appointing district.
297.28     (f) A teacher appointed according to this subdivision is 
297.29  not required to serve a probationary period.  The teacher shall 
297.30  receive credit on the appointing district's salary schedule for 
297.31  the teacher's years of continuous service under contract with 
297.32  the cooperative and the member district and the teacher's 
297.33  educational attainment at the time of appointment or shall 
297.34  receive a comparable salary, whichever is less.  The teacher 
297.35  shall receive credit for accumulations of sick leave and rights 
297.36  to severance benefits as if the teacher had been employed by the 
298.1   member district during the teacher's years of employment by the 
298.2   cooperative. 
298.3      Subd. 6.  [RIGHTS OF A TEACHER WITH A CONTINUING CONTRACT 
298.4   IN A MEMBER DISTRICT UPON WITHDRAWAL OF THE DISTRICT.] (a) This 
298.5   subdivision applies to a teacher previously employed by a member 
298.6   district who: 
298.7      (1) had a continuing contract with the member district 
298.8   which withdraws from a cooperative; 
298.9      (2) has been continuously employed immediately after 
298.10  leaving that member district by one or more cooperatives that 
298.11  provided instruction to pupils enrolled in that member district; 
298.12  and 
298.13     (3) is either a probationary teacher or has a continuing 
298.14  contract with the cooperative from which the member district is 
298.15  withdrawing. 
298.16     (b) A teacher may elect to resume the teacher's continuing 
298.17  contract with the withdrawing district by which the teacher was 
298.18  previously employed by filing a written notice of the election 
298.19  with the withdrawing school board on or before March 20.  
298.20  Failure by a teacher to file written notice by March 20 of the 
298.21  year the teacher receives a notice according to subdivision 3 
298.22  constitutes a waiver of a teacher's rights under this 
298.23  subdivision. 
298.24     The member district shall must make reasonable realignments 
298.25  of positions to accommodate the seniority rights of a teacher 
298.26  electing to resume continuing contract rights in the member 
298.27  district according to this subdivision. 
298.28     Upon returning, the teacher shall receive credit for: 
298.29     (1) all years of continuous service under contract with the 
298.30  cooperative and the member district for all purposes relating to 
298.31  seniority, compensation, and employment benefits; and 
298.32     (2) the teacher's current educational attainment on the 
298.33  member district's salary schedule.  
298.34     Subd. 7.  [RIGHTS OF A TEACHER PLACED ON UNREQUESTED LEAVE 
298.35  UPON WITHDRAWAL.] (a) This subdivision applies to a teacher who 
298.36  is placed on unrequested leave of absence, according to section 
299.1   125.12, subdivision 6a or 6b, in the year in which the 
299.2   cooperative provides the notice required by subdivision 3, 
299.3   clause (2), by a cooperative from which a member district is 
299.4   withdrawing. 
299.5      This subdivision applies to a district that, except as a 
299.6   result of open enrollment according to section 120.062, provides 
299.7   essentially the same instruction provided by the cooperative to 
299.8   pupils enrolled in the withdrawing district. 
299.9      (b) A teacher shall be appointed by a district to which 
299.10  this subdivision applies to an available teaching position which:
299.11     (1) is in a field of licensure in which pupils enrolled in 
299.12  the withdrawing district received instruction from the 
299.13  cooperative; and 
299.14     (2) is within the teacher's field of licensure. 
299.15     For the purpose of this paragraph, an available teaching 
299.16  position means any position that is vacant or would otherwise be 
299.17  occupied by a probationary or provisionally licensed teacher. 
299.18     (c) A board may not appoint a new teacher to an available 
299.19  teaching position unless no teacher holding the requisite 
299.20  license on unrequested leave from the cooperative has filed a 
299.21  written request for appointment.  The request shall must be 
299.22  filed with the board of the appointing district within 30 days 
299.23  of receiving written notice from the appointing board that it 
299.24  has an available teaching position.  If no teacher holding the 
299.25  requisite license files a request according to this paragraph, 
299.26  the district may fill the position as it sees fit.  Available 
299.27  teaching positions shall must be offered to teachers in order of 
299.28  their seniority on a combined seniority list of the teachers 
299.29  employed by the cooperative and the withdrawing member district. 
299.30     (d) A teacher appointed according to this subdivision is 
299.31  not required to serve a probationary period.  The teacher shall 
299.32  receive credit on the appointing district's salary schedule for 
299.33  the teacher's years of continuous service under contract with 
299.34  the cooperative and the member district and the teacher's 
299.35  educational attainment at the time of appointment or shall 
299.36  receive a comparable salary, whichever is less.  The teacher 
300.1   shall receive credit for accumulations of sick leave and rights 
300.2   to severance benefits as if the teacher had been employed by the 
300.3   member district during the teacher's years of employment by the 
300.4   cooperative.  
300.5      Subd. 8.  [NONLICENSED EMPLOYEES UPON DISSOLUTION.] (a) A 
300.6   nonlicensed employee who is terminated by a cooperative that 
300.7   dissolves shall be appointed by a district that is a member of 
300.8   the dissolved cooperative to a position that is created within 
300.9   36 months of the dissolution of the cooperative and is created 
300.10  as a result of the dissolution of the cooperative.  A position 
300.11  shall must be offered to a nonlicensed employee, who fulfills 
300.12  the qualifications for that position, in order of the employee's 
300.13  seniority within the dissolved cooperative. 
300.14     (b) When an education support employee is terminated by a 
300.15  cooperative that dissolves, a district that is a member of the 
300.16  dissolved cooperative shall must appoint the employee to an 
300.17  education support position if the position is created within 36 
300.18  months of the dissolution of the cooperative as a result of the 
300.19  dissolution.  An education support position shall must be 
300.20  offered to an education support employee, who fulfills the 
300.21  qualifications for that position, in order of the employee's 
300.22  seniority within the dissolved cooperative. 
300.23     (c) An employee appointed according to this subdivision 
300.24  shall receive credit for the employee's: 
300.25     (1) continuous years of service with the cooperative on the 
300.26  appointing district's compensation schedule and seniority list; 
300.27  and 
300.28     (2) unused sick leave accumulated while employed by the 
300.29  cooperative. 
300.30     (d) Notwithstanding section 179A.12 or Minnesota Rules, 
300.31  part 5510.0510, subparts 1 to 4, a representation petition 
300.32  seeking the exclusive representation of a unit of education 
300.33  support employees employed by a district formerly a member of a 
300.34  dissolved cooperative may be considered by the commissioner of 
300.35  the bureau of mediation services at any time within 11 months of 
300.36  the dissolution of the cooperative.  
301.1      Subd. 9.  [NONLICENSED EMPLOYEES UPON WITHDRAWAL.] (a) A 
301.2   nonlicensed employee of a cooperative whose active employment is 
301.3   discontinued or reduced as a result of the withdrawal of a 
301.4   member district from the cooperative shall be appointed by the 
301.5   withdrawing member district to a position that is created within 
301.6   36 months of the withdrawal and is created as a result of the 
301.7   withdrawal of the member district.  A position shall must be 
301.8   offered to a nonlicensed employee, who fulfills the 
301.9   qualifications for that position, in order of the employee's 
301.10  seniority within the cooperative from which a member district 
301.11  withdraws. 
301.12     (b) When an education support employee of a cooperative has 
301.13  active employment discontinued or reduced as a result of the 
301.14  withdrawal of a member district from the cooperative, the 
301.15  withdrawing member district shall must appoint the employee to 
301.16  an education support position if the position is created within 
301.17  36 months of the withdrawal as a result of the withdrawal of the 
301.18  member district.  An education support position shall must be 
301.19  offered to an education support employee, who meets the 
301.20  qualifications for that position, in order of the employee's 
301.21  seniority within the cooperative from which a member district 
301.22  withdraws. 
301.23     (c) An employee appointed according to this subdivision 
301.24  shall receive credit for the employee's: 
301.25     (1) continuous years of service with the cooperative on the 
301.26  appointing district's compensation schedule and seniority list; 
301.27  and 
301.28     (2) unused sick leave accumulated while employed by the 
301.29  cooperative. 
301.30     (d) Notwithstanding section 179A.12 or Minnesota Rules, 
301.31  part 5510.0510, subparts 1 to 4, a representation petition 
301.32  seeking the exclusive representation of a unit of education 
301.33  support employees employed by a member district which has 
301.34  withdrawn from a cooperative may be considered by the 
301.35  commissioner of the bureau of mediation services at any time 
301.36  within 11 months of the district's withdrawal from the 
302.1   cooperative. 
302.2      Subd. 10.  [COOPERATIVES THAT MERGE.] Notwithstanding 
302.3   subdivisions 1 to 9, the following paragraphs apply to 
302.4   cooperatives that merge. 
302.5      (a) If a cooperative enters into an agreement to merge with 
302.6   another cooperative, the boards of the cooperatives and the 
302.7   exclusive representatives of the teachers in the cooperatives 
302.8   and the teachers in each member district may negotiate a plan to 
302.9   assign or employ in a member district or to place on unrequested 
302.10  leave of absence all teachers whose positions are discontinued 
302.11  as a result of the agreement.  If plans are negotiated and if 
302.12  the boards determine the plans are compatible, the boards shall 
302.13  must include the plans in their agreement. 
302.14     (b) If compatible plans are not negotiated under paragraph 
302.15  (a) by the March 1 preceding the effective date of the merger of 
302.16  the cooperatives, subdivisions 2 to 9 apply to teachers and 
302.17  nonlicensed employees whose positions are terminated as a result 
302.18  of an agreement to merge cooperatives.  
302.19     Sec. 77.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.91, 
302.20  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
302.21     Subd. 2.  [AGREEMENT.] School Boards meeting the 
302.22  requirements of subdivision 3 may enter into a written agreement 
302.23  to establish an education district.  Once established, cities, 
302.24  counties, and other governmental units as defined in section 
302.25  471.59, may become members of the education district.  The 
302.26  agreement and subsequent amendments must be adopted by majority 
302.27  vote of the full membership of each board.  
302.28     Sec. 78.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.91, 
302.29  subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
302.30     Subd. 2a.  [AGREEMENT; SPECIAL PROVISIONS.] The education 
302.31  district agreement may contain a special provision adopted by 
302.32  the vote of a majority of the full membership of each of the 
302.33  boards of the member school districts to allow a post-secondary 
302.34  institution or cities, counties, and other governmental units to 
302.35  become a member of the education district. 
302.36     Sec. 79.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.91, 
303.1   subdivision 3a, is amended to read: 
303.2      Subd. 3a.  [MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES.] Before entering 
303.3   into an agreement, the school board of each member district must 
303.4   meet and confer with the exclusive representatives of the 
303.5   teachers of each school district proposing to enter the 
303.6   education district.  
303.7      Sec. 80.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.91, 
303.8   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
303.9      Subd. 4.  [NOTICE AND HEARING.] Before entering into an 
303.10  agreement, the school board of each member district shall must 
303.11  publish a summary of the proposed agreement and its effect upon 
303.12  the district at least once in a newspaper of general circulation 
303.13  in the district a summary of the proposed agreement and its 
303.14  effect upon the district.  The board shall must conduct a public 
303.15  hearing on the proposed agreement not more than ten days after 
303.16  the notice and at least 30 days before entering into an 
303.17  agreement.  
303.18     Sec. 81.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.91, 
303.19  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
303.20     Subd. 6.  [SERVICE COOPERATIVES.] If requested, service 
303.21  cooperatives shall must provide assistance to districts in 
303.22  establishing education districts.  The assistance may include 
303.23  determination of appropriate boundaries of the education 
303.24  district and development of the agreement.  The service 
303.25  cooperatives may provide any other services requested by the 
303.26  education district. 
303.27     Sec. 82.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.93, 
303.28  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
303.29     Subd. 3.  [CONTRACTS.] The board may enter into contracts 
303.30  with school districts and other public and private agencies to 
303.31  provide services needed in the education district.  
303.32     Sec. 83.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.93, 
303.33  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
303.34     Subd. 8.  [DISCONTINUING GRADES.] The board of a school 
303.35  district that is a member of an education district may 
303.36  discontinue any of kindergarten through grade 12 or part of 
304.1   those grades and provide instruction for those grades or parts 
304.2   of grades within the education district.  
304.3      Sec. 84.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.95, 
304.4   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
304.5      Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITION.] For the purposes of this 
304.6   section, "teacher" has the meaning given it in section 125.12, 
304.7   subdivision 1, except that it does not include a superintendent. 
304.8      Sec. 85.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.95, 
304.9   subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
304.10     Subd. 1a.  [FILLING POSITIONS; NEGOTIATED AGREEMENTS.] 
304.11  The school boards in all member districts and exclusive 
304.12  bargaining representatives of the teachers in all member 
304.13  districts may negotiate a plan for filling positions resulting 
304.14  from implementation of the education district agreement.  If the 
304.15  plan is negotiated among the member school districts and the 
304.16  exclusive bargaining representative of each member school 
304.17  district and unanimously agreed upon, in writing, the education 
304.18  district shall must include the plan in the education district 
304.19  agreement.  If a plan is not negotiated, the education district 
304.20  is governed by subdivision 2.  
304.21     Sec. 86.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.95, 
304.22  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
304.23     Subd. 2.  [FILLING POSITIONS.] (a) When an education 
304.24  district board or a member board is filling a position resulting 
304.25  from implementation of the agreement, the board may offer the 
304.26  position to a teacher currently employed by a member district 
304.27  according to the exchange teacher provisions of section 125.13. 
304.28     (b) If the position is not filled by a currently employed 
304.29  teacher, the board shall must offer the position to an available 
304.30  teacher in the order of seniority in fields of licensure on a 
304.31  combined seniority list of all available teachers in the member 
304.32  districts.  For the purpose of establishing a combined seniority 
304.33  list, each school district must be considered to have started 
304.34  school each year on the same date.  An available teacher is a 
304.35  teacher in a member district who:  
304.36     (1) was placed on unrequested leave of absence by a member 
305.1   district, according to section 125.12, subdivision 6a or 6b, or 
305.2   was terminated according to section 125.17, subdivision 11, not 
305.3   more than one year before the initial formation of an education 
305.4   district as a result of an intention to enter into an education 
305.5   district agreement; 
305.6      (2) was placed on unrequested leave of absence by a member 
305.7   district, according to section 125.12, subdivision 6a or 6b, or 
305.8   was terminated according to section 125.17, subdivision 11, as a 
305.9   result of implementing the education district agreement, after 
305.10  the formation of the education district; or 
305.11     (3) is placed on unrequested leave of absence by a member 
305.12  district, according to section 125.12, subdivision 6a or 6b, or 
305.13  is terminated according to section 125.17, subdivision 11, as a 
305.14  result of implementing the education district, in the same year 
305.15  the position is filled. 
305.16     (c) If no currently employed teacher or available teacher 
305.17  accepts the position, the board may fill the position with any 
305.18  other teacher.  
305.19     (d) Any teacher who has been placed on unrequested leave of 
305.20  absence or who has been terminated has a right to a position 
305.21  only as long as the teacher has a right to reinstatement in a 
305.22  member district under section 125.12, subdivision 6a or 6b, or 
305.23  125.17, subdivision 11.  
305.24     Sec. 87.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 122.95, 
305.25  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
305.26     Subd. 4.  [DETERMINATION OF REASON FOR LEAVE.] When a 
305.27  school board that intends to enter into an education district 
305.28  agreement, and at the time a school board that has entered into 
305.29  an education district agreement places a teacher on unrequested 
305.30  leave of absence, according to section 125.12, subdivision 6a or 
305.31  6b, or terminates a teacher's services under section 125.17, 
305.32  subdivision 11, the board shall must make a determination 
305.33  whether the placement or termination is a result of implementing 
305.34  the education district agreement.  That determination shall must 
305.35  be included in the notice of proposed placement or termination, 
305.36  may be reviewed at a hearing upon request of the teacher, 
306.1   and shall must be included in the notice of final action of the 
306.2   board.  If the determination is not disputed by the teacher 
306.3   before June 1 or the final date required for action by the 
306.4   board, the teacher shall be deemed to acquiesce in the board's 
306.5   determination.  
306.6      Sec. 88.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
306.7   subdivision 19a, is amended to read: 
306.8      Subd. 19a.  [LIMITATION ON PARTICIPATION AND FINANCIAL 
306.9   SUPPORT.] (a) No school A district shall must not be required by 
306.10  any type of formal or informal agreement except an agreement to 
306.11  provide building space according to paragraph (f), including a 
306.12  joint powers agreement, or membership in any cooperative unit 
306.13  defined in section 123.35, subdivision 19b, paragraph (d), to 
306.14  participate in or provide financial support for the purposes of 
306.15  the agreement for a time period in excess of one fiscal year, or 
306.16  the time period set forth in this subdivision.  Any agreement, 
306.17  part of an agreement, or other type of requirement to the 
306.18  contrary is void. 
306.19     (b) This subdivision shall not affect the continued 
306.20  liability of a school district for its share of bonded 
306.21  indebtedness or other debt incurred as a result of any agreement 
306.22  before July 1, 1993.  The school district is liable only until 
306.23  the obligation or debt is discharged and only according to the 
306.24  payment schedule in effect on July 1, 1993, except that the 
306.25  payment schedule may be altered for the purpose of restructuring 
306.26  debt or refunding bonds outstanding on July 1, 1993, if the 
306.27  annual payments of the school district are not increased and if 
306.28  the total obligation of the school district for its share of 
306.29  outstanding bonds or other debt is not increased. 
306.30     (c) To cease participating in or providing financial 
306.31  support for any of the services or activities relating to the 
306.32  agreement or to terminate participation in the agreement, the 
306.33  school board shall must adopt a resolution and notify other 
306.34  parties to the agreement of its decision on or before February 1 
306.35  of any year.  The cessation or withdrawal shall be effective 
306.36  June 30 of the same year except that for a member of an 
307.1   education district organized under sections 122.91 to 122.95 or 
307.2   an intermediate district organized under chapter 136D, cessation 
307.3   or withdrawal shall be effective June 30 of the following fiscal 
307.4   year.  At the option of the school board, cessation or 
307.5   withdrawal may be effective June 30 of the following fiscal year 
307.6   for a district participating in any type of agreement.  
307.7      (d) Before issuing bonds or incurring other debt, the 
307.8   governing body responsible for implementing the agreement shall 
307.9   must adopt a resolution proposing to issue bonds or incur other 
307.10  debt and the proposed financial effect of the bonds or other 
307.11  debt upon each participating district.  The resolution shall 
307.12  must be adopted within a time sufficient to allow the school 
307.13  board to adopt a resolution within the time permitted by this 
307.14  paragraph and to comply with the statutory deadlines set forth 
307.15  in sections 122.895, 125.12, and 125.17.  The governing body 
307.16  responsible for implementing the agreement shall notify each 
307.17  participating school board of the contents of the resolution.  
307.18  Within 120 days of receiving the resolution of the governing 
307.19  body, the school board of the participating district shall adopt 
307.20  a resolution stating: 
307.21     (1) its concurrence with issuing bonds or incurring other 
307.22  debt; 
307.23     (2) its intention to cease participating in or providing 
307.24  financial support for the service or activity related to the 
307.25  bonds or other debt; or 
307.26     (3) its intention to terminate participation in the 
307.27  agreement. 
307.28     A school board adopting a resolution according to clause 
307.29  (1) is liable for its share of bonded indebtedness or other debt 
307.30  as proposed by the governing body implementing the agreement.  A 
307.31  school board adopting a resolution according to clause (2) is 
307.32  not liable for the bonded indebtedness or other debt, as 
307.33  proposed by the governing body, related to the services or 
307.34  activities in which the district ceases participating or 
307.35  providing financial support.  A school board adopting a 
307.36  resolution according to clause (3) is not liable for the bonded 
308.1   indebtedness or other debt proposed by the governing body 
308.2   implementing the agreement. 
308.3      (e) After July 1, 1993, a district is liable according to 
308.4   paragraph (d) for its share of bonded indebtedness or other debt 
308.5   incurred by the governing body implementing the agreement to the 
308.6   extent that the bonds or other debt are directly related to the 
308.7   services or activities in which the district participates or for 
308.8   which the district provides financial support.  The district has 
308.9   continued liability only until the obligation or debt is 
308.10  discharged and only according to the payment schedule in effect 
308.11  at the time the governing body implementing the agreement 
308.12  provides notice to the school board, except that the payment 
308.13  schedule may be altered for the purpose of refunding the 
308.14  outstanding bonds or restructuring other debt if the annual 
308.15  payments of the district are not increased and if the total 
308.16  obligation of the district for the outstanding bonds or other 
308.17  debt is not increased. 
308.18     (f) A school district that is a member of a cooperative 
308.19  unit as defined in subdivision 19b, paragraph (d), may obligate 
308.20  itself to participate in and provide financial support for an 
308.21  agreement with a cooperative unit to provide school building 
308.22  space for a term not to exceed two years with an option on the 
308.23  part of the district to renew for an additional two years.  
308.24     Sec. 89.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
308.25  subdivision 19b, is amended to read: 
308.26     Subd. 19b.  [WITHDRAWING FROM COOPERATIVE.] If a school 
308.27  district withdraws from a cooperative unit defined in paragraph 
308.28  (d), the distribution of assets and assignment of liabilities to 
308.29  the withdrawing district shall be determined according to this 
308.30  subdivision. 
308.31     (a) The withdrawing district remains responsible for its 
308.32  share of debt incurred by the cooperative unit according to 
308.33  section 123.35, subdivision 19a.  The school district and 
308.34  cooperative unit may mutually agree, through a board resolution 
308.35  by each, to terms and conditions of the distribution of assets 
308.36  and the assignment of liabilities.  
309.1      (b) If the cooperative unit and the school district cannot 
309.2   agree on the terms and conditions, the commissioner of children, 
309.3   families, and learning shall resolve the dispute by determining 
309.4   the district's proportionate share of assets and liabilities 
309.5   based on the district's enrollment, financial contribution, 
309.6   usage, or other factor or combination of factors determined 
309.7   appropriate by the commissioner.  The assets shall must be 
309.8   disbursed to the withdrawing district in a manner that minimizes 
309.9   financial disruption to the cooperative unit.  
309.10     (c) Assets related to an insurance pool shall not be 
309.11  disbursed to a member district under paragraph (b). 
309.12     (d) For the purposes of this section, a cooperative unit is:
309.13     (1) an education district organized under sections 122.91 
309.14  to 122.95; 
309.15     (2) a cooperative vocational center organized under section 
309.16  123.351; 
309.17     (3) an intermediate district organized under chapter 136D; 
309.18     (4) a service cooperative organized under section 123.582; 
309.19  or 
309.20     (5) a regional management information center organized 
309.21  under section 121.935 or as a joint powers district according to 
309.22  section 471.59.  
309.23     Sec. 90.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
309.24  subdivision 21, is amended to read: 
309.25     Subd. 21.  [APPEAL TO COMMISSIONER.] If a cooperative unit 
309.26  as defined in subdivision 19b, paragraph (d), denies membership 
309.27  in the unit to a school district, the school district may appeal 
309.28  to the commissioner of children, families, and learning.  The 
309.29  commissioner may require the cooperative unit to grant the 
309.30  district membership.  
309.31     Sec. 91.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.351, 
309.32  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
309.33     Subdivision 1.  [ESTABLISHMENT.] Two or more independent 
309.34  school districts may enter into an agreement to establish a 
309.35  cooperative center to provide for vocational education and other 
309.36  educational services upon the vote of a majority of the full 
310.1   membership of each of the boards of the districts entering into 
310.2   the agreement.  The agreement may also provide for membership by 
310.3   cities, counties, and other governmental units as defined in 
310.4   section 471.59.  When a resolution approving this action has 
310.5   been adopted by the board of a district, the resolution shall be 
310.6   published once in a newspaper of general circulation in the 
310.7   district.  If a petition for referendum on the question of the 
310.8   district entering into the agreement, containing signatures of 
310.9   qualified voters of the district equal to five percent of the 
310.10  number of voters at the last school district general election, 
310.11  is filed with the clerk of the board within 60 days after 
310.12  publication of the resolution, the board shall must not enter 
310.13  into the agreement until the question has been submitted to the 
310.14  voters of the district at a special election.  This election 
310.15  shall must be conducted and canvassed in the same manner as 
310.16  school district general elections.  If a majority of the total 
310.17  number of votes cast on the question within the district is in 
310.18  favor of the proposition, the board may enter into an agreement 
310.19  to establish the center for purposes described in this section.  
310.20     Sec. 92.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.351, 
310.21  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
310.22     Subd. 3.  [GOVERNING BOARD.] (a) The center shall must be 
310.23  operated by a center board of not less than five members which 
310.24  shall consist of members from school boards of each of the 
310.25  participating school districts within the center and member 
310.26  cities, counties, and other governmental units, appointed by 
310.27  their respective boards.  Each participating school district 
310.28  shall must have at least one member on the center board.  The 
310.29  center board shall must choose an administrative officer to 
310.30  administer center board policy and directives who shall serve as 
310.31  an ex officio member of the board but shall not have a vote. 
310.32     (b) The terms of office of the first members of the center 
310.33  board shall must be determined by lot as follows:  one-third of 
310.34  the members for one year, one-third for two years, and the 
310.35  remainder for three years, all terms to expire on June 30 of the 
310.36  appropriate year; provided that if the number of members is not 
311.1   evenly divisible by three, the membership will be as evenly 
311.2   distributed as possible among one, two and three year terms with 
311.3   the remaining members serving the three year term.  Thereafter 
311.4   the terms shall be for three years commencing on July 1 of each 
311.5   year.  If a vacancy occurs on the center board, it shall must be 
311.6   filled by the appropriate school board within 90 days.  A person 
311.7   appointed to the center board shall qualify as a center board 
311.8   member by filing with the chair a written certificate of 
311.9   appointment from the appointing school board. 
311.10     (c) The first meeting of a center board shall must be at a 
311.11  time mutually agreed upon by center board members.  At this 
311.12  meeting, the center board shall must choose its officers and 
311.13  conduct any other necessary organizational business. Thereafter 
311.14  the center board shall must meet on the first of July 1 of each 
311.15  year or as soon thereafter as practicable pursuant to notice 
311.16  sent to all center board members by the chief executive officer 
311.17  of the center. 
311.18     (d) The officers of the center board shall be a chair, 
311.19  vice-chair, clerk and treasurer, no two of whom when possible 
311.20  shall be from the same school district.  The chair shall preside 
311.21  at all meetings of the center board except in the chair's 
311.22  absence the vice-chair shall preside.  The clerk shall keep a 
311.23  complete record of the minutes of each meeting and the treasurer 
311.24  shall be the custodian of the funds of the center.  Insofar as 
311.25  applicable, sections 123.33 and 123.34, shall apply to the board 
311.26  and officers of the center. 
311.27     (e) Each participating school district shall must have 
311.28  equal voting power with at least one vote.  A majority of the 
311.29  center board shall be a quorum.  Any motion other than 
311.30  adjournment shall pass only upon receiving a majority of the 
311.31  votes of the entire center board.  
311.32     Sec. 93.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.351, 
311.33  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
311.34     Subd. 4.  [POWERS AND DUTIES.] (a) The center board shall 
311.35  have the general charge of the business of the center and the 
311.36  ownership of facilities.  Where applicable, section 123.36, 
312.1   shall apply.  The center board may not issue bonds in its 
312.2   behalf.  Each participating district may issue its bonds for the 
312.3   purpose of acquisition and betterment of center facilities in 
312.4   the amount certified by the center board to such participating 
312.5   district in accordance with chapter 475. 
312.6      (b) The center board (1) may furnish vocational offerings 
312.7   to any eligible person residing in any participating district; 
312.8   (2) may provide special education for the handicapped and 
312.9   disadvantaged; and (3) may provide any other educational 
312.10  programs or services defined in section 123.582, subdivisions 7 
312.11  and 8, agreed upon by the participating members.  Academic 
312.12  offerings shall be provided only under the direction of properly 
312.13  licensed academic supervisory personnel. 
312.14     (c) In accordance with subdivision 5, clause (b), the 
312.15  center board shall certify to each participating district the 
312.16  amount of funds assessed to the district as its proportionate 
312.17  share required for the conduct of the educational programs, 
312.18  payment of indebtedness, and all other proper expenses of the 
312.19  center. 
312.20     (d) The center board shall must employ and contract with 
312.21  necessary qualified teachers and administrators and may 
312.22  discharge the same for cause pursuant to section 125.12.  The 
312.23  authority for selection and employment of a director shall be 
312.24  vested in the center board.  Notwithstanding the provisions of 
312.25  section 125.12, subdivision 6a or 6b, no individual shall have a 
312.26  right to employment as a director based on seniority or order of 
312.27  employment by the center.  The center board may employ and 
312.28  discharge other necessary employees and may contract for other 
312.29  services deemed necessary. 
312.30     (e) The center board may provide an educational program for 
312.31  secondary and adult vocational phases of instruction.  The high 
312.32  school phase of its educational program shall must be offered as 
312.33  a component of the comprehensive curriculum offered by each of 
312.34  the participating school districts.  Graduation shall must be 
312.35  from the student's resident high school district.  Insofar as 
312.36  applicable, sections 123.35 to 123.40, shall apply. 
313.1      (f) The center board may prescribe rates of tuition for 
313.2   attendance in its programs by adults and nonmember district 
313.3   secondary students.  
313.4      Sec. 94.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.351, 
313.5   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
313.6      Subd. 5.  [FINANCING.] (a) Any center board established 
313.7   pursuant to this section is a public corporation and agency and 
313.8   may receive and disburse federal, state, and local funds made 
313.9   available to it.  No A participating school district or member 
313.10  shall must not have any additional individual liability for the 
313.11  debts or obligations of the center except that assessment which 
313.12  has been certified as its proportionate share in accordance with 
313.13  subdivision 5, clause (b) and subdivision 4, clauses (a) and 
313.14  (c).  A member of the center board shall have such liability as 
313.15  is applicable to a member of an independent school district 
313.16  board.  Any property, real or personal, acquired or owned by the 
313.17  center board for its purposes shall be exempt from taxation by 
313.18  the state or any of its political subdivisions. 
313.19     (b) The center board may, in each year, for the purpose of 
313.20  paying any administrative, planning, operating, or capital 
313.21  expenses incurred or to be incurred, assess and certify to each 
313.22  participating school district its proportionate share of any and 
313.23  all expenses.  This share shall must be based upon an equitable 
313.24  distribution formula agreed upon by the participating 
313.25  districts.  Each participating district shall remit its 
313.26  assessment to the center board within 30 days after receipt.  
313.27  The assessments shall be paid within the maximum levy 
313.28  limitations of each participating district.  
313.29     Sec. 95.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.351, 
313.30  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
313.31     Subd. 8.  [ADDITION AND WITHDRAWAL OF DISTRICTS.] Upon 
313.32  approval by majority vote of a school board and of the center 
313.33  board, an adjoining school district may become a member in the 
313.34  center and be governed by the provisions of this section and the 
313.35  agreement in effect. 
313.36     Any participating district may withdraw from the center and 
314.1   from the agreement in effect by a majority vote of the full 
314.2   board membership of the participating school district desiring 
314.3   withdrawal and upon compliance with provisions in the agreement 
314.4   establishing the center.  Upon receipt of the withdrawal 
314.5   resolution reciting the necessary facts, the center board shall 
314.6   must file a certified copy with the county auditors of the 
314.7   counties affected.  The withdrawal shall become effective at the 
314.8   end of the next following school year but the withdrawal shall 
314.9   not affect the continued liability of the withdrawing district 
314.10  for bonded indebtedness it incurred prior to the effective 
314.11  withdrawal date.  
314.12     Sec. 96.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.351, 
314.13  subdivision 8a, is amended to read: 
314.14     Subd. 8a.  [DISSOLUTION.] The boards of each participating 
314.15  district may agree to dissolve a center effective at the end of 
314.16  any school year or at an earlier time as they may mutually 
314.17  agree.  A dissolution shall must be accomplished in accordance 
314.18  with any applicable provisions of the agreement establishing the 
314.19  center.  Upon receipt of the dissolution resolutions from the 
314.20  boards of the participating districts, the center board shall 
314.21  file a certified copy with the county auditors of the counties 
314.22  affected.  The dissolution shall must not affect the continuing 
314.23  liability of the previously participating districts for bonded 
314.24  indebtedness incurred prior to the dissolution, or for other 
314.25  continuing obligations, including reemployment insurance.  
314.26     Sec. 97.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.582, 
314.27  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
314.28     Subd. 2.  [PURPOSE OF SC.] The primary purposes of 
314.29  designation as a SC shall be to perform planning on a regional 
314.30  basis and to assist in meeting specific needs of clients in 
314.31  participating governmental units which could be better provided 
314.32  by a SC than by the members themselves.  The SC shall must 
314.33  provide those programs and services which are determined, 
314.34  pursuant to subdivision 7, to be priority needs of the 
314.35  particular region and shall must assist in meeting special needs 
314.36  which arise from fundamental constraints upon individual members.
315.1      Sec. 98.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.2725, 
315.2   subdivision 15, is amended to read: 
315.3      Subd. 15.  [RETIREMENT AND SEVERANCE LEVY.] A cooperating 
315.4   or combined district that levied under Minnesota Statutes 1996, 
315.5   section 124.2725, subdivision 3, for taxes payable in 1995 may 
315.6   levy for severance pay or early retirement incentives for 
315.7   licensed and nonlicensed employees who retire early as a result 
315.8   of the cooperation or combination. 
315.9      Sec. 99.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.511, is 
315.10  amended to read: 
315.11     124.511 [SURPLUS COUNTY SCHOOL TAX FUNDS; DISTRIBUTION.] 
315.12     When, by reason of reorganization of districts, there is a 
315.13  surplus in the county treasury to the credit of the county 
315.14  school tax fund on account of an excessive tax levy 
315.15  heretofore already made, and when there is no need therefor, for 
315.16  the surplus, shall be paid by the county treasurer shall pay the 
315.17  surplus to the reorganized district upon the order of the county 
315.18  board.  
315.19     Sec. 100.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124C.45, 
315.20  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
315.21     Subdivision 1.  [GOVERNANCE.] A school district may 
315.22  establish an area learning center either by itself or in 
315.23  cooperation with other districts, a SC, an intermediate school 
315.24  district, a local education and employment transitions 
315.25  partnership, public and private secondary and post-secondary 
315.26  institutions, public agencies, businesses, and foundations.  
315.27  Except for a district located in a city of the first class, a 
315.28  center must serve the geographic area of at least two districts. 
315.29     Sec. 101.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
315.30  124C.45, subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
315.31     Subd. 1a.  [RESERVE REVENUE.] Each school district that is 
315.32  a member of an area learning center must reserve revenue in an 
315.33  amount equal to at least 90 percent of the district average 
315.34  general education revenue less compensatory revenue unit times 
315.35  the number of pupil units attending an area learning center 
315.36  program under this section.  The amount of reserved revenue 
316.1   under this subdivision may only be spent on program costs 
316.2   associated with the area learning center.  Compensatory revenue 
316.3   must be allocated according to section 124A.28, subdivision 1a.  
316.4      Sec. 102.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124C.49, is 
316.5   amended to read: 
316.6      124C.49 [DESIGNATION AS CENTER.] 
316.7      The commissioner of children, families, and learning, in 
316.8   cooperation with the state board of education, shall establish a 
316.9   process for state designation and approval of area learning 
316.10  centers that meet the provisions of sections 124C.45 to 
316.11  124C.48.  Any process for designating and approving an area 
316.12  learning center must emphasize the importance of having the area 
316.13  learning center serve students who have dropped out of school, 
316.14  are homeless, are eligible to receive free or reduced priced 
316.15  lunch, have been suspended or expelled, have been declared 
316.16  truant or are pregnant or parents. 
316.17     Sec. 103.  [REPEALER.] 
316.18     Minnesota Statutes 1996, sections 122.532, subdivision 1; 
316.19  and 122.541, subdivision 3, are repealed. 
316.20     Sec. 104.  [INSTRUCTION TO REVISOR.] 
316.21     The revisor of statutes shall renumber each section of 
316.22  Minnesota Statutes listed in column A with the number listed in 
316.23  column B.  The revisor shall also make necessary cross-reference 
316.24  changes consistent with the renumbering. 
316.25        Column A                        Column B 
316.26       122.01                         122A.01
316.27       122.02                         122A.02
316.28       122.03                         122A.03
316.29       122.21                         122A.05
316.30       122.22, subd. 1                122A.06, subd. 1
316.31               subd. 2                         subd. 2
316.32               subd. 3                         subd. 3
316.33               subd. 4                         subd. 4
316.34               subd. 5                         subd. 5
316.35               subd. 6                         subd. 6
316.36               subd. 7                         subd. 7
317.1                subd. 7a                        subd. 8
317.2                subd. 8                         subd. 9
317.3                subd. 9                         subd. 10
317.4                subd. 11                        subd. 11
317.5                subd. 13                        subd. 12
317.6                subd. 14                        subd. 13
317.7                subd. 18                        subd. 14
317.8                subd. 20                        subd. 15
317.9                subd. 21                        subd. 16
317.10       122.23, subd. 1                122A.10, subd. 1
317.11               subd. 2                         subd. 2
317.12               subd. 2a                        subd. 3
317.13               subd. 2b                        subd. 4
317.14               subd. 3                         subd. 5
317.15               subd. 4                         subd. 6
317.16               subd. 5                         subd. 7
317.17               subd. 6                         subd. 8
317.18               subd. 7                         subd. 9
317.19               subd. 8                         subd. 10
317.20               subd. 9                         subd. 11
317.21               subd. 10                        subd. 12
317.22               subd. 11                        subd. 13
317.23               subd. 12                        subd. 14
317.24               subd. 13                        subd. 15
317.25               subd. 14                        subd. 16
317.26               subd. 15                        subd. 17
317.27               subd. 16                        subd. 18
317.28               subd. 16c                       subd. 19
317.29               subd. 18                        subd. 20
317.30               subd. 18a                       subd. 21
317.31               subd. 19                        subd. 22
317.32               subd. 20                        subd. 23
317.33       127.25                         122A.11
317.34       122.535                        122A.12
317.35       122.541, subd. 1               122A.14, subd. 1
317.36                subd. 2                        subd. 2
318.1                 subd. 4                        subd. 3
318.2                 subd. 5                        subd. 4
318.3                 subd. 6                        subd. 5
318.4                 subd. 7                        subd. 6
318.5        122.895, subd. 1               122A.15, subd. 1
318.6                 subd. 2                        subd. 2
318.7                 subd. 2a                       subd. 3
318.8                 subd. 3                        subd. 4
318.9                 subd. 4                        subd. 5
318.10                subd. 5                        subd. 6
318.11                subd. 6                        subd. 7
318.12                subd. 7                        subd. 8
318.13                subd. 8                        subd. 9
318.14                subd. 9                        subd. 10
318.15                subd. 10                       subd. 11
318.16       122.241                        122A.17
318.17       122.242                        122A.18
318.18       122.243                        122A.19
318.19       122.244                        122A.20
318.20       122.245, subd. 1               122A.21, subd. 1
318.21                subd. 2                        subd. 2
318.22                subd. 3                        subd. 4
318.23       124.2725, subd. 15             122A.21, subd. 3
318.24       122.246                        122A.22
318.25       122.247, subd. 1               122.23, subd. 1
318.26                subd. 2                       subd. 2
318.27                subd. 2a                      subd. 3
318.28                subd. 3                       subd. 4
318.29       122.248                        122A.24
318.30       122.25                         122A.26
318.31       122.32                         122A.30
318.32       122.34                         122A.31
318.33       122.355                        122A.32
318.34       122.41                         122A.34
318.35       122.43                         122A.35
318.36       122.44                         122A.36
319.1        122.45, subd. 1                122A.37, subd. 1
319.2                subd. 2                         subd. 2
319.3                subd. 3a                        subd. 3
319.4        122.46                         122A.38
319.5        122.47                         122A.39
319.6        122.48                         122A.40
319.7        122.51                         122A.41
319.8        122.531, subd. 1               122A.43, subd. 1
319.9                 subd. 1a                       subd. 2
319.10                subd. 2                        subd. 3
319.11                subd. 2a                       subd. 4
319.12                subd. 2b                       subd. 5
319.13                subd. 2c                       subd. 6
319.14                subd. 2d                       subd. 7
319.15                subd. 4                        subd. 8
319.16                subd. 4a                       subd. 9
319.17                subd. 5a                       subd. 10
319.18                subd. 6                        subd. 11
319.19                subd. 9                        subd. 12
319.20       122.5311                       122A.44
319.21       122.532, subd. 2               122A.45, subd. 1
319.22                subd. 3                        subd. 2
319.23                subd. 3a                       subd. 3
319.24                subd. 4                        subd. 4
319.25       122.533                        122A.46
319.26       124.511                        122A.47
319.27       121.155                        122A.48
319.28       122.539                        122A.49
319.29       122.91, subd. 1                122A.50, subd. 1
319.30               subd. 2                         subd. 2
319.31               subd. 2a                        subd. 3
319.32               subd. 3                         subd. 4
319.33               subd. 3a                        subd. 5
319.34               subd. 4                         subd. 6
319.35               subd. 6                         subd. 7
319.36       122.92                         122A.51
320.1        122.93, subd. 1                122A.52, subd. 1
320.2                subd. 2                         subd. 2
320.3                subd. 3                         subd. 3
320.4                subd. 4                         subd. 4
320.5                subd. 5                         subd. 5
320.6                subd. 6                         subd. 6
320.7                subd. 8                         subd. 7
320.8        122.94, subd. 1                122A.53, subd. 1
320.9                subd. 4                         subd. 2
320.10               subd. 5                         subd. 3
320.11       122.95, subd. 1                122A.54, subd. 1
320.12               subd. 1a                        subd. 2
320.13               subd. 2                         subd. 3
320.14               subd. 3                         subd. 4
320.15               subd. 4                         subd. 5
320.16       123.582                        122A.56
320.17       123.351, subd. 1               122A.57, subd. 1
320.18                subd. 2                        subd. 2
320.19                subd. 3                        subd. 3
320.20                subd. 4                        subd. 4
320.21                subd. 5                        subd. 5
320.22                subd. 6                        subd. 6
320.23                subd. 7                        subd. 7
320.24                subd. 8                        subd. 8
320.25                subd. 8a                       subd. 9
320.26                subd. 9                        subd. 10
320.27                subd. 10                       subd. 11
320.28       123.35, subd. 19b              122A.58, subd. 1
320.29                subd. 21                       subd. 2
320.30       122.98                         122A.59
320.31       124.193                        122A.60
320.32       124C.45, subd. 1               122A.65, subd. 1
320.33                subd. 1a                       subd. 2
320.34                subd. 2                        subd. 3
320.35                subd. 3                        subd. 4
320.36       124C.46                        122A.66
321.1        124C.47                        122A.67
321.2        124C.48                        122A.68
321.3        124C.49                        122A.69
321.4                              ARTICLE 6
321.5                             CHAPTER 123A 
321.6                POWERS AND DUTIES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS 
321.7      Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.59, is 
321.8   amended to read: 
321.9      120.59 [PURPOSE OF FLEXIBLE LEARNING YEAR PROGRAMS.] 
321.10     The purpose of Sections 120.59 to 120.67 is to authorize 
321.11  districts to evaluate, plan and employ the use of flexible 
321.12  learning year programs.  It is anticipated that the open 
321.13  selection of the type of flexible learning year operation from a 
321.14  variety of alternatives will allow each district which seeks 
321.15  seeking to utilize this concept to suitably fulfill the 
321.16  educational needs of its pupils.  These alternatives shall must 
321.17  include, but not be limited to, various 45-15 plans, 
321.18  four-quarter plans, quinmester plans, extended learning year 
321.19  plans, flexible all-year plans, and four-day week plans.  
321.20     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.60, is 
321.21  amended to read: 
321.22     120.60 [DEFINITION OF FLEXIBLE LEARNING YEAR.] 
321.23     "Flexible learning year program" means any district plan 
321.24  approved by the state board of education which that utilizes 
321.25  buildings and facilities during the entire year and/or which or 
321.26  that provides forms of optional scheduling of pupils and 
321.27  personnel during the learning year in elementary and secondary 
321.28  schools or residential facilities for children with a disability.
321.29     Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.61, is 
321.30  amended to read: 
321.31     120.61 [ESTABLISHMENT OF FLEXIBLE LEARNING YEAR PROGRAM.] 
321.32     The board of any district, with the approval of the state 
321.33  board of education, may establish and operate a flexible 
321.34  learning year program in one or more of the day or residential 
321.35  facilities for children with a disability within the district.  
321.36     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.62, is 
322.1   amended to read: 
322.2      120.62 [DIVISION OF CHILDREN INTO GROUPS.] 
322.3      The board of any district operating a flexible learning 
322.4   year program in one or more of the facilities within the 
322.5   district shall must divide the students of each selected 
322.6   facility into as many groups as necessary to accommodate this 
322.7   program.  Students of the same family shall must be placed in 
322.8   the same group unless one or more of these students is enrolled 
322.9   in a special education class or unless the parent or guardian of 
322.10  these students requests that the students be placed in different 
322.11  groups.  No board shall may discriminate on the basis of race, 
322.12  color, creed, religion, marital status, status with regard to 
322.13  public assistance, sex, or national origin when assigning pupils 
322.14  to attendance groups pursuant to this section.  
322.15     Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.63, is 
322.16  amended to read: 
322.17     120.63 [PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE IMPLEMENTATION.] 
322.18     Prior to Before implementing a flexible learning year 
322.19  program in any facility of the district, the board shall must 
322.20  negotiate with the teachers, principals, assistant principals, 
322.21  supervisory personnel and employees to the extent required by 
322.22  the public employment labor relations act, and shall must 
322.23  consult with the parents of pupils who would be affected by the 
322.24  change, and with the community at large.  These procedures shall 
322.25  must include at least three informational meetings for which the 
322.26  board has given published notice to the teachers and employees 
322.27  and to the parents of pupils affected.  
322.28     Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.64, is 
322.29  amended to read: 
322.30     120.64 [ASSIGNMENT OF TEACHERS.] 
322.31     Subdivision 1.  [IMPLEMENTING PROGRAM.] In districts where 
322.32  a flexible learning year program is implemented in fewer than 
322.33  all of the facilities maintained by the district, the board of 
322.34  the district shall must make every reasonable effort to assign 
322.35  qualified teachers who prefer a traditional schedule to 
322.36  facilities of the same level retaining a traditional schedule. 
323.1      Subd. 2.  [TEACHER SCHEDULE.] A full-time teacher currently 
323.2   employed by a district which that converts to a flexible 
323.3   learning year program shall may not, without the teacher's 
323.4   written consent, be required to teach under this program (1) 
323.5   more or less than the number of scheduled days or their 
323.6   equivalent the facilities of the district were maintained during 
323.7   the year preceding implementation of the flexible learning year 
323.8   program; (2) in a period of the calendar year substantially 
323.9   different from the period in which the teacher taught during the 
323.10  year preceding implementation of the flexible learning year 
323.11  program. 
323.12     Subd. 3.  [CONTRACT RIGHTS; PROGRAM ADOPTION.] In no event 
323.13  shall may a teacher's continuing contract rights to a position 
323.14  held the year preceding implementation of a flexible learning 
323.15  year program or teaching experience earned during a probationary 
323.16  period the year preceding implementation be lost or impaired 
323.17  upon adoption of a flexible learning year program.  If the year 
323.18  of teaching preceding implementation was the end of a 
323.19  probationary period, the continuing contract right to a full 
323.20  year's contract which normally would be acquired for the next 
323.21  succeeding learning year shall must be acquired in the year of 
323.22  adoption of the flexible program. 
323.23     Subd. 4.  [CONTRACT FOR LEARNING YEAR.] Any district 
323.24  operating a flexible learning year program shall must enter into 
323.25  one contract governing the entire learning year with each 
323.26  teacher employed in a flexible program.  If individual teachers 
323.27  contract to teach less than a period of 175 days during a 
323.28  learning year, each 175 days of employment accrued during any 
323.29  five-year period after the adoption of a flexible learning year 
323.30  program shall must be deemed consecutive and shall 
323.31  constitute constitutes a full year's employment for purposes of 
323.32  establishing and retaining continuing contract rights to a full 
323.33  learning year position pursuant to sections 125.12, subdivisions 
323.34  3 and 4, and 125.17, subdivisions 2 and 3.  A teacher who has 
323.35  not been discharged or advised of a refusal to renew the 
323.36  teacher's contract by the applicable date, as specified in 
324.1   section 125.12 or 125.17, in the year in which the teacher will 
324.2   complete the requisite number of days for securing a continuing 
324.3   contract shall must have a continuing full learning year 
324.4   contract with the district. 
324.5      Subd. 5.  [CONTRACT RIGHTS; TERMINATION OF PROGRAM.] 
324.6   Continuing contract rights established pursuant to this 
324.7   section shall must not be impaired or lost by the termination of 
324.8   a flexible learning year program. 
324.9      Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 120.66, is 
324.10  amended to read: 
324.11     120.66 [POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE STATE BOARD.] 
324.12     Subdivision 1.  [POWERS AND DUTIES.] The state board of 
324.13  education shall must: 
324.14     (1) promulgate rules necessary to the operation of sections 
324.15  120.59 to 120.67; 
324.16     (2) cooperate with and provide supervision of flexible 
324.17  learning year programs to determine compliance with the 
324.18  provisions of sections 120.59 to 120.67, the state board 
324.19  standards and qualifications, and the proposed program as 
324.20  submitted and approved; 
324.21     (3) provide any necessary adjustments of (a) attendance and 
324.22  membership computations and (b) the dates and percentages of 
324.23  apportionment of state aids; and 
324.24     (4) consistent with the definition of "average daily 
324.25  membership" in section 124.17, subdivision 2, furnish the board 
324.26  of a district implementing a flexible learning year program with 
324.27  a formula for computing average daily membership.  This formula 
324.28  shall must be computed so that tax levies to be made by the 
324.29  district, state aids to be received by the district, and any and 
324.30  all other formulas based upon average daily membership are not 
324.31  affected solely as a result of adopting this plan of instruction.
324.32     Subd. 2.  [LIMITATIONS.] Sections 120.59 to 120.67 shall 
324.33  may not be construed to authorize the state board to require the 
324.34  establishment of a flexible learning year program in any 
324.35  district in which the board has not voted to establish, 
324.36  maintain, and operate such a program. 
325.1      Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.585, 
325.2   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
325.3      Subd. 2.  [STATE BOARD DESIGNATION.] An area learning 
325.4   center designated by the state must be a site.  To be 
325.5   designated, a district or center must demonstrate to the 
325.6   commissioner of children, families, and learning that it will: 
325.7      (1) provide a program of instruction that permits pupils to 
325.8   receive instruction throughout the entire year; and 
325.9      (2) maintain a record system that, for purposes of section 
325.10  124.17, permits identification of membership attributable to 
325.11  pupils participating in the program.  The record system and 
325.12  identification must ensure that the program will not have the 
325.13  effect of increasing the total number of pupil units 
325.14  attributable to an individual pupil as a result of a learning 
325.15  year program. 
325.16     Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.585, 
325.17  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
325.18     Subd. 6.  [CONTRACTS.] A district may contract with a 
325.19  licensed employee to provide services in a learning year program 
325.20  that are in addition to the services provided according to the 
325.21  master contract of employment for teachers or an equivalent 
325.22  contract for licensed employees who are not teachers.  These 
325.23  additional services and compensation, if any, for the services 
325.24  shall must not become a part of the employee's continuing 
325.25  contract rights under section 125.12 or 125.17.  
325.26     Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.585, 
325.27  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
325.28     Subd. 7.  [REVENUE COMPUTATION AND REPORTING.] Aid and levy 
325.29  revenue computations shall must be based on the total number of 
325.30  hours of education programs for pupils in average daily 
325.31  membership for each fiscal year.  For purposes of section 
325.32  124.17, average daily membership shall be computed by dividing 
325.33  the total number of hours of participation for the fiscal year 
325.34  by the minimum number of hours for a year determined for the 
325.35  appropriate grade level.  Hours of participation that occur 
325.36  after the close of the regular instructional year and before 
326.1   July 1 shall must be attributed to the following fiscal year.  
326.2   Thirty hours may be used for teacher workshops, staff 
326.3   development, or parent-teacher conferences.  As part of each 
326.4   pilot program, the department of children, families, and 
326.5   learning and each district must report and evaluate the changes 
326.6   needed to adjust the dates of the fiscal year for aid and levy 
326.7   computation and fiscal year reporting.  For revenue computation 
326.8   purposes, the learning year program shall generate revenue based 
326.9   on the formulas for the fiscal year in which the services are 
326.10  provided. 
326.11     State aid and levy revenue computation for the learning 
326.12  year programs begins July 1, 1988, for fiscal year 1989. 
326.13     Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.904, 
326.14  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
326.15     Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] School District revenues shall 
326.16  must be recognized and reported on the district books of account 
326.17  in accordance with this section.  
326.18     Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.904, 
326.19  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
326.20     Subd. 2.  [APPLICABILITY TO PERIOD AND FUND.] Except as 
326.21  provided in this section, revenues shall must be recorded in a 
326.22  manner which clearly indicates that they are applicable to a 
326.23  specific accounting period and fund.  
326.24     Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.904, 
326.25  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
326.26     Subd. 3.  [RECEIVABLE.] Receivables shall must be recorded 
326.27  in a manner which clearly reflects the amounts of money due to a 
326.28  particular fund from public and private sources at the date of 
326.29  each accounting statement. 
326.30     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
326.31  121.904, subdivision 4a, is amended to read: 
326.32     Subd. 4a.  [LEVY RECOGNITION.] (a) "School district tax 
326.33  settlement revenue" means the current, delinquent, and 
326.34  manufactured home property tax receipts collected by the county 
326.35  and distributed to the school district, including distributions 
326.36  made pursuant to section 279.37, subdivision 7, and excluding 
327.1   the amount levied pursuant to section 124.914, subdivision 1. 
327.2      (b) In June of each year, the school district shall must 
327.3   recognize as revenue, in the fund for which the levy was made, 
327.4   the lesser of:  
327.5      (1) the May, June, and July school district tax settlement 
327.6   revenue received in that calendar year; or 
327.7      (2) the sum of the state aids and credits enumerated in 
327.8   section 124.155, subdivision 2, which are for the fiscal year 
327.9   payable in that fiscal year plus an amount equal to the levy 
327.10  recognized as revenue in June of the prior year plus 31 percent 
327.11  of the amount of the levy certified in the prior calendar year 
327.12  according to section 124A.03, subdivision 2; or 
327.13     (3)(i) 7.0 percent of the lesser of the amount of the 
327.14  general education levy certified in the prior calendar year 
327.15  according to section 124A.23, subdivision 2, or the difference 
327.16  between the amount of the total general fund levy certified in 
327.17  the prior calendar year and the sum of the amounts certified in 
327.18  the prior calendar year according to sections 124A.03, 
327.19  subdivision 2; 124.315, subdivision 4; 124.912, subdivisions 1, 
327.20  paragraph (2), 2, and 3; 124.916, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3, 
327.21  paragraphs (4), (5), and (6); and 124.918, subdivision 6; plus 
327.22     (ii) 31 percent of the referendum levy certified in the 
327.23  prior calendar year according to section 124A.03, subdivision 2; 
327.24  plus 
327.25     (iii) the entire amount of the levy certified in the prior 
327.26  calendar year according to sections 124.315, subdivision 4; 
327.27  124.912, subdivisions 1, paragraph (2), 2, and 3; 124.916, 
327.28  subdivisions 1, 2, and 3, paragraphs (4), (5), and (6); and 
327.29  124.918, subdivision 6. 
327.30     (c) In July of each year, the school district shall 
327.31  recognize as revenue that portion of the school district tax 
327.32  settlement revenue received in that calendar year and not 
327.33  recognized as revenue for the previous fiscal year pursuant to 
327.34  clause (b).  
327.35     (d) All other school district tax settlement revenue shall 
327.36  must be recognized as revenue in the fiscal year of the 
328.1   settlement. Portions of the school district levy assumed by the 
328.2   state, including prior year adjustments and the amount to fund 
328.3   the school portion of the reimbursement made pursuant to section 
328.4   273.425, shall be recognized as revenue in the fiscal year 
328.5   beginning in the calendar year for which the levy is payable.  
328.6      Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.904, 
328.7   subdivision 4c, is amended to read: 
328.8      Subd. 4c.  [CHANGE IN LEVY RECOGNITION PERCENT.] (a) Money 
328.9   appropriated under section 16A.152, subdivision 2, must be used 
328.10  to reduce the levy recognition percent specified in subdivision 
328.11  4a, clauses (b)(2) and (b)(3), for taxes payable in the same 
328.12  calendar year the appropriation is made.  
328.13     (b) The levy recognition percent shall equal the result of 
328.14  the following computation:  the current levy recognition 
328.15  percent, times the ratio of 
328.16     (1) the statewide total amount of levy recognized in June 
328.17  of the year in which the taxes are payable pursuant to 
328.18  subdivision 4a, clause (b), excluding those levies that are 
328.19  shifted for revenue recognition but are not included in the 
328.20  computation of the adjustment to aids under section 124.155, 
328.21  subdivision 1, reduced by the difference between the amount of 
328.22  money appropriated under section 16A.152, subdivision 2, and the 
328.23  amount required for the adjustment payment under clause (d), to 
328.24     (2) the statewide total amount of the levy recognized in 
328.25  June of the year in which the taxes are payable pursuant to 
328.26  subdivision 4a, clause (b), excluding those levies that are 
328.27  shifted for revenue recognition but are not included in the 
328.28  computation of the adjustment to aids under section 124.155, 
328.29  subdivision 1.  
328.30     The result shall must be rounded up to the nearest 
328.31  one-tenth of a percent.  However, in no case shall the levy 
328.32  recognition percent be reduced below zero or increased above the 
328.33  current levy recognition percent.  
328.34     (c) The commissioner of finance must certify to the 
328.35  commissioner of children, families, and learning the amount 
328.36  available to reduce the levy recognition percent computed under 
329.1   this subdivision by January 5 of each year.  The commissioner of 
329.2   children, families, and learning must notify school districts of 
329.3   a change in the levy recognition percent by January 15 of the 
329.4   same month. 
329.5      (d) When the levy recognition percent is increased or 
329.6   decreased as provided in this subdivision, a special aid 
329.7   adjustment shall be made to each school district with an 
329.8   operating referendum levy:  
329.9      (i) When the levy recognition percent is increased from the 
329.10  prior fiscal year, the commissioner of children, families, and 
329.11  learning shall calculate the difference between (1) the amount 
329.12  of the levy under section 124A.03, that is recognized as revenue 
329.13  for the current fiscal year according to subdivision 4a; and (2) 
329.14  the amount of the levy, under section 124A.03, that would have 
329.15  been recognized as revenue for the current fiscal year had the 
329.16  percentage according to subdivision 4a, not been increased.  The 
329.17  commissioner shall reduce other aids due the district by the 
329.18  amount of the difference.  This aid reduction shall be in 
329.19  addition to the aid reduction required because of the increase 
329.20  pursuant to this subdivision of the levy recognition percent.  
329.21     (ii) When the levy recognition percent is reduced from the 
329.22  prior fiscal year, a special adjustment payment shall must be 
329.23  made to each school district with an operating referendum levy 
329.24  that received an aid reduction when the levy recognition percent 
329.25  was last increased.  The special adjustment payment shall must 
329.26  be in addition to the additional payments required because of 
329.27  the reduction pursuant to this subdivision of the levy 
329.28  recognition percent.  The amount of the special adjustment 
329.29  payment shall be computed by the commissioner of children, 
329.30  families, and learning such that any remaining portion of the 
329.31  aid reduction these districts received that has not been repaid 
329.32  is repaid on a proportionate basis as the levy recognition 
329.33  percent is reduced from 50 percent to 31 percent.  The special 
329.34  adjustment payment must be included in the state aid payments to 
329.35  school districts according to the schedule specified in section 
329.36  124.195, subdivision 3.  
330.1      (e) The commissioner of finance shall transfer from the 
330.2   general fund to the education aids appropriations specified by 
330.3   the commissioner of children, families, and learning, the 
330.4   amounts needed to finance the additional payments required 
330.5   because of the reduction pursuant to this subdivision of the 
330.6   levy recognition percent.  Payments to a school district of 
330.7   additional state aids resulting from a reduction in the levy 
330.8   recognition percent must be included in the cash metering of 
330.9   payments made according to section 124.195 after January 15, and 
330.10  must be paid in a manner consistent with the percent specified 
330.11  in that section. 
330.12     Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.904, 
330.13  subdivision 13, is amended to read: 
330.14     Subd. 13.  [DEVIATIONS FOOTNOTED.] Deviations from the 
330.15  principles set forth in this section shall must be evaluated and 
330.16  explained in footnotes to audited financial statements. 
330.17     Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.906, is 
330.18  amended to read: 
330.19     121.906 [EXPENDITURES; REPORTING.] 
330.20     Subdivision 1.  [RECOGNITION.] School District expenditures 
330.21  shall must be recognized and reported on the district books of 
330.22  account in accordance with this section. 
330.23     There shall be Fiscal year-end recognition of expenditures 
330.24  and the related offsetting liabilities must be recorded in each 
330.25  fund in accordance with the uniform financial accounting and 
330.26  reporting standards for Minnesota school districts.  
330.27  Encumbrances outstanding at the end of the fiscal year do not 
330.28  constitute expenditures or liabilities.  
330.29     Deviations from the principles set forth in this 
330.30  subdivision shall must be evaluated and explained in footnotes 
330.31  to audited financial statements. 
330.32     Subd. 2.  [ACCOUNTING.] Expenditures for any legal purpose 
330.33  of the school district not accounted for elsewhere shall must be 
330.34  accounted for in the general fund. 
330.35     Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.908, is 
330.36  amended to read: 
331.1      121.908 [ACCOUNTING, BUDGETING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENT.] 
331.2      Subdivision 1.  [UNIFORM FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING 
331.3   STANDARDS.] Each Minnesota school district shall must adopt the 
331.4   uniform financial accounting and reporting standards for 
331.5   Minnesota school districts provided for in guidelines adopted by 
331.6   the department of children, families, and learning.  
331.7      Subd. 2.  [AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENT.] Each district 
331.8   shall must submit to the commissioner by August 15 of each year 
331.9   an unaudited financial statement for the preceding fiscal year.  
331.10  This statement shall must be submitted on forms prescribed by 
331.11  the commissioner.  
331.12     Subd. 3.  [STATEMENT FOR COMPARISON AND CORRECTION.] By 
331.13  December 31 of the calendar year of the submission of the 
331.14  unaudited financial statement, the district shall must provide 
331.15  to the commissioner and state auditor an audited financial 
331.16  statement prepared in a form which will allow comparison with 
331.17  and correction of material differences in the unaudited 
331.18  statement.  The audited financial statement must also provide a 
331.19  statement of assurance pertaining to uniform financial 
331.20  accounting and reporting standards compliance.  
331.21     Subd. 3a.  [BUDGET APPROVAL.] Prior to July 1 of each year, 
331.22  the school board of each district shall must approve and adopt 
331.23  its revenue and expenditure budgets for the next school year.  
331.24  The budget document so adopted shall must be considered an 
331.25  expenditure-authorizing or appropriations document.  No funds 
331.26  shall be expended by any board or district for any purpose in 
331.27  any school year prior to the adoption of the budget document 
331.28  which authorizes that expenditure, or prior to an amendment to 
331.29  the budget document by the board to authorize the expenditure.  
331.30  Expenditures of funds in violation of this subdivision shall be 
331.31  considered unlawful expenditures.  
331.32     Subd. 5.  [JOINT POWERS AGREEMENTS; SC'S, EDUCATION 
331.33  DISTRICTS.] All governmental units formed by joint powers 
331.34  agreements entered into by districts pursuant to section 120.17, 
331.35  120.1701, 123.351, 471.59, or any other law and all service 
331.36  cooperatives and education districts shall be are subject to the 
332.1   provisions of this section.  
332.2      Subd. 6.  [BENEFITS.] A school district providing early 
332.3   retirement incentive payments under section 125.611, severance 
332.4   pay under section 465.72, or health insurance benefits to 
332.5   retired employees under section 471.61, must account for the 
332.6   payments according to uniform financial accounting and reporting 
332.7   standards. 
332.8      Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.911, is 
332.9   amended to read: 
332.10     121.911 [CASH FLOW; SCHOOL DISTRICT REVENUES; BORROWING FOR 
332.11  CURRENT OPERATING COSTS; CAPITAL EXPENDITURE DEFICITS.] 
332.12     Subdivision 1.  [STATE AIDS PAYMENT.] The commissioner of 
332.13  finance shall remit all payments of state aids to school 
332.14  districts in conformance with the dates provided by law or, when 
332.15  not so provided, with a schedule of aid payments to be 
332.16  established by the commissioner of children, families, and 
332.17  learning in consultation with other affected state agencies. 
332.18     Subd. 2.  [TAXES.] The auditors or finance officers of 
332.19  Minnesota counties shall remit all payments of taxes to 
332.20  the school districts in conformance with the provisions of 
332.21  section 276.11.  School Districts which have need for tax 
332.22  remittance advances may secure them from the counties by making 
332.23  formal requests in conformance with section 276.11. 
332.24     Subd. 3.  [TAX AND AID ANTICIPATION CERTIFICATES.] 
332.25  Minnesota school districts may issue tax and aid anticipation 
332.26  certificates in conformance with the provisions of sections 
332.27  124.71 to 124.76, with the additional provision that the 
332.28  proceeds of such borrowing or any other method of borrowing 
332.29  shall be recorded as liabilities of funds for which the taxes 
332.30  were levied, or for which the aids are receivable.  Nothing in 
332.31  this subdivision shall provide provides authority for borrowing 
332.32  against the tax levies and aids of one school district fund for 
332.33  the purpose of increasing the available cash balance of another 
332.34  fund. 
332.35     Subd. 4.  [BORROWING FOR OUTSTANDING BONDS.] Unless 
332.36  otherwise provided by law, no a district shall must not, for the 
333.1   purpose of increasing the available cash balance of another 
333.2   fund, borrow or transfer funds from the building construction 
333.3   fund, debt redemption fund, trust and agency fund, or from any 
333.4   sinking fund for outstanding bonds issued for any purpose.  
333.5   However, if the contemplated use for which funds were originally 
333.6   placed in the building construction fund or a sinking fund is 
333.7   afterwards abandoned or if a balance remains after the use is 
333.8   accomplished, a district may devote these funds as provided in 
333.9   section 475.65.  For the purpose of insuring fund integrity, on 
333.10  determining that a district is in violation of this subdivision 
333.11  or section 121.904, the commissioner shall require that such 
333.12  district maintain separate bank accounts for building 
333.13  construction funds, debt redemption funds, trust and agency 
333.14  funds, and sinking funds for outstanding bonds.  Nothing in this 
333.15  subdivision shall be construed to prohibit the use of common 
333.16  bank accounts for other funds unless prohibited by law. 
333.17     Subd. 5.  [DEFICIT FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS.] Upon approval by 
333.18  the commissioner of children, families, and learning, a district 
333.19  may incur a deficit in the reserve for operating capital account 
333.20  for a period not to exceed three years to provide money for 
333.21  capital projects.  The commissioner shall approve a description 
333.22  of the project and a financial plan to recover the deficit shall 
333.23  be approved by the commissioner prior to the initiation of the 
333.24  project.  
333.25     Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
333.26  121.912, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
333.27     Subdivision 1.  [LIMITATIONS.] Except as provided in this 
333.28  subdivision, sections 121.9121, 123.36, 475.61, and 475.65, a 
333.29  school district may not permanently transfer money from (1) an 
333.30  operating fund to a nonoperating fund; (2) a nonoperating fund 
333.31  to another nonoperating fund; or (3) a nonoperating fund to an 
333.32  operating fund.  Permanent transfers may be made from any fund 
333.33  to any other fund to correct for prior fiscal years' errors 
333.34  discovered after the books have been closed for that year.  
333.35  Permanent transfers may be made from the general fund to any 
333.36  other operating funds according to section 123.7045 or if the 
334.1   resources of the other fund are not adequate to finance approved 
334.2   expenditures from that other fund.  Permanent transfers may also 
334.3   be made from the general fund to eliminate deficits in another 
334.4   fund when that other fund is being discontinued.  When a 
334.5   district discontinues operation of a district-owned bus fleet or 
334.6   a substantial portion of a fleet, the balance shall cancel to 
334.7   the district's general fund.  
334.8      Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.912, 
334.9   subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
334.10     Subd. 1a.  [TECHNICAL COLLEGES.] Money shall must not be 
334.11  transferred from the post-secondary general fund to any other 
334.12  operating or nonoperating fund.  
334.13     Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.912, 
334.14  subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 
334.15     Subd. 1b.  [TRA AND FICA TRANSFER.] (a) Notwithstanding 
334.16  subdivision 1, a district may transfer money from the general 
334.17  fund to the community service fund for the employer 
334.18  contributions for teacher retirement and FICA for employees who 
334.19  are members of a teacher retirement association and who are paid 
334.20  from the community service fund.  
334.21     (b) A district shall must not transfer money under 
334.22  paragraph (a) for employees who are paid with money other than 
334.23  normal operating funds, as defined in section 354.05, 
334.24  subdivision 27.  
334.25     Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.912, 
334.26  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
334.27     Subd. 2.  [DEFINITION.] As used in this section, "operating 
334.28  fund" and "nonoperating fund" shall have the meanings specified 
334.29  in the uniform financial accounting and reporting standards for 
334.30  Minnesota school districts.  Any transfer for a period in excess 
334.31  of one year shall be deemed to be a permanent transfer.  
334.32     Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.912, 
334.33  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
334.34     Subd. 3.  [DEFICITS; EXCEPTION.] For the purposes of this 
334.35  section, a permanent transfer includes creating a deficit in a 
334.36  nonoperating fund for a period past the end of the current 
335.1   fiscal year which is covered by moneys in an operating fund.  
335.2   However, a deficit in the capital expenditure fund pursuant to 
335.3   section 121.911, subdivision 5, shall does not constitute a 
335.4   permanent transfer. 
335.5      Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.912, 
335.6   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
335.7      Subd. 5.  [ACCOUNT TRANSFER FOR CERTAIN SEVERANCE PAY.] A 
335.8   school district may maintain in a designated for certain 
335.9   severance pay account not more than 50 percent of the amount 
335.10  necessary to meet the obligations for the portion of severance 
335.11  pay that constitutes compensation for accumulated sick leave to 
335.12  be used for payment of premiums for group insurance provided for 
335.13  former employees by the district.  The amount necessary shall 
335.14  must be calculated according to standards established by the 
335.15  advisory council on uniform financial accounting and reporting 
335.16  standards.  
335.17     Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.912, 
335.18  subdivision 6, is amended to read:  
335.19     Subd. 6.  [ACCOUNT TRANSFER FOR REORGANIZING DISTRICTS.] A 
335.20  school district that has reorganized according to section 
335.21  122.22, 122.23, or sections 122.241 to 122.248, or has conducted 
335.22  a successful referendum on the question of combination under 
335.23  section 122.243, subdivision 2, or consolidation under section 
335.24  122.23, subdivision 13, or has been assigned an identification 
335.25  number by the commissioner under section 122.23, subdivision 14, 
335.26  may make permanent transfers between any of the funds in the 
335.27  newly created or enlarged district with the exception of the 
335.28  debt redemption fund, food service fund, and health and safety 
335.29  account of the capital expenditure fund.  Fund transfers under 
335.30  this section may be made for up to one year prior to the 
335.31  effective date of combination or consolidation and during the 
335.32  year following the effective date of reorganization. 
335.33     Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.9121, 
335.34  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
335.35     Subd. 2.  [APPLICATION.] A board requesting authority to 
335.36  transfer money shall must apply to the commissioner and provide 
336.1   information requested.  The application shall must indicate the 
336.2   law or rule prohibiting the desired transfer.  It shall The 
336.3   application must be signed by the superintendent and approved by 
336.4   the school board.  
336.5      Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.9121, 
336.6   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
336.7      Subd. 4.  [APPROVAL STANDARD.] The commissioner may approve 
336.8   a request only when an event has occurred in a district that 
336.9   could not have been foreseen by the district.  The event shall 
336.10  must relate directly to the fund or account involved and to the 
336.11  amount to be transferred. 
336.12     Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.914, 
336.13  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
336.14     Subd. 2.  [STATUTORY OPERATING DEBT.] If the amount of the 
336.15  operating debt is more than 2-1/2 percent of the most recent 
336.16  fiscal year's expenditure amount for the funds considered under 
336.17  subdivision 1, the net negative undesignated fund balance shall 
336.18  be is defined as "statutory operating debt" for the purposes of 
336.19  this section and sections 121.917 and 124.914, subdivision 1. 
336.20     Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.914, 
336.21  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
336.22     Subd. 3.  [DEBT VERIFICATION.] The commissioner shall 
336.23  establish a uniform auditing or other verification procedure for 
336.24  school districts to determine whether a statutory operating debt 
336.25  exists in any Minnesota school district as of June 30, 1977.  
336.26  This procedure shall also must identify all interfund transfers 
336.27  made during fiscal year 1977 from a fund included in computing 
336.28  statutory operating debt to a fund not included in computing 
336.29  statutory operating debt.  The standards for this uniform 
336.30  auditing or verification procedure shall must be promulgated by 
336.31  the state board pursuant to chapter 14.  If a school district 
336.32  applies to the commissioner for a statutory operating debt 
336.33  verification or if the unaudited financial statement for the 
336.34  school year ending June 30, 1977 reveals that a statutory 
336.35  operating debt might exist, the commissioner shall require a 
336.36  verification of the amount of the statutory operating debt which 
337.1   actually does exist. 
337.2      Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.914, 
337.3   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
337.4      Subd. 4.  [DEBT ELIMINATION.] If an audit or other 
337.5   verification procedure conducted pursuant to subdivision 3 
337.6   determines that a statutory operating debt exists, a 
337.7   district shall must follow the procedures set forth in section 
337.8   124.914, subdivision 1, to eliminate this statutory operating 
337.9   debt. 
337.10     Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.914, 
337.11  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
337.12     Subd. 5.  [CERTIFICATION OF DEBT.] The commissioner of 
337.13  children, families, and learning shall certify the amount of 
337.14  statutory operating debt for each school district.  Prior to 
337.15  June 30, 1979, the commissioner may, on the basis of corrected 
337.16  figures, adjust the total amount of statutory operating debt 
337.17  certified for any district. 
337.18     Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.914, 
337.19  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
337.20     Subd. 6.  [REPORT.] On January 15, 1998, the commissioner 
337.21  of children, families, and learning shall report to the 
337.22  legislature on the districts for which the levy allowable under 
337.23  section 124.914, subdivision 1, has been insufficient to 
337.24  eliminate the statutory operating debt of the district, 
337.25  determined as of June 30, 1977. 
337.26     Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.914, 
337.27  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
337.28     Subd. 7.  [APPLICABILITY.] This section and the provisions 
337.29  of section 124.914, subdivision 1, shall be are applicable only 
337.30  to common, independent, and special school districts and 
337.31  districts formed pursuant to Laws 1967, chapter 822, as amended, 
337.32  and Laws 1969, chapters 775 and 1060, as amended.  This section 
337.33  and the provisions of section 124.914, subdivision 1, shall do 
337.34  not apply to independent school district No. 625. 
337.35     Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.914, 
337.36  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
338.1      Subd. 8.  [PLAN DISCLOSURE.] Any district eligible to 
338.2   receive any amounts pursuant to section 124.914, subdivision 
338.3   1, shall must disclose its statutory operating debt retirement 
338.4   plan by footnote to the audited financial statement. 
338.5      Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 121.917, is 
338.6   amended to read: 
338.7      121.917 [EXPENDITURE LIMITATIONS.] 
338.8      Subdivision 1.  [REDUCE STATUTORY OPERATING DEBT.] (a) 
338.9   Beginning in fiscal year 1978 and in each year thereafter, a 
338.10  district which had statutory operating debt on June 30, 1977 
338.11  pursuant to section 121.914 shall must limit its expenditures in 
338.12  each fiscal year so that the amount of its statutory operating 
338.13  debt calculated at the end of that fiscal year is not greater 
338.14  than the amount of the district's statutory operating debt as of 
338.15  June 30, 1977, as certified and adjusted by the commissioner, 
338.16  increased by an amount equal to 2-1/2 percent of that district's 
338.17  operating expenditures for the fiscal year for which the 
338.18  statutory operating debt calculation is being made. 
338.19     (b) When a district is no longer required to levy pursuant 
338.20  to section 124.914, subdivision 1, subdivision 2 shall be is 
338.21  applicable. 
338.22     Subd. 2.  [UNDESIGNATED FUND BALANCES.] Beginning in fiscal 
338.23  year 1978 and each year thereafter, any district not subject to 
338.24  the provisions of subdivision 1 shall must limit its 
338.25  expenditures so that its undesignated fund balances shall do not 
338.26  constitute statutory operating debt as defined in section 
338.27  121.914. 
338.28     Subd. 3.  [FAILURE TO LIMIT EXPENDITURES.] If a school 
338.29  district does not limit its expenditures in accordance with this 
338.30  section, the commissioner may so notify the appropriate 
338.31  committees of the legislature by no later than January 1 of the 
338.32  year following the end of that fiscal year. 
338.33     Subd. 4.  [SPECIAL OPERATING PLAN.] (1) If the net negative 
338.34  unappropriated operating fund balance as defined in section 
338.35  124A.02, subdivision 25, calculated in accordance with the 
338.36  uniform financial accounting and reporting standards for 
339.1   Minnesota school districts, as of June 30 each year, is more 
339.2   than 2-1/2 percent of the year's expenditure amount, the 
339.3   district shall must, prior to January 31 of the next fiscal 
339.4   year, submit a special operating plan to reduce the district's 
339.5   deficit expenditures to the commissioner of children, families, 
339.6   and learning for approval.  The commissioner may also require 
339.7   the district to provide evidence that the district meets and 
339.8   will continue to meet all of the curriculum requirements of the 
339.9   state board. 
339.10     Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a district 
339.11  submitting a special operating plan to the commissioner under 
339.12  this clause which is disapproved by the commissioner shall must 
339.13  not receive any aid pursuant to chapters 124 and 124A until a 
339.14  special operating plan of the district is so approved. 
339.15     (2) A district shall must receive aids pending the approval 
339.16  of its special operating plan under clause (1).  A district 
339.17  which complies with its approved operating plan shall must 
339.18  receive aids as long as the district continues to comply with 
339.19  the approved operating plan. 
339.20     Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.11, 
339.21  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
339.22     Subdivision 1.  [ANNUAL MEETING.] The annual meeting of all 
339.23  common districts shall must be held on the last Tuesday in June, 
339.24  at 8:00 p.m., unless a different hour has been fixed at the 
339.25  preceding annual meeting, upon ten days' posted.  The clerk 
339.26  shall give notice given by the clerk, and of the meeting, 
339.27  specifying the matters to come before such meeting; but.  
339.28  Failure of the clerk to give such notice, or to specify the 
339.29  business to be transacted thereat, shall not affect the validity 
339.30  of any business, except the raising of money to build or 
339.31  purchase a school house, the authorizing of an issue of bonds, 
339.32  the fixing of a school house site, or the organization as an 
339.33  independent district.  At the annual meeting in a common 
339.34  district five legal voters shall constitute a quorum.  The chair 
339.35  and clerk of the board shall officiate in their respective 
339.36  capacities at all meetings of the electors of the district.  In 
340.1   the event of the absence of the chair or clerk, the voters shall 
340.2   elect a chair or clerk pro tem.  The voters shall have the power 
340.3   in an annual meeting to repeal and modify their proceedings.  
340.4   The polls at all meetings shall be open at least one hour. 
340.5      Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.11, 
340.6   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
340.7      Subd. 2.  [ELECTIONS.] The annual meeting shall must have 
340.8   power to elect, by ballot, officers of the district.  In all 
340.9   elections or vote by ballot, the clerk shall record the names of 
340.10  all voters participating therein and the chair shall appoint two 
340.11  electors who.  The electors, with the assistance of the clerk, 
340.12  shall supervise the balloting and canvass the votes.  If any 
340.13  candidates receive an equal number of votes for an office, the 
340.14  board shall resolve the tie by lot.  
340.15     Sec. 39.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.11, 
340.16  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
340.17     Subd. 3.  [CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE.] Any person desiring to 
340.18  be a candidate for a district office at the annual meeting of 
340.19  the district shall file with the clerk of the district an 
340.20  application to be placed on the ballot for such office, or.  Any 
340.21  five voters of the district may file such an application for or 
340.22  on behalf of any qualified voter in the district that they 
340.23  desire shall to be such a candidate.  The application 
340.24  Applications shall be filed not less than 12 days before the 
340.25  annual school district meeting.  The clerk of the district, in 
340.26  the notice of annual meeting, shall state the names of the 
340.27  candidates for whom applications have been filed, failure to do 
340.28  so shall not affect the validity of the election thereafter 
340.29  held.  At the annual meeting of common districts, nomination of 
340.30  candidates for offices may be made from the floor by any 
340.31  qualified voter.  
340.32     Sec. 40.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.11, 
340.33  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
340.34     Subd. 4.  [BALLOTS.] The clerk shall prepare, at the 
340.35  expense of the district, necessary ballots for the election of 
340.36  officers placing thereon the names of the proposed candidates 
341.1   for such office with a blank space after such names, such.  The 
341.2   ballots shall be marked as official ballots, and the ballots so 
341.3   prepared by the clerk of the district shall be used to the 
341.4   exclusion of all other ballots at such annual meeting or 
341.5   election in the election of officers of the district. 
341.6      Sec. 41.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.11, 
341.7   subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
341.8      Subd. 7.  [SPECIAL MEETING.] Upon the filing of a petition 
341.9   therefor, executed by five eligible voters, as defined in 
341.10  Minnesota election law, of the common district, specifying the 
341.11  business to be acted upon, or upon the adoption of a proper 
341.12  resolution so specifying, signed by a majority of the members of 
341.13  the board, the clerk shall forthwith call a special meeting of 
341.14  the district upon.  The clerk shall give ten days' posted notice 
341.15  and one week's published notice if there be a newspaper printed 
341.16  in the district and specify in the notice the business named in 
341.17  the request or resolution and the time and place of the 
341.18  meeting.  If there be is no clerk in the district or if the 
341.19  clerk fails for three days after receiving a request or 
341.20  resolution to give notice of a meeting, it may be called by like 
341.21  notice by five eligible voters, as defined in Minnesota election 
341.22  law, of the district.  No business except that named in the 
341.23  notice shall be transacted at the meeting.  If there are not 
341.24  five eligible voters, as defined in Minnesota election law, or 
341.25  if there is not a board therein, the county auditor may call a 
341.26  special meeting by giving notice thereof as provided in this 
341.27  section.  The voters at a special meeting have power to repeal 
341.28  or modify their proceedings. 
341.29     Sec. 42.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.12, is 
341.30  amended to read: 
341.31     123.12 [BOARDS OF COMMON SCHOOL DISTRICTS.] 
341.32     Subdivision 1.  [SCHOOL BOARD.] The care, management and 
341.33  control of a common district is vested in a board of three 
341.34  members to be known as the school board.  The term of office of 
341.35  a member shall be three years, and until a successor qualifies. 
341.36  The board of each common district shall must consist of a chair, 
342.1   a treasurer, and a clerk.  The board may by resolution establish 
342.2   a time and place for regular meeting and no notice of such 
342.3   meeting need be sent to any members of the board.  
342.4      Subd. 2.  [FINANCES.] The board shall must submit to the 
342.5   annual meeting an estimate of the expenses of the district for 
342.6   the coming year for a school term as determined by the board and 
342.7   for such other specified purposes as the board may deem proper.  
342.8   If such the annual meeting shall fail fails to vote a sufficient 
342.9   tax to maintain the district for such time, the board shall must 
342.10  levy such tax pursuant to and within the limitations of sections 
342.11  124.226, 124.2716, 124.91, 124.912, 124.914, 124.916, and 
342.12  124.918; but no board shall expend any money or incur any 
342.13  liability for any purpose beyond the sum appropriated by vote of 
342.14  the district for such purpose, or levied by the board pursuant 
342.15  to this subdivision, or on hand and applicable thereto. 
342.16     Subd. 9.  [SCHOOL VISITS.] The board shall must visit each 
342.17  school at least once every three months. 
342.18     Subd. 14.  [OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER.] At its first meeting 
342.19  following July 1 each year, the board shall must designate, by 
342.20  resolution, as the official newspaper of the district, some 
342.21  legal newspaper of general circulation within the district, and 
342.22  contract with such newspaper for its publications.  If there is 
342.23  more than one such newspaper, the board shall let such must 
342.24  enter a contract to with the lowest responsible bidder at the 
342.25  earliest practicable date.  All notices and proceedings required 
342.26  by law to be published by the board shall must be published in 
342.27  the official newspaper so designated.  The fees for such 
342.28  publication shall must not exceed the fees for publication of 
342.29  legal notices as prescribed by Minnesota Statutes. 
342.30     Sec. 43.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.13, is 
342.31  amended to read: 
342.32     123.13 [OFFICERS OF COMMON SCHOOL DISTRICTS.] 
342.33     Subd. 2.  [TREASURER.] The treasurer shall receive and be 
342.34  responsible for all money in the district and disburse the same 
342.35  on orders signed by the clerk and countersigned by the chair or 
342.36  other vouchers authorized by law; provided, that,.  In the event 
343.1   that the chair has been continuously absent from the district 
343.2   for a period of 30 days or more, the treasurer may pay orders 
343.3   without the signature of the chair.  Each order shall must state 
343.4   the fund on which it is drawn, the name of the payee, and the 
343.5   nature of the claim for which such order is issued and shall 
343.6   must be so drawn that when signed by the treasurer in an 
343.7   appropriate place, it becomes a check on the school district 
343.8   depository.  The treasurer shall keep an account of each fund, 
343.9   and of all receipts and disbursements showing the sources of all 
343.10  receipts and the nature and purpose of disbursements.  The 
343.11  treasurer shall deposit the funds of the district in the 
343.12  official depository in accordance with the provisions of law.  
343.13     Sec. 44.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.15, is 
343.14  amended to read: 
343.15     123.15 [SCHOOLHOUSES AND SITES, COMMON SCHOOL DISTRICTS.] 
343.16     Subdivision 1.  [ACQUISITION OF SITES.] When authorized by 
343.17  the voters at a regular meeting or at a special meeting called 
343.18  for that purpose, the board may acquire necessary sites for 
343.19  school houses, or enlargements or additions to existing school 
343.20  house sites, by lease, purchase, or condemnation under the right 
343.21  of eminent domain; lease, erect or purchase garages for 
343.22  district-owned school buses; and sell or exchange school houses 
343.23  or sites and execute deeds of conveyances thereof. It may 
343.24  acquire by lease, purchase, or condemnation under eminent domain 
343.25  suitable tracts of land either within in or without outside of 
343.26  the district for the purpose of instruction, experimentation, 
343.27  and demonstration in agriculture.  In any city, a school site, 
343.28  when practicable, shall must contain at least one block, and, 
343.29  if. Outside of any city, a school site must contain at least two 
343.30  acres; and when.  If any school house site shall 
343.31  contain contains less than such the required amount the board 
343.32  may, without a vote of the electors, acquire other land adjacent 
343.33  to or near such site to make, with such site, all or part 
343.34  of such the required amount.  When If property is taken by 
343.35  eminent domain by authority of this subdivision, when needed by 
343.36  the district for such purpose, the fact that the property so 
344.1   needed has been was acquired by the owner under the power of 
344.2   eminent domain, or is already devoted to public use, shall not 
344.3   prevent its acquisition by the district. 
344.4      Subd. 2.  [SITE DESIGNATION.] The annual meeting or 
344.5   election shall have power to designate a site for a school house 
344.6   and provide for building or otherwise placing a school house 
344.7   thereon, when proper notice has been given; but.  A site on 
344.8   which a with an existing school house stands or where a school 
344.9   house is begun being built shall not be changed except by vote 
344.10  therefor, of three-fifths of the voters of the district voting 
344.11  on the question. 
344.12     Subd. 3.  [TEACHER DWELLING.] When authorized by a 
344.13  two-thirds majority of all the electors voting at an annual or 
344.14  special meeting, the board may erect, purchase, or acquire a 
344.15  dwelling house for the use of its teachers; provided that.  The 
344.16  proposition shall be submitted only at a meeting or election,.  
344.17  The notice of which stated the meeting shall state that such the 
344.18  proposition would shall be considered or submitted thereat. 
344.19     Sec. 45.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.33, 
344.20  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
344.21     Subdivision 1.  [SCHOOL BOARD.] The care, management, and 
344.22  control of independent districts shall be is vested in a board 
344.23  of directors, to be known as the school board.  The term of 
344.24  office of a member shall be four years and until a successor 
344.25  qualifies.  The membership of the school board shall consist of 
344.26  six elected directors together with such ex officio member as 
344.27  may be provided by law.  But The board may submit to the 
344.28  electors at any school election the question whether the board 
344.29  shall consist of seven members and.  If a majority of those 
344.30  voting on the proposition favor a seven-member board, a seventh 
344.31  member shall be elected at the next election of directors for a 
344.32  four-year term and thereafter the board shall consist of seven 
344.33  members. 
344.34     Those districts with a seven-member board may submit to the 
344.35  electors at any school election at least 150 days before the 
344.36  next election of three members of the board the question whether 
345.1   the board shall consist of six members.  If a majority of those 
345.2   voting on the proposition favor a six-member board instead of a 
345.3   seven-member board, two members instead of three members shall 
345.4   be elected at the next election of the board of directors and 
345.5   thereafter the board shall consist of six members.  
345.6      Sec. 46.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.33, 
345.7   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
345.8      Subd. 2.  [SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY.] A vacancy in any board 
345.9   occurs when a member (a) dies, or (b) resigns, or (c) ceases to 
345.10  be a resident of the district, or (d) is unable to serve on such 
345.11  board and attend its meetings for not less than 90 days because 
345.12  of illness or prolonged absence from the district.  
345.13     Sec. 47.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.33, 
345.14  subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
345.15     Subd. 2a.  [SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TRAINING.] A member 
345.16  must shall receive training in school finance and management 
345.17  developed in consultation with the Minnesota school boards 
345.18  association and consistent with section 121.919.  The school 
345.19  boards association shall must make available to each newly 
345.20  elected school board member training in school finance and 
345.21  management consistent with section 121.919 within 180 days of 
345.22  that member taking office.  The program shall be developed in 
345.23  consultation with the department of children, families, and 
345.24  learning and appropriate representatives of higher education.  
345.25     Sec. 48.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.33, 
345.26  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
345.27     Subd. 3.  [ILL OR ABSENT MEMBER.] A vacancy caused by a 
345.28  member being unable to serve on such board and attend its 
345.29  meetings for not less than 90 days because of illness or 
345.30  prolonged absence from the district, may, after the board has by 
345.31  resolution declared such vacancy to exist, be filled by the 
345.32  board at any regular or special meeting thereof for the 
345.33  remainder of the unexpired term, or until such ill or absent 
345.34  member is again able to resume duties as a member of such board, 
345.35  whichever date is earliest.  When such the ill or absent member 
345.36  is again able to resume duties as a member of the board, the 
346.1   board shall must by resolution so determine and declare such 
346.2   person to be again a member of the board, and the member 
346.3   appointed by the board to be no longer a member thereof. 
346.4      Sec. 49.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.33, 
346.5   subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
346.6      Subd. 4.  [VACANCY; APPOINTMENT.] Any other vacancy in a 
346.7   board shall must be filled by board appointment at a regular or 
346.8   special meeting.  The appointment shall be evidenced by a 
346.9   resolution entered in the minutes and shall continue until an 
346.10  election is held under this subdivision.  All elections to fill 
346.11  vacancies shall be for the unexpired term.  If the vacancy 
346.12  occurs before the first day to file affidavits of candidacy for 
346.13  the next school district general election and more than two 
346.14  years remain in the unexpired term, a special election shall be 
346.15  held in conjunction with the school district general election.  
346.16  The appointed person shall serve until the qualification of the 
346.17  successor elected to fill the unexpired part of the term at that 
346.18  special election.  If the vacancy occurs on or after the first 
346.19  day to file affidavits of candidacy for the school district 
346.20  general election, or when less than two years remain in the 
346.21  unexpired term, there shall be no special election to fill the 
346.22  vacancy and the appointed person shall serve the remainder of 
346.23  the unexpired term and until a successor is elected and 
346.24  qualifies at the school district election. 
346.25     Sec. 50.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.33, 
346.26  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
346.27     Subd. 6.  [RULES.] The board shall make, and when deemed 
346.28  advisable, change or repeal rules relating to the organization 
346.29  and management of the board and the duties of its officers. 
346.30     Sec. 51.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.33, 
346.31  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
346.32     Subd. 7.  [DUTIES.] The board shall must superintend and 
346.33  manage the schools of the district; adopt rules for their 
346.34  organization, government, and instruction; keep registers; and 
346.35  prescribe textbooks and courses of study.  The board may enter 
346.36  into an agreement with a post-secondary institution for 
347.1   secondary or post-secondary nonsectarian courses to be taught at 
347.2   a secondary school, nonsectarian post-secondary institution, or 
347.3   another location. 
347.4      Sec. 52.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.33, 
347.5   subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
347.6      Subd. 11.  [PUBLISHING OF PROCEEDINGS.] The board shall 
347.7   must cause its official proceedings to be published once in the 
347.8   official newspaper of the district.  Such publication shall be 
347.9   made within 30 days of the meeting at which such proceedings 
347.10  occurred.  If the board determines that publication of a summary 
347.11  of the proceedings would adequately inform the public of the 
347.12  substance of the proceedings, the board may direct that only a 
347.13  summary be published, conforming to the requirements of section 
347.14  331A.01, subdivision 10.  
347.15     Sec. 53.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.33, 
347.16  subdivision 11a, is amended to read: 
347.17     Subd. 11a.  [MAILING OF PROCEEDINGS.] If a school board of 
347.18  a district that has no newspaper with its known office of issue 
347.19  or a secondary office located within the boundaries of the 
347.20  district and no newspaper that is distributed to more than 
347.21  one-third of the residences in the district determines that 
347.22  mailing a summary of its proceedings would be more economical 
347.23  than publication of the proceedings and that it would adequately 
347.24  inform the public, it may mail a summary of its proceedings to 
347.25  each residence in the district that can be identified as a 
347.26  homestead from the property tax records and to each other 
347.27  residence in the district that the board can identify.  The 
347.28  county shall must make the property tax records available to the 
347.29  board for this purpose.  The board shall must keep a copy of the 
347.30  summary of the proceedings as part of its records.  The decision 
347.31  of a school board to mail summaries, rather than publish the 
347.32  proceedings under this subdivision shall be presumed valid, 
347.33  subject to challenge by a court action. 
347.34     Sec. 54.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.335, is 
347.35  amended to read: 
347.36     123.335 [IMPREST CASH FUNDS.] 
348.1      Subdivision 1.  [IMPREST FUND.] The board may establish one 
348.2   or more imprest funds for the payment in cash of any proper 
348.3   claim against the district which it is impractical to pay in any 
348.4   other manner, except that no claim for salary or personal 
348.5   expenses of a district officer or employee shall be paid from 
348.6   such funds.  The board shall must appoint a custodian of each 
348.7   such fund who shall be responsible for its safekeeping and 
348.8   disbursement according to law.  Money for the operation of such 
348.9   fund shall be secured by a transfer from the general fund.  A 
348.10  claim itemizing all the various demands for which disbursements 
348.11  have been made from the fund shall must be presented to the 
348.12  board at the next board meeting after the disbursements have 
348.13  been made.  The board shall must act upon it as in the case of 
348.14  other claims and an order shall be issued to the custodian for 
348.15  the amount allowed.  The custodian shall use the proceeds of the 
348.16  order to replenish the fund; and.  If the board fails to approve 
348.17  the claim in full for any sufficient reason, the custodian shall 
348.18  be personally responsible for the difference. 
348.19     Subd. 2.  [ADVANCES.] The board may authorize an imprest 
348.20  fund for the purpose of advancing money to officers or employees 
348.21  to pay the actual and necessary expenses of such officer or 
348.22  employee in attending meetings outside of the district.  The 
348.23  board shall must appoint a custodian of such fund who shall be 
348.24  responsible for its safekeeping and disbursement according to 
348.25  law.  At the first regular meeting of the board after such 
348.26  meeting, the custodian shall submit an itemized claim for the 
348.27  actual and necessary expenses incurred and paid.  The 
348.28  board shall must act upon it as in the case of other claims and 
348.29  an order shall be issued to the custodian for the amount 
348.30  allowed.  The custodian shall use the proceeds of the order to 
348.31  repay the amount advanced from the fund and make final 
348.32  settlement with the officer or employee.  As an alternative the 
348.33  board may authorize travel advances if control is maintained by 
348.34  use of a travel advance account, the balance of which is 
348.35  supported by names of employees to whom money has been advanced. 
348.36     Sec. 55.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.34, 
349.1   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
349.2      Subdivision 1.  [OFFICER SELECTION.] Within ten days after 
349.3   the election of the first board in independent districts and 
349.4   annually thereafter on July 1, or as soon thereafter as 
349.5   practicable, the board shall must meet and organize by selecting 
349.6   a chair, clerk, and a treasurer, who shall hold their offices 
349.7   for one year and until their successors are selected and 
349.8   qualify. The persons who perform the duties of the clerk and 
349.9   treasurer need not be members of the board and the board by 
349.10  resolution may combine the duties of the offices of clerk and 
349.11  treasurer in a single person in the office of business affairs.  
349.12  They may appoint a superintendent who shall be ex officio a 
349.13  member of the board, but not entitled to vote therein.  In 
349.14  districts in which board members are elected at the general 
349.15  election in November, the annual meeting of the board shall must 
349.16  be held on the first Monday of January or as soon thereafter as 
349.17  practicable. 
349.18     Sec. 56.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.34, 
349.19  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
349.20     Subd. 2.  [CHAIR.] The chair when present shall preside at 
349.21  all meetings of the board, countersign all orders upon the 
349.22  treasurer for claims allowed by the board, represent the 
349.23  district in all actions and perform all the duties usually 
349.24  incumbent on such officer.  In case of absence, inability, or 
349.25  refusal of the clerk to draw orders for the payment of money 
349.26  authorized by a vote of the majority of the board to be paid, 
349.27  the orders may be drawn by the chair, and paid by the 
349.28  treasurer,.  A statement thereof of the orders drawn, with a 
349.29  copy of such orders, being shall be delivered to the clerk by 
349.30  the treasurer, or the office of the clerk may be declared vacant 
349.31  by the chair and treasurer and filled by appointment. 
349.32     Sec. 57.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.34, 
349.33  subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
349.34     Subd. 7.  [PERFORMANCE BOND.] When the duty devolves upon 
349.35  any person employed by a board to receive money and pay it over 
349.36  to the treasurer of the district, the district shall must 
350.1   require a bond from such person and pay all premiums therefor.  
350.2   The amount of each bond shall be fixed by the board and the bond 
350.3   approved by it.  The bond shall must be not less than $500 
350.4   conditioned for the faithful performance of the duty and shall 
350.5   be filed with the clerk.  In lieu of individual bonds, the 
350.6   district may prescribe and keep in effect a schedule or position 
350.7   insurance policy or blanket bond in such aggregate amount as the 
350.8   district determines, insuring the fidelity of such persons in 
350.9   the amount of not less than $500 for each such person.  
350.10     Sec. 58.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.34, 
350.11  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
350.12     Subd. 8.  [CLERK RECORDS.] The clerk shall keep a record of 
350.13  all meetings of the district and the board in books provided by 
350.14  the district for that purpose.  The clerk shall, within three 
350.15  days after an election, notify all persons elected of their 
350.16  election.  On or before By August 15 of each year the clerk 
350.17  shall file with the board a report of the revenues, expenditures 
350.18  and balances in each fund for the preceding fiscal year.  The 
350.19  report together with vouchers and supporting documents shall 
350.20  subsequently be examined by a public accountant or the state 
350.21  auditor, either of whom shall be paid by the school district, as 
350.22  provided in section 121.908, subdivision 3.  The board shall by 
350.23  resolution approve the report or require a further or amended 
350.24  report.  On or before By August 15 of each year, the clerk shall 
350.25  make and transmit to the commissioner certified reports, showing:
350.26     (1) The condition and value of school property; 
350.27     (2) The revenues and expenditures in detail, and such other 
350.28  financial information required by law, rule, or as may be called 
350.29  for by the commissioner; 
350.30     (3) The length of school term and the enrollment and 
350.31  attendance by grades; and 
350.32     (4) Such other items of information as may be called for by 
350.33  the commissioner. 
350.34     The clerk shall enter in the clerk's record book copies of 
350.35  all reports and of the teachers' term reports, as they appear in 
350.36  the registers, and of the proceedings of any meeting as 
351.1   furnished by the clerk pro tem, and keep an itemized account of 
351.2   all the expenses of the district.  The clerk shall furnish to 
351.3   the auditor of the proper county, on or before by October 10 of 
351.4   each year, an attested copy of the clerk's record, showing the 
351.5   amount of money voted by the district or the board for school 
351.6   purposes; draw and sign all orders upon the treasurer for the 
351.7   payment of money for bills allowed by the board for salaries of 
351.8   officers and for teachers' wages and all claims, to be 
351.9   countersigned by the chair.  Such orders shall must state the 
351.10  consideration, payee, and the fund and the clerk shall take a 
351.11  receipt therefor.  Teachers' wages shall have preference in the 
351.12  order in which they become due, and no money applicable for 
351.13  teachers' wages shall be used for any other purpose, nor shall 
351.14  teachers' wages be paid from any fund except that raised or 
351.15  apportioned for that purpose.  
351.16     Sec. 59.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.34, 
351.17  subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
351.18     Subd. 9.  [SUPERINTENDENT.] All districts maintaining a 
351.19  classified secondary school shall must employ a superintendent 
351.20  who shall be an ex officio nonvoting member of the school board. 
351.21  The authority for selection and employment of a superintendent 
351.22  shall must be vested in the school board in all cases.  An 
351.23  individual employed by a school board as a superintendent shall 
351.24  have an initial employment contract for a period of time no 
351.25  longer than three years from the date of employment.  Any 
351.26  subsequent employment contract must not exceed a period of three 
351.27  years.  A school board, at its discretion, may or may not renew 
351.28  an employment contract.  A school board shall must not, by 
351.29  action or inaction, extend the duration of an existing 
351.30  employment contract.  Beginning 365 days prior to the expiration 
351.31  date of an existing employment contract, a school board may 
351.32  negotiate and enter into a subsequent employment contract to 
351.33  take effect upon the expiration of the existing contract.  A 
351.34  subsequent contract shall must be contingent upon the employee 
351.35  completing the terms of an existing contract.  If a contract 
351.36  between a school board and a superintendent is terminated prior 
352.1   to the date specified in the contract, the school board may not 
352.2   enter into another superintendent contract with that same 
352.3   individual that has a term that extends beyond the date 
352.4   specified in the terminated contract.  A school board may 
352.5   terminate a superintendent during the term of an employment 
352.6   contract for any of the grounds specified in section 125.12, 
352.7   subdivision 6 or 8.  A superintendent shall not rely upon an 
352.8   employment contract with a school board to assert any other 
352.9   continuing contract rights in the position of superintendent 
352.10  under section 125.12.  Notwithstanding the provisions of 
352.11  sections 122.532, 122.541, 125.12, subdivision 6a or 6b, or any 
352.12  other law to the contrary, no individual shall have a right to 
352.13  employment as a superintendent based on order of employment in 
352.14  any district.  If two or more school districts enter into an 
352.15  agreement for the purchase or sharing of the services of a 
352.16  superintendent, the contracting districts have the absolute 
352.17  right to select one of the individuals employed to serve as 
352.18  superintendent in one of the contracting districts and no 
352.19  individual has a right to employment as the superintendent to 
352.20  provide all or part of the services based on order of employment 
352.21  in a contracting district. The superintendent of a district 
352.22  shall perform the following:  
352.23     (1) visit and supervise the schools in the district, report 
352.24  and make recommendations about their condition when advisable or 
352.25  on request by the board; 
352.26     (2) recommend to the board employment and dismissal of 
352.27  teachers; 
352.28     (3) superintend school grading practices and examinations 
352.29  for promotions; 
352.30     (4) make reports required by the commissioner of children, 
352.31  families, and learning; and 
352.32     (5) perform other duties prescribed by the board.  
352.33     Sec. 60.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.34, 
352.34  subdivision 9a, is amended to read: 
352.35     Subd. 9a.  [DISCLOSE PAST BUYOUTS OR CONTRACT IS VOID.] (a) 
352.36  For the purposes of paragraph (b), a "buyout agreement" is any 
353.1   agreement under which a person employed as a superintendent left 
353.2   the position before the term of the contract was over and 
353.3   received a sum of money, something else of value, or the right 
353.4   to something of value for some purpose other than performing the 
353.5   services of a superintendent. 
353.6      (b) Before a person may enter into a superintendent's 
353.7   contract with a school board, the candidate shall disclose in 
353.8   writing the existence and terms of any previous buyout 
353.9   agreement, including amounts and the purpose for the payments, 
353.10  relating to a superintendent's contract with another school 
353.11  board.  A disclosure made under this paragraph is public data. 
353.12     (c) The superintendent's contract of a person who fails to 
353.13  make a timely disclosure under paragraph (b) is void.  
353.14     Sec. 61.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.34, 
353.15  subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
353.16     Subd. 10.  [PRINCIPALS.] Each public school building, as 
353.17  defined by section 120.05, subdivision 2, clauses (1), (2), and 
353.18  (3), in an independent school district may be under the 
353.19  supervision of a principal who is assigned to that 
353.20  responsibility by the board of education in that school district 
353.21  upon the recommendation of the superintendent of schools of that 
353.22  school district.  If pupils in kindergarten through grade 12 
353.23  attend school in one building, one principal may supervise the 
353.24  building. 
353.25     Each principal assigned the responsibility for the 
353.26  supervision of a school building shall hold a valid license in 
353.27  the assigned position of supervision and administration as 
353.28  established by the rules of the state board of education. 
353.29     The principal shall provide administrative, supervisory, 
353.30  and instructional leadership services, under the supervision of 
353.31  the superintendent of schools of the school district and in 
353.32  accordance with the policies, rules, and regulations of the 
353.33  board of education, for the planning, management, operation, and 
353.34  evaluation of the education program of the building or buildings 
353.35  to which the principal is assigned. 
353.36     Sec. 62.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
354.1   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
354.2      Subdivision 1.  [BOARD AUTHORITY.] The board shall must 
354.3   have the general charge of the business of the district, the 
354.4   school houses, and of the interests of the schools thereof.  The 
354.5   board's authority to conduct the business of the district 
354.6   includes implied powers in addition to any specific powers 
354.7   granted by the legislature.  
354.8      Sec. 63.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
354.9   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
354.10     Subd. 2.  [FACILITIES FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN.] It shall be 
354.11  is the duty and the function of the district to furnish school 
354.12  facilities to every child of school age residing in any part of 
354.13  the district.  The board may establish and organize and alter 
354.14  and discontinue such grades or schools as it may deem advisable 
354.15  and assign to each school and grade a proper number of pupils.  
354.16  The board shall provide free textbooks for the pupils of the 
354.17  district.  
354.18     Sec. 64.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
354.19  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
354.20     Subd. 4.  [LEVY.] The board shall must provide by levy of 
354.21  tax necessary funds for the conduct of schools, the payment of 
354.22  indebtedness, and all proper expenses of the district. 
354.23     Sec. 65.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
354.24  subdivision 9b, is amended to read: 
354.25     Subd. 9b.  [SERVICES FOR INDIAN STUDENTS.] School districts 
354.26  may enter into agreements with Indian tribal governments for 
354.27  purposes of providing educational services for students.  Such 
354.28  agreements may allow for the use of any resources available to 
354.29  either party and must give students the option to enroll in 
354.30  the school district at their election. 
354.31     Sec. 66.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
354.32  subdivision 12, is amended to read: 
354.33     Subd. 12.  [ANNUITY CONTRACT; PAYROLL ALLOCATION.] At the 
354.34  request of an employee and as part of the employee's 
354.35  compensation arrangement, the board may purchase an individual 
354.36  annuity contract for an employee for retirement or other 
355.1   purposes and may make payroll allocations in accordance with 
355.2   such arrangement for the purpose of paying the entire premium 
355.3   due and to become due under such contract.  The allocation shall 
355.4   must be made in a manner which will qualify the annuity 
355.5   premiums, (or a portion thereof), for the benefit afforded under 
355.6   section 403(b) of the current Federal Internal Revenue Code or 
355.7   any equivalent provision of subsequent federal income tax law.  
355.8   The employee shall own such contract and the employee's 
355.9   rights thereunder under the contract shall be nonforfeitable 
355.10  except for failure to pay premiums.  Section 125.12 shall not be 
355.11  applicable hereto and the board shall have no liability 
355.12  thereunder because of its purchase of any individual annuity 
355.13  contracts.  This statute shall be applied in a nondiscriminatory 
355.14  manner to employees of the school district.  
355.15     Sec. 67.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
355.16  subdivision 15, is amended to read: 
355.17     Subd. 15.  [PAYMENT OF CLAIMS.] When payment of a claim 
355.18  cannot be deferred until the next board meeting without loss to 
355.19  the district of a discount privilege, or when payment of a claim 
355.20  cannot be deferred until the next board meeting because of 
355.21  contract terms, purchase order terms, or a vendor's standard 
355.22  terms which are part of the contract, the claim may be paid 
355.23  prior to board approval, providing that the board: 
355.24     (a) Has delegated authority to the clerk or a designated 
355.25  business administrator to make a payment prior to board approval 
355.26  and 
355.27     (b) Requires that payment made prior to board approval be 
355.28  acted upon at the next board meeting. 
355.29     Payment prior to board approval shall must not affect the 
355.30  right of the district or a taxpayer to challenge the validity of 
355.31  a claim. 
355.32     Sec. 68.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, 
355.33  subdivision 20, is amended to read: 
355.34     Subd. 20.  [LEGAL COUNSEL; REIMBURSEMENT.] If reimbursement 
355.35  is requested by a school district employee, the board may, after 
355.36  consulting with its legal counsel, reimburse the employee for 
356.1   any costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the person to 
356.2   defend criminal charges brought against the person arising out 
356.3   of the performance of duties for the school district.  A board 
356.4   member who is a witness or an alleged victim in the case may not 
356.5   vote on the reimbursement.  If a quorum of the board is 
356.6   disqualified from voting on the reimbursement, the reimbursement 
356.7   shall must be approved by a judge of the district court. 
356.8      Sec. 69.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.36, 
356.9   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
356.10     Subdivision 1.  [SITES.] According to section 124.91, 
356.11  subdivision 1, or 465.71, when funds are available therefor, the 
356.12  board may locate and acquire necessary sites of schoolhouses or 
356.13  enlargements, or additions to existing schoolhouse sites by 
356.14  lease, purchase or condemnation under the right of eminent 
356.15  domain; it may erect schoolhouses thereon on the sites; it may 
356.16  erect or purchase garages for district-owned school buses.  When 
356.17  property is taken by eminent domain by authority of this 
356.18  subdivision when needed by the school district for such 
356.19  purposes, the fact that the property so needed has been acquired 
356.20  by the owner under the power of eminent domain or is already 
356.21  devoted to public use, shall not prevent its acquisition by 
356.22  the school district.  The board may sell or exchange 
356.23  schoolhouses or sites, and execute deeds of conveyance thereof.  
356.24     Sec. 70.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.36, 
356.25  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
356.26     Subd. 5.  [USE OF SCHOOL HOUSES.] The board may authorize 
356.27  the use of any schoolhouses in the district for divine worship, 
356.28  Sunday schools, public meetings, elections, post-secondary 
356.29  instruction, and other community purposes that, in its judgment, 
356.30  will not interfere with their use for school purposes.  Before 
356.31  permitting any of these uses, the board may require a cash or 
356.32  corporate surety bond in a reasonable amount conditioned for the 
356.33  proper use of the schoolhouse, payment of all rent, and repair 
356.34  of all damage occasioned caused by the use.  It may determine a 
356.35  reasonable charge for using the schoolhouse. 
356.36     It may authorize the use of any schoolhouses or buildings 
357.1   owned or leased by the district for primaries, elections, 
357.2   registrations, and related activities if the board determines 
357.3   that the use will not interfere with school purposes.  It may 
357.4   impose reasonable regulations and conditions upon the use as may 
357.5   seem necessary and proper. 
357.6      Sec. 71.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.36, 
357.7   subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
357.8      Subd. 10.  [LEASE FOR NONSCHOOL PURPOSE.] (a) The board may 
357.9   lease to any person, business, or organization a schoolhouse 
357.10  that is not needed for school purposes, or part of a schoolhouse 
357.11  that is not needed for school purposes if the board determines 
357.12  that leasing part of a schoolhouse does not interfere with the 
357.13  educational programs taking place in the rest of the building. 
357.14  The board may charge and collect reasonable consideration for 
357.15  the lease and may determine the terms and conditions of the 
357.16  lease. 
357.17     (b) In districts with outstanding bonds, the net proceeds 
357.18  of the lease shall must be first deposited in the debt 
357.19  retirement fund of the district in an amount sufficient to meet 
357.20  when due that percentage of the principal and interest payments 
357.21  for outstanding bonds that is ascribable to the payment of 
357.22  expenses necessary and incidental to the construction or 
357.23  purchase of the particular building or property that is leased.  
357.24  Any remaining net proceeds in these districts may be deposited 
357.25  in either the debt redemption fund or capital expenditure fund.  
357.26  All net proceeds of the lease in districts without outstanding 
357.27  bonds shall be deposited in the capital expenditure fund of the 
357.28  district. 
357.29     (c) The board may make capital improvements, including 
357.30  fixtures, to a schoolhouse or a portion thereof, not exceeding 
357.31  in cost the replacement value of the schoolhouse, to facilitate 
357.32  its rental, and the lease of an improved schoolhouse, or part of 
357.33  it, shall provide for rentals which will recover the cost of the 
357.34  improvements over the initial term of the lease.  
357.35  Notwithstanding clause paragraph (b), the portion of the rentals 
357.36  representing the cost of the improvements shall be deposited in 
358.1   the capital expenditure fund of the district and the balance of 
358.2   the rentals shall be used as provided in clause paragraph (b).  
358.3      Sec. 72.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.36, 
358.4   subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
358.5      Subd. 11.  [SCHOOLHOUSE CLOSING.] The board may close a 
358.6   schoolhouse only after a public hearing on the question of the 
358.7   necessity and practicability of the proposed closing.  Published 
358.8   notice of the hearing shall be given for two weeks in the 
358.9   official newspaper of the district.  The time and place of the 
358.10  meeting, the description and location of the schoolhouse, and a 
358.11  statement of the reasons for the closing shall must be specified 
358.12  in the notice.  Parties requesting to give testimony for and 
358.13  against the proposal shall be heard by the board before it makes 
358.14  a final decision to close or not to close the schoolhouse.  
358.15     Sec. 73.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.36, 
358.16  subdivision 13, is amended to read: 
358.17     Subd. 13.  [PROCEEDS OF SALE OR EXCHANGE.] (a) Proceeds of 
358.18  the sale or exchange of school buildings or real property of the 
358.19  school district shall must be used as provided in this 
358.20  subdivision. 
358.21     (a) (b) In districts with outstanding bonds, the proceeds 
358.22  of the sale or exchange shall first be deposited in the debt 
358.23  retirement fund of the district in an amount sufficient to meet 
358.24  when due that percentage of the principal and interest payments 
358.25  for outstanding bonds which is ascribable to the payment of 
358.26  expenses necessary and incidental to the construction or 
358.27  purchase of the particular building or property which is sold.  
358.28     (b) (c) After satisfying the requirements of paragraph 
358.29  (a) (b), a district with outstanding bonds may deposit proceeds 
358.30  of the sale or exchange in its capital expenditure fund if the 
358.31  amount deposited is used for the following:  
358.32     (1) for expenditures for the cleanup of polychlorinated 
358.33  biphenyls, if the method for cleanup is approved by the 
358.34  department of children, families, and learning; 
358.35     (2) for capital expenditures for the betterment, as defined 
358.36  in section 475.51, subdivision 8, of district-owned school 
359.1   buildings; or 
359.2      (3) to replace the building or property sold.  
359.3      (c) (d) In a district with outstanding bonds, the amount of 
359.4   the proceeds of the sale or exchange remaining after the 
359.5   application of paragraphs (a) and (b) (b) and (c), which is 
359.6   sufficient to meet when due that percentage of the principal and 
359.7   interest payments for the district's outstanding bonds which is 
359.8   not governed by paragraph (a) (b), shall be deposited in the 
359.9   debt retirement fund.  
359.10     (d) (e) Any proceeds of the sale or exchange remaining in 
359.11  districts with outstanding bonds after the application of 
359.12  paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) (b), (c), and (d), and all proceeds 
359.13  of the sale or exchange in districts without outstanding bonds 
359.14  shall be deposited in the capital expenditure fund of the 
359.15  district. 
359.16     (e) (f) Notwithstanding paragraphs (b) and (c) (c) and (d), 
359.17  a district with outstanding bonds may deposit in its capital 
359.18  expenditure fund and use for any lawful capital expenditure 
359.19  without the reduction of any levy limitation the same percentage 
359.20  of the proceeds of the sale or exchange of a building or 
359.21  property as the percentage of the initial cost of purchasing or 
359.22  constructing the building or property which was paid using 
359.23  revenue from the capital expenditure fund.  
359.24     Sec. 74.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.36, 
359.25  subdivision 14, is amended to read: 
359.26     Subd. 14.  [ASBESTOS REMOVAL AND POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS 
359.27  CLEANUP.] Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, school 
359.28  districts may, without an election, enter into contracts 
359.29  extending beyond the end of the fiscal year to pay the costs of 
359.30  removal or encapsulation of asbestos or cleanup of 
359.31  polychlorinated biphenyls found in school buildings or on school 
359.32  property.  
359.33     Sec. 75.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.37, 
359.34  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
359.35     Subdivision 1.  [CONTRACTS.] No A contract for work or 
359.36  labor, or for the purchase of furniture, fixtures, or other 
360.1   property, except books registered under the copyright laws, or 
360.2   for the construction or repair of school houses, the estimated 
360.3   cost or value of which shall exceed that specified in section 
360.4   471.345, subdivision 3, shall must not be made by the school 
360.5   board without first advertising for bids or proposals by two 
360.6   weeks' published notice in the official newspaper.  This 
360.7   notice shall must state the time and place of receiving bids and 
360.8   contain a brief description of the subject matter. 
360.9      Additional publication in the official newspaper or 
360.10  elsewhere may be made as the board shall deem necessary. 
360.11     After taking into consideration conformity with the 
360.12  specifications, terms of delivery, and other conditions imposed 
360.13  in the call for bids, every such contract shall must be awarded 
360.14  to the lowest responsible bidder, be duly executed in writing, 
360.15  and be otherwise conditioned as required by law.  The person to 
360.16  whom the contract is awarded shall give a sufficient bond to the 
360.17  board for its faithful performance.  Notwithstanding section 
360.18  574.26 or any other law to the contrary, on a contract limited 
360.19  to the purchase of a finished tangible product, a school board 
360.20  may require, at its discretion, a performance bond of a 
360.21  contractor in the amount the board considers necessary.  A 
360.22  record shall must be kept of all bids, with names of bidders and 
360.23  amount of bids, and with the successful bid indicated thereon.  
360.24  A bid containing an alteration or erasure of any price contained 
360.25  in the bid which is used in determining the lowest responsible 
360.26  bid shall must be rejected unless the alteration or erasure is 
360.27  corrected as herein provided in this section.  An alteration or 
360.28  erasure may be crossed out and the correction thereof printed in 
360.29  ink or typewritten adjacent thereto and initialed in ink by the 
360.30  person signing the bid.  In the case of identical low bids from 
360.31  two or more bidders, the board may, at its discretion, utilize 
360.32  negotiated procurement methods with the tied low bidders for 
360.33  that particular transaction, so long as the price paid does not 
360.34  exceed the low tied bid price.  In the case where only a single 
360.35  bid is received, the board may, at its discretion, negotiate a 
360.36  mutually agreeable contract with the bidder so long as the price 
361.1   paid does not exceed the original bid.  If no satisfactory bid 
361.2   is received, the board may readvertise.  Standard requirement 
361.3   price contracts established for supplies or services to be 
361.4   purchased by the district shall must be established by 
361.5   competitive bids.  Such standard requirement price contracts may 
361.6   contain escalation clauses and may provide for a negotiated 
361.7   price increase or decrease based upon a demonstrable 
361.8   industrywide or regional increase or decrease in the vendor's 
361.9   costs.  Either party to the contract may request that the other 
361.10  party demonstrate such increase or decrease.  The term of such 
361.11  contracts shall must not exceed two years with an option on the 
361.12  part of the district to renew for an additional two years.  
361.13  Provided that in the case of Contracts for the purchase of 
361.14  perishable food items, except milk for school lunches and 
361.15  vocational training programs a contract of, in any amount may be 
361.16  made by direct negotiation by obtaining two or more written 
361.17  quotations for the purchase or sale, when possible, without 
361.18  advertising for bids or otherwise complying with the 
361.19  requirements of this section or section 471.345, subdivision 3.  
361.20  All quotations obtained shall be kept on file for a period of at 
361.21  least one year after receipt thereof. 
361.22     Every contract made without compliance with the provisions 
361.23  of this section shall be void.  Provided, that Except in the 
361.24  case of the destruction of buildings or injury thereto, where 
361.25  the public interest would suffer by delay, contracts for repairs 
361.26  may be made without advertising for bids.  
361.27     Sec. 76.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.37, 
361.28  subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
361.29     Subd. 1a.  [CONTRACT WITHIN BUDGETED AMOUNTS.] The board 
361.30  may authorize its superintendent or business manager to lease, 
361.31  purchase, and contract for goods and services within the budget 
361.32  as approved by the board, provided that.  Any transaction in an 
361.33  amount exceeding the minimum amount for which bids are required 
361.34  must first be specifically authorized by the board and must 
361.35  fulfill all other applicable requirements in subdivision 1.  
361.36     Sec. 77.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.37, 
362.1   subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 
362.2      Subd. 1b.  [TRANSPORTATION; FUEL.] Notwithstanding the 
362.3   provisions of subdivision 1 or section 471.345, a contract for 
362.4   the transportation of school children, or a contract for the 
362.5   purchase of petroleum heating fuel or fuel for vehicles may be 
362.6   made by direct negotiation, by obtaining two or more written 
362.7   quotations for the service when possible, or upon sealed bids.  
362.8   At least 30 days before awarding a directly negotiated contract, 
362.9   the school district shall must, by published notice, request 
362.10  quotations for the service to be provided.  All quotations 
362.11  obtained shall must be kept on file for a period of at least one 
362.12  year after receipt thereof.  If a contract is made by direct 
362.13  negotiation, all quotations shall must be public information.  
362.14  If a contract is made upon sealed bids, the procedure for 
362.15  advertising and awarding bids shall conform to the provisions of 
362.16  subdivision 1 except as otherwise provided in this subdivision. 
362.17     Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1 or section 
362.18  574.26, a performance bond shall must be required of a 
362.19  contractor on a contract for the transportation of school 
362.20  children only when and in the amount deemed necessary by and at 
362.21  the discretion of the school board.  Such a performance bond 
362.22  must be in the amount determined by the board. 
362.23     Sec. 78.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.38, 
362.24  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
362.25     Subdivision 1.  [ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE DISTRICT LIMITS.] 
362.26  Whenever it shall appear appears to be beneficial and for the 
362.27  best interest of the district and the pupils of the district to 
362.28  carry on any school sport activities or educational activities 
362.29  connected with their studies outside of the territorial limits 
362.30  of the school district, the board may authorize such activities 
362.31  to be conducted under such rules and regulations as the board 
362.32  deems sufficient.  The district may pay all necessary costs 
362.33  therefor including transportation from the school district funds 
362.34  available. 
362.35     Sec. 79.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.38, 
362.36  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
363.1      Subd. 2.  [COCURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZATION.] The 
363.2   board shall must take charge of and control all cocurricular 
363.3   school activities of the teachers and children of the public 
363.4   schools in that district held in the school building or school 
363.5   grounds or under the supervision or direction of the school 
363.6   board and to that end.  The board must adopt rules and 
363.7   regulations for the conduct of these cocurricular activities in 
363.8   which the schools of the district or any class or pupils therein 
363.9   may participate.  All money received on account of such 
363.10  activities shall must be turned over to the school district 
363.11  treasurer, who shall keep the same in the general fund, to be 
363.12  disbursed for expenses and salaries connected with the 
363.13  activities, or otherwise, by the board upon properly allowed 
363.14  itemized claims. 
363.15     No cocurricular activity shall be participated in by the 
363.16  Teachers or pupils in the public schools of such district must 
363.17  not participate in cocurricular activities, nor shall the school 
363.18  name or any allied name be used in connection therewith, except 
363.19  by consent and direction of the board.  
363.20     Sec. 80.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.38, 
363.21  subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
363.22     Subd. 2a.  [COCURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.] Cocurricular 
363.23  activities shall mean means school sponsored and directed 
363.24  activities designed to provide opportunities for pupils to 
363.25  participate, on an individual or group basis, in school and 
363.26  public events for the improvement of skills.  Cocurricular 
363.27  activities are not offered for school credit, cannot be counted 
363.28  toward graduation and have one or more of the following 
363.29  characteristics: 
363.30     (a) They are conducted at regular and uniform times during 
363.31  school hours, or at times established by school authorities; 
363.32     (b) Although not offered for credit, they are directed or 
363.33  supervised by instructional staff in a learning environment 
363.34  similar to that found in courses offered for credit; 
363.35     (c) They are partially funded by public moneys for general 
363.36  instructional purposes under direction and control of the board. 
364.1      Sec. 81.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.38, 
364.2   subdivision 2b, is amended to read: 
364.3      Subd. 2b.  [BOARD CONTROL OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.] 
364.4   (a) The board may take charge of and control all extracurricular 
364.5   activities of the teachers and children of the public schools in 
364.6   the district.  Extracurricular activities shall mean means all 
364.7   direct and personal services for public school pupils for their 
364.8   enjoyment that are managed and operated under the guidance of an 
364.9   adult or staff member.  
364.10     (b) Extracurricular activities have all of the following 
364.11  characteristics: 
364.12     (1) they are not offered for school credit nor required for 
364.13  graduation; 
364.14     (2) they are generally conducted outside school hours, or 
364.15  if partly during school hours, at times agreed by the 
364.16  participants, and approved by school authorities; 
364.17     (3) the content of the activities is determined primarily 
364.18  by the pupil participants under the guidance of a staff member 
364.19  or other adult. 
364.20     (c) If the board does not take charge of and control 
364.21  extracurricular activities, these activities shall be 
364.22  self-sustaining with all expenses, except direct salary costs 
364.23  and indirect costs of the use of school facilities, met by dues, 
364.24  admissions, or other student fundraising events.  The general 
364.25  fund shall must reflect only those salaries directly related to 
364.26  and readily identified with the activity and paid by public 
364.27  funds.  Other revenues and expenditures for extra curricular 
364.28  activities must be recorded according to the "Manual of 
364.29  Instruction for Uniform Student Activities Accounting for 
364.30  Minnesota School Districts and Area Vocational-Technical 
364.31  Colleges."  Extracurricular activities not under board control 
364.32  must have an annual financial audit and must also be audited 
364.33  annually for compliance with this section. 
364.34     (d) If the board takes charge of and controls 
364.35  extracurricular activities, any or all costs of these activities 
364.36  may be provided from school revenues and all revenues and 
365.1   expenditures for these activities shall be recorded in the same 
365.2   manner as other revenues and expenditures of the district.  
365.3      (e) If the board takes charge of and controls 
365.4   extracurricular activities, no such activity shall be 
365.5   participated in by the teachers or pupils in the district must 
365.6   not participate in such activity, nor shall the school name or 
365.7   any allied name be used in connection therewith, except by 
365.8   consent and direction of the board. 
365.9      Sec. 82.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.38, 
365.10  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
365.11     Subd. 3.  [INSURANCE.] The board may enter into a contract 
365.12  providing for the payment of cash benefits or the rendering or 
365.13  payment of hospital and medical benefits, or both to school 
365.14  children injured while participating in activities of the 
365.15  school, such.  The contract to entered into by the board may 
365.16  make the payment of such benefits or the rendering thereof the 
365.17  direct and sole obligation of the association or company 
365.18  entering into such contract with the district. 
365.19     If the board deems it advisable, it may authorize employees 
365.20  to collect fees from the pupils enrolled in said school who are 
365.21  to be or are covered by such contract, and to make payment of 
365.22  the premium or other charge for such contract or protection.  
365.23  The payment of such premium or other charge may be made from 
365.24  funds received from the federal government or from the state or 
365.25  any governmental subdivision thereof, or from funds derived by a 
365.26  tax levy or the issuance of bonds. 
365.27     The child's payment of any fees, premium or other charge by 
365.28  such child shall not thereby make the district liable for any 
365.29  injuries incurred from such school activities. 
365.30     The state board of education may purchase medical insurance 
365.31  coverage for the benefit of students of the Minnesota state 
365.32  academy for the deaf or the Minnesota state academy for the 
365.33  blind in the same manner and with the same effect as a school 
365.34  district board may do for its students under this subdivision.  
365.35     Sec. 83.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
365.36  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
366.1      Subdivision 1.  [AUTHORITY TO TRANSPORT PUPILS.] The board 
366.2   may provide for the transportation of pupils to and from school 
366.3   and for any other purpose.  The board may also provide for the 
366.4   transportation of pupils to schools in other districts for 
366.5   grades and departments not maintained in the district, including 
366.6   high school, at the expense of the district, when funds are 
366.7   available therefor and if agreeable to the district to which it 
366.8   is proposed to transport the pupils, for the whole or a part of 
366.9   the school year, as it may deem advisable, and subject to its 
366.10  rules.  In any school district, the board shall must arrange for 
366.11  the attendance of all pupils living two miles or more from the 
366.12  school, except pupils whose transportation privileges have been 
366.13  revoked under section 123.805, subdivision 1, clause (6), or 
366.14  123.7991, paragraph (b), through suitable provision.  The 
366.15  district may provide for the transportation of or through the 
366.16  boarding and rooming of the pupils who may be more economically 
366.17  and conveniently provided for by that means.  The board shall 
366.18  must provide transportation to and from the home of a child with 
366.19  a disability not yet enrolled in kindergarten when special 
366.20  instruction and services under sections 120.17 and 120.1701 are 
366.21  provided in a location other than in the child's home.  When 
366.22  transportation is provided, scheduling of routes, establishment 
366.23  of the location of bus stops, manner and method of 
366.24  transportation, control and discipline of school children and 
366.25  any other matter relating thereto shall must be within the sole 
366.26  discretion, control, and management of the school board.  The 
366.27  district may provide for the transportation of pupils or expend 
366.28  a reasonable amount for room and board of pupils whose 
366.29  attendance at school can more economically and conveniently be 
366.30  provided for by that means or who attend school in a building 
366.31  rented or leased by a district within the confines of an 
366.32  adjacent district.  
366.33     Sec. 84.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
366.34  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
366.35     Subd. 2.  [TRANSPORTATION SERVICES CONTRACTS.] The board 
366.36  may contract for the furnishing of authorized transportation 
367.1   under rules established by the commissioner of children, 
367.2   families, and learning, and may purchase gasoline and furnish 
367.3   same to a contract carrier for use in the performance of a 
367.4   contract with the school district for transportation of school 
367.5   children to and from school. 
367.6      Sec. 85.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
367.7   subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
367.8      Subd. 8.  [AUTHORITY TO RENT BUSES.] The board may rent a 
367.9   bus owned by the school district excluding a motor-coach bus to 
367.10  any person for any lawful purpose.  Bus rental shall must not 
367.11  interfere with the transportation of pupils by the district.  A 
367.12  lessee may use and operate the bus without payment of a motor 
367.13  vehicle tax.  The lessee is liable for any claims for injuries 
367.14  and damages arising out of the use and operation of a bus leased 
367.15  from the district.  Except as provided in subdivision 9a, the 
367.16  lessee shall procure insurance at the lessee's expense 
367.17  protecting the board and the district against claims for 
367.18  injuries and damages arising out of the use and operation of the 
367.19  bus.  
367.20     Sec. 86.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
367.21  subdivision 8a, is amended to read: 
367.22     Subd. 8a.  [NONPUPIL TRANSPORTATION; INSURANCE.] 
367.23  Notwithstanding the provisions of section 221.021, any public 
367.24  school district or school bus contractor providing 
367.25  transportation services to a school district on a regular basis 
367.26  in this state may operate school buses, excluding motor coach 
367.27  buses, for the purpose of providing transportation to nonpupils 
367.28  of the school district attending school events, as defined in 
367.29  section 123.38, subdivision 2a or 2b, provided that no carrier 
367.30  having a charter carrier permit has its principal office and 
367.31  place of business or bus garage within 12 miles of the principal 
367.32  office of the school district.  School District owned buses and 
367.33  the operators thereof shall otherwise comply with the provisions 
367.34  of this section and the rules of the state board of education 
367.35  and shall be insured in at least the amounts stated in section 
367.36  466.04, subdivision 1.  In all cases the total cost of providing 
368.1   such services, as determined by sound accounting procedures, 
368.2   shall be paid by charges made against those using the buses.  
368.3      Sec. 87.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
368.4   subdivision 8b, is amended to read: 
368.5      Subd. 8b.  [TRANSPORTATION OF ANY PERSON.] School Districts 
368.6   may use school district owned or contractor operated school 
368.7   buses to provide transportation along regular school bus routes 
368.8   on a space available basis for any person, provided that this.  
368.9   Such use of a bus does must not interfere with the 
368.10  transportation of pupils to and from school or other authorized 
368.11  transportation of pupils.  In all cases, the total additional 
368.12  cost of providing these services, as determined by sound 
368.13  accounting procedures, shall must be paid by charges made 
368.14  against those using these services or some third-party payor.  
368.15  In no case shall the additional cost of this transportation be 
368.16  paid by the school district. 
368.17     The provisions of section 65B.47, subdivision 4, shall be 
368.18  applicable to any person being transported pursuant to this 
368.19  subdivision.  
368.20     Sec. 88.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
368.21  subdivision 8c, is amended to read: 
368.22     Subd. 8c.  [PART-TIME SECONDARY STUDENTS.] School Districts 
368.23  may provide bus transportation along regular school bus routes 
368.24  on a space available basis for part-time students enrolled in 
368.25  secondary classes pursuant to section 123.35, subdivisions 8a, 
368.26  8b and 8c, provided that this.  Such use of a bus does must not 
368.27  interfere with the transportation of pupils to and from school 
368.28  or other authorized transportation of pupils.  The total 
368.29  additional cost of providing these services, as determined by 
368.30  sound accounting procedures, shall be paid by charges made 
368.31  against those using the services or some third-party payor.  
368.32     Sec. 89.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
368.33  subdivision 8d, is amended to read: 
368.34     Subd. 8d.  [EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION PARTICIPANTS.] 
368.35  School Districts may provide bus transportation along regular 
368.36  school bus routes when space is available for participants in 
369.1   early childhood family education programs and learning readiness 
369.2   programs if these services do not result in an increase in the 
369.3   district's expenditures for transportation.  The costs allocated 
369.4   to these services, as determined by generally accepted 
369.5   accounting principles, shall be considered part of the 
369.6   authorized cost for regular transportation for the purposes of 
369.7   section 124.225.  
369.8      Sec. 90.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
369.9   subdivision 8e, is amended to read: 
369.10     Subd. 8e.  [AREA LEARNING CENTER PUPILS.] School Districts 
369.11  may provide bus transportation along school bus routes 
369.12  established to provide nonregular transportation as defined in 
369.13  section 124.225, subdivision 1, paragraph (e)(2)(ii), when space 
369.14  is available, for pupils attending programs at an area learning 
369.15  center.  The transportation is only permitted between schools 
369.16  and if it does not increase the district's expenditures for 
369.17  transportation.  The cost of these services shall be considered 
369.18  part of the authorized cost for nonregular transportation for 
369.19  the purpose of section 124.225. 
369.20     Sec. 91.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
369.21  subdivision 9a, is amended to read: 
369.22     Subd. 9a.  [INSURANCE; INDEMNITY.] If a school board has 
369.23  obtained insurance pursuant to subdivision 9 or section 466.06, 
369.24  it may also obtain and pay for insurance coverage to indemnify a 
369.25  lessee and to protect the board and the district, in any amount 
369.26  not exceeding the limits of coverage provided for the insurance 
369.27  obtained pursuant to subdivision 9 or section 466.06 against 
369.28  claims for injuries and damages arising out of the use and 
369.29  operation of a district-owned bus while it is leased or rented 
369.30  to the lessee pursuant to subdivision 8.  The rental charge 
369.31  shall include the cost of this additional insurance coverage.  
369.32  The procurement of this additional insurance coverage 
369.33  constitutes a waiver of the defense of governmental immunity to 
369.34  the extent of the additional coverage but has no effect on the 
369.35  liability of the board, the school district, or its employees 
369.36  beyond the coverage so provided. 
370.1      Sec. 92.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
370.2   subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
370.3      Subd. 11.  [INSURANCE; SCHOOL SAFETY PATROL.] The board may 
370.4   provide and pay the premiums for insurance against injuries 
370.5   resulting to its pupils while assigned to and acting on a school 
370.6   safety patrol, which.  Such insurance may provide for the 
370.7   payment of either cash benefits to such injured pupil or for the 
370.8   payment of hospital and medical benefits to or for such injured 
370.9   pupil, or both.  Nothing herein shall be construed to in any way 
370.10  make the district liable for such injuries.  
370.11     Sec. 93.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
370.12  subdivision 12, is amended to read: 
370.13     Subd. 12.  [SNOW REMOVAL.] The board may enter into 
370.14  contracts for the removal of snow from roads used for regular 
370.15  bus routes transporting pupils to and from school either within 
370.16  or without outside the district. 
370.17     Sec. 94.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
370.18  subdivision 13, is amended to read: 
370.19     Subd. 13.  [HANDICAPPED PERSON TRANSPORT TO DEVELOPMENTAL 
370.20  ACHIEVEMENT CENTER.] The board shall must contract with any 
370.21  licensed developmental achievement center attended by a resident 
370.22  handicapped person who fulfills the eligibility requirements of 
370.23  section 252.23, subdivision 1, to transport the resident 
370.24  handicapped person to the developmental achievement center in 
370.25  return for payment by the center of the cost of the 
370.26  transportation, if transportation by the board is in the best 
370.27  interest of the handicapped person and is not unreasonably 
370.28  burdensome to the district and if a less expensive, reasonable, 
370.29  alternative means of transporting the handicapped person does 
370.30  not exist.  If the board and the developmental achievement 
370.31  center are unable to agree to a contract, either the board or 
370.32  the center may appeal to the commissioner of children, families, 
370.33  and learning to resolve the conflict.  All decisions of the 
370.34  commissioner shall be final and binding upon the board and the 
370.35  center. 
370.36     Sec. 95.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
371.1   subdivision 14, is amended to read: 
371.2      Subd. 14.  [CUSTODIAL PARENT TRANSPORTATION.] The board may 
371.3   provide transportation for a pupil who is a custodial parent and 
371.4   that pupil's child between the pupil's home and a child care 
371.5   provider and between the provider and the school.  The 
371.6   board shall must establish criteria for transportation it 
371.7   provides according to this subdivision.  
371.8      Sec. 96.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
371.9   subdivision 15, is amended to read: 
371.10     Subd. 15.  [PUPIL TRANSPORT ON STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS.] A 
371.11  school district may provide bus transportation between home and 
371.12  school for pupils on days devoted to parent-teacher conferences, 
371.13  teacher's workshops, or other staff development opportunities.  
371.14  If approved by the commissioner as part of a program of 
371.15  educational improvement, the cost of providing this 
371.16  transportation, as determined by generally accepted accounting 
371.17  principles, must be considered part of the authorized cost for 
371.18  regular transportation for the purposes of section 124.225.  The 
371.19  commissioner shall approve inclusion of these costs in the 
371.20  regular transportation category only if the total number of 
371.21  instructional hours in the school year divided by the total 
371.22  number of days for which transportation is provided equals or 
371.23  exceeds the number of instructional hours per day prescribed in 
371.24  the rules of the state board. 
371.25     Sec. 97.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.39, 
371.26  subdivision 16, is amended to read: 
371.27     Subd. 16.  [POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS PUPILS.] 
371.28  School Districts may provide bus transportation along school bus 
371.29  routes established to provide nonregular transportation as 
371.30  defined in section 124.225, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clause 
371.31  (2), when space is available, for pupils attending programs at a 
371.32  post-secondary institution under the post-secondary enrollment 
371.33  options program.  The transportation is permitted only if it 
371.34  does not increase the district's expenditures for 
371.35  transportation.  Fees collected for this service under section 
371.36  120.73, subdivision 1, paragraph (m), shall be subtracted from 
372.1   the authorized cost for nonregular transportation for the 
372.2   purpose of section 124.225. 
372.3      Sec. 98.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.40, 
372.4   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
372.5      Subdivision 1.  [PAYMENT OF JUST CLAIMS.] The board shall 
372.6   must provide for the payment of all just claims against the 
372.7   district in cases provided by law.  
372.8      Sec. 99.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.40, 
372.9   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
372.10     Subd. 2.  [PROSECUTE AND DEFEND ACTIONS.] In all proper 
372.11  cases, the board shall must prosecute and defend actions by or 
372.12  against the district. 
372.13     Sec. 100.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.40, 
372.14  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
372.15     Subd. 8.  [REMOVAL OF UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES.] The board may 
372.16  authorize a representative to move unauthorized vehicles parked 
372.17  on school district property, or require the driver or other 
372.18  person in charge of the vehicle to move the same off school 
372.19  district property.  
372.20     When such representative finds such a vehicle unattended 
372.21  upon school district premises, such representative is hereby 
372.22  authorized to provide for the removal of such vehicle and remove 
372.23  the same to the nearest convenient garage or other place of 
372.24  safety off of school district property.  Such vehicle shall be 
372.25  moved at the expense of the owner or operator. 
372.26     Sec. 101.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.41, is 
372.27  amended to read: 
372.28     123.41 [LIABILITY INSURANCE,; OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES.] 
372.29     The governing body of any independent school district may 
372.30  procure insurance against liability of the school district or of 
372.31  its officers and employees for damages resulting from wrongful 
372.32  acts and omissions of the school district and its officers and 
372.33  employees, whether the acts or omissions relate to governmental 
372.34  or proprietary functions of the school district.  Insofar as 
372.35  this insurance relates to governmental functions of the school 
372.36  district, the policy of insurance shall contain a provision 
373.1   under which requiring the insurance company agrees to waive the 
373.2   defense of governmental immunity up to the limits of the policy 
373.3   unless the school district consents to the assertion of that 
373.4   defense.  
373.5      Sec. 102.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.63, is 
373.6   amended to read: 
373.7      123.63 [EMINENT DOMAIN.] 
373.8      In any municipal corporation or district in this state 
373.9   where the governing body or board has the right, power, and 
373.10  authority to purchase sites for school buildings without 
373.11  authorization by the voters at a regular or special meeting or 
373.12  election called for that purpose, such governing body or school 
373.13  board shall have the right, power, and authority to condemn 
373.14  lands under the right of eminent domain for sites and grounds 
373.15  for public school buildings and.  The governing body or board 
373.16  shall exercise such power and authority shall be exercised under 
373.17  and pursuant to the terms and provisions of chapter 117.  Any 
373.18  such corporation or school district shall have the right, upon 
373.19  the filing of the award of the commissioners provided for in 
373.20  chapter 117, and upon giving the notice therein required of the 
373.21  filing of such award, to enter upon and appropriate the lands so 
373.22  condemned without giving of any bond, but.  In case of such 
373.23  entry and appropriation, such corporation or school district 
373.24  shall be bound absolutely to pay all damages awarded, either by 
373.25  the commissioners or by the court upon appeal therefrom, 
373.26  together with all costs and expenses adjudged against it therein 
373.27  within the time specified in chapter 117.  In case any such 
373.28  corporation or school district shall appeal from the award of 
373.29  commissioners appointed pursuant to any such condemnation 
373.30  proceedings, such corporation or school district shall not be 
373.31  required to give or file any appeal bond therein.  
373.32     Sec. 103.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.64, is 
373.33  amended to read: 
373.34     123.64 [AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION.] 
373.35     The board of In any district in which instruction in 
373.36  agriculture is afforded, the board is authorized and empowered 
374.1   to purchase or otherwise acquire by condemnation proceedings as 
374.2   provided for acquiring schoolhouse sites in the name and in 
374.3   behalf of such district, a suitable tract of land either within 
374.4   or without outside of the limits of such district to be used for 
374.5   the purpose of instruction, experimentation, and demonstration 
374.6   in agriculture.  The provisions of this section shall apply as 
374.7   well to districts organized under special acts as under the 
374.8   general laws, notwithstanding any provisions or restrictions in 
374.9   the laws under which the same districts are organized.  
374.10     Sec. 104.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.66, is 
374.11  amended to read: 
374.12     123.66 [RECORDS AS EVIDENCE.] 
374.13     The records of all districts and boards and all transcripts 
374.14  thereof, or any part thereof, certified by the clerk or other 
374.15  officer having custody thereof of the records or transcripts, 
374.16  shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein stated and in 
374.17  the records or transcripts.  All records, books, and papers of 
374.18  such the district or board shall be subject to the inspection of 
374.19  any voter of the district. 
374.20     Sec. 105.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.681, is 
374.21  amended to read: 
374.22     123.681 [SALE AT AUCTION.] 
374.23     Notwithstanding sections 123.37, subdivision 1, 471.345 or 
374.24  any other law, the board of a school district or of a 
374.25  cooperative center for vocational education may, in lieu of 
374.26  advertising for bids, sell at public auction to the highest 
374.27  responsible bidder a building constructed or to be constructed 
374.28  by a secondary or post-secondary school student or class as a 
374.29  school assignment.  A board shall publish notice of a sale at 
374.30  least two weeks before the sale in the official newspaper of the 
374.31  district, or in the case of a cooperative center, in the 
374.32  official newspapers of each of the member districts, and may, at 
374.33  its discretion, publish additional notice in the official paper 
374.34  or elsewhere.  A building may be withdrawn from sale prior to 
374.35  the completion of the sale unless the auction has been announced 
374.36  to be without reserve.  If the sale is made at public auction, a 
375.1   duly licensed auctioneer shall must be retained to conduct the 
375.2   sale.  The auctioneer shall be paid from the proceeds of the 
375.3   sale or from any funds available to the board which are not 
375.4   otherwise restricted or encumbered. 
375.5      Sec. 106.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.71, is 
375.6   amended to read: 
375.7      123.71 [PUBLICATION OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION.] 
375.8      Subdivision 1.  [BUDGETS.] By October 1, every school board 
375.9   shall, no later than October 1, must publish revenue and 
375.10  expenditure budgets for the current year and the actual 
375.11  revenues, expenditures, fund balances for the prior year and 
375.12  projected fund balances for the current year in a form 
375.13  prescribed by the commissioner.  The forms prescribed shall must 
375.14  be designed so that year to year comparisons of revenue, 
375.15  expenditures and fund balances can be made.  These budgets, 
375.16  reports of revenue, expenditures and fund balances shall must be 
375.17  published in a qualified newspaper of general circulation in the 
375.18  district. 
375.19     Subd. 2.  [DEBT SUMMARY.] It shall The board must also 
375.20  publish at the same time a summary of bonds outstanding, paid, 
375.21  and sold; a summary of orders not paid for want of funds; 
375.22  certificates of indebtedness for the year ending June 30; the 
375.23  statutory operating debt of the district as defined and 
375.24  certified pursuant to section 121.914; and the balance amount of 
375.25  the reserved fund balance reserve account for purposes of 
375.26  statutory operating debt reduction established pursuant to 
375.27  sections 124.226, 124.2716, 124.91, 124.912, 124.914, 124.916, 
375.28  and 124.918.  
375.29     Subd. 3.  [BUDGET INSPECTION.] A statement shall must be 
375.30  included in the publication that the complete budget in detail 
375.31  may be inspected by any resident of the district upon request to 
375.32  the chief school administrator. 
375.33     Subd. 4.  [COST PER PUPIL.] It shall The board must also 
375.34  publish at the same time the average cost per pupil in average 
375.35  daily membership educated in that district in the preceding 
375.36  year.  This computation shall must be made exclusive of debt 
376.1   service or capital outlay costs. 
376.2      Sec. 107.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.72, is 
376.3   amended to read: 
376.4      123.72 [MEDICAL INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR RETIRED.] 
376.5      The school board of any independent school district may 
376.6   expend funds to pay premiums on hospitalization and major 
376.7   medical insurance coverage for officers and employees who retire 
376.8   prior to age 65.  
376.9      Sec. 108.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.75, 
376.10  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
376.11     Subd. 2.  [AUTHORITY.] Each school district may develop a 
376.12  fingerprinting program for pupils and children who reside in the 
376.13  district.  The principal or chief administrative officer of a 
376.14  nonpublic school may develop a fingerprinting program for pupils 
376.15  of the school.  If developed, the program must be developed in 
376.16  conjunction with law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction 
376.17  within the school district or the place where the nonpublic 
376.18  school is located.  The law enforcement agencies must cooperate 
376.19  fully with the school district or the nonpublic school in the 
376.20  development of its fingerprinting program. 
376.21     Sec. 109.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.75, 
376.22  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
376.23     Subd. 3.  [LIMITATIONS AND PROCEDURES.] If developed, the 
376.24  fingerprinting program may be developed only for the purpose of 
376.25  assisting in the location and identification of missing 
376.26  children, and must be operated according to the following 
376.27  procedures: 
376.28     (a) No child may be required to participate in the program. 
376.29     (b) Before a child may participate in the program, the 
376.30  child's parents, guardian, legal custodian, or other person 
376.31  responsible for the child must authorize the child's 
376.32  participation by signing a form developed by the school district 
376.33  or the principal or chief administrative officer of the 
376.34  nonpublic school. 
376.35     (c) Fingerprinting of children must be done by law 
376.36  enforcement personnel on fingerprint cards provided to the 
377.1   school district or nonpublic school by the commissioner of 
377.2   public safety or on fingerprint cards acquired elsewhere. 
377.3      (d) The school must give the fingerprint card to the 
377.4   child's parents, guardian, legal custodian, or other person 
377.5   responsible for the child.  No copy of the fingerprint card may 
377.6   be retained by the law enforcement agency, school, or school 
377.7   district. 
377.8      (e) The child's name, sex, hair and eye color, height, 
377.9   weight, and date and place of birth must be written on the 
377.10  fingerprint card. 
377.11     School Districts and nonpublic schools that develop 
377.12  fingerprinting programs under this section shall offer them on a 
377.13  periodic basis, and shall notify parents, guardians, legal 
377.14  custodians, and residents of the district or communities served 
377.15  by the school of the program and its purpose.  Notification may 
377.16  be made by means of memoranda, letters, newspaper articles, or 
377.17  other reasonable means. 
377.18     Sec. 110.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.75, 
377.19  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
377.20     Subd. 5.  [OTHER FINGERPRINTING PROGRAMS UNAFFECTED.] This 
377.21  section does not apply to fingerprinting programs for children 
377.22  that are provided by private organizations other than nonpublic 
377.23  schools, or governmental entities other than school districts. 
377.24     Sec. 111.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.751, 
377.25  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
377.26     Subdivision 1.  [FLAG RECORD UPON CERTAIN NOTIFICATION.] 
377.27  A school district shall must flag the record of a pupil who is 
377.28  currently or was previously enrolled in the district if a law 
377.29  enforcement agency notifies the district of the pupil's 
377.30  disappearance.  The flag must be made so that, if a copy of or 
377.31  information regarding the pupil's record is requested, the 
377.32  district is aware that the record is that of a missing pupil. 
377.33     Sec. 112.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.751, 
377.34  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
377.35     Subd. 2.  [DISTRICT NOTIFICATION WHEN RECORDS ARE 
377.36  REQUESTED.] When the district provides a copy of the pupil's 
378.1   record or other information concerning the pupil whose record is 
378.2   flagged, the district shall must notify the law enforcement 
378.3   agency that notified the district of the pupil's disappearance 
378.4   of every inquiry concerning the record.  The district shall must 
378.5   also provide a copy to the law enforcement agency of a written 
378.6   request for information concerning the record. 
378.7      Sec. 113.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.751, 
378.8   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
378.9      Subd. 3.  [RECORDS UPON SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSFER.] When a 
378.10  pupil transfers from one district to another, the receiving 
378.11  district shall attempt to obtain, within 30 days of the pupil's 
378.12  enrollment, the pupil's record from the district from which the 
378.13  pupil has transferred.  If the pupil's parent, custodian, or 
378.14  guardian provides a copy of the pupil's record from the district 
378.15  from which the pupil has transferred, the receiving district 
378.16  shall must request, within 30 days of the pupil's enrollment, 
378.17  written verification of the pupil's record by contacting the 
378.18  district named on the transferring pupil's record.  Information 
378.19  received by a school district indicating that the transferring 
378.20  pupil is a missing child must be reported by the district to the 
378.21  department of public safety. 
378.22     Sec. 114.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.06, is 
378.23  amended to read: 
378.24     124.06 [INSUFFICIENT FUNDS TO PAY ORDERS.] 
378.25     (a) In the event that a district or a cooperative unit 
378.26  defined in section 123.35, subdivision 19b, has insufficient 
378.27  funds to pay its usual lawful current obligations, subject to 
378.28  section 471.69, the board may enter into agreements with banks 
378.29  or any person to take its orders.  Any order drawn, after having 
378.30  been presented to the treasurer for payment and not paid for 
378.31  want of funds shall be endorsed by the treasurer by putting on 
378.32  the back thereof the words "not paid for want of funds," giving 
378.33  the date of endorsement and signed by the treasurer.  A record 
378.34  of such presentment, nonpayment and endorsement shall be made by 
378.35  the treasurer.  The treasurer shall serve a written notice upon 
378.36  the payee or the payee's assignee, personally, or by mail, when 
379.1   the treasurer is prepared to pay such orders; such.  The notice 
379.2   may be directed to the payee or the payee's assignee at the 
379.3   address given in writing by such payee or assignee to such 
379.4   treasurer, at any time prior to the service of such notice.  No 
379.5   order shall draw any interest if such address is not given when 
379.6   the same is unknown to the treasurer, and no order shall draw 
379.7   any interest after the service of such notice.  
379.8      (b) A district may enter, subject to section 471.69, into a 
379.9   line of credit agreement with a financial institution.  The 
379.10  amount of credit available must not exceed 95 percent of average 
379.11  expenditure per month of operating expenditures in the previous 
379.12  fiscal year.  Any amount advanced must be repaid no later than 
379.13  45 days after the day of advancement. 
379.14     Sec. 115.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.07, 
379.15  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
379.16     Subd. 2.  [TITLE TO BE HELD BY DISTRICT.] The district must 
379.17  hold title to lands or interests so acquired shall be held by 
379.18  the district.  The district must sell each tract or portion 
379.19  shall be sold by the district as soon as there may be realized 
379.20  the fair value as determined by such board.  Any such sale may 
379.21  be authorized by resolution of the board, and may be made for 
379.22  cash, or for part cash and the deferred balance secured by 
379.23  contract for deed or purchase money mortgage, on such terms as 
379.24  the board approves.  Conveyances, contracts, or other 
379.25  instruments evidencing any sale shall be executed by the chair 
379.26  and the clerk of the board.  Lands so acquired and held for 
379.27  resale shall be deemed public lands used for exclusively public 
379.28  purposes and as such shall be exempt from taxation.  
379.29     Sec. 116.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.63, is 
379.30  amended to read: 
379.31     124.63 [NATIONAL FOREST LAND FUNDS, HANDLING AND 
379.32  DISPOSITION.] 
379.33     Any A county board may place the money, or any part 
379.34  thereof, received by such county from the federal government for 
379.35  and on account of any national forest lands situated therein in 
379.36  the county into a special fund to be disbursed and paid over to 
380.1   any district now or hereafter maintaining and operating any 
380.2   school wholly or partly within an area now or hereafter 
380.3   constituting a part of any auxiliary or state forest.  Such 
380.4   action shall be taken by The board by must adopt a resolution 
380.5   duly adopted by it, which to take such action.  The resolution 
380.6   shall must specify the terms and conditions under which this the 
380.7   money shall be so paid over and disbursed to any district.  
380.8      Sec. 117.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.12, is 
380.9   amended to read: 
380.10     126.12 [SCHOOL CALENDAR.] 
380.11     Subdivision 1.  Except for learning programs during summer, 
380.12  flexible learning year programs authorized under sections 120.59 
380.13  to 120.67, and learning year programs under section 121.585, a 
380.14  school district shall must not commence an elementary or 
380.15  secondary school year prior to Labor Day.  Days which are 
380.16  devoted to teachers' workshops may be held before Labor Day.  
380.17  Districts that enter into cooperative agreements are encouraged 
380.18  to adopt similar school calendars. 
380.19     Sec. 118.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.13, is 
380.20  amended to read: 
380.21     126.13 [CONDUCT OF SCHOOL ON CERTAIN HOLIDAYS.] 
380.22     The governing body of any district may contract with any of 
380.23  the teachers thereof of the district for the conduct of schools, 
380.24  and may conduct schools, on either, or any, of the following 
380.25  holidays, provided that a clause to this effect is inserted in 
380.26  the teacher's contract:  Martin Luther King's birthday, 
380.27  Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays, Columbus Day and Veterans' 
380.28  Day, provided that.  On Martin Luther King's birthday, 
380.29  Washington's birthday, Lincoln's birthday, and Veterans' Day at 
380.30  least one hour of the school program must be devoted to a 
380.31  patriotic observance of the day.  
380.32     Sec. 119.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 126.69, 
380.33  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
380.34     Subdivision 1.  [PROGRAM GOALS.] The department of 
380.35  children, families, and learning, in consultation with the state 
380.36  curriculum advisory committee, must develop guidelines and model 
381.1   plans for parental involvement programs that will: 
381.2      (1) engage the interests and talents of parents or 
381.3   guardians in recognizing and meeting the emotional, 
381.4   intellectual, and physical needs of their school-age children; 
381.5      (2) promote healthy self-concepts among parents or 
381.6   guardians and other family members; 
381.7      (3) offer parents or guardians a chance to share and learn 
381.8   about educational skills, techniques, and ideas; 
381.9      (4) provide creative learning experiences for parents or 
381.10  guardians and their school-age children, including involvement 
381.11  from parents or guardians of color; 
381.12     (5) encourage parents to actively participate in their 
381.13  district's curriculum advisory committee under section 126.666 
381.14  in order to assist the school board in improving children's 
381.15  education programs; and 
381.16     (6) encourage parents to help in promoting school 
381.17  desegregation/integration. 
381.18     Sec. 120.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 127.02, is 
381.19  amended to read: 
381.20     127.02 [ACTIONS BY DISTRICTS.] 
381.21     Any school board may prosecute actions in the name of the 
381.22  district in the following cases: 
381.23     (1) On a contract made with the district, or with the board 
381.24  in its official capacity; 
381.25     (2) To enforce a liability, or a duty enjoined by law, in 
381.26  its favor or in favor of the district; 
381.27     (3) To recover a penalty or forfeiture given by law to it 
381.28  or to the district; or 
381.29     (4) To recover damages for an injury to the rights or 
381.30  property of the district.  
381.31     Sec. 121.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 127.03, is 
381.32  amended to read: 
381.33     127.03 [ACTIONS AGAINST DISTRICTS AND TEACHERS.] 
381.34     Subdivision 1. (a) An action may be brought against any 
381.35  school district, either upon a contract made with the district 
381.36  or its board, in its official capacity and within the scope of 
382.1   its authority, or for an injury to the rights of the plaintiff 
382.2   arising from some act or omission of such board, whether.  The 
382.3   action may be brought against the district even if the members 
382.4   of the board making the contract, or guilty of the act or 
382.5   omission complained of, be still are no longer in office or not. 
382.6      Subd. 2. (b) Upon written request of the teacher involved, 
382.7   any school district, however organized, shall must provide legal 
382.8   counsel for any school teacher against whom claim is made or 
382.9   action is brought for recovery of damages in any tort action 
382.10  involving physical injury to any person or property or for 
382.11  wrongful death arising out of or in connection with the 
382.12  employment of such teacher with such school the district.  The 
382.13  choice of such legal counsel shall be made only after 
382.14  consultation with the teacher.  Provision of counsel under 
382.15  this subdivision paragraph shall not be construed to render 
382.16  the school district liable for its torts, except as otherwise 
382.17  provided by law; or for reimbursement of costs of counsel 
382.18  provided to the teacher pursuant to the contract obligation of 
382.19  another or otherwise than under this subdivision paragraph; or 
382.20  for payment of any judgments or any other costs or disbursements 
382.21  in connection therewith with a judgment where the judgment, cost 
382.22  or disbursement is against the teacher and not against the 
382.23  school district. 
382.24     Subd. 3.  [IMMUNITY FROM CIVIL LIABILITY.] (c) It is a 
382.25  defense to a civil action for damages against a school official, 
382.26  as defined in section 609.2231, subdivision 5, to prove that the 
382.27  force used by the official was reasonable, was in the exercise 
382.28  of lawful authority, and was necessary under the circumstances 
382.29  to restrain the pupil or to prevent bodily harm or death to 
382.30  another. 
382.31     Sec. 122.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 127.04, is 
382.32  amended to read: 
382.33     127.04 [JUDGMENT PAID BY TREASURER.] 
382.34     Except as hereinafter provided in this section, no 
382.35  execution shall issue upon any judgment against a school 
382.36  district for the recovery of money.  Unless the same be judgment 
383.1   is stayed by appeal, the treasurer shall pay such judgment, upon 
383.2   presentation of a certified copy thereof of the judgment, 
383.3   if there is the district has sufficient money of the district 
383.4   not otherwise appropriated.  A treasurer who fails to do so pay 
383.5   the judgment shall be personally liable for the amount, unless 
383.6   the collection be afterwards is stayed afterwards.  
383.7      Sec. 123.  [REPEALER.] 
383.8      Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.35, subdivision 10, is 
383.9   repealed. 
383.10     Sec. 124.  [INSTRUCTION TO REVISOR.] 
383.11     The revisor of statutes shall renumber each section of 
383.12  Minnesota Statutes listed in column A with the number listed in 
383.13  column B.  The revisor shall also make necessary cross-reference 
383.14  changes consistent with the renumbering. 
383.15        Column A                        Column B 
383.16       123.01                         123A.01
383.17       123.66                         123A.03
383.18       123.11                         123A.05
383.19       123.12, subd. 1                123A.06, subd. 1
383.20               subd. 2                         subd. 2
383.21               subd. 9                         subd. 3
383.22               subd. 14                        subd. 4
383.23       123.13, subd. 2                123A.07
383.24       123.15                         123A.08
383.25       123.21                         123A.09
383.26       123.33, subd. 1                123A.13, subd. 1
383.27               subd. 2                         subd. 3
383.28               subd. 2a                        subd. 2
383.29               subd. 3                         subd. 4
383.30               subd. 4                         subd. 5
383.31               subd. 5                         subd. 6
383.32               subd. 6                         subd. 7
383.33               subd. 7                         subd. 8
383.34               subd. 8                         subd. 9
383.35               subd. 11                        subd. 10
383.36               subd. 11a                       subd. 11
384.1                subd. 12                        subd. 12
384.2        123.71                         123A.14
384.3        123.335                        123A.15
384.4        124.06                         123A.16
384.5        124.07                         123A.17
384.6        123.34, subd. 1                123A.18, subd. 1
384.7                subd. 2                         subd. 2
384.8                subd. 3                         subd. 3
384.9                subd. 4                         subd. 4
384.10               subd. 5                         subd. 5
384.11               subd. 7                         subd. 6
384.12               subd. 8                         subd. 7
384.13               subd. 9                         subd. 8
384.14               subd. 9a                        subd. 9
384.15               subd. 10                        subd. 10
384.16       123.35, subd. 1                123A.19, subd. 1
384.17               subd. 2                         subd. 2
384.18               subd. 3                         subd. 7
384.19               subd. 4                         subd. 8
384.20               subd. 6                         subd. 14
384.21               subd. 7                         subd. 9
384.22               subd. 9a                        subd. 10
384.23               subd. 9b                        subd. 11
384.24               subd. 11                        subd. 13
384.25               subd. 12                        subd. 15
384.26               subd. 15                        subd. 18
384.27               subd. 18                        subd. 12
384.28               subd. 19a                       subd. 3
384.29               subd. 19c                       subd. 4
384.30               subd. 20                        subd. 20
384.31       123.72                         123A.19, subd. 16
384.32       123.40, subd. 1                123A.19, subd. 17
384.33               subd. 2                         subd. 19
384.34               subd. 3                         subd. 6
384.35               subd. 8                         subd. 5
384.36       123.41                         123A.20
385.1        120.1045, subd. 1              123A.22, subd. 1
385.2                  subd. 2                       subd. 2
385.3                  subd. 4                       subd. 3
385.4        123.36, subd. 1                123A.25, subd. 1
385.5                subd. 5                         subd. 2
385.6                subd. 7                         subd. 3
385.7                subd. 10                        subd. 4
385.8                subd. 11                        subd. 5
385.9                subd. 13                        subd. 6
385.10               subd. 14                        subd. 7
385.11               subd. 15                        subd. 8
385.12       123.37, subd. 1                123A.27, subd. 1
385.13               subd. 1a                        subd. 2
385.14               subd. 1b                        subd. 3
385.15               subd. 2                         subd. 4
385.16       123.681                        123A.29
385.17       123.38, subd. 1                123A.31, subd. 1
385.18               subd. 2                         subd. 2
385.19               subd. 2a                        subd. 3
385.20               subd. 2b                        subd. 4
385.21               subd. 3                         subd. 5
385.22               subd. 4                         subd. 6
385.23       123.39, subd. 1                123A.33, subd. 1
385.24               subd. 2                         subd. 2
385.25               subd. 4                         subd. 3
385.26               subd. 5                         subd. 4
385.27               subd. 6                         subd. 5
385.28               subd. 7                         subd. 6
385.29               subd. 8                         subd. 7
385.30               subd. 8a                        subd. 8
385.31               subd. 8b                        subd. 9
385.32               subd. 8c                        subd. 10
385.33               subd. 8d                        subd. 11
385.34               subd. 8e                        subd. 12
385.35               subd. 9                         subd. 13
385.36               subd. 9a                        subd. 14
386.1                subd. 10                        subd. 15
386.2                subd. 11                        subd. 16
386.3                subd. 12                        subd. 17
386.4                subd. 13                        subd. 18
386.5                subd. 14                        subd. 19
386.6                subd. 15                        subd. 20
386.7                subd. 16                        subd. 21
386.8        127.02                         123A.35
386.9        127.03                         123A.36
386.10       127.04                         123A.37
386.11       127.06                         123A.38
386.12       126.12                         123A.41
386.13       120.1015                       123A.42
386.14       126.13                         123A.43
386.15       120.59                         123A.45
386.16       120.60                         123A.46
386.17       120.61                         123A.47
386.18       120.62                         123A.48
386.19       120.63                         123A.49
386.20       120.64                         123A.50
386.21       120.66                         123A.51
386.22       120.67                         123A.52
386.23       121.585, subd. 1               123A.53, subd. 1
386.24                subd. 2                        subd. 2
386.25                subd. 4                        subd. 3
386.26                subd. 5                        subd. 4
386.27                subd. 6                        subd. 5
386.28                subd. 7                        subd. 6
386.29                subd. 8                        subd. 7
386.30       123.951                        123A.55
386.31       124C.77                        123A.57
386.32       126.69                         123A.60
386.33       126.699                        123A.61
386.34       123.97                         123A.63
386.35       123.972                        123A.64
386.36       123.51                         123A.70
387.1        123.62                         123A.72
387.2        123.63                         123A.73
387.3        123.64                         123A.74
387.4        124.63                         123A.75
387.5        123.75                         123A.80
387.6        123.751                        123A.81
387.7        121.904, subd. 1               123A.85, subd. 1
387.8                 subd. 2                        subd. 2
387.9                 subd. 3                        subd. 3
387.10                subd. 4                        subd. 4
387.11                subd. 4a                       subd. 5
387.12                subd. 4c                       subd. 6
387.13                subd. 11                       subd. 7
387.14                subd. 12                       subd. 8
387.15                subd. 13                       subd. 9
387.16                subd. 14                       subd. 10
387.17       121.906                        123A.86 
387.18       121.908, subd. 1               123A.87, subd. 1
387.19                subd. 2                        subd. 2
387.20                subd. 3                        subd. 3
387.21                subd. 3a                       subd. 4
387.22                subd. 5                        subd. 5
387.23                subd. 6                        subd. 6
387.24       121.911                        123A.90
387.25       121.912, subd. 1               123A.91, subd. 1
387.26                subd. 1a                       subd. 2
387.27                subd. 1b                       subd. 3
387.28                subd. 2                        subd. 4
387.29                subd. 3                        subd. 5
387.30                subd. 4                        subd. 6
387.31                subd. 5                        subd. 7
387.32                subd. 6                        subd. 8
387.33       121.9121, subd. 1              123A.92, subd. 1
387.34                 subd. 2                       subd. 2
387.35                 subd. 4                       subd. 3
387.36       121.914                        123A.93
388.1        121.915                        123A.94
388.2        121.917                        123A.95
388.3                              ARTICLE 7 
388.4                             CHAPTER 124D 
388.5                       BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING 
388.6      Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.76, is 
388.7   amended to read: 
388.8      123.76 [POLICY.] 
388.9      In districts where the state provides aids for 
388.10  transportation it is in the public interest to provide equality 
388.11  of treatment in transporting school children of the state who 
388.12  are required to attend elementary and secondary schools pursuant 
388.13  to chapter 120, so that the health, welfare and safety of such 
388.14  the children, while using the public highways of the state, 
388.15  shall be protected.  
388.16     School children attending any schools, complying with 
388.17  section 120.101, are therefore entitled to the same rights and 
388.18  privileges relating to transportation.  
388.19     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.78, 
388.20  subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
388.21     Subd. 1a.  [NONPUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS.] (a) The school 
388.22  board of any local district shall must provide school bus 
388.23  transportation to the district boundary for school children 
388.24  residing in the district at least the same distance from a 
388.25  nonpublic school actually attended in another district as public 
388.26  school pupils are transported in the transporting district,.  
388.27  Such transportation must be provided whether or not there is 
388.28  another nonpublic school within the transporting district, if 
388.29  the transportation is to schools maintaining grades or 
388.30  departments not maintained in the district or if the attendance 
388.31  of such children at school can more safely, economically, or 
388.32  conveniently be provided for by such means.  
388.33     (b) The school board of any local district may provide 
388.34  school bus transportation to a nonpublic school in another 
388.35  district for school children residing in the district and 
388.36  attending that school, whether or not there is another nonpublic 
389.1   school within the transporting district, if the transportation 
389.2   is to schools maintaining grades or departments not maintained 
389.3   in the district or if the attendance of such children at school 
389.4   can more safely, economically, or conveniently be provided for 
389.5   by such means.  If the board transports children to a nonpublic 
389.6   school located in another district, the nonpublic school shall 
389.7   must pay the cost of such transportation provided outside the 
389.8   district boundaries. 
389.9      Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.78, 
389.10  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
389.11     Subd. 2.  [BOARD CONTROL.] When transportation is provided, 
389.12  the scheduling of routes, manner and method of transportation, 
389.13  control and discipline of school children and any other matter 
389.14  relating thereto shall be within the sole discretion, control 
389.15  and management of the school board. 
389.16     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.79, 
389.17  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
389.18     Subdivision 1.  [STATE AID.] Such State aids as are made 
389.19  available or appropriated shall be for the equal benefit of all 
389.20  school children, and be disbursed in such manner as determined 
389.21  by the board. 
389.22     Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.799, as 
389.23  amended by Laws 1997, First Special Session chapter 4, article 
389.24  12, section 2, is amended to read: 
389.25     123.799 [STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SAFETY.] 
389.26     Subdivision 1.  [RESERVED REVENUE USE.] A district shall 
389.27  must use the student transportation safety reserved revenue 
389.28  under section 124.225, subdivision 7f, for providing student 
389.29  transportation safety programs to enhance student conduct and 
389.30  safety on the bus or when boarding and exiting the bus.  A 
389.31  district's student transportation policy must specify the 
389.32  student transportation safety activities to be carried out under 
389.33  this section.  A district's student transportation safety 
389.34  reserved revenue may only be used for the following purposes: 
389.35     (1) to provide paid adult bus monitors, including training 
389.36  and salary costs; 
390.1      (2) to provide a volunteer bus monitor program, including 
390.2   training costs and the cost of a program coordinator; 
390.3      (3) to purchase or lease optional external public address 
390.4   systems or video recording cameras for use on buses; 
390.5      (4) to purchase new or retrofit existing school buses with 
390.6   seatbelts or other occupant restraint systems after consultation 
390.7   with and approval by the commissioner of public safety; and 
390.8      (5) other activities or equipment that have been approved 
390.9   by the commissioner of public safety. 
390.10     Subd. 2.  [REPORTING.] Districts shall must annually report 
390.11  expenditures from the student transportation safety reserved 
390.12  revenue to the commissioner of children, families, and learning, 
390.13  who shall provide the information to the school bus safety 
390.14  advisory committee. 
390.15     Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
390.16  123.7991, subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
390.17     Subd. 2.  [STUDENT TRAINING.] (a) Each school district 
390.18  shall must provide public school pupils enrolled in grades 
390.19  kindergarten through 10 with age-appropriate school bus safety 
390.20  training.  The training shall must be results-oriented and shall 
390.21  consist of both classroom instruction and practical training 
390.22  using a school bus.  Upon completing the training, a student 
390.23  shall be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of at 
390.24  least the following competencies and concepts: 
390.25     (1) transportation by school bus is a privilege and not a 
390.26  right; 
390.27     (2) district policies for student conduct and school bus 
390.28  safety; 
390.29     (3) appropriate conduct while on the school bus; 
390.30     (4) the danger zones surrounding a school bus; 
390.31     (5) procedures for safely boarding and leaving a school 
390.32  bus; 
390.33     (6) procedures for safe street or road crossing; and 
390.34     (7) school bus evacuation and other emergency procedures. 
390.35     (b) Each nonpublic school located within the district shall 
390.36  must provide all nonpublic school pupils enrolled in grades 
391.1   kindergarten through 10 who are transported by school bus at 
391.2   public expense and attend school within the district's 
391.3   boundaries with training as required in paragraph (a).  The 
391.4   school district shall make a bus available for the practical 
391.5   training if the district transports the nonpublic students.  
391.6   Each nonpublic school shall provide the instruction. 
391.7      (c) All students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 3 
391.8   who are transported by school bus and are enrolled during the 
391.9   first or second week of school must demonstrate achievement of 
391.10  the school bus safety training competencies by the end of the 
391.11  third week of school.  All students enrolled in grades 4 through 
391.12  10 who are transported by school bus and are enrolled during the 
391.13  first or second week of school must demonstrate achievement of 
391.14  the competencies by the end of the sixth week of school.  
391.15  Students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 10 who enroll 
391.16  in a school after the second week of school and are transported 
391.17  by school bus shall undergo school bus safety training and 
391.18  demonstrate achievement of the school bus safety competencies 
391.19  within four weeks of the first day of attendance.  The pupil 
391.20  transportation safety director in each district must certify to 
391.21  the commissioner of children, families, and learning annually 
391.22  that all students transported by school bus within the district 
391.23  have satisfactorily demonstrated knowledge and understanding of 
391.24  the school bus safety competencies according to this section or 
391.25  provide an explanation for a student's failure to demonstrate 
391.26  the competencies.  The principal or other chief administrator of 
391.27  each nonpublic school must certify annually to the public 
391.28  transportation safety director of the district in which the 
391.29  school is located that all of the school's students transported 
391.30  by school bus at public expense have received training.  A 
391.31  school district may deny transportation to a student who fails 
391.32  to demonstrate the competencies, unless the student is unable to 
391.33  achieve the competencies due to a disability, or to a student 
391.34  who attends a nonpublic school that fails to provide training as 
391.35  required by this subdivision. 
391.36     (d) A school district and a nonpublic school with students 
392.1   transported by school bus at public expense must, to the extent 
392.2   possible, provide kindergarten pupils with bus safety training 
392.3   before the first day of school. 
392.4      (e) A school district and a nonpublic school with students 
392.5   transported by school bus at public expense must also provide 
392.6   student safety education for bicycling and pedestrian safety, 
392.7   for students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 5. 
392.8      (f) A school district and a nonpublic school with students 
392.9   transported by school bus at public expense must make reasonable 
392.10  accommodations for the school bus, bicycle, and pedestrian 
392.11  safety training of pupils known to speak English as a second 
392.12  language and pupils with disabilities. 
392.13     Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.7991, 
392.14  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
392.15     Subd. 3.  [MODEL TRAINING PROGRAM.] The commissioner of 
392.16  children, families, and learning shall develop a comprehensive 
392.17  model school bus safety training program for pupils who ride the 
392.18  bus that includes bus safety curriculum for both classroom and 
392.19  practical instruction, methods for assessing attainment of 
392.20  school bus safety competencies, and age-appropriate 
392.21  instructional materials.  The program must be adaptable for use 
392.22  by students with disabilities. 
392.23     Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.801, is 
392.24  amended to read: 
392.25     123.801 [BUS TRANSPORTATION A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT.] 
392.26     Transportation by school bus is a privilege not a right for 
392.27  an eligible student.  A student's eligibility to ride a school 
392.28  bus may be revoked for a violation of school bus safety or 
392.29  conduct policies, or for violation of any other law governing 
392.30  student conduct on a school bus, pursuant to a written school 
392.31  district discipline policy.  Revocation of a student's bus 
392.32  riding privilege is not an exclusion, expulsion, or suspension 
392.33  under the pupil fair dismissal act of 1974.  Revocation 
392.34  procedures for a student who is an individual with a disability 
392.35  under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, United 
392.36  States Code, title 20, section 1400 et seq., section 504 of the 
393.1   Rehabilitation Act of 1973, United States Code, title 29, 
393.2   section 794, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 
393.3   Number 101-336, are governed by these provisions. 
393.4      Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.805, is 
393.5   amended to read: 
393.6      123.805 [SCHOOL DISTRICT BUS SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES.] 
393.7      Subdivision 1.  [COMPREHENSIVE POLICY.] Each school 
393.8   district shall must develop and implement a comprehensive, 
393.9   written policy governing pupil transportation safety, including 
393.10  transportation of nonpublic school students, when applicable.  
393.11  The policy shall, at minimum, contain: 
393.12     (1) provisions for appropriate student bus safety training 
393.13  under section 123.7991; 
393.14     (2) rules governing student conduct on school buses and in 
393.15  school bus loading and unloading areas; 
393.16     (3) a statement of parent or guardian responsibilities 
393.17  relating to school bus safety; 
393.18     (4) provisions for notifying students and parents or 
393.19  guardians of their responsibilities and the rules; 
393.20     (5) an intradistrict system for reporting school bus 
393.21  accidents or misconduct, a system for dealing with local law 
393.22  enforcement officials in cases of criminal conduct on a school 
393.23  bus, and a system for reporting accidents, crimes, incidents of 
393.24  misconduct, and bus driver dismissals to the department of 
393.25  public safety under section 169.452; 
393.26     (6) a discipline policy to address violations of school bus 
393.27  safety rules, including procedures for revoking a student's bus 
393.28  riding privileges in cases of serious or repeated misconduct; 
393.29     (7) a system for integrating school bus misconduct records 
393.30  with other discipline records; 
393.31     (8) a statement of bus driver duties; 
393.32     (9) planned expenditures for safety activities under 
393.33  section 123.799 and, where applicable, provisions governing bus 
393.34  monitor qualifications, training, and duties; 
393.35     (10) rules governing the use and maintenance of type III 
393.36  vehicles, drivers of type III vehicles, qualifications to drive 
394.1   a type III vehicle, qualifications for a type III vehicle and 
394.2   the circumstances under which a student may be transported in a 
394.3   type III vehicle; 
394.4      (11) operating rules and procedures; 
394.5      (12) provisions for annual bus driver in-service training 
394.6   and evaluation; 
394.7      (13) emergency procedures; 
394.8      (14) a system for maintaining and inspecting equipment; 
394.9      (15) requirements of the school district, if any, that 
394.10  exceed state law minimum requirements for school bus operations; 
394.11  and 
394.12     (16) requirements for basic first aid training, which shall 
394.13  must include the Heimlich maneuver and procedures for dealing 
394.14  with obstructed airways, shock, bleeding, and seizures. 
394.15     School Districts are encouraged to use the model policy 
394.16  developed by the Minnesota school boards association, the 
394.17  department of public safety, and the department of children, 
394.18  families, and learning, as well as the current edition of the 
394.19  "National Standards for School Buses and Operations" published 
394.20  by the National Safety Council, in developing safety policies.  
394.21  Each district shall submit a copy of its policy under this 
394.22  subdivision to the school bus safety advisory committee no later 
394.23  than August 1, 1994.  Each district shall review its policy 
394.24  annually and make appropriate amendments, which must be 
394.25  submitted to the school bus safety advisory committee within one 
394.26  month of approval by the school board. 
394.27     Subd. 2.  [SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY DIRECTOR.] Each 
394.28  school board shall designate a school transportation safety 
394.29  director to oversee and implement pupil transportation safety 
394.30  policies.  The director shall have day-to-day responsibility for 
394.31  pupil transportation safety within the district, including 
394.32  transportation of nonpublic school children when provided by the 
394.33  district. 
394.34     Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.932, 
394.35  subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 
394.36     Subd. 1b.  [TEXTBOOK.] "Textbook" means any book or book 
395.1   substitute which a pupil uses as a text or text substitute in a 
395.2   particular class or program in the school regularly attended and 
395.3   a copy of which is expected to be available for the individual 
395.4   use of each pupil in this class or program, which book or book 
395.5   substitute or text or text substitute.  The term shall be 
395.6   limited to books, workbooks, or manuals, whether bound or in 
395.7   loose-leaf form, intended for use as a principal source of study 
395.8   material for a given class or a group of students.  The term 
395.9   includes only such secular, neutral and nonideological textbooks 
395.10  as are available, used by, or of benefit to Minnesota public 
395.11  school pupils. 
395.12     Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.933, is 
395.13  amended to read: 
395.14     123.933 [TEXTBOOKS,; INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION OR COOPERATIVE 
395.15  LEARNING MATERIAL,; STANDARD TESTS.] 
395.16     Subdivision 1.  [PROVISION.] The state board of education 
395.17  shall promulgate rules under the provisions of chapter 14 
395.18  requiring that in each school year, based upon formal requests 
395.19  by or on behalf of nonpublic school pupils in a nonpublic 
395.20  school, the local districts or intermediary service areas shall 
395.21  must purchase or otherwise acquire textbooks, individualized 
395.22  instructional or cooperative learning materials, and 
395.23  standardized tests and loan or provide them for use by children 
395.24  enrolled in that nonpublic school.  These textbooks, 
395.25  individualized instructional or cooperative learning materials, 
395.26  and standardized tests shall must be loaned or provided free to 
395.27  the children for the school year for which requested.  The loan 
395.28  or provision of the textbooks, individualized instructional or 
395.29  cooperative learning materials, and standardized tests shall be 
395.30  subject to rules prescribed by the state board of education. 
395.31     Subd. 2.  [TITLE.] The title to textbooks, individualized 
395.32  instructional or cooperative learning materials, and 
395.33  standardized testing materials shall must remain in the 
395.34  servicing school district or intermediary service area, and 
395.35  possession or custody may be granted or charged to 
395.36  administrators of the nonpublic school attended by the nonpublic 
396.1   school pupil or pupils to whom the textbooks, individualized 
396.2   instructional or cooperative learning materials, or standardized 
396.3   tests are loaned or provided. 
396.4      Subd. 3.  [COST; LIMITATION.] (a) The cost per pupil of the 
396.5   textbooks, individualized instructional or cooperative learning 
396.6   materials, and standardized tests provided for in this section 
396.7   for each school year shall must not exceed the statewide average 
396.8   expenditure per pupil, adjusted pursuant to clause (b), by the 
396.9   Minnesota public elementary and secondary schools for textbooks, 
396.10  individualized instructional materials and standardized tests as 
396.11  computed and established by the department of children, 
396.12  families, and learning by March 1 of the preceding school year 
396.13  from the most recent public school year data then available. 
396.14     (b) The cost computed in clause (a) shall be increased by 
396.15  an inflation adjustment equal to the percent of increase in the 
396.16  formula allowance, pursuant to section 124A.22, subdivision 2, 
396.17  from the second preceding school year to the current school year.
396.18     (c) The commissioner shall allot to the school districts or 
396.19  intermediary service areas the total cost for each school year 
396.20  of providing or loaning the textbooks, individualized 
396.21  instructional or cooperative learning materials, and 
396.22  standardized tests for the pupils in each nonpublic school.  The 
396.23  allotment shall not exceed the product of the statewide average 
396.24  expenditure per pupil, according to clause (a), adjusted 
396.25  pursuant to clause (b), multiplied by the number of nonpublic 
396.26  school pupils who make requests pursuant to this section and who 
396.27  are enrolled as of September 15 of the current school year. 
396.28     Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.935, 
396.29  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
396.30     Subdivision 1.  [PROVIDED SERVICES.] The state board of 
396.31  education shall promulgate rules under the provisions of chapter 
396.32  14 requiring each school district or other intermediary service 
396.33  area:  (a) to provide each year upon formal request by a 
396.34  specific date by or on behalf of a nonpublic school pupil 
396.35  enrolled in a nonpublic school located in that district or area, 
396.36  the same specific health services as are provided for public 
397.1   school pupils by the district where the nonpublic school is 
397.2   located; and (b) to provide each year upon formal request by a 
397.3   specific date by or on behalf of a nonpublic school secondary 
397.4   pupil enrolled in a nonpublic school located in that district or 
397.5   area, the same specific guidance and counseling services as are 
397.6   provided for public school secondary pupils by the district 
397.7   where the nonpublic school is located.  The district where the 
397.8   nonpublic school is located shall must provide the necessary 
397.9   transportation within the district boundaries between the 
397.10  nonpublic school and a public school or neutral site for 
397.11  nonpublic school pupils who are provided pupil support services 
397.12  pursuant to this section.  Each request for pupil support 
397.13  services shall must set forth the guidance and counseling or 
397.14  health services requested by or on behalf of all eligible 
397.15  nonpublic school pupils enrolled in a given nonpublic school.  
397.16  No district or intermediary service area shall must not expend 
397.17  an amount for these pupil support services which exceeds the 
397.18  amount allotted to it under this section. 
397.19     Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.935, 
397.20  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
397.21     Subd. 2.  [LOCATION OF SERVICES.] Health services may be 
397.22  provided to nonpublic school pupils pursuant to this section at 
397.23  a public school, a neutral site, the nonpublic school or any 
397.24  other suitable location.  Guidance and counseling services may 
397.25  be provided to nonpublic school pupils pursuant to this section 
397.26  only at a public school or a neutral site.  District or 
397.27  intermediary service area personnel and representatives of the 
397.28  nonpublic school pupils receiving pupil support services shall 
397.29  must hold an annual consultation regarding the type of services, 
397.30  provider of services, and the location of the provision of these 
397.31  services.  The district board or intermediary service area 
397.32  governing board shall must make the final decision on the 
397.33  location of the provision of these services. 
397.34     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.935, 
397.35  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
397.36     Subd. 4.  [HEALTH SERVICES; ALLOTMENT.] Each school year 
398.1   the commissioner shall allot to the school districts or other 
398.2   intermediary service areas for the provision of health services 
398.3   pursuant to this section the actual cost of the services 
398.4   provided for the pupils in each respective nonpublic school for 
398.5   that school year, but not to.  The allotment must not exceed the 
398.6   average expenditure per public school pupil for these services 
398.7   by those Minnesota public elementary and secondary schools which 
398.8   provide health services to public school pupils, multiplied by 
398.9   the number of pupils in that particular nonpublic school who 
398.10  request these health services and who are enrolled as of 
398.11  September 15 of the current school year. 
398.12     Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.935, 
398.13  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
398.14     Subd. 5.  [GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES; ALLOTMENT.] 
398.15  Each school year the commissioner shall allot to the school 
398.16  districts or intermediary service areas for the provision of 
398.17  guidance and counseling services pursuant to this section the 
398.18  actual cost of the services provided for the pupils in each 
398.19  respective nonpublic school for that school year.  The allotment 
398.20  for guidance and counseling services for the secondary pupils in 
398.21  each nonpublic school shall must not exceed the average 
398.22  expenditure per public school secondary pupil for these services 
398.23  by those Minnesota public schools which provide these services 
398.24  to their secondary pupils, multiplied by the number of secondary 
398.25  pupils in that particular nonpublic school who request these 
398.26  services and who are enrolled as of September 15 of the current 
398.27  school year. 
398.28     Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.935, 
398.29  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
398.30     Subd. 6.  [COMPUTATION OF MAXIMUM ALLOTMENTS.] For purposes 
398.31  of computing maximum allotments for each school year pursuant to 
398.32  this section, the average public school expenditure per pupil 
398.33  for health services and the average public school expenditure 
398.34  per secondary pupil for guidance and counseling services shall 
398.35  be computed and established by the department of children, 
398.36  families, and learning by March 1 of the preceding school year 
399.1   from the most recent public school year data then available. 
399.2      Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.936, is 
399.3   amended to read: 
399.4      123.936 [PAYMENTS FOR CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS.] 
399.5      In every event The commissioner shall make such payments to 
399.6   school districts or intermediary service areas pursuant to 
399.7   sections 123.931 to 123.937 as are needed to meet contractual 
399.8   obligations incurred for the provision of benefits to nonpublic 
399.9   school students pursuant to section 123.933 or 123.935. 
399.10     Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.9361, is 
399.11  amended to read: 
399.12     123.9361 [ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.] 
399.13     Each year, a school district or intermediary service area 
399.14  may claim and receive from the department of children, families, 
399.15  and learning an additional sum for the administration of 
399.16  sections 123.933 and 123.935, equal to five percent of the 
399.17  district's or area's allocation for that year pursuant to those 
399.18  sections.  
399.19     Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.9362, is 
399.20  amended to read: 
399.21     123.9362 [NOTICE TO DISTRICTS; PRORATION.] 
399.22     In the event If the appropriation for nonpublic educational 
399.23  aid under sections 123.931 to 123.947 is not sufficient to meet 
399.24  the required payments in any fiscal year, the department of 
399.25  children, families, and learning must notify the school 
399.26  districts at the earliest possible date of the need to prorate 
399.27  the appropriation among the districts.  
399.28     Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 123.947, is 
399.29  amended to read: 
399.30     123.947 [USE OF INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS.] 
399.31     (a) The commissioner shall assure that textbooks and 
399.32  individualized instructional materials loaned to nonpublic 
399.33  school pupils are secular, neutral, nonideological and that they 
399.34  are incapable of diversion for religious use.  
399.35     (b) Textbooks and individualized instructional materials 
399.36  shall must not be used in religious courses, devotional 
400.1   exercises, religious training or any other religious activity.  
400.2      (c) Textbooks and individualized instructional materials 
400.3   shall must be loaned only to individual pupils upon the request 
400.4   of a parent or guardian or the pupil on a form designated for 
400.5   this use by the commissioner.  The request forms shall provide 
400.6   for verification by the parent or guardian or pupil that the 
400.7   requested textbooks and individualized instructional materials 
400.8   are for the use of the individual pupil in connection with a 
400.9   program of instruction in the pupil's elementary or secondary 
400.10  school.  
400.11     (d) The servicing school district or the intermediary 
400.12  service area shall must take adequate measures to ensure an 
400.13  accurate and periodic inventory of all textbooks and 
400.14  individualized instructional materials loaned to elementary and 
400.15  secondary school pupils attending nonpublic schools.  The state 
400.16  board of education shall promulgate rules under the provisions 
400.17  of chapter 14 to terminate the eligibility of any nonpublic 
400.18  school pupil if the commissioner determines, after notice and 
400.19  opportunity for hearing, that the textbooks or individualized 
400.20  instructional materials have been used in a manner contrary to 
400.21  the provisions of section 123.932, subdivision 1e, 123.933, or 
400.22  this section or any rules promulgated by the state board of 
400.23  education. 
400.24     (e) Nothing contained in section 123.932, subdivision 1e, 
400.25  123.933, or this section shall be construed to authorize the 
400.26  making of any payments to a nonpublic school or its faculty, 
400.27  staff or administrators for religious worship or instruction or 
400.28  for any other purpose.  
400.29     Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
400.30  124.17, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
400.31     Subdivision 1.  [PUPIL UNIT.] Pupil units for each 
400.32  Minnesota resident pupil in average daily membership enrolled in 
400.33  the district of residence, in another district under sections 
400.34  120.062, 120.075, 120.0751, 120.0752, 124C.45 to 124C.48, or 
400.35  126.22; in a charter school under section 120.064; or for whom 
400.36  the resident district pays tuition under section 120.0621, 
401.1   120.08, 120.17, 120.181, 122.535, 122.541, 122.94, 123.351, 
401.2   123.39, subdivision 4, 124.18, or 124.491, shall be counted 
401.3   according to this subdivision.  
401.4      (a) A prekindergarten pupil with a disability who is 
401.5   enrolled in a program approved by the commissioner and has an 
401.6   individual education plan is counted as the ratio of the number 
401.7   of hours of assessment and education service to 825 with a 
401.8   minimum of 0.28, but not more than one. 
401.9      (b) A prekindergarten pupil who is assessed but determined 
401.10  not to be handicapped is counted as the ratio of the number of 
401.11  hours of assessment service to 825.  
401.12     (c) A kindergarten pupil with a disability who is enrolled 
401.13  in a program approved by the commissioner is counted as the 
401.14  ratio of the number of hours of assessment and education 
401.15  services required in the fiscal year by the pupil's individual 
401.16  education program plan to 875, but not more than one. 
401.17     (d) A kindergarten pupil who is not included in paragraph 
401.18  (c) is counted as .53 of a pupil unit for fiscal year 1995 and 
401.19  thereafter. 
401.20     (e) A pupil who is in any of grades 1 to 6 is counted as 
401.21  1.06 pupil units for fiscal year 1995 and thereafter. 
401.22     (f) A pupil who is in any of grades 7 to 12 is counted as 
401.23  1.3 pupil units.  
401.24     (g) A pupil who is in the post-secondary enrollment options 
401.25  program is counted as 1.3 pupil units.  
401.26     Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.17, 
401.27  subdivision 1f, is amended to read: 
401.28     Subd. 1f.  [FUND BALANCE ADJUSTED PUPIL UNITS.] Fund 
401.29  balance Adjusted pupil units must be computed separately for 
401.30  kindergarten pupils, elementary pupils in grades 1 to 6, and 
401.31  secondary pupils in grades 7 to 12.  Total fund balance pupil 
401.32  units means the sum of kindergarten, elementary, and secondary 
401.33  fund balance pupil units.  Fund balance pupil units for each 
401.34  category for a district means the sum of: 
401.35     (1) the number of resident pupil units in average daily 
401.36  membership, including, according to subdivision 1g, plus 
402.1      (2) shared time pupil units, according to section 124A.02, 
402.2   subdivision 20, plus 
402.3      (1) (3) pupil units according to subdivision 1 for pupils 
402.4   attending the district for which general education aid 
402.5   adjustments are made according to section 124A.036, subdivision 
402.6   5; minus 
402.7      (2) the sum of the (4) pupil units according to subdivision 
402.8   1 for resident pupils attending other districts for which 
402.9   general education aid adjustments are made according to section 
402.10  124A.036, subdivision 5, plus pupils for whom payment is made 
402.11  according to section 126.22, subdivision 8, or 126.23. 
402.12     Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.17, is 
402.13  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
402.14     Subd. 1g.  [RESIDENT PUPIL UNITS.] Resident pupil units for 
402.15  a district means the number of pupil units according to 
402.16  subdivision 1 residing in the district. 
402.17     Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.17, is 
402.18  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
402.19     Subd. 1h.  [PUPIL UNITS SERVED.] Pupil units served for a 
402.20  district means the number of pupil units according to 
402.21  subdivision 1 enrolled in the district. 
402.22     Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.17, 
402.23  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
402.24     Subd. 2.  [AVERAGE DAILY MEMBERSHIP.] Membership for pupils 
402.25  in grades kindergarten through 12 and for prekindergarten pupils 
402.26  with disabilities shall mean the number of pupils on the current 
402.27  roll of the school, counted from the date of entry until 
402.28  withdrawal.  The date of withdrawal shall mean the day the pupil 
402.29  permanently leaves the school or the date it is officially known 
402.30  that the pupil has left or has been legally excused.  However, a 
402.31  pupil, regardless of age, who has been absent from school for 15 
402.32  consecutive school days during the regular school year or for 
402.33  five consecutive school days during summer school or 
402.34  intersession classes of flexible school year programs without 
402.35  receiving instruction in the home or hospital shall be dropped 
402.36  from the roll and classified as withdrawn.  Nothing in this 
403.1   section shall be construed as waiving the compulsory attendance 
403.2   provisions cited in section 120.101.  Average daily membership 
403.3   shall equal equals the sum for all pupils of the number of days 
403.4   of the school year each pupil is enrolled in the district's 
403.5   schools divided by the number of days the schools are in 
403.6   session.  Days of summer school or intersession classes of 
403.7   flexible school year programs shall are only be included in the 
403.8   computation of membership for pupils with a disability 
403.9   appropriately served at level 4, 5, or 6 of the continuum of 
403.10  placement model described in Minnesota Rules, part 3525.0200. 
403.11     Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.17, 
403.12  subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
403.13     Subd. 2a.  [TRANSITIONAL YEAR PUPILS.] Notwithstanding 
403.14  subdivision 2, pupils granted transitional year status shall 
403.15  continue to be counted as members on the current roll of the 
403.16  school for the remainder of the school year.  For purposes of 
403.17  computing average daily membership, transitional year 
403.18  pupils shall must be considered to be enrolled every day school 
403.19  is in session for the remainder of the school year. 
403.20     Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.17, 
403.21  subdivision 2b, is amended to read: 
403.22     Subd. 2b.  [NATIONAL GUARD PUPILS.] Notwithstanding 
403.23  subdivision 2, pupils enrolled in the Minnesota National Guard 
403.24  program shall be construed to be in attendance, for purposes of 
403.25  computing average daily membership, during any period of the 
403.26  regular school year, but not to include summer school, during 
403.27  which the pupil is attending military active duty training 
403.28  pursuant to that program.  During that period of military active 
403.29  duty training, the pupil shall earn all aid for the district of 
403.30  residence or attendance which would be otherwise earned by the 
403.31  pupil's presence. 
403.32     Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
403.33  124.17, subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
403.34     Subd. 4.  [LEARNING YEAR PUPIL UNITS.] (a) When a pupil is 
403.35  enrolled in a learning year program under section 121.585, an 
403.36  area learning center under sections 124C.45 and 124C.46, or an 
404.1   alternative program approved by the commissioner, for more than 
404.2   1,020 hours in a school year for a secondary student, more than 
404.3   935 hours in a school year for an elementary student, or more 
404.4   than 425 hours in a school year for a kindergarten student 
404.5   without a disability, that pupil may be counted as more than one 
404.6   pupil in average daily membership.  The amount in excess of one 
404.7   pupil must be determined by the ratio of the number of hours of 
404.8   instruction provided to that pupil in excess of:  (i) the 
404.9   greater of 1,020 hours or the number of hours required for a 
404.10  full-time secondary pupil in the district to 1,020 for a 
404.11  secondary pupil; (ii) the greater of 935 hours or the number of 
404.12  hours required for a full-time elementary pupil in the district 
404.13  to 935 for an elementary pupil in grades 1 through 6; and (iii) 
404.14  the greater of 425 hours or the number of hours required for a 
404.15  full-time kindergarten student without a disability in the 
404.16  district to 425 for a kindergarten student without a 
404.17  disability.  Hours that occur after the close of the 
404.18  instructional year in June shall be attributable to the 
404.19  following fiscal year.  A kindergarten student must not be 
404.20  counted as more than 1.2 pupils in average daily membership 
404.21  under this subdivision. 
404.22     (b)(i) To receive general education revenue for a pupil in 
404.23  an alternative program that has an independent study component, 
404.24  a school district must meet the requirements in this paragraph.  
404.25  The school district must develop, with the pupil, a continual 
404.26  learning plan for the pupil.  A district must allow a minor 
404.27  pupil's parent or guardian to participate in developing the 
404.28  plan, if the parent or guardian wants to participate.  The plan 
404.29  must identify the learning experiences and expected outcomes 
404.30  needed for satisfactory credit for the year and for graduation.  
404.31  The plan must be updated each year.  Each school district that 
404.32  has a state-approved public alternative program must reserve 
404.33  revenue in an amount equal to at least 90 percent of the 
404.34  district average general education revenue per pupil unit less 
404.35  compensatory revenue per pupil unit times the number of pupil 
404.36  units generated by students attending a state-approved public 
405.1   alternative program.  The amount of reserved revenue available 
405.2   under this subdivision may only be spent for program costs 
405.3   associated with the state-approved public alternative program.  
405.4   Compensatory revenue must be allocated according to section 
405.5   124A.28, subdivision 1a. 
405.6      (ii) General education revenue for a pupil in an approved 
405.7   alternative program without an independent study component must 
405.8   be prorated for a pupil participating for less than a full year, 
405.9   or its equivalent.  Each school district that has a 
405.10  state-approved public alternative program must reserve revenue 
405.11  in an amount equal to at least 90 percent of the district 
405.12  average general education revenue per pupil unit less 
405.13  compensatory revenue per pupil unit times the number of pupil 
405.14  units generated by students attending a state-approved public 
405.15  alternative program.  The amount of reserved revenue available 
405.16  under this subdivision may only be spent for program costs 
405.17  associated with the state-approved public alternative program.  
405.18  Compensatory revenue must be allocated according to section 
405.19  124A.28, subdivision 1a.  
405.20     (iii) General education revenue for a pupil in an approved 
405.21  alternative program that has an independent study component must 
405.22  be paid for each hour of teacher contact time and each hour of 
405.23  independent study time completed toward a credit or graduation 
405.24  standards necessary for graduation.  Average daily membership 
405.25  for a pupil shall equal the number of hours of teacher contact 
405.26  time and independent study time divided by 1,020. 
405.27     (iv) For an alternative program having an independent study 
405.28  component, the commissioner shall require a description of the 
405.29  courses in the program, the kinds of independent study involved, 
405.30  the expected learning outcomes of the courses, and the means of 
405.31  measuring student performance against the expected outcomes. 
405.32     Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.175, is 
405.33  amended to read: 
405.34     124.175 [AFDC PUPIL COUNT; CERTIFICATION.] 
405.35     Each year by March 1, the department of human services 
405.36  shall certify to the department of children, families, and 
406.1   learning, for each school district, the number of pupils from 
406.2   families receiving aid to families with dependent children who 
406.3   were enrolled in a public school on October 1 of the preceding 
406.4   year.  
406.5      Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.19, 
406.6   subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
406.7      Subd. 5.  [SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS.] (a) It is the intention 
406.8   of the legislature to encourage efficient and effective use of 
406.9   staff and facilities by school districts.  School Districts are 
406.10  encouraged to consider both cost and energy saving measures.  
406.11     (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1 or 4, 
406.12  Any district operating a program pursuant to sections 120.59 to 
406.13  120.67, 121.585 or 125.701 to 125.705, or operating a 
406.14  commissioner-designated area learning center program under 
406.15  section 124C.49, or that otherwise receives the approval of the 
406.16  commissioner to operate its instructional program to avoid an 
406.17  aid reduction in any year, may adjust the annual school schedule 
406.18  for that program throughout the calendar year.  
406.19     Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.225, 
406.20  subdivision 7f, is amended to read: 
406.21     Subd. 7f.  [RESERVED REVENUE FOR TRANSPORTATION SAFETY.] A 
406.22  district shall must reserve an amount equal to the greater of 
406.23  $500 or $1.50 times the number of fund balance pupil units, for 
406.24  that school year to provide student transportation safety 
406.25  programs under section 123.799.  This revenue may only be used 
406.26  if the district complies with the reporting requirements of 
406.27  section 123.7991, 123.805, 169.452, 169.4582, or 171.321, 
406.28  subdivision 5. 
406.29     Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.225, 
406.30  subdivision 8l, is amended to read: 
406.31     Subd. 8l.  [ALTERNATIVE ATTENDANCE PROGRAMS.] A district 
406.32  that enrolls nonresident pupils in programs under sections 
406.33  120.062, 120.075, 120.0751, 120.0752, 124C.45 to 124C.48, and 
406.34  126.22, shall must provide authorized transportation to the 
406.35  pupil within the attendance area for the school that the pupil 
406.36  attends.  The resident district need not provide or pay for 
407.1   transportation between the pupil's residence and the district's 
407.2   border. 
407.3      Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.225, 
407.4   subdivision 8m, is amended to read: 
407.5      Subd. 8m.  [TRANSPORTATION SAFETY AID.] A district's 
407.6   transportation safety aid equals the district's reserved revenue 
407.7   for transportation safety under subdivision 7f for that school 
407.8   year.  Failure of a school district to comply with the reporting 
407.9   requirements of section 123.7991, 123.805, 169.452, 169.4582, or 
407.10  171.321, subdivision 5, may result in a withholding of that 
407.11  district's transportation safety aid for that school year. 
407.12     Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.225, 
407.13  subdivision 9, is amended to read:  
407.14     Subd. 9.  [DISTRICT REPORTS.] Each district shall must 
407.15  report data to the department as required by the department to 
407.16  account for transportation expenditures.  
407.17     Sec. 35.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.239, 
407.18  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
407.19     Subd. 3.  [BOND AUTHORIZATION.] A school district, upon 
407.20  approval of its school board and the commissioner, may issue 
407.21  general obligation bonds under this section to finance approved 
407.22  facilities plans.  Chapter 475, except sections 475.58 and 
407.23  475.59, must be complied with.  The district may levy under 
407.24  subdivision 5 for the debt service revenue.  The authority to 
407.25  issue bonds under this section is in addition to any bonding 
407.26  authority authorized by this chapter, or other law.  The amount 
407.27  of bonding authority authorized under this section must be 
407.28  disregarded in calculating the bonding or net debt limits of 
407.29  this chapter, or any other law other than section 475.53, 
407.30  subdivision 4. 
407.31     Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 124.242, is 
407.32  amended to read: 
407.33     124.242 [BUILDING BONDS FOR CALAMITIES.] 
407.34     Subdivision 1.  [BONDS.] When a building owned by a school 
407.35  district is substantially damaged by an act of God or other 
407.36  means beyond the control of the district, the district may issue 
408.1   general obligation bonds without an election to provide money 
408.2   immediately to carry out its adopted health and safety program.  
408.3   Each year the district must pledge an attributable share of its 
408.4   health and safety revenue to the repayment of principal and 
408.5   interest on the bonds.  The pledged revenue shall must be 
408.6   transferred to the debt redemption fund of the district.  The 
408.7   district shall must submit to the department of children, 
408.8   families, and learning the repayment schedule for any bonds 
408.9   issued under this section.  The district shall must deposit in 
408.10  the debt redemption fund all proceeds received for specific 
408.11  costs for which the bonds were issued, including but not limited 
408.12  to:  
408.13     (1) insurance proceeds; 
408.14     (2) restitution proceeds; and 
408.15     (3) proceeds of litigation or settlement of a lawsuit. 
408.16     Before bonds are issued, the district must submit a 
408.17  combined application to the commissioner of children, families, 
408.18  and learning for health and safety revenue, according to section 
408.19  124.83, and requesting review and comment, according to section 
408.20  121.15, subdivisions 6, 7, 8, and 9.  The commissioner shall 
408.21  complete all procedures concerning the combined application 
408.22  within 20 days of receiving the application.  The publication 
408.23  provisions of section 121.15, subdivision 9, do not apply to 
408.24  bonds issued under this section.  
408.25     Subd. 2.  [HEALTH AND SAFETY REVENUE.] For any fiscal year 
408.26  where the total amount of health and safety revenue is limited, 
408.27  the commissioner of children, families, and learning shall must 
408.28  award highest priority to health and safety revenue pledged to 
408.29  repay building bonds issued under subdivision 1. 
408.30     Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
408.31  124.2445, is amended to read: 
408.32     124.2445 [PURCHASE OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT.] 
408.33     The board of a school district may issue general obligation 
408.34  certificates of indebtedness or capital notes subject to the 
408.35  school district debt limits to purchase:  (a) vehicles, 
408.36  computers, telephone systems, cable equipment, photocopy and 
409.1   office equipment, technological equipment for instruction, and 
409.2   other capital equipment having an expected useful life at least 
409.3   as long as the terms of the certificates or notes; and (b) 
409.4   computer hardware and software, without regard to its expected 
409.5   useful life, whether bundled with machinery or equipment or 
409.6   unbundled, together with application development services and 
409.7   training related to the use of the computer.  The certificates 
409.8   or notes must be payable in not more than five years and must be 
409.9   issued on the terms and in the manner determined by the board.  
409.10  The certificates or notes may be issued by resolution and 
409.11  without the requirement for an election.  The certificates or 
409.12  notes are general obligation bonds for purposes of section 
409.13  124.755.  A tax levy must be made for the payment of the 
409.14  principal and interest on the certificates or notes, in 
409.15  accordance with section 475.61, as in the case of bonds.  The 
409.16  sum of the tax levies under this section and section 124.2455 
409.17  for each year must not exceed the amount of the district's total 
409.18  operating capital revenue for the year the initial debt service 
409.19  levies are certified.  The district's general education levy for 
409.20  each year must be reduced by the sum of (1) the amount of the 
409.21  tax levies for debt service certified for each year for payment 
409.22  of the principal and interest on the certificates or notes as 
409.23  required by section 475.61, and (2) any excess amount in the 
409.24  debt redemption fund used to retire certificates or notes issued 
409.25  after April 1, 1997, other than amounts used to pay capitalized 
409.26  interest.  A district using an excess amount in the debt 
409.27  redemption fund to retire the certificates or notes shall report 
409.28  the amount used for this purpose to the commissioner by July 15 
409.29  of the following fiscal year.  A district having an outstanding 
409.30  capital loan under section 124.431 or an outstanding debt 
409.31  service loan under section 124.42 must not use an excess amount 
409.32  in the debt redemption fund to retire the certificates or notes. 
409.33     Sec. 38.  Minnesota Statutes 1997 Supplement, section 
409.34  124.2455, is amended to read: 
409.35     124.2455 [BONDS FOR CERTAIN CAPITAL FACILITIES.] 
409.36     (a) In addition to other bonding authority, with approval 
410.1   of the commissioner, a school district may issue general 
410.2   obligation bonds for certain capital projects under this 
410.3   section.  The bonds must be used only to make capital 
410.4   improvements including: 
410.5      (1) under section 124A.22, subdivision 11, total operating 
410.6   capital revenue uses specified in clauses (4), (6), (7), (8), 
410.7