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SF 2604

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/04/2022 10:52am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; requiring a county board to notify a child's resident district
and serving district of placement for care and treatment; modifying the definition
of legal residence for a child with a disability placed in a foster facility; modifying
the definition of legal residence for a child without a disability placed in a foster
facility; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 125A.15; 125A.17; 125A.51.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 125A.15, is amended to read:


125A.15 PLACEMENT IN ANOTHER DISTRICT; RESPONSIBILITY.

The responsibility for special instruction and services for a child with a disability
temporarily placed in another district for care and treatment shall be determined in the
following manner:

(a) The district of residence of a child shall be the district in which the child's parent
resides, if living, or the child's guardian. If there is a dispute between school districts
regarding residency, the district of residence is the district designated by the commissioner.

(b) If a district other than the resident district places a pupil for care and treatment, the
district placing the pupil must notify and give the resident district an opportunity to participate
in the placement decision. When an immediate emergency placement of a pupil is necessary
and time constraints foreclose a resident district from participating in the emergency
placement decision, the district in which the pupil is temporarily placed must notify the
resident district of the emergency placement within 15 days. The resident district has up to
five business days after receiving notice of the emergency placement to request an
opportunity to participate in the placement decision, which the placing district must then
provide.

(c) new text beginIf a county board places a child for care and treatment, the county board must
immediately notify the child's resident district and serving district of any change in placement.
new text end

new text begin (d) new text endWhen a child is temporarily placed for care and treatment in a day program located
in another district and the child continues to live within the district of residence during the
care and treatment, the district of residence is responsible for providing transportation to
and from the care and treatment program and an appropriate educational program for the
child. The resident district may establish reasonable restrictions on transportation, except
if a Minnesota court or agency orders the child placed at a day care and treatment program
and the resident district receives a copy of the order, then the resident district must provide
transportation to and from the program unless the court or agency orders otherwise.
Transportation shall only be provided by the resident district during regular operating hours
of the resident district. The resident district may provide the educational program at a school
within the district of residence, at the child's residence, or in the district in which the day
treatment center is located by paying tuition to that district.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text end new text begin(e) new text endWhen a child is temporarily placed in a residential program for care and treatment,
the nonresident district in which the child is placed is responsible for providing an appropriate
educational program for the child and necessary transportation while the child is attending
the educational program; and must bill the district of the child's residence for the actual cost
of providing the program, as outlined in section 125A.11, except as provided in paragraph
deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text begin (f)new text end. However, the board, lodging, and treatment costs incurred in behalf of a child with
a disability placed outside of the school district of residence by the commissioner of human
services or the commissioner of corrections or their agents, for reasons other than providing
for the child's special educational needs must not become the responsibility of either the
district providing the instruction or the district of the child's residence. For the purposes of
this section, the state correctional facilities operated on a fee-for-service basis are considered
to be residential programs for care and treatment.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text begin (f)new text end A privately owned and operated residential facility may enter into a contract to
obtain appropriate educational programs for special education children and services with a
joint powers entity. The entity with which the private facility contracts for special education
services shall be the district responsible for providing students placed in that facility an
appropriate educational program in place of the district in which the facility is located. If a
privately owned and operated residential facility does not enter into a contract under this
paragraph, then paragraph deleted text begin(d)deleted text end new text begin(e) new text endapplies.

deleted text begin (f)deleted text end new text begin(g) new text endThe district of residence shall pay tuition and other program costs, not including
transportation costs, to the district providing the instruction and services. The district of
residence may claim general education aid for the child as provided by law. Transportation
costs must be paid by the district responsible for providing the transportation and the state
must pay transportation aid to that district.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 125A.17, is amended to read:


125A.17 LEGAL RESIDENCE OF A CHILD WITH A DISABILITY PLACED
IN A FOSTER FACILITY.

new text begin (a) new text endThe legal residence of a child with a disability placed in a foster facility for care and
treatment is the district in which the child deleted text beginresidesdeleted text end new text beginwas a resident new text endwhen:

(1) parental rights deleted text beginhave beendeleted text endnew text begin werenew text end terminated by court order;

(2) the parent or guardian deleted text beginisdeleted text endnew text begin wasnew text end not living within the state;

(3) no other district residence deleted text begincandeleted text endnew text begin couldnew text end be established; or

(4) the parent or guardian having legal custody of the child deleted text beginisdeleted text endnew text begin wasnew text end an inmate of a
Minnesota correctional facility or is a resident of a halfway house under the supervision of
the commissioner of corrections.

new text begin (b) new text endThe school board of the new text beginserving new text enddistrict deleted text beginof residencedeleted text end must provide the same
educational program for the child as it provides for all resident children with a disability in
the district.

new text begin (c) Once a child under this section is placed in foster care, excluding a foster care facility
for care and treatment, the legal residence of the child is the district in which the child
resides during the foster care placement.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 125A.51, is amended to read:


125A.51 PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN WITHOUT DISABILITIES; EDUCATION
AND TRANSPORTATION.

The responsibility for providing instruction and transportation for a pupil without a
disability who has a short-term or temporary physical or emotional illness or disability, as
determined by the standards of the commissioner, and who is temporarily placed for care
and treatment for that illness or disability, must be determined as provided in this section.

(a) The school district of residence of the pupil is the district in which the pupil's parent
or guardian resides. If there is a dispute between school districts regarding residency, the
district of residence is the district designated by the commissioner.

(b) When parental rights have been terminated by court order, the legal residence of a
child placed in a residential or foster facility for care and treatment is the district in which
the child deleted text beginresidesdeleted text endnew text begin was a resident at the time of termination of parental rights. Once a child
under this paragraph is placed in foster care, excluding a foster care facility for care and
treatment, the legal residence of the child is the district in which the child resides during
the foster care placement
new text end.

(c) Before the placement of a pupil for care and treatment, the district of residence must
be notified and provided an opportunity to participate in the placement decision. When an
immediate emergency placement is necessary and time does not permit resident district
participation in the placement decision, the district in which the pupil is temporarily placed,
if different from the district of residence, must notify the district of residence of the
emergency placement within 15 days of the placement. When a nonresident district makes
an emergency placement without first consulting with the resident district, the resident
district has up to five business days after receiving notice of the emergency placement to
request an opportunity to participate in the placement decision, which the placing district
must then provide.

(d) When a pupil without a disability is temporarily placed for care and treatment in a
day program and the pupil continues to live within the district of residence during the care
and treatment, the district of residence must provide instruction and necessary transportation
to and from the care and treatment program for the pupil. The resident district may establish
reasonable restrictions on transportation, except if a Minnesota court or agency orders the
child placed at a day care and treatment program and the resident district receives a copy
of the order, then the resident district must provide transportation to and from the program
unless the court or agency orders otherwise. Transportation shall only be provided by the
resident district during regular operating hours of the resident district. The resident district
may provide the instruction at a school within the district of residence, at the pupil's residence,
or in the case of a placement outside of the resident district, in the district in which the day
treatment program is located by paying tuition to that district. The district of placement may
contract with a facility to provide instruction by teachers licensed by the Professional
Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

(e) When a pupil without a disability is temporarily placed in a residential program for
care and treatment, the district in which the pupil is placed must provide instruction for the
pupil and necessary transportation while the pupil is receiving instruction, and in the case
of a placement outside of the district of residence, the nonresident district must bill the
district of residence for the actual cost of providing the instruction for the regular school
year and for summer school, excluding transportation costs.

(f) Notwithstanding paragraph (e), if the pupil is homeless and placed in a public or
private homeless shelter, then the district that enrolls the pupil under section 120A.20,
subdivision 2
, paragraph (b), shall provide the transportation, unless the district that enrolls
the pupil and the district in which the pupil is temporarily placed agree that the district in
which the pupil is temporarily placed shall provide transportation. When a pupil without a
disability is temporarily placed in a residential program outside the district of residence,
the administrator of the court placing the pupil must send timely written notice of the
placement to the district of residence. The district of placement may contract with a
residential facility to provide instruction by teachers licensed by the Professional Educator
Licensing and Standards Board. For purposes of this section, the state correctional facilities
operated on a fee-for-service basis are considered to be residential programs for care and
treatment.

(g) The district of residence must include the pupil in its residence count of pupil units
and pay tuition as provided in section 123A.488 to the district providing the instruction.
Transportation costs must be paid by the district providing the transportation and the state
must pay transportation aid to that district. For purposes of computing state transportation
aid, pupils governed by this subdivision must be included in the disabled transportation
category if the pupils cannot be transported on a regular school bus route without special
accommodations.

new text begin (h) If a county board places a child without a disability for care and treatment, the county
board must immediately notify the child's resident district and serving district of any change
in placement.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022.
new text end