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SF 2754

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/09/2018 09:27am

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; establishing the safe schools revenue program;
making charter schools eligible for safe schools revenue; increasing safe schools
revenue; requiring a report; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes
2016, section 126C.44.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 126C.44, is amended to read:


126C.44 SAFE SCHOOLS LEVY REVENUE.

Subdivision 1.

Safe schools revenue.

Safe schools revenue for a school district or charter
school equals the sum of its safe schools levy and safe schools aid.

Subd. 2.

Safe schools levy.

The safe schools levy for a school district equals $36 times
the district's adjusted pupil units for the school year.

Subd. 3.

Safe schools aid.

Safe schools aid for a school district equals $....... times the
district's adjusted pupil units for the school year. Notwithstanding section 124E.24, safe
schools aid for a charter school equals $....... times the charter school's adjusted pupil units
for the school year.

Subd. 4.

Purposes.

(a) Each district may make a levy on all taxable property located
within the district for the purposes specified in this section. The maximum amount which
may be levied for all costs under this section shall be equal to $36 multiplied by the district's
adjusted pupil units for the school year. The proceeds of the levy
Safe schools revenue must
be reserved and used for directly funding the following purposes or for reimbursing the
cities and counties who contract with the district for the following purposes:

(1) to pay the costs incurred for the salaries, benefits, and transportation costs of peace
officers and sheriffs for liaison in services in the district's schools;

(2) to pay the costs for a drug abuse prevention program as defined in section 609.101,
subdivision 3
, paragraph (e), in the elementary schools;

(3) to pay the costs for a gang resistance education training curriculum in the district's
schools;

(4) to pay the costs for security in the district's schools and on school property;

(5) to pay the costs for other crime prevention, drug abuse, student and staff safety,
voluntary opt-in suicide prevention tools, and violence prevention measures taken by the
school district;

(6) to pay costs for licensed school counselors, licensed school nurses, licensed school
social workers, licensed school psychologists, and licensed alcohol and chemical dependency
counselors to help provide early responses to problems;

(7) to pay for facility security enhancements including laminated glass, public
announcement systems, emergency communications devices, and equipment and facility
modifications related to violence prevention and facility security;

(8) to pay for costs associated with improving the school climate; or

(9) to pay costs for colocating and collaborating with mental health professionals who
are not district employees or contractors.

(b) For expenditures under paragraph (a), clause (1), the district must initially attempt
to contract for services to be provided by peace officers or sheriffs with the police department
of each city or the sheriff's department of the county within the district containing the school
receiving the services. If a local police department or a county sheriff's department does
not wish to provide the necessary services, the district may contract for these services with
any other police or sheriff's department located entirely or partially within the school district's
boundaries.

Subd. 5.

Intermediate district authority.

(c) A school district that is a member of an
intermediate school district may include in its levy authority under this section subdivision
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the costs associated with safe schools activities authorized under subdivision 4, paragraph
(a), for intermediate school district programs. This authority must not exceed $15 times the
adjusted pupil units of the member districts. This authority is in addition to any other authority
authorized under this section. Revenue raised under this paragraph subdivision must be
transferred to the intermediate school district.

Subd. 6.

Report.

By January 15 of each year, the commissioner of education must deliver
to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over kindergarten through grade 12 education a report detailing district-level expenditures
of safe schools revenue for the prior fiscal year for each of the authorized purposes under
subdivision 4.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2019 and later.

Sec. 2. APPROPRIATION.

For fiscal year 2019, $....... is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of education for safe schools aid under Minnesota Statutes, section 126C.44, subdivision
3.

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