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SF 351

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/26/2021 09:38am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; providing distance learning aid for families;
appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginDISTANCE LEARNING AID FOR FAMILIES DUE TO COVID-19.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Program; eligible students. new text end

new text begin For the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school
years only, a public or nonpublic school student who qualifies for free and reduced-price
lunch and participated in a distance learning program is eligible for distance learning aid
for families.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text begin The parent of an eligible student may apply to the student's resident
school district for distance learning aid for families. The parent may apply for up to $450
per eligible student per school year.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Eligible expenses. new text end

new text begin Eligible expenses include tutoring services, instructional
materials, online instructional content, software or other educational technology, internet
access and connectivity, classroom supplies, and pupil support services. A parent must
submit receipts for all eligible expenses.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Distance learning aid for families; allotment. new text end

new text begin Each school year, the
commissioner must allot distance learning aid for families to school districts pursuant to
this section the actual amount of eligible expenses for each eligible student, not to exceed
$450 per student per fiscal year.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Vendor. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must select a vendor to administer the distance
learning aid for families program. The vendor must be able to facilitate the distribution of
funds electronically, host an online marketplace for families to make eligible purchases,
provide controls to ensure funds are used properly, provide automatic expense tracking and
reconciliation, and provide reporting capabilities. A public school or nonpublic school may
use the vendor under this subdivision to assist a family of an eligible student to verify eligible
expenses and provide payment.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
designated.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Distance learning aid for families. new text end

new text begin (a) For distance learning instruction aid
for families under section 1.
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new text begin $
new text end
new text begin .......
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new text begin .....
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new text begin 2021
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new text begin (b) The base for fiscal year 2022 is $........ The base for fiscal year 2023 is $0.
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new text begin (c) One hundred percent of the aid is payable in the current year.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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