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SF 3578

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/04/2022 09:36am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education; establishing a computer science education foundational
blueprint to support the statewide expansion of computer science education;
requiring a task force; appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginCOMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION FOUNDATIONAL BLUEPRINT.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Foundational blueprint. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of education must, in
consultation with the Computer Science Education Task Force established under this section,
develop a foundational blueprint for a statewide computer science program for elementary
and secondary schools that includes the following components:
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new text begin (1) a statement of purpose that defines computer science consistent with the definition
found in the K-12 Computer Science Framework, describes the objectives and goals of a
computer science education program, identifies strategies and resources needed to achieve
these goals, and establishes a timeline for achieving these goals;
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new text begin (2) a summary of the current state landscape for kindergarten through grade 12 computer
science education, including data on enrollment in computer science courses, disaggregated
by the student groups under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.35, subdivision 3, paragraph
(b), clause (2);
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new text begin (3) a plan for expanding computer science education opportunities to every district school
site and charter school within five years;
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new text begin (4) a plan to develop comprehensive and foundational kindergarten through grade 12
computer science academic standards that local districts may adopt at their discretion under
Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.022;
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new text begin (5) a plan for professional development opportunities to prepare current teachers to teach
computer science;
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new text begin (6) a plan relating to teacher licensure, including developing a computer science
endorsement or other computer science credential for teachers who are already licensed,
and a plan to develop a teacher preparation program for licensure in computer science;
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new text begin (7) a plan for the Department of Education to regularly evaluate progress toward the
blueprint goals, including annually reporting disaggregated data on enrollment in computer
science courses; and
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new text begin (8) recommendations to ensure the long-term sustainability of the blueprint.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner must submit a copy of the foundational blueprint for computer
science to the chairs and ranking members of the legislative committees having jurisdiction
over kindergarten through grade 12 education by January 31, 2023, in accordance with
Minnesota Statutes, section 3.195.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Task force. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of education must convene an advisory task
force to advise the commissioner on the development of the foundational blueprint for
computer science.
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new text begin (b) Members of the task force must include:
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new text begin (1) one member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house
and one member appointed by the minority leader of the house;
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new text begin (2) one senator appointed by the senate majority leader and one senator appointed by
the senate minority leader;
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new text begin (3) one member appointed by the governor;
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new text begin (4) the commissioner or the commissioner's designee;
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new text begin (5) the commissioner of higher education or the commissioner's designee;
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new text begin (6) one representative of the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board;
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new text begin (7) one representative of the Computer Science Teachers' Association MN;
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new text begin (8) one representative from the business community;
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new text begin (9) one representative from a nonprofit organization working with students and teachers
on computer science;
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new text begin (10) one representative from the Minnesota Association for School Administrators;
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new text begin (11) one representative from Education Minnesota;
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new text begin (12) one representative from the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher
Education;
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new text begin (13) one representative from CSforAll Minnesota; and
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new text begin (14) one computer science teacher from the seven-county metropolitan area and one
computer science teacher from outside the seven-county metropolitan area.
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new text begin (c) Appointments to the task force must be made by June 1, 2022. The commissioner
of education must provide administrative support and meeting space for the task force.
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new text begin (d) Public members of the task force may be compensated and reimbursed for expenses
in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, subdivision 3.
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new text begin (e) Meetings of the task force are subject to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law under
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13D.
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new text begin (f) The task force expires on January 31, 2024.
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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 $20,000 in fiscal year 2023 is appropriated from the general fund to the Department of
Education for the Computer Science Advisory Task Force.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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