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SF 971

2nd Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:17am

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A bill for an act
relating to education; providing for harassment, bullying, intimidation, and
violence policies;amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 121A.03;
124D.10, subdivision 8; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 121A.0695.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 121A.03, is amended to read:


121A.03 MODEL POLICY.

Subdivision 1.

deleted text beginModeldeleted text endnew text begin School boardnew text end policynew text begin; prohibiting harassment, bullying,
intimidation, and violence
new text end.

The commissioner shall new text begindevelop, new text endmaintainnew text begin,new text end and deleted text beginmake
available
deleted text endnew text begin transmitnew text end to school boards new text beginby January 1, 2010, new text enda model deleted text beginsexual, religious, and racialdeleted text end
harassmentnew text begin, bullying, intimidation,new text end and violence policynew text begin that complies with subdivision 2,
paragraph (a)
new text end. The model policy shall address the requirements of subdivision 2, and may
encourage violence prevention and character development education programs, consistent
with section 120B.232, subdivision 1, to prevent and reduce policy violations.

Subd. 2.

deleted text beginSexual, religious, and racialdeleted text end Harassmentnew text begin, bullying, intimidation,new text end and
violence policy.

new text begin(a) new text endA school board must adopt a written deleted text beginsexual, religious, and racial
harassment and sexual, religious, and racial violence
deleted text end policy deleted text beginthat conforms withdeleted text end new text beginby July
1, 2010, that, among other things, lists the characteristics established in
new text endchapter 363Anew text begin,
including sections 363A.02 and 363A.03, and that prohibits bullying, intimidation,
violence, and pattern of harassment against any person or group or based on the actual or
perceived characteristics of the person or group or an association with a person or group,
consistent with this paragraph
new text end.

new text begin (b) new text endThe policy shallnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1) address all forms of harassment, bullying, intimidation, and violence, including
electronic forms and forms involving Internet use, among other forms;
new text end

new text begin (2)new text end apply to pupils, teachers, administrators, and other school personneldeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (3)new text end include reporting proceduresdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;new text end and

new text begin (4) new text endset forth disciplinary actions that will be taken for violation of the policy.

Disciplinary actions must conform with collective bargaining agreements and sections
121A.41 to 121A.56. The policy must be conspicuously posted throughout each school
building, new text beginposted on the district's official Web site, new text endgiven to each district employee and
independent contractor at the time of entering into the person's employment contract, and
included in each school's student handbook on school policies. Each school must develop
a process for discussing the school's deleted text beginsexual, religious, and racialdeleted text end harassmentnew text begin, bullying,
intimidation,
new text end and violence policy with students and school employees. new text beginSchool employees
shall receive staff development training on preventing and responding to bullying,
intimidation, violence, and patterns of harassment. The training must reflect what is
age-appropriate for the school's students.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Submission to commissioner.

Each school board must submit to the
commissioner a copy of the deleted text beginsexual, religious, and racial harassment and sexual, religious,
and racial violence
deleted text end policy the board has adoptednew text begin under subdivision 2new text end.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 124D.10, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

State and local requirements.

(a) A charter school shall meet all
applicable state and local health and safety requirements.

(b) A school sponsored by a school board may be located in any district, unless the
school board of the district of the proposed location disapproves by written resolution.

(c) A charter school must be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies,
employment practices, and all other operations. A sponsor may not authorize a charter
school or program that is affiliated with a nonpublic sectarian school or a religious
institution.

(d) Charter schools must not be used as a method of providing education or
generating revenue for students who are being home-schooled.

(e) The primary focus of a charter school must be to provide a comprehensive
program of instruction for at least one grade or age group from five through 18 years
of age. Instruction may be provided to people younger than five years and older than
18 years of age.

(f) A charter school may not charge tuition.

(g) A charter school is subject to and must comply with chapter 363A and deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin
sections 121A.03 and
new text end 121A.04.

(h) A charter school is subject to and must comply with the Pupil Fair Dismissal
Act, sections 121A.40 to 121A.56, and the Minnesota Public School Fee Law, sections
123B.34 to 123B.39.

(i) A charter school is subject to the same financial audits, audit procedures, and
audit requirements as a district. Audits must be conducted in compliance with generally
accepted governmental auditing standards, the Federal Single Audit Act, if applicable,
and section 6.65. A charter school is subject to and must comply with sections 15.054;
118A.01; 118A.02; 118A.03; 118A.04; 118A.05; 118A.06; 123B.52, subdivision 5;
471.38; 471.391; 471.392; 471.425; 471.87; 471.88, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13,
and 15
; 471.881; and 471.89. The audit must comply with the requirements of sections
123B.75 to 123B.83, except to the extent deviations are necessary because of the program
at the school. Deviations must be approved by the commissioner. The Department
of Education, state auditor, or legislative auditor may conduct financial, program, or
compliance audits. A charter school determined to be in statutory operating debt under
sections 123B.81 to 123B.83 must submit a plan under section 123B.81, subdivision 4.

(j) A charter school is a district for the purposes of tort liability under chapter 466.

(k) A charter school must comply with sections 13.32; 120A.22, subdivision 7;
121A.75; and 260B.171, subdivisions 3 and 5.

(l) A charter school is subject to the Pledge of Allegiance requirement under section
121A.11, subdivision 3.

Sec. 3. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 121A.0695, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end