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SF 628

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/14/2019 03:35pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; increasing state aid for school district
telecommunications projects; modifying the calculation of telecommunications
equity access aid for public and nonpublic schools; appropriating money; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 125B.26, subdivisions 4, 5.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 125B.26, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

District aid.

deleted text beginFor fiscal year 2006 and later,deleted text end A district, charter school, or
intermediate school district's Internet access equity aid equals the district, charter school,
or intermediate school district's approved cost for the previous fiscal year according to
subdivision 1 deleted text beginexceeding $16 times the district's adjusted pupil units for the previous fiscal
year or no reduction if the district is part of an organized telecommunications access cluster
deleted text end.
Equity aid must be distributed to the telecommunications access cluster for districts, charter
schools, or intermediate school districts that are members of the cluster or to individual
districts, charter schools, or intermediate school districts not part of a telecommunications
access cluster.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2020 and later.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 125B.26, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Telecommunications/Internet access services for nonpublic schools.

(a)
Districts shall provide each year upon formal request by or on behalf of a nonpublic school,
not including home schools, located in that district or area, ongoing or recurring
telecommunications access services to the nonpublic school either through existing district
providers or through separate providers.

(b) The amount of district aid for telecommunications access services for each nonpublic
school under this subdivision equals the lesser of:

(1) deleted text begin90 percent ofdeleted text end the nonpublic school's approved cost for the previous fiscal year
according to subdivision 1 deleted text beginexceeding $10 for fiscal year 2006 and later times the number
of weighted pupils enrolled at the nonpublic school as of October 1 of the previous school
year
deleted text end; or

(2) the product of the district's aid per pupil unit according to subdivision 4 times the
number of weighted pupils enrolled at the nonpublic school as of October 1 of the previous
school year.

(c) For purposes of this subdivision, nonpublic school pupils shall be weighted by grade
level using the weighting factors defined in section 126C.05, subdivision 1.

(d) Each year, a district providing services under paragraph (a) may claim up to five
percent of the aid determined in paragraph (b) for costs of administering this subdivision.
No district may expend an amount for these telecommunications access services which
exceeds the amount allocated under this subdivision. The nonpublic school is responsible
for the Internet access costs not covered by this section.

(e) At the request of a nonpublic school, districts may allocate the amount determined
in paragraph (b) directly to the nonpublic school to pay for or offset the nonpublic school's
costs for telecommunications access services; however, the amount allocated directly to the
nonpublic school may not exceed the actual amount of the school's ongoing or recurring
telecommunications access costs.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2020 and later.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sum indicated in this section is
appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal year
designated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Equity in telecommunications access aid. new text end

new text begin For equity in telecommunications
access aid under Minnesota Statutes, section 125B.26:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin .......
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2020
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin .......
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new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin If the appropriation amount is insufficient, the commissioner shall reduce the
reimbursement rate in Minnesota Statutes, section 125B.26, subdivisions 4 and 5, and the
revenue for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 shall be prorated.
new text end

new text begin Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end