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SF 801

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/04/2019 02:48pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; establishing a special education legislative working group;
requiring a report.

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

Section 1. new text beginSPECIAL EDUCATION LEGISLATIVE WORKING GROUP.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Duties. new text end

new text begin A legislative working group on special education is created to
review special education delivery and costs in Minnesota and submit a written report to the
legislature. The working group must:
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new text begin (1) review how school districts, charter schools, intermediate school districts, special
education cooperatives, education districts, service cooperatives, and nonpublic schools
deliver special education services, and the costs and benefits associated with each model;
new text end

new text begin (2) compare relevant state and federal special education laws and regulations by reviewing
the 2013 evaluation report by the Office of the Legislative Auditor on special education
and other publicly available reports;
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new text begin (3) analyze trends in special education enrollment and the reasons for the increased
proportion of Minnesota students receiving special education, including disparities in student
identification;
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new text begin (4) identify strategies or programs that would be effective in reducing the need for special
education services or could provide less-intensive special education services, when
appropriate;
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new text begin (5) analyze funding for children receiving special education services in a nonresident
district or charter school in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, sections 124E.21, 125A.11,
and 127A.47;
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new text begin (6) analyze the effect of the 2013 statutory changes to the state special education funding
formula, including interactions and conformity with federal funding formulas;
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new text begin (7) describe how school districts and charter schools use section 504 plans, including
criteria used to determine when a section 504 plan is appropriate and the prevalence of
section 504 plans in school districts and charter schools; and
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new text begin (8) review the recommendations of the 2013 evaluation report by the Office of the
Legislative Auditor on special education and whether any recommendations have been
enacted or implemented.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Membership. new text end

new text begin (a) The legislative working group on special education consists
of:
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new text begin (1) six duly elected and currently serving members of the house of representatives, three
appointed by the speaker of the house and three appointed by the house minority leader,
and must include the current chairs of the house of representatives Education Innovation
Policy Committee and Education Finance Committee; and
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new text begin (2) six duly elected and currently serving senators, three appointed by the senate majority
leader and three appointed by the senate minority leader, and must include the current chairs
of the senate Education Policy Committee and Education Finance Committee.
new text end

new text begin (b) Only duly elected and currently serving members of the house of representatives or
senate may be members of the special education legislative working group. A chair of an
education committee appointed under paragraph (a) may designate another member of the
chair's chamber to attend a meeting of the legislative working group in place of the chair.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Organization; process; administrative and technical support. new text end

new text begin The special
education legislative working group appointments must be made by July 1, 2019. If a vacancy
occurs, the leader of the caucus in the house of representatives or senate to which the vacating
working group member belonged must fill the vacancy. The chair of the house of
representatives Education Innovation Policy Committee shall serve as a cochair of the
working group. The chair of the senate Education Policy Committee shall serve as a cochair
of the working group and shall convene the first meeting. The working group must meet
periodically. Meetings of the working group must be open to the public. The Legislative
Coordinating Commission must provide administrative assistance upon request. The
Department of Education must provide technical assistance upon request.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Consultation with stakeholders. new text end

new text begin In developing its recommendations, the
special education legislative working group must consult with interested and affected
stakeholders.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The special education legislative working group must submit a report
providing its findings and policy recommendations to the legislature by January 15, 2020.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The special education legislative working group expires January
16, 2020, unless extended by law.
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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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