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SF 1521

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/21/2019 02:38pm

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 finance; appropriating money for the support our students
grant program; amending Laws 2016, chapter 189, article 25, section 56,
subdivisions 2, 3.

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

Section 1.

Laws 2016, chapter 189, article 25, section 56, subdivision 2, is amended to
read:


Subd. 2.

Purpose.

The purpose of the support our students grant program is to:

(1) address shortages of student support services personnel within Minnesota schools;

(2) decrease caseloads for existing student support services personnel to ensure effective
services;

(3) ensure that students receive effective academic guidance and integrated and
comprehensive services to improve deleted text beginkindergartendeleted text endnew text begin prekindergartennew text end through grade 12 school
outcomes and career and college readiness;

(4) ensure that student support services personnel serve within the scope and practice
of their training and licensure;

(5) fully integrate learning supports, instruction, and school management within a
comprehensive approach that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration; and

(6) improve school safety and school climate to support academic success and career
and college readiness.

Sec. 2.

Laws 2016, chapter 189, article 25, section 56, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Grant eligibility and application.

(a) A school district, charter school,
intermediate school district, or other cooperative unit is eligible to apply for a six-year
matching grant under this section.new text begin Beginning July 1, 2019, once a six-year grant is awarded,
the commissioner shall ensure funds are available for all six years of the grant.
new text end

(b) The commissioner of education shall specify the form and manner of the grant
application. In awarding grants, the commissioner must give priority to schools in which
student support services personnel positions do not currently exist. To the extent practicable,
the commissioner must award grants equally between applicants in metro counties and
nonmetro counties. Additional criteria must include at least the following:

(1) existing student support services personnel caseloads;

(2) school demographics;

(3) Title I revenue;

(4) Minnesota student survey data;

(5) graduation rates; and

(6) postsecondary completion rates.

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

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.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Support our students grant program. new text end

new text begin (a) For grants to eligible schools under
the support our students grant program:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 30,000,000
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 20,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

new text begin (b) To the extent practicable, the commissioner shall ensure funds are available in each
year of the six-year grant period to each qualifying entity. Up to $100,000 in each fiscal
year may be retained by the commissioner for administration of the grant program.
new text end

new text begin (c) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year. This
is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginREVISOR INSTRUCTION.
new text end

new text begin The revisor of statutes shall codify Laws 2016, chapter 189, article 25, section 56, as
amended, as Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.395, in the next publication of Minnesota
Statutes.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2019.
new text end