as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
A bill for an act
relating to education finance; increasing the number of schools eligible for
elementary sparsity revenue by lowering the minimum qualifying mileage from
19 to 17 miles; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 126C.10, subdivision
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 126C.10, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
The definitions in this subdivision apply only to subdivisions
7 and 8.
(a) "High school" means a public secondary school, except a charter school under
section 124D.10, that has pupils enrolled in at least the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. If
there is no high school in the district and the school is at least 19 miles from the next
nearest school, the commissioner must designate one school in the district as a high school
for the purposes of this section.
(b) "Secondary average daily membership" means, for a district that has only one
high school, the average daily membership of pupils served in grades 7 through 12. For a
district that has more than one high school, "secondary average daily membership" for
each high school means the product of the average daily membership of pupils served in
grades 7 through 12 in the high school, times the ratio of six to the number of grades
in the high school.
(c) "Attendance area" means the total surface area of the district, in square miles,
divided by the number of high schools in the district. For a district that does not operate
a high school and is less than 19 miles from the nearest operating high school, the
attendance area equals zero.
(d) "Isolation index" for a high school means the square root of 55 percent of the
attendance area plus the distance in miles, according to the usually traveled routes,
between the high school and the nearest high school. For a district in which there is located
land defined in section 84A.01, 84A.20, or 84A.31, the distance in miles is the sum of:
(1) the square root of one-half of the attendance area; and
(2) the distance from the border of the district to the nearest high school.
(e) "Qualifying high school" means a high school that has an isolation index greater
than 23 and that has secondary average daily membership of less than 400.
(f) "Qualifying elementary school" means a public elementary school, except a
charter school under section 124D.10, that is located deleted text begin19deleted text end new text beginnew text endmiles or more from the nearest
elementary school or from the nearest elementary school within the district and, in either
case, has an elementary average daily membership of an average of 20 or fewer per grade.
(g) "Elementary average daily membership" means, for a district that has only
one elementary school, the average daily membership of pupils served in kindergarten
through grade 6. For a district that has more than one elementary school, "average daily
membership" for each school means the average daily membership of pupils served in
kindergarten through grade 6 multiplied by the ratio of seven to the number of grades
in the elementary school.
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