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HF 1828

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 01/24/2012 10:30am

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

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 01/13/2012

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; requiring 50 percent of early education scholarship
funds be awarded to residents of greater Minnesota; amending Laws 2011, First
Special Session chapter 11, article 7, section 2, subdivision 8.


Section 1.

Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 11, article 7, section 2, subdivision
8, is amended to read:

Subd. 8.

Early childhood education scholarships.

For grants to early childhood
education scholarships for public or private early childhood preschool programs for
children ages 3 to 5:


(a) All children whose parents or legal guardians meet the eligibility requirements
of paragraph (b) established by the commissioner are eligible to receive early childhood
education scholarships under this section.

(b) A parent or legal guardian is eligible for an early childhood education scholarship
if the parent or legal guardian:

(1) has a child three or four years of age on September 1, beginning in calendar
year 2012; and

(2)(i) has income equal to or less than 47 percent of the state median income in the
current calendar year; or

(ii) can document their child's identification through another public funding
eligibility process, including the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program, National School
Lunch Act, United States Code, title 42, section 1751, part 210; Head Start under federal
Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007; Minnesota family investment
program under chapter 256J; and child care assistance programs under chapter 119B.

new text begin (c) new text endEach year,new text begin the Department of Education must award one-half of the early
childhood education scholarship money to parents and legal guardians who reside in the
seven-county metropolitan area and the other half to parents and legal guardians who live
in greater Minnesota. If any money remains from either half after the initial applications,
the commissioner may use that money to make early education scholarships in the
other region.
new text end If this appropriation is insufficient to provide early childhood education
scholarships to all eligible children, the Department of Education shall make scholarships
available on a first-come, first-served basisnew text begin within each of the two geographic regions of
the state
new text end.

new text begin (d) new text endThe commissioner of education shall submit a written report to the education
committees of the legislature by January 15, 2012, describing its plan for implementation
of scholarships under this subdivision for the 2012-2013 school year.

new text begin (e) new text endAny balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.

new text begin (f) new text endThe base for this program is $2,000,000 each year.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end