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SF 946

2nd Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 05/08/2012 10:24am

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

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Unofficial Engrossments
1st Unofficial Engrossment Posted on 02/22/2012
2nd Unofficial Engrossment Posted on 03/12/2012
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A bill for an act
relating to education; establishing a pilot project to examine how school districts
might operate jointly to provide innovative delivery of programs and activities
and share resources; appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginINNOVATIVE DELIVERY OF EDUCATION SERVICES AND
SHARING OF DISTRICT RESOURCES; PILOT PROJECT.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment; requirements for participation. new text end

new text begin (a) A five-year
pilot project for the 2013-2014 through 2017-2018 school years is established to improve
student and school outcomes by allowing groups of school districts to work together to
provide innovative education programs and activities and share district resources.
new text end

new text begin (b) To participate in this pilot project to improve student and school outcomes, a
group of two or more school districts must collaborate with school staff and receive formal
school board approval to form a partnership. The partnership must develop a plan to
provide challenging programmatic options for students, create professional development
opportunities for educators, increase student engagement and connection and challenging
learning opportunities for students, or demonstrate efficiencies in delivering financial and
other services. The plan must establish:
new text end

new text begin (1) collaborative educational goals and objectives;
new text end

new text begin (2) strategies and processes to implement those goals and objectives, including a
budget process with periodic expenditure reviews;
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new text begin (3) valid and reliable measures to evaluate progress in realizing the goals and
objectives;
new text end

new text begin (4) an implementation timeline; and
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new text begin (5) other applicable conditions, regulations, responsibilities, duties, provisions, fee
schedules, and legal considerations needed to fully implement the plan.
new text end

new text begin A partnership may invite additional districts to join the partnership during the pilot
project term after notifying the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (c) A partnership of interested districts must apply by February 1, 2013, to the
education commissioner in the form and manner the commissioner determines, consistent
with this section. The application must contain the formal approval adopted by the school
board in each district to participate in the plan.
new text end

new text begin (d) Notwithstanding other law to the contrary, a participating school district under
this section continues to: receive revenue and maintain its taxation authority; be organized
and governed by an elected school board with general powers under Minnesota Statutes,
section 123B.02; and be subject to employment agreements under Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 122A, and Minnesota Statutes, section 179A.20; and district employees continue
to remain employees of the employing school district.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Commissioner's role. new text end

new text begin Interested groups of school districts must submit a
completed application to the commissioner by March 1, 2013, in the form and manner
determined by the commissioner. The education commissioner must convene an advisory
panel composed of a teacher appointed by Education Minnesota, a school principal
appointed by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, a school
board member appointed by the Minnesota School Boards Association, and a school
superintendent appointed by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators to advise
the commissioner on applicants' qualifications to participate in this pilot project. The
commissioner must select between three and six qualified applicants under subdivision 1
by April 1, 2013, to participate in this pilot project, ensuring an equitable geographical
distribution of project participants to the extent practicable. The commissioner must
select only those applicants that fully comply with the requirements in subdivision 1. The
commissioner must terminate a project participant that fails to effectively implement the
goals and objectives contained in its application and according to its stated timeline.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Pilot project evaluation. new text end

new text begin Participating school districts must submit pilot
project data to the commissioner in the form and manner determined by the commissioner.
The education commissioner must analyze participating districts' progress in realizing
their educational goals and objectives to work together in providing innovative education
programs and activities and sharing resources. The commissioner must include the
analysis of best practices in a report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over
kindergarten through grade 12 education finance and policy on the efficacy of this pilot
project. The commissioner may submit an interim project report at any time and must
submit a final report to the legislature by February 1, 2018, recommending whether or
not to continue or expand the pilot project.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to the 2013-2014 through 2017-2018 school years.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $25,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2013 from the general fund to the commissioner
of education for the review of applicants, selection of participants, and evaluation of
the pilot projects authorized in section 1. The base for the Department of Education is
increased by $25,000 for fiscal year 2014 through fiscal year 2018.
new text end