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HF 3522

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/23/2016 11:17am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; increasing continuity among school district early
learning programs; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 124D.13,
subdivisions 1, 5, 9; 124D.135, subdivisions 5, 7; 124D.16, subdivisions 3, 5;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 124D.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [124D.1295] EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM COORDINATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Early learning program coordination. new text end

new text begin A school board, after
receiving written comments from its early childhood advisory council, may adopt a
resolution allowing the district to offer an integrated early learning program. An integrated
early learning program may provide for early childhood family education services, school
readiness services, and other early learning programs providing services to parents and
children.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Early learning program revenue sources. new text end

new text begin A school district's early
learning program revenue includes its early childhood family education revenue under
section 124D.135, school readiness program revenue under section 124D.16, and any
other revenues set aside for early learning activities.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Reserve account. new text end

new text begin A district that offers an integrated early learning
program must place all of the revenue it receives under subdivision 2 in an early learning
program reserve account established in the community service fund.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.13, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Establishment; purpose.

A district that provides a community
education program under sections 124D.18 and 124D.19 may establish an early childhood
family education programnew text begin as an individual program or as a part of an early learning
program under section 124D.1295
new text end. Two or more districts, each of which provides a
community education program, may cooperate to jointly provide an early childhood
family education program. The purpose of the early childhood family education program
is to provide parenting education to support children's learning and development.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2016.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.13, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Separate accounts.

deleted text beginThedeleted text endnew text begin Anew text end districtnew text begin operating an early childhood family
education program independent of an early learning program under section 124D.1295
new text end
must maintain a separate account within the community education fund for money for
early childhood family education programs.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.13, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

District advisory councils.

The board must appoint an advisory council
from the area in which the program is provided. A majority of the council must be parents
participating in the program, who represent the demographics of the community. The
district must ensure, to the extent possible, that the council includes representation of
families who are racially, culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse. The council
must assist the board in developing, planning, and monitoring the early childhood family
education programnew text begin and the early learning program under section 124D.1295new text end. The council
must report to the board and the community education advisory council.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2016.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.135, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Use of revenue restricted.

(a) Early childhood family education revenue
may be used only for new text beginearly learning programs, including new text endearly childhood family education
programs.

(b) Not more than five percent of early childhood family education revenue, as defined
in subdivision 7, may be used to administer early childhood family education programs.

(c) An early childhood family education program may use up to ten percent of its
early childhood family education revenue as defined in subdivision 1, including revenue
from participant fees, for equipment that is used in the early childhood family education
program. This revenue may only be used for the following purposes:

(1) to purchase or lease computers and related materials; and

(2) to purchase or lease equipment for instruction for participating children and
their families.

If a district anticipates an unusual circumstance requiring its early childhood family
education program capital expenditures to exceed the ten percent limitation, prior approval
to exceed the limit must be obtained in writing from the commissioner.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.135, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Reserve account.

Early childhood family education revenue, which
includes aids, levies, fees, grants, and all other revenues received by the district for early
childhood family education programs, must be maintained in new text begineither an early learning
program reserve account or
new text endanew text begin separate early childhood family educationnew text end reserve account
within the community service fund.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.16, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Use of aid.

School readiness aid shall be used only to provide a school
readiness program new text beginor an early learning program new text endand may be used to provide transportation.
Not more than five percent of program revenue, as defined in subdivision 5, may be used
for the cost of administering the program. Aid must be used to supplement and not supplant
local, state, and federal funding. Aid may not be used for instruction and services required
under sections 125A.03 to 125A.24 and 125A.65. Aid may not be used to purchase land
or construct buildings, but may be used to lease or renovate existing buildings.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.16, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Reserve account.

School readiness revenue, which includes aids, fees,
grants, and all other revenues received by the district school readiness programs, must
be maintained innew text begin either an early learning program reserve account ornew text end anew text begin school readinessnew text end
reserve account within the community service fund.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.
new text end