as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/11/2019 05:12pm
|Introduction||Posted on 02/18/2019|
A bill for an act
relating to education finance; authorizing certain charter schools to provide special
education services to serve deaf or hard-of-hearing students at early ages; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124E.11.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124E.11, is amended to read:
(a) A charter school, including its preschool or prekindergarten program established
under section 124E.06, subdivision 3, paragraph (b), may limit admission to:
(1) pupils within an age group or grade level;
(2) pupils who are eligible to participate in the graduation incentives program under
section 124D.68; or
(3) residents of a specific geographic area in which the school is located when the
majority of students served by the school are members of underserved populations.
(b) A charter school, including its preschool or prekindergarten program established
under section 124E.06, subdivision 3, paragraph (b), shall enroll an eligible pupil who
submits a timely application, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a
program, class, grade level, or building. In this case, pupils must be accepted by lot. The
charter school must develop and publish, including on its website, a lottery policy and
process that it must use when accepting pupils by lot.
(c) A charter school shall give enrollment preference to a sibling of an enrolled pupil
and to a foster child of that pupil's parents and may give preference for enrolling children
of the school's staff before accepting other pupils by lot. A charter school that is located in
Duluth township in St. Louis County and admits students in kindergarten through grade 6
must give enrollment preference to students residing within a five-mile radius of the school
and to the siblings of enrolled children. A charter school may give enrollment preference
to children currently enrolled in the school's free preschool or prekindergarten program
under section 124E.06, subdivision 3, paragraph (b), who are eligible to enroll in kindergarten
in the next school year.
(d) A person shall not be admitted to a charter school (1) as a kindergarten pupil, unless
the pupil is at least five years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the school
year for which the pupil seeks admission commences; or (2) as a first grade student, unless
the pupil is at least six years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the school
year for which the pupil seeks admission commences or has completed kindergarten; except
that a charter school may establish and publish on its website a policy for admission of
selected pupils at an earlier age, consistent with the enrollment process in paragraphs (b)
(e) Except as permitted in paragraph (d), a charter school, including its preschool or
prekindergarten program established under section 124E.06, subdivision 3, paragraph (b),
may not limit admission to pupils on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement
or aptitude, or athletic ability and may not establish any criteria or requirements for admission
that are inconsistent with this section.
(f) The charter school shall not distribute any services or goods of value to students,
parents, or guardians as an inducement, term, or condition of enrolling a student in a charter
(g) Once a student is enrolled in the school, the student is considered enrolled in the
school until the student formally withdraws or is expelled under the Pupil Fair Dismissal
Act in sections 121A.40 to 121A.56.
(h) A charter school with at least 90 percent of enrolled students who are eligible for
special education services and have a primary disability of deaf or hard-of-hearing may
enroll prekindergarten pupils with a disability new text beginnew text endunder section 126C.05,
subdivision 1, paragraph (a), and must comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act under Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, section 300.324, subsection (2),
clause (iv)new text beginnew text end.
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