as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 08/14/2015 01:41pm
A bill for an act
relating to education; authorizing school boards to implement flexible learning
year programs without approval by the commissioner of education; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 120A.41; 124D.121; 124D.122; 124D.126,
subdivision 1; 124D.127; repealing Minnesota Rules, part 3500.1000.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 120A.41, is amended to read:
A school board's annual school calendar must include at least 425 hours of
instruction for a kindergarten student without a disability, 935 hours of instruction for a
student in grades 1 though 6, and 1,020 hours of instruction for a student in grades 7
though 12, not including summer school. The school calendar for all-day kindergarten
must include at least 850 hours of instruction for the school year. A school board's annual
calendar must include at least 165 days of instruction for a student in grades 1 through
11 unless a four-day week schedule has been approved by the deleted text begincommissionerdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end under
section deleted text begin124D.126deleted text endnew text beginnew text end.
Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.121, is amended to read:
"Flexible learning year program" means any district plan deleted text beginapproved by the
commissionerdeleted text end that utilizes buildings and facilities during the entire year or that provides
forms of optional scheduling of pupils and personnel during the learning year in
elementary and secondary schools or residential facilities for children with a disability.
Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.122, is amended to read:
The board of any district or a consortium of districtsdeleted text begin, with the approval of the
commissioner,deleted text end may establish and operate a flexible learning year program in one or more of
the day or residential facilities for children with a disability within the district. Consortiums
may use a single deleted text beginapplication anddeleted text end evaluation process, though results, public hearings, and
board approvals must be obtained for each district as required under appropriate sections.
Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.126, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
The commissioner must:
deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end cooperate with and provide supervision of flexible learning year programs
to determine compliance with the provisions of sections 124D.12 to 124D.127deleted text begin, the
commissioner's standards and qualifications, and the proposed program as submitted
and approveddeleted text end;
deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end provide any necessary adjustments of (a) attendance and membership
computations and (b) the dates and percentages of apportionment of state aids; and
deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end consistent with the definition of "average daily membership" in section
126C.05, subdivision 8, furnish the board of a district implementing a flexible learning
year program with a formula for computing average daily membership. This formula must
be computed so that tax levies to be made by the district, state aids to be received by the
district, and any and all other formulas based upon average daily membership are not
affected solely as a result of adopting this plan of instruction.
Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.127, is amended to read:
The board of any districtdeleted text begin, with the approval of the commissioner of education,deleted text end may
terminate a flexible learning year program in one or more of the day or residential facilities
for children with a disability within the district. This section shall not be construed to
permit an exception to section 120A.22, 127A.41, subdivision 7, or 127A.43.
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