(a) A 23-member multiagency leadership council is established to improve school climate and school safety so that all Minnesota students in prekindergarten through grade 12 schools and higher education institutions have a safe and supportive learning environment in order to maximize each student's learning potential.
(b) The council shall consist of:
(1) the commissioners or their designees from the Departments of Education, Health, Human Rights, Human Services, Public Safety, and Corrections, and the Office of Higher Education;
(2) one representative each from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, Minnesota School Boards Association, Elementary School Principals Association, Association of Secondary School Principals, and Education Minnesota as selected by each organization;
(3) two representatives each of student support personnel, parents, and students as selected by the commissioner of education;
(4) two representatives of local law enforcement as selected by the commissioner of public safety;
(5) two representatives of the judicial branch as selected by the chief justice of the Supreme Court; and
(6) one charter school representative selected by the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools.
(c) A member serves at the pleasure of their appointing authority and continues to serve until their successor is appointed.
The council must provide leadership for the following activities:
(1) establishment of norms and standards for prevention, intervention, and support around issues of prohibited conduct;
(2) advancement of evidence-based policy and best practices to improve school climate and promote school safety;
(3) development and dissemination of resources and training for schools and communities about issues of prohibited conduct under section 121A.031, and other school safety-related issues; and
(4) develop policies and procedures for the services provided by the school climate center under section 127A.052.
The commissioner of education must convene the first meeting of the council by October 1, 2014, and must serve as chair. The council must meet at least one time per year. The council does not need a quorum to conduct its meetings.
Council members are not eligible for compensation or reimbursement for expenses related to council activities.
The Department of Education and the Department of Public Safety must provide technical assistance to council members upon request. The council, upon request, must consult with the school safety technical assistance center and the school safety center.
The council must report its activities annually by October 1, to the commissioner of education. The Department of Education must post the council's meeting notices and other relevant information regarding its duties on the agency's Web site.
The council expires on June 30, 2019.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes