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1.1To: Senator Cohen, Chair
1.2Committee on Finance
1.3Senator Wiger,
1.4Chair of the E-12 Education Division, to which was referred
1.5S.F. No. 811:
A bill for an act
relating to education; providing funding and
1.6policy for early childhood and family, prekindergarten through grade 12, and adult
1.7education, including general education, education excellence, special education, facilities,
1.8technology, nutrition, libraries, accounting, early childhood, education, self-sufficiency,
1.9lifelong learning, and state agencies; appropriating money;amending Minnesota Statutes
1.102014, sections 120A.41; 122A.415, subdivision 1; 124D.1158, subdivision 3; 124D.15,
1.11subdivision 5; 124D.162; 124D.165, subdivision 2; 124D.42, subdivision 8; 124D.59,
1.12subdivision 2; 125A.79, subdivision 1; 126C.05, subdivision 1; 126C.10, subdivisions 2,
1.1313a; 127A.41, subdivisions 8, 9; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
1.14chapter 124D; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 124D.15, subdivision 3a;
1.15124D.16, subdivisions 2, 3, 5.
1.16Reports the same back with the recommendation that the bill be amended as follows:
1.17Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:

1.18"ARTICLE 1
1.19GENERAL EDUCATION

1.20    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.041, subdivision 1, is amended to
1.21read:
1.22    Subdivision 1. Agreements. (a) The commissioner may enter into an agreement
1.23with the designated authority from an adjoining state to establish an enrollment options
1.24program between Minnesota and the adjoining state. Any agreement entered into pursuant
1.25to this section must specify the following:
1.26    (1) for students who are not residents of Minnesota, the enrollment options program
1.27applies only to a student whose resident school district borders Minnesota;
1.28    (2) the commissioner must negotiate equal, reciprocal rates with the designated
1.29authority from the adjoining state;
1.30    (3) if the adjoining state sends more students to Minnesota than Minnesota sends to
1.31the adjoining state, the adjoining state must pay the state of Minnesota the rate agreed
1.32upon under clause (2) for the excess number of students sent to Minnesota;
1.33    (4) if Minnesota sends more students to the adjoining state than the adjoining state
1.34sends to Minnesota, the state of Minnesota will pay the adjoining state the rate agreed
1.35upon under clause (2) for the excess number of students sent to the adjoining state;
1.36    (5) the application procedures for the enrollment options program between
1.37Minnesota and the adjoining state;
1.38    (6) the reasons for which an application for the enrollment options program between
1.39Minnesota and the adjoining state may be denied; and
2.1    (7) that a Minnesota school district is not responsible for transportation for any
2.2resident student attending school in an adjoining state under the provisions of this section.
2.3A Minnesota school district may, at its discretion, provide transportation services for
2.4such a student.
2.5    (b) Any agreement entered into pursuant to this section may specify additional
2.6terms relating to any student in need of special education and related services pursuant
2.7to chapter 125A, including early childhood special education services. Any additional
2.8terms must apply equally to both states.
2.9EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

2.10    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.041, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
2.11    Subd. 2. Pupil accounting. (a) Any student from an adjoining state enrolled in
2.12Minnesota pursuant to this section is included in the receiving school district's average
2.13daily membership and pupil units according to section 126C.05 as if the student were
2.14a resident of another Minnesota school district attending the receiving school district
2.15under section 124D.03.
2.16    (b) Any Minnesota resident student enrolled in an adjoining state pursuant to this
2.17section is included in the resident school district's average daily membership and pupil
2.18units according to section 126C.05 as if the student were a resident of the district attending
2.19another Minnesota school district under section 124D.03.
2.20(c) A prekindergarten child from an adjoining state whose family resides at a
2.21Minnesota address as assigned by the United States Postal Service and is receiving early
2.22childhood special education services from a Minnesota school district is considered
2.23enrolled in a Minnesota school district.
2.24EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

2.25    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.4531, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
2.26    Subdivision 1. Career and technical revenue. (a) A district with a career and
2.27technical program approved under this section for the fiscal year in which the levy is
2.28certified is eligible for career and technical revenue equal to 35 37.5 percent of approved
2.29expenditures in the fiscal year in which the levy is certified for the following:
2.30(1) salaries paid to essential, licensed personnel providing direct instructional
2.31services to students in that fiscal year, including extended contracts, for services rendered
2.32in the district's approved career and technical education programs, excluding salaries
2.33reimbursed by another school district under clause (2);
3.1(2) amounts paid to another Minnesota school district for salaries of essential,
3.2licensed personnel providing direct instructional services to students in that fiscal year for
3.3services rendered in the district's approved career and technical education programs;
3.4(3) contracted services provided by a public or private agency other than a Minnesota
3.5school district or cooperative center under chapter 123A or 136D;
3.6(4) necessary travel between instructional sites by licensed career and technical
3.7education personnel;
3.8(5) necessary travel by licensed career and technical education personnel for
3.9vocational student organization activities held within the state for instructional purposes;
3.10(6) curriculum development activities that are part of a five-year plan for
3.11improvement based on program assessment;
3.12(7) necessary travel by licensed career and technical education personnel for
3.13noncollegiate credit-bearing professional development; and
3.14(8) specialized vocational instructional supplies.
3.15(b) The district must recognize the full amount of this levy as revenue for the fiscal
3.16year in which it is certified.
3.17(c) The amount of the revenue calculated under this subdivision may not exceed
3.18$17,850,000 for taxes payable in 2012, $15,520,000 for taxes payable in 2013, and
3.19$20,657,000 for taxes payable in 2014.
3.20(d) If the estimated revenue exceeds the amount in paragraph (c), the commissioner
3.21must reduce the percentage in paragraph (a) until the estimated revenue no longer exceeds
3.22the limit in paragraph (c).
3.23EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
3.24later.

3.25    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 126C.10, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
3.26    Subdivision 1. General education revenue. (a) For fiscal years 2013 and 2014, the
3.27general education revenue for each district equals the sum of the district's basic revenue,
3.28extended time revenue, gifted and talented revenue, small schools revenue, basic skills
3.29revenue, secondary sparsity revenue, elementary sparsity revenue, transportation sparsity
3.30revenue, total operating capital revenue, equity revenue, alternative teacher compensation
3.31revenue, and transition revenue.
3.32(b) For fiscal year 2015 and later, the general education revenue for each district
3.33equals the sum of the district's basic revenue, extended time support revenue, gifted and
3.34talented revenue, declining enrollment revenue, local optional revenue, small schools
3.35revenue, basic skills revenue, secondary sparsity revenue, elementary sparsity revenue,
4.1transportation sparsity revenue, total operating capital revenue, equity revenue, pension
4.2adjustment revenue, and transition revenue.

4.3    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 126C.10, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
4.4    Subd. 2. Basic revenue. For fiscal year 2014, the basic revenue for each district
4.5equals the formula allowance times the adjusted marginal cost pupil units for the school
4.6year. For fiscal year 2015 and later, the basic revenue for each district equals the formula
4.7allowance times the adjusted pupil units for the school year. The formula allowance for
4.8fiscal year 2013 is $5,224. The formula allowance for fiscal year 2014 is $5,302. The
4.9formula allowance for fiscal year 2015 and later is $5,831. The formula allowance for
4.10fiscal year 2016 is $5,889. The formula allowance for fiscal year 2017 and later is $5,948.

4.11    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 126C.10, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:
4.12    Subd. 2a. Extended time support revenue. (a) A school district's extended time
4.13revenue for fiscal year 2014 is equal to the product of $4,601 and the sum of the adjusted
4.14marginal cost pupil units of the district for each pupil in average daily membership in excess
4.15of 1.0 and less than 1.2 according to section 126C.05, subdivision 8. A school district's
4.16extended time support revenue for fiscal year 2015 and later is equal to the product of
4.17$5,017 and the sum of the adjusted pupil units of the district for each pupil in average daily
4.18membership in excess of 1.0 and less than 1.2 according to section 126C.05, subdivision 8.
4.19(b) A school district's extended time support revenue may be used for extended day
4.20programs, extended week programs, summer school, and other programming authorized
4.21under the learning year program. Extended support revenue may also be used by alternative
4.22learning centers serving high school students for academic purposes during the school day.

4.23    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 126C.10, subdivision 13a, is amended to read:
4.24    Subd. 13a. Operating capital levy. To obtain operating capital revenue for fiscal
4.25year 2015 and later, a district may levy an amount not more than the product of its
4.26operating capital revenue for the fiscal year times the lesser of one or the ratio of its
4.27adjusted net tax capacity per adjusted marginal cost pupil unit to the operating capital
4.28equalizing factor. The operating capital equalizing factor equals $14,500 for fiscal years
4.292015 to 2017, $19,810 for fiscal year 2018, and $30,555 for fiscal year 2019 and later.
4.30EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2016 and
4.31later.

4.32    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 126C.10, subdivision 17, is amended to read:
5.1    Subd. 17. Transportation sparsity definitions. The definitions in this subdivision
5.2apply to subdivisions 18 and 19.
5.3(a) "Sparsity index" for a district means the greater of .2 or the ratio of the square
5.4mile area of the district to the resident pupil units of the district.
5.5(b) "Density index" for a district means the ratio of the square mile area of the
5.6district to the resident pupil units of the district. However, the density index for a district
5.7cannot be greater than .2 or less than .005.
5.8(c) "Area index" for a district means the greater of (1) one, or (2) the ratio of the
5.9square mile area of the district to 525.
5.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2016 and
5.11later.

5.12    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 126C.10, subdivision 18, is amended to read:
5.13    Subd. 18. Transportation sparsity revenue allowance. (a) A district's
5.14transportation sparsity allowance equals the greater of zero or the result of the following
5.15computation:
5.16(i) Multiply the formula allowance according to subdivision 2, by .141.
5.17(ii) Multiply the result in clause (i) by the district's sparsity index raised to the
5.1826/100 power.
5.19(iii) Multiply the result in clause (ii) by the district's density index raised to the
5.2013/100 power.
5.21(iv) Multiply the result in clause (iii) by the district's area index raised to the 07/100
5.22power.
5.23(v) Multiply the formula allowance according to subdivision 2, by .0466.
5.24(v) (vi) Subtract the result in clause (iv) (v) from the result in clause (iii) (iv).
5.25(b) Transportation sparsity revenue is equal to the transportation sparsity allowance
5.26times the adjusted pupil units.
5.27EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2016 and
5.28later.

5.29    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 126C.15, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
5.30    Subd. 2. Building allocation. (a) A district or cooperative must allocate its
5.31compensatory revenue to each school building in the district or cooperative where
5.32the children who have generated the revenue are served unless the school district or
5.33cooperative has received permission under Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 5,
6.1article 1, section 50, to allocate compensatory revenue according to student performance
6.2measures developed by the school board.
6.3    (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a district or cooperative may allocate up to five
6.450 percent of the amount of compensatory revenue that the district receives to school
6.5sites according to a plan adopted by the school board, and a district or cooperative may
6.6allocate up to an additional five percent of its compensatory revenue for activities under
6.7subdivision 1, clause (10), according to a plan adopted by the school board. The money
6.8reallocated under this paragraph must be spent for the purposes listed in subdivision 1, but
6.9may be spent on students in any grade, including students attending school readiness or
6.10other prekindergarten programs.
6.11    (c) For the purposes of this section and section 126C.05, subdivision 3, "building"
6.12means education site as defined in section 123B.04, subdivision 1.
6.13    (d) Notwithstanding section 123A.26, subdivision 1, compensatory revenue
6.14generated by students served at a cooperative unit shall be paid to the cooperative unit.
6.15    (e) A district or cooperative with school building openings, school building
6.16closings, changes in attendance area boundaries, or other changes in programs or student
6.17demographics between the prior year and the current year may reallocate compensatory
6.18revenue among sites to reflect these changes. A district or cooperative must report to the
6.19department any adjustments it makes according to this paragraph and the department must
6.20use the adjusted compensatory revenue allocations in preparing the report required under
6.21section 123B.76, subdivision 3, paragraph (c).
6.22EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

6.23    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 129C.30, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
6.24    Subd. 3. General education funding. General education revenue must be paid to
6.25the Crosswinds school as though it were a district. The general education revenue for each
6.26adjusted pupil unit is the state average general education revenue per pupil unit, plus
6.27the referendum equalization aid allowance in the pupil's district of residence, minus an
6.28amount equal to the product of the formula allowance according to section 126C.10,
6.29subdivision 2, times .0466, calculated without declining enrollment, basic skills revenue,
6.30extended time support revenue, pension adjustment revenue, transition revenue, and
6.31transportation sparsity revenue, plus declining enrollment, basic skills revenue, extended
6.32time support revenue, pension adjustment revenue, and transition revenue as though the
6.33school were a school district. The general education revenue for each extended time
6.34pupil unit equals $4,794.

7.1    Sec. 12. [136D.41] LISTED DISTRICTS MAY FORM INTERMEDIATE
7.2DISTRICT.
7.3Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, two or more of the Independent School
7.4Districts Nos. 108, 110, 111, and 112 of Carver County, Independent School Districts Nos.
7.5716, 717, 719, 720, and 721 of Scott County, and Independent School District No. 2905 of
7.6Le Sueur County, whether or not contiguous, may enter into agreements to accomplish
7.7jointly and cooperatively the acquisition, betterment, construction, maintenance, and
7.8operation of facilities for, and instruction in, special education, career and technical
7.9education, adult basic education, and alternative education. Each school district that
7.10becomes a party to such an agreement is a "participating school district" for purposes
7.11of sections 136D.41 to 136D.49. The agreement may provide for the exercise of these
7.12powers by a joint school board created as set forth in sections 136D.41 to 136D.49.

7.13    Sec. 13. [136D.42] JOINT SCHOOL BOARD; MEMBERS; BYLAWS.
7.14    Subdivision 1. Board. The agreement shall provide for a joint school board
7.15representing the parties to the agreement. The agreement shall specify the name of the
7.16board, the number and manner of election or appointment of its members, their terms and
7.17qualifications, and other necessary and desirable provisions.
7.18    Subd. 2. Bylaws. The board may adopt bylaws specifying the duties and powers of
7.19its officers and the meeting dates of the board, and containing such other provisions as
7.20may be usual and necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the board.

7.21    Sec. 14. [136D.43] STATUS OF JOINT SCHOOL BOARD.
7.22    Subdivision 1. Public agency. The joint school board shall be a public agency of the
7.23participating school districts and may receive and disburse federal and state funds made
7.24available to it or to the participating school districts.
7.25    Subd. 2. Liability. No participating school district shall have individual liability
7.26for the debts and obligations of the board, nor shall any individual serving as a member
7.27of the board have such liability.
7.28    Subd. 3. Tax exempt. Any properties, real or personal, acquired, owned, leased,
7.29controlled, used, or occupied by the board for its purposes shall be exempt from taxation
7.30by the state or any of its political subdivisions.

7.31    Sec. 15. [136D.44] JOINT BOARD HAS ALL POWERS OF MEMBER
7.32DISTRICTS.
8.1To effectuate the agreement, the joint school board shall have all the powers granted
8.2by law to any or all of the participating school districts.

8.3    Sec. 16. [136D.45] AGREEMENT APPROVAL; NOTICE; PETITION;
8.4REFERENDUM.
8.5    Subdivision 1. Resolution. The agreement shall, before it becomes effective, be
8.6approved by a resolution adopted by the school board of each school district named therein.
8.7    Subd. 2. When effective. Each resolution shall be published once in a newspaper
8.8published in the district, if there is one, or in a newspaper having general circulation in the
8.9district, and shall become effective 30 days after publication, unless within the 30-day
8.10period a petition for referendum on the resolution is filed with the school board, signed by
8.11qualified voters of the school district equal in number to five percent of the number of
8.12voters voting at the last annual school district election. In such case, the resolution shall
8.13not become effective until approved by a majority of the voters voting thereon at a regular
8.14or special election. The agreement may provide conditions under which it shall become
8.15effective even though it may not be approved in all districts.

8.16    Sec. 17. [136D.46] DISTRICT CONTRIBUTIONS, DISBURSEMENTS,
8.17CONTRACTS.
8.18The participating school districts may contribute funds to the board. Disbursements
8.19shall be made by the board in accordance with sections 123B.14, 123B.143, and 123B.147.
8.20The board shall be subject to section 123B.52, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, and 5.

8.21    Sec. 18. [136D.47] TERM OF AGREEMENT.
8.22The agreement shall state the term of its duration and may provide for the method of
8.23termination and distribution of assets after payment of all liabilities of the joint school
8.24board.

8.25    Sec. 19. [136D.48] NON-POSTSECONDARY PROGRAMS; LICENSED
8.26DIRECTION.
8.27The board may also provide any other educational programs or other services
8.28requested by a participating district. However, these programs and services may not be
8.29postsecondary programs or services. Academic offerings shall be provided only under the
8.30direction of properly licensed academic supervisory personnel.

8.31    Sec. 20. [136D.49] OTHER MEMBERSHIP AND POWERS.
9.1In addition to the districts listed in sections 136D.21, 136D.41, 136D.71, and
9.2136D.81, the agreement of an intermediate school district established under this chapter
9.3may provide for the membership of other school districts and cities, counties, and other
9.4governmental units as defined in section 471.59. In addition to the powers listed in
9.5sections 136D.25, 136D.73, and 136D.84, an intermediate school board may provide the
9.6services defined in section 123A.21, subdivisions 7 and 8.

9.7    Sec. 21. COMPENSATORY REVENUE; INTERMEDIATE DISTRICT.
9.8For the 2015-2016 school year only, for an intermediate district formed under
9.9Minnesota Statutes, section 136D.41, the department must calculate compensatory
9.10revenue based on the October 1, 2014, enrollment counts for the South Metro Educational
9.11Cooperative.

9.12    Sec. 22. RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT EXEMPTION; HENDRICKS.
9.13Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, sections 124D.04, subdivision 6, paragraph
9.14(b); 124D.041, subdivision 3, paragraph (b); and 124D.05, subdivision 2a, the provisions
9.15of Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.041 and the agreement shall not apply to Independent
9.16School District No. 402, Hendricks.
9.17EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for the 2015-2016 school year and
9.18later.

9.19    Sec. 23. SCHOOL DISTRICT LEVY ADJUSTMENTS.
9.20    Subdivision 1. Tax rate adjustment. The commissioner of education must adjust
9.21each school district tax rate established under Minnesota Statutes, chapters 120B to 127A,
9.22by multiplying the rate by the ratio of the statewide total tax capacity for assessment year
9.232014, as it existed prior to the passage of Regular Session 2015, House File No. 848, or
9.24a similarly styled bill passed in a special session to the statewide total tax capacity for
9.25assessment year 2014.
9.26    Subd. 2. Equalizing factors. The commissioner of education must adjust each
9.27school district equalizing factor established under Minnesota Statutes, chapters 120B to
9.28127A, by dividing the equalizing factor by the ratio of the statewide total tax capacity for
9.29assessment year 2014, as it existed prior to the passage of Regular Session 2015, House
9.30File No. 848, or a similarly styled bill passed in a special session, to the statewide total tax
9.31capacity for assessment year 2014.

10.1    Sec. 24. INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 761, OWATONNA PUBLIC
10.2SCHOOLS; REFERENDUM REVENUE AUTHORIZATION.
10.3The referendum revenue authorization for Independent School District No. 761,
10.4Owatonna public schools, shall be set at $1,082.70 per adjusted pupil unit for taxes
10.5payable in 2014 and adjusted thereafter for the annual inflationary increases calculated
10.6under Minnesota Statutes, section 126C.17, subdivision 2, paragraph (b), to reflect the
10.7intention of the school board and the understanding of the voters relating to the new
10.8authorization approved by the voters of that school district on November 5, 2013. This
10.9referendum will be applicable for seven years beginning with taxes payable in 2014 unless
10.10otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.
10.11EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

10.12    Sec. 25. APPROPRIATIONS.
10.13    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
10.14appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
10.15designated.
10.16    Subd. 2. General education aid. For general education aid under Minnesota
10.17Statutes, section 126C.13, subdivision 4:
10.18
$
6,567,318,000
.....
2016
10.19
$
6,636,002,000
.....
2017
10.20The 2016 appropriation includes $622,908,000 for 2015 and $5,944,418,000 for
10.212016.
10.22The 2017 appropriation includes $632,482,000 for 2016 and $6,003,528,000 for
10.232017.
10.24    Subd. 3. Nonpublic pupil transportation. For nonpublic pupil transportation aid
10.25under Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.92, subdivision 9:
10.26
$
17,488,000
.....
2016
10.27
$
17,464,000
.....
2017
10.28The 2016 appropriation includes $1,816,000 for 2015 and $15,672,000 for 2016.
10.29The 2017 appropriation includes $1,740,000 for 2016 and $15,724,000 for 2017.
10.30    Subd. 4. Nonpublic pupil education aid. For nonpublic pupil education aid under
10.31Minnesota Statutes, sections 123B.40 to 123B.43 and 123B.87:
10.32
$
16,819,000
.....
2016
10.33
$
17,338,000
.....
2017
11.1The 2016 appropriation includes $1,575,000 for 2015 and $15,244,000 for 2016.
11.2The 2017 appropriation includes $1,692,000 for 2016 and $15,646,000 for 2017.
11.3    Subd. 5. Career and technical aid. For career and technical aid under Minnesota
11.4Statutes, section 124D.4531, subdivision 1b:
11.5
$
5,420,000
.....
2016
11.6
$
4,669,000
.....
2017
11.7The 2016 appropriation includes $574,000 for 2015 and $4,846,000 for 2016.
11.8The 2017 appropriation includes $538,000 for 2016 and $4,131,000 for 2017.
11.9    Subd. 6. Abatement revenue. For abatement aid under Minnesota Statutes, section
11.10127A.49:
11.11
$
2,740,000
.....
2016
11.12
$
2,932,000
.....
2017
11.13The 2016 appropriation includes $278,000 for 2015 and $2,462,000 for 2016.
11.14The 2017 appropriation includes $273,000 for 2016 and $2,659,000 for 2017.
11.15    Subd. 7. Consolidation transition. For districts consolidating under Minnesota
11.16Statutes, section 123A.485:
11.17
$
292,000
.....
2016
11.18
$
165,000
.....
2017
11.19The 2016 appropriation includes $22,000 for 2015 and $270,000 for 2016.
11.20The 2017 appropriation includes $30,000 for 2016 and $135,000 for 2017.
11.21    Subd. 8. One-room schoolhouse. For a grant to Independent School District No.
11.22690, Warroad, to operate the Angle Inlet School:
11.23
$
65,000
.....
2016
11.24
$
65,000
.....
2017
11.25    Subd. 9. Enrollment options transportation. For transportation of pupils attending
11.26postsecondary institutions under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, or for transportation
11.27of pupils attending nonresident districts under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.03:
11.28
$
39,000
.....
2016
11.29
$
42,000
.....
2017

11.30ARTICLE 2
11.31EDUCATION EXCELLENCE

11.32    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 120B.13, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
12.1    Subd. 4. Rigorous course taking information; AP, IB, and PSEO. The
12.2commissioner shall submit the following information on rigorous course taking,
12.3disaggregated by student subgroup, school district, and postsecondary institution, to the
12.4education committees of the legislature each year by February 1:
12.5(1) the number of pupils enrolled in postsecondary enrollment options under section
12.6124D.09 , including concurrent enrollment, career and technical education courses offered
12.7as a concurrent enrollment course, advanced placement, and international baccalaureate
12.8courses in each school district;
12.9(2) the number of teachers in each district attending training programs offered by the
12.10college board, International Baccalaureate North America, Inc., or Minnesota concurrent
12.11enrollment programs;
12.12(3) the number of teachers in each district participating in support programs;
12.13(4) recent trends in the field of postsecondary enrollment options under section
12.14124D.09 , including concurrent enrollment, advanced placement, and international
12.15baccalaureate programs;
12.16(5) expenditures for each category in this section and under sections 124D.09 and
12.17124D.091 , including career and technical education courses offered as a concurrent
12.18enrollment course; and
12.19(6) other recommendations for the state program or the postsecondary enrollment
12.20options under section 124D.09, including concurrent enrollment.

12.21    Sec. 2. [121A.395] TITLE.
12.22Sections 121A.395 to 121A.3951 may be cited as the "Student Support Services
12.23Personnel Act."

12.24    Sec. 3. [121A.3951] STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PERSONNEL GRANT
12.25PROGRAM.
12.26    Subdivision 1. Definitions. For the purposes of sections 121A.395 to 121A.3951,
12.27the following terms have the meanings given them:
12.28(1) "student support services personnel" includes individuals licensed to serve as a
12.29school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, school nurse, or chemical
12.30dependency counselor in Minnesota; and
12.31(2) "new position" means a student support services personnel full-time or part-time
12.32position not under contract by a school at the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
12.33    Subd. 2. Purpose. The purpose of the student support services personnel grant
12.34program is to:
13.1(1) address shortages of student support services personnel within Minnesota schools;
13.2(2) decrease caseloads for existing student support services personnel to ensure
13.3effective services;
13.4(3) ensure that students receive effective academic guidance and integrated and
13.5comprehensive services to improve kindergarten through grade 12 school outcomes and
13.6career and college readiness;
13.7(4) ensure that student support services personnel serve within the scope and practice
13.8of their training and licensure;
13.9(5) fully integrate learning supports, instruction, and school management within a
13.10comprehensive approach that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration; and
13.11(6) improve school safety and school climate to support academic success and
13.12career and college readiness.
13.13    Subd. 3. Grant eligibility and application. (a) A school district, charter school,
13.14intermediate school district, or other cooperative unit is eligible to apply for a six-year
13.15grant under this section.
13.16(b) The commissioner of education shall specify the form and manner of the grant
13.17application. In awarding grants, the commissioner must give priority to schools in which
13.18student support services personnel positions do not currently exist. Additional criteria
13.19must include at least the following:
13.20(1) existing student support services personnel caseloads;
13.21(2) school demographics;
13.22(3) Title 1 revenue;
13.23(4) Minnesota student survey data;
13.24(5) graduation rates; and
13.25(6) postsecondary completion rates.
13.26    Subd. 4. Allowed uses; match requirements. A grant under this section must be
13.27used to hire a new position. A school that receives a grant must match the grant with local
13.28funds in each year of the grant. In each of the first four years of the grant, the local match
13.29equals $1 for every $1 awarded in the same year. In years five and six of the grant, the
13.30local match equals $3 for every $1 awarded in the same year. The local match may not
13.31include federal reimbursements attributable to the new position.
13.32    Subd. 5. Report required. By February 1 following any fiscal year in which a grant
13.33was received, a school must submit a written report to the commissioner indicating how
13.34the new positions affected two or more of the following measures:
13.35(1) school climate;
13.36(2) attendance rates;
14.1(3) academic achievement;
14.2(4) career and college readiness; and
14.3(5) postsecondary completion rates.

14.4    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.09, is amended by adding a subdivision
14.5to read:
14.6    Subd. 4a. Teacher preparation program data; report. Each teacher preparation
14.7program must collect valid, reliable, and timely data about outcomes for its teacher
14.8candidates. On an annual basis, each teacher preparation program must publish summary
14.9data on programs' efficacy in an understandable, useful, and readily accessible electronic
14.10format that is available on a Web site hosted by the teacher preparation program. The
14.11summary report at least must include: four-year graduation rates, licensure attainment,
14.12employment rates, and satisfaction rates from teacher candidates collected via a survey.
14.13Additionally, some of the outcomes may be disaggregated by race, including:
14.14(1) graduation rates;
14.15(2) licensure rates;
14.16(3) employment rates; and
14.17(4) teacher candidate satisfaction.
14.18Teacher preparation programs must follow the standard practice determined by
14.19the National Center for Education Statistics by exempting sample cells smaller than ten
14.20people in order to maintain privacy of individual teachers.
14.21EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment
14.22and applies to reports published beginning June 1, 2016.

14.23    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.413, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
14.24    Subdivision 1. Qualifying plan. A district or, intermediate school district, or a
14.25cooperative unit, as defined in section 123A.24, subdivision 2, may develop an educational
14.26improvement plan for the purpose of qualifying for the alternative teacher professional pay
14.27system under section 122A.414. The plan must include measures for improving school
14.28district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school site, teacher, and individual
14.29student performance.
14.30EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
14.31later.

14.32    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.413, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
15.1    Subd. 2. Plan components. The educational improvement plan must be approved
15.2by the school board or governing board and have at least these elements:
15.3(1) assessment and evaluation tools to measure student performance and progress,
15.4including the academic literacy, oral academic language, and achievement of English
15.5learners, among other measures;
15.6(2) performance goals and benchmarks for improvement;
15.7(3) measures of student attendance and completion rates;
15.8(4) a rigorous research and practice-based professional development system, based
15.9on national and state standards of effective teaching practice applicable to all students
15.10including English learners with varied needs under section 124D.59, subdivisions 2 and
15.112a, and consistent with section 122A.60, that is aligned with educational improvement and
15.12designed to achieve ongoing and schoolwide progress and growth in teaching practice;
15.13(5) measures of student, family, and community involvement and satisfaction;
15.14(6) a data system about students and their academic progress that provides parents
15.15and the public with understandable information;
15.16(7) a teacher induction and mentoring program for probationary teachers that
15.17provides continuous learning and sustained teacher support; and
15.18(8) substantial participation by the exclusive representative of the teachers in
15.19developing the plan.
15.20EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
15.21later.

15.22    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.414, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
15.23    Subdivision 1. Restructured pay system. A restructured alternative teacher
15.24professional pay system is established under subdivision 2 to provide incentives to
15.25encourage teachers to improve their knowledge and instructional skills in order to improve
15.26student learning and for school districts, intermediate school districts, cooperative units,
15.27as defined in section 123A.24, subdivision 2, and charter schools to recruit and retain
15.28highly qualified teachers, encourage highly qualified teachers to undertake challenging
15.29assignments, and support teachers' roles in improving students' educational achievement.
15.30EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
15.31later.

15.32    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.414, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:
16.1    Subd. 1a. Transitional planning year. (a) To be eligible to participate in an
16.2alternative teacher professional pay system, a school district, intermediate school district,
16.3or site, at least one school year before it expects to fully implement an alternative pay
16.4system, must:
16.5(1) submit to the department a letter of intent executed by the school district or,
16.6intermediate school district and the exclusive representative of the teachers to complete a
16.7plan preparing for full implementation, consistent with subdivision 2, that may include,
16.8among other activities, training to evaluate teacher performance, a restructured school
16.9day to develop integrated ongoing site-based professional development activities, release
16.10time to develop an alternative pay system agreement, and teacher and staff training on
16.11using multiple data sources; and
16.12(2) agree to use up to two percent of basic revenue for staff development purposes,
16.13consistent with sections 122A.60 and 122A.61, to develop the alternative teacher
16.14professional pay system agreement under this section.
16.15(b) To be eligible to participate in an alternative teacher professional pay system, a
16.16charter school, at least one school year before it expects to fully implement an alternative
16.17pay system, must:
16.18(1) submit to the department a letter of intent executed by the charter school and the
16.19charter school board of directors;
16.20(2) submit the record of a formal vote by the teachers employed at the charter
16.21school indicating at least 70 percent of all teachers agree to implement the alternative
16.22pay system; and
16.23(3) agree to use up to two percent of basic revenue for staff development purposes,
16.24consistent with sections 122A.60 and 122A.61, to develop the alternative teacher
16.25professional pay system.
16.26(c) To be eligible to participate in an alternative teacher professional pay system,
16.27a cooperative, excluding intermediate school districts at least one school year before it
16.28expects to fully implement an alternative pay system, must:
16.29(1) submit to the department a letter of intent executed by the governing board
16.30of the cooperative; and
16.31(2) submit the record of a formal vote by the teachers employed by the cooperative
16.32indicating at least 70 percent of all teachers agree to implement the alternative pay system.
16.33(c) (d) The commissioner may waive the planning year if the commissioner
16.34determines, based on the criteria under subdivision 2, that the school district, intermediate
16.35school district, cooperative, site or charter school is ready to fully implement an alternative
16.36pay system.
17.1EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
17.2later.

17.3    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.414, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
17.4    Subd. 2. Alternative teacher professional pay system. (a) To participate in
17.5this program, a school district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school site, or
17.6charter school must have an educational improvement plan under section 122A.413 and
17.7an alternative teacher professional pay system agreement under paragraph (b). A charter
17.8school participant also must comply with subdivision 2a.
17.9    (b) The alternative teacher professional pay system agreement must:
17.10    (1) describe how teachers can achieve career advancement and additional
17.11compensation;
17.12    (2) describe how the school district, intermediate school district, cooperative,
17.13school site, or charter school will provide teachers with career advancement options that
17.14allow teachers to retain primary roles in student instruction and facilitate site-focused
17.15professional development that helps other teachers improve their skills;
17.16    (3) reform the "steps and lanes" salary schedule, which may include a hiring
17.17bonus or other added compensation for teachers who work in a hard-to-fill position or
17.18hard-to-staff school setting, such as a school with a majority of students whose families
17.19meet federal poverty guidelines, a geographically isolated school, or a school identified by
17.20the state as eligible for targeted programs or services for its students. The salary schedule
17.21must prevent any teacher's compensation paid before implementing the pay system from
17.22being reduced as a result of participating in this system, base at least 60 percent of any
17.23compensation increase on teacher performance using:
17.24    (i) schoolwide student achievement gains under section 120B.35 or locally selected
17.25standardized assessment outcomes, or both;
17.26    (ii) measures of student growth and literacy that may include value-added models
17.27or student learning goals, consistent with section 122A.40, subdivision 8, clause (9), or
17.28122A.41, subdivision 5 , clause (9), and other measures that include the academic literacy,
17.29oral academic language, and achievement of English learners under section 122A.40,
17.30subdivision 8, clause (10), or 122A.41, subdivision 5, clause (10); and
17.31    (iii) an objective evaluation program under section 122A.40, subdivision 8,
17.32paragraph (b), clause (2), or 122A.41, subdivision 5, paragraph (b), clause (2);
17.33    (4) provide for participation in job-embedded learning opportunities such as
17.34professional learning communities to improve instructional skills and learning that are
17.35aligned with student needs under section 122A.413, consistent with the staff development
18.1plan under section 122A.60 and led during the school day by trained teacher leaders
18.2such as master or mentor teachers;
18.3    (5) allow any teacher in a participating school district, intermediate school district,
18.4cooperative, school site, or charter school that implements an alternative pay system to
18.5participate in that system without any quota or other limit; and
18.6    (6) encourage collaboration rather than competition among teachers.
18.7EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
18.8later.

18.9    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.414, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:
18.10    Subd. 2a. Charter school applications; cooperative applications. (a) For charter
18.11school applications, the board of directors of a charter school that satisfies the conditions
18.12under subdivisions 2 and 2b must submit to the commissioner an application that contains:
18.13(1) an agreement to implement an alternative teacher professional pay system
18.14under this section;
18.15(2) a resolution by the charter school board of directors adopting the agreement; and
18.16(3) the record of a formal vote by the teachers employed at the charter school
18.17indicating that at least 70 percent of all teachers agree to implement the alternative
18.18teacher professional pay system, unless the charter school submits an alternative teacher
18.19professional pay system agreement under this section before the first year of operation.
18.20Alternative compensation revenue for a qualifying charter school must be calculated
18.21under section 126C.10, subdivision 34, paragraphs (a) and (b).
18.22(b) For cooperative unit applications, excluding intermediate school districts, the
18.23governing board of a cooperative unit that satisfies the conditions under subdivisions 2
18.24and 2b must submit to the commissioner an application that contains:
18.25(1) an agreement to implement an alternative teacher professional pay system
18.26under this section;
18.27(2) a resolution by the governing board adopting the agreement; and
18.28(3) the record of a formal vote by the teachers employed at the cooperative unit
18.29indicating that at least 70 percent of all teachers agree to implement the alternative teacher
18.30professional pay system.
18.31EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
18.32later.

18.33    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.414, subdivision 2b, is amended to read:
19.1    Subd. 2b. Approval process. (a) Consistent with the requirements of this section and
19.2sections 122A.413 and 122A.415, the department must prepare and transmit to interested
19.3school districts, intermediate school districts, cooperatives, school sites, and charter
19.4schools a standard form for applying to participate in the alternative teacher professional
19.5pay system. The commissioner annually must establish three dates as deadlines by which
19.6interested applicants must submit an application to the commissioner under this section.
19.7An interested school district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school site, or
19.8charter school must submit to the commissioner a completed application executed by the
19.9district superintendent and the exclusive bargaining representative of the teachers if the
19.10applicant is a school district, intermediate school district, or school site, or executed by
19.11the charter school board of directors if the applicant is a charter school or executed by
19.12the governing board if the applicant is a cooperative unit. The application must include
19.13the proposed alternative teacher professional pay system agreement under subdivision
19.142. The department must review a completed application within 30 days of the most
19.15recent application deadline and recommend to the commissioner whether to approve or
19.16disapprove the application. The commissioner must approve applications on a first-come,
19.17first-served basis. The applicant's alternative teacher professional pay system agreement
19.18must be legally binding on the applicant and the collective bargaining representative before
19.19the applicant receives alternative compensation revenue. The commissioner must approve
19.20or disapprove an application based on the requirements under subdivisions 2 and 2a.
19.21(b) If the commissioner disapproves an application, the commissioner must give the
19.22applicant timely notice of the specific reasons in detail for disapproving the application.
19.23The applicant may revise and resubmit its application and related documents to the
19.24commissioner within 30 days of receiving notice of the commissioner's disapproval and
19.25the commissioner must approve or disapprove the revised application, consistent with this
19.26subdivision. Applications that are revised and then approved are considered submitted on
19.27the date the applicant initially submitted the application.
19.28EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
19.29later.

19.30    Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.414, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
19.31    Subd. 3. Report; continued funding. (a) Participating districts, intermediate school
19.32districts, cooperatives, school sites, and charter schools must report on the implementation
19.33and effectiveness of the alternative teacher professional pay system, particularly
19.34addressing each requirement under subdivision 2 and make annual recommendations by
19.35June 15 to their school boards. The school board or , board of directors, or governing board
20.1shall transmit a copy of the report with a summary of the findings and recommendations
20.2of the district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school site, or charter school to
20.3the commissioner.
20.4(b) If the commissioner determines that a school district, intermediate school district,
20.5cooperative, school site, or charter school that receives alternative teacher compensation
20.6revenue is not complying with the requirements of this section, the commissioner
20.7may withhold funding from that participant. Before making the determination, the
20.8commissioner must notify the participant of any deficiencies and provide the participant
20.9an opportunity to comply.
20.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
20.11later.

20.12    Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.415, is amended to read:
20.13122A.415 ALTERNATIVE COMPENSATION REVENUE.
20.14    Subdivision 1. Revenue amount. (a) A school district, intermediate school district,
20.15cooperative unit as defined in section 123A.24, subdivision 2, school site, or charter
20.16school that meets the conditions of section 122A.414 and submits an application approved
20.17by the commissioner is eligible for alternative teacher compensation revenue.
20.18(b) For school district and intermediate school district applications, the commissioner
20.19must consider only those applications to participate that are submitted jointly by a
20.20district and the exclusive representative of the teachers. The application must contain an
20.21alternative teacher professional pay system agreement that:
20.22(1) implements an alternative teacher professional pay system consistent with
20.23section 122A.414; and
20.24(2) is negotiated and adopted according to the Public Employment Labor Relations
20.25Act under chapter 179A, except that notwithstanding section 179A.20, subdivision 3, a
20.26district may enter into a contract for a term of two or four years.
20.27Alternative teacher compensation revenue for a qualifying school district or site in
20.28which the school board and the exclusive representative of the teachers agree to place
20.29teachers in the district or at the site on the alternative teacher professional pay system equals
20.30$260 times the number of pupils enrolled at the district or site on October 1 of the previous
20.31fiscal year. Alternative teacher compensation revenue for a qualifying intermediate school
20.32district or cooperative must be calculated under subdivision 4, paragraph (a) (b).
20.33(c) For a newly combined or consolidated district, the revenue shall be computed
20.34using the sum of pupils enrolled on October 1 of the previous year in the districts entering
21.1into the combination or consolidation. The commissioner may adjust the revenue computed
21.2for a site using prior year data to reflect changes attributable to school closings, school
21.3openings, or grade level reconfigurations between the prior year and the current year.
21.4(d) The revenue is available only to school districts, intermediate school districts,
21.5cooperatives, school sites, and charter schools that fully implement an alternative teacher
21.6professional pay system by October 1 of the current school year.
21.7    Subd. 3. Revenue timing. (a) Districts, intermediate school districts, cooperatives,
21.8school sites, or charter schools with approved applications must receive alternative
21.9compensation revenue for each school year that the district, intermediate school district,
21.10cooperative, school site, or charter school implements an alternative teacher professional
21.11pay system under this subdivision and section 122A.414. For fiscal year 2007 and later,
21.12A qualifying district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school site, or charter
21.13school that received alternative teacher compensation aid for the previous fiscal year
21.14must receive at least an amount of alternative teacher compensation revenue equal to the
21.15lesser of the amount it received for the previous fiscal year or the amount it qualifies
21.16for under subdivision 1 for the current fiscal year if the district, intermediate school
21.17district, cooperative, school site, or charter school submits a timely application and the
21.18commissioner determines that the district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school
21.19site, or charter school continues to implement an alternative teacher professional pay
21.20system, consistent with its application under this section.
21.21(b) The commissioner shall approve applications that comply with subdivision 1,
21.22and section 122A.414, subdivisions 2, paragraph (b), and 2a, if the applicant is a charter
21.23school or cooperative, in the order in which they are received, select applicants that
21.24qualify for this program, notify school districts, intermediate school districts, cooperatives,
21.25school sites, and charter schools about the program, develop and disseminate application
21.26materials, and carry out other activities needed to implement this section.
21.27(c) For fiscal year 2008 and later, the portion of the state total basic alternative
21.28teacher compensation aid entitlement allocated to charter schools must not exceed the
21.29product of $3,374,000 times the ratio of the state total charter school enrollment for the
21.30previous fiscal year to the state total charter school enrollment for fiscal year 2007.
21.31Additional basic alternative teacher compensation aid may be approved for charter schools
21.32after August 1, not to exceed the charter school limit for the following fiscal year, if
21.33the basic alternative teacher compensation aid entitlement for school districts based on
21.34applications approved by August 1 does not expend the remaining amount under the limit.
21.35    Subd. 4. Basic alternative teacher compensation aid. (a) For fiscal year 2015 and
21.36later, The basic alternative teacher compensation aid for a school with a plan approved
22.1under section 122A.414, subdivision 2b, equals 65 percent of the alternative teacher
22.2compensation revenue under subdivision 1. The basic alternative teacher compensation
22.3aid for an intermediate school district or a charter school with a plan approved under
22.4section 122A.414, subdivisions 2a and 2b, if the recipient is a charter school, equals $260
22.5times the number of pupils enrolled in the school on October 1 of the previous year, or
22.6on October 1 of the current year for a charter school in the first year of operation, times
22.7the ratio of the sum of the alternative teacher compensation aid and alternative teacher
22.8compensation levy for all participating school districts to the maximum alternative teacher
22.9compensation revenue for those districts under subdivision 1.
22.10(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) and subdivision 1, the state total basic alternative
22.11teacher compensation aid entitlement must not exceed $75,636,000 for fiscal year 2015
22.12and later. The commissioner must limit the amount of alternative teacher compensation
22.13aid approved under this section so as not to exceed these limits Basic alternative teacher
22.14compensation aid for an intermediate district or other cooperative unit equals $3,000 times
22.15the number of licensed teachers employed by the intermediate district or cooperative unit
22.16on October 1 of the previous school year.
22.17    Subd. 5. Alternative teacher compensation levy. For fiscal year 2015 and later,
22.18The alternative teacher compensation levy for a district receiving basic alternative teacher
22.19compensation aid equals the product of (1) the difference between the district's alternative
22.20teacher compensation revenue and the district's basic alternative teacher compensation
22.21aid, times (2) the lesser of one or the ratio of the district's adjusted net tax capacity per
22.22adjusted pupil unit to $6,100.
22.23    Subd. 6. Alternative teacher compensation equalization aid. (a) For fiscal year
22.242015 and later, A district's alternative teacher compensation equalization aid equals the
22.25district's alternative teacher compensation revenue minus the district's basic alternative
22.26teacher compensation aid minus the district's alternative teacher compensation levy. If a
22.27district does not levy the entire amount permitted, the alternative teacher compensation
22.28equalization aid must be reduced in proportion to the actual amount levied.
22.29(b) A district's alternative teacher compensation aid equals the sum of the
22.30district's basic alternative teacher compensation aid and the district's alternative teacher
22.31compensation equalization aid.
22.32EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
22.33later.

22.34    Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.74, is amended to read:
23.1122A.74 PRINCIPALS' LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE DEVELOPMENT.
23.2    Subdivision 1. Establishment. (a) The commissioner of education may contract
23.3with the Minnesota State University Mankato or and the regents of the University of
23.4Minnesota to establish a Principals' Leadership Institute to provide licensed principals
23.5and other school leaders in Minnesota with a research-based and professionally evaluated
23.6professional development to school principals program focused on instructional and
23.7organizational leadership by:
23.8(1) creating a network of educational leaders in the educational and business
23.9communities to communicate current and future trends in leadership techniques to help
23.10all Minnesota students learn; and
23.11(2) helping to create a vision for the school that is aligned with the community
23.12and district priorities;
23.13(3) developing strategies to retain highly qualified teachers and ensure that diverse
23.14student populations, including at-risk students, children with disabilities, English learners,
23.15and gifted students, among others, have equal access to these highly qualified teachers; and
23.16(4) providing training to analyze data using culturally competent tools.
23.17(b) The Minnesota Principals' Academy at the University of Minnesota must and
23.18the Institute for Courageous Leadership at Minnesota State University Mankato may
23.19cooperate with participating members of the business community and educational leaders
23.20to provide funding and content for the institute programs.
23.21(c) Participants must agree to attend all sessions of the Principals' Leadership
23.22Institute for four weeks during the academic summer Minnesota Principals' Academy or
23.23the Institute for Courageous Leadership.
23.24(d) (c) The Principals' Leadership Institute Minnesota Principals' Academy must
23.25incorporate program elements offered by leadership programs at the University of
23.26Minnesota and, program elements used by the participating members of the business
23.27community to enhance leadership within their businesses, and current research-based
23.28practices in educational leadership.
23.29    Subd. 2. Method of Selection methods and requirements admission processes.
23.30(a) The board of each school district and charter school in the state may select a licensed
23.31principal or school leader, upon the recommendation of the district's superintendent and or
23.32charter school's board of directors, based on the principal's or school leader's leadership
23.33potential, to attend the institute apply to a program under subdivision (1), paragraph (b).
23.34(b) The school board and the charter school board of directors annually shall
23.35forward its list their lists of recommended participants to the commissioner by February
23.361. In addition
24.1(b) As an alternative to paragraph (a), a principal or school leader may submit an
24.2application by February 1 directly to the commissioner by February 1 administrator of a
24.3program under subdivision (1), paragraph (b).
24.4(c) A committee comprised of the commissioner of education or the commissioner's
24.5designee, the executive directors of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators,
24.6the Minnesota Elementary Principals Association, the Minnesota Association of
24.7Secondary School Principals, the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools, and Charter
24.8School Partners shall recommend applicants to the program administrators under
24.9subdivision 1, paragraph (b). The recommended applicants shall be regionally diverse
24.10and include charter school leaders. The program administrators shall annually select and
24.11notify the applicants under paragraphs (a) and (b) and their recommending organizations
24.12or employers of the applicants admitted to the program. The commissioner shall notify the
24.13school board, the principal candidates, and the University of Minnesota of the principals
24.14selected to participate in the Principals' Leadership Institute each year.
24.15    Subd. 3. Program delivery. A Minnesota Principals' Academy shall be offered
24.16annually in the seven-county metropolitan area and in greater Minnesota. The Minnesota
24.17Principals' Academy in greater Minnesota shall be at one of the designated Centers of
24.18Excellence in cooperation with the department.

24.19    Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.045, is amended by adding a
24.20subdivision to read:
24.21    Subd. 7. Teacher-powered schools; grants. (a) For the purposes of this
24.22subdivision, the following terms have the meanings given to them:
24.23(1) "launch school" means a school newly created under this section;
24.24(2) "conversion school" means a school that is becoming a teacher-powered school
24.25by a teacher vote under this section; and
24.26(3) "teacher-powered school" means a school site in which the teachers comprise the
24.27governance structure of the school, hold autonomies as specified in subdivision 2, and
24.28assume responsibility for the school's success.
24.29(b) The commissioner shall, upon documented approval by the school board and
24.30the exclusive representative of the teachers in that school of a launch or conversion
24.31teacher-powered school, award a grant according to this paragraph:
24.32(1) a planning grant, awarded for one year in advance of the opening of a launch or
24.33conversion school and not to exceed $150,000; and
24.34(2) a start-up grant, awarded for the initial two years of operation and not to exceed
24.35$100,000 per year for a conversion school or $225,000 per year for a launch school.
25.1(c) After 50 percent of the grant funds have been awarded, the commissioner shall
25.2give preference in awarding grants to applicant school districts located in congressional
25.3districts in which no grants have been made.
25.4(d) A school district receiving a grant award under this subdivision must submit an
25.5annual budget to the commissioner along with the documentation of the approval of the
25.6school by the school board and the exclusive representative of the teachers.
25.7(e) A school district receiving a grant award must, annually by September 1 of each
25.8year beginning September 1, 2016, submit a report to the commissioner to be shared with
25.9the legislative committees having jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade 12 finance
25.10and policy regarding the success of teacher-powered schools. Success measures include,
25.11but are not limited to, the state multiple measure, surveys of parental satisfaction, and
25.12other measures as might be relevant to the school's special mission.

25.13    Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.09, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
25.14    Subd. 5. Authorization; notification. Notwithstanding any other law to the
25.15contrary, an 11th or 12th grade pupil enrolled in a school or an American Indian-controlled
25.16tribal contract or grant school eligible for aid under section 124D.83, except a foreign
25.17exchange pupil enrolled in a district under a cultural exchange program, may apply to an
25.18eligible institution, as defined in subdivision 3, to enroll in nonsectarian courses offered by
25.19that postsecondary institution. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a 9th or 10th
25.20grade pupil enrolled in a district or an American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant
25.21school eligible for aid under section 124D.83, except a foreign exchange pupil enrolled in
25.22a district under a cultural exchange program, may apply to enroll in nonsectarian courses
25.23offered under subdivision 10, if after all 11th and 12th grade students have applied for a
25.24course, additional students are necessary to offer the course. A 9th or 10th grade pupil's
25.25eligibility to participate in the course is at the discretion of the school district and the
25.26eligible postsecondary institution providing the course offered under subdivision 10. If an
25.27institution accepts a secondary pupil for enrollment under this section, the institution shall
25.28send written notice to the pupil, the pupil's school or school district, and the commissioner
25.29within ten days of acceptance. The notice must indicate the course and hours of enrollment
25.30of that pupil. If the pupil enrolls in a course for postsecondary credit, the institution must
25.31notify the pupil about payment in the customary manner used by the institution.

25.32    Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.09, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
25.33    Subd. 8. Limit on participation. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 9 may not
25.34enroll in postsecondary courses under this section for secondary credit for more than
26.1the equivalent of four academic years. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 10 may not
26.2enroll in postsecondary courses under this section for secondary credit for more than
26.3the equivalent of three academic years. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 11 may not
26.4enroll in postsecondary courses under this section for secondary credit for more than the
26.5equivalent of two academic years. A pupil who first enrolls in grade 12 may not enroll in
26.6postsecondary courses under this section for secondary credit for more than the equivalent
26.7of one academic year. If a pupil in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 first enrolls in a postsecondary
26.8course for secondary credit during the school year, the time of participation shall be
26.9reduced proportionately. If a pupil is in a learning year or other year-round program and
26.10begins each grade in the summer session, summer sessions shall not be counted against
26.11the time of participation. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate,
26.12the limit on participation does not apply to that pupil. A pupil who has graduated from
26.13high school cannot participate in a program under this section. A pupil who has completed
26.14course requirements for graduation but who has not received a diploma may participate in
26.15the program under this section.

26.16    Sec. 18. [124D.231] FULL-SERVICE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.
26.17    Subdivision 1. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms
26.18have the meanings given them.
26.19(a) "Community organization" means a nonprofit organization that has been in
26.20existence for three years or more and serves persons within the community surrounding
26.21the covered school site on education and other issues.
26.22(b) "Community school consortium" means a group of schools and community
26.23organizations that propose to work together to plan and implement community school
26.24programming.
26.25(c) "Community school programming" means services, activities, and opportunities
26.26described under subdivision 2, paragraph (g).
26.27(d) "High-quality child care or early childhood education programming" means
26.28educational programming for preschool-aged children that is grounded in research,
26.29consistent with best practices in the field, and provided by licensed teachers.
26.30(e) "School site" means a school site at which an applicant has proposed or has been
26.31funded to provide community school programming.
26.32(f) "Site coordinator" is an individual who is responsible for aligning programming
26.33with the needs of the school community identified in the baseline analysis.
27.1    Subd. 2. Full-service community school program. (a) The commissioner shall
27.2provide funding to eligible school sites to plan, implement, and improve full-service
27.3community schools. Eligible school sites must meet one of the following criteria:
27.4(1) the school is on a development plan for continuous improvement under section
27.5120B.35, subdivision 2; or
27.6(2) the school is in a district that has an achievement and integration plan approved
27.7by the commissioner of education under sections 124D.861 and 124D.862.
27.8(b) An eligible school site may receive up to $100,000 annually. School sites
27.9receiving funding under this section shall hire or contract with a partner agency to hire a
27.10site coordinator to coordinate services at each covered school site.
27.11(c) Implementation funding of up to $20,000 must be available for up to one year for
27.12planning for school sites. At the end of this period, the school must submit a full-service
27.13community school plan, pursuant to paragraph (g).
27.14(d) The commissioner shall dispense the funds to schools with significant populations
27.15of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Schools with significant homeless and
27.16highly mobile students shall also be a priority. The commissioner must also dispense the
27.17funds in a manner to ensure equity among urban, suburban, and greater Minnesota schools.
27.18(e) A school site must establish a school leadership team responsible for developing
27.19school-specific programming goals, assessing program needs, and overseeing the process
27.20of implementing expanded programming at each covered site. The school leadership team
27.21shall have between 12 to 15 members and shall meet the following requirements:
27.22(1) at least 30 percent of the members are parents and 30 percent of the members
27.23are teachers at the school site and must include the school principal and representatives
27.24from partner agencies; and
27.25(2) the school leadership team must be responsible for overseeing the baseline
27.26analyses under paragraph (f). A school leadership team must have ongoing responsibility
27.27for monitoring the development and implementation of full service community school
27.28operations and programing at the school site and shall issue recommendations to schools
27.29on a regular basis and summarized in an annual report. These reports shall also be made
27.30available to the public at the school site and on school and district Web sites.
27.31(f) School sites must complete a baseline analysis prior to beginning programming
27.32as a full-service community school. The analysis shall include:
27.33(1) a baseline analysis of needs at the school site, led by the school leadership team,
27.34which shall include the following elements:
27.35(i) identification of challenges facing the school;
27.36(ii) analysis of the student body, including:
28.1(A) number and percentage of students with disabilities and needs of these students;
28.2(B) number and percentage of students who are English learners and the needs of
28.3these students;
28.4(C) number of students who are homeless or highly mobile; and
28.5(D) number and percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch and
28.6the needs of these students; and
28.7(iii) analysis of enrollment and retention rates for students with disabilities,
28.8English learners, homeless and highly mobile students, and students receiving free or
28.9reduced-price lunch;
28.10(iv) analysis of suspension and expulsion data, including the justification for such
28.11disciplinary actions and the degree to which particular populations, including, but not
28.12limited to, students of color, students with disabilities, students who are English learners,
28.13and students receiving free or reduced-price lunch are represented among students subject
28.14to such actions;
28.15(v) analysis of school achievement data disaggregated by major demographic
28.16categories, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, English learner status, disability
28.17status, and free or reduced-price lunch status;
28.18(vi) analysis of current parent engagement strategies and their success; and
28.19(vii) evaluation of the need for and availability of wraparound services, including,
28.20but not limited to:
28.21(A) mechanisms for meeting students' social, emotional, and physical health needs,
28.22which may include coordination of existing services as well as the development of new
28.23services based on student needs; and
28.24(B) strategies to create a safe and secure school environment and improve school
28.25climate and discipline, such as implementing a system of positive behavioral supports, and
28.26taking additional steps to eliminate bullying;
28.27(2) a baseline analysis of community assets and a strategic plan for utilizing
28.28and aligning identified assets. This analysis should include, but is not limited to, a
28.29documentation of individuals in the community, faith-based organizations, community and
28.30neighborhood associations, colleges, hospitals, libraries, businesses, and social service
28.31agencies who may be able to provide support and resources; and
28.32(3) a baseline analysis of needs in the community surrounding the school, led by
28.33the school leadership team, including, but not limited to:
28.34(i) the need for high-quality, full-day child care and early childhood education
28.35programs;
28.36(ii) the need for physical and mental health care services for children and adults; and
29.1(iii) the need for job training and other adult education programming.
29.2(g) Each school site receiving funding under this section must establish at least two
29.3of the following types of programming:
29.4(1) early childhood:
29.5(i) early childhood education; and
29.6(ii) child care services;
29.7(2) academic:
29.8(i) academic support and enrichment activities, including expanded learning time;
29.9(ii) summer or after-school enrichment and learning experiences;
29.10(iii) job training, internship opportunities, and career counseling services;
29.11(iv) programs that provide assistance to students who have been truant, suspended,
29.12or expelled; and
29.13(v) specialized instructional support services;
29.14(3) parental involvement:
29.15(i) programs that promote parental involvement and family literacy, including the
29.16Reading First and Early Reading First programs authorized under part B of title I of the
29.17Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, United States Code, title 20, section
29.186361, et seq.;
29.19(ii) parent leadership development activities; and
29.20(iii) parenting education activities;
29.21(4) mental and physical health:
29.22(i) mentoring and other youth development programs, including peer mentoring and
29.23conflict mediation;
29.24(ii) juvenile crime prevention and rehabilitation programs;
29.25(iii) home visitation services by teachers and other professionals;
29.26(iv) developmentally appropriate physical education;
29.27(v) nutrition services;
29.28(vi) primary health and dental care; and
29.29(vii) mental health counseling services;
29.30(5) community involvement:
29.31(i) service and service-learning opportunities;
29.32(ii) adult education, including instruction in English as a second language; and
29.33(iii) homeless prevention services;
29.34(6) positive discipline practices; and
29.35(7) other programming designed to meet school and community needs identified in
29.36the baseline analysis and reflected in the full-service community school plan.
30.1(h) The school leadership team at each school site must develop a full-service
30.2community school plan detailing the steps the school leadership team will take, including:
30.3(1) timely establishment and consistent operation of the school leadership team;
30.4(2) maintenance of attendance records in all programming components;
30.5(3) maintenance of measurable data showing annual participation and the impact
30.6of programming on the participating children and adults;
30.7(4) documentation of meaningful and sustained collaboration between the school
30.8and community stakeholders, including local governmental units, civic engagement
30.9organizations, businesses, and social service providers;
30.10(5) establishment and maintenance of partnerships with institutions, such as
30.11universities, hospitals, museums, or not-for-profit community organizations to further the
30.12development and implementation of community school programing;
30.13(6) ensuring compliance with the district nondiscrimination policy; and
30.14(7) plan for school leadership team development.
30.15    Subd. 3. Full-service community school review. (a) Every three years, a
30.16full-service community school site must submit to the commissioner, and make available
30.17at the school site and online, a report describing efforts to integrate community school
30.18programming at each covered school site and the effect of the transition to a full-service
30.19community school on participating children and adults. This report shall include, but
30.20is not limited to, the following:
30.21(1) an assessment of the effectiveness of the school site in development or
30.22implementing the community school plan;
30.23(2) problems encountered in the design and execution of the community school
30.24plan, including identification of any federal, state, or local statute or regulation impeding
30.25program implementation;
30.26(3) the operation of the school leadership team and its contribution to successful
30.27execution of the community school plan;
30.28(4) recommendations for improving delivery of community school programming
30.29to students and families;
30.30(5) the number and percentage of students receiving community school programming
30.31who had not previously been served;
30.32(6) the number and percentage of nonstudent community members receiving
30.33community school programming who had not previously been served;
30.34(7) improvement in retention among students who receive community school
30.35programming;
31.1(8) improvement in academic achievement among students who receive community
31.2school programming;
31.3(9) changes in student's readiness to enter school, active involvement in learning and
31.4in their community, physical, social and emotional health, and student's relationship with
31.5the school and community environment;
31.6(10) an accounting of anticipated local budget savings, if any, resulting from the
31.7implementation of the program;
31.8(11) improvements to the frequency or depth of families' involvement with their
31.9children's education;
31.10(12) assessment of community stakeholder satisfaction;
31.11(13) assessment of institutional partner satisfaction;
31.12(14) the ability, or anticipated ability, of the school site and partners to continue to
31.13provide services in the absence of future funding under this section;
31.14(15) increases in access to services for students and their families; and
31.15(16) the degree of increased collaboration among participating agencies and private
31.16partners.
31.17(b) Reports submitted under this section shall be evaluated by the commissioner with
31.18respect to the following criteria:
31.19(1) the effectiveness of the school or the community school consortium in
31.20implementing the full-service community school plan, including the degree to which
31.21the school site navigated difficulties encountered in the design and operation of the
31.22full-service community school plan, including identification of any federal, state, or local
31.23statute or regulation impeding program implementation;
31.24(2) the extent to which the project has produced lessons about ways to improve
31.25delivery of community school programming to students;
31.26(3) the degree to which there has been an increase in the number or percentage of
31.27students and nonstudents receiving community school programming;
31.28(4) the degree to which there has been an improvement in retention of students and
31.29improvement in academic achievement among students receiving community school
31.30programming;
31.31(5) local budget savings, if any, resulting from the implementation of the program;
31.32(6) the degree of community stakeholder and institutional partner engagement;
31.33(7) the ability, or anticipated ability, of the school site and partners to continue to
31.34provide services in the absence of future funding under this section;
31.35(8) increases in access to services for students and their families; and
32.1(9) the degree of increased collaboration among participating agencies and private
32.2partners.

32.3    Sec. 19. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.81, is amended to read:
32.4124D.81 CONTINUATION OF AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION GRANTS
32.5AID.
32.6    Subdivision 1. Grants; Procedures. Each fiscal year the commissioner of education
32.7must make grants to no fewer than six American Indian education programs. At least
32.8three programs must be in urban areas and at least three must be on or near reservations.
32.9The board of a local district, a participating school or a group of boards may develop a
32.10proposal for grants in support of American Indian education programs. Proposals (a) A
32.11school district, charter school, or American Indian-controlled tribal contract or grant
32.12school enrolling at least 20 American Indian students on October 1 of the previous school
32.13year, receiving federal Title 7 funding, and operating an American Indian education
32.14program according to section 124D.74 is eligible for Indian education aid if it meets the
32.15requirements of this section. Programs may provide for contracts for the provision of
32.16program components by nonsectarian nonpublic, community, tribal, charter, or alternative
32.17schools. The commissioner shall prescribe the form and manner of application for grants
32.18aids, and no grant aid shall be made for a proposal program not complying with the
32.19requirements of sections 124D.71 to 124D.82.
32.20    Subd. 2. Plans. Each To qualify for aid, an eligible district, charter school, or
32.21participating tribal contract school submitting a proposal under subdivision 1 must
32.22develop and submit with the proposal a plan for approval by the Indian education director
32.23which that shall:
32.24(a) Identify the measures to be used to meet the requirements of sections 124D.71 to
32.25124D.82 ;
32.26(b) Identify the activities, methods and programs to meet the identified educational
32.27needs of the children to be enrolled in the program;
32.28(c) Describe how district goals and objectives as well as the objectives of sections
32.29124D.71 to 124D.82 are to be achieved;
32.30(d) Demonstrate that required and elective courses as structured do not have a
32.31discriminatory effect within the meaning of section 124D.74, subdivision 5;
32.32(e) Describe how each school program will be organized, staffed, coordinated,
32.33and monitored; and
32.34(f) Project expenditures for programs under sections 124D.71 to 124D.82.
33.1    Subd. 2a. American Indian education aid. (a) The American Indian education
33.2aid for an eligible district or tribal contract school equals the greater of (1) the sum of
33.3$20,000 plus the product of $63 times the difference between the number of American
33.4Indian students enrolled on October 1 of the previous school year and 20; or (2) if the
33.5district or school received a grant under this section for fiscal year 2015, the amount
33.6of the grant for fiscal year 2015.
33.7(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the American Indian education aid must not
33.8exceed the district or tribal contract school's actual expenditure according to the approved
33.9plan under subdivision 2.
33.10    Subd. 3. Additional requirements. Each district receiving a grant aid under this
33.11section must each year conduct a count of American Indian children in the schools
33.12of the district; test for achievement; identify the extent of other educational needs of
33.13the children to be enrolled in the American Indian education program; and classify the
33.14American Indian children by grade, level of educational attainment, age and achievement.
33.15Participating schools must maintain records concerning the needs and achievements of
33.16American Indian children served.
33.17    Subd. 4. Nondiscrimination; testing. In accordance with recognized professional
33.18standards, all testing and evaluation materials and procedures utilized for the identification,
33.19testing, assessment, and classification of American Indian children must be selected and
33.20administered so as not to be racially or culturally discriminatory and must be valid for the
33.21purpose of identifying, testing, assessing, and classifying American Indian children.
33.22    Subd. 5. Records. Participating schools and districts must keep records and afford
33.23access to them as the commissioner finds necessary to ensure that American Indian
33.24education programs are implemented in conformity with sections 124D.71 to 124D.82.
33.25Each school district or participating school must keep accurate, detailed, and separate
33.26revenue and expenditure accounts for pilot American Indian education programs funded
33.27under this section.
33.28    Subd. 6. Money from other sources. A district or participating school providing
33.29American Indian education programs shall be eligible to receive moneys for these programs
33.30from other government agencies and from private sources when the moneys are available.
33.31    Subd. 7. Exceptions. Nothing in sections 124D.71 to 124D.82 shall be construed as
33.32prohibiting a district or school from implementing an American Indian education program
33.33which is not in compliance with sections 124D.71 to 124D.82 if the proposal and plan for
33.34that program is not funded pursuant to this section.
33.35EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2016
33.36and later.

34.1    Sec. 20. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.83, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
34.2    Subd. 2. Revenue amount. An American Indian-controlled tribal contract or
34.3grant school that is located on a reservation within the state and that complies with the
34.4requirements in subdivision 1 is eligible to receive tribal contract or grant school aid.
34.5The amount of aid is derived by:
34.6(1) multiplying the formula allowance under section 126C.10, subdivision 2, less
34.7$170, times the difference between (i) the resident pupil units as defined in section
34.8126C.05, subdivision 6 , in average daily membership, excluding section 126C.05,
34.9subdivision 13 , and (ii) the number of pupils for the current school year, weighted
34.10according to section 126C.05, subdivision 1, receiving benefits under section 123B.42 or
34.11123B.44 or for which the school is receiving reimbursement under section 124D.69;
34.12(2) adding to the result in clause (1) an amount equal to the product of the formula
34.13allowance under section 126C.10, subdivision 2, less $300 times the tribal contract
34.14compensation revenue pupil units;
34.15(3) subtracting from the result in clause (2) the amount of money allotted to the
34.16school by the federal government through Indian School Equalization Program of the
34.17Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to Code of Federal Regulations, title 25, part 39,
34.18subparts A to E, for the basic program as defined by section 39.11, paragraph (b), for
34.19the base rate as applied to kindergarten through twelfth grade, excluding small school
34.20adjustments and additional weighting, but not money allotted through subparts F to L for
34.21contingency funds, school board training, student training, interim maintenance and minor
34.22repair, interim administration cost, prekindergarten, and operation and maintenance, and
34.23the amount of money that is received according to section 124D.69;
34.24(4) dividing the result in clause (3) by the sum of the resident pupil units in average
34.25daily membership, excluding section 126C.05, subdivision 13, plus the tribal contract
34.26compensation revenue pupil units; and
34.27(5) multiplying the sum of the resident pupil units, including section 126C.05,
34.28subdivision 13 , in average daily membership plus the tribal contract compensation revenue
34.29pupil units by the lesser of $1,500 $2,376 or the result in clause (4).
34.30EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2016 and
34.31later.

34.32    Sec. 21. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 3, section 35, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
34.33    Subd. 2. Achievement and integration levy. For fiscal year 2014 only, a district's
34.34achievement and integration levy equals the lesser of the district's achievement and
35.1integration revenue for that year or the amount the district was authorized to levy under
35.2Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 11, article 2, section 49, paragraph (f).
35.3EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

35.4    Sec. 22. Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 16, section 15, is amended to read:
35.5    Sec. 15. TEACHER DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION REVENUE.
35.6    (a) For fiscal year 2015 only, teacher development and evaluation revenue for a
35.7school district, intermediate school district, educational cooperative, education district,
35.8or charter school with any school site that does not have an alternative professional pay
35.9system agreement under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.414, subdivision 2, equals $302
35.10times the number of full-time equivalent teachers employed on October 1 of the previous
35.11school year in each school site without an alternative professional pay system under
35.12Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.414, subdivision 2. Except for charter schools, revenue
35.13under this section must be reserved for teacher development and evaluation activities
35.14consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.40, subdivision 8, or Minnesota Statutes,
35.15section 122A.41, subdivision 5. For the purposes of this section, "teacher" has the
35.16meaning given it in Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.40, subdivision 1, or Minnesota
35.17Statutes, section 122A.41, subdivision 1.
35.18    (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the state total teacher development and
35.19evaluation revenue entitlement must not exceed $10,000,000 $10,022,000 for fiscal year
35.202015. The commissioner must limit the amount of revenue under this section so as not
35.21to exceed this limit.
35.22EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective retroactively from July 1, 2014.

35.23    Sec. 23. Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 16, section 16, subdivision 7, is amended to
35.24read:
35.25    Subd. 7. Teacher development and evaluation. For teacher development and
35.26evaluation revenue.
35.27
35.28
$
9,000,000
9,020,000
.....
2015
35.29The 2015 appropriation includes $0 for 2014 and $9,000,000 $9,020,000 for 2015.
35.30This is a onetime appropriation and is available until expended the end of fiscal year 2017.

35.31    Sec. 24. AGRICULTURAL EDUCATOR GRANTS.
36.1    Subdivision 1. Grant program established. A grant program is established to
36.2support school districts in paying agricultural education teachers for work over the
36.3summer with high school students in extension programs. Grants must be used to create or
36.4increase the availability of agricultural education teachers for students over the summer.
36.5    Subd. 2. Application. The commissioner of education shall develop the form and
36.6method for applying for the grants. The commissioner shall develop criteria for determining
36.7the allocation of the grants, including appropriate goals for the use of the grants.
36.8    Subd. 3. Grant awards. Grant funding under this section must be matched
36.9by funding from the school district for the agricultural education teacher's summer
36.10employment. Grant funding for each teacher is limited to the one-half share of 30 working
36.11days.
36.12    Subd. 4. Reports. School districts that receive grant funds shall report to the
36.13commissioner of education no later than December 31 of each year regarding the number
36.14of teachers funded by the grant program and the outcomes compared to the goals
36.15established in the grant application. The Department of Education shall develop the
36.16criteria necessary for the reports.

36.17    Sec. 25. CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT WORKING GROUP.
36.18    Subdivision 1. Membership. The commissioner of education shall convene a
36.19working group on concurrent enrollment. Members shall be named by the commissioner
36.20of education and include:
36.21(1) the commissioner of education or the commissioner's designee;
36.22(2) the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education or the commissioner's
36.23designee;
36.24(3) representatives of postsecondary institutions with concurrent enrollment
36.25programs including at least:
36.26(i) one postsecondary faculty member from the University of Minnesota who has
36.27supervised a concurrent enrollment course;
36.28(ii) one postsecondary faculty member from the Minnesota State Colleges and
36.29University system who has supervised a concurrent enrollment course;
36.30(iii) one representative from the University of Minnesota;
36.31(iv) one representative from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system;
36.32(v) one representative from a private college with a concurrent enrollment program;
36.33and
37.1(vi) one postsecondary faculty member from a career and technical college who has
37.2supervised a concurrent enrollment program;
37.3(4) representatives of school districts with concurrent enrollment programs,
37.4including at least one high school administrator, one high school teacher, and one high
37.5school counselor;
37.6(5) one representative of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment
37.7Partnerships;
37.8(6) at least one parent who has or had children participate in a concurrent enrollment
37.9course;
37.10(7) at least one student enrolled in a concurrent enrollment course for the 2015-2016
37.11school year; and
37.12(8) other stakeholders as determined by the commissioner.
37.13The chair must be selected by the members at the first meeting.
37.14    Subd. 2. Responsibilities. (a) The working group shall review:
37.15(1) differences between concurrent enrollment courses and the sponsoring public
37.16postsecondary institution's equivalent course in regard to:
37.17(i) course outline including scope, sequence of content, and methods to be employed;
37.18(ii) final exam;
37.19(iii) grading scale; and
37.20(iv) nature and frequency of exams;
37.21(2) each program's student eligibility requirements, including exceptions to the
37.22requirements and the number of waivers to the requirements given in the past year;
37.23(3) course prerequisites;
37.24(4) all postsecondary institutions, both in-state and out-of-state, that have accepted
37.25or denied transferring courses for college credit;
37.26(5) the frequency with which courses are offered;
37.27(6) the method of charging for delivery of concurrent instruction; and
37.28(7) the compensation and workload of faculty supervisors of concurrent enrollment.
37.29(b) The working group shall make recommendations, including legislative proposals
37.30for improving the consistency of concurrent enrollment programs in regards to the items
37.31in paragraph (a).
37.32(c) Any costs of the working group and preparing the report under subdivision 3 must
37.33be paid for out of the Department of Education and participating public postsecondary
37.34institutions' current operating budgets. Postsecondary institutions must make materials
37.35available for the study as requested by the commissioners of education and the Office of
38.1Higher Education. All intellectual property associated with materials made available for
38.2the study are retained by the institution or professor.
38.3    Subd. 3. Report. The working group must submit a report to the commissioner
38.4of education by January 15, 2016, with their findings and recommendations. The
38.5commissioner must prepare and submit to the education policy and finance committees of
38.6the legislature by February 15, 2016, a written report including the working group report
38.7and summary data on concurrent enrollment courses under Minnesota Statutes, section
38.8124D.09, subdivision 10, consistent with this section.

38.9    Sec. 26. EXAMINING AND DEVELOPING STATEWIDE SWIMMING
38.10RESOURCES.
38.11(a) The commissioner of education must use existing budgetary resources to
38.12inventory and report to the education committees of the legislature by February 1, 2016,
38.13on the extent of existing resources and best practices available for swimming instruction
38.14in Minnesota public schools.
38.15(b) The commissioner of education must establish a work group of interested
38.16stakeholders, including the commissioner or commissioner's designee, the commissioner
38.17of health or the commissioner's designee, and representatives of K-12 physical education
38.18teachers, K-12 school administrators, the Minnesota school boards association, nonprofit
38.19fitness and recreational organizations, public parks and recreation departments, and
38.20other stakeholders, including community members underserved and disproportionately
38.21impacted by the current distribution of swimming resources, interested in swimming
38.22instruction and activities identified by the commissioner of education, to determine
38.23and report to the education committees of the legislature by February 1, 2016, on the
38.24curriculum, resources, personnel, and other costs needed to make swimming instruction
38.25available in all Minnesota public schools for children beginning at an early age. The work
38.26group must consider the substance of the report under paragraph (a) in preparing its report.
38.27EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

38.28    Sec. 27. APPROPRIATIONS.
38.29    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
38.30appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
38.31designated.
39.1    Subd. 2. Alternative compensation. For alternative teacher compensation aid
39.2under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.415, subdivision 4:
39.3
$
78,331,000
.....
2016
39.4
$
96,864,000
.....
2017
39.5The 2016 appropriation includes $7,766,000 for 2015 and $70,565,000 for 2016.
39.6The 2017 appropriation includes $7,840,000 for 2016 and $89,024,000 for 2017.
39.7    Subd. 3. Achievement and integration aid. For achievement and integration aid
39.8under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.862:
39.9
$
65,539,000
.....
2016
39.10
$
68,745,000
.....
2017
39.11The 2016 appropriation includes $6,382,000 for 2015 and $59,157,000 for 2016.
39.12The 2017 appropriation includes $6,573,000 for 2016 and $62,172,000 for 2017.
39.13    Subd. 4. Literacy incentive aid. For literacy incentive aid under Minnesota
39.14Statutes, section 124D.98:
39.15
$
44,552,000
.....
2016
39.16
$
45,508,000
.....
2017
39.17The 2016 appropriation includes $4,683,000 for 2015 and $39,869,000 for 2016.
39.18The 2017 appropriation includes $4,429,000 for 2016 and $41,079,000 for 2017.
39.19    Subd. 5. Interdistrict desegregation or integration transportation grants. For
39.20interdistrict desegregation or integration transportation grants under Minnesota Statutes,
39.21section 124D.87:
39.22
$
15,023,000
.....
2016
39.23
$
15,825,000
.....
2017
39.24    Subd. 6. Early childhood literacy programs. For early childhood literacy
39.25programs under Minnesota Statutes, section 119A.50, subdivision 3:
39.26
$
6,675,000
.....
2016
39.27
$
6,675,000
.....
2017
39.28Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year. The
39.29base for this program in fiscal year 2018 is $6,375,000.
39.30    Subd. 7. Tribal contract schools. For tribal contract school aid under Minnesota
39.31Statutes, section 124D.83:
39.32
$
3,424,000
.....
2016
39.33
$
3,608,000
.....
2017
40.1The 2016 appropriation includes $204,000 for 2015 and $3,220,000 for 2016.
40.2The 2017 appropriation includes $357,000 for 2016 and $3,251,000 for 2017.
40.3    Subd. 8. Compensatory revenue pilot program. For grants for participation in the
40.4compensatory revenue pilot program under Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 5,
40.5article 1, section 50, as amended by Laws 2007, chapter 146, article 1, section 21:
40.6
$
7,325,000
.....
2016
40.7
$
7,325,000
.....
2017
40.8(a) In fiscal years 2016 and 2017, grants shall be awarded in the following amounts:
40.9$4,730,000 is for a grant to Independent School District No. 11, Anoka-Hennepin;
40.10$240,000 is for a grant to Independent School District No. 286, Brooklyn Center; $660,000
40.11is for a grant to Independent School District No. 279, Osseo; $500,000 is for a grant to
40.12Independent School District No. 281, Robbinsdale; $520,000 is for a grant to Independent
40.13School District No. 535, Rochester; $205,000 is for a grant to Independent School District
40.14No. 833, South Washington; and $470,000 is for a grant to Independent School District No.
40.15241, Albert Lea. If a grant to a specific school district is not awarded, the commissioner
40.16may increase the aid amounts to any of the remaining participating school districts.
40.17(b) The base for this program in fiscal year 2018 and later is $2,325,000. Grants
40.18shall be awarded in the same amount as under Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter
40.1911, article 1, section 36: $1,500,000 is for a grant to Independent School District No.
40.2011, Anoka-Hennepin; $75,000 is for a grant to Independent School District No. 286,
40.21Brooklyn Center; $210,000 is for a grant to Independent School District No. 279, Osseo;
40.22$160,000 is for a grant to Independent School District No. 281, Robbinsdale; $165,000 is
40.23for a grant to Independent School District No. 535, Rochester; $65,000 is for a grant to
40.24Independent School District No. 833, South Washington; and $150,000 is for a grant to
40.25Independent School District No. 241, Albert Lea.
40.26(c) The commissioner of education must submit a report by February 15, 2016, to the
40.27education committees of the legislature evaluating the effectiveness of the pilot program.
40.28    Subd. 9. Concurrent enrollment program. For concurrent enrollment programs
40.29under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.091:
40.30
$
$4,000,000
.....
2016
40.31
$
$4,000,000
.....
2017
40.32If the appropriation is insufficient, the commissioner must proportionately reduce
40.33the aid payment to each district.
40.34Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
41.1    Subd. 10. Student support services personnel grants. For student support services
41.2personnel grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.3951:
41.3
$
8,000,000
.....
2016
41.4Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, this appropriation is available
41.5until June 30, 2021. The commissioner may not allot more than $1,580,000 of this
41.6appropriation before July 1, 2016. Any balance remaining after June 30, 2021, shall
41.7cancel to the general fund. $100,000 in fiscal year 2016 only is for administration of the
41.8Student Support Services Personnel Act under Minnesota Statutes, sections 121A.395
41.9to 121A.3951.
41.10    Subd. 11. Success for the future. For American Indian success for the future grants
41.11under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.81:
41.12
$
237,000
.....
2016
41.13
$
0
.....
2017
41.14The 2016 appropriation includes $237,000 for 2015 and $0 for 2016.
41.15    Subd. 12. American Indian education aid. For American Indian education aid
41.16under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.81, subdivision 2a:
41.17
$
3,371,000
.....
2016
41.18
$
3,393,000
.....
2017
41.19    Subd. 13. Collaborative urban educator. For the collaborative urban educator
41.20grant program:
41.21
$
1,090,000
.....
2016
41.22
$
1,090,000
.....
2017
41.23Grants shall be awarded in equal amounts: $272,500 each year is for the Southeast
41.24Asian teacher program at Concordia University, St. Paul; $272,500 each year is for the
41.25collaborative urban educator program at the University of St. Thomas; $272,500 each year
41.26is for the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching at Hamline University; and $272,500
41.27each year is for the East Africa Student to Teacher program at Augsburg College.
41.28Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
41.29Each institution shall prepare for the legislature, by January 15 of each year, a
41.30detailed report regarding the funds used. The report must include the number of teachers
41.31prepared as well as the diversity for each cohort of teachers produced.
41.32    Subd. 14. ServeMinnesota program. For funding ServeMinnesota programs under
41.33Minnesota Statutes, sections 124D.37 to 124D.45:
42.1
$
900,000
.....
2016
42.2
$
900,000
.....
2017
42.3A grantee organization may provide health and child care coverage to the dependents
42.4of each participant enrolled in a full-time ServeMinnesota program to the extent such
42.5coverage is not otherwise available.
42.6    Subd. 15. Student organizations. For student organizations:
42.7
$
725,000
.....
2016
42.8
$
725,000
.....
2017
42.9$46,000 each year is for student organizations serving health occupations (HOSA).
42.10$100,000 each year is for student organizations serving trade and industry
42.11occupations (Skills USA, secondary and postsecondary).
42.12$95,000 each year is for student organizations serving business occupations (BPA,
42.13secondary and postsecondary).
42.14$193,000 each year is for student organizations serving agriculture occupations
42.15(FFA, PAS).
42.16$142,000 each year is for student organizations serving family and consumer science
42.17occupations (FCCLA).
42.18$109,000 each year is for student organizations serving marketing occupations
42.19(DECA and DECA collegiate).
42.20$40,000 each year is for the Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations.
42.21Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
42.22    Subd. 16. Museums and Education Centers. For grants to museums and education
42.23centers:
42.24
$
626,000
.....
2016
42.25
$
626,000
.....
2017
42.26(a) $360,000 each year is for the Minnesota Children's Museum. Of this amount,
42.27$100,000 each year is a onetime appropriation.
42.28(b) $125,000 each year is for the Duluth Children's Museum. Of this amount,
42.29$75,000 each year is a onetime appropriation.
42.30(c) $41,000 each year is for the Minnesota Academy of Science.
42.31(d) $75,000 each year is for the Headwaters Science Center. This is a onetime
42.32appropriation.
42.33(e) $75,000 each year is for the Works Museum. This is a onetime appropriation.
42.34Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year. The
42.35base for this appropriation in fiscal year 2018 is $351,000.
43.1    Subd. 17. Teacher development and evaluation. For teacher development and
43.2evaluation revenue:
43.3
$
1,002,000
.....
2016
43.4The 2016 appropriation includes $1,002,000 for 2016 and $0 for 2017. This is a
43.5onetime appropriation and is available in the second year.
43.6    Subd. 18. Starbase MN. For a grant to Starbase MN for rigorous science,
43.7technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program providing students in grades 4 to
43.86 with a multisensory learning experience and a hands-on curriculum in an aerospace
43.9environment using state-of-the-art technology:
43.10
$
500,000
.....
2016
43.11
$
500,000
.....
2017
43.12Any balance in the first year does not cancel and is available in the second year.
43.13    Subd. 19. Recovery program grants. For recovery program grants under
43.14Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.695:
43.15
$
500,000
.....
2016
43.16
$
500,000
.....
2017
43.17Any balance in the first year does not cancel and is available in the second year.
43.18    Subd. 20. STEM grants. For school districts to provide STEM-based courses:
43.19
$
500,000
.....
2016
43.20
$
500,000
.....
2017
43.21The commissioner must determine the form and manner of application and award
43.22criteria. Grant awards are limited to $50,000 per course. Any balance in the first year does
43.23not cancel but is available in the second year of the biennium.
43.24This is a onetime appropriation.
43.25    Subd. 21. Teacher-powered school grants. For grants to teacher-powered schools
43.26under Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.045, subdivision 7:
43.27
$
500,000
.....
2016
43.28
$
500,000
.....
2017
43.29    The base appropriation in fiscal year 2018 is $0. Any balance in the first year does
43.30not cancel but is available in the second year.
43.31    Subd. 22. Full-service community schools. For full-service community schools
43.32under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.231:
44.1
$
500,000
.....
2016
44.2
$
500,000
.....
2017
44.3    This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel but
44.4is available in the second year.
44.5    Subd. 23. Minnesota math corps program. For the Minnesota math corps program
44.6under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.42, subdivision 9:
44.7
$
250,000
.....
2016
44.8
$
250,000
.....
2017
44.9Any unexpended balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the
44.10second year.
44.11    Subd. 24. Agricultural educator grants. For agricultural educator grants under
44.12section 24:
44.13
$
250,000
.....
2016
44.14
$
250,000
.....
2017
44.15This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel, but
44.16is available in the second year.
44.17    Subd. 25. American Indian teacher preparation grants. For joint grants to assist
44.18American Indian people to become teachers under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.63:
44.19
$
230,000
.....
2016
44.20
$
230,000
.....
2017
44.21Of this amount, $80,000 in each year must be reserved for Bemidji State University
44.22and Independent School District No. 38, Red Lake.
44.23    Subd. 26. Excellence in teaching program. For the Board of Teaching to award
44.24excellence in teaching program incentive grants:
44.25
$
200,000
.....
2016
44.26
$
200,000
.....
2017
44.27The Board of Teaching shall award a onetime incentive grant of up to $2,000 to any
44.28Minnesota teacher who achieves National Board Certification after June 30, 2015, as long
44.29as funds are available. The grants must be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
44.30    This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel but
44.31is available in the second year.
45.1    Subd. 27. Regional office of career and technical education. For a grant to
45.2the SW/WC Service Cooperative to establish a regional office of career and technical
45.3education:
45.4
$
200,000
.....
2016
45.5
$
200,000
.....
2017
45.6The regional office of career and technical education must:
45.7(1) facilitate the development of highly trained and knowledgeable students who
45.8are equipped with technical and workplace skills needed by regional employers, in
45.9collaborative participation with three or more school districts;
45.10(2) improve access to career and technical education programs for students who
45.11attend sparsely populated rural school districts by developing public/private partnerships
45.12with business and industry leaders and by increasing coordination of high school and
45.13postsecondary program options; and
45.14(3) increase family and student awareness of the availability and benefit of career
45.15and technical education courses and training opportunities.
45.16This is a onetime appropriation.
45.17    Subd. 28. Civic education grants. For grants to the Minnesota Civic Education
45.18Coalition, Kids Voting St. Paul, Learning Law and Democracy Foundation, and YMCA
45.19Youth in Government to provide civic education programs for Minnesota youth age 18
45.20and younger. Civic education is the study of constitutional principles and the democratic
45.21foundation of our national, state, and local institutions, and the study of political processes
45.22and structures of government, grounded in the understanding of constitutional government
45.23under the rule of law.
45.24
$
175,000
.....
2016
45.25
$
175,000
.....
2017
45.26    Subd. 29. Rural science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiential
45.27learning pilot project. For a grant to the Lakes Country Service Cooperative:
45.28
$
285,000
.....
2016
45.29The grant must be used to expand career and technical education and science,
45.30technology, engineering, and mathematics coursework to students in multiple districts on
45.31a rotating basis. Eligible uses of the grant include training and curriculum development,
45.32the purchase and maintenance of equipment, and evaluation of the program.
45.33Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
46.1    Subd. 30. Video resource grants. For a grant to the Minnesota Public Television
46.2Association for professional development initiatives to provide prekindergarten through
46.3grade 12 teachers with the necessary skills to effectively incorporate public television
46.4video resources into classroom curriculum and instruction and to integrate regional arts,
46.5culture, and history videos across the curriculum in order to increase student achievement:
46.6
$
100,000
.....
2016
46.7
$
100,000
.....
2017
46.8Public television stations eligible to receive grants under Minnesota Statutes, section
46.9129D.13, shall select teachers throughout the state to participate in training sessions and to
46.10develop model lessons for identifying and integrating videos on regional arts, culture, and
46.11history into prekindergarten through grade 12 curriculum and lesson plans.
46.12This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel but
46.13is available in the second year.
46.14    Subd. 31. Minnesota Council on Economic Education. For a grant to the
46.15Minnesota Council on Economic Education to provide staff development to teachers
46.16for the implementation of the state graduation standards in learning areas relating to
46.17economic education:
46.18
$
100,000
.....
2016
46.19
$
100,000
.....
2017
46.20The commissioner, in consultation with the council, shall develop expected results
46.21of staff development, eligibility criteria for participants, an evaluation procedure, and
46.22guidelines for direct and in-kind contributions by the council.
46.23This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel but
46.24is available in the second year.
46.25    Subd. 32. Minnesota Principals' Program. For grants to the Minnesota Principals'
46.26Program under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.74, to reduce the costs to participants,
46.27broaden programming and accessibility, or expand the curriculum and instructional
46.28elements:
46.29
$
100,000
.....
2016
46.30
$
100,000
.....
2017
46.31This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel but
46.32is available in the second year.
46.33    Subd. 33. Wilderness inquiry. For a grant to wilderness inquiry:
47.1
$
100,000
.....
2016
47.2
$
100,000
.....
2017
47.3    Of this amount, $70,000 in fiscal year 2016 is for a continuation of research
47.4establishing the socioemotional benefits of outdoor engagement leading to improved
47.5academic outcomes.
47.6    Of this amount, $30,000 each year is to facilitate Minnesota teachers' participation
47.7in professional development focused on place-based education that furthers the research.
47.8This is a onetime appropriation.
47.9    Subd. 34. Race 2 Reduce. For grants to support expanded Race 2 Reduce water
47.10conservation programming in Minnesota schools:
47.11
$
81,000
.....
2016
47.12
$
69,000
.....
2017
47.13In the first year, $28,000 is for H2O for Life; $38,000 is for Independent School
47.14District No. 624, White Bear Lake; and $15,000 is for Independent School District
47.15No. 832, Mahtomedi. In the second year, $32,000 is for H2O for Life; $22,000 is for
47.16Independent School District No. 624, White Bear Lake; and $15,000 is for Independent
47.17School District No. 832, Mahtomedi.
47.18Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year. The
47.19base appropriation for fiscal year 2018 and later is $0.
47.20    Subd. 35. Network for the Development of Children of African Descent. For a
47.21grant to the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent:
47.22
$
70,000
.....
2016
47.23
$
70,000
.....
2017
47.24    This amount must be used for family literacy services and the high school
47.25community action research program that helps students earn high school and college credit
47.26while learning community action research skills. A progress report on the activities and
47.27outcomes associated with this grant must be submitted to the commissioner of education
47.28by September 15, 2016, and a final report must be submitted on September 15, 2017.
47.29    This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel but
47.30is available in the second year.
47.31    Subd. 36. Minnesota Learning Resource Center. For a grant to A Chance to
47.32Grow for the Minnesota Learning Resource Center's comprehensive training program
47.33for education professionals charged with helping children in prekindergarten programs
47.34through grade 3 acquire basic reading and math skills:
48.1
$
50,000
.....
2016
48.2
$
50,000
.....
2017
48.3This is a onetime appropriation.
48.4    Subd. 37. We Win Institute planning grant. For a planning grant to the We Win
48.5Institute:
48.6
$
50,000
.....
2016
48.7
$
50,000
.....
2017
48.8The W. Matthew Little Cultural and Educational Excellence Center must be
48.9established to:
48.10(1) develop the academic and social development of marginalized youth;
48.11(2) develop intergenerational leadership skills;
48.12(3) develop pathways for marginalized youth to attend and be successful in
48.13postsecondary education programs; and
48.14(4) develop public-private partnerships that create success for marginalized youth.
48.15The We Win Institute must submit a detailed report to the chairs and ranking minority
48.16members of the legislative committees having primary jurisdiction over early childhood
48.17through grade 12 education by January 18, 2017, on how the funds were used.
48.18This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel but
48.19is available in the second year.
48.20    Subd. 38. Regional career and technical education advisory committee. For a
48.21grant to the SW/WC Service Cooperative for a regional career and technical education
48.22advisory committee:
48.23
$
50,000
.....
2016
48.24
$
50,000
.....
2017
48.25Eligible uses of this grant are:
48.26(1) capital start-up costs for such items as determined by the committee including,
48.27but not limited to, a mobile welding lab, medical equipment and lab, and industrial
48.28kitchen equipment;
48.29(2) informational materials for students, families, and residents of the region that
48.30communicate the relationship between career and technical education programs, labor
48.31market needs, and well-paying employment;
48.32(3) incentive and training grants to develop career and technical education
48.33instructors; and
48.34(4) transportation reimbursement grants to provide equitable opportunities
48.35throughout the region for students to participate in career and technical education.
49.1This is a onetime appropriation.
49.2    Subd. 39. Northwestern Online College in the High School program. For the
49.3Northwestern Online College in the High School program:
49.4
$
50,000
.....
2016
49.5
$
50,000
.....
2017
49.6This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance from the first year may carry forward
49.7into the second year.
49.8    Subd. 40. Education Partnership Pilots. For education partnership pilot grants:
49.9
$
300,000
.....
2016
49.10
$
300,000
.....
2017
49.11Of this amount, $100,000 in each year is for the Northfield Healthy Community
49.12Initiative for a pilot site in Northfield; $100,000 in each year is for the Jones Family
49.13Foundation for a pilot site in Red Wing; and $100,000 is for Independent School District
49.14No. 742, St. Cloud, for a pilot site in St. Cloud. Each partnership pilot program
49.15shall support community collaborations focused on academic achievement and youth
49.16development, use a comprehensive and data-driven approach to increase student success,
49.17and measure outcomes, such as kindergarten readiness, reading proficiency at third grade,
49.18high school graduation, and college and career readiness. By February 15, 2016, each
49.19partnership pilot grant recipient shall submit to the chairs and ranking minority members
49.20of the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade
49.2112 education a report describing the activities funded by the grant, changes in outcome
49.22measures attributable to the grant-funded activities, and the recipient's program plan for
49.23the following year.

49.24ARTICLE 3
49.25STANDARDS AND ASSESSMENTS

49.26    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 120B.021, subdivision 1, is amended to
49.27read:
49.28    Subdivision 1. Required academic standards. (a) The following subject areas
49.29are required for statewide accountability:
49.30    (1) language arts;
49.31    (2) mathematics;
49.32    (3) science;
49.33    (4) social studies, including history, geography, economics, and government and
49.34citizenship;
50.1    (5) physical education;
50.2    (6) health, for which locally developed academic standards apply; and
50.3    (7) the arts, for which statewide or locally developed academic standards apply, as
50.4determined by the school district. Public elementary and middle schools must offer at least
50.5three and require at least two of the following four arts areas: dance; music; theater; and
50.6visual arts. Public high schools must offer at least three and require at least one of the
50.7following five arts areas: media arts; dance; music; theater; and visual arts.
50.8    (b) For purposes of applicable federal law, the academic standards for language arts,
50.9mathematics, and science apply to all public school students, except the very few students
50.10with extreme cognitive or physical impairments for whom an individualized education
50.11program team has determined that the required academic standards are inappropriate. An
50.12individualized education program team that makes this determination must establish
50.13alternative standards.
50.14(c) The department must adopt the most recent National Association of Sport and
50.15Physical Education kindergarten through grade 12 standards and benchmarks for physical
50.16education as the required physical education academic standards. The department may
50.17modify and adapt the national standards to accommodate state interest. The modification
50.18and adaptations must maintain the purpose and integrity of the national standards. The
50.19department must make available sample assessments for school districts to assess students'
50.20mastery of the physical education standards beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.
50.21    (c) (d) District efforts to develop, implement, or improve instruction or curriculum
50.22as a result of the provisions of this section must be consistent with sections 120B.10,
50.23120B.11 , and 120B.20.

50.24    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 120B.021, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
50.25    Subd. 3. Rulemaking. The commissioner, consistent with the requirements of
50.26this section and section 120B.022, must adopt statewide rules under section 14.389 for
50.27implementing statewide rigorous core academic standards in language arts, mathematics,
50.28science, social studies, physical education, and the arts. After the rules authorized under
50.29this subdivision are initially adopted, the commissioner may not amend or repeal these
50.30rules nor adopt new rules on the same topic without specific legislative authorization. The
50.31academic standards for language arts, mathematics, and the arts must be implemented for
50.32all students beginning in the 2003-2004 school year. The academic standards for science
50.33and social studies must be implemented for all students beginning in the 2005-2006 school
50.34year.

51.1    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 120B.021, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
51.2    Subd. 4. Revisions and reviews required. (a) The commissioner of education must
51.3revise and appropriately embed technology and information literacy standards consistent
51.4with recommendations from school media specialists into the state's academic standards
51.5and graduation requirements and implement a ten-year cycle to review and, consistent
51.6with the review, revise state academic standards and related benchmarks, consistent with
51.7this subdivision. During each ten-year review and revision cycle, the commissioner also
51.8must examine the alignment of each required academic standard and related benchmark
51.9with the knowledge and skills students need for career and college readiness and advanced
51.10work in the particular subject area. The commissioner must include the contributions of
51.11Minnesota American Indian tribes and communities as related to the academic standards
51.12during the review and revision of the required academic standards.
51.13    (b) The commissioner must ensure that the statewide mathematics assessments
51.14administered to students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 are aligned with the state academic
51.15standards in mathematics, consistent with section 120B.30, subdivision 1, paragraph
51.16(b). The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related
51.17benchmarks in mathematics beginning in the 2015-2016 school year and every ten years
51.18thereafter.
51.19(c) The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related
51.20benchmarks in arts beginning in the 2016-2017 school year and every ten years thereafter.
51.21(d) The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and
51.22related benchmarks in science beginning in the 2017-2018 school year and every ten
51.23years thereafter.
51.24(e) The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and
51.25related benchmarks in language arts beginning in the 2018-2019 school year and every
51.26ten years thereafter.
51.27(f) The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and
51.28related benchmarks in social studies beginning in the 2019-2020 school year and every
51.29ten years thereafter.
51.30(g) The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and
51.31related benchmarks in physical education beginning in the 2024-2025 school year and
51.32every ten years thereafter.
51.33(g) (h) School districts and charter schools must revise and align local academic
51.34standards and high school graduation requirements in health, world languages, and career
51.35and technical education to require students to complete the revised standards beginning
51.36in a school year determined by the school district or charter school. School districts and
52.1charter schools must formally establish a periodic review cycle for the academic standards
52.2and related benchmarks in health, world languages, and career and technical education.

52.3    Sec. 4. [120B.026] PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
52.4    Subdivision 1. Exclusion from class; recess. A student may be excused from a
52.5physical education class if the student submits written information signed by a physician
52.6stating that physical activity will jeopardize the student's health. A student may be
52.7excused from a physical education class if being excused meets the student's unique and
52.8individualized needs according to the student's individualized education program, federal
52.9504 plan, or individualized health plan. A student may be excused if a parent or guardian
52.10requests an exemption on religious grounds. A student with a disability must be provided
52.11with modifications or adaptations that allow physical education class to meet their needs.
52.12Schools are strongly encouraged not to exclude students in kindergarten through grade
52.135 from recess due to punishment or disciplinary action.
52.14    Subd. 2. Teachers. Physical education must be taught by teachers who are licensed
52.15to teach physical education. A physical education teacher shall be adequately prepared
52.16and regularly participate in professional development activities under section 122A.60.

52.17    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 120B.30, is amended by adding a subdivision
52.18to read:
52.19    Subd. 5. ACT administration to nonpublic pupils. By January 1, 2016, the
52.20Department of Education shall allow up to 100 nonpublic pupils in grades 11 and 12 to
52.21take the ACT exam on state testing dates, choose a testing site, and register 45 days before
52.22the exam's administration. The department shall notify a school district of the number of
52.23nonpublic pupils registered to take the ACT exam at the district's testing sites.

52.24    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 120B.36, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
52.25    Subdivision 1. School performance reports. (a) The commissioner shall report
52.26student academic performance under section 120B.35, subdivision 2; the percentages of
52.27students showing low, medium, and high growth under section 120B.35, subdivision
52.283 , paragraph (b); school safety and student engagement and connection under section
52.29120B.35 , subdivision 3, paragraph (d); rigorous coursework under section 120B.35,
52.30subdivision 3 , paragraph (c); the percentage of students under section 120B.35, subdivision
52.313 , paragraph (b), clause (2), whose progress and performance levels are meeting career
52.32and college readiness benchmarks under sections 120B.30, subdivision 1, and 120B.35,
52.33subdivision 3 , paragraph (e); longitudinal data on the progress of eligible districts in
53.1reducing disparities in students' academic achievement and realizing racial and economic
53.2integration under section 124D.861; the acquisition of English, and where practicable,
53.3native language academic literacy, including oral academic language, and the academic
53.4progress of English learners under section 124D.59, subdivisions 2 and 2a; the weekly
53.5amount of time students in kindergarten through grade 8 are scheduled to spend in physical
53.6education class, the percent of students in kindergarten through grade 12 who receive a
53.7passing grade in physical education, and the number of required physical education credits
53.8high school students must complete to graduate; two separate student-to-teacher ratios that
53.9clearly indicate the definition of teacher consistent with sections 122A.06 and 122A.15
53.10for purposes of determining these ratios; staff characteristics excluding salaries; student
53.11enrollment demographics; district mobility; and extracurricular activities. The report also
53.12must indicate a school's adequate yearly progress status under applicable federal law,
53.13and must not set any designations applicable to high- and low-performing schools due
53.14solely to adequate yearly progress status.
53.15    (b) The commissioner shall develop, annually update, and post on the department
53.16Web site school performance reports.
53.17    (c) The commissioner must make available performance reports by the beginning
53.18of each school year.
53.19    (d) A school or district may appeal its adequate yearly progress status in writing to
53.20the commissioner within 30 days of receiving the notice of its status. The commissioner's
53.21decision to uphold or deny an appeal is final.
53.22    (e) School performance data are nonpublic data under section 13.02, subdivision 9,
53.23until the commissioner publicly releases the data. The commissioner shall annually post
53.24school performance reports to the department's public Web site no later than September 1,
53.25except that in years when the reports reflect new performance standards, the commissioner
53.26shall post the school performance reports no later than October 1.
53.27EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment
53.28and applies to reports for the 2017-2018 school year and later.

53.29    Sec. 7. COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION; ASSESSMENT
53.30RECOMMENDATIONS.
53.31The commissioner of education must research whether the Minnesota Comprehensive
53.32Assessments can be replaced by the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments.
53.33This study shall include assessing the alignment of the MAP to current Minnesota
53.34state standards and whether it would meet federal accountability requirements. The
54.1commissioner must report the recommendations to the committees of the legislature
54.2having jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade 12 education by January 15, 2016.

54.3    Sec. 8. APPROPRIATIONS.
54.4    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
54.5appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
54.6designated.
54.7    Subd. 2. Statewide testing and reporting system. For the statewide testing and
54.8reporting system under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30:
54.9
$
18,865,000
.....
2016
54.10
$
18,553,000
.....
2017
54.11Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
54.12    Subd. 3. Examination fees; teacher training and support programs. (a) For
54.13students' advanced placement and international baccalaureate examination fees under
54.14Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.13, subdivision 3, and the training and related costs
54.15for teachers and other interested educators under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.13,
54.16subdivision 1:
54.17
$
4,500,000
.....
2016
54.18
$
4,500,000
.....
2017
54.19(b) The advanced placement program shall receive 75 percent of the appropriation
54.20each year and the international baccalaureate program shall receive 25 percent of the
54.21appropriation each year. The department, in consultation with representatives of the
54.22advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs selected by the Advanced
54.23Placement Advisory Council and IBMN, respectively, shall determine the amounts of
54.24the expenditures each year for examination fees and training and support programs for
54.25each program.
54.26(c) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.13, subdivision 1, at least
54.27$500,000 each year is for teachers to attend subject matter summer training programs
54.28and follow-up support workshops approved by the advanced placement or international
54.29baccalaureate programs. The amount of the subsidy for each teacher attending an
54.30advanced placement or international baccalaureate summer training program or workshop
54.31shall be the same. The commissioner shall determine the payment process and the amount
54.32of the subsidy.
54.33(d) The commissioner shall pay all examination fees for all students of low-income
54.34families under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.13, subdivision 3, and to the extent
55.1of available appropriations shall also pay examination fees for students sitting for an
55.2advanced placement examination, international baccalaureate examination, or both.
55.3Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
55.4    Subd. 4. ACT administration to nonpublic pupils. For ACT administration to
55.5nonpublic pupils under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.30, subdivision 5:
55.6
$
5,000
.....
2016
55.7
$
0
.....
2017
55.8Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.

55.9ARTICLE 4
55.10CHARTER SCHOOLS

55.11    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.10, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
55.12    Subd. 8. Federal, state, and local requirements. (a) A charter school shall meet all
55.13federal, state, and local health and safety requirements applicable to school districts.
55.14    (b) A school must comply with statewide accountability requirements governing
55.15standards and assessments in chapter 120B.
55.16    (c) A school authorized by a school board may be located in any district, unless the
55.17school board of the district of the proposed location disapproves by written resolution.
55.18    (d) A charter school must be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies,
55.19employment practices, and all other operations. An authorizer may not authorize a charter
55.20school or program that is affiliated with a nonpublic sectarian school or a religious
55.21institution. A charter school student must be released for religious instruction, consistent
55.22with section 120A.22, subdivision 12, clause (3).
55.23    (e) Charter schools must not be used as a method of providing education or
55.24generating revenue for students who are being home-schooled. This paragraph does not
55.25apply to shared time aid under section 126C.19.
55.26    (f) The primary focus of a charter school must be to provide a comprehensive
55.27program of instruction for at least one grade or age group from five through 18 years
55.28of age. Instruction may be provided to people older than 18 years of age. A charter
55.29school may offer a free preschool or prekindergarten that meets high-quality early
55.30learning instructional program standards that are aligned with Minnesota's early learning
55.31standards for children. A charter school with at least 90 percent of enrolled students
55.32that are eligible for special education services and have a primary disability of deafness
55.33or are hard-of-hearing may enroll prekindergarten pupils with a disability under section
55.34126C.05, subdivision 1, paragraph (a).
55.35    (g) A charter school may not charge tuition.
56.1    (h) A charter school is subject to and must comply with chapter 363A and section
56.2121A.04 .
56.3    (i) Once a student is enrolled in the school, the student is considered enrolled in the
56.4school until the student formally withdraws or is expelled under the Pupil Fair Dismissal
56.5Act in sections 121A.40 to 121A.56. A charter school is subject to and must comply with
56.6the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, sections 121A.40 to 121A.56, and the Minnesota Public
56.7School Fee Law, sections 123B.34 to 123B.39.
56.8    (j) A charter school is subject to the same financial audits, audit procedures, and
56.9audit requirements as a district, except as required under subdivision 6a. Audits must be
56.10conducted in compliance with generally accepted governmental auditing standards, the
56.11federal Single Audit Act, if applicable, and section 6.65. A charter school is subject
56.12to and must comply with sections 15.054; 118A.01; 118A.02; 118A.03; 118A.04;
56.13118A.05 ; 118A.06; 471.38; 471.391; 471.392; and 471.425. The audit must comply with
56.14the requirements of sections 123B.75 to 123B.83, except to the extent deviations are
56.15necessary because of the program at the school. Deviations must be approved by the
56.16commissioner and authorizer. The Department of Education, state auditor, legislative
56.17auditor, or authorizer may conduct financial, program, or compliance audits. A charter
56.18school determined to be in statutory operating debt under sections 123B.81 to 123B.83
56.19must submit a plan under section 123B.81, subdivision 4.
56.20    (k) A charter school is a district for the purposes of tort liability under chapter 466.
56.21    (l) A charter school must comply with chapters 13 and 13D; and sections 120A.22,
56.22subdivision 7 ; 121A.75; and 260B.171, subdivisions 3 and 5.
56.23    (m) A charter school is subject to the Pledge of Allegiance requirement under
56.24section 121A.11, subdivision 3.
56.25    (n) A charter school offering online courses or programs must comply with section
56.26124D.095 .
56.27    (o) A charter school and charter school board of directors are subject to chapter 181.
56.28    (p) A charter school must comply with section 120A.22, subdivision 7, governing
56.29the transfer of students' educational records and sections 138.163 and 138.17 governing
56.30the management of local records.
56.31    (q) A charter school that provides early childhood health and developmental
56.32screening must comply with sections 121A.16 to 121A.19.
56.33    (r) A charter school that provides school-sponsored youth athletic activities must
56.34comply with section 121A.38.
56.35    (s) A charter school is subject to and must comply with continuing truant notification
56.36under section 260A.03.
57.1(t) A charter school must develop and implement a teacher evaluation and peer
57.2review process under section 122A.40, subdivision 8, paragraph (b), clauses (2) to
57.3(13). The teacher evaluation process in this paragraph does not create any additional
57.4employment rights for teachers.
57.5(u) A charter school must adopt a policy, plan, budget, and process, consistent with
57.6section 120B.11, to review curriculum, instruction, and student achievement and strive
57.7for the world's best workforce.
57.8(v) A charter school must comply with section 121A.031 governing policies on
57.9prohibited conduct.
57.10(w) A charter school must comply with all pupil transportation requirements in
57.11section 123B.88, subdivision 1. A charter school must not require parents to surrender
57.12their rights to pupil transportation under section 123B.88, subdivision 2.

57.13    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.10, subdivision 12, is amended to read:
57.14    Subd. 12. Pupils with a disability. A charter school must comply with sections
57.15125A.02 , 125A.03 to 125A.24, and 125A.65 and rules relating to the education of pupils
57.16with a disability as though it were a district. A charter school enrolling prekindergarten
57.17pupils with a disability under subdivision 8, paragraph (f), must comply with sections
57.18125A.259 to 125A.48 and rules relating to the interagency early childhood intervention
57.19system as though it were a district.

57.20    Sec. 3. APPROPRIATIONS.
57.21    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
57.22appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
57.23designated.
57.24    Subd. 2. Charter school building lease aid. For building lease aid under Minnesota
57.25Statutes, section 124D.11, subdivision 4:
57.26
$
66,787,000
.....
2016
57.27
$
73,603,000
.....
2017
57.28The 2016 appropriation includes $6,032,000 for 2015 and $60,755,000 for 2016.
57.29The 2017 appropriation includes $6,750,000 for 2016 and $66,853,000 for 2017.

57.30ARTICLE 5
57.31SPECIAL EDUCATION

57.32    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.11, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
58.1    Subdivision 1. General education revenue. (a) General education revenue must
58.2be paid to a charter school as though it were a district. The general education revenue
58.3for each adjusted pupil unit is the state average general education revenue per pupil unit,
58.4plus the referendum equalization aid allowance in the pupil's district of residence, minus
58.5an amount equal to the product of the formula allowance according to section 126C.10,
58.6subdivision 2 , times .0466, calculated without declining enrollment revenue, local optional
58.7revenue, basic skills revenue, extended time support revenue, pension adjustment revenue,
58.8transition revenue, and transportation sparsity revenue, plus declining enrollment revenue,
58.9basic skills revenue, extended time support revenue, pension adjustment revenue, and
58.10transition revenue as though the school were a school district. The general education
58.11revenue for each extended time support pupil unit equals $4,794.
58.12(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the general education revenue for an eligible
58.13special education charter school as defined in subdivision 5a equals the sum of the
58.14amount determined under paragraph (a) and the school's unreimbursed cost as defined in
58.15subdivision 5a for educating students not eligible for special education services.

58.16    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.11, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
58.17    Subd. 5. Special education aid. (a) Except as provided in subdivision 2, special
58.18education aid must be paid to a charter school according to section 125A.76, as though
58.19it were a school district.
58.20(b) For fiscal year 2015 and later, the special education aid paid to the charter school
58.21shall be adjusted as follows:
58.22(1) if the charter school does not receive general education revenue on behalf of
58.23the student according to subdivision 1, the aid shall be adjusted as provided in section
58.24125A.11 ; or
58.25(2) if the charter school receives general education revenue on behalf of the student
58.26according to subdivision 1, the aid shall be adjusted as provided in section 127A.47,
58.27subdivision 7 , paragraphs (b) to (d) (e).
58.28EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for fiscal year 2016 and later.

58.29    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.11, is amended by adding a subdivision
58.30to read:
58.31    Subd. 5a. Definitions. (a) For purposes of subdivision 5b, the terms in this
58.32subdivision have the meanings given.
59.1(b) "Unreimbursed costs" means the difference between the total cost of educating
59.2students at the school and the total of state and federal aids and grants, excluding aid under
59.3subdivision 1, paragraph (b), and subdivision 5b.
59.4(c) "Eligible special education charter school" means a charter school:
59.5(1) where the percent of students eligible for special education services equals at
59.6least 90 percent of the charter school's total enrollment; and
59.7(2) that submits to the commissioner a preliminary annual budget by June 15 prior
59.8to the start of the fiscal year and a revised budget by January 15 of the current fiscal
59.9year detailing its unreimbursed costs for educating students eligible and not eligible for
59.10special education services.
59.11EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for fiscal year 2016 and later.

59.12    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.11, is amended by adding a subdivision
59.13to read:
59.14    Subd. 5b. Special education aid for eligible special education charter schools.
59.15(a) Notwithstanding subdivision 5, the special education aid for an eligible special
59.16education charter school equals the sum of the school's special education aid under
59.17subdivision 5, paragraph (a), and the school's approved unreimbursed cost for educating
59.18students eligible for special education services.
59.19(b) The commissioner must review the budget data submitted by an eligible special
59.20education charter school under subdivision 5a and notify the school of the approved
59.21unreimbursed cost to be used for current aid payments within 30 days of receiving the
59.22budget from the school.
59.23(c) For purposes of section 127A.45, subdivision 13, the aid under this subdivision
59.24is not subject to the 97.4 percent current fiscal year special education aid entitlement
59.25provision.
59.26(d) Final aid payments must be calculated using the actual unreimbursed costs as
59.27determined by the department based on year-end financial and student data submitted by
59.28the charter school.
59.29EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for fiscal year 2016 and later.

59.30    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 125A.03, is amended to read:
59.31125A.03 SPECIAL INSTRUCTION FOR CHILDREN WITH A DISABILITY.
59.32(a) As defined in paragraph (b), every district must provide special instruction and
59.33services, either within the district or in another district, for all children with a disability,
60.1including providing required services under Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, section
60.2300.121, paragraph (d), to those children suspended or expelled from school for more than
60.3ten school days in that school year, who are residents of the district and who are disabled
60.4as set forth in section 125A.02. For purposes of state and federal special education laws,
60.5the phrase "special instruction and services" in the state Education Code means a free
60.6and appropriate public education provided to an eligible child with disabilities. "Free
60.7appropriate public education" means special education and related services that:
60.8(1) are provided at public expense, under public supervision and direction, and
60.9without charge;
60.10(2) meet the standards of the state, including the requirements of the Individuals
60.11with Disabilities Education Act, Part B or C;
60.12(3) include an appropriate preschool, elementary school, or secondary school
60.13education; and
60.14(4) are provided to children ages three through 21 in conformity with an
60.15individualized education program that meets the requirements of the Individuals with
60.16Disabilities Education Act, subpart A, sections 300.320 to 300.324, and provided to
60.17infants and toddlers in conformity with an individualized family service plan that meets
60.18the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, subpart A, sections
60.19303.300 to 303.346.
60.20(b) Notwithstanding any age limits in laws to the contrary, special instruction and
60.21services must be provided from birth until July 1 after the child with a disability becomes
60.2221 years old but shall not extend beyond secondary school or its equivalent, except as
60.23provided in section 124D.68, subdivision 2. Local health, education, and social service
60.24agencies must refer children under age five who are known to need or suspected of
60.25needing special instruction and services to the school district. Districts with less than the
60.26minimum number of eligible children with a disability as determined by the commissioner
60.27must cooperate with other districts to maintain a full range of programs for education
60.28and services for children with a disability. This section does not alter the compulsory
60.29attendance requirements of section 120A.22.
60.30(c) At the board's discretion, a school district that participates in a reciprocity
60.31agreement with a neighboring state under section 124D.041 may enroll and provide
60.32special instruction and services to a child from an adjoining state whose family resides
60.33at a Minnesota address as assigned by the United States Postal Service if the district has
60.34completed child identification procedures for that child to determine the child's eligibility
60.35for special education services, and the child has received developmental screening under
60.36sections 121A.16 to 121A.19.
61.1EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

61.2    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 125A.11, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
61.3    Subdivision 1. Nonresident tuition rate; other costs. (a) For fiscal year 2015 and
61.4later, when a school district provides special instruction and services for a pupil with
61.5a disability as defined in section 125A.02 outside the district of residence, excluding
61.6a pupil for whom an adjustment to special education aid is calculated according to
61.7section 127A.47, subdivision 7, paragraphs (b) to (d), special education aid paid to the
61.8resident district must be reduced by an amount equal to (1) the actual cost of providing
61.9special instruction and services to the pupil, including a proportionate amount for special
61.10transportation and unreimbursed building lease and debt service costs for facilities used
61.11primarily for special education, plus (2) the amount of general education revenue and
61.12referendum equalization aid attributable to that pupil, calculated using the resident district's
61.13average general education revenue and referendum equalization aid per adjusted pupil
61.14unit excluding basic skills revenue, elementary sparsity revenue and secondary sparsity
61.15revenue, minus (3) the amount of special education aid for children with a disability
61.16under section 125A.76 received on behalf of that child, minus (4) if the pupil receives
61.17special instruction and services outside the regular classroom for more than 60 percent
61.18of the school day, the amount of general education revenue and referendum equalization
61.19aid, excluding portions attributable to district and school administration, district support
61.20services, operations and maintenance, capital expenditures, and pupil transportation,
61.21attributable to that pupil for the portion of time the pupil receives special instruction
61.22and services outside of the regular classroom, calculated using the resident district's
61.23average general education revenue and referendum equalization aid per adjusted pupil unit
61.24excluding basic skills revenue, elementary sparsity revenue and secondary sparsity revenue
61.25and the serving district's basic skills revenue, elementary sparsity revenue and secondary
61.26sparsity revenue per adjusted pupil unit. Notwithstanding clauses (1) and (4), for pupils
61.27served by a cooperative unit without a fiscal agent school district, the general education
61.28revenue and referendum equalization aid attributable to a pupil must be calculated using
61.29the resident district's average general education revenue and referendum equalization aid
61.30excluding compensatory revenue, elementary sparsity revenue, and secondary sparsity
61.31revenue. Special education aid paid to the district or cooperative providing special
61.32instruction and services for the pupil must be increased by the amount of the reduction in
61.33the aid paid to the resident district. Amounts paid to cooperatives under this subdivision
61.34and section 127A.47, subdivision 7, shall be recognized and reported as revenues and
61.35expenditures on the resident school district's books of account under sections 123B.75
62.1and 123B.76. If the resident district's special education aid is insufficient to make the full
62.2adjustment, the remaining adjustment shall be made to other state aid due to the district.
62.3    (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), when a charter school receiving special education
62.4aid under section 124D.11, subdivision 5b, provides special instruction and services for
62.5a pupil with a disability as defined in section 125A.02, excluding a pupil for whom an
62.6adjustment to special education aid is calculated according to section 127A.46, subdivision
62.77, paragraphs (b) to (e), special education aid paid to the resident district must be reduced
62.8by an amount equal to that calculated under paragraph (a) as if the charter school received
62.9aid under section 124D.11, subdivision 5. Notwithstanding paragraph (a), special education
62.10aid paid to the charter school providing special instruction and services for the pupil must
62.11not be increased by the amount of the reduction in the aid paid to the resident district.
62.12    (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) and section 127A.47, subdivision 7, paragraphs
62.13(b) to (d), a charter school where more than 30 percent of enrolled students receive special
62.14education and related services, a site approved under section 125A.515, an intermediate
62.15district, a special education cooperative, or a school district that served as the applicant
62.16agency for a group of school districts for federal special education aids for fiscal year
62.172006 may apply to the commissioner for authority to charge the resident district an
62.18additional amount to recover any remaining unreimbursed costs of serving pupils with
62.19a disability. The application must include a description of the costs and the calculations
62.20used to determine the unreimbursed portion to be charged to the resident district. Amounts
62.21approved by the commissioner under this paragraph must be included in the tuition billings
62.22or aid adjustments under paragraph (a), or section 127A.47, subdivision 7, paragraphs
62.23(b) to (d), as applicable.
62.24    (c) (d) For purposes of this subdivision and section 127A.47, subdivision 7,
62.25paragraph (b), "general education revenue and referendum equalization aid" means
62.26the sum of the general education revenue according to section 126C.10, subdivision 1,
62.27excluding the local optional levy according to section 126C.10, subdivision 2e, paragraph
62.28(c), plus the referendum equalization aid according to section 126C.17, subdivision 7.
62.29EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for fiscal year 2016 and later.

62.30    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 125A.79, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
62.31    Subdivision 1. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the definitions in this
62.32subdivision apply.
62.33    (a) "Unreimbursed old formula special education expenditures" means:
62.34    (1) old formula special education expenditures for the prior fiscal year; minus
63.1    (2) for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the sum of the special education aid under section
63.2125A.76, subdivision 5 , for the prior fiscal year and the cross subsidy reduction aid under
63.3section 125A.76, subdivision 2b, and for fiscal year 2016 and later, the special education
63.4initial aid under section 125A.76, subdivision 2a; minus
63.5(3) for fiscal year 2016 and later, the amount of general education revenue, excluding
63.6local optional revenue, plus local optional aid and referendum equalization aid for the
63.7prior fiscal year attributable to pupils receiving special instruction and services outside the
63.8regular classroom for more than 60 percent of the school day for the portion of time the
63.9pupils receive special instruction and services outside the regular classroom, excluding
63.10portions attributable to district and school administration, district support services,
63.11operations and maintenance, capital expenditures, and pupil transportation.
63.12(b) "Unreimbursed nonfederal special education expenditures" means:
63.13(1) nonfederal special education expenditures for the prior fiscal year; minus
63.14(2) special education initial aid under section 125A.76, subdivision 2a; minus
63.15(3) the amount of general education revenue and referendum equalization aid for the
63.16prior fiscal year attributable to pupils receiving special instruction and services outside the
63.17regular classroom for more than 60 percent of the school day for the portion of time the
63.18pupils receive special instruction and services outside of the regular classroom, excluding
63.19portions attributable to district and school administration, district support services,
63.20operations and maintenance, capital expenditures, and pupil transportation.
63.21    (c) "General revenue" for a school district means the sum of the general education
63.22revenue according to section 126C.10, subdivision 1, excluding transportation sparsity
63.23revenue, local optional revenue, and total operating capital revenue. "General revenue"
63.24for a charter school means the sum of the general education revenue according to section
63.25124D.11, subdivision 1 , and transportation revenue according to section 124D.11,
63.26subdivision 2, excluding referendum equalization aid, transportation sparsity revenue, and
63.27operating capital revenue.

63.28    Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 127A.45, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
63.29    Subd. 3. Payment dates and percentages. (a) The commissioner shall pay to a
63.30district on the dates indicated an amount computed as follows: the cumulative amount
63.31guaranteed minus the sum of (1) the district's other district receipts through the current
63.32payment, and (2) the aid and credit payments through the immediately preceding payment.
63.33For purposes of this computation, the payment dates and the cumulative disbursement
63.34percentages are as follows:
64.1
Payment date
Percentage
64.2
Payment 1
July 15:
5.5
64.3
Payment 2
July 30:
8.0
64.4
Payment 3
August 15:
17.5
64.5
Payment 4
August 30:
20.0
64.6
Payment 5
September 15:
22.5
64.7
Payment 6
September 30:
25.0
64.8
Payment 7
October 15:
27.0
64.9
Payment 8
October 30:
30.0
64.10
Payment 9
November 15:
32.5
64.11
Payment 10
November 30:
36.5
64.12
Payment 11
December 15:
42.0
64.13
Payment 12
December 30:
45.0
64.14
Payment 13
January 15:
50.0
64.15
Payment 14
January 30:
54.0
64.16
Payment 15
February 15:
58.0
64.17
Payment 16
February 28:
63.0
64.18
Payment 17
March 15:
68.0
64.19
Payment 18
March 30:
74.0
64.20
Payment 19
April 15:
78.0
64.21
Payment 20
April 30:
85.0
64.22
Payment 21
May 15:
90.0
64.23
Payment 22
May 30:
95.0
64.24
Payment 23
June 20:
100.0
64.25(b) In addition to the amounts paid under paragraph (a), the commissioner shall pay
64.26to a school district or charter school on the dates indicated an amount computed as follows:
64.27
64.28
Payment 3
August 15: the final adjustment for the prior fiscal year for the state paid
property tax credits established in section 273.1392
64.29
64.30
Payment 4
August 30: 30 percent of the final adjustment for the prior fiscal year for
all aid entitlements except state paid property tax credits
64.31
64.32
Payment 6
September 30: 40 percent of the final adjustment for the prior fiscal year
for all aid entitlements except state paid property tax credits
64.33
64.34
Payment 8
October 30: 30 percent of the final adjustment for the prior fiscal year
for all aid entitlements except state paid property tax credits
64.35(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), if the current year aid payment percentage
64.36under subdivision 2, paragraph (d), is less than 90, in addition to the amounts paid under
64.37paragraph (a), the commissioner shall pay to a charter school on the dates indicated an
64.38amount computed as follows:
64.39
64.40
Payment 1
July 15: 75 percent of the final adjustment for the prior fiscal year for
all aid entitlements
64.41
64.42
Payment 8
October 30: 25 percent of the final adjustment for the prior fiscal year
for all aid entitlements
65.1(d) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), if a charter school is an eligible special education
65.2charter school under section 124D.11, subdivision 5a, in addition to the amounts paid
65.3under paragraph (a), the commissioner shall pay to a charter school on the dates indicated
65.4an amount computed as follows:
65.5
65.6
Payment 1
July 15: 75 percent of the final adjustment for the prior fiscal year for
all aid entitlements
65.7
65.8
Payment 8
October 30: 25 percent of the final adjustment for the prior fiscal year
for all aid entitlements

65.9    Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 127A.47, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
65.10    Subd. 7. Alternative attendance programs. (a) The general education aid and
65.11special education aid for districts must be adjusted for each pupil attending a nonresident
65.12district under sections 123A.05 to 123A.08, 124D.03, 124D.08, and 124D.68. The
65.13adjustments must be made according to this subdivision.
65.14    (b) For purposes of this subdivision, the "unreimbursed cost of providing special
65.15education and services" means the difference between: (1) the actual cost of providing
65.16special instruction and services, including special transportation and unreimbursed building
65.17lease and debt service costs for facilities used primarily for special education, for a pupil
65.18with a disability, as defined in section 125A.02, or a pupil, as defined in section 125A.51,
65.19who is enrolled in a program listed in this subdivision, minus (2) if the pupil receives
65.20special instruction and services outside the regular classroom for more than 60 percent of
65.21the school day, the amount of general education revenue and referendum equalization aid
65.22as defined in section 125A.11, subdivision 1, paragraph (c) (d), attributable to that pupil
65.23for the portion of time the pupil receives special instruction and services outside of the
65.24regular classroom, excluding portions attributable to district and school administration,
65.25district support services, operations and maintenance, capital expenditures, and pupil
65.26transportation, minus (3) special education aid under section 125A.76 attributable to
65.27that pupil, that is received by the district providing special instruction and services. For
65.28purposes of this paragraph, general education revenue and referendum equalization aid
65.29attributable to a pupil must be calculated using the serving district's average general
65.30education revenue and referendum equalization aid per adjusted pupil unit.
65.31(c) For fiscal year 2015 and later, special education aid paid to a resident district
65.32must be reduced by an amount equal to 90 percent of the unreimbursed cost of providing
65.33special education and services.
65.34(d) Notwithstanding paragraph (c), special education aid paid to a resident district
65.35must be reduced by an amount equal to 100 percent of the unreimbursed cost of special
65.36education and services provided to students at an intermediate district, cooperative, or
66.1charter school where the percent of students eligible for special education services is at
66.2least 70 percent of the charter school's total enrollment.
66.3(e) Notwithstanding paragraph (c), special education aid paid to a resident district
66.4must be reduced under paragraph (d) for students at a charter school receiving special
66.5education aid under section 124D.11, subdivision 5b, calculated as if the charter school
66.6received special education aid under section 124D.11, subdivision 5.
66.7    (e) (f) Special education aid paid to the district or cooperative providing special
66.8instruction and services for the pupil, or to the fiscal agent district for a cooperative, must
66.9be increased by the amount of the reduction in the aid paid to the resident district under
66.10paragraphs (c) and (d). If the resident district's special education aid is insufficient to make
66.11the full adjustment under paragraphs (c), (d), and (e), the remaining adjustment shall be
66.12made to other state aids due to the district.
66.13(g) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), general education aid paid to the resident district
66.14of a nonspecial education student for whom an eligible special education charter school
66.15receives general education aid under section 124D.11, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), must
66.16be reduced by an amount equal to the difference between the general education aid
66.17attributable to the student under section 124D.11, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), and the
66.18general education aid that the student would have generated for the charter school under
66.19section 124D.11, subdivision 1, paragraph (a). For purposes of this paragraph, "nonspecial
66.20education student" means a student who does not meet the definition of pupil with a
66.21disability, as defined in section 125A.02 or the definition of a pupil in section 125A.51.
66.22    (f) (h) An area learning center operated by a service cooperative, intermediate
66.23district, education district, or a joint powers cooperative may elect through the action of
66.24the constituent boards to charge the resident district tuition for pupils rather than to have
66.25the general education revenue paid to a fiscal agent school district. Except as provided in
66.26paragraph (e) (f), the district of residence must pay tuition equal to at least 90 and no more
66.27than 100 percent of the district average general education revenue per pupil unit minus
66.28an amount equal to the product of the formula allowance according to section 126C.10,
66.29subdivision 2 , times .0466, calculated without compensatory revenue, local optional
66.30revenue, and transportation sparsity revenue, times the number of pupil units for pupils
66.31attending the area learning center.
66.32EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for fiscal year 2016 and later.

66.33    Sec. 10. APPROPRIATIONS.
67.1    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
67.2appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
67.3designated.
67.4    Subd. 2. Special education; regular. For special education aid under Minnesota
67.5Statutes, section 125A.75:
67.6
$
1,171,029,000
.....
2016
67.7
$
1,228,842,000
.....
2017
67.8The 2016 appropriation includes $137,932,000 for 2015 and $1,033,097,000 for
67.92016.
67.10The 2017 appropriation includes $145,429,000 for 2016 and $1,083,413,000 for
67.112017.
67.12    Subd. 3. Travel for home-based services. For aid for teacher travel for home-based
67.13services under Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.75, subdivision 1:
67.14
$
361,000
.....
2016
67.15
$
371,000
.....
2017
67.16The 2016 appropriation includes $35,000 for 2015 and $326,000 for 2016.
67.17The 2017 appropriation includes $36,000 for 2016 and $335,000 for 2017.
67.18    Subd. 4. Special education out-of-state tuition. For special education out-of-state
67.19tuition according to Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.79, subdivision 8:
67.20
$
250,000
.....
2016
67.21
$
250,000
.....
2017
67.22    Subd. 5. Aid for children with disabilities. For aid under Minnesota Statutes,
67.23section 125A.75, subdivision 3, for children with disabilities placed in residential facilities
67.24within the district boundaries for whom no district of residence can be determined:
67.25
$
1,406,000
.....
2016
67.26
$
1,629,000
.....
2017
67.27If the appropriation for either year is insufficient, the appropriation for the other
67.28year is available.
67.29    Subd. 6. Court-placed special education revenue. For reimbursing serving school
67.30districts for unreimbursed eligible expenditures attributable to children placed in the serving
67.31school district by court action under Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.79, subdivision 4:
67.32
$
56,000
.....
2016
67.33
$
57,000
.....
2017
68.1    Subd. 7. Training and technical assistance to reduce district use of seclusion and
68.2restraint. For providing school districts with training and technical assistance to reduce
68.3district use of seclusion and restraint on students with complex needs:
68.4
$
100,000
.....
2016
68.5Of this appropriation, $75,000 is available to the commissioner to reimburse school
68.6districts for the cost of hiring experts to provide staff training in reducing district use of
68.7seclusion and restraint on students with complex needs. Of this appropriation, $25,000 is
68.8available to the commissioner for the costs of providing specialized training and assistance
68.9to school districts with a high use of seclusion and restraint on students with complex needs.
68.10The commissioner may contract with experts from intermediate school districts teams or
68.11level four programs to provide the specialized training and technical assistance. Any funds
68.12unexpended in fiscal year 2016 do not cancel but carry forward into the next fiscal year.

68.13ARTICLE 6
68.14FACILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY

68.15    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123A.482, is amended to read:
68.16123A.482 JOINT POWERS COOPERATIVE FACILITY PROGRAM.
68.17    Subdivision 1. Schools may be jointly operated. Two or more member school
68.18districts of Education Innovation Partners Cooperative Center No. 6091 may agree
68.19to jointly operate a secondary facility, or otherwise agree to a qualifying cooperative
68.20program under subdivision 1a. The districts may choose to operate the facility according
68.21to a joint powers agreement under section 123A.78 or 471.59.
68.22    Subd. 1a. Qualifying cooperative program. A "qualifying cooperative program"
68.23means a program operated through a joint powers agreement that utilizes technology and
68.24other options to increase the availability and number of curriculum offerings for students.
68.25    Subd. 2. Expanded program offerings. A qualifying cooperative program under
68.26subdivision 1a, or a jointly operated secondary program seeking funding under section
68.27123A.485 must demonstrate to the commissioner's satisfaction that the jointly operated
68.28program provides enhanced learning opportunities and broader curriculum offerings
68.29to the students attending that program. The commissioner must approve or disapprove
68.30a cooperative secondary program or qualifying cooperative program within 60 days of
68.31receipt of an application.
68.32    Subd. 3. Transfer of employees. If an employee is transferred between two
68.33employer members of the joint powers agreement under this section, the employee's
68.34length of service under section 122A.40, subdivision 5, remains uninterrupted. The
68.35employee shall receive credit on the receiving district's salary schedule for the employee's
69.1educational attainment and years of continuous service in the sending district, or shall
69.2receive a comparable salary, whichever is greater. The employee shall receive credit for
69.3accrued sick leave and rights to severance benefits as if the employee had been employed
69.4by the receiving district during the employee's years of employment in the sending district.
69.5    Subd. 4. Revenue. An approved program that is jointly operated under this section
69.6is eligible for aid under section 123A.485 and qualifies for a facilities grant under sections
69.7123A.44 to 123A.446.
69.8    Subd. 5. Duty to maintain elementary and secondary schools met. A school
69.9district operating a qualifying cooperative program or a joint facility under this section
69.10meets the requirements of section 123A.64.
69.11    Subd. 6. Estimated market value limit exclusion. Bonds for a cooperative facility
69.12operated under this section or a qualifying cooperative program approved under this
69.13section issued by a member school district are not subject to the net debt limit under
69.14section 475.53, subdivision 4.
69.15    Subd. 7. Allocation of levy authority for joint facility. For purposes of
69.16determining each member district's school levy, a qualifying cooperative program or a
69.17jointly operated secondary program may allocate program costs to each member district
69.18according to the joint powers agreement and each member district may include those costs
69.19in its tax levy. The joint powers agreement may choose to allocate costs on any basis
69.20adopted as part of the joint powers agreement.
69.21    Subd. 8. Effect of consolidation. The joint powers agreement may allow member
69.22school districts that choose to consolidate to continue to certify levies separately based on
69.23each component district's characteristics.
69.24    Subd. 9. Bonds. A joint powers district formed under this section may issue bonds
69.25according to section 123A.78 or its member districts may issue bonds individually after
69.26complying with this subdivision. The joint powers board must submit the project for
69.27review and comment under section 123B.71. The joint powers board must hold a hearing
69.28on the proposal. If the bonds are not issued under section 123A.78, each member district
69.29of the joint powers district must submit the question of authorizing borrowing of funds for
69.30the project to the voters of the district at a special election. The question submitted shall
69.31state the total amount of funding needed from that district. The member district may issue
69.32the bonds according to chapter 475 and certify the levy required by section 475.61 only if
69.33a majority of those voting on the question in that district vote in the affirmative and only
69.34after the board has adopted a resolution pledging the full faith and credit of that unit. The
69.35resolution must irrevocably commit that unit to pay an agreed-upon share of any debt levy
69.36shortages that, together with other funds available, would allow the member school board
70.1to pay the principal and interest on the obligations. The clerk of the joint powers board
70.2must certify the vote of any bond elections to the commissioner. Bonds issued under this
70.3section first qualify for debt service equalization aid in fiscal year 2018 2020.
70.4    Subd. 10. Election. A district entering into a joint powers agreement under this
70.5section may conduct a referendum seeking approval for a new facility. This election may
70.6be held separately or at the same time as a bond election under subdivision 9. If the
70.7election is held at the same time, the questions may be asked separately or as a conjunctive
70.8question. The question must be approved by a majority of those voting on the question.
70.9If asked separately and the question fails, a district may not proceed with the sale of
70.10bonds according to subdivision 9.
70.11EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

70.12    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.57, is amended to read:
70.13123B.57 CAPITAL EXPENDITURE; HEALTH AND SAFETY.
70.14    Subdivision 1. Health and safety revenue application. (a) To receive health
70.15and safety revenue for any fiscal year a district must submit to the commissioner a
70.16capital expenditure health and safety revenue application by the date determined by the
70.17commissioner. The application must include a health and safety budget adopted and
70.18confirmed by the school district board as being consistent with the district's health and
70.19safety policy under subdivision 2. The budget must include the estimated cost of the
70.20program per Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS) finance
70.21code, by fiscal year. Upon approval through the adoption of a resolution by each of an
70.22intermediate district's member school district boards and the approval of the Department
70.23of Education, a school district may include its proportionate share of the costs of health
70.24and safety projects for an intermediate district in its application.
70.25(b) Health and safety projects with an estimated cost of $500,000 or more per
70.26site are not eligible for health and safety revenue. Health and safety projects with an
70.27estimated cost of $500,000 or more per site that meet all other requirements for health and
70.28safety funding, are eligible for alternative facilities bonding and levy revenue according
70.29to section 123B.59. A school board shall not separate portions of a single project into
70.30components to qualify for health and safety revenue, and shall not combine unrelated
70.31projects into a single project to qualify for alternative facilities bonding and levy revenue.
70.32(c) The commissioner of education shall not make eligibility for health and safety
70.33revenue contingent on a district's compliance status, level of program development, or
71.1training. The commissioner shall not mandate additional performance criteria such as
71.2training, certifications, or compliance evaluations as a prerequisite for levy approval.
71.3    Subd. 2. Health and safety policy. To qualify for health and safety revenue, a
71.4school board must adopt a health and safety policy. The policy must include provisions
71.5for implementing a health and safety program that complies with health, safety, and
71.6environmental regulations and best practices including indoor air quality management.
71.7    Subd. 3. Health and safety revenue. A district's health and safety revenue
71.8for a fiscal year equals the district's alternative facilities levy under section 123B.59,
71.9subdivision 5, paragraph (b), plus the greater of zero or:
71.10    (1) the sum of (a) the total approved cost of the district's hazardous substance
71.11plan for fiscal years 1985 through 1989, plus (b) the total approved cost of the district's
71.12health and safety program for fiscal year 1990 through the fiscal year to which the levy
71.13is attributable, excluding expenditures funded with bonds issued under section 123B.59
71.14or 123B.62, or chapter 475; certificates of indebtedness or capital notes under section
71.15123B.61; levies under section 123B.58, 123B.59, 123B.63, or 126C.40, subdivision 1 or
71.166; and other federal, state, or local revenues, minus
71.17    (2) the sum of (a) the district's total hazardous substance aid and levy for fiscal years
71.181985 through 1989 under sections 124.245 and 275.125, subdivision 11c, plus (b) the
71.19district's health and safety revenue under this subdivision, for years before the fiscal year
71.20to which the levy is attributable.
71.21    Subd. 4. Health and safety levy. To receive health and safety revenue, a district
71.22may levy an amount equal to the district's health and safety revenue as defined in
71.23subdivision 3 multiplied by the lesser of one, or the ratio of the quotient derived by
71.24dividing the adjusted net tax capacity of the district for the year preceding the year the
71.25levy is certified by the adjusted pupil units in the district for the school year to which
71.26the levy is attributable, to $3,165.
71.27    Subd. 5. Health and safety aid. A district's health and safety aid is the difference
71.28between its health and safety revenue and its health and safety levy. If a district does not
71.29levy the entire amount permitted, health and safety aid must be reduced in proportion to
71.30the actual amount levied. Health and safety aid may not be reduced as a result of reducing
71.31a district's health and safety levy according to section 123B.79.
71.32    Subd. 6. Uses of Health and safety revenue capital projects. (a) Health and
71.33safety revenue may be used only for approved capital projects may include expenditures
71.34necessary for the correction of fire and life safety hazards; design, purchase, installation,
71.35maintenance, and inspection of fire protection and alarm equipment; purchase or
71.36construction of appropriate facilities for the storage of combustible and flammable
72.1materials; inventories and facility modifications not related to a remodeling project
72.2to comply with lab safety requirements under section 121A.31; inspection, testing,
72.3repair, removal or encapsulation, and disposal of asbestos-containing building materials;
72.4cleanup and disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls; cleanup and disposal of hazardous and
72.5infectious wastes; cleanup, removal, disposal, and repairs related to storing heating fuel or
72.6transportation fuels such as alcohol, gasoline, fuel oil, and special fuel, as defined in section
72.7296A.01 ; correction of occupational safety and health administration regulated hazards;
72.8indoor air quality inspections, investigations, and testing; mold abatement; upgrades or
72.9replacement of mechanical ventilation systems to meet American Society of Heating,
72.10Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers standards and State Mechanical Code;
72.11design, materials, and installation of local exhaust ventilation systems, including required
72.12make-up air for controlling regulated hazardous substances; correction of Department of
72.13Health Food Code violations; correction of swimming pool hazards excluding depth
72.14correction; playground safety inspections, repair of unsafe outdoor playground equipment,
72.15and the installation of impact surfacing materials; bleacher repair or rebuilding to comply
72.16with the order of a building code inspector under section 326B.112; testing and mitigation
72.17of elevated radon hazards; lead testing; copper in water testing; cleanup after major
72.18weather-related disasters or flooding; reduction of excessive organic and inorganic levels
72.19in wells and capping of abandoned wells; installation and testing of boiler backflow valves
72.20to prevent contamination of potable water; vaccinations, titers, and preventative supplies
72.21for bloodborne pathogen compliance; costs to comply with the Janet B. Johnson Parents'
72.22Right to Know Act; automated external defibrillators and other emergency plan equipment
72.23and supplies specific to the district's emergency action plan; compliance with the National
72.24Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for school generators established by the
72.25United States Environmental Protection Agency; and health, safety, and environmental
72.26management costs associated with implementing the district's health and safety program
72.27including costs to establish and operate safety committees, in school buildings or property
72.28owned or being acquired by the district. Testing and calibration activities are permitted for
72.29existing mechanical ventilation systems at intervals no less than every five years.
72.30(b) For fiscal years 2014 through 2017, a school district must not include expenses
72.31related to emission compliance projects for school generators in its health and safety
72.32revenue capital projects unless it reduces its approved spending on other qualified health
72.33and safety projects by the same amount.
72.34    Subd. 6a. Restrictions on health and safety revenue. Notwithstanding subdivision
72.356, health and safety revenue must not be used:
73.1(1) to finance a lease purchase agreement, installment purchase agreement, or other
73.2deferred payments agreement;
73.3(2) for the construction of new facilities, remodeling of existing facilities, or the
73.4purchase of portable classrooms;
73.5(3) for interest or other financing expenses;
73.6(4) for energy-efficiency projects under section 123B.65, for a building or property
73.7or part of a building or property used for postsecondary instruction or administration or for
73.8a purpose unrelated to elementary and secondary education;
73.9(5) for replacement of building materials or facilities including roof, walls, windows,
73.10internal fixtures and flooring, nonhealth and safety costs associated with demolition of
73.11facilities, structural repair or replacement of facilities due to unsafe conditions, violence
73.12prevention and facility security, ergonomics, or public announcement systems and
73.13emergency communication devices; or
73.14(6) for building and heating, ventilating and air conditioning supplies, maintenance,
73.15and cleaning activities. All assessments, investigations, inventories, and support
73.16equipment not leading to the engineering or construction of a project shall be included in
73.17the health, safety, and environmental management costs in subdivision 8, paragraph (a).
73.18    Subd. 6b. Health and safety projects. (a) Health and safety revenue applications
73.19defined in subdivision 1 must be accompanied by a description of each project for which
73.20funding is being requested. Project descriptions must provide enough detail for an auditor
73.21to determine if the work qualifies for revenue. For projects other than fire and life
73.22safety projects, playground projects, and health, safety, and environmental management
73.23activities, a project description does not need to include itemized details such as material
73.24types, room locations, square feet, names, or license numbers. The commissioner
73.25may request supporting information and shall approve only projects that comply with
73.26subdivisions 6 and 8, as defined by the Department of Education.
73.27(b) Districts may request funding for allowable projects based on self-assessments,
73.28safety committee recommendations, insurance inspections, management assistance
73.29reports, fire marshal orders, or other mandates. Notwithstanding subdivision 1, paragraph
73.30(b), and subdivision 8, paragraph (b), for projects under $500,000, individual project
73.31size for projects authorized by this subdivision is not limited and may include related
73.32work in multiple facilities. Health and safety management costs from subdivision 8 may
73.33be reported as a single project.
73.34(c) All costs directly related to a project shall be reported in the appropriate Uniform
73.35Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS) finance code.
74.1(d) For fire and life safety egress and all other projects exceeding $20,000, cited
74.2under the Minnesota Fire Code, a fire marshal plan review is required.
74.3(e) Districts shall update project estimates with actual expenditures for each
74.4fiscal year. If a project's final cost is significantly higher than originally approved, the
74.5commissioner may request additional supporting information.
74.6    Subd. 6c. Appeals process. In the event a district is denied funding approval for
74.7a project the district believes complies with subdivisions 6 and 8, and is not otherwise
74.8excluded, a district may appeal the decision. All such requests must be in writing. The
74.9commissioner shall respond in writing. A written request must contain the following:
74.10project number; description and amount; reason for denial; unresolved questions for
74.11consideration; reasons for reconsideration; and a specific statement of what action the
74.12district is requesting.
74.13    Subd. 7. Proration. In the event that the health and safety aid available for any year
74.14is prorated, a district having its aid prorated may levy an additional amount equal to the
74.15amount not paid by the state due to proration.
74.16    Subd. 8. Health, safety, and environmental management cost. (a) "Health, safety,
74.17and environmental management" is defined in section 123B.56.
74.18(b) A district's cost for health, safety, and environmental management is limited to
74.19the lesser of:
74.20(1) actual cost to implement their plan; or
74.21(2) an amount determined by the commissioner, based on enrollment, building
74.22age, and size.
74.23(c) The department may contract with regional service organizations, private
74.24contractors, Minnesota Safety Council, or state agencies to provide management
74.25assistance to school districts for health and safety capital projects. Management assistance
74.26is the development of written programs for the identification, recognition and control of
74.27hazards, and prioritization and scheduling of district health and safety capital projects. The
74.28commissioner shall not mandate management assistance or exclude private contractors
74.29from the opportunity to provide any health and safety services to school districts.
74.30EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
74.31later.

74.32    Sec. 3. [123B.595] LONG-TERM FACILITIES MAINTENANCE REVENUE.
74.33    Subdivision 1. Long-term facilities maintenance revenue. (a) For fiscal year
74.342017 only, long-term facilities maintenance revenue equals the greater of (1) $200 times
74.35the district's adjusted pupil units times the lesser of one or the ratio of the district's
75.1average building age to 35 years, plus the cost approved by the commissioner for indoor
75.2air quality, fire alarm and suppression, and asbestos abatement projects under section
75.3123B.57, subdivision 6, with an estimated cost of $100,000 or more per site or (2) the
75.4sum of the amount the district would have qualified for under Minnesota Statutes 2014,
75.5section 123B.57, Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.59, and Minnesota Statutes
75.62014, section 123B.591.
75.7(b) For fiscal year 2018 only, long-term facilities maintenance revenue equals the
75.8greater of (1) $300 times the district's adjusted pupil units times the lesser of one or the
75.9ratio of the district's average building age to 35 years, plus the cost approved by the
75.10commissioner for indoor air quality, fire alarm and suppression, and asbestos abatement
75.11projects under section 123B.57, subdivision 6, with an estimated cost of $100,000 or more
75.12per site or (2) the sum of the amount the district would have qualified for under Minnesota
75.13Statutes 2014, section 123B.57, Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.59, and Minnesota
75.14Statutes 2014, section 123B.591.
75.15(c) For fiscal year 2019 and later, long-term facilities maintenance revenue equals
75.16the greater of (1) $400 times the district's adjusted pupil units times the lesser of one or
75.17the ratio of the district's average building age to 35 years, plus the cost approved by the
75.18commissioner for indoor air quality, fire alarm and suppression, and asbestos abatement
75.19projects under section 123B.57, subdivision 6, with an estimated cost of $100,000 or more
75.20per site or (2) the sum of the amount the district would have qualified for under Minnesota
75.21Statutes 2014, section 123B.57, Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.59, and Minnesota
75.22Statutes 2014, section 123B.591.
75.23    Subd. 2. Long-term facilities maintenance revenue for a charter school. (a)
75.24For fiscal year 2017 only, long-term facilities maintenance revenue for a charter school
75.25equals $38 times the adjusted pupil units.
75.26(b) For fiscal year 2018 only, long-term facilities maintenance revenue for a charter
75.27school equals $90 times the adjusted pupil units.
75.28(c) For fiscal year 2019 and later, long-term facilities maintenance revenue for a
75.29charter school equals $143 times the adjusted pupil units.
75.30    Subd. 3. Intermediate districts and other cooperative units. Upon approval
75.31through the adoption of a resolution by each member district school board of an
75.32intermediate district or other cooperative units under section 123A.24, subdivision 2,
75.33and the approval of the commissioner of education, a school district may include in its
75.34authority under this section a proportionate share of the long-term maintenance costs
75.35of the intermediate district or cooperative unit. The cooperative unit may issue bonds
75.36to finance the project costs or levy for the costs, using long-term maintenance revenue
76.1transferred from member districts to make debt service payments or pay project costs.
76.2Authority under this subdivision is in addition to the authority for individual district
76.3projects under subdivision 1.
76.4    Subd. 4. Facilities plans. (a) To qualify for revenue under this section, a school
76.5district or intermediate district, not including a charter school, must have a ten-year facility
76.6plan adopted by the school board and approved by the commissioner. The plan must include
76.7provisions for implementing a health and safety program that complies with health, safety,
76.8and environmental regulations and best practices, including indoor air quality management.
76.9(b) The district must annually update the plan, biennially submit a facility
76.10maintenance plan to the commissioner, and indicate whether the district will issue bonds
76.11to finance the plan or levy for the costs.
76.12    Subd. 5. Bond authorization. (a) A school district may issue general obligation
76.13bonds under this section to finance facilities plans approved by its board and the
76.14commissioner. Chapter 475, except sections 475.58 and 475.59, must be complied with.
76.15The authority to issue bonds under this section is in addition to any bonding authority
76.16authorized by this chapter or other law. The amount of bonding authority authorized
76.17under this section must be disregarded in calculating the bonding or net debt limits of this
76.18chapter, or any other law other than section 475.53, subdivision 4.
76.19(b) At least 20 days before the earliest of solicitation of bids, the issuance of bonds,
76.20or the final certification of levies under subdivision 6, the district must publish notice
76.21of the intended projects, the amount of the bond issue, and the total amount of district
76.22indebtedness.
76.23(c) The portion of revenue under this section for bonded debt must be recognized
76.24in the debt service fund.
76.25    Subd. 6. Levy authorization. A district may levy for costs related to an approved
76.26plan under subdivision 4 as follows:
76.27(1) if the district has indicated to the commissioner that bonds will be issued, the
76.28district may levy for the principal and interest payments on outstanding bonds issued
76.29under subdivision 5 after reduction for any aid receivable under subdivision 9; or
76.30(2) if the district has indicated to the commissioner that the plan will be funded
76.31through levy, the district may levy according to the schedule approved in the plan after
76.32reduction for any aid receivable under subdivision 9.
76.33    Subd. 7. Long-term facilities maintenance equalization revenue. (a) For fiscal
76.34year 2017 only, a district's long-term facilities maintenance equalization revenue equals
76.35the lesser of (1) $200 times the adjusted pupil units or (2) the district's revenue under
76.36subdivision 1.
77.1(b) For fiscal year 2018 only, a district's long-term facilities maintenance
77.2equalization revenue equals the lesser of (1) $300 times the adjusted pupil units or (2)
77.3the district's revenue under subdivision 1.
77.4(c) For fiscal year 2019 and later, a district's long-term facilities maintenance
77.5equalization revenue equals the lesser of (1) $400 times the adjusted pupil units or (2)
77.6the district's revenue under subdivision 1.
77.7    Subd. 8. Long-term facilities maintenance equalization levy. For fiscal year 2017
77.8and later, a district's long-term facilities maintenance equalization levy equals the lesser of
77.9(1) its long-term facilities maintenance equalization revenue times the lesser of one or
77.10the ratio of its adjusted net tax capacity per adjusted pupil unit in the year preceding the
77.11year the levy is certified to 125 percent of the state average adjusted net tax capacity per
77.12adjusted pupil unit in the year preceding the year the levy is certified or (2) the greater
77.13of zero or the district's long-term facilities maintenance equalization revenue minus the
77.14amount of aid the district received for fiscal year 2015 under Minnesota Statutes 2014,
77.15section 123B.59, subdivision 6.
77.16    Subd. 9. Long-term facilities maintenance equalization aid. A district's long-term
77.17facilities maintenance equalization aid equals the difference between its long-term
77.18facilities maintenance equalization revenue and its long-term facilities maintenance
77.19equalization levy.
77.20    Subd. 10. Long-term facilities maintenance unequalized levy. Each year, a
77.21district may levy an amount equal to the difference between its total long-term facilities
77.22maintenance revenue under subdivision 1 and its long-term facilities maintenance
77.23equalization revenue.
77.24    Subd. 11. Allowed uses for long-term facilities maintenance revenue. (a) A
77.25district may use revenue under this section for any of the following:
77.26(1) deferred capital expenditures and maintenance projects necessary to prevent
77.27further erosion of facilities;
77.28(2) increasing accessibility of school facilities; or
77.29(3) health and safety capital projects under section 123B.57.
77.30(b) A charter school may use revenue under this section for any purpose related
77.31to the school.
77.32    Subd. 12. Restrictions on long-term facilities maintenance revenue.
77.33Notwithstanding subdivision 11, long-term facilities maintenance revenue may not be used:
77.34(1) for the construction of new facilities, remodeling of existing facilities, or the
77.35purchase of portable classrooms;
78.1(2) to finance a lease purchase agreement, installment purchase agreement, or other
78.2deferred payments agreement;
78.3(3) for energy-efficiency projects under section 123B.65, for a building or property
78.4or part of a building or property used for postsecondary instruction or administration or for
78.5a purpose unrelated to elementary and secondary education; or
78.6(4) for violence prevention and facility security, ergonomics, or public announcement
78.7systems and emergency communication devices.
78.8    Subd. 13. Reserve account. The portion of long-term facilities maintenance
78.9revenue not recognized under subdivision 5, paragraph (c), must be maintained in a
78.10reserve account within the general fund.
78.11EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
78.12later.

78.13    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 126C.01, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
78.14    Subd. 2. Adjusted net tax capacity. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b),
78.15"adjusted net tax capacity" means the net tax capacity of the taxable property of the
78.16district as adjusted by the commissioner of revenue under sections 127A.48 and 273.1325.
78.17The adjusted net tax capacity for any given calendar year must be used to compute levy
78.18limitations for levies certified in the succeeding calendar year and aid for the school year
78.19beginning in the second succeeding calendar year.
78.20(b) For purposes of the long-term maintenance facilities equalization levy under
78.21section 123B.595, subdivision 8, "adjusted net tax capacity" means the value described in
78.22paragraph (a) reduced by 50 percent of the value of class 2a agricultural land determined
78.23under that paragraph before the application of the growth limit under section 127A.48,
78.24subdivision 7.
78.25EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for taxes payable in 2016 and later.

78.26    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 127A.33, is amended to read:
78.27127A.33 SCHOOL ENDOWMENT FUND; APPORTIONMENT.
78.28(a) The commissioner shall apportion the school endowment fund semiannually on
78.29the first Monday in March and September in each year, to districts whose schools have
78.30been in session at least nine months. The apportionment shall be in proportion to each
78.31district's adjusted average daily membership during the preceding year. The apportionment
78.32shall not be paid to a district for pupils for whom tuition is received by the district.
79.1(b) For fiscal year 2016 and later, a district must reserve for school technology
79.2and telecommunications infrastructure, programs, and training an amount equal to the
79.3greater of (1) zero or (2) the total fiscal year apportionment per prior year pupil in adjusted
79.4average daily membership minus $31.62.
79.5EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

79.6    Sec. 6. COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION; 1:1 DEVICE PROGRAM
79.7GUIDELINES.
79.8The commissioner of education must research existing 1:1 device programs in
79.9Minnesota and across the country to determine best practices for Minnesota schools
79.10implementing 1:1 device programs. By February 15, 2016, the commissioner must
79.11develop and publish guidelines to ensure maximum effectiveness of 1:1 device programs
79.12and make a report on the research findings to the committees of the legislature with
79.13jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade 12 education.

79.14    Sec. 7. FAIR SCHOOL CRYSTAL TRANSITION.
79.15    Subdivision 1. Student enrollment. A student enrolled in the FAIR School
79.16Crystal during the 2014-2015 school year and a student accepted for enrollment during
79.17the 2015-2016 school year may continue to enroll in the FAIR School Crystal in any
79.18year through the 2019-2020 school year. For the 2015-2016 school year and later, other
79.19students may apply for enrollment under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.03.
79.20    Subd. 2. Compensatory revenue; literacy aid; alternative compensation
79.21revenue. For the 2015-2016 school year only, the Department of Education must calculate
79.22compensatory revenue, literacy aid, and alternative compensation revenue for the FAIR
79.23School Crystal based on the October 1, 2014, enrollment counts.
79.24    Subd. 3. Pupil transportation. The district may transport a pupil enrolled in
79.25the 2014-2015 school year and a pupil accepted for enrollment during the 2015-2016
79.26school year to and from the FAIR School Crystal in succeeding school years regardless
79.27of the pupil's district of residence. Pupil transportation expenses under this section are
79.28reimbursable under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.87.
79.29EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following the date on which
79.30the real and personal property of the FAIR School Crystal in Crystal is conveyed to
79.31Independent School District No. 281, Robbinsdale.

80.1    Sec. 8. FAIR SCHOOL DOWNTOWN TRANSITION.
80.2    Subdivision 1. Student enrollment. A student enrolled in the FAIR School
80.3downtown during the 2014-2015 school year and a student accepted for enrollment during
80.4the 2015-2016 school year may continue to enroll in the FAIR School downtown in any
80.5year through the 2018-2019 school year. For the 2015-2016 school year and later, other
80.6students may apply for enrollment under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.03.
80.7    Subd. 2. Compensatory revenue; literacy aid; alternative compensation
80.8revenue. For the 2015-2016 school year only, the Department of Education must calculate
80.9compensatory revenue, literacy aid, and alternative compensation revenue for the FAIR
80.10School downtown based on the October 1, 2014, enrollment counts.
80.11    Subd. 3. Pupil transportation. The district may transport a pupil enrolled in the
80.122014-2015 school year and a pupil accepted for enrollment during the 2015-2016 school
80.13year to and from the FAIR School downtown in succeeding school years regardless of
80.14the pupil's district of residence. Pupil transportation expenses under this section are
80.15reimbursable under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.87.
80.16EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following the date on which
80.17the real and personal property of the FAIR School downtown in Minneapolis is conveyed
80.18to Special School District No. 1, Minneapolis.

80.19    Sec. 9. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATION PARTNERSHIP.
80.20    Subdivision 1. Request for proposals. The commissioner of education shall issue
80.21a request for proposals no later than July 1, 2015, and award a contract no later than
80.22September 1, 2015, to a provider for the program under subdivision 3.
80.23    Subd. 2. Eligible schools. A school district, intermediate district, or charter school
80.24is eligible to participate in the program under this section, as long as funds are available.
80.25    Subd. 3. Program description; provider duties. (a) The provider must partner
80.26with eligible schools to make available a program to teach information technology skills
80.27and competencies that are essential for career and college readiness. By December 1,
80.282015, the provider must contact each eligible school and indicate how the school can
80.29access program services under this section.
80.30(b) The provider shall recruit up to 200 schools to participate in the program as long
80.31as funds are available. The provider must engage schools on a first-come, first-served
81.1basis, except that no more than half of the total funds available may be used to deliver the
81.2program to schools located in the seven-county metropolitan area.
81.3(c) The provider shall deliver to each participating school:
81.4(1) a research-based information technology curriculum;
81.5(2) online access to the curriculum;
81.6(3) instructional software for classroom and student use;
81.7(4) training for teachers who will be using the curriculum or instructional software;
81.8(5) industry-recognized certification of skills and competencies in a broad array of
81.9information technology-related skill areas; and
81.10(6) project management, deployment, and program support, including, but not
81.11limited to, integration with academic standards under Minnesota Statutes, section
81.12120B.021 or 120B.022.
81.13    Subd. 4. Department support. The Department of Education must make support
81.14available to the provider, including acting as the primary liaison between schools and the
81.15provider and providing direction and oversight, consistent with the purposes of this section.
81.16    Subd. 5. Report required. By February 1, 2018, the provider and commissioner
81.17must jointly develop and deliver to the committees of the legislature with jurisdiction over
81.18kindergarten through grade 12 education, a summary report on program activities and
81.19outcomes, including a description of the number and location of participating schools and
81.20students, and the number and type of certifications earned by students.

81.21    Sec. 10. CANCELLATION OF PREVIOUS BIENNIUM APPROPRIATION.
81.22The appropriation made by Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 16, section 16,
81.23subdivision 5, is canceled.
81.24EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

81.25    Sec. 11. APPROPRIATIONS.
81.26    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
81.27appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
81.28designated.
81.29    Subd. 2. Long-term maintenance equalization aid. For long-term maintenance
81.30equalization aid under Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.595:
81.31
$
0
.....
2016
81.32
$
63,440,000
.....
2017
82.1The 2017 appropriation includes $0 for 2016 and $63,440,000 for 2017.
82.2    Subd. 4. Debt service equalization. For debt service aid according to Minnesota
82.3Statutes, section 123B.53, subdivision 6:
82.4
$
20,349,000
.....
2016
82.5
$
22,171,000
.....
2017
82.6The 2016 appropriation includes $2,295,000 for 2015 and $18,054,000 for 2016.
82.7The 2017 appropriation includes $2,005,000 for 2016 and $20,166,000 for 2017.
82.8    Subd. 3. Alternative facilities bonding aid. For alternative facilities bonding aid,
82.9according to Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.59, subdivision 1:
82.10
$
19,287,000
.....
2016
82.11
$
1,928,000
.....
2017
82.12The 2016 appropriation includes $1,928,000 for 2015 and $17,359,000 for 2016.
82.13The 2017 appropriation includes $1,928,000 for 2016 and $0 for 2017.
82.14    Subd. 6. Equity in telecommunications access. For equity in telecommunications
82.15access:
82.16
$
5,250,000
.....
2016
82.17
$
5,250,000
.....
2017
82.18If the appropriation amount is insufficient, the commissioner shall reduce the
82.19reimbursement rate in Minnesota Statutes, section 125B.26, subdivisions 4 and 5, and the
82.20revenue for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 shall be prorated.
82.21Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
82.22    Subd. 5. Deferred maintenance aid. For deferred maintenance aid, according to
82.23Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.591, subdivision 4:
82.24
$
3,520,000
.....
2016
82.25
$
345,000
.....
2017
82.26The 2016 appropriation includes $409,000 for 2015 and $3,111,000 for 2016.
82.27The 2017 appropriation includes $345,000 for 2016 and $0 for 2017.
82.28    Subd. 7. Health and safety revenue. For health and safety aid according to
82.29Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.57, subdivision 5:
82.30
$
501,000
.....
2016
82.31
$
48,000
.....
2017
82.32The 2016 appropriation includes $66,000 for 2015 and $435,000 for 2016.
82.33The 2017 appropriation includes $48,000 for 2016 and $0 for 2017.
83.1    Subd. 8. Information technology certification partnership. For an information
83.2technology certification partnership:
83.3
$
500,000
.....
2016
83.4
$
0
.....
2017
83.5This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is
83.6available in the second year. Of this appropriation, five percent is for departmental costs
83.7related to providing support for the information technology certification partnership.
83.8    Subd. 9. Innovative Technology Cooperative. For a grant to the Innovative
83.9Technology Cooperative under Minnesota Statutes, section 123A.215, to provide
83.10professional development related to technology:
83.11
$
150,000
.....
2016
83.12
$
150,000
.....
2017
83.13Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year. The base
83.14for this program in fiscal year 2018 is $0.
83.15    Subd. 10. Northwest mobile manufacturing lab. For a grant to the Pine to Prairie
83.16Cooperative Center:
83.17
$
100,000
.....
2016
83.18
$
100,000
.....
2017
83.19The grant must be used to establish a northwest mobile manufacturing lab program,
83.20containing two manufacturing labs and two welding labs, operated by Pine to Prairie
83.21Cooperative Center in collaboration with Northland Community and Technical College.
83.22Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year. The
83.23base for this program in fiscal year 2018 is $0.
83.24    Subd. 11. Anoka-Hennepin School District fabrication lab. For a grant
83.25to Independent School District No. 11, Anoka-Hennepin, to purchase equipment
83.26and software for a fabrication lab at its Secondary Technical Education Program in
83.27collaboration with Anoka Technical College and private program partners.
83.28
$
100,000
.....
2016

83.29    Sec. 12. REPEALER.
83.30Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 123B.59; and 123B.591, are repealed.
83.31EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017 and
83.32later.

84.1ARTICLE 7
84.2NUTRITION AND ACCOUNTING

84.3    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.1158, subdivision 3, is amended to
84.4read:
84.5    Subd. 3. Program reimbursement. Each school year, the state must reimburse
84.6each participating school 30 cents for each reduced-price breakfast, 55 cents for each
84.7fully paid breakfast served to students in grades 1 2 to 12, and $1.30 for each fully paid
84.8breakfast served to a students in kindergarten student to grade 1.
84.9EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017.

84.10    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.1158, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
84.11    Subd. 4. No fees. A school that receives school breakfast aid under this section
84.12must make breakfast available without charge to all participating students in grades 1 2
84.13to 12 who qualify for free or reduced-price meals and to all students in kindergarten
84.14students to grade 1.
84.15EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2017.

84.16    Sec. 3. COMMUNITY SERVICE FUND ACCOUNT TRANSFERS; BARNUM.
84.17Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, on June 30 of each year from 2015 through
84.182018, Independent School District No. 91, Barnum, may transfer any positive account
84.19balances between the reserve accounts for early childhood family education and school
84.20readiness. The annual transfer may only occur after the school board has taken public
84.21testimony on the proposed transfer and has adopted a written resolution authorizing the
84.22transfer.
84.23EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

84.24    Sec. 4. FUND TRANSFER; FISCAL YEARS 2016 AND 2017.
84.25(a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.80, subdivision 3, for
84.26fiscal years 2016 and 2017 only, the commissioner must approve a request for a fund
84.27transfer if the transfer does not increase state aid obligations to the district or result in
84.28additional property tax authority for the district. This section does not permit transfers
84.29from the community service fund, the food service fund, or the reserved account for staff
84.30development under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.61.
85.1(b) A school board may approve a fund transfer under paragraph (a) only after
85.2adopting a resolution stating the fund transfer will not diminish instructional opportunities
85.3for students.
85.4EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

85.5    Sec. 5. APPROPRIATIONS.
85.6    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
85.7appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
85.8designated.
85.9    Subd. 2. School lunch. For school lunch aid according to Minnesota Statutes,
85.10section 124D.111, and Code of Federal Regulations, title 7, section 210.17:
85.11
$
15,661,000
.....
2016
85.12
$
15,818,000
.....
2017
85.13    Subd. 3. School breakfast. For traditional school breakfast aid under Minnesota
85.14Statutes, section 124D.1158:
85.15
$
9,731,000
.....
2016
85.16
$
14,552,000
.....
2017
85.17    Subd. 4. Kindergarten milk. For kindergarten milk aid under Minnesota Statutes,
85.18section 124D.118:
85.19
$
942,000
.....
2016
85.20
$
942,000
.....
2017
85.21    Subd. 5. Summer school service replacement aid. For summer food service
85.22replacement aid under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.119:
85.23
$
150,000
.....
2016
85.24
$
150,000
.....
2017

85.25ARTICLE 8
85.26LIBRARIES

85.27    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 134.355, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
85.28    Subd. 5. Base aid distribution. Five Thirteen percent of the available aid funds
85.29shall be paid to each system as base aid for basic system services.
85.30EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

86.1    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 134.355, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
86.2    Subd. 6. Adjusted net tax capacity per capita distribution. Twenty-five
86.3Seventeen percent of the available aid funds shall be distributed to regional public library
86.4systems based upon the adjusted net tax capacity per capita for each member county or
86.5participating portion of a county as calculated for the second year preceding the fiscal year
86.6for which aid is provided. Each system's entitlement shall be calculated as follows:
86.7(a) Multiply the adjusted net tax capacity per capita for each county or participating
86.8portion of a county by .0082.
86.9(b) Add sufficient aid funds that are available under this subdivision to raise the
86.10amount of the county or participating portion of a county with the lowest value calculated
86.11according to paragraph (a) to the amount of the county or participating portion of a county
86.12with the next highest value calculated according to paragraph (a). Multiply the amount of
86.13the additional aid funds by the population of the county or participating portion of a county.
86.14(c) Continue the process described in paragraph (b) by adding sufficient aid funds
86.15that are available under this subdivision to the amount of a county or participating portion
86.16of a county with the next highest value calculated in paragraph (a) to raise it and the
86.17amount of counties and participating portions of counties with lower values calculated in
86.18paragraph (a) up to the amount of the county or participating portion of a county with the
86.19next highest value, until reaching an amount where funds available under this subdivision
86.20are no longer sufficient to raise the amount of a county or participating portion of a county
86.21and the amount of counties and participating portions of counties with lower values up to
86.22the amount of the next highest county or participating portion of a county.
86.23(d) If the point is reached using the process in paragraphs (b) and (c) at which the
86.24remaining aid funds under this subdivision are not adequate for raising the amount of a
86.25county or participating portion of a county and all counties and participating portions of
86.26counties with amounts of lower value to the amount of the county or participating portion
86.27of a county with the next highest value, those funds are to be divided on a per capita
86.28basis for all counties or participating portions of counties that received aid funds under
86.29the calculation in paragraphs (b) and (c).
86.30EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

86.31    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 134.355, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
86.32    Subd. 8. Eligibility. A regional public library system may apply for regional library
86.33telecommunications aid. The aid must be used for data and video access maintenance,
86.34equipment, or installation of telecommunication lines on behalf of itself and member
86.35public libraries. The aid must be used for connections and other eligible nonvoice related
87.1E-rate Program category 1 services. Aid must be used for E-rate Program category 2
87.2services as identified in the Federal Communications Commission's eligible services list
87.3for the current and preceding four funding years, if sufficient funds remain once category
87.41 needs are met in each funding year. To be eligible, a regional public library system must
87.5be officially designated by the commissioner of education as a regional public library
87.6system as defined in section 134.34, subdivision 3, and each of its participating cities and
87.7counties must meet local support levels defined in section 134.34, subdivision 1. A public
87.8library building that receives aid under this section must be open a minimum of 20 hours
87.9per week. Exceptions to the minimum open hours requirement may be granted by the
87.10Department of Education on request of the regional public library system for the following
87.11circumstances: short-term closing for emergency maintenance and repairs following a
87.12natural disaster; in response to exceptional economic circumstances; building repair or
87.13maintenance that requires public services areas to be closed; or to adjust hours of public
87.14service to respond to documented seasonal use patterns.

87.15    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 134.355, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
87.16    Subd. 9. Telecommunications aid. An application for regional library
87.17telecommunications aid must, at a minimum, contain information to document the
87.18following:
87.19    (1) the connections are adequate and employ an open network architecture that
87.20will ensure interconnectivity and interoperability with school districts, postsecondary
87.21education, or other governmental agencies;
87.22    (2) that the connection is established through the most cost-effective means and that
87.23the regional library has explored and coordinated connections through school districts,
87.24postsecondary education, or other governmental agencies;
87.25    (3) that the regional library system has and all member libraries included in the
87.26application have filed or are included in an e-rate application; and
87.27    (4) other information, as determined by the commissioner of education, to ensure
87.28that connections are coordinated, efficient, and cost-effective, take advantage of discounts,
87.29and meet applicable state standards.
87.30    The library system may include costs associated with cooperative arrangements with
87.31postsecondary institutions, school districts, and other governmental agencies.

87.32    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 134.355, subdivision 10, is amended to read:
87.33    Subd. 10. Award of funds. The commissioner of education shall develop an
87.34application and a reporting form and procedures for regional library telecommunications
88.1aid. Aid shall be based on actual costs of, including, but not limited to, connections, as
88.2documented in e-rate funding commitment decision letters for category 1 services and
88.3acceptable documentation for category 2 services and funds available for this purpose.
88.4The commissioner shall make payments directly to the regional public library system.

88.5    Sec. 6. APPROPRIATIONS.
88.6    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
88.7appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
88.8designated.
88.9    Subd. 2. Regional library basic system support. For regional library basic system
88.10support aid under Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355:
88.11
$
14,920,000
.....
2016
88.12
$
15,070,000
.....
2017
88.13The 2016 appropriation includes $1,357,000 for 2015 and $13,563,000 for 2016.
88.14The 2017 appropriation includes $1,507,000 for 2016 and $13,563,000 for 2017.
88.15    Subd. 3. Regional library telecommunications aid. For regional library
88.16telecommunications aid under Minnesota Statutes, section 134.355:
88.17
$
2,300,000
.....
2016
88.18
$
2,300,000
.....
2017
88.19The 2016 appropriation includes $230,000 for 2015 and $2,070,000 for 2016.
88.20The 2017 appropriation includes $230,000 for 2016 and $2,070,000 for 2017.
88.21    Subd. 4. Multicounty, multitype library systems. For aid under Minnesota
88.22Statutes, sections 134.353 and 134.354, to multicounty, multitype library systems:
88.23
$
1,300,000
.....
2016
88.24
$
1,300,000
.....
2017
88.25The 2016 appropriation includes $130,000 for 2015 and $1,170,000 for 2016.
88.26The 2017 appropriation includes $130,000 for 2016 and $1,170,000 for 2017.
88.27    Subd. 5. Electronic library for Minnesota. For statewide licenses to online
88.28databases selected in cooperation with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for
88.29school media centers, public libraries, state government agency libraries, and public
88.30or private college or university libraries:
88.31
$
900,000
.....
2016
88.32
$
900,000
.....
2017
89.1Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.

89.2ARTICLE 9
89.3EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

89.4    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.15, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
89.5    Subd. 3. Program requirements. (a) A school readiness program provider must:
89.6    (1) assess each child's cognitive and language skills with a comprehensive child
89.7assessment instrument when the child enters and again before the child leaves the program
89.8to improve program planning and implementation, communicate with parents, and
89.9promote kindergarten readiness;
89.10    (2) provide comprehensive program content and intentional instructional practice
89.11aligned with the state early childhood learning guidelines and kindergarten standards and
89.12based on early childhood research and professional practice that is focused on children's
89.13cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills and development and prepares children
89.14for the transition to kindergarten, including early literacy and language skills;
89.15(3) at the option of the school board, offer at least 500 hours per year of program
89.16content and instruction, including 50 summer hours, to each child who is eligible under
89.17subdivision 15, clause (1), except that a program provider may establish a waiting list
89.18consistent with subdivision 16 when funds are not available to serve every child eligible
89.19under subdivision 15, clause (1);
89.20(4) coordinate appropriate kindergarten transition with parents and kindergarten
89.21teachers;
89.22    (4) (5) involve parents in program planning and decision making;
89.23    (5) (6) coordinate with relevant community-based services;
89.24    (6) (7) cooperate with adult basic education programs and other adult literacy
89.25programs;
89.26(7) (8) ensure staff-child ratios of one-to-ten and maximum group size of 20 children
89.27with the first staff required to be a teacher; and
89.28(8) (9) provide high-quality staff development in order to have teachers
89.29knowledgeable in early childhood curriculum content, assessment, native and English
89.30language development programs, and instruction.
89.31(b) In order to receive aid under section 124D.16, a school readiness or preschool
89.32program must ensure that all classroom teachers have a license issued by the Board of
89.33Teaching or special permission by the 2019-2020 school year and later. Employees under
89.34this section who have served as a school readiness or preschool teacher in a school district
90.1for at least two years prior to the 2019-2020 school year are deemed to have completed
90.2their student teaching requirement.
90.3EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.

90.4    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.15, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
90.5    Subd. 5. Services with new or existing providers. A district may contract
90.6with a charter school or community-based organization to provide eligible children
90.7developmentally appropriate services that meet the program requirements in subdivision
90.83. In the alternative, a district may pay tuition or fees to place an eligible child in an
90.9existing program. A district may establish a new program where no existing, reasonably
90.10accessible program meets the program requirements in subdivision 3. Districts must
90.11submit a copy of each contract to the commissioner with the biennial plan. Services may
90.12be provided in a site-based program or in the home of the child or a combination of both.
90.13The district may not restrict participation to district residents.
90.14EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.

90.15    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.15, subdivision 12, is amended to read:
90.16    Subd. 12. Program fees. A district must adopt a sliding fee schedule based on a
90.17family's income but must waive a fee for a participant unable to pay. School districts must
90.18use school readiness aid for eligible children. Children who do not meet the eligibility
90.19requirements in subdivision 15 may participate on a fee-for-service basis. A fee may
90.20not be charged for a four-year-old child eligible under subdivision 15, clause (1), who
90.21is enrolled fewer than 500 hours per year.
90.22EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.

90.23    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.15, subdivision 15, is amended to read:
90.24    Subd. 15. Eligibility. A child is eligible to participate in a school readiness program
90.25if the child has completed health and developmental screening within 90 days of program
90.26enrollment under sections 121A.16 to 121A.19, and:
90.27(1) is at least three years old on September 1 is at least four years old on September
90.281; or
90.29(2) has completed health and developmental screening within 90 days of program
90.30enrollment under sections 121A.16 to 121A.19; and is at least three years old on
90.31September 1, and has one or more of the following risk factors:
90.32(3) has one or more of the following risk factors:
91.1(i) qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch;
91.2(ii) is an English learner;
91.3(iii) is homeless;
91.4(iv) has an individualized education program (IEP) or an individual interagency
91.5intervention plan (IIIP);
91.6(v) is identified, through health and developmental screenings under sections
91.7121A.16 to 121A.19, with a potential risk factor that may influence learning; or
91.8(vi) is defined as at-risk by the school district.
91.9EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for fiscal year 2017 and later.

91.10    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.15, is amended by adding a subdivision
91.11to read:
91.12    Subd. 16. Waiting list. A program that has eligible children on a waiting list must
91.13give enrollment priority to children eligible under subdivision 15, clause (2).
91.14EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2017
91.15and later.

91.16    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.16, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
91.17    Subd. 2. Amount of aid. (a) A district is eligible to receive school readiness aid
91.18for eligible prekindergarten pupils enrolled in a school readiness program under section
91.19124D.15 if the biennial plan required by section 124D.15, subdivision 3a, has been
91.20approved by the commissioner.
91.21(b) A district must receive school readiness aid equal to:
91.22(1) the number of four-year-old children in the district on October 1 for the previous
91.23school year times the ratio of 50 percent of the total school readiness aid for that year to
91.24the total number of four-year-old children reported to the commissioner for the previous
91.25school year; plus
91.26(2) the number of pupils enrolled in the school district from families eligible for the
91.27free or reduced school lunch program for the previous school year times the ratio of
91.2850 percent of the total school readiness aid for that year to the total number of pupils
91.29in the state from families eligible for the free or reduced school lunch program for the
91.30previous school year.
91.31(c) For fiscal year 2016, the total school readiness aid entitlement equals
91.32$21,058,000. For fiscal year 2017, the total school readiness aid entitlement equals
92.1$74,516,000. For fiscal year 2015 2018 and later, the total school readiness aid entitlement
92.2equals $12,170,000 $74,152,000.
92.3(d) Aid for a district that does not offer the program described under section
92.4124D.15, subdivision 3, must be reduced by 80 percent and the reduction reallocated
92.5among all other districts.
92.6EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2016
92.7and later.

92.8    Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.165, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
92.9    Subd. 2. Family eligibility. (a) For a family to receive an early learning scholarship,
92.10parents or guardians must meet the following eligibility requirements:
92.11(1) have a child three or four years of age on September 1 of the current school year,
92.12who has not yet started kindergarten; and
92.13(2) have income equal to or less than 185 percent of federal poverty level income
92.14in the current calendar year, or be able to document their child's current participation in
92.15the free and reduced-price lunch program or child and adult care food program, National
92.16School Lunch Act, United States Code, title 42, sections 1751 and 1766; the Food
92.17Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Food and Nutrition Act, United States
92.18Code, title 7, sections 2011-2036; Head Start under the federal Improving Head Start for
92.19School Readiness Act of 2007; Minnesota family investment program under chapter 256J;
92.20child care assistance programs under chapter 119B; the supplemental nutrition assistance
92.21program; or placement in foster care under section 260C.212.
92.22(b) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, a parent under age 21 who
92.23is pursuing a high school or general education equivalency diploma is eligible for an early
92.24learning scholarship if the parent has a child age zero to five years old and meets the
92.25income eligibility guidelines in this subdivision.
92.26(c) Any siblings between the ages zero to five years old of a child who has been
92.27awarded a scholarship under this section must be awarded a scholarship upon request,
92.28provided the sibling attends the same program as long as funds are available.
92.29(d) A child who has received a scholarship under this section must continue to
92.30receive a scholarship each year until that child is eligible for kindergarten under section
92.31120A.20 and as long as funds are available.
92.32(e) Early learning scholarships may not be counted as earned income for the
92.33purposes of medical assistance under chapter 256B, MinnesotaCare under chapter 256L,
92.34Minnesota family investment program under chapter 256J, child care assistance programs
93.1under chapter 119B, or Head Start under the federal Improving Head Start for School
93.2Readiness Act of 2007.
93.3(f) A child from an adjoining state whose family resides at a Minnesota address as
93.4assigned by the United States Postal Service, who has received developmental screening
93.5under sections 121A.16 to 121A.19, who intends to enroll in a Minnesota school district,
93.6and whose family meets the criteria of paragraph (a) is eligible for an early learning
93.7scholarship under this section.
93.8EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2015.

93.9    Sec. 8. STUDY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EFFECTIVENESS ON THIRD
93.10GRADE LITERACY.
93.11The Department of Education must study and, using valid student assessment data,
93.12report annually on the effect of public school-provided preschool, public school-provided
93.13all-day kindergarten, and Head Start on the literacy rates of public school third grade
93.14students. An initial report shall be provided on February 1, 2017, and annually thereafter
93.15to the chairs and ranking minority members of committees of the legislature having
93.16jurisdiction over early childhood through grade 12 education. The department must use
93.17existing staff and resources for the report.

93.18    Sec. 9. APPROPRIATIONS.
93.19    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
93.20appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
93.21designated.
93.22    Subd. 2. School readiness. For revenue for school readiness programs under
93.23Minnesota Statutes, sections 124D.15 and 124D.16:
93.24
$
20,170,000
.....
2016
93.25
$
69,170,000
.....
2017
93.26The 2016 appropriation includes $1,217,000 for 2015 and $18,953,000 for 2016.
93.27The 2017 appropriation includes $2,105,000 for 2016 and $67,065,000 for 2017.
93.28    Subd. 3. Early learning scholarships. For the early learning scholarship program
93.29under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.165:
93.30
$
30,384,000
.....
2016
93.31
$
30,384,000
.....
2017
93.32Up to $950,000 each year is for administration of this program.
94.1Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
94.2    Subd. 4. Head Start program. For Head Start programs under Minnesota Statutes,
94.3section 119A.52:
94.4
$
20,100,000
.....
2016
94.5
$
20,100,000
.....
2017
94.6    Subd. 5. Early childhood family education aid. For early childhood family
94.7education aid under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.135:
94.8
$
27,997,000
.....
2016
94.9
$
28,984,000
.....
2017
94.10The 2016 appropriation includes $2,713,000 for 2015 and $25,284,000 for 2016.
94.11The 2017 appropriation includes $2,809,000 for 2016 and $26,175,000 for 2017.
94.12    Subd. 6. Developmental screening aid. For developmental screening aid under
94.13Minnesota Statutes, sections 121A.17 and 121A.19:
94.14
$
3,363,000
.....
2016
94.15
$
3,369,000
.....
2017
94.16The 2016 appropriation includes $338,000 for 2015 and $3,025,000 for 2016.
94.17The 2017 appropriation includes $336,000 for 2016 and $3,033,000 for 2017.
94.18    Subd. 7. Parent-child home program. For a grant to the parent-child home
94.19program:
94.20
$
500,000
.....
2016
94.21
$
500,000
.....
2017
94.22The grant must be used for an evidence-based and research-validated early childhood
94.23literacy and school readiness program for children ages 16 months to four years at its
94.24existing program locations. The base for fiscal year 2018 and later is $350,000
94.25    Subd. 8. Kindergarten entrance assessment initiative and intervention
94.26program. For the kindergarten entrance assessment initiative and intervention program
94.27under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.162:
94.28
$
281,000
.....
2016
94.29
$
281,000
.....
2017
94.30    Subd. 9. Early childhood programs at tribal schools. For early childhood family
94.31education programs at tribal contract schools under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.83,
94.32subdivision 4:
95.1
$
68,000
.....
2016
95.2
$
68,000
.....
2017
95.3    Subd. 10. Educate parents partnership. For the educate parents partnership
95.4under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.129:
95.5
$
49,000
.....
2016
95.6
$
49,000
.....
2017

95.7ARTICLE 10
95.8PREVENTION

95.9    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 121A.17, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
95.10    Subd. 3. Screening program. (a) A screening program must include at least the
95.11following components: developmental assessments, hearing and vision screening or
95.12referral, immunization review and referral, the child's height and weight, the date of the
95.13child's most recent comprehensive vision examination, if any, identification of risk factors
95.14that may influence learning, an interview with the parent about the child, and referral for
95.15assessment, diagnosis, and treatment when potential needs are identified. The district and
95.16the person performing or supervising the screening must provide a parent or guardian
95.17with clear written notice that the parent or guardian may decline to answer questions
95.18or provide information about family circumstances that might affect development and
95.19identification of risk factors that may influence learning. The notice must state "Early
95.20childhood developmental screening helps a school district identify children who may
95.21benefit from district and community resources available to help in their development.
95.22Early childhood developmental screening includes a vision screening that helps detect
95.23potential eye problems but is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam." The notice
95.24must clearly state that declining to answer questions or provide information does not
95.25prevent the child from being enrolled in kindergarten or first grade if all other screening
95.26components are met. If a parent or guardian is not able to read and comprehend the written
95.27notice, the district and the person performing or supervising the screening must convey
95.28the information in another manner. The notice must also inform the parent or guardian
95.29that a child need not submit to the district screening program if the child's health records
95.30indicate to the school that the child has received comparable developmental screening
95.31performed within the preceding 365 days by a public or private health care organization or
95.32individual health care provider. The notice must be given to a parent or guardian at the
95.33time the district initially provides information to the parent or guardian about screening
95.34and must be given again at the screening location.
96.1(b) All screening components shall be consistent with the standards of the state
96.2commissioner of health for early developmental screening programs. A developmental
96.3screening program must not provide laboratory tests or a physical examination to any
96.4child. The district must request from the public or private health care organization or the
96.5individual health care provider the results of any laboratory test or physical examination
96.6within the 12 months preceding a child's scheduled screening. For the purposes of this
96.7section, "comprehensive vision examination" means a vision examination performed by
96.8an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
96.9(c) If a child is without health coverage, the school district must refer the child to an
96.10appropriate health care provider.
96.11(d) A board may offer additional components such as nutritional, physical and
96.12dental assessments, review of family circumstances that might affect development, blood
96.13pressure, laboratory tests, and health history.
96.14(e) If a statement signed by the child's parent or guardian is submitted to the
96.15administrator or other person having general control and supervision of the school that
96.16the child has not been screened because of conscientiously held beliefs of the parent
96.17or guardian, the screening is not required.

96.18    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 121A.17, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
96.19    Subd. 5. Developmental screening program information. (a) The board must
96.20inform each resident family with a child eligible to participate in the developmental
96.21screening program, and a charter school that provides screening must inform families
96.22that apply for admission to the charter school, about the availability of the program and
96.23the state's requirement that a child receive a developmental screening or provide health
96.24records indicating that the child received a comparable developmental screening from a
96.25public or private health care organization or individual health care provider not later than
96.2630 days after the first day of attending kindergarten in a public school. A school district
96.27must inform all resident families with eligible children under age seven, and a charter
96.28school that provides screening must inform families that apply for admission to the charter
96.29school, that their children may receive a developmental screening conducted either by the
96.30school district or by a public or private health care organization or individual health care
96.31provider and that the screening is not required if a statement signed by the child's parent
96.32or guardian is submitted to the administrator or other person having general control and
96.33supervision of the school that the child has not been screened.
96.34(b) A school district that enrolls students from an adjoining state under section
96.35124D.041 may inform a nonresident child whose family resides at a Minnesota address as
97.1assigned by the United States Postal Service about the availability of the developmental
97.2screening program and may provide screening under this section to that child.
97.3EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2016
97.4and later.

97.5    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 124D.20, subdivision 4a, is amended to read:
97.6    Subd. 4a. Youth after-school enrichment revenue. In fiscal year 2003 and
97.7thereafter, Youth after-school enrichment revenue for a district operating a youth
97.8after-school enrichment program under section 124D.19, subdivision 12, equals:
97.9(1) $1.85 $2.37 times the greater of 1,335 or the population of the district, as defined
97.10in section 275.14, not to exceed 10,000; and
97.11(2) $0.43 $0.55 times the population of the district, as defined in section 275.14,
97.12in excess of 10,000. Youth after-school enrichment revenue must be reserved for youth
97.13after-school enrichment programs.
97.14EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2017
97.15and later.

97.16    Sec. 4. AFTER-SCHOOL COMMUNITY LEARNING GRANTS.
97.17    Subdivision 1. Grant program established. A competitive grant program is
97.18established to support community-based organizations, schools, political subdivisions, or
97.19child care centers that service young people in kindergarten through grade 12 after school
97.20or during nonschool hours. Grants must be used to offer a broad array of enrichment
97.21activities that promote positive youth development, including art, music, community
97.22engagement, literacy, technology education, health, agriculture, and recreation programs.
97.23    Subd. 2. Application. The commissioner of education shall develop the form
97.24and method for applying for the grants. The application must include information on
97.25the applicant's outreach to children and youth that qualify for free or reduced-price
97.26lunch and two-year measurable goals and activities linked to research or best practices.
97.27The commissioner shall develop criteria for determining the allocation of the grants and
97.28appropriate goals for the use of the grants including:
97.29(1) increasing access to protective factors that build young people's capacity to
97.30become productive adults, such as connections to a caring adult;
97.31(2) developing children's skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in postsecondary
97.32education and career opportunities; and
98.1(3) encouraging attendance and improving performance in school.
98.2    Subd. 3. Grant awards. To the extent practicable, the selection of applicants
98.3shall result in an equitable distribution of grant awards among geographic areas within
98.4Minnesota, including rural, suburban, and urban communities. The commissioner shall
98.5also give priority to programs that collaborate with and leverage existing community
98.6resources that have demonstrated effectiveness. Applicants selected as grantees are
98.7eligible to receive a two-year grant, contingent upon satisfactory progress toward goals
98.8and objectives and the availability of funds.

98.9    Sec. 5. COMPREHENSIVE VISION EXAMINATION REPORT.
98.10By January 15, 2017, the commissioner must submit to the committees of the
98.11legislature with jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade 12 education a report
98.12describing the number and proportion of children in each school district who report having
98.13had a comprehensive vision examination, disaggregated by age at the time of early
98.14childhood developmental screening under Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.17.

98.15    Sec. 6. APPROPRIATION.
98.16    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
98.17appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
98.18designated.
98.19    Subd. 2. Community education aid. For community education aid under
98.20Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.20:
98.21
$
788,000
.....
2016
98.22
$
777,000
.....
2017
98.23The 2016 appropriation includes $107,000 for 2015 and $681,000 for 2016.
98.24The 2017 appropriation includes $75,000 for 2016 and $702,000 for 2017.
98.25    Subd. 3. Northside Achievement Zone. For a grant to the Northside Achievement
98.26Zone.
98.27
$
650,000
.....
2016
98.28
$
650,000
.....
2017
98.29Funds appropriated in this section are to reduce multigenerational poverty and the
98.30educational achievement gap through increased enrollment of families within the zone,
98.31and may be used for Northside Achievement Zone programming and services consistent
98.32with federal Promise Neighborhood program agreements and requirements.
99.1    Subd. 4. St. Paul Promise Neighborhood. For a grant to the St. Paul Promise
99.2Neighborhood.
99.3
$
650,000
.....
2016
99.4
$
650,000
.....
2017
99.5Funds appropriated in this section are to reduce multigenerational poverty and the
99.6educational achievement gap through increased enrollment of families within the zone,
99.7and may be used for St. Paul Promise Neighborhood programming and services consistent
99.8with federal Promise Neighborhood program agreements and requirements.
99.9    Subd. 5. After-school community learning grants. For after-school community
99.10learning grants under section 1:
99.11
$
500,000
.....
2016
99.12
$
500,000
.....
2017
99.13Up to seven percent of the appropriation in each fiscal year may be used for
99.14administration, evaluation, and technical assistance, including partnering with the
99.15Minnesota Afterschool Network, Ignite Afterschool, and other appropriate entities to
99.16ensure implementation of strategies statewide to ensure the provision of high quality,
99.17research-driven learning opportunities.
99.18This is a onetime appropriation. Any balance in the first year does not cancel, but
99.19is available in the second year.
99.20    Subd. 6. Adults with disabilities program aid. For adults with disabilities
99.21programs under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.56:
99.22
$
710,000
.....
2016
99.23
$
710,000
.....
2017
99.24The 2016 appropriation includes $71,000 for 2015 and $639,000 for 2016.
99.25The 2017 appropriation includes $71,000 for 2016 and $639,000 for 2017.
99.26    Subd. 7. Hearing-impaired adults. For programs for hearing-impaired adults
99.27under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.57:
99.28
$
70,000
.....
2016
99.29
$
70,000
.....
2017
99.30    Subd. 8. School-age care revenue. For extended day aid under Minnesota Statutes,
99.31section 124D.22:
99.32
$
1,000
.....
2016
99.33
$
1,000
.....
2017
100.1The 2016 appropriation includes $0 for 2015 and $1,000 for 2016.
100.2The 2017 appropriation includes $0 for 2016 and $1,000 for 2017.

100.3ARTICLE 11
100.4SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND LIFELONG LEARNING

100.5    Section 1. APPROPRIATIONS.
100.6    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. The sums indicated in this section are
100.7appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
100.8designated.
100.9    Subd. 2. Adult basic education aid. For adult basic education aid under Minnesota
100.10Statutes, section 124D.531:
100.11
$
49,118,000
.....
2016
100.12
$
50,592,000
.....
2017
100.13The 2016 appropriation includes $4,782,000 for 2015 and $44,336,000 for 2016.
100.14The 2017 appropriation includes $4,926,000 for 2016 and $45,666,000 for 2017.
100.15    Subd. 3. GED tests. For payment of 60 percent of the costs of GED tests under
100.16Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.55:
100.17
$
125,000
.....
2016
100.18
$
125,000
.....
2017

100.19ARTICLE 12
100.20STATE AGENCIES

100.21    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 5A.03, is amended to read:
100.225A.03 ORGANIZATION APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION.
100.23    Subdivision 1. Placing high school students in Minnesota. (a) An application for
100.24registration as an international student exchange visitor placement organization must be
100.25submitted in the form prescribed by the secretary of state. The application must include:
100.26(1) evidence that the organization meets the standards established by the secretary of
100.27state by rule;
100.28(2) the name, address, and telephone number of the organization, its chief executive
100.29officer, and the person within the organization who has primary responsibility for
100.30supervising placements within the state;
100.31(3) the organization's unified business identification number, if any;
100.32(4) the organization's Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation, United
100.33States Department of State number, if any;
101.1(5) evidence of Council on Standards for International Educational Travel listing, if
101.2any;
101.3(6) whether the organization is exempt from federal income tax; and
101.4(7) a list of the organization's placements in Minnesota for the previous academic
101.5year including the number of students placed, their home countries, the school districts in
101.6which they were placed, and the length of their placements.
101.7(b) The application must be signed by the chief executive officer of the organization
101.8and the person within the organization who has primary responsibility for supervising
101.9placements within Minnesota. If the secretary of state determines that the application is
101.10complete, the secretary of state shall file the application and the applicant is registered.
101.11(c) Organizations that have registered shall inform the secretary of state of any
101.12changes in the information required under paragraph (a), clause (1), within 30 days of the
101.13change. There is no fee to amend a registration.
101.14(d) Registration under this chapter is valid for one year. The registration may be
101.15renewed annually. The fee to renew a registration is $50 per year.
101.16(e) Organizations registering for the first time in Minnesota must pay an initial
101.17registration fee of $150.
101.18(f) Fees collected by the secretary of state under this section must be deposited in the
101.19state treasury and credited to the general fund.
101.20    Subd. 2. Placing Minnesota students in travel abroad programs. (a) A school
101.21district or charter school with enrolled students who participate in a foreign exchange or
101.22study or other travel abroad program under a written agreement between the district or
101.23charter school and the program provider must use a form developed by the Department
101.24of Education to annually report to the department by November 1 the following data
101.25from the previous school year:
101.26(1) the number of Minnesota student deaths that occurred while Minnesota students
101.27were participating in the foreign exchange or study or other travel abroad program and
101.28that resulted from Minnesota students participating in the program;
101.29(2) the number of Minnesota students hospitalized due to accidents and the illnesses
101.30that occurred while Minnesota students were participating in the foreign exchange or study
101.31or other travel abroad program and that resulted from Minnesota students participating
101.32in the program; and
101.33(3) the name and type of the foreign exchange or study or other travel abroad
101.34program and the city or region where the reported death, hospitalization due to accident,
101.35or the illness occurred.
102.1(b) School districts and charter schools must ask but must not require enrolled
102.2eligible students and the parents or guardians of other enrolled students who complete
102.3a foreign exchange or study or other travel abroad program to disclose the information
102.4under paragraph (a).
102.5    (c) When reporting the data under paragraph (a), a school district or charter school
102.6may supplement the data with a brief explanatory statement. The Department of Education
102.7annually must aggregate and publish the reported data on the department Web site in
102.8a format that facilitates public access to the aggregated data and include links to both
102.9the United States Department of State's Consular Information Program that informs the
102.10public of conditions abroad that may affect students' safety and security and the publicly
102.11available reports on sexual assaults and other criminal acts affecting students participating
102.12in a foreign exchange or study or other travel abroad program.
102.13    (d) School districts and charter schools with enrolled students who participate in
102.14foreign exchange or study or other travel abroad programs under a written agreement
102.15between the district or charter school and the program provider are encouraged to adopt
102.16policies supporting the programs and to include program standards in their policies to
102.17ensure students' health and safety.
102.18    (e) To be eligible under this subdivision to provide a foreign exchange or study or
102.19other travel abroad program to Minnesota students enrolled in a school district or charter
102.20school, a program provider annually must register with the secretary of state and provide
102.21the following information on a form developed by the secretary of state: the name,
102.22address, and telephone number of the program provider, its chief executive officer, and
102.23the person within the provider's organization who is primarily responsible for supervising
102.24programs within the state; the program provider's unified business identification number,
102.25if any; whether the program provider is exempt from federal income tax; a list of the
102.26program provider's placements in foreign countries for the previous school year including
102.27the number of Minnesota students placed, where Minnesota students were placed, and
102.28the length of their placement; the terms and limits of the medical and accident insurance
102.29available to cover participating students and the process for filing a claim; and the
102.30signatures of the program provider's chief executive officer and the person primarily
102.31responsible for supervising Minnesota students' placements in foreign countries. If the
102.32secretary of state determines the registration is complete, the secretary of state shall file the
102.33registration and the program provider is registered. Registration with the secretary of state
102.34must not be considered or represented as an endorsement of the program provider by the
102.35secretary of state. The secretary of state annually must publish on its Web site aggregated
102.36data under paragraph (c) received from the Department of Education.
103.1(f) Program providers, annually by August 1, must provide the data required under
103.2paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (3), to the districts and charter schools with enrolled students
103.3participating in the provider's program.
103.4(g) The Department of Education must publish the information it has under
103.5paragraph (c), but it is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the information
103.6provided to it by a school district or charter school. A school district or charter school is
103.7not responsible for omissions in the information provided to it by students and programs.
103.8EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for the 2015-2016 school year and
103.9later.

103.10    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.18, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
103.11    Subd. 8. Background checks. (a) The Board of Teaching and the commissioner
103.12of education must request a criminal history background check from the superintendent
103.13of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on all applicants for initial licenses under their
103.14jurisdiction. An application for a license under this section must be accompanied by:
103.15(1) an executed criminal history consent form, including fingerprints; and
103.16(2) a money order or cashier's check payable to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
103.17for the fee for conducting the payment to conduct a criminal history background check.
103.18Proceeds from this fee are annually appropriated to the commissioner for costs associated
103.19with processing licensure applications.
103.20(b) The superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension shall perform the
103.21background check required under paragraph (a) by retrieving criminal history data as
103.22defined in section 13.87 and shall also conduct a search of the national criminal records
103.23repository. The superintendent is authorized to exchange fingerprints with the Federal
103.24Bureau of Investigation for purposes of the criminal history check. The superintendent
103.25shall recover the cost to the bureau of a background check through the fee charged to
103.26the applicant under paragraph (a).
103.27(c) The Board of Teaching or the commissioner of education may issue a license
103.28pending completion of a background check under this subdivision, but must notify
103.29the individual that the individual's license may be revoked based on the result of the
103.30background check.

103.31    Sec. 3. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.
103.32(a) The Board of Teaching shall adopt rules for a process for approving certificates
103.33of advanced professional study. A certificate of advanced professional study is a credential
103.34available only to a teacher with a full license in at least one discipline that allows for
104.1teaching without further waiver or variance when a licensure program in the discipline
104.2does not exist or when a teacher with a full license in the discipline cannot be found. The
104.3certificate of advanced professional study must:
104.4(1) have fewer requirements than the full license in the discipline;
104.5(2) set the specific qualifications required to attain it; and
104.6(3) maintain professional standards for teaching in that discipline.
104.7(b) The rules adopted under paragraph (a) must limit certificates of advanced
104.8professional study to:
104.9(1) disciplines in which at least one geographic area of the state has a demonstrated
104.10shortage of fully licensed teachers; and
104.11(2) emerging disciplines where full licenses or licensure programs do not exist.

104.12    Sec. 4. APPROPRIATIONS; DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
104.13    Subdivision 1. Department of Education. Unless otherwise indicated, the sums
104.14indicated in this section are appropriated from the general fund to the Department of
104.15Education for the fiscal years designated.
104.16    Subd. 2. Department. (a) For the Department of Education:
104.17
$
21,521,000
.....
2016
104.18
$
21,650,000
.....
2017
104.19Of these amounts:
104.20(1) $1,020,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $768,000 in fiscal year 2017 are for the
104.21Board of Teaching;
104.22(2) $228,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $231,000 in fiscal year 2017 are for the Board
104.23of School Administrators;
104.24(3) $1,000,000 each year is for Regional Centers of Excellence under Minnesota
104.25Statutes, section 120B.115;
104.26(4) $500,000 each year is for the School Safety Technical Assistance Center under
104.27Minnesota Statutes, section 127A.052;
104.28(5) $250,000 each year is for the School Finance Division to enhance financial
104.29data analysis;
104.30(6) $20,000 in fiscal year 2016 only is for the commissioner to provide assessment
104.31recommendations; and
104.32(7) $5,000 in fiscal year 2016 only is for costs related to the Concurrent Enrollment
104.33Working Group.
104.34(b) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
105.1(c) None of the amounts appropriated under this subdivision may be used for
105.2Minnesota's Washington, D.C. office.
105.3(d) The expenditures of federal grants and aids as shown in the biennial budget
105.4document and its supplements are approved and appropriated and shall be spent as
105.5indicated.
105.6(e) This appropriation includes funds for information technology project services and
105.7support subject to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, section 16E.0466. Any ongoing
105.8information technology costs will be incorporated into the service level agreement and
105.9will be paid to the Office of MN.IT Services by the Department of Education under the
105.10rates and mechanism specified in that agreement.

105.11    Sec. 5. APPROPRIATIONS; MINNESOTA STATE ACADEMIES.
105.12(a) The sums indicated in this section are appropriated from the general fund to the
105.13Minnesota State Academies for the Deaf and the Blind for the fiscal years designated:
105.14
$
12,853,000
.....
2016
105.15
$
12,819,000
.....
2017
105.16(b) Of the amounts appropriated in paragraph (a), $708,000 in fiscal year 2016 and
105.17$490,000 in fiscal year 2017 are for technology enhancements and may be used for:
105.18(1) computer hardware; (2) computer software; (3) connectivity, communications, and
105.19infrastructure; (4) assistive technology; (5) access to electronic books and other online
105.20materials, licenses, and subscriptions; and (6) technology staff and training costs.
105.21(c) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
105.22(d) The agency's budget base in fiscal year 2018 is $12,804,000.
105.23(e) The agency's budget base in fiscal year 2019 is $12,786,000.

105.24    Sec. 6. APPROPRIATIONS; PERPICH CENTER FOR ARTS EDUCATION.
105.25The sums in this section are appropriated from the general fund to the Perpich
105.26Center for Arts Education for the fiscal years designated:
105.27
$
6,872,000
.....
2016
105.28
$
6,973,000
.....
2017
105.29Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.

105.30ARTICLE 13
105.31FORECAST ADJUSTMENTS
105.32A. GENERAL EDUCATION

106.1    Section 1. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 1, section 58, subdivision 2, as amended
106.2by Laws 2013, chapter 144, section 7, and Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 15, section
106.326, is amended to read:
106.4    Subd. 2. General education aid. For general education aid under Minnesota
106.5Statutes, section 126C.13, subdivision 4:
106.6
$
6,851,419,000
.....
2014
106.7
106.8
$
6,464,199,000
6,443,330,000
.....
2015
106.9The 2014 appropriation includes $780,156,000 for 2013 and $6,071,263,000 for
106.102014.
106.11The 2015 appropriation includes $589,095,000 $586,824,000 for 2014 and
106.12$5,875,104,000 $5,856,506,000 for 2015.

106.13    Sec. 2. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 1, section 58, subdivision 3, as amended by
106.14Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 1, is amended to read:
106.15    Subd. 3. Enrollment options transportation. For transportation of pupils attending
106.16postsecondary institutions under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, or for transportation
106.17of pupils attending nonresident districts under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.03:
106.18
$
37,000
.....
2014
106.19
106.20
$
40,000
36,000
.....
2015

106.21    Sec. 3. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 1, section 58, subdivision 4, as amended by
106.22Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 2, is amended to read:
106.23    Subd. 4. Abatement revenue. For abatement aid under Minnesota Statutes, section
106.24127A.49 :
106.25
$
2,876,000
.....
2014
106.26
106.27
$
3,103,000
2,796,000
.....
2015
106.28The 2014 appropriation includes $301,000 for 2013 and $2,575,000 for 2014.
106.29The 2015 appropriation includes $286,000 for 2014 and $2,817,000 $2,510,000
106.30for 2015.

106.31    Sec. 4. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 1, section 58, subdivision 5, as amended by
106.32Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 3, is amended to read:
106.33    Subd. 5. Consolidation transition. For districts consolidating under Minnesota
106.34Statutes, section 123A.485:
107.1
$
585,000
.....
2014
107.2
107.3
$
254,000
263,000
.....
2015
107.4The 2014 appropriation includes $40,000 for 2013 and $545,000 for 2014.
107.5The 2015 appropriation includes $60,000 for 2014 and $194,000 $203,000 for 2015.

107.6    Sec. 5. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 1, section 58, subdivision 6, as amended by
107.7Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 15, section 27, is amended to read:
107.8    Subd. 6. Nonpublic pupil education aid. For nonpublic pupil education aid under
107.9Minnesota Statutes, sections 123B.40 to 123B.43 and 123B.87:
107.10
$
15,867,000
.....
2014
107.11
107.12
$
16,132,000
15,569,000
.....
2015
107.13The 2014 appropriation includes $1,898,000 for 2013 and $13,969,000 for 2014.
107.14The 2015 appropriation includes $1,552,000 $1,394,000 for 2014 and $14,580,000
107.15$14,175,000 for 2015.

107.16    Sec. 6. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 1, section 58, subdivision 7, as amended by
107.17Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 15, section 28, is amended to read:
107.18    Subd. 7. Nonpublic pupil transportation. For nonpublic pupil transportation aid
107.19under Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.92, subdivision 9:
107.20
$
18,500,000
.....
2014
107.21
107.22
$
17,710,000
18,118,000
.....
2015
107.23The 2014 appropriation includes $2,602,000 for 2013 and $15,898,000 for 2014.
107.24The 2015 appropriation includes $1,766,000 for 2014 and $15,944,000 $16,352,000
107.25for 2015.

107.26    Sec. 7. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 1, section 58, subdivision 11, as amended by
107.27Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 4, is amended to read:
107.28    Subd. 11. Career and technical aid. For career and technical aid under Minnesota
107.29Statutes, section 124D.4531, subdivision 1b:
107.30
$
3,959,000
.....
2014
107.31
107.32
$
5,172,000
5,617,000
.....
2015
107.33The 2014 appropriation includes $0 for 2013 and $3,959,000 for 2014.
108.1The 2015 appropriation includes $439,000 $445,000 for 2014 and $4,733,000
108.2$5,172,000 for 2015.
108.3B. EDUCATION EXCELLENCE

108.4    Sec. 8. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 3, section 37, subdivision 3, as amended by
108.5Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 5, is amended to read:
108.6    Subd. 3. Achievement and integration aid. For achievement and integration aid
108.7under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.862:
108.8
$
55,609,000
.....
2014
108.9
108.10
$
62,692,000
63,831,000
.....
2015
108.11The 2014 appropriation includes $0 for 2013 and $55,609,000 for 2014.
108.12The 2015 appropriation includes $6,178,000 $6,386,000 for 2014 and $56,514,000
108.13$57,445,000 for 2015.

108.14    Sec. 9. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 3, section 37, subdivision 4, as amended by
108.15Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 6, is amended to read:
108.16    Subd. 4. Literacy incentive aid. For literacy incentive aid under Minnesota
108.17Statutes, section 124D.98:
108.18
$
50,998,000
.....
2014
108.19
108.20
$
47,458,000
44,839,000
.....
2015
108.21The 2014 appropriation includes $6,607,000 for 2013 and $44,391,000 for 2014.
108.22The 2015 appropriation includes $4,932,000 for 2014 and $42,526,000 $39,907,000
108.23for 2015.

108.24    Sec. 10. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 3, section 37, subdivision 5, as amended by
108.25Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 7, is amended to read:
108.26    Subd. 5. Interdistrict desegregation or integration transportation grants. For
108.27interdistrict desegregation or integration transportation grants under Minnesota Statutes,
108.28section 124D.87:
108.29
$
13,521,000
.....
2014
108.30
108.31
$
14,248,000
14,261,000
.....
2015

109.1    Sec. 11. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 3, section 37, subdivision 20, as amended by
109.2Laws 2013, chapter 144, section 10, and Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 9,
109.3is amended to read:
109.4    Subd. 20. Alternative compensation. For alternative teacher compensation aid
109.5under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.415, subdivision 4:
109.6
109.7
$
71,599,000
69,899,000
.....
2015
109.8The 2015 appropriation includes $0 for 2014 and $71,599,000 $69,899,000 for 2015.
109.9C. CHARTER SCHOOLS

109.10    Sec. 12. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 4, section 9, subdivision 2, as amended by
109.11Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 10, is amended to read:
109.12    Subd. 2. Charter school building lease aid. For building lease aid under Minnesota
109.13Statutes, section 124D.11, subdivision 4:
109.14
$
54,625,000
.....
2014
109.15
109.16
$
58,294,000
59,565,000
.....
2015
109.17The 2014 appropriation includes $6,681,000 for 2013 and $47,944,000 for 2014.
109.18The 2015 appropriation includes $5,327,000 $5,270,000 for 2014 and $52,967,000
109.19$54,295,000 for 2015.
109.20D. SPECIAL PROGRAMS

109.21    Sec. 13. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 5, section 31, subdivision 2, as amended by
109.22Laws 2013, chapter 144, section 14, and Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section
109.2311, is amended to read:
109.24    Subd. 2. Special education; regular. For special education aid under Minnesota
109.25Statutes, section 125A.75:
109.26
$
1,038,465,000
.....
2014
109.27
109.28
$
1,111,641,000
1,109,144,000
.....
2015
109.29The 2014 appropriation includes $118,183,000 for 2013 and $920,282,000 for 2014.
109.30The 2015 appropriation includes $129,549,000 $129,317,000 for 2014 and
109.31$982,092,000 $979,827,000 for 2015.

109.32    Sec. 14. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 5, section 31, subdivision 3, as amended by
109.33Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 12, is amended to read:
110.1    Subd. 3. Aid for children with disabilities. For aid under Minnesota Statutes,
110.2section 125A.75, subdivision 3, for children with disabilities placed in residential facilities
110.3within the district boundaries for whom no district of residence can be determined:
110.4
$
1,548,000
.....
2014
110.5
110.6
$
1,674,000
1,367,000
.....
2015
110.7If the appropriation for either year is insufficient, the appropriation for the other
110.8year is available.

110.9    Sec. 15. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 5, section 31, subdivision 4, as amended by
110.10Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 13, is amended to read:
110.11    Subd. 4. Travel for home-based services. For aid for teacher travel for home-based
110.12services under Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.75, subdivision 1:
110.13
$
351,000
.....
2014
110.14
110.15
$
346,000
351,000
.....
2015
110.16The 2014 appropriation includes $45,000 for 2013 and $306,000 for 2014.
110.17The 2015 appropriation includes $33,000 for 2014 and $313,000 $318,000 for 2015.
110.18E. FACILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY

110.19    Sec. 16. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 6, section 12, subdivision 2, as amended by
110.20Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 15, is amended to read:
110.21    Subd. 2. Health and safety revenue. For health and safety aid according to
110.22Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.57, subdivision 5:
110.23
$
471,000
.....
2014
110.24
110.25
$
651,000
649,000
.....
2015
110.26The 2014 appropriation includes $24,000 for 2013 and $447,000 for 2014.
110.27The 2015 appropriation includes $49,000 for 2014 and $602,000 $600,000 for 2015.

110.28    Sec. 17. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 6, section 12, subdivision 6, as amended by
110.29Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 18, is amended to read:
110.30    Subd. 6. Deferred maintenance aid. For deferred maintenance aid, according to
110.31Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.591, subdivision 4:
110.32
$
3,877,000
.....
2014
110.33
110.34
$
4,024,000
4,067,000
.....
2015
111.1The 2014 appropriation includes $475,000 for 2013 and $3,402,000 for 2014.
111.2The 2015 appropriation includes $378,000 for 2014 and $3,646,000 $3,689,000
111.3for 2015.
111.4F. NUTRITION AND LIBRARIES

111.5    Sec. 18. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 7, section 21, subdivision 2, as amended by
111.6Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 19, section 5, is amended to read:
111.7    Subd. 2. School lunch. For school lunch aid according to Minnesota Statutes,
111.8section 124D.111, and Code of Federal Regulations, title 7, section 210.17:
111.9
$
12,417,000
.....
2014
111.10
111.11
$
16,185,000
15,506,000
.....
2015

111.12    Sec. 19. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 7, section 21, subdivision 3, as amended by
111.13Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 19, section 6, is amended to read:
111.14    Subd. 3. School breakfast. For traditional school breakfast aid under Minnesota
111.15Statutes, section 124D.1158:
111.16
$
5,308,000
.....
2014
111.17
111.18
$
6,176,000
9,168,000
.....
2015

111.19    Sec. 20. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 7, section 21, subdivision 4, as amended by
111.20Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 19, is amended to read:
111.21    Subd. 4. Kindergarten milk. For kindergarten milk aid under Minnesota Statutes,
111.22section 124D.118:
111.23
$
992,000
.....
2014
111.24
111.25
$
1,002,000
942,000
.....
2015
111.26G. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, SELF-SUFFICIENCY,
111.27AND LIFELONG LEARNING

111.28    Sec. 21. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 8, section 5, subdivision 3, as amended by
111.29Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 20, section 17, is amended to read:
111.30    Subd. 3. Early childhood family education aid. For early childhood family
111.31education aid under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.135:
112.1
$
22,797,000
.....
2014
112.2
112.3
$
26,651,000
26,623,000
.....
2015
112.4    The 2014 appropriation includes $3,008,000 for 2013 and $19,789,000 for 2014.
112.5    The 2015 appropriation includes $2,198,000 for 2014 and $24,453,000 $24,425,000
112.6for 2015.

112.7    Sec. 22. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 8, section 5, subdivision 4, as amended by
112.8Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 22, section 23, is amended to read:
112.9    Subd. 4. Health and developmental screening aid. For health and developmental
112.10screening aid under Minnesota Statutes, sections 121A.17 and 121A.19:
112.11
$
3,524,000
.....
2014
112.12
112.13
$
3,330,000
3,390,000
.....
2015
112.14The 2014 appropriation includes $471,000 for 2013 and $3,053,000 for 2014.
112.15The 2015 appropriation includes $339,000 for 2014 and $2,991,000 $3,051,000
112.16for 2015.

112.17    Sec. 23. Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 8, section 5, subdivision 14, as amended by
112.18Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 20, section 20, is amended to read:
112.19    Subd. 14. Adult basic education aid. For adult basic education aid under
112.20Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.531:
112.21
$
48,776,000
.....
2014
112.22
112.23
$
48,415,000
47,750,000
.....
2015
112.24The 2014 appropriation includes $6,278,000 for 2013 and $42,498,000 for 2014.
112.25The 2015 appropriation includes $4,722,000 $4,712,000 for 2014 and $43,693,000
112.26$43,038,000 for 2015."
112.27Delete the title and insert:
112.28"A bill for an act
112.29relating to education; providing funding and policy for early childhood and
112.30family, prekindergarten through grade 12, and adult education, including general
112.31education, education excellence, special education, facilities, technology,
112.32nutrition, libraries, accounting, early childhood, education, self-sufficiency,
112.33lifelong learning, and state agencies; appropriating money;amending Minnesota
112.34Statutes 2014, sections 5A.03; 120B.021, subdivisions 1, 3, 4; 120B.13,
112.35subdivision 4; 120B.30, by adding a subdivision; 120B.36, subdivision 1;
112.36121A.17, subdivisions 3, 5; 122A.09, by adding a subdivision; 122A.18,
112.37subdivision 8; 122A.413, subdivisions 1, 2; 122A.414, subdivisions 1, 1a, 2,
112.382a, 2b, 3; 122A.415; 122A.74; 123A.482; 123B.045, by adding a subdivision;
112.39123B.57; 124D.041, subdivisions 1, 2; 124D.09, subdivisions 5, 8; 124D.10,
113.1subdivisions 8, 12; 124D.11, subdivisions 1, 5, by adding subdivisions;
113.2124D.1158, subdivisions 3, 4; 124D.15, subdivisions 3, 5, 12, 15, by adding
113.3a subdivision; 124D.16, subdivision 2; 124D.165, subdivision 2; 124D.20,
113.4subdivision 4a; 124D.4531, subdivision 1; 124D.81; 124D.83, subdivision 2;
113.5125A.03; 125A.11, subdivision 1; 125A.79, subdivision 1; 126C.01, subdivision
113.62; 126C.10, subdivisions 1, 2, 2a, 13a, 17, 18; 126C.15, subdivision 2; 127A.33;
113.7127A.45, subdivision 3; 127A.47, subdivision 7; 129C.30, subdivision 3;
113.8134.355, subdivisions 5, 6, 8, 9, 10; Laws 2013, chapter 116, article 1, section
113.958, subdivisions 2, as amended, 3, as amended, 4, as amended, 5, as amended, 6,
113.10as amended, 7, as amended, 11, as amended; article 3, sections 35, subdivision 2;
113.1137, subdivisions 3, as amended, 4, as amended, 5, as amended, 20, as amended;
113.12article 4, section 9, subdivision 2, as amended; article 5, section 31, subdivisions
113.132, as amended, 3, as amended, 4, as amended; article 6, section 12, subdivisions
113.142, as amended, 6, as amended; article 7, section 21, subdivisions 2, as amended,
113.153, as amended, 4, as amended; article 8, section 5, subdivisions 3, as amended, 4,
113.16as amended, 14, as amended; Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 16, sections 15;
113.1716, subdivision 7; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters
113.18120B; 121A; 123B; 124D; 136D; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections
113.19123B.59; 123B.591."
113.20And when so amended that the bill be recommended to pass and be referred to
113.21the full committee.
..... 113.22
113.23(Division Chair)
113.24April 16, 2015 .....
113.25(Date of Division recommendation)