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H.B. 342 Enrolled

    

GANG PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

    
1997 GENERAL SESSION

    
STATE OF UTAH

    
Sponsor: Raymond W. Short

    AN ACT RELATING TO THE STATE SYSTEM OF PUBLIC EDUCATION; CLARIFYING
    IN THE GANG PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION CHAPTER THAT "AT RISK"
    MEANS "AT RISK FOR GANG INVOLVEMENT"; AND MAKING TECHNICAL
    CHANGES.
    This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
    AMENDS:
         53A-15-601, as last amended by Chapter 105, Laws of Utah 1995
    Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
        Section 1. Section 53A-15-601 is amended to read:
         53A-15-601. Appropriation for program -- Program requirements -- Distribution
     of funds to school districts.
        (1) The Legislature shall provide an annual appropriation from the Uniform School Fund
    to the State Board of Education for a gang prevention and intervention program designed to help
    students at-risk [students] for gang involvement stay in school [and], enhance their self-esteem,
    and improve their intellectual and life skills.
        (2) The program shall:
        (a) provide independent gang prevention and intervention both inside and outside of school
    grounds when necessary, including:
        (i) meetings with gang members and other students whose activities negatively impact
    students in the program;
        (ii) intervening in situations involving gangs that impact students in the program or can
    result in violence;
        (iii) in-home visits with families of students in the program designed to encourage parents
    to become involved in their child's education; and
        (iv) notifying law enforcement personnel when a particular problem cannot be defused or


    when required by law; and
        (b) [manage case files and maintain profiles on at-risk and high-risk students] maintaining
    required individual information including profiles on each student receiving direct services through
    the program, including:
        (i) attendance records;
        (ii) academic records; and
        (iii) extra-curricular activities.
        (3) The program coordinator at each school [must] shall:
        (a) be on the school grounds during school hours;
        (b) have received training on gang prevention and intervention strategies in the schools;
        (c) have an understanding of the cultural backgrounds of gang members and at-risk students
    and be aware of the potential for gang involvement in all situations; and
        (d) have a minimum of one year's experience or on-site training in gang related issues inside
    the schools.
        (4) Individual schools within each school district interested in providing a gang prevention
    and intervention program shall apply to the school board for funds.
        (5) Individual schools shall be required to provide a percentage of the funding necessary for
    the program in their school, at least one-half of which must be provided through in-kind services.
    In-kind services may not include office space and support. Percentage requirements shall be as
    follows:
        (a) elementary schools, 12%;
        (b) middle, intermediate, or junior high schools, 18%;
        (c) high schools, 25%.
        (6) Individual schools receiving funds may provide the program to their students by
    contracting with a private entity whose program meets the requirements set out in Subsections (2)
    and (3).

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