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6 This act modifies provisions relating to the State System of Public Education in the funding
7 of the Minimum School Program. This act provides a ceiling for the state contribution of the
8 of the operation and maintenance portion of the minimum school program Minimum School
9 Program Act not to exceed $1,586,482,794. This act establishes the value of the weighted
10 pupil unit at $2,132, establishes block grants and distribution formulas, and provides a
11 $28,358,000 appropriation for school building aid. This act takes effect on July 1, 2002.
12 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
14 53A-3-701, as enacted by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
15 53A-13-107, as last amended by Chapter 224, Laws of Utah 2000
16 53A-17a-103, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
17 53A-17a-104, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
18 53A-17a-111, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
19 53A-17a-112, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
20 53A-17a-113, as last amended by Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 2001, First Special Session
21 53A-17a-114, as last amended by Chapter 306, Laws of Utah 1993
22 53A-17a-116, as last amended by Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 2001, First Special Session
23 53A-17a-119, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
24 53A-17a-120, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
25 53A-17a-121, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
26 53A-17a-123, as repealed and reenacted by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
27 53A-17a-124, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
28 53A-17a-124.5, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
29 53A-17a-125, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
30 53A-17a-126, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
31 53A-17a-131.2, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
32 53A-17a-131.9, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
33 53A-17a-131.13, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
34 53A-17a-131.15, as repealed and reenacted by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
35 53A-17a-131.17, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
36 53A-17a-131.19, as repealed and reenacted by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
37 53A-17a-132, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
38 53A-17a-133, as last amended by Chapters 335 and 336, Laws of Utah 2001
39 53A-17a-135, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
40 53A-17a-146, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 72, Laws of Utah 1991
41 53A-21-105, as last amended by Chapters 234 and 335, Laws of Utah 2001
43 53A-17a-123.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
44 53A-17a-148, Utah Code Annotated 1953
46 53A-17a-113.5, as enacted by Chapter 11, Laws of Utah 1996
47 53A-17a-117, as last amended by Chapter 53, Laws of Utah 1992
48 53A-17a-131.4, as last amended by Chapter 335, Laws of Utah 2001
49 This act enacts uncodified material.
50 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
51 Section 1. Section 53A-3-701 is amended to read:
52 53A-3-701. School and school district professional development plans.
53 (1) (a) Each public school and school district shall develop and implement a systematic,
54 comprehensive, and long-term plan for staff professional development.
55 (b) Each school shall use its community council, school directors, or a subcommittee of
56 the community council as described in Subsection 53A-16-101.5 (4) to help develop and implement
57 the plan.
58 (2) Each plan shall include the following components:
59 (a) an alignment of professional development activities at the school and school district
60 level with:
61 (i) the School LAND Trust Program authorized under Section 53A-16-101.5 ;
62 (ii) the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students under Title 53A, Chapter 1,
63 Part 6, Achievement Tests;
64 (iii) the Educational Technology Initiative under Title 53A, Chapter 1, Part 7, Educational
65 Technology Programs;
66 (iv) Sections 53A-6-101 and 53A-6-104 of the Educator Licensing and Professional
67 Practices Act;
68 (v) Title 53A, Chapter 9, Teacher Career Ladders; and
69 (vi) Title 53A, Chapter 10, Educator Evaluation;
70 (b) provision for the development of internal instructional leadership and support;
71 (c) the periodic presence of all stakeholders at the same time in the professional
72 development process, to include administrators, educators, support staff, parents, and students;
73 (d) provisions for the use of consultants to enhance and evaluators to assess the
74 effectiveness of the plan as implemented; and
75 (e) the time required for and the anticipated costs of implementing and maintaining the
77 (3) (a) Each local school board shall review and either approve or recommend
78 modifications for each school plan within its district so that each school's plan is compatible with
79 the district plan.
80 (b) The board shall:
81 (i) provide positive and meaningful assistance to a school, if requested by its community
82 council or school directors, in drafting and implementing its plan; and
83 (ii) monitor the progress of each school plan and hold each school accountable for meeting
84 the objectives of its plan.
85 (4) (a) The State Board of Education, through the superintendent of public instruction,
86 shall work with school districts to identify the resources required to implement and maintain each
87 school's and school district's professional development plan required under this section.
88 (b) (i) The state board shall make an annual budget recommendation to the Legislature for
89 state funding of professional development plans under this section.
90 (ii) The recommendation shall take into account:
91 (A) monies that could be used for professional development from the programs listed in
92 Subsection (2)(a); and
93 (B) the [
94 Program authorized under the Minimum School Program Act.
113 Section 2. Section 53A-13-107 is amended to read:
114 53A-13-107. Adoption information.
115 (1) Each local school board shall ensure that an annual presentation on adoption is given
116 to its secondary school students in grades 7-12, so that each student receives the presentation at
117 least once during grades 7-9 and at least once during grades 10-12.
118 (2) The presentation shall be made by a licensed teacher as part of the health education
119 core [
121 Section 3. Section 53A-17a-103 is amended to read:
122 53A-17a-103. Definitions.
123 As used in this chapter:
124 (1) "Basic state-supported school program" or "basic program" means public education
125 programs for kindergarten, elementary, and secondary school students that are operated and
126 maintained for the amount derived by multiplying the number of weighted pupil units for each
127 district by [
128 (2) "Certified revenue levy" means a property tax levy that provides the same amount of
129 ad valorem property tax revenue as was collected for the prior year, plus new growth, but exclusive
130 of revenue from collections from redemptions, interest, and penalties.
131 (3) "Leeway program" or "leeway" means a state-supported voted leeway program or board
132 leeway program authorized under Section 53A-17a-133 or 53A-17a-134 .
133 (4) "Pupil in average daily membership (ADM)" means a full-day equivalent pupil.
134 (5) (a) "State-supported minimum school program" or "minimum school program" means
135 public school programs for kindergarten, elementary, and secondary schools as described in this
136 Subsection (5).
138 equivalent of a school term of nine months as determined by the State Board of Education.
140 that school is held for an academic school year.
141 (ii) Education, enhanced by utilization of technologically enriched delivery systems, when
142 approved by local school boards, shall receive full support by the State Board of Education as it
143 pertains to fulfilling the [
144 commercial advertising.
146 annual costs:
147 (i) the cost of a basic state-supported school program;
148 (ii) [
180 53A, Chapter 21, Public Education Capital Outlay Act.
181 (6) "Weighted pupil unit or units" means the unit of measure of factors that is computed
182 in accordance with this chapter for the purpose of determining the costs of a program on a uniform
183 basis for each district.
184 Section 4. Section 53A-17a-104 is amended to read:
185 53A-17a-104. Amount of state's contribution toward minimum school program.
186 (1) The total contribution of the state toward the cost of the operation and maintenance
187 portion of the minimum school program[
188 not exceed the sum of [
189 beginning July 1, 2002, except as otherwise provided by the Legislature through supplemental
191 (2) It is intended that the funds provided are for the following purposes and in the
192 following amounts:
193 Estimated State and
194 Local Funds at
195 Estimated [
196 Weighted Purpose Per Weighted
197 Pupil Units State Contribution Pupil Unit
201 1,655 Basic program - administrative costs. [
203 schools and units for consolidated schools.
205 - add-on WPUs for students with disabilities.
211 district programs.
216 Social Security and retirement programs. [
217 Pupil Transportation to and from school. [
218 Guarantee Transportation Levy. $500,000
219 Local Discretionary Block Grant Program. [
220 Interventions for Student Success Block Grant Program $15,553,062
221 Quality Teaching Block Grant Program $69,178,111
222 Math and Science - Beginning Teacher Recruitment. [
225 Highly Impacted Schools. $5,123,207
226 At-risk Programs. [
227 Adult Education. [
228 Accelerated Learning Programs. [
230 Experimental and Developmental Program. [
231 Electronic High School. [
232 School LAND Trust Program. [
233 State-supported voted leeway. [
234 State-supported board leeway. [
235 Total estimated contributions to [
236 school districts for all programs.
237 Less estimated proceeds from [
238 state-supported local levies.
239 TOTAL STATE FUNDS [
240 Section 5. Section 53A-17a-111 is amended to read:
241 53A-17a-111. Weighted pupil units for programs for students with disabilities --
242 District allocation.
243 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education [
244 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2002, $156,235,092 (73,281 weighted pupil units) for allocation to
245 local school board programs for students with disabilities.
246 (2) Included in the appropriation is [
247 students with disabilities enrolled in regular programs.
248 (3) The number of weighted pupil units for students with disabilities shall reflect the direct
249 cost of programs for those students conducted in accordance with [
251 Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
252 (4) Disability program monies allocated to districts are restricted and shall be spent for the
253 education of students with disabilities but may include expenditures for approved programs of
254 services conducted for certified instructional personnel who have students with disabilities in their
256 (5) The State Board of Education shall establish and strictly interpret definitions and
257 provide standards for determining which students have disabilities and shall assist districts in
258 determining the services that should be provided to students with disabilities.
259 (6) Each year the board shall evaluate the standards and guidelines that establish the
260 identifying criteria for disability classifications to assure strict compliance with those standards by
261 the districts.
262 (7) Each district shall receive its allocation of monies appropriated in Subsection
263 53A-17a-111 (2) for add-on WPUs for students with disabilities enrolled in regular programs as
264 provided in this subsection.
265 (a) The State Board of Education shall use the total number of special education add-on
266 weighted pupil units used to fund fiscal year 1989-90 as a foundation for the special education
267 add-on appropriation.
268 (b) A district's special education add-on WPUs for the current year may not be less than
269 the foundation special education add-on WPUs.
270 (8) When monies appropriated under this chapter fund the foundation weighted pupil units,
271 as outlined in Subsection (7)(a), growth WPUs shall be added to the prior year special education
272 add-on WPUs, and growth WPUs shall be determined as follows:
273 (a) The special education student growth factor is calculated by comparing S-3 total special
274 education ADM of two years previous to the current year to the S-3 total special education ADM
275 three years previous to the current year, not to exceed the official October total district growth
276 factor from the prior year.
277 (b) When calculating and applying the growth factor, a district's S-3 total special education
278 ADM for a given year is limited to 12.18% of the district's S-3 total student ADM for the same
280 (c) Growth ADMs are calculated by applying the growth factor in Subsection (8)(a) to the
281 S-3 total special education ADM of two years previous to the current year.
282 (d) Growth ADMs for each district in Subsection (8)(c) are multiplied by 1.53 weighted
283 pupil units and added to the prior year special education add-on WPU to determine each district's
284 total allocation.
285 (9) If monies appropriated under this chapter for programs for students with disabilities
286 do not meet the costs of districts for those programs, each district shall first receive the amount
287 generated for each student with a disability under the basic program.
288 Section 6. Section 53A-17a-112 is amended to read:
289 53A-17a-112. Preschool special education appropriation -- Extended year program
290 appropriation -- Appropriation for special education programs in state institutions.
291 (1) Included in the [
292 53A-17a-111 is:
293 (a) an amount of [
294 (b) an amount of [
295 education programs;
296 (c) an amount of [
297 disabled; and
298 (d) an amount of [
299 institutions and for district impact aid.
300 (2) (a) The amount designated for the preschool special education program under
301 Subsection (1)(a) is allocated to school districts to provide a free, appropriate public education to
302 preschool students with a disability, ages three through five.
303 (b) The monies are distributed on the basis of a school district's previous year December
304 1 disabled preschool child count as mandated by federal law.
305 (3) The extended school year program for the severely disabled is limited to students with
306 severe disabilities with education program goals identifying significant regression and recoupment
307 disability as approved by the State Board of Education.
308 (4) (a) The monies appropriated for self-contained regular special education programs may
309 not be used to supplement other school programs.
310 (b) Monies in any of the other restricted line item appropriations may not be reduced more
311 than 2% to be used for purposes other than those specified by the appropriation, unless otherwise
312 provided by law.
313 (5) (a) The State Board of Education shall compute preschool funding by a factor of 1.47
314 times the current December 1 child count of eligible preschool aged three, four, and five-year-olds
315 times the WPU value, limited to 8% growth over the prior year December 1 count.
316 (b) The board shall develop guidelines to implement the funding formula for preschool
317 special education, and establish prevalence limits for distribution of the monies.
318 Section 7. Section 53A-17a-113 is amended to read:
319 53A-17a-113. Weighted pupil units for applied technology education programs --
320 Funding of approved programs -- Performance measures -- Qualifying criteria.
321 (1) (a) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education[
323 (23,566 weighted pupil units) to pay [
324 technology education programs and the comprehensive guidance program.
326 units) for summer applied technology agriculture programs.
327 (c) The money appropriated in this Subsection (1):
329 Subsections (2), (3), and (4)[
332 seventh grade level.
333 (2) Weighted pupil units are computed for pupils in approved programs.
334 (a) The board shall fund approved programs based upon hours of membership of 9th
335 through 12th grade students.
336 (b) The board shall use an amount not to exceed 20% of the total appropriation under this
337 section to fund approved programs based on performance measures such as placement and
338 competency attainment defined in standards set by the board [
340 (c) Leadership organization funds shall constitute an amount not to exceed 1% of the total
341 appropriation under this section, and shall be distributed to each local educational agency
342 sponsoring applied technology student leadership organizations [
343 the agency's share of the state's total membership in those organizations.
344 (d) The board shall make the necessary calculations for distribution of the appropriation
345 to school districts and may revise and recommend changes necessary for achieving equity and ease
346 of administration.
347 (3) (a) Twenty weighted pupil units shall be computed for applied technology education
348 administrative costs for each district, [
349 each district that consolidates applied technology administrative services with one or more other
351 (b) Between 10 and 25 weighted pupil units shall be computed for each high school
352 conducting approved applied technology education programs in a district according to standards
353 established by the board.
354 (c) Forty weighted pupil units shall be computed for each district that operates an approved
355 district applied technology center.
356 (d) Between five and seven weighted pupil units shall be computed for each summer
357 applied technology agriculture program according to standards established by the board.
358 (e) The board shall, by rule, establish qualifying criteria for districts to receive weighted
359 pupil units under Subsection (3).
360 (4) (a) [
361 after the allocations made under Subsections (2) and (3) shall be allocated using average daily
362 membership in approved programs for the previous year.
363 (b) A district that has experienced student growth in grades 9 through 12 for the previous
364 year shall have the growth factor applied to the previous year's weighted pupil units when
365 calculating the allocation of monies under this subsection.
366 (5) (a) The board shall establish rules for the upgrading of high school applied technology
367 education programs.
368 (b) The rules shall reflect technical training and actual marketable job skills in society.
369 (c) The rules shall include procedures to assist school districts to convert existing
370 programs which are not preparing students for the job market into programs that will accomplish
371 that purpose.
372 (6) Programs that do not meet board standards may not be funded under this section.
373 Section 8. Section 53A-17a-114 is amended to read:
374 53A-17a-114. Applied technology program alternatives.
375 (1) If a school district determines that a secondary student's applied technology education
376 goals are better achieved at a [
378 53B, Chapter 2a, Utah College of Applied Technology, the student may attend that institution.
385 technology college shall continue to be counted in the regular school program average daily
386 membership of the sending school district.
387 Section 9. Section 53A-17a-116 is amended to read:
388 53A-17a-116. Weighted pupil units for applied technology set-aside programs.
389 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education [
390 year beginning July 1, 2002, $2,121,340 (995 weighted pupil units) for an applied technology
391 set-aside program.
395 appropriated in Subsection (1).
397 distributed by an RFP process to help pay for equipment costs necessary to initiate new programs
398 and for high priority programs as determined by labor market information.
399 Section 10. Section 53A-17a-119 is amended to read:
400 53A-17a-119. Appropriation for adult education programs.
401 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education [
402 beginning July 1, 2002, $8,431,047 for allocation to local school boards for adult education
403 programs, consisting of adult high school completion and adult basic skills programs.
404 (2) Each district shall receive its pro rata share of the appropriation for adult high school
405 completion programs based on the number of people listed in the latest official census who are
406 over 18 years of age and who do not have a high school diploma and prior year participation.
407 (3) On February 1 of each school year, the State Board of Education shall recapture monies
408 not used for an adult high school completion program for reallocation to districts that have
409 implemented programs based on need and effort as determined by the board.
410 (4) To the extent of monies available, school districts shall provide programs to adults who
411 do not have a diploma and who intend to graduate from high school, with particular emphasis on
412 homeless individuals who are seeking literacy and life skills.
413 (5) Overruns in adult education in any district may not reduce the value of the weighted
414 pupil unit for this program in another district.
415 (6) The board shall provide the Legislature with a recommendation as to if and when any
416 fees should be charged for participation in the adult high school completion programs funded
417 under this section.
418 (7) School districts shall spend money on adult basic skills programs according to
419 standards established by the board.
420 Section 11. Section 53A-17a-120 is amended to read:
421 53A-17a-120. Appropriation for accelerated learning programs.
422 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education [
423 beginning July 1, 2002, $8,622,674 for allocation to local school boards for accelerated learning
424 programs in grades one through 12, which include programs for the gifted and talented, concurrent
425 enrollment, and advanced placement.
426 (2) (a) A school participating in the concurrent enrollment programs offered under Section
427 53A-15-101 shall receive on a per student basis up to $33.33 per quarter hour or $50 per semester
428 hour for each hour of higher education course work undertaken at the school.
429 (b) Each year the amounts specified in Subsection (2)(a) shall be adjusted in proportion to
430 the increase in the value of the weighted pupil unit from the prior year established in Subsection
431 53A-17a-103 (1).
432 (3) (a) Districts shall spend monies for these programs according to [
433 established by the State Board of Education in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah
434 Administrative Rulemaking Act.
435 (b) The State Board of Education shall develop uniform and consistent policies for school
436 districts to follow in utilizing advanced placement and concurrent enrollment monies.
437 Section 12. Section 53A-17a-121 is amended to read:
438 53A-17a-121. Appropriation for At-risk programs.
439 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education [
440 beginning July 1, 2002, $24,324,161 for allocation to local school boards for at-risk programs,
441 including the following:
442 (a) youth in custody;
448 (2) Districts shall spend monies for these programs according to [
449 established by the State Board of Education in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah
450 Administrative Rulemaking Act.
476 allocate moneys to school districts for homeless and disadvantaged minority students.
477 (b) Each district shall receive its allocation on the basis of:
478 (i) the total number of homeless students in the district;
479 (ii) added to 50% of the number of disadvantaged minority students in the district;
480 (iii) multiplying the total of Subsections [
481 pupil unit; and
482 (iv) prorating the amount under Subsection [
485 monies for mathematics, engineering, and science achievement programs, MESA programs, in the
487 (b) The board shall make the distribution to school districts on a competitive basis by
488 application under guidelines established by the board.
490 moneys for gang prevention and intervention programs at the district or school level.
491 (b) The board shall make the distribution to school districts under guidelines established
492 by the board consistent with Section 53A-15-601 .
494 moneys for programs for youth in custody.
495 (b) The board shall allocate these moneys to school districts which operate programs for
496 youth in custody in accordance with standards established by the board.
498 monies based on:
499 (a) a formula which takes into account prior year WPU's per district and a district's low
500 income population; and
501 (b) a minimum base of no less than $18,600 for small school districts.
502 Section 13. Section 53A-17a-123 is amended to read:
503 53A-17a-123. Local Discretionary Block Grant Program -- State contribution.
504 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education for the fiscal year beginning July
505 1, [
525 (2) The State Board of Education shall distribute the money appropriated in Subsection
526 (1) to school districts and charter schools according to a formula adopted by the board, after
527 consultation with school districts and charter schools, that allocates the funding in a fair and
528 equitable manner.
529 (3) Schools districts and charter schools shall use Local Discretionary Block Grant monies
531 (a) maintenance and operation costs;
532 (b) capital outlay; and
533 (c) debt service.
534 Section 14. Section 53A-17a-123.5 is enacted to read:
535 53A-17a-123.5. Interventions for Student Success Block Grant Program -- State
537 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education for the fiscal year beginning July
538 1, 2002, $15,553,062 for the Interventions for Student Success Block Grant Program.
539 (2) The State Board of Education shall distribute the money appropriated in Subsection
540 (1) to school districts and charter schools according to a formula adopted by the board, after
541 consultation with school districts and charter schools, that allocates the funding in a fair and
542 equitable manner.
543 (3) Schools districts and charter schools shall use Interventions for Student Success Block
544 Grant monies to improve student academic success, with priority given to interventions on behalf
545 of students not performing to standards as determined by U-PASS test results.
546 (4) (a) Each school district shall develop a plan for the expenditure of Interventions for
547 Student Success Block Grant monies.
548 (b) The plan:
549 (i) shall specify anticipated results; and
550 (ii) may include continuing existing programs to improve students' academic success for
551 which funds were appropriated before the establishment of the block grant.
552 (c) The local school board shall approve the plan for the expenditure of the block grant
553 monies in an open public meeting before the monies are spent.
554 Section 15. Section 53A-17a-124 is amended to read:
555 53A-17a-124. Quality Teaching Block Grant Program -- State contributions.
556 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education for the fiscal year beginning July
557 1, [
561 Teaching Block Grant Program.
576 (2) The State Board of Education shall distribute the money appropriated in Subsection
577 (1) to school districts and charter schools according to a formula adopted by the board, after
578 consultation with school districts and charter schools, that allocates the funding in a fair and
579 equitable manner.
580 (3) Schools districts and charter schools shall use Quality Teaching Block Grant monies
581 to implement school and school district comprehensive, long-term professional development plans
582 required by Section 53A-3-701 .
583 (4) Each local school board shall:
584 (a) as provided by Section 53A-3-701 , review and either approve or recommend
585 modifications for each school's comprehensive, long-term professional development plan within
586 the district so that each school's plan is compatible with the district's comprehensive, long-term
587 professional development plan; and
588 (b) in an open public meeting, approve a plan to spend Quality Teaching Block Grant
589 monies to implement the school district's comprehensive, long-term professional development
591 Section 16. Section 53A-17a-124.5 is amended to read:
592 53A-17a-124.5. Appropriation for class size reduction.
593 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education for the fiscal year beginning July
594 1, [
595 average class size in kindergarten through the eighth grade in the state's public schools.
596 (2) Each district shall receive its allocation based upon prior year average daily
597 membership in kindergarten through grade eight plus growth as determined under Subsection
598 53A-17a-106 (3) as compared to the state total.
599 (3) (a) A district may use its allocation to reduce class size in any one or all of the grades
600 referred to under this section, except as otherwise provided in Subsection (3)(b).
601 (b) (i) Each district shall use 50% of its allocation to reduce class size in any one or all
602 of grades kindergarten through grade two, with an emphasis on improving student reading skills.
603 (ii) If a district's average class size is below 18 in grades kindergarten through two, it may
604 petition the state board for, and the state board may grant, a waiver to use its allocation under
605 Subsection (3)(b)(i) for class size reduction in the other grades.
606 (4) Schools may use nontraditional innovative and creative methods to reduce class sizes
607 with this appropriation and may use part of their allocation to focus on class size reduction for
608 specific groups, such as at risk students, or for specific blocks of time during the school day.
609 (5) (a) A school district may use up to 20% of its allocation under Subsection (1) for
610 capital facilities projects if such projects would help to reduce class size.
611 (b) If a school district's student population increases by 5% or 700 students from the
612 previous school year, the school district may use up to 50% of any allocation it receives under this
613 section for classroom construction.
614 (6) This appropriation is to supplement any other appropriation made for class size
616 (7) (a) The State Board of Education shall compile information on class size, both in
617 average student-teacher ratios and in actual number of students enrolled in each classroom by
618 grade level for elementary grades and by subject matter for secondary grades.
619 (b) The State Board of Education shall establish uniform class size reporting rules among
621 (c) Provisions may be made for explaining special circumstances where class size exceeds
622 or is below normal distributions.
623 (8) (a) Each school district shall provide annually to the state superintendent of public
624 instruction a summary report on the overall district plan for utilizing class size reduction funds
625 provided by the Legislature.
626 (b) If the district has received new additional class size reduction funds during the previous
627 year, the district shall report data identifying how:
628 (i) the use of the funds complies with legislative intent; and
629 (ii) the use of the funds supplements the district's class size reduction plan.
630 (9) The Legislature shall provide for an annual adjustment in the appropriation authorized
631 under this section in proportion to the increase in the number of students in the state in
632 kindergarten through grade eight.
633 Section 17. Section 53A-17a-125 is amended to read:
634 53A-17a-125. Appropriation for retirement and social security.
635 (1) There is appropriated to the State Board of Education for the fiscal year beginning July
636 1, [
637 (2) The employee's retirement contribution shall be 1% for employees who are under the
638 state's contributory retirement program.
639 (3) The employer's contribution under the state's contributory retirement program is
640 determined under Section 49-2-301 , subject to the 1% contribution under Subsection (2).
641 (4) The employer-employee contribution rate for employees who are under the state's
642 noncontributory retirement program is determined under Section 49-3-301 .
643 (5) (a) Each school district shall receive its share of retirement and social security monies
644 based on its total weighted pupil units compared to the total weighted pupil units for all districts
645 in the state.
646 (b) The monies needed to support retirement and social security shall be determined by
647 taking the district's prior year allocation and adjusting it for:
648 (i) student growth;
649 (ii) the percentage increase in the value of the weighted pupil unit; and
650 (iii) the effect of any change in the rates for retirement, social security, or both.
651 Section 18. Section 53A-17a-126 is amended to read:
652 53A-17a-126. State support of pupil transportation -- Incentives to increase economy
653 and productivity in student transportation.
654 (1) The state's contribution of [
655 transportation of public school students for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2002, is
656 apportioned and distributed in accordance with Section 53A-17a-127 , except as otherwise provided
657 in this section.
658 (2) (a) Included in the appropriation under Subsection (1) is an amount not less than
660 districts, and allocated to the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind to pay transportation costs
661 of the schools' students.
662 (b) The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind shall utilize these funds to pay for
663 transportation of their students based on current valid contractual arrangements and best
664 transportation options and methods as determined by the schools.
665 (c) All student transportation costs of the schools shall be paid from the allocation received
666 under Subsection (2).
667 (3) Each district shall receive its approved transportation costs, except that if during the
668 fiscal year the total transportation allowance for all districts exceeds the amount appropriated, all
669 allowances shall be reduced pro rata to equal not more than that amount.
670 (4) Included in the appropriation under Subsection (1) is an amount of $187,000 for
671 transportation of students, as approved by the state board, for school districts that consolidate
672 schools, implement double session programs at the elementary level, or utilize other alternatives
673 to building construction that require additional student transportation.
674 (5) (a) Part of the state's contribution for transportation, not to exceed $200,000, may be
675 used as an incentive for districts to increase economy and productivity in student transportation.
676 (b) This amount is distributed on a pro rata basis among districts which have achieved the
677 most efficiency according to the state formula.
678 (c) Districts receiving the incentive funding may expend the monies at the discretion of
679 the local school board.
680 (6) (a) Local school boards shall provide salary adjustments to employee groups that work
681 with the transportation of students comparable to those of classified employees authorized under
682 Section 53A-17a-137 , when dividing the weighted pupil unit for salary adjustment purposes.
683 (b) The State Board of Education shall conduct a study to evaluate the reimbursement
684 system of funding for pupil transportation with emphasis on looking at methodologies that will
685 provide incentives for districts that will encourage economical practices.
686 Section 19. Section 53A-17a-131.2 is amended to read:
687 53A-17a-131.2. State contribution to highly impacted schools program.
688 The state's contribution of $5,123,207 for the Highly Impacted Schools Program for the
689 fiscal year beginning July 1, [
690 distribution according to the formula adopted by the board under Section 53A-15-701 , which
691 authorizes the Highly Impacted Schools Program.
692 Section 20. Section 53A-17a-131.9 is amended to read:
693 53A-17a-131.9. Agencies coming together for children and youth at risk.
694 (1) [
695 Education [
696 Agencies, and Communities Together for Children and Youth At Risk Act, shall be subject to the
697 provisions of this section.
698 (2) Participation in the at risk programs funded under this section shall require consent
699 from a parent or legal guardian for the participant to receive initial or continuing services under
700 the program.
701 (3) A participant's parent or legal guardian shall be actively involved in the program and
702 all applicable state and federal laws and regulations shall be observed by the entities and
703 individuals providing the services.
704 (4) The board shall use the appropriation to experiment on a community full-service
705 delivery system level to provide data on the merits of moving the concept to a fully implemented
706 statewide system.
707 Section 21. Section 53A-17a-131.13 is amended to read:
708 53A-17a-131.13. State contribution to guarantee transportation levy.
709 The state's contribution of $500,000 to the guarantee transportation levy program for the
710 fiscal year beginning July 1, [
711 distribution to school districts according to [
712 accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
713 Section 22. Section 53A-17a-131.15 is amended to read:
714 53A-17a-131.15. State contribution for the Electronic High School.
715 The state's contribution of [
716 fiscal year beginning July 1, [
717 distribution to the school according to [
718 with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
719 Section 23. Section 53A-17a-131.17 is amended to read:
720 53A-17a-131.17. State contribution for a School LAND Trust Program.
721 (1) (a) [
723 $6,000,000 to the State Board of Education as the state's contribution for the School LAND Trust
724 Program for the fiscal year beginning July 1, [
726 (b) If the amount of money in the Uniform School Fund described in Subsection
727 53A-16-101.5 (2) is less than or greater than $6,000,000, the appropriation shall be equal to the
728 amount of money in the Uniform School Fund described in Subsection 53A-16-101.5 (2).
729 (2) The State Board of Education shall distribute the money appropriated in Subsection
730 (1) in accordance with Section 53A-16-101.5 and rules established by the board in accordance with
731 Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
732 Section 24. Section 53A-17a-131.19 is amended to read:
733 53A-17a-131.19. State contribution to math and science beginning teacher
734 recruitment program.
735 The state's contribution of [
736 recruitment program, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, [
737 Board of Education for distribution according to Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 6, Public Education
738 Job Enhancement Program.
739 Section 25. Section 53A-17a-132 is amended to read:
740 53A-17a-132. Experimental and developmental programs.
741 (1) The state's contribution of [
742 programs for the fiscal year beginning July 1, [
743 Education for distribution to school districts pursuant to [
744 in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
745 (2) (a) A school district may fund a new experimental or developmental program with
746 monies appropriated under Subsection (1) for a maximum of three consecutive years.
747 (b) After the third year, the district shall either fund the program with regular ongoing
748 program monies or terminate the program.
762 Section 26. Section 53A-17a-133 is amended to read:
763 53A-17a-133. State-supported voted leeway program authorized -- Election
764 requirements -- State guarantee -- Reconsideration of the program.
765 (1) An election to consider adoption or modification of a voted leeway program is required
766 if initiative petitions signed by 10% of the number of electors who voted at the last preceding
767 general election are presented to the local school board or by action of the board.
768 (2) (a) To establish a voted leeway program, a majority of the electors of a district voting
769 at an election in the manner set forth in Section 53A-16-110 must vote in favor of a special tax.
770 (b) The district may maintain a school program which exceeds the cost of the program
771 referred to in Section 53A-17a-145 with this voted leeway.
772 (c) In order to receive state support the first year, a district must receive voter approval no
773 later than December 1 of the year prior to implementation.
774 (d) The additional program is the state-supported voted leeway program of the district.
775 (3) (a) Under the voted leeway program, the state shall contribute an amount sufficient to
776 guarantee $17.14 per weighted pupil unit for each .0001 of the first .0016 per dollar of taxable
778 (b) The same dollar amount guarantee per weighted pupil unit for the .0016 per dollar of
779 taxable value under Subsection (3)(a) shall apply to the board-approved leeway authorized in
780 Section 53A-17a-134 , so that the guarantee shall apply up to a total of .002 per dollar of taxable
781 value if a school district levies a tax rate under both programs.
782 (c) (i) Beginning July 1, [
783 (b) shall be indexed each year to the value of the weighted pupil unit by making the value of the
784 guarantee equal to [
785 (ii) The guarantee shall increase by .0005 times the value of the prior year's weighted pupil
786 unit for each succeeding year until the guarantee is equal to .010544 times the value of the prior
787 year's weighted pupil unit.
788 (d) (i) The amount of state guarantee money to which a school district would otherwise
789 be entitled to under Subsection (3) may not be reduced for the sole reason that the district's levy
790 is reduced as a consequence of changes in the certified tax rate under Section 59-2-924 pursuant
791 to changes in property valuation.
792 (ii) Subsection (3)(d)(i) applies for a period of two years following any such change in the
793 certified tax rate.
794 (4) (a) An election to modify an existing voted leeway program is not a reconsideration
795 of the existing program unless the proposition submitted to the electors expressly so states.
796 (b) A majority vote opposing a modification does not deprive the district of authority to
797 continue an existing program.
798 (c) If adoption of a leeway program is contingent upon an offset reducing other local
799 school board levies, the board must allow the electors, in an election, to consider modifying or
800 discontinuing the program prior to a subsequent increase in other levies that would increase the
801 total local school board levy.
802 (d) Nothing contained in this section terminates, without an election, the authority of a
803 school district to continue an existing voted leeway program previously authorized by the voters.
804 Section 27. Section 53A-17a-135 is amended to read:
805 53A-17a-135. Certified revenue levy.
806 (1) (a) In order to qualify for receipt of the state contribution toward the basic program and
807 as its contribution toward its costs of the basic program, each school district shall impose a
808 minimum basic tax rate per dollar of taxable value that generates [
809 in revenues statewide.
810 (b) The preliminary estimate for the [
811 (c) The State Tax Commission shall certify on or before June 22 the rate that generates
813 (d) If the minimum basic tax rate exceeds the certified revenue levy as defined in Section
814 59-2-102 , the state is subject to the notice requirements of Section 59-2-926 .
825 (2) (a) The state shall contribute to each district toward the cost of the basic program in
826 the district that portion which exceeds the proceeds of the levy authorized under Subsection (1).
827 (b) In accord with the state strategic plan for public education and to fulfill its
828 responsibility for the development and implementation of that plan, the Legislature instructs the
829 State Board of Education, the governor, and the Office of Legislative Fiscal Analyst in each of the
830 coming five years to develop budgets that will fully fund student enrollment growth.
831 (3) (a) If the proceeds of the levy authorized under Subsection (1) equal or exceed the cost
832 of the basic program in a school district, no state contribution shall be made to the basic program.
833 (b) The proceeds of the levy authorized under Subsection (1) which exceed the cost of the
834 basic program shall be paid into the Uniform School Fund as provided by law.
835 Section 28. Section 53A-17a-146 is amended to read:
836 53A-17a-146. Reduction of district allocation based on insufficient revenues.
837 (1) (a) If it is necessary because of insufficient revenues in the Uniform School Fund [
839 to support schools under Title 53A, Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act[
844 school, shall reduce each school district's and charter school's allocation of monies appropriated
845 to support school districts and charter schools.
846 (b) Each school district's or charter school's share of the total reduction of appropriations
847 to support school districts and charter schools shall be in the same proportion of the school
848 district's or charter school's allocation of appropriated monies is to the total appropriations to
849 support school districts and charter schools.
850 (2) Each district and charter school shall determine which programs are affected by, and
851 the amount of, the reductions.
852 (3) The requirement to spend a specified amount in any particular program is waived if
853 reductions are required under this section.
854 Section 29. Section 53A-17a-148 is enacted to read:
855 53A-17a-148. Use of nonlapsing balances.
856 For the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2002, the State Board of Education may use up to
857 $300,000 of nonlapsing balances for the following:
858 (1) to stabilize the value of the weighted pupil unit;
859 (2) to maintain program levels in school districts that may experience unanticipated and
860 unforeseen losses of students;
861 (3) to equalize programs in school districts where a strict application of the law provides
863 (4) to pay the added cost when students attend school out of state;
864 (5) to assist in the operation of the laboratory school at Utah State University, through the
865 allocation of monies for a career ladder program at the school; and
866 (6) other uses approved by the board.
867 Section 30. Section 53A-21-105 is amended to read:
868 53A-21-105. State contribution to capital outlay programs.
869 The state contribution toward the cost of the programs established under Section
870 53A-21-102 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, [
871 totaling [
873 Section 31. Intent language.
874 It is the intent of the Legislature that no more than $70,000 of the monies appropriated
875 to fund the School LAND Trust program shall be expended for administration of the program each
877 Section 32. Repealer.
878 This act repeals:
879 Section 53A-17a-113.5, Appropriations subcommittees' joint annual meetings.
880 Section 53A-17a-117, Approval of expenditures.
881 Section 53A-17a-131.4, State contribution to Alternative Language Services Program.
882 Section 33. Effective date.
883 This act takes effect on July 1, 2002.
Legislative Review Note
as of 3-4-02 7:46 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.