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H.B. 46






Sponsor: LaWanna Lou Shurtliff

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill allows the State Board of Education to distribute funds to certain school
             10      districts impacted by fee waivers.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    establishes criteria for the distribution of the funds; and
             14          .    prescribes the amount of funds an impacted school district may receive.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          This bill appropriates as an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints,
             17      $400,000 from the Uniform School Fund for fiscal year 2004-05 to the State Board of
             18      Education.
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2004.
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          53A-12-103, as last amended by Chapter 111, Laws of Utah 2000
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 53A-12-103 is amended to read:
             27           53A-12-103. Waiver of fees.

             28          (1) (a) A local school board shall require, as part of an authorization granted under
             29      Section 53A-12-102 , that adequate waivers or other provisions are available to ensure that no
             30      student is denied the opportunity to participate because of an inability to pay the required fee,
             31      deposit, or charge.
             32          (b) (i) If, however, a student must repeat a course or requires remediation to advance or
             33      graduate and a fee is associated with the course or the remediation program, it is presumed that
             34      the student will pay the fee.
             35          (ii) If the student or the student's parent or guardian is financially unable to pay the fee,
             36      the board shall provide for alternatives to waiving the fee, which may include installment
             37      payments and school or community service or work projects for the student.
             38          (iii) In cases of extreme financial hardship or where the student has suffered a
             39      long-term illness, [or] death in the family, or other major emergency and where installment
             40      payments and the imposition of a service or work requirement would not be reasonable, the
             41      student may receive a partial or full waiver of the fee required under Subsection (1)(b)(i).
             42          (iv) The waiver provisions in Subsections (2) and (3) apply to all other fees, deposits,
             43      and charges made in the secondary schools.
             44          (2) (a) The board shall require each school in the district that charges a fee under this
             45      chapter to provide a variety of alternatives for satisfying the fee requirement to those who
             46      qualify for fee waivers, in addition to the outright waiver of the fee.
             47          (b) The board shall develop and provide a list of alternatives for the schools, including
             48      such options as allowing the student to provide:
             49          (i) tutorial assistance to other students;
             50          (ii) assistance before or after school to teachers and other school personnel on school
             51      related matters; and
             52          (iii) general community or home service.
             53          (c) Each school may add to the list of alternatives provided by the board, subject to
             54      approval by the board.
             55          (3) A local school board may establish policies providing for partial fee waivers or
             56      other alternatives for those students who, because of extenuating circumstances, are not in a
             57      financial position to pay the entire fee.
             58          (4) With regard to children who are in the custody of the Division of Child and Family

             59      Services who are also eligible under Title IV-E of the federal Social Security Act, local school
             60      boards shall require fee waivers or alternatives in accordance with Subsections (1) through (3).
             61          (5) (a) To compensate school districts for impacts of fee waivers, the State Board of
             62      Education may distribute funds to school districts as provided in this Subsection (5).
             63          (b) To qualify for funds distributed under this Subsection (5), at least 30% of the
             64      students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in the school district shall be eligible for free school
             65      lunch.
             66          (c) Each school district qualifying under Subsection (5)(b) shall receive up to $40 per
             67      student in grades 9 through 12 eligible for free school lunch.
             68          (d) The State Board of Education may make rules specifying procedures for the
             69      application for and distribution of funds under this Subsection (5).
             70          Section 2. Appropriation.
             71          As an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints, there is appropriated
             72      from the Uniform School Fund for fiscal year 2004-05, $400,000 to the State Board of
             73      Education to distribute to school districts impacted by fee waivers as provided by Section
             74      53A-12-103 .
             75          Section 3. Effective date.
             76          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2004.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-2-03 1:51 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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