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First Substitute H.B. 274

Representative Ben C. Ferry proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
UTAH K-8 ONLINE VIRTUAL SCHOOL

             2     
2008 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Ben C. Ferry

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill authorizes the State Board of Education to establish a virtual school for
             10      students in kindergarten through the eighth grade.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides definitions;
             14          .    authorizes the State Board of Education to establish Utah K-8 Online, a virtual
             15      school;
             16          .    provides for the participation of Utah K-8 Online students in other public school
             17      programs;
             18          .    requires the State Board of Education to make certain rules;
             19          .    provides for the funding of Utah K-8 Online; and
             20          .    makes technical corrections.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          This bill appropriates:
             23          .    as an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints, $754,200 from the
             24      Uniform School Fund to the State Board of Education; and
             25          .     $100,000 from the Uniform School Fund for fiscal year 2008-09 only, to the State


             26      Board of Education.
             27      Other Special Clauses:
             28          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      AMENDS:
             31          53A-15-1001, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 227
             32          53A-15-1002, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 227
             33      ENACTS:
             34          53A-15-1008, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          53A-15-1009, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36          53A-15-1010, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37     
             38      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             39          Section 1. Section 53A-15-1001 is amended to read:
             40     
Part 10. Virtual Schools Act

             41           53A-15-1001. Title.
             42          This part is known as the "[Electronic High School] Virtual Schools Act."
             43          Section 2. Section 53A-15-1002 is amended to read:
             44           53A-15-1002. Definitions.
             45          As used in this part:
             46          (1) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
             47          (2) "Electronic High School" means a rigorous program offering grade 9 - 12 level
             48      courses delivered over the Internet and coordinated by the board.
             49          (3) "Home-schooled student" means a student:
             50          (a) who attends a home school;
             51          (b) is exempt from school attendance pursuant to Section 53A-11-102 ; and
             52          (c) attends no more than two regularly scheduled classes or courses in a public school
             53      per semester.
             54          (4) "Open-entry, open-exit" means:
             55          (a) a method of instructional delivery that allows for flexible scheduling in response to
             56      individual student needs or requirements and demonstrated competency when knowledge and


             57      skills have been mastered; and
             58          (b) students have the flexibility to begin or end study at any time, progress through
             59      course material at their own pace, and demonstrate competency when knowledge and skills
             60      have been mastered.
             61          (5) "Utah K-8 Online" means the virtual school coordinated by the board for students
             62      in kindergarten through the eighth grade in accordance with the provisions of this part.
             63          (6) "Virtual school" means a school that uses technology in order to provide a
             64      preponderance of its curriculum and instruction to its students through the Internet or other
             65      electronic means in a manner that fosters on-demand, interactive, self-paced, and
             66      individualized instruction.
             67          Section 3. Section 53A-15-1008 is enacted to read:
             68          53A-15-1008. Utah K-8 Online -- Authorization -- State board rulemaking.
             69          (1) The board is authorized to establish and coordinate the operations of Utah K-8
             70      Online, a virtual school for students in kindergarten through the eighth grade.
             71          (2) Utah K-8 Online may:
             72          (a) begin operation in the 2008-09 school year; and
             73          (b) have a maximum full-time equivalent student capacity of 1,500 students.
             74          (3) The board may contract with school districts, public schools, regional service
             75      centers, or private entities to provide services for Utah K-8 Online.
             76          (4) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             77      board shall make rules providing:
             78          (a) minimum standards, definitions, and coordination of Utah K-8 Online; and
             79          (b) procedures for the distribution of funds appropriated for Utah K-8 Online.
             80          Section 4. Section 53A-15-1009 is enacted to read:
             81          53A-15-1009. Utah K-8 Online -- Participation in other public schools.
             82          (1) A person having control of a minor who is enrolled in Utah K-8 Online may also
             83      enroll the minor in another public school or public school program.
             84          (2) The minor may participate in any academic activity in the other public school
             85      available to students in the minor's grade or age group, subject to compliance with the same
             86      rules and requirements that apply to a full-time student's participation in the activity.
             87          (3) (a) A student who participates in another public school program is considered a


             88      student of that public school for purposes of the student's participation in that program.
             89          (b) Utah K-8 Online and the other public school shall enter into an agreement to cover
             90      the reasonable costs of participation in the program.
             91          (4) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             92      board shall make rules:
             93          (a) governing participation in programs as described in this section, including:
             94          (i) the sharing of costs as described in Subsection (3); and
             95          (ii) regulating the transferability of credits that are earned in Utah K-8 Online; and
             96          (b) providing the policies and procedures necessary to permit students enrolled in Utah
             97      K-8 Online to participate in public school extracurricular activities.
             98          Section 5. Section 53A-15-1010 is enacted to read:
             99          53A-15-1010. Utah K-8 Online -- Funding.
             100          (1) Money appropriated to the board for Utah K-8 Online shall be allocated to Utah
             101      K-8 Online.
             102          (2) (a) Utah K-8 Online shall receive the value of the weighted pupil unit, as provided
             103      in Subsection 53A-17a-103 (1), for each full-time equivalent student.
             104          (b) Utah K-8 Online may not receive any other funding provided in this title, except as
             105      the funding is specifically made available to Utah K-8 Online.
             106          (3) Each year the Legislature shall increase the money appropriated to the board for
             107      Utah K-8 Online based on:
             108          (a) enrollment growth in Utah K-8 Online; and
             109          (b) the percentage increase in the value of the weighted pupil unit.
             110          Section 6. One-time appropriation.
             111          (1) There is appropriated $100,000 from the Uniform School Fund for fiscal year
             112      2007-08 only, to the State Board of Education.
             113          (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the appropriation in Subsection (1) shall be
             114      used to provide start-up costs for Utah K-8 Online.
             115          Section 7. Ongoing appropriation.
             116          As an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints, there is appropriated
             117      from the Uniform School Fund for fiscal year 2008-09, $754,200 to State Board of Education
             118      for Utah K-8 Online established in Title 53A, Chapter 15, Part 10, Virtual Schools Act.


             119          Section 8. Effective date.
             120          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             121      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             122      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             123      the date of veto override.


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