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S.B. 162

             1     

FEDERAL EDUCATION AGREEMENT

             2     
REQUIREMENTS

             3     
2008 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

             6     
House Sponsor: Gregory H. Hughes

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill requires gubernatorial and legislative approval for certain federal education
             11      agreements that implement federal programs.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    provides definitions;
             15          .    requires gubernatorial, Legislative Management Committee, or legislative approval
             16      for certain federal education agreements that implement federal programs; and
             17          .    authorizes the governor or the Legislature to void federal education agreements
             18      lacking proper approval.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          53A-1-902, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2005, First Special Session, Chapter 2
             26      ENACTS:
             27          53A-1-905, Utah Code Annotated 1953


             28          53A-1-906, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29          53A-1-907, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30          53A-1-908, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31     
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 53A-1-902 is amended to read:
             34           53A-1-902. Definitions.
             35          As used in this part:
             36          (1) "Education entities" means the entities that may bear the state and local costs of
             37      implementing a federal program, including:
             38          (a) the State Board of Education;
             39          (b) the state superintendent and the State Office of Education;
             40          (c) a local school board;
             41          (d) a school district and its schools;
             42          (e) a charter school governing board; and
             43          (f) a charter school.
             44          (2) "Federal education agreement" means a legally binding document or representation
             45      that requires a school official to implement a federal program.
             46          [(1)] (3) "Federal programs" include:
             47          (a) the No Child Left Behind Act;
             48          (b) the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, Public Law
             49      105-17, and subsequent amendments; and
             50          (c) other federal educational programs.
             51          [(2)] (4) "No Child Left Behind Act" means the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20
             52      U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.
             53          [(3)] (5) "School official" includes:
             54          (a) the State Board of Education;
             55          (b) the state superintendent;
             56          (c) employees of the State Board of Education and the state superintendent;
             57          (d) local school boards;
             58          (e) school district superintendents and employees; and


             59          (f) charter school board members, administrators, and employees.
             60          Section 2. Section 53A-1-905 is enacted to read:
             61          53A-1-905. Notice of voidableness of federal education agreements.
             62          A federal education agreement that may cost education entities more than $100,000
             63      annually from state and local monies to implement, that is executed by a school official in
             64      violation of this part, is voidable by the governor or the Legislature as provided in this part.
             65          Section 3. Section 53A-1-906 is enacted to read:
             66          53A-1-906. Governor to approve federal education agreements.
             67          (1) Before legally binding the state by executing a federal education agreement that
             68      may cost education entities more than $100,000 annually from state and local monies to
             69      implement, a school official shall submit the proposed federal education agreement to the
             70      governor for the governor's approval or rejection.
             71          (2) The governor shall approve or reject each federal education agreement.
             72          (3) (a) If the governor approves the federal education agreement, the school official
             73      may execute the agreement.
             74          (b) If the governor rejects the federal education agreement, the school official may not
             75      execute the agreement.
             76          (4) If a school official executes a federal education agreement without obtaining the
             77      governor's approval under this section, the governor may issue an executive order declaring the
             78      federal education agreement void.
             79          Section 4. Section 53A-1-907 is enacted to read:
             80          53A-1-907. Legislative review and approval of federal education agreements.
             81          (1) (a) Before legally binding the state by executing a federal education agreement that
             82      may cost education entities more than $500,000 annually from state and local monies to
             83      implement, the school official shall:
             84          (i) submit the proposed federal education agreement to the governor for the governor's
             85      approval or rejection as required by Section 53A-1-906 ; and
             86          (ii) if the governor approves the federal education agreement, submit the federal
             87      education agreement to the Legislative Management Committee for its review and
             88      recommendations.
             89          (b) The Legislative Management Committee shall review the federal education


             90      agreement and may:
             91          (i) recommend that the school official execute the federal education agreement;
             92          (ii) recommend that the school official reject the federal education agreement; or
             93          (iii) recommend to the governor that the governor call a special session of the
             94      Legislature to review and approve or reject the federal education agreement.
             95          (2) (a) Before legally binding the state by executing a federal education agreement that
             96      may cost education entities more than $1,000,000 annually to implement, a school official
             97      shall:
             98          (i) submit the proposed federal education agreement to the governor for the governor's
             99      approval or rejection as required by Section 53A-1-906 ; and
             100          (ii) if the governor approves the federal education agreement, submit the federal
             101      education agreement to the Legislature for its approval in an annual general session or a special
             102      session.
             103          (b) (i) If the Legislature approves the federal education agreement, the school official
             104      may execute the agreement.
             105          (ii) If the Legislature rejects the federal education agreement, the school official may
             106      not execute the agreement.
             107          (c) If a school official executes a federal education agreement without obtaining the
             108      Legislature's approval under this Subsection (2):
             109          (i) the governor may issue an executive order declaring the federal education
             110      agreement void; or
             111          (ii) the Legislature may pass a joint resolution declaring the federal education
             112      agreement void.
             113          Section 5. Section 53A-1-908 is enacted to read:
             114          53A-1-908. Cost evaluation of federal education agreements.
             115          (1) Before legally binding the state to a federal education agreement that may cost the
             116      state a total of $100,000 or more to implement, a school official shall estimate the state and
             117      local cost of implementing the federal education agreement and submit that cost estimate to the
             118      governor and the Legislative Management Committee.
             119          (2) The Legislative Management Committee may:
             120          (a) direct its staff to make an independent cost estimate of the cost of implementing the


             121      federal education agreement; and
             122          (b) affirmatively adopt a cost estimate as the benchmark for determining which
             123      authorizations established by this part are necessary.




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