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First Substitute H.B. 166

This document includes Senate 2nd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 12:20 PM by lwells. --> This document includes Senate 3rd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM by kcallred. --> This document includes Senate 3rd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 3:19 PM by rday. -->

Representative John Dougall proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
REDUCTIONS TO EDUCATION MANDATES

             2     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: John Dougall

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions related to public school funding, administration, and
             10      reporting requirements.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    exempts school districts and charter schools from the requirement to administer the
             14      tenth grade basic skills competency test for two years;
             15          .    modifies the requirements to obtain a basic high school diploma for two years;
             16          .    exempts a local school board from the requirement to develop and administer
             17      certain activity disclosure statements for two years;
             18          .    exempts a school district from certain requirements related to the disposal of
             19      textbooks for two years;
             20          .    exempts a local school board from the requirement to prepare and present an annual
             21      presentation on adoption for two years;
             22          .    exempts a school district from certain requirements related to an independent
             23      evaluation of the purchasing of instructional materials for two years;
             24          .    eliminates the requirement to administer criterion-referenced tests for students in
             25      the second grade;


             26          .    exempts the State Board of Education and public schools from complying with
             27      certain school performance reporting requirements for two years;
             28          .    requires the State Board of Education to review mandates or requirements in board
             29      rule to determine if certain mandates could be waived for two years;
             30          .    amends provisions related to the transportation levy; S. and
             31          . [     amends provisions related to a school district's or charter school's requirement to
             32      file certain information on the Utah Public Finance Website to allow a public school
             33      two years before complying with the requirements; and
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             34          .    makes technical changes.
             35      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             36          None
             37      Other Special Clauses:
             38          None
             39      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             40      AMENDS:
             41          53A-1-401, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, First Special Session, Chapter 2
             42          53A-1-602, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 300
             43          53A-1-603, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 300
             44          53A-1-611, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 277
             45          53A-3-420, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 114
             46          53A-3-602.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapters 299 and 300
             47          53A-12-207, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapter 106
             48          53A-13-107, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 279
             49          53A-14-107, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 397
             50          53A-17a-127, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 391
             51      S. [     63A-3-405, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 310 ] .S
             52     
             53      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             54          Section 1. Section 53A-1-401 is amended to read:
             55           53A-1-401. Powers of State Board of Education -- Adoption of rules --
             56      Enforcement.


             57          (1) (a) The State Board of Education has general control and supervision of the state's
             58      public education system.
             59          (b) "General control and supervision" as used in Article X, Sec. 3, of the Utah
             60      Constitution means directed to the whole system.
             61          (2) The board may not govern, manage, or operate school districts, institutions, and
             62      programs, unless granted that authority by statute.
             63          (3) The board may adopt rules and policies in accordance with its responsibilities under
             64      the constitution and state laws, and may interrupt disbursements of state aid to any district
             65      which fails to comply with rules adopted in accordance with this Subsection (3).
             66          (4) (a) The board may sell any interest it holds in real property upon a finding by the
             67      board that the property interest is surplus.
             68          (b) The board may use the money it receives from a sale under Subsection (4)(a) for
             69      capital improvements, equipment, or materials, but not for personnel or ongoing costs.
             70          (c) If the property interest under Subsection (4)(a) was held for the benefit of an agency
             71      or institution administered by the board, the money may only be used for purposes related to
             72      the agency or institution.
             73          (d) The board shall advise the Legislature of any sale under Subsection (4)(a) and
             74      related matters during the next following session of the Legislature.
             75          (5) The board shall develop policies and procedures related to federal educational
             76      programs in accordance with Title 53A, Chapter 1, Part 9, Implementing Federal Programs
             77      Act.
             78          (6) On or before December 31, 2010, the State Board of Education shall review
             79      mandates or requirements provided for in board rule to determine whether certain mandates or
             80      requirements could be waived to remove funding pressures on public schools on a temporary
             81      basis.
             82          Section 2. Section 53A-1-602 is amended to read:
             83           53A-1-602. Definitions.
             84          As used in this part:
             85          (1) (a) "Achievement test" means a standardized test which measures or attempts to
             86      measure the level of performance which a student has attained in one or more courses of study.
             87          (b) "Achievement test" includes a norm-referenced or criterion-referenced test.


             88          (2) "Basic skills course" means a subject which requires mastery of specific functions,
             89      as defined under rules made by the State Board of Education, to include reading, language arts,
             90      mathematics through intermediate algebra, science, in grades 4 through 12, and effectiveness of
             91      written expression.
             92          (3) "Utah Performance Assessment System for Students" or "U-PASS" means:
             93          (a) systematic norm-referenced achievement testing of all students in grades 3, 5, and 8
             94      required by this part in all schools within each school district by means of tests designated by
             95      the State Board of Education;
             96          (b) criterion-referenced achievement testing of students in grades [2] 3 through 12 in
             97      basic skills courses;
             98          (c) an online writing assessment in grades 5 and 8;
             99          (d) a tenth grade basic skills competency test as detailed in Section 53A-1-611 ;
             100          (e) the use of student behavior indicators in assessing student performance; and
             101          (f) [beginning with the 2007-08 school year,] testing of students in grade 3 to measure
             102      reading grade level.
             103          Section 3. Section 53A-1-603 is amended to read:
             104           53A-1-603. Duties of State Board of Education.
             105          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (5), the State Board of Education shall:
             106          (a) require each school district and charter school to implement the Utah Performance
             107      Assessment System for Students, hereafter referred to as U-PASS;
             108          (b) require the state superintendent of public instruction to submit and recommend
             109      criterion-referenced and norm-referenced achievement tests, a tenth grade basic skills
             110      competency test, an online writing assessment for grades 5 and 8, and a test for students in
             111      grade 3 to measure reading grade level to the board for approval and adoption and distribution
             112      to each school district and charter school by the state superintendent;
             113          (c) develop an assessment method to uniformly measure statewide performance, school
             114      district performance, and school performance of students in grades [2] 3 through 12 in
             115      mastering basic skills courses; and
             116          (d) provide for the state to participate in the National Assessment of Educational
             117      Progress state-by-state comparison testing program.
             118          (2) Except as provided in Subsection (5) and Subsection 53A-1-611 (6), under


             119      U-PASS, the state office shall annually require that each district and charter school, as
             120      applicable, administer:
             121          (a) a statewide norm-referenced test to all students in grades 3, 5, and 8;
             122          (b) statewide criterion-referenced tests in grades [2] 3 through 12 and courses in basic
             123      skill areas of the core curriculum;
             124          (c) an online writing assessment to all students in grades 5 and 8;
             125          (d) a tenth grade basic skills competency test as detailed in Section 53A-1-611 ; and
             126          (e) a test to all students in grade 3 to measure reading grade level.
             127          (3) The board shall adopt rules for the conduct and administration of U-PASS to
             128      include the following:
             129          (a) the computation of student performance based on information that is disaggregated
             130      with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, limited English proficiency, and those students who
             131      qualify for free or reduced price school lunch;
             132          (b) security features to maintain the integrity of the system, which could include
             133      statewide uniform testing dates, multiple test forms, and test administration protocols;
             134          (c) the exemption of student test scores, by exemption category, such as limited
             135      English proficiency, mobility, and students with disabilities, with the percent or number of
             136      student test scores exempted being publically reported at a district level;
             137          (d) compiling of criterion-referenced and online writing test scores and test score
             138      averages at the classroom level to allow for:
             139          (i) an annual review of those scores by parents of students and professional and other
             140      appropriate staff at the classroom level at the earliest point in time;
             141          (ii) the assessment of year-to-year student progress in specific classes, courses, and
             142      subjects;
             143          (iii) a teacher to review, prior to the beginning of a new school year, test scores from
             144      the previous school year of students who have been assigned to the teacher's class for the new
             145      school year; and
             146          (iv) allowing a school district or charter school to have its tests administered and
             147      scored electronically to accelerate the review of test scores and their usefulness to parents and
             148      educators under Subsections (3)(d)(i), (ii), and (iii), without violating the integrity of U-PASS;
             149      and


             150          (e) providing that:
             151          (i) scores on the tests and assessments required under Subsection (2)(b) shall be
             152      considered in determining a student's academic grade for the appropriate course and whether a
             153      student shall advance to the next grade level; and
             154          (ii) except as provided in Subsection 53A-1-611 (6), the student's score on the tenth
             155      grade basic skills competency test shall be recorded on the student's transcript of credits.
             156          (4) The State Board of Education shall consider administering the basic skills
             157      competency test on a Saturday to preserve instructional time.
             158          (5) (a) The State Board of Education may exempt a school district or charter school
             159      from the testing requirements specified in Subsection (2) if the school district or charter school
             160      pilots an assessment system that incorporates:
             161          (i) online classroom-based assessment that utilizes adaptive testing in all grades;
             162          (ii) online writing assessments in grades 4 through 12; and
             163          (iii) assessments administered in grades 8, 10, and 11 to determine readiness for
             164      postsecondary education.
             165          (b) A school district or charter school that receives an exemption under Subsection
             166      (5)(a) is subject to an accountability plan and high school graduation standards that are:
             167          (i) based on the assessment system described in Subsections (5)(a)(i) through (iii); and
             168          (ii) developed and adopted by the State Board of Education.
             169          (c) By the November 2009 meeting of the Education Interim Committee, the State
             170      Board of Education shall submit recommendations to the committee on the state's assessment
             171      system.
             172          (d) The State Board of Education may only provide the following exemptions under
             173      this Subsection (5):
             174          (i) up to three rural school districts;
             175          (ii) up to two urban school districts; and
             176          (iii) up to five charter schools.
             177          (6) (a) A school district or charter school, as applicable, is encouraged to administer an
             178      online writing assessment to students in grade 11.
             179          (b) The State Board of Education may award a grant to a school district or charter
             180      school to pay for an online writing assessment and instruction program that may be used to


             181      assess the writing of students in grade 11.
             181a      S. (7)(a) On or before the 2010 October meeting of the Education Interim Committee, the State
             181b      Board of Education shall prepare and present its plan for a pilot program for the 2010-11 and 2011-12
             181c      school years to:
             181d          (i) replace the tenth grade basic skills competency test with computer adaptive testing of basic
             181e      skills; and
             181f          (ii) administer the ACT exam to secondary students.
             181g          (b) The State Board of Education shall implement the pilot program described in Subsection
             181h      (7)(a) for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.
             181i          (c) The State Board of Education shall re-direct the money saved by not administering the
             181j      tenth grade basic skills competency test pursuant to Subsection 53A-1-611(6) to fund the
             181k      implementation of the pilot program described in Subsection (7)(b) for fiscal years 2010-11 and
             181l      2011-12.
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             182          Section 4. Section 53A-1-611 is amended to read:
             183           53A-1-611. Standards and assessment processes to measure student performance
             184      -- Basic skills competency test.
             185          (1) The Legislature recognizes the need for the State Board of Education to develop
             186      and implement standards and assessment processes to ensure that student progress is measured
             187      and that school boards and school personnel are accountable.
             188          (2) (a) In addition to its responsibilities under Sections 53A-1-603 through 53A-1-605 ,
             189      the State Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public instruction, shall
             190      design a basic skills competency test to be administered in the tenth grade.
             191          (b) Except as provided in [Subsection (5)] Subsections (5) and (6) and Section
             192      53A-11-1404 , a student must pass the basic skills competency test, in addition to the
             193      established requirements of the state and local board of education of the district in which the
             194      student attends school, in order to receive a basic high school diploma of graduation.
             195          (c) The state board shall include in the test, at a minimum, components on English
             196      language arts and reading and mathematics.
             197          (d) Except as provided in [Subsection (5)] Subsections (5) and (6) and Section
             198      53A-11-1404 , a student who fails to pass all components of the test may not receive a basic
             199      high school diploma but may receive a certificate of completion or alternative completion
             200      diploma under rules made by the State Board of Education in accordance with Title 63G,
             201      Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
             202          (e) The state board shall make rules:
             203          (i) to allow students who initially fail the test to retake all or part of the test; and


             204          (ii) that take into account and are consistent with federal law relating to students with
             205      disabilities in the administration of the test.
             206          (3) The state board shall implement the tenth grade basic skills competency test, no
             207      later than the beginning of the 2003-04 school year.
             208          (4) The requirements of this section are to be complementary to the other achievement
             209      testing provisions of this part.
             210          (5) A student enrolled in a school district or charter school that is exempt from
             211      administering the tenth grade basic skills competency test is subject to high school graduation


             212      standards adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 53A-1-603 .
             213          (6) (a) A student is exempt from the requirements of Subsection (2) if:
             214          (i) the student is enrolled in the tenth grade during:
             215          (A) the 2010-11 school year; or
             216          (B) the 2011-12 school year; or
             217          (ii) the student:
             218          (A) was enrolled in the tenth grade during:
             219          (I) the 2008-09 school year; or
             220          (II) the 2009-10 school year; and
             221          (B) did not pass the tenth grade basic skills competency test while the student was in
             222      tenth grade.
             223          (b) School districts and charter schools are exempt from administering the tenth grade
             224      basic skills competency test during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school year.
             225          Section 5. Section 53A-3-420 is amended to read:
             226           53A-3-420. Activity disclosure statements.
             227          (1) [A] For a school year beginning with or after the 2012-13 school year, a local
             228      school board shall require the development of activity disclosure statements for each
             229      school-sponsored group or program which involves students and faculty in grades 9 through 12
             230      in contests, performances, events, or other activities that require them to miss normal class time
             231      or takes place outside regular school time.
             232          (2) The activity disclosure statements shall be disseminated to the students desiring
             233      involvement in the specific activity or to the students' parents or legal guardians or to both
             234      students and their parents.
             235          (3) An activity disclosure statement shall contain the following information:
             236          (a) the specific name of the team, group, or activity;
             237          (b) the maximum number of students involved;
             238          (c) whether or not tryouts are used to select students, specifying date and time
             239      requirements for tryouts, if applicable;
             240          (d) beginning and ending dates of the activity;
             241          (e) a tentative schedule of the events, performances, games, or other activities with
             242      dates, times, and places specified if available;


             243          (f) if applicable, designation of any nonseason events or activities, including an
             244      indication of the status, required, expected, suggested, or optional, with the dates, times, and
             245      places specified;
             246          (g) personal costs associated with the activity;
             247          (h) the name of the school employee responsible for the activity; and
             248          (i) any additional information considered important for the students and parents to
             249      know.
             250          Section 6. Section 53A-3-602.5 is amended to read:
             251           53A-3-602.5. School performance report -- Components -- Annual filing.
             252          (1) [The] For a school year beginning with or after the 2012-13 school year, the State
             253      Board of Education in collaboration with the state's school districts and charter schools shall
             254      develop a school performance report to inform the state's residents of the quality of schools and
             255      the educational achievement of students in the state's public education system.
             256          (2) The report described in Subsection (1) shall be written and include the following
             257      statistical data for each school in each school district and each charter school, as applicable,
             258      and shall also aggregate the data at the district and state level:
             259          (a) except as provided in Subsection (2)(a)(ii), test scores over the previous year on:
             260          (i) norm-referenced achievement tests;
             261          (ii) criterion-referenced tests to include the scores aggregated for all students:
             262          (A) by grade level or course for the previous two years and an indication of whether
             263      there was a sufficient magnitude of gain in the scores between the two years; and
             264          (B) by class;
             265          (iii) online writing assessments required under Section 53A-1-603 ; and
             266          (iv) tenth grade basic skills competency tests required under Section 53A-1-603 ;
             267          (b) college entrance examinations data, including the number and percentage of each
             268      graduating class taking the examinations for the previous four years;
             269          (c) advanced placement and concurrent enrollment data, including:
             270          (i) the number of students taking advanced placement and concurrent enrollment
             271      courses;
             272          (ii) the number and percent of students taking a specific advanced placement course
             273      who take advanced placement tests to receive college credit for the course;


             274          (iii) of those students taking the test referred to in Subsection (2)(c)(ii), the number and
             275      percent who pass the test; and
             276          (iv) of those students taking a concurrent enrollment course, the number and percent of
             277      those who receive college credit for the course;
             278          (d) the number and percent of students in grade 3 reading at or above grade level;
             279          (e) the number and percent of students who were absent from school 10 days or more
             280      during the school year;
             281          (f) achievement gaps that reflect the differences in achievement of various student
             282      groups as defined by State Board of Education rule;
             283          (g) the number and percent of "student dropouts" within the district as defined by State
             284      Board of Education rule;
             285          (h) course-taking patterns and trends in secondary schools;
             286          (i) student mobility;
             287          (j) staff qualifications, to include years of professional service and the number and
             288      percent of staff who have a degree or endorsement in their assigned teaching area and the
             289      number and percent of staff who have a graduate degree;
             290          (k) the number and percent of parents who participate in SEP, SEOP, and
             291      parent-teacher conferences;
             292          (l) average class size by grade level and subject;
             293          (m) average daily attendance as defined by State Board of Education rule, including
             294      every period in secondary schools; and
             295          (n) enrollment totals disaggregated with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, limited
             296      English proficiency, and those students who qualify for free or reduced price school lunch.
             297          (3) [The] For a school year beginning with or after the 2012-13 school year, the State
             298      Board of Education, in collaboration with the state's school districts and charter schools, shall
             299      provide for the collection and electronic reporting of the following data for each school in each
             300      school district and each charter school:
             301          (a) test scores and trends over the previous four years on the tests referred to in
             302      Subsection (2)(a);
             303          (b) the average grade given in each math, science, and English course in grades 9
             304      through 12 for which criteria-referenced tests are required under Section 53A-1-603 ;


             305          (c) incidents of student discipline as defined by State Board of Education rule,
             306      including suspensions, expulsions, and court referrals; and
             307          (d) the number and percent of students receiving fee waivers and the total dollar
             308      amount of fees waived.
             309          (4) (a) (i) The State Board of Education shall adopt common definitions and data
             310      collection procedures for local school boards and charter schools to use in collecting and
             311      forwarding the data required under Subsections (2) and (3) to the state superintendent of public
             312      instruction.
             313          (ii) Average class size by grade and subject shall be calculated for the purposes of
             314      Subsection (2)(l) in accordance with the following:
             315          (A) for kindergarten through grade six, average class size by grade shall be calculated
             316      by dividing grade membership on October 1 by the number of classes in the corresponding
             317      grade; and
             318          (B) for grades seven through 12, average class size shall be calculated for core
             319      language arts, mathematics, and science courses by dividing membership on October 1 in core
             320      language arts, mathematics, or science course classes by the number of classes for the
             321      corresponding course.
             322          (b) The state board, through the state superintendent of public instruction, shall adopt
             323      standard reporting forms and provide a common template for collecting and reporting the data,
             324      which shall be used by all school districts and charter schools.
             325          (c) The state superintendent shall use the automated decision support system referred to
             326      in Section 53A-1-301 to collect and report the data required under Subsections (2) and (3).
             327          (5) [The state board] For a school year beginning with or after the 2012-13 school year,
             328      the State Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public instruction, shall issue
             329      its report annually by October 1 to include the required data from the previous school year or
             330      years as indicated in Subsections (2) and (3).
             331          (6) (a) Each local school board and each charter school shall receive a written or an
             332      electronic copy of the report from the state superintendent of public instruction containing the
             333      data for that school district or charter school in a clear summary format and have it distributed,
             334      on a one per household basis, to the residence of students enrolled in the school district before
             335      November 30th of each year.


             336          (b) Each local school board, each charter school, and the state board shall have a
             337      complete report of the statewide data available for copying or in an electronic format at their
             338      respective offices.
             339          Section 7. Section 53A-12-207 is amended to read:
             340           53A-12-207. Disposal of textbooks.
             341          [A] (1) For a school year beginning with or after the 2012-13 school year, a local
             342      school district may not dispose of textbooks used in its public schools without first notifying all
             343      other school districts in the state of its intent to dispose of the textbooks. [This provision]
             344          (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to textbooks that have been damaged, mutilated, or
             345      worn out.
             346          (3) The State [Office] Board of Education [will] shall develop rules and procedures
             347      directing the disposal of textbooks.
             348          Section 8. Section 53A-13-107 is amended to read:
             349           53A-13-107. Adoption information.
             350          (1) [Each] For a school year beginning with or after the 2012-13 school year, a local
             351      school board shall ensure that an annual presentation on adoption is given to its secondary
             352      school students in grades 7-12, so that each student receives the presentation at least once
             353      during grades 7-9 and at least once during grades 10-12.
             354          (2) The presentation shall be made by a licensed teacher as part of the health education
             355      core.
             356          Section 9. Section 53A-14-107 is amended to read:
             357           53A-14-107. Instructional materials alignment with core curriculum.
             358          (1) [A] For a school year beginning with or after the 2012-13 school year, a school
             359      district may not purchase primary instructional materials unless the primary instructional
             360      materials provider:
             361          (a) contracts with an independent party to evaluate and map the alignment of the
             362      primary instructional materials with the core curriculum adopted under Section 53A-1-402 ;
             363          (b) provides a detailed summary of the evaluation under Subsection (1)(a) on a public
             364      website at no charge, for use by teachers and the general public; and
             365          (c) pays the costs related to the requirements of this Subsection (1).
             366          (2) The requirements under Subsection (1) may not be performed by:


             367          (a) the State Board of Education;
             368          (b) the superintendent of public instruction or the State Office of Education;
             369          (c) the State Instructional Materials Commission appointed pursuant to Section
             370      53A-14-101 ;
             371          (d) a local school board or a school district; or
             372          (e) the instructional materials creator or publisher.
             373          (3) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             374      State Board of Education shall make rules that establish:
             375          (a) the qualifications of the independent parties who may evaluate and map the
             376      alignment of the primary instructional materials in accordance with the provisions of
             377      Subsection (1)(a); and
             378          (b) requirements for the detailed summary of the evaluation and its placement on a
             379      public website in accordance with the provisions of Subsection (1)(b).
             380          Section 10. Section 53A-17a-127 is amended to read:
             381           53A-17a-127. Eligibility for state-supported transportation -- Approved bus
             382      routes -- Additional local tax.
             383          (1) A student eligible for state-supported transportation means:
             384          (a) a student enrolled in S. [ [ ] kindergarten through grade six [ ] ] [ an elementary
             384a      school
] .S
who
             385      lives at least 1-1/2 miles from school;
             386          (b) a student enrolled in S. [ [ ] grades seven through 12 [ ] ] [ a secondary school ] .S who
             386a      lives at
             387      least S. [ [ ] two [ ] ] [ three ] .S miles from school; and
             388          (c) a student enrolled in a special program offered by a school district and approved by
             389      the State Board of Education for trainable, motor, multiple-disabled, or other students with
             390      severe disabilities who are incapable of walking to school or where it is unsafe for students to
             391      walk because of their disabling condition, without reference to distance from school.
             392          (2) If a school district implements double sessions as an alternative to new building
             393      construction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, those affected elementary
             394      school students residing less than 1-1/2 miles from school may be transported one way to or
             395      from school because of safety factors relating to darkness or other hazardous conditions as
             396      determined by the local school board.
             397          (3) (a) The State Board of Education shall distribute transportation monies to school


             398      districts based on:
             399          (i) an allowance per mile for approved bus routes;
             400          (ii) an allowance per hour for approved bus routes; and
             401          (iii) a minimum allocation for each school district eligible for transportation funding.
             402          (b) The State Board of Education shall distribute appropriated transportation funds
             403      based on the prior year's eligible transportation costs as legally reported under Subsection
             404      53A-17a-126 (3).
             405          (c) The State Board of Education shall annually review the allowance per mile and the
             406      allowance per hour and adjust the allowances to reflect current economic conditions.
             407          (4) (a) Approved bus routes for funding purposes shall be determined on fall data
             408      collected by October 1.
             409          (b) Approved route funding shall be determined on the basis of the most efficient and
             410      economic routes.
             411          (5) A Transportation Advisory Committee with representation from local school
             412      superintendents, business officials, school district transportation supervisors, and the state
             413      superintendent's staff shall serve as a review committee for addressing school transportation
             414      needs, including recommended approved bus routes.
             415          (6) (a) A local school board may provide for the transportation of students [who are not
             416      eligible under Subsection (1),] regardless of the distance from school, from:
             417          (i) general funds of the district; and
             418          (ii) a tax rate not to exceed .0003 per dollar of taxable value imposed on the district.
             419          (b) A local school board may use revenue from the tax described in Subsection
             420      (6)(a)(ii) to pay for transporting [participating students to interscholastic activities, night
             421      activities, and educational field trips approved by the board] students and for the replacement
             422      of school buses.
             423          (c) (i) If a local school board levies a tax under Subsection (6)(a)(ii) of at least .0002,
             424      the state may contribute an amount not to exceed 85% of the state average cost per mile,
             425      contingent upon the Legislature appropriating funds for a state contribution.
             426          (ii) The state superintendent's staff shall distribute the state contribution according to
             427      rules enacted by the State Board of Education.
             428          (d) (i) The amount of state guarantee money which a school district would otherwise be


             429      entitled to receive under Subsection (6)(c) may not be reduced for the sole reason that the
             430      district's levy is reduced as a consequence of changes in the certified tax rate under Section
             431      59-2-924 due to changes in property valuation.
             432          (ii) Subsection (6)(d)(i) applies for a period of two years following the change in the
             433      certified tax rate.
             434           S. [ [Section 11. Section 63A-3-405 is amended to read:
             435          63A-3-405. Participation by local entities.
             436          (1) (a) Not later than May 15, 2010, [the following participating local entities] public
             437      transit districts created under Title 17B, Chapter 2a, Part 8, Public Transit District Act, in
             438      conformity with the rules established under Section 63A-3-404 , shall provide public financial
             439      information through the Utah Public Finance Website or their own website and provide a link
             440      to their website through the Utah Public Finance Website[:].
             441          [(i) school districts;]
             442          [(ii) charter schools; and]
             443          [(iii) public transit districts created under Title 17B, Chapter 2a, Part 8, Public Transit
             444      District Act.]
             445          (b) Participating local entities subject to this Subsection (1) shall permit information
             446      that is generated not later than the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2009 to be accessible via the
             447      website.
             448          (2) (a) Not later than May 15, 2011, the following participating local entities, in
             449      conformity with the rules established under Section 63A-3-404 , shall be required to provide
             450      public financial information through the Utah Public Finance Website or their own website and
             451      provide a link to their website through the Utah Public Finance Website:
             452          (i) counties;
             453          (ii) municipalities;
             454          (iii) local districts under Title 17B, Limited Purpose Local Government Entities - Local
             455      Districts, that are not already required to report; and
             456          (iv) special service districts under Title 17D, Chapter 1, Special Service District Act.
             457          (b) Participating local entities subject to this Subsection (2) shall permit information
             458      that is generated not later than the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2010 to be accessible via the
             459      website.
] .S


             460          S. [(3) (a) Not later than May 15, 2012, the following participating local entities, in
             461      conformity with the rules established under Section 63A-3-404 , shall be required to provide
             462      public financial information through the Utah Public Finance Website or their own website and
             463      provide a link to their website through the Utah Public Finance Website:
             464          (i) school districts; and
             465          (ii) charter schools.
             466          (b) Participating local entities subject to this Subsection (3) shall permit information
             467      that is generated not later than the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2011, to be accessible via the
             468      website.
] .S


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