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This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM by jeyring. -->              1     

PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM AMENDMENTS

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Merlynn T. Newbold

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill eliminates public education programs and requirements.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          . H. [ eliminates the requirement to take a course in financial literacy to graduate from
             13      high school;
] requires the State Board of Education to provide a general financial literacy

             13a      test-out option; .H
             14          .    eliminates a program to provide scholarships to teachers in necessarily existent
             15      small schools to pay for education expenses related to obtaining an endorsement or
             16      master's degree;    
             17      H. [     .    eliminates a requirement to assign a mentor to a provisional educator; ] .H
             18          .    eliminates a requirement that the State Board of Education make rules on the
             19      distribution and care of textbooks;
             20          .    eliminates provisions on career ladders;
             21          .    eliminates a requirement pertaining to the allocation of weighted pupil unit (WPU)
             22      funds between licensed and classified school district employees;
             23          .    eliminates legislative intent language regarding the percentage increase in the value
             24      of the WPU;
             25          .    eliminates provisions on the use of Minimum School Program nonlapsing balances;
             26          .    eliminates the following funding programs within the Minimum School Program:
             27              .    the Local Discretionary Block Grant Program;


             28      H. [         .    the Quality Teaching Block Grant Program;
             29              .    the retirement and Social Security program;
] .H

             30              .    funding for the Families, Agencies, and Communities Together for Children and
             31      Youth (FACT) program; and
             32              .    a 2001 school district hold harmless program; and
             33          .    makes technical amendments.
             34      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             35          None
             36      Other Special Clauses:
             37          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.
             38      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             39      AMENDS:
             40          53A-2-206 (Effective 07/01/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 371
             41          53A-13-108, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 19
             42          53A-17a-126, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 3
             43          63J-1-602.3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 30, 284, 294, 303, and
             44      329
             45      REPEALS:
             46          53A-6-701, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 253
             47          53A-6-702, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 253
             48          53A-9-101, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1988, Chapter 2
             49          53A-9-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 301
             50          53A-9-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 366 and 434
             51          53A-9-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 434
             52      H. [     53A-10-108, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 287 ] .H
             53          53A-12-203, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1988, Chapter 2
             54          53A-17a-123, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 3
             55      H. [     53A-17a-124, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 3
             56          53A-17a-125, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 3
] .H

             57          53A-17a-131.9, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             58          53A-17a-131.16, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 250


             59          53A-17a-137, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 264
             60          53A-17a-138, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapter 72
             61          53A-17a-148, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapters 4 and 391
             62     
             63      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             64          Section 1. Section 53A-2-206 (Effective 07/01/12) is amended to read:
             65           53A-2-206 (Effective 07/01/12). Interstate compact students -- Inclusion in
             66      attendance count -- Funding for foreign exchange students -- Annual report --
             67      Requirements for exchange student agencies.
             68          (1) A school district or charter school may include the following students in the
             69      district's or school's membership and attendance count for the purpose of apportionment of
             70      state money:
             71          (a) a student enrolled under an interstate compact, established between the State Board
             72      of Education and the state education authority of another state, under which a student from one
             73      compact state would be permitted to enroll in a public school in the other compact state on the
             74      same basis as a resident student of the receiving state; or
             75          (b) a student receiving services under Title 62A, Chapter 4a, Part 7, Interstate Compact
             76      on Placement of Children.
             77          (2) (a) A school district or charter school may include foreign exchange students in the
             78      district's or school's membership and attendance count for the purpose of apportionment of
             79      state money, except as provided in Subsections (2)(b) through [(e)] (d).
             80          (b) (i) Notwithstanding Section 53A-17a-106 , foreign exchange students may not be
             81      included in average daily membership for the purpose of determining the number of weighted
             82      pupil units in the grades 1-12 basic program.
             83          (ii) Subject to the limitation in Subsection (2)(c), the number of weighted pupil units in
             84      the grades 1-12 basic program attributed to foreign exchange students shall be equal to the
             85      number of foreign exchange students who were:
             86          (A) enrolled in a school district or charter school on October 1 of the previous fiscal
             87      year; and
             88          (B) sponsored by an agency approved by the district's local school board or charter
             89      school's governing board.


             90          (c) (i) The total number of foreign exchange students in the state that may be counted
             91      for the purpose of apportioning state money under Subsection (2)(b) shall be the lesser of:
             92          (A) the number of foreign exchange students enrolled in public schools in the state on
             93      October 1 of the previous fiscal year; or
             94          (B) 328 foreign exchange students.
             95          (ii) The State Board of Education shall make rules in accordance with Title 63G,
             96      Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, to administer the cap on the number of
             97      foreign exchange students that may be counted for the purpose of apportioning state money
             98      under Subsection (2)(b).
             99          (d) Notwithstanding Sections 53A-17a-133 and 53A-17a-164 , weighted pupil units in
             100      the grades 1 through 12 basic program for foreign exchange students, as determined by
             101      Subsections (2)(b) and (c), may not be included for the purposes of determining a school
             102      district's state guarantee money under the voted or board local levies.
             103          [(e) Notwithstanding Section 53A-17a-125 , foreign exchange students may not be
             104      included in enrollment when calculating student growth for the purpose of adjusting the annual
             105      appropriation for retirement and Social Security.]
             106          (3) A school district or charter school may:
             107          (a) enroll foreign exchange students that do not qualify for state money; and
             108          (b) pay for the costs of those students with other funds available to the school district
             109      or charter school.
             110          (4) Due to the benefits to all students of having the opportunity to become familiar
             111      with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, school districts are encouraged to
             112      enroll foreign exchange students, as provided in Subsection (3), particularly in schools with
             113      declining or stable enrollments where the incremental cost of enrolling the foreign exchange
             114      student may be minimal.
             115          (5) The board shall make an annual report to the Legislature on the number of
             116      exchange students and the number of interstate compact students sent to or received from
             117      public schools outside the state.
             118          (6) (a) A local school board or charter school governing board shall require each
             119      approved exchange student agency to provide it with a sworn affidavit of compliance prior to
             120      the beginning of each school year.


             121          (b) The affidavit shall include the following assurances:
             122          (i) that the agency has complied with all applicable policies of the board;
             123          (ii) that a household study, including a background check of all adult residents, has
             124      been made of each household where an exchange student is to reside, and that the study was of
             125      sufficient scope to provide reasonable assurance that the exchange student will receive proper
             126      care and supervision in a safe environment;
             127          (iii) that host parents have received training appropriate to their positions, including
             128      information about enhanced criminal penalties under Subsection 76-5-406 (10) for persons who
             129      are in a position of special trust;
             130          (iv) that a representative of the exchange student agency shall visit each student's place
             131      of residence at least once each month during the student's stay in Utah;
             132          (v) that the agency will cooperate with school and other public authorities to ensure
             133      that no exchange student becomes an unreasonable burden upon the public schools or other
             134      public agencies;
             135          (vi) that each exchange student will be given in the exchange student's native language
             136      names and telephone numbers of agency representatives and others who could be called at any
             137      time if a serious problem occurs; and
             138          (vii) that alternate placements are readily available so that no student is required to
             139      remain in a household if conditions appear to exist which unreasonably endanger the student's
             140      welfare.
             141          (7) (a) A local school board or charter school governing board shall provide each
             142      approved exchange student agency with a list of names and telephone numbers of individuals
             143      not associated with the agency who could be called by an exchange student in the event of a
             144      serious problem.
             145          (b) The agency shall make a copy of the list available to each of its exchange students
             146      in the exchange student's native language.
             147          (8) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(c)(i), a school district or charter school shall enroll
             148      a foreign exchange student if the foreign exchange student:
             149          (a) is sponsored by an agency approved by the State Board of Education;
             150          (b) attends the same school during the same time period that another student from the
             151      school is:


             152          (i) sponsored by the same agency; and
             153          (ii) enrolled in a school in a foreign country; and
             154          (c) is enrolled in the school for one year or less.
             155          Section 2. Section 53A-13-108 is amended to read:
             156           53A-13-108. Curriculum and graduation requirements.
             157          (1) The State Board of Education shall establish rigorous curriculum and graduation
             158      requirements under Section 53A-1-402 , and consistent with state and federal regulations, for
             159      grades 9 through 12 that, beginning no later than with the graduating class of 2008 shall:
             160          (a) use competency-based standards and assessments; H. [ and ]
             161           [ [ ] (b) include instruction that stresses general financial literacy from basic
             161a      budgeting to
             162      financial investments, including bankruptcy education
and a general financial literacy
             162a      test-out option ; and [ ] ]
             163           [ [ ] (c) [ ] ] [ (b) ] .H increase graduation requirements in language arts, mathematics, and
             163a      science to
             164      exceed the existing credit requirements of 3.0 units in language arts, 2.0 units in mathematics,
             165      and 2.0 units in science.
             166          (2) The State Board of Education shall also establish competency-based standards and
             167      assessments for elective courses.
             168          Section 3. Section 53A-17a-126 is amended to read:
             169           53A-17a-126. State support of pupil transportation.
             170          (1) Money appropriated to the State Board of Education for state-supported
             171      transportation of public school students shall be apportioned and distributed in accordance with
             172      Section 53A-17a-127 , except as otherwise provided in this section.
             173          (2) (a) The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind shall use its allocation of pupil
             174      transportation money to pay for transportation of their students based on current valid
             175      contractual arrangements and best transportation options and methods as determined by the
             176      schools.
             177          (b) All student transportation costs of the schools shall be paid from the allocation of
             178      pupil transportation money specified in statute.
             179          (3) (a) A school district may only claim eligible transportation costs as legally reported
             180      on the prior year's annual financial report submitted under Section 53A-3-404 .
             181          (b) The state shall contribute 85% of approved transportation costs, subject to budget
             182      constraints.


             183          (c) If in a fiscal year the total transportation allowance for all districts exceeds the
             184      amount appropriated for that purpose, all allowances shall be reduced pro rata to equal not
             185      more than the amount appropriated.
             186          [(4) Local school boards shall provide salary adjustments to employee groups that
             187      work with the transportation of students comparable to those of classified employees
             188      authorized under Section 53A-17a-137 , when dividing the weighted pupil unit for salary
             189      adjustment purposes.]
             190          Section 4. Section 63J-1-602.3 is amended to read:
             191           63J-1-602.3. List of nonlapsing funds and accounts -- Title 46 through Title 60.
             192          (1) Funding for the Search and Rescue Financial Assistance Program, as provided in
             193      Section 53-2-107 .
             194          (2) Appropriations made to the Department of Public Safety from the Department of
             195      Public Safety Restricted Account, as provided in Section 53-3-106 .
             196          (3) Appropriations to the Motorcycle Rider Education Program, as provided in Section
             197      53-3-905 .
             198          (4) Appropriations from the DNA Specimen Restricted Account created in Section
             199      53-10-407 .
             200          (5) The Canine Body Armor Restricted Account created in Section 53-16-201 .
             201          (6) Appropriations to the State Board of Education, as provided in Section
             202      53A-17a-105 .
             203          [(7) Certain funds appropriated from the Uniform School Fund to the State Board of
             204      Education for new teacher bonus and performance-based compensation plans, as provided in
             205      Section 53A-17a-148 .]
             206          [(8)] (7) Money received by the State Office of Rehabilitation for the sale of certain
             207      products or services, as provided in Section 53A-24-105 .
             208          [(9)] (8) Certain funds appropriated from the General Fund to the State Board of
             209      Regents for teacher preparation programs, as provided in Section 53B-6-104 .
             210          [(10)] (9) A certain portion of money collected for administrative costs under the
             211      School Institutional Trust Lands Management Act, as provided under Section 53C-3-202 .
             212          [(11)] (10) Certain surcharges on residential and business telephone numbers imposed
             213      by the Public Service Commission, as provided in Section 54-8b-10 .


             214          [(12)] (11) Certain fines collected by the Division of Occupational and Professional
             215      Licensing for violation of unlawful or unprofessional conduct that are used for education and
             216      enforcement purposes, as provided in Section 58-17b-505 .
             217          [(13)] (12) Certain fines collected by the Division of Occupational and Professional
             218      Licensing for use in education and enforcement of the Security Personnel Licensing Act, as
             219      provided in Section 58-63-103 .
             220          [(14)] (13) Appropriations from the Relative Value Study Restricted Account created
             221      in Section 59-9-105 .
             222          Section 5. Repealer.
             223          This bill repeals:
             224          Section 53A-6-701, Scholarships for teachers to obtain endorsements or master's
             225      degrees -- Conditions.
             226          Section 53A-6-702, Rules.
             227          Section 53A-9-101, Purpose.
             228          Section 53A-9-102, Definitions.
             229          Section 53A-9-103, Authorized components.
             230          Section 53A-9-104, Evaluation program for placement and advancement on career
             231      ladders.
             232           H. [ Section 53A-10-108, Mentor for provisional educator. ] .H
             233          Section 53A-12-203, Regulation and supervision of distribution of textbooks by
             234      board of education.
             235          Section 53A-17a-123, Local Discretionary Block Grant Program -- State
             236      contribution.
             237           H. [ Section 53A-17a-124, Quality Teaching Block Grant Program -- State
             238      contributions.
             239          Section 53A-17a-125, Appropriation for retirement and Social Security.
] .H

             240          Section 53A-17a-131.9, Agencies coming together for children and youth at risk.
             241          Section 53A-17a-131.16, State contribution for school district hold harmless
             242      program.
             243          Section 53A-17a-137, Classified employees' compensation.
             244          Section 53A-17a-138, Increases in value of weighted pupil unit.


             245          Section 53A-17a-148, Use of nonlapsing balances.
             246          Section 6. Effective date.
             247          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.




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