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ELECTRONIC HIGH SCHOOL AMENDMENTS

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions relating to the Electronic High School.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    specifies the purpose of the Electronic High School;
             13          .    provides that the Electronic High School may only offer courses required for high
             14      school graduation or that fulfill core curriculum course requirements;
             15          .    removes the Electronic High School as an online course provider in the Statewide
             16      Online Education Program; and
             17          .    makes technical amendments.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter
             25      419
             26          53A-15-1003, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 227
             27          53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter


             28      419
             29          53A-15-1205, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             30      ENACTS:
             31          53A-15-1002.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32     
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12) is amended to read:
             35           53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12). Definitions.
             36          As used in this part:
             37          (1) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
             38          (2) "Electronic High School" means a rigorous program offering grade 9 - 12 level
             39      online courses [through the Statewide Online Education Program] and coordinated by the
             40      board.
             41          [(3) "Eligible student" has the meaning defined in Section 53A-15-1202 .]
             42          [(4)] (3) "Home-schooled student" means a student who:
             43          (a) [who] attends a home school;
             44          (b) is exempt from school attendance pursuant to Section 53A-11-102 ; and
             45          (c) attends no more than two regularly scheduled classes or courses in a public school
             46      per semester.
             47          [(5)] (4) "Open-entry, open-exit" means:
             48          (a) a method of instructional delivery that allows for flexible scheduling in response to
             49      individual student needs or requirements and demonstrated competency when knowledge and
             50      skills have been mastered; and
             51          (b) students have the flexibility to begin or end study at any time, progress through
             52      course material at their own pace, and demonstrate competency when knowledge and skills
             53      have been mastered.
             54          Section 2. Section 53A-15-1002.5 is enacted to read:
             55          53A-15-1002.5. Electronic High School created -- Purpose.
             56          The Electronic High School is created:
             57          (1) to provide an opportunity for a student who has failed a course to retake the course
             58      and earn course credit;


             59          (2) to allow a student to complete high school graduation requirements and exit high
             60      school early;
             61          (3) to allow a student to take a course online so that the student has greater flexibility
             62      in scheduling courses during the regular school day; and
             63          (4) to allow a home-schooled or private school student in Utah to take a course within
             64      the Utah high school core curriculum.
             65          Section 3. Section 53A-15-1003 is amended to read:
             66           53A-15-1003. Courses and credit.
             67          (1) The Electronic High School may only offer courses required for high school
             68      graduation or that fulfill core curriculum course requirements established by the State Board of
             69      Education.
             70          [(1)] (2) The Electronic High School shall:
             71          (a) offer courses in an open-entry, open-exit format; and
             72          (b) offer core curriculum courses that are in conformance with course standards and
             73      objectives established by the board.
             74          [(2)] (3) Public schools shall:
             75          (a) accept all credits awarded to students by the Electronic High School; and
             76          (b) apply credits awarded for a core curriculum course toward the fulfillment of core
             77      curriculum requirements.
             78          Section 4. Section 53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12) is amended to read:
             79           53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12). Student fees or tuition.
             80          [(1) (a) The Electronic High School shall receive payment for an eligible student's
             81      enrollment in an online course as provided by Sections 53A-15-1206 through 53A-15-1208 .]
             82          [(b) For fiscal year 2012-13, a private or home school student whose custodial parent
             83      or legal guardian is a resident of Utah may enroll in an Electronic High School course subject
             84      to the availability of funds appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.]
             85          [(2) A student whose custodial parent or legal guardian is not a resident of Utah may
             86      enroll in an Electronic High School course for a fee set by the board, provided that the course
             87      can accommodate additional students.]
             88          (1) Electronic High School courses are provided to students who are Utah residents, as
             89      defined in Section 53A-2-201 , free of charge.


             90          (2) Nonresident students may enroll in Electronic High School courses for a fee set by
             91      the board, provided that the course can accommodate additional students.
             92          Section 5. Section 53A-15-1205 is amended to read:
             93           53A-15-1205. Authorized online course providers.
             94          The following entities may offer online courses to eligible students through the
             95      Statewide Online Education Program:
             96          [(1) beginning with the 2012-13 school year, the Electronic High School established in
             97      Part 10, Electronic High School Act;]
             98          [(2)] (1) beginning with the 2011-12 school year, a charter school or district school
             99      created exclusively for the purpose of serving students online; and
             100          [(3)] (2) beginning with the 2011-12 school year, an LEA program, approved by the
             101      LEA's governing board, that is created exclusively for the purpose of serving students online.
             102          Section 6. Effective date.
             103          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.




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