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This document includes Senate 3rd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM by khelgesen. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM by lerror. -->

Senator Howard A. Stephenson proposes the following substitute bill:


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STATEWIDE ONLINE EDUCATION PROGRAM AMENDMENTS

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2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

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House Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

             6     

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions related to the Statewide Online Education Program.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires the program name, "Statewide Online Education Program," to be used in
             13      the dissemination of information on the program;
             14          .    provides that the State Board of Education, including an employee of the State
             15      Board of Education, may not give preference to an online course or online course
             16      provider;
             17          .    modifies the fees paid to an online course provider for an online course;
             18          .    modifies the date when an online course provider receives payment for an online
             19      course;
             20          .    prescribes when a student may withdraw from an online course;
             21          .    prescribes procedures for the completion of a course credit acknowledgement;
             22          .    prohibits a student who enrolls in an online course from being counted in
             23      membership for a released-time class, if counting the student in membership for a
             24      released-time class would result in the student being counted as more than one FTE;
             25          .    permits a student taking an online course to take more than a full course load if



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     allowed under local school board or charter school governing board policy;
             27          .    modifies requirements for reports on the performance of an online course provider;
             28          .    provides for a declaration of intent to enroll in an online course and changes to a
             29      high school course schedule;
             30          .    provides for reporting of noncompliance, and enforcement of compliance, with
             31      requirements of the Statewide Online Education Program;
             32          .H.    [delays the Electronic High School's participation in the Statewide Online Education
             33      Program and ]
[ [ ] provides for an audit of the Electronic High School; and [ ] ]
             33a      . specifies the purpose of the Electronic High School;
             33b          . provides that the Electronic High School may only offer courses required for high
             33c      school graduation or that fulfill core curriculum course requirements;
             33d          . removes the Electronic High School as an online course provider in the Statewide
             33e      Online Education Program; and .H
             34          .    makes technical changes.
             35      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             36          None
             37      Other Special Clauses:
             38      H. [     This bill provides revisor instructions. ] This bill provides effective dates. .H
             39      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             40      AMENDS:
             40a      H. 53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12)as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             40b          53A-15-1003, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 227
             40c      53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419 .H
             41          53A-15-1202, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             42          53A-15-1204, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             43          53A-15-1205, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             44          53A-15-1206, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             44a      H. 53A-15-1207, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419 .H
             45          53A-15-1208, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             46          53A-15-1209, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             47          53A-15-1211, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             48          53A-15-1212, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             49      ENACTS:
             49a      H. 53A-15-1002.5 Utah Code Annotated 1953 .H


            
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         53A-15-1008, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             51          53A-15-1201.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             52          53A-15-1206.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             53          53A-15-1212.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             54          53A-15-1216, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             55          53A-15-1217, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             56      H. [ Uncodified Material Affected: ] .H



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     H. [ AMENDS UNCODIFIED MATERIAL:
             58      Uncodified Section 20, Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419
             59          This uncodified section affects Sections 53A-15-1002 (Superseded 07/01/12),
             60      53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12), 53A-15-1006 (Superseded 07/01/12), and 53A-15-1006
             61      (Effective 07/01/12).
] .H

             62     

             63      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             63a      H. Section 1. Section 53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12) is amended to read:
             63b           53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12).   Definitions.
             63c          As used in this part:
             63d          (1) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
             63e          (2) "Electronic High School" means a rigorous program offering grade 9 - 12 level online
             63f      courses [ through the Statewide Online Education Program ] and coordinated by the board.
             63g           [ (3) "Eligible student" has the meaning defined in Section 53A-15-1202. ]
             63h           [ (4) ] (3) "Home-schooled student" means a student:
             63i          (a) [ who ] attends a home school;
             63j          (b) is exempt from school attendance pursuant to Section 53A-11-102; and
             63k          (c) attends no more than two regularly scheduled classes or courses in a public school per
             63l      semester.
             63m           [ (5) ] (4) "Open-entry, open-exit" means:
             63n          (a) a method of instructional delivery that allows for flexible scheduling in response to
             63o      individual student needs or requirements and demonstrated competency when knowledge and
             63p      skills have been mastered; and
             63q          (b) students have the flexibility to begin or end study at any time, progress through
             63r      course material at their own pace, and demonstrate competency when knowledge and skills
             63s      have been mastered.
             63t           Section 2. Section 53A-15-1002.5 is enacted to read:
             63u          53A-15-1002.5. Electronic High School created -- Purpose.
             63v          The Electronic High School is created:
             63w          (1) to provide an opportunity for a student who has failed a course to retake the course
             63x      and earn course credit;
             63y          (2) to allow a student to complete high school graduation requirements and exit high
             63z      school early;
             63aa          (3) to allow a student to take a course online so that the student has greater flexibility
             63ab      in scheduling courses during the regular school day; and


            
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         (4) to allow a home-schooled or private school student in Utah to take a course within
             63ad      the Utah high school core curriculum.
             63ae           Section 3. Section 53A-15-1003 is amended to read:
             63af           53A-15-1003.   Courses and credit.
             63ag      (1) The Electronic High School may only offer courses required for high school
             63ah      graduation or that fulfill core curriculum course requirements established by the State Board
             63ai      of Education.
             63aj           [ (1) ] (2) The Electronic High School shall:
             63ak          (a) offer courses in an open-entry, open-exit format; and
             63al          (b) offer core curriculum courses that are in conformance with course standards and
             63am      objectives established by the board.
             63an           [ (2) ] (3) Public schools shall:
             63ao          (a) accept all credits awarded to students by the Electronic High School; and
             63ap          (b) apply credits awarded for a core curriculum course toward the fulfillment of core
             63aq      curriculum requirements.
             63ar           Section 4. Section 53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12) is amended to read:
             63as          53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12).   Payment for an Electronic High School course.
             63at           [ (1) (a) The Electronic High School shall receive payment for an eligible student's enrollment
             63au      in an online course as provided by Sections 53A-15-1206 through 53A-15-1208.
             63av          (b) For fiscal year 2012-13, a private or home school student whose custodial parent or legal
             63aw      guardian is a resident of Utah may enroll in an Electronic High School course subject to the
             63ax      availability of funds appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.
             63ay          (2) A student whose custodial parent or legal guardian is not a resident of Utah may enroll in
             63az      an Electronic High School course for a fee set by the board, provided that the course can accommodate
             63ba      additional students. ]    
             63bb      (1) Electronic High School courses are provided to students who are Utah residents, as
             63bc      defined in Section 53A-2-201, free of charge.
             63bd          (2) Nonresident students may enroll in Electronic High School courses for a fee set by
             63be      the board, provided that the course can accommodate additional students. . H
             64          Section H. [ 1 ] 5 .H . Section 53A-15-1008 is enacted to read:
             65          53A-15-1008. Review by legislative auditor general.
             66          (1) The legislative auditor general shall conduct a performance audit of the Electronic
             67      High School S. as directed by the Legislative Audit Subcommittee .S .
             68          (2) In conducting the performance audit of the Electronic High School, the legislative
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         (a) course completion rate;
             71          (b) number of credits earned; and
             72          (c) cost of providing online courses.
             73          (3) The legislative auditor general shall use the performance metrics developed under
             74      Subsection (2) to evaluate the Electronic High School in comparison with other online
             75      programs.
             76          Section H. [ 2 ] 6 .H . Section 53A-15-1201.5 is enacted to read:
             77          53A-15-1201.5. Program name.
             78          (1) The program created under this part shall be known as the "Statewide Online
             79      Education Program."
             80          (2) The program name, "Statewide Online Education Program," shall be used in the
             81      dissemination of information on the program.
             82          Section H. [ 3 ] 7 .H . Section 53A-15-1202 is amended to read:
             83           53A-15-1202. Definitions.
             84          As used in this part:
             85          [(1) "Adjusted per pupil revenues" means an amount equal to average charter high
             86      school per pupil revenues times 0.77.]
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     charter high school revenues divided by the average daily membership of charter high schools
             89      statewide.]
             90          [(3) "Charter high school" means a charter school in which only students in grades 9,
             91      10, 11, or 12 are enrolled.]
             92          [(4) "Charter high school revenues" means an amount equal to total general fund
             93      revenues of charter high schools statewide as reported in the most recently published annual
             94      financial report.]
             95          [(5)] (1) "District school" means a public school under the control of a local school
             96      board elected pursuant to Title 20A, Chapter 14, Nomination and Election of State and Local
             97      School Boards.
             98          [(6)] (2) "Eligible student" means:
             99          (a) a student enrolled in a district school or charter school in Utah; or
             100          (b) beginning on July 1, 2013, a student:
             101          (i) who attends a private school or home school; and
             102          (ii) whose custodial parent or legal guardian is a resident of Utah.
             103          [(7)] (3) "LEA" means a local education agency in Utah that has administrative control
             104      and direction for public education.
             105          [(8)] (4) "Online course" means a course of instruction offered by the Statewide Online
             106      Education Program through the use of digital technology.
             107          [(9)] (5) "Primary LEA of enrollment" means the LEA in which an eligible student is
             108      enrolled for courses other than online courses offered through the Statewide Online Education
             109      Program.
             110          (6) "Released-time" means a period of time during the regular school day a student is
             111      excused from school at the request of the student's parent or guardian pursuant to rules of the
             112      State Board of Education.
             113          Section H. [ 4 ] 8 .H . Section 53A-15-1204 is amended to read:
             114           53A-15-1204. Option to enroll in online courses offered through the Statewide
             115      Online Education Program.
             116          (1) Subject to the course limitations provided in Subsection (2), an eligible student may
             117      enroll in an online course offered through the Statewide Online Education Program if:
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         (b) the course is open for enrollment[.];
             120          (c) the online course is aligned with the student's student education/occupation plan
             121      (SEOP);
             122          (d) the online course is consistent with the student's individual education plan (IEP), if
             123      the student has an IEP; and
             124          (e) the online course is consistent with the student's international baccalaureate
             125      program, if the student is participating in an international baccalaureate program.
             126          (2) An eligible student may enroll in online courses for no more than the following
             127      number of credits:
             128          (a) in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, two credits;
             129          (b) in the 2013-14 school year, three credits;
             130          (c) in the 2014-15 school year, four credits;
             131          (d) in the 2015-16 school year, five credits; and
             132          (e) beginning with the 2016-17 school year, six credits.
             133          (3) Notwithstanding Subsection (2):
             134          (a) a student's primary LEA of enrollment may allow an eligible student to enroll in
             135      online courses for more than the number of credits specified in Subsection (2); or
             136          (b) upon the request of an eligible student, the State Board of Education may allow the
             137      student to enroll in online courses for more than the number of credits specified in Subsection
             138      (2), if the online courses better meet the academic goals of the student.
             139          (4) An eligible student's primary LEA of enrollment:
             140          (a) in conjunction with the student and the student's parent or legal guardian, is
             141      responsible for preparing and implementing a student education/occupation plan (SEOP) for
             142      the eligible student, as provided in Section 53A-1a-106 ; and
             143          (b) shall assist an eligible student in scheduling courses in accordance with the
             144      student's SEOP, graduation requirements, and the student's post-secondary plans.
             145          (5) An eligible student's primary LEA of enrollment may not:
             146          (a) impose restrictions on a student's selection of an online course that fulfills
             147      graduation requirements and is consistent with the student's SEOP or post-secondary plans; or
             148          (b) give preference to an online course or online course provider.
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     Education, may not give preference to an online course or online course provider.
             150a      H. (7)(a) Except as provided in Subsection (7)(b), a person may not provide an inducement or
             150b      incentive to a public school student to participate in the Statewide Online Education Program.
             150c          (b) For purposes of Subsection (7)(a):
             150d          (i) "Inducement or incentive" does not mean:
             150e          (A) instructional materials or software necessary to take an online course; or
             150f          (B) access to a computer or digital learning device for the purpose of taking an online
             150g      course.
             150h          (ii) "Person" does not include a relative of the public school student. .H
             151          Section H. [ 5 ] 9 .H . Section 53A-15-1205 is amended to read:
             152           53A-15-1205. Authorized online course providers.
             153          The following entities may offer online courses to eligible students through the
             154      Statewide Online Education Program:
             155           H. [ (1) beginning with the [2012-13] 2013-14 school year, the Electronic High School
             156      established in Part 10, Electronic High School Act;
] .H

             157           H. [ (2) ] 1 .H beginning with the 2011-12 school year, a charter school or district school
             157a      created
             158      exclusively for the purpose of serving students online; and
             159           H. [ (3) ] 2 .H beginning with the 2011-12 school year, an LEA program, approved by the
             159a      LEA's
             160      governing board, that is created exclusively for the purpose of serving students online.
             161          Section H. [ 6 ] 10 .H . Section 53A-15-1206 is amended to read:
             162           53A-15-1206. Payment for an online course.
             163          [(1) The fee for an online course is an amount equal to the product of:]
             164          [(a) adjusted per pupil revenues; and]
             165          [(b) one-eighth the number of credits a student may earn for the online course.]
             166          (1) For the 2012-13 school year, the fee for a .5 credit online course or .5 credit of a 1
             167      credit online course is:
             168          (a) $200 for the following core curriculum courses, except a concurrent enrollment
             169      course:
             170          (i) financial literacy;
             171          (ii) health;
             172          (iii) fitness for life; and
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         (b) $200 for driver education;
             175          (c) $250 for a course that meets core curriculum requirements in fine arts or career and
             176      technical education, except a concurrent enrollment course;
             177          (d) $300 for the following courses:
             178          (i) a course that meets core curriculum requirements in social studies, except a
             179      concurrent enrollment course; and
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         (e) $350 for the following courses:
             182          (i) a course that meets core curriculum requirements for language arts, mathematics, or
             183      science; and
             184          (ii) a concurrent enrollment course; and
             185          (f) $250 for a course not described in Subsections (1)(a) through (e).
             186          (2) If a course meets the requirements of more than one course fee category described
             187      in Subsection (1), the course fee shall be the lowest of the applicable course fee categories.
             188          (3) Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the online course fees described in
             189      Subsection (1) shall be adjusted each school year in accordance with the percentage change in
             190      value of the weighted pupil unit from the previous school year.
             191          [(2)] (4) An online learning provider shall receive payment for an online course as
             192      follows:
             193          (a) for a [one semester] .5 credit online course, 50% of the online course fee [upon the
             194      student enrolling in the online course] after the withdrawal period described in Section
             195      53A-15-1206.5 ;
             196          (b) for a [full-year] 1 credit online course, 25% of the online course fee [upon the
             197      student enrolling in the online course] after the withdrawal period described in Section
             198      53A-15-1206.5 and 25% of the online course fee upon the beginning of the second [semester]
             199      .5 credit of the online course; and
             200          (c) if a student completes a [full-year] 1 credit online course within 12 months or a
             201      [one-semester] .5 credit course within nine weeks following the end of [the] a traditional
             202      semester, 50% of the online course fee.
             203          [(3)] (5) (a) If a student fails to complete a [one-year] 1 credit course within 12 months
             204      or a [one-semester] .5 credit course within nine weeks following the end of [the] a traditional
             205      semester, the student may continue to be enrolled in the course until the student graduates from
             206      high school.
             207          (b) To encourage an online course provider to provide remediation to a student who
             208      remains enrolled in an online course pursuant to Subsection [(3)] (5)(a) and avoid the need for
             209      credit recovery, an online course provider shall receive a payment equal to 30% of the online
             210      course fee if the student completes the online course before the student graduates from high
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         (6) Notwithstanding the online course fees prescribed in Subsections (1) through (3), a
             213      school district or charter school may:
             214          (a) negotiate a fee with an online course provider for an amount up to the amount
             215      prescribed in Subsections (1) through (3); and
             216          (b) pay the negotiated fee instead of the fee prescribed in Subsections (1) through (3).
             217          (7) An online course provider who contracts with a vendor for the acquisition of online
             218      course content or online course instruction may negotiate the payment for the vendor's service
             219      independent of the fees specified in Subsections (1) through (3).
             220          Section H. [ 7 ] 11 .H . Section 53A-15-1206.5 is enacted to read:
             221          53A-15-1206.5. Withdrawal from an online course.
             222          (1) An online course provider shall establish a start date for an online course, including
             223      a start date for the second .5 credit of a 1 credit online course.
             224          (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a student may withdraw from an online
             225      course:
             226          (a) within 20 school calendar days of the start date, if the student enrolls in an online
             227      course on or before the start date established pursuant to Subsection (1); or
             228          (b) within 20 school calendar days of enrolling in the online course, if the student
             229      enrolls in an online course after the start date established pursuant to Subsection (1).
             230          (3) (a) A student may withdraw from a 1 credit online course within 20 school calendar
             231      days of the start date of the second .5 credit of the online course.
             232          (b) An online course provider shall refund a payment received for the second .5 credit
             233      of an online course if a student withdraws from the online course pursuant to Subsection (3)(a).
             234          (c) If a student withdraws from a 1 credit online course as provided in Subsection
             235      (3)(a), the online course provider shall receive payment for the student's completion of .5 credit
             236      of the 1 credit course in the same manner as an online course provider receives payment for a
             237      student's completion of a .5 online course as described in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4).
             237a      H. Section H. [ 8 ] 12 .H . Section 53A-15-1207 is amended to read:
             237b          53A-15-1207.   State Board of Education to deduct funds and make payments -- Plan for the
             237c      payment of online courses taken by private and home school students.
             237d          (1) [ Upon the receipt of a course credit acknowledgment described in Section 53A-15-1208,
             237e      the ] (a) The State Board of Education shall deduct [ an amount equal to the online course fee
             237f      described in Section 53A-15-1206 ] money from funds allocated to the student's primary LEA of
             237g      enrollment under Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act [ . ] to pay for online course fees.
             237h           (b) Money shall be deducted under Subsection (1) in the amount and at the time an online
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     Subsection 53A-15-1206(4).
             237k      (2) From money deducted under Subsection (1), the State Board of Education shall make payments to
             237l      the student's online course provider as provided in Section 53A-15-1206.
             237m           [ (3) A balance remaining at the time a student graduates shall lapse into the Uniform School
             237n      Fund. ]
             237o           [ (4) ] (3) The Legislature shall establish a plan, which shall take effect beginning on July 1,
             237p      2013, for the payment of online courses taken by a private school or home school student. .H
            
238          Section H. [ 8 ] 13 .H . Section 53A-15-1208 is amended to read:
             239           53A-15-1208. Course credit acknowledgement.
             240          (1) A student's primary LEA of enrollment and the student's online course provider
             241      shall enter into a course credit acknowledgement in which the primary LEA of enrollment and
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     instruction of the student in a specified online course.
             244          (2) The terms of the course credit acknowledgement shall provide that:
             245          (a) the online course provider shall receive a payment in the amount provided under
             246      Section H. [ 53A-15-1207 ] 53A-15-1206 .H ; and
             247          [(b) the online course provider shall refund a payment received for a student who
             248      enrolls in an online course if the student withdraws from the online course within 10 days; and]
             249          [(c)] (b) the student's primary LEA of enrollment acknowledges that the State Board of
             250      Education will deduct H. [ an amount equal to the online course fee from ] .H funds
             250a      allocated to the
             251      LEA under Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act H. [ . ] , in the amount and at the time
             251a      the online course provider qualifies to receive payment for the online course as provided in
             251b      Subsection 53A-15-1206(4). .H
             252          [(3) A primary LEA of enrollment and an online course provider shall submit a copy of
             253      a course credit acknowledgement to the State Board of Education in accordance with
             254      procedures established by the State Board of Education.]
             255          (3) (a) A course credit acknowledgement may originate with either an online course
             256      provider or H. primary .H LEA of enrollment.
             257          (b) The originating entity shall submit the course credit acknowledgement to the State
             258      Board of Education who shall forward it to the H. primary .H LEA of enrollment for course
             258a      selection
             259      verification or the online course provider for acceptance.
             260          (c) (i) H. [ An ] A primary .H LEA of enrollment may only reject a course credit
             260a      acknowledgement if:
             261          (A) the online course is not aligned with the student's SEOP;
             262          (B) the online course is not consistent with the student's IEP, if the student has an IEP;
             263          (C) the online course is not consistent with the student's international baccalaureate
             264      program, if the student participates in an international baccalaureate program; or
             265          (D) the number of online course credits exceeds the maximum allowed for the year as
             266      provided in Section 53A-15-1204 .
             267          (ii) Verification of alignment of an online course with a student's SEOP does not
             268      require a meeting with the student.
             269          (d) An online course provider may only reject a course credit acknowledgement if:
             270          (i) the student does not meet course prerequisites; or
             271          (ii) the course is not open for enrollment.
             272          (e) H. [ An ] A primary .H LEA of enrollment or online course provider shall submit an
             272a      acceptance or
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     business hours of the receipt of a course credit acknowledgement from the State Board of
             275      Education pursuant to Subsection (3)(b).
             276          (f) If an online course provider accepts a course credit acknowledgement, the online
             277      course provider shall forward to the H. primary .H LEA of enrollment the online course start
             277a      date as
             278      established under Section 53A-15-1206.5 .
             279          (g) If an online course provider rejects a course credit acknowledgement, the online
             280      course provider shall include an explanation which the State Board of Education shall forward
             281      to the H. primary .H LEA of enrollment for the purpose of assisting a student with future online
             281a      course
             282      selection.
             283          (h) If H. [ an ] primary .H LEA of enrollment does not submit an acceptance or rejection
             283a      of a course
             284      credit acknowledgement to the State Board of Education within 72 business hours of the
             285      receipt of a course credit acknowledgement from the State Board of Education pursuant to
             286      Subsection (3)(b), the State Board of Education shall consider the course credit
             287      acknowledgement accepted.
             288          (i) (i) Upon acceptance of a course credit acknowledgement, the H. primary .H LEA of
             288a      enrollment
             289      shall notify the student of the acceptance and the start date for the online course as established
             290      under Section 53A-15-1206.5 .
             291          (ii) Upon rejection of a course credit acknowledgement, the H. primary .H LEA of
             291a      enrollment shall
             292      notify the student of the rejection and provide an explanation of the rejection.
             293          (j) If the online course student has an individual education plan (IEP) or 504
             294      accommodations, the H. primary .H LEA of enrollment shall forward the IEP or description of
             294a      504
             295      accommodations to the online course provider within 72 business hours after the
             295a      H. primary .H LEA of
             296      enrollment receives notice that the online course provider accepted the course credit
             297      acknowledgement.
             297a      H. (4)(a) A primary LEA of enrollment may not reject a course credit acknowledgement,
             297b      because the LEA is negotiating, or intends to negotiate, an online course fee with the online
             297c      course provider pursuant to Subsection 53A-15-1206(6).


            
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         (b) If a primary LEA of enrollment negotiates an online course fee with an online
             297e      course provider before the start date of an online course, a course credit acknowledgement
             297f      may be amended to reflect the negotiated online course fee. .H
             298          Section H. [ 9 ] 14 .H . Section 53A-15-1209 is amended to read:
             299           53A-15-1209. Online course credit hours included in daily membership --
             300      Limitation.
             301          (1) Subject to Subsection (2), a student's primary LEA of enrollment shall include
             302      online course credit hours in calculating daily membership.
             303          (2) A student may not count as more than one FTE, unless the student intends to
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     the student's education/occupation plan (SEOP).
             306          (3) A student who enrolls in an online course may not be counted in membership for a
             307      released-time class, if counting the student in membership for a released-time class would
             308      result in the student being counted as more than one FTE.
             309          [(3)] (4) Except as provided in Subsection [(4)] (5), a student enrolled in an online
             310      course may earn no more credits in a [semester] year than the number of credits a student may
             311      earn in a year by taking a full course load during the regular school day in [a high school
             312      classroom] the student's primary LEA of enrollment.
             313          [(4)] (5) A student enrolled in an online course may earn more credits in a [semester]
             314      year than the number of credits a student may earn in a year by taking a full course load during
             315      the regular school day in [a high school classroom] the student's primary LEA of enrollment:
             316          (a) if the student intends to complete high school graduation requirements, and exit
             317      high school, early, in accordance with the student's education/occupation plan (SEOP)[.]; or
             318          (b) if allowed under local school board or charter school governing board policy.
             319          Section H. [ 10 ] 15 .H . Section 53A-15-1211 is amended to read:
             320           53A-15-1211. Report on performance of online course providers.
             321          (1) The State Board of Education, in collaboration with online course providers, shall
             322      develop a report on the performance of online course providers, which may be used to evaluate
             323      the Statewide Online Education Program and assess the quality of an online course provider.
             324          (2) A report on the performance of an online course provider shall include:
             325          [(a) data on the performance of the online course provider's students on statewide
             326      assessments administered under Chapter 1, Part 6, Achievement Tests;]
             327          (a) scores aggregated by test on statewide assessments administered under Chapter 1,
             328      Part 6, Achievement Tests, taken by students at the end of an online course offered through the
             329      Statewide Online Education Program;
             330          (b) the percentage of the online course provider's students who complete online courses
             331      within the applicable time period specified in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4)(c); [and]
             332          (c) the percentage of the online course provider's students who complete online courses
             333      after the applicable time period specified in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4)(c) and before the
             334      student graduates from high school; and
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     provider.
             337          (3) The State Board of Education shall post a report on the performance of an online
             338      course provider on the Statewide Online Education Program's website.
             339          Section H. [ 11 ] 16 .H . Section 53A-15-1212 is amended to read:
             340           53A-15-1212. Dissemination of information on the Statewide Online Education
             341      Program.
             342          (1) The State Board of Education shall develop a website for the Statewide Online
             343      Education Program which shall include:
             344          (a) a description of the Statewide Online Education Program, including its purposes;
             345          (b) information on who is eligible to enroll, and how an eligible student may enroll, in
             346      an online course;
             347          (c) a directory of online course providers;
             348          (d) a link to a course catalog for each online course provider; and
             349          (e) a report on the performance of online course providers as required by Section
             350      53A-15-1211 .
             351          (2) An online course provider shall provide the following information on the online
             352      course provider's website:
             353          (a) a description of the Statewide Online Education Program, including its purposes;
             354          (b) information on who is eligible to enroll, and how an eligible student may enroll, in
             355      an online course;
             356          (c) a course [catalogue] catalog;
             357          [(d) data on the performance of the online course provider's students on statewide
             358      assessments administered under Chapter 1, Part 6, Achievement Tests;]
             359          (d) scores aggregated by test on statewide assessments administered under Chapter 1,
             360      Part 6, Achievement Tests, taken by students at the end of an online course offered through the
             361      Statewide Online Education Program;
             362          (e) the percentage of an online course provider's students who complete online courses
             363      within the applicable time period specified in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4)(c); [and]
             364          (f) the percentage of an online course provider's students who complete online courses
             365      after the applicable time period specified in Subsection 53A-15-1206 (4)(c) and before the
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         [(f)] (g) the online learning provider's pupil-teacher ratio for the online courses
             368      combined.
             369          [(3) An LEA shall provide information both written and online on the Statewide
             370      Online Education Program, including:]
             371          [(a) a description of the Statewide Online Education Program, including its purposes;]
             372          [(b) information on who is eligible to enroll, and how an eligible student may enroll, in
             373      an online course; and]
             374          [(c) information on how to access the Statewide Online Education Program website.]
             375          [(4) An LEA shall include the written information described in Subsection (3) in high
             376      school course registration materials.]
             377          Section H. [ 12 ] 17 .H . Section 53A-15-1212.5 is enacted to read:
             378          53A-15-1212.5. H. [ Declaration of intent to enroll in an online course -- Adding or
             379      dropping an online course.
] Time period to enroll in an online course. .H

             380          (1) To provide an LEA and online course providers with estimates of online course
             381      enrollment, H. [ a declaration of intent to enroll in online courses pursuant to Section 53A-15-1204
             382      may take place
] a student should enroll in an online course, or declare an intention to enroll in

             382a      an online course, .H during the high school course registration period designated by the LEA.
             383          (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1) H. and except as provided in Subsection (3) .H , a
             383a      student may enroll in an online course at any
             384      time during a calendar year H. . [ if:
             385          (a) the online course is open for enrollment;
             386          (b) the student meets the course prerequisites;
             387          (c) the online course is aligned with the student's SEOP;
             388          (d) the student is enrolled in online courses for no more than the total number of credits
             389      as provided in Section 53A-15-1205 ; and
             390          (e) the student does not take more than a full course load for the year as provided in
             391      Section 53A-15-1209 .
             392          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), a student may drop a traditional
             393      classroom course within 10 school calendar days of the start of the traditional classroom
             394      course.
             395          (b) If a student's high school counselor is not able to process a request to enroll in an
             396      online course within 10 school calendar days of the start of the traditional classroom course,
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     earliest possible date the counselor can accommodate the schedule change.
]

             398a           (3)(a) A student may alter a course schedule by dropping a traditional classroom
             398b      course and adding an online course consistent with course schedule alteration procedures
             398c      adopted by the student's primary LEA of enrollment or high school.    
             398d          (b) A school district's or high school's deadline for dropping a traditional classroom
             398e      course and adding an online course shall be the same deadline for dropping and adding a
             398f      traditional classroom course. .H
             399          Section H. [ 13 ] 18 .H . Section 53A-15-1216 is enacted to read:
             400          53A-15-1216. Report of noncompliance -- Action to ensure compliance.
             401          (1) The state superintendent shall report to the State Board of Education any report of
             402      noncompliance of this part made to a member of the staff of the State Board of Education.
             403          (2) The State Board of Education shall take appropriate action to ensure compliance
             404      with this part.
             405          Section H. [ 14 ] 19 .H . Section 53A-15-1217 is enacted to read:
             406          53A-15-1217. Agreements for online instruction.
             407          (1) In addition to offering online courses to students through the Statewide Online
             408      Education Program, a school district or charter school may enter into an agreement with
             409      another school district or charter school or a consortium of school districts or charter schools to
             410      provide online instruction to the school district's or charter school's students.
             411          (2) Online instruction offered pursuant to Subsection (1) is not subject to the
             412      requirements of this part.
             413           H. [ Section 15. Uncodified Section 20, Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 419 is amended to
             414      read:
             415          Section 20. Effective date.
             416          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2011, except the amendments to Sections 53A-15-1002
             417      and 53A-15-1006 take effect on July 1, [2012] 2013.
             418          Section 16. Revisor instructions.
             419          The Legislature intends that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in
             420      preparing the Utah Code database for publication, change the effective date in Sections
             421      53A-15-1002 (Superseded 07/01/12), 53A-15-1002 (Effective 07/01/12), 53A-15-1006
             422      (Superseded 07/01/12), and 53A-15-1006 (Effective 07/01/12) from July 1, 2012 to July 1,
             423      2013.
]

             423a      Section [ 6 ] 20 . Effective dates.
             423b          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 8, 2012.
             423c          (2) The amendments to the following sections take effect on July 1, 2012:
             423d          (a) Section 53A-15-1002; and
             423e          (b) Section 53A-15-1006. .H


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