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S.B. 81 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Karen Mayne

House Sponsor: David Litvack

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides funding to hire paraeducators at certain schools.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides funding for Title 1 school improvement schools to hire paraeducators to
             13      assist in teaching; and
             14          .    requires the State Board of Education to report on funding expenditures.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          This bill appropriates:
             17          .    to the Related to Basic Program, as an ongoing appropriation:
             18              .    from the Education Fund, $300,000.
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          This bill provides an effective date.
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      ENACTS:
             23          53A-17a-167, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 53A-17a-167 is enacted to read:
             27          53A-17a-167. Appropriation for Title 1 Schools in Improvement Paraeducators
             28      Program.
             29          (1) As used in this section:

             30          (a) "Eligible school" means a Title 1 school that has not achieved adequate yearly
             31      progress, as defined in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq. in
             32      the same subject area for two consecutive years.
             33          (b) "Paraeducator" means a school employee who:
             34          (i) delivers instruction under the direct supervision of a teacher; and
             35          (ii) meets the requirements under Subsection (3).
             36          (c) "Program" means the Title 1 Schools in Improvement Paraeducators Program
             37      created in this section.
             38          (2) The program is created to provide funding for eligible schools to hire paraeducators
             39      to provide additional instructional aid in the classroom to assist students in achieving academic
             40      success and assist the school in exiting Title 1 school improvement status.
             41          (3) A paraeducator who is funded under this section shall have:
             42          (a) earned a secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent;
             43          (b) (i) completed at least two years with a minimum of 48 semester hours at an
             44      accredited higher education institution;
             45          (ii) obtained an associates or higher degree from an accredited higher education
             46      institution; or
             47          (iii) satisfied a rigorous state or local assessment about the individual's knowledge of,
             48      and ability to assist in instructing students in reading, writing, and mathematics; and
             49          (c) received large group-, small group-, and individual-level professional development
             50      that is intensive and focused and covers curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom and
             51      behavior management, and teaming.
             52          (4) The State Board of Education shall distribute money appropriated for the program
             53      to eligible schools, in accordance with rules adopted by the board.
             54          (5) Funds appropriated under the program may not be used to supplant other money
             55      used for paraeducators at eligible schools.
             56          (6) The State Board of Education shall submit an annual report to the Legislature's
             57      Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee that includes information on:

             58          (a) the amount of money distributed to each eligible school under this section;
             59          (b) how many paraeducators were hired at each eligible school with program money;
             60          (c) additional funding eligible schools used to supplement program money in hiring
             61      paraeducators; and
             62          (d) accountability measures, including test scores of students served by the program.
             63          Section 2. Appropriation.
             64          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, the
             65      following sums of money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or
             66      reduced from amounts previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated for the
             67      fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013. These are additions to any
             68      amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2013.
             69          To Related to Basic Program
             70              From Education Fund                        $300,000
             71              Schedule of Programs:
             72                  Title 1 Schools in Improvement
             73                  Paraeducators Program            $300,000
             74          Section 3. Effective date.
             75          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 8, 2012.
             76          (2) Uncodified Section 2, Appropriation, takes effect on July 1, 2012.

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