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S.B. 81

             1     

PARAEDUCATOR FUNDING

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Karen Mayne

             5     
House Sponsor: David Litvack

             6     
             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, $500,000.
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      ENACTS:
             23          53A-17a-167, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             24     
             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 delivers instruction under the direct
             34      supervision of a teacher.
             35          (c) "Program" means the Title 1 Schools in Improvement Paraeducators Program
             36      created in this section.
             37          (2) The program is created to provide funding for eligible schools to hire paraeducators
             38      to provide additional instructional aid in the classroom to assist students in achieving academic
             39      success and assist the school in exiting Title 1 school improvement status.
             40          (3) The State Board of Education shall distribute money appropriated for the program
             41      to eligible schools, in accordance with rules adopted by the board.
             42          (4) Funds appropriated under the program may not be used to supplant other money
             43      used for paraeducators at eligible schools.
             44          (5) The State Board of Education shall submit an annual report to the Legislature's
             45      Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee that includes information on:
             46          (a) the amount of money distributed to each eligible school under this section;
             47          (b) how many paraeducators were hired at each eligible school with program money;
             48          (c) additional funding eligible schools used to supplement program money in hiring
             49      paraeducators; and
             50          (d) accountability measures, including test scores of students served by the program.
             51          Section 2. Appropriation.
             52          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, the
             53      following sums of money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or
             54      reduced from amounts previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated for the
             55      fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013. These are additions to any
             56      amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2013.
             57          To Related to Basic Program
             58              From Education Fund                        $500,000


             59              Schedule of Programs:
             60                  Title 1 Schools in Improvement
             61                  Paraeducators Program            $500,000




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