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S.B. 42

             1     

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

             2     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

             5     
House Sponsor: Ronda Rudd Menlove

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill creates the High Quality Preschool Pilot Program in which grants are given to
             10      qualifying education agencies to implement certain preschool programs.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    establishes the High Quality Preschool Pilot Program to fund certain preschool
             15      programs to serve at-risk students;
             16          .    details components of high quality preschools that schools shall adopt to receive
             17      funding;
             18          .    requires the State Board of Education to:
             19              .    solicit proposals from qualifying education agencies to receive the grants;
             20              .    award grants for preschool programs;
             21              .    monitor and evaluate the programs;
             22              .    award one-time grants for computer labs, hardware, and software to be used by
             23      eligible students and their parents; and
             24              .    develop policies and enact rules;    
             25          .    establishes reporting requirements; and
             26          .    provides for partnerships with private providers.
             27      Money Appropriated in this Bill:


             28          This bill appropriates:
             29          .    to the State Board of Education - Utah State Office of Education - Initiative
             30      Programs, as an ongoing appropriation:
             31              .    from the Education Fund, $6,000,000.
             32      Other Special Clauses:
             33          This bill provides an effective date.
             34      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             35      AMENDS:
             36           63I-2-253 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapters 173 and 434
             37      ENACTS:
             38           53A-1a-1101 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             39           53A-1a-1102 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             40           53A-1a-1103 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             41           53A-1a-1104 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             42           53A-1a-1105 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             43           53A-1a-1106 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             44           53A-1a-1107 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             45     
             46      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             47          Section 1. Section 53A-1a-1101 is enacted to read:
             48     
Part 11. High Quality Preschool Pilot Program

             49          53A-1a-1101. High Quality Preschool Pilot Program.
             50          This part is known as the "High Quality Preschool Pilot Program."
             51          Section 2. Section 53A-1a-1102 is enacted to read:
             52          53A-1a-1102. Legislative findings.
             53          (1) The Legislature reaffirms its findings in Section 53A-6-102 and states that the
             54      primary responsibility for the education of children within the state resides with parents or
             55      guardians and that the role of state and local governments is to support and assist parents in
             56      fulfilling that responsibility.
             57          (2) The Legislature finds that:
             58          (a) most preschool-age children are better off when educated at home by the children's


             59      parents or guardians;
             60          (b) there is evidence that some targeted at-risk preschool-age children benefit from
             61      access to high quality early education programs;
             62          (c) high quality early education programs for at-risk children represent special and
             63      limited services, which are only appropriate when they are voluntary educational options for
             64      parents or guardians of at-risk children; and
             65          (d) in establishing these special and limited services, state and local governments
             66      should emphasize the importance of the parent as the child's first and most important teacher,
             67      and should encourage parents to engage in the education of children at home.
             68          Section 3. Section 53A-1a-1103 is enacted to read:
             69          53A-1a-1103. Definitions.
             70          As used in this part:
             71          (1) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
             72          (2) "Economically disadvantaged" means a student who:
             73          (a) is eligible to receive free lunch;
             74          (b) is eligible to receive reduced price lunch; or
             75          (c) (i) is not otherwise accounted for in Subsection (2)(a) or (b); and
             76          (ii) (A) is enrolled in a Provision 2 or Provision 3 school, as defined by the United
             77      States Department of Agriculture;
             78          (B) has a Declaration of Household Income on file;
             79          (C) is eligible for a fee waiver; or
             80          (D) is enrolled at a school that does not offer a lunch program and is a sibling of a
             81      student accounted for in Subsection (2)(a) or (b).
             82          (3) "Eligible LEA" means an LEA that:
             83          (a) receives federal money under Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20
             84      U.S.C. Sec. 6301-6578, for a school-wide or targeted assistance program;
             85          (b) agrees to fund a portion of its preschool program with federal funds described in
             86      Subsection (3)(a); and
             87          (c) has a data system capacity to collect longitudinal academic outcome data, including
             88      special education use by student, by identifying each student with a statewide unique student
             89      identifier.


             90          (4) (a) "Eligible private provider" means a child care program that:
             91          (i) (A) except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), is licensed under Title 26, Chapter 39,
             92      Utah Child Care Licensing Act; or
             93          (B) is exempt from licensure under Section 26-39-403 ; and
             94          (ii) meets other criteria as established by the board, consistent with Utah Constitution
             95      Article X, Section 1.
             96          (b) "Eligible private provider" does not include residential child care, as defined in
             97      Section 26-39-102 .
             98          (5) "Eligible student" means a student who:
             99          (a) lives in the attendance boundaries of an eligible LEA;
             100          (b) is economically disadvantaged; and
             101          (c) (i) is classified as a child affected by intergenerational poverty; or
             102          (ii) (A) is classified as an English language learner; and
             103          (B) scores below average on an age-appropriate pre-assessment selected by an eligible
             104      LEA.
             105          (6) "Intergenerational poverty" has the same meaning as in Section 35A-9-102 .
             106          (7) "Local Education Agency" or "LEA" means a school district or charter school.
             107          (8) "Program" means the High Quality Preschool Pilot Program created in Section
             108      53A-1a-1104 .
             109          (9) "Utah Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission" means the Utah
             110      Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission created in Section 35A-9-301 .
             111          Section 4. Section 53A-1a-1104 is enacted to read:
             112          53A-1a-1104. High Quality Preschool Pilot Program -- Components --
             113      Assessment.
             114          (1) The High Quality Preschool Pilot Program is created to provide grants to eligible
             115      LEAs to fund high quality preschool programs.
             116          (2) Subject to future budget constraints, the Legislature shall appropriate money for an
             117      eight-year period to the board for the program.
             118          (3) The board shall:
             119          (a) solicit proposals from eligible LEAs to receive money under the program;
             120          (b) award grants to up to seven eligible LEAs based on criteria described in Subsection


             121      (4); and
             122          (c) select or develop a school readiness assessment based on the Utah Early Childhood
             123      Core Standards adopted by the State Board of Education.
             124          (4) In awarding a grant under Subsection (3), the board shall consider:
             125          (a) an eligible LEA's capacity to effectively implement the components described in
             126      Subsection (6);
             127          (b) the percentage of an eligible LEA's students that qualify as eligible students;
             128          (c) the level of administrative support and leadership at an eligible LEA to effectively
             129      implement, monitor, and evaluate the program; and
             130          (d) if the eligible LEA has been awarded a grant under this part in the past:
             131          (i) the pre- and post-assessment gains of the eligible LEA's eligible students in
             132      previous years;
             133          (ii) the percentage of the eligible LEA's eligible students in previous years who were
             134      ready for kindergarten as determined by the independent evaluator described in Subsection
             135      53A-1a-1107 (3); and
             136          (iii) whether the eligible LEA's program resulted in cost avoidance in special education
             137      costs or other remedial services within the eligible LEA.
             138          (5) To receive a grant under the program, an eligible LEA shall submit a proposal to
             139      the board detailing:
             140          (a) the eligible LEA's strategy to implement the components described in Subsection
             141      (6);
             142          (b) the number of students the eligible LEA plans to serve, categorized by age,
             143      intergenerational poverty status, English language learner status, and free or reduced price
             144      school lunch status;
             145          (c) the number of high quality preschool classrooms the eligible LEA plans to operate;
             146      and
             147          (d) the estimated cost per student.
             148          (6) To receive funding under the program, an LEA shall establish or currently operate a
             149      high quality preschool that has the following components:
             150          (a) early childhood standards aligned with the board's:
             151          (i) Utah Early Childhood Core Standards; and


             152          (ii) kindergarten curriculum standards;
             153          (b) an evidence-based curriculum that is aligned with all of the developmental domains
             154      and academic content areas defined in the board's Utah Early Childhood Core Standards, and
             155      incorporates intentional and differentiated instruction in whole group, small group, and
             156      child-directed learning, including the following academic content areas:
             157          (i) oral language and listening comprehension;
             158          (ii) phonological awareness and prereading;
             159          (iii) alphabet and word knowledge;
             160          (iv) prewriting, fine motor, and visual arts;
             161          (v) book knowledge and print awareness;
             162          (vi) numeracy;
             163          (vii) creative arts;
             164          (viii) science and technology; and
             165          (ix) social studies, health, and safety;
             166          (c) ongoing, focused, and intensive professional development for staff of the preschool
             167      program;
             168          (d) ongoing assessment of a student's educational growth and developmental progress
             169      to inform instruction;
             170          (e) a pre- and post-assessment of each student, which assesses age-appropriate literacy
             171      and numeracy skills, that is:
             172          (i) aligned to the Utah Early Childhood Core Standards adopted by the State Board of
             173      Education; and
             174          (ii) designated by the board under Subsection 53A-1a-1107 (4);
             175          (f) class size that does not exceed 20 students, with one adult for every 10 students in
             176      the class;
             177          (g) ongoing program evaluation and data collection to monitor program goal
             178      achievement and implementation of required program components;
             179          (h) ongoing family involvement, based on each family's circumstances;
             180          (i) teachers with:
             181          (i) an associate's or bachelor's degree in an early childhood related field; or
             182          (ii) the minimum standard of a child development associate certification;


             183          (j) utilization of free-form computer-based software; and
             184          (k) a limitation on classroom time for each eligible student to:
             185          (i) no more than 12 hours per week for eligible students who are three years old; and
             186          (ii) no more than 16 hours per week for eligible students who are four years old.
             187          (7) An eligible LEA shall assign a statewide unique student identifier to each eligible
             188      student.
             189          (8) If permitted under Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. Sec.
             190      6301-6578, an eligible LEA may charge a sliding scale fee to a student participating in a high
             191      quality preschool program under this section, based on household income.
             192          (9) (a) The board shall distribute a one-time grant of money to an eligible LEA that
             193      receives funding under this part:
             194          (i) to provide a computer lab for eligible students, including the hardware needed to
             195      run the software described in Subsection (9)(a)(ii); and
             196          (ii) for software licenses:
             197          (A) to be used by eligible students; and
             198          (B) that are aligned with the board's Utah Early Childhood Core Standards.
             199          (b) An LEA that receives a grant described in Subsection (9)(a) shall allow eligible
             200      students, and parents of eligible students, to use the computer lab described in Subsection
             201      (9)(a) after regular preschool hours.
             202          (c) The amount of a grant described in Subsection (9)(a) shall be determined by the
             203      board based on the applicable year's legislative appropriation for the program.
             204          (10) All LEAs and eligible private providers that receive funding under this part shall
             205      meet four times each year to evaluate implementation and ensure each LEA's and private
             206      provider's preschool has the components described in Subsection (6).
             207          Section 5. Section 53A-1a-1105 is enacted to read:
             208          53A-1a-1105. High quality preschool program provisions for private providers.
             209          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (8), an eligible LEA shall contract with an
             210      eligible private provider, located within the LEA's attendance boundaries, to provide the
             211      program to a portion of the LEA's eligible students that the LEA plans to serve through the
             212      program.
             213          (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), to receive funding from an eligible LEA


             214      under this part, an eligible private provider shall:
             215          (a) offer a preschool program that contains the components described in Subsection
             216      53A-1a-1104 (6);
             217          (b) align its assessments, early learning standards, and professional development with
             218      the contracting LEA;
             219          (c) allow classroom visits by the contracting LEA, an evaluator chosen in accordance
             220      with Section 53A-1a-1107 , or the board to ensure the components described in this Subsection
             221      (2) are being implemented;
             222          (d) at the discretion of the contracting LEA, administer the required pre- and
             223      post-assessments to students funded under this part; and
             224          (e) report the information described in Subsection 53A-1a-1107 (1) to the contracting
             225      LEA.
             226          (3) As a condition of a contract between an eligible LEA and an eligible private
             227      provider, an eligible LEA may set additional quality standards or requirements that an eligible
             228      private provider is required to meet to receive funding from the eligible LEA under this part.
             229          (4) The board shall distribute money to the participating LEA, and the LEA shall
             230      contract with the eligible private provider and pay the eligible private provider to provide the
             231      preschool program to eligible students.
             232          (5) An LEA may provide the eligible private provider with:
             233          (a) professional development;
             234          (b) staffing or staff support;
             235          (c) materials; or
             236          (d) assessments.
             237          (6) (a) If permitted under Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C.
             238      Sec. 6301-6578, an eligible private provider may charge a sliding scale fee to a student
             239      participating in a high quality preschool program under this section, based on household
             240      income.
             241          (b) The eligible private provider may use grants, scholarships, or other funds to help
             242      fund the preschool program.
             243          (7) A contractual partnership established under this section shall be consistent with
             244      Utah Constitution, Article X, Section 1.


             245          (8) If there is no eligible private provider that is willing to contract with an eligible
             246      LEA, the eligible LEA is not required to contract with an eligible private provider as required
             247      in Subsection (1).
             248          Section 6. Section 53A-1a-1106 is enacted to read:
             249          53A-1a-1106. Program funding -- Administrative costs.
             250          (1) The board shall distribute money to eligible LEAs chosen to participate in the
             251      program as follows:
             252          (a) except as provided in Subsection (2)(a), each eligible LEA chosen by the board to
             253      participate in the program shall receive funding for at least one preschool classroom; and
             254          (b) the remaining funds available after funding Subsection (1)(a) shall be prorated to
             255      the eligible LEAs based on the number of eligible students within each eligible LEA.
             256          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), a grant awarded to an eligible LEA
             257      chosen to participate in the program may not exceed an amount equal to $1,500 per eligible
             258      student within the eligible LEA.
             259          (b) A grant of money to an eligible LEA to provide a computer lab for eligible students
             260      as described in Subsection 53A-1a-1104 (9) may not be counted toward an eligible LEA's
             261      maximum total grant amount described in Subsection (2)(a).
             262          (3) Funds appropriated under this part may not be used to supplant other money used
             263      for preschools at eligible schools.
             264          (4) The board may use up to:
             265          (a) 2% of the total appropriation under this part to administer and monitor the program;
             266          (b) $250,000 per year of the total appropriation under this part to contract with an
             267      evaluator as required under Subsection 53A-1a-1107 (3); and
             268          (c) $250,000 per year of the total appropriation under this part to select or develop a
             269      school readiness assessment as required under Subsection 53A-1a-1104 (3)(c).
             270          Section 7. Section 53A-1a-1107 is enacted to read:
             271          53A-1a-1107. Evaluation and reporting.
             272          (1) An LEA that receives funds under this part shall report annually to the board and
             273      the Department of Workforce Services the following:
             274          (a) number of students served by the LEA's preschool, reported by intergenerational
             275      poverty status, English language learner status, and free or reduced price student lunch status;


             276          (b) attendance;
             277          (c) cost per student;
             278          (d) assessment results; and
             279          (e) longitudinal data on each student currently receiving funding under this part and
             280      any students who previously received funding under this part, including:
             281          (i) academic achievement outcomes;
             282          (ii) special education use; and
             283          (iii) English language learner services.
             284          (2) For each year of the program, the board and the early education evaluator selected
             285      by the board described in Subsection (3), shall report to the Legislature's Education Interim
             286      Committee and the Utah Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission:
             287          (a) the information collected under Subsection (1) for each participating LEA; and
             288          (b) the findings of the early education evaluator selected by the board as described in
             289      Subsection (3).
             290          (3) The board shall contract with an independent, nationally recognized early education
             291      evaluator, selected through a request for proposals, to evaluate the quality and outcomes of the
             292      program, including:
             293          (a) adherence to required components described in Subsection 53A-1a-1104 (6);
             294          (b) pre- and post-assessment results of students in the program;
             295          (c) whether the academic gains from the program were sustained through grade 6; and
             296          (d) whether the program resulted in cost avoidance, in special education costs or other
             297      remedial services, within the LEA.
             298          (4) The board shall make rules to effectively administer and monitor the program,
             299      including:
             300          (a) the pre- and post-assessment that LEAs shall use, ensuring that all LEAs and
             301      private providers use the same pre- and post-assessment required in Subsection
             302      53A-1a-1104 (6)(e); and
             303          (b) reporting requirements for LEAs and eligible private providers.
             304          Section 8. Section 63I-2-253 is amended to read:
             305           63I-2-253. Repeal dates -- Titles 53, 53A, and 53B.
             306          (1) Section 53A-1-402.7 is repealed July 1, 2014.


             307          (2) Section 53A-1-403.5 is repealed July 1, 2017.
             308          (3) Section 53A-1-411 is repealed July 1, 2016.
             309          (4) Section 53A-1-412 is repealed July 1, 2013.
             310          (5) Section 53A-1a-513.5 is repealed July 1, 2017.
             311          (6) Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 10, UPSTART, is repealed July 1, 2014.
             312          (7) Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 11, High Quality Preschool Pilot Program, is repealed
             313      July 1, 2022.
             314          [(7)] (8) Title 53A, Chapter 8a, Part 8, Peer Assistance and Review Pilot Program, is
             315      repealed July 1, 2017.
             316          [(8)] (9) Subsection 53A-13-110 (4) is repealed July 1, 2013.
             317          [(9)] (10) Section 53A-17a-169 is repealed July 1, 2016.
             318          Section 9. Appropriation.
             319          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, for
             320      the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, the following sums of money
             321      are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
             322      previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These sums of money are in
             323      addition to any amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2015.
             324          From Education Fund
$6,000,000

             325          Schedule of Programs:
             326              Contracts and Grants                    $6,000,000
             327          The Legislature intends that:
             328          (1) $5,375,000 of the appropriation under this section is to be used to carry out the
             329      requirements of Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 11, High Quality Preschool Pilot Program;
             330          (2) $375,000 of the appropriation under this section is to be used to provide one-time
             331      grants to eligible LEAs for computer labs, hardware, and early childhood related software as
             332      described in Subsection 53A-1a-1104 (9);
             333          (3) up to $500,000 of the appropriation under this section may be used to:
             334          (a) contract with an evaluator as required under Subsection 53A-1a-1107 (3); and
             335          (b) select or develop a school readiness assessment as required under Subsection
             336      53A-1a-1104 (3)(c);
             337          (4) the appropriation under this section is:


             338          (a) ongoing, subject to availability of funds;
             339          (b) for fiscal years 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21,
             340      and 2021-22 only; and
             341          (c) nonlapsing.
             342          Section 10. Effective date.
             343          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 13, 2014.
             344          (2) Uncodified Section 9, Appropriation, takes effect on July 1, 2014.




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