First Substitute S.B. 103

Senator Aaron Osmond proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

House Sponsor: Jim Bird

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill allows a local school board or charter school governing board to reduce the
             10      number of instructional hours or days within the school term for certain purposes.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    allows a local school board or charter school governing board to reallocate
             14      instructional hours or schools days to teacher preparation time or teacher
             15      professional development; and
             16          .    provides that the reallocated hours or days are considered part of the school term
             17      that is required for the Minimum School Program.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24           53A-17a-103 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 371

             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 53A-17a-103 is amended to read:
             28           53A-17a-103. Definitions.
             29          As used in this chapter:
             30          (1) "Basic state-supported school program" or "basic program" means public education
             31      programs for kindergarten, elementary, and secondary school students that are operated and
             32      maintained for the amount derived by multiplying the number of weighted pupil units for each
             33      school district or charter school by the value established each year in statute, except as
             34      otherwise provided in this chapter.
             35          (2) (a) "Certified revenue levy" means a property tax levy that provides an amount of
             36      ad valorem property tax revenue equal to the sum of:
             37          (i) the amount of ad valorem property tax revenue to be generated statewide in the
             38      previous year from imposing a minimum basic tax rate, as specified in Subsection
             39      53A-17a-135 (1)(a); and
             40          (ii) the product of:
             41          (A) new growth, as defined in:
             42          (I) Section 59-2-924 ; and
             43          (II) rules of the State Tax Commission; and
             44          (B) the minimum basic tax rate certified by the State Tax Commission for the previous
             45      year.
             46          (b) For purposes of this Subsection (2), "ad valorem property tax revenue" does not
             47      include property tax revenue received statewide from personal property that is:
             48          (i) assessed by a county assessor in accordance with Title 59, Chapter 2, Part 3, County
             49      Assessment; and
             50          (ii) semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
             51          (c) For purposes of calculating the certified revenue levy described in this Subsection
             52      (2), the State Tax Commission shall use:
             53          (i) the taxable value of real property assessed by a county assessor contained on the
             54      assessment roll;
             55          (ii) the taxable value of real and personal property assessed by the State Tax
             56      Commission; and

             57          (iii) the taxable year end value of personal property assessed by a county assessor
             58      contained on the prior year's assessment roll.
             59          (3) "Pupil in average daily membership (ADM)" means a full-day equivalent pupil.
             60          (4) (a) "State-supported minimum school program" or "Minimum School Program"
             61      means public school programs for kindergarten, elementary, and secondary schools as
             62      described in this Subsection (4).
             63          (b) The minimum school program established in school districts and charter schools
             64      shall include the equivalent of a school term of nine months as determined by the State Board
             65      of Education.
             66          (c) (i) The board shall establish the number of days or equivalent instructional hours
             67      that school is held for an academic school year.
             68          (ii) Education, enhanced by utilization of technologically enriched delivery systems,
             69      when approved by local school boards or charter school governing boards, shall receive full
             70      support by the State Board of Education as it pertains to fulfilling the attendance requirements,
             71      excluding time spent viewing commercial advertising.
             72          (d) (i) A local school board or charter school governing board may reallocate up to 60
             73      instructional hours or 8 school days established under Subsection (4)(c) for teacher preparation
             74      time or teacher professional development.
             75          (ii) A reallocation of instructional hours or school days under Subsection (4)(d)(i) is
             76      subject to the approval of 2/3 of the members of a local school board or charter school
             77      governing board voting in meeting:
             78          (A) at which a quorum of the local school board or charter school governing board is
             79      present; and
             80          (B) held in compliance with Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             81          (iii) If a local school board or charter school governing board reallocates instructional
             82      hours or school days as provided by this Subsection (4)(d), the school district or charter school
             83      shall notify students' parents and guardians of the school calendar at least 90 days before the
             84      beginning of the school year.
             85          (iv) Instructional hours or school days reallocated for teacher preparation time or
             86      teacher professional development pursuant to this Subsection (4)(d) is considered part of a
             87      school term referred to in Subsection (4)(b).

             88          [(d)] (e) The Minimum School Program includes a program or allocation funded by a
             89      line item appropriation or other appropriation designated as follows:
             90          (i) Basic School Program;
             91          (ii) Related to Basic Programs;
             92          (iii) Voted and Board Levy Programs; or
             93          (iv) Minimum School Program.
             94          (5) "Weighted pupil unit or units or WPU or WPUs" means the unit of measure of
             95      factors that is computed in accordance with this chapter for the purpose of determining the
             96      costs of a program on a uniform basis for each district.

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