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House File 28

HOUSE FILE BY HUNTER A BILL FOR 1 An Act relating to the compulsory school attendance age and 2 including effective date provisions. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: TLSB 1243YH (2) 85 kh/nh PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. Section 299.1A, subsection 1, Code 2013, is 1 2 amended to read as follows: 1 3 1. a. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 this 1 4 section and section 299.2, a child who has reached the age of 1 5 six and is under sixteen through seventeen years of age by 1 6 September 15 is of compulsory attendance age. However, if a 1 7 child enrolled in a school district or accredited nonpublic 1 8 school reaches the age of sixteen on or after September 15, the 1 9 child remains of compulsory age until the end of the regular 1 10 school calendar. 1 11 b. A child who will receive competent private instruction 1 12 in accordance with chapter 299A and who reaches the age of 1 13 six by September 15 is of compulsory attendance age. A child 1 14 receiving such private instruction is of compulsory attendance 1 15 age until the age of sixteen if the child reaches age 1 16 sixteen before September 15. A child receiving such private 1 17 instruction who reaches age sixteen on or after September 15 1 18 remains of compulsory attendance age until the end of the 1 19 school year. 1 20 Sec. 2. Section 299.1A, Code 2013, is amended by adding the 1 21 following new subsection: 1 22 NEW SUBSECTION. 3. a. An individual who reaches the age of 1 23 eighteen on or after September 15 during the school year and 1 24 intends to terminate school enrollment prior to graduation is 1 25 encouraged to file with the board of directors of the school 1 26 district or the accredited nonpublic school of enrollment a 1 27 formal declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment 1 28 and, to the degree possible, participate in an exit interview 1 29 pursuant to paragraph "b" and complete a survey in accordance 1 30 with paragraph "c". The school district or accredited nonpublic 1 31 school shall make every effort to notify the individual's 1 32 parent or guardian of receipt of the individual's declaration 1 33 of intent to terminate school enrollment. 1 34 b. To the degree possible, a guidance counselor or 1 35 other school personnel designated by the school district or 2 1 accredited nonpublic school shall conduct an exit interview 2 2 with the individual to do all of the following: 2 3 (1) Determine the reasons for the individual's decision to 2 4 terminate school enrollment. 2 5 (2) Discuss actions that could be taken to assist the 2 6 individual to stay in school. 2 7 (3) Inform the individual of opportunities to continue the 2 8 individual's education in a different environment, including 2 9 but not limited to adult education and test preparation 2 10 designed to qualify the individual for a high school 2 11 equivalency diploma. 2 12 c. To the degree possible, the individual and the 2 13 individual's parent or guardian are encouraged to complete a 2 14 survey provided by the school district in a format prescribed 2 15 by the department of education to provide data on the 2 16 individual's reasons for terminating enrollment and actions 2 17 taken by the school to keep the individual enrolled. The 2 18 survey shall include an open=ended question asking why the 2 19 individual is dropping out of school. The school district or 2 20 accredited nonpublic school shall submit the data from the 2 21 completed surveys to the department of education annually. 2 22 Sec. 3. Section 299.2, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2013, 2 23 is amended to read as follows: 2 24 Section Sections 299.1 and 299.1A shall not apply to any 2 25 child: 2 26 Sec. 4. SCHOOL DISTRICT COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE SUPPORT 2 27 REVIEW. The board of directors of each school district 2 28 shall, during the school year beginning July 1, 2013, convene 2 29 a working group comprised of educational and community 2 30 stakeholders to review financial and programmatic supports for 2 31 students affected by an increase in the compulsory attendance 2 32 age from sixteen through seventeen. The working group shall 2 33 consider, at a minimum, the necessity of expansion of support 2 34 programs and services for such students, Internet=based at=risk 2 35 academy courses, summer school offerings, credit recovery 3 1 efforts, mentoring and tutoring services, before and after 3 2 school supports, career academies, and at=risk allowable growth 3 3 provisions, and the use of the instructional support levy. 3 4 The working group shall include in the comprehensive school 3 5 improvement plan submitted to the department of education 3 6 in accordance with section 256.7, subsection 21, a plan for 3 7 addressing the needs of students at risk of dropping out, 3 8 including any proposed changes to the local program or funding 3 9 priorities. 3 10 Sec. 5. COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE WORKING GROUP. The 3 11 department of education shall convene a working group 3 12 comprised of the director of the department of education, or 3 13 the director's designee, and other education stakeholders 3 14 appointed by the department to review supports for students 3 15 affected by an increase in the compulsory attendance age from 3 16 sixteen to eighteen years of age. The working group shall 3 17 consider, at a minimum, the necessity of expansion of support 3 18 programs and services for such students, online at=risk academy 3 19 courses, career academies, and current at=risk allowable 3 20 growth provisions, and full funding of the instructional 3 21 support levy. The working group shall submit its findings 3 22 and recommendations, including any proposed changes in policy 3 23 or statute, to the state board of education and the general 3 24 assembly by December 15, 2013. 3 25 Sec. 6. STATE MANDATE FUNDING SPECIFIED. In accordance 3 26 with section 25B.2, subsection 3, the state cost of requiring 3 27 compliance with any state mandate included in this Act shall 3 28 be paid by a school district from state school foundation aid 3 29 received by the school district under section 257.16. This 3 30 specification of the payment of the state cost shall be deemed 3 31 to meet all the state funding=related requirements of section 3 32 25B.2, subsection 3, and no additional state funding shall 3 33 be necessary for the full implementation of this Act by and 3 34 enforcement of this Act against all affected school districts. 3 35 Sec. 7. EFFECTIVE DATE. 4 1 1. Except as provided in subsection 2, this Act takes effect 4 2 July 1, 2014. 4 3 2. The section of this Act providing for a compulsory 4 4 attendance working group takes effect July 1, 2013. 4 5 EXPLANATION 4 6 This bill raises the compulsory school attendance age from 4 7 16 to 17 for students other than those receiving competent 4 8 private instruction. The bill encourages students, other than 4 9 those who received competent private instruction, who reach 4 10 age 18 on or after September 15 and intend to leave school, to 4 11 file with the school district or accredited nonpublic school 4 12 a formal declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment 4 13 and, to the degree possible, participate in an exit interview 4 14 and complete a survey that will provide data annually to the 4 15 department of education regarding the reasons students are 4 16 terminating enrollment. 4 17 The school district or nonpublic school must make every 4 18 effort to notify the individual's parent or guardian of a 4 19 student's intent to terminate enrollment. To the degree 4 20 possible, in conducting the exit interview, school personnel 4 21 must determine the reasons for the individual's decision to 4 22 terminate school enrollment, discuss actions that could be 4 23 taken to assist the individual to stay in school, and inform 4 24 the individual of opportunities to continue the individual's 4 25 education in a different environment, including but not limited 4 26 to adult education and test preparation designed to qualify the 4 27 individual for a high school equivalency diploma. The survey 4 28 must include an open=ended question asking why the student is 4 29 dropping out. 4 30 The bill directs each school district to convene a working 4 31 group during the 2013=2014 school year to review financial and 4 32 programmatic supports for students affected by the increase 4 33 in the compulsory age of attendance. The working group 4 34 must include in the school district's comprehensive school 4 35 improvement plan a plan for addressing the needs of students 5 1 at risk of dropping out. 5 2 The bill also directs the department of education to convene 5 3 a compulsory attendance working group. The working group 5 4 is to review supports for affected students and to consider 5 5 the necessity of expanding support programs and services, 5 6 online at=risk academy courses, career academies, current 5 7 at=risk allowable growth provisions, and full funding of the 5 8 instructional support levy. The working group must submit a 5 9 report to the general assembly and the department of education 5 10 by December 15, 2013. 5 11 The bill includes a technical amendment to exempt children 5 12 who meet conditions existing in Code section 299.2. 5 13 The provision relating to the compulsory attendance working 5 14 group takes effect July 1, 2013, while the remainder of the 5 15 bill takes effect July 1, 2014. 5 16 The bill may include a state mandate as defined in Code 5 17 section 25B.3. The bill requires that the state cost of 5 18 any state mandate included in the bill be paid by a school 5 19 district from state school foundation aid received by the 5 20 school district under Code section 257.16. The specification 5 21 is deemed to constitute state compliance with any state mandate 5 22 funding=related requirements of Code section 25B.2. The 5 23 inclusion of this specification is intended to reinstate the 5 24 requirement of political subdivisions to comply with any state 5 25 mandates included in the bill. LSB 1243YH (2) 85 kh/nh
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