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Senate Study Bill 3019

SENATE/HOUSE FILE BY (PROPOSED DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BILL) A BILL FOR 1 An Act relating to education by providing technical corrections 2 to revise references and to adjust language to reflect 3 current state school finance practices, revising references 4 to an accrediting agency, reestablishing a rulemaking 5 provision relating to the beginning teacher mentoring and 6 induction program, and providing for disposition and sale of 7 certain school district property. 8 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: TLSB 5271XD (10) 85 kh/rj PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. Section 256.7, subsection 21, paragraph b, 1 2 subparagraphs (1), (2), and (3), Code 2014, are amended to read 1 3 as follows: 1 4 (1) Annually, the department shall report state data 1 5 for each indicator in the condition of education report. 1 6 Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection shall specify that 1 7 the approved district=wide assessment of student progress 1 8 administered for purposes of the core academic indicators shall 1 9 be the assessment utilized by school districts statewide in the 1 10 school year beginning July 1, 2011, or a successor assessment 1 11 administered by the same assessment provider. 1 12 (2) Notwithstanding subparagraph (1), for the school year 1 13 beginning July 1, 2016, and each succeeding school year, the 1 14 rules shall provide that all students enrolled in school 1 15 districts in grades three through eleven shall be administered 1 16 an assessment during the last quarter of the school year that 1 17 at a minimum assesses the core academic indicators identified 1 18 in this paragraph "b"; is aligned with the Iowa common core 1 19 standards in both content and rigor; accurately describes 1 20 student achievement and growth for purposes of the school, the 1 21 school district, and state accountability systems; and provides 1 22 valid, reliable, and fair measures of student progress toward 1 23 college or career readiness. 1 24 (3) The director shall establish an assessment task force 1 25 to review and make recommendations for a statewide assessment 1 26 of student progress on the core academic indicators identified 1 27 pursuant to this paragraph "b". The task force shall recommend 1 28 a statewide assessment that is aligned to the Iowa common core 1 29 standards and is, at a minimum, valid, reliable, tested, and 1 30 piloted in Iowa. In addition, in developing recommendations, 1 31 the task force shall consider the costs to school districts and 1 32 the state in providing and administering such an assessment and 1 33 the technical support necessary to implement the assessment. 1 34 The task force shall submit its recommendations in a report 1 35 to the director, the state board, and the general assembly by 2 1 January 1, 2015. The task force shall assist with the final 2 2 development and implementation of the assessment administered 2 3 pursuant to subparagraph (2). The task force members shall 2 4 include but not be limited to teachers, school administrators, 2 5 business leaders, representatives of state agencies, and 2 6 members of the general public. This subparagraph is repealed 2 7 July 1, 2020. 2 8 Sec. 2. Section 256.7, subsection 26, paragraph a, 2 9 subparagraph (1), Code 2014, is amended to read as follows: 2 10 (1) The rules establishing high school graduation 2 11 requirements shall authorize a school district or accredited 2 12 nonpublic school to consider that any student, at any grade 2 13 level, who satisfactorily completes a high school=level unit 2 14 of English or language arts, mathematics, science, or social 2 15 studies instruction has satisfactorily completed a unit of the 2 16 high school graduation requirements for that area as specified 2 17 in this lettered paragraph of instruction, and shall authorize 2 18 the school district or accredited nonpublic school to issue 2 19 high school credit for the unit to the student. 2 20 Sec. 3. Section 257.9, subsection 11, Code 2014, is amended 2 21 to read as follows: 2 22 11. Teacher leadership supplement state cost per pupil. The 2 23 teacher leadership supplement state cost per pupil amount for 2 24 the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, shall be calculated 2 25 by the department of management by dividing the allocation 2 26 amount for the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, in section 2 27 284.13, subsection 1, paragraph "e", subparagraph (5) (4), by 2 28 one=third of the statewide total budget enrollment for the 2 29 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. The teacher leadership 2 30 supplement state cost per pupil for the budget year beginning 2 31 July 1, 2015, and succeeding budget years, shall be the teacher 2 32 leadership supplement state cost per pupil for the base year 2 33 plus a supplemental state aid amount that is equal to the 2 34 teacher leadership supplement categorical state percent of 2 35 growth, pursuant to section 257.8, subsection 2, for the budget 3 1 year, multiplied by the teacher leadership supplement state 3 2 cost per pupil for the base year. 3 3 Sec. 4. Section 257.10, subsection 12, paragraph a, Code 3 4 2014, is amended to read as follows: 3 5 a. The teacher leadership supplement district cost per 3 6 pupil amount for the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, shall 3 7 be calculated by the department of management by dividing the 3 8 allocation amount for the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, 3 9 in section 284.13, subsection 1, paragraph "e", subparagraph 3 10 (5) (4), by one=third of the statewide total budget enrollment 3 11 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. For the budget 3 12 year beginning July 1, 2015, and succeeding budget years, the 3 13 teacher leadership supplement district cost per pupil for each 3 14 school district for a budget year is the teacher leadership 3 15 supplement program district cost per pupil for the base year 3 16 plus the teacher leadership supplement supplemental state aid 3 17 amount for the budget year. 3 18 Sec. 5. Section 257.13, subsection 3, Code 2014, is amended 3 19 to read as follows: 3 20 3. If the board of directors of a school district 3 21 determines that a need exists for additional funds exceeding 3 22 the authorized budget adjustment for on=time funding budget 3 23 adjustment pursuant to this section, a request for a modified 3 24 supplemental amount based upon increased enrollment may be 3 25 submitted to the school budget review committee as provided in 3 26 section 257.31. 3 27 Sec. 6. Section 257.31, subsection 5, unnumbered paragraph 3 28 5, Code 2014, is amended to read as follows: 3 29 If a district has unusual circumstances, creating an unusual 3 30 need for additional funds, including but not limited to the 3 31 circumstances enumerated in paragraphs "a" through "n", the 3 32 committee may grant supplemental aid to the district from any 3 33 funds appropriated to the department of education for the use 3 34 of the school budget review committee for the purposes of 3 35 this subsection. The school budget review committee shall 4 1 review a school district's unexpended fund balance prior to 4 2 any decision regarding unusual finance circumstances. Such 4 3 aid shall be miscellaneous income and shall not be included 4 4 in district cost. In addition to or as an alternative to 4 5 granting supplemental aid the committee may establish a 4 6 modified supplemental amount for the district by increasing its 4 7 supplemental state aid. The school budget review committee 4 8 shall review a school district's unspent balance prior to any 4 9 decision to establish a modified supplemental amount under this 4 10 subsection. 4 11 Sec. 7. Section 257.31, subsection 6, paragraph a, Code 4 12 2014, is amended to read as follows: 4 13 a. The committee shall establish increase a modified 4 14 supplemental amount for a district by increasing its 4 15 supplemental state aid when the district submits evidence that 4 16 it requires additional funding for removal, management, or 4 17 abatement of environmental hazards due to a state or federal 4 18 requirement. Environmental hazards shall include but are not 4 19 limited to the presence of asbestos, radon, or the presence of 4 20 any other hazardous material dangerous to health and safety. 4 21 Sec. 8. Section 257.31, subsection 7, paragraph b, Code 4 22 2014, is amended to read as follows: 4 23 b. Other expenditures, including but not limited to 4 24 expenditures for salaries or recurring costs, are not 4 25 authorized under this subsection. Expenditures authorized 4 26 under this subsection shall not be included in a modified 4 27 supplemental state aid amount or district cost, and the portion 4 28 of the unexpended fund balance which is authorized to be spent 4 29 shall be regarded as if it were miscellaneous income. Any part 4 30 of the amount not actually spent for the authorized purpose 4 31 shall revert to its former status as part of the unexpended 4 32 fund balance. 4 33 Sec. 9. Section 257.31, subsection 14, paragraph b, 4 34 subparagraph (3), Code 2014, is amended to read as follows: 4 35 (3) A school district is only eligible to receive 5 1 supplemental aid payments during the budget year if the school 5 2 district certifies to the school budget review committee that 5 3 for the year following the budget year it will notify the 5 4 school budget review committee to instruct the director of the 5 5 department of management to increase the district's modified 5 6 supplemental state aid amount and will fund the modified 5 7 supplemental state aid amount increase either by using moneys 5 8 from its unexpended fund balance to reduce the district's 5 9 property tax levy or by using cash reserve moneys to equal the 5 10 amount of the deficit that would have been property taxes and 5 11 any part of the state aid portion of the deficit not received 5 12 as supplemental aid under this subsection. The director 5 13 of the department of management shall make the necessary 5 14 adjustments to the school district's budget to provide the 5 15 modified supplemental amount and shall make the supplemental 5 16 aid payments. 5 17 Sec. 10. Section 257.32, subsection 1, paragraph a, Code 5 18 2014, is amended to read as follows: 5 19 a. An area education agency budget review procedure is 5 20 established for the school budget review committee created 5 21 in section 257.30. The school budget review committee, in 5 22 addition to its duties under section 257.31, shall meet and 5 23 hold hearings each year to review unusual circumstances of area 5 24 education agencies, either upon the committee's motion or upon 5 25 the request of an area education agency. The committee may 5 26 grant supplemental aid to the area education agency from funds 5 27 appropriated to the department of education for area education 5 28 agency budget review purposes, or an amount may be added to 5 29 the area education agency special education support services 5 30 modified supplemental state aid amount for districts in an area 5 31 or an additional amount may be added to district cost for media 5 32 services or educational services for all districts in an area 5 33 for the budget year either on a temporary or permanent basis, 5 34 or both. 5 35 Sec. 11. Section 257.41, subsection 1, Code 2014, is amended 6 1 to read as follows: 6 2 1. Budget. The budget of an approved program for returning 6 3 dropouts and dropout prevention for a school district, after 6 4 subtracting funds received from other sources for that purpose, 6 5 shall be funded annually on a basis of one=fourth or more 6 6 from the district cost of the school district and up to 6 7 three=fourths by an increase in modified supplemental state aid 6 8 amount as defined in section 257.8. Annually, the department 6 9 of management shall establish a modified supplemental amount 6 10 for each such school district equal to the difference between 6 11 the approved budget for the program for returning dropouts and 6 12 dropout prevention for that district and the sum of the amount 6 13 funded from the district cost of the school district plus funds 6 14 received from other sources. 6 15 Sec. 12. Section 260C.36, subsection 1, paragraph h, Code 6 16 2014, is amended to read as follows: 6 17 h. Compliance with the faculty accreditation standards of 6 18 the north central association of colleges and schools higher 6 19 learning commission, and compliance with faculty standards 6 20 required under specific programs offered by the community 6 21 college that are accredited by other accrediting agencies. 6 22 Sec. 13. Section 260C.47, subsection 1, unnumbered 6 23 paragraph 1, Code 2014, is amended to read as follows: 6 24 The state board of education shall establish an 6 25 accreditation process for community college programs by July 6 26 1, 1997. The process shall be jointly developed and agreed 6 27 upon by the department of education and the community colleges. 6 28 The state accreditation process shall be integrated with the 6 29 accreditation process of the north central association of 6 30 colleges and schools higher learning commission, including the 6 31 evaluation cycle, the self=study process, and the criteria for 6 32 evaluation, which shall incorporate the standards for community 6 33 colleges developed under section 260C.48; and shall identify 6 34 and make provision for the needs of the state that are not met 6 35 by the association's accreditation process. For the academic 7 1 year commencing July 1, 1998, and in succeeding school years, 7 2 the The department of education shall use a two=component 7 3 process for the continued accreditation of community college 7 4 programs. 7 5 Sec. 14. Section 260C.47, subsection 1, paragraph b, Code 7 6 2014, is amended to read as follows: 7 7 b. The second component consists of the use of an 7 8 accreditation team appointed by the director of the department 7 9 of education, to conduct an evaluation, including an on=site 7 10 visit of each community college, with a comprehensive 7 11 evaluation to occur during the same year as the evaluation by 7 12 the north central association of colleges and schools occurring 7 13 once every ten years, and an interim evaluation midway between 7 14 comprehensive evaluations. The number and composition of the 7 15 accreditation team shall be determined by the director, but the 7 16 team shall include members of the department of education staff 7 17 and community college staff members from community colleges 7 18 other than the community college that conducts the programs 7 19 being evaluated for accreditation. Beginning July 1, 2006, 7 20 the The accreditation team shall monitor the quality faculty 7 21 plan implemented by each community college pursuant to section 7 22 260C.36. 7 23 Sec. 15. Section 260C.48, subsection 4, Code 2014, is 7 24 amended to read as follows: 7 25 4. Commencing July 1, 2006, standards Standards relating to 7 26 quality assurance of faculty and ongoing quality professional 7 27 development shall be the accreditation standards of the north 7 28 central association of colleges and schools higher learning 7 29 commission, and the faculty standards required under specific 7 30 programs offered by the community college that are accredited 7 31 by other accrediting agencies. 7 32 Sec. 16. Section 261.9, subsection 1, paragraphs a, b, and 7 33 c, Code 2014, are amended to read as follows: 7 34 a. Is accredited by the north central association of 7 35 colleges and secondary schools accrediting agency based on 8 1 their requirements higher learning commission. 8 2 b. Is accredited by the north central association of 8 3 colleges and secondary schools accrediting agency based on 8 4 their requirements higher learning commission, is exempt from 8 5 taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue 8 6 Code, and annually provides a matching aggregate amount of 8 7 institutional financial aid equal to at least seventy=five 8 8 percent of the amount received in a fiscal year by the 8 9 institution's students for Iowa tuition grant assistance under 8 10 this chapter. Commencing with the fiscal year beginning 8 11 July 1, 2006, the matching aggregate amount of institutional 8 12 financial aid shall increase by the percentage of increase 8 13 each fiscal year of funds appropriated for Iowa tuition grants 8 14 under section 261.25, subsection 1, to a maximum match of one 8 15 hundred percent. The institution shall file annual reports 8 16 with the commission prior to receipt of tuition grant moneys 8 17 under this chapter. An institution whose income is not exempt 8 18 from taxation under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code 8 19 and whose students were eligible to receive Iowa tuition grant 8 20 money in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2003, shall meet the 8 21 match requirements of this paragraph no later than June 30, 8 22 2005. 8 23 c. Is a specialized college that is accredited by the 8 24 north central association of colleges and secondary schools 8 25 accrediting agency higher learning commission, and which offers 8 26 health professional programs that are affiliated with health 8 27 care systems located in Iowa. 8 28 Sec. 17. Section 261.92, subsection 1, Code 2014, is amended 8 29 to read as follows: 8 30 1. "Accredited higher education institution" means a 8 31 public institution of higher learning located in Iowa which 8 32 is accredited by the north central association of colleges 8 33 and secondary schools accrediting agency based on their 8 34 requirements as of April 1, 1969 higher learning commission, 8 35 or an institution of higher learning located in Iowa which is 9 1 operated privately and not controlled or administered by any 9 2 state agency or any subdivision of the state, and which meets 9 3 the following requirements: 9 4 a. Is accredited by the north central association of 9 5 colleges and secondary schools accrediting agency based on 9 6 their requirements as of April 1, 1969, and, 9 7 b. Promotes promotes equal opportunity and affirmative 9 8 action efforts in the recruitment, appointment, assignment, 9 9 and advancement of personnel at the institution and provides 9 10 information regarding such efforts to the commission upon 9 11 request. 9 12 Sec. 18. Section 284.5, Code 2014, is amended by adding the 9 13 following new subsection: 9 14 NEW SUBSECTION. 8. The state board shall adopt rules to 9 15 administer this section. 9 16 Sec. 19. Section 297.22, subsection 1, paragraph b, Code 9 17 2014, is amended to read as follows: 9 18 b. Proceeds from the sale or disposition of real or other 9 19 property shall be deposited into the fund which was used to 9 20 account for the acquisition of the property. If the district 9 21 is unable to determine which fund was used to account for the 9 22 acquisition of the property or if the fund no longer exists 9 23 in the district, the proceeds from the sale or disposition 9 24 of real property shall be placed in the physical plant and 9 25 equipment levy fund. Proceeds, and the proceeds from the sale 9 26 or disposition of property other than real property shall be 9 27 placed in the general fund. Proceeds from the lease of real or 9 28 other property shall be placed in the general fund. 9 29 Sec. 20. Section 297.22, subsection 3, Code 2014, is amended 9 30 to read as follows: 9 31 3. The provisions in subsections 1 and 2 relating to the 9 32 sale, lease, or disposition of school district property do not 9 33 apply to student=constructed buildings and the property on 9 34 which student=constructed buildings are located. The board of 9 35 directors of a school district may sell, lease, or dispose of 10 1 a student=constructed building and the property on which the 10 2 student=constructed building is located, and may purchase sites 10 3 for the erection of additional student=constructed structures, 10 4 by any procedure which is adopted by the board. The proceeds 10 5 from disposition of a student=constructed structure shall be 10 6 placed in the school district's student construction fund. 10 7 EXPLANATION 10 8 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 10 9 the explanation's substance by the members of the general assembly. 10 10 This bill makes technical corrections to revise internal 10 11 references and adjusts language to reflect current state school 10 12 finance practices, revising references to an accrediting 10 13 agency, reestablishes a rulemaking provision relating to the 10 14 beginning teacher mentoring and induction program, and provides 10 15 for the disposition and sale of certain school district 10 16 property. 10 17 The bill amends Code sections 260C.36, 260C.47, 260C.48, 10 18 261.9, and 261.92 to replace references to the "north central 10 19 association of colleges and (secondary) schools" with 10 20 references to the higher learning commission. The bill states 10 21 that the comprehensive evaluation conducted on a community 10 22 college must occur every 10 years, rather than during the same 10 23 year as the evaluation by the accrediting agency as the current 10 24 requirement provides. The bill also strikes obsolete language 10 25 from these Code sections as necessary. 10 26 The bill modifies a provision relating to core indicators 10 27 of student achievement to differentiate between core academic 10 28 indicators and other core indicators that include but are 10 29 not limited to graduation rate, postsecondary education, 10 30 and successful employment in Iowa. The bill provides that 10 31 assessments of core indicators are to be administered to assess 10 32 core academic indicators. 10 33 The bill provides that school districts and accredited 10 34 nonpublic schools may consider that any student at any grade 10 35 level who satisfactorily completes a high school=level unit of 11 1 instruction has satisfactorily completed a unit of the high 11 2 school graduation requirements for that area of instruction 11 3 and the school district or school may issue high school credit 11 4 for the unit to the student. Currently, any student who 11 5 successfully completes English or language arts, mathematics, 11 6 science, and social studies at the secondary level may receive 11 7 high school credit for such completion. 11 8 The bill corrects internal references and modifies state 11 9 school finance language modified or enacted by 2013 Iowa Acts, 11 10 chapter 121 (HF 215). The internal references to provisions 11 11 establishing the teacher leadership supplement, and the 11 12 language modifications relate to changes to the terms "modified 11 13 allowable growth" and "modified supplemental amount" in school 11 14 district funding terminology. 11 15 The bill also reestablishes a provision, inadvertently 11 16 stricken in the 2013 legislation, requiring the state board of 11 17 education to adopt rules to administer the beginning teacher 11 18 mentoring and induction program. 11 19 The bill establishes that a school district may deposit 11 20 proceeds from the sale or disposition of real or other property 11 21 into the fund which was used to account for the acquisition 11 22 of the property. If the district is unable to determine 11 23 which fund was used or if the fund no longer exists, the 11 24 proceeds shall be placed in the physical plant and equipment 11 25 levy fund. Current law only permits that the proceeds be 11 26 placed in the physical plant and equipment levy fund. The 11 27 same Code provision is amended to specify that a school 11 28 district may purchase sites for the erection of additional 11 29 "student=constructed" structures, and the proceeds from the 11 30 disposition of a student=constructed structure must be placed 11 31 in the school district's student construction fund. LSB 5271XD (10) 85 kh/rj
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