Senate File 2 - Introduced




                                 SENATE FILE       
                                 BY  JOHNSON

                                      A BILL FOR

  1 An Act relating to parent empowerment petitions for
  2    implementation of school intervention models by school
  3    districts.
  4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
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  1  1    Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  279.69  Parent empowerment petition
  1  2 ==== school intervention model implementation.
  1  3    1.  a.  A school district attendance center is subject to
  1  4 this section if the attendance center is not identified as
  1  5 a persistently lowest=achieving school by the department of
  1  6 education, but has been subject to corrective action pursuant
  1  7 to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,
  1  8 20 U.S.C. { 6301 et seq., as amended by the federal No Child
  1  9 Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L. No. 107=110, 20 U.S.C. {
  1 10 6316(b)(7), and continues to fail to make adequate yearly
  1 11 progress.
  1 12    b.  If a school district attendance center meets the
  1 13 requirements of paragraph "a" and at least fifty percent of
  1 14 the parents or guardians of students attending the attendance
  1 15 center, or a combination of at least one=half of the parents
  1 16 or guardians of students attending the attendance center and
  1 17 the elementary or middle school who normally matriculate into
  1 18 the middle or high school, as applicable, signs and submits
  1 19 to the board of directors of the school district in which the
  1 20 attendance center is located a petition requesting the board of
  1 21 directors of the school district to implement one or more of
  1 22 the four school intervention models identified by the United
  1 23 States department of education for school improvement grants
  1 24 under 75 Fed. Reg. { 66363, the school district shall implement
  1 25 the school intervention model requested and identified in the
  1 26 petition unless, after a regularly scheduled public hearing
  1 27 conducted by the school board, the school board by resolution
  1 28 states the reason the school board cannot implement the
  1 29 specific requested intervention model and designates in writing
  1 30 which of the other school intervention models it deems has
  1 31 substantial promise of enabling the attendance center to make
  1 32 at least adequate yearly progress, as defined in the federally
  1 33 mandated state plan under the federal Elementary and Secondary
  1 34 Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. { 6301 et seq., as amended
  1 35 by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L. No.
  2  1 107=110, and which the school board resolves to implement in
  2  2 the subsequent school year.  A parent or guardian who signs a
  2  3 petition in accordance with this subsection must be eligible
  2  4 to vote in the school district.
  2  5    2.  The board of directors of the school district shall
  2  6 notify the state board of education and the director of the
  2  7 department of education upon receipt of a petition submitted in
  2  8 accordance with subsection 1 and the school board shall submit
  2  9 its final disposition of the petition and any written findings
  2 10 electronically to the state board and the director as soon as
  2 11 practicable.
  2 12    3.  A school district shall not be required to implement the
  2 13 school intervention model requested by the petition submitted
  2 14 in accordance with subsection 1 if the request is submitted for
  2 15 reasons other than improving academic achievement or student
  2 16 safety.
  2 17    4.  A school district shall notify the parents and guardians
  2 18 of students enrolled in a school district attendance center
  2 19 that meets the requirements of subsection 1, paragraph "a" that
  2 20 the attendance center is eligible for a parent empowerment
  2 21 petition.  The notice shall include information about how
  2 22 parents and guardians may initiate or sign a petition in
  2 23 accordance with subsection 1.
  2 24    5.  a.  The director of the department of education shall
  2 25 recommend rules to the state board of education for the orderly
  2 26 administration of this section.  The director shall annually
  2 27 list on the department's internet site the names of all school
  2 28 district attendance centers that meet the requirements of
  2 29 subsection 1, paragraph "a".
  2 30    b.  The state board of education shall adopt rules as needed
  2 31 for the administration of this section.
  2 32    Sec. 2.  STATE MANDATE FUNDING SPECIFIED.  In accordance
  2 33 with section 25B.2, subsection 3, the state cost of requiring
  2 34 compliance with any state mandate included in this Act shall
  2 35 be paid by a school district from state school foundation aid
  3  1 received by the school district under section 257.16.  This
  3  2 specification of the payment of the state cost shall be deemed
  3  3 to meet all of the state funding=related requirements of
  3  4 section 25B.2, subsection 3, and no additional state funding
  3  5 shall be necessary for the full implementation of this Act
  3  6 by and enforcement of this Act against all affected school
  3  7 districts.
  3  8                           EXPLANATION
  3  9    This bill provides for a parent empowerment petition
  3 10 that under certain conditions requires a school district to
  3 11 implement one or more school intervention models.
  3 12    Under the bill, a school district must implement one or more
  3 13 school intervention models if a school district attendance
  3 14 center in the district is not identified as a persistently
  3 15 lowest=achieving school by the department of education, but
  3 16 has been subject to corrective action pursuant to the federal
  3 17 law, continues to fail to make adequate yearly progress, and
  3 18 at least 50 percent of the parents or guardians of students
  3 19 attending the attendance center, or a combination of at least
  3 20 one=half of the parents or guardians of students attending
  3 21 the attendance center and the elementary or middle school
  3 22 who normally matriculate into the middle or high school, as
  3 23 applicable, signs and submits to the board of directors of the
  3 24 school district in which the attendance center is located a
  3 25 petition requesting that the school board implement one or more
  3 26 of the four school intervention models identified by the U.S.
  3 27 department of education.
  3 28    The four school intervention models include the turnaround
  3 29 model, in which the principal is replaced, no more than
  3 30 half the teachers may be rehired, and new strategies are
  3 31 implemented; the restart model, in which the attendance
  3 32 center is converted to a charter school; school closure,
  3 33 in which the attendance center is closed and its students
  3 34 sent to higher=achieving schools in the district; and the
  3 35 transformation model, in which the principal is replaced and
  4  1 comprehensive curriculum reform and other strategies are
  4  2 implemented.
  4  3    The petition must identify which of the intervention models
  4  4 the school district must implement in the subsequent school
  4  5 year.  However, the school district may implement a model
  4  6 other than the requested model if, after a regularly scheduled
  4  7 public hearing, the school board states in a resolution the
  4  8 reason it cannot implement the requested intervention model and
  4  9 designates in writing which of the other school intervention
  4 10 models it deems has substantial promise of enabling the
  4 11 attendance center to make at least adequate yearly progress.
  4 12    A school district must notify parents and guardians when
  4 13 a school district attendance center is eligible for a parent
  4 14 empowerment petition.  The notice shall include information
  4 15 about how parents and guardians may initiate or sign a
  4 16 petition.
  4 17    The school district is not required to implement the school
  4 18 intervention model requested by petition if the request is
  4 19 submitted for reasons other than improving academic achievement
  4 20 or student safety.
  4 21    The school board shall notify the state board of education
  4 22 and the director of the department of education upon receipt
  4 23 of a petition and must submit its final disposition of the
  4 24 petition and any written findings electronically to the state
  4 25 board and the director.
  4 26    The director of the department of education shall annually
  4 27 list on the department's internet site the names of all school
  4 28 district attendance centers that are eligible for a parent
  4 29 empowerment petition.
  4 30    This bill may include a state mandate as defined in Code
  4 31 section 25B.3.  The bill requires that the state cost of
  4 32 any state mandate included in the bill be paid by a school
  4 33 district from state school foundation aid received by the
  4 34 school district under Code section 257.16.  The specification
  4 35 is deemed to constitute state compliance with any state mandate
  5  1 funding=related requirements of Code section 25B.2.  The
  5  2 inclusion of this specification is intended to reinstate the
  5  3 requirement of political subdivisions to comply with any state
  5  4 mandates included in the bill.
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