1.1.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 163, the first engrossment, as follows:
1.2Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:


1.5    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.52, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
1.6    Subdivision 1. Contracts. A contract for work or labor, or for the purchase of furniture,
1.7fixtures, or other property, except books registered under the copyright laws and information
1.8systems software, or for the construction or repair of school houses, the estimated cost or
1.9value of which shall exceed that specified in section 471.345, subdivision 3, must not be
1.10made by the school board without first advertising for bids or proposals by two weeks'
1.11published notice in the official newspaper. This notice must state the time and place of
1.12receiving bids and contain a brief description of the subject matter.
1.13    Additional publication in the official newspaper or elsewhere may be made as the board
1.14shall deem necessary.
1.15    After taking into consideration conformity with the specifications, terms of delivery,
1.16and other conditions imposed in the call for bids, every such contract for which a call for
1.17bids has been issued must be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, be duly executed
1.18in writing, and be otherwise conditioned as required by law. The person to whom the contract
1.19is awarded shall give a sufficient bond to the board for its faithful performance.
1.20Notwithstanding section 574.26 or any other law to the contrary, on a contract limited to
1.21the purchase of a finished tangible product, a board may require, at its discretion, a
1.22performance bond of a contractor in the amount the board considers necessary. A record
1.23must be kept of all bids, with names of bidders and amount of bids, and with the successful
1.24bid indicated thereon. A bid containing an alteration or erasure of any price contained in
2.1the bid which is used in determining the lowest responsible bid must be rejected unless the
2.2alteration or erasure is corrected as provided in this section. An alteration or erasure may
2.3be crossed out and the correction thereof printed in ink or typewritten adjacent thereto and
2.4initialed in ink by the person signing the bid. In the case of identical low bids from two or
2.5more bidders, the board may, at its discretion, utilize negotiated procurement methods with
2.6the tied low bidders for that particular transaction, so long as the price paid does not exceed
2.7the low tied bid price. In the case where only a single bid is received, the board may, at its
2.8discretion, negotiate a mutually agreeable contract with the bidder so long as the price paid
2.9does not exceed the original bid. If no satisfactory bid is received, the board may readvertise.
2.10Standard requirement price contracts established for supplies or services to be purchased
2.11by the district must be established by competitive bids. Such standard requirement price
2.12contracts may contain escalation clauses and may provide for a negotiated price increase
2.13or decrease based upon a demonstrable industrywide or regional increase or decrease in the
2.14vendor's costs. Either party to the contract may request that the other party demonstrate
2.15such increase or decrease. The term of such contracts must not exceed two years with an
2.16option on the part of the district to renew for an additional two years, except as provided in
2.17subdivision 3 or 7. Contracts for the purchase of perishable food items, except milk for
2.18school lunches and vocational training programs, in any amount may be made by direct
2.19negotiation by obtaining two or more written quotations for the purchase or sale, when
2.20possible, without advertising for bids or otherwise complying with the requirements of this
2.21section or section 471.345, subdivision 3. All quotations obtained shall be kept on file for
2.22a period of at least one year after receipt.
2.23    Every contract made without compliance with the provisions of this section shall be
2.24void. Except in the case of the destruction of buildings or injury thereto, where the public
2.25interest would suffer by delay, contracts for repairs may be made without advertising for
2.27EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

2.28    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.52, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
2.29    Subd. 3. Transportation; fuel. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1 or
2.30section 471.345, a contract for the transportation of school children, or a contract for the
2.31purchase of petroleum heating fuel or fuel for vehicles may be made by direct negotiation,
2.32by obtaining two or more written quotations for the service when possible, or upon sealed
2.33bids. At least 30 days before awarding a directly negotiated contract, the district must, by
2.34published notice, request quotations for the service to be provided. All quotations obtained
3.1must be kept on file for a period of at least one year after receipt. If a contract is made by
3.2direct negotiation, all quotations must be public information. If a contract is made upon
3.3sealed bids, the procedure for advertising and awarding bids shall conform to the provisions
3.4of subdivision 1 except as otherwise provided in this subdivision. The term of such contracts
3.5must not exceed ten years.
3.6Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1 or section 574.26, a performance bond
3.7must be required of a contractor on a contract for the transportation of school children only
3.8when deemed necessary by and at the discretion of the board. Such a performance bond
3.9must be in the amount determined by the board.
3.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

3.11    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 126C.17, subdivision 9, is amended to read:
3.12    Subd. 9. Referendum revenue. (a) The revenue authorized by section 126C.10,
3.13subdivision 1
, may be increased in the amount approved by the voters of the district at a
3.14referendum called for the purpose. The referendum may be called by the board. The
3.15referendum must be conducted one or two calendar years before the increased levy authority,
3.16if approved, first becomes payable. Only one election to approve an increase may be held
3.17in a calendar year. Unless the referendum is conducted by mail under subdivision 11,
3.18paragraph (a), the referendum must be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in
3.19November. The ballot must state the maximum amount of the increased revenue per adjusted
3.20pupil unit. The ballot may state a schedule, determined by the board, of increased revenue
3.21per adjusted pupil unit that differs from year to year over the number of years for which the
3.22increased revenue is authorized or may state that the amount shall increase annually by the
3.23rate of inflation. For this purpose, the rate of inflation shall be the annual inflationary increase
3.24calculated under subdivision 2, paragraph (b). The ballot may state that existing referendum
3.25levy authority is expiring. In this case, the ballot may also compare the proposed levy
3.26authority to the existing expiring levy authority, and express the proposed increase as the
3.27amount, if any, over the expiring referendum levy authority. The ballot must designate the
3.28specific number of years, not to exceed ten, for which the referendum authorization applies.
3.29The ballot, including a ballot on the question to revoke or reduce the increased revenue
3.30amount under paragraph (c), must abbreviate the term "per adjusted pupil unit" as "per
3.31pupil." The notice required under section 275.60 may be modified to read, in cases of
3.32renewing existing levies at the same amount per pupil as in the previous year:
4.4    The ballot may contain a textual portion with the information required in this subdivision
4.5and a question stating substantially the following:
4.6    "Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by (petition to) the board of ......., School
4.7District No. .., be approved?"
4.8    If approved, an amount equal to the approved revenue per adjusted pupil unit times the
4.9adjusted pupil units for the school year beginning in the year after the levy is certified shall
4.10be authorized for certification for the number of years approved, if applicable, or until
4.11revoked or reduced by the voters of the district at a subsequent referendum.
4.12    (b) The board must deliver by mail at least 15 days but no more than 30 45 days before
4.13the day of the referendum to each taxpayer a notice of the referendum and the proposed
4.14revenue increase. The board need not mail more than one notice to any taxpayer. For the
4.15purpose of giving mailed notice under this subdivision, owners must be those shown to be
4.16owners on the records of the county auditor or, in any county where tax statements are
4.17mailed by the county treasurer, on the records of the county treasurer. Every property owner
4.18whose name does not appear on the records of the county auditor or the county treasurer is
4.19deemed to have waived this mailed notice unless the owner has requested in writing that
4.20the county auditor or county treasurer, as the case may be, include the name on the records
4.21for this purpose. The notice must project the anticipated amount of tax increase in annual
4.22dollars for typical residential homesteads, agricultural homesteads, apartments, and
4.23commercial-industrial property within the school district.
4.24    The notice for a referendum may state that an existing referendum levy is expiring and
4.25project the anticipated amount of increase over the existing referendum levy in the first
4.26year, if any, in annual dollars for typical residential homesteads, agricultural homesteads,
4.27apartments, and commercial-industrial property within the district.
4.28    The notice must include the following statement: "Passage of this referendum will result
4.29in an increase in your property taxes." However, in cases of renewing existing levies, the
4.30notice may include the following statement: "Passage of this referendum extends an existing
4.31operating referendum at the same amount per pupil as in the previous year."
4.32    (c) A referendum on the question of revoking or reducing the increased revenue amount
4.33authorized pursuant to paragraph (a) may be called by the board. A referendum to revoke
4.34or reduce the revenue amount must state the amount per adjusted pupil unit by which the
5.1authority is to be reduced. Revenue authority approved by the voters of the district pursuant
5.2to paragraph (a) must be available to the school district at least once before it is subject to
5.3a referendum on its revocation or reduction for subsequent years. Only one revocation or
5.4reduction referendum may be held to revoke or reduce referendum revenue for any specific
5.5year and for years thereafter.
5.6    (d) The approval of 50 percent plus one of those voting on the question is required to
5.7pass a referendum authorized by this subdivision.
5.8    (e) At least 15 days before the day of the referendum, the district must submit a copy of
5.9the notice required under paragraph (b) to the commissioner and to the county auditor of
5.10each county in which the district is located. Within 15 days after the results of the referendum
5.11have been certified by the board, or in the case of a recount, the certification of the results
5.12of the recount by the canvassing board, the district must notify the commissioner of the
5.13results of the referendum.
5.14EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2020, and applies to referendum
5.15notices mailed on or after that date.


5.18    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 120B.12, subdivision 2, is amended
5.19to read:
5.20    Subd. 2. Identification; report. (a) Each school district must identify before the end of
5.21kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 all students who are not reading at grade level. Students
5.22identified as not reading at grade level by the end of kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 must
5.23be screened, in a locally determined manner, for characteristics of dyslexia.
5.24    (b) Students in grade 3 or higher who demonstrate a reading difficulty to a classroom
5.25teacher must be screened, in a locally determined manner, for characteristics of dyslexia,
5.26unless a different reason for the reading difficulty has been identified.
5.27    (c) Reading assessments in English, and in the predominant languages of district students
5.28where practicable, must identify and evaluate students' areas of academic need related to
5.29literacy. The district also must monitor the progress and provide reading instruction
5.30appropriate to the specific needs of English learners. The district must use a locally adopted,
5.31developmentally appropriate, and culturally responsive assessment and annually report
5.32summary assessment results to the commissioner by July 1.
6.1    (d) The district also must annually report to the commissioner by July 1 a summary of
6.2the district's efforts to screen and identify students with:
6.3    (1) who demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia, using screening tools such as those
6.4recommended by the department's dyslexia specialist; or
6.5    (2) convergence insufficiency disorder. With respect to students screened or identified
6.6under paragraph (a), the report must include:
6.7    (1) a summary of the district's efforts to screen for dyslexia;
6.8    (2) the number of students screened for that reporting year; and
6.9    (3) the number of students demonstrating characteristics of dyslexia for that year.
6.10(e) A student identified under this subdivision must be provided with alternate instruction
6.11under section 125A.56, subdivision 1.
6.12EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for the 2020-2021 school year and later.

6.13    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.181, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
6.14    Subd. 3. Term of license and renewal. (a) The Professional Educator Licensing and
6.15Standards Board must issue an initial Tier 1 license for a term of one year. A Tier 1 license
6.16may be renewed subject to paragraphs (b) and (c). The board may submit written comments
6.17to the district or charter school that requested the renewal regarding the candidate.
6.18(b) The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must renew a Tier 1
6.19license if:
6.20(1) the district or charter school requesting the renewal demonstrates that it has posted
6.21the teacher position but was unable to hire an acceptable teacher with a Tier 2, 3, or 4 license
6.22for the position;
6.23(2) the teacher holding the Tier 1 license took a content examination in accordance with
6.24section 122A.185 and submitted the examination results to the teacher's employing district
6.25or charter school within one year of the board approving the request for the initial Tier 1
6.26license; and
6.27(3) the teacher holding the Tier 1 license participated in cultural competency training
6.28consistent with section 120B.30, subdivision 1, paragraph (q), within one year of the board
6.29approving the request for the initial Tier 1 license.; and
6.30(4) the teacher holding the Tier 1 license met the mental illness training renewal
6.31requirement under section 122A.187, subdivision 6.
7.1The requirement in clause (2) does not apply to a teacher that teaches a class in a career and
7.2technical education or career pathways course of study.
7.3(c) A Tier 1 license must not be renewed more than three times, unless the requesting
7.4district or charter school can show good cause for additional renewals. A Tier 1 license
7.5issued to teach (1) a class or course in a career and technical education or career pathway
7.6course of study or (2) in a shortage area, as defined in section 122A.06, subdivision 6, may
7.7be renewed without limitation.
7.8EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for licenses issued on or after July 1,

7.10    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.182, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
7.11    Subd. 3. Term of license and renewal. The Professional Educator Licensing and
7.12Standards Board must issue an initial Tier 2 license for a term of two years. A Tier 2 license
7.13may be renewed three times. Before a Tier 2 license is renewed for the first time, a teacher
7.14holding a Tier 2 license must participate in cultural competency training consistent with
7.15section 120B.30, subdivision 1, paragraph (q), and mental illness training under section
7.16122A.187, subdivision 6. The board must issue rules setting forth the conditions for additional
7.17renewals after the initial license has been renewed three times.
7.18EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for licenses issued on or after July 1,

7.20    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.187, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
7.21    Subd. 6. Mental illness. The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must
7.22adopt rules that require all licensed teachers renewing a Tier 3 or Tier 4 teaching license
7.23under sections 122A.183 and 122A.181 to 122A.184, respectively, to include in the renewal
7.24requirements at least one hour of suicide prevention best practices training in each licensure
7.25renewal period based on nationally recognized evidence-based programs and practices,
7.26among the continuing education credits required to renew a license under this subdivision,
7.27and further preparation, first, in. Initial training must include understanding the key warning
7.28signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents, and then, during subsequent
7.29licensure renewal periods, preparation may training must include providing a more in-depth
7.30understanding of students' mental illness trauma, accommodations for students' mental
7.31illness, parents' roles in addressing students' mental illness, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,
7.32autism, the requirements of section 125A.0942 governing restrictive procedures, and
7.33de-escalation methods, among other similar topics.
8.1EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.


8.4    Section 1. [120B.238] VAPING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION.
8.5    Subdivision 1. Title. This section may be referred to as the "Vaping Awareness and
8.6Prevention Act."
8.7    Subd. 2. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the words defined in this
8.8subdivision have the meanings given them.
8.9(b) "Electronic delivery device" has the meaning given in section 609.685, subdivision
8.11(c) "Heated tobacco product" means a tobacco product that produces aerosols containing
8.12nicotine and other chemicals which are inhaled by users through the mouth.
8.13(d) "Public school" means a school district or a charter school.
8.14(e) "Vaping" means using an activated electronic delivery device or heated tobacco
8.16    Subd. 3. School instruction requirements. (a) A public school must provide vaping
8.17prevention instruction at least once to students in grades 6 through 8. A public school may
8.18use instructional materials based on the Department of Health's e-cigarette toolkit or may
8.19use other smoking prevention instructional materials with a focus on vaping and the use of
8.20electronic delivery devices and heated tobacco products. The instruction may be provided
8.21as a part of a public school's locally developed health standards.
8.22(b) A public school is strongly encouraged to provide evidence-based vaping prevention
8.23instruction to students in grades 9 through 12.
8.24(c) A public school is encouraged to use a peer-to-peer education program to provide
8.25vaping prevention instruction.
8.26    Subd. 4. Student survey. The commissioner of education must include questions
8.27regarding tobacco use and vaping in the Minnesota student survey.
8.28EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective for the 2021-2022 school year and later.

8.29    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 121A.22, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
8.30    Subdivision 1. Applicability. (a) This section applies only:
9.1(1) when the parent of a pupil requests school personnel to administer drugs or medicine
9.2to the pupil; or
9.3(2) when administration is allowed by the individualized education program of a child
9.4with a disability.
9.5The request of a parent may be oral or in writing. An oral request must be reduced to
9.6writing within two school days, provided that the district may rely on an oral request until
9.7a written request is received.
9.8(b) If the administration of a drug or medication described in paragraph (a) requires a
9.9school to store the drug or medication, the parent or legal guardian must inform the school
9.10if the drug or medication is a controlled substance. For a drug or medication that is not a
9.11controlled substance, the request must include a provision designating the school district
9.12as an authorized entity to transport the drug or medication for the purpose of destruction if
9.13any unused drug or medication remains in the possession of school personnel. For a drug
9.14or medication that is a controlled substance, the request must specify that the parent or legal
9.15guardian is required to retrieve the drug or controlled substance when requested by the

9.17    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 121A.22, is amended by adding a subdivision to
9.19    Subd. 4a. Unclaimed drugs or medications. (a) Each school district must adopt a
9.20procedure for the collection and transport of any unclaimed or abandoned prescription drugs
9.21or medications remaining in the possession of school personnel in accordance with this
9.22subdivision. The procedure must ensure that before the transportation of any prescription
9.23drug or medication under this subdivision, the school district shall make a reasonable attempt
9.24to return the unused prescription drug or medication to the student's parent or legal guardian.
9.25The procedure must provide that transportation of unclaimed or unused prescription drugs
9.26or medications occur at least annually, or more frequently as determined by the school
9.28(b) If the unclaimed or abandoned prescription drug is not a controlled substance as
9.29defined under section 152.01, subdivision 4, or is an over-the-counter medication, the school
9.30district may designate an individual who shall be responsible for transporting the drug or
9.31medication to a designated drop-off box or collection site or may request that a law
9.32enforcement agency transport the drug or medication to a drop-off box or collection site on
9.33behalf of the school district.
10.1(c) If the unclaimed or abandoned prescription drug is a controlled substance as defined
10.2in section 152.01, subdivision 4, a school district or school personnel is prohibited from
10.3transporting the prescription drug to a drop-off box or collection site for prescription drugs
10.4identified under this paragraph. The school district must request that a law enforcement
10.5agency transport the prescription drug or medication to a collection bin that complies with
10.6Drug Enforcement Agency regulations, or if a site is not available, under the agency's
10.7procedure for transporting drugs.


10.10    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 125A.08, is amended to read:
10.12(a) At the beginning of each school year, each school district shall have in effect, for
10.13each child with a disability, an individualized education program.
10.14(b) As defined in this section, every district must ensure the following:
10.15(1) all students with disabilities are provided the special instruction and services which
10.16are appropriate to their needs. Where the individualized education program team has
10.17determined appropriate goals and objectives based on the student's needs, including the
10.18extent to which the student can be included in the least restrictive environment, and where
10.19there are essentially equivalent and effective instruction, related services, or assistive
10.20technology devices available to meet the student's needs, cost to the district may be among
10.21the factors considered by the team in choosing how to provide the appropriate services,
10.22instruction, or devices that are to be made part of the student's individualized education
10.23program. The individualized education program team shall consider and may authorize
10.24services covered by medical assistance according to section 256B.0625, subdivision 26.
10.25Before a school district evaluation team makes a determination of other health disability
10.26under Minnesota Rules, part 3525.1335, subparts 1 and 2, item A, subitem (1), the evaluation
10.27team must seek written documentation of the student's medically diagnosed chronic or acute
10.28health condition signed by a licensed physician or a licensed health care provider acting
10.29within the scope of the provider's practice. The student's needs and the special education
10.30instruction and services to be provided must be agreed upon through the development of
10.31an individualized education program. The program must address the student's need to develop
10.32skills to live and work as independently as possible within the community. The individualized
10.33education program team must consider positive behavioral interventions, strategies, and
10.34supports that address behavior needs for children. During grade 9, the program must address
11.1the student's needs for transition from secondary services to postsecondary education and
11.2training, employment, community participation, recreation, and leisure and home living. In
11.3developing the program, districts must inform parents of the full range of transitional goals
11.4and related services that should be considered. The program must include a statement of
11.5the needed transition services, including a statement of the interagency responsibilities or
11.6linkages or both before secondary services are concluded. If the individualized education
11.7program meets the plan components in section 120B.125, the individualized education
11.8program satisfies the requirement and no additional transition plan is needed;
11.9(2) children with a disability under age five and their families are provided special
11.10instruction and services appropriate to the child's level of functioning and needs;
11.11(3) children with a disability and their parents or guardians are guaranteed procedural
11.12safeguards and the right to participate in decisions involving identification, assessment
11.13including assistive technology assessment, and educational placement of children with a
11.15(4) eligibility and needs of children with a disability are determined by an initial
11.16evaluation or reevaluation, which may be completed using existing data under United States
11.17Code, title 20, section 33, et seq.;
11.18(5) to the maximum extent appropriate, children with a disability, including those in
11.19public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not
11.20disabled, and that special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with a
11.21disability from the regular educational environment occurs only when and to the extent that
11.22the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use
11.23of supplementary services cannot be achieved satisfactorily;
11.24(6) in accordance with recognized professional standards, testing and evaluation materials,
11.25and procedures used for the purposes of classification and placement of children with a
11.26disability are selected and administered so as not to be racially or culturally discriminatory;
11.28(7) the rights of the child are protected when the parents or guardians are not known or
11.29not available, or the child is a ward of the state.
11.30(c) For all paraprofessionals employed to work in programs whose role in part is to
11.31provide direct support to students with disabilities, the school board in each district shall
11.32ensure that:
12.1(1) before or beginning at the time of employment, each paraprofessional must develop
12.2sufficient knowledge and skills in emergency procedures, building orientation, roles and
12.3responsibilities, confidentiality, vulnerability, and reportability, among other things, to begin
12.4meeting the needs, especially disability-specific and behavioral needs, of the students with
12.5whom the paraprofessional works;
12.6(2) annual training opportunities are required to enable the paraprofessional to continue
12.7to further develop the knowledge and skills that are specific to the students with whom the
12.8paraprofessional works, including understanding disabilities, the unique and individual
12.9needs of each student according to the student's disability and how the disability affects the
12.10student's education and behavior, following lesson plans, and implementing follow-up
12.11instructional procedures and activities; and
12.12(3) a districtwide process obligates each paraprofessional to work under the ongoing
12.13direction of a licensed teacher and, where appropriate and possible, the supervision of a
12.14school nurse.
12.15(d) A school district may conduct a functional behavior assessment as defined in
12.16Minnesota Rules, part 3525.0210, subpart 22, as a stand-alone evaluation without conducting
12.17a comprehensive evaluation of the student in accordance with prior written notice provisions
12.18in section 125A.091, subdivision 3a. A parent or guardian may request that a school district
12.19conduct a comprehensive evaluation of their student.
12.20EFFECTIVE DATE.This section applies to functional behavior assessments conducted
12.21on or after July, 1, 2020.

12.22    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 125A.50, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
12.23    Subdivision 1. Commissioner approval. The commissioner may approve applications
12.24from districts initiating or significantly changing a program to provide prevention services
12.25as an alternative to special education and other compensatory programs. A district with an
12.26approved program may provide instruction and services in a regular education classroom,
12.27or an area learning center, to eligible pupils. Pupils eligible to participate in the program
12.28are pupils who need additional academic or behavioral support to succeed in the general
12.29education environment and who may eventually qualify for special education instruction
12.30or related services under sections 125A.03 to 125A.24 and 125A.65 if the intervention
12.31services authorized by this section were unavailable. A pupil with a disability as defined
12.32under sections 125A.03 to 125A.24 and 125A.65, whose individualized education program
12.33team has determined that the pupil does not require special education services in the area
12.34of the district's approved program, may participate in the approved program as long as
13.1participation does not result in an increase in costs for the program or displace a pupil who
13.2does not currently have a disability. Pupils may be provided services during extended school
13.3days and throughout the entire year and through the assurance of mastery program under
13.4sections 125A.03 to 125A.24 and 125A.65.
13.5EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2020.


13.8    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 120A.20, is amended by adding a subdivision
13.9to read:
13.10    Subd. 4. Verification of age for admission to public school. Public schools may request
13.11documentation that verifies a pupil falls within the school's minimum and maximum age
13.12requirements for admission to publicly funded prekindergarten, preschool, kindergarten, or
13.13grades 1 to 12. Documentation may include a passport, a hospital birth record or physician's
13.14certificate, a baptismal or religious certificate, an adoption record, health records,
13.15immunization records, immigration records, previously verified school records, early
13.16childhood screening records, Minnesota Immunization Information Connection records, or
13.17an affidavit from a parent.

13.20    Subdivision 1. Disciplinary dismissals prohibited. A pupil enrolled in a preschool or
13.21prekindergarten program, including a child participating in early childhood family education,
13.22school readiness, school readiness plus, voluntary prekindergarten, Head Start, or other
13.23school-based preschool or prekindergarten program may not be subject to dismissals under
13.24this chapter. Notwithstanding the language in this subdivision, expulsions and exclusions
13.25may be used only after resources as outlined in subdivision 2 have been exhausted, and only
13.26in circumstances where there is an ongoing serious safety threat to the child or others.
13.27    Subd. 2. Nonexclusionary discipline. For purposes of this section, nonexclusionary
13.28discipline must include at least one of the following:
13.29(1) collaborating with the pupil's family or guardian, child mental health consultant or
13.30provider, education specialist, or other community-based support;
13.31(2) creating a plan, written with the parent or guardian, that details the action and support
13.32needed for the pupil to fully participate in a preschool or prekindergarten program; or
14.1(3) providing a referral for needed support services, including parenting education, home
14.2visits, other supportive education interventions, or, where appropriate, an evaluation to
14.3determine if the pupil is eligible for special education services or section 504 services.

14.4    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124D.165, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
14.5    Subd. 3. Administration. (a) The commissioner shall establish application timelines
14.6and determine the schedule for awarding scholarships that meets operational needs of eligible
14.7families and programs. The commissioner must give highest priority to applications from
14.8children who:
14.9(1) have a parent under age 21 who is pursuing a high school diploma or a course of
14.10study for a high school equivalency test;
14.11(2) are in foster care or otherwise in need of protection or services; or
14.12(3) have experienced homelessness in the last 24 months, as defined under the federal
14.13McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, United States Code, title 42, section 11434a.
14.14The commissioner may prioritize applications on additional factors including family
14.15income, geographic location, and whether the child's family is on a waiting list for a publicly
14.16funded program providing early education or child care services.
14.17(b) The commissioner shall establish a target for the average scholarship amount per
14.18child based on the results of the rate survey conducted under section 119B.02.
14.19(c) A four-star rated program that has children eligible for a scholarship enrolled in or
14.20on a waiting list for a program beginning in July, August, or September may notify the
14.21commissioner, in the form and manner prescribed by the commissioner, each year of the
14.22program's desire to enhance program services or to serve more children than current funding
14.23provides. The commissioner may designate a predetermined number of scholarship slots
14.24for that program and notify the program of that number. For fiscal year 2018 and later, the
14.25statewide amount of funding directly designated by the commissioner must not exceed the
14.26funding directly designated for fiscal year 2017. Beginning July 1, 2016, a school district
14.27or Head Start program qualifying under this paragraph may use its established registration
14.28process to enroll scholarship recipients and may verify a scholarship recipient's family
14.29income in the same manner as for other program participants.
14.30(d) A scholarship is awarded for a 12-month period. If the scholarship recipient has not
14.31been accepted and subsequently enrolled in a rated program within ten months of the
14.32awarding of the scholarship, the scholarship cancels and the recipient must reapply in order
15.1to be eligible for another scholarship. A child may not be awarded more than one scholarship
15.2in a 12-month period.
15.3(e) A child who receives a scholarship who has not completed development screening
15.4under sections 121A.16 to 121A.19 must complete that screening within 90 days of first
15.5attending an eligible program or within 90 days after the child's third birthday if awarded
15.6a scholarship under the age of three.
15.7(f) For fiscal year 2017 and later, a school district or Head Start program enrolling
15.8scholarship recipients under paragraph (c) may apply to the commissioner, in the form and
15.9manner prescribed by the commissioner, for direct payment of state aid. Upon receipt of
15.10the application, the commissioner must pay each program directly for each approved
15.11scholarship recipient enrolled under paragraph (c) according to the metered payment system
15.12or another schedule established by the commissioner.

15.13    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124D.165, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
15.14    Subd. 4. Early childhood program eligibility. (a) In order to be eligible to accept an
15.15early learning scholarship, a program must:
15.16(1) participate in the quality rating and improvement system under section 124D.142;
15.18(2) beginning July 1, 2020 2024, have a three- or four-star rating in the quality rating
15.19and improvement system.
15.20(b) Any program accepting scholarships must use the revenue to supplement and not
15.21supplant federal funding.
15.22(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), all Minnesota early learning foundation scholarship
15.23program pilot sites are eligible to accept an early learning scholarship under this section.
15.24EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

15.25    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 125A.30, is amended to read:
15.27(a) A group of school districts or special education cooperatives, in cooperation with
15.28the county and tribal health and human service agencies located in the county or counties
15.29in which the districts or cooperatives are located, must establish an Interagency Early
15.30Intervention Committee for children with disabilities under age five and their families under
15.31this section, and for children with disabilities ages three to 22 consistent with the requirements
16.1under sections 125A.023 and 125A.027. Committees must include representatives of local
16.2health, education, and county human service agencies, early childhood family education
16.3programs, Head Start, parents of young children with disabilities under age 12, child care
16.4resource and referral agencies, school readiness programs, current service providers, and
16.5agencies that serve families experiencing homelessness, and may also include representatives
16.6from other private or public agencies and school nurses. The committee must elect a chair
16.7from among its members and must meet at least quarterly.
16.8(b) The committee must develop and implement interagency policies and procedures
16.9concerning the following ongoing duties:
16.10(1) develop public awareness systems designed to inform potential recipient families,
16.11especially parents with premature infants, or infants with other physical risk factors associated
16.12with learning or development complications, of available programs and services;
16.13(2) to reduce families' need for future services, and especially parents with premature
16.14infants, or infants with other physical risk factors associated with learning or development
16.15complications, implement interagency child find systems designed to actively seek out,
16.16identify, and refer infants and young children with, or at risk of, disabilities, including a
16.17child under the age of three who: (i) is the subject of a substantiated case of abuse or neglect
16.18or (ii) is identified as directly affected by illegal substance abuse, or withdrawal symptoms
16.19resulting from prenatal drug exposure;
16.20(3) implement a process for assuring that services involve cooperating agencies at all
16.21steps leading to individualized programs;
16.22(4) identify the current services and funding being provided within the community for
16.23children with disabilities under age five and their families; and
16.24(5) develop a plan for the allocation and expenditure of federal early intervention funds
16.25under United States Code, title 20, section 1471 et seq. (Part C, Public Law 108-446) and
16.26United States Code, title 20, section 631, et seq. (Chapter I, Public Law 89-313).
16.27(c) The local committee shall also participate in needs assessments and program planning
16.28activities conducted by local social service, health and education agencies for young children
16.29with disabilities and their families."
16.30Amend the title accordingly