House File 739 - Enrolled

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  1  1                                             HOUSE FILE 739
  1  2
  1  3                             AN ACT
  1  4 RELATING TO EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING THE CREATION OF
  1  5    AN IOWA LEARNING TECHNOLOGY COMMISSION AND PILOT PROGRAMS,
  1  6    AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A RESEARCH TRIANGLE AND CLEARING=
  1  7    HOUSE, AND PROVIDING FOR CONTINGENT EFFECTIVENESS.
  1  8
  1  9 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
  1 10
  1 11    Section 1.  Section 262.9, Code 2005, is amended by adding
  1 12 the following new subsection:
  1 13    NEW SUBSECTION.  31.  Establish a research triangle,
  1 14 defined by the three institutions of higher learning under the
  1 15 board's control, and clearinghouse for purposes of sharing the
  1 16 projects and results of kindergarten through grade twelve
  1 17 education technology initiatives occurring in Iowa's school
  1 18 districts, area education agencies, community colleges, and
  1 19 other higher education institutions, with the education
  1 20 community within and outside of the state.  Dissemination of
  1 21 and access to information regarding planning, financing,
  1 22 curriculum, professional development, preservice training,
  1 23 project implementation strategies, and results shall be
  1 24 centralized to allow school districts from across the state to
  1 25 gain ideas from each other regarding the integration of
  1 26 technology in the classroom.
  1 27    Sec. 2.  Section 280A.1, Code 2005, is amended by adding
  1 28 the following new unnumbered paragraph:
  1 29    NEW UNNUMBERED PARAGRAPH.  Public and private partners
  1 30 shall participate in the development of the planning,
  1 31 implementation, and outcomes for the initiative.
  1 32    Sec. 3.  NEW SECTION.  280A.2  IOWA LEARNING TECHNOLOGY
  1 33 COMMISSION == MEMBERS.
  1 34    1.  COMMISSION CREATED.  An Iowa learning technology
  1 35 commission is created to administer the Iowa learning
  2  1 technology initiative, including creation of pilot programs
  2  2 pursuant to section 280A.4, to be implemented through local
  2  3 and public=private partnerships, that may include but shall
  2  4 not be limited to, use of one=to=one student learning
  2  5 technology.
  2  6    2.  MEMBERS.  The commission shall initially be appointed
  2  7 no later than July 1, 2005, and shall consist of members
  2  8 appointed as follows:
  2  9    a.  Seven voting members who shall be members of the
  2 10 general public and shall be appointed as follows:
  2 11    (1)  Two members shall be appointed by the president of the
  2 12 senate.
  2 13    (2)  One member shall be appointed by the minority leader
  2 14 of the senate.
  2 15    (3)  Two members shall be appointed by the speaker of the
  2 16 house of representatives.
  2 17    (4)  One member shall be appointed by the minority leader
  2 18 of the house of representatives.
  2 19    (5)  One member who is the chairperson of the state board
  2 20 of education or the chairperson's designee.
  2 21    b.  Ex officio, nonvoting members as follows:
  2 22    (1)  The members of the state board of education technology
  2 23 advisory committee.
  2 24    (2)  One member who is a member of the senate shall be
  2 25 appointed by the president of the senate.
  2 26    (3)  One member who is a member of the senate shall be
  2 27 appointed by the minority leader of the senate.
  2 28    (4)  One member who is a member of the house of
  2 29 representatives shall be appointed by the speaker of the house
  2 30 of representatives.
  2 31    (5)  One member who is a member of the house of
  2 32 representatives shall be appointed by the minority leader of
  2 33 the house of representatives.
  2 34    3.  EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE.  In appointing
  2 35 members to the commission, proper consideration shall be given
  3  1 to persons with experience or special knowledge in one or more
  3  2 of the following areas:  education, including curriculum and
  3  3 content; business; economic development; technology; and
  3  4 finance.
  3  5    4.  BALANCE.  Commission members shall be appointed in
  3  6 compliance with sections 69.16 and 69.16A.  Appointments of
  3  7 public members shall be made to provide broad representation
  3  8 of the various geographical areas of the state insofar as
  3  9 possible.
  3 10    5.  CHAIRPERSONS.  The commission shall elect a chairperson
  3 11 and a vice chairperson annually from among the voting members
  3 12 of the commission.  A member shall not serve as a chairperson
  3 13 or vice chairperson for more than three consecutive years.
  3 14    6.  MEETINGS.  The commission shall meet at least three
  3 15 times each year.
  3 16    7.  QUORUM.  A majority of the voting members constitutes a
  3 17 quorum for the transaction of any official business.
  3 18    8.  TERMS OF MEMBERS.  The members shall be appointed to
  3 19 three=year staggered terms and the terms shall commence and
  3 20 end as provided by section 69.19.  If a vacancy occurs, a
  3 21 successor shall be appointed to serve the unexpired term.  A
  3 22 successor shall be appointed in the same manner and subject to
  3 23 the same qualifications as the original appointment to serve
  3 24 the unexpired term.
  3 25    9.  EXPENSES.  Members of the commission are entitled to
  3 26 receive reimbursement for actual expenses incurred while
  3 27 engaged in the performance of official duties from funds
  3 28 appropriated to the department of education for that purpose,
  3 29 except that legislators' expenses shall be paid from funds
  3 30 appropriated by section 2.12.
  3 31    Sec. 4.  NEW SECTION.  280A.3  COMMISSION DUTIES.
  3 32    The commission shall:
  3 33    1.  Develop and administer the Iowa learning technology
  3 34 pilot programs in accordance with section 280A.4.  The
  3 35 commission shall determine application and selection
  4  1 processes, and the minimum requirements for selection of pilot
  4  2 program participants.
  4  3    2.  Develop an accurate assessment of the current status of
  4  4 technology in Iowa's public school classrooms supported by
  4  5 reliable data.  Data collected and assessed shall include the
  4  6 number of computers and their appropriate corresponding use;
  4  7 the costs for hardware, software, staff development,
  4  8 instructional staff, and technology support staff; sources of
  4  9 funds used for school district technology budgets; and an
  4 10 inventory of technology=based kindergarten through grade
  4 11 twelve curricula.
  4 12    3.  Identify and gather data, in collaboration with the
  4 13 department of education, to determine the current public,
  4 14 private, federal, state, community college, and local revenue
  4 15 sources used for kindergarten through grade twelve educational
  4 16 technology at the school district, area education agency, and
  4 17 state levels.
  4 18    4.  Submit the data assessed determined pursuant to
  4 19 subsections 2 and 3 in a report to the house and senate
  4 20 standing education committees and the joint subcommittee on
  4 21 education appropriations of the general assembly by January
  4 22 15, 2006.
  4 23    Sec. 5.  NEW SECTION.  280A.4  PILOT PROGRAMS.
  4 24    1.  The Iowa learning technology commission created in
  4 25 section 280A.2 shall develop and administer the Iowa learning
  4 26 technology pilot programs to encourage innovation, increase
  4 27 student achievement, and ensure that technology is used on the
  4 28 basis of best practices.  The pilot programs should be
  4 29 designed to obtain valid and reliable evidence of the impact
  4 30 on student engagement and achievement from the use of
  4 31 technology, which may include but not be limited to a "one=
  4 32 to=one" initiative; further demonstrate successful district=
  4 33 to=vendor relationships and possibilities; provide for
  4 34 development of individual education plans for students;
  4 35 identify local district educational and fiscal planning and
  5  1 implementation strategies; and gain a better understanding of
  5  2 the current status of technology in Iowa schools.  The goal
  5  3 for each pilot program is to provide results and additional
  5  4 information necessary for the general assembly to consider
  5  5 implementation of a statewide technology initiative.  The
  5  6 commission shall make the final determination regarding pilot
  5  7 program grant awards, and shall notify the department of
  5  8 education of the amount of the grant amount to be awarded to a
  5  9 school district.  From moneys appropriated to the department
  5 10 of education for purposes of the pilot programs, each pilot
  5 11 program shall consist of state=funded competitive grants to
  5 12 Iowa school districts that are matched locally with public or
  5 13 private, federal, state, or local financing as determined by
  5 14 the applicant school district.  Administrative support and
  5 15 staffing shall be provided by the department of education.
  5 16    2.  Each pilot program shall be consistent with the
  5 17 following guiding principles:
  5 18    a.  FOCUS ON INCREASING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
  5 19 THROUGH QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING.  The focus on student
  5 20 achievement should include identification of the age and
  5 21 developmentally appropriate use of educational technology that
  5 22 will engage the learner and result in improved student
  5 23 achievement opportunities.
  5 24    b.  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.  Quality, ongoing
  5 25 professional development shall be provided, including best
  5 26 practices in the effective use of technology in the classroom.
  5 27    c.  CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT.  Students' technology skills
  5 28 shall be integrated into the curriculum and assessed through
  5 29 the demonstration of learning within content areas.
  5 30    d.  EQUITABLE ACCESS.  Grant awards under the pilot program
  5 31 shall be distributed to school districts that meet the
  5 32 selection requirements established by the commission in a
  5 33 manner that ensures that students throughout the state have
  5 34 equitable access to education opportunities offered via the
  5 35 use of technology and telecommunications.
  6  1    e.  EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY PLANNING.  Due consideration
  6  2 shall be given to future sustainability of learning technology
  6  3 resources by adapting to future educational needs and
  6  4 technology changes and by avoiding obsolescence of learning
  6  5 technology resources.
  6  6    f.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.  Grant moneys should be
  6  7 distributed in such a manner as to foster economic development
  6  8 across all regions of the state and to prepare students for an
  6  9 economy that embraces technology and innovation.
  6 10    g.  ACCOUNTABILITY.  The pilot program shall include
  6 11 methods of measuring progress in the areas of increased
  6 12 student engagement; decreased disciplinary problems; increased
  6 13 use of computers for writing, analysis, and research; movement
  6 14 toward student=centered classrooms; increased parental
  6 15 involvement; and increased standardized test scores.
  6 16    Sec. 6.  NEW SECTION.  280A.5  FUTURE REPEAL.
  6 17    This chapter is repealed effective July 1, 2011.
  6 18    Sec. 7.  CONTINGENT EFFECTIVENESS.  The sections of this
  6 19 Act creating new Code chapter 280A take effect only if the
  6 20 general assembly appropriates funds for the fiscal year
  6 21 beginning July 1, 2005, in an amount sufficient to implement
  6 22 the provisions of Code chapter 280A, if enacted.
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  6 25                                                             
  6 26                               CHRISTOPHER C. RANTS
  6 27                               Speaker of the House
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  6 30                                                             
  6 31                               JOHN P. KIBBIE
  6 32                               President of the Senate
  6 33
  6 34    I hereby certify that this bill originated in the House and
  6 35 is known as House File 739, Eighty=first General Assembly.
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  7  3                                                             
  7  4                               MARGARET THOMSON
  7  5                               Chief Clerk of the House
  7  6 Approved                , 2005
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  7  9                            
  7 10 THOMAS J. VILSACK
  7 11 Governor