Senate Study Bill 3030 - Introduced SENATE/HOUSE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BILL) A BILL FOR An Act expanding the Iowa learning online initiative to 1 include students receiving independent private instruction, 2 competent private instruction, or private instruction and 3 providing for related fees. 4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 5 TLSB 5186XD (13) 87 kh/rj
S.F. _____ H.F. _____ Section 1. Section 256.42, subsections 1, 5, and 8, Code 1 2018, are amended to read as follows: 2 1. An Iowa learning online initiative is established 3 within the department to partner with school districts and 4 accredited nonpublic schools to provide distance education 5 to high school students statewide. The initiative may also 6 provide distance education to a student receiving independent 7 private instruction as defined in section 299A.1, subsection 8 1, paragraph “b” , competent private instruction under section 9 299A.2, or private instruction by a nonlicensed person under 10 section 299A.3. The department shall utilize a variety of 11 content repositories, including those maintained by the area 12 education agencies and the public broadcasting division, in 13 administering the initiative. 14 5. Under the initiative, students a student must be 15 enrolled in a participating school district or accredited 16 nonpublic school , which or be receiving private instruction 17 under chapter 299A as described in subsection 1. For a student 18 enrolled in a participating school district or accredited 19 nonpublic school, the school district or school is responsible 20 for recording grades received for initiative coursework in a 21 student’s permanent record, awarding high school credit for 22 initiative coursework, and issuing high school diplomas to 23 students a student enrolled in the district or school who 24 participate participates and complete completes coursework 25 under the initiative. Each participating school shall identify 26 a site coordinator to serve as a student advocate and as a 27 liaison between the initiative staff and teachers and the 28 school district or accredited nonpublic school. The individual 29 providing instruction to a student under chapter 299A as 30 described in subsection 1 shall receive the student’s score for 31 completed initiative coursework. 32 8. The department shall establish fees payable by school 33 districts , and accredited nonpublic schools participating 34 in , and individuals providing instruction to students under 35 -1- LSB 5186XD (13) 87 kh/rj 1/ 2
S.F. _____ H.F. _____ chapter 299A as described in subsection 1, for coursework 1 offered under the initiative. Fees collected pursuant to 2 this subsection are appropriated to the department to be 3 used only for the purpose of administering this section and 4 shall be established so as not to exceed the budgeted cost of 5 administering this section to the extent not covered by the 6 moneys appropriated in subsection 9 . Providing professional 7 development necessary to prepare teachers to participate in the 8 initiative shall be considered a cost of administering this 9 section . Notwithstanding section 8.33 , fees collected by the 10 department that remain unencumbered or unobligated at the close 11 of the fiscal year shall not revert but shall remain available 12 for expenditure for the purpose of expanding coursework offered 13 under the initiative in subsequent fiscal years. 14 Sec. 2. Section 256.42, subsection 9, Code 2018, is amended 15 by striking the subsection. 16 EXPLANATION 17 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 18 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 19 This bill expands the Iowa learning online initiative to 20 allow a student receiving independent private instruction, 21 competent private instruction by a licensed practitioner, or 22 private instruction by a nonlicensed person to participate 23 and complete coursework under the initiative if the parent, 24 guardian, or legal custodian providing such instruction pays 25 to the initiative the fee established by the department of 26 education for such coursework. 27 Under the bill, the individuals providing the instruction 28 will receive the student’s scores for completed coursework. 29 Currently, only school districts and accredited nonpublic 30 schools may partner with the initiative to provide distance 31 education to high school students. 32 Obsolete provisions relating to the appropriation of moneys 33 in prior fiscal years are stricken. 34 -2- LSB 5186XD (13) 87 kh/rj 2/ 2