Bill Text For HB1968 - Senate Floor Version

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  |BILL NO. 1968                        By: Nollan of the House           |
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  |                                         Stanley of the Senate         |
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 8|       An Act relating to schools; amending 70 O.S. 2011,              |
  |       Section 1210.307, which relates to gifted child                 |
 9|       educational programs; modifying reporting                       |
  |       requirements for program expenditures; and declaring            |
10|       an emergency.                                                   |
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13|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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14|    SECTION 1.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 1210.307, is   |
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15|amended to read as follows:                                            |
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16|    Section 1210.307.  A.  It shall be the duty of each school         |
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17|district to provide gifted child educational programs and to serve     |
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18|those children, as defined in Section 1210.301 of this title, who      |
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19|reside in that school district.  This duty may be satisfied by:        |
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20|    1.  The district directly providing gifted child educational       |
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21|programs for such children;                                            |
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22|    2.  The district joining in a cooperative program with another     |
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23|district or districts to provide gifted child educational programs     |
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24|for such children;                                                     |
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 1|    3.  The district joining in a cooperative program with a private   |
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 2|or public institution within such district; or                         |
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 3|    4.  The district transferring identified gifted and talented       |
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 4|children to other school districts which provide the appropriate       |
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 5|gifted child educational programs, provided, no transfer shall be      |
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 6|made without the consent of the board of education of the receiving    |
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 7|school district.  The district in which the child resides shall        |
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 8|provide transportation for the transferred student and pay an amount   |
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 9|of tuition equal to the proportion of the operating costs of the       |
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10|program to the receiving district.  Transfers authorized by this       |
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11|section shall be made under such rules and regulations as the State    |
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12|Board of Education may prescribe.                                      |
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13|    B.  Each district shall, regardless of the method used for         |
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14|accomplishing the duty set forth in subsection A of this section,      |
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15|notify in writing the parents of each child identified as gifted of    |
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16|the fact that the child has been so identified.  The district shall    |
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17|also provide each such parent a summary of the program to be offered   |
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18|such child.                                                            |
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19|    C.  Beginning with the 1994-95 school year, and each year          |
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20|thereafter, each board of education shall submit a plan for gifted     |
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21|child educational programs as defined in Section 1210.301 of this      |
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22|title to the State Department of Education which shall include:        |
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 1|    1.  A written policy statement which specifies a process for       |
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 2|selection and assessment of children for placement in gifted and       |
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 3|talented programs that is consistent for grades one through twelve;    |
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 4|    2.  A description of curriculum for the gifted child educational   |
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 5|program.  Such description shall demonstrate that the curriculum is    |
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 6|differentiated from the normal curriculum in pace and/or depth and     |
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 7|that it has scope and sequence;                                        |
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 8|    3.  Criteria for evaluation of the gifted child educational        |
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 9|program;                                                               |
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10|    4.  Evidence of participation by the local advisory committee on   |
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11|education for gifted and talented children in planning, child          |
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12|identification process and program evaluation;                         |
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13|    5.  Required competencies and duties of gifted child educational   |
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14|program staff;                                                         |
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15|    6.  Number and percentage of students identified by the district   |
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16|as gifted children pursuant to subparagraph g of paragraph 2 of        |
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17|subsection B of Section 18-201 of this title; and                      |
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18|    7.  A budget for the district gifted child educational programs.   |
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19|    D.  At the conclusion of the 1994-95 school year and each school   |
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20|year thereafter, the The board of education of each school district    |
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21|shall prepare a report which outlines the expenditures made by the     |
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22|district during that year for gifted child educational programs.       |
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23|For districts which receive six percent (6%) or more of their total    |
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24|State Aid money for gifted and talented programs or which received     |
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 1|One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) or more in State Aid for gifted    |
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 2|and talented programs for the preceding year, the report shall         |
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 3|identify expenditures by major object codes and program                |
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 4|classifications pursuant to the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System, as    |
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 5|adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 5-135 of   |
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 6|this title.  All other districts shall identify expenditures by        |
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 7|major object codes.  Copies of the report shall be sent to the State   |
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 8|Department of Education by August 1 of each year.                      |
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 9|    E.  The State Department of Education shall, after each school     |
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10|year, report to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the        |
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11|Speaker of the House of Representatives concerning the number of       |
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12|children identified for the programs, number of children served by     |
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13|the programs, type of programs provided, type of screening             |
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14|procedures utilized, cost analysis of the programs and the estimated   |
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15|number of gifted and talented children unserved by the programs.       |
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16|    SECTION 2.  It being immediately necessary for the preservation    |
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17|of the public peace, health or safety, an emergency is hereby          |
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18|declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and    |
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19|be in full force from and after its passage and approval.              |
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20|COMMITTEE REPORT BY: COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION                            |
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