Bill Text For HB3393 - Enrolled

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  |BILL NO. 3393                        By:     Nelson, Pittman,          |
  |                                         Shumate and Kern of the       |
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  |                                         Anderson and Branan of the    |
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  |       An Act relating to special education; creating the              |
  |       Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with             |
  |       Disabilities Program Act; creating the Lindsey Nicole           |
  |       Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities               |
  |       Program; stating intent; specifying procedures and              |
  |       initial date; establishing eligibility requirements             |
  |       for students; requiring certain notice; establishing            |
  |       eligibility requirements for a private school;                  |
  |       specifying certain compliance requirements for                  |
  |       participants; requiring forfeiture for failure to               |
  |       comply; establishing formula for maximum scholarship            |
  |       amount; providing for calculation of scholarship                |
  |       amount; providing for payments; clarifying                      |
  |       responsibility for certain additional costs;                    |
  |       precluding liability and providing for codification.            |
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  |BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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  |    SECTION 1.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
  |in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 13-101.1 of Title 70, unless       |
  |there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:         |
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  |    This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Lindsey Nicole    |
  |Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program Act".        |
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  |    SECTION 2.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
  |in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 13-101.2 of Title 70, unless       |
  |there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:         |
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  |    A.  There is hereby created the Lindsey Nicole Henry               |
  |Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program.  The Lindsey      |
  |Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program is    |
  |established to provide a scholarship to a private school of choice     |
  |for students with disabilities for whom an individualized education    |
  |program (IEP) in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities     |
  |Education Act (IDEA) has been developed.  Scholarships shall be        |
  |awarded beginning with the 2010-2011 school year.                      |
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  |    B.  The parent or legal guardian of a public school student with   |
  |a disability may exercise their parental option and request to have    |
  |a Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship awarded for the child to enroll     |
  |in and attend a private school in accordance with this section and     |
  |the scholarship shall be awarded if:                                   |
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  |    1.  The student has spent the prior school year in attendance at   |
  |a public school in this state.  For purposes of this section, "prior   |
  |school year in attendance" means that the student was enrolled in      |
  |and reported by a school district for funding purposes during the      |
  |preceding school year; and                                             |
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  |    2.  The parent or legal guardian has obtained acceptance for       |
  |admission of the student to a private school that is eligible for      |
  |the program as provided in subsection D of this section and has        |
  |notified, in writing, the school district of the request for a         |
  |scholarship at least sixty (60) days prior to the date of the first    |
  |scholarship payment.  For purposes of continuity of educational        |
  |choice, the scholarship shall remain in force until the student        |
  |returns to a public school or graduates from high school.  If the      |
  |residence of the student changes, the district of residence shall      |
  |assume responsibility for the scholarship.  At any time, the parent    |
  |or legal guardian of the student may remove the student from the       |
  |private school and place the student in another private school that    |
  |is eligible for the program as provided in subsection D of this        |
  |section.                                                               |
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  |    C.  If the parent or legal guardian requests a Lindsey Nicole      |
  |Henry Scholarship and the student is accepted by the private school    |
  |pending the availability of a space for the student, the parent or     |
  |legal guardian of the student shall notify the school district sixty   |
  |(60) days prior to the first scholarship payment and before entering   |
  |the private school in order to be eligible for the scholarship when    |
  |a space becomes available for the student in the private school.       |
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  |    D.  To be eligible to participate in the Lindsey Nicole Henry      |
  |Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, a private         |
  |school shall notify the State Department of Education of its intent    |
  |to participate.  The notice shall specify the grade levels and         |
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  |services that the private school has available for students with       |
  |disabilities who are participating in the scholarship program.  The    |
  |State Department of Education shall approve a private school as        |
  |eligible to participate in the scholarship program upon                |
  |determination that the private school:                                 |
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  |    1.  Meets the accreditation requirements set by the State Board    |
  |of Education or another accrediting association approved by the        |
  |State Board of Education;                                              |
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  |    2.  Demonstrates fiscal soundness by having been in operation      |
  |for one (1) school year or providing the State Department of           |
  |Education with a statement by a certified public accountant            |
  |confirming that the private school desiring to participate is          |
  |insured and the owner or owners have sufficient capital or credit to   |
  |operate the school for the upcoming year by serving the number of      |
  |students anticipated with expected revenues from tuition and other     |
  |sources that may be reasonably expected.  In lieu of a statement, a    |
  |surety bond or letter of credit for the amount equal to the            |
  |scholarship funds for any quarter may be filed with the Department;    |
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  |    3.  Complies with the antidiscrimination provisions of 42          |
  |U.S.C., Section 2000d;                                                 |
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  |    4.  Meets state and local health and safety laws and codes;        |
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  |    5.  Will be academically accountable to the parent or legal        |
  |guardian for meeting the educational needs of the student;             |
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  |    6.  Employs or contracts with teachers who hold baccalaureate or   |
  |higher degrees, or have at least three (3) years of teaching           |
  |experience in public or private schools, or have special skills,       |
  |knowledge, or expertise that qualifies them to provide instruction     |
  |in subjects taught;                                                    |
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  |    7.  Complies with all state laws relating to general regulation    |
  |of private schools; and                                                |
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  |    8.  Adheres to the tenets of its published disciplinary            |
  |procedures prior to the expulsion of a scholarship student.            |
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  |    E.  1.  Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program participants      |
  |shall comply with the following:                                       |
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  |         a.        the parent or legal guardian shall select the       |
  |              private school from the schools approved for             |
  |              eligibility pursuant to subsection D of this section     |
  |              and apply for the admission of the child,                |
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  |         b.        the parent or legal guardian shall request the      |
  |              scholarship at least sixty (60) days prior to the date   |
  |              of the first scholarship payment,                        |
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  |         c.        any student participating in the scholarship        |
  |              program shall attend throughout the school year,         |
  |              unless excused by the school for illness or other good   |
  |              cause, and shall comply fully with the code of conduct   |
  |              for the school,                                          |
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  |         d.        the parent or legal guardian shall fully comply     |
  |              with the parental involvement requirements of the        |
  |              private school, unless excused by the school for         |
  |              illness or other good cause, and                         |
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  |         e.        upon issuance of a scholarship warrant, the         |
  |              parent or legal guardian to whom the warrant is made     |
  |              shall restrictively endorse the warrant to the private   |
  |              school for deposit into the account of the private       |
  |              school.                                                  |
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  |    2.  A participant who fails to comply with this subsection         |
  |forfeits the scholarship.                                              |
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  |    F.  Provisions governing payment of a Lindsey Nicole Henry         |
  |Scholarship shall be as follows:                                       |
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  |    1.  The maximum scholarship granted for an eligible student with   |
  |disabilities shall be a calculated amount equivalent to the local      |
  |and county revenue for the school district which is chargeable in      |
  |the State Aid formula, state-dedicated revenue, and                    |
  |state-appropriated funds per weighted average daily membership         |
  |generated by that student for the applicable school year.  The         |
  |weighted average daily membership shall be determined using the        |
  |grade and disability weights only.  The maximum scholarship amount     |
  |shall be calculated by the State Board of Education for each year      |
  |the student is participating in the scholarship program;               |
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  |    2.  The amount of the scholarship shall be the amount calculated   |
  |in paragraph 1 of this subsection or the amount of tuition and fees    |
  |for the private school, whichever is less, minus up to five percent    |
  |(5%) of the scholarship amount which may be retained by the school     |
  |district as a fee for administrative services rendered;                |
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  |    3.  The school district shall annually report for child-count      |
  |and funding purposes all students who are attending a private school   |
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  |under the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with          |
  |Disabilities Program to the State Department of Education;             |
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  |    4.  The initial payment shall be made after the school district    |
  |verifies admission acceptance and enrollment.  Quarterly payments      |
  |shall be made upon verification of continued enrollment and            |
  |attendance at the private school.  Payment shall be made by the        |
  |school district with an individual warrant made payable to the         |
  |parent or legal guardian of the student and mailed by the school       |
  |district to the private school that the parent or legal guardian       |
  |chooses.  The parent or legal guardian shall restrictively endorse     |
  |the warrant to the private school for deposit into the account of      |
  |the private school; and                                                |
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  |    5.  A school district shall not be responsible for any             |
  |additional costs associated with special education and related         |
  |services incurred by the private school for the student including      |
  |the cost of teachers, equipment, material, and special costs           |
  |associated with the special education class.                           |
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  |    G.  No liability shall arise on the part of the state or a         |
  |school district based on the award or use of any scholarship           |
  |provided through the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students    |
  |with Disabilities Program.                                             |
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  |    Passed the House of Representatives the 21st day of May, 2010.     |
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  |    Passed the Senate the 26th day of May, 2010.                       |
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