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S.F. No. 1364 - Student Support Services Personnel Act
Author: Senator Susan Kent
Prepared By: Bjorn E. Arneson, Senate Analyst (651/296-3812)
Date: March 11, 2015


Section 1. Title. Provides that the act may be cited as the "Student Support Services Personnel Act."

Section 2. Student support services personnel grant program.

Subd. 1. Definitions. Provides a definition of “student support services personnel” and “new position” for the purposes of the act.

Subd. 2. Purpose. Clarifies the purpose of the grant program, including addressing shortages of student support services personnel, decreasing caseloads, and other purposes.

Subd. 3. Grant eligibility and application. Provides that a school district, charter school, intermediate school district, or other cooperative unit is eligible to apply for a six-year grant.  Directs the commissioner to award grants to eligible schools based on criteria that include existing student support services personnel caseloads, school demographics, Title 1 revenue, Minnesota Student Survey data, graduation rates, and postsecondary completion rates.

Subd. 4. Allowed uses. Provides that a grant under this section must be used to hire a new position.  Requires a local, nonfederal match during each year of the grant.

Subd. 5. Report required. Requires a grant recipient to report annually on outcomes attributable to the new positions funded by the grant.

Section 3. Student support services personnel training grants.

Subd. 1. Purpose. Clarifies that the purpose of the training grants is to increase the number of postsecondary graduates qualified to serve as student support services personnel in Minnesota schools.

Subd. 2. Eligible institutions; application. Provides that a Minnesota institution that offers a preparation program that meets the requirements for licensure of student support services personnel is eligible to apply for a six-year grant.

Subd. 3. Allowed uses; match requirements. Provides that the grant may be used to hire staff to meet the purposes of the training grant program.  Requires a local match.  Requires that the grant supplement, not supplant, existing funding.

Subd. 4. Report required. Requires a grant recipient to report annually on outcomes attributable to the staff funded by the grant.

Section 4. Appropriations. Appropriates money for the student services support personnel grants, the training grants, and for department administrative costs attributable to the grant program.


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