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Title High School Innovative Learning Pilot
Status Governor Signed (05/10/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors S. Bird (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 03/25/2019
Description

The bill creates the high school innovative learning pilot program
(pilot program) to support school districts, boards of cooperative services,
and charter schools (local education providers) in providing innovative
learning opportunities to students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 (high
school students). Each local education provider that is selected to

participate in the pilot program is allowed, for purposes of school finance,
to count all high school students as full-time pupils regardless of whether
they meet the required number of teacher-pupil instruction and contact
hours for full-time enrollment.
A local education provider may apply to participate in the pilot
program by submitting an application that, among other things, describes
the local education provider's innovative learning plan (plan). The bill
specifies other requirements for the application and requirements for the
plan. The department of education (department) implements the pilot
program by reviewing the applications and recommending to the state
board of education (state board) the applicants that should participate in
the pilot program, and the state board selects the participants. The
recommendations and selections must be based on criteria specified in the
bill. The bill limits the number of pilot program participants in the first
year but states the intent of the general assembly to increase participation
to 100% by the 2025-26 budget year.
The bill creates a grant program to award grants to local education
providers that do not enroll any part-time high school students. A grant
recipient must use the grant money to create and implement a plan and
may request assistance from the contracting entity in creating the plan. A
grant may be renewed for a total of 3 budget years.
The bill directs the department to contract with a statewide
nonprofit entity to assist the department and local education providers in
applying to participate in the pilot program, participating in the pilot
program and the grant program, evaluating the pilot program and grant
program, and preparing a report concerning implementation of the pilot
program and grant program. The bill specifies information that each
participating local education provider must submit to the department
concerning its participation in the pilot program or grant program and
requires the department to prepare an annual report summarizing the
information and evaluating the success of the pilot program and grant
program in increasing high school student participation in innovative
learning opportunities.
The pilot program and the grant program are repealed July 1, 2025.

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