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Bill Detail: SB21-106

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Title Concerning Successful High School Transitions
Status Sent to the Governor (06/11/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
J. Coleman (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 02/18/2021
Summary

The bill amends the high school innovative learning pilot program
(ILOP) that authorized school districts, district charter schools, and
institute charter schools (local education providers) to count as full-time
students high school students participating in innovative learning
opportunities regardless of whether they meet the number of teacher-pupil
instruction and contact hours for full-time enrollment. The bill allows a

school of a school district to participate in an ILOP with a district or
independently and requires all applicants to demonstrate how their
innovative learning plan disproportionately benefits underserved students.
In selecting applicants to participate in the pilot program, the bill
requires the department of education (department) and the state board of
education (state board) to consider whether the innovative learning plan
includes opportunities for students to participate in registered or
unregistered apprenticeships, internships, and technical training or skills
programs through an industry provider, teacher training opportunities,
concurrent enrollment, and industry certificates.
Further, subject to available appropriations, the state board is
encouraged to select up to 20 applicants and is not limited to choosing
applicants that had part-time students in the prior year and that enroll
fewer than 5,000 students.
The bill creates the fourth year innovation pilot program (pilot
program) in the department of higher education to disburse state funding
to postsecondary education and training programs on behalf of
low-income students who graduate early from a high school participating
in the pilot program prior to enrolling in the fourth year of high school or
prior to enrolling in the second semester of their fourth year in high
school.
The state funding awarded to a student graduating prior to
enrolling in the fourth year of high school is equal to the greater of 75%
of the average state share amount of the statewide average per-pupil
funding for public elementary and secondary schools or $3,500. The state
funding for a student graduating prior to the second semester of their
fourth year in high school is equal to the greater of 45% of the average
state share amount of the statewide average per-pupil funding for public
elementary and secondary schools or $2,000. The state funding is
disbursed to the postsecondary program on behalf of the eligible graduate
and may be used for the eligible graduate's cost of attendance for the
postsecondary program, as determined by the department of higher
education. The local education provider from which the student graduated
early prior to the fourth year of high school receives a portion of the state
savings for school finance obligations due to the early graduation.
An eligible graduate must enroll in a postsecondary program and
use the state funding award before the eligible graduate's twenty-first
birthday, at which time the unused portion of the state funding is
forfeited.
The bill requires the department of higher education to report
annually to certain committees of the general assembly certain
information relating to the pilot program. The bill creates a fund for the
pilot program.
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