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SB 1660 would change the term of a school year to be based on either 75,600 minutes of instruction or 180 days of instruction, at the discretion of the district or charter to determine. It would also change the average daily attendance calculation used for Foundation School Program payments and allow them to be based on the number of minutes or days of instructions. This bill would also direct the commissioner to adopt rules necessary to implement the provisions of this bill.
SB 1660 additionally authorizes that, for a district that operates a half-day program, average daily attendance for purposes of the foundation school program is one-half of the standard calculation of average daily attendance based on days of instruction. The bill makes a district that operates a half-day prekindergarten program eligible to receive the half-day average daily attendance calculation if the district's prekindergarten program provides at least 32,400 minutes of instruction to students.
This bill also requires an open-enrollment charter school or a charter school operated by a public college or university or a public junior college, to calculate the average daily attendance for the school using an alternative minimum amount of minutes of operation if the school was eligible during the 2014-2015 school year to earn a full average daily attendance calculation.