Bill Number: S.B. 1519
Mendez #1 Floor Amendment
Reference to: COMMERCE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
1. Establishes the Counselors on Campus program at the Department of Education to support the cost of placing counselors and social workers on school campuses for five fiscal years.
2. Allows school districts, districts schools and charter schools to submit program proposals to participate in the program.
3. Directs the department to administer the program and review program proposals and in collaboration with the State Board of Education, select program participants.
4. Requires the department to annually report on the effectiveness of the program on or before November 1, of each year.
5. Instructs the department to allocate monies in proportion to the total number of applications received for the school safety program and the counselors on campus program.
Second Regular Session S.B. 1519
MENDEZ FLOOR AMENDMENT #1
SENATE AMENDMENTS TO S.B. 1519
(Reference to COMMERCE AND PUBLIC SAFETY Committee amendment)
Page 27, between lines 21 and 22, insert:
"Sec. 9. Title 15, chapter 2, article 2, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-249.12, to read:
15-249.12. Counselors on campus program; program proposals; distribution of monies; annual report; exemption; program termination
A. THE COUNSELORS ON CAMPUS PROGRAM IS ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO SUPPORT THE COST OF PLACING COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES. A SCHOOL DISTRICT, a SCHOOL operated by a school district OR a CHARTER SCHOOL MAY submit a program PROPOSAL on or before April 15 of the current fiscal year to the department TO apply to PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION FOR UP TO the next FIVE FISCAL years. THE PROGRAM PROPOSAL SHALL CONTAIN both:
1. INFORMATION ON THE SCHOOL's OR SCHOOL DISTRICT'S current COUNSELOR‑TO‑STUDENT RATIO.
2. A PLAN that describes HOW A COUNSELOR OR SOCIAL WORKER WOULD SERVE THE SCHOOL OR SCHOOL DISTRICT'S NEEDS.
B. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL ADMINISTER THE counselors on campus PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ASSESS THE NEEDS OF EACH PROGRAM PROPOSAL submitted pursuant to subsection A of this section AND VISIT the applicable SCHOOL SITES IN ORDER TO VERIFY THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM PROPOSALS.
C. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION and the state board of education SHALL REVIEW program proposals SUBMITTED AND SHALL SELECT for program participation school SITES TO RECEIVE FUNDING pursuant to this section BASED ON the SCHOOL's OR SCHOOL DISTRICT'S COUNSELOR‑TO‑STUDENT RATIO AND OVERALL NEED for counselors or social workers. THE DEPARTMENT, SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND APPROVAL by THE STATE BOARD, SHALL DISTRIBUTE MONIES TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SCHOOLS THAT comply WITH PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS if the department and STATE BOARD have approved the school district's or school's program proposal. THE department and STATE BOARD SHALL REVIEW AND APPROVE RENEWAL APPLICATIONS FOR UP TO AN ADDITIONAL THREE FISCAL YEARS FROM PARTICIPATING SCHOOL districts and schools.
D. On or before November 1, tHE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL submit an annual report TO the governor, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE and THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that evaluates the effectiveness of the counselors on campus program and that includes SURVEY RESULTS FROM program PARTICIPANTS. The department shall PROVIDE A COPY OF THIS REPORT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE.
E. MONIES distributed to A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR SCHOOL pursuant to this section shall be used to HIRe EITHER A COUNSELOR OR SOCIAL WORKER.
F. Any appropriations made to the department of education for the purposes of this section are exempt from the provisions of section 35-190 relating to the lapsing of appropriations. All monies that are not used during the fiscal year for which the monies were appropriated revert to the department for distribution in the following fiscal year.
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Page 80, line 21, after "officers" insert ", counselors and social workers; allocation"
Line 22, before "The" insert "A."
Line 25, after "act" insert ",and to allow school districts and charter schools that participate in the counselors on campus program established by section 15‑249.12, Arizona Revised Statutes, as added by this act, to hire counselors and social workers"
Page 80, between lines 25 and 26, insert:
"B. A school district or charter school may apply for distributions of monies appropriated in subsection A of this section to hire a school resource officer and a counselor or a social worker. The department of education shall allocate the monies appropriated in subsection A of this section in proportion to the total number of applications it receives for the school safety program and the counselors on campus program, but the department may not distribute monies to the same school district or charter school to hire both a school resource officer and a counselor or social worker."
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