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REFERENCE TITLE: technology-based school readiness pilot program
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session
Representatives Teller: Andrade, Biasiucci, Carroll, Chávez, Cook, Espinoza, Friese, Hernandez A, Hernandez D, Jermaine, Longdon, Meza, Rodriguez, Stahl Hamilton, Tsosie, Udall, Senator Shope
establishing the technology-based school readiness pilot program; appropriating monies.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Technology-based school readiness pilot program; reporting requirements; delayed repeal
A. The technology-based school readiness pilot program is established during fiscal years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. The department of education shall administer the pilot program.
B. The technology-based school readiness pilot program shall meet all of the following criteria:
1. Be designed to improve a child's transition into elementary education and contain content in reading, mathematics and science.
2. Be aligned with Arizona and nationally recognized early learning standards.
3. Be administered by a 501(c)(3) organization.
4. Be provided in the child's home.
5. Provide for installing a computer or home internet service, or both, for low-income families that do not have a computer or home internet service.
6. Include a parental engagement and involvement component, with support models provided in English, Spanish and other languages as needed.
7. Include an evaluation component with measures for the child's academic growth over the course of the pilot program.
C. On or before November 1, 2021, the department of education shall contract through a request for proposals with a service provider that is a 501(c)(3) organization and that demonstrates previous success conducting technology-based school readiness programs through independent, valid and reliable evaluations.
D. The department of education shall restrict eligibility for participation in the technology-based school readiness pilot program to children who either:
1. Reside within a rural school district in which site-based early learning might not be readily available. For the purposes of this paragraph, "rural" has the same meaning prescribed in section 15-249.13, Arizona Revised Statutes.
2. Reside within the boundaries of an Indian reservation in this state as determined by the department of education or a tribal government.
E. The department of education shall require the service provider to both:
1. Begin administering the technology-based school readiness pilot program on or before January 1, 2022.
2. Submit monthly reports to the department that contain measures for student participation and academic growth over the course of the pilot program.
F. On or before January 1, 2023, the department of education shall submit a report containing measures for student participation and academic growth over the course of the technology-based school readiness pilot program to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives and shall provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state.
G. This section is repealed from and after December 31, 2023.
Sec. 2. Appropriation; department of education; technology-based school readiness pilot program; exemption
A. In addition to any other appropriations made in fiscal year 2021-2022, the sum of $2,000,000 is appropriated from the state general fund in fiscal year 2021-2022 to the department of education for the purposes of the technology-based school readiness pilot program established by section 1 of this act.
B. The appropriation made in subsection A of this section is exempt from the provisions of section 35-190, Arizona Revised Statutes, relating to lapsing of appropriations, except that all monies remaining unexpended and unencumbered on July 1, 2023 from the appropriation made in subsection A of this section revert to the state general fund.