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TENNESSEE EDUCATION ANNOTATED 2003 EDITION SELECT LEGISLATIVE SUMMARIES — 2002 GENERAL ASSEMBLY

(Compiled by Publisher s Staff from Legislative Reports)

Commissioner of Education — Distribution of Public Acts 49-1-201 (Amended)

Provides for electronic dissemination of public chapters on education to local boards of education. (Act Chapter 88)

Enrollment — Power of Attorney 49-6-3001 (Amended)

Under this provision, the caregiver would have the right to enroll the minor child in the LEA serving the area where the caregiver resides. The LEA must allow such caregiver to enroll the minor child but would be allowed to require proof of residence or hardship. Any caregiver who fraudulently enrolls a student in a school system by falsifying residence information would be required to provide restitution to the school system for any expenditure incurred on behalf of such student. This amendment specifies that if the parent or legal guardian disagrees with the decisions of the caregiver or chooses to make any healthcare of educational decisions for the minor child, the parent must revoke the power of attorney and provide such information to the health care provider or LEA. (Act Chapter 71)

Enrollment — Restitution Action Where Fraudulent 49-6-3003 (Amended)

Authorizes LEA to bring action for restitution against parent, guardian or other legal custodian who enrolls out-of-district or out-of-state student in school system and fraudulently misrepresents address for domicile of student. (Act Chapter 221)

Funding — Use of State Monies 49-3-306, 49-3-352 (Amended)

This amendment removes the present law prohibition on an LEA increasing salaries using state funds appropriated for public education that have been allocated for new or additional personnel and specifies that in any fiscal year in which state-shared revenues distributed to counties are reduced below the levels distributed to counties in the 2002-2003 fiscal year, any or all of the accumulated fund balance may be used for education purposes without restrictions. (Act Chapter 355)

Inner City Educational Enhancement — Pilot Project 49-1-602 (Amended)

Authorizes certain units of local government to establish inner city educational enhancement pilot project; authorizes participation of certain school systems. (Act Chapter 404)

Kindergarten — Program Status 49-6-101 (Amended)

Provides that kindergarten may be considered mandatory program (Act Chapter 285)

Military Service - Compensation for Pay Differential 49-5-702 (Amended)

Allows local boards of education to compensate teachers the difference between their regular pay and military pay while such teachers are engaged in military service. (Act Chapter 268)

Pre-School and Early Learning Programs — Determination of At-Risk Children

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