2010 Oklahoma Code
Title 70. Schools

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•70-1. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 416, • 8.  •70-1-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-9. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-10. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-11. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-12. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-13. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-14. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-15. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-16. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-17. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-18. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-19. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-20. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-21. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-1-101. Oklahoma School Code.  This act shall be known as the Oklahoma School Code.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-101, eff. July 2, 1971.    •70-1-102. Purpose of act.  The purpose of the Oklahoma School Code is to provide for a state system of public school education and for the establishment, organization, operation and support of such state system.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-102, eff. July 2, 1971.    •70-1-103. Act to be liberally construed.  If any section or part of the Oklahoma School Code is found to be ambiguous or otherwise subject to more than one interpretation, such section shall be liberally construed to the extent that the general purpose of the entire Code and of public education may be advanced.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-103, eff. July 2, 1971.    •70-1-104. Act not to repeal or modify tax laws unless specifically provided.  Nothing in the Oklahoma School Code shall be interpreted as repealing or modifying any law in effect in the State of Oklahoma relative to the collection of any taxes unless specifically provided for herein, and all appropriations existing at the time this Code becomes effective shall be subject to all provisions of said appropriations at the time of their enactment and no omission of or reference to any appropriations shall be construed as repealing any such appropriation or part thereof.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-104, eff. July 2, 1971.    •70-1-105. State Department of Education - State Board of Education - State Superintendent of Public Instruction - Definitions.  A. The State Department of Education is that department of the state government in which the agencies created or authorized by the Constitution and Legislature are placed and charged with the responsibility of determining the policies and directing the administration and supervision of the public school system of the state. These agencies are the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and such divisions and positions as may be established by law and by the State Board of Education.  B. The State Board of Education is that agency in the State Department of Education which shall be the governing board of said Department and the public school system of the state.  C. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is the official provided for in Article VI, Section 1, of the Constitution of Oklahoma who shall be the executive officer of the State Board of Education.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-105, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 293, • 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.    •701106. Public schools Definition What included.  The public schools of Oklahoma shall consist of all free schools supported by public taxation and shall include nurseries, kindergartens, elementary, which may include either K6 or K8, secondary schools and technology center schools, not to exceed two (2) years of junior college work, night schools, adult and other special classes, vocational and technical instruction and such other school classes and instruction as may be supported by public taxation or otherwise authorized by laws which are now in effect or which may hereafter be enacted.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1106, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 64, eff. July 1, 2001.    •701107. Educational services Enumeration.  Either in conjunction with public schools or otherwise under the control and supervision of school agencies and officials provided by law for the control and supervision of public schools, other educational services may include health activities, school lunch programs, audiovisual education, safety education, vocational rehabilitation, education of exceptional and handicapped children, playground and physical education activities and such other special services, functions, and activities as may be authorized by law or by regulation of the State Board of Education.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1107, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-1-107.1. Technology - Generally defined for educational and governmental purposes.  A. Unless otherwise specifically defined, technology is applied knowledge. For educational and governmental purposes, technology shall include but not be limited to information technology, telecommunications technology and implemental technology. Information technology shall include but not be limited to computers, computer hardware, scanners, multimedia material, facsimile, e-mail, computer software, CD ROM material or other magnetic media, computer simulations, video, the World Wide Web (WWW) or Internet, Listservs, multiuser domains and other technology used in distance learning or distance education. Telecommunications technology shall include but not be limited to local area networks and wide area networks. Implemental technology shall include but not be limited to implements, equipment, instruments or devices that promote the technology education process and are employed in the science or study of the practical, industrial, or mechanical arts or applied sciences.  B. The provisions of subsection A of this section shall apply when related to the expenditure of public funds by educational and governmental entities.  Added by Laws 1998, c. 90, • 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1998.    •701108. School district Definition.  A school district is defined as any area or territory comprising a legal entity, whose primary purpose is that of providing free school education, whose boundary lines are a matter of public record, and the area of which constitutes a complete tax unit. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 1108. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1108, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-1-109. Length of school year - School for less than full year – Extended-day schedule - Closure for inclement weather.  A. For all public schools in Oklahoma, school shall actually be in session and classroom instruction offered:  1. For not less than one hundred eighty (180) days; or  2. For not less than one thousand eighty (1,080) hours each school year, if a district board of education adopts a school-hours policy and notifies the State Board of Education prior to September 15 of the applicable school year.  B. Not more than thirty (30) hours each school year may be used for attendance of professional meetings and teachers may be paid for a length of term in excess thereof, under conditions hereinafter outlined. Subject to district board of education policy or collective bargaining agreement, additional professional leave days may be granted for individual teachers to attend or participate in professional meetings, staff development training, or National Board certification portfolio development as provided for in Section 6-204.2 of this title.  C. A school district may authorize parent-teacher conferences to be held during a regular school day. If authorized by the school district, parent-teacher conferences shall be counted as classroom instruction time for no more than six (6) hours per semester, for a total of twelve (12) hours per school year.  D. A school district may maintain school for less than a full school year only when conditions beyond the control of school authorities make the maintenance of the term impossible and the State Board of Education has been apprised and has expressed concurrence in writing.  E. The State Board of Education shall establish criteria for an extended-day schedule for schools subject to paragraph 1 of subsection A of this section. The criteria shall:  1. Prescribe a lengthened school day within limits determined not to be detrimental to quality instruction; and  2. Ensure that the schedule is equivalent in annual hours of instruction to the one-hundred-eighty-day school year specified in paragraph 1 of subsection A of this section; and  3. Be consistent with the provisions of this section and Sections 1-111 and 1-112 of this title, but may result in fewer annual days of instruction.  F. The State Board of Education may authorize school districts to implement an extended-day schedule for instruction pursuant to the criteria developed. The State Board of Education shall require the participating school districts to prepare a report of the impact of the extended-day schedule.  G. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections E and F of this section, a school district board of education subject to paragraph 1 of subsection A of this section may adopt and implement an extended-day schedule for grades nine through twelve subject to the following requirements:  1. The annual number of hours of instruction shall equal or exceed one thousand eighty (1,080) hours, which is the equivalent of one hundred eighty (180) days of instruction as specified in subsection A of this section for six (6) hours each day as specified in Section 1-111 of this title;  2. The annual number of days of instruction shall equal or exceed one hundred eighty (180) days as specified in subsection A of this section;  3. The schedule adopted shall be consistent with the provisions of Sections 1-111 and 1-112 of this title, except that for not more than one (1) day per week, a school day shall consist of not less than five (5) hours devoted to academic instruction in a regular classroom setting;  4. The district shall hold a public hearing prior to the adoption of an extended-day schedule authorized pursuant to this subsection; and  5. The district shall document the impact on student achievement as determined by the academic performance index score and any other relevant factors that are a result of implementation of an extended-day schedule authorized pursuant to this subsection and provide an annual report to the State Board of Education of the results. If improvement in student achievement cannot be documented in the report, the district board of education shall revoke authorization as provided by this subsection. If the district does not revoke authorization after student achievement is not documented in the report, the State Board of Education may deny accreditation of any school in violation of this subsection.  H. If subject to paragraph 2 of subsection A of this section, a district board of education or designee may elect to close a school during the school day for inclement weather purposes. In such an event, the number of hours incurred in classroom instruction time prior to school closure shall be counted toward the one thousand eighty (1,080) hours per year requirement.  I. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the Fair Labor Standards Act status of any school district employee.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-109, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1978, c. 22, • 1, emerg. eff. March 10, 1978; Laws 1979, c. 1, • 1, emerg. eff. March 8, 1979; Laws 1981, c. 290, • 1, eff. July 1, 1981; Laws 1982, c. 13, • 1, emerg. eff. March 17, 1982; Laws 1983, c. 330, • 39, operative July 1, 1983; Laws 1984, c. 296, • 36, operative July 1, 1984; Laws 1985, c. 143, • 1, eff. July 1, 1985; Laws 1992, c. 324, • 4, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1998, c. 350, • 2, emerg. eff. June 5, 1998; Laws 2002, c. 236, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2006, c. 250, • 1, eff. July 1, 2006; Laws 2009, c. 103, • 1, emerg. eff. April 24, 2009.  NOTE: Laws 1981, c. 81, • 1 repealed by Laws 1982, c. 13, • 2, emerg. eff. March 17, 1982.    •70-1-109.1. Optional Extended School Year Program.  A. School districts shall have the option of establishing and offering an extended school year according to the provisions of this section. The Optional Extended School Year Program provided in paragraph 15 of subsection A of Section 109 of this act means those programs which school districts may provide at the district, site or class level. For the purposes of this program, a school year shall consist of either eleven (11) or twelve (12) months in which school is offered in excess of two hundred (200) days of at least six (6) hours each day. The purpose of the program shall be to improve academic achievement of students participating in the extended school year. The program shall be funded by means of the pupil category weight to be determined by the State Board of Education based upon an amount of funding specified in the State Board of Education's annual appropriation and the level of participation.  B. The State Board of Education shall establish criteria for participation in the program which shall include:  1. A competitive application process based upon requests for proposals;  2. A plan for determining measurable results in terms of academic achievement, pupil retention and other indicators of educational success, including the remediation needs of the district's students;  3. Diversified participation by school district size and geographic location and by amount of school district budget. At least one school district in each of the following categories shall be included: General Fund of less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00); General Fund of from One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) to Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000.00); General Fund of from Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000.00) to Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000.00); and General Fund of Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000.00) or more. Provided, participation in one of the above categories may be disallowed if no district meeting such fund requirements makes application for the program.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 18, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-1-110. Repealed by Laws 2009, c. 103, • 6, emerg. eff. April 24, 2009.  •70-1-111. School day - Six hours - Exceptions.  A. Except as otherwise provided for by law, a school day shall consist of not less than six (6) hours devoted to school activities. A district board of education may elect to extend the length of one (1) or more school days to more than six (6) hours and reduce the number of school days as long as the total amount of classroom instruction time is not less than one thousand eighty (1,080) hours per year as required pursuant to Section 1-109 of this title.  B. A school day for nursery, early childhood education, kindergarten, and alternative education programs shall be as otherwise defined by law or as defined by the State Board of Education. Not more than one (1) school day shall be counted for attendance purposes in any twenty-four-hour period.  C. Students absent from school in which they are regularly enrolled may be considered as being in attendance if the reason for such absence is to participate in scheduled school activities under the direction and supervision of a regular member of the faculty or to participate in a remote internet-based course approved by the district board of education. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to provide for the implementation of remote Internet-based courses.  D. Each district board of education shall adopt policies and procedures that conform to rules for Internet-based courses as adopted by the State Board. Such policies shall include criteria for approval of the course, the appropriateness of the course for a particular student, authorization for full-time students to enroll in Internet-based courses, and establishing fees or charges. No district shall be liable for payment of any fees or charges for any Internet-based course for a student who has not complied with the district’s policies and procedures. Districts shall require students enrolled in Internet-based courses to participate in the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act. Students participating in Internet-based courses from a remote site will be responsible for providing their own equipment and Internet access, unless the district chooses to provide the equipment. Credit may not be granted for such courses except upon approval of the State Board of Education and the district board of education.  E. The school day for kindergarten may consist of six (6) hours devoted to school activities.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-111, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 335, • 5, eff. July 1, 1989; Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 32, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 324, • 5, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 290, • 68, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 2001, c. 427, • 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 453, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 169, • 1, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 5, • 81, emerg. eff. March 1, 2004; Laws 2009, c. 103, • 2, emerg. eff. April 24, 2009.  NOTE: Laws 2003, c. 40, • 1 repealed by Laws 2004, c. 5, • 82, emerg. eff. March 1, 2004.    •70-1-112. School taught on Saturday.  School taught on Saturday shall not be counted for attendance purposes in meeting the school year requirements as set forth in Section 1-109 of this title. School taught on Saturday may be substituted for regular school days during which school has been or will be closed upon approval of the State Board of Education.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-112, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 2009, c. 103, • 3, emerg. eff. April 24, 2009.    •70-1-113. School district residency.  A. When used in this section, the residence of any child for school purposes shall be:  1. The school district in which the parents, guardian, or person having legal custody holds legal residence.  Each school district board of education shall adopt a policy establishing the requirements for student residency for that district which provides for residence as described in this paragraph. Within the discretion of each school district's board of education, the policy may but is not required to allow for establishment of residency by affidavit when an adult, whether a relative or not, who does not fall within one of the categories listed above, who holds legal residence in the school district, and who has assumed permanent care and custody of the child files an affidavit with the school district attesting that they have assumed custody and the reasons for assuming custody. Any policy allowing the establishment of residency by affidavit shall require the adult who provides the affidavit to affirm in such affidavit that the custody arrangement is permanent and that the adult contributes the major degree of support to the child. If the school district policy allows establishment of residency by affidavit, any person who willfully makes a statement in the affidavit which the person knows to be false shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year or a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or both such fine and imprisonment. Each school district shall include in its policy on residency any documentation necessary for the administration of the policy; or  2. The foster home, as defined in Section 1-1-105 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes, except a therapeutic foster home or a specialized foster home where a child is in voluntary placement as defined in subsection D of this section, in which the child has been placed:  a.  by the person or agency having legal custody of the child pursuant to a court order, or  b.  by a state agency having legal custody of the child pursuant to the provisions of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes; or  3. Any orphanage or eleemosynary child care facility having full-time care and custody; or  4. Any eleemosynary child care facility in which a child is placed by a parent or guardian for full-time residential care; provided, the provision of this paragraph shall apply only to children who attend a district school by joint agreement of the school district and facility and who are not placed in the facility through a state contract. For purposes of this paragraph, "eleemosynary child care facility" means a facility:  a.  where child care and services are provided, and  b.  which is funded predominantly by benevolent or charitable funds and is exempt from taxation pursuant to the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C., Section 501(c)(3); or  5. Any state-operated institution in which a child has been placed by a parent or guardian or by a state agency having legal custody of the child pursuant to the provisions of Title 10A or Section 3-101 of Title 43A of the Oklahoma Statutes for care and treatment due to a physical or mental condition of the child; or  6. The district in which a child who is entirely self-supporting resides and attends school; or  7. A state-licensed or operated emergency shelter.  B. No school district shall bear the cost of educating children who are not residents of this state; provided, a school district may furnish educational services pursuant to contract as elsewhere provided by law. A school district may furnish educational services pursuant to a contract to children who do not reside in the United States of America; provided, the children shall not be counted in the average daily membership of the school district.  C. For the purpose of ensuring that a child placed in a therapeutic foster care home, as defined in Section 1-1-105 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes, receives an appropriate education, no receiving school district shall be required to enroll such a child if the enrollment would cause the proportion of students in therapeutic foster care homes as compared to the average daily membership of the receiving district for the preceding school year to exceed two percent (2%). Children served by Head Start may not be counted for the purpose of this paragraph unless the child is on an individualized education program provided by the school district. Any school district may enroll such students who are outside the student's resident district in therapeutic foster care home placements which exceed this limit if the school determines it possesses the ability to provide such child an appropriate education.  D. When a child does not meet the criteria for residency provided in subsection A of this section and is placed in any of the following entities which is out of the child's home and not in the school district in which the child legally resides: a residential facility; a treatment program or center, including the facility operated pursuant to Section 485.1 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes; a therapeutic foster home as defined in Section 1-1-105 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes; or, a specialized foster home, which is a specialized foster home or an agency-contracted home under the supervision of and certified as meeting the standards set by the Department of Human Services and is funded through the Department of Human Services Home and Community-Based Waiver Services Program, the entity shall, if the child contends he or she resides in a school district other than the district where the entity is located, within seven (7) days of admittance, notify the school district in which the entity is located of the admittance.  Upon provision of educational services to such children pursuant to the provisions of subsection F of this section, the receiving school district shall receive the State Aid as defined in subsection C of Section 18-110 of this title for those students.  Access to the due process procedure guaranteed to children with disabilities shall be available to resolve disagreements about the appropriateness of placements of children with disabilities.  E. The governing body of any state institution for children operated pursuant to the provisions of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes or Section 3-101 of Title 43A of the Oklahoma Statutes and the board of education of the school district in which the institution is located or any other school district in the state willing to provide necessary educational services may enter into a contract whereby the district will maintain a school for the children of the institution, in which event the residence of such children for school purposes will be considered as being in the district maintaining the school. The governing body of the state institutions specified in this subsection shall pay the costs for educating students placed in the state institution less any amount of funds received for such students by the school district contracting with the state institution to provide necessary educational services.  F. 1. The school district in which an entity as described in subsection D of this section exists to serve children in out-of-home placements shall, upon request of the individual or agency operating the entity, provide the educational services to which the children in the entity are entitled subject to the limitations provided in subsection C of this section. No person operating such an entity may contract for the provision of educational services with any school district other than the school district in which the entity is located unless the school district in which the entity is located agrees in writing to allow another school district to provide the educational services or unless the person operating the entity contracts with another school district for the provision of educational services to be provided through remote Internet-based courses. No person operating such an entity may contract for the provision of educational services with more than one school district.  2. Prior to location in a school district, the individual or agency operating an entity described in subsection D of this section which requires provision of educational services from the school district shall notify the local board of education of its anticipated educational needs. No school district shall be required to provide educational services for students in the entity until at least sixty (60) calendar days have elapsed from the time in which the local board of education was initially notified of the need unless the school district so agrees to provide the educational services sooner. The provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to therapeutic or specialized foster homes.  3. Educational services provided shall meet or exceed state accreditation standards. No school district shall be responsible for any expenses for students in an entity described in subsection D of this section which are not directly related to the provision of educational services. A school district shall not be obligated for expenses of those students in an entity in the current school year for whom educational services are requested after the district's first nine (9) weeks of the current school year if educational services are requested for twelve or more students than were served in the first nine (9) weeks, unless the school district chooses to provide educational services for the current school year. Contracts and agreements for provision of educational services may allow for the use of public and private sources of support which are available to share the costs of educational services and of therapies, treatments, or support services. Otherwise valid obligations to provide or pay for such services, such as Medicaid, shall remain in effect for children who are eligible for the services from sources other than the school district.  4. Upon the request of any residential facility which has contracted with the Office of Juvenile Affairs to provide either a regimented juvenile training program or a high-impact wilderness camp to a minimum of forty students who have been adjudicated, a school district may contract for the facility to provide the educational services to those students. Under such a contract, the facility shall operate in accordance with all applicable laws, including compliance with Section 18-114.7 of this title. Such contract shall include the State Aid generated by the students, less a fee for administrative services which may be retained by the school district, not to exceed ten percent (10%) of the total on an annual basis. The school district shall exercise supervision over the educational program in the facility and bear all responsibility for required educational reporting. The school district shall maintain access to all educational records for students in the facility, and shall provide for the appropriate academic credit and diplomas. The school district shall be indemnified against any actions or penalties on the part of the facility which result in adversity for the school district.  G. Any question as to the place of residence of any child for school purposes shall be decided pursuant to procedures utilized by the State Department of Education.  H. The receiving district shall notify the district of residence immediately upon finding that the student requires special education and related services and the district of residence shall participate in planning the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) and in subsequent reviews of the program in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-113, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1983, c. 150, • 1, operative July 1, 1983; Laws 1984, c. 182, • 1, emerg. eff. May 7, 1984; Laws 1985, c. 336, • 1, operative July 1, 1985; Laws 1986, c. 102, • 1, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 122, • 1, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 1989, c. 250, • 2, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1992, c. 262, • 3, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 168, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 231, • 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 319, • 1, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 343, • 1, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 362, • 1, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2002, c. 453, • 2, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2009, c. 234, • 154, emerg. eff. May 21, 2009.    •70-1-114. Free attendance - Admission to early childhood programs - Enrollment in kindergarten and first grade - Nonresident tuition fee.  A. All children between the ages of five (5) years on or before September 1, and twenty-one (21) years on or before September 1, shall be entitled to attend school free of charge in the district in which they reside.  B. All children who are at least four (4) years of age but not more than five (5) years of age on or before September 1 and who have not attended a public school kindergarten shall be entitled to attend half-day or full-day early childhood programs at any public school in the state where such programs are offered; provided no child shall be required to attend any early childhood education program. The following paragraphs shall govern early childhood programs:  1. Children who are at least four (4) years of age but not more than five (5) years of age on or before September 1 shall be entitled to attend either half-day or full-day early childhood programs in their district of residence free of charge as long as the district has the physical facilities and teaching personnel to accommodate the child. For purposes of calculation of State Aid, children in an early childhood education program shall be included in the average daily membership of the district providing the program.  2. A child who has not reached the age of five (5) years on or before September 1 and who resides in a district which does not offer an early childhood program shall be eligible for transfer to a district where an early childhood program is offered if the district that offers the early childhood program agrees to the transfer. A district offering early childhood programs may refuse to accept a nonresident child if the district does not have the physical facilities or teaching personnel to accommodate the child in an early childhood education class. If the child requesting the transfer has not reached the age of four (4) years on or before September 1, the district may refuse to accept the nonresident child if the district determines the child is not ready for an early childhood program. Children who are accepted in a program outside their district of residence as provided in this paragraph shall be included in the average daily membership of the district providing the program for State Aid funding subject to the State Aid formula weight limitations set forth in paragraph 1 of this subsection.  C. No child shall be enrolled in kindergarten unless he or she will have reached the age of five (5) years on or before September 1 of the school year. No child shall be enrolled in the first grade unless he or she will have reached the age of six (6) years on or before September 1 of the school year.  D. No nonresident and nontransferred pupil shall be allowed to attend school in any school district unless a tuition fee equal to the per capita cost of education for a similar period in such district during the preceding year has been paid to the receiving district in advance yearly or by semester as determined by the district board of education of the receiving district. If the State Board of Education discovers that such attendance has been allowed without prior payment of the tuition fee in advance as required, no further payment of any State Aid Funds shall be made to the district until such district has shown to the satisfaction of the State Board of Education that all such tuition fees have been paid or that such tuition pupil will no longer be allowed to attend school until the required tuition fee has been paid.  E. Any parent, guardian, person or institution having care and custody of a child who pays ad valorem tax on real property in any other school district other than that in which that person resides may, with the approval of the receiving board, enroll the child in any school district in which ad valorem tax is paid and receive a credit on the nonresident tuition fee equal to the amount of the ad valorem tax paid for school district purposes in the school district in which the child is enrolled. Provided, the credit shall not exceed the total amount required for the tuition payment.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-114, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1972, c. 93, • 1; Laws 1974, c. 21, • 1; Laws 1979, c. 114, • 1; Laws 1979, c. 204, • 1, eff. July 1, 1979; Laws 1989, c. 335, • 6, eff. July 1, 1989; Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 15, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 263, • 61, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 262, • 4, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 333, • 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 220, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1998, c. 204, • 1, eff. July 1, 1998.    •70-1-114.1. Foreign exchange students - Guidelines for acceptance.  Unless otherwise prohibited by federal law, school districts may:  1. Only have to accept exchange students on J-1 visas, issued pursuant to paragraph (a) (15) (J) of Section 1101 of Title 8 of the United States Code, which hold the sponsoring organization responsible;  2. Not have to accept exchange students on M-1 visas, issued pursuant to paragraph (a) (15) (M) of Section 1101 of Title 8 of the United States Code, which are for vocational or nonacademic students or F-1 visas, issued pursuant to paragraph (a) (15) (F) of Section 1101 of Title 8 of the United States Code, which hold the school responsible;  3. Use the governing regulations set by the United States Information Agency (USIA) for Exchange Visitor Programs as guidelines and standards for local schools;  4. Have the right to accept or reject any exchange student or sponsoring organization not adhering to the USIA regulations; and  5. Have the right to reject any exchange student if the student, legal custodian, or legal guardian is not a resident of the district.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 212, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994.    •70-1-114.2. Operation as grantee of a federal Head Start program - Calculation of state aid.  Any school district is hereby authorized to operate as a grantee of a federal Head Start program. For purposes of calculating state aid a school district may not count any child enrolled in or teacher employed by a Head Start program operated by the district for the portion of the day federal Head Start funds or state funds appropriated for Head Start programs are received.  Added by Laws 2002, c. 437, • 5, eff. July 1, 2002.    •701115. School system Administered by State Department of Education, Etc.  The public school system in Oklahoma shall be administered by the State Department of Education, State Superintendent of Schools, county superintendents of schools, boards of education of school districts, and superintendents of schools of independent school districts. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 1115. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1115, eff. July 2, 1971.   •701116. Positions in school system Definitions.  As used in this act:  1. Teacher: Any person who is employed to serve as district superintendent, principal, supervisor, counselor, librarian, school nurse or classroom teacher, or in any other instructional, supervisory, or administrative capacity, is defined as a teacher. Such person shall not be deemed qualified unless he or she holds a valid certificate or license, issued by and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education, to perform the particular services for which he or she is employed.  2. Superintendent: A superintendent of schools shall be the executive officer of the board of education and the administrative head of the school system of a district maintaining an accredited school, provided he or she holds an administrator's certificate recognized by the State Board of Education.  3. Principal: A principal shall be any person other than a district superintendent of schools having supervisory or administrative authority over any school or school building having two or more teachers. A teaching principal shall be a principal who devotes at least one-half the time school is in session to classroom teaching. Until July 1, 1993, teaching principals shall not be required to hold administrative certificates. Beginning July 1, 1993, teaching principals shall be required to hold administrative certificates.  4. For purposes of complying with the State Aid Law and other statutes which apportion money on the basis of teaching units or the number of teachers employed or qualified, all persons holding proper certificates or licenses and connected in any capacity with the instruction of pupils shall be designated as "teachers".  5. Entry-year Teacher: An entry-year teacher is any licensed teacher who is employed in a local school to serve as a classroom teacher under the guidance and assistance of a teacher consultant and an entry-year assistance committee. Any such person shall have completed the program of the college or school of education of the accredited institution of higher learning from which the person has been graduated.  6. Student Teacher: A student teacher is any student who is enrolled in an institution of higher learning approved by the State Board of Education for teacher training and who is jointly assigned by such institution of higher learning and a school district's board of education to perform practice teaching under the direction of a regularly employed and certified teacher. A student teacher, while serving a nonsalaried internship under the supervision of a certified teacher, shall be accorded the same protection of the laws as that accorded the certified teacher.  7. A school nurse employed full time by a board of education shall be a registered nurse licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education, and certified the same as a teacher by the State Department of Education. Provided that any person who is employed as a full-time nurse in any school district in Oklahoma, but who is not registered on the effective date of this act, may continue to serve in the same capacity, however such person shall, under rules and regulations adopted by the State Board of Education, attend classes in nursing and prepare to become registered.  A school nurse employed by a board of education shall be accorded the same protection of laws and all other benefits accorded a certified teacher.  8. Support Employee: A support employee shall be an employee who provides those services which are not performed by certified teachers, principals, superintendents or administrators and which are necessary for the efficient and satisfactory functioning of a school district.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-116, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1973, c. 193, • 1, emerg. eff. May 17, 1973; Laws 1980, c. 284, • 15, emerg. eff. June 10, 1980; Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 58, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 20, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 345, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994.    •701116.1. Teaching principal Amount of time in classroom.  A teaching principal, as defined in Section 1116 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall be permitted to devote less than onehalf (1/2) the time school is in session to classroom teaching only when it has been determined by the State Board of Education that such action is necessary for the satisfactory completion of the school year. The State Board of Education shall adopt the necessary criteria to provide for such contingency.    Added by Laws 1982, c. 342, • 8, emerg. eff. June 2, 1982.   •701116.2. Administration of medicine to students.  A. A school nurse, or in the absence of such nurse, an administrator or designated school employees, pursuant to the written authorization of the parent or guardian of the student, may administer:  1. A nonprescription medicine; and  2. A filled prescription medicine as that term is defined by Section 353.1 of Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes pursuant to the directions for the administration of the medicine listed on the label or as otherwise authorized by a licensed physician.  B. In addition to the persons authorized to administer nonprescription medicine and filled prescription medicine pursuant to the provisions of subsection A of this section, a nurse employed by a county health department and subject to an agreement made between the county health department and the school district for medical services, may administer nonprescription medicine and filled prescription medicine pursuant to the provisions of this section.  C. Each school in which any medicine is administered pursuant to the provisions of this section shall keep a record of the name of the student to whom the medicine was administered, the date the medicine was administered, the name of the person who administered the medicine, and the type or name of the medicine which was administered.  D. Medicine to be administered by the county or school nurse, administrator or the designated persons and which is stored at the school shall be properly stored and not readily accessible to persons other than the persons who will administer the medication.  E. The school shall keep on file the written authorization of the parent or guardian of the student to administer medicine to the student.  F. A school nurse, county nurse, administrator, or the designated school employees shall not be liable to the student or a parent or guardian of the student for civil damages for any personal injuries to the student which result from acts or omissions of the school or county nurse, administrator, or designated school employees in administering any medicine pursuant to the provisions of this section. This immunity shall not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross, willful, or wanton negligence.    Added by Laws 1984, c. 192, 5, emerg. eff. May 14, 1984.   •70-1-116.3. Self-administration of inhaled asthma or anaphylaxis medication.  A. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 1-116.2 of this title, the board of education of each school district shall adopt a policy on or before September 1, 2008, that permits the self-administration of inhaled asthma medication by a student for treatment of asthma and the self-administration of anaphylaxis medication by a student for treatment of anaphylaxis. The policy shall require:  1. The parent or guardian of the student to authorize in writing the student’s self-administration of medication;  2. The parent or guardian of the student to provide to the school a written statement from the physician treating the student that the student has asthma or anaphylaxis and is capable of, and has been instructed in the proper method of, self-administration of medication;  3. The parent or guardian of the student to provide to the school an emergency supply of the student’s medication to be administered pursuant to the provisions of Section 1-116.2 of this title;  4. The school district to inform the parent or guardian of the student, in writing, that the school district and its employees and agents shall incur no liability as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by the student; and  5. The parent or guardian of the student to sign a statement acknowledging that the school district shall incur no liability as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by the student.  B. As used in this section:  1. “Medication” means a metered dose inhaler or a dry powder inhaler to alleviate asthmatic symptoms, prescribed by a physician and having an individual label, or an anaphylaxis medication used to treat anaphylaxis, including but not limited to Epinephrine injectors, prescribed by a physician and having an individual label; and  2. “Self-administration” means a student’s use of medication pursuant to prescription or written direction from a physician.  C. The permission for self-administration of asthma or anaphylaxis medication is effective for the school year for which it is granted and shall be renewed each subsequent school year upon fulfillment of the requirements of this section.  D. A student who is permitted to self-administer asthma or anaphylaxis medication pursuant to this section shall be permitted to possess and use a prescribed inhaler or anaphylaxis medication, including but not limited to an Epinephrine injector, at all times.  Added by Laws 2003, c. 143, • 1, emerg. eff. April 28, 2003. Amended by Laws 2008, c. 271, • 1, emerg. eff. May 27, 2008.    •70-1-117. General fund - Capital and noncapital expenditures.  A. The general fund of any school district is hereby defined as a current expense fund and shall consist of all revenue or monies that can legally be expended within a certain specified fiscal year, but shall not be considered as including any money derived from a special building fund levy made in accordance with the provisions of Section 10 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, nor shall it include any monies derived from the sale of bonds issued under the provisions of Section 26 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. All monies derived from the proceeds of the school levies made pursuant to the provisions of Section 9 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution shall be placed in the general fund provided by this section. Expenditures from the general fund shall be noncapital in nature. All monies derived from state-dedicated revenue, state-appropriated revenue unless otherwise provided for by law, and county sources shall be placed in the general fund provided for by this section. Except as provided for in subsections K and L of this section, a district shall not be authorized to make capital expenditures as defined by this section from the general fund.  B. For purposes of this section, state-dedicated revenue shall be any registration or license fees, taxes, or penalties collected at the state level and distributed to common school districts. County sources shall be all funds collected by the county and distributed to common school districts but shall not include any funds derived from the building fund levy made in accordance with the provisions of Section 10 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution or funds derived from the sinking fund levy made in accordance with the provisions of Section 26 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution.  C. For the purposes of this section, a capital expenditure shall be an expenditure which results in the acquisition of fixed assets or additions to fixed assets. Capital expenditures shall include, but shall not be limited to, purchases of land or existing buildings, purchases of real property, improvements of grounds and sites for construction purposes, all expenditures for construction of buildings unless authorized by the State Board of Education or the State Board of Career and Technology Education upon application to the appropriate state board pursuant to subsection F of this section, additions to buildings, remodeling of buildings if such remodeling involves changes to roof structures or load-bearing walls, professional services, salaries and expenses of architects and engineers hired or assigned to capital projects except for such services, salaries and expenses as are applicable in preparation for a bond issue, expenditures for the initial installation and extension of service systems and built-in heat or air equipment to existing buildings, expenditures for the replacement of a building which has been destroyed, installments and lease payments on property, including interest, that have a terminal date and result in the acquisition of property, and expenditures for preliminary studies made prior to the time that authority to proceed with a construction project is given if authority is received within the same fiscal year that the expenditure was made.  D. Noncapital expenditures shall include, but shall not be limited to expenditures for maintenance, repair and replacement of property and equipment, initial or additional purchases of furniture and equipment, direct expenses for maintenance of plant, including grounds, salaries for maintenance of plant, including salaries for the upkeep of grounds, and repair and replacement of building structures which do not add to existing facilities and which do not involve changes in roof structures or load-bearing walls and which are not classified as a capital expenditure by this section.  E. The State Board of Education shall adopt and amend regulations regarding the classification, definition and financial administration of funds, accounts and expenditures in accordance with the requirements of this section.  F. A school district shall be authorized to make capital expenditures from the general fund to defray the cost of rebuilding a school building only if a school building or facility has been destroyed by a fire or natural disaster, such as flood, tornado or other act of God, or by an act of a public enemy of the United States or this state and monies received by the district through insurance coverage, federal reimbursement, contributions and allocation from the State Board of Education from the State Public Common School Building Equalization Fund are insufficient to rebuild the facility. Capital expenditures from the general fund pursuant to this subsection shall be limited to an amount necessary to defray the cost of rebuilding the facility which exceeds monies received by the school district through insurance, federal reimbursement, contributions and state allocations.  G. Schools which receive gifts or donations or state-appropriated monies for the purpose of capital expenditures or projects shall place such monies in the building fund, as provided by Section 1-118 of this title, and not in the general fund. School districts which receive gifts, grants, or donations of monies for noncapital expenditures may place the monies in the general fund, and such monies shall not be required to be used during the year in which the money was received but may accumulate from year to year and shall not be considered a part of the general fund collections when calculating the general fund carryover as provided for in subsection G of Section 18-200.1 of this title.  H. School districts which receive monies from rental, sale, or lease of buildings, impact aid monies, or grants, gifts or donations for capital purposes, whether from state, federal, or other sources, may place such monies in the building fund authorized by Section 1-118 of this title or the general fund authorized by this section.  I. Any construction of a building included as a capital expenditure from the general fund of a school district which is authorized and has had a contractual agreement concerning such construction executed prior to July 1, 1991, may be proceeded with and completed as authorized prior to July 1, 1991, as a capital expenditure from such general fund.  J. School districts receiving revenues authorized by Section 9B of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution shall be authorized to make capital expenditures from the general revenue fund no greater than the amount levied by the incentive millage.  K. Upon the approval of the State Board of Education, a school district shall be authorized to make capital expenditures as defined in this section from its general fund if:  1. A bond issue has been rejected at an election by the school district electors voting on that question within the current school year, as certified by the secretary of the county election board; or  2. The school district has voted indebtedness at any time within the preceding three (3) school years through the issuance of bonds or through approval by voters of issuance of new bonds for more than eighty-five percent (85%) of the maximum allowable pursuant to the provisions of Section 26 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution as shown on the school district budget filed with the State Board of Equalization for the current school year and certifications by the Attorney General prior to April 1 of the current school year. The State Board of Education shall establish the rules to administer the provisions of this subsection which shall include, but not be limited to, specification of a maximum amount of general fund monies to be used for capital expenditures, the purposes for which such funds may be expended and the period of time in which such funds shall be encumbered.  L. Other provisions of this section notwithstanding, a school district shall be authorized to make capital expenditures from the general fund if the total assessed property valuation per average daily attendance is less than sixty percent (60%) of the state average total assessed property valuation per average daily attendance and if, for each year in which general fund revenue is used for capital expenditures, the district has voted the five-mill building fund levy authorized in Section 10 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution and has voted indebtedness through the issuance of new bonds for at least eighty-five percent (85%) within the last three (3) years of the maximum allowable pursuant to the provisions of Section 26 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution as shown on the school district budget filed with the State Board of Equalization for the current school year and certifications by the Attorney General prior to April 1 of the school year. Provided, the maximum amount of general fund revenue used for capital expenditures pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the total yearly revenue to the general fund. Said fund may not be used for capital expenditures for more than five (5) consecutive years and may only be utilized for remodeling or construction of classroom facilities and such ancillary facilities to said classrooms as may be necessary. Provided, further, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall certify in writing, prior to the expenditure of the funds for which provision is made in this subsection, that such expenditures are in compliance with the provisions of this subsection.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1-117, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 114, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 209, • 2, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 324, • 6, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1995, c. 153, • 2, emerg. eff. May 2, 1995; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 65, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 89, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 173, • 1, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2009, c. 250, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    •701118. Building fund Definition.  The building fund of any school district shall consist of all monies derived from the proceeds of a building fund levy of not to exceed five (5) mills in any year, voted by the people of a school district pursuant to the provisions of Article X, Section 10, of the Oklahoma Constitution, monies appropriated by the state for the purpose of capital expenditures or projects, monies allocated to a school district by the State Board of Education from the State Public School Building Equalization Fund, and monies donated to a school district for the purpose of capital projects or improvements and may be used for erecting, remodeling, repairing, or maintaining school buildings, for purchasing furniture, equipment and computer software to be used on or for school district property, for paying energy and utility costs, for purchasing telecommunications services, for paying fire and casualty insurance premiums for school facilities, for purchasing security system, and for paying salaries of security personnel, or for one or more, or all, of such purposes. Proceeds of such levies shall not be required to be used during the year for which a levy is made but may accumulate from year to year until adequate for the purposes intended. The building fund hereinabove defined is hereby declared to be a current expense fund, but shall not be considered a part of the general operating fund. No monies derived from the proceeds of the school levies made pursuant to the provisions of Article X, Section 9 of the Oklahoma Constitution may be placed in the building fund provided by this section.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1118, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 115, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 209, • 3, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 319, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.    •70-1-118.1. Building fund – Technology center school districts.  The building fund of any technology center school district shall consist of all monies derived from the proceeds of a building fund levy of not to exceed five (5) mills in any year, voted by the people of a school district pursuant to the provisions of Article X, Section 10, of the Oklahoma Constitution, monies appropriated by the state for the purpose of capital expenditures or projects, and monies donated to a school district for the purpose of capital projects or improvements and may be used for erecting, remodeling, repairing or maintaining school buildings, and for purchasing furniture, equipment and software for instructional and noninstructional purposes, for purchasing energy and telecommunications utilities, for paying fire and casualty insurance premiums for school facilities, for purchasing security systems, and for paying salaries of security personnel, or for one or more, or all, of such purposes. Proceeds of such levies shall not be required to be used during the year for which a levy is made but may accumulate from year to year until adequate for the purposes intended. The building fund hereinabove defined is hereby declared to be a current expense fund, but shall not be considered a part of the general operating fund. No monies derived from the proceeds of the school levies made pursuant to the provisions of Article X, Section 9B of the Oklahoma Constitution may be placed in the building fund provided by this section.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 167, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 257, • 1, emerg. eff. May 25, 1995; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 66, eff. July 1, 2001.    •701119. Sinking fund Definition.  The sinking fund of any district shall consist of all money derived from ad valorem taxes or otherwise as provided by law for the payment of bonds and judgments and interest thereon. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 1119. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 1119, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-1-120. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 347, • 50, emerg. eff. July 1, 1981.  •701121. Conflicting provisions.  The provisions of this act shall control over any conflicting provisions in the laws of this state.  Laws 1976, Chapter 1, Section 2.    Laws 1976, c. 1, • 2.   •70-2. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 607, art. 20, • 9.  •70-2-101. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 296, • 12, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-2-102. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 296, • 12, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-2-103. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 74, • 4, eff. Jan 1, 1981.  •70-2-104. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 296, • 12, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-2-105. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 296, • 12, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-2-106. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 296, • 12, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-2-107. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 296, • 12, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-2-108. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 296, • 12, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-2-109. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 296, • 12, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-2A-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-2A-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-2A-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-2A-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-2B-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-2B-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-2B-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-2B-4. Repealed by Laws 1968, c. 60, • 2.  •70-3. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 607, art. 20, • 9.  •70-3-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-4.1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-4.2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-3-101. State Board of Education - Members - Terms - Travel expenses.  The State Board of Education shall be the governing board of the State Department of Education and shall consist of seven (7) members. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be a member and the chairperson of said Board. The remaining six members shall be appointed by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. No person shall be eligible to be appointed to serve on the State Board unless said person has been awarded a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency. Any member appointed to the State Board after the effective date of this act shall complete the workshop requirements of a new school board member pursuant to Section 5-110 of this title within thirteen (13) months following or preceding the appointment of the member. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the State Department of Education shall not charge any member of the State Board of Education a fee for any workshop provided by the Department for board members pursuant to Section 5-110 of this title and shall not pay a fee to any organization or institution of higher education on behalf of a member of the State Board of Education, or reimburse any member of the Board for a fee paid to any organization or institution of higher education, for attendance at a workshop or courses to satisfy the requirements of Section 5-110 of this title.  The Governor shall appoint one member to serve for one (1) year; one member to serve for two (2) years; one member to serve for three (3) years; one member to serve for four (4) years; one member to serve for five (5) years; and one member to serve for six (6) years. Said members shall serve until their successors are duly appointed and qualified. Their successors shall be appointed for a term of six (6) years, and thereafter the term of each member of said Board shall be six (6) years. An appointment shall be made to take effect on April 2 of each year. Except for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a member shall be appointed from each congressional district, and any remaining members shall be appointed from the state at large, not to exceed more than one member from any one county, city or town. However, when congressional districts are redrawn each member appointed prior to July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall complete the current term of office and appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be based on the redrawn districts. Appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be from any redrawn districts which are not represented by a board member until such time as each of the modified congressional districts are represented by a board member. No appointments may be made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective if such appointment would result in more than two members serving from the same modified district. Upon the occurrence of a vacancy the same shall be filled by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate at the next session of the Legislature, such appointments to be made for the unexpired term.  Terms of the members shall be staggered so that only one term expires each year. Each member of the Board shall receive necessary traveling expenses while in the performance of his duties in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act, Section 500.1 et seq. of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Provided, that persons serving as members of the State Board of Education on the effective date of this act shall continue to serve as members of the State Board of Education for the terms for which they were appointed.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 3-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 178, • 52, operative July 1, 1985; Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 40, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 364, • 8, emerg. eff. June 4, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 210, • 1, emerg. eff. May 20, 1994; Laws 2002, c. 375, • 15, eff. Nov. 5, 2002.    •70-3-102. Meetings.  The State Board of Education shall meet in regular session once each month. Special meetings may be called by the president or by a majority of the members of the Board.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 3-102, eff. July 2, 1971.    •70-3-103. Quorum.  A quorum of the State Board of Education shall consist of four members. No business may be transacted at any meeting unless a quorum is present and every act of said Board shall be approved by a majority of the membership of said Board.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 3-103, eff. July 2, 1971.    •70-3-104. See the following versions:  OS 70-3-104v1 (HB 2029, Laws 2009, c. 234, • 155).  OS 70-3-104v2 (SB 1169, Laws 2009, c. 448, • 1).  •703104.1. Convicted felons not to receive certification for instructional, supervisory or administrative position.  No person shall receive a certificate for instructional, supervisory or administrative position in an accredited school of this state who has been convicted of a felony, any crime involving moral turpitude or a felony violation of the narcotic laws of the United States or the State of Oklahoma, provided the conviction was entered within the preceding tenyear period.    Laws 1979, c. 91, • 1.   •70-3-104.2. Comprehensive Local Education Plan.  A. As part of the requirements for receiving accreditation by the State Board of Education, each school district board of education shall adopt a Comprehensive Local Education Plan once every six (6) years. The plan at a minimum shall contain the following:  1. A school improvement plan as provided for in Section 5-117.4 of this title;  2. A capital improvement plan as provided for in Section 18-153 of this title;  3. An alternative education plan, as provided for in subsection B of Section 1210.566 of this title; and  4. A reading sufficiency plan as provided for in Section 1210.508C of this title.  B. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules for monitoring compliance with the provisions of this section by school districts. The State Department of Education shall provide training for regional accreditation officers in alternative education program compliance.  Added by Laws 1987, c. 186, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 324, • 7, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 290, • 66, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1998, c. 332, • 4, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2002, c. 289, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2006, c. 227, • 1, eff. July 1, 2006.    •70-3-104.3. Requirements for compliance with quality standards - Loss or denial of accreditation.  A. The Legislature, recognizing its obligation to the children of this state to ensure their opportunity to receive an excellent education, and recognizing its obligation to the taxpayers of this state to ensure that schooling is accomplished in an efficient manner, hereby establishes requirements for compliance with quality standards which the public schools and school districts, within the limits of resources now or subsequently available, must meet.  B. State accreditation shall be withdrawn from or denied to schools or school districts that do not meet the requirements of Sections 2, 3, 6, 28, 29, 30, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, and 49 of this act, and the State Board of Education shall take action as required by this act to ensure that students affected are enrolled in schools that are able to maintain state accreditation. Nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting the withdrawing or denial of accreditation for failure to meet requirements as elsewhere provided by law.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 1, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-3-104.4. Standards for accreditation.  A. On or before February 1, 1991, the State Board of Education shall adopt standards for the accreditation of the public schools in this state according to the requirements of this act, to be effective as set forth in this act. The accreditation standards shall incorporate the curricular standards established pursuant to Section 11-103.6 of this title for implementation with the 199394 school year. No school shall be denied accreditation or have accreditation withdrawn prior to the 199798 school year solely for failure to fully implement the curricular standards. The accreditation standards shall equal or exceed the accreditation standards for schools promulgated by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to the extent that the standards are consistent with an academic results oriented approach to accreditation, excluding those standards which deal with affective behavior to the extent the adoption of the standards does not conflict with state statute. The accreditation adopted by the State Board shall encompass accreditation for elementary schools, middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools. The accreditation standards shall be made available for public inspection at the offices of the State Department of Education.  B. Standards for accreditation adopted by the State Board of Education shall include standards relating to the provision of school counselors to the public school children of this state. The State Board of Education shall require each local school district to provide information regarding the number of counselors serving each school site, the duties of all such counselors including all administrative duties, the number of students served by each counselor, and information regarding the number of counselors employed per elementary school, middle school, junior high school and high school.  C. Except as otherwise provided by subsection A of this section with regard to curricular standards, as a condition of receiving state accreditation pursuant to this act:  1. High schools shall meet the accreditation standards not later than June 30, 1995; and  2. Elementary, middle and junior high schools shall meet the accreditation standards not later than June 30, 1999.  Schools shall thereafter continue to meet the accreditation standards as a condition of continued accreditation. Nothing herein shall be construed as preventing changes to the adopted standards by the State Board of Education pursuant to the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act.    D. If one or more school sites fails to receive accreditation as required pursuant to this section by the dates set forth in subsection C of this section or subsequently loses accreditation, the State Board of Education shall close the school and reassign the students to accredited schools within the district or shall annex the district to one or more other districts in which the students can be educated in accredited schools.  E. State Board accreditation regulations shall provide for warnings and for assistance to schools and school districts whenever there is reason to believe a school is in danger of losing its state accreditation.  F. The State Board shall provide assistance to districts in considering the possibility of meeting accreditation requirements through the use of nontraditional means of instruction. The State Board shall also assist districts in forming cooperatives and making arrangements for the use of satellite instruction or other instructional technologies to the extent that use of such instructional means meets accreditation standards.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 2, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 188, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-104.5. Plan of Educational Development and Improvement - Submission to State Board of Education - Rules - Approval or rejection of plan.  A. The board of education of every elementary school district and independent school district that has not filed notification with the State Board of Education by November 1, 1990, of intent to annex or consolidate shall submit a Plan of Educational Development and Improvement to the State Board of Education by May 1, 1991. Said plan shall be submitted in compliance with rules which shall be promulgated by the State Board by April 1, 1990, for the purpose of obtaining information the State Board will need to determine whether such district can be expected to make satisfactory progress toward meeting the requirements of this act with resources available and reasonably anticipated. To the greatest possible extent, said rules shall be written to enable districts to make use of materials prepared for submittal of the districts' fouryear plans pursuant to Section 3104.2 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes and of other plans or reports required by statutes or State Board regulations. Nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting subsequent rule changes made pursuant to the requirements of the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act, Section 250 et seq. of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  B. The State Board shall approve each such plan submitted within three (3) months of receipt of the plan. If the board rejects the plan, it shall assist the district in revising its plan or reconsidering the decision not to file notification of intent to consolidate or annex. Approval shall mean that the State Board has no reasonable doubt that the district will achieve and maintain full compliance with all the provisions of this act on schedule. Plans approved shall be implemented by the local board.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 13, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 1, eff. July 1, 1991.    •70-3-104.6. Legislative membership or in Legislative Service Bureau as valid experience for renewal of Standard Teaching Certificate.  The State Board of Education shall recognize full time service as a member of the staff of the House of Representatives, the Senate, or the Legislative Service Bureau in an area related to education as valid experience for renewal of the Standard Teaching Certificate.    Added by Laws 1990, c. 260, • 52, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-3-104.7. Day treatment programs - Standards for on-site educational services.  A. For purposes of this act, partial hospitalization programs, day treatment programs and day hospital programs mean nonresidential settings in which school-age children are placed for psychiatric or psychological treatment which precludes their attendance at a regular public school.  B. No later than August 15, 1994, the State Board of Education shall establish standards for on-site educational services provided in partial hospitalization programs, day treatment programs, and day hospital programs for persons between the ages of three (3) and twenty-one (21) years of age. The standards shall address all areas of education including teacher certification requirements, number of hours taught, adequacy of facilities, and educational plans including plans for transition into regular school setting.  C. No facility listed in subsection A of this section shall be licensed pursuant to the provisions of this act unless the facility meets the standards for educational services established by the State Board of Education.  D. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 378, • 2, eff. July 1, 1994.    •70-3-104v1. State Board of Education - Powers and duties.  The control of the State Department of Education and the supervision of the public school system of Oklahoma shall be vested in the State Board of Education and, subject to limitations otherwise provided by law, the State Board of Education shall:  1. Establish and prescribe the duties of an executive officer who shall be the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and whose duties shall include the responsibility to give advice and make recommendations to the Board on all matters pertaining to the policies and administration of the State Department of Education and the public school system;  2. Adopt policies and make rules for the operation of the State Department of Education and the public school system of the state;  3. Organize and have control of the administrative and supervisory agencies, divisions, personnel and their appointment and salaries and other operations necessary to carry out the powers, duties and functions of the Board and its executive officer;  4. Have authority to require the coordination of all divisions of the State Department of Education through its executive officer, delegate general supervision of all employees to its executive officer, require all recommendations to be presented through its executive officer, require its executive officer to be responsible for interpretation of the Board's policy, require any employee of the Board to present any specific matter directly to the Board;  5. Appoint, prescribe the duties and fix the compensation of a secretary, an attorney and all other personnel necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the State Board of Education. The secretary shall not be a member of the Board;  6. Submit to the Governor a departmental budget based upon major functions of the Department supported by detailed data on needs and proposed operations as partially determined by the budgetary needs of local school districts filed with the State Board of Education for the ensuing fiscal year. Appropriations therefor shall be made in lump-sum form for each major item in the budget as follows:  a.  State Aid to schools,  b.  the supervision of all other functions of general and special education including general control, free textbooks, school lunch, Indian education and all other functions of the Board and an amount sufficient to adequately staff and administer these services, and  c.  the Board shall determine the details by which the budget and the appropriations are administered. Annually, the Board shall make preparations to consolidate all of the functions of the Department in such a way that the budget can be based on two items, administration and aid to schools. A maximum amount for administration shall be designated as a part of the total appropriation;  7. On the first day of December preceding each regular session of the Legislature, prepare and deliver to the Governor and the Legislature a report for the year ending June 30 immediately preceding said regular session of the Legislature. Said report shall contain:  a.  detailed statistics and other information concerning enrollment, attendance, expenditures including State Aid, and other pertinent data for all public schools in this state,  b.  reports from each and every division, department, institution or other agency under the supervision of the Board,  c.  recommendations for the improvement of the public school system of the state,  d.  a statement of the receipts and expenditures of the State Board of Education for the past year, and  e.  a statement of plans and recommendations for the management and improvement of public schools and such other information relating to the educational interests of the state as may be deemed necessary and desirable;  8. Provide for the formulation and adoption of curricula, courses of study and other instructional aids necessary for the adequate instruction of pupils in the public schools;  9. Have authority in matters pertaining to the licensure and certification of persons for instructional, supervisory and administrative positions and services in the public schools of the state subject to the provisions of Section 6-184 of this title, and shall formulate rules governing the issuance and revocation of certificates for superintendents of schools, principals, supervisors, librarians, clerical employees, school nurses, school bus drivers, visiting teachers, classroom teachers and for other personnel performing instructional, administrative and supervisory services, but not including members of boards of education and other employees who do not work directly with pupils, and may charge and collect reasonable fees for the issuance of such certificates:  a.  the State Department of Education shall not issue a certificate to and shall revoke the certificate of any person who has been convicted, whether upon a verdict or plea of guilty or upon a plea of nolo contendere, or received a suspended sentence or any probationary term for a crime or an attempt to commit a crime provided for in Section 843.5 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes if the offense involved sexual abuse or sexual exploitation as those terms are defined in Section 1-1-105 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes, Sections 741, 843.1, if the offense included sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, 865 et seq., 885, 888, 891, 1021, 1021.2, 1021.3, 1040.13a, 1087, 1088, 1111.1, 1114 or 1123 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes or who enters this state and who has been convicted, received a suspended sentence or received a deferred judgement for a crime or attempted crime which, if committed or attempted in this state, would be a crime or an attempt to commit a crime provided for in any of said laws,  b.  all funds collected by the State Department of Education for the issuance of certificates to instructional, supervisory and administrative personnel in the public schools of the state shall be deposited in the "Teachers' Certificate Fund" in the State Treasury and may be expended by the State Board of Education to finance the activities of the State Department of Education necessary to administer the program, for consultative services, publication costs, actual and necessary travel expenses as provided in the State Travel Reimbursement Act incurred by persons performing research work, and other expenses found necessary by the State Board of Education for the improvement of the preparation and certification of teachers in Oklahoma. Provided, any unobligated balance in the Teachers' Certificate Fund in excess of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) on June 30 of any fiscal year shall be transferred to the General Revenue Fund of the State of Oklahoma. Until July 1, 1997, the State Board of Education shall have authority for approval of teacher education programs. The State Board of Education shall also have authority for the administration of teacher residency and professional development, subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act;  10. Promulgate rules governing the classification, inspection, supervision and accrediting of all public nursery, kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools and on-site educational services provided by public school districts or state-accredited private schools in partial hospitalization programs, day treatment programs, and day hospital programs as defined in this act for persons between the ages of three (3) and twenty-one (21) years of age in the state. However, no school shall be denied accreditation solely on the basis of average daily attendance.  Any school district which maintains an elementary school and faces the necessity of relocating its school facilities because of construction of a lake, either by state or federal authority, which will inundate the school facilities, shall be entitled to receive probationary accreditation from the State Board of Education for a period of five (5) years after the effective date of this act and any school district, otherwise qualified, shall be entitled to receive probationary accreditation from the State Board of Education for a period of two (2) consecutive years to attain the minimum average daily attendance. The Head Start and public nurseries or kindergartens operated from Community Action Program funds shall not be subjected to the accrediting rules of the State Board of Education. Neither will the State Board of Education make rules affecting the operation of the public nurseries and kindergartens operated from federal funds secured through Community Action Programs even though they may be operating in the public schools of the state. However, any of the Head Start or public nurseries or kindergartens operated under federal regulations may make application for accrediting from the State Board of Education but will be accredited only if application for the approval of the programs is made. The status of no school district shall be changed which will reduce it to a lower classification until due notice has been given to the proper authorities thereof and an opportunity given to correct the conditions which otherwise would be the cause of such reduction.  Private and parochial schools may be accredited and classified in like manner as public schools or, if an accrediting association is approved by the State Board of Education, by procedures established by the State Board of Education to accept accreditation by such accrediting association, if application is made to the State Board of Education for such accrediting;  11. Be the legal agent of the State of Oklahoma to accept, in its discretion, the provisions of any Act of Congress appropriating or apportioning funds which are now, or may hereafter be, provided for use in connection with any phase of the system of public education in Oklahoma. It shall prescribe such rules as it finds necessary to provide for the proper distribution of such funds in accordance with the state and federal laws;  12. Be and is specifically hereby designated as the agency of this state to cooperate and deal with any officer, board or authority of the United States Government under any law of the United States which may require or recommend cooperation with any state board having charge of the administration of public schools unless otherwise provided by law;  13. Be and is hereby designated as the "State Educational Agency" referred to in Public Law 396 of the 79th Congress of the United States, which law states that said act may be cited as the "National School Lunch Act", and said State Board of Education is hereby authorized and directed to accept the terms and provisions of said act and to enter into such agreements, not in conflict with the Constitution of Oklahoma or the Constitution and Statutes of the United States, as may be necessary or appropriate to secure for the State of Oklahoma the benefits of the school lunch program established and referred to in said act;  14. Have authority to secure and administer the benefits of the National School Lunch Act, Public Law 396 of the 79th Congress of the United States, in the State of Oklahoma and is hereby authorized to employ or appoint and fix the compensation of such additional officers or employees and to incur such expenses as may be necessary for the accomplishment of the above purpose, administer the distribution of any state funds appropriated by the Legislature required as federal matching to reimburse on children's meals;  15. Accept and provide for the administration of any land, money, buildings, gifts, donation or other things of value which may be offered or bequeathed to the schools under the supervision or control of said Board;  16. Have authority to require persons having administrative control of all school districts in Oklahoma to make such regular and special reports regarding the activities of the schools in said districts as the Board may deem needful for the proper exercise of its duties and functions. Such authority shall include the right of the State Board of Education to withhold all state funds under its control, to withhold official recognition, including accrediting, until such required reports have been filed and accepted in the office of said Board and to revoke the certificates of persons failing or refusing to make such reports;  17. Have general supervision of the school lunch program. The State Board of Education may sponsor workshops for personnel and participants in the school lunch program and may develop, print and distribute free of charge or sell any materials, books and bulletins to be used in such school lunch programs. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Board, to be designated the School Lunch Workshop Revolving Fund. The fund shall consist of all fees derived from or on behalf of any participant in any such workshop sponsored by the State Board of Education, or from the sale of any materials, books and bulletins, and such funds shall be disbursed for expenses of such workshops and for developing, printing and distributing of such materials, books and bulletins relating to the school lunch program. The fund shall be administered in accordance with the Revolving Fund Procedures Act;  18. Prescribe all forms for school district and county officers to report to the State Board of Education where required. The State Board of Education shall also prescribe a list of appropriation accounts by which the funds of school districts shall be budgeted, accounted for and expended; and it shall be the duty of the State Auditor and Inspector in prescribing all budgeting, accounting and reporting forms for school funds to conform to such lists;  19. Provide for the establishment of a uniform system of pupil and personnel accounting, records and reports;  20. Have authority to provide for the health and safety of school children and school personnel while under the jurisdiction of school authorities;  21. Provide for the supervision of the transportation of pupils;  22. Have authority, upon request of the local school board, to act in behalf of the public schools of the state in the purchase of transportation equipment;  23. Have authority and is hereby required to perform all duties necessary to the administration of the public school system in Oklahoma as specified in the Oklahoma School Code; and, in addition thereto, those duties not specifically mentioned herein if not delegated by law to any other agency or official;  24. Administer the State Public Common School Building Equalization Fund established by Section 32 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. Any royalties, bonuses, rentals or other monies derived from oil and gas and all other mineral leases on lands that have been or may be granted by the United States to the state for the use and benefit of the common schools, or lands that are or may be held by the Commissioners of the Land Office for the use and benefit of the common schools, the proceeds of the sale of easements, improvements and sand and gravel on any such lands, the proceeds of all property that shall fall to the state by escheat, penalties for unlawful holding of real estate by corporations, and capital gains on assets of the permanent school funds, shall be deposited in such State Public Common School Building Equalization Fund, which shall be used to aid school districts in acquiring buildings under rules prescribed by the State Board of Education, as the administering agency, subject to the limitations fixed by Section 32 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. The State Board of Education shall prescribe rules for making grants of aid from, and for otherwise administering, such fund, and may employ and fix the duties and compensation of technicians, aides, clerks, stenographers, attorneys and other personnel deemed necessary to perform its duties; and the cost of administering such fund shall be paid from funds currently available for the operation of the State Department of Education. It shall be the duty of the State Board of Education, the Commissioners of the Land Office and all other public agencies, officers and employees to observe and comply with the provisions of this paragraph, in all respects; and they shall not be held liable for any amount, penalty or punishment for having done so, unless and until they are directed to do otherwise by a court of competent jurisdiction;  25. Recognize that the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shall be the administrative authority for the schools which are maintained in the state reformatories and shall appoint the principals and teachers in such schools. Provided, that rules of the State Board of Education for the classification, inspection and accreditation of public schools shall be applicable to such schools; and such schools shall comply with standards set by the State Board of Education;  26. Have authority to administer a revolving fund which is hereby created in the State Treasury, to be designated the Statistical Services Revolving Fund. The fund shall consist of all monies received from the various school districts of the state, the United States Government, and other sources for the purpose of furnishing or financing statistical services and for any other purpose as designated by the Legislature. The State Board of Education is hereby authorized to enter into agreements with school districts, municipalities, the United States Government, foundations and other agencies or individuals for services, programs or research projects. The Statistical Services Revolving Fund shall be administered in accordance with the Revolving Fund Procedures Act, Section 155 et seq. of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and  27. Have authority to review preliminary plans for new construction and major alteration of public school buildings where structural changes are proposed. No bids shall be let for the construction or major alteration of any public school building until preliminary plans and specifications for such construction or alteration have been submitted to and reviewed by the State Department of Education. The period of time during which such review is conducted by the State Department of Education shall not exceed thirty (30) days. The State Department of Education shall advise each local school district regarding said review of preliminary plans and specifications. Provided, nothing in this subsection shall be construed as repealing any ordinance or building code of any city, town or county.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 3-104, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1972, c. 241, • 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1973, c. 17, • 1, emerg. eff. March 27, 1973; Laws 1973, c. 46, • 6, operative July 1, 1973; Laws 1974, c. 146, • 1; Laws 1975, c. 344, • 1; Laws 1978, c. 85, • 1, eff. Jan. 8, 1979; Laws 1982, c. 369, • 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1982; Laws 1984, c. 296, • 42, operative July 1, 1984; Laws 1985, c. 13, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1986, c. 105, • 2, emerg. eff. April 5, 1986; Laws 1991, c. 240, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 361, • 1, emerg. eff. June 11, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 2, • 26, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994; Laws 1994, c. 378, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 1, • 25, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995; Laws 1995, c. 226, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1995, c. 322, • 23, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1998, c. 246, • 32, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 336, • 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2009, c. 234, • 155, emerg. eff. May 21, 2009.  NOTE: Laws 1993, c. 239, • 21 repealed by Laws 1994, c. 2, • 34, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994. Laws 1994, c. 344, • 1 repealed by Laws 1995, c. 1, • 40, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995.    •70-3-104. State Board of Education - Powers and duties.  The control of the State Department of Education and the supervision of the public school system of Oklahoma shall be vested in the State Board of Education and, subject to limitations otherwise provided by law, the State Board of Education shall:  1. Establish and prescribe the duties of an executive officer who shall be the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and whose duties shall include the responsibility to give advice and make recommendations to the Board on all matters pertaining to the policies and administration of the State Department of Education and the public school system;  2. Adopt policies and make rules for the operation of the State Department of Education and the public school system of the state;  3. Organize and have control of the administrative and supervisory agencies, divisions, personnel and their appointment and salaries and other operations necessary to carry out the powers, duties and functions of the Board and its executive officer;  4. Have authority to require the coordination of all divisions of the State Department of Education through its executive officer, delegate general supervision of all employees to its executive officer, require all recommendations to be presented through its executive officer, require its executive officer to be responsible for interpretation of the Board's policy, require any employee of the Board to present any specific matter directly to the Board;  5. Appoint, prescribe the duties and fix the compensation of a secretary, an attorney and all other personnel necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the State Board of Education. The secretary shall not be a member of the Board;  6. Submit to the Governor a departmental budget based upon major functions of the Department supported by detailed data on needs and proposed operations as partially determined by the budgetary needs of local school districts filed with the State Board of Education for the ensuing fiscal year. Appropriations therefor shall be made in lump-sum form for each major item in the budget as follows:  a.  State Aid to schools,  b.  the supervision of all other functions of general and special education including general control, free textbooks, school lunch, Indian education and all other functions of the Board and an amount sufficient to adequately staff and administer these services, and  c.  the Board shall determine the details by which the budget and the appropriations are administered. Annually, the Board shall make preparations to consolidate all of the functions of the Department in such a way that the budget can be based on two items, administration and aid to schools. A maximum amount for administration shall be designated as a part of the total appropriation;  7. On the first day of December preceding each regular session of the Legislature, prepare and deliver to the Governor and the Legislature a report for the year ending June 30 immediately preceding said regular session of the Legislature. Said report shall contain:  a.  detailed statistics and other information concerning enrollment, attendance, expenditures including State Aid, and other pertinent data for all public schools in this state,  b.  reports from each and every division, department, institution or other agency under the supervision of the Board,  c.  recommendations for the improvement of the public school system of the state,  d.  a statement of the receipts and expenditures of the State Board of Education for the past year, and  e.  a statement of plans and recommendations for the management and improvement of public schools and such other information relating to the educational interests of the state as may be deemed necessary and desirable;  8. Provide for the formulation and adoption of curricula, courses of study and other instructional aids necessary for the adequate instruction of pupils in the public schools;  9. Have authority in matters pertaining to the licensure and certification of persons for instructional, supervisory and administrative positions and services in the public schools of the state subject to the provisions of Section 6-184 of this title, and shall formulate rules governing the issuance and revocation of certificates for superintendents of schools, principals, supervisors, librarians, clerical employees, school nurses, school bus drivers, visiting teachers, classroom teachers and for other personnel performing instructional, administrative and supervisory services, but not including members of boards of education and other employees who do not work directly with pupils, and may charge and collect reasonable fees for the issuance of such certificates:  a.  the State Department of Education shall not issue a certificate to and shall revoke the certificate of any person who has been convicted, whether upon a verdict or plea of guilty or upon a plea of nolo contendere, or received a suspended sentence or any probationary term for a crime or an attempt to commit a crime provided for in Section 7115 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes if the offense involved sexual abuse or sexual exploitation as those terms are defined in Section 7102 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Sections 741, 843.1, if the offense included sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, 865 et seq., 885, 888, 891, 1021, 1021.2, 1021.3, 1040.13a, 1040.51, 1087, 1088, 1111.1, 1114 or 1123 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes or who enters this state and who has been convicted, received a suspended sentence or received a deferred judgement for a crime or attempted crime which, if committed or attempted in this state, would be a crime or an attempt to commit a crime provided for in any of said laws,  b.  all funds collected by the State Department of Education for the issuance of certificates to instructional, supervisory and administrative personnel in the public schools of the state shall be deposited in the "Teachers' Certificate Fund" in the State Treasury and may be expended by the State Board of Education to finance the activities of the State Department of Education necessary to administer the program, for consultative services, publication costs, actual and necessary travel expenses as provided in the State Travel Reimbursement Act incurred by persons performing research work, and other expenses found necessary by the State Board of Education for the improvement of the preparation and certification of teachers in Oklahoma. Provided, any unobligated balance in the Teachers' Certificate Fund in excess of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) on June 30 of any fiscal year shall be transferred to the General Revenue Fund of the State of Oklahoma. Until July 1, 1997, the State Board of Education shall have authority for approval of teacher education programs. The State Board of Education shall also have authority for the administration of teacher residency and professional development, subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act;  10. Promulgate rules governing the classification, inspection, supervision and accrediting of all public nursery, kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools and on-site educational services provided by public school districts or state-accredited private schools in partial hospitalization programs, day treatment programs, and day hospital programs as defined in this act for persons between the ages of three (3) and twenty-one (21) years of age in the state. However, no school shall be denied accreditation solely on the basis of average daily attendance.  Any school district which maintains an elementary school and faces the necessity of relocating its school facilities because of construction of a lake, either by state or federal authority, which will inundate the school facilities, shall be entitled to receive probationary accreditation from the State Board of Education for a period of five (5) years after the effective date of this act and any school district, otherwise qualified, shall be entitled to receive probationary accreditation from the State Board of Education for a period of two (2) consecutive years to attain the minimum average daily attendance. The Head Start and public nurseries or kindergartens operated from Community Action Program funds shall not be subjected to the accrediting rules of the State Board of Education. Neither will the State Board of Education make rules affecting the operation of the public nurseries and kindergartens operated from federal funds secured through Community Action Programs even though they may be operating in the public schools of the state. However, any of the Head Start or public nurseries or kindergartens operated under federal regulations may make application for accrediting from the State Board of Education but will be accredited only if application for the approval of the programs is made. The status of no school district shall be changed which will reduce it to a lower classification until due notice has been given to the proper authorities thereof and an opportunity given to correct the conditions which otherwise would be the cause of such reduction.  Private and parochial schools may be accredited and classified in like manner as public schools or, if an accrediting association is approved by the State Board of Education, by procedures established by the State Board of Education to accept accreditation by such accrediting association, if application is made to the State Board of Education for such accrediting;  11. Be the legal agent of the State of Oklahoma to accept, in its discretion, the provisions of any Act of Congress appropriating or apportioning funds which are now, or may hereafter be, provided for use in connection with any phase of the system of public education in Oklahoma. It shall prescribe such rules as it finds necessary to provide for the proper distribution of such funds in accordance with the state and federal laws;  12. Be and is specifically hereby designated as the agency of this state to cooperate and deal with any officer, board or authority of the United States Government under any law of the United States which may require or recommend cooperation with any state board having charge of the administration of public schools unless otherwise provided by law;  13. Be and is hereby designated as the "State Educational Agency" referred to in Public Law 396 of the 79th Congress of the United States, which law states that said act may be cited as the "National School Lunch Act", and said State Board of Education is hereby authorized and directed to accept the terms and provisions of said act and to enter into such agreements, not in conflict with the Constitution of Oklahoma or the Constitution and Statutes of the United States, as may be necessary or appropriate to secure for the State of Oklahoma the benefits of the school lunch program established and referred to in said act;  14. Have authority to secure and administer the benefits of the National School Lunch Act, Public Law 396 of the 79th Congress of the United States, in the State of Oklahoma and is hereby authorized to employ or appoint and fix the compensation of such additional officers or employees and to incur such expenses as may be necessary for the accomplishment of the above purpose, administer the distribution of any state funds appropriated by the Legislature required as federal matching to reimburse on children's meals;  15. Accept and provide for the administration of any land, money, buildings, gifts, donation or other things of value which may be offered or bequeathed to the schools under the supervision or control of said Board;  16. Have authority to require persons having administrative control of all school districts in Oklahoma to make such regular and special reports regarding the activities of the schools in said districts as the Board may deem needful for the proper exercise of its duties and functions. Such authority shall include the right of the State Board of Education to withhold all state funds under its control, to withhold official recognition, including accrediting, until such required reports have been filed and accepted in the office of said Board and to revoke the certificates of persons failing or refusing to make such reports;  17. Have general supervision of the school lunch program. The State Board of Education may sponsor workshops for personnel and participants in the school lunch program and may develop, print and distribute free of charge or sell any materials, books and bulletins to be used in such school lunch programs. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Board, to be designated the School Lunch Workshop Revolving Fund. The fund shall consist of all fees derived from or on behalf of any participant in any such workshop sponsored by the State Board of Education, or from the sale of any materials, books and bulletins, and such funds shall be disbursed for expenses of such workshops and for developing, printing and distributing of such materials, books and bulletins relating to the school lunch program. The fund shall be administered in accordance with the Revolving Fund Procedures Act;  18. Prescribe all forms for school district and county officers to report to the State Board of Education where required. The State Board of Education shall also prescribe a list of appropriation accounts by which the funds of school districts shall be budgeted, accounted for and expended; and it shall be the duty of the State Auditor and Inspector in prescribing all budgeting, accounting and reporting forms for school funds to conform to such lists;  19. Provide for the establishment of a uniform system of pupil and personnel accounting, records and reports;  20. Have authority to provide for the health and safety of school children and school personnel while under the jurisdiction of school authorities;  21. Provide for the supervision of the transportation of pupils;  22. Have authority, upon request of the local school board, to act in behalf of the public schools of the state in the purchase of transportation equipment;  23. Have authority and is hereby required to perform all duties necessary to the administration of the public school system in Oklahoma as specified in the Oklahoma School Code; and, in addition thereto, those duties not specifically mentioned herein if not delegated by law to any other agency or official;  24. Administer the State Public Common School Building Equalization Fund established by Section 32 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. Any royalties, bonuses, rentals or other monies derived from oil and gas and all other mineral leases on lands that have been or may be granted by the United States to the state for the use and benefit of the common schools, or lands that are or may be held by the Commissioners of the Land Office for the use and benefit of the common schools, the proceeds of the sale of easements, improvements and sand and gravel on any such lands, any monies as may be appropriated or designated by the Legislature, other than ad valorem taxes, any other funds identified by the State Department of Education, which may include, but not be limited to, grants-in-aid from the federal government for building purposes, the proceeds of all property that shall fall to the state by escheat, penalties for unlawful holding of real estate by corporations, and capital gains on assets of the permanent school funds, shall be deposited in the State Public Common School Building Equalization Fund. The fund shall be used to aid school districts in acquiring buildings, subject to the limitations fixed by Section 32 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. It is hereby declared that the term “acquiring buildings” as used in Section 32 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution shall mean acquiring or improving school sites, constructing, repairing, remodeling or equipping buildings, or acquiring school furniture, fixtures, or equipment. If sufficient monies are available in the fund, the Board shall solicit proposals for grants from school districts and shall determine the process for consideration of proposals. Grants shall be awarded only to school districts which have a total assessed property valuation per average daily membership that is less than the state average total assessed property valuation per average daily membership and, at the time of application, the district has voted the five-mill building fund levy authorized in Section 10 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, and has voted indebtedness through the issuance of new bonds for at least eighty-five percent (85%) within the last three (3) years of the maximum allowable pursuant to the provisions of Section 26 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution as shown on the school district budget filed with the State Board of Equalization for the current school year and certifications by the Attorney General prior to April 1 of the school year. The amount of each grant awarded by the Board each year shall not exceed One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00). The Board shall give priority consideration to school districts which have a total assessed property valuation per average daily membership that is equal to or less than twenty-five percent (25%) of the state average total assessed property valuation per average daily membership. The Board is authorized to prorate grants awarded if monies are not sufficient in the fund to award grants to qualified districts. The State Board of Education shall prescribe rules for making grants of aid from, and for otherwise administering, the fund pursuant to the provisions of this paragraph, and may employ and fix the duties and compensation of technicians, aides, clerks, stenographers, attorneys and other personnel deemed necessary to carry out the provisions of this paragraph. The cost of administering the fund shall be paid from monies appropriated to the State Board of Education for the operation of the State Department of Education;  25. Recognize that the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shall be the administrative authority for the schools which are maintained in the state reformatories and shall appoint the principals and teachers in such schools. Provided, that rules of the State Board of Education for the classification, inspection and accreditation of public schools shall be applicable to such schools; and such schools shall comply with standards set by the State Board of Education;  26. Have authority to administer a revolving fund which is hereby created in the State Treasury, to be designated the Statistical Services Revolving Fund. The fund shall consist of all monies received from the various school districts of the state, the United States Government, and other sources for the purpose of furnishing or financing statistical services and for any other purpose as designated by the Legislature. The State Board of Education is hereby authorized to enter into agreements with school districts, municipalities, the United States Government, foundations and other agencies or individuals for services, programs or research projects. The Statistical Services Revolving Fund shall be administered in accordance with the Revolving Fund Procedures Act, Section 155 et seq. of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and  27. Have authority to review preliminary plans for new construction and major alteration of public school buildings where structural changes are proposed. No bids shall be let for the construction or major alteration of any public school building until preliminary plans and specifications for such construction or alteration have been submitted to and reviewed by the State Department of Education. The period of time during which such review is conducted by the State Department of Education shall not exceed thirty (30) days. The State Department of Education shall advise each local school district regarding said review of preliminary plans and specifications. Provided, nothing in this subsection shall be construed as repealing any ordinance or building code of any city, town or county.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 3-104, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1972, c. 241, • 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1973, c. 17, • 1, emerg. eff. March 27, 1973; Laws 1973, c. 46, • 6, operative July 1, 1973; Laws 1974, c. 146, • 1; Laws 1975, c. 344, • 1; Laws 1978, c. 85, • 1, eff. Jan. 8, 1979; Laws 1982, c. 369, • 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1982; Laws 1984, c. 296, • 42, operative July 1, 1984; Laws 1985, c. 13, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1986, c. 105, • 2, emerg. eff. April 5, 1986; Laws 1991, c. 240, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 361, • 1, emerg. eff. June 11, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 2, • 26, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994; Laws 1994, c. 378, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 1, • 25, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995; Laws 1995, c. 226, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1995, c. 322, • 23, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1998, c. 246, • 32, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 336, • 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2009, c. 448, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    NOTE: Laws 1993, c. 239, • 21 repealed by Laws 1994, c. 2, • 34, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994. Laws 1994, c. 344, • 1 repealed by Laws 1995, c. 1, • 40, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995.    •70-3-105. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 159, • 40, emerg. eff. April 2, 1980.  •70-3-106. Office - Books pertaining to office - Salary of Superintendent.  The State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall have an office at the seat of government where he shall keep all books and papers pertaining to his office. Such books and papers shall be kept and preserved in said office and delivered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction to his successor. He shall file and carefully preserve in his office all official reports made to him. The salary of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be as provided for in Section 250.4 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Amended by Laws 1982, c. 287, • 35, operative July 1, 1982.    •70-3-107. Administrative and executive duties.  The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is hereby authorized to administer oaths. He shall, upon proper request, advise county superintendents of schools and district superintendents of schools and area superintendents on questions as to the powers, duties and functions of school district officials, and each two (2) years he shall cause to be compiled, published and distributed to boards of education and other public officials he believes should receive the same, the school laws in force, with such decisions, Attorney General's opinions and other informative matter relating to the school laws as he deems appropriate; and he shall perform such other duties pertaining to the public school system as shall be prescribed by law or the State Board of Education. He may affiliate with the National Council of Chief State School Officers and such other national and state organizations as he believes will be of service and benefit to the public school system of Oklahoma, and dues or assessments for membership therein shall be payable from any appropriation that is available for the payment of current operative expenses of the State Department of Education.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 3-107, eff. July 2, 1971.    •70-3-108. Repealed by Laws 1982, c. 287, • 50, operative July 1, 1982.  •70-3-109. Curriculum Materials Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the State Board of Education, to be designated the "Curriculum Materials Revolving Fund". The fund shall consist of curriculum guides fees paid to the Board pursuant to law. The revolving fund shall be a continuing fund not subject to fiscal year limitations and shall be under the control and management of the administrative authority of the State Board of Education. Expenditures from said fund shall be made for the purpose of maintaining the curriculum guides process and for any other purpose as designated by the Legislature. Warrants for expenditure shall be drawn by the State Treasurer on claims by an authorized employee of the State Board of Education and approved by the Director of State Finance.  Added by Laws 1982, c. 287, • 40, operative July 1, 1982; Laws 1993, c. 361, • 2, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-3-110. Adult Education Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the State Board of Education, to be designated the "Adult Education Revolving Fund". The fund shall consist of fees paid to the Board for the scoring of the writing component portion of the General Education Development test as administered by the Board pursuant to law. The revolving fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall be under the control and management of the administrative authority of the State Board of Education. Expenditures from said fund shall be made to maintain the General Education Development testing process and for the scoring of the writing component of said test. Warrants for expenditure shall be drawn by the State Treasurer on claims by an authorized employee of the State Board of Education and approved by the Director of State Finance.  Laws 1987, c. 204, • 127, operative July 1, 1987.    •70-3-110.1. Allocation of funds for adult education.  Funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for Adult Education Matching Funds shall be provided to school districts which offer courses leading to the General Education Diploma. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules for the distribution of the funds.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 3, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-111. Blank.  •70-3-112. Blank.  •70-3-113. Blank.  •70-3-114. Blank.  •70-3-115. School facility improvement program - Allocations from appropriations.  C. Of the Eighteen Million Three Hundred Sixty-five Thousand Four Hundred Two Dollars ($18,365,402.00) scheduled for expenditure for Administrative and Support Functions of the State Department of Education in Section 80, Chapter 204, O.S.L. 1987, from funds appropriated to the Department in Sections 71, 72 and 74, Chapter 204, O.S.L. 1987, the sum of Sixty-two Thousand Nine Hundred Sixty-seven Dollars ($62,967.00) shall be expended for the school facility improvement program provided in this section.  D. The State Board of Education shall expend the sum of One Hundred Eighty-seven Thousand Thirty-three Dollars ($187,033.00) from the State Public Common School Building Equalization Fund for the school facility improvement program provided in this section.  Added by Laws 1988, c. 320, • 67.  Subsections A and B were vetoed by the Governor.    •70-3-116. Education Oversight Board - Membership - Officers - Vacancies - Quorum - Travel expenses - Duties - Dual office holding.  A. There is hereby created the Education Oversight Board. The membership of the Education Oversight Board shall consist of:  1. The Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives;  2. The Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Senate;  3. Two members, who are not legislators, appointed by the Governor;  4. Two members, who are not legislators, appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives;  5. Two members, who are not legislators, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate; and  6. One member, who is not a legislator, appointed jointly by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  The two Education Committee Chairpersons shall serve as nonvoting members of the Board as long as each holds that position in such chairperson's respective house. The terms of the appointed members shall be staggered. The terms of the seven appointed members shall begin on July 1 of the year the preceding term expires. All terms shall be for five (5) years. At least one appointed member must reside in each congressional district. However, when congressional districts are redrawn each member appointed prior to July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall complete the current term of office and appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be based on the redrawn districts. Appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be from any redrawn districts which are not represented by a board member until such time as each of the modified congressional districts are represented by a board member. If a vacancy occurs, the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the office was previously filled.  B. A chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be elected annually from the membership of the Board. A quorum which shall consist of four voting members must be present for the transaction of any business. Members shall be reimbursed for travel in the performance of their official duties in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act.  C. The Education Oversight Board shall:  1. Oversee implementation of the provisions of Enrolled House Bill No. 1017 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of the 42nd Oklahoma Legislature;  2. Oversee implementation of the provisions of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act; and  3. Make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on methods to achieve an aligned, seamless system from preschool through postsecondary education.  D. The Education Oversight Board shall govern the operation of the Office of Accountability created in Section 3-117 of this title. The Secretary of Education shall be the chief executive officer of the Office of Accountability.  E. Legislators and appointed members who serve on the Education Oversight Board shall be exempt from the dual office holding prohibitions of Section 6 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 41, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 232, • 1, emerg. eff. May 25, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 322, • 24, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 191, • 1, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1999, c. 312, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2002, c. 437, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 3, • 76, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003; Laws 2003, c. 434, • 29.    NOTE: Laws 2002, c. 375, • 16 repealed by Laws 2003, c. 3, • 77, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003.    •70-3-116.1. Educational Accountability Reform Act - Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Educational Accountability Reform Act”.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 456, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-3-117. Office of Accountability - Creation - Support.  There is hereby created the Office of Accountability. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are hereby directed to support the Office of Accountability from the budget of the State Regents. The State Regents shall include the Office of Accountability in its budget work program to be submitted each fiscal year for the succeeding fiscal year to the Office of State Finance. Each year the Education Oversight Board shall submit a program budget for the Office of Accountability to the State Regents. Any amendments to the Office of Accountability program budget must first be approved by the Education Oversight Board. The Office of Accountability, its personnel, budget, and expenditure of funds shall be solely under the direction of the Education Oversight Board.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 42, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 191, • 2, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 2003, c. 434, • 30.    •70-3-118. Secretary of Education - Powers, duties and responsibilities.  The Secretary of Education shall:  1. Oversee the Office of Accountability;  2. Employ necessary personnel according to procedures established for the employment of personnel by the Office of Personnel Management;  3. Monitor the efforts of the public school districts to comply with the provisions of this act and of Senate Bill No. 183 of the 1st Session of the 42nd Oklahoma Legislature which relate to common education;  4. Identify districts not making satisfactory progress toward compliance with said provisions and recommend appropriate corrective actions to the State Board of Education concerning each district so identified;  5. Have executive responsibility for the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program and the annual report required pursuant to Section 1210.531 of this title;  6. Review and make periodic public comment on the progress and effectiveness of the State Board and State Department of Education, the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, other bodies created by this act, and the public schools of this state concerning the implementation of the provisions of this act and of Enrolled Senate Bill No. 183 of the 1st Session of the 42nd Oklahoma Legislature which relate to common education;  7. Analyze the revenues for all systems of education and the expenditure of common education revenue, giving close attention to expenditures for administrative expenses relating to the common schools;  8. Make reports to the public concerning these matters whenever appropriate; and  9. Submit recommendations regarding funding for education or statutory changes to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Governor whenever appropriate.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 43, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 191, • 3, eff. July 1, 1997.    •70-3-118.1. Budget and operations performance reviews.  A. The Office of Accountability is hereby authorized to conduct a performance review program to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the budget and operations of school districts that have:  1. Administrative service costs which are above the expenditure limits established for school districts in Section 18-124 of this title or have total expenditures in excess of the district’s adopted budget;  2. A district Academic Performance Index (API) score, calculated pursuant to Section 3-150 of this title, that is below the state average API;  3. Had a request for a performance review submitted by the Governor or the State Superintendent of Public Instruction;  4. A district student eligibility rate for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Act that is above the state average; or  5. Submitted a request for a performance review subsequent to a majority vote of the district’s board of education.  B. Funds appropriated by the Legislature to the State Regents for Higher Education for the Office of Accountability may be expended to fulfill the provisions of this section. The Office of Accountability may contract with an outside entity or hire personnel to assist in the development and design of the program. The Office of Accountability may contract with outside entities to assist in conducting performance review programs. Such entities shall be chosen through a competitive bid process. Invitations to bid for the performance reviews shall be open to any public or private entity. Contracts for performance reviews shall not be done on a sole source basis.  C. 1. If a performance review is conducted as authorized pursuant to paragraphs 1 through 4 of subsection A of this section, the entire cost of the review shall be borne by the Office of Accountability.  2. If a school district requests a performance review, as authorized pursuant to paragraph 5 of subsection A of this section, twenty-five percent (25%) of the entire cost of the review shall be borne by the school district and seventy-five percent (75%) of the cost of the review shall be borne by the Office of Accountability.  3. Districts shall be selected for review by the Education Oversight Board contingent upon the availability of funding.  D. The Office of Accountability shall engage in follow-up, outreach and technical assistance to help school districts and others understand, interpret, and apply the recommendations and best practices resulting from performance reviews conducted pursuant to this section.  E. After a performance review of a school district is completed by the Office of Accountability, the school district may implement all or part of the recommendations contained in the review.  F. If a school district experiences a cost savings that is directly attributable to implementation of performance review recommendations, the cost savings shall be expended by the school district for classroom expenses. Classroom expenses shall include but are not limited to teacher salaries and purchasing textbooks, teaching material, technology and other classroom equipment. Classroom expenditures shall not include administrative services as defined in Section 18-124 of this title or for equipment or materials for administrative staff.  Added by Laws 2001, c. 419, • 1, eff. July 1, 2001. Amended by Laws 2002, c. 446, • 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 2002; Laws 2005, c. 432, • 14, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2009, c. 161, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-3-119. Allocation of funds for school lunch programs.  Funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for School Lunch Matching and School Lunch Programs shall be apportioned by the State Board of Education to each school district for the purpose of providing meals for children in compliance with the National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 and Public Law 91-248, as they may hereafter be amended or supplemented.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 4, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-120. Board approval of programs using state funds.  The funding of programs with state funds appropriated to the State Board of Education which are to be awarded through a competitive application process or on a contractual basis shall be subject to final approval of the State Board of Education. The Board shall be responsible for the review and evaluation of the programs throughout the term of the funding or contract. The Board shall ensure that all state funds are expended in an appropriate manner and for the purposes stated in the application or contract.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 5, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-121. Apportionment of certain administrative and support function funds.  A portion of the funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for the Administrative and Support Functions of the State Department of Education shall be expended for:  1. The cost involved in administering, scoring, reporting and other incidental duties necessary to accomplish the provisions of the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act;  2. Preschool deaf education programs operated by the State Department of Education; and  3. Conducting training workshops for administrative personnel pursuant to the provisions of Section 6-101.10 of this title.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 6, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-122. Funding for education of children with visual impairments.  A. A portion of the funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for Administrative and Support Functions of the State Department of Education shall be expended for the development and operation of a statewide network of services for the education of children with visual impairments. The network shall consist of itinerant services provided by qualified regional program specialists and certified orientation and mobility specialists.  B. The network of services to be provided shall include:  1. Assessment of visual function;  2. Consultation regarding assessment of academic performance;  3. Consultation regarding assessment of ophthalmological performance;  4. Consultation regarding assessment of psychological performance;  5. Consultation regarding assessment of vocational performance;  6. Assistance in the development of individualized education plans for children with visual impairments; and  7. Provisions of or consultation regarding the acquisition of special equipment for children with visual impairment.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 7, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-123. Allocation of funds for Oklahoma Education 2000 Challenge.  A portion of the funds appropriated for the Administrative and Support Functions of the State Department of Education shall be allocated for the purpose of implementing the reforms in the Oklahoma Education 2000 Challenge Act, enacted by Enrolled Senate Bill No. 183 of the 1st Session of the 42nd Oklahoma Legislature and Enrolled House Bill No. 1017 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of the 42nd Oklahoma Legislature.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 8, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-123.1. Review of legislative provisions for duplication or conflict in mandates.  The State Department of Education shall conduct a review of provisions of Enrolled House Bill No. 1017 of the 1st Extraordinary Session of the 42nd Oklahoma Legislature as amended, Enrolled House Bill No. 1759 of the 1st Regular Session of the 47th Oklahoma Legislature as amended, and the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, P.L. No. 107-110, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, to determine if there is a duplication of or a conflict in the legislative mandates in each act. The Department shall submit a report of the review to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the chairs of the House of Representatives Education Committee, the Senate Education Committee, the House of Representatives Appropriation and Budget Education Subcommittee, and the Senate Appropriation and Budget Education Subcommittee for review by the House and Senate staff no later than September 1, 2003.  Added by Laws 2003, c. 434, • 1.    •70-3-124. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Educational Deregulation Act".  Added by Laws 1995, c. 307, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-125. Purpose of act.  The purpose of this act is to ensure that local schools have the necessary freedom to innovate and improve education systems in order to maximize student learning and performance. Pursuant to this purpose, school districts shall be allowed to develop, make application for and implement educational improvement plans which would exempt the school district, a school site or any program, grade level, consortium of schools or school districts or other group within the district from the educational-related statutory regulations set forth in subsection D of Section 3 of this act and the State Board of Education rules. The plans submitted by school districts and approved by the State Board of Education should emphasize innovation, flexibility, and collaboration at the local school level, accountability at the state and local level, dissemination of results, and strict emphasis on improved student achievement.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 307, • 2, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-126. Educational improvement plans - Components - Exemptions from statutory requirements and State Board of Education rules.  A. A school district may develop an educational improvement plan which includes exemption from the educational-related statutory requirements set forth in subsection C of this section and State Board of Education rules for the school district, a school site or any program, grade level, consortium of schools or school districts or other group within the school district. The board of education of the school district shall, through adoption of a resolution, approve the plan prior to application being made to the State Board of Education.  B. Each educational improvement plan approved by the State Board of Education shall include the following components:  1. A description of the educational benefits to be derived;  2. A definition of the standards of the plan;  3. Development of definitive work products, such as site improvement plans and progress reports;  4. Demonstration of collaboration by teachers, administrators, higher education representatives, students, parents/families, and the community;  5. Development and the use of an assessment mechanism to determine progress in meeting the goals and objectives of the plan;  6. Development of an in-service training plan to be provided to personnel at the site who will participate in the project;  7. Report on the results of the plan to the State Board of Education and provision of appropriate technical assistance to other school districts and the State Department of Education as required; and  8. Explanation of how the plan will affect other schools, programs or sites in the district.  C. Each educational improvement plan shall include a list of the specific educational-related statutory requirements and State Board of Education rules the school district is requesting an exemption from and why each exemption is necessary to success of the plan. The school district shall not be granted an exemption from federal educational-related requirements. A school district may request an exemption from any statutory requirement or State Board of Education rule not related to bilingual and special education programs, health and safety provisions, school finance, State Aid, pupil formula weights, teacher salary and teacher retirement, the Oklahoma School Testing Program, the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program and the teacher preparation, examination, licensure, certification, residency and professional development system. The State Board of Education may grant district-wide exemptions from certification requirements for Library Media Specialists to districts experiencing a shortage in this area. The State Board of Education may grant an exemption from certification requirements for superintendents to any district with an unweighted average daily membership over twenty-five thousand (25,000).  Added by Laws 1995, c. 307, • 3, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1996, c. 343, • 1, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1999, c. 311, • 1, emerg. eff. June 4, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 24, • 1, emerg. eff. April 3, 2001.    •70-3-127. Approval by State Board of Education.  A. Prior to the adoption of a resolution by the local board of education as required in subsection A of Section 3-126 of this title, the local board of education shall provide for a period of public review and comment on the proposed educational improvement plan and shall notify and allow comment from the district bargaining agent of the plan. If no bargaining agent exists for that district, the teachers directly effected shall be notified and allowed to make comments. All comments, recommendations and objections made by the bargaining agent and others to the local board of education shall be forwarded to the State Board of Education for consideration prior to review of the plan.  B. Each educational improvement plan shall be approved by the State Board of Education before implementation.  C. Approval of a plan shall be for no longer than three (3) years. If a plan is approved, the school district shall be required to submit an annual report and the Board shall provide for an annual assessment of the plan.  D. The Board shall notify the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate of the approval of plans on a quarterly basis and shall provide the Speaker and the President Pro Tempore with copies of the annual reports and assessments.  E. If the Board determines through the annual assessment process that the school district is not complying with the requirements of the Educational Deregulation Act or is not meeting the goals of the plan, it shall first provide notice to the district of its findings. If the school district does not come into compliance or take action to meet the goals of the plan, the Board shall withdraw approval and terminate the plan.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 307, • 4, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1996, c. 343, • 2, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-3-128. Rules.  The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this act.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 307, • 6, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-3-130. Short title.  Sections 6 through 18 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the “Oklahoma Charter Schools Act”.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 5, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-3-131. Purpose.  A. The purpose of the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act is to:  1. Improve student learning;  2. Increase learning opportunities for students;  3. Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods;  4. Provide additional academic choices for parents and students;  5. Require the measurement of student learning and create different and innovative forms of measuring student learning;  6. Establish new forms of accountability for schools; and  7. Create new professional opportunities for teachers and administrators including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site.  B. The purpose of the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act is not to provide a means by which to keep open a school that may otherwise be closed. Applicants applying for a charter for a school which is to be otherwise closed shall be required to prove that conversion to a charter school fulfills the purposes of the act independent of closing the school. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to preclude a school designated as a “high challenge school” from becoming a charter school.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 6, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-3-132. Application of act - Charter schools – Sponsorship - Pilot program – Limitation on establishment of new schools.  A. The Oklahoma Charter Schools Act shall apply only to charter schools formed and operated under the provisions of the act. Charter schools shall be sponsored only as follows:  1. By a school district with an average daily membership of five thousand (5,000) or more and which all or part of the school district is located in a county having more than five hundred thousand (500,000) population according to the latest Federal Decennial Census;  2. By a technology center school district only when the charter school is located in a school district served by the technology center school district and only if the local school district has an average daily membership of five thousand (5,000) or more and which all or part of the school district is located in a county having more than five hundred thousand (500,000) population according to the latest Federal Decennial Census; or  3. By a comprehensive or regional institution that is a member of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education only when the charter school is located in a school district that has an average daily membership of five thousand (5,000) or more and which all or part of the school district is located in a county having more than five hundred thousand (500,000) population according to the latest Federal Decennial Census. In addition, the institution shall have a teacher education program accredited by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and have a branch campus or constituent agency physically located within the school district in which the charter school is located.  B. Charter schools formed pursuant to the act shall serve as a pilot program to demonstrate the potential of expanding charter schools to other parts of the state. Any charter or enterprise school operating in the state pursuant to an agreement with the board of education of a school district on July 1, 1999, may continue to operate pursuant to that agreement or may contract with the board of education of the school district pursuant to the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act. Nothing in the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act shall prohibit a school district from applying for exemptions from certain education-related statutory requirements as provided for in the Educational Deregulation Act.  C. Beginning January 1, 2008, not more than three new charter schools shall be established each fiscal year in each county in the state having more than five hundred thousand (500,000) population according to the latest Federal Decennial Census. For purposes of this subsection, a “new charter school” shall mean a charter school proposed by an applicant that has never had a contract with a sponsor.  D. For purposes of the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act, “charter school” means a public school established by contract with a board of education of a school district, an area vocational-technical school district, or a higher education institution pursuant to the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act to provide learning that will improve student achievement and as defined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 8065.  E. A charter school may consist of a new school site, new school sites or all or any portion of an existing school site. An entire school district may not become a charter school site.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 7, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 232, • 5, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 67, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2007, c. 257, • 1.    •70-3-133. Repealed by Laws 2007, c. 257, • 5.  •70-3-134. Applications – Presubmission training – Contents - Procedures.  A. For written applications filed after January 1, 2008, prior to submission of the application to a proposed sponsor seeking to establish a charter school, the applicant shall be required to complete training which shall not exceed ten (10) hours provided by the State Department of Education on the process and requirements for establishing a charter school. The Department shall develop and implement the training by January 1, 2008. The Department may provide the training in any format and manner that the Department determines to be efficient and effective including, but not limited to, web-based training.  B. Except as otherwise provided for in Section 3-137 of this title, an applicant seeking to establish a charter school shall submit a written application to the proposed sponsor as prescribed in subsection E of this section. The application shall include:  1. A mission statement for the charter school;  2. A description of the organizational structure and the governing body of the charter school;  3. A financial plan for the first three (3) years of operation of the charter school and a description of the treasurer or other officers or persons who shall have primary responsibility for the finances of the charter school. Such person shall have demonstrated experience in school finance or the equivalent thereof;  4. A description of the hiring policy of the charter school;  5. The name of the applicant or applicants and requested sponsor;  6. A description of the facility and location of the charter school;  7. A description of the grades being served;  8. An outline of criteria designed to measure the effectiveness of the charter school;  9. A demonstration of support for the charter school from residents of the school district which may include but is not limited to a survey of the school district residents or a petition signed by residents of the school district; and  10. Documentation that the applicants completed charter school training as set forth in subsection A of this section.  C. A board of education of a public school district, public body, public or private college or university, private person, or private organization may contract with a sponsor to establish a charter school. A private school shall not be eligible to contract for a charter school under the provisions of the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act.  D. The sponsor of a charter school is the board of education of a school district, the board of education of a technology center school district, or a higher education institution which meets the criteria established in Section 3-132 of this title. Any board of education of a school district in the state may sponsor one or more charter schools. The physical location of a charter school sponsored by a board of education of a school district or a technology center school district shall be within the boundaries of the sponsoring school district.  E. An applicant for a charter school may submit an application to a proposed sponsor which shall either accept or reject sponsorship of the charter school within ninety (90) days of receipt of the application. If the proposed sponsor rejects the application, it shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the rejection. The applicant may submit a revised application for reconsideration to the proposed sponsor within thirty (30) days after receiving notification of the rejection. The proposed sponsor shall accept or reject the revised application within thirty (30) days of its receipt.  F. A sponsor of a charter school shall notify the State Board of Education when it accepts sponsorship of a charter school. The notification shall include a copy of the charter of the charter school. The Board shall determine if the new charter school will exceed the limit established in subsection C of Section 3-132 of this title. If the new charter school does exceed the limit, the Board shall not allocate funding for the charter school as provided for in Section 3-142 of this title.  G. If a proposed sponsor rejects the revised application for a charter school, the applicant may proceed to mediation or binding arbitration or both mediation and binding arbitration as provided in the Dispute Resolution Act and the rules promulgated pursuant thereto. The applicant shall contact the early settlement program for the county in which the charter school would be located. If the parties proceed to binding arbitration, a panel of three arbitrators shall be appointed by the director of the early settlement program handling the dispute. The proposed sponsor shall pay the cost for any mediation or arbitration requested pursuant to this section.  H. If a board of education of a technology center school district or a higher education institution accepts sponsorship of a charter school, the administrative, fiscal and oversight responsibilities of the technology center school district or the higher education institution shall be listed in the contract. No responsibilities shall be delegated to a local school district unless the local school district agrees to assume the responsibilities.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 9, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 69, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2007, c. 257, • 2.    •70-3-135. Sponsor to contract with governing board – Contents of contract.  A. The sponsor of a charter school shall enter into a written contract with the governing body of the charter school. The contract shall incorporate the provisions of the charter of the charter school and contain, but shall not be limited to, the following provisions:  1. A description of the program to be offered by the school which complies with the purposes outlined in Section 11 of this act;  2. Admission policies and procedures;  3. Management and administration of the charter school;  4. Requirements and procedures for program and financial audits;  5. A description of how the charter school will comply with the charter requirements set forth in the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act;  6. Assumption of liability by the charter school; and  7. The term of the contract.  B. A charter school shall not enter into an employment contract with any teacher or other personnel until the charter school has a contract with a sponsoring school district. The employment contract shall set forth the personnel policies of the charter school, including, but not limited to, policies related to certification, professional development evaluation, suspension, dismissal and nonreemployment, sick leave, personal business leave, emergency  leave, and family and medical leave. The contract shall also specifically set forth the salary, hours, fringe benefits, and work conditions. The contract may provide for employer-employee bargaining, but the charter school shall not be required to comply with the provisions of Sections 509.1 through 509.10 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The contract shall conform to all applicable provisions set forth in Section 11 of this act.  Upon contracting with any teacher or other personnel, the governing body of the charter school shall, in writing, disclose employment rights of the employees in the event the charter school closes or the charter is not renewed.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 10, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-3-136. Rules and standards to be incorporated into charter.  A. A charter school shall adopt a charter which will ensure compliance with the following:  1. A charter school shall comply with all federal regulations and state and local rules and statutes relating to health, safety, civil rights and insurance. By January 1, 2000, the State Department of Education shall prepare a list of relevant rules and statutes which a charter school must comply with as required by this paragraph and shall annually provide an update to the list;  2. A charter school shall be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations. A sponsor may not authorize a charter school or program that is affiliated with a nonpublic sectarian school or religious institution;  3. The charter school may provide a comprehensive program of instruction for a prekindergarten program, a kindergarten program or any grade between grades one and twelve. Instruction may be provided to all persons between the ages of four (4) and twenty-one (21) years. A charter school may offer a curriculum which emphasizes a specific learning philosophy or style or certain subject areas such as mathematics, science, fine arts, performance arts, or foreign language. The charter of a charter school which offers grades nine through twelve shall specifically address whether the charter school will comply with the graduation requirements established in Section 11-103.6 of this title. No charter school shall be chartered for the purpose of offering a curriculum for deaf or blind students that is the same or similar to the curriculum being provided by or for educating deaf or blind students that are being served by the Oklahoma School for the Blind or the Oklahoma School for the Deaf;  4. A charter school shall participate in the testing as required by the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act and the reporting of test results as is required of a school district. A charter school shall also provide any necessary data to the Office of Accountability;  5. Except as provided for in the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act and its charter, a charter school shall be exempt from all statutes and rules relating to schools, boards of education, and school districts;  6. A charter school, to the extent possible, shall be subject to the same reporting requirements, financial audits, audit procedures, and audit requirements as a school district. The State Department of Education or State Auditor and Inspector may conduct financial, program, or compliance audits. A charter school shall use the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System to report financial transactions to the sponsoring school district;  7. A charter school shall comply with all federal and state laws relating to the education of children with disabilities in the same manner as a school district;  8. A charter school shall provide for a governing body for the school which shall be responsible for the policies and operational decisions of the charter school;  9. A charter school shall not be used as a method of generating revenue for students who are being home schooled and are not being educated at an organized charter school site;  10. A charter school may not charge tuition or fees;  11. A charter school shall provide instruction each year for at least the number of days required in Section 1-109 of this title;  12. A charter school shall comply with the student suspension requirements provided for in Section 24-101.3 of this title;  13. A charter school shall be considered a school district for purposes of tort liability under The Governmental Tort Claims Act;  14. Employees of a charter school may participate as members of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma in accordance with applicable statutes and rules if otherwise allowed pursuant to law;  15. A charter school may participate in all health and related insurance programs available to the employees of the sponsor of the charter school;  16. A charter school shall comply with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act and the Oklahoma Open Records Act; and  17. The governing body of a charter school shall be subject to the same conflict of interest requirements as a member of a local school board.  B. The charter of a charter school shall include a description of the personnel policies, personnel qualifications, and method of school governance, and the specific role and duties of the sponsor of the charter school.  C. The charter of a charter school may be amended at the request of the governing body of the charter school and upon the approval of the sponsor.  D. A charter school may enter into contracts and sue and be sued.  E. The governing body of a charter school may not levy taxes or issue bonds.  F. The charter of a charter school shall include a provision specifying the method or methods to be employed for disposing of real and personal property acquired by the charter school upon expiration or termination of the charter or failure of the charter school to continue operations. Except as otherwise provided, any real or personal property purchased with state or local funds shall be retained by the sponsoring school district. If a charter school that was previously sponsored by the board of education of a school district continues operation within the school district under a new charter sponsored by an entity authorized pursuant to Section 3-132 of this title, the charter school may retain any personal property purchased with state or local funds for use in the operation of the charter school until termination of the new charter or failure of the charter school to continue operations.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 11, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 232, • 7, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2008, c. 439, • 1, eff. July 1, 2008.    •70-3-137. Duration of contract – Renewal - Termination.  A. An approved contract for a charter school shall be effective for not longer than five (5) years from the first day of operation. Prior to the beginning of the fifth year of operation, the charter school may apply for renewal of the contract with the sponsor. The sponsor may deny the request for renewal if it determines the charter school has failed to complete the obligations of the contract or comply with the provisions of the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act. A sponsor shall give written notice of its intent to deny the request for renewal at least eight (8) months prior to expiration of the contract.  B. If a sponsor denies a request for renewal, the governing board may proceed to mediation or binding arbitration or both as provided for in subsection G of Section 3-134 of this title.  C. A sponsor may terminate a contract during the term of the contract for failure to meet the requirements for student performance contained in the contract, failure to meet the standards of fiscal management, violations of the law, or other good cause. The sponsor shall give at least ninety (90) days’ written notice to the governing board prior to terminating the contract. The governing board may request, in writing, an informal hearing before the sponsor within fourteen (14) days of receiving notice. The sponsor shall conduct an informal hearing before taking action. If a sponsor decides to terminate a contract, the governing board may proceed to mediation or binding arbitration or both as provided for in subsection G of Section 3-134 of this title.  D. If a contract is not renewed, the governing board of the charter school may submit an application to a proposed new sponsor as provided for in Section 3-134 of this title.  E. If a contract is not renewed or is terminated according to this section, a student who attended the charter school may enroll in the resident school district of the student or may apply for a transfer in accordance with Section 8-103 of this title.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 12, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 434, • 6; Laws 2004, c. 472, • 1, emerg. eff. June 7, 2004; Laws 2007, c. 257, • 3.    •70-3-138. Reprisal against school employee seeking to establish charter school.  A board of education of a school district or an employee of the district who has control over personnel actions shall not take unlawful reprisal action against an employee of the school district for the reason that the employee is directly or indirectly involved in an application to establish a charter school. As used in this section, “unlawful reprisal” means an action that is taken by a board of education or a school district employee as a direct result of a lawful application to establish a charter school and that is adverse to an employee or an education program.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 13, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-3-139. Status of teacher returning to public school from charter school.  A. A sponsoring school district shall determine whether a teacher who is employed by or teaching at a charter school and who was previously employed as a teacher at the sponsoring public school district shall not lose any right of salary status or any other benefit provided by law due to teaching at a charter school upon returning to the sponsoring public school district to teach.  B. A teacher who is employed by or teaching at a charter school and who submits an employment application to the school district where the teacher was employed immediately before employment by or at a charter school shall be given employment preference by the school district if:  1. The teacher submits an employment application to the school district no later than three (3) years after ceasing employment with the school district; and  2. A suitable position is available at the school district.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 14, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-3-140. Student eligibility – Districts – Preferences - Discrimination.  A. A charter school shall enroll those students whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the school district in which the charter school is located and who submit a timely application, or those students who transfer to the district in which the charter school is located in accordance with Section 8-103 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or building. If capacity is insufficient to enroll all eligible students, the charter school shall select students through a lottery selection process. A charter school shall give enrollment preference to eligible students who reside within the boundaries of the school district in which the charter school is located. A charter school may limit admission to students within a given age group or grade level.  B. A charter school shall admit students who reside in the attendance area of a school or in a school district that is under a court order of desegregation or that is a party to an agreement with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights directed towards mediating alleged or proven racial discrimination unless notice is received from the resident school district that admission of the student would violate the court order or agreement.  C. A charter school may designate a specific geographic area within the school district in which the charter school is located as an academic enterprise zone and may limit admissions to students who reside within that area. An academic enterprise zone shall be a geographic area in which sixty percent (60%) or more of the children who reside in the area qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program.  D. Except as provided in subsections B an C of this section, a charter school shall not limit admission based on ethnicity, national origin, gender, income level, disabling condition, proficiency in the English language, measures of achievement, aptitude, or athletic ability.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 15, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-3-141. Transportation.  A. Transportation shall be provided by the charter school in accordance with Sections 9-101 through 9-118 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes and only within the transportation boundaries of the school district in which the charter school is located.  B. A charter school shall provide the parent or guardian information regarding transportation at the time the student enrolls in the charter school.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 16, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-3-142. Funding.  A. For purposes of funding, a charter school sponsored by a board of education of a school district shall be considered a site within the school district in which the charter school is located. The student membership of the charter school shall be considered separate from the student membership of the district in which the charter school is located for the purpose of calculating weighted average daily membership pursuant to Section 18-201.1 of this title and state aid pursuant to Section 18-200.1 of this title. For charter schools sponsored by a board of education of a school district, the sum of the separate calculations for the charter school and the school district shall be used to determine the total State Aid allocation for the district in which the charter school is located. A charter school shall receive from the sponsoring school district, the State Aid revenue generated by its students for the applicable year, less up to five percent (5%) of the total, which may be retained by the school district as a fee for administrative services rendered. For charter schools sponsored by the board of education of a technology center school district or a higher education institution, the State Aid allocation for the charter school shall be distributed by the State Board of Education. Not more than five percent (5%) of the total allocation may be charged by the sponsor as a fee for administrative services rendered. The State Board of Education shall determine the policy and procedure for making payments to a charter school.  B. The weighted average daily membership for the first year of operation of a charter school shall be determined initially by multiplying the actual enrollment of students as of August 1 by 1.333. The charter school shall receive revenue equal to that which would be generated by the estimated weighted average daily membership calculated pursuant to this subsection. At midyear, the allocation for the charter school shall be adjusted using the first quarter weighted average daily membership for the charter school calculated pursuant to subsection A of this section.  C. A charter school shall be eligible to receive any other aid, grants or revenues allowed to other schools. A charter school sponsored by the board of education of a technology center school district or a higher education institution shall be considered a local education agency for purposes of funding.  D. A charter school, in addition to the money received from the state, may receive money from any other source. Any unexpended nonstate funds, excluding local revenue, may be reserved and used for future purposes.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 17, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 472, • 2, emerg. eff. June 7, 2004; Laws 2006, c. 278, • 1, eff. July 1, 2006; Laws 2007, c. 257, • 4.    •70-3-143. Reports.  The State Board of Education shall issue an annual report to the Legislature and the Governor outlining the status of charter schools in the state. Each charter school shall annually file a report with the Office of Accountability. The report shall include such information as requested by the Office of Accountability, including but not limited to information on enrollment, testing, curriculum, finances and employees.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 18, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-3-144. Charter Schools Incentive Fund.  A. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a fund to be designated the “Charter Schools Incentive Fund”. The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies appropriated by the Legislature, gifts, grants, devises and donations from any public or private source. The State Department of Education shall administer the fund for the purpose of providing financial support to charter school applicants and charter schools for start-up costs and costs associated with renovating or remodeling existing buildings and structures for use by a charter school. The State Department of Education is authorized to allocate funds on a per-pupil basis for purposes of providing matching funds for the federal State Charter School Facilities Incentive Grants Program created pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, 20 USCA, Section 7221d.  B. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section, including application and notification requirements.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 351, • 16, emerg. eff. June 8, 1999. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 472, • 3, emerg. eff. June 7, 2004.    •70-3-150. Academic Performance Index.  A. The State Board of Education shall develop an Academic Performance Index (API) to be used to measure performance of schools, including the academic performance of students. The index shall consist of a variety of indicators including, but not limited to:  1. Attendance rates for students;  2. Dropout rates;  3. Results of the Oklahoma School Testing Program administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title;  4. Advanced Placement participation;  5. Graduation rates for secondary school students;  6. Scores of the American College Test (ACT); and  7. College remediation rates.  B. The data collected for the API shall be disaggregated, when available, by socioeconomic status and ethnic group. Oklahoma School Testing Program results shall constitute no less than sixty percent (60%) of the value of the index.  C. Based on the API, the State Board of Education shall adopt expected annual percentage growth targets for the state level, school districts, and all school sites based on their API baseline score. The minimum percentage growth target shall be five percent (5%) annually. However, the State Board of Education may set differential growth targets based on grade level of instruction.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 35, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 413, • 1, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-3-151. Reports on index.  A. On or before December 31, 1999, the State Board of Education shall file a report with the Governor and the Legislature setting out the plan for establishing the Academic Performance Index. Thereafter, on or before December 31 and every year thereafter the Board shall file a report with the Governor and the Legislature on the state, district, and site results of this program.  B. On or before July 13, 2001, the State Board of Education shall file a report with the Governor and the Legislature setting out the draft formula to be used for the Academic Performance Index.  C. On or before September 30, 2001, the State Board of Education shall file a report with the Governor and the Legislature setting out the formula to be used for the Academic Performance Index.  D. On or before February 28, 2002, the State Board of Education shall file a report with the Governor and the Legislature containing the final baseline Academic Performance Index.  E. The State Department of Education shall notify school districts of the status of implementation of the Academic Performance Index, including the deadlines and information to be reported as required in subsections B, C and D of this section.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 36, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 413, • 2, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-3-152. Repealed by Laws 2005, c. 466, • 2, eff. July 1, 2005.  •70-3-152.1. Academic Achievement Award program.  A. The State Board of Education shall develop an Academic Achievement Award (AAA) program. The AAA program shall provide monetary awards to qualified employees at the top four schools that attain the highest overall student achievement and the top four schools that attain the highest annual improvement in student achievement as measured by the Academic Performance Index (API) in each of five groups based on average daily membership (ADM) as provided for in subsection D of this section. The AAA program shall also provide monetary awards to qualified employees at all schools that attain a total API score of one thousand five hundred (1,500) for regular education students tested.  B. 1. No later than January 31 of each year, the State Board of Education shall provide a monetary award to all qualified employees at school sites designated as recipients of the Academic Achievement Award as calculated pursuant to this section.  2. The Board shall determine the amount of funds available for the AAA program, which shall include funds appropriated for the AAA program and may include other funds identified by the Board, which may be used for this purpose.  3. The Board shall determine the top four school sites in each of the groups as designated in subsection D of this section that have achieved the highest overall student achievement as measured by the API as calculated pursuant to Section 3-150 of this title.  4. The Board shall determine the top four school sites in each of the groups as designated in subsection D of this section that have achieved the highest annual percentage improvement in student achievement as measured by the API score as compared to the previous year.  5. The Board shall determine the school sites that have an API score of one thousand five hundred (1,500) for regular education students tested.  6. In the event of tie scores, the Board shall select the school with the highest annual percentage improvement in student achievement as measured by the API score as compared to the previous year. If a tie still exists, the Board shall select the school with the highest annual percentage improvement in reading achievement as measured by the reading assessments administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title.  7. Any school site that qualifies for more than one award as provided for in paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 of this subsection shall receive the highest award the school site qualifies for as calculated pursuant to subsection C of this section, but in no case shall any school site receive more than one award.  C. 1. The amount of monetary award to be paid to each qualified employee at each school identified as an award recipient as determined pursuant to paragraphs 3 and 4 of subsection B of this section shall be as follows:  a.  Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) for each first-place school,  b.  Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) for each second-place school,  c.  One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each third-place school, and  d.  Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for each fourth-place school.  2. The amount of monetary award to be paid to each qualified employee at each school identified as having an API score of one thousand five hundred (1,500) for regular education students tested determined pursuant to paragraph 5 of subsection B of this section shall be Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00).  D. Groups shall be designated based on average daily membership (ADM) as follows:  1. Group 1 - 0 to 135 ADM;  2. Group 2 - 136 to 235 ADM;  3. Group 3 - 236 to 345 ADM;  4. Group 4 - 346 to 505 ADM; and  5. Group 5 - 506 or more ADM.  E. For purposes of this section, “qualified employees” means all certified personnel, as defined in Section 26-103 of this title, employed in the school for at least one-half (1/2) of the school year from which the student test data used for the awards provided for in this section was derived. For charter schools formed and operated pursuant to the Oklahoma Charter School Act, qualified employees shall include all administrative and instructional personnel that meet the requirements of this subsection regardless of whether they are certified. Qualified employees shall not include certified personnel who are employed in the school in a noncertified position. For awards granted for the 2007-2008 school year and each school year thereafter, for early elementary schools which do not contain a grade level that is tested under the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act but use the test data from a grade level that is tested to calculate the API score for the school, qualified employees shall include the certified personnel identified as the primary classroom teachers for the grade level from which the student test data used to calculate the API score was derived who are employed by the school district at another school site for at least one-half (1/2) of the school year.  F. Qualified employees who are employed at more than one school site which is identified as an award recipient shall qualify for only one award, which shall be the highest award the employee qualifies for.  G. No school or school district shall be liable for payment of awards pursuant to this section. Awards shall not be included in the calculation of the salary of the teacher for purposes of meeting the district or statutory minimum salary schedule or for purposes of calculating Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma contributions or benefits.  H. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules necessary for the implementation of this section.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 466, • 1, eff. July 1, 2005. Amended by Laws 2007, c. 322, • 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2008, c. 439, • 2, eff. July 1, 2008.    •70-3-153. Reporting of plans to state board - Exemptions.  Except for school districts with one or more school sites which are identified for school improvement as determined by the State Board of Education pursuant to the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, P.L. No. 107-110, all school districts shall be exempt from reporting to the Board the following plans:  1. The Comprehensive Local Education Plan as required in Section 3-104.2 of this title;  2. The school improvement plan as required in Section 5-117.4 of this title;  3. The capital improvement plan as required in Section 18-153 of this title; and  4. The reading sufficiency plan as required in Section 1210.508C of this title, subject to the requirements of paragraph 1 of subsection F of Section 1210.508C of this title; provided the last reading sufficiency plan submitted by the school district was approved by the State Department of Education and expenditures for the program include only expenses relating to individual and small group tutoring, purchase of and training in the use of screening and assessment measures, summer school programs, and Saturday school programs. Prior approval from the State Department of Education shall be required for other types of expenditures.  Added by Laws 2001, c. 242, • 1, eff. July 1, 2001. Amended by Laws 2005, c. 431, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 227, • 2, eff. July 1, 2006.    •70-3-154. Review of plans by regional accreditation officer.  Each plan listed in Section 1 of this act and which is not required to be submitted to the State Department of Education shall be reviewed by a regional accreditation officer at the time of the annual visit to the school district by an officer.  Added by Laws 2001, c. 242, • 2, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-3-155. Study and assessment of information and reports.  The State Board of Education shall study and assess ways to eliminate, reduce, consolidate, and simplify the number, type, and length of reports, data, statistics, and other information required of any school district or school district personnel by the Board or State Department of Education. Subject to the availability of funding, the Board is hereby authorized to retain a consultant or expert as may be necessary to complete the study. The study shall include the feasibility of coordinating reporting dates and shall identify all requirements for maintaining, completing and filing records and reports mandated by law or rule and make recommendations for any amendments that may be necessary to the law or rules to implement the recommendations reported in the study. In conducting research for the study, the Board shall provide for the input and participation of school districts and school district personnel. By December 31, 2005, the Board shall issue a preliminary report of any findings and recommendations collected prior to that date. Upon the availability of funding, the Board shall complete the findings and recommendations of the study and shall file a final report with the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 290, • 2, emerg. eff. June 6, 2005.    •70-3-160. State student record system – Development and implementation in compliance with federal requirements.  A. In developing and implementing a state student record system, as required in Subsection E of Section 18-200.1 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and as needed to comply with the tracking and reporting requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001 (ESEA), P.L. No. 107-110, also known as the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001”, the State Department of Education shall construct the system to contain the following elements and comply with the following standards and compliance capabilities:  1. Extensible Markup Language (XML), which defines common data formats used during communication between disparate systems;  2. Web services protocol developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, which enables systems that are physically separated but connected to the Internet to be combined to permit complex operations;  3. Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) version 1.5 specifications, or any updated versions of the specifications, which enable school district software management systems to communicate with each other. The student record system shall include, but not be limited to, the specifications for course identifiers, state standard formatting, content formatting, and assessment formatting specification;  4. United States Department of Education Performance-Based Data Management Initiative (PBDMI) data exchange guidelines with data elements capable of providing reporting on federal educational programs; and  5. Defined state data codes to ensure consistent reporting from school districts including, but not limited to, data codes for course identifiers, entries, gains, and losses. Current data codes for teacher certification and the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System shall be extended to match other defined data codes.  B. By the 2005-2006 school year, any student information system and any instructional management system used by school districts in the state shall comply with the Extensible Markup Language (XML) standards and the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) version 1.5 specifications, or any updated versions of the specifications.  Added by Laws 2003, c. 430, • 2, eff. July 1, 2003.    •70-3-161. Student Tracking and Reporting (STAR) Pilot Program.  A. There is hereby created the Student Tracking and Reporting (STAR) Pilot Program. The purpose of the Pilot Program shall be to provide for the development and implementation of a horizontal school district and school site level student data management and reporting system based on the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) industry open-standard. The developed student data management and reporting system shall provide horizontal articulation of student academic data, student demographic data and other relevant student information. Horizontal articulation shall assimilate the data from the classroom level, to the school site level, and to the district level, with the capability to analyze and disseminate the data back to the school site and classroom level when required by teachers and administrators to support informed and improved classroom instruction. The student data management and reporting system shall vertically interoperate with the Oklahoma State Student Information System, referred to as the Wave Program. Vertical interoperability shall allow for the student data management and reporting system to exchange necessary and requested student data elements with the Wave Program. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the State Board of Education from developing and defining student data elements necessary for the Wave Program. The Pilot Program shall incorporate the following objectives:  1. Provide for academic performance reporting at the district level for all students in grade levels five, eight, ten and twelve. Academic performance reporting shall include report card grades, student performance results from multiple standardized assessments, including at least one norm-referenced assessment, Oklahoma State Testing Program results for grade levels five, eight, and End-of-Instruction assessments, and ACT college entrance examination scores when applicable;  2. Provide for a horizontal data aggregation system at the school district and site level that facilitates storage, retrieval and distribution of data both horizontally, at the school district and site levels, and vertically to the Wave Program, including all necessary student data elements to support academic performance reporting;  3. Provide for a reporting structure at the district level that shall address all state and federal reporting requirements, including those specified in the federal act known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and data elements used in determining district and site performance levels for the Academic Performance Index. The district level reporting structure shall also provide for the transfer of aggregated school district and site level data in Extensible Markup Language (XML), an industry open-standard data format, to both state and federal agencies if required by the agencies in an aggregated format;  4. Develop, define and implement necessary data elements and codes to meet reporting requirements to support horizontal articulation of data at the district and site level and to provide effective transfer of data for state and federal reporting. Provided, that if SIF or the State Board of Education has not defined data elements and codes necessary for the development of the student data management and reporting system, the participating pilot program school districts may create the necessary data elements and codes to support horizontal articulation of data at district and site levels and to provide effective transfer of data for state and federal reporting requirements. Nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit the State Board of Education from defining data elements and codes not defined in the SIF specifications for the Wave Program and from requiring all school districts, including the pilot program school districts, to use the data elements for the vertical transfer of data. These data elements and codes may include, but are not limited to, expanded student entry, gain and loss codes and unique course identification codes;  5. Provide for a historical data warehousing system at the school district and site levels to archive and retrieve comprehensive student data in order to provide all Pilot Program teachers and administrators with the necessary student academic performance indicators, including report card grades and multiple assessment data, to inform and improve instructional programs at the classroom level;  6. Provide for the aggregation of student performance credentialing at both school district and site levels. The Pilot Program schools shall develop credentialing criteria that shall include, but is not limited to, all areas of academic performance as outlined in paragraph 1 of this subsection, plus additional performance indicators pertaining to life skills, citizenship, and when applicable, employability skills and career awareness/exploration. Pilot Program schools shall develop a summary or condensed portfolio of student credentialing results within the transcript of all graduating students, to include cumulative credentialing data for students from grades six through twelve. The student credentialing portfolio shall be developed so that it can be electronically distributed via secure vertical transmission. Any transmission of a student portfolio to institutions of higher education and to other entities such as potential employers shall comply with the provisions of the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA);  7. Provide for a continuous school and student improvement framework through the measurement of comprehensive, cumulative student growth by analyzing multiple academic performance measurements. Such measurements shall document relative growth over time so as to determine continuous improvement at the individual student, grade and school-wide levels; and  8. Provide for professional development in the use of techniques and tools to improve student achievement to teachers in the Pilot Program. Provide training to administrators and support personnel in the implementation of the student data management and reporting system.  B. The student data management and reporting system shall be designed to deliver specific data to the Wave Program as is required. Options shall be explored to facilitate the future development of secure data delivery systems at district and site levels that shall provide information to parents, students, teachers, administrators and the community regarding student, site and district level academic growth.  C. The Pilot Program participants shall utilize a system for data articulation and continuous improvement that is currently being utilized or developed by a school district or districts in the state as the model for the Student Tracking and Reporting Pilot Program. The model system shall include the following proven capabilities:  1. Proven systemic methodology to electronically generate state and federal reports;  2. Proven methodology to manage, analyze, and securely deliver student academic and performance data to administrators and teachers;  3. Two (2) or more years implementing a horizontal articulation solution based on the SIF specifications; and  4. One (1) or more years implementing a horizontal articulation solution allowing for interoperability between multiple SIF specification versions and with a demonstrated capacity in using a Zone Integration Server (ZIS) application that provides for the exchange of student data between more than five disparate education software systems and a ZIS that utilizes more than five industry-built SIF agents.  D. There is hereby created the Student Tracking and Reporting (STAR) Coordinating Committee. The Committee shall consist of five (5) members as follows:  1. One member to be appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives;  2. One member to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;  3. One member to be appointed by the Governor;  4. One member to be appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction; and  5. One member who represents OneNet appointed by the Chancellor of Higher Education.  E. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall call the first meeting of the Committee within thirty (30) days after the effective date of this act. The Committee shall select a Chair of the Committee from among the members at the first meeting. Subsequent meetings of the Committee shall be held at the call of the Chair or by a quorum of the members. The Committee shall meet at such times as is necessary.  F. Members of the Committee shall receive no compensation for serving on the Committee, but shall receive travel reimbursement as follows:  1. State agency employees who are members of the Committee shall be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties by their respective agencies in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act; and  2. All other Committee members shall be reimbursed by the State Board of Education for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties on the Committee in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act.  G. The STAR Coordinating Committee shall select five public school districts to participate in the Pilot Program. One school district shall be selected from each of the four quadrants of the state. One school district shall be selected from a large urban area in the state based on population. The Committee shall establish criteria, including but not limited to technical capacity and knowledge criteria, that school districts shall be required to meet in order to qualify to participate in the Pilot Program. The Committee shall select the participating school districts by September 15, 2005.  H. The STAR Coordinating Committee shall develop standards and procedures necessary for carrying out the objectives of the Pilot Program and for acquiring resources, materials, and software for the Pilot Program.  I. At the direction of the STAR Coordinating Committee, the State Board of Education shall contract with experts or specialists and for training, materials, and software as is necessary to accomplish purposes of the Pilot Program.  J. By July 1, 2006, the STAR Coordinating Committee shall report on the progress and developments accomplished through the Pilot Program.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 443, • 2, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-3-162. Enrollment - Collection of information regarding participation in certain programs.  A. Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, upon initial enrollment in a public school district, the school shall request the parent or guardian of a student to provide information to the school district regarding participation in the following:  1. A childcare program that is licensed pursuant to the tiered licensing system established by the Department of Human Services;  2. The Sooner Start program operated by the State Department of Education;  3. The Oklahoma Parents as Teachers program operated by the State Department of Education;  4. The Children First program operated by the State Department of Health;  5. Any child abuse prevention program operated by the State Department of Health;  6. Any federally funded Head Start program; and  7. Any other early childhood program funded by state or federal monies as determined by the State Board of Education.  B. The State Department of Education shall verify the accuracy of the information provided by the parents or guardians pursuant to subsection A of this section with the appropriate agency. Each agency shall cooperate and provide verifying data to the Department.  C. The State Department of Education shall develop state data elements and codes for each program identified pursuant to subsection A of this section for use in the statewide student record system program, which shall be used to provide effective reporting and research on the identified programs. The codes shall be entered into the statewide student record system program upon initial enrollment of a student.  D. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 420, • 1, eff. July 1, 2005.    NOTE: Editorially renumbered from • 3-161 to avoid a duplication in numbering.    •70-3-163. The P-20 Data Coordinating Council - Members - Duties.  A. There is hereby created to continue until July 1, 2015, in accordance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Sunset Law, the P-20 Data Coordinating Council.  B. The Council shall be composed of members as follows:  1. One member who shall serve as chair of the Council, appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate;  2. The Chancellor of Higher Education, or designee;  3. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, or designee;  4. The Director of the Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technical Education, or designee;  5. A member of the Senate, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;  6. A member of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;  7. A staff member of the Office of State Finance, appointed by the Director of the Office of State Finance;  8. The Chief Information Officer, if such position is created through enactment of legislation;  9. The Executive Director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, or designee;  10. The Director of the Office of Accountability, or designee;  11. A representative of a statewide business organization, appointed by the Governor;  12. A representative of a statewide organization representing public school superintendents, appointed by the Governor; and  13. A representative of a statewide organization representing public school teachers, appointed by the Governor.  C. Appointments to the Council shall be made by July 1, 2009. Meetings of the Council shall be held at least quarterly at the call of the chair. Members shall serve at the pleasure of their appointing authorities. A majority of the members of the Council shall constitute a quorum to transact business, but no vacancy shall impair the right of the remaining members to exercise all of the powers of the Council. A vacancy on the Council shall be filled by the original appointing authority. The Office of State Finance, the State Department of Education, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education shall provide staff, support and information as requested by the Council.  D. Members of the Council shall receive no compensation for serving on the Council, but shall receive travel reimbursement as follows:  1. State employees who are members of the Council shall be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties by their respective agencies in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act;  2. Legislative members shall be reimbursed in accordance with Section 456 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and   3. All other members of the Council shall be reimbursed by the Office of State Finance for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act.  E. The Council shall advise the State Department of Education, the State Regents for Higher Education, the Department of Career and Technology Education, the Office of Accountability, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Legislature, and the Governor on coordination of the creation of a unified, longitudinal student data system to provide interoperability and efficient and effective storage, use and sharing of data among the State Department of Education, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Legislature, other policymakers and executive agencies, and the general public.  F. The Council shall act in accordance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act and the Oklahoma Open Records Act.  G. By October 31, 2009, the P-20 Data Coordinating Council shall complete an assessment of the current status of student data systems in place by the State Department of Education, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The P-20 Data Coordinating Council may contract with a private consultant or consultants to assist in the assessment, contingent upon the availability of funding. The Council is hereby authorized to utilize any funds received including, but not limited to, any state or federal funds, grants, or private donations.  H. By December 31, 2009, the Chair of the P-20 Data Coordinating Council shall notify in writing the agencies set forth in paragraph G of this subsection of any actions necessary for each agency to take to enable the move to a unified data system and shall recommend any statutory changes necessary to the Legislature and the Governor. The data system established shall include the elements described in section 6401(e)(2)(D) of the America COMPETES Act (20 U.S.C. 9871(e)(2)(D)).  I. For the purposes of this act, a “unified data system” shall connect essential data elements relating to student level course work and course grades. The system shall facilitate the transfer of data across systems and among interested parties to address questions that cut across levels of the educational system and agencies. The unified data system shall facilitate the addition of data elements relating to testing, instruction and other performance and demographic data. The unified data system shall be accessible to a wide range of stakeholders and serve a variety of purposes, including improving teaching and learning, informing public policy, fostering a culture of evidence-based decision making, conducting research, evaluating system and program effectiveness, and providing reports to various stakeholder groups.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 456, • 2, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-3-164. P-20 Data Coordinating Council Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the P-20 Data Coordinating Council to be designated the “P-20 Data Coordinating Council Revolving Fund”. The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies received by the P-20 Data Coordinating Council from state or federal funds, grants, and private donations. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the P-20 Data Coordinating Council for the purpose of providing financial support to the Council, including salary and benefits of the P-20 Data Officer and other necessary expenditures. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of State Finance for approval and payment.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 456, • 3, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-3-165. The Educational Quality and Accountability Board - Members - Duties.  A. There is hereby created to continue until July 1, 2015, in accordance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Sunset Law, the Educational Quality and Accountability Board.  B. The membership of the Board shall consist of:  1. The Secretary of Education, who shall serve as Chair of the Board. If there is a vacancy in the office of Secretary of Education, or if the individual appointed as Secretary of Education is concurrently the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Governor shall appoint a replacement member to serve as Chair of the Board in lieu of the Secretary of Education;  2. The Chair of the P-20 Data Coordinating Council appointed by the Governor pursuant to Section 2 of this act, who shall serve as Vice Chair of the Board;  3. The Chair of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development;  4. A chief executive officer of a company in this state, appointed by the Governor;  5. An individual with primary responsibility for information technology for a company with a minimum of five hundred (500) employees in this state, appointed by the Governor;  6. The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, appointed by the Chancellor of Higher Education;  7. A president of a regional or comprehensive university within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, appointed by the Chancellor of Higher Education;  8. A teacher of a public school district, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;  9. A principal of a public school district, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;  10. A superintendent of a public school district, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate; and  11. A representative of a statewide parent-teacher organization, appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.  C. Initial appointments pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be made no later than July 1, 2009. Vacancies shall be filled by the original appointing authority.  D. A quorum which shall consist of six members must be present for the transaction of any business. The Board shall hold meetings at least on a quarterly basis. Members shall be reimbursed for travel in the performance of their official duties in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act.  E. The Board shall:  1. Review all functions related to the determination of adequate yearly progress as required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, P.L. No. 107-110;  2. Review processes for selection and approval of contracts and bid specifications for contracts by the State Department of Education with vendors for administration of testing and approval of test specifications and test blueprints necessary for the administration of the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act;  3. Review all tests administered by the State Department of Education and make recommendations to realign, recalibrate and improve the tests with a particular emphasis on grades three through eight and End-of-Instruction (EOI) tests;  4. Review processes for the establishment of cut scores for the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act;  5. Study the process by which student performance levels and the corresponding cut scores pursuant to the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act are determined and adopted, including the timing of cut score adoption;  6. Study the feasibility of ensuring that the cut scores are tied to the rigor of the tests and the rate and method by which scheduled increases in cut scores shall occur, including any link to national assessments;  7. Serve as an independent auditing entity for the purpose of evaluating the systems and processes by which the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act is implemented, ascertaining the validity and reliability of information or the deficiencies thereof; and  8. Make recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor on the Board’s findings.  F. The Educational Quality and Accountability Board may seek the assistance of the Legislative Service Bureau to contract with an independent consultant as necessary to conduct the audit specified in paragraph 7 of subsection E of this section, contingent on the availability of funds.  G. Staff support for the Board will be provided by the Staff of the House of Representatives, Senate, Office of State Finance and Legislative Service Bureau.  H. Members who serve on the Educational Quality and Accountability Board shall be exempt from the dual office holding prohibitions of Section 6 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 456, • 5, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-3-166. Educational Quality and Accountability Board Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Educational Quality and Accountability Board to be designated the “Educational Quality and Accountability Board Revolving Fund”. The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies received by the Educational Quality and Accountability Board from state or federal funds, grants, and private donations. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Educational Quality and Accountability Board for the purpose of providing financial support to the Board in order to fulfill the duties as set forth in Section 5 of this act. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of State Finance for approval and payment.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 456, • 6, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-4. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 416, • 8.  •70-4-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-8. Repealed by Laws 1951, c. 235, • 34.  •70-4-9. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-10. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-11. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-11.1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-12. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-13. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-14. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-15. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-16. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-17. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-18. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-19. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-20. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-21. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-22. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-23. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-24. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-25. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-26. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-27. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-28. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-29. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-30. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-31. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-31a. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-32. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-33. Repealed by Laws 1963, c. 275, • 3.  •70-4-33.1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-34. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-35. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-36. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-37. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-38. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-39. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-40. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-41. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-42. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-43. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-44. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-45. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-46. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-47. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-48. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-49. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-4-101. Abolition of office of county superintendent of schools.  As of July 1, 1993, the office of county superintendent of schools in and for each county in Oklahoma is hereby abolished.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 4-101, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1972, c. 155, • 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1977, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 1, • 23, emerg. eff. June 21, 1977; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 22, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-4-102. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 180, • 6, emerg. eff. May 13, 1980.  •70-4-103. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 121, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-4-104. School district boundaries - Duties of county clerk.  On or before the first day of January of each year, the county clerk or a designee of the county clerk shall obtain from the State Department of Education and furnish to the county assessor of the county a current description of the boundary of each and every school district or part of a district in the county and also notify the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the county assessor and county treasurer of the county of any and all changes in the boundaries of a school district lying wholly or in part in the county.  Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 4-104, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1991, c. 16, • 1, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 23, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-4-104.1. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 55, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-4-108. Repealed by Laws 1979, c. 221, • 18, emerg. eff. May 30, 1979.  •70-4-109. Repealed by Laws 1979, c. 221, • 18, emerg. eff. May 30, 1979.  •70-4-110. Repealed by Laws 1979, c. 221, • 18, emerg. eff. May 30, 1979.  •70-4-111. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 55, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-4-112. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 55, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-4-200. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 55, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-4-201. Transfer and preservation of records - Additional salaries.  All records of a former county superintendent of schools shall be transferred to and are to be maintained and preserved by the county clerk of the county, who shall designate a deputy, aide, assistant or other employee of the county clerk's office to perform such duties. The County Commissioners shall make space available in which the records can be maintained, preserved and made secure. Except for those records specifically required by state or federal statutes to be kept confidential, public access shall be made available to all of the records.  After the records of a former county superintendent of schools are transferred to and the responsibility of maintaining the records are assigned to a deputy, aide, assistant or other employee of the county clerk's office, the county clerk and county commissioners of the county shall recommend to the county excise board that additional salary be considered for the employee based upon the additional responsibilities if funds are available and approved. Any additional salary of such employee shall be subject to the limitations set forth in Section 180.65 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 253, • 1, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 24, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-5. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 607, art. 20, • 9.  •70-5-1. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-2. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-3. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-4. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-5. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-6. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-7. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-8. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-9. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-10. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-11. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 18, • 1.  •70-5-12. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-13. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-14. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-15. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 384, • 30.  •70-5-16. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-17. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-18. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-19. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-20. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-21. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-22. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-5-101. School districts - Designation.  All school districts in Oklahoma, now in existence or which may hereafter be created, shall be designated only as independent, elementary or technology center school districts. Independent school districts, elementary school districts and technology center school districts shall be under the supervision and the administration of the respective boards of education thereof.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 16, • 2, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 25, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 70, eff. July 1, 2001.    •705102. Independent school districts.  All independent school districts in Oklahoma shall be those which shall have maintained during the previous year a school offering high school subjects fully accredited by the State Board of Education.  A reasonable deviation from any of the requirements enumerated herein shall not operate to prohibit the State Board of Education from designating any district as independent if the other requirements are sufficiently superior to the minimum standards required herein, but standards therefor shall be reduced to writing and a copy thereof sent to all districts maintaining high schools in Oklahoma at least one (1) year prior to the time the requirements become effective. Until the effective date thereof, the requirements hereinabove enumerated shall remain in full force and effect. As a basis for attaining the status of independent school district, high schools shall be inspected by a member of the division of secondary education of the State Board of Education or such other representative as the State Board of Education shall designate, and all of the standards prescribed by the State Board of Education shall be carefully checked in the presence of the district superintendent of schools or board of education of the district. A written report shall be made and mailed to the district superintendent of schools and board of education within thirty (30) days after the time of such inspection. Such report shall indicate if the high school meets the requirements and, if not, a statement shall be made as to what must be done in order to comply therewith.  After any school district has become independent, it shall remain so until removed from independent status by the State Board of Education, which, however, shall not remove any school district from independent status until it is satisfied that the minimum standards for independent school districts are not being maintained. Any order of the State Board of Education removing a school district from independent status shall not become effective until the close of the fiscal year in which such order is made, and any order removing a school district from independent status which has heretofore been made by the State Board of Education, regardless of notice or effective date thereof, is hereby validated. A reasonable variation from year to year in the minimum number of teachers required shall not affect the status of any independent school district.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5102, eff. July 2, 1971.   •705103. Elementary school districts.  Elementary school districts shall offer grades kindergarten through eight and are those which have not met the minimum standards for, and have not been designated as, independent school districts by the State Board of Education. On and after July 1, 1991, every place in the Oklahoma Statutes which refers to "dependent school district" shall mean "elementary school district".  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5103, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1976, c. 116, • 1, emerg. eff. May 14, 1976; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 2, eff. July 1, 1991.   •70-5-103.1. Elementary school districts - Prohibition on certain grades.  On or after the effective date of this act, except upon approval of the State Board of Education, an elementary school district that did not offer any grade above the eighth grade during the 1993-94 school year may not offer grades above the eighth grade during the 1994-95 school year or any school year thereafter. No later than August 1, 1994, the State Board of Education shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 150, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994.    •705104. Designation of district retained on records When.  Only for the purpose of identifying a district that originally incurred an indebtedness so as to avoid confusion in discharging such indebtedness, the designation of a district when an indebtedness was incurred may be retained in the records of the county assessor, county treasurer, and other public officials charged with the duty of levying and collecting taxes for the payment of obligations of school districts irrespective of whether such indebtedness has been assumed by another school district.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5104, eff. July 2, 1971.   •705105. School district Body corporate Powers.  Every school district shall be a body corporate and shall possess the usual powers of a corporation for public purposes by the name and style of "Independent (or Elementary, if it is an elementary school district) School District Number ________________ (such number as may be designated by the State Board of Education) of __________________________ (the name of the county in which the district is located, or if lying in more than one county the name of the county where supervision is located) County, Oklahoma," and in that name may sue and be sued and be capable of contracting and being contracted with and holding such real and personal estate as it may come into possession of or by will or otherwise and as authorized by law.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5105, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 3, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 26, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-5-106. Governing body of school district.  A. The governing board of each school district in Oklahoma is hereby designated and shall hereafter be known as the board of education of such district. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the superintendent of schools appointed and employed by the board shall be the executive officer of the board and shall perform duties as the board directs.  B. The board may contract with a superintendent for a term as mutually agreed upon but not to exceed three (3) years beyond the fiscal year in which the contract is approved by the board and accepted by the superintendent. The contract shall include all other terms and conditions as agreed upon in writing by the board and the superintendent.  C. The boards of two or more school districts may contract with one superintendent to serve as superintendent of the school districts as provided in Section 4 of this act.  D. No board of a school district having average daily membership (ADM) of fewer than five hundred (500) pupils shall be prohibited from allowing a superintendent to serve simultaneously as a principal.  E. The chief executive officer of the board of education of a district in which a public developmental research school is established shall be the director of the school appointed as provided in Section 1210.577 of this title.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-106, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 329, • 19, emerg. eff. July 30, 1985; Laws 1993, c. 257, • 10, emerg. eff. May 26, 1993; Laws 1997, c. 18, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2003, c. 455, • 1, eff. July 1, 2003.    •70-5-106A. Employment contracts with more than one school district.  A superintendent, administrator, teacher, or person providing support services may contract with more than one school district to serve as superintendent, administrator, or teacher, as appropriately qualified, or to provide support services for each contracting district. The contract may be mutual with all the districts as parties, or the contracts may be separate; provided, that a superintendent, administrator, teacher, or person providing support services may not enter into contracts with more than one school district without the assent and knowledge of all the school districts with which they are contracting. The districts who contract either mutually or separately with a superintendent, administrator, or teacher, or with a person to provide support services may enter into agreements upon such terms and conditions as the parties may agree and may include terms related to the division of payments for items including, but not limited to, payment of benefits or travel for the superintendent, administrator, teacher, or person providing support services. Unless otherwise provided by contract, each district shall pay into the Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma the district’s pro rata share of the payment required to be paid into the System on behalf of the employee.  Added by Laws 2003, c. 455, • 4, eff. July 1, 2003.    •70-5-107. Repealed by Laws 1972, c. 216, • 3.  •70-5-107A. Boards of education of school districts - Membership - Election procedure.  The following provisions and the provisions of Section 13A-101 et seq. of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall govern the election of members of the board of education for a school district:  A. For purposes of this section, temporary positions added to a board of education pursuant to Section 7-101 or 7-105 of this title and the chair of the board of education elected pursuant to Section 1 of this act shall not be considered in determining the size of the board. The number and term of each board of education shall be as follows:  District  Members  Term (Years)  Elementary  3  3  Independent  1. Districts having a five-member board  5  5  2. Districts having a seven-member board unless an election is conducted pursuant to subsection C of this section  7  4  B. In all school districts, the members of the board of education shall be elected as follows:  1.  a.  Between August 1 and December 31 of the year following the submission by the United States Department of Commerce to the President of the United States of the official Federal Decennial Census, the board of education shall reapportion the territory of the school district into board districts. Beginning with the reapportionment following the 1990 Federal Decennial Census, all boundaries of board districts shall follow clearly visible, definable and observable physical boundaries which are based upon criteria established and recognized by the Bureau of the Census of the United States Department of Commerce for purposes of defining census blocks for its decennial census and shall follow, as much as is possible, precinct boundaries. Board districts shall be compact, contiguous and shall be as equal in population as practical with not more than a ten percent (10%) variance between the most populous and least populous board districts.  b.  School districts having fewer than one thousand eight hundred (1,800) students in average daily membership during the preceding school year may choose not to establish board districts and may nominate and elect all board members at large.  c.  Elementary school districts shall have board members elected at large.  d.  A city located in an independent school district having four or more wards and an outlying area with such outlying area comprising no more than twenty percent (20%) of the population of such independent school district, then such independent school district may adopt such wards and outlying area in lieu of the board districts provided for in subparagraph a of this paragraph, and at least one member of the board of education of such independent school district shall be a member of each ward; and  2. One member of the board of education shall be elected by the electors of the school district to represent each such board district. Provided, however, that in any school district where the electors of each board district, rather than the electors of the entire school district, elect board members to represent that board district, that district shall elect board members in that manner.  If during the term of office to which a person was elected, that member ceases to be a resident of the board district for which the person was elected, the office shall become vacant and such vacancy shall be filled as provided in Section 13A-110 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and  3. In a school district having more than ten thousand (10,000) children in average daily membership, the following provision and the provisions of Section 13A-101 et seq. of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall control as to election of the members of the school district's board of education:  a.  There shall be held an election in which the electors of each board district in which a term is expiring or in which a vacancy exists shall select two candidates from among the candidates for board member to represent the board district,  b.  If, in the election, one candidate has a majority of all votes cast, then a run-off election is not required. If no candidate receives a majority of all votes cast, then the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall become the candidates for the board district in the general election, and  c.  At the run-off election, all of the electors of the board district shall select one of the two candidates as the member of the board of education representing the board district.  C. Any seven-member board shall have the option of reducing its board to a five-member board either after approval of a board resolution or a vote of the electors of the school district to take such action pursuant to Section 13A-109 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The election pursuant to a vote of the electors of the school district shall be called upon the submission of a petition requesting the election signed by ten percent (10%) of the school district electors in the school district, the percentage being applied to the highest number of voters voting in a regular school district election in the district in the preceding five (5) years as determined by the secretary of the county election board, who shall certify the adequacy of the number of signatures on the petition. If the question is put before the voters of the district, such election shall be held along with and at the same time and place as the next school election if all requirements of Section 13A-101 et seq. of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes for such election are met.  After such resolution or election, the board shall reapportion the district, determining by resolution or by lot which board member offices shall be abolished at the end of the current board member's term and which shall become one of the offices of the new board.  Election of the resulting board members shall be carried out according to procedures stated in this section and Section 13A-101 et seq. of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  School board members currently serving in offices abolished pursuant to this subsection shall continue serving until the end of their current terms as at-large members.  D. Except for the chair of the board of education elected pursuant to Section 1 of this act, offices of members of the board of education shall be designated by consecutive numbers and shall correspond with board districts when applicable.  E. Except for those members elected prior to July 1, 1992, the terms of office of the members of a five-member board of education shall commence on the first regular, special or emergency school board meeting after the date of the annual school election and after the member has been certified as elected:  Office No. 1  1991  Office No. 2  1992  Office No. 3  1993  Office No. 4  1994  Office No. 5  1995  The terms of office of the members of a seven-member board of education shall be staggered, with one member being elected in 1991, two members being elected in 1992, two members being elected in 1993 and two members being elected in 1994 and shall commence on the first regular, special or emergency school board meeting after the date of the annual school election and after the member has been certified as elected; provided, in districts needing to elect two members in 1991 to maintain a full complement of board members, two members shall be elected in 1991, one for a full term and one for a one-year term, as determined by the local board. If a seven-member board is formed upon consolidation pursuant to Section 7-105 of this title, or upon annexation pursuant to Section 7-101 of this title, the formation agreement shall specify initial short terms as necessary to extend until the beginning of the regular terms for seven-member boards established herein.  Upon reduction of a seven-member board pursuant to subsection C of this section, the terms of the five-member board shall be staggered pursuant to this subsection.  One member of a three-member board of education shall be elected each year, and the terms of office shall commence on the first regular, special or emergency school board meeting after the member has been certified as elected.  F. The term of office of each board member elected after July 1, 1992, shall commence on the first regular, special or emergency school board meeting after the date of the annual school election and after the member has been certified as elected. Board members elected prior to July 1, 1992, may remain in office until their successor is elected and seated pursuant to Sections 13A-101 through 13A-111 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The remaining term of any member who completes the term for which the member was elected but not wishing to serve until the successor of the member takes office on the first regular, special or emergency school board meeting after the successor has been certified as elected, shall be filled by appointment by the remaining members of the board of education.  Added by Laws 1972, c. 216, • 1. Amended by Laws 1979, c. 225, • 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1979; Laws 1980, c. 186, • 1, emerg. eff. May 12, 1980; Laws 1983, c. 295, • 1, emerg. eff. June 23, 1983; Laws 1989, c. 132, • 5, eff. June 1, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 257, • 1, eff. July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 4, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 330, • 1; Laws 1992, c. 254, • 1, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 45, • 3, emerg. eff. April 9, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 360, • 5, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1998, c. 124, • 1, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 280, • 2, emerg. eff. June 1, 2000.    •70-5-107B. Expansion of a board of education - Chair and other positions.  A. The board of education of a district with an average daily membership (ADM) of more than thirty thousand (30,000) students may be expanded to add a member who shall be elected at large for a term of four (4) years and who shall serve as chair of the board. The chair of the board position may be added upon a majority vote of the district board of education to add the position. If the board opts to add the chair of the board position, the chair of the board shall be elected at the next regular election of board members, held pursuant to Section 13A-103 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes, following the decision of the board.  B. The chair of the board of education shall possess the same qualifications as required for other board members, shall assume office as provided for other members of the board of education, shall be a full, voting member of the board, and shall count for purposes of a quorum or a majority, or other requirements based on number of members on the board. The chair shall preside at all meetings of the board of education in accordance with rules of parliamentary procedure which have been adopted by a majority vote of the board, provided that, in the absence of rules adopted by the board, the chair shall determine and set forth the rules of parliamentary procedure that shall apply at board meetings; assemble and control the agenda for board meetings, provided that, upon approval of a majority of the members of the board, an item shall be placed on the agenda for the same or a subsequent meeting, in accordance with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act; appoint all committees whose appointment is not otherwise provided for by law; and shall sign all warrants ordered by the board of education to be drawn upon the treasurer for school money. The chair of the board shall possess all powers otherwise provided by law for a member of a board of education, all powers provided by law for the president of a board of education, and such other lawful powers as may be conferred upon the chair by majority vote of the board. The chair shall receive compensation and benefits as conferred upon other members of the district board of education.  C. For a district in which a chair of the board has been elected, the district board of education, during the meeting at which the chair of the board assumes office, shall elect a vice-chair who shall serve a one-year term and until a successor is elected and qualified. The vice-chair shall perform all duties of the chair of the board in case of the chair’s absence or disability. The board shall also elect clerks and deputies as provided in Section 5-119 of this title. The board shall not elect a president or vice president.  D. If a district board of education is expanded to include the chair of the board position, the chair of the board position shall not be abolished except by a majority vote of the voters of the school district voting on such question at a special election called for that purpose. The question may be presented only upon a resolution adopted by three-fourths (3/4) of the board membership or upon petition for an election on the question, that complies with the requirements for petition and election set forth in Section 7-101 of this title. If the question is approved, the chair of the board position shall be abolished at the end of the term of the chair who holds the office when the election is held or upon the chair’s resignation or vacancy of the office following the election on the question.  Added by Laws 2000, c. 280, • 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 2000. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 413, • 3, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-5-108. Repealed by Laws 1989, c. 132, • 7, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-5-109. Repealed by Laws 1972, c. 216, • 3.  •70-5-110. Workshops for new board members - Reimbursement for expenses - Agreement to attend when candidate files notification and declaration - Workshop registration fee.  A. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, at the time a school district elector files a notification and declaration of candidacy for the office of district board of education membership, such elector shall agree and pledge in writing that, within fifteen (15) months of election or appointment as a member of the district board of education, such member will complete at least twelve (12) hours of instruction on education issues, including school finance, Oklahoma education laws, and ethics, duties and responsibilities of district board of education members. This requirement may be satisfied by attending a two-day workshop to be held within the state by the State Department of Education, by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or by attending workshops, seminars or classes which address the above-mentioned subject matter, and which are sponsored by any organization approved by the State Board of Education, including but not limited to institutions of higher education. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules by which an organization or particular courses offered by an organization may be approved for purposes of fulfilling the instructional requirements set out in this section.  B. When an incumbent of a district board of education files a notification and declaration of candidacy for reelection to the district board of education, the member shall not be required to comply with the provisions of subsection A of this section but shall be required to agree and pledge in writing that upon reelection the member will complete six (6) hours of instruction within fifteen (15) months following his or her election emphasizing changes in school law, particularly changes in the areas set forth in subsection A of this section.  C. The State Department of Education shall, immediately after the annual elections of various district board of education members, determine the members of the district boards of education pledged to attend the workshop established by subsections A and B of this section, and shall notify such members of the time and place such workshop is to be conducted. Upon completion of the workshop, the certificate of completion shall be included in the public records of the school board's minutes. Each school board member, except for an incumbent member, shall be required within fifteen (15) months following or preceding his or her election to complete the workshop established by subsection A of this section or to attend twelve (12) hours of other state workshops conducted as instruction on the subjects of school finance, the Oklahoma School Code and related laws, and the ethics, duties and responsibilities of district board of education members. If a member has not satisfied the above instructional requirements within fifteen (15) months of his or her election, the district board of education shall declare the seat of such member vacant and fill the vacancy according to law. All government departments, agencies and institutions of this state are directed to lend such assistance as may be required by the State Department of Education for the proper conduct and administration of the workshops. The State Department of Education shall maintain a permanent record of each district board of education member who successfully completes a workshop and shall issue a certificate of completion to such member.  D. The State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and, upon approval of the State Board of Education, any organization or association representing district boards of education in this state are authorized to charge persons pledged to attend the workshop a registration fee sufficient to defray the estimated costs of presenting the workshop or Thirty-five Dollars ($35.00) per registrant, whichever is the lesser amount, and to collect such fees at the time of registration.  E. Any member of a district board of education or any individual elected, certified as the elected member by the county election board, but not sworn in and seated as a member of a district board of education at the time of a workshop presented by the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or an organization or association representing district boards of education within the state who attends and successfully completes such workshop as required by subsection A or B of this section shall be reimbursed by the school district in accordance with the district’s travel reimbursement policy.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-110, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1980, c. 231, • 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1980; Laws 1984, c. 132, • 1; Laws 1986, c. 99, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1986; Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 26, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 293, • 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 180, • 1, emerg. eff. May 13, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 254, • 2, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 360, • 6, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 4, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2008, c. 439, • 3, eff. July 1, 2008.    NOTE: Laws 1990, c. 257, • 2 repealed by Laws 1991, c. 180, • 2, emerg. eff. May 13, 1991 and Laws 1991, c. 335, • 36, emerg. eff. June 15, 1991.    •70-5-110.1. Board members - Continuing education requirement.  A. In addition to the requirements of Section 5-110 of this title, every member of a school district board of education elected to a full term of office of five (5) years or more shall be required to attend a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of continuing education, each member elected to a full four-year term of office shall be required to attend a minimum of twelve (12) hours of continuing education, and each member elected to a full three-year term of office shall be required to attend a minimum of nine (9) hours of continuing education, prior to the date set for filing for reelection to that respective board seat. The continuing education courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and conventions which shall satisfy the continuing education requirement shall be approved jointly by the State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.  B. Local and state continuing education programs conducted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be held in all regions of the state at institutions of higher learning, area technology centers or other approved sites. Notice of such courses and seminars shall be provided to all school board members and to the public schools.  C. This section shall not apply to those school board members who file for reelection prior to July 1, 1991.  D. Failure by a board member to satisfy the continuing education requirements of this section shall result in the ineligibility of the member to run for reelection to the school district board of education.  E. The State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and any organization approved by the State Board of Education, including but not limited to institutions of higher education, may charge persons attending continuing education courses a registration fee sufficient to defray the estimated costs of presenting the course. The registration fees for each course shall be announced prior to the date of such course.  F. Any member of a school district board of education who attends and completes a course which satisfies in part or in full the requirements of this section shall be reimbursed by the school district for expenses incurred. In addition, a school district board of education may reimburse members of the board of education for expenses incurred in registering and attending board member training programs or activities approved by the board which are in addition to the minimum school board training requirements established by law.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 10, • 1, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 27, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 257, • 3, emerg. eff. May 23, 1990; Laws 1994, c. 360, • 7, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1996, c. 178, • 1, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 2001, c. 140, • 1, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2001, c. 414, • 9, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 5, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2008, c. 439, • 4, eff. July 1, 2008.    NOTE: Laws 2001, c. 33, • 71 repealed by Laws 2001, c. 414, • 14, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-5-110.2. Records of attendance at continuing education events.  The State Board of Education shall maintain records of attendance by school board members at continuing education events required pursuant to Sections 5-110 and 5-110.1 of this title and prior to the final opportunity for each school board member who has not completed the continuing education requirements to complete the same, shall notify the school board member by mail of any final opportunity to complete these requirements.  Added by Laws 1990, c. 284, • 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.    •70-5-111. Repealed by Laws 1994, c. 360, • 10, eff. July 1, 1994.  •70-5-112. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 296, • 12, eff. June 1, 1990.  •70-5-113. Relation by affinity or consanguinity - Prohibition.  A. No person shall be eligible to be a candidate for or serve on a board of education if the person is currently employed by the school district governed by that board of education or is related within the second degree by affinity or consanguinity to any other member of the board of education or to any employee of the school district governed by the board of education. The purpose of this section is both to prohibit persons who are related within the second degree by affinity or consanguinity from serving simultaneously on the same board of education of any school district of this state and to prohibit persons who are related within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity to an employee of a school district from serving on the board of education governing the school district while such relative is employed.  B. If the relationship is based on affinity, the prohibitions in this section shall not apply to prevent members of boards of education who are serving on September 1, 1995, from serving the term for which they were elected or from serving successive terms for which they may be elected, unless it is the member's spouse who is a member of the board of education or an employee of the school district, then such prohibitions shall apply.  C. The prohibitions set forth in this section shall not apply if the person related to the board member within the second degree of affinity or consanguinity is employed as a substitute teacher by the school district pursuant to the provisions of Section 6-105 of this title or as a temporary substitute support employee if the school district has an Average Daily Membership (ADM) of less than five thousand (5,000).  D. Any member of a board of education who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalties prescribed by Sections 485 and 486 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5113, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 254, • 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 360, • 8, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 257, • 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 1995; Laws 2009, c. 253, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-5-113.1. Relation by consanguinity or affinity with school board member prohibited in employment or contracts - Exemptions - Executive sessions of board - Collective bargaining agreements.  A. Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person may be employed or put under contract by a school district if that person is related to a member of the board of education of that school district within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity. A teacher or employee already under contract to or otherwise employed by the school district at the time the relationship is established may continue in said employment. Except as otherwise provided, a board member already serving at the time the relationship is established may serve out the term for which the member was elected but shall not be eligible to be a candidate for or serve successive terms of office for which the member may be elected.  B. The provisions of this section shall not prevent a board member from serving successive terms of office if otherwise eligible under the provision of Section 5-113 of this title. No member of the board of education who has resigned from the board before the term of the person has expired may be reappointed to the board to complete the remainder of the term if a teacher or employee related to the resigned member of the board within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity was put under contract or otherwise employed by the school district after the board member resigned.  C. The provisions of this section shall not prevent a person who is related to a member of the board of education within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity from being employed by the school district as a substitute teacher pursuant to the provisions of Section 6-105 of this title or as a temporary substitute support employee if the school district has an Average Daily Membership (ADM) of less than five thousand (5,000).  D. Any member of a board of education who is related to a teacher or other employee of the district within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity shall not attend or participate in any regular or executive session of the board held to consider any personnel matter or litigation relating to said teacher or employee. The member may vote on collective bargaining agreements or the renewal of contracts as a group if the vote is necessary to form a quorum of the board of education members. If more than one member of the board of education is related to a teacher or employee, only the minimum number of those members which is necessary to form a quorum shall be allowed to vote. Each board of education so affected shall adopt a written policy establishing procedures on when such a member may vote on the renewal of contracts or collective bargaining agreements.  E. Any member of a board of education who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalties prescribed by Sections 485 and 486 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1979, c. 192, • 1, emerg. eff. May 17, 1979. Amended by Laws 1980, c. 87, • 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1980; Laws 1982, c. 106, • 1, emerg. eff. April 6, 1982; Laws 1983, c. 106, • 1, emerg. eff. May 10, 1983; Laws 1984, c. 296, • 43, operative July 1, 1984; Laws 1989, c. 299, • 3, emerg. eff. May 24, 1989; Laws 1991, c. 317, • 1, emerg. eff. June 12, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 254, • 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 360, • 9, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 322, • 26, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2009, c. 253, • 2, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-5-113.2. Board member involved in certain litigation may be denied participation in executive sessions of school board.  Any school board member who, before serving or while serving on the board of education, initiated litigation against the school district, school board of education, or an individual board member of the board of education on which he/she serves, or who is a governing member of a group, organization, or entity that has authorized and initiated litigation against that school district, school board of education, or an individual board member of the board of education on which he/she serves, may be excluded upon a majority vote of the board members from any executive session where the litigation is discussed or from any other form of participation in the board's defense of the litigation, including any vote on issues related to that legal action.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 254, • 5, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992.    •705114. County treasurer as district treasurer Local and assistant local treasurer Estimate of needs Charge for services.  A. The county treasurer of each county shall be the treasurer of all school districts in the county, except that the board of education of a school district may appoint a local treasurer for the school district and, in its discretion, an assistant local treasurer of the district, each of whom shall serve at the pleasure of the board for such compensation as the board may determine. The assistant local treasurer may perform any of the duties and exercise any of the powers of the local treasurer with the same force and effect as if the same were done or performed by the local treasurer. Before entering upon the discharge of the duties of the assistant treasurer, the assistant treasurer shall give a bond in such amount as the board of education may designate, with good and sufficient sureties to be approved by the board, conditioned for the faithful performance of his or her duties. A local treasurer or assistant local treasurer need not be a resident of the school district where appointed to serve, although any local treasurer or assistant local treasurer shall be a resident of this state. Nothing herein shall prevent a local treasurer or assistant local treasurer from being appointed for more than one school district.  B. Whenever a county treasurer is designated as the treasurer for a school district, the county treasurer may elect to charge for such services. If charges are assessed, the treasurer shall prepare a special estimate of needs each fiscal year, covering all expenditures of the office on behalf of any school districts for which the county treasurer serves as treasurer. The estimate for treasurer services shall be itemized by personal services and maintenance and operation expenditures and shall be filed with the county excise board. In reviewing and approving this estimate, the county excise board shall authorize and levy amounts for treasurer services which in the judgment of the board will be sufficient to perform the services. The board shall apportion the cost among the school districts for which the treasurer services are to be charged in the ratio which each school district's total appropriations for the preceding year bears to the total appropriations of all such school districts receiving treasurer services for the preceding year. The amounts shall be included in, or added to, the estimates of needs or budget of each such school district. The amount as approved and appropriated by the county excise board shall be paid by the school district, by appropriate warrants, to the county for deposit in the county general fund.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-114, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1980, c. 220, • 1, emerg. eff. May 30, 1980; Laws 1981, c. 175, • 1; Laws 1982, c. 4, • 1, operative July 1, 1982; Laws 1988, c. 90, • 14, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 1999, c. 327, • 4, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-5-115. Local treasurer - Surety bond - Duties - Cash and investment ledgers.  A. Unless the context clearly shows otherwise, the term “treasurer”, as used in this section, includes a county treasurer acting as the treasurer of a school district pursuant to the provisions of Section 5-114 of this title. The treasurer so appointed shall execute, before entering upon the duties of the office of the treasurer, a surety bond in an amount which it is estimated by the board of education the treasurer will have on hand at any one time during the current year, and the amount of securities held as investments shall not be considered. The board of education is empowered to require the treasurer to increase or decrease the bond of the treasurer as the amount of funds on hand may require. Provided, the bond of a school district shall not, in any event, be required to be in an amount greater than that of the county treasurer of the county. The premium on the bond shall be paid by the board of education out of district funds. Provided, however, the treasurer of such district shall require the depository wherein school district funds are deposited to insure or guarantee the deposit by proper securities, which shall be of the same class of securities as are required to insure deposits of county treasurers of the various counties, and the securities shall be pledged, taken and kept in the manner provided by Sections 517.1 through 517.7 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  B. In all districts which are permitted by law to select a local treasurer, the county treasurer shall act as treasurer thereof until such time as a local treasurer shall be appointed and has executed the surety bond required by this section. In no instance in which the county treasurer is the treasurer of any school district shall any additional bond be required, but the official bond of the county treasurer shall stand for any and all funds and securities coming into the hands of the county treasurer.  C. The local treasurer of a district, when required by the board of education, shall prepare and submit in writing a report of the condition of the finances of the district and shall produce at any meeting of the board or to any committee appointed for the purpose of examining the accounts of the treasurer all books and papers pertaining to the office of the treasurer. Upon failure to make reports as provided for herein or as may otherwise be required by law, the board may at any regular or special meeting thereof summarily suspend the treasurer, and while so suspended the treasurer shall perform no act pertaining to the office of the treasurer. Such suspension shall continue until ended by order of the board or by judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction.  D. The local treasurer of a school district shall keep a separate cash ledger for each fund in the custody of the treasurer. The local treasurer shall enter each collection and disbursement in the cash ledger of the applicable fund by recording the date and classification of each transaction and such other information as may be deemed desirable. Additional ledgers shall also be maintained to record the investments made from each fund. Such investment ledgers shall disclose the date, description and principal amount paid for each investment purchased and the date and principal amount received for each investment liquidated.  E. Upon suspension by the board, the treasurer shall immediately turn over to the board of education or to the acting treasurer if one has been appointed by the board all books and papers and other property pertaining to the office of the treasurer.  F. Except as otherwise provided by law, no treasurer of any district shall pay out school district funds in the care of the treasurer except upon warrants signed by the proper school district officials authorized by the law to sign such warrants, provided, this restriction shall not apply to sinking funds or to the investment of school district funds. Authorized sinking fund payments and payment for investments or receipt of liquidated investments may be made by check, wire transfer or other instrument or method through the Federal Reserve System.  G. The board of education shall, each month, set aside funds to an operating account and to an investment account. Investments by the treasurer shall be made in accordance with a written policy adopted by the board of education. The written investment policy shall address liquidity, diversification, safety of principal, yield, maturity, quality of the instrument, and capability of investment management. Acting within the investment policy, the treasurer shall place primary emphasis on safety and liquidity in the investment of funds. Taking into account the need to use sound investment judgment, school districts shall, to the extent practicable, use competitive bids when they purchase direct obligations of the United States Government or other obligations of the United States Government, its agencies or instrumentalities. Such system shall be designed to maximize yield within each class of investment instrument, consistent with the safety of the funds invested. The board of education must review the investment performance of the treasurer on a regular basis and no less than each month. The treasurer of every school district shall invest the full amount of the investment account in:  1. Direct obligations of the United States Government to the payment of which the full faith and credit of the Government of the United States is pledged; provided, a treasurer of a school district who has completed the program pursuant to the provisions of subsection H of this section may invest funds in the investment account in other obligations of the United States Government, its agencies or instrumentalities;  2. Obligations to the payment of which the full faith and credit of this state is pledged;  3. Certificates of deposits of banks when such certificates of deposits are secured by acceptable collateral as in the deposit of other public monies;  4. Savings accounts or savings certificates of savings and loan associations to the extent that such accounts or certificates are fully insured by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation. Provided, that the income received from the investments may be placed in the general fund of the governmental subdivision to be used for general governmental operations;  5. Repurchase agreements that have underlying collateral consisting of those items specified in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this subsection including obligations of the United States, its agencies and instrumentalities, and where the collateral has been deposited with a trustee or custodian bank in an irrevocable trust or escrow account established for such purposes;  6. County, municipal or school district direct debt obligations for which an ad valorem tax may be levied or bond and revenue anticipation notes, money judgments against such county, municipality or school district ordered by a court of record or bonds or bond and revenue anticipation notes issued by a public trust for which such county, municipality or school district is a beneficiary thereof. All collateral pledged to secure public funds shall be valued at no more than market value. The income received from an investment may be placed in the general fund of the governmental subdivision to be used for general governmental operations, the sinking fund, the building fund, or the fund from which the investment was made;  7. Money market mutual funds regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and which investments consist of obligations of the United States, its agencies and instrumentalities, and investments in those items and those restrictions specified in paragraphs 1 through 6 of this subsection;  8. Warrants, bonds or judgments of the school district; or  9. Qualified pooled investment programs, the investments of which consist of those items specified in paragraphs 1 through 8 of this subsection, as well as obligations of the United States agencies and instrumentalities, regardless of the size of the district’s budget. To be qualified, a pooled investment program for school funds must be governed through an interlocal cooperative agreement formed pursuant to Section 5-117b of this title, and the program must competitively select its investment advisors and other professionals. Any pooled investment program used must be approved by the board of education.  H. The board of education is hereby empowered to require the treasurer to satisfactorily complete an investment education program approved by the State Board of Education and the State Board of Career and Technology Education. Such program shall be designed to allow treasurers to make informed decisions regarding the safety, return, liquidity, costs and benefits of various investment options allowed under this section.  I. The income received on an investment may be placed in the fund from which the investment was made, the general fund, the building fund, or the sinking fund.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-115, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 82, • 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1986, c. 259, • 52, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1988, c. 90, • 15, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 1992, c. 211, • 11, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1999, c. 327, • 5, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 136, • 15, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2000, c. 334, • 7, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 72, eff. July 1, 2001.    NOTE: Laws 2000, c. 43, • 1 repealed by Laws 2000, c. 334, • 8, eff. July 1, 2000.    •70-5-115a. Repealed by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 33, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-115b. Expiration of treasurer’s term of office – Delivery of check or warrant registers to successor – Agreement to pay interest on checks or warrants not payable due to insufficient funds.  Upon the expiration of the term of office, the treasurer shall deliver check or warrant registers to the succeeding treasurer, and each successor in office shall act as though check or warrant entries were registered by the successor, who shall continue registration of all district checks or warrants. If a check or warrant cannot be paid for want of sufficient funds, a district may enter into an agreement not to extend beyond the current fiscal year with the depository bank to honor payment of these checks at an annual rate of interest as negotiated by the district and depository bank, which shall not exceed a rate equal to five percent (5%) above the average United States Treasury Bill rate of the preceding calendar year as determined by the State Treasurer on the first regular business day of each year.   Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 18, eff. July 1, 2004.  •705116. Oath of Office.  Each member of the board of education and the treasurer and assistant treasurer of a school district shall take and subscribe to the following oath:  "I _____________________(Name of officer), hereby declare under oath that I will faithfully perform the duties of_____________(Name of position) of ________________________(Name of school district) to the best of my ability and that I will faith fully discharge all of the duties pertaining to said office and obey the Constitution and laws of the United States and Oklahoma." Laws 1971, c. 281, Sec. 5116. Eff. July 1, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5116, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-5-116a. Officers and employees - Bonds.  A. The superintendent and any financial officer of a school district shall be required to furnish a surety bond in the penal sum of not less than One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) or an amount otherwise set by law or set by the State Board of Education, to be approved as provided by law, and to assure the faithful performance of the duties of the covered officer and employees.  B. Whenever the superintendent or any officer or other employee of any school district is required to furnish a surety bond as a prerequisite to employment as provided for in this section or any other law, the requirement as to terms, conditions, penalty, amount or quality or type of surety shall be deemed to mean the furnishing of a separate bond or surety contract for each individual officer or employee, or the furnishing of a "blanket bond". For purposes of this section, “blanket bond” means a school district officer and employees blanket position bond which covers all officers and employees up to the penalty of the bond for each officer and employee and the full penalty of the bond is always enforced during its term and no restoration is necessary and there is no additional premium after a loss is paid.  C. All surety bonds as required by this section or other laws shall be furnished by a company duly qualified under the insurance laws of this state and shall be purchased by the school district. Each surety bond shall be payable to the school district and, whenever possible, conditioned on the faithful performance of the duties of the individuals covered during their employment or term of office and that they will properly account for all monies and property received by virtue of their position or employment.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 222, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Amended by Laws 2009, c. 250, • 2, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-5-117. Powers and duties.  A. The board of education of each school district shall have power to:  1. Elect its own officers; provided that the chair of the board authorized in Section 5-107B of this title shall be elected by the electors of the school district;  2. Make rules, not inconsistent with the law or rules of the State Board of Education, governing the board and the school system of the district;  3. Maintain and operate a complete public school system of such character as the board of education shall deem best suited to the needs of the school district;  4. Designate the schools to be attended by the children of the district;  5. Provide and operate, when deemed advisable, cafeterias or other eating accommodations, thrift banks or other facilities for the teaching and practice of thrift and economy, bookstores, print shops, and vocational and other shops;  6. Provide informational material concerning school bond elections and millage elections, including but not limited to all pertinent financial information relative to the bond issue, a statement of revenue sources necessary to retire proposed bonds, a statement of current bonded indebtedness of the school district, and a statement of proposed use of funds to be generated by the proposed bond issue. The informational material shall not contain the words "vote yes" or "vote no" or any similar words or statement any place on such informational material;  7. Purchase, construct or rent, and operate and maintain, classrooms, libraries, auditoriums, gymnasiums, stadiums, recreation places and playgrounds, teacherages, school bus garages, laboratories, administration buildings, and other schoolhouses and school buildings, and acquire sites and equipment therefor;  8. a.  Insure the school district or its employees against any loss, damage or liability as defined by Sections 702 through 708 of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or other forms of insurance provided for in Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  b.  Subject to the restrictions of liability in the Governmental Tort Claims Act:  (1)  insure the school district against all or any part of any liability it may incur for death, injury or disability of any person, or for damage to property, either real or personal,  (2)  insure any employee of the school district against all or any part of the employee’s liability for injury or damage resulting from an act or omission in the scope of employment, or  (3)  insure against the expense of defending a claim against the school district or its employee, whether or not liability exists on such claim.  c.  As used in this subsection, “employee” means any person who has acted in behalf of a school district, whether that person is acting on a permanent or temporary basis with or without being compensated or on a full-time or part-time basis. Employee also includes all elected or appointed officers, members of governing bodies of a school district, and persons appointed, and other persons designated by a school district to act in its behalf.  d.  The cost or premium of any such insurance is a proper expenditure of the school district.  e.  Any insurance authorized by law to be purchased, obtained or provided by a school district may be provided by:  (1)  self-insurance, which may be, but is not required to be, funded by appropriations to establish or maintain reserves for self-insurance purposes. Any self-insurance reserve fund shall be nonfiscal and shall not be considered in computing any levy when the school district makes its annual estimate for needed appropriations,  (2)  insurance in any insurer authorized to transact insurance in this state,  (3)  insurance secured in accordance with any other method provided by law, or  (4)  any combination of insurance authorized by this section.  f.  Two or more school districts or public agencies, by interlocal agreement made pursuant to the Interlocal Cooperation Act, may provide insurance for any purpose by any one or more of the methods specified in this section. The pooling of self-insured reserves, claims or losses among governments as authorized in this section shall not be construed to be transacting insurance nor otherwise subject to the provisions of the laws of this state regulating insurance or insurance companies. Two or more school districts may also be insured under a master policy or contract of insurance. Premium costs may be set individually for each school district or apportioned among participating school districts as provided by the master policy or contract;  9. Acquire property by condemnation proceedings in the same manner as land is condemned for railroad purposes. School district funds may be used to erect buildings on leased land on which other buildings have been erected prior to April 3, 1969, or on land which is leased from a governmental entity;  10. Lease real or personal property to the state or any political subdivision thereof or a not-for-profit entity operating pursuant to Section 868 of Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes for nominal cash consideration for so long as the use of the property by the lessee substantially benefits, in whole or in part, the same public served by the school district;  11. Dispose of personal or real property no longer needed by the district by sale, exchange, lease, lease-purchase, sale and partial lease back, or otherwise. Real property shall be conveyed pursuant to a public sale, public bid, or private sale; provided however, unless otherwise prohibited by law, the board of education of a consolidated or annexed school district may convey real property to a local political subdivision without consideration. Prior to the sale of any real property, the board of education shall have the real property appraised. The appraisal shall be confidential until the real property is sold. When the real property is sold, the board of education shall make the appraisal available for public inspection. Prior to the conveyance of any real property by private sale, the board of education shall have offered the real property for sale by public sale or public bid. Any conveyance of real property by private sale to a nonprofit organization, association, or corporation to be used for public purposes, unless for exchange, shall contain a reversionary clause which returns the real property to the board of education upon the cessation of the use without profit or for public purposes by the purchaser or the assigns of the purchaser;  12. Purchase necessary property, equipment, furniture, and supplies necessary to maintain and operate an adequate school system;  13. Incur all expenses, within the limitations provided for by law, necessary to perform all powers granted by the provisions of this section;  14. Contract with and fix the duties and compensation of physicians, dentists, optometrists, nurses, attorneys, superintendents, principals, teachers, bus drivers, janitors, and other necessary employees of the district;  15. Establish a written policy for reimbursement of necessary travel expenses of employees and members of the board. The policy may include in-district travel from the site of employment assignment which is necessary in the performance of employment duties. The written policy shall specify procedures, contain documentation requirements, and may include payment of meal expenses during authorized travel on a per diem allowance basis rather than itemized documentation;  16. Pay necessary travel expenses and other related expenses of prospective employees for sponsored visits to the school district pursuant to a written policy specifying procedures containing documentation requirements equal to or greater than the requirements specified by law for state employees in the State Travel Reimbursement Act;  17. Provide for employees' leaves of absence without pay;  18. Exercise sole control over all the schools and property of the district, subject to other provisions of the Oklahoma School Code;  19. Allow district-owned school buses to be used for transportation of students from other districts or educational institutions while within the district on educational tours. This shall not restrict the authority of the board to authorize any other use of such buses which may now be permitted by law or rule of the State Board of Education;  20. Enter into contractual agreements with the board of trustees of a multicounty library system, as defined in Section 4-103 of Title 65 of the Oklahoma Statutes, a city-county library commission, as defined in Section 152 of Title 65 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or a rural single county library system, as defined in Section 1-104 of Title 65 of the Oklahoma Statutes, on such terms as may be mutually agreed, except no district board of education may enter into any agreement under which the library services for the school would be provided at any site other than the school site or which would result in library services that do not meet accreditation standards as required by law or rule;  21. Perform all functions necessary to the administration of a school district in Oklahoma as specified in the Oklahoma School Code, and in addition thereto, those powers necessarily implied but not delegated by law to any other agency or official;  22. Prepare and distribute at the expense of the school district any and all material which has the purpose of informing the public about district activities;  23. Solicit and accept any gift, grant, or donation of money or property for the use of the school district. Any gift, grant, or donation of money may be deposited in the general fund or building fund of the school district; and  24. Pay necessary meal and lodging expenses of school district students and sponsors involved in authorized school-sponsored cocurricular activities. The board of education shall establish a written policy for reimbursement of necessary meal and lodging expenses of school district students and sponsors. The written policy shall specify procedures, contain documentation requirements, and designate the funds from which reimbursement may be made. Reimbursement may be made from the General Fund.  B. The board of education of any school district may rent real and personal property, if such items are necessary for the operation of the school, and pay the rental charges for the usage during any fiscal year, or portion thereof, out of appropriations made and approved for current expense purposes during the fiscal year. Any rental contract extending beyond June 30 of the fiscal year shall be void unless it contains provisions for mutual ratification of renewal pursuant to the conditions provided for in this subsection. It is the intent of this subsection to authorize boards of education to enter into lease contracts but not to incur any obligation against the school district in excess of the income and revenue provided for such purposes for the fiscal year in which the lease contract is operative. Any lease or lease-purchase agreement entered into by any board of education shall state the purchase price of real or personal property so leased. The lease or lease-purchase shall not be extended so as to cause payment of more than the original purchase price of the real or personal property, plus interest not to exceed the legal rate. When the purchase price plus interest has been paid, the property shall belong to the lessee and the lessor shall deliver a deed or bill of sale to the property to the lessee. When any real or personal property has been leased or rented during any fiscal year pursuant to the provisions of any contract which permits continuance of the rental for the remainder of the fiscal year, the renting or leasing of the property shall be continued for the remainder of the fiscal year unless the board of education renting or leasing the same certifies by proper resolution entered in the minutes of the board of education that the continuance of the rental is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Any lease-purchase agreement entered into shall include the right of a school district to acquire buildings, equipment or other facilities or discrete components thereof or improve school sites through a lease-purchase agreement. A school district may use proceeds derived from the sale of bonds as authorized by Section 26 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution to make lease-purchase payments, including interest, under a lease-purchase agreement. For purposes of this subsection, the term “acquired” as used in Section 26 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution shall mean the possession, control, or power to dispose of personal or real property.  C. The boards of education of two or more school districts may enter into cooperative agreements and maintain joint programs including, but not limited to, courses of instruction for handicapped children, courses of instruction in music and other subjects, practical instruction for trades and vocations, practical instruction in driver training courses, and health programs including visual care by persons legally licensed for such purpose, without favoritism as to either profession. The revenues necessary to operate a joint program approved in cooperative agreements, whether from federal, state or local sources, including the individual contributions of participating school districts, shall be deposited into a fund separate from all other appropriated funds. The beginning fund balance each year, combined with all actual revenues, including collected and estimated revenues, must be appropriated before being expended. Purchase orders shall be issued against available appropriations and, once goods or services have been received, either payable or nonpayable warrants shall be issued in payment of all purchase orders. The fund shall be reported as a separate appropriated fund in all the financial reports of the school district which is chosen by the other school districts to keep the accounting records of the joint program.  D. The boards of education of two or more school districts may enter into a mutual contract or separate contracts with a superintendent, administrator, or teacher or with a person to provide support services, to serve as superintendent, administrator, or teacher, as appropriately qualified, or to provide support services, for each contracting district upon such terms and conditions as the parties may agree. Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize or require annexation or consolidation of any school districts or the closing of any school site except pursuant to law as set forth in Section 7-101 et seq. of this title.  E. Any school district may operate or maintain a school or schools on any military reservation which is within the boundaries of the school district or which is adjacent to the school district, and provide the instruction in the school or schools to children of personnel on the military reservation and, in doing so, shall conform to all federal laws and requirements.  F. The board of education of each school district shall adopt and maintain on file in the office of the superintendent of schools appropriate personnel policy and sick leave guide. The guide shall be made available to the public.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-117, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1972, c. 166, • 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1979, c. 184, • 1; Laws 1982, c. 143, • 1; Laws 1983, c. 189, • 1, emerg. eff. June 14, 1983; Laws 1987, c. 204, • 63, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 90, • 16, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 315, • 57, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 221, • 6, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 280, • 57, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 111, • 2, emerg. eff. April 21, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 361, • 3, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 362, • 4, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 165, • 3, emerg. eff. May 2, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 121, • 1, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1998, c. 217, • 2, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 1998, c. 365, • 8, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 149, • 6, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, c. 327, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 6, • 18, emerg. eff. March 20, 2000; Laws 2000, c. 280, • 3, emerg. eff. June 1, 2000; Laws 2002, c. 483, • 2, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 3, • 78, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003; Laws 2003, c. 173, • 2, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2003, c. 455, • 2, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 71, • 1, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 6, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2009, c. 250, • 3, eff. July 1, 2009.  NOTE: Laws 1999, c. 244, • 1 repealed by Laws 2000, c. 6, • 33, emerg. eff. March 20, 2000. Laws 2002, c. 283, • 1 repealed by Laws 2003, c. 3, • 79, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003.    •705117.1. Cooperative contracts.  The board of education of any school district in this state which is contiguous to any other school district located in an adjacent state is hereby authorized to enter into contracts with the board of education of the school district located in the adjacent state for the purpose of providing better educational opportunities for students residing in both school districts. Such contracts may provide for:  1. The transfer of students between the two school districts;  2. The payment and acceptance of transfer fees for students transferred between the two school districts, the amount of which will be agreed upon by the boards of education thereof;  3. The use of districtowned school buses to transport students to and from the schools operated in the school districts; and  4. Such other cooperative agreements as will be necessary to provide quality education for all students residing or attending schools in the school districts.  Laws 1976, c. 38, • 1, eff. July 1, 1976. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 293, • 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.    •70-5-117.1a. Correctional facilities - Operation within restricted school areas - Vote by board of education.  The board of education of a school district or a private school may, through a majority vote of the board, allow a correctional facility operated by the Department of Corrections, a county, a municipality, or a private corporation to operate within the areas restricted by Sections 563 and 563.1 of Title 57 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1998, c. 290, • 6, eff. July 1, 1998.    •705117.2. Additional authorization.  The State Board of Education is hereby authorized to adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary to assist any school district located in this state in carrying out the provisions of Sections 5-117.1 and 5-117.3 of this title.  Laws 1976, c. 38, • 2, eff. July 1, 1976. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 293, • 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.    •705117.3. Average daily attendance.  Students who reside within the boundaries of a school district located in this state, but who have attended school in a contiguous school district located in an adjacent state, shall be included in the average daily attendance of the school district located in this state for the purpose of calculation and payment of all state aid and for the distribution of all other revenue required by law to be apportioned on an average daily attendance basis.  Under no circumstances shall students who reside outside of the State of Oklahoma be counted as ADM for the purpose of calculation of State Aid in Oklahoma.  Laws 1976, c. 38, • 3, eff. July 1, 1976. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 293, • 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.    •70-5-117.4. School improvement plan.  A. Each local board of education shall, after convening an advisory council that includes teachers and parents, and after holding at least one public hearing, adopt a six-year school improvement plan for the district. Each school improvement plan shall include stated goals that clearly delineate educational expectations, and shall be annually monitored and updated as necessary. The plan shall also include a specific program of improvement through academic skill reinforcement and/or remediation pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act. Such plan shall include an evaluation of the instructional program in the basic skills areas as specified in paragraphs 1 and 2 of subsection A of Section 11-103 of this title and specific plans whereby schools within the district will initiate the planning process of meeting or exceeding the accreditation requirements in Section 3-104.4 of this title. The six-year school improvement plan shall include a consideration of the feasibility of participation in any programs which consist of state exemption from educational-related statutes or rules.  B. The school improvement plan shall be submitted to the State Board of Education as provided in Section 3-104.2 of this title.  Added by Laws 1985, c. 329, • 17, emerg. eff. July 30, 1985. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 259, • 64, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 186, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1989, c. 315, • 58, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 39, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1995, c. 307, • 5, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2002, c. 289, • 2, eff. July 1, 2002.    •70-5-117.5. Employee health insurance plans.  A. The board of education of each school district in this state shall provide a health insurance plan for the employees of the school district. School districts may obtain health and dental insurance coverage as provided for in the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act or may obtain other health insurance coverage. Any school district that does not participate in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act shall obtain health insurance coverage for the employees which provides open enrollment, and provide for the continuation of health insurance coverage, including supplemental Medicare insurance coverage, for those district employees who retire from said district after September 30, 1991, with a vested benefit in the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma. A retired person who begins receiving benefits from the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma after September 30, 1991, who retires from a school district that provides other health insurance coverage, and who elects to continue said health insurance coverage shall pay to the school district the premium rate for the health insurance minus an amount equal to the premium rate of the Medicare supplement or the amount determined pursuant to subsection (4) of Section 1316.3 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes, whichever is less, which shall be paid by the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma to the school district. The school district shall remit to the health insurance coverage provider the total premium due less any uncollected amounts payable from retired school district employees or their qualified survivors.  B. A school district that participates in health insurance coverage other than the health insurance plan offered by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act shall not be required to pay any portion of the premiums for the employees or the dependents of the employees of said school district, except as may otherwise be provided by law. Unless a school district negotiates an agreement with its employees regarding health insurance pursuant to Sections 509.1 through 509.9 of this title, and to the extent that the agreement provides for the members of the recognized bargaining unit, a school district that participates in health insurance coverage other than the health insurance plan offered by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act is prohibited from acquiring additional or supplemental health or dental insurance for any board member, school superintendent or any other employee which is not available to all employees of said district, and said school district shall not pay a greater portion of the employee or dependent premium for any health or dental insurance plan or plans provided by said school district on behalf of any board member, school superintendent or employee than that portion paid on behalf of all participating employees of said district.  C. If a school district obtains health insurance coverage from a source other than through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act, the employees of the school district who would be eligible to participate in the health and dental plans may require the board of education of the school district to call an election to allow said employees to vote as to whether the school district shall participate in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act. Upon the filing with the board of education of a petition calling for such an election which is signed by no less than thirty percent (30%) of the eligible employees of the school district, the board of education shall call an election for the purpose of determining whether the school district shall participate in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act. The election shall be held within thirty (30) days of the filing of the petition. If a majority of those eligible employees voting at the election vote to participate in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act, the board of education of the school district shall apply for such participation within thirty (30) days of the election.  D. If a school district does not have any health insurance coverage of the type required by this section, that school district shall immediately be enrolled in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act.  E. A carrier providing health insurance coverage for employees of a school district health insurance group which replaces a previous carrier for such school district employees shall provide coverage for each retired employee who is receiving a benefit or terminates employment with a vested benefit from the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma and who is enrolled in the health insurance group by the previous carrier at the time the previous carrier providing health insurance coverage is replaced. Notwithstanding any provision in this section to the contrary, any person who retires pursuant to the provisions of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma prior to May 1, 1993, or terminates service with a vested benefit, pursuant to the provisions of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma prior to May 1, 1993, may continue to participate in the health and dental plans authorized by the provisions of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act.  F. In the event a school district ceases to exist, the assets and duties of said school district are transferred to one or more other school districts, said other school district or districts do not agree to employ all of the former employees of the school district that is ceasing to exist, and said former employees who are not being reemployed have rights under federal or state law to continue group insurance coverage, the school district receiving all or a portion of the assets and duties of the annexing school district having the largest general fund revenue for the most recent preceding fiscal year for which data is available shall provide group insurance coverage to said former employees not being retained during the period as required by law.  G. Any member of a district board of education who terminates service on or after July 1, 2002, who has served ten (10) or more years as a district board of education member in this state, and who is participating at the time of termination in a health and/or dental insurance plan offered by the school district, may elect upon termination of such service to continue participation in the health and/or dental insurance plan that the member was participating in at the time of termination. The election provided in this subsection shall be made within thirty (30) days from the date of the school board member’s termination of service. The school board member shall pay the full cost of the insurance premium for such after-termination coverage at the rate and pursuant to the terms and conditions of such health and/or dental plan.  Added by Laws 1988, c. 165, • 1, operative July 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 219, • 1, emerg. eff. May 22, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 359, • 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2001, c. 151, • 1, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-5-117.6. Regulation of dogs running at large.  The board of education of any school district which has property that lies outside the boundaries of a municipality may regulate or prohibit dogs from running at large on such property or on public property within five hundred (500) feet of such property, and cause the dogs to be impounded and may authorize the humane killing or disposal of such dogs. The board of education may contract for the control of such dogs.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 116, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.    •70-5-117a. Contracts for supplies, equipment or materials - Bidders to provide information as to manufacturer and country of origin of supplies, equipment and materials - Exemptions.  A. Any board of education for a school district may require each bidder for a school district contract for supplies, equipment or materials to provide information as to the manufacturer and country of origin of any supplies, equipment or materials for the school district as specified by labels attached to the supplies, equipment or materials where such identification is required by federal or state law.  B. Any school district contract for the purchase of supplies, equipment or materials may require the contractor to obtain from all of his subcontractors information as to the manufacturer and country or countries of origin of any such supplies, equipment or materials provided to the school district as specified by labels attached to the supplies, equipment or materials where such identification is required by federal or state law.  C. The provisions of this section shall not apply to:  1. Component parts or accessories; or  2. The purchase of supplies, equipment or material by any board of education, if such purchase is made through an open market contract or a statewide contract executed by the Department of Central Services.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 205, • 3, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-5-117b. Interlocal cooperative agreements.  A. The boards of education of any two or more school districts may enter into an interlocal cooperative agreement for the purpose of jointly and comparatively performing any of the services, duties, functions, activities, obligations or responsibilities which are authorized or required by law to be performed by school districts of this state. Two or more school districts may enter into an interlocal cooperative agreement for the purpose of forming buying pools and purchasing cooperatives. As used in this section, "interlocal cooperative agreement" means an agreement which is entered into by the boards of education of two or more school districts pursuant to the provisions of this section. This section shall not prohibit school districts from entering into cooperative agreements authorized under Section 5-117 of this title or interfere with existing cooperative agreements between school districts. If the boards of education of any two or more school districts enter into an interlocal cooperative agreement the following conditions may apply:  1. An interlocal cooperative agreement shall establish a board of directors which shall be responsible for administering the joint or cooperative undertaking. The agreement shall specify the organization, terms, and composition of, and manner of appointment to, the board of directors and shall make provision for restructuring or terminating the board upon partial or complete termination of the agreement. The board of directors shall be selected by the board of education of each contracting school district and may include but not be limited to a board member, administrator or teacher from each contracting school district. Vacancies in the membership of the board of directors shall be filled within thirty (30) days from the date of the vacancy in the manner specified in the agreement;  2. An interlocal cooperative agreement which is optional to school districts and shall be effective only after it is approved by the State Board of Education and the board of directors may be designated as a local education agency for some or all state and federal application, reporting and auditing procedures. An interlocal cooperative board of directors that has been designated as a local education agency shall comply with state and federal law and the regulations of the State Board of Education;  3. An interlocal cooperative agreement shall be subject to change or termination by a recommendation of the State Board of Education;  4. The duration of an interlocal cooperative agreement for joint or cooperative action in performing any of the services, duties, functions, activities, obligations or responsibilities, other than the provision of special education services, which are authorized or required by law of school districts in this state, shall be for a term of not less than one (1) year. Notice of intent of a school district to withdraw from the cooperative agreement must be given no later than March 15 for the ensuing school year;  5. An interlocal cooperative agreement shall specify the method or methods to be employed for disposing of property upon partial or complete termination of the agreement;  6. Within the limitations provided by law, an interlocal cooperative agreement may be changed or modified by majority consent of the interlocal cooperative board of directors;  7. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this section, any powers, privileges or authority exercised or capable of being exercised by any school district of this state, or by any board of education thereof, may be jointly exercised pursuant to the provisions of an interlocal cooperative agreement. No powers, privileges or authority with respect to the levy and collection of taxes or the application for or receipt of State Aid formula money, or the issuance of bonds shall be created or effectuated for joint exercise pursuant to the provisions of an interlocal cooperative agreement; and  8. Payments from the general fund of each school district which enters into any interlocal cooperative agreement for the purpose of financing the joint or cooperative undertaking provided for by the agreement shall be operating expenses.  B. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to abrogate, interfere with, impair, qualify or affect in any manner the exercise and enjoyment of all the powers, privileges and authority conferred upon school districts and boards of education by law, except that boards of education and school districts are required to comply with the provisions of this section when entering into an interlocal cooperative agreement that meets the definition of an interlocal cooperative agreement.  Added by Laws 1993, c. 120, • 1, eff. July 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 327, • 1, eff. July 1, 2003.    •70-5-118. Meetings of board - Change in date of regular meetings - Compensation of members of boards of districts with ADA exceeding 15,000.  Regular meetings of the board of education of each school district shall be held upon the first Monday of each month, or upon such day as may be fixed by the board. Special meetings may be held from time to time as circumstances may demand.  All meetings of the boards of education shall be public meetings, and in all such meetings the vote of each member must be publicly cast and recorded. Executive sessions will be permitted only for the purpose of discussing the employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining, or resignations of any or all of the employees or volunteers of the school district, and for the purpose of discussing negotiations concerning employees and representatives of employee groups, and for the purpose of hearing evidence and discussing the expulsion or suspension of a student or students only when requested by the student involved or his or her parent, attorney, or legal guardian; provided, however, that any vote or action thereon must be taken in a public meeting with the vote of each member publicly cast and recorded. It is required that the board of education shall provide notice to the student, his or her parent, attorney or legal guardian that said student is entitled to an executive session regarding the discussion of expulsion or suspension of said student.  Any action taken in violation of the provisions of this act shall be invalid.  Each member of the board of education of a school district with an average daily attendance exceeding fifteen thousand (15,000) or a school district where boundaries encompass a total population exceeding one hundred thousand (100,000) persons according to the last preceding Federal Decennial Census may be paid from the district's general fund a stipend of Twentyfive Dollars ($25.00) for each regular, special or adjourned meeting of the board of education that he or she attends, but not for more than four meetings in any calendar month.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-118, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1975, c. 101, • 1, emerg. eff. May 1, 1975; Laws 1977, c. 116, • 1; Laws 1987, c. 53, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 7, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-5-119. Officers of board - Encumbrance clerk and minute clerk - Bond.  A. Except for districts that elect a chair of the board pursuant to Section 1 of this act, the board of education of each school district shall elect from its membership at the first regular, special or emergency meeting following the annual school election and certification of election of new members, a president and vice president, each of whom shall serve for a term of one (1) year and until a successor is elected and qualified. The board shall also elect a clerk and, in its discretion, a deputy clerk, either of whom may be one of the members of the board, and each of whom shall hold office during the pleasure of the board and each of whom shall receive such compensation for services as the board may allow. If the board elects a board clerk who is not one of the members of the board, the board clerk may also be employed as the encumbrance clerk and minute clerk. Provided, no superintendent, principal, treasurer or assistant treasurer, instructor, or teacher employed by such board shall be elected or serve as clerk or deputy clerk of the board nor as encumbrance clerk or minute clerk except that a treasurer or assistant treasurer may serve as a minute clerk. No board member shall serve as encumbrance clerk or minute clerk. The deputy clerk may perform any of the duties and exercise any of the powers of the clerk with the same force and effect as if the same were done or performed by the clerk. Before entering upon the discharge of the duties of the deputy clerk, the deputy clerk shall give a bond in a sum of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) with good and sufficient sureties to be approved by the board conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of the deputy clerk.  B. The board of education shall employ an encumbrance clerk and minute clerk, both functions of which may be performed by the same employee. The encumbrance clerk shall keep the books and documents of the school district and perform such other duties as the board of education or its committees may require. The minute clerk shall keep an accurate journal of the proceedings of the board of education and perform such other duties as the board of education or its committees may require. The board of education may designate a deputy minute clerk. The deputy minute clerk may perform any of the duties and exercise any of the powers of the minute clerk with the same force and effect as if the same were done or performed by the minute clerk. Before entering upon the discharge of the duties of the deputy minute clerk, the deputy minute clerk shall give a bond in a sum of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) with good and sufficient sureties to be approved by the board conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of the deputy minute clerk. Before entering upon the discharge of their duties, the encumbrance clerk and minute clerk shall each give a bond in a sum of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) with good and sufficient sureties to be approved by the board conditioned for the faithful performance of their duties. If both functions are performed by the same person only one bond in a sum of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) shall be required.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-119, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 90, • 17, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 315, • 59, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 221, • 7, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 254, • 6, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992; Laws 2000, c. 280, • 4, emerg. eff. June 1, 2000.    •705120. President Duties.  It shall be the duty of the president to preside at meetings of the board of education, to appoint all committees whose appointment is not otherwise provided for, and to sign all warrants ordered by the board of education to be drawn upon the treasurer for school money. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 5120. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5120, eff. July 2, 1971.   •705121. Vice president Duties.  It shall be the duty of the vice president to perform all of the duties of the president in case of his absence or disability. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 5121. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5121, eff. July 2, 1971.   •705122. Clerk Duties.  It shall be the duty of the clerk to countersign all warrants for school monies drawn upon the treasurer by the board of education and perform such other duties as required by law or as the board of education or its committees may require.  The clerk of the board of education of any school district is hereby authorized to destroy all claims, warrants, contracts, purchase orders and any other financial records, or documents, including those relating to school activity funds, on file or stored in the offices of the board of education of such district for a period of longer than five (5) years.    Amended by Laws 1988, c. 90, • 18, operative July 1, 1988.   •70-5-123. Noncontract expenditures – Limitations.  No expenditure involving an amount greater than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) shall be made by a board of education except in accordance with the provisions of a written contract or purchase order.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-123, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1982, c. 143, • 2; Laws 1985, c. 101, • 1, emerg. eff. May 28, 1985; Laws 1989, c. 300, • 16, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1999, c. 86, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999.    •705124. Board contracts prohibited Exceptions.  A. Except as otherwise provided in this section, no board of education of any school district in this state shall make any contract with any of its members or with any company, individual or business concern in which any of its members shall be directly or indirectly interested. All contracts made in violation of this section shall be wholly void. A member of a board of education shall be considered to be interested in any contract made with any company, individual, or any business concern if the member of the board of education or any member of the immediate family of the member owns any substantial interest in same.  B. For purposes of this section, the following shall not be considered the making of a contract:  1. Any contract with a qualified nonprofit Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) organization, except for contracts paying salaries or expenses or except a contract involving the counseling or instruction of students or staff;  2. Monthly billings submitted to any school district for public utility companies, electric cooperatives or telephone companies, whose services are regulated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, or billings of the utility companies, electric cooperatives or telephone companies pertaining to installations or changes in service, where tariffs for the charges or billings by the companies are on file with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission; and  3. The depositing of any funds in a bank or other depository.  C. 1. The governing board of a technology center school district may enter into a contract for the technology center school district to provide training for a company, individual or business concern by which a member of the board is employed. A board member shall abstain from voting on any such contract between the technology center school district board and the company, individual or business concern by which the member is employed.  2. A board of education may enter into a contract with a company, individual, or business concern in which a board member or a member's spouse is employed by or has a substantial interest if the company, individual, or business concern is the only supplier having a place of business located within the school district or within ten (10) miles of the needed services or materials. The board member shall abstain from voting on any such contract between the company, individual, or business concern in which that member has a substantial interest, and the minutes of the board meeting at which the contract is approved shall state that the contract is being made because of the lack of another supplier with a place of business located within the school district.  3. A board of education which has entered into a lease-purchase agreement, prior to the time a board member which has a substantial interest in the company, individual, or business concern became a member of the board of education, may, after the member becomes a board member, continue to exercise any fiscal year options in the lease-purchase agreement for renewal of the lease-purchase for the balance of the contract term. The affected board member shall abstain from voting on such fiscal year renewal of the continuation of the lease-purchase agreement.  4. A board of education may enter into a contract with a company, individual or business concern in which a board member or a spouse of a member is employed and has no substantial interest if the school district does not include any part of a municipality with a population greater than two thousand five hundred (2,500) according to the latest Federal Decennial Census and the company, individual or business concern is located in the corporate limits of a municipality which is in the boundaries of the school district.  D. A board member shall not be considered to be directly or indirectly interested in any contract with a company, individual, or business concern that employs such board member or the spouse of the board member if the board member or the spouse of the board member has an interest of five percent (5%) or less in the company, individual, or business concern.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-124, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 102, • 2, emerg. eff. May 22, 1987; Laws 1992, c. 394, • 2, emerg. eff. June 10, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 118, • 1; Laws 1996, c. 341, • 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 317, • 4, emerg. eff. May 29, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 365, • 9, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 73, eff. July 1, 2001.    NOTE: Laws 1993, c. 106, • 1 repealed by Laws 1993, c. 360, • 18, eff. July 1, 1993.    •705125. Liability for voting for false claim.  A. Every member of the board of education or board of county commissioners who shall hereafter vote for the payment of any money or transfer of any property belonging to the school district in settlement of any claim known to such member to be fraudulent or void, or in pursuance of any unauthorized, unlawful or fraudulent contract or agreement made or attempted to be made, for any school district, by any officer or officers thereof, and every person having notice of the facts with whom such unauthorized, unlawful or fraudulent contract shall have been made, or to whom, or for whose benefit such money shall thereafter be paid, or such transfer of property shall be made, shall be liable in damage to all innocent persons in any manner injured thereby and shall be liable to the school district affected for double the amount of all sums of money so paid, and double the value of property so transferred, as a penalty to be recovered by civil suit brought by the board of education of such school district, or by any school district elector thereof, as provided in Section 5-126 of this title.  B. Any member of a board of education of a school district who votes for the payment of any money or transfers any property belonging to the school district in settlement of any claim known to such member to be fraudulent, void or in pursuance of any unauthorized, unlawful or fraudulent contract or agreement made or attempted to be made for any such district shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Every person having notice of the facts with whom any unauthorized, unlawful or fraudulent contract shall have been made or to whom or for whose benefit such money or property shall have been or thereafter will be paid shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon conviction of a misdemeanor described in this section, the person shall make full restitution of all monies and/or property misallocated and be punished by a fine of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for not to exceed one (1) year, or by both such fine and restitution and imprisonment and if such person is a member of a board of education, shall be removed from office pursuant to Section 1181 et seq. of Title 22 of the Oklahoma Statutes or Section 91 et seq. of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  C. Such illegal payment of money shall include, but shall not be limited to, salaries or any compensation paid to any person for teaching or performing other services for the district when such person does not have a written contract required by law or does not hold a valid certificate as required by law or by rules and regulations of the State Board of Education for the subjects taught or services performed and which is valid for the entire time for which such person has been paid. Any person receiving an illegal payment knowing or having reasonable cause to believe such payment to be illegal shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to the punishment prescribed in subsection B of this section.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5125, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1991, c. 236, • 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.    •705126. Refusal, failure or neglect of board Elector may institute action.  Upon refusal, failure or neglect of the board of education of any school district, after written demand made upon them by ten school district electors of such school district, or by the State Board of Education, either to return the money or to institute and diligently prosecute the proper proceedings at law or in equity for the recovery of any money or property belonging to such district, paid out or transferred by any officer thereof, in pursuance of any unauthorized, unlawful, fraudulent or void contract, made or attempted to be made by the board of education of any such school district, or for the penalty provided in Section 5-125 of this title, any school district elector of the school district affected by such payment or transfer, may, in the name of the State of Oklahoma as plaintiff, institute and maintain any proper action at law or in equity which the board of education of the school district might institute and maintain, for the recovery of such property or for said penalty, for the benefit of the district, and any judgment thus obtained shall provide for payment of attorney fees and court costs to the prevailing party.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5126, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1991, c. 236, • 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.    •705127. Repealed by Laws 1994, c. 92, • 3, emerg. eff. April 21, 1994.  •70-5-127.1. Release of audit to public.  Except for audits requested by a prosecutorial agency, the findings of an audit performed on any school district by any state agency, or on behalf of or at the direction of any state agency, shall be discussed with the members of the board of education and the superintendent or a designee of the affected school district at least fourteen (14) days prior to the release of the audit to the public.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 327, • 2, eff. July 1, 1999.    •705128. Annual statistical and financial reports.  Boards of education of all school districts are hereby required to make annual statistical and financial reports to the State Board of Education. The statistical report shall be made as of June 30. Each of such reports shall be filed with the State Board of Education as soon as information is available following the effective date of such reports.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5128, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 27, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-5-128.1. Annual itemized expenditure budget and request for appropriated funds and estimate of revenues.  No later than October 1 of each year the board of education of each school district shall file with the State Board of Education an itemized expenditure budget and request for state appropriated funds for the ensuing fiscal year, and an estimate of the revenues from all sources to be received by the district during the ensuing fiscal year.  Added by Laws 1986, c. 105, • 1, emerg. eff. April 5, 1986. Amended by Laws 2006, c. 75, • 2, emerg. eff. April 21, 2006.    •70-5-128.2. Electronic transmission of reports, plans or grants.  A. The State Board of Education shall not require school districts to submit a written paper copy of any documents that are filed electronically with the Board in a format that is compatible with the State Department of Education computer system.  Any correspondence between the State Department of Education and a school district concerning an electronically filed report, plan or grant, may also be conducted by electronic transmission. If a signature is required on any electronically filed document, a facsimile signature shall be submitted with the document.  B. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a school district from filing any reports with the State Department of Education in a written paper format.  Added by Laws 2001, c. 242, • 3, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-5-129. School activity fund - Control - Accounts - Disbursements - Petty cash accounts - Custodian - Bond - Investment of funds - Refund subaccount.  A. The board of education of each school district shall exercise control over all funds and revenues on hand or hereafter received or collected, as herein provided, from student or other extracurricular activities or other revenue-generating sources listed in subsection B of this section that are conducted in the school district. Such funds shall be deposited to the credit of the account maintained for the benefit of the particular activity within the school activity fund. Deposits of funds subject to the requirements of this section shall be made by the end of the next business day; however, if the deposit for a day totals less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), a school district may accumulate monies required to be deposited into the fund on a daily basis until the total accumulated balance of deposits equals or exceeds One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). Provided, a school district shall deposit accumulated monies into the fund not less than one (1) time per week, regardless of whether the monies total One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). Disbursements from each of the activity accounts shall be by check countersigned by the school activity fund custodian and shall not be used for any purpose other than that for which the account was originally created. The board of education, at the beginning of each fiscal year and as needed during each fiscal year, shall approve all school activity fund subaccounts, all subaccount fund-raising activities and all purposes for which the monies collected in each subaccount can be expended. Provided, the board of education may direct by written resolution that any balance in excess of the amount needed to fulfill the function or purpose for which an account was established may be transferred to another account by the custodian.  B. The board of education of each school district may designate that any of the following revenue be deposited for the use of specific school activity accounts, or to a general activity fund within the school activity fund:  1. Admissions to athletic contests, school or class plays, carnivals, parties, dances and promenades;  2. Sale of student activity tickets;  3. Concession sales, including funds received from vending concession contracts and school picture contracts approved by the district board of education, and cafeteria or luncheon collections;  4. Dues, fees and donations to student clubs or other organizations, provided that membership in such clubs or organizations shall not be mandatory;  5. Income or revenue resulting from the operation of student organizations or club projects, provided, such revenue is not derived from the lease, rental or sale of property, supplies, products or other assets belonging to the school district. When approved by the board of education, student organizations or club projects may include fund-raising activities, the revenues from which may be used for the purpose of purchasing goods or services otherwise considered to be general fund expenditures;  6. Deposits for or collections for the purchase of class pictures, rings, pins, announcements, calling cards, annuals, banquets, student insurance and other such personal items; provided the cost of such items shall not be charged against other school funds; and  7. Other income collected for use by school personnel and other school-related adult functions.  C. The board of education of each district may establish petty cash accounts to be used only for the purpose of making small cash expenditures, such as postage, freight or express charges; provided, no single expenditure from a petty cash account shall be made in excess of Seventyfive Dollars ($75.00), and the total expenditures during any one (1) fiscal year shall not exceed Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) per school building. The school activity fund custodian shall initiate petty cash accounts by filing a claim against the general fund of the school district for the authorized amount of each petty cash account which shall not exceed Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) per school building. The general fund warrants issued in payment of said claim shall be deposited in a "Petty Cash Account" in the school activity fund.  All disbursements from the petty cash accounts shall be made in the same manner as other disbursements from the school activity fund, except no disbursement shall be made from a petty cash account unless a prenumbered, dated receipt be obtained and signed by the person receiving payment. A school board may designate a petty cash custodian to countersign petty cash checks in place of the activity fund custodian. The school activity fund custodian shall file claims against the general fund of the school district for reimbursement of a petty cash account whenever the need shall arise. Such claims shall be itemized in the same manner as other claims filed against the general fund and shall have attached thereto the receipts covering each of the expenditures claimed for reimbursement. The total of a petty cash account balance and the receipts on hand awaiting reimbursement should equal at all times the authorized amount of a petty cash account.  None of the provisions pertaining to a petty cash account shall be construed to authorize the use of one (1) fiscal year's fund to pay obligations of another fiscal year. Any remaining balance in each petty cash account shall be transferred to the general fund on or before June 30 of each year.  D. The State Board of Education shall adopt appropriate rules and regulations and design standard forms for the proper conduct of the various school activity accounts.  E. The school activity fund custodian and the petty cash custodian shall be appointed by the board of education of the school district. The school activity fund custodian and the petty cash custodian shall give a surety bond in an amount determined by the board of education, but not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00). The premium of the surety bond shall be paid from the school activity fund or the general fund.  F. The local board of education is hereby authorized to invest activity funds as it determines appropriate. Upon direction of the local board of education, the custodian of the activity fund shall invest activity funds in any or all of the investments permitted and listed in Section 5-115 of this title.  G. The board of education of a school district may establish, by board resolution, a general fund refund subaccount within the school activity fund. The balance in the subaccount shall be determined by need, and it shall be funded by refunds and reimbursements received, including but not limited to, rental income, reimbursements for lost and damaged textbooks, summer school and adult tuition, overpayments and tax refunds, as well as transfers, by treasurer's check, from the school district general fund. The subaccount may be expended only for the refund of revenues previously received and deposited either into the subaccount or directly into the general fund. Any remaining balance in the refund subaccount shall be transferred to the school district general fund on or before June 30 of each year.  H. The board of education of a school district may authorize the custodian of the school activity funds to provide cash advances to the sponsors for travel expenses on behalf of school district students and sponsors of certain school activities. The cash advances may only come from the school activity fund subaccount directly involved in the travel of such students or sponsor and only if the travel is one of the stated functions or purposes for the establishment of the subaccount. Receipts for all expenditures of the cash advances shall be kept and turned in to the custodian of the school activity fund following said trip.  I. Any invoice submitted to a school district which is to be paid from a school activity fund and is for payment of an authorized expenditure in an amount equal to or greater than the threshold amount stated in Section 310.9 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall conform to the requirements set forth in that section.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-129, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1974, c. 234, • 30, emerg. eff. May 17, 1974; Laws 1977, c. 222, • 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1977; Laws 1981, c. 127, • 1, emerg. eff. May 4, 1981; Laws 1981, c. 353, • 1; Laws 1988, c. 90, • 19, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 221, • 8, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 45, • 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1993; Laws 1995, c. 205, • 2, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1999, c. 173, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 116, • 1, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2002, c. 283, • 2, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 290, • 2; Laws 2004, c. 361, • 19, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 8, eff. July 1, 2005.    •705129.1. Funds exempted from provisions of Section 5129 of this title.  Those funds which are collected by programs for student achievement and by parent-teacher associations and organizations that are sanctioned by the school district board of education shall be exempt from the provisions as outlined in Section 5-129 of this title. Each school district board of education shall adopt policies providing guidelines for the sanctioning of organizations and associations exempted or applying to be exempted pursuant to the provisions of this section. The guidelines may include but not be limited to examinations of financial and performance audits performed on each such organization and association.  Added by Laws 1984, c. 296, • 26, operative July 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 45, • 2, emerg. eff. April 9, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 70, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1996, c. 99, • 1, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-129.2. Separate accounts - Disbursements - Approval by boards of education - Transfer of funds.  A. In conformance with any other law providing procedures for the deposit of such funds, area school districts shall be authorized to establish separate accounts for deposits received for live work, resale items, student financial aid, tuitions and other fees. Such funds shall be deposited to the credit of the account maintained for that particular purpose. Disbursements from each account shall be by check countersigned by the custodian of the account and shall not be used for any purpose other than that for which the account was originally created.  B. The board of education of the technology center school district, at the beginning of each fiscal year and as needed during each fiscal year, shall approve all accounts created pursuant to this section and all purposes for which the monies collected in each account may be expended. Provided, the board of education may direct by written resolution that any balance in excess of the amount needed to fulfill the function or purpose for which an account was established may be transferred to another account by the custodian.  Added by Laws 1990, c. 221, • 9, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 74, eff. July 1, 2001.    •705130. School buildings and property Permission to use for other purposes.  A. The board of education of any school district may, under such regulations and conditions as it may prescribe:  1. Open any school building and permit the use of any property belonging to such district for religious, political, literary, community, cultural, scientific, mechanical, agricultural, or parental involvement purposes, and other purposes of general public interest including the provision of public library services pursuant to agreements with governing boards or commissions of public libraries or library systems;  2. Contract to provide transportation equipment as defined in Section 9-104 of this title for any purpose specified in paragraph 1 of this subsection; and  3. Make a reasonable charge to cover the cost of the use of such building, property or transportation equipment.  B. The State Board of Education shall encourage each board of education to inquire into and promote the use of its school buildings and property for the purposes provided in subsection A of this section for such activities both before and after regular school hours.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5130, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 33, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 257, • 4, emerg. eff. May 23, 1990; Laws 1994, c. 362, • 5, eff. July 1, 1994.    •705131. Educational courses Buildings and equipment.  The board of education of every school district in this state is hereby authorized to provide educational courses for all persons and said board is authorized to provide necessary buildings, equipment, and other facilities for such persons. Such educational courses may include grades one to twelve, inclusive, for persons between the ages of six (6) and twentyone (21) years and may also include nursery and kindergarten classes, junior college grades, vocational and technical instruction, adult and parttime classes and other special classes. The curricula and qualifications of teachers shall be determined by the State Board of Education except as otherwise provided herein. Provided, any district offering educational courses shall charge tuition fees for such courses unless the school district has funds available to pay the cost thereof which are not needed to maintain the common school program.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5131, eff. July 2, 1971.   •705131.1. Sewage disposal systems.  The board of education of any school district, which by reason of its location is unable to secure service from a municipally owned sewer system, is hereby authorized to design, construct, own and operate a sewage disposal system of such type and size as will be best suited to the needs of the particular school district. The board of education of any such school district is also authorized to accept from the state, federal government, or any agency, department or instrumentality of either, grants for or in aid of the construction and engineering of any such sewage disposal system.    Laws 1977, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 1, • 25, emerg. eff. June 21, 1977.   •70-5-131.2. Energy conservation contracts.  A. As used in this section, "energy conservation measures" means one or more of the following items:  1. Insulation of the building structure or systems within the building;  2. Storm windows or doors, caulking or weather-stripping, multiglazed windows or doors, heat-absorbing or heat-reflective, glazed, and coated window or door systems, additional glazing, reductions in glass area, or other window and door system modifications that reduce energy consumption;  3. Automatic or computerized energy control systems;  4. Heating, ventilating or air conditioning system modifications or replacements;  5. Replacement or modification of lighting fixtures to increase the energy efficiency of the lighting system, but not for the sole purpose of increasing the overall illumination of a facility, unless an increase in illumination is necessary to conform to the applicable state or local building codes for the lighting system after the proposed modifications are made;  6. Indoor air quality improvements;  7. Energy recovery systems; and  8. Energy awareness education programs.  B. The board of education of any school district in compliance with the provisions of this section, may enter into an energy conservation contract for the purpose of implementing energy conservation measures designed to reduce the energy consumption of school facilities.  C. 1. The board of education shall require the provider of the energy conservation measures to file with the board of education a performance bond that is in an amount the board finds reasonable and necessary to protect the interests of the board and that covers the value of the guaranteed savings on the contract and is conditioned on the faithful execution of the terms of the contract.  2. If bonding industry limitations prevent execution of a performance bond which covers guaranteed savings for the entire term of the lease-purchase agreement the contract may allow an option for:  a.  a performance bond which covers guaranteed savings for a shorter term. At the completion of the bond term, a new bond may be executed which covers guaranteed savings for an additional period of years. This process may be continued in like manner for the duration of the lease-purchase agreement as specified by subsection D of this section, or  b.  a performance bond which covers guaranteed savings for a shorter term. At the completion of the bond term, if the bond cannot be renewed as provided in subparagraph a of this paragraph and if there has been a guaranteed savings shortfall during the last twelve (12) months, the board of education may assume a continued annual shortfall of the same amount and request repayment from the contractor of the net present value of the shortfall through the end of the lease repayment period. The discount factor to calculate the net present value shall be the annual percentage rate of the lease-purchase agreement.  D. 1. The board of education may enter into an energy conservation contract for a period of more than one (1) year for the implementation of energy conservation measures with a person or business entity if the board of education finds that the amount the school district would spend on the energy conservation measures, excluding any initial partial payment, will not exceed the total savings over the repayment period of the energy conservation contract from the date of installation.  2. The term of the energy conservation contract and the lease-purchase agreement shall include the installation period and the lease repayment period.  3. If the term of an energy conservation contract exceeds one (1) year, the contractual obligation of the school district, excluding any initial partial payment, in any year during the term of the energy conservation contract may not exceed the total savings including, but not limited to, electrical, gas, or other utility cost savings and savings from lowered maintenance, as determined by the board of education. Savings shall be guaranteed by the entity providing the energy conservation measures.  4. Energy conservation contracts shall not permit the carry-forward of savings above the guaranteed amount from one year to a future year shortfall.  5. Maintenance for energy conservation measures may be a part of the energy conservation contract.  6. The board of education shall consider all costs of the energy conservation measures, including costs of design, engineering, installation, maintenance, maintenance tools and equipment, spare parts, repairs, and debt service.  E. In addition to any other provisions, the energy conservation contract shall:  1. Provide that all savings should be tracked and audited by the contractor with an annual report provided to the board of education along with a payment by the provider for reimbursement of savings not realized;  2. Be for a term of years that is not less than the term of years of any associated lease-purchase agreement;  3. Provide that the board of education may terminate the agreement for nonperformance by the contractor;  4. Contain a nonappropriation clause; and  5. Contain a baseline calculation and an energy savings calculation. The calculations shall be performed in accordance with the procedures used by the International Protocol for Measurement and Verification Procedures (IPMVP) or succeeding standard of the United States Department of Energy.  F. 1. An energy conservation contract, with respect to existing buildings or facilities, may be funded through a lease-purchase agreement that meets federal tax requirements for tax-free municipal leasing or long-term financing.  2. The repayment period of the lease-purchase agreement shall not exceed the lesser of fifteen (15) years or the weighted average equipment life to be installed under the energy conservation contract.  3. Lease-purchase agreements for energy conservation measures shall be considered separate from the energy conservation contract and shall contain a nonappropriation clause.  G. 1. Energy conservation contracts and lease-purchase agreements executed pursuant to this section shall be let under competitive proposal procedures.  2. Notice of the request for proposals shall be published in the manner provided for competitive bidding. Requests for proposals must solicit quotations and must specify the relative importance of guaranteed savings, price, financial performance and stability, quality, technical ability, experience and other evaluation factors.  3. The board of education shall review the proposals it receives, and shall select at least two for more detailed consideration. The initial screening should consider the ability of the offeror to provide energy conservation measures as well as the following factors:  a.  specialized experience in the type of work contemplated,  b.  capacity to accomplish the work in the required time,  c.  past performance, and  d.  estimated savings.  4. The board of education shall negotiate the contract with the selected offeror. The negotiated scope and contract rate shall be reported to the board of education for the approval of the award of the contract.  5.  a.  If the board of education and the first-choice offeror cannot reach an agreement, their negotiations shall be terminated and negotiations with the second-choice offeror shall commence.  b.  If the board of education and the second-choice offeror cannot reach an agreement, then all negotiations shall be terminated.  c.  Should the board of education be unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with any of the two selected offerors, the board of education shall select additional offerors in order of their competency and qualifications and shall continue negotiations in accordance with the provisions of this subsection until an agreement is reached.  6. The energy conservation contract and lease-purchase agreement shall be awarded to the responsible offeror whose proposal, following negotiations, is determined to be the most advantageous to the school district considering the guaranteed savings and other evaluation factors set forth in the request for proposals. In order to determine the energy savings measures to be considered by proposers, the board of education may hire an independent energy consultant.  7. Fees assessed by the consultant will be paid from proceeds of any financing associated with the energy conservation contract.  H. If provided in a request for proposals under subsection G of this section, proposals shall be opened in a manner that avoids disclosure of the contents to competing offerors and keeps the proposals confidential during negotiations.  I. All proposals shall be open for public inspection after the contract with the selected provider has been executed, but trade secrets and proprietary information clearly identified in the proposals shall not be open for public inspection.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 140, • 1, eff. July 1, 1996. Amended by Laws 1996, c. 276, • 15, emerg. eff. May 30, 1996; Laws 2000, c. 164, • 4, emerg. eff. April 28, 2000.    •705132. Students of legal age Completion of twelfth grade Attendance at adult high school completion program.  A. Any person who is of legal age and a resident of Oklahoma, over the age of twentyone (21) and under the age of twentysix (26), and who has not completed the twelfth grade in school shall be given the same educational privileges and opportunities provided by law for children over the age of five (5) and under the age of twentyone (21), upon submitting to the board of education of the school district in which said person resides evidence satisfactory to that board showing that during the time before he was twentyone (21) years of age he was unable to attend school for a definite period or periods of time because of physical disability, or service in the United States Armed Forces or Auxiliary Organizations, by reason whereof it was impossible for him to complete the twelfth grade before reaching the age of twentyone (21). Provided, further, said pupil shall be counted in the average daily attendance of the district where he attends school during the period of time provided for in this article for the purpose of calculating State Aid for the district.  B. Any resident of the state who is nineteen (19) years of age or older, who is not enrolled in any high school program, and who has not completed the twelfth grade may attend any adult high school completion program which is established by a school district and approved by the State Board of Education if such attendance has the approval of the district offering the program. Such attendance shall not be counted in the average daily attendance of the district unless the Legislature appropriates monies for adult high school completion programs. Such attendance shall not be counted to meet minimum numbers for accreditation of the school district involved, and such students shall not attend classes which are a part of the normal class structure of the district.    Amended by Laws 1988, c. 211, • 1, eff. July 1, 1988.   •705132.1. Certain persons 21 years of age or older may be allowed to complete high school.  A. Any person other than those persons provided for in Section 5132 of this title, who is twentyone (21) years of age or older and who has not completed the requirements for a high school diploma or received a General Education Diploma, upon proper application to an independent school district may be given the opportunity to complete the requirements for and receive a regular high school diploma.  B. The school district or technology center school district in which such person resides may give the person the option of attending regular classes if class size restrictions are not violated, or of participating in other programs which may be provided pursuant to provisions of the Oklahoma Statutes or rules promulgated by the State Board of Education or State Board of Career and Technology Education. Providing, however, that the school district may deny admittance of persons over twentyone (21) to its classes.  C. The school district or technology center school district may charge such person an amount of tuition not to exceed the average expenditure per pupil of the district for the preceding school year. Said tuition may be prorated by the number of contact hours for which the person is enrolled.  Added by Laws 1983, c. 223, • 1, operative July 1, 1983. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 75, eff. July 1, 2001.    •705133. Apportionment of taxes each year.  A. There is hereby regularly apportioned to each and every school district of the State of Oklahoma in each taxable year five (5) mills on the dollar out of the fifteen (15) mills on the dollar total taxes for all purposes on an ad valorem basis provided by Section 9 (a), Article X, of the Oklahoma Constitution, as amended on April 5, 1955. Provided, that the regular apportionment hereby made shall not prevent or take away from the county excise board of any county the right to apportion to any school district or class of school districts in such county more than five (5) mills out of the fifteen (15) mills to be apportioned in pursuance of the provisions of said amended Section 9 (a), Article X, of the Oklahoma Constitution among county, city, town and school district.  B. In accordance with the provisions of Section 9 (c), Article X, of the Oklahoma Constitution, as amended on April 5, 1955, an additional tax of not to exceed fifteen (15) mills on the dollar valuation of all taxable property in the district shall be levied upon certification of a need therefor by the board of education.  C. An amount equal to the district's proportionate part of the ninety percent (90%) of the amount obtained by multiplying the total net assessed valuation of the school districts of the county by four (4) mills may be estimated as probable revenue from the four (4) mills countywide levy made under the provisions of Section 9 (b), Article X, of the Oklahoma Constitution, as amended on April 5, 1955, and the amount so estimated may be used to finance the appropriations of the district.  The provisions of said Section 9 (b) relating to school districts lying in more than one county shall not affect the status of any such school district, and for the purposes of apportionments under said Section 9 (b), any such district shall be deemed a school district of the county of which it is now considered a school district, unless the State Board of Education, upon written petition by the board of education of such district, decrees that such district shall be deemed a school district of another county in which any of its territory lies, and unless the district court of Oklahoma County in an action filed for such purposes reverses such decree, and revenue from the tax levied under said Section 9 (b) on the assessed valuation of the district in other counties shall, when collected, be transmitted to the county treasurer of that county of which such district is deemed a school district, and be apportioned as provided for the proceeds of such tax on the assessed valuation of such county.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5133, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-5-134. Estimates - Emergency and building levies - Elections.  A. No later than December 31 of each year the board of education of each school district of the state shall prepare, on a form prescribed by the State Board of Education, a preliminary estimate of the amount or amounts of money and tax rate or rates which it then believes will be required for the district for the ensuing fiscal year; and if such preliminary estimate shows an estimated need for a levy requiring the approval of the school district electors of the district under Section 9 or Section 10 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, as amended on April 5, 1955, such preliminary estimate shall contain a call for an election to be held on the second Tuesday in February, or on such other date as may be provided for the election of the members of the board of education to vote on the question of making such levy or levies. In determining the eligibility of the school district to make an emergency levy under the provisions of subsection (d) of Section 9 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, as amended, the legal current expenses of the district shall be all the expenditures from the general fund of the district during the preceding year, except (1) expenditures for transportation of pupils; (2) capital outlay; (3) debt service; and (4) the amount appropriated from any previous emergency levy; and the Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) per capita cost fixed by said subsection (d) of Section 9 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1956, is hereby increased to One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1963, and said sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) shall thereafter be increased or decreased by the State Board of Education in proportion to the increase or decrease in the per capita income of Oklahoma citizens. Such preliminary estimate shall be published in one issue of a newspaper having general circulation in the district at least ten (10) days before such election. Provided, that the county excise board or the board of education of any school district may call a special election for any date for the purpose of voting upon a levy authorized by Section 9 or 10 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, as amended. Notice of any election called under the provisions of this section shall be given by publication in one issue of a newspaper having general circulation in the school district at least ten (10) days before such election.  B. The requirements of this section shall not apply to school districts that have adopted a permanent millage pursuant to subsection (d-2) of Section 9 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5134, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 132, • 6, eff. June 1, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 247, • 24, emerg. eff. May 21, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 130, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 9, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-5-134.1. Repealed by Laws 2005, c. 472, • 18, eff. July 1, 2005.  •70-5-135. System of accounting.  A. The board of education of each school district shall use the following system of initiating, recording and paying for all purchases, salaries, wages or contractual obligations due from any of the funds under the control of such board of education. However, a school district board of education may use the procedures outlined in Section 304.1 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes for the payment of salaries and wages only if the board so votes. The provisions contained herein shall not apply to the sinking fund and school activity fund.  B. The encumbrance clerk and treasurer of the school district shall each enter the authorized amounts in the various appropriation accounts of the funds to which this system is applied. The authorized amounts of appropriations shall be the general fund and building fund appropriations approved by the county excise board and such additional amounts as may be applied in the manner provided by law, the amount received for deposit in a special cash fund where such special cash fund is authorized by law or required by the person or agency providing such funds, or the amount of the net proceeds realized from the sale of bonds of the school district and any other income due such fund.  C. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the board of education of the school district to prescribe and administer adequate business procedures and controls governing the purchase or confirmation of purchase and delivery of goods or services. The procedures shall include delivery of an acceptable invoice by document, facsimile, electronic or other standard form that includes the information required by the district. Such procedures shall include the designation of authorized persons to purchase goods or services for the district and the method of determining the school employee receiving delivery of each purchase.  D. Prior to the issuance of a purchase order, the encumbrance clerk must first determine that the encumbrance will not exceed the balance of the appropriation to be charged. The encumbrance clerk shall charge the appropriate appropriation accounts and credit the affected encumbrances outstanding accounts with the encumbrances. Encumbrances must be submitted to the board of education in the order of their issuance on a monthly basis, subject to a monthly business cycle cut-off date determined by the board of education. Approved encumbrances shall be listed in the minutes by the minute clerk.  E. Before any purchase is completed, a purchase order or encumbrance must be issued. No bill shall be paid unless it is supported by an itemized invoice clearly describing the items purchased, the quantity of each item, its unit price, its total cost and proof of receipt of such goods or services. The bill and/or invoice shall be filed in the encumbrance clerk's official records. If a district has the ability to electronically utilize evaluated receipt settlement (ERS), the district may remit to vendors on that basis if the requirements of this subsection are fulfilled. In the event a district is establishing electronic data interchange, electronic entries will suffice in lieu of paper documents. In order for a district to be authorized to utilize an evaluated receipt settlement system:  1. The ERS must result in payment by the district from vendor receipts that have been matched to the purchase order date;  2. The ERS may only be used when there is an agreement between the district and the vendor for use of an ERS; and  3. The ERS must be included in the district's journal ledger/accounts payable/purchase order software.  F. The encumbrance clerk shall debit the encumbrances outstanding account and credit the accounts payable account for the amount of the approved bill. The board of education shall determine the extent such costs may fluctuate without additional board action. Minor adjustments not requiring additional board approval shall be referenced to the original encumbrance.  G. An approved bill may be paid by issuing a warrant or check against the designated fund only after ascertaining that proper accounting of the purchase has been made and that the files contain the required information to justify the expenditure of public funds, except as otherwise provided in subsection I of this section. The warrants or checks so issued shall be recorded in an orderly numerical system established by the district. The encumbrance clerk shall charge the warrant or checks against the accounts payable account and credit it to the warrants or checks issued account. Provided, if payment is to be made immediately and the board of education deems it advisable, the postings to the accounts payable account may be omitted and the payment of the approved bill may be credited directly to the warrants or checks issued account. The warrant or check shall show on its face the name of the school district, the date of issue, the payee, the amount, the expenditure classification code, and such other information as may be necessary or desirable. The president and clerk of the board of education shall each sign the warrant or check, or approved facsimile thereby denoting to the public that the warrant or check is for the purpose and within the amount of the appropriation charged.  H. The treasurer shall register the warrant or check in the warrant or check register, charging the appropriation account and crediting the warrants or checks outstanding account of the designated fund. Provided, no warrant or check shall be registered in excess of the appropriation account's balance. All warrants or checks shall be registered in the order of their issuance. Voided warrants or checks shall be registered and filed with the treasurer. The treasurer shall sign each warrant or check through individual signature or approved facsimile showing its registration date and, if issuing a warrant, shall state whether it is payable or nonpayable. When a warrant or check is paid, the treasurer shall maintain evidence the warrant or check has been processed and paid. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit any governing board from using automated recordkeeping procedures, provided the information required in this subsection can be accessed.  I. Any board of education of a school district of this state may make a payment which would otherwise be made by warrant or check, by disbursement through an Automated Clearing House, bank account debit system, wire transfer through the Federal Reserve System, or any other automated payment system operated by a financial institution insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The internal controls over such payment system shall be reviewed and approved by the independent auditor of the district during the annual audit. The provisions of Sections 601 through 606 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall apply to instruments or payment authorized by this subsection.  J. School districts complying with the provisions of this act shall use only those forms and accounting systems approved by the State Board of Education. Such forms and systems shall be considered in substantial compliance with this act if they are sufficient to convey the meaning and sequence of transactions contained herein. Provided, nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit or prevent the use of additional or subsidiary accounts, forms, or files which may be deemed necessary or advisable by the board of education of the district or the State Board of Education.  K. Any school district desiring to utilize the services of a data processing center to furnish any or all of the records herein required may do so if the center and its system complies with this act and the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education. Such center shall furnish an honesty bond in an amount to be set by the board of education but not less than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00).  L. The State Board of Education shall notify the board of education of the school district of the tentative amount the district is to receive from state and federal aid funds or allocations, and the board of education of the school district may include such tentative estimate as an item of probable income in the preparation of the school district's Estimate of Needs and Financial Statement; provided, no such federal aid estimate shall be used in any way to reduce the State Foundation Aid or Incentive Aid for such school district or sustain a protest for the reduction of a tax levy.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 5-135, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 82, • 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1988, c. 90, • 20, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 221, • 10, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1998, c. 365, • 10, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2004, c. 361, • 21, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 10, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-5-135.1. Blank.  •70-5-135.2. Reporting financial transactions - Reduction of State Aid - Statement of actual income and expenditures.  A. For the 1991-92 school year, school districts shall report financial transactions for all funds, except for the school activity fund, using the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System, as adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 5-135 of this title. Costs shall be reported by curricular subject area where applicable. For the 1992-93 school year and in each subsequent school year, school districts shall report financial transactions for all funds using the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System. Costs shall be reported by curricular subject area where applicable.  B. Beginning July 1, 1991, and in each subsequent school year, the State Department of Education shall reduce the monthly payment of a district's State Aid funds if, at the time of such payment, the district is not operating pursuant to the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System. The amount of the reduction shall be one percent (1%) for the first payment, two percent (2%) for the second payment, three percent (3%) for the third payment, four percent (4%) for the fourth payment, and five percent (5%) for each subsequent payment. The reduction may be waived by the State Board of Education if the district can demonstrate that failure to operate pursuant to such system was due to circumstances beyond the control of the district and that every effort is being made by the district to operate pursuant to such system as quickly as possible.  C. No later than September 1 each year, every district board of education shall prepare a statement of actual income and expenditures of the district for the fiscal year that ended on the preceding June 30. The statement of expenditures shall include functional categories as defined in rules adopted by the State Board of Education to implement the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System pursuant to Section 5-135 of this title.  D. No later than September 1 each year, every school district shall transmit a copy of the income and expenditures data required pursuant to subsection C of this section to the State Department of Education. The Department shall post the income and expenditure data on the Internet web site for the Department in a form that is accessible to the public.  Added by Laws 1991, c. 280, • 55, eff. July 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 308, • 2, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 11, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-5-135.3. Repealed by Laws 2005, c. 472, • 18, eff. July 1, 2005.  •70-5-136. Repealed by Laws 1978, c. 203, • 21, eff. July 1, 1978.  •705136.1. Certificates of indebtedness – Curing of delinquencies by withholding of State Aid.  A. With respect to school districts seeking cash-flow management during any fiscal year, any school district may issue and deliver certificates of indebtedness bearing a stated maturity date for the purpose of participating in a short-term cash management program pursuant to the provisions of Section 177.2 of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes to fund the estimated costs of operations, capital expenditures or other lawful costs of the school district for the current fiscal year. The proceeds of certificates of indebtedness shall be set aside in a separate account and used only for the purpose of meeting expenditures and obligations which would otherwise be lawfully payable from the revenue certified by the County Excise Board. As proceeds from the certificates are used to pay such lawful expenditures and obligations, the financial records of the school district shall reflect the amounts of these obligations paid with such proceeds so that a like amount of revenue collected and available to the school district may be used to repay the certificates of indebtedness, in whole or in part. The State Auditor and Inspector shall adopt uniform accounting procedures for use by the school districts to ensure that the issuance of certificates of indebtedness and the use of the proceeds derived from these certificates will be documented and will not result in a district overspending its authorized budget. All certificates of indebtedness executed pursuant to a cash management program shall be issued, delivered and registered for payment in the specific manner designated by the State Auditor and Inspector; provided, any such certificates of indebtedness shall be made payable on any date within the then current fiscal year and may be purchased for value through the funding of uncollateralized investments made for the benefit of and on behalf of the school district. Short-term cash management programs of any school district may lawfully provide for the investment of note or bond proceeds by the issuer of the obligations with the benefit and use of such proceeds assured to the school district when needed by the school district for that fiscal year and as approved by the Oklahoma Commission on School and County Funds Management. In no case may a school district participate in a short-term cash management program in any given fiscal year beyond that fiscal year. Monies received by a school district pursuant to a short-term cash management program may be used only for those purposes for which other monies of the school district may be lawfully expended.  B. For school districts electing to participate in the payment security procedure set forth in this subsection, which procedure shall serve as additional security for the payment of any bond or note of a participating school district, the State Board of Education shall cure any delinquencies in payment by withholding State Aid due the participating district as determined pursuant to Section 18-200.1 of this title. Whenever the designated paying agent for receipt of payments for the school district does not receive a payment when due pursuant to the authorizing documents, the paying agent shall be entitled to payment from the withheld State Aid in any amount sufficient to cure the payment deficiency. The paying agent shall notify the State Department of Education and the superintendent of the school district of the delinquent payment by telephone, facsimile, or other similar communication, followed by written verification. Unless the Department determines that payment has been made by the school district and there is no longer a payment deficiency, the Department shall withhold from the next distribution of State Aid for the school district an amount sufficient to cure the deficiency and remit the amount to the paying agent. In the event that the amount of State Aid next due to be distributed to the delinquent school district is not sufficient to cure the delinquency, the Department shall continue to withhold State Aid as due and remit it to the paying agent until the payment deficiency has been cured.  Added by Laws 1987, c. 204, • 123, operative July 1, 1987. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 212, • 4, eff. Aug. 1, 1991; Laws 2002, c. 87, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002.    •705137. School nurses Increments.  Registered nurses who are employed full time by a school district shall qualify for yearly increments the same as any other teacher in the public schools.  Laws 1974, c. 152, Section 2, emerg. eff. May 3, 1974.    Laws 1974, c. 152, • 2, emerg. eff. May 3, 1974.   •70-5-138. School employees and superintendent - Residence.  No school district board of education shall require any employee to reside within the boundaries of that school district; however, a district board may establish a policy that may require the district superintendent to reside within the boundaries of the district.  Added by Laws 1977, c. 31, • 1. Amended by Laws 2006, c. 167, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2006.    •705139. Professional organization dues and political contributions of employees - Payroll deduction.  School districts shall make payroll deductions for either or both professional organization dues and political contributions upon the request of any school employee and shall transmit deducted funds to the organization designated by the school district employee. Such deductions shall be on a ten-month basis unless otherwise designated by the employee organization. However, a school employee may request in writing at any time for the school district to immediately terminate or initiate payroll deductions to a professional organization. Upon receipt of a request the school district shall within five (5) business days or by the next pay period, whichever is earlier, terminate or initiate any future payroll deductions of the requesting school employee to a professional organization. Upon receipt of a request the school district shall notify the professional organization of the initiation or termination of payroll deductions within fifteen (15) business days. If the request is to terminate a deduction, the school district shall not make any advance payments to any professional organization of any future dues on behalf of the school employee.  Added by Laws 1978, c. 294, • 26, emerg. eff. May 10, 1977. Amended by Laws 2005, c. 132, • 1.    •705140. Additional salary or wages in lieu of insurance or similar benefits.  A local school district, by action of a majority of its school board, may, in lieu of a particular insurance or similar benefit granted by the district to its employees, allow and pay to the employee additional salary or wages equal to the cost of such insurance or similar benefit.    Laws 1980, c. 220, • 2, emerg. eff. May 30, 1980.   •705141. Adoption of minimum salary schedules - Calculation of teachers' salaries - Factors considered - Reports - Superintendents' contracts - Administrators' compensation and benefits.  A. Each school district of this state shall adopt a minimum salary schedule and shall transmit a copy of it to the State Board of Education within thirty (30) days after adoption. A school district shall not calculate teacher's salaries solely as a proportion of the salaries of that district's administrators. Districts shall be encouraged to provide compensation schedules to reflect district policies and circumstances, including differential pay for different subject areas and special incentives for teachers in districts with specific geographical attributes. The State Department of Education shall compile a report of the minimum salary schedules for every school district in the state and shall provide such information to the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and President Pro Tempore of the Senate no later than December 15 of each year.  B. Each school district shall file within fifteen (15) days of signing the contract, the employment contract of the superintendent of the school district with the State Department of Education. The Department shall keep all such contracts available for inspection by the public. The school district shall not be authorized to pay any salary, benefits or other compensation to a superintendent which are not specified in the contract on file and shall not pay administrators any amounts for accumulated sick leave that are not calculated on the same formula used for determining payment for accumulated sick leave benefits for other full-time employees of that school district and shall not pay administrators any amounts for accumulated vacation leave benefits that are not calculated on the same formula used for determining payment for accumulated vacation leave benefits for other twelve-month full-time employees of that school district.  C. By October 1 of each year each district board of education shall prepare a schedule of salaries and fringe benefits paid administrators employed by the district, including a description of the fringe benefits. The schedule shall be a public record and shall be disclosed as required by the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Section 24A.1 et seq. of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The district board shall file a copy of the schedule with the State Department of Education within one week of completion.  D. For purposes of this section the term "administrator" shall include employees who are employed and certified as superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, and assistant principals and who have responsibilities for supervising classroom teachers.  Added by Laws 1983, c. 330, • 40, operative July 1, 1983. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 49, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 215, • 1, emerg. eff. May 24, 1993.    •70-5-141.1. Blank.  •70-5-141.2. Incentive pay plans.  A. On or before September 1, 1990, the State Board of Education shall develop not fewer than five (5) different model incentive pay plans and shall distribute information about each plan to every school district board of education. No plan developed by the Board or implemented by the local school board shall permit payment in any one (1) year of incentives to any one teacher amounting to more than twenty percent (20%) of said teacher's regular salary, exclusive of fringe benefits or extra duty pay. Any incentive pay award shall be an annual award and shall not be a part of a teacher's continuing contract. Any incentive pay awards received shall be excluded from such teacher's compensation for purposes of calculating retirement pursuant to the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma, established in Section 17102 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes and shall not be subject to taxes levied by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (F.I.C.A.), to the extent such exemption is provided by federal law.  B. Beginning with the 199192 school year, each school district board of education may adopt an academically based, district incentive pay plan for the district's classroom teachers. The district may adopt any incentive pay plan consistent with the requirements of this section, which may include any incentive pay plan developed by the State Board of Education pursuant to this section. The local school board shall appoint an advisory committee consisting of teachers, parents, business persons or farmers and other local citizens to advise the board in formulating an incentive pay plan. Prior to the adoption of such plan, the board of education shall place such plan on the school board agenda for public comment and shall submit the plan to the State Board of Education for final approval on or before March 1. The board of education shall comply with the provisions of this subsection for any year a plan is to be modified.  C. Beginning with the 199192 school year, a school district shall be required to adopt and implement an academically based, district incentive pay plan for any school year following the receipt by the school district board of education, of a petition signed by twenty percent (20%) of the classroom teachers employed in the district which calls for the adoption of an incentive pay plan for the district.  D. Pupil test scores shall not be the sole criterion for allocation of incentive pay under any plan developed or approved by the Board.  E. For the purposes of this section only, "classroom teacher" shall mean any employee who holds certification and assignment outside the classification of administrator.  F. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the effective implementation and administration of this section.  G. Each local board of education shall provide for a local evaluation committee which shall advise the board on which teachers are to receive incentive pay awards and the amount of each incentive pay award according to the plan.  H. Nothing herein shall preclude a school district from supplementing to any monies appropriated to such district for the purposes of the district's incentive pay plan, monies from the district's general fund.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess. c. 2, • 50, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990.    •70-5-141.3. Teacher Incentive Pay programs approved prior to implementation - Partial reimbursement.  Teacher Incentive Pay programs that have been approved by the State Board of Education prior to implementation and have been evaluated by the State Board of Education to have successfully completed the year according to the approved district plan shall be eligible for partial reimbursement of incentive pay awards from the funds appropriated for Teacher Incentive Pilot Programs. Such state reimbursements shall not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the amount awarded to any teacher not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), whichever is less. Such reimbursements shall not be provided to more than fifty percent (50%) of the certified instructional staff of a school district. Application for reimbursement shall be submitted to the State Board of Education no later than July 1 of the year following the implementation year and reimbursement of approved claims shall occur no later than September 1.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 324, • 8, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-5-142. Employment of convicted felons - Record searches - Districts with 30,000 students or less.  A. The provisions of this section shall apply to a school district with an average daily membership of thirty thousand (30,000) students or less. For purposes of employment, a local board of education may request in writing from the State Board of Education information concerning any felony offense conviction of any employee of the school or any person seeking employment with the school. The request shall specify whether the felony record search is to be based only on the name submitted by the employee or prospective employee or on the basis of fingerprints to be required of the employee or prospective employee. The request shall further specify whether the search is to be a state or national search. If a national search is requested, the search shall be based on fingerprints, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shall obtain fingerprints of the employee or prospective employee and require that said person pay a search fee not to exceed Fifty Dollars ($50.00) or the cost of the search, whichever is the lesser amount. The fees shall be deposited in the OSBI Revolving Fund. School districts are hereby authorized to reimburse employees for the cost of the search. The State Board of Education shall contact the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for any felony record of said person within fourteen (14) working days of receiving a written request from the board of education.  B. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shall provide the felony record requested by the State Board of Education within fourteen (14) working days from the receipt of said request. The Bureau may contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation as regards the information requested, to obtain any felony convictions of the person involved. The felony record provided by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shall include the name of the person, whether or not said person has been convicted of any felony offense, a list of any felony convictions, and the dates of such convictions.  C. The State Board of Education shall provide the information received from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to the local board of education within fourteen (14) days from the receipt of said information.  D. For the purpose of this section, "board of education" includes both public and private boards of education within or outside this state.  E. Each public board of education within this state shall promulgate a statement of that school districts' policy regarding felony record searches. If the policy requires felony record searches, the policy may permit employment for not to exceed sixty (60) days pending receipt of results of felony search requests. If the policy requires a search based on fingerprints, prospective employees shall be notified of the requirement, the fee and the reimbursement policy when first interviewed concerning employment. The school district's reimbursement policy shall provide, at the minimum, that employees shall be promptly reimbursed in full for the fee if employed by the district at the time the felony search request is made unless the person was employed pending receipt of results as set forth above.  F. Any person applying for employment as a substitute teacher shall only be required to have one such felony record search for the school year. Upon request of the substitute teacher, that felony record search may be sent to any other school district in which the substitute teacher is applying to teach.  Added by Laws 1985, c. 152, • 1, eff. July 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 259, • 61, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1990, c. 257, • 15, emerg. eff. May 23, 1990; Laws 1994, c. 319, • 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 81, • 1, eff. July 1, 1997.    •70-5-142.1. Employment of convicted felons - Record searches - Districts with more than 30,000 students.  A. The provisions of this section shall apply to a school district with an average daily membership in excess of thirty thousand (30,000) students. For purposes of employment, a local board of education may request in writing from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation information concerning any felony offense conviction of any employee of the school or any person seeking employment with the school. The request shall specify whether the felony record search is to be based only on the name submitted by the employee or prospective employee or on the basis of fingerprints to be required of the employee or prospective employee. The request shall further specify whether the search is to be a state or national search. If a state search based on name only is requested, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation may charge a search fee not to exceed Ten Dollars ($10.00). If a national search is requested, the search shall be based on fingerprints, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shall obtain fingerprints of the employee or prospective employee and require that said person pay a search fee not to exceed Fifty Dollars ($50.00) or the cost of the search, whichever is the lesser amount. The fees shall be deposited in the OSBI Revolving Fund. School districts are hereby authorized to reimburse employees for the cost of the search.  B. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shall provide the felony record requested by a local board of education within fourteen (14) working days from the receipt of said request. The Bureau shall send a copy of the felony record to the State Board of Education. The Bureau may contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation as regards the information requested, to obtain any felony convictions of the person involved. The felony record provided by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shall include the name of the person, whether or not said person has been convicted of any felony offense, a list of any felony convictions, and the dates of such convictions.  C. For the purpose of this section, "board of education" includes both public and private boards of education within or outside this state.  D. Each public board of education within this state shall promulgate a statement of that school districts' policy regarding felony record searches. If the policy requires felony record searches, the policy may permit employment for not to exceed sixty (60) days pending receipt of results of felony search requests. If the policy requires a search based on fingerprints, prospective employees shall be notified of the requirement, the fee and the reimbursement policy when first interviewed concerning employment. The school district's reimbursement policy shall provide, at the minimum, that employees shall be promptly reimbursed in full for the fee if employed by the district at the time the felony search request is made unless the person was employed pending receipt of results as set forth above.  E. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shall prescribe the procedures necessary to ensure that requests submitted are official requests from the local board of education.  F. Any person applying for employment as a substitute teacher shall only be required to have one such felony record search for the school year. Upon request of the substitute teacher, that felony record search may be sent to any other school district in which the substitute teacher is applying to teach.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 319, • 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 81, • 2, eff. July 1, 1997.    •70-5-143. Repealed by Laws 1995, c. 55, • 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1995.  •70-5-144. Filing of information or indictment - Notification of superintendent.  A. If in the course of an investigation it is discovered that a person charged in an information or indictment with a felony or violent misdemeanor is a student or employee of a school district or a public school in the state, or an employee working on school property for an entity that provides services to a school district or a public school on school property, with due regard for the provisions of subsection C of Section 2-6-102 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes, the district attorney shall notify the superintendent of the district of the charges filed against the student or employee.  B. The school district may take any action it deems necessary that is in compliance with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 with regard to such information.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 33, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 34, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 161, • 1, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 205, • 1, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2009, c. 234, • 156, emerg. eff. May 21, 2009.    •70-5-145. Local foundation and public school/business partnerships - Foundation gifts, grants and donations.  A. District school boards of education should be encouraged to explore the potential benefits of local foundations and public school/business partnerships as supplements to basic programs publicly funded.  B. No local foundation, as defined in subsection C of this section, shall make, and no public school, public school personnel, or school district shall accept, any gift, grant or donation of real or personal property from any local foundation unless the local foundation complies with the requirements of this section and with such other requirements for such organization as are required by Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  C. As used in this section, "local foundation" means any company, trust, corporation or association:  1. that solicits money or property in the name of any public school district, public school or public school organization; and  2. which is exempt from federal income taxes or is verifiably and in good faith in the process of obtaining federal tax exemption status pursuant to the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If the local foundation is in the process of obtaining exemption status in accordance with this paragraph, the local foundation may make gifts, grants or donations pursuant to this section provided it has advised the district board of education of the status of any application for tax exemption and continues to provide the board such information each year thereafter.  Any local foundation which has been denied such exemption or ceases to qualify for such exemption by the Internal Revenue Service shall not be authorized to function pursuant to this section.  D. Student organizations or club projects whose revenue may be deposited in a school activity fund or account pursuant to Section 5129 of this title shall not be considered "local foundations".  E. Only school districts, public schools, school personnel and students or direct functions of a school district may be the beneficiaries of any awards, grants or other benefits of a local foundation.  F. The board of education of any school district in this state may refuse to accept any donation of real or personal property offered by or through a local foundation and shall have the final authority to accept or refuse to accept any grant or award offered by a local foundation for the benefit of the school district.  G. In order to assure the fairness, objectivity, and integrity of its operations, and that its purposes and policies are consistent with the goals of the State Board of Education, the board of education of the school district may consider the process used in selecting recipients of benefits or merit awards by any local foundation in deciding whether to accept or reject the gift, grant or donation.  H. No employee of the district shall be a voting member of a local foundation board which is established in that school district. Members of the board of education may serve on the board of a local foundation, but shall not constitute a majority of the members of the board of directors of the foundation. No other elected official of state or local government shall be compensated by the local foundation. The total number of ex officio local foundation members shall be less than the number of voting members of the local foundations. No ex officio member of the local foundation board or employee of the school district shall be compensated by the local foundation for service as an ex officio member of the local foundation.  I. Any local foundation which makes a gift, grant or donation to any school district, public school, or school personnel of this state, regardless of when established, shall make all of its financial records and documents available to auditors who are performing audits of the school district. Such financial records and documents, other than the list of contributors, shall be open for public inspection upon written request by any person.  J. A public school district shall not directly or indirectly transfer any funds to any local foundation or render services or provide any thing of value to any local foundation without receiving documented adequate payment or reimbursement therefor according to written contract. Nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting payment by the district of claims for expenses of fund-raising for the benefit of the district if such fund-raising activities are approved in advance by the district board of education and made a part of the minutes of the meeting of the board. Nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting the district from providing space in a school district building or on school district property to the foundation for office or business purposes in exchange for the financial benefits provided to the district by the foundation if approved by the district board of education and made a part of the minutes of the meeting of the board.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 380, • 2, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 56, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 2005, c. 351, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2005; Laws 2008, c. 362, • 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 2008.    •70-5-146. Assault, battery, or assault and battery upon school employee – Notification by employee and school officials – Report – Definitions – Liability - Policies.  A. Any school employee, as defined by subsection A of Section 650.7 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, upon whom an assault, battery, assault and battery, or aggravated battery or aggravated assault and battery is committed while in the performance of any duties as a school employee shall notify either the superintendent, building administrator, or one member of a Safe School Committee of the school district employing the school employee. The building administrator or member of the Safe School Committee shall notify the superintendent of the assault, battery, assault and battery, aggravated battery or aggravated assault and battery.  B. The superintendent shall notify the State Department of Education of all incidents described in subsection A of this section for the previous year on July 1 of each year. The report shall include a description of the battery or assault and battery, and the final disposition of each incident.  C. The State Department of Education shall submit a report to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Governor on December 1 of each year.  D. For purposes of this section, “assault” shall be defined by Section 641 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, “battery” shall be defined by Section 642 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and “aggravated assault and battery” shall be defined by Section 646 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  E. No school employee shall be subject to any civil liability for any statement, report, or action taken in reporting or assisting in reporting a battery or assault and battery which is committed upon the school employee while in the performance of any duties unless such report or assistance was made in bad faith or with malicious purpose.  F. Every school district shall have and deliver to each school employee a written policy that such employee shall follow if an assault, battery or assault and battery is committed upon the school employee while in the performance of any school duties.  Added by Laws 2001, c. 380, • 2, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-5-147. Access to foods of minimal nutritional value - Incentives to encourage healthy food choices.  A. Each district board of education shall ensure that students in elementary schools do not have access to foods of minimal nutritional value except on special occasions.  B. Each district board of education shall ensure that students in middle and junior high schools do not have access to foods of minimal nutritional value except after school, at events which take place in the evening, and on special occasions. The only exception to the minimal nutritional value standard will be diet soda with less than ten (10) calories per bottle or can.  C. Each district board of education shall ensure that students in high schools are provided healthy food options in addition to any foods of minimal nutritional value to which they may have access at school. Each district shall provide incentives, such as lower prices or other incentives, to encourage healthy food choices for high school students.  D. For purposes of this section, “foods of minimal nutritional value” means any foods so defined in 7 CFR 210.11 and listed in Appendix B of the regulations for the National School Lunch Program.  E. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 45, • 1, eff. July 1, 2007.    •70-5-148. Lockdown drills.  Each district board of education shall ensure that a minimum of two lockdown drills are conducted at each public school within the district each school year. No lockdown drill shall be conducted at the same time of day as a previous lockdown drill conducted in the same school year, and no more than two lockdown drills shall be conducted in one semester. Additional drills may be conducted at the discretion of the district. Lockdown drills shall be conducted for the purpose of securing school buildings to prevent or mitigate injuries or deaths that may result from a threat on or near the school. The drills shall conform to the written plans and procedures adopted by the district as required by Section 681 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes. All students and employees shall participate in the drills, with the extent of student involvement to be determined by the district.  The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Added by Laws 2007, c. 127, • 1, eff. July 1, 2007. Amended by Laws 2008, c. 216, • 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.    •70-5-150. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "School District Budget Act".  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 2, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-151. Purpose.  The purpose of the School District Budget Act is to provide an alternate budget procedure for school districts which will:  1. Establish standard and sound fiscal procedures for the adoption and administration of budgets;  2. Make available to the public and investors sufficient information as to the financial conditions, requirements and expectations of the school district; and  3. Assist school districts to improve and implement generally accepted standards of financial management as promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 3, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-152. Applicability optional.  The School District Budget Act shall be optional and shall apply only to a school district which, by resolution of the governing body, votes to comply with the provisions of the School District Budget Act. If the governing body of a school district votes to comply with the School District Budget Act to govern its budget procedures, the provisions of the School District Budget Act shall take precedence over any other state laws applicable to school budgets, except as otherwise provided by the School District Budget Act. Any action of a school district governing body to implement or repeal budgeting procedures in compliance with the School District Budget Act shall be effective only at the beginning or end of a budget year respectively pursuant to the School District Budget Act.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 4, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-153. Repealed by Laws 2005, c. 472, • 18, eff. July 1, 2005.  •70-5-154. Approval of budget - Estimates of revenues and expenditures.  For a school district acting in accordance with the School District Budget Act, within the thirty-day period preceding the beginning of each fiscal year, a budget for the school district shall be approved by the governing body. The chief executive officer may require any other officer or employee who is charged with the management or control of any department or office of the school district to furnish estimates for the fiscal year covering estimated revenues and expenditures of the department or office on or before a date set by the chief executive officer.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 6, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-155. Nature and contents of budget - Budget summary and message - Hearing - Effect of adoption - Tax levies.  A. The school district budget shall represent a complete plan for the school district and shall present information necessary and proper to disclose the financial position and condition of the school district and the revenues and expenditures thereof, both past and anticipated.  B. A school district budget shall contain a budget summary. It shall also be accompanied by a budget message which shall explain the budget and describe its important features. It shall contain at least the following in tabular form for each fund:  1. Actual revenues and expenditures for the immediate prior fiscal year;  2. Revenues and expenditures for the current fiscal year as shown by the budget for the current year as adopted or amended; and  3. Estimates of revenues and expenditures for the budget year.  C. The school district governing body shall hold a public hearing on the proposed budget within forty-five (45) days preceding the beginning of the budget year. Notice of the date, time and place of the hearing, together with the proposed budget summary, shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the school district not less than five (5) days before the date of the hearing. The clerk of the board shall make available a sufficient number of copies of the proposed budget as the governing body shall determine and shall have them available for review or for distribution at the office of the chief financial officer. At the public hearing on the budget any person may present to the governing body comments, recommendations or information on any part of the proposed budget.  D. The adopted budget shall be in effect no later than the first day of the fiscal year to which it applies. The budget as adopted and filed with the State Auditor and Inspector shall constitute an appropriation for each fund, and the appropriation thus made shall not be used for any other purpose except as provided by law.  E. Each school district shall amend the original budget after June 30 of each year after the June financial activity has been recorded, the annual Foundation and Salary Incentive Aid allocation has been released, and the property tax valuations have been certified for all affected counties within the school district. The amended budget shall include all of the following information which is applicable:  1. Valuation of the school district by county and classification, excluding homestead exemptions;  2. Bonded debt and judgments outstanding, including interest rates by maturity;  3. Matured debt and judgments;  4. Sinking fund balance, including cash and investments;  5. Sinking fund levy calculations, including surplus/deficit, principal accrual, annual interest, judgment installment and interest, total net levy and delinquency;  6. Levies in millage for general fund, building fund and sinking fund;  7. Millage adjustment factor, if applicable;  8. Previous year sinking fund collections, including total proceeds as certified, additions or deductions, reserve for delinquent tax, reserve for protest pending, tax apportioned, net balance in process of collection, and excess collections; and  9. Surplus analysis, including itemized sources of excess and deductions.  F. At the time required by law, the county excise board shall levy the taxes necessary for the school district general fund, building fund and sinking fund for the budget year pursuant to Sections 397 and 399 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and for the school district general and building funds for the budget year pursuant to Section 9 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 7, eff. July 1, 1996. Amended by Laws 1999, c. 235, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-5-156. Protests - Right to examine filed budget.  Within fifteen (15) days after the filing of any school district budget with the county excise board of each county in which the school district is located and with the State Auditor and Inspector, any taxpayer may file protests with the State Auditor and Inspector against any alleged illegality of the budget in the manner provided by this section and Sections 3023 through 3031 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The fifteen-day protest period begins upon the date the budget is received in the Office of the State Auditor and Inspector as filed by the county excise board. After receipt of a taxpayer protest, the State Auditor and Inspector shall transmit by certified mail one copy of each protest to the clerk of the board of education, and one copy of each protest to the school district treasurer and the excise board of each county in which the school district is located. The taxpayer protest shall specify the alleged illegality in the budget and the grounds upon which the alleged illegality is based. Any protest filed by any taxpayer shall inure to the benefit of all taxpayers. If no protest is filed by any taxpayer within the fifteen-day period, the budget and any appropriations thereof shall be deemed legal and final until amended by the governing body or the county excise board as authorized by law. Taxpayers shall have the right at all reasonable times to examine the budget on file with the clerk of the board of education, the county excise board, or the State Auditor and Inspector for the purpose of checking illegalities in the budget or for filing protests in accordance with this section and Sections 3023 through 3031 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 8, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-157. Expenditures in excess of appropriation - Deficits and surpluses - Violations of law.  A. No expenditure may be authorized or made by any officer or employee of a school district which exceeds the appropriation for any fund of the budget as adopted or amended. Any balance remaining in a fund at the end of the budget year shall be carried forward to the credit of the fund for the next budget year pursuant to law.  B. It shall be unlawful for any officer or employee of the school district in any budget year:  1. To create or authorize creation of a deficit in any fund; or  2. To authorize, make or incur expenditures or encumbrances in excess of one hundred percent (100%) of the appropriation for any fund of the budget as adopted or amended until revenues in an amount equal to at least one hundred percent (100%) of the appropriation for the fund have been collected. Any fund balance which is included in the appropriation for the fund is considered revenue in the budget year for which it is appropriated. Expenditures may then be made and authorized so long as any expenditure does not exceed any fund balance.  C. Any obligation that is contracted or authorized by any officer or employee in violation of this act shall become the obligation of the officer or employee himself and shall not be valid or enforceable against the school district. Any officer or employee who violates this act shall forfeit his office or position and shall be subject to such civil and criminal punishments as are provided by law. Any obligation, authorization for expenditure or expenditure made in violation of this act shall be illegal and void.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 9, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-158. Funds or ledgers.  A school district shall establish funds consistent with legal and operating requirements. Each school district shall maintain according to its own needs some or all of the following funds or ledgers in its system of accounts:  1. A general fund, to account for all monies received and disbursed for general school district purposes, including all assets, liabilities, reserves, fund balances, revenues and expenditures which are not accounted for in any other fund or special ledger account;  2. Special revenue funds, as required, to account for the proceeds of specific revenue sources that are restricted by law to expenditures for specified purposes;  3. Debt service fund, which shall include the school district sinking fund, established to account for the retirement of general obligation bonds, building bonds, transportation bonds or other long term debt and payment of interest thereon and judgments as provided by law. Any monies pledged to service general obligation bonds, building bonds, transportation bonds or other long term debt must be deposited in the debt service fund;  4. Capital improvement fund, to account for financial resources segregated for acquisition, construction or other improvement related to capital facilities other than those financed by general long term debt;  5. Enterprise funds, to account for operations that are financial and operated in a manner similar to private business enterprises where the intent of the governing body is that the costs (expenses, including depreciation), of providing goods or services on a continuing basis be financed or recovered primarily through user charges or where there is a periodic need to determine revenues earned, expenses incurred or net income for a service or program;  6. Trust and agency funds, to account for assets held by the school district as trustee or agent for individuals, private organizations or other governmental units or purposes, such as a retirement fund, employee health insurance fund or a school activity fund;  7. Internal service funds, to account for the financing of goods or services provided by one department or agency of the school district to another department or agency, or to another government, on a cost reimbursement basis;  8. A ledger or group of accounts in which to record the details relating to the general fixed assets of the school district;  9. A ledger or group of accounts in which to record the details relating to the general obligation bonds, building bonds, transportation bonds or other long term debt of the school district; or  10. Such other funds or ledgers as may be established by the board of education.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 10, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-159. Classification of revenues and expenditures.  Each fund shall be made up of accounts for classifying revenues and expenditures. Revenues shall be classified separately by source. Expenditures shall be classified into the dimensions required by the State Department of Education or, for technology center schools, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 11, eff. July 1, 1996. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 78, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-5-160. Interaccount and interfund transfers.  The chief executive officer, or designee, as authorized by the governing body, may transfer any unexpended and unencumbered appropriation or any portion thereof from one account to another within the same fund; except that no appropriation for debt service or other appropriation required by law or regulation may be reduced below the minimums required. Other interfund transfers may be made only as authorized by this act or as provided in the budget as adopted or amended according to this act. Whenever the necessity for maintaining any special fund of a school district has ceased to exist and a balance remains in the fund, the governing body may authorize the transfer of the balance to the general fund. Applicable law shall govern the use or transfer of any remaining balance in any debt service or bond fund.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 12, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-161. Amendment of budget.  A. The governing body may amend the budget to make supplemental appropriations to any fund up to the amount of additional revenues which are available for current expenses as shown by a fund balance for the fund due to:  1. Revenues received or allocated from sources not anticipated in the budget for that year;  2. Revenues received or allocated from anticipated sources but in excess of the budget estimates therefor; or  3. Unexpended unencumbered cash balances on hand at the end of the preceding fiscal year which had not been anticipated in the budget. Any appropriation authorizing the creating of an indebtedness shall be governed by the applicable provisions of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution.  B. If at any time during the budget year it appears probable that revenues available will be insufficient to meet the amount appropriated, or that due to unforeseen emergencies there temporarily is insufficient money in a particular fund to meet the requirements of appropriation for the fund, the governing body may amend the budget to reduce one or more appropriations or it may amend the budget to transfer money from one fund to another fund, but no appropriation for debt service may be reduced and no appropriation may be reduced by more than the amount of the unencumbered and unexpended balance. No transfer shall be made from the debt service fund to any other fund except as may be permitted by the terms of the bond issue or by law.  C. Any budget amendment, as provided in this section, authorizing supplemental appropriations or a decrease or change in appropriation or funds shall be adopted by the governing body at a meeting held in accordance with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act and filed with the clerk of the board of education, the county excise board of each county in which the school district is located, and the State Auditor and Inspector.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 178, • 13, eff. July 1, 1996.    •70-5-170. Transfer of unexpended or unencumbered appropriations.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, the superintendent of a school district or designee may transfer any unexpended or unencumbered appropriation in an amount not to exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the total appropriation from one account, fund, or program category to another account, fund, or program category. The amount to be transferred, together with all previous transfers, shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the total appropriation to the account, fund or program category from which the transfer is being made. Provided, funds shall not be transferred between the general fund and building fund of any school district. The State Department of Education shall be notified in writing or electronically of all transfers at the time the transfers are made.  Added by Laws 2003, c. 434, • 7.    NOTE: Laws 2003, c. 415, • 34 repealed by Laws 2003, c. 434, • 32.    •70-5-181. Registration of certificates of indebtedness or bonds – Recording of payment.  The treasurer of a school district to whom a certificate of indebtedness or bond is directed for payment shall register the certificate of indebtedness or bond by entering the number, the date, the name of the payee, the fund upon which it is drawn and the amount and shall write on the certificate or bond the date of registration and the name of the treasurer. Certificates of indebtedness or bonds shall be registered in the numerical order in which they are issued and, after registration, shall be given to the encumbrance clerk. No certificate of indebtedness or bond shall be a valid charge until registration by the treasurer. A board of education may contract for and pay a registrar or transfer agent to transfer ownership or change of payee of any certificate of indebtedness or bond issued by the school district and to maintain relevant books and records. The treasurer shall record payment of certificates of indebtedness or bonds and mark “paid” on the face of paid certificates of indebtedness or bonds.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 24, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-182. Issuance, approval, etc. of check, warrant or certificate in excess of approved estimate of expenses.  It shall be unlawful for any school district officer to issue, approve, sign, or attest any check, warrant or certificate of indebtedness in any form in excess of the estimate of expenses made and approved for the current fiscal year or authorized for such a purpose by a bond issue and any such check, warrant or certificate of indebtedness issued, approved, or authorized by a bond issue shall not be a charge against the school district upon which it is issued, but may be collected by civil action from any officer issuing, drawing, approving, signing, or attesting the same, or from either or all of them, or from their bondsmen.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 25, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-183. Issuance, approval, etc. of check, warrant or certificate in excess of approved estimate of expenses – Violation –Penalties.  Any treasurer who shall willfully or knowingly register or pay a warrant, check or certificate of indebtedness, issued in excess of the estimate made and approved by the excise board for the current fiscal year or in excess of a bond issue for such purpose, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year or by both the fine and imprisonment.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 26, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-184. Authorization, acknowledgement, etc. by school district officer of issuance, approval, etc. of check, warrant or certificate in excess of approved estimate of expenses – Violation – Penalties.  Any school district officer willfully or knowingly contracting, incurring, acknowledging, authorizing, allowing, or approving any indebtedness or any officer issuing, drawing, or attesting any check, warrant or certificate of indebtedness in excess of the estimate made and approved by the excise board for such purpose for the current fiscal year or in excess of the specific amount authorized for such purpose by a bond issue, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for not to exceed one (1) year or by both the fine and imprisonment, and shall forfeit and be removed from office pursuant to state law.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 27, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-185. When check or warrant due – Enforcement of liability.  Without regard to the time when funds may be collected and are available to pay a check or warrant issued by a school district, any school district check or warrant shall be due one (1) year after the close of the fiscal year for which the check or warrant was issued and action may be commenced in any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce the liability evidenced by the check or warrant. Any action to enforce the liability evidenced by the check or warrant shall thereafter be barred, and the lapse of time need not be asserted as defense in any action for the school district to be relieved of liability.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 28, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-186. Issuance of check, warrant or certificate of indebtedness in payment of claim in excess of amounts unexpended and unencumbered – Signature of board president and clerk.  It shall be unlawful for the governing board of education to issue any check, warrant or certificate of indebtedness, in any form, in payment of, or representing or acknowledging any account, claim, or indebtedness against the school district, or to make any contracts for, or incur any indebtedness against the school district in excess of the amount then unexpended and unencumbered of the sum appropriated for the specific item of estimated needs for such purpose theretofore made, submitted, and approved, or authorized for such purpose by a bond issue. The signature of the board president and clerk shall be notification to the public that the check or warrant is for the purpose and within the amount of the appropriation charged.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 29, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-187. Unencumbered balances – Date for submission of all claims – Notice.  All unencumbered balances, if any, as shown by the officer charged with keeping the appropriation and expenditure records of the school district on hand at the close of day June 30, may remain as a credit for said fiscal year up to the close of day September 30. If a date earlier than September 30 is established, the encumbrance clerk shall publish, on the district’s web site for two consecutive times if also published in a daily newspaper and once if published in a weekly newspaper of general circulation in the school district, notice of the date set by the board of education for the submission of all claims against unencumbered balances of the prior fiscal year in the following form:  PUBLIC NOTICE  All having a claim against the ____ Public School District are notified that all invoices and required documentation pertaining to an approved purchase order for services rendered or goods or materials delivered pursuant to that purchase order must be recorded with the encumbrance clerk of the district on or before the ____ day of _____, 20__, covering all debts now unpaid and incurred during the period of the prior fiscal year beginning on July 1, 20__, and ending on June 30 20___, or the claim upon which the invoice or purchase order is based shall be void and forever barred.   __________________________  District Encumbrance Clerk  This section shall not permit the incurring of new indebtedness chargeable to the appropriation account of the immediately preceding fiscal year.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 30, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-188. Supplemental appropriation of unencumbered balance – Underestimations – Reapportionment to appropriation accounts.  Provided all fund balances reserved for unencumbered balance of appropriations for the prior fiscal year on hand at the close of day set by the board of education in the current fiscal year, but in no event later than September 30, may be appropriated by supplemental appropriation to current expense purposes in the current fiscal year in the manner now provided by law. In the event of the recording of an estimated encumbrance or in the event of an increase in the cost of supplies, equipment, material, or services, these underestimations may be provided for during the time period set by the board by the cancellation of appropriations made by the county excise board prior to June 30, subject to the approval of both the governing board and the officer in charge of the department or appropriation account only in instances as set forth and only in amounts sufficient to pay the increased encumbrances, and by reapportionment to the appropriation accounts in which an underestimated encumbrance was made, all in the manner as now provided by law for the making of supplemental appropriations.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 31, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-189. Second or duplicate check or warrant – Stop payment or affidavit.  A school district may issue a second or duplicate check or warrant in lieu of any check or warrant that has been issued and subsequently lost or destroyed. No second or duplicate check or warrant shall be issued until the school district has stopped payment on said item by the payor bank or, in the alternative, until an affidavit setting forth the facts as to the loss or destruction of the original check or warrant has been received by the school district from the payee, which affidavit may be received by facsimile transmission. The district board of each school district shall establish policies and procedures as will, as nearly as possible, preclude any loss being sustained by the school district on account of the issuance of any second or duplicate check or warrant.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 32, eff. July 1, 2004.  •70-5-190. School district treasurer, encumbrance clerk - Training - Continuing education.  A. Before July 1, 2007, every school district treasurer shall complete at least twelve (12) hours of instruction on school finance laws of this state, accounting, ethics, and the duties and responsibilities of a school district treasurer.  B. Before July 1, 2007, every school district encumbrance clerk shall complete at least twelve (12) hours of instruction on school finance laws of this state, accounting, ethics, and the duties and responsibilities of a school district encumbrance clerk.  C. Every school district treasurer and encumbrance clerk employed after July 1, 2007, shall be required, within nine (9) months after employment in the position by a school district, to complete the instruction required pursuant to subsections A and B of this section.  D. Every school district treasurer and encumbrance clerk shall be required to complete a minimum of twelve (12) hours of continuing education every three (3) years, in addition to the requirements of subsections A and B of this section.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 472, • 1, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-6. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 607, art. 20, • 9.  •70-6-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-1a. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-9. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-10. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-11. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-12. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-13. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-14. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-15. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-16. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-17. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-18. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-19. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-20. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-21. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-22. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-23. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-24. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-6-101. Teachers - Contract.  A. Except as provided in subsection E of this section, no person shall be permitted to teach in any school district of the state without a written contract, except as provided herein for substitute teachers and except teachers of classes in adult education. Except as provided in subsection J of this section, the board of education of each school district, wherein school is expected to be conducted for the ensuing year, shall employ and contract in writing with qualified teachers for and in the name of the district. One copy of the contract shall be filed with the clerk of the board of education and one copy shall be retained by the teacher.  B. Except as otherwise provided by subsection J of this section and any other law, no board of education shall have authority to enter into any written contract with a teacher who does not hold a valid certificate issued or recognized by the State Board of Education authorizing said teacher to teach the grades or subject matter for which the teacher is employed. Any board of education paying or authorizing the payment of the salary of any teacher not holding a certificate, as required herein, shall be adjudged to be guilty of a fraudulent expenditure of public funds and members voting for such payment shall be held jointly responsible for the return of the amount of any public monies thus expended, upon suit brought by the district attorney or by any interested citizen in the district where such funds have been expended.  C. It shall be the duty of the superintendent of schools under whose supervision teachers have been contracted to teach to certify to the treasurer of the contracting district the names of the teachers holding valid certificates with whom contracts have been made and the names of substitute teachers employed in accordance with law. The treasurer shall not register any warrant issued in payment of salary to any teacher whose name is not included in such list and shall be liable on the official bond for the treasurer for the amount of any warrant registered in violation of the provisions of this section.  D. Whenever any person shall enter into a contract with any school district in Oklahoma to teach in such school district the contract shall be binding on the teacher and on the board of education until the teacher legally has been discharged from the teaching position or released by the board of education from the contract. Except as provided in Section 5-106A of this title, until such teacher has been thus discharged or released, the teacher shall not have authority to enter into a contract with any other board of education in Oklahoma for the same time covered by the original contract. If upon written complaint by the board of education in a district any teacher is reported to have failed to obey the terms of the contract previously made and to have entered into a contract with another board of education without having been released from the former contract except as provided in Section 5-106A of this title, the teacher, upon being found guilty of such charge at a hearing held before the State Board of Education, shall have such teacher's certificate suspended for the remainder of the term for which the contract was made.  E. A board of education shall have authority to enter into written contracts with teachers for the ensuing fiscal year prior to the beginning of such year. If, prior to the first Monday in June, a board of education has not entered into a written contract with a regularly employed teacher or notified the teacher in writing by registered or certified mail that a recommendation has been made not to reemploy the teacher for the ensuing fiscal year, and if, by fifteen (15) days after the first Monday in June, such teacher has not notified the board of education in writing by registered or certified mail that such teacher does not desire to be reemployed in such school district for the ensuing year, such teacher shall be considered as employed on a continuing contract basis and on the same salary schedule used for other teachers in the school district for the ensuing fiscal year, and such employment and continuing contract shall be binding on the teacher and on the school district.  F. Whenever a school district is engaged in contract negotiations with teachers employed by that school district after the school year has begun and the teachers are employed on a continuing contract basis, the school district shall, beginning at the first of the school year, pay the teachers any state-mandated salary increases and salary schedule increases to which each teacher is otherwise entitled.  G. No school district or any member of the board of education of a district shall be liable for the payment of compensation to a teacher or administrator under the provisions of any contract for the ensuing year, if it becomes necessary to close the school because of insufficient attendance, disorganization, annexation, consolidation, or by dispensing with the school according to law, provided, such cause is known or action is taken prior to July 1 of such ensuing year.  H. No school district or any member of a board of education shall be liable for the payment of compensation to any teacher or administrator for the unexpired term of any contract if the school building to which the teacher or administrator has been assigned is destroyed by accident, storm, fire, or otherwise and it becomes necessary to close the school because of inability to secure a suitable building or buildings for continuation of school. Teachers and administrators shall be entitled to pay for any time lost when school is closed on account of epidemics or otherwise when an order for such closing has been issued by a health officer authorized by law to issue the order.  I. A teacher may contract with more than one school district for the same school year as provided in Section 5-106A of this title.  J. A board of education shall have authority to enter into written contracts for the ensuing fiscal year prior to the beginning of the year with persons who are not certified or licensed to teach by the State Board of Education as long as the person is actively in the process of securing certification or licensure. The person shall not be allowed to teach in a classroom until the person has met or completed all of the requirements for licensure or certification as provided for in Section 6-190 of this title. If the person has not obtained valid certification or licensure by the first day of the ensuing school year, the contract shall be terminated.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 6-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 67, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 5, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 28, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2001, c. 242, • 4, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 455, • 3, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 185, • 1, emerg. eff. May 17, 2005; Laws 2009, c. 270, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-101.1. Annuity contracts, custodial accounts or face amount investment annuity certificates - Teachers or employees.  A. A part of the salary, not to exceed the limitations on deferrals provided in Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, payable to a teacher or employee by a school district may, at the election of such teacher or employee, be deferred for the investment in an annuity contract from any insurance company authorized to do business in Oklahoma or by the investment in shares of regulated investment companies to be held in a custodial account as authorized by Section 403(b)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or by the investment in a face amount investment annuity certificate issued by a company authorized to do business in Oklahoma by the district for the teacher or employee, provided that such teacher or employee is eligible to defer a portion of their salary under the terms of the school district's 403(b) plan; and the teacher or employee shall be entitled to have such annuity contract, custodial account or face amount investment annuity certificate continued in force in succeeding years by such school district or any other school district subsequently employing the teacher. Provided, that such amounts contributed or paid by a school district must be made to vendors approved by such school district as eligible to receive the elective deferrals. Provided further, that a school district may revoke a previously approved vendor’s eligibility to receive elective deferrals, thereby prohibiting future contributions or payments to such vendor until it regains its eligibility through subsequent approval from such school district. The amounts so contributed or paid by the school district for the annuity contract, custodial account or face amount investment annuity certificate, or to continue it in force, shall be considered as payment of salary, for the same amounts, to the teacher or employee for State Aid purposes, Teachers' Retirement System purposes, or Social Security purposes, but not for state income tax purposes. Provided that the amount received under such annuity contracts, custodial accounts or face amount investment annuity certificates shall be income subject to state income tax when actually received, unless otherwise exempt from income tax.  B. The provisions of subsection A of this section shall also apply to employees of institutions, agencies and boards comprising The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education who are eligible to defer a portion of their salary under the terms of such institution, agency or board's 403(b) plan. Such institutions, agencies and boards may purchase annuity contracts, custodial accounts or face amount investment annuity certificates from vendors approved by such institution, agency or board as eligible to receive such contributions or payments, provided that such vendor is:  1. An insurance company authorized to do business in Oklahoma;  2. A life insurance or annuity company organized and operated, without profit to any private shareholder or individual, exclusively for the purpose of aiding and strengthening educational institutions by issuing insurance and annuity contracts only to or for the benefit of such institutions and individuals engaged in the services of such institutions; or  3. A broker dealer licensed to sell shares of regulated investment companies to be held in custodial accounts as authorized by Section 403(b)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.  Provided further, that an institution, agency or board may revoke a previously approved vendor’s eligibility to receive elective deferrals, thereby prohibiting future contributions or payments to such vendor until it regains its eligibility through subsequent approval from such institution, agency or board.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 6-102, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1972, c. 64, • 1, emerg. eff. March 28, 1972; Laws 1972, c. 205, • 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1987, c. 62, • 1, emerg. eff. May 4, 1987. Renumbered from • 6-102 of this title by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess. c. 2, • 116, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 2008, c. 327, • 1, eff. July 1, 2008.    •70-6-101.2. Consultant services - Contracts with retired administrators - Contract requirements.  A. No local board of education or administration of a school district or State Board of Education shall enter into a contract for consultant services with any person who has retired as an administrator with any school district for two (2) years after the retirement date of such administrator. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a board of education from employing as a substitute teacher, a person who has retired as an administrator or teacher with a school district within two (2) years after the retirement date of the person.  B. In order for a local board of education, administration of a school district or the State Board of Education to enter into a contract with a person for consultant services as authorized by subsection A of this section, the contract shall contain:  1. A specific list of duties to be performed by the person or by any business entity, regardless of form, from which the person who actually performs the services is authorized to derive any economic benefit, whether direct or indirect;  2. A stated purpose for the contract and the specifically identified need for the services to be performed;  3. An estimate of the duration of the contract, including anticipated periods during which the contract may be renewed;  4. A requirement that the person or business entity performing the consultant service provide the office space, supplies, personnel and other items of expense required in order to perform the contract;  5. A requirement that the person or business entity performing the consultant service provide a written description of services performed under the contract no less than one time each quarter of the year during which the contract is in effect; and  6. A specific identification of all persons who are authorized to perform obligations imposed pursuant to the contract upon behalf of the person or business entity providing consultant services.  C. No local board of education, administration of a school district or State Board of Education may enter into a contract with a natural person who will be employed for any period of time during which there is in force and effect a contract for consultant services to be performed by that person or by a business entity, regardless of form, from which the person employed is authorized to derive any economic benefit, whether direct or indirect. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a local board of education of a school district from contracting to pay for the attendance of school district employees at classes or workshops conducted by a company that employs one or more of the school district employees to conduct the classes or workshops.  Added by Laws 1988, c. 128, • 1, emerg. eff. April 12, 1988. Renumbered from • 6-102.7 of this title by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 116, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 295, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2000, c. 40, • 1, eff. July 1, 2000.    •70-6-101.3. Definitions.  As used in Section 6-101 et seq. of this title:  1. "Administrator" means a duly certified person who devotes a majority of time to service as a superintendent, elementary superintendent, principal, supervisor, vice principal or in any other administrative or supervisory capacity in the school district;  2. "Dismissal" means the discontinuance of the teaching service of an administrator or teacher during the term of a written contract, as provided by law;  3. "Nonreemployment" means the nonrenewal of an administrator's or teacher's contract upon expiration of the contract;  4. "Career teacher" means a teacher who has completed three (3) or more consecutive complete school years in such capacity in one school district under a written teaching contract;  5. "Probationary teacher hearing" means the hearing before a local board of education after a recommendation for dismissal or nonreemployment of a probationary teacher has been made but before any final action is taken on said recommendation, held for the purpose of affording such teacher all rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Oklahoma under such circumstances and for enabling the board to determine whether to approve or disapprove the recommendation;  6. “Career teacher pretermination hearing” means the informal proceeding before the local board of education held for the purpose of providing a meaningful opportunity to invoke the discretion of the decision maker after a recommendation for dismissal or nonreemployment of a career teacher has been made but before any final action is taken on the recommendation in order to ensure that the career teacher is afforded the essential pretermination due process requirements of notice and an opportunity to respond;  7. "Probationary teacher" means a teacher who has completed fewer than three (3) consecutive complete school years in such capacity in one school district under a written teaching contract;  8. "Suspension" or "suspended" means the temporary discontinuance of an administrator's or teacher's services, as provided by law; and  9. "Teacher" means a duly certified or licensed person who is employed to serve as a counselor, librarian or school nurse or in any instructional capacity; an administrator shall be considered a teacher only with regard to service in an instructional, nonadministrative capacity.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 68, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 16, • 3, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 2003, c. 434, • 8.    •70-6-101.4. Power and duties of district superintendent - Exercise of in elementary school districts.  The powers and duties set forth in Section 6101 et seq. of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes for the superintendent of a school district shall be exercised by the elementary superintendent in elementary school districts.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 69, operative July 1, 1990; Amended by Laws 1991, c. 16, • 4, eff. July 1, 1991.    •70-6-101.5. Rights created by this article subject to modification, amendment, termination and repeal.  Any rights created by Sections 6101 et seq. of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes are subject to modification, amendment, termination and repeal by the Legislature.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 70, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.6. Categories of employment contracts.  A. All contracts for employment of, or related employee information worksheets for, a teacher or administrator by a district board of education shall include the following categories in a clear and concise format:  1. Employee information including:  a.  employee's name,  b.  degree(s) employee holds,  c.  number of years of teaching credit for salary purposes, and  d.  step placement on salary schedule;  2. Salary information including:  a.  pay based on state minimum salary schedule,  b.  district salary supplement,  c.  extra-duty or extracurricular salary amounts, itemized,  d.  other salary,  e.  total salary,  f.  dollar amount of salary paid in cash, and  g.  dollar amount of salary paid in fringe benefits, as defined and allowed by Section 18-114.7 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, with an itemized list of each benefit and amount paid toward it; and  3. Benefits information including:  a.  state-paid flexible benefit allowance amount,  b.  district-paid retirement contributions (over any amount for retirement insurance paid as part of salary and excluding any amounts paid pursuant to Section 17-108.1 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes),  c.  district-paid health insurance (over any amount paid as part of salary),  d.  other district-paid benefits, such as life, dental, disability, salary protection, vision, cancer, health supplemental insurance (over any amount paid as part of salary),  e.  other benefits, with an itemized list of each benefit and dollar amount paid toward it (not including any benefits paid as part of salary), and  f.  total district-paid benefits (not including any benefits paid as part of salary).  B. Beginning with the school year 2004-05, the State Department of Education shall require in its annual personnel report the amounts paid in each category set out in subparagraphs a through g of paragraph 2 and subparagraphs a through f of paragraph 3 of subsection A of this section, disaggregated by the categories of administrative personnel and certified teaching personnel.  Added by Laws 2003, c. 290, • 1.    •70-6-101.7. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-101.7v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 1).  OS 70-6-101.7v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 74).  •70-6-101.7v1. Restrictions on attorneys involved in due process hearings.  An attorney, representative, or other designee of the school district who has represented or represents a school district or the administration of a school district at a hearing held for the purpose of affording due process rights and requirements for an administrator as provided for in Section 6-101.13 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, a teacher as provided for in Section 6-101.26 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or a support employee as provided for in Section 6-101.46 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes or who has been involved or participated in any prehearing actions of the school district with respect to a recommendation for the termination of employment or nonreemployment of an administrator, teacher, or support employee shall not:  1. Conduct or preside as the hearing officer or judge at a due process hearing or hearings; and   2. Attend, advise at, or in any way influence an executive session of the school district board of education that is held in conjunction with a due process hearing or hearings if the attorney, representative, or other designee of the school district conducted or presided over the due process hearing or hearings as the hearing officer or judge.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-101.7v2. Restrictions on attorneys involved in due process hearings.  An attorney, representative, or other designee of the school district who has represented or represents a school district or the administration of a school district at a hearing held for the purpose of affording due process rights and requirements for an administrator as provided for in Section 6-101.13 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, a teacher as provided for in Section 6-101.26 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or a support employee as provided for in Section 6-101.46 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes or who has been involved or participated in any prehearing actions of the school district with respect to a recommendation for the termination of employment or nonreemployment of an administrator, teacher, or support employee shall not:  1. Conduct or preside as the hearing officer or judge at a due process hearing or hearings; and   2. Attend, advise at, or in any way influence an executive session of the school district board of education that is held in conjunction with a due process hearing or hearings if the attorney, representative, or other designee of the school district conducted or presided over the due process hearing or hearings as the hearing officer or judge.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 74, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-101.10. Establishment of written policy of evaluation.  Each board of education shall maintain and annually review, following consultation with or involvement of representatives selected by local teachers, a written policy of evaluation for all teachers and administrators. In those school districts in which there exists a professional negotiations agreement made in accordance with Sections 509.1 et seq. of this title, the procedure for evaluating members of the negotiations unit and any standards of performance and conduct proposed for adoption beyond those established by the State Board of Education shall be negotiable items. Nothing in this act shall be construed to annul, modify or to preclude the renewal or continuing of any existing agreement heretofore entered into between any school district and any organizational representative of its employees. Every policy so adopted shall:  1. Be based upon a set of minimum criteria developed by the State Board of Education;  2. Be prescribed in writing at the time of adoption and at all times when amendments thereto are adopted. The original policy and all amendments to the policy shall be promptly made available to all persons subject to the policy;  3. Provide that all evaluations be made in writing and that evaluation documents and responses thereto be maintained in a personnel file for each evaluated person;  4. Provide that every probationary teacher be evaluated at least two times per school year, once prior to November 15 and once prior to February 10 of each year;  5. Provide that every teacher be evaluated once every year, except as otherwise provided by law; and  6. Provide that, except for superintendents of independent and elementary school districts and superintendents of area school districts, who shall be evaluated by the local school board, all certified personnel, including administrators, shall be evaluated by certified administrative personnel designated by the local school board.  All personnel designated by the local board to conduct the personnel evaluations shall be required to participate in training conducted by the State Department of Education prior to conducting such evaluations.  The State Department of Education shall develop and conduct workshops pursuant to statewide criteria which train such administrative personnel in conducting evaluations.  The State Board of Education shall monitor compliance with the provisions of this section by local school districts.  Refusal by a local school district to comply with the provisions of this section shall be grounds for withholding State Aid funds until such compliance occurs.  Laws 1977, c. 262, • 2, emerg. eff. June 17, 1977; Laws 1985, c. 329, • 16, emerg. eff. July 30, 1985; Laws 1986, c. 259, • 51, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 204, • 118, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 71, operative July 1, 1990. Renumbered from • 6-102.2 by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 117, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 7, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 29, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-6-101.11. Copy of evaluation to person evaluated.  Whenever any evaluation is made of a teacher or administrator, a true copy of the evaluation shall be presented to the person evaluated, who shall acknowledge the written evaluation by signing the original. Within two (2) weeks after the evaluation, the person evaluated may respond and said response shall be made part of the record. Except by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, evaluation documents and the responses thereto shall be available only to the evaluated person, the board of education, the administrative staff making the evaluation, the board and administrative staff of any school to which such evaluated person applies for employment and such other persons as are specified by the teacher in writing and shall be subject to disclosure at a hearing or trial de novo.  Laws 1977, c. 262, • 3, emerg. eff. June 17, 1977. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 72, operative July 1, 1990. Renumbered from • 6-102.3 by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess, c. 2, • 117, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.12. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 155, • 4, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-6-101.13. Fulltime certified administrators Dismissal or nonreemployment Due process.  Whenever the local board of education or the administration of a school district shall determine that the dismissal or nonreemployment of a fulltime certified administrator from his administrative position within the school district should be effected, the administrator shall be entitled to the following due process procedures:  1. A statement shall be submitted to the administrator in writing prior to the dismissal or nonreemployment which states the proposed action, lists the reasons for effecting the action, and notifies the administrator of his right to a hearing before the local board of education prior to the action; and  2. A hearing before the local board of education shall be granted upon the request of such administrator prior to the dismissal or nonreemployment. A request for a hearing shall be submitted to the board of education not later than ten (10) days after the administrator has been notified of the proposed action.  Failure of the administrator to request a hearing before the local board of education within ten (10) days after receiving the written statement shall constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing. No decision of the local board of education concerning the dismissal or nonreemployment of a fulltime certified administrator shall be effective until the administrator has been afforded due process as specified in this section. The decision of the local board of education concerning the dismissal or nonreemployment, following the hearing, shall be final.  Added by Laws 1985, c. 234, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 290, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1986. Renumbered from • 6-102.4 by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c.2, •118, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.14. Administrators - Suspension.  Whenever the local board of education or the administration of a school district has reason to believe that cause exists for the dismissal of an administrator, and when they are of the opinion that the immediate suspension of an administrator would be in the best interests of the children in the district, the local board of education or the superintendent of the school district may suspend the administrator without notice or hearing. However, the suspension of the administrator shall not deprive the administrator of any compensation or other benefits to which he or she would otherwise be entitled under his or her contract or pursuant to law. Within ten (10) days' time after such suspension becomes effective, the local board of education shall initiate proceedings pursuant to Section 6-102.4 of this title to have the administrator dismissed. However, in a case involving a criminal charge or indictment, such suspension may extend to such time as the administrator's case is finally adjudicated at a trial. Provided, however, such extension shall not include any appeal process.  Added by Laws 1986, c. 290, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1986. Renumbered from • 6-102.6 by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 118, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 8, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-101.15. Administrators - Conviction of felony - Criminal sexual activity or sexual misconduct.  A. An administrator shall be dismissed or not reemployed, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon has been issued, if during the term of employment such administrator is convicted in this state, the United States or another state of:  1. Any sex offense subject to the Sex Offenders Registration Act in this state or subject to another state's or the federal sex offender registration provisions; or  2. Any felony offense.  B. An administrator may be dismissed, refused employment or not reemployed after a finding that such person has engaged in criminal sexual activity or sexual misconduct that has impeded the effectiveness of the individual's performance of school duties. As used in this subsection:  1. "Criminal sexual activity" means the commission of an act as defined in Section 886 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, which is the act of sodomy; and  2. "Sexual misconduct" means the soliciting or imposing of criminal sexual activity.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 74, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 411, • 1, eff. July 1, 1998.    •70-6-101.20. Teacher Due Process Act of 1990 - Short title.  Sections 75 through 85 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Teacher Due Process Act of 1990".  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 75, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.21. Standards of performance and conduct for teachers.  A. The State Board of Education shall promulgate standards of performance and conduct for teachers. A copy of such standards, any amendments to such standards and any standards adopted by the board of education of the school district shall be provided by the board of education of each school district to each teacher on or before April 10 of each year.  B. The State Board of Education shall include the statutory grounds for dismissal and nonreemployment of career teachers within this standards document.  C. Standards which may be adopted by the board of education of a school district shall not conflict with state or federal law or standards promulgated by the State Board of Education.  D. In determining whether or not the professional performance of a teacher is adequate, the standards adopted by the State Board of Education shall be considered. Consideration may be given to any written standards of performance which have been adopted by any other educationoriented organization or agency. Professional performance or conduct of a teacher which is in compliance with standards adopted by the State Board of Education or the local board of education pursuant to Section 71 of this act shall not be considered in support of any dismissal or nonreemployment action against the teacher.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 76, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.22. Grounds for dismissal or nonreemployment.  A. Subject to the provisions of the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990, a career teacher may be dismissed or not reemployed for:  1. Willful neglect of duty;  2. Repeated negligence in performance of duty;  3. Mental or physical abuse to a child;  4. Incompetency;  5. Instructional ineffectiveness;  6. Unsatisfactory teaching performance;   7. Commission of an act of moral turpitude; or  8. Abandonment of contract.  B. Subject to the provisions of the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990, a probationary teacher may be dismissed or not reemployed for cause.  C. A teacher shall be dismissed or not reemployed, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon has been issued, if during the term of employment the teacher is convicted in this state, the United States or another state of:  1. Any sex offense subject to the Sex Offenders Registration Act in this state or subject to another state's or the federal sex offender registration provisions; or  2. Any felony offense.  D. A teacher may be dismissed, refused employment or not reemployed after a finding that such person has engaged in criminal sexual activity or sexual misconduct that has impeded the effectiveness of the individual's performance of school duties. As used in this subsection:  1. "Criminal sexual activity" means the commission of an act as defined in Section 886 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, which is the act of sodomy; and  2. "Sexual misconduct" means the soliciting or imposing of criminal sexual activity.  E. As used in this section, “abandonment of contract” means the failure of a teacher to report at the beginning of the contract term or otherwise perform the duties of a contract of employment when the teacher has accepted other employment or is performing work for another employer that prevents the teacher from fulfilling the obligations of the contract of employment.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 77, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 411, • 2, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2006, c. 112, • 1, eff. July 1, 2006.    •70-6-101.23. Application of act - Exemptions.  A. The dismissal, suspension and nonreemployment provisions of the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990 shall not apply to:  1. Substitute teachers;  2. Adult education teachers; and  3. Teachers who are employed on temporary contracts.  B. The dismissal and suspension provisions of the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990 shall apply to teachers who are employed on temporary contracts for a complete school year and to teachers who are employed in positions fully funded by federal or private categorical grants, except that such teachers shall be employed only for the duration of the temporary contract or the grant.  C. The evaluation provisions in Sections 6-101.10 and 6-101.11 of this title and in the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990 shall apply to teachers who are employed on temporary contracts for a complete school year and to teachers who are employed in positions fully funded by federal or private categorical grants, except that such teachers shall be employed only for the duration of the temporary contract or the grant.  D. Teachers other than those specifically excepted in subsection A of this section who are employed on contracts shall be afforded all substantive and procedural rights set forth in the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990 including the dismissal, suspension, and nonreemployment provisions applicable to probationary or career teachers as defined in Section 6-101.3 of this title.  E. On and after the effective date of this act any teacher who has worked a complete school year under a temporary contract in a school district shall be granted a year of service credit toward career status in that district.  F. No teacher shall be hired on a temporary contract by a school district for more than three semesters, except for a:  1. Teacher hired to replace a teacher who is on an approved leave of absence and who is expected to return to employment with the school district;  2. Teacher who is a retired member of the Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma; or  3. Licensed teacher who is hired on a temporary contract in a resident teacher position for a complete school year, who may be hired by the school district for one (1) additional complete school year on a temporary contract for the school year immediately after the resident year.  G. No teacher shall be offered a temporary contract with a school district without a full written disclosure at the time a position is offered by the administration of the school district which sets forth the terms and conditions of the temporary contract. In the event the school district fails to provide such written disclosure, the teacher shall be considered as employed on a continuing contract basis.  H. On and after the effective date of this act no teacher who is employed on a continuing contract basis by a school district shall be reemployed on a temporary contract in that school district.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 78, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1999, c. 114, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 357, • 1, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2009, c. 25, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-6-101.24. Poor performance or conduct of teacher - Administrator's duties and responsibilities - Compliance with act required.  A. When an administrator who has the responsibility of evaluating a teacher identifies poor performance or conduct that the administrator believes may lead to a recommendation for the teacher's dismissal or nonreemployment, the administrator shall:  1. Admonish the teacher, in writing, and make a reasonable effort to assist the teacher in correcting the poor performance or conduct; and  2. Establish a reasonable time for improvement, not to exceed two (2) months, taking into consideration the nature and gravity of the teacher's performance or conduct.  B. If the teacher does not correct the poor performance or conduct cited in the admonition within the time specified, the administrator shall make a recommendation to the superintendent of the school district for the dismissal or nonreemployment of the teacher.  C. Whenever a member of the board of education, superintendent, or other administrator identifies poor performance or conduct that may lead to a recommendation for dismissal or nonreemployment of a teacher within the district, the administrator who has responsibility for evaluation of the teacher shall be informed, and that administrator shall comply with the procedures set forth in this section. If the administrator fails or refuses to admonish the teacher within ten (10) days after being so informed by the board, superintendent, or other administrator, such board, superintendent or other administrator shall admonish the teacher pursuant to the provisions of this section.  D. Repeated negligence in performance of duty, willful neglect of duty, incompetency, instructional ineffectiveness or unsatisfactory teaching performance, for a career teacher, or any cause related to inadequate teaching performance for a probationary teacher, shall not be a basis for a recommendation to dismiss or not reemploy a teacher unless and until the provisions of this section have been complied with.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 79, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 34, • 1, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-6-101.25. Recommendation of dismissal or not to reemploy to be in writing - Basis or grounds.  Whenever a superintendent decides to recommend that a teacher employed within the school district be dismissed or not reemployed, the superintendent shall state the recommendation in writing, setting forth the basis for the recommendation, and shall submit such recommendation to the board of education.  If the teacher subject to such recommendation is a career teacher, the recommendation shall specify the statutory grounds for which the recommendation is based.  If the teacher subject to such recommendation is a probationary teacher, the recommendation shall specify the cause for which the recommendation is based.  The superintendent shall also specify the underlying facts supporting the recommendation.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 80, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.26. Mailing or delivery of recommendation to teacher - Career teacher pretermination hearing - Notice, procedure and right to trial de novo - Probationary teacher hearing.  A. Whenever a board of education receives a recommendation from the superintendent for the dismissal or nonreemployment of a teacher, the board or individual designated by the board shall mail a copy of the recommendation to the teacher by certified mail, restricted delivery, return receipt requested, by personal delivery to the teacher with a signed acknowledgement of receipt, or by delivery by a process server. By the same means, the board shall notify the teacher of the right to a hearing before the board and the date, time and place set by the board for the hearing, which shall be held within the school district not sooner than twenty (20) days or later than sixty (60) days after receipt of notice by the teacher, the date on the personal receipt by hand-delivery to the teacher, or the date of delivery by a process server. The notice shall specify the statutory grounds upon which the recommendation is based upon for a career teacher or shall specify the cause upon which the recommendation is based upon for a probationary teacher. The notice shall also specify the underlying facts supporting the recommendation. At the hearing, the teacher shall be entitled to all rights guaranteed under the circumstances by the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Oklahoma.  B. The career teacher pretermination hearing shall be conducted by the district board as follows:  1. The superintendent or designee shall, in person or in writing, specify the statutory ground upon which the recommendation is based. The superintendent or designee shall also specify the underlying facts and provide an explanation of the evidence supporting the recommendation for the dismissal or nonreemployment of the career teacher; and  2. The career teacher or designee shall have the opportunity to present reasons, either in person or in writing, why the proposed action should not be taken.  C. Only after the career teacher has a meaningful opportunity to respond to the recommendation for dismissal or nonreemployment at the pretermination hearing shall the board decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation of the superintendent. The vote made by the board shall be made in an open meeting. The board shall also notify the career teacher of its decision, including the basis for the decision, by certified mail, restricted delivery, return receipt requested or substitute process as provided by law. If the decision is to accept the recommendation of the superintendent, the board shall include notification of the right of the career teacher to petition for a trial de novo in the district court within ten (10) days of receipt of notice of the decision. At the pretermination hearing the burden of proof shall be upon the superintendent or designee and the standard of proof shall be by the preponderance of the evidence. The career teacher shall receive any compensation or benefits to which such teacher is otherwise entitled until such time as the teacher's case is adjudicated at a trial de novo if the career teacher petitions for the trial de novo. Such compensation and benefits shall not be provided during any further appeal process.  D. The probationary teacher hearing shall be conducted by the district board according to procedures established by the State Board of Education.  E. Only after due consideration of the evidence and testimony presented at the hearing shall the district board decide whether to dismiss or nonreemploy the probationary teacher. The vote of the board shall be made in an open meeting. The board shall also notify the probationary teacher of the decision, including the basis for the decision, by certified mail, restricted delivery, return receipt requested, or substitute process as provided by law. The decision of the board regarding a probationary teacher shall be final and nonappealable. At the hearing the burden of proof shall be upon the superintendent or designee, and the standard of proof shall be by the preponderance of the evidence. The probationary teacher shall receive any compensation or benefits to which the teacher is otherwise entitled until such time as the decision of the board becomes final. If the hearing for a probationary teacher is for nonreemployment, such compensation and benefits may be continued only until the end of the current contract of the teacher.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 81, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 434, • 9; Laws 2006, c. 112, • 2, eff. July 1, 2006.    •70-6-101.27. Teacher's right to trial de novo - Filing of petition - Service of process - Waiver - Answer - Trial procedure and proceedings - Appeal.  A. A career teacher shall be entitled to a trial de novo in the district court of the county in which the school district is located. Within ten (10) days of receipt of the board's notification of said teacher's right to a trial de novo, the teacher shall file a petition for a trial de novo.  Upon filing the petition, the court clerk shall issue a summons and cause service by mail to be made to the clerk of the local board of education by certified mail, restricted delivery with return receipt requested or substitute process as provided by law.  B. If, within the tenday period, the career teacher fails to file a petition for a trial de novo concerning the teacher's dismissal or nonreemployment, the teacher shall be deemed to have waived the right to a trial de novo and the initial determination of the board shall be final.  C. The local school board shall serve its answer within twenty (20) days of the service of summons and petition upon it. The trial de novo shall be scheduled at the earliest possible date which will permit both parties adequate time to prepare for a just trial of the issues involved, provided however, said trial de novo shall be scheduled and held not less than ten (10) days and no later than thirty (30) days after the answer has been filed.  D. Except as otherwise provided specifically in this section, the law generally applicable to civil suits filed in district court shall apply to the proceedings for trial de novo under this section. At the trial de novo the standard of proof shall be by the preponderance of the evidence and the burden of proof shall be on the district superintendent or designee, as representative of the local board of education, to establish de novo that the teacher's dismissal or nonreemployment is warranted. The trial de novo shall proceed as a nonjury trial before the court. The court shall determine de novo all issues of fact and law necessary for full adjudication of the dispute at the trial. The court shall not, by applying principles of collateral estoppel or res adjudicata or otherwise, give preclusive effect to findings of fact or determinations of the board with regard to the issues necessary to determine the adequacy of the dismissal or nonreemployment of the teacher in the trial de novo. Within three (3) days following the conclusion of the trial de novo, the judge shall prepare written findings of fact and conclusions of law and shall enter judgment directing either of the following:  1. That the local board of education reinstate the career teacher with full employment status and benefits; or  2. That the decision of the local board of education for the dismissal or nonreemployment of the career teacher be sustained.  In addition, the court may enter an order awarding the prevailing party attorneys fees and costs.  E. The time limits set forth in this section for the proceedings before the district court may be extended by mutual agreement of the parties with the approval of the district court.  F. The decision of the district court shall be final and binding upon the teacher and the board of education unless the teacher or the board of education appeals the decision of the district court in the manner provided by law for the appeal of civil cases from the district court.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 82, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.28. Applicable procedure.  The applicable procedure in the event of a recommendation by the superintendent for the dismissal or nonreemployment of a teacher shall be that procedure provided by law on the date such dismissal or nonreemployment is recommended to the local board of education.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 83, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.29. Immediate suspension - Compensation and benefits - Length of suspension - Hearing for dismissal.  Whenever the superintendent of a school district has reason to believe that cause exists for the dismissal of a teacher and is of the opinion that the immediate suspension of the teacher would be in the best interests of the children in the district, the superintendent or the local board of education upon receiving recommendation for suspension from the superintendent may suspend the teacher without notice or hearing. However, the suspension shall not deprive the teacher of any compensation or other benefits to which otherwise entitled. Such suspension shall extend to such time as the teacher's case is adjudicated at a trial de novo for a career teacher but such extension shall not include time for any further appeal process. Within ten (10) days' time after such suspension becomes effective, the local board of education shall initiate a hearing for dismissal pursuant to law.  However, in a case involving a criminal charge or indictment, such suspension may extend to such time as the teacher's case is finally adjudicated at trial. Provided, however, such extension shall not include any appeal process.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 84, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 34, • 2, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-6-101.30. Annexed or consolidated district to give teacher credit for years of service in annexed or consolidated district.  A. If a school district is annexed, either voluntarily or involuntarily, by another school district, the annexing district shall give teachers credit for all purposes for years of service performed in the annexed district as though said years of service were actually performed in the annexing district.  B. In the event school districts are consolidated, the consolidated school district shall give teachers credit for all purposes for years of service in the school districts which are consolidated as though said years of service were actually performed in the consolidated school district.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 85, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.40. Suspension, demotion, termination or nonreemployment for cause of support employee.  A support employee who has been employed by a local board of education for more than one (1) year shall be subject to suspension, demotion, termination or nonreemployment only for cause, as designated by the policy of the local board of education, adopted as provided in Section 6-101.43 of this title. This section shall not be construed to prevent layoffs for lack of funds or work. For purposes of this act, "support employee" means a fulltime employee of a school district as determined by the standard period of labor which is customarily understood to constitute fulltime employment for the type of services performed by the employee who is employed a minimum of one hundred seventy-two (172) days and who provides those services, not performed by professional educators or licensed teachers, which are necessary for the efficient and satisfactory functioning of a school district and shall not include adult education instructors or adult coordinators employed by technology center school districts.  Added by Laws 1981, c. 122, • 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1982. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 143, • 3, eff. July 1, 1985. Renumbered from • 24-133 of this title by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 119, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 215, • 2, emerg. eff. May 24, 1993; Laws 1993, c. 360, • 8, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 79, eff. July 1, 2001.    NOTE: Laws 1993, c. 20, • 1 repealed by Laws 1993, c. 360, • 16, emerg. eff. June 10, 1993.    •70-6-101.41. School support employees - Conviction of felony - Criminal sexual activity or sexual misconduct.  A. A school support employee as defined in Section 6-101.40 of this title shall be dismissed or not reemployed, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon has been issued, if during the term of employment such employee is convicted in this state, the United States or another state of:  1. Any sex offense subject to the Sex Offenders Registration Act in this state or subject to another state's or the federal sex offender registration provisions; or  2. Any felony offense.  B. A school support employee may be dismissed, refused employment or not reemployed after a finding that such person has engaged in criminal sexual activity or sexual misconduct that has impeded the effectiveness of the individual's performance of school duties. As used in this subsection:  1. "Criminal sexual activity" means the commission of an act as defined in Section 886 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, which is the act of sodomy; and  2. "Sexual misconduct" means the soliciting or imposing of criminal sexual activity.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 86, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 411, • 3, eff. July 1, 1998.    •70-6-101.42. Blank.  •70-6-101.43. Adoption and publication of disciplinary policy for support personnel Copies.  Each local board of education shall adopt a policy statement defining the causes and procedures for suspension, demotion, termination or nonreemployment of support personnel. Upon adoption of such policy, a copy thereof shall be furnished to each support employee.  Added by Laws 1981, c. 122, • 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1982. Renumbered from • 24-134 by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 119, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 215, • 3, emerg. eff. May 24, 1993.    •70-6-101.44. Adoption of policy prerequisite to disciplinary action.  Beginning January 1, 1982, no suspension, demotion or termination of a support employee shall be effective or enforceable unless the local school board has adopted a policy as provided in Section 2 of this act.  Laws 1981, c. 122, • 3, eff. Jan. 1, 1982. Renumbered from • 24-135 by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess, c. 2, • 119, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.45. Reasonable assurance of employment.  A. A school district, no later than ten (10) days after the effective date of the education appropriation bill or June 1, whichever is later, shall give reasonable assurance of employment in writing to any support employee that the school intends to employ for the subsequent school year.  B. This section shall not be construed to nullify the provisions of Sections 24133 through 24137 of this title or be construed to deprive any employee that the district is considering not employing for the subsequent year of any rights provided in such sections.  Added by Laws 1987, c. 101, • 1, emerg. eff. May 22, 1987. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 111, • 1. Renumbered from • 24-135.1 by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess. c. 2, • 119, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.46. Procedure for disciplinary action.  A. After any suspension or prior to any demotion, termination or nonreemployment, a support employee shall receive notice of the right to a hearing. The hearing shall be conducted by the local board of education. All notices shall be by certified mail, with the postmark used to determine the timeliness of the notice. Failure of the employee to request a hearing within ten (10) working days of such notice shall be considered a waiver of the employee's right to a hearing.  B. Nonreemployment shall mean nonrenewal of a support employee's contract upon expiration of the contract.  C. If an employee is to be suspended for a period to exceed ten (10) days, the superintendent of the district shall initiate proceedings for termination and shall follow the procedures set forth in subsection A of this section. However, in a case involving a criminal charge or indictment, the suspension may be delayed until the employee's case is adjudicated at the trial. Nothing in this act shall prevent the school board from proceeding against the employee during or after the suspension for termination as provided in this act.  Added by Laws 1981, c. 122, • 4, eff. Jan. 1, 1982. Renumbered from • 24-136 by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 119, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 215, • 4, emerg. eff. May 24, 1993.    •70-6-101.47. Hearing.  If the employee selects a hearing before the local board of education, the hearing shall be conducted at the next, or next succeeding, regularly scheduled meeting if the request for the hearing was received by the local board of education at least ten (10) days prior to the next, or next succeeding, regularly scheduled meeting. Provided, however, at the request of the employee or at the discretion of the local board of education, the local board shall call a special meeting to conduct the requested hearing, which shall be held no sooner than ten (10) days nor later than thirty (30) days after receipt of the employee's request. The decision of the local board of education at the hearing shall be final.  Laws 1981, c. 122, • 5, eff. Jan. 1, 1982. Renumbered from • 24-137 by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 119, operative July 1, 1990.    •70-6-101.48. Employees of business having contract with school - Conviction of sex offense or felony.  A. No person or business having a contract with a school or school district to perform work on a full-time or part-time basis that would otherwise be performed by school district employees shall allow any employee to work on school premises if the employee is convicted in this state, the United States or another state of any felony offense unless ten (10) years has elapsed since the date of the criminal conviction or the employee has received a presidential or gubernatorial pardon for the criminal offense.  B. Every person or business performing services not subject to subsection A of this section on the property of a school or school district shall at the time of contracting be required to sign a statement declaring that no employee working on school premises under the authority of the business is currently registered or required to register under the provisions of the Oklahoma Sex Offenders Registration Act or the Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act. Compliance with this statute shall be required of the person or private business, and there shall be no obligation placed upon a school district to ascertain the truthfulness of the affidavit.  C. A person or business having a written contract with a school or school district to perform work on a full-time or part-time basis that would otherwise be performed by school district employees may conduct a felony search of the employees of the person or entity who would be assigned that work through a request to the State Board of Education in the same manner as a felony search is afforded school districts by Section 5-142 of this title.  Added by Laws 1998, c. 411, • 4, eff. July 1, 1998. Amended by Laws 1999, c. 200, • 2, emerg. eff. May 24, 1999; Laws 2005, c. 205, • 2, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2008, c. 347, • 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2008; Laws 2009, c. 2, • 30, emerg. eff. March 12, 2009.    NOTE: Laws 2008, c. 162, • 4 repealed by Laws 2009, c. 2, • 31, emerg. eff. March 12, 2009.    •70-6-102. Renumbered as • 6-101.1 of this title by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 116, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-102.1. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-102.2. Renumbered as • 6-101.10 of this title by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 117, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-102.3. Renumbered as • 6-101.11 of this title by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 117, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-102.4. Renumbered as • 6-101.13 of this title by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 118, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-102.6. Renumbered as • 6-101.14 of this title by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 118, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-102.7. Renumbered as • 6-101.2 of this title by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 116, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.1. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.2. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.3. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.4. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.5. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.6. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.7. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.8. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.9. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.10. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.11. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.12. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.13. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.14. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-103.15. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •706104. Sick leave Emergency leave Personal business leave - Medical benefits Service as juror or witness.  A. The board of education of each school district in the state shall provide for sick leave for all teachers employed in the district and shall pay such teachers the full amount of their contract salaries during any absence from their regular school duties for a period of time and under such conditions as the board may determine, but not less than the minimum benefits hereafter specified. Payment for sick leave shall be made on the basis of the current salary rate then in effect for the teacher receiving the payment. The plan shall provide that a teacher may be absent from his or her duties due to personal accidental injury, illness or pregnancy, or accidental injury or illness in the immediate family without the loss of salary for not to exceed ten (10) days during each school year, except that said absence without loss of salary for teachers employed on an eleven-month contract shall not exceed eleven (11) days during each school year and for those teachers employed on a twelve-month contract shall not exceed twelve (12) days during each school year, if said contract is for the work period, and not merely for pay purposes. The right to such leave shall vest at the beginning of the school year. Each school district shall provide for all teachers a minimum of three (3) days for personal business leave, upon the request of the teacher. Salary deductions for such leave shall not exceed the salary level for substitute teachers. Provided further, that these terms for personal business leave shall not negate any locally negotiated leave policies which exceed the minimum benefits stated above. Each school district may provide not more than five (5) days each year for emergency leave. Each school district will determine the purposes for which emergency leave can be used. Those days shall not be chargeable to sick leave and will be noncumulative. Unused sick leave shall be cumulative up to a total of sixty (60) days, and cumulative sick leave shall be transferable to another school district where the teacher is employed the next succeeding school year, provided that the number of days transferred shall not exceed the maximum days permitted by the receiving district and that such transferred days shall be used first in case of illness and, provided further, that if the receiving district pays teachers for unused sick leave upon retirement or termination of contract, then said payments shall be for only those days accumulated in the receiving district. The school board of the sending district shall certify the exact number of days eligible for transfer.  B. The plan of each school district for sick leave benefits may include other terms and conditions, but shall not provide less sick leave benefits than those prescribed herein. Hospital and medical proceeds may not be charged against sick leave benefits, but the proceeds received by the teacher from any insurance provided by the district for loss of compensable time may be charged against sick leave benefits. Provided the board of education may provide all or part of hospital and medical benefits, and sickness, accident, health and life insurance or any of the aforesaid for any or all of its employees. On authorization of the teacher, the district may approve payroll deductions for such teacher's portion of the aforesaid.  C. Each school district shall grant a teacher leave for jury service or as a witness subpoenaed in a criminal, civil or juvenile proceeding and shall pay the teacher during such service the full, current contract salary. Provided that the district may deduct any compensation received for serving as a juror or witness from the teacher's salary during such service.  D. A school district shall also provide for benefits for personnel other than teachers. Benefits for support personnel employees shall include provisions for paid sick leave of at least one (1) day per month of employment not to exceed the number of hours per day for which they are regularly employed cumulative to a total of sixty (60) days and cumulative sick leave shall be transferable to another school district where the person is employed the next succeeding school year; provided, that the number of days transferred shall not exceed the maximum days permitted by the receiving district and that such transferred days shall be used first in case of illness up to a maximum of ten (10) transferred days per school year unless the local board of education authorizes the use of additional transferred days during the school year in an amount set by the board and, provided further, that if the receiving district pays such person for unused sick leave upon retirement or termination of employment, then said payments shall be for only those days accumulated in the receiving district. The school board of the sending district shall certify the exact number of days eligible for transfer. Each school district shall provide for all support employees, a minimum of three (3) days for personal business leave, upon the request of the support employee. Salary deductions for personal business leave shall not exceed an amount necessary to cover the costs of services provided to the district by the support employee and shall not exceed the salary of the support employee. The terms for personal business leave provided by this subsection shall not negate any locally negotiated leave policies which exceed the minimum benefits stated above. Payment for such leave shall be calculated with regard to the definition of "support employee" provided by Section 6-101.40 of this title. Provided that such benefits shall not exceed those authorized for teachers hereunder.    Amended by Laws 1982, c. 52, • 1; Laws 1985, c. 112, • 13, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1985, c. 143, • 2, eff. July 1, 1985; Laws 1988, c. 104, • 1, eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1991, c. 190, • 1, eff. July 1, 1991.    •70-6-104.1. Exhaustion of sick and extended leave - Credit for leave without pay.  After exhausting sick leave and extended leave pursuant to Sections 6-104 and 6-104.5 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, a full-time teacher who, with the proper approval of the district board of education, takes not more than ninety (90) school days of leave without pay to care for the teacher's child during the first year of the child's life, shall receive full credit for the days on leave without pay as though the teacher had been on leave with pay for purposes of computing experience for the minimum teacher salary schedule. A teacher on leave without pay pursuant to this section who pays the actuarial cost, as determined by the Board of Trustees of the Teachers' Retirement System, shall have the period during which such leave without pay is taken, counted toward retirement service credit as though the teacher had been on leave with pay. The teacher shall notify their employer and the System in writing within thirty (30) days from the date he or she returns to service that they will pay such actuarial cost. The teacher shall have up to twelve (12) months from the date he or she returns to service to pay such actuarial cost.  Added by Laws 1998, c. 402, • 1, eff. July 1, 1998.    •706104.5. Exhausted sick leave Unused sick leave upon termination.  A. If, after exhausting all sick leave, a teacher is absent from his or her duties due to personal accidental injury, illness or pregnancy, the teacher shall receive for a period of not to exceed twenty (20) days his or her full contract salary less the amount:  1. actually paid a certified substitute teacher for his or her position if a certified substitute teacher is hired; or  2. normally paid a certified substitute teacher for his or her position if a certified substitute teacher is not hired.  B. The district's plan may provide that the teacher is entitled to payment for accrued but unused sick leave upon termination of employment.    Amended by Laws 1985, c. 14, • 1, operative July 1, 1985.   •70-6-104.6. Leave sharing programs and banks.  A. The board of education of each school district may establish a leave sharing program for all district employees. The program shall permit district employees to donate sick leave to a fellow district employee who is pregnant or recovering from childbirth or who is suffering from or has a relative or household member suffering from an extraordinary or severe illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition which has caused or is likely to cause the employee to take leave without pay or to terminate employment.  B. As used in this section:  1. "Relative of the employee" means a spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, grandparent, stepparent, or parent of the employee;  2. "Household members" means those persons who reside in the same home, who have reciprocal duties to and do provide financial support for one another. This term shall include foster children and legal wards even if they do not live in the household. The term does not include persons sharing the same general house, when the living style is primarily that of a dormitory or commune;  3. "Severe" or "extraordinary" means serious, extreme or life-threatening including temporary disability resulting from pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth and recovery therefrom; and  4. "District employee" means a teacher or any full-time employee of the school district.  C. A district employee may be eligible to receive shared leave pursuant to the following conditions:  1. The board of education determines that the employee meets the criteria described in this section; and  2. The employee has abided by district policies regarding the use of sick leave.  D. A district employee may donate annual leave to another district employee only pursuant to the following conditions:  1. The receiving employee has exhausted, or will exhaust, only sick leave earned pursuant to Section 6-104 of this title due to pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth and recovery therefrom, an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition, which is of an extraordinary or severe nature, and involves the employee, a relative of the employee or household member;  2. The condition has caused, or is likely to cause, the employee to go on leave without pay or to terminate employment;  3. The board of education of the district permits the leave to be shared with an eligible employee;  4. The amount of leave to be donated is within the limits set by the board of education of the district; and  5. District employees may not donate excess sick leave that the donor would not be able to otherwise take.  E. The board of education of each school district shall determine the amount of donated leave an employee may receive.  F. The board of education shall require the employee to submit, prior to approval or disapproval, a medical certificate from a licensed physician or health care practitioner verifying the severe or extraordinary nature and expected duration of the condition.  G. Donated sick leave is transferable between employees of different school districts in the state with the agreement of both boards of education of each school district.  H. The receiving employee shall be paid the regular rate of pay of the employee. The sick leave received will be designated as shared sick leave and be maintained separately from all other sick leave balances.  I. Any donated sick leave may only be used by the recipient for the purposes specified in this section.  J. Only sick leave earned pursuant to Section 6-104 of this title available for use by the recipient must be used prior to using shared sick leave.  K. Any shared sick leave not used by the recipient during each occurrence as determined by the board of education shall be returned to the donor. The shared sick leave remaining will be divided among the donors on a prorated basis based on the original donated value and returned at its original donor value and reinstated to the annual leave balance of each donor.  L. All donated sick leave must be given voluntarily. No employee shall be coerced, threatened, intimidated, or financially induced into donating sick leave for purposes of the leave sharing program.  M. In addition to the sick leave sharing program provided for in this section, the board of education of each school district may establish a sick leave sharing bank for all district employees. A district employee may donate sick leave to a common fund which may be used by any district employee who is eligible to receive shared leave as set forth in subsection A of this section. The terms and conditions for donation and use of sick leave to a leave sharing bank shall be subject to the provisions of this section, unless negotiations, entered into pursuant to Section 509.1 et seq. of this title, between district employees and the school district establish terms and conditions for a sick leave sharing bank in excess of those provided for in this section.  Added by Laws 1993, c. 30, • 1, eff. July 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 3, • 1, emerg. eff. March 3, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 83, • 1, emerg. eff. April 12, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 160, • 1, eff. July 1. 1997.    •70-6-104.7. National disaster leave.  A. The board of education of each school district may grant leave with pay not to exceed fifteen (15) working days to a district employee who is affected by a presidentially declared national disaster in Oklahoma after May 1, 1999, if:  1. The employee suffered a physical injury as a result of the disaster;  2. A relative or household member of the employee suffered a physical injury or died as a result of the disaster; or  3. The domicile of the employee or the domicile of a relative of the employee was damaged or destroyed as a result of the disaster.  B. As used in this section:  1. “Relative of the employee” shall be limited to the spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, grandparent, stepparent, or parent of the employee; and  2. “Household members” means those persons who reside in the same home, who have reciprocal duties to and do provide financial support for one another. This term shall include foster children and legal wards even if they do not live in the household. The term does not include persons sharing the same general house, when the living style is primarily that of a dormitory or commune.  C. The authority to grant leave with pay pursuant to subsection A of this section shall extend for a period of not more than six (6) months after the date of a presidentially declared national disaster.  D. Annual leave, sick leave, or compensatory time which was charged to a school district employee as a result of the presidentially declared national disaster resulting from the May 3, 1999, tornadoes that would have otherwise been eligible for the leave provision in subsection A of this section, may be reinstated by the governing body. A school district employee entitled to leave with pay pursuant to this section who was charged leave without pay shall be compensated at the base rate of pay of the employee.  E. A district board of education may amend an existing leave sharing program or establish a leave sharing program to allow district employees to share sick or annual leave with district employees who are eligible for leave pursuant to subsection A of this section. The disaster-related leave sharing plan shall be subject to the following conditions:  1. An employee eligible for disaster-related leave may receive up to fifteen (15) days donated leave;  2. The donated leave must be used for disaster-related injuries or matters;  3. The eligible employee shall not be required to take or exhaust any of the employee’s regular sick, personal, or emergency leave in order to receive donated leave;  4. Donated leave may be used to reinstate regular emergency, sick, or personal leave an employee used after May 1, 1999, for disaster-related injuries or matters;  5. An eligible employee who was required to take leave without pay for disaster-related injuries or matters may be compensated for up to fifteen (15) days if leave is donated to cover the leave without pay; and  6. The district may require documentation to support a request to use donated leave pursuant to this section.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 306, • 6, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-6-105. Payment - Duration of employment - Leave of absence for military service - Contracts for training and employment of substitutes.  A. If, because of sickness or other reason, a teacher is temporarily unable to perform regular duties, a substitute teacher may be employed for the position for the time of the absence. A substitute teacher shall be paid in an amount and under such terms as may be agreed upon in advance by the substitute teacher and the board of education or according to regulations of the board. If a teacher is absent for reason of personal business the school district shall deduct from the salary of the teacher only the amount necessary to pay the substitute.  B. No substitute teacher shall be employed for a total period of time in excess of seventy (70) school days during a school year; or one hundred (100) school days during the school year if the substitute teacher holds a lapsed or expired certificate or has a bachelors level college degree; or no limit of school days during the school year if the substitute teacher holds a valid certificate. Except as provided in this section, a substitute teacher may not be employed for the same assignment for more than twenty (20) school days during a school year unless the substitute teacher holds a valid certificate.  C. Substitute teachers who do not hold a valid certificate and who are employed to teach special education for students with physical disabilities or students with mental retardation shall not be subject to the restrictions on total time a substitute teacher may be employed or the restrictions on time in the same assignment if no certified teachers are available to teach such students and the students would be denied instruction in special education if the substitute teacher were not employed. Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, any substitute teacher employed to teach special education for the same assignment for more than fifteen (15) consecutive or thirty (30) total school days during a school year who does not hold a valid certificate to teach special education shall be required to complete in-service training as prescribed by the State Board of Education. The training shall be provided at no cost to the substitute teacher. Availability of certified teachers shall be determined after the school has consulted the State Board of Education and any other resources for filling the vacant position with a certified teacher.  D. A school district may request a waiver of the restrictions on total time a substitute teacher may be employed or the restrictions on time in the same assignment from the State Board of Education for a substitute teacher who does not hold a valid certificate. The school district shall submit evidence on the availability of certified substitute teachers and the qualifications of the substitute teacher. The Board shall develop procedures for the filing and processing of substitute teacher waivers pursuant to this subsection.  E. Payment of salary to a substitute shall have no effect on the amount of salary to which the absent regular teacher is entitled under the applicable leave plan.  F. Any substitute or cadet teacher employed in any school system on a monthly or annual basis shall hold a certificate and have a written contract in the manner and under the same conditions as for regular teachers.  G. Teachers who are members of the Reserve Forces of the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, the Air Force, or any other component of the Armed Forces of the United States, including members of the Air or Army National Guard, shall, when ordered by the proper authority to active duty or service, be entitled to a leave of absence from such civil employment for the period of such active service without loss of status or efficiency rating and without loss of pay during the first thirty (30) days of such leave of absence.  H. School districts in this state may contract with outside providers for the training and employment of substitute teachers. The State Board of Education shall promulgate guidelines to assist school districts in the sanctioning and approval of an outside provider in accordance with this section.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 6-105, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1976, c. 286, • 3, operative July 1, 1976; Laws 1979, c. 154, • 1, emerg. eff. May 9, 1979; Laws 1987, c. 71, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1991, c. 34, • 1, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 205, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 45, • 1, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 2000, c. 289, • 1, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2006, c. 278, • 2, eff. July 1, 2006.    •706105A. Construction of agreements  Nothing in this act shall be construed to annul, modify or to preclude the renewal or continuation of any existing agreement heretofore entered into between any school district and any organizational representative of its employees.  Laws 1976, c. 286, Section 4. Emerg. eff. June 15, 1976. Operative July 1, 1976.    Laws 1976, c. 286, • 4, operative July 1, 1976.   •706106. Salary Twelve monthly payments.  Boards of education are hereby authorized to contract with and pay all teachers in their respective districts in twelve (12) monthly payments or fractional parts of the fiscal year, to be made on the basis of legal contracts between said board and teachers. Procedures for paying teachers shall be in accordance with any plan approved by the State Department of Education.  The aggregate amount of such salary payments in any fiscal year shall be as agreed upon by the board and the teacher. Under the terms of a contract for a tenmonth school year as defined in Section 1109 of this title and made in keeping with the provisions of this section, no duties shall be expected or required of the teacher in excess of one hundred ninety (190) days; provided, nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting the making of contracts for school years of more than ten (10) months. Any district adopting this plan of payment may make it applicable to any or all teachers employed therein. Such plan shall be permissive rather than mandatory and may be discontinued at the close of any fiscal year.  All salaries paid in twelve (12) installments pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be for calendar months or fractional parts thereof.    Amended by Laws 1982, c. 287, • 44, operative July 1, 1982; Laws 1989, c. 335, • 18, eff. July 1, 1989.   •70-6-106.1. Distribution of Mentor Teacher Stipend funds.  If funds are appropriated to the State Board of Education for Mentor Teacher Stipends, the funds shall be distributed by the Board to the school districts to provide a stipend of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for each mentor teacher as defined in Section 6-182 of this title. In addition to the distribution of the five-hundred-dollar stipend, each district shall also receive the district's contribution amount necessary to meet the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (F.I.C.A.) requirements.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 10, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 415, • 29, eff. July 1, 2003.    •70-6-106.2. “Direct deposit system” and “employee” defined – Implementation and administration of direct deposit system.  A. As used in this section:  1. “Direct deposit system” means a method of electronically transferring a payroll claim for an employee to a financial institution; and  2. “Employee” means any certified or support employee as defined in Section 26-103 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes employed by any school district in this state.  B. A school district board of education may adopt a policy implementing a direct deposit system for employees of the school district.  C. No school district which chooses to implement a direct deposit system may charge any employee of that school district any fee or assessment as a result of the implementation and administration of a direct deposit system.  Added by Laws 2008, c. 186, • 2, eff. July 1, 2008.    •70-6-107. Employment of person not holding valid certificate of qualification – Violation – Criminal history record check.  A. Except for employment of a director of a public developmental research school as authorized in Section 1210.577 of this title and except as provided for in Section 6-101 of this title, it shall be unlawful for a member of the board of education of a school district to employ, approve or vote for the employment of any person to perform services for the district unless the person employed holds a valid certificate of qualification issued in accordance with the rules of the State Board of Education to perform the services the person is employed to perform.  B. The State Department of Education shall require each person offered a position within the agency that requires working directly with children to furnish fingerprints to be used for a state and national criminal history record check as defined by Section 150.9 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 6-107, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 257, • 11, emerg. eff. May 26, 1993; Laws 2003, c. 204, • 9, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 185, • 2, emerg. eff. May 17, 2005.    •706108. Certificate of qualifications Unlawful to teach without.  Except for service as a director of a public developmental research school and service by a faculty member of a higher education institution affiliated with a public developmental research school as specifically authorized in this act and except as provided for in Section 6-101 of this title, it shall be unlawful for any person to serve, or to contract or agree to serve, as superintendent, elementary superintendent, principal, supervisor, librarian, school nurse, classroom teacher or other instructional, supervisory or administrative employee of a school district unless the person holds a valid certificate of qualification issued in accordance with the rules of the State Board of Education to perform the services the person performs or contracts or agrees to perform. The State Board of Education shall provide for the certification of elementary superintendents.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 6108, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 16, • 5, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 257, • 12, emerg. eff. May 26, 1993; Laws 2005, c. 185, • 3, emerg. eff. May 17, 2005.    •70-6-109. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 55, eff. July 1, 1993.  •706110. Agents of school authorities Payment or acceptance of bribes.  It shall be unlawful and a misdemeanor for any officer or employee of the State Board of Education, a member of a board of education, or other person acting as an agent of the State Board of Education or any board of education, or of any school teacher, or of any person or organization, to pay or accept any fee, commission or remuneration of any kind or character in payment for services rendered in securing positions for teachers in any of the public schools of this state.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 6110, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 30, eff. July 1, 1993.    •706111. Gratuities or rewards Unlawful to give.  It shall be unlawful and a misdemeanor for any person to give, or agree or offer to give, any gratuity or reward in consideration that he or any other person shall be employed as a teacher in any public school of this state. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 6111. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 6111, eff. July 2, 1971.   •706112. Teachers Gratuities or rewards in connection with employment.  It shall be unlawful and a misdemeanor for any person, directly or indirectly, to ask or receive, or promise to receive any gratuity or reward or promise of a gratuity or reward for employing another person as a teacher in any public school of this state or for procuring for another person employment as a teacher in any public school of this state. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 6112. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 6112, eff. July 2, 1971.   •706113. Renumbered as • 650.7 of Title 21 by Laws 1995, c. 241, • 3, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-113.1. Materials on effective classroom discipline techniques to be furnished.  The State Department of Education shall provide each local board of education materials dealing with effective classroom discipline techniques as an alternative to the use of corporal punishment.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 38, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990.    •70-6-114. Renumbered as • 24-100.4 of this title by Laws 2002, c. 149, • 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.  •70-6-115. Information concerning student - Violation.  It shall be unlawful for any teacher to reveal any information concerning a student obtained by the teacher in their capacity as a teacher except as may be required in the performance of the contractual duties of the teacher or as otherwise required by law. The information may be provided to the parent or guardian of the student upon request or as otherwise required by law. Any violation of this section shall upon conviction be considered a misdemeanor.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 6-115, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 430, • 3, eff. July 1, 2003.    •70-6-116. Repealed by Laws 1983, c. 147, • 1.  •70-6-117. Repealed by Laws 1983, c. 147, • 1.  •70-6-118. Repealed by Laws 1983, c. 147, • 1.  •70-6-119. Repealed by Laws 1983, c. 147, • 1.  •70-6-120. Repealed by Laws 1977, c. 262, • 20, emerg. eff. June 17, 1977.  •70-6-120.1. Repealed by Laws 1983, c. 147, • 1.  •70-6-121. Repealed by Laws 1983, c. 147, • 1.  •70-6-122. Repealed by Laws 1977, c. 262, • 20, emerg. eff. June 17, 1977.  •70-6-122.1. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-6-122.2. Blank.  •70-6-122.3. Alternative placement teaching certificate - Alternative placement programs - Adjunct teachers.  A. The State Board of Education shall grant an alternative placement teaching certificate to a person who makes application to the State Board and meets all of the following criteria:  1. Holds at least a baccalaureate degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and has attained a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.50 on a 4.0 scale;  2. Has completed a major in a field that corresponds to an area of specialization for an Elementary-Secondary Certificate, a Secondary Certificate or a vocational-technical certificate;  3. Declares the intention to earn standard certification by means of an alternative placement program in not more than three (3) years. The State Board of Education shall determine the subject matter of the professional education component of an alternative placement program. The number of clock or semester hours required for the professional education component of an alternative placement program needed to qualify for standard certification shall be as follows:  a.  baccalaureate degree, eighteen (18) semester hours or two hundred seventy (270) clock hours, or  b.  postbaccalaureate degree, twelve (12) semester hours or one hundred eighty (180) clock hours.  c.  the State Board of Education shall establish a core minimum of six (6) semester hours or ninety (90) clock hours for the professional education component.  The requirements set forth in this subsection shall exclude all student teaching requirements pursuant to the provisions of subsection E of this section;  4. Has passed the general education and subject area portions of the competency examination required in Section 6-187 of this title in the area of specialization for which certification is sought; and  5. Either presents a document from an accredited public school district in this state offering employment in the area of specialization for which certification is sought on condition that the person enroll in an alternative placement program approved by the State Board of Education or declares the intention to seek employment as a teacher at an accredited public school district in this state. The certificate granted pursuant to this subsection shall be considered a "valid certificate of qualification" for the purposes of Sections 6-107 and 6-108 of this title, and the holder of the certificate shall be considered a resident teacher for the purposes of Section 6-195 of this title.  B. An alternative placement teaching certificate shall be renewed for not more than a maximum of three (3) years upon presentation of a document from an accredited public school district in this state offering renewed employment in the same area of specialization and a document from a teacher education institution verifying satisfactory progress in an appropriate alternative placement program.  C. Persons enrolled in an alternative placement program shall:  1. Have never been denied admittance to a teacher education program approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to offer teacher education programs, nor have enrolled in and subsequently failed courses necessary to successfully meet the minimum requirements of the program, except those persons who hold a certificate;  2. Have on file with the director of teacher education at an Oklahoma institution of higher education a plan for meeting standard certification requirements within three (3) years;  3. Participate in the Residency Program, established in Section 6-195 of this title and have the same duties and responsibilities as other resident teachers, except those persons who hold a certificate; and  4. Except for persons participating in the federal Troops To Teachers Program, document at least three (3) years of work experience after completion of the baccalaureate degree which is related to the subject area of specialization if the person has only a baccalaureate degree with no postbaccalaureate work in a related area.  D. The State Board of Education may grant an exception to the requirements for licensure and certification and, upon demonstration by an individual of specific competency in the subject area of specialization, may grant a license or certificate to the individual. The State Board may establish other requirements necessary to grant exceptions.  E. Student teaching and a prestudent teaching field experience shall not be required of alternative placement program participants for standard certification.  F. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules authorizing adjunct teachers who shall be persons with distinguished qualifications in their field. Adjunct teachers shall not be required to meet standard certification. Adjunct teachers shall be limited to ninety (90) clock hours of classroom teaching per semester.  G. Each teacher education institution shall provide the Office of Accountability an annual report of information specified by the Office of Accountability regarding participation in the alternative placement programs offered by the Institution.  H. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall not accredit, renew the accreditation of, or otherwise approve any teacher education program of any institution of higher education in this state that has not implemented alternative placement programs in at least four areas of specialization, including mathematics, science and a foreign language. Each institution shall allow individuals who meet the criteria of subsections A and C of this section to be:  1. Admitted to an alternative placement program without further qualification; and  2. Offered the opportunity to complete the requirements for standard certification set forth in subsection A of this section during the summer preceding and the summer following the first year of teaching with an alternative placement teaching certificate. Any person seeking standard certification through an alternative placement program shall be permitted to take necessary courses during regular semesters if offered.  I. The criteria specified in subsection H of this section can be met through a cooperative arrangement entered into by two or more institutions of higher education.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 23, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 67, • 1, emerg. eff. April 12, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 308, • 9, eff. June 1, 1992; Laws 1995, c. 177, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1999, c. 202, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 425, • 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001; Laws 2009, c. 82, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-122.4. License for Teach for America Program participant - Exemption from residency program.  A. The State Board of Education shall issue a two-year, nonrenewable license to teach to any person who has been accepted into the Teach for America Program and has on file with the Board a current Oklahoma criminal history record from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as well as a national criminal history record check as defined in Section 150.9 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Upon receipt of the Oklahoma criminal history record, the Board may issue a temporary license which shall be effective until receipt of the national fingerprint-based criminal history record. The person applying for a license shall be responsible for the cost of the criminal history records.  B. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the State Board of Education shall issue a certificate to teach to any individual who has:  1. Been issued a license pursuant to subsection A of this section;  2. Completed the coursework requirements established for participants of the Teach for America Program;  3. Successfully passed the assessment requirements established by Teach for America for participants of the Teach for America Program; and  4. Submitted an application and payment of the certification fee as prescribed by the Board.  Added by Laws 2008, c. 152, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2008. Amended by Laws 2009, c. 270, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-122.5. Alternative Placement teaching certificate - Troops to Teachers.  A. The State Board of Education shall grant an Alternative Placement teaching certificate to any person:  1. Who meets the eligibility requirements for the Troops to Teachers program operated by the United States Department of Defense and managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES); and  2. Who meets the requirements set forth in Section 6-122.3 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  B. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 89, • 1.    •70-6-122.6. Temporary teaching license.  A. The State Board of Education shall issue a one-year, nonrenewable secondary or middle level license to teach to any person who has attained certification by an alternative teacher certification organization as set forth in subsection C of this section and has on file with the Board a current Oklahoma criminal history record from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as well as a national criminal history record check as defined in Section 150.9 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Upon receipt of the Oklahoma criminal history record, the Board may issue a temporary license which shall be effective until receipt of the national fingerprint-based criminal history record. The person applying for a license shall be responsible for the cost of the criminal history records.  B. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 6-195 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, teachers issued a license pursuant to this section shall not be subject to the requirements of the residency program, but shall participate in the mentoring program provided by the alternative teacher certification organization as set forth in subsection C of this section. Upon successful completion of such mentoring program, the teacher shall be issued a certificate to teach by the State Board of Education after completion of the application and payment of the certification fee as prescribed by the State Board of Education.  C. For purposes of this section, the State Board of Education shall identify an alternative teacher certification organization that was founded with grant funding from the United States Department of Education and that developed the Passport to Teaching program, which is a certification program designed for professionals who want to change careers and become teachers. The program shall require candidates to hold a bachelor’s degree, pass a professional teaching knowledge exam, pass a subject area exam, and pass a background check. The organization shall provide candidates with access to workshops, an experienced teacher-advisor, and optional access to comprehensive subject matter refresher courses. The organization shall also provide an intensive mentoring and induction program.  D. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 89, • 2.    •70-6-123. Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 67, • 7, eff. July 1, 1991.  •70-6-123.1. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-124. Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 67, • 7, eff. July 1, 1991.  •70-6-124.1. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-125. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-126. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •706127. Teacher's assistants - Employment - Criteria - Qualifications - Duties - Students to be included in meeting percentage requirement - Bilingual assistants not to qualify as.  A. Beginning with the 199091 school year, every school site shall employ a teacher's assistant or use a volunteer for each class in grades kindergarten through two which has a class size of more than twenty (20) students in average daily membership as of September 15 of each year and which is composed of students, at least twenty percent (20%) of whom meet the criteria specified in subsection B of this section; provided, this requirement shall not apply to classes that are not subject to class size limitations pursuant to subsection D of Section 18113.1 of this title or to pullout sections for Chapter 1 or to Special Education students. Assistants shall be required as of September 15 of each year. The State Board of Education shall establish regulations that prescribe the qualifications for and duties of teacher assistants in public schools. The State Board of Education shall also establish standards and regulations which provide for a determination of how and when eacher assistants may be used as an appropriate and necessary part of classroom instruction. In addition to any other duties which the Board may deem appropriate, teacher assistants may perform or assist a classroom teacher in the performance of hallroom duty, bus duty, playground duty, lunchroom duty, extracurricular activities involving school functions or any other noninstructional duty the Board may prescribe. Provided, nothing in this section shall construe teacher assistants to be defined as personnel as set out in Section 6108 of this title or require teacher assistants to possess the certification required for teachers.  B. Any student who meets the criteria established by the State Board which are commensurate with established eligibility criteria for participation in the National School Lunch Act of 1946, 42 U.S.C. Section 1751 et seq. as amended, shall be included in the percentage necessary to meet the requirement of subsection A of this section for the entitlement to a teacher's assistant for such class.  C. For the purposes of this section, and for Sections 18113.1 and 18113.2 of this title, a federally funded bilingual assistant hall not qualify as a teacher's assistant.  Amended by Laws 1982, c. 73, • 1; Laws 1988, c. 207, • 2, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 31, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990.    •70-6-127A. Public school paraprofessionals.  The Oklahoma Legislature recognizes that public school paraprofessionals play an important role in educating school children and in assisting teachers. The Legislature further recognizes the increasing role of public school paraprofessionals in the school system in light of teacher shortages. To achieve the goal of excellence for all persons who have an impact on student learning, it is the intent of the Oklahoma Legislature that public school paraprofessionals be afforded career opportunities and economic incentives through a career development program.  The State Board of Education shall adopt a program for the career development of public school paraprofessionals. The purpose of the program is to provide to public school paraprofessionals a system of career development which is based upon education and training advancement to encourage excellence among public school paraprofessionals. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require public school paraprofessionals to participate in the career development program.  For the purposes of this section, a public school paraprofessional is an employee of a school district whose position is either instructional in nature, or who delivers other direct services to students and/or their parents. A public school paraprofessional serves in a position for which a teacher or another professional has the ultimate responsibility for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the individual educational programs or related services and student performance.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 295, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-6-128. Repealed by Laws 1999, c. 62, • 2, eff. July 1, 1999.  •70-6-129. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Laws 1993, c. 155, • 4, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-6-129.1. Minority Teacher Recruitment Advisory Committee.  A. There is hereby re-created until July 1, 2010, in accordance with the Oklahoma Sunset Law, a Minority Teacher Recruitment Advisory Committee which shall have oversight over implementation of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center and shall advise the operation of such Center. The Advisory Committee shall be composed of nineteen (19) members. The presence of ten Advisory Committee members or their designees shall constitute a quorum. Appointments shall be made by July 1 with members serving a term of two (2) years unless no longer eligible. The Advisory Committee members shall be appointed as follows:  1. The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint:  a.  two members from the Oklahoma House of Representatives,  b.  two members from an institution of higher education in The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. One appointee shall be from a comprehensive university. One appointee shall be from a two-year college,  c.  one member who is a public school teacher who is a minority,  d.  one member who is a superintendent or designee of a public school district, and  e.  two members representing a community with a high minority population. One appointee shall be African-American. One appointee shall be Hispanic;  2. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint:  a.  two members from the Oklahoma State Senate,  b.  two members from an institution of higher education in The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education with a teacher preparation program. One appointee shall be from a regional university,  c.  one member who is a public school teacher who is a minority,  d.  one member who is a principal of a public high school, and  e.  two members representing a community with a high minority population. One appointee shall be American Indian. One appointee shall be Asian-American;  3. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction or a designee shall serve as a member of the Advisory Committee;  4. The Chancellor of Higher Education or a designee shall serve as a member of the Advisory Committee; and  5. The Executive Director of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation or a designee shall serve as a member of the Advisory Committee.  B. Members of the Advisory Committee shall be reimbursed for attendance at the Advisory Committee meetings by the appointing agency pursuant to the State Travel Reimbursement Act or Section 456 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Members of the Advisory Committee shall designate from among the members a chairperson and vice-chairperson. Staff assistance shall be provided by the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center.  C. Persons who are members on the effective date of this act shall retain their membership until their terms are completed.  D. The Minority Teacher Recruitment Advisory Committee shall:  1. Make recommendations on the annual operating budget of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center and verify that the funds allocated to the Center through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are utilized exclusively by the Center by function;  2. Advise the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education of unmet needs within the state in the implementation of the Center's activities;  3. Annually comment publicly on the progress of the Center;  4. Assist the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in developing and reporting information about the Center when necessary;  5. Meet as often as necessary to conduct business; and  6. Keep official minutes of the Committee meetings which shall be made available to the public upon request.  E. As used in this section and Section 6-130 of this title, "minority" means a person who is a lawful resident of the State of Oklahoma and who is:  1. African-American, a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa;  2. Hispanic, a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American descent;  3. Asian-American, a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands; or  4. American Indian and Alaskan Native, a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America.  Added by Laws 1998, c. 139, • 1, eff. July 1, 1998. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 24, • 1.    •70-6-130. Minority Teacher Recruitment Center.  Recognizing the future significance and challenge of educating a growing and highly diverse student population in Oklahoma common schools and acknowledging the underrepresentation of minority teachers among the state's professional education staff, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education shall have authority to establish the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center and staff and administer its work. Upon recommendations and advice from the Minority Teacher Recruitment Advisory Committee re-created pursuant to Section 1 of this act, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are hereby directed to work with the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and other agencies, boards and education organizations in the interests of recruiting, retaining and placing minority teachers in the public schools of the State of Oklahoma. Such efforts shall include, but not be limited to:  1. The provision and coordination of support services to teacher training programs in state institutions of higher education, including the funding of grants for campus-based recruitment, retention and placement programs that assist minority students who intend to become teachers;  2. The establishment and development of recruiting programs for potential minority teachers, including pre-collegiate curricular courses that emphasize school success and the opportunity to investigate teaching as a career choice, future teacher clubs and collegiate programs designed to recruit students making transitions from other careers and other areas of study;  3. The hosting of conferences dealing with issues that effect minority teacher recruitment, retention, and placement;  4. The creation of activities in the public and private schools of Oklahoma which enhance the image of the teaching profession; and  5. The creation and development of placement services providing assistance to both minority educators and school districts seeking to hire qualified minority teachers.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 52, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 324, • 9, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1995, c. 322, • 27, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 344, • 1, emerg. eff. June 9, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 139, • 2, eff. July 1, 1998.    NOTE: Laws 1998, c. 20, • 1 repealed by Laws 1998, c. 205, • 2 and Laws 1998, c. 412, • 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1998.    •70-6-140. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-140v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 2).  OS 70-6-140v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 75).  •70-6-140v1. Short title.  Sections 3 through 10 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the “School Protection Act”.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-140v2. Short title.  Sections 75 through 83 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the “School Protection Act”.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 75, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-141. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-141v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 3).  OS 70-6-141v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 76).  •70-6-141v1. Purpose of act.  The purpose of the School Protection Act is to provide teachers, principals, and other school professionals the tools they need to undertake reasonable actions to maintain order, discipline, and an appropriate educational environment.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-141v2. Purpose of act.  The purpose of the School Protection Act is to provide teachers, principals, and other school professionals the tools they need to undertake reasonable actions to maintain order, discipline, and an appropriate educational environment.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 76, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-142. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-142v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 4).  OS 70-6-142v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 77).  •70-6-142v1. Definitions.  As used in the School Protection Act:  1. “Education employee” means any individual who is an employee of a school; and  2. “School” means a public school district, governmental entity that employs teachers as defined in Section 1-116 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or private kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-142v2. Definitions.  As used in the School Protection Act:  1. “Education employee” means any individual who is an employee of a school; and  2. “School” means a public school district, governmental entity that employs teachers as defined in Section 1-116 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or private kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 77, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-143. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-143v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 5).  OS 70-6-143v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 78).  •70-6-143v1. False accusations of criminal activity against education employees - Penalties.  A. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person eighteen (18) years of age or older who acts with specific intent in making a false accusation of criminal activity against an education employee to law enforcement authorities or school district officials, or both, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, punished by a fine of not more than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00).  B. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any student between seven (7) years of age and seventeen (17) years of age who acts with specific intent in making a false accusation of criminal activity against an education employee to law enforcement authorities or school district officials, or both, shall, upon conviction, at the discretion of the court, be subject to any of the following:  1. Community service of a type and for a period of time to be determined by the court; or  2. Any other sanction as the court in its discretion may deem appropriate.  C. The provisions of this section shall not apply to statements regarding individuals elected or appointed to an educational entity.  D. This section is in addition to and does not limit the civil or criminal liability of a person who makes false statements alleging criminal activity by another.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-143v2. False accusations of criminal activity against education employees - Penalties.  A. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person eighteen (18) years of age or older who acts with specific intent in making a false accusation of criminal activity against an education employee to law enforcement authorities or school district officials, or both, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, punished by a fine of not more than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00).  B. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any student between seven (7) years of age and seventeen (17) years of age who acts with specific intent in making a false accusation of criminal activity against an education employee to law enforcement authorities or school district officials, or both, shall, upon conviction, at the discretion of the court, be subject to any of the following:  1. Community service of a type and for a period of time to be determined by the court; or  2. Any other sanction as the court in its discretion may deem appropriate.  C. The provisions of this section shall not apply to statements regarding individuals elected or appointed to an educational entity.  D. This section is in addition to and does not limit the civil or criminal liability of a person who makes false statements alleging criminal activity by another.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 78, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-144. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-144v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 6).  OS 70-6-144v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 79).  •70-6-144v1. Awarding of costs and attorney fees – Expert witness fees.  A. In any civil action or proceeding against a school or an education employee, the court may award costs and reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party. In any civil action or proceeding by or between any education employee and a school or other education employee, the provisions of this section shall not apply.  B. Expert witness fees may be included as part of the costs awarded under this section.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-144v2. Awarding of costs and attorney fees – Expert witness fees.  A. In any civil action or proceeding against a school or an education employee, the court may award costs and reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party. In any civil action or proceeding by or between any education employee and a school or other education employee, the provisions of this section shall not apply.  B. Expert witness fees may be included as part of the costs awarded under this section.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 79, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-145. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-145v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 7).  OS 70-6-145v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 80).  •70-6-145v1. Insurance indemnification not a waiver of defenses.  Unless otherwise provided by law, the existence of any policy of insurance indemnifying a school or an education employee against liability for damages is not a waiver of any defense otherwise available to the educational entity or its employees in the defense of the claim.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 7, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-145v2. Insurance indemnification not a waiver of defenses.  Unless otherwise provided by law, the existence of any policy of insurance indemnifying a school or an education employee against liability for damages is not a waiver of any defense otherwise available to the educational entity or its employees in the defense of the claim.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 80, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-146. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-146v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 8).  OS 70-6-146v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 81).  •70-6-146v1. Student assault or acts reasonably causing injury to education employees or volunteers - Penalties.  No student enrolled in a school shall assault, attempt to cause physical bodily injury, or act in a manner that could reasonably cause bodily injury to an education employee or a person who is volunteering for the school. Any student in grades six through twelve who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to out-of-school suspension as provided for in Section 24-101.3 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes. This section shall be in addition to and does not limit the criminal liability of a person who causes or commits an assault, battery, or assault and battery upon a school employee as provided for in Section 650.7 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 8, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-146v2. Student assault or acts reasonably causing injury to education employees or volunteers - Penalties.  No student enrolled in a school shall assault, attempt to cause physical bodily injury, or act in a manner that could reasonably cause bodily injury to an education employee or a person who is volunteering for the school. Any student in grades six through twelve who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to out-of-school suspension as provided for in Section 24-101.3 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes. This section shall be in addition to and does not limit the criminal liability of a person who causes or commits an assault, battery, or assault and battery upon a school employee as provided for in Section 650.7 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 81, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-147. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-147v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 9).  OS 70-6-147v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 82).  •70-6-147v1. Benefits not lost by leaves of absence due to assault or battery.  An education employee who is injured as a result of an assault or battery upon the person of the employee while the employee is in the performance of any duties as an education employee shall be entitled to a leave of absence from employment with the school without a loss of leave benefits.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 9, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-147v2. Benefits not lost by leaves of absence due to assault or battery.  An education employee who is injured as a result of an assault or battery upon the person of the employee while the employee is in the performance of any duties as an education employee shall be entitled to a leave of absence from employment with the school without a loss of leave benefits.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 82, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-148. See the following versions:  OS 70-6-148v1 (HB 1598, Laws 2009, c. 98, • 10).  OS 70-6-148v2 (HB 1603, Laws 2009, c. 228, • 83).  •70-6-148v1. Act does not limit other laws.  The School Protection Act shall be in addition to and shall not limit or amend The Governmental Tort Claims Act or any other applicable law.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 98, • 10, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-148v2. Act does not limit other laws.  The School Protection Act shall be in addition to and shall not limit or amend The Governmental Tort Claims Act or any other applicable law.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 228, • 83, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-150. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-151. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-152. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-153. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-154. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-154.1. Renewal of Standard Teaching Certificate.  A. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules by which a person who holds a valid Oklahoma Standard Teaching Certificate may satisfy requirements for renewal of the Standard Teaching Certificate by completing staff development programs, conferences and seminars in lieu of teaching experience or higher education credits required by the State Board of Education for certificate renewal. Only programs, conferences and seminars recognized for staff development credit by an Oklahoma public school district at the time the teacher attends the program, conference or seminar may be used to fulfill requirements under this section. The State Board of Education shall not require more staff development credit to be earned for certificate renewal than the Board requires teachers and administrators to earn pursuant to Section 6-158 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  B. District boards of education may charge a reasonable fee for a holder of a valid Oklahoma Standard Teaching Certificate who is not employed as a teacher or administrator in an Oklahoma public school to attend district-sponsored staff development programs or seminars.  Added by Laws 1993, c. 350, • 2, emerg. eff. June 10, 1993.    •70-6-155. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-155.1. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 225, • 26.  •70-6-156. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-157. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-158. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-158.1. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-159. Repealed by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 33, eff. July 1, 1995.  •706160. Renumbered as • 6-191 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-161. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Laws 1993, c. 155, • 4, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-6-162. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-163. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-164. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-165. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-166. Blank.  •70-6-167. Blank.  •70-6-168. Blank.  •70-6-169. Blank.  •70-6-170. Repealed by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  •70-6-171. Renumbered as • 6-181 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-172. Renumbered as • 6-183 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-173. Repealed by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 33, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-174. Repealed by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 33, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-175. Renumbered as • 6-188 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-176. Repealed by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 33, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-177. Repealed by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 33, eff. July 1, 1995.  •70-6-178. Renumbered as • 6-199 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-180. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act".  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-181. Legislative declaration - Interpretation of act.  The Legislature, recognizing its obligation to the children of this state to ensure their opportunity to receive an excellent education, and recognizing that the single most important factor affecting the quality of education is the quality of the individual teacher in the classroom, hereby calls for the development, implementation and administration of a new competency-based teacher preparation system in Oklahoma.  It is the intent of the Legislature that this act shall be in addition to existing laws governing teachers, and nothing herein shall be construed as repealing or amending any protection to teachers prescribed, or as removing or diminishing any existing power, authority or responsibility of the local boards of education and the State Board of Education not in conflict with the provisions of this act. Nondegreed vocational teachers and school nurses certified under rules promulgated by the State Board of Education shall be exempt from the provisions of this act, except for those provisions concerning professional development programs.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 1, eff. June 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 224, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 322, • 2, eff. July 1, 1995. Renumbered from • 6-171 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-182. Definitions.  As used in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act:  1. "Board" means the State Board of Education;  2. "Commission" means the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation;  3. "State Regents" means the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education;  4. "Licensed teacher" means any person who holds a valid license to teach, issued by the Board in accordance with the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act and the rules of the Board;  5. "Professional development program" means the program mandated by the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act for the continuous improvement and enrichment of the certified and licensed teachers of this state;  6. "Teacher education professional development committee" means the committee created in Section 6-186 of this title for the continuous improvement and enrichment of higher education faculty in teacher education programs in institutions of higher education;  7. "Department" means the State Department of Education;  8. "Residency committee" means a committee in a school district for the purpose of reviewing the teaching performance of a resident teacher and making recommendations to the Board and the preparing institution of higher education regarding certification of the resident teacher. A residency committee shall consist of a mentor teacher, the principal or an assistant principal of the employing school or an administrator designated by the district board and a teacher educator in a college or school of education of an institution of higher education, or an educator in a department or school outside the institution's teacher education unit. Provided that, if available, qualified mentor teachers shall have expertise in the teaching field of the resident teacher and, if possible, the higher education members of the residency committee shall have expertise and experience in the teaching field of the resident teacher. However, in all cases, at least one member of the residency committee shall have expertise and experience in the teaching field of the resident teacher;  9. "Teacher" means a person defined as a teacher in Section 1-116 of this title;  10. "Resident teacher" means any licensed teacher who is employed in an accredited school to serve as a teacher under the guidance and assistance of a mentor teacher and residency committee. The resident teacher shall have completed the program of the college or school of education of the accredited institution of higher education from which the person has been graduated, and shall have successfully completed the competency examination in areas of approval in which the resident teacher seeks certification;  11. "Certified teacher" means any teacher who has been issued a certificate by the Board in accordance with the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act and the rules of the Board;  12. "Mentor teacher" means any teacher holding a standard certificate who is employed in a school district to serve as a teacher and who has been appointed to provide guidance and assistance to a resident teacher employed by the school district. A mentor teacher shall be a classroom teacher and have a minimum of two (2) years of classroom teaching experience as a certified teacher.  A mentor teacher shall be selected by the principal from a list of qualified teacher volunteers who have submitted their names for that purpose. After compilation of the list, the principal shall provide opportunity for input from the bargaining agent, where one exists. Membership or nonmembership in a professional teacher organization shall not be considered as a factor in selecting a mentor teacher. No teacher may serve as a mentor teacher for more than one resident teacher at a time. When possible, a mentor teacher shall have successfully completed a mentor teacher professional development institute and be assigned to the same school site and have similar certification as the resident teacher;  13. "Higher education faculty" means any individual who is employed in a teaching capacity in an institution of higher education, approved or accredited by the Commission for the preparation of education personnel; and  14. "Competency examination" means the assessment required in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act for licensure and certification as a teacher and shall consist of tests over general education, professional education and subject areas as defined by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 3, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 344, • 2, emerg. eff. June 9, 1997; Laws 2005, c. 280, • 1, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-6-183. Teacher preparation system described - Timetable for implementation.  A. A new teacher preparation system shall include fundamental changes in the current system of teacher preparation and certification standards as was established in Sections 6-150 through 6-158.1 and 6-161 through 6-170 of this title and shall be developed, implemented and administered by the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act. The new teacher preparation system shall be competency-based to include an assessment system designed to measure the competencies desired for teachers.  B. Except as otherwise provided by law, the new teacher preparation system shall be fully integrated and implemented by July 1, 1997, and shall be applied for students admitted to a teacher education program on or after September 1, 1997. Students admitted to a teacher education program prior to September 1, 1997, shall be allowed to continue in the present system until September 1, 1999.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 2, eff. June 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 224, • 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 322, • 4, eff. July 1, 1995. Renumbered from • 6-172 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-184. Authority of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Career and Technology Education.  A. Beginning July 1, 1997, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall have authority for approval and accreditation of teacher education programs and for assessment of candidates for licensure and certification according to the provisions of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act. As part of this duty the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall:  1. Include the State Board of Education in the process;  2. Review and assess approved, accredited and new programs of teacher education; and  3. Encourage studies and research designed to improve teacher education.  From July 1, 1995, to July 1, 1997, the State Board of Education shall have the authority to approve and accredit teacher education programs. During such time the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall be included in the process. Before adopting any rule pertaining to approval or accreditation of teacher education programs or assessment of candidates for licensure and certification, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall solicit comments from the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Career and Technology Education on the proposed rule. Within forty-five (45) days of the receipt of the proposed rule from the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the State Board of Education, the State Regents and the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall separately review the proposed rule and return their recommendations to the Commission on the proposed adoption. Each recommendation shall include the rationale for the recommendation. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall accord the recommendations due deliberation in its subsequent consideration of the adoption of each proposed rule. If the action of the Commission on a proposed rule is not consistent with the recommendation made by any of the reviewing entities, within ten (10) days of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation's formal action on the rule, the Commission shall submit a report providing justification for its actions to the Education Oversight Board.  B. The State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall also have authority to recommend to the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation rules for teacher education program approval and accreditation and rules for teacher assessment. Any such rule recommended shall be considered by the Commission within sixty (60) days of receipt of the rule by the same process provided in subsection A of this section for rules proposed by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation.  C. Before adopting any rule pertaining to teacher licensure and certification, residency or professional development, the State Board of Education shall solicit comments from the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Career and Technology Education on the proposed rule. Within forty-five (45) days of the receipt of a proposed rule from the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the State Regents and the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall separately review the proposed rule and return their recommendations to the Board on the proposed adoption. Each recommendation shall include the rationale for the recommendation. The State Board of Education shall accord the recommendations due deliberation in its subsequent consideration of the adoption of each rule. If the action of the State Board of Education on a proposed rule is not consistent with the recommendation made by any of the reviewing entities, within ten (10) days of the State Board of Education's formal action on the rule, the State Board of Education shall submit a report providing justification for its action to the Education Oversight Board.  D. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall have authority to recommend to the State Board of Education rules for adoption in the areas of teacher licensure and certification, residency and professional development. Any such rule recommended shall be considered by the State Board of Education within sixty (60) days of the receipt of the rule by the same process provided in subsection C of this section for rules proposed by the State Board of Education.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 5, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 80, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-6-185. Competencies and methods to be incorporated into teacher preparation system.  A. The following competencies and methods shall be incorporated into the programs approved by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation for the competency-based teacher preparation system provided for the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act:  1. The teacher preparation system shall include, but not be limited to, the following competencies:  a.  excellence in the arts and sciences,  b.  an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter to be taught,  c.  the ability to identify and cultivate talent and potential in students,  d.  an understanding of child and human development,  e.  teaching skills developed through a variety of learning experiences,  f.  the ability to interact effectively with all students,  g.  skills necessary for working with parents, guardians and custodians of students in the education process,  h.  skills necessary to involve the community in education,  i.  skills to foster teamwork within and among schools,  j.  for administrators, skills necessary to be an effective leader of a school or school district, and  k.  skills in effective classroom management and student discipline;  2. The preservice program shall include the following methods to achieve the competencies listed in paragraph 1 of this subsection:  a.  require teacher candidates to study arts and sciences at the undergraduate level,  b.  require secondary and elementary/secondary teacher candidates to have undergraduate majors, or their equivalents, in a subject area, and require teacher candidates in early childhood, elementary, and special education to have subject area concentrations which allow qualification as a generalist,  c.  require teacher candidates to study the individuality of students, the capacity of students to learn and the process of learning,  d.  integrate curriculum from other disciplines with the education curriculum,  e.  require teacher candidates to have training experiences and personal contact with parents, guardians or custodians of school-age children,  f.  require teacher candidates to have community involvement experience,  g.  structure courses so as to require teamwork activities, and  h.  require teacher candidates to study, in existing coursework, substance abuse symptoms identification and prevention, classroom management skills, and classroom safety and discipline techniques;  3. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall not require more than a four-year program of one hundred twenty-four (124) semester hours to complete a teacher education degree. Provided, any program approved by the State Board of Education prior to July 1, 1995, which requires more hours may continue to require such hours. Any program approved prior to July 1, 1995, which requires more than one hundred twenty-four (124) semester hours for a teacher education degree shall implement requirements for this program without additional hours.  B. It is the intent of the Legislature that institutions of higher education which offer teacher education programs hold such programs accountable for meeting the licensure and certification competencies approved by the State Board of Education. It is the intent of the Legislature that the teacher education programs incorporate a curriculum to achieve the competency-based system and include integration of the teacher preparation curricula with the arts and sciences departments curricula. Each institution of higher education which seeks accreditation or approval for its teacher education program shall develop an institution plan which follows the State Board of Education competencies for licensure and certification. In developing such institution plans, the higher education institution shall establish a process which seeks information and input from teacher preparation faculty, faculty from arts and sciences and other programs and disciplines which are appropriate, students within the teacher education program, teachers, administrators, parents, guardians or custodians of students and business and community leaders. Each institution shall hold an annual public forum subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act regarding the content of the institution plan at which public comment on either the institution's teacher preparation plan or program is solicited. The institution's plan shall be accessible to any interested party under the Oklahoma Open Records Act. No institution of higher education's teacher education program shall be approved by the Commission unless the institution plan has been approved by that institution's governing board. Initial institution plans shall be filed with the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation by January 1, 1997, and as required by the Commission thereafter. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education may facilitate the development of institution plans to assist institutions of higher education.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 6, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 344, • 3, emerg. eff. June 9, 1997; Laws 1999, c. 202, • 2, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2003, c. 295, • 1, eff. July 1, 2003.    •70-6-186. Criteria for approval and accreditation of teacher education programs.  A. Criteria for the approval and accreditation of teacher education programs in Oklahoma institutions of higher education shall include, but not be limited to, substantial evidence that persons who enter teacher education programs demonstrate:  1. Competency in the oral and written use of the English language;  2. A minimum grade point average as established by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation; and  3. The ability to meet criteria established pursuant to the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act at the completion of the teacher education program and provide evidence of having worked with children or youth in a variety of situations.  Criteria shall also include a greater emphasis upon field work in accredited schools by prospective teachers under the supervision of higher education faculty.  B. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Legislature that the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation work with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the various institutions of higher education in establishing a procedure whereby full-time teacher education faculty continue their professional development during their tenure at an institution of higher education to ensure that the future teachers of this state are taught by professional educators fully trained in their area of expertise. Each approved or accredited program of teacher education shall have a teacher education professional development committee that shall include at least one public school classroom teacher as a member. The committee shall write and review professional development plans for each full-time faculty member directly involved in the teacher education process. Individual professional development plans shall be submitted to the Commission as a normal part of the fiveyear process of teacher education program review.  It is further declared to be the intent of the Legislature that such professional development plans provide alternative means of education including, but not limited to:  1. Professional development programs;  2. Higher education courses;  3. Exchange programs with public school classroom teachers, administrators, and other school personnel; and  4. Programs whereby all fulltime teacher education faculty members directly involved in the teacher education process, including all administrators of the teacher education program, are required to serve in a state accredited public school for at least ten (10) clock hours per school year in responsibilities related to their respective teacher education teaching fields.  All public school systems shall participate in the programs provided for in this subsection when needed.  C. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall adopt rules requiring specific improvements to strengthen the screening of student applicants and field activity and placement as set out in subsection A of this section. Such rules shall be reviewed and amended or readopted by the Commission at least once every five (5) years.  D. To assist the Commission in setting specific requirements as set out in subsections A and C of this section, the Commission shall annually prepare a statistical report showing the percentage of students from each of the Oklahoma institutions of higher education who have successfully completed or who have failed the competency examination for licensure and certification. The annual report shall show the percentages for each institution of higher education and each assessment area separately by student degree status and shall be distributed annually to each member of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the governing board of each institution which has an approved or state accredited teacher education program, the State Board of Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Legislature.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 7, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 81, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-6-187. Competency examinations.  A. A competency examination shall be adopted by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation for the general education, professional education and various subject areas and grade levels for purposes of ensuring academic achievement and competency of each teacher candidate or teacher in the subject area the person is seeking licensure or certification to teach which shall also include licensure or certification as an administrator, as prescribed by the State Board of Education.  The Commission, consistent with the purposes of this section, shall promulgate rules and procedures to guarantee the confidentiality of examinations.  B. No teacher candidate shall be eligible for licensing until successfully completing the competency examination except those candidates who make application to the State Board and meet the criteria for the Alternative Placement Program pursuant to Section 6-122.3 of this title. Certification shall be limited to areas of approval in which the licensed or certified teacher has successfully completed the examination. Subject to the provisions of subsection C of this section, testing for certification for subjects in which a teacher candidate or teacher is seeking a minor teaching assignment or an endorsement to teach shall be limited to the specific subject area test.  A teacher candidate or teacher may take the general education, professional education or subject area portions of the examination subject to any limit imposed by the Commission.  C. Except as herein provided, a teacher may be certified in as many areas as the teacher meets the necessary requirements provided by law and has successfully completed the subject area portion of the examination. Certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education shall require completion of an appropriate teacher education program approved by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation.  D. The Commission shall offer the competency examination at least four times per calendar year on dates to be established by the Commission.  E. Nothing in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act shall restrict the right of the State Board of Education to issue an emergency or provisional certificate, as needed. Provided, however, prior to the issuance of an emergency certificate, the district shall document substantial efforts to employ a teacher who holds a provisional or standard certificate or who is licensed in the teaching profession. In the event a district is unable to hire an individual meeting this criteria, the district shall document efforts to employ an individual with a provisional or standard certificate or with a license in another curricular area with academic preparation in the field of need. Only after these alternatives have been exhausted shall the district be allowed to employ an individual meeting minimum standards as established by the State Board of Education for the issuance of emergency certificates.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 8, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 344, • 4, emerg. eff. June 9, 1997; Laws 1999, c. 62, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 425, • 2, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 236, • 2, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2009, c. 82, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-6-188. Restructuring of curriculum examination system.  The curriculum examination which was required by Section 6-156 of this title shall be restructured into a competency examination by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation with the assistance of the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the State Board of Career and Technology Education in accordance with the provisions of Section 6-184 of this title concurrently with the development of the new teacher preparation system. The competency-based teacher examination shall replace the current teacher curriculum examination which was established in Sections 6-150 through 6-158 and 6-162 through 6-170 of this title. The new teacher competency examination shall be ready for implementation and administered by the Commission beginning July 1, 1997. The competency examination shall serve as a threshold for entry into the profession.  By September 1, 1995, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall develop and release a request for proposals for the state teacher competency examination which assesses candidates for licensure and certification for demonstrated competency in subject matter, professional education, and state core knowledge and skills assessment, which includes critical thinking, communication and computation. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall accept bids in an open, competitive bidding process until January 1, 1996. The Commission shall review all bids and proposals and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature by March 1, 1996. In evaluating the bids and proposals the Commission shall take into consideration the cost of developing, administering and scoring the competency examination, the cost to each individual tested and to the state, and shall factor in the cost of periodically updating the state competency examination. The curriculum examination as was required by Section 6-156 of this title and in effect July 1, 1994, shall continue to be offered by the State Board of Education until July 1, 1997. Beginning July 1, 1997, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall have authority to continue to offer that examination as needed and to determine whether a student should take that test in lieu of the competency examination.  Successful completion of the curriculum examination as was required by Section 6-156 of this title shall be sufficient to satisfy the competency examination requirement for any person seeking certification in administration who successfully completed the examination prior to May 1, 1999, and who completes a masters degree in school administration or education administration from an accredited institution of higher education prior to December 31, 1999.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 5, eff. June 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 9, eff. July 1, 1995. Renumbered from • 6-175 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1999, c. 311, • 2, emerg. eff. June 4, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 82, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-6-189. Licensure and certification system.  A. The licensure and certification system required by the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act as part of the new teacher preparation system shall be competency-based. The competencies for licensure and certification shall be integrated with competencies specified in Section 6-185 of this title. By July 1, 1996, the State Board of Education shall adopt general competencies for licensure and certification, and by January 1, 1997, the Board shall have adopted full competencies and implemented the licensure and certification systems as required in this act. No higher education courses or credit hours may be specified by the State Board of Education in rules for licensure or certification. Nothing in the licensure and certification rules adopted by the Board shall prohibit the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education from adopting policies and procedures it deems appropriate for coursework, grade point average, or credit hours for teacher preparation at institutions in The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.  B. The certification requirements for a school principal not alternatively certified under subsection D of this section shall include not less than:  1. Completion of a standard master's degree;  2. Completion of a program in education administration approved by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation with an emphasis on curriculum, instruction and building-level leadership skills;  3. Any other professional education and requirements as may be fixed by the State Board of Education;  4. A passing score on the subject area competency examination required in Section 6-187 of this title; and  5. A minimum of two (2) years of successful teaching experience in public or private schools accredited by the Board.  C. The certification requirements for a superintendent of schools not alternatively certified under subsection D of this section shall include not less than:  1. Certification as a school principal or completion of the certification requirements for a school principal as set forth in subsection B of this section;  2. Completion of a program in education administration approved by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation with an emphasis on district-level leadership skills, and which shall include the following competencies:  a.  instructional leadership,  b.  organizational leadership, including education finance, education law, and risk management,  c.  collaborative and community leadership, and   d.  ethical leadership;  3. Any other professional education and requirements as may be fixed by the State Board of Education;  4. A passing score on the subject area competency examination required in Section 6-187 of this title; and  5. A minimum of two (2) years of administrative experience in public or private schools accredited by the Board.  D. 1. The standards for alternative certification for superintendents of schools and principals shall include:  a.  the completion of a standard master’s degree,  b.  two (2) years of relevant work experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity,  c.  a passing score on the subject area competency examination required in Section 6-187 of this title, and  d.  filing with the director of teacher education at an Oklahoma accredited institution of higher education a plan for completing an alternative administrative preparation program within three (3) years. Relevant work experience and coursework may be considered and applied to complete the plan.  2. An alternative certificate for superintendent of schools and principals shall not exceed three (3) years and shall not be renewable.  3. Upon successful completion of an alternative administrative preparation program by a participant, the State Board of Education shall issue a standard certificate for superintendent or principal, as applicable, to the applicant.  4. Any person participating in an alternative certification program for superintendent of schools and principals on the effective date of this act shall be subject to the program requirements in effect prior to the effective date of this act.  E. The certification requirements for a superintendent of a technology center school district shall include not less than a standard master’s degree, any other professional education requirements as may be fixed by the State Board of Education, and a minimum of four (4) years teaching, supervisory or administrative experience, which may include teaching of full-time adult students, in a technology center school district. A person meeting the requirements set forth in subsection C of this section shall be eligible for a certificate for superintendent of a technology center school district.  F. Certificates may be revoked by the State Board of Education for willful violation of any rule of the Board or of any federal or state law or other proper cause but only after sufficient hearing has been given before the Board.  G. Teaching in a Head Start program or programs shall be used for renewal of a standard teaching certificate.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 10, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 360, • 1; Laws 2004, c. 5, • 83, emerg. eff. March 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 212, • 1; Laws 2007, c. 110, • 1, eff. July 1, 2007.  NOTE: Laws 2003, c. 228, • 1 repealed by Laws 2004, c. 5, • 84, emerg. eff. March 1, 2004.    •70-6-189.1. Licensing or certification of mathematics teachers – Middle level certification or endorsement – Required curriculum of professional development institutes.  A. Beginning July 1, 2000, no school district shall employ any teacher to teach mathematics in grades seven or eight, unless the teacher is licensed or certified to teach middle or secondary level mathematics or has received middle level endorsement pursuant to subsection B of this section. A school district may employ a teacher without such a license, certificate, or endorsement until September 1, 2003, if the teacher became licensed or certified to teach prior to September 1, 1999.  B. Any teacher who became licensed or certified to teach prior to September 1, 1999, does not have middle or secondary level certification in mathematics, and is serving in a school as a mathematics teacher for grades seven or eight shall be required to obtain middle level certification or middle level endorsement before September 1, 2003. For such teachers, middle level certification or middle level endorsement may be obtained as follows:  1. Middle level mathematics certification – A teacher may obtain middle level certification by successfully completing the appropriate Oklahoma Subject Area Test for middle level mathematics administered by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. The teacher shall not be required to take the Oklahoma Professional Teacher Examination for secondary students administered by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. A teacher granted middle level certification pursuant to this paragraph shall be entitled to teach mathematics in grades seven and eight for high school graduation credit; and  2. Middle level endorsement – A teacher may obtain a middle level endorsement by successfully completing a professional development institute in middle level mathematics developed and administered by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. Any professional development institute developed pursuant to this paragraph shall meet the criteria as established in subsection H of this section. A teacher granted middle level endorsement pursuant to this paragraph shall not be entitled to teach mathematics for high school graduation credit.  C. Any teacher serving in a school as a mathematics teacher for grade six may obtain middle level endorsement by successfully completing a professional development institute in middle level mathematics developed pursuant to this section. Such teacher shall be eligible to participate in a professional development institute in middle level mathematics developed and administered by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation one time free of charge.  D. Any teacher seeking middle level certification or middle level endorsement pursuant to subsection B of this section shall be eligible to take the Oklahoma Subject Area Test in middle level mathematics one time free of charge after July 1, 2000, or participate in a professional development institute in middle level mathematics developed and administered by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation one time free of charge after July 1, 2000.  E. A teacher who is granted middle level certification in mathematics, pursuant to subsection B of this section, may teach grade nine only if the teacher successfully completes the Oklahoma Professional Teacher Examination for secondary students.  F. A teacher who is granted middle level endorsement pursuant to subsection B or C of this section may teach mathematics courses in grades seven or eight for high school credit only if the teacher has completed a minimum of twenty-four college credit semester hours of mathematics as specified by the State Department of Education.  G. Any teacher who became licensed or certified to teach prior to September 1, 1999, did not have middle or secondary level certification in mathematics and successfully completed the appropriate Oklahoma Subject Area Test for middle level mathematics between July 1, 1999, and July 1, 2000, shall be granted a middle level certificate pursuant to subsection B of this section.  H. 1. Any professional development institute in middle level mathematics developed pursuant to this section and administered by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall:  a.  consist of a minimum of thirty (30) clock hours,  b.  be competency based,  c.  emphasize effective learning practices,  d.  require collaboration among participants, and  e.  require each participant to prepare a work product which can be utilized in the classroom by the participant.  2. Any professional development institute in middle level mathematics developed pursuant to this section and administered by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall be chosen through a competitive bid process, be reviewed by a professional development committee and other constituencies, and be subject to peer review. Invitations to bid for a professional development institute shall be open to any public or private entity.  I. Beginning July 1, 2005, any teacher with certification or endorsement to teach mathematics at the secondary level may teach mathematics in grade five.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 4, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 232, • 4, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2002, c. 291, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2005, c. 171, • 1, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-6-190. Qualifications for teacher employment, licensure and certification.  A. The board of education of each school district shall employ and contract in writing, as required in Section 6-101 of this title, only with persons certified or licensed to teach by the State Board of Education in accordance with the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act, except as otherwise provided for by Section 6-101 of this title and by other law.  B. The Board shall issue a license to teach to any person who:  1. Has successfully completed the teacher education program required by the State Board of Education prior to July 1, 1997, and the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation beginning July 1, 1997;  2. Has graduated from an accredited institution of higher education that has approval or accreditation for teacher education;  3. Has met all other requirements as may be established by the Board;  4. Has made the necessary application and paid the competency examination fee in an amount and as prescribed by the Commission;  5. Has successfully completed the competency examination required in Section 6-187 of this title; and  6. Beginning November 1, 2001, has on file with the Board a current Oklahoma criminal history record from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as well as a national criminal history record check as defined in Section 150.9 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Upon receipt of the Oklahoma criminal history record, the Board may issue a temporary license which shall be effective until receipt of the national fingerprint-based criminal history record. The person applying for a license shall be responsible for the cost of the criminal history records.  C. The Board shall issue a certificate to teach to any person who:  1.  a.  holds a license to teach in accordance with the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act,  b.  has served a minimum of one (1) school year as a resident teacher,  c.  has made the necessary application and paid the certification fee as prescribed by the Board, and  d.  has been recommended for certification by the residency committee;  2. Holds an out-of-state certificate and meets standards set by the Board; or  3. Holds certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  D. Beginning July 1, 2004, any person applying for initial Oklahoma certification who has not applied for and received an Oklahoma teacher license shall have on file with the Board a current Oklahoma criminal history record from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as well as a national criminal history record check as defined in Section 150.9 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Upon receipt of the Oklahoma criminal history record, the Board may issue a temporary certificate which shall be effective until receipt of the national fingerprint-based criminal history record. The person applying for a certificate shall be responsible for the cost of the criminal history records.  E. If a resident teacher is a graduate of an out-of-state institution of higher education, the recommendation of the residency committee shall be made to the State Board of Education.  F. Any person holding a valid certificate, issued prior to January 1, 1997, shall be a certified teacher for purposes of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act, subject to any professional development requirements prescribed by the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act or by the State Board of Education.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 11, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 344, • 5, emerg. eff. June 9, 1997; Laws 2001, c. 34, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2001; Laws 2001, c. 425, • 3, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 236, • 3, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 204, • 10, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 438, • 1, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 185, • 4, emerg. eff. May 17, 2005.    •70-6-190.1. Extension of provisional speech-language certificates.  Individuals who held a provisional certificate during the 1998-1999 school year in Speech-Language Pathology shall be granted an extension of the provisional certificate by the State Board of Education. On and after July 1, 2005, provisional certificates may be renewed on an annual basis, provided the individual documents admission to and progress toward completion of the relevant master’s degree program.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 311, • 3, emerg. eff. June 4, 1999. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 434, • 10.    •70-6-191. Revolving fund.  Until July 1, 1998, there is created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the State Board of Education, to be designated the "Teachers' Curriculum Examination Revolving Fund". The fund shall consist of curriculum examination fees paid to the Board pursuant to statutory authority. The revolving fund shall be a continuing fund not subject to fiscal year limitations and shall be under the control and management of the administrative authority of the State Board of Education. Expenditures from said fund shall be made to maintain the curriculum examination process as set out in this act. Warrants for expenditure shall be drawn by the State Treasurer on claims signed by an authorized employee or employees of the State Board of Education and approved by the Director of State Finance.  On July 1, 1997, the State Board of Education shall transfer any unencumbered funds in the Teachers' Curriculum Examination Revolving Fund to the Teachers' Competency Examination Revolving Fund. Any funds which are unexpended on January 1, 1998, shall be transferred to the Teachers' Competency Examination Revolving Fund. On July 1, 1997, there shall be created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, to be designated the "Teachers' Competency Examination Revolving Fund". The fund shall consist of all monies received by the Commission from competency examination fees paid pursuant to statutory authority. The revolving fund shall be a continuing fund not subject to fiscal year limitations and shall be under the control and management of the administrative authority of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. Expenditures from said fund shall be made to maintain the competency examination process set out in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act. Warrants for expenditure shall be drawn by the State Treasurer on claims signed by an authorized employee or employees of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and approved by the Director of State Finance.  Added by Laws 1980, c. 284, • 13, emerg. eff. June 10, 1980. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 12, eff. July 1, 1995. Renumbered from • 6-160 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 344, • 6, emerg. eff. June 9, 1997.    •70-6-192. Professional development - Legislative intent.  It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Legislature to establish a professional development procedure whereby all teachers in the state continue their education beyond initial licensing and certification by the state to ensure that the children of the state are taught by professional educators, fully prepared in their areas of expertise. Furthermore, such professional development procedure shall provide alternative means of education, including one or more of the following: In-service programs, higher education courses, or other alternative means of education designed to help teachers enrich their professional abilities.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 13, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-193. Funding for professional development programs.  Each school district shall receive an appropriate amount of funds for the exclusive purpose of professional development. These funds shall be expended for professional development programs within guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education. All funds provided to local school districts shall be provided by and subject to the approval of plans submitted to the State Board of Education by each local school district no later than May 10 of each year. Such funds shall be deposited in a special account within the general fund of the local school district. A list of all expenditures made from such account shall be provided to the professional development committee upon request of the committee chairperson.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 14, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-194. District professional development programs.  A. The district boards of education of this state shall establish professional development programs for the certified and licensed teachers and administrators of the district. Programs shall be adopted by each board based upon recommendations of a professional development committee appointed by the board of education for the district.  B. Each professional development committee shall include classroom teachers, administrators and parents, guardians or custodians of children in the school district and shall consult with a higher education faculty. A majority of the members of the professional development committee shall be composed of classroom teachers. The teacher members shall be selected by a designated administrator of the school district from a list of names submitted by the teachers in the school district. The members selected shall be subject to the approval of a majority vote of the teachers in the district. At a minimum, once every four (4) years the committee shall include at least one school counselor in its membership.  C. In developing program recommendations, each professional development committee shall annually utilize a data-driven approach to analyze student data and determine district and school professional development needs. The professional development programs adopted shall be directed toward development of competencies and instructional strategies in the core curriculum areas for the following goals:  1. Increasing the academic performance index scores for the district and each school site;  2. Closing achievement gaps among student subgroups;  3. Increasing student achievement as demonstrated on state-mandated tests and the ACT;  4. Increasing high school graduation rates; and  5. Decreasing college remediation rates.  Each program may also include components on classroom management and student discipline strategies, outreach to parents, guardians or custodians of students, special education, and racial and ethnic education, which all personnel defined as teachers in Section 1-116 of this title shall be required to complete on a periodic basis. The State Board of Education shall provide guidelines to assist school districts in developing and implementing racial and ethnic education components into professional development programs. At least once a year a program shall be offered which includes a component of teacher training on recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect which all teachers shall be required to complete. Additionally at least one time per year, beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, training in the area of autism shall be offered and all resident teachers of students in early childhood programs through grade three shall be required to complete the autism training during the resident year and at least one time every three (3) years thereafter. All other teachers and education support professionals of students in early childhood programs through grade three shall be required to complete the autism training at least one time every three (3) years. The autism training shall include a minimum awareness of the characteristics of autistic children, resources available and an introduction to positive behavior supports to challenging behavior. Each adopted program shall allow school counselors to receive at least one-third (1/3) of the hours or credit required each year through programs or courses specifically designed for school counselors.  Districts are authorized to utilize any means for professional development that is not prohibited by law including, but not limited to, professional development provided by the district, any state agency, institution of higher education, or any private entity.  D. Each licensed or certified teacher in this state shall be required by the district board of education to meet the professional development requirements established by the board, or established through the negotiation process. Provided, the professional development requirements established by each board of education shall require every teacher to annually complete a minimum number of the total number of points required to maintain employment. Failure of any teacher to meet district board of education professional development requirements may be grounds for nonrenewal of such teacher's contract by the board. Such failure may also be grounds for nonconsideration of salary increments affecting the teacher.  E. Each district shall annually submit a report to the State Department of Education on the district level professional development needs, activities completed, expenditures, and results achieved for each school year by each goal as provided in subsection C of this section.  F. Subject to the availability of funds, the Department shall develop an online system for reporting as required in subsection E of this section. The Department shall also make such information available on its website.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 15, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1996, c. 350, • 1, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 349, • 5, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 5, • 23, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 289, • 2, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2003, c. 295, • 2, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 127, • 1, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 227, • 3, eff. July 1, 2006; Laws 2007, c. 1, • 69, emerg. eff. Feb. 22, 2007; Laws 2007, c. 52, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2007; Laws 2008, c. 399, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.    NOTE: Laws 1997, c. 342, • 1 repealed by Laws 1998, c. 5, • 29, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998. Laws 2006, c. 192, • 1 repealed by Laws 2007, c. 1, • 70, emerg. eff. Feb. 22, 2007. Laws 2006, c. 278, • 3 repealed by Laws 2007, c. 1, • 71, emerg. eff. Feb. 22, 2007.  NOTE: Laws 1996, c. 350, • 1 superseded Section 7 of Enrolled Senate Bill No. 1100 of the 2nd Session of the 45th Oklahoma Legislature, which was vetoed by the Governor.    •70-6-194.2. Scholarships for attending Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers.  A. Beginning with the 1997-98 school year, the State Board of Education shall award scholarships to public school districts who wish to have teachers and administrators from certain school sites attend the Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers offered by an institution within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. Any school district applying for a scholarship for teachers and administrators from a school site which is currently, or has been declared, a high challenge school pursuant to the provisions of subsection C of Section 1210.541 of this title for any of the previous three (3) school years, shall be given priority for receipt of such scholarship. Scholarships shall be awarded based on the amount of funds allocated to the State Department of Education for such purpose.  B. The State Board of Education shall develop criteria for scholarship awards and shall promulgate rules as necessary to implement the process by which the scholarships shall be awarded.  Added by Laws 1997, c. 335, • 2, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 156, • 1, emerg. eff. April 28, 2000.    •70-6-194a. Northeastern Oklahoma State University Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers.  A. Beginning with the 1996-97 school year, the State Board of Education shall award scholarships, on a first-come first-serve basis, to public school districts who wish to have teachers and administrators from certain school sites attend Northeastern Oklahoma State University Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers. Provided, any school district applying for a scholarship for teachers and administrators from a school site which is currently, or has been declared, a high challenge school pursuant to the provisions of subsection B of Section 1210.541 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes for any of the previous three (3) school years, shall be given priority for receipt of such scholarship. Scholarships shall be awarded based on the amount of funds allocated for such purpose.  B. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules as necessary to implement the process by which the scholarships shall be awarded.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 350, • 2, eff. July 1, 1996.    NOTE: Laws 1996, c. 350, • 2 superseded Section 9 of Enrolled Senate Bill No. 1100 of the 2nd Session of the 45th Oklahoma Legislature which was vetoed by the Governor.    •70-6-195. Residency program.  A. The State Department of Education shall administer a residency program which shall be approved by the State Board of Education. Such program shall be developed in consultation with the teacher education institutions, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and the district boards of education. Such program shall include, but not be limited to:  1. Guidelines and assignments for resident teacher positions in the school districts;  2. Requirements and guidelines for selection and appointment of mentor teachers which must include any requirements specified in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act;  3. Guidelines for the appointment and functions of a residency committee; and  4. An appropriate professional development program for the resident teacher.  B. Except as otherwise provided in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act, no person shall be certified to teach in the accredited schools of this state, unless such person:  1. Has completed at least one (1) school year of teaching service as a resident teacher in the residency program as provided in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act;  2. Has been recommended for certification by the appointed residency committee after completion of not less than one (1) or more than two (2) school years of resident teaching service; and  3. Has successfully completed the curriculum examination as prescribed by the Board prior to July 1, 1997, and the competency examination as prescribed by the Commission beginning July 1, 1997.  C. Any person who has been issued a license to teach by the Board may be employed on a temporary or continuing contract basis as a resident teacher by an accredited school upon appointment by the district board of education or by a private or public provider of early childhood education programs as authorized in Section 11-103.7 of this title.  D. Upon placement of a licensed teacher in a resident teacher position at a public school, the district board of education shall appoint the residency committee members, as prescribed in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act, who shall have the following duties:  1. Meet with the resident teacher as may be required by the Board;  2. Work with the resident teacher to assist in all matters concerning classroom management and professional development for that teacher;  3. Provide for meaningful parental, guardian or custodian input as one criterion in evaluating the resident teacher's performance; and  4. Upon completion of one (1) school year of residency, make recommendations to the Board and the preparing institution of higher education as to whether the resident teacher should be issued a certificate or whether such resident teacher shall be required to serve as a resident teacher for one (1) additional school year. In the event a resident teacher serves a second year, the recommendation of the residency committee to the Board and the institution of higher education after the second year shall be for either certification or noncertification.  Upon recommendation from the residency committee for noncertification or an additional year in the residency program, such residency committee shall, upon request of the resident teacher, supply a list to the resident teacher of the reasons for such recommendation. The list of reasons shall remain confidential, except as otherwise provided by the resident teacher.  In the event a resident teacher is required to serve an additional year in the residency program, the resident teacher shall not be required to be under the supervision of the same residency committee, or any member of the committee, which supervised the resident teacher during the initial year in the program; and  5. In the event the committee recommendation to the Board and the institution of higher education is for certification, a residency committee shall also recommend a professional development program for the resident teacher, designed to strengthen the resident teacher's teaching skills in any area identified by the committee.  All resident years shall count toward salary, fringe benefit adjustments, career status and retirement.  E. Upon employment of a licensed teacher in a resident teacher position by a private or public provider of early childhood education programs pursuant to a contract as authorized in Section 11-103.7 of this title, the district board of education shall appoint the residency committee members, as prescribed in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act. The residency committee members shall have the same duties as prescribed in subsection D of this section.  F. Nothing in this act shall be construed as requiring more than one (1) year of employment at the resident level before a standard certificate can be issued to a resident teacher.  The professional development program shall commence with the residency year and shall require continuing education throughout the career of a teacher.  G. For the 2003-04 school year, if the district board of education is unable to find a teacher willing to serve as a mentor teacher, the district may leave the position of mentor teacher on the residency committee unfilled. If the district leaves the position unfilled, the remaining members of the residency committee may carry out the duties of the committee.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 16, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 403, • 1, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 434, • 11; Laws 2009, c. 25, • 2, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-6-195.1. Continuing education for mathematics teachers – Implementation contingency – Verification of expenditure levels.  A. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Legislature to establish a continuing education program whereby teachers employed to teach mathematics may obtain certification in mathematics and teachers certified to teach mathematics in the state may take higher education courses in order to obtain the competencies needed to enable the teacher to successfully complete the subject area examinations and become certified to teach any of the core curriculum mathematics courses recommended by the American College Test. The program shall pay up to One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) per credit hour up to a maximum of twenty-four (24) credit hours for a teacher to take higher education courses in mathematics. Teachers required to gain certification as provided in Section 6-189.1 of this title shall be given priority in the funding for the continuing education program. The purpose of the program is to improve the knowledge and skills of teachers and to ensure that the children of the state are taught by professional educators, fully prepared in the area of mathematics.  B. Implementation of this section shall be contingent upon the appropriation of state funds by the Legislature for the specific purpose of implementing this section. Nothing in this section shall prevent the State Board of Education or a school district board of education from utilizing private, local, or federal funds to implement this section.  C. Implementation of this section shall be delayed until the current expenditure per pupil in average daily attendance in public elementary and secondary schools in unadjusted dollars for the 1998-99 school year or any school year thereafter for Oklahoma, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics annually in the Digest of Education Statistics, reaches at least ninety percent (90%) of the regional average expenditure for that same year, and funds are provided. For purposes of this section, the regional average expenditure shall consist of the current expenditure per pupil in average daily attendance in public elementary and secondary schools in unadjusted dollars for each of the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, averaged together. By January 1 of each year, the State Board of Education shall report whether or not the ninety-percent expenditure level has been reached based on information reported annually in the Digest of Education Statistics by the National Center for Education Statistics. This section shall be implemented on July 1 after the first January 1 report verifies that the ninety-percent expenditure level has been reached and funds have been provided for the specific purposes of this section.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 45, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 201, • 2; Laws 2003, c. 434, • 21.    •70-6-196. Review of contracts with professional development centers.  A. The State Board of Education shall review all contracts with the professional development centers used for professional development purposes prior to entering into any contracts with such centers. The State Board of Education shall examine:  1. The purpose of the contract;  2. The expenditure of funds provided for in the previous year by the state to each center provided for in this section;  3. The budgeted salaries of employees and administrators of such centers; and  4. Any other item the State Board of Education determines is necessary.  B. The State Board of Education shall submit an annual report to the Governor and Legislature by January 1 of each year, which gives the information specified in subsection A of this section for each individual center and which includes the following:  1. The purpose of the center;  2. The hours and days of operation of the center throughout the year;  3. The number of school districts actually served and the number of actual teachers by school district served;  4. The number and kinds of sponsored professional development activities and dates and any related performance evaluations;  5. All sources of funding and actual full-time-employees (FTE); and  6. Evidence of evaluation of services by users.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 17, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-197. Persons subject to licensure and certification procedures.  A. All students graduating from an accredited institution of higher education approved or accredited by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation for the preparation of educational personnel on or after September 1, 1999, and seeking to enter the public education system as a teacher shall be subject to the assessment, certification and licensing procedures established in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act. Except as provided for in subsection B of this section, all students graduating from an accredited institution of higher education prior to September 1, 1999, and seeking to enter the public education system as a teacher shall be subject to the assessment, licensing and certification requirements in effect before July 1, 1997.  B. Any person who graduates from an accredited institution of higher education prior to September 1, 1999, and seeks certification or endorsement subsequent to September 1, 1999, to teach a subject area which the teacher was not certified to teach prior to September 1, 1999, following completion of the required higher education shall be required to successfully complete the competency examination for such subject area prior to receiving such certification or endorsement.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 18, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-198. Rules.  On or before January 1, 1996, the State Board of Education shall review each of its rules pertaining to teacher education, testing, licensure and certification, entry-year and staff development for the purpose of repealing or modifying such rules or adopting new rules to be consistent with the provisions and purposes of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 19, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-6-199. Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation - Creation - Duties.  A. There is hereby created the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. The Commission shall be composed of twenty-four (24) members, twenty of whom shall be voting members and four of whom shall be ex officio, nonvoting members. The voting members shall serve staggered terms of three (3) years, except as otherwise provided, and shall be appointed as follows:  1. The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint:  a.  one public school teacher who is an employee of an Oklahoma public school district, who shall serve an initial term of two (2) years,  b.  one lay person who has at least one child who is a student in an elementary or secondary public school in this state,  c.  one member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education who shall serve an initial term of two (2) years,  d.  one member who is a principal of an Oklahoma public school who shall serve an initial term of one (1) year, and  e.  one lay person who has demonstrated long-term commitment to continual improvement of education;  2. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint:  a.  one public school teacher who is an employee of an Oklahoma public school district to serve an initial term of one (1) year,  b.  one member of the State Board of Education who shall serve an initial term of one (1) year,  c.  one lay person who has had some educational employment experience,  d.  one member who is a public school superintendent of an Oklahoma public school district to serve an initial term of two (2) years, and  e.  one lay person who has demonstrated long-term commitment to continual improvement of education;  3. The Governor shall appoint:  a.  one member from a private Oklahoma institution of higher education who is the dean or director of an approved teacher education program who shall serve an initial term of one (1) year,  b.  one member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education who shall serve an initial term of two (2) years,  c.  one member of the State Board of Education,  d.  one teacher from a technology center school district who shall serve an initial term of one (1) year,  e.  one member from an institution of higher education in The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education who is on the arts and sciences faculty to serve an initial term of two (2) years,  f.  one member from an institution of higher education in The Oklahoma System of Higher Education who is on the teacher education faculty,  g.  two public school teachers who are employees of an Oklahoma public school district, and  h.  two lay persons who have demonstrated long-term commitment to continual improvement of education;  4. The ex officio, nonvoting members shall include the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor of Higher Education, the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the Secretary of Education or their designees.  B. 1. The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be allowed actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, as provided in the State Travel Reimbursement Act.  2. The Commission shall hold meetings as necessary at a place and time fixed by the Commission. The first meeting of the Commission, which shall be held on or after July 1, 1995, shall be called by the Executive Director of the Commission. At the first meeting, the Commission shall select one of the members to serve as chair and another member to serve as vice-chair. At the first ensuing meeting in each fiscal year thereafter, the chair and vice-chair for the ensuing year shall be elected. Special meetings may be called by the chair or by five members of the Commission by delivery of written notice to each member of the Commission. A majority of the voting members of the Commission shall be present at the meeting to constitute a quorum of the Commission.  3. The Commission may promulgate rules and set fees pursuant to the purposes of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act.  4. The Commission shall assist the State Board of Education and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in conducting necessary reviews and planning activities related to the purposes of this act. The Commission shall provide a public forum for receiving comments and disseminating information to the public and the education community regarding the purposes of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act. The Commission shall have the authority to make recommendations to and otherwise consult with the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education, the Education Oversight Board and the Legislature on matters which relate to the purposes of the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act.  5. The terms of the members shall begin July 1 of the applicable year.  C. Appointing authorities shall seek to provide a broad geographic representation of the members serving on the Commission.  D. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation may contract for services or employ staff, as needed, to fulfill its duties and responsibilities. The Commission may enter into a contract which includes an agreement with a state agency, board or commission to provide administrative support to the Commission. The Commission may accept federal grants and other federal funds to carry out the purposes of the Commission.  E. Members of the Commission shall be exempt from the provisions of Section 6 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes, which prohibits the holding of any other office during the member's term of office on the Commission.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 308, • 8, eff. June 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 350, • 1, emerg. eff. June 10, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 224, • 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 322, • 20, eff. July 1, 1995. Renumbered from • 6-178 of this title by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 34, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 344, • 7, emerg. eff. June 9, 1997; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 83, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2001, c. 425, • 4, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001.    •70-6-200. Professional development institutes.  A. Subject to the availability of funds, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall have authority to develop and administer training for residency committees and training for professional development through professional development institutes. Included in the professional development institutes training shall be technology training. Professional development institutes shall be accepted by the State Board of Education for professional development purposes and shall be defined as continuing education experiences which consist of a minimum of thirty (30) clock hours. The institutes shall be competency-based, emphasize effective learning practices, require collaboration among participants, and require each participant to prepare a work product which can be utilized in the classroom by the participant. Any state professional development institutes administered by the Commission shall be chosen through a competitive bid process and if funds are available subject to peer review. The Commission, prior to offering any professional development institute, shall promulgate rules related to administering state professional development institutes.  B. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall develop, offer and administer professional development institutes to train elementary school teachers in reading education and if funds are available, which may include but not be limited to grant, foundation, or other funds, to train middle school teachers in reading education. Funds appropriated for this purpose shall be used for the cost of developing, administering and contracting for the professional development institutes. When possible, certified reading specialists shall be included as consultants. All costs of the institutes shall be included in the contract price and no tuition or registration fee shall be collected from teachers attending the institutes. The institutes shall be offered by or through the Commission. Working in conjunction with the State Department of Education, the Commission shall develop a state plan for administration of such institutes and shall report on or before November 1 of each year to the Governor and the Legislature on the format of and participation in the institutes. The State Department of Education shall cooperate with and provide any information requested, including data available through the state student record system, to the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation as is necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.  C. Subject to the availability of funds, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall:  1. Contract for an independent evaluation of the reading professional development institutes. The evaluation shall determine adherence to program requirements as provided in this section and the program’s effectiveness in increasing teacher knowledge and student achievement; and  2. Provide continued support of the reading professional development institutes through ongoing teacher development at individual school sites. Funds may be used for the cost of mentor training, payment for substitute teachers, on-site facilitation, and any other costs necessary to ensure improved reading by students.  D. 1. For the purpose of implementing comprehensive reading reform and systemic change, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall award one-year grants renewable for up to two (2) additional years to public schools that serve students in kindergarten through third grade. The grants will provide for:  a.  a five-day initial professional development institute in elementary school reading for teachers of kindergarten through third grade, instructional leaders, and principals,  b.  a three-day follow-up professional development institute in elementary school reading for teachers of kindergarten through third grade and instructional leaders, and  c.  continued support through ongoing teacher development at school sites, including four (4) days of professional development for principals and literacy resource specialists, and six (6) days of on-site visits by a program consultant.  2. In order to qualify for a grant pursuant to this subsection, the following requirements shall be met:  a.  at least eighty percent (80%) of the teachers of kindergarten through third grade at the school shall have demonstrated support for the training program provided pursuant to this subsection,  b.  the principal shall ensure that all members of the leadership team and all teachers of kindergarten through third grade will participate in all phases of the training program,  c.  the school district shall ensure that any new teacher of kindergarten through third grade or principal at the school will participate in all phases of the training program, and  d.  the school district shall employ a literacy resource specialist for at least two (2) years after completion of the training provided in this subsection. One or more districts may share a literacy resource specialist upon approval of the Commission.  3. Any school which has been determined by the State Board of Education to be a school in need of improvement or a school that has not made adequate yearly progress in reading shall be given priority for receipt of a grant. Grants shall be awarded based on the amount of funds allocated to the Commission for Teacher Preparation for the purposes of this section. Funds may be used for payment for substitute teachers, program consultants, on-site facilitation, and literacy resource specialists.  4. For program evaluation purposes, each school awarded a grant pursuant to this subsection shall provide to the Commission student-level data and results of the reading assessments administered pursuant to the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act for the year prior to the grant award, for each year a grant is received by the school, and for three (3) years after completion of the program. If funds are not sufficient to award grants to all eligible applicants, schools may be placed on a waiting list for priority consideration for the following year’s round of grant awards which shall be superior to the priority given to schools as provided in paragraph 3 of this subsection, if the school provides student data for the current year to the Commission as provided in this paragraph.  5. The professional development institutes in elementary reading provided pursuant to this section shall incorporate the requirements of the Reading Sufficiency Act.  E. As additional funds become available for such purpose, the Commission shall develop and offer professional development institutes in:  1. Mathematics for teachers in grades kindergarten through nine;  2. The use of technology in the classroom;  3. Training of residency committee members in teacher mentoring; and  4. Hands-on inquiry-based science for elementary teachers.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 21, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 356, • 1, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 5, • 24, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998; Laws 1998, c. 332, • 3, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 289, • 3, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2007, c. 249, • 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2008, c. 152, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2008; Laws 2009, c. 94, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.  NOTE: Laws 1997, c. 344, • 8 and Laws 1997, c. 349, • 4 repealed by Laws 1998, c. 5, • 29, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998.    •70-6-201. Joint funding plan.  Effective for the 1998 fiscal year, the State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall annually prepare a joint funding plan for submission by September 1 of each year to the Office of State Finance and the Legislature which reflects the estimated state costs for the fiscal year of the entire teacher education, assessment, licensure and certification, residency and professional development system. The plan shall provide for the utilization of all financial resources from federal, state, local, and private sources and shall provide for the coordination of those resources to fund any related services. The individual components of the plan, as they relate to individual agencies, shall be incorporated annually into each affected agency's budget request in accordance with the provisions of Section 41.29 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 22, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 84, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-6-202. Teacher Competency Review Panel.  A. Beginning July 1, 1997, there shall be created a "Teacher Competency Review Panel" to make recommendations to the State Board of Education for the licensure and certification of people who have not graduated from an approved teacher education program in this state, or who have never held a standard teaching certificate in this state, or who are not currently certified to teach in another state. No person shall be certified to teach pursuant to the provisions of this section unless the person holds at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education and has been assessed by and received a favorable recommendation from the Teacher Competency Review Panel.  B. The Panel shall evaluate the applicant's qualifications and career accomplishments and shall recommend to the State Board of Education whether the applicant should be licensed. No person shall be licensed to teach pursuant to this section unless the person has successfully completed the general education and subject area portions of the competency examination required in Section 6-187 of this title. Applicants who are licensed pursuant to this section shall receive certification upon successful completion of the professional education portion of the competency examination required in Section 6-187 of this title and upon satisfaction of other requirements as set by the State Board of Education.  C. Applicants for licensure or certification who do not receive a favorable recommendation from the Panel may appeal to the State Board of Education.  D. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules setting out the procedures for operation of the Panel and appeal to the State Board.  E. The members of the Teacher Competency Review Panel shall be selected by the State Board of Education from a list of candidates supplied by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. The Teacher Competency Review Panel shall consist of seven (7) members.  F. The State Board of Education shall assess candidates seeking certification to teach through the recommendation of the Teacher Competency Review Panel fees for the service in an amount sufficient to fully fund the duties of the Teacher Competency Review Panel.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 322, • 25, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 425, • 5, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001    •70-6-202.1. Appeals - Licensure or certification.  Applicants for licensure or certification who did not receive a favorable recommendation from the Teacher Competency Review Panel, including applicants who did not receive a favorable recommendation prior to the effective date of this act, shall be entitled to appeal the Panel's decision to the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education is authorized to hear such appeals immediately upon the effective date of this act.  This section shall become effective contingent upon the enactment of Enrolled Senate Bill No. 388 of the 1st Session of the 48th Oklahoma Legislature.  Added by Laws 2001, c. 429, • 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001.    NOTE: Enrolled Senate Bill No. 388 of the 1st Session of the 48th Oklahoma Legislature was enacted on June 5, 2001.    •70-6-203. Hearings before State Board of Education relating to certification.  Any resident teacher not recommended for certification, after completing two (2) years in the residency program shall have the right to a hearing before the State Board of Education to review the decision of the residency committee. Upon review, the State Board of Education may affirm, overrule, or modify the decision of the committee. Modification of the committee decision may include, but is not limited to, requiring the resident teacher to complete an additional year in a residency program, additional training, or other measures. The hearing shall be conducted as an individual proceeding pursuant to the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act, Section 250.1 et seq of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1997, c. 202, • 1, eff. July 1, 1997.    •70-6-204. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Education Leadership Oklahoma Act".  Added by Laws 1997, c. 181, • 1, eff. July 1, 1997.    •70-6-204.1. Definitions.  For purposes of the Education Leadership Oklahoma Act:  1. "Salary bonus" means additional monies granted to teachers maintaining National Board certification subject to the availability of funds specifically appropriated by the Legislature to the State Board of Education for that purpose;  2. "Certification" means National Board certification;  3. "Commission" means the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation;  4. "National Board" means the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;  5. "National Board certification" means National Board certification as provided by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; and   6. “Teacher” means a classroom teacher, counselor, or librarian employed by a public school district on a full-time basis.  Added by Laws 1997, c. 181, • 2, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 434, • 22.    •70-6-204.2. Education Leadership Oklahoma program - Implementation contingency.  A. Subject to the availability of funds, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and the State Board of Education are authorized to establish the Education Leadership Oklahoma program.  B. The purposes of the Education Leadership Oklahoma program are:  1. Provide teachers throughout the state information about National Board certification and the Education Leadership Oklahoma program scholarships and services;  2. Provide technical assistance and National Board certified mentors to all teachers seeking National Board certification upon request;  3. Provide scholarships, pursuant to the Education Leadership Oklahoma Act and Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation rules, for teachers seeking National Board certification;  4. Provide a bonus to teachers who achieve National Board certification pursuant to the Education Leadership Oklahoma Act and State Board of Education rules;  5. Reward teachers who achieve National Board certification without the financial support of the Education Leadership Oklahoma program by awarding them the application fee and the amount of the scholarship given to Education Leadership Oklahoma participants pursuant to this section and commission rules; and  6. Provide recognition to National Board certified teachers.  C. To fulfill the objectives of the Education Leadership Oklahoma Act, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall:  1. Inform teachers of the Education Leadership Oklahoma program and the scholarships and services it provides to teachers seeking National Board certification, emphasizing recruiting efforts toward teachers at high-poverty schools, low-achieving schools and in counties with the lowest percentage of teachers who have achieved National Board certification;  2. Collect and review applications to the scholarship program from interested teachers;  3. Establish an applicant review committee for the purpose of identifying scholarship recipients pursuant to the Education Leadership Oklahoma Act for the Education Leadership Oklahoma program; and  4. Ensure that all scholarship recipients, alternates, and teachers seeking National Board certification independently receive adequate information regarding the level of commitment required to acquire National Board certification.  D. The applicant review committee shall:  1. Consist of:  a.  five classroom teachers appointed by the State Board of Education, at least one of whom shall be a National Board certified teacher, if available,  b.  five classroom teachers appointed by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, at least one of whom shall be a National Board certified teacher, if available,  c.  three classroom teachers appointed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, at least one of whom shall be a National Board certified teacher, if available, and  d.  a chair to be designated by the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation from among the appointed members; and  2. Select up to four hundred teachers each year, of whom a minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) teach at schools on the school improvement list as determined by the State Board of Education pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act or schools with more than fifty percent (50%) of students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program, and the appropriate number of alternates, who:  a.  have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching,  b.  meet all eligibility requirements for potential certification as established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards,  c.  are employed in an Oklahoma public school, and  d.  meet other requirements of the Commission.  E. Subject to the availability of funds appropriated by the Legislature for the purposes of this subsection, the application fee for National Board certification shall be paid for scholarship recipients by the Commission, and scholarship recipients shall be provided a scholarship in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) to cover other expenses associated with obtaining National Board certification.  F. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation contract with Southeastern Oklahoma State University to establish Education Leadership Oklahoma program training in higher education teacher preparation programs in the state to assist teachers in meeting the requirements to obtain National Board certification.  G. All teachers seeking National Board certification shall be eligible to participate in Education Leadership Oklahoma program training to assist them in meeting the requirements of the National Board certification process, free of charge.  H. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall promulgate rules for the selection of scholarship recipients, the selection and utilization of alternates, the payment and reimbursement of application fees, and the issuance of scholarships.  I. Subject to district board of education policy or collective bargaining agreement, additional professional leave days may be granted to teachers seeking National Board certification for National Board certification portfolio development. During the two (2) days of the additional professional days granted to teachers for National Board certification portfolio development, a substitute teacher shall be provided by the school district at no cost to the teacher.  J. The State Board of Education shall provide all teachers who attain National Board certification a bonus in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) annually no later than January 31 for as long as they maintain their National Board certification and are teaching in the classroom full-time in an Oklahoma public school. No school or school district shall be liable for payment of bonuses pursuant to this section.  K. The bonus shall not be included in the calculation of the teacher's salary for purposes of meeting the district or statutory minimum salary schedule or for purposes of compensating Oklahoma Teachers' Retirement System contributions or benefits.  L. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules for the provision of the bonus pursuant to this section to include, but not be limited to, a process by which a National Board certified teacher will verify that:  1. The National Board certification has not lapsed; and  2. The teacher is still a full-time teacher.  M. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education incorporate the National Board certification portfolio development into all programs in education leading to a master's level degree.  N. Upon implementation of this subsection as provided for in subsection O of this section, the State Board of Education shall provide all teachers who attain National Board certification a bonus in the amount of Seven Thousand Dollars ($7,000.00) annually no later than January 31 for as long as they maintain their National Board certification and are full-time teachers in an Oklahoma public school. No school or school district shall be liable for payment of bonuses pursuant to this section. Upon implementation, the bonus provided for in this subsection shall replace the bonus provided for in subsection J of this section.  O. Implementation of subsection N of this section shall be contingent upon the appropriation by the Legislature of state funds for the specific purpose of implementing subsection N of this section. Nothing in this section shall prevent the State Board of Education or a school district board of education from utilizing private, local, or federal funds to implement subsection N of this section.  Added by Laws 1997, c. 181, • 3, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 350, • 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 303, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 201, • 3; Laws 2002, c. 236, • 4, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 434, • 23; Laws 2007, c. 197, • 1.    NOTE: Laws 1999, c. 320, • 46 repealed by Laws 2001, c. 201, • 12.    •70-6-204.3. Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to be designated the "Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies appropriated or transferred to the fund by the Legislature. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to provide assistance and scholarships for candidates seeking National Board certification. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of State Finance for approval and payment.  Added by Laws 1997, c. 181, • 4, eff. July 1, 1997.    •70-6-204.4. Oklahoma National Board Certification Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the State Board of Education to be designated the "Oklahoma National Board Certification Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies appropriated or transferred to the fund by the Legislature. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the State Board of Education to provide an annual bonus for those teachers possessing National Board certification. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of State Finance for approval and payment. The State Board of Education shall transfer all funds deposited into the Oklahoma National Board Certification Revolving Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1998, to the Education Leadership Oklahoma Revolving Fund, created in Section 6-204.3 of this title, less expenditures and encumbrances as adjusted by transfer on July 1, 1998.  Added by Laws 1997, c. 181, • 5, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 350, • 3, emerg. eff. June 5, 1998.    •70-6-204.5. Professional Development Institutes Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to be designated the "Professional Development Institutes Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies appropriated or transferred to the fund by the Legislature. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to develop and administer professional development programs for teachers and administrators and training for residency committee members. Expenditures shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of State Finance for approval and payment.  Added by Laws 1997, c. 302, • 1, eff. July 1, 1997.    •70-6-205. School psychologists and speech pathologists – Joint study to compare licensing requirements with National Board teacher certification requirements.  The State Board of Education and the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation shall conduct a joint study to compare the licensing requirements for school psychologists and speech pathologists to the National Board teacher certification requirements established by the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards. The Board and the Commission shall submit a report outlining their findings, including the potential cost of including school psychologists and speech pathologists in the Education Leadership Oklahoma Program, to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate by December 31, 2002.  Added by Laws 2002, c. 291, • 2, eff. July 1, 2002.    •70-6-206. Annual bonus for school psychologist, speech-language pathologist, audiologist - Qualifications - Calculation - Increase.  A. Subject to the availability of funds, the State Board of Education shall provide an annual salary bonus in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) no later than January 31 of each year to the following employees of public school districts:  1. Any school psychologist who has been designated as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist by the National School Psychology Certification Board; and  2. Any speech-language pathologist or audiologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.  B. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules for the provision of the bonus pursuant to this section to include, but not be limited to, a process by which a nationally certified school psychologist, speech-language pathologist and audiologist may verify that:  1. The individual is still employed by a school district;  2. The certification required in subsection A of this section has been attained and has not lapsed; and  3. The individual is licensed to practice in this state.  C. An individual who qualifies for the bonus pursuant to this section and who is employed by a school district on less than a full-time basis, shall receive a pro-rated bonus based on the proportionate equivalency to full-time employment.  D. No school or school district shall be liable for payment of bonuses pursuant to this section. The bonus shall not be included in the calculation of salary for purposes of meeting the district or statutory minimum salary schedule or for purposes of calculating Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma contributions or benefits.  E. The amount of the salary bonus pursuant to subsection A of this section shall be increased to Seven Thousand Dollars ($7,000.00) upon implementation of subsection N of Section 6-204.2 of this title.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 311, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004. Amended by Laws 2008, c. 186, • 3, eff. July 1, 2008.    •70-6-206.1. Oklahoma School Psychologist, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Audiologist National Certification Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the State Board of Education to be designated the “Oklahoma School Psychologist, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Audiologist National Certification Revolving Fund”. The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies appropriated or transferred to the fund by the Legislature. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the State Board of Education to provide an annual bonus for individuals meeting the requirements of Section 1 of this act. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of State Finance for approval and payment.  Added by Laws 2004, c. 311, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.    •70-6-207. Oklahoma Mathematics Improvement Program.  A. The State Board of Education shall establish the Oklahoma Mathematics Improvement Program. The purpose of the program is to improve student mastery of the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) for sixth-grade mathematics through Algebra I by enhancing sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade public school teachers’ mastery of the subject matter content and process skills.  B. For purposes of this section, “middle-level mathematics” means the Priority Academic Student Skills for sixth- through eighth-grade mathematics and Algebra I.  C. Each sixth-, seventh-, or eighth-grade public school teacher of a middle-level mathematics course who completes a professional development program approved by the State Board of Education, as authorized in subsection E of this section, shall receive a stipend in the amount of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) if, prior or subsequent to completion of the professional development program, the teacher successfully completes the middle-level/intermediate mathematics Oklahoma Subject Area Test administered by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. The State Board of Education shall provide the stipend to qualifying teachers who meet the requirements of this section. The stipend shall not be included in the calculation of the teacher’s salary for purposes of meeting the district or statutory minimum salary schedule or for purposes of calculating Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma contributions or benefits.  D. The State Department of Education shall issue a request for proposals on or before October 1, 2005, seeking applications for the Oklahoma Mathematics Improvement Program. The State Department of Education shall review the applications for compliance with the established requirements.  E. The State Board of Education may approve programs that meet the requirements set forth in this subsection. Each participating teacher shall take a preassessment to establish current subject matter knowledge, and, based on the results of the preassessment, the teacher will participate in one of the three programs listed below:  1. Mathematics academies consisting of a minimum of forty (40) contact hours of training and twenty (20) contact hours of follow-up training through lesson study with identified mathematics specialists on-site and through video technology.  The mathematics academies shall incorporate both content knowledge and process knowledge that shall be modeled for teachers in the areas of problem-solving, reasoning, and critical thinking as applied to the mathematical concepts in PASS. The ultimate goal of the mathematics academies shall be to significantly increase the number of children becoming proficient in mathematics as demonstrated on assessments administered pursuant to the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act. The mathematics academies shall be accepted for professional development purposes and shall be defined as continuing education experiences that consist of a minimum of forty (40) clock hours. The mathematics academies shall be designed to provide instruction that includes peer coaching;  2. Other programs including customized higher education courses and/or on-line courses similar in scope and nature to those described in this subsection designed to improve middle school mathematics knowledge including Algebra I, as approved by the State Board of Education; and  3. Small learning community lesson studies facilitated by a mathematics coach and utilizing the Internet and video technology, as approved by the State Board of Education.  F. On or before December 15, 2005, the State Department of Education shall forward applications that the Department has determined meet the requirements of this section to the State Board of Education. On or before February 1, 2006, the Board shall award, through a competitive bid process, one or more grants for professional development programs approved by the Department.  G. The State Board of Education shall contract for independent evaluations of programs funded pursuant to this section.  H. Beginning June 30, 2006, and each year thereafter for which the Oklahoma Mathematics Improvement Program is funded, the State Board of Education shall prepare and submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor containing:  1. Descriptions of professional development programs approved and funded through the Oklahoma Mathematics Improvement Program;  2. Number and amount of grants awarded;  3. Number of teachers completing approved programs;  4. Number of teachers successfully completing the Oklahoma Subject Area Test for middle level/intermediate mathematics after completion of a program created pursuant to this section;  5. Amount of stipends paid to teachers pursuant to this section; and  6. Student achievement data for students in classes taught by teachers completing one of the program options authorized pursuant to this section.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 432, • 2, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-6-210. Inner City Schools Rescue program.  A. The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation is authorized to establish the Inner City Schools Rescue program. The purpose of the program shall be to recruit and train licensed or certified teachers to work in inner city schools and to provide technical assistance and support to those teachers who participate in the program and become employed in an inner city school.  B. For purposes of this section, an inner city school shall mean a school that is on the school improvement list as determined by the Commission pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act or where ninety-five percent (95%) or more of the students enrolled in the school qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.  C. To fulfill the objectives of the Inner City Schools Rescue program the Commission shall:  1. Inform teachers of the program;  2. Collect and review applications for the program from interested teachers; and  3. Establish an applicant review committee to identify participants for the program.  D. Each year the Commission shall select a certain number of teachers, as determined by the Commission, who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching and to working with at-risk students in the inner city.  E. The Commission shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Added by Laws 2009, c. 259, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-7. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 416, • 8.  •70-7-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-7-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-7-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-7-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-7-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-7-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-7-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.    NOTE: Former • 7-7 derived from Laws 1949, p. 548, art. 7, • 7 was repealed by Laws 1953, p. 384, • 30.  •70-7-8. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 384, • 3.  •70-7-101. Boundaries - Petition or resolution to change - Election.  A. Except as otherwise provided for in Section 7-105 of this title for conditional consolidated school districts, the territory comprising all or part of a school district may be annexed to another school district or to two or more districts, when approved at an annexation election called by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, but except as provided in subsection B of this section, an annexation election may not be held unless the boards of education of the affected districts concur therein. Provided, that such concurrence of the boards of education affected shall not be required in cases of mandatory annexation by the State Board of Education:  1. In pursuance of a petition for annexation signed by a majority of the school district electors in the territory proposed to be annexed, hereinafter referred to as the area affected, said majority being applied to the highest number of voters voting in a regular school district election in the district in the preceding five (5) years as determined by the secretary of the county election board, who shall certify the adequacy of the number of signatures on the petition as provided in this section; or  2. In pursuance of a resolution adopted by the board of education of the district in which the area affected is situated.  B. An annexation election shall be called by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction without the concurrence of the board of education of the school district which is proposed to be annexed, upon the filing of a petition with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for annexation that is signed by a majority of the school district electors in the territory proposed to be annexed, hereinafter referred to as the area affected, said majority being applied to the highest number of voters voting in a regular school district election in the district in the preceding five (5) years as determined by the secretary of the county election board, who shall certify the adequacy of the number of signatures on the petition. The petition shall contain such information as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction may require.  C. Annexation elections held pursuant to this section shall be conducted pursuant to the following procedures:  1. Such election shall be held not less than sixty (60) days nor more than ninety (90) days after the State Superintendent of Public Instruction receives such petition, at some public place in the school district in which the area affected is situated, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and notice thereof shall be given by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the same manner as notice of special elections of the school district electors of school districts is given, provided, that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall not be required to call an election for the purpose of annexing a part of a school district more than once during any twelve-month period. Such elections shall be conducted by the county election board;  2. The annexation shall be approved by a majority of the school district electors voting at such election:  a.  of an entire school district, or  b.  if a majority of the members of a board of education of a school district losing the territory concur with the petitioners, or resolution, only the legal voters of the area so affected shall be eligible to vote at such election, or  c.  if the affected area is part of a school district with thirty thousand (30,000) or more average daily membership, if the boundaries of the affected area is not contiguous with the boundaries of the rest of the district, and if the boundary of the noncontiguous affected area is a least two (2) miles from the nearest boundary of the rest of the district, only the legal voters of the area so affected shall be eligible to vote at such election. Provided, if there is an incorporated city located wholly within the separate noncontiguous affected area, the annexation election being held shall not effect the area within the boundaries of the incorporated area unless a majority of the school district electors within the boundaries of the incorporated area also file a petition requesting annexation as required in subsection B of this section.  If the area proposed to be annexed constitutes less than two percent (2%) of the total area of the school district in which such area is located, and there are no qualified electors residing in such area, no election shall be held. In such instance the board of education of the school district wherein the area proposed to be annexed is located and the board of education of the school district to which such area is proposed to be annexed shall each adopt a resolution approving such annexation and shall transmit certified copies of both resolutions to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction who shall, within five (5) days after receiving copies of such resolutions, make an order declaring the annexation as approved in the resolutions. Copies of the annexation order shall be transmitted to the State Board of Education, Oklahoma Tax Commission, county clerk, county treasurer, county assessor and to the boards of education of the school districts involved;  3. The annexation shall be approved by a majority of the school district electors of the area affected, voting at such election, if the area affected is an area within a school district in which, as a result of condemnation proceedings by the federal government, a majority of the pupils of said area have attended school, for at least one school term, in the district to which the petition requests annexation;  4. If the annexation of an entire district is approved, as provided for in this section, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall, within five (5) days after such election, issue an order declaring the annexation as requested in the petition or resolution for annexation to the State Board of Education, Oklahoma Tax Commission, county clerk, county treasurer and county assessor in each county in which any of the territory of the disorganized district lies, but the annexation shall not become effective until the time for filing an appeal, as hereinafter provided, has expired. In the event a majority of the electors voting at such election do not vote for the annexation, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall, within five (5) days after such election, issue an order denying the annexation to the State Board of Education, Oklahoma Tax Commission, county clerk, county treasurer and county assessor in each county in which any of the territory of the disorganized district lies. Within ten (10) days after the order of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction is issued, twenty-five percent (25%) of the school district electors who were eligible to vote at the annexation election may appeal to the district court of the county in which the territory proposed to be annexed, or the largest part thereof if such territory lies in more than one county, is situated, and thereafter all proceedings shall be stayed until the district court has rendered judgment. The proceedings shall be given precedence over all other civil matters. In the event the court issues a final order upholding a partial annexation, the effective date of said partial annexation shall be July 1 following the final order. All pending annexation proceedings are hereby exempted from this act. The State Board of Education shall be required to change the boundary lines as described in the declaration after all litigation has expired;  5. Upon the effective date of the annexation of an entire school district to one or more school districts, the board of education of the school district whose territory was annexed shall be declared abolished by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. If a school district to which the territory was annexed currently has a five-member board of education, that school district board of education shall have the option of forming a seven-member board of education pursuant to the provisions of Section 5-107A of this title upon the effective date of the annexation; and  6. If an independent district annexes to an elementary district not maintaining a high school, both boards of education are abolished. The Governor shall appoint three members of the newly formed district to the board of education and these members shall appoint the remaining two members.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 7-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1972, c. 215, • 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1974, c. 37, • 1, emerg. eff. April 13, 1974; Laws 1975, c. 73, • 1, emerg. eff. April 18, 1975; Laws 1977, c. 183, • 1, emerg. eff. June 8, 1977; Laws 1985, c. 193, • 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1987, c. 154, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1990, c. 257, • 7, eff. July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 8, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 324, • 11, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 316, • 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 71, • 1, emerg. eff. April 15, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 332, • 1, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1999, c. 300, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999.    NOTE: Laws 1993, c. 239, • 31 repealed by Laws 1994, c. 71, • 2, emerg. eff. April 15, 1994.    •70-7-101.1. Mandatory annexation or consolidation - Rules and regulations regarding procedures - Notice to school district involved - Opportunity to appear before State Board of Education - Determination of issue.  A. The State Board of Education shall be authorized to promulgate rules and regulations regarding the procedures necessary to accomplish mandatory annexation or consolidation, as provided by and within the requirements of the provisions of Sections 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 of this act, and as otherwise provided by law.  B. In any case where mandatory annexation of a school or school district is recommended by the State Department of Education, the Department shall notify, in writing, the board of education of the school district involved. Upon receipt of the notification, the school district board shall have fifteen (15) days to request an opportunity to appear before the State Board of Education. If the school district board fails to request an opportunity to appear, the State Board shall proceed without further notice or delay, to conclude the matter. If an opportunity to appear is requested by the school district board, the State Board shall decide the issues after hearing from representatives of the school or school district and the State Department and shall make a final determination on the recommendation of the Department.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 12, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990.    •70-7-102. Repealed by Laws 1979, c. 282, • 32, emerg. eff. June 7, 1979.  •70-7-103. Annexation or disorganization - Assumption of bonded indebtedness.  A. The component parts (or part) of the district annexed, whether the annexation is or was voluntary or mandatory under the provisions of this or any prior act, shall assume their full proportion of all legal bonded indebtedness of the district or districts to which they are or were annexed, and the district or districts to which they are or were annexed shall likewise assume a full proportion of all legal bonded indebtedness of the district annexed, or ratable proportion in ratio to the assessed valuation to the part annexed.  B. Provided, that if the area affected is or has been annexed under the provisions of this article to a school district (hereinafter referred to as the "first" district) having a bonded indebtedness at the time of said annexation, and if at the time of said annexation said area affected is or was not liable for any bonded indebtedness, and if within four (4) calendar months or less after said annexation all or any portion of the territory of the area affected is or has been detached from the first district to become a part of some other school district (hereinafter referred to as the "second" district) then:  1. If the detachment of said territory occurs in any fiscal year after the effective date of this subsection, and before the certification of the budgets and levies of the first district for said fiscal year to the State Auditor and Inspector, neither the said detached territory nor the second district shall have any liability for the payment of any part of the bonded indebtedness of the first district which existed when the area affected was annexed to the first district; or  2. If the detachment of said territory occurs in any fiscal year after the effective date of this subsection, and after the certification of the budgets and levies for said fiscal year of the first district to the State Auditor and Inspector, the said detached territory shall continue to bear its share of the bonded indebtedness of the first district as prescribed by subsection A of this section for the remainder of said fiscal year, but the second district shall not be liable for any part of the bonded indebtedness of the first district which existed at the time of the annexation of the area affected to the first district; and after the beginning of the next succeeding fiscal year neither the said detached territory nor the second district shall have any liability for any of the bonded indebtedness of the first district which existed at the time the area affected was annexed to the first district.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 7-103, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1979, c. 30, • 48, emerg. eff. April 6, 1979.    •707104. Division of property Debts and obligations.  A. In case the area affected comprises an entire school district, and all of such area is annexed to only one other district, the district to which it is annexed shall become the owner of all the property and other assets of the disorganized district and shall be liable for the current debts and other obligations of such disorganized district, and said district shall also acquire title to and provide for permanent custody of all individual scholastic and other permanent records relating to each pupil who was previously enrolled in the annexed district.  B. In case the area affected comprises an entire school district, and is annexed to two or more districts, then the current debts or obligations and property and other assets of the disorganized district shall be divided by agreement between the boards of education of the annexing districts, and the board of education of either of the annexing districts may purchase any such property or assets to effect a just division. If the boards of education are unable to agree, the matter shall be decided by the State Board of Education, and its decision shall be final.  C. In case the area affected is not an entire school district, the district to which the annexation is made shall not acquire any of the property or assets of the district from which the area affected is detached, except that any school building or buildings located in the affected area shall become the property of the district to which the affected area is annexed and all obligations pertaining thereto shall become the responsibility of the annexing district.  D. If any mandatory or voluntary annexation made under the provisions of this article shall occur after the election on school district levies for the ensuing fiscal year and before the tax levies of the ensuing year have been made and certified, the operating and building levies authorized for the annexing district shall be the levies for all the said district after such annexation. All mandatory or voluntary annexations made and ordered subsequent to the certification of the budgets and levies to the State Auditor and Inspector shall be forthwith effective regardless of any variation in such levies; and the budgetary assets of the annexed district or districts theretofore so certified as unexpended and unencumbered shall be merged by supplementary procedure with the budgetary assets of the annexing district.  E. In case the area affected is annexed to two or more districts or the area affected is not an entire school district, the individual scholastic and other permanent records relating to each pupil enrolled at the time of annexation shall be transferred to the respective districts where said pupils are transferred. All other individual scholastic and other permanent records relating to pupils in said areas or entire districts affected shall be filed with the county clerk of the county where supervision of the annexed school  district is located.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 7104, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1972, c. 215, • 2, emerg. eff. April 7, 1972; Laws 1979, c. 30, • 49, emerg. eff. April 6, 1979; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 32, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-7-105. Consolidation - Studies - Petition - Majority vote in entire territory – Plan of action – Conditional consolidation - Election - Initial board for new district - New district legal successor.  A. Two or more school districts may, whether adjacent or not adjacent, be consolidated into a single school district in accordance with standards, rules and procedures to be determined by the State Board of Education. When the consolidation of two or more school districts is proposed, the State Board of Education shall conduct such studies of the populations, wealth, terrain, trade areas and other factors as may be necessary to determine the location of boundaries and the size of a proposed district which will most nearly ensure an efficient and economical administrative unit. The State Board of Education shall furnish the boards of education of the school districts which might be involved information and advice as to where the boundaries and what the size of the proposed new district should be. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the inclusion within a school district of territory lying within the boundaries of two or more counties.  B. Ten percent (10%) of the qualified school electors in any district may petition the board of education of such district to request such information, or a board of education of such district may on its own initiative ask for information and advice from the State Board of Education on the educational advantages and disadvantages of proposed consolidation to the children and residents of the area which might be affected. Upon the receipt of such a petition, the local board of education shall request the services of the State Board of Education and shall notify the boards of education in adjacent school districts that such a request has been made. The State Board of Education may on its own initiative make the study herein authorized of any area of the state and direct the board of education of such school districts as might be involved to set into operation in their districts the procedure for determining what, if any, consolidation should be carried on in the area under study.  C. Any rules or procedures which the State Board of Education may prescribe for consolidation of school districts shall include the opportunity for the qualified school electors in the school districts involved to express their wishes through a majority vote of the school electors in the entire territory involved.  D. Prior to an election for consolidation, the boards of education of the school districts involved may develop a plan which shall set forth the actions to be taken during and after consolidation. The plan of action shall include agreements relating to school site closing, disposition and utilization of property and equipment and such other agreements as may be necessary to facilitate the consolidation of the school districts. The plan of action shall also include provisions related to the technology center school district the newly formed district will be a part of which are consistent with the State Board of Career and Technology Education rules. The plan shall be placed on a separate ballot and voted on by the qualified school electors of each district at the time of the consolidation election. Both the plan and consolidation questions must be approved by a majority vote for the plan to take effect. The plan shall be binding on the board of education of the newly formed district for at least three (3) years; provided, any provisions related to the expenditure of appropriated money shall not be binding beyond the current fiscal year. The newly formed district may alter or disregard the plan only if there is a significant change in circumstances, including a significant drop in revenue to the district or in student enrollment.  E. Two or more school districts may be consolidated into a single school district on a conditional basis. If the voters approve conditional consolidation of the school districts at an election for such purpose in accordance with the procedures set forth in this section, the newly formed school district shall be considered consolidated and shall go through the same procedure and meet the same requirements as any consolidated school district. Under a conditional consolidation plan, any subsequent decision to consolidate the new school district or annex all or part of the new school district, shall first be approved by a majority of the electors, voting at such election, of each of the original school districts. If one or more of the original school districts disapproves the subsequent consolidation or annexation plan, the plan shall not be approved. If all of the original school districts approve the subsequent consolidation or annexation plan, the plan shall be approved and thereafter, any further consolidation or annexation shall be subject to approval of the electors of all of the school districts as a whole. The original school district shall mean only the districts which independently voted to join the conditionally consolidated district.  F. An election for such purpose shall be held either upon:  1. A petition for consolidation or conditional consolidation, signed by forty percent (40%) of the school district electors of each school district included in the proposed consolidation, or conditional consolidation said percentage being applied to the highest number of voters voting in a regular school election in the district in the preceding five (5) years as determined by the secretary of the county election board, who shall certify the adequacy of the number of signatures on the petition; or  2. The concurrence of the boards of education of the school districts included in the proposed consolidation or conditional consolidation, as shown by a resolution adopted by each board.  The election shall be called by the State Board of Education and conducted in accordance with the general election laws of this state. Any vote to consolidate two or more districts, shall require a majority vote of those voting in each school district involved. When such a majority vote is in favor of consolidation or conditional consolidation, the State Board of Education shall declare the participating school districts dissolved and the new school district established, and the newly formed district shall thereupon be governed by the provisions of the Oklahoma School Code.  G. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee shall convene the members of the boards of the districts forming the new district, who shall be given the opportunity of selecting from among themselves the initial board of education for the new district, selecting the number of members and designating the initial terms of service of each as required to conform to law; provided, the members convened shall have the option of forming a seven-member board pursuant to the provisions of Section 5-107A of this title rather than a board of the size otherwise provided by law and shall have the option of temporarily increasing the number of board positions for the new district by two positions per consolidating district for the first two (2) years following consolidation. The temporary positions will be filled by appointment by the board. The temporary board positions shall be abolished two (2) years from the effective date of consolidation. Within ten (10) days following the declaration of establishment of the new district, the State Superintendent or designee shall declare the agreement or shall declare that such agreement has not been reached, in which case persons serving as members of the board of education of the participating district having the largest number of enumerated children as shown by the last regular enumeration shall serve as members of the board of education of the newly formed district for the terms for which they were elected and until their successors have been duly elected or appointed and have qualified.  H. All liabilities, assets, powers and duties of the participating districts shall become the responsibility of the new school district, which district shall be the legal successor in every respect to the school districts participating in the consolidation or conditional consolidation in accordance with law.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 7-105, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 323, • 9, eff. July 1, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 257, • 5, eff. July 1, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 45, • 5, emerg. eff. April 9, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 75, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 332, • 2, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 85, eff. July 1, 2001.    •707106. Buildings Rented, moved, or sold.  No building or appendages thereto of any school district that has been annexed to another school district or districts shall be rented, moved or sold by the board of education of the annexing district or districts without the approval of a majority of the school district electors in the annexed district voting on the proposition, if such building is being used at least once each ninety (90) days for public gatherings. Provided, that the board of education of the annexing district acquiring such building may require persons or groups using such building and appendages to pay the cost of maintenance, including insurance, of such building and appendages.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 7106, eff. July 2, 1971.   •707107. Disposition of property.  Once a school district has voted to dispense with grades one through eight or one through twelve, it shall be illegal for the board of education of such district to sell, exchange, trade, junk, salvage, or otherwise dispose of any furniture, equipment, land, buildings, or other such assets belonging to the school district unless such sale, exchange, trade or disposal is made to, and only to, another public school district in the State of Oklahoma. It shall also be illegal for the board of education to expend the school district's funds for any purpose after the end of the fiscal year in which grades one through eight or one through twelve have been dispensed with except in payment of legal transfer fees, bond and property insurance premiums, utilities, salary of the clerk of the board of education, audit expenses, and the expenses necessary for the preservation and maintenance of school property; provided, that a board or boards of education receiving the annexed district shall have one (1) year after annexation to sell or convey the title of land and buildings to a nonprofit corporation to be used for community purposes after the same has been approved by a majority of the electors of the annexed district, present and voting, at an election called for such purpose; provided, that when such use ceases, the title to said land and buildings shall be vested in the receiving district or districts which shall be evidenced by resolution of the annexed district.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 7107, eff. July 2, 1971.   •707108. Federally owned reservations Annexations.  Any federally owned reservation, or any portion thereof, within the State of Oklahoma shall with the consent of the United States, given by and through the commanding officer, superintendent, or other officer having charge of such reservation, be attached to an independent school district within the same transportation area for school purposes in which such reservation and independent school district are situated, upon the petition of the commanding officer, superintendent, or other officer having charge of such reservation, and with the consent of the board of education of such independent school district. The petition of such commanding officer, superintendent, or other officer in charge of any such federally owned reservation and the consent of such board of education shall be filed with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and said Superintendent shall thereupon order such reservation to be attached to such independent school district.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 7108, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 33, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-7-201. Short title.  Sections 7-201 through 7-206 of this title shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma School Consolidation and Annexation Act".  Added by Laws 1989, c. 323, • 1, eff. July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st. Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 8, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 2003, c. 296, • 1, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2009, c. 448, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-7-202. Application of act.  The provisions of the Oklahoma School Consolidation and Annexation Act shall apply only to school districts whose entire territory has been annexed to one or more existing school districts or which have been created by the consolidation of two or more existing school districts in accordance with the provisions of Section 7-101 et seq. of this title.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 323, • 3, eff. July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 9, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 257, • 8, emerg. eff. May 23, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 324, • 12, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 2003, c. 296, • 2, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2009, c. 448, • 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-7-203. School Consolidation Assistance Fund.  A. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a fund to be designated the "School Consolidation Assistance Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of any monies the Legislature may appropriate or transfer to the fund and any monies contributed for the fund from any other source, public or private.  B. All monies accruing to the credit of said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the State Board of Education for the purposes established by this section, the Legislature and in accordance with rules promulgated by the State Board of Education. The purposes shall be to provide voluntarily or mandatorily consolidated school districts or districts who have received part or all of the territory and part or all of the students of a school district dissolved by voluntary or mandatory annexation, during the first year of consolidation or annexation with a single one-year allocation of funds needed for:  1. Purchase of uniform textbooks in cases where the several districts were not using the same textbooks prior to consolidation or annexation;  2. Employment of certified personnel required to teach courses of the district for which personnel from the districts consolidated or annexed are not certified and available;  3. Employment assistance for personnel of the several districts who are not employed by the consolidated or annexing district. Employment assistance may include provision of a severance allowance for administrators, teachers and support personnel not to exceed eighty percent (80%) of the individual's salary or wages, exclusive of fringe benefits, for the school year preceding the consolidation or annexation. Personnel receiving such severance pay may accumulate one (1) year of creditable service for retirement purposes. Employment assistance may also include the payment of unemployment compensation benefits. The State Board of Education shall provide a severance allowance to employees dismissed from employment due to annexation or consolidation of a school district in the year of the annexation or consolidation and who were denied a severance allowance or unemployment compensation benefits and the voluntary consolidation funding of the annexing or consolidating district or districts has been paid on or after July 1, 2003, at the maximum allowable amount. Application for a severance allowance shall be made to the Finance Division of the State Department of Education by the dismissed employee no later than September 1 of the fiscal year immediately following the fiscal year in which the annexation or consolidation occurred;  4. Furnishing and equipping classrooms and laboratories;  5. Purchase of additional transportation equipment; and  6. When deemed essential by the school district board of education to achieve consolidation or combination by annexation, renovation of existing school buildings and construction or other acquisition of school buildings.  C. The State Board of Education shall only make allocations from the fund to school districts formed from the combination of two or more of the districts whose boards of education notify the State Board of Education on or before June 30 of their intent to annex or consolidate and are subsequently combined by such means by January 1 of the second year following the notification of intent.  D. Allocations will be made to school districts formed by voluntary or mandatory consolidation on the basis of combined average daily membership (ADM) of the school year preceding the first year of operation of the school district resulting from the consolidation; provided, not more than two hundred (200) ADM of any one school district shall be counted in determining the combined ADM of any district formed by consolidation. The ADM of any one school district shall not be considered more than once for allocations from the fund when the school district consolidates with two or more school districts. Allocations from the fund pursuant to this subsection shall be calculated by multiplying the combined ADM by Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00).  E. Allocations will be made to school districts which have received part or all of the territory and students of a school district by voluntary or mandatory annexation on the basis of ADM of the annexed school district for the school year preceding the first year of operation of the school district resulting from the annexation; provided, not more than two hundred (200) ADM of the annexed district shall be counted. Allocations from the fund pursuant to this subsection shall be calculated by multiplying the allowable ADM by Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00). In no case shall allocations payable pursuant to this subsection be less than Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400,000.00) or greater than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00).  F. If monies in the School Consolidation Assistance Fund are insufficient to make allocations to all qualified combined districts, allocations shall be made based upon earliest date of application.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 323, • 4, eff. July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 10, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 257, • 9, emerg. eff. May 23, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 280, • 59, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 111, • 1, emerg. eff. April 21, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 361, • 4, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2003, c. 296, • 3, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2006, c. 278, • 4, eff. July 1, 2006; Laws 2009, c. 448, • 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •70-7-203.1. Determination of number of districts intending to annex or consolidate - Transfer of funds when qualified combined districts is two or less.  Beginning July 1, 2006, and each year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall determine the number of districts that notified the Board of their intent to annex or consolidate by June 30 of the previous fiscal year. If the Board determines the number of qualified combined districts to be two or less, the Board is authorized to transfer up to one-half of the funds transferred to the School Consolidation Assistance Fund for that fiscal year for allocation to the Financial Support of Public Schools for distribution to school districts in the State Aid Formula, provided in Section 18-200.1 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The State Board of Education is further authorized to transfer up to one-half of the funds not allocated to school districts for annexation or consolidation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, for allocation to the Financial Support of Public Schools.  Added by Laws 2006, 2nd Ex.Sess., c. 50, • 36, eff. July 1, 2006.    •70-7-204. Preference for allocations from funds.  Consolidated districts and districts combined by annexation which are created pursuant to the Oklahoma School Consolidation and Annexation Act shall have for three (3) subsequent consecutive years after consolidation or annexation preference for allocations from funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for Community Education, Alternative and High Challenge Schools, School/Community Network for ArtsinEducation, Instructional Cooperative and Technical Education, Advanced Placement Incentives, and for all other allocations made by the Board on a competitive basis.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 323, • 5, eff. July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 280, • 60, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 281, • 1, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 2003, c. 296, • 4, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2009, c. 448, • 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.    •707205. Exceptions to certification requirements Priority for placement assistance services.  When considering requests for exceptions to certification requirements from districts created by consolidation or annexation pursuant to the Oklahoma School Consolidation and Annexation Act for personnel reassigned because of the consolidation or annexation, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education shall exercise the greatest degree of latitude that can be regarded as consistent with acceptable professional practice. Highest priority for placement assistance services of the State Department of Education shall be afforded personnel for whom the consolidated or annexing district has no assignment required.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 323, • 8, eff. July 1, 1989; Laws 1991, c. 280, • 61, eff. July 1, 1991.    •70-7-206. Consolidation or annexation of elementary school district with independent school district.  Elementary school districts which desire to consolidate with or annex the entire territory comprising the school district to an independent school district or districts in the transportation area of their choice pursuant to the Oklahoma School Consolidation and Annexation Act shall be authorized to enter into contracts with the independent school district or districts whom they consolidate with or annex to, which provide for up to a threeyear moratorium on school site closings within the consolidated or annexed elementary district.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 11, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 257, • 10, emerg. eff. May 23, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 9, eff. July 1, 1991.    •70-8. Repealed by Laws 1949, p. 607, art. 20, • 9.  •70-8-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-6.1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-9. Repealed by Laws 1968, c. 393, • 4.  •70-8-10. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-11. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-12. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-8-101. Right to transfer.  Any student residing in a school district that does not offer the grade which the student is entitled to pursue shall be allowed to transfer to a school district inside or outside of the transportation area in which the student resides which offers the grade the student is entitled to pursue. The district to which the student transfers shall be referred to as the receiving district. A student shall be limited to one transfer pursuant to this section. Thereafter, a student may apply for any other kind of transfer for which the student is eligible as provided for in the Education Open Transfer Act.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 8-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 250, • 1, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 10, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 280, • 62, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 2004, c. 55, • 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 2004.    •70-8-101.1. Short title.  Sections 20 through 29 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the “Education Open Transfer Act”.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 19, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-8-101.2. Transfer of student from residential school district.  A. On and after January 1, 2000, the transfer of a student from the district in which the student resides to another school district furnishing instruction in the grade the student is entitled to pursue shall be granted if the transfer has the approval of the board of education of the receiving district. A student granted a transfer may continue to attend the school to which the student transferred with the approval of the receiving district only, and any brother or sister of such student may attend such school with the approval of the receiving district only. No student shall be permitted to transfer more than once in any school year.  If the grade a student is entitled to pursue is not offered in the district where the student resides, the transfer shall be automatically approved.  B. When a student has been transferred and later changes residence to another school district in the State of Oklahoma, the student shall be entitled to continue to attend school in the district to which the student was transferred. If a change of residence is to the district to which the student was transferred, upon affidavit of the parent of the student, that district shall become the resident district. If a student changes residence to another district during the school year which is not the same district the student transferred to, the student shall be entitled to attend school in either the receiving district or the new district of residence for the remainder of the current year.  C. Any student transfer approved for any reason prior to January 1, 2000, shall continue to be valid and shall not be subject to the Education Open Transfer Act unless the parent having custody chooses otherwise.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 20, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 232, • 8, eff. July 1, 2000.    •70-8-102. Repealed by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 57, eff. July 1, 1999.  •70-8-103. Application for transfer - Procedure.  A. In order that any student may be transferred, an application form specified by the State Board of Education must be completed by the parents of the student. For purposes of the Education Open Transfer Act, the term “parent” means the parent of the student or person having custody of the student as provided for in paragraph 1 of subsection A of Section 1-113 of this title. The application shall be obtained from and filed with the superintendent of the receiving school district for transfers to school districts in the State of Oklahoma and with the State Board of Education for transfers to school districts in another state. Except as otherwise provided for in this section, applications shall be filed no later than April 1 of the school year preceding the school year for which the transfer is desired. By April 1 of the same school year, the receiving school district shall notify the resident school district that an application for transfer has been filed by a student enrolled in the resident school district. The board of education of the receiving school district shall approve or deny the application for transfer not later than June 1 of the same year and shall notify the parents of the student of the decision. By July 1 of the same year, the parents of the student shall notify the receiving school district that the student will be enrolling in that school district. Failure of parents to notify the district as required may result in loss of the student’s right to enroll in the district for that year.  B. On or before September 1, it shall be the duty of the superintendent of the receiving school district to file with the State Board of Education and each resident district a statement showing the names of the students granted transfers to the school district, the resident school district of the transferred students and their respective grade level.  C. The receiving school district of a student transferred pursuant to the provisions of this act shall notify the resident school district and parents of the student of a cancellation of the transfer. Such notice shall be made by June 1 prior to the school year for which the cancellation is applicable.  D. For students who are deaf or hearing impaired who wish to transfer to a school district with a specialized deaf education program, applications may be filed at any time during the school year. Upon approval of the receiving school district, the student may transfer to the receiving school district at any time during the school year.   Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 8-103, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 89, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 35, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 232, • 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 1994; Laws 1999, c. 320, • 21, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 232, • 9, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2003, c. 434, • 12; Laws 2006, c. 248, • 1, emerg. eff. June 7, 2006.    •70-8-103.1. Transfer of student not residing in district – Criteria and standards.  A local school district board of education which receives a request for a transfer for a student who does not reside in the school district may refuse the transfer in accordance with the provisions of the open transfer policy adopted by the local school district board of education. Each local board of education shall adopt an open transfer policy for the school district which specifies its criteria and standards for approval of transfers of students who do not reside in the district. The policy shall include, but shall not be limited to, provisions relating to the availability of programs, staff, or space as criteria for approval or denial of transfers. A school district may include in the policy as the basis for denial of a transfer, the reasons outlined in Section 24-101.3 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  In considering requests for students to transfer into a school district, the board of education shall consider the requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. A school district shall not accept or deny a transfer based on ethnicity, national origin, gender, income level, disabling condition, proficiency in the English language, measure of achievement, aptitude, or athletic ability.  Notwithstanding the provisions of the Education Open Transfer Act, transfers of children with disabilities shall be granted as authorized in Section 13-103 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 22, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-8-103.2. Extramural athletic competition for transfer student not residing in district.  Except as otherwise provided, a student who enrolls, pursuant to the Education Open Transfer Act or pursuant to Section 2 of this act, in a school district in which the student is not a resident shall not be eligible to participate in school-related extramural athletic competition governed by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association for a period of one (1) year from the first day of attendance at the receiving school unless the transfer is from a school district which does not offer the grade the student is entitled to pursue. If the student is granted an emergency transfer pursuant to Section 8-104 of this title, was granted a transfer for any reason prior to January 1, 2000, or enrolls pursuant to the Education Open Transfer Act and qualifies for a hardship waiver pursuant to the rules of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, eligibility to participate in school-related extramural athletic competition shall be determined by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 320, • 23, eff. July 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 232, • 10, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2006, c. 93, • 1, eff. July 1, 2006.    •70-8-104. Emergency transfers - Emergency defined.  In addition to the transfer process provided in Section 8-103 of this title, students may be transferred on an emergency basis. A written application for an emergency transfer designating the district to which the transfer is desired shall be made by the parent and filed with the superintendent of the receiving school district. On an adequate showing of emergency the superintendent of the receiving school district may make and order a transfer, subject to approval by the State Board of Education. An emergency shall include only:  1. The destruction or partial destruction of a school building;  2. The inability to offer the subject a pupil desires to pursue, if the pupil becomes a legal resident of a school district after February 1 of the school year immediately prior to the school year for which the pupil is seeking the transfer;  3. A catastrophic medical problem of a student, which for purposes of this section shall mean an acute or chronic serious illness, disease, disorder or injury which has a permanently detrimental effect on the body's system or renders the risk unusually hazardous;  4. The total failure of transportation facilities;  5. The concurrence of both the sending and receiving school districts;  6. The unavailability of remote or on-site Internet-based instruction by course title in the district of residence for a student identified as in need of drop-out recovery or alternative education services, provided such student was enrolled at any time in a public school in this state during the previous three (3) school years; or  7. The unavailability of a specialized deaf education program for a student who is deaf or hearing impaired.  An emergency transfer previously made may be canceled, with the concurrence of the board of the receiving district and the parent.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 8-104, eff. July 8, 1971. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 353, • 3; Laws 1984, c. 151, • 1, emerg. eff. April 19, 1984; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 36, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 168, • 2, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1996, c. 319, • 2, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 343, • 3, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1999, c. 320, • 24, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2002, c. 453, • 3, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2004, c. 319, • 1, emerg. eff. May 20, 2004.    •70-8-105. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 55, eff. July 1, 1993.  •708106. School dispensed with Transfer of pupils Annexation.  A. Upon a majority vote of the electors in a school district voting at the annual school district election or at a special school district election called for such purpose and held not later than June 30, either a high school or a grade school, or both, shall be dispensed with for the ensuing year. An election for such purpose shall also be held upon petition for an election, signed by forty percent (40%) of the school district electors. To calculate the sufficiency of the number of signatures on a petition, the forty percent (40%) figure shall be applied to the highest number of voters voting in a regular school election in the school district in the preceding five (5) years as determined by the secretary of the county election board. The secretary of the county election board shall certify the sufficiency of the number of signatures on the petition. The election shall be conducted by the county election board in accordance with Sections 13A-101 through 13A-111 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The secretary of the county election board shall notify the State Board of Education of the results of every election held to dispense with school.  B. All of the pupils who would be entitled to attend school in the grades dispensed with shall be transferred to another school district or districts maintaining courses of instruction which such pupils are entitled to pursue. The parent or guardian of each child to be transferred shall be required to file an application for the transfer of the child or children with the State Department of Education, within ten (10) days after the results of the election are declared. The procedures for such transfers shall be determined by the State Board of Education.  C. Any school district which dispenses with its entire school district for the ensuing year, as provided herein, shall be mandatorily annexed on July 1 by the State Board of Education to another school district or other districts to which pupils of such dispensed school district have been transferred. Provided, if a school district does not officially dispense with its school and fails to open or maintain a school for such ensuing year, the State Board of Education, except in cases where reasons over which the district had no control causes a normal delay in the opening or maintenance of such school, shall at its next regular meeting, annex such school district to another school district or other districts to which pupils have been transferred. Provided further that if a school district does not have an average daily attendance that meets the State Board of Education regulations for accrediting purposes and does not dispense with its school by June 30, the State Board of Education shall annex such district to the high school transportation area in which the district is situated at the first regular or special meeting in July.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 8106, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1990, c. 284, • 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 324, • 13, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 37, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-8-107. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-8-108. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-8-109. Repealed by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, •122, operative July 1, 1990.  •70-8-110. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 55, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-8-111. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 356, • 7.  •70-8-112. Student transfer fees abolished - Other fees unaffected - Contract to waive transfer fees prohibited - Transfer forms.  A. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, on and after July 1, 1990, no school district shall be required to pay and no school district shall charge any other school district a fee for the transfer of a student. Specifically, transfer fees shall not be permitted for transfers between elementary school districts, for transfers between independent school districts or for transfers between independent school districts and elementary school districts.  B. Nothing herein shall prevent the payment or charging of any other fee for the transfer of a student as required by law. Except as otherwise provided for in the Education Open Transfer Act, school districts shall not be permitted to contract to waive transfer fees with regard to special education pupil transfers.  C. The State Board of Education shall establish the necessary and appropriate application forms sufficient to enable school districts to accomplish transfers and to comply with the provisions of Sections 8101 through 8-106 of this title. Upon establishment of such forms, the State Board of Education shall notify each school district of the content thereof.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 92, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 3, • 12, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 280, • 63, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 38, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1999, c. 320, • 25, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-8-113. Transfer to district where parent or legal guardian is teacher.  A student shall be allowed to transfer to a school district in which the parent or legal guardian of the student is employed as a teacher, as defined in Section 1-116 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes, upon the approval of the receiving district only.  Added by Laws 2006, c. 93, • 2, eff. July 1, 2006.    •70-9-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-6. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-9-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-9. Repealed by Laws 1961, p. 553, • 1.  •70-9-10. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-11. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-12. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-13. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-14. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-15. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-16. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-17. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-18. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-19. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-9-20. Repealed by Laws 1961, p. 553, • 1.  •709101. Transportation provided.  A. Any school district may provide transportation for any child who is participating in any prekindergarten or early childhood program operated by the school district or any child who is participating in any Head Start program offered within the school district.  B. Upon a request for a student transfer pursuant to the provisions of the Education Open Transfer Act, if the parent of the student requests that the receiving district provide transportation for the student, and if the receiving district grants the transfer, then the receiving district may provide such transportation only within the boundaries of the receiving school district. A receiving school district shall not cross school district boundaries to transport a kindergarten through eighth-grade student transferred pursuant to the Education Open Transfer Act except as otherwise authorized in Section 9-105 of this title.  C. Any school district may provide transportation for each student who should attend any public elementary or secondary school when, and only when, transportation is necessary for accomplishment of one of the following purposes:  1. To provide adequate educational facilities and opportunities which otherwise would not be available, which shall include those purposes provided in the Education Open Transfer Act; and  2. To transport students whose homes are more than a reasonable walking distance, as defined by regulations of the State Board of Education, from the school attended by such student. Provided, that no state funds shall be paid for the transportation of a student whose residence is within one and onehalf (1 1/2) miles from the school attended by such student.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1973, c. 211, • 32, emerg. eff. May 22, 1973; Laws 1987, c. 104, • 1, emerg. eff. May 22, 1987; Laws 1989, c. 335, • 4, eff. July 1, 1989; Laws 1999, c. 320, • 26, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-9-101.1. Inspection of transportation equipment - Official inspector.  A. The board of education of any school district furnishing transportation shall require that all transportation equipment, as defined in paragraph 1 of subsection A of Section 9-104 of this title, operated by that school district be inspected once a year by an official inspector, as designated by the State Board of Education, to verify that the transportation equipment is being maintained and operated in accordance with all the requirements of the rules of the State Board of Education and state and federal law. The inspection shall include an examination and test of the brakes, steering, front and rear wheel suspension, exhaust systems, wheels and tires, windshield wipers, horn or warning device, proper adjustment of turn signals, windshield, and other glass and lighting equipment, and if applicable, stop signal arms, and emergency exits and equipment. A record of the inspection shall be maintained by the school district and shall be available for inspection upon request.  B. For purposes of this section, “official inspector” means a person who, by training and experience specified by rule promulgated by the State Board of Education, is eligible to conduct inspections.  C. Failure to comply with subsection A of this section shall result in a loss of state funds to that school district in an amount to be determined by the State Board of Education.  D. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety may perform inspections of all school transportation equipment and inspection records.  Added by Laws 2002, c. 185, • 1. Amended by Laws 2008, c. 439, • 5, eff. July 1, 2008.    •709103. Purchase or contract for use of vehicles Lettering.  The board of education of any school district authorized to furnish transportation to school children may purchase and maintain suitable vehicles for such use and/or may contract with responsible individuals or another school district to furnish all or part of said transportation. All such contractors, however, shall be subject to statutory provisions relating to the transportation of school children. Every vehicle with a capacity of ten passengers or more used in transporting school children shall have painted in letters not less than eight (8) inches in height on the front thereof the words, "SCHOOL BUS," and on the rear thereof in letters of the same size, "SCHOOL BUS."    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9103, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1973, c. 112, • 4.   •70-9-104. Transportation equipment - Definitions - Construction and maintenance - Colors - Penalty.  A. As used in this title:  1. “Transportation equipment” means any vehicle or conveyance used for transportation of pupils from their homes to school and from school to their homes when the cost of rent, lease, purchase, maintenance, or operation of said vehicle or conveyance is defrayed in whole or in part from public school funds; and  2. “Auxiliary transportation equipment” includes but is not limited to equipment used for transporting students to and from extracurricular activities but does not include transportation equipment used for transporting students from their homes to school and from school to their homes.  B. 1. All transportation equipment shall be of such construction as to provide safe, comfortable and economical transportation of passengers. All such equipment which is used to transport ten or more public school children at one time shall be constructed, maintained and operated in accordance with all requirements of laws of the State of Oklahoma and rules of the State Board of Education.  2. All auxiliary transportation equipment shall be of such construction as to provide safe, comfortable and economical transportation of passengers. All auxiliary transportation equipment which is used to transport ten or more public school children at one time shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with all requirements of laws of this state.  C. Nothing in this act shall prevent the bidding by and purchase of new or used transportation equipment or new or used auxiliary transportation equipment from out-of-state dealers so long as they comply with Section 561 et seq. of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes regulating and licensing manufacturers, distributors, dealers, salesmen, etc., and hold a current motor vehicle dealers’ license.  D. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a district board of education may paint or purchase auxiliary transportation equipment in a color or colors other than National School Bus Yellow.  E. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9-104, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1974, c. 244, • 2; Laws 1994, c. 138, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 2004, c. 533, • 1, eff. July 1, 2004.    •709105. Boundaries of areas of transportation Definite routes - Withholding state funds for noncompliance - Rules and regulations.  A. The State Board of Education shall determine and fix definite boundaries of the area in which each school district shall provide transportation for each school. When an elementary school district is surrounded by an independent school district, the independent school district must be designated as the transportation area for the high school students in the elementary school district.  B. The State Board of Education is authorized to establish definite routes in each transportation area, and it shall be the further duty of said Board to make rules and regulations as to the manner in which said area and routes may be established or changed. Except as otherwise provided in this section, state funds payable to a district shall be withheld for a failure or refusal to confine its transportation to the area and routes designated by the State Board of Education or to comply with the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education. State funds payable to a school district shall not be withheld in the following circumstances:  1. When, based upon the mutual agreement of the two participating school districts, a school district offering special education classes extends its transportation program to include the transportation of students qualifying for special education in an adjacent school district which does not offer special education classes, for the purpose of offering its special education classes to said students; or    2. When, by resolutions of the boards of education of two participating districts, the districts agree that one or both of the districts may extend its transportation program into the other participating district to provide transportation for students who reside in such other participating district and who, by agreement of the participating districts, are, or will be, attending school in the district that has agreed to furnish transportation for the students.  C. The State Board shall promulgate rules as are necessary to implement the provisions of this section.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9105, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1976, c. 273, • 24, emerg. eff. June 17, 1976; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 13, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 254, • 7, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992.    •709106. Insurance to pay damages Actions against school district.  The board of education of any school district authorized to furnish transportation may purchase insurance for the purpose of paying damages to persons sustaining injuries proximately caused by the operation of motor vehicles used in transporting school children. The operation of said vehicles by school districts, however, is hereby declared to be a public governmental function, and no action for damages shall be brought against a school district under the provisions of this section but may be brought against the insurer, and the amount of the damages recoverable shall be limited in amount to that provided in the contract of insurance between the district and the insurer and shall be collectible from said insurer only. The provisions of this section shall not be construed as creating any liability whatever against any school district which does not provide said insurance. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9106. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Amended by Laws 1989, c. 178, • 1, operative July 1, 1989.   •709107. Rules of the road.  Each school bus shall be operated in conformity with all rules of the road duly established by law and shall observe traffic requirements for the route which it travels. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9107. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9107, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-9-108. Additional transportation - Expenses.  The board of education of any school district furnishing transportation is hereby authorized to furnish, in addition to free transportation to and from school, transportation within or without the district, within or outside of this state, for children attending the schools of that district, for the purpose of attending cocurricular and extracurricular activities. Two or more districts may enter into agreements for the furnishing of such transportation. The expense of any such additional transportation shall be paid by the children so transported, by the school activity or school organization receiving benefit from such transportation, or from other private sources. Money so collected shall not be chargeable to or become a part of the school district's finances.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9-108, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 290, • 70, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 86, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 12, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-9-109. Price list and description of transportation equipment.  The State Board of Education is hereby authorized to request a price list and a complete description and specifications of any transportation equipment to be offered for sale to any school board or board of education of any district in the State of Oklahoma.  The State Board of Education shall examine such equipment to determine whether or not such equipment meets the requirements of the National School Bus Standards and such other specifications as the State Board of Education may determine as necessary to provide safe transportation for pupils to and from school and shall approve for sale to all schools in the State of Oklahoma transportation equipment, including bus bodies and chassis, which equipment meets or exceeds the specifications provided for the National School Bus Standards and such other specifications as the State Board of Education may deem as necessary. Any equipment fueled by alternative fuels as defined in Section 130.13 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall also meet any federal safety standards specified for any equipment used to provide transportation for pupils to and from school. The State Board of Education may approve auxiliary transportation equipment that is not National School Bus Yellow in color.  The State Board of Education shall make a list of the equipment approved by them and the maximum price at which such equipment can be purchased. The list shall include a complete description of the equipment. Such description shall include the specification of the school bus bodies and chassis as well as the factory list price of such equipment at the various factories. Such list shall be made available to all school districts authorized to purchase transportation equipment. Provided, at any time there shall be any change of specifications or prices by manufacturers of chassis or bodies, there shall be filed with the State Board of Education a revised set of specifications and prices.  The school board or board of education of any school district authorized to furnish transportation for pupils to and from school and receiving any State Aid funds, except as provided for in this section, shall be required to purchase all their transportation equipment from the list so provided on sealed bids and at a price not greater than the price filed with the State Board of Education; and the State Board of Education shall be required to deduct from any State Aid for which the school district may qualify the amount paid by any school district for transportation equipment not approved by the State Board of Education or the amount paid greater than shown on the price list for that transportation equipment filed with the State Board of Education. Unless otherwise exempted by this section, all purchases made under the provisions of this act for transportation shall be made upon sealed bids, and contract of purchase shall be awarded to the lowest and best bidder.  Provided, however, any purchase or sale of used transportation equipment shall not be subject to the list and sealed bid requirements as provided for in this section.  The State Board of Education shall adopt rules necessary for the administration of this section and shall require from school district boards of education such information and reports as necessary for proper administration of this section.  Any cost of administration of this section shall be paid by the State Board of Education from funds appropriated for the administration of the State Aid Law.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9-109, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 294, • 16, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1994, c. 138, • 2, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 176, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2002, c. 397, • 32, eff. Nov. 1, 2002; Laws 2005, c. 472, • 13, eff. July 1, 2005.    •709110. Special Transportation Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created a revolving fund, to be known and designated as the "Special Transportation Revolving Fund," which shall consist of all appropriations made for the purposes hereinafter designated and shall also include all proceeds resulting from the use and/or resale of pupiltransportation equipment purchased out of monies in said revolving fund. Said revolving fund shall be a continuing fund and shall be nonfiscal in character. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9110. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9110, eff. July 2, 1971.   •709111. Use of fund.  The State Board of Education through the Director of Finance is hereby authorized to use the "Special Transportation Revolving Fund" for the purchase of pupiltransportation equipment suitable for the transportation of children to and from the common schools and to make one or more units of such pupiltransportation equipment available for use by any school district in the State of Oklahoma which is either required or authorized by statute to provide free transportation to and from school for children legally residing in such district or legally transferred thereto and entitled to attend school therein, but which school district does not have sufficient funds available, and, because of then existing indebtedness, may not legally issue its bonds for the purchase of other pupiltransportation equipment. Provided, such equipment shall be purchased from the list of approved equipment as provided for in Section 9109 and at a price not greater than the price so approved. Provided, further, the school board or board of education of any school district desiring to rent such equipment shall select from the approved list the equipment they desire before the State Board of Education shall be authorized to purchase transportation equipment for rental to any district. Provided, further, the State Board of Education shall not be authorized to act in behalf of any school district in the purchase of any transportation equipment except as provided for in this act. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9111. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9111, eff. July 2, 1971.   •709112. Lease of equipment.  Any such eligible school district and the State Board of Education may enter into a lease contract, in writing, for the use by such school district of one or more of such pupiltransportation equipment units during the then current fiscal year, at the annual rental value of such unit or units determined in the manner provided for herein, but which contract may be entered into only against a then current item of appropriation for "Transportation Operation." Any school district which lawfully leases one or more of such pupiltransportation equipment units from the State Board of Education during any fiscal year shall be eligible to enter into a like contract for the same unit or units during and for the ensuing fiscal year, and shall also be eligible to purchase the same such units, as provided for herein, even though such district then has sufficient funds available or may then legally issue its bonds for the purchase of other pupiltransportation equipment. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9112. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9112, eff. July 2, 1971.   •709113. Rental value of equipment.  The State Board of Education shall fix the annual rental value of each particular unit of such pupiltransportation equipment at an amount not less than that required to amortize the original total cost of that unit by five (5) years' rental thereof. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9113. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9113, eff. July 2, 1971.   •709114. Sale of units of equipment after lease for one year.  The State Board of Education may sell any particular unit of such pupiltransportation equipment to an eligible school district, at any time after such unit has been leased for one (1) fiscal year, for an amount not less than the original total cost of such unit less rentals actually paid for the use of such unit; provided, however, in so selling any such unit, preference shall be given to the school district leasing such unit during the then preceding fiscal year. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9114. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9114, eff. July 2, 1971.   •709115. Care of equipment.  Any school district leasing any such pupiltransportation equipment from the State Board of Education shall at its own cost and expense procure such equipment from the State Board of Education, keep such equipment, including all tires, tubes and accessories thereon and therewith, in good repair during the time the same shall be in its possession, and, at the expiration of the term of such lease, unless such equipment be purchased or again leased by such district, return such equipment to the State Board of Education in as good condition as when received, ordinary wear and tear alone excepted. Any tire or tube needing to be replaced while such equipment is in the possession of a school district shall be replaced by, and at the expense of, such district. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9115. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9115, eff. July 2, 1971.   •709116. Space for storage of equipment.  The State Board of Education is hereby authorized to procure space for the storage of such pupiltransportation units while not in the possession of a school district and to pay the necessary cost thereof from the "Special Transportation Revolving Fund." When any such unit is returned to the State Board of Education, said board is hereby authorized to recondition same, and to pay necessary cost of such reconditioning, including the cost of any new tires or tubes required for such purpose, from said "Special Transportation Revolving Fund." Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9116. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 9116, eff. July 2, 1971.   •709117. Expense Paid from what funds.  Any costs or expense necessarily incurred by the State Board of Education in the administration of the foregoing provisions relating to the "Special Transportation Revolving Fund" shall be paid from funds appropriated or allocated for the administration of laws providing for the payment of State Aid to school districts in the same manner that expenses of administration of such laws are paid. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 9117. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, • 281, • 9117, eff. July 2, 1971.   •709118. Operation instruction for bus drivers.  Except in case of emergency, anyone who operates, as a driver, a school bus whether a contractor for private hire or an employee of the school district for the transportation of students enrolled in the public schools of the district shall complete a course of instruction pertaining to the operation of a school bus. Said course to be approved by the State Department of Education and the district involved. Laws 1973, c. 112, Section 5.    Laws 1973, c. 112, • 5.   •70-10-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-4. Repealed by Laws 1969, c. 159, • 2.  •70-10-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-9. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-10. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-11. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-12. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-13. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-10-101. Attendance officer - Assistants.  Except as provided in Section 10-102.1 of this title, the board of education of each school district shall appoint, or may employ, and fix the compensation of an attendance officer and such assistants as may be necessary, who shall serve under the authority and supervision of the board of education and the district superintendent of schools. Provided, that the same person may be appointed or employed as an attendance officer or assistant for two or more school districts.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 10-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 178, • 1, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 14, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 232, • 3, emerg. eff. May 25, 1994.    •70-10-102. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 55, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-10-102.1. Police as attendance officers.  The board of education of each school district may enter into an agreement with the municipal police department serving the school district which provides that some or all of the duties of an attendance officer for the school district shall be performed by a certified police officer of the municipality. The agreement may further provide that the compensation and necessary traveling expenses of such attendance officer shall be payable from municipal funds.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 178, • 3, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 232, • 4, emerg. eff. May 25, 1994.    •70-10-103. Repealed by Laws 1986, c. 259, • 65, operative July 1, 1986.  •7010103.1. Legal average daily attendance.  The school population, scholastic population, scholastic enumeration, and enumeration of a district shall be the legal average daily attendance. The legal average daily attendance shall be the average number of pupils present in a school district during a year or other specified period of time. The State Board of Education shall determine the legal average daily attendance for each school district by dividing the aggregate days of pupils present in each school district by the number of days taught in each school district.    Added by Laws 1986, c. 259, • 56, operative July 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 204, • 116, operative July 1, 1987.   •70-10-103.2. Student information referral procedure.  By January 1, 1995, each school district in this state shall develop a student information referral procedure whereby the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation would, if authorized by a parent or legal guardian at any time, have access through a designated district employee to information currently maintained by the school district not prohibited from being released to law enforcement officers by state or federal law regarding past and present students in the district including but not limited to names of the parents of the student and their addresses.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 132, • 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.    •70-10-104. State Treasurer and Secretary of School Land Department - Report.  The State Board of Education shall file with the Secretary of the School Land Commission a report, duly certified, showing the school population for the preceding school year of each school district. School population shall be determined as provided for in Section 10-103.1 of this title. The report so filed shall be the basis for making the apportionments of state school land earnings during the following fiscal year.  Amended by Laws 1986, c. 259, • 57, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1999, c. 292, • 6, eff. July 1, 1999.    •70-10-105. Neglect or refusal to compel child to attend school - Exceptions - Enforcement.  A. It shall be unlawful for a parent, guardian, or other person having custody of a child who is over the age of five (5) years, and under the age of eighteen (18) years, to neglect or refuse to cause or compel such child to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private or other school, unless other means of education are provided for the full term the schools of the district are in session or the child is excused as provided in this section. One-half (1/2) day of kindergarten shall be required of all children five (5) years of age or older unless the child is excused from kindergarten attendance as provided in this section. A child who is five (5) years of age shall be excused from kindergarten attendance until the next school year after the child is six (6) years of age if a parent, guardian, or other person having custody of the child notifies the superintendent of the district where the child is a resident by certified mail prior to enrollment in kindergarten, or at any time during the first school year that the child is required to attend kindergarten pursuant to this section, of election to withhold the child from kindergarten until the next school year after the child is six (6) years of age. A kindergarten program shall be directed toward developmentally appropriate objectives for such children. The program shall require that any teacher employed on and after January 1, 1993, to teach a kindergarten program within the public school system shall be certified in early childhood education. All teachers hired to teach a kindergarten program within the public school system prior to January 1, 1993, shall be required to obtain certification in early childhood education on or before the 1996-97 school year in order to continue to teach a kindergarten program.  B. It shall be unlawful for any child who is over the age of twelve (12) years and under the age of eighteen (18) years, and who has not finished four (4) years of high school work, to neglect or refuse to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private or other school, or receive an education by other means for the full term the schools of the district are in session.  Provided, that this section shall not apply:  1. If any such child is prevented from attending school by reason of mental or physical disability, to be determined by the board of education of the district upon a certificate of the school physician or public health physician, or, if no such physician is available, a duly licensed and practicing physician;  2. If any such child is excused from attendance at school, due to an emergency, by the principal teacher of the school in which such child is enrolled, at the request of the parent, guardian, custodian or other person having control of such child;  3. If any such child who has attained his or her sixteenth birthday is excused from attending school by written, joint agreement between:  a.  the school administrator of the school district where the child attends school, and  b.  the parent, guardian or custodian of the child. Provided, further, that no child shall be excused from attending school by such joint agreement between a school administrator and the parent, guardian or custodian of the child unless and until it has been determined that such action is for the best interest of the child and/or the community, and that said child shall thereafter be under the supervision of the parent, guardian or custodian until the child has reached the age of eighteen (18) years; or  4. If any such child is excused from attending school for the purpose of observing religious holy days if before the absence, the parent, guardian, or person having custody or control of the student submits a written request for the excused absence. The school district shall excuse a student pursuant to this subsection for the days on which the religious holy days are observed and for the days on which the student must travel to and from the site where the student will observe the holy days.  C. It shall be the duty of the attendance officer to enforce the provisions of this section. In the prosecution of a parent, guardian, or other person having custody of a child for violation of any provision of this section, it shall be an affirmative defense that the parent, guardian, or other person having custody of the child has made substantial and reasonable efforts to comply with the compulsory attendance requirements of this section but is unable to cause the child to attend school. If the court determines the affirmative defense is valid, it shall dismiss the complaint against the parent, guardian, or other person having custody of the child and shall notify the school attendance officer who shall refer the child to the district attorney for the county in which the child resides for the filing of a Child in Need of Supervision petition against the child pursuant to the Oklahoma Juvenile Code.  D. Any parent, guardian, custodian, child or other person violating any of the provisions of this section, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished as follows:  1. For the first offense, a fine of not less than Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) nor more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00), or imprisonment for not more than five (5) days, or both such fine and imprisonment;  2. For the second offense, a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), or imprisonment for not more than ten (10) days, or both such fine and imprisonment; and  3. For the third or subsequent offense, a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), or imprisonment for not more than fifteen (15) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.  Each day the child remains out of school after the oral and documented or written warning has been given to the parent, guardian, custodian, child or other person or the child has been ordered to school by the juvenile court shall constitute a separate offense.   E. At the trial of any person charged with violating the provisions of this section, the attendance records of the child or ward may be presented in court by any authorized employee of the school district.  F. The court may order the parent, guardian, or other person having custody of the child to perform community service in lieu of the fine set forth in this section. The court may require that all or part of the community service be performed for a public school district.  G. The court may order as a condition of a deferred sentence or as a condition of sentence upon conviction of the parent, guardian, or other person having custody of the child any conditions as the court considers necessary to obtain compliance with school attendance requirements. The conditions may include, but are not limited to, the following:  1. Verifying attendance of the child with the school;  2. Attending meetings with school officials;  3. Taking the child to school;  4. Taking the child to the bus stop;  5. Attending school with the child;  6. Undergoing an evaluation for drug, alcohol, or other substance abuse and following the recommendations of the evaluator; and  7. Taking the child for drug, alcohol, or other substance abuse evaluation and following the recommendations of the evaluator, unless excused by the court.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 10-105, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1975, c. 164, • 1, emerg. eff. May 20, 1975; Laws 1977, c. 155, • 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 1977; Laws 1979, c. 248, • 4; Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 14, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 262, • 5, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 220, • 2, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 270, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2003, c. 434, • 14; Laws 2006, c. 210, • 1, eff. July 1, 2006.    •70-10-105.1. Blank.  •70-10-105.2. Outreach agreements - Promotion of parental visits - Employees may have time off for parent-teacher conferences.  A. It shall be a policy of the State Board of Education to encourage each public school to explore outreach opportunities such as agreements with the parents of each child enrolled in school.  1. Such agreement may describe the beneficial relationship between parental interest and pupil achievement and provide an agreement that a child will achieve higher levels of competency if parents will guarantee that their child will attend school, behave satisfactorily while there, and complete homework. As part of the agreement, the school may state its intention to provide free remediation if a child fails to attain the necessary standards of competency.  2. Such agreement may also emphasize the importance of parentteacher conferences. The agreement should note the days of the school year reserved for professional meetings and staff development and state that on these days teachers are available to meet with parents. Teachers should also be encouraged to schedule conferences to accommodate working parents. Teachers should strive to hold at least one conference with each student's parents at least once each semester.  B. The State Board of Education also shall require each local board of education to develop initiatives to promote schools as congenial places for parents to visit.  C. The State Board of Education shall also establish a program for encouraging private employers to give employees who have children in preschool programs, kindergarten, or school programs time off to visit the schools for parentteacher conferences at least once each semester.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 34, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990.    •70-10-105.3. Parent education programs.  A. The State Board of Education shall develop and implement a program of parent education which provides practical information and guidance to parents regarding the development of language, cognition, social skills, and motor development of young children. The program shall be phased in so that services will be available to parents of children under age three (3) in school districts identified by the Board as having the greatest numbers of children whose education is considered to be high challenge. As funds are available, beginning with the 1992-93 school year, the Board shall expand the program so that services will be available to the school sites identified by the Board as having the greatest percentage of children qualifying for the free or reduced school lunch program. The Board shall expand the program each year if funding is available to ensure that a parent education program is available to all school districts. In evaluating new funding requests, priority consideration shall be given to programs demonstrating the greatest need combined with the greatest commitment of community, foundation, and corporate support.  B. The program shall emphasize the importance of the parents of children as a child's first and most influential teachers. The parent education programs currently offered in other states should be examined as possible models for the Oklahoma program.  C. The State Board of Education shall contract with an organization to provide for technical assistance for a field operations center to coordinate the Oklahoma Parents as Teachers Program. To be eligible for a technical assistance contract, an applicant must be an affiliate member of a national organization or association providing parent education training, must have at least two (2) years' experience in implementation of a Parents as Teachers Program, and must have at least one staff member with a degree above the baccalaureate level who has expertise in Child Development or Early Childhood Education. Technical assistance shall include assistance with training on program organization, management, implementation, and fundraising techniques for groups seeking to implement Parents as Teachers Programs and existing Parents as Teachers Programs throughout the state. The technical assistance provider shall compile a report, utilizing data collected from the State Department of Education and the Child Service Demonstration Center, on the status of Parents as Teachers Programs in Oklahoma, including the locations and descriptions of the programs, the sources of funding for the programs, and pending applications for funding. The report shall be filed on or before April 1 of each year with the Governor, the Legislature, and the State Board of Education.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 35, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 324, • 14, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1992, c. 373, • 17, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 392, • 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 2002, c. 437, • 2, eff. July 1, 2002.    •70-10-105.4. Pilot early childhood program - Applications from private sector - Matching funds.  The State Board of Education shall establish a pilot early childhood program to consist of private donations and state funds that will serve at-risk children in at least one urban area and one rural area of this state to be selected by the Board. The Board shall solicit applications from the private sector for the program and require applicants to match state funds on a two-to-one basis and commit a minimum investment of Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000.00) in the program.  Added by Laws 2006, 2nd Ex.Sess., c. 50, • 12, eff. July 1, 2006.    •70-10-106. Records of attendance of pupil - Report of absence.  It shall be the duty of the principal or head teacher of each public, private or other school in the State of Oklahoma to keep a full and complete record of the attendance of all children at such school and to notify the attendance officer of the district in which such school is located of the absence of such children from the school together with the causes thereof, if known; and it shall be the duty of any parent, guardian or other person having charge of any child of compulsory attendance age to notify the child's teacher concerning the cause of any absences of such child. It shall be the duty of the principal or head teacher to notify the parent, guardian or responsible person of the absence of the child for any part of the school day, unless the parent, guardian or other responsible person notifies the principal or head teacher of such absence. Such attendance officer and teacher shall be required to report to the school health officer all absences on account of illness with such information respecting the same as may be available by report or investigation; and the attendance officer shall, if justified by the circumstances, promptly give to the parent, guardian or custodian of any child who has not complied with the provisions of this article oral and documented or written warning to the last-known address of such person that the attendance of such child is required at some public, private or other school as herein provided. If within five (5) days after the warning has been received, the parent, guardian or custodian of such child does not comply with the provisions of this article, then such attendance officer shall make complaint against the parent, guardian or custodian of such child in a court of competent jurisdiction for such violation, which violation shall be a misdemeanor. If a child is absent without valid excuse four (4) or more days or parts of days within a four-week period or is absent without valid excuse for ten (10) or more days or parts of days within a semester, the attendance officer shall notify the parent, guardian or custodian of the child and immediately report such absences to the district attorney in the county wherein the school is located for juvenile proceedings pursuant to Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 10-106, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1979, c. 248, • 5; Laws 1989, c. 178, • 4, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1995, c. 270, • 2, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2009, c. 234, • 157, emerg. eff. May 21, 2009.    •70-10-106.1. Driver license school enrollment requirements - Duties and responsibilities of attendance officers.  It shall be the duty of the attendance officer of each school district to carry out the duties and responsibilities required of the attendance officers by Section 34 of this act. If the attendance officer is unable to carry out the duties and responsibilities, the school district superintendent shall be charged with such duties and responsibilities. Documentation of enrollment status shall be provided to a student by the school district last attended by the student and shall be based upon the last semester's attendance if the student requires documentation during a time when school is not in session.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 247, • 40, eff. July 1, 1996.    •7010107. Rules and regulations.  In any matter pertaining to the duties of the attendance officer and keeping records thereof, the board of education of the district shall make rules and regulations subject only to the limitations of the regulations of the State Board of Education and of the law, which shall have the force and effect of law, and all attendance officers are hereby required to comply with all such rules and regulations the same as if they had been specifically mentioned herein. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 10107. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 10107, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7010108. Necessary travel expenses.  The attendance officer or assistants shall receive, in addition to their salaries, all necessary travel expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 10108. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 10108, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-10-109. Temporary detention and custody of children subject to compulsory attendance law.  A. An attendance officer, any school administrator, or designee of the school administrator who is employed by the school, or any peace officer may, except for children being home schooled pursuant to Section 10-105 of the Oklahoma Statutes, temporarily detain and assume temporary custody of any child subject to compulsory full-time education, during hours in which school is actually in session, who is found away from the home of such child and who is absent from school without lawful excuse within the school district that such attendance officer, peace officer or school official serves, if said school district has previously approved the temporary detention and custody pursuant to this section.  B. Any person temporarily detaining and assuming temporary custody of a child pursuant to this section shall immediately deliver the child either to the parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of the child, or to the school from which the child is absent without valid excuse, or to a nonsecure youth service or community center servicing the school district, or to a community intervention center, as defined by Section 2-1-103 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes.  C. The temporary custody or detention provided by this section shall be utilized as a means of reforming and returning the truant students to school and shall not be used as a pretext for investigating criminal matters. The temporary custody or detention herein provided is a severely limited type of detention and is not justified unless there are specific facts causing an attendance officer or other authorized person to reasonably suspect that a truancy violation is occurring and that the person the officer intends to detain is a truant.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 178, • 5, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 270, • 3, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1999, c. 365, • 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2009, c. 234, • 158, emerg. eff. May 21, 2009.    •70-11-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-11-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-11-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-11-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-11-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •7011101. Sectarian or religious doctrines Forbidden to be taught in schools.  No sectarian or religious doctrine shall be taught or inculcated in any of the public schools of this state, but nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the reading of the Holy Scriptures. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 11101. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 11101, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7011101.1. Voluntary prayer.  The board of education of each school district shall permit those students and teachers who wish to do so to participate in voluntary prayer. Nothing in this act shall be construed to be in conflict with Section 11101 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.    Laws 1980, c. 72, • 1, emerg. eff. April 14, 1980.   •70-11-101.2. Minute of silence in public schools - Intervention by Attorney General in legal proceedings.  The board of education of each school district shall ensure that the public schools within the district observe approximately one minute of silence each day for the purpose of allowing each student, in the exercise of his or her individual choice, to reflect, meditate, pray, or engage in any other silent activity that does not interfere with, distract, or impede other students in the exercise of their individual choices.  The Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma is hereby authorized to intervene in any legal proceeding to enforce the provisions of this act and shall represent any school district or employee named as a defendant therein. Any school district or employee named as a defendant in any proceeding to enforce the provisions of this act shall within five (5) days of receiving service of summons notify the Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma of the pendency of the action.  Added by Laws 2002, c. 353, • 1.    •7011102. Instruction conducted in English language.  Instruction given in the several branches of learning in the public schools shall be conducted in the English language except as is necessary for the teaching of foreign languages. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 11102. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 11102, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-11103. Courses for instruction What to include.  A. Courses of instruction approved by the State Board of Education for use in school years prior to 199394 shall be those courses that are necessary to ensure:  1. The teaching of the necessary basic skills of learning and communication, including reading, English, writing, the use of numbers and science; and  2. The teaching of citizenship in the United States, in the State of Oklahoma, and in other countries, through the study of the United States Constitution, the amendments thereto, and the ideals, history, and government of the United States, other countries of the world, and the State of Oklahoma and through the study of the principles of democracy as they apply in the lives of citizens. In study of the United States Constitution, a written copy of the document itself shall be utilized.  The public school districts of this state shall ensure that each child enrolled therein is provided with adequate instruction in the basic skills as set out in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this subsection. Each local board of education shall annually evaluate the district's curriculum in order to determine whether each child in the district is receiving adequate basic skill instruction as set out in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this subsection. The evaluation process shall provide for parental involvement. Effective July 1, 1990, each district shall submit its annual evaluation of the district's curriculum to the State Board of Education. The State Board shall make this information available to the Oklahoma Curriculum Committee and, beginning with the 199697 school year, shall utilize such information in its periodic evaluation of curriculum.  B. Courses approved by the State Board of Education for instruction of pupils in the public schools of the state for use in school years prior to 199394 may include courses that are approved by a local board of education and are necessary to ensure:  1. The teaching of health through the study of proper diet, the effects of alcoholic beverages, narcotics and other substances on the human system and through the study of such other subjects as will promote healthful living and help to establish proper health habits in the lives of school children;  2. The teaching of safety through training in the driving and operation of motor vehicles and such other devices of transportation as may be desirable and other aspects of safety which will promote the reduction of accidents and encourage habits of safe living among school children;  3. The teaching of physical education to all physically able students during the entire school year from first through sixth grade, through physical education, a weekly minimum of seventyfive (75) minutes per student, exclusive of recess activity, supervised play, intramurals, interschool athletics or other extracurricular activities; provided, any student participating as a member of any school athletic team shall be excused from physical education classes; provided further, that certified physical education instructors shall not be required to administer the programs required for grades one through six. An elective program of instructional physical education designed to provide a minimum of one hundred fifty (150) minutes per week per student shall be provided for all students in the seventh grade through the twelfth grade. The State Board of Education shall prescribe qualifications for physical education instructors. Provided, however, that the State Department of Education shall be empowered to exempt all or a portion of this requirement if an undue hardship would result to the school district. Provided, further, that any student who has exceptional talent in music may, with the approval of the superintendent of schools in independent districts or in elementary districts, substitute a course in music for the aboverequired physical education course;  4. The teaching of the conservation of natural resources of the state and the nation that are necessary and desirable to sustain life and contribute to the comfort and welfare of the people now living and those who will live here in the future, such as soil, water, forests, minerals, oils, gas, all forms of wildlife, both plant and animal, and such other natural resources as may be considered desirable to study;  5. The teaching of vocational education, by the study of the various aspects of agriculture, through courses and farm youth organizations, such as FFA and 4H clubs, homemaking and home economics, trades and industries, distributive education, mechanical and industrial arts and such other aspects of vocational education as will promote occupational competence among school children and adults as potential and actual citizens of the state and nation; and  6. The teaching of such other aspects of human living and citizenship as will achieve the legitimate objectives and purposes of public education.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 11-103, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1973, c. 23, • 1, eff. July 1, 1974; Laws 1974, c. 244, • 4; Laws 1975, c. 339, • 1, emerg. eff. June 12, 1975; Laws 1982, c. 326, • 3; Laws 1986, c. 65, • 1, eff. July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 186, • 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 3, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 16, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 239, • 39, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-11-103.1. American Sign Language Teaching in public school.  American Sign Language is hereby recognized as a language art and may be taught in the public schools of the state in educational programs for both hearing and deaf students. American Sign Language classes taught in the public schools may be counted by a public school in fulfilling elective course offerings and shall be granted the same credit as a foreign language. For the purposes of this section, American Sign Language may be taught in the public schools by any qualified teacher under the supervision of a certified teacher.  Added by Laws 1982, c. 126, • 1, operative July 1, 1982. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 201, • 1, emerg. eff. May 17, 1991; Laws 1999, c. 35, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999.    •7011103.2. Academic scholar program.  The State Board of Education shall have authority to develop and implement a program for the purpose of recognizing academic scholars in the secondary schools of the state. The State Board of Education shall determine the requirements which are necessary for a student to attain academic scholar status. The requirements shall include but not be limited to the minimum graduation requirements set by the State Board of Education. Recognition for academic scholar status shall be indicated upon the diploma of those students who qualify for such status and in such other manner as the Board may determine. The State Board of Education shall be authorized to promulgate rules and regulations in order to implement the provisions of this section.    Added by Laws 1986, c. 40, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 204, • 117, operative July 1, 1987.   •70-11-103.2c. Repealed by Laws 2000, c. 232, • 24, eff. July 1, 2000.  •70-11-103.2d. Repealed by Laws 2000, c. 232, • 24, eff. July 1, 2000.  •7011103.3. AIDS prevention education Curriculum and materials Inspection by parents and guardians.  A. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) prevention education shall be taught in the public schools of this state. AIDS prevention education shall be limited to the discussion of the disease AIDS and its spread and prevention. Students shall receive such education:  1. at the option of the local school district, a minimum of once during the period from grade five through grade six;  2. a minimum of once during the period from grade seven through grade nine; and 3. a minimum of once during the period from grade ten through grade twelve.  B. The State Department of Education shall develop curriculum and materials for AIDS prevention education in conjunction with the State Department of Health. A school district may also develop its own AIDS prevention education curriculum and materials. Any curriculum and materials developed for use in the public schools shall be approved for medical accuracy by the State Department of Health. A school district may use any curriculum and materials which have been developed and approved pursuant to this subsection.  C. School districts shall make the curriculum and materials that will be used to teach AIDS prevention education available for inspection by the parents and guardians of the students that will be involved with the curriculum and materials. Furthermore, the curriculum must be limited in time frame to deal only with factual medical information for AIDS prevention. The school districts, at least one (1) month prior to teaching AIDS prevention education in any classroom, shall conduct for the parents and guardians of the students involved during weekend and evening hours at least one presentation concerning the curriculum and materials that will be used for such education. No student shall be required to participate in AIDS prevention education if a parent or guardian of the student objects in writing to such participation.  D. AIDS prevention education shall specifically teach students that:  1. engaging in homosexual activity, promiscuous sexual activity, intravenous drug use or contact with contaminated blood products is now known to be primarily responsible for contact with the AIDS virus;  2. avoiding the activities specified in paragraph 1 of this subsection is the only method of preventing the spread of the virus; 3. sexual intercourse, with or without condoms, with any person testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibodies, or any other person infected with HIV, places that individual in a high risk category for developing AIDS.  E. The program of AIDS prevention education shall teach that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain means for the prevention of the spread or contraction of the AIDS virus through sexual contact. It shall also teach that artificial means of birth control are not a certain means of preventing the spread of the AIDS virus and reliance on such methods puts a person at risk for exposure to the disease.  F. The State Department of Health and the State Department of Education shall update AIDS education curriculum material as newly discovered medical facts make it necessary.    Added by Laws 1987, c. 46, • 1, operative July 1, 1987.   •70-11-103.4. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 155, • 4, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-11-103.5. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 155, • 4, eff. July 1, 1993.  •70-11-103.6. State Board of Education - Adoption of curriculum standards - Option for high school graduation - Adoption and approval of promotional system.  A. The State Board of Education shall adopt curricular standards for instruction of students in the public schools of this state that are necessary to ensure there is attainment of desired levels of competencies in a variety of areas to include language, mathematics, science, social studies and communication. All students shall gain literacy at the elementary and secondary levels through a core curriculum. Students must develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, computing and critical thinking. They also must learn about cultures and environments - their own and those of others with whom they share the earth. Students, therefore, must study social studies, literature, languages, the arts, mathematics and science. Such curricula shall provide for the teaching of a handson career exploration program in cooperation with technology center schools. The core curriculum shall be designed to teach the competencies for which students shall be tested as provided in Section 1210.508 of this title, and shall be designed to prepare all students for employment and/or postsecondary education.  B. Beginning with students entering the ninth grade in the 2006-07 school year and subject to the provisions of subsection C of this section, in order to graduate from a public high school accredited by the State Board of Education with a standard diploma, students shall complete the following college preparatory/work ready curriculum units or sets of competencies at the secondary level:  1. Four units of English to include Grammar, Composition, Literature, or any English course approved for college admission requirements;  2. Three units of mathematics, limited to Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics, or any mathematics course with content and/or rigor above Algebra I and approved for college admission requirements;  3. Three units of laboratory science, limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or any laboratory science course with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology and approved for college admission requirements;  4. Three units of history and citizenship skills, including one unit of American History, 1/2 unit of Oklahoma History, 1/2 unit of United States Government and one unit from the subjects of History, Government, Geography, Economics, Civics, or Non-Western culture and approved for college admission requirements;  5. Two units of the same foreign or non-English language or two units of computer technology approved for college admission requirements, whether taught at a high school or a technology center school, including computer programming, hardware, and business computer applications, such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and graphics, excluding keyboarding or typing courses;  6. One additional unit selected from paragraphs 1 through 5 of this subsection or career and technology education courses approved for college admission requirements; and  7. One unit or set of competencies of fine arts, such as music, art, or drama, or one unit or set of competencies of speech.  C. Beginning with students entering the ninth grade in the 2006-07 school year, in lieu of the requirements of subsection B of this section which requires a college preparatory/work ready curriculum, a student may enroll in the core curriculum as provided in subsection D of this section upon written approval of the parent or legal guardian of the student. School districts may require a parent or legal guardian of the student to meet with a designee of the school prior to enrollment in the core curriculum. The State Department of Education shall develop and distribute to school districts a form suitable for this purpose, which shall include information on the benefits to students of completing the college preparatory/work ready curriculum as provided for in subsection B of this section.  D. For students who entered the ninth grade prior to the 2006-07 school year and for those students subject to the requirements of subsection C of this section, in order to graduate from a public high school accredited by the State Board of Education with a standard diploma, students shall complete the following core curriculum units or sets of competencies at the secondary level:  1. Language Arts – 4 units or sets of competencies, to consist of 1 unit or set of competencies of grammar and composition, and 3 units or sets of competencies which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses:  a.  American Literature,  b.  English Literature,  c.  World Literature,  d.  Advanced English Courses, or  e.  other English courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above grammar and composition;  2. Mathematics – 3 units or sets of competencies, to consist of 1 unit or set of competencies of Algebra I or Algebra I taught in a contextual methodology, and 2 units or sets of competencies which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses:  a.  Algebra II,  b.  Geometry or Geometry taught in a contextual methodology,  c.  Trigonometry,  d.  Math Analysis or Precalculus,  e.  Calculus,  f.  Statistics and/or Probability,  g.  Computer Science,  h.  contextual mathematics courses which enhance technology preparation whether taught at a:  (1)  comprehensive high school, or  (2)  technology center school when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade, taught by a certified teacher, and approved by the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education,  i.  mathematics courses taught at a technology center school by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education, or  j.  equal to or above Algebra I;  3. Science – 3 units or sets of competencies, to consist of 1 unit or set of competencies of Biology I or Biology I taught in a contextual methodology, and 2 units or sets of competencies in the areas of life, physical, or earth science or technology which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses:  a.  Chemistry I,  b.  Physics,  c.  Biology II,  d.  Chemistry II,  e.  Physical Science,  f.  Earth Science,  g.  Botany,  h.  Zoology,  i.  Physiology,  j.  Astronomy,  k.  Applied Biology/Chemistry,  l.  Applied Physics,  m.  Principles of Technology,  n.  qualified agricultural education courses,  o.  contextual science courses which enhance technology preparation whether taught at a:  (1)  comprehensive high school, or  (2)  technology center school when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade, taught by a certified teacher, and approved by the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education,  p.  science courses taught at a technology center school by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area when taken in the eleventh or twelfth grade upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education, or  q.  other science courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology I;  4. Social Studies – 3 units or sets of competencies, to consist of 1 unit or set of competencies of United States History, 1/2 to 1 unit or set of competencies of United States Government, 1/2 unit or set of competencies of Oklahoma History, and 1/2 to 1 unit or set of competencies which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses:  a.  World History,  b.  Geography,  c.  Economics,  d.  Anthropology, or  e.  other social studies courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above United States History, United States Government, and Oklahoma History; and  5. Arts – 2 units or sets of competencies which may include, but are not limited to, courses in Visual Arts and General Music.  E. 1. In addition to the curriculum requirements of either subsection B or D of this section, in order to graduate from a public high school accredited by the State Board of Education students shall complete the requirements for a personal financial literacy passport as set forth in the Passport to Financial Literacy Act and any additional course requirements or recommended elective courses as may be established by the State Board of Education and the district school board. School districts shall strongly encourage students to complete two units or sets of competencies of foreign languages and two units or sets of competencies of physical and health education.  2. No student shall receive credit for high school graduation more than once for completion of the same unit or set of competencies to satisfy the curriculum requirements of this section.  3. A school district shall not be required to offer every course listed in subsections B and D of this section, but shall offer sufficient courses to allow a student to meet the graduation requirements during the secondary grade years of the student.  F. For purposes of this section:  1. “Contextual methodology” means academic content and skills taught by utilizing real-world problems and projects in a way that helps students understand the application of that knowledge;  2. “Qualified agricultural education courses” means courses that have been determined by the State Board of Education to offer the sets of competencies in the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS), as adopted by the Board, for one or more science content areas and which correspond to academic science courses. Qualified agricultural education courses shall include, but are not limited to, Horticulture, Plant and Soil Science, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and Animal Science. The courses shall be taught by teachers certified in agricultural education and comply with all rules of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education;  3. “Rigor” means a level of difficulty that is appropriate for the grade level and that meets state and/or national standards;  4. “Sets of competencies” means those skills and competencies that are specified in the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS), as adopted by the State Board of Education, subchapter 5, Chapter 15, Title 210 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code, and other skills and competencies adopted by the Board; and  5. “Unit” means a Carnegie Unit as defined by the North Central Association’s Commission on Schools.  G. 1. The State Board of Education shall adopt a plan to ensure that rigor is maintained in the content, teaching methodology, level of expectations for student achievement, and application of learning in all the courses taught to meet the graduation requirements as specified in this section.  2. The State Board of Education shall allow as much flexibility at the district level as is possible without diminishing the rigor or undermining the intent of providing these courses. To accomplish this purpose, the State Department of Education shall work with school districts in reviewing and approving courses taught by districts that are not specifically listed in subsections B and D of this section. Options may include, but shall not be limited to, courses taken by concurrent enrollment, advanced placement, or correspondence, or courses bearing different titles.  3. Technology center school districts may offer programs designed in cooperation with institutions of higher education which have an emphasis on a focused field of career study upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education. Students in the tenth grade may be allowed to attend these programs for up to one-half (1/2) of a school day and credit for the units or sets of competencies required in paragraphs 2 and 3 of subsection B or D of this section shall be given if the courses are taught by a teacher certified in the secondary subject area; provided, credit for units or sets of competencies pursuant to subsection B of this section shall be approved for college admission requirements.  4. If a student enrolls in a concurrent course, the school district shall not be responsible for any costs incurred for that course, unless the school district does not offer enough course selection during the student’s secondary grade years to allow the student to receive the courses needed to meet the graduation requirements of this section. If the school district does not offer the necessary course selection during the student’s secondary grade years, it shall be responsible for the cost of resident tuition at an institution in The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, fees, and books for the concurrent enrollment course, and providing for transportation to and from the institution to the school site.  It is the intent of the Legislature that for students enrolled in a concurrent enrollment course which is paid for by the school district pursuant to this paragraph, the institution charge only the supplementary and special service fees that are directly related to the concurrent enrollment course and enrollment procedures for that student. It is further the intent of the Legislature that fees for student activities and student service facilities, including the student health care and cultural and recreational service fees, not be charged to such students.  5. Credit for the units or sets of competencies required in subsection B or D of this section shall be given when such units or sets of competencies are taken in the seventh or eighth grades if the teachers are certified or authorized to teach the subjects for high school credit and the required rigor is maintained.  6. Beginning with ninth-grade students enrolled in the 2008-2009 school year, the three units or sets of competencies in mathematics required in subsection B or D of this section shall be completed in the ninth through twelfth grades; provided, if a student completes any required courses in mathematics prior to ninth grade, the student may take any other mathematics courses to fulfill the requirement to complete three units in grades nine through twelve after the student has satisfied the requirements of subsection B or D of this section.  7. All units or sets of competencies required for graduation may be taken in any sequence recommended by the school district.  H. As a condition of receiving accreditation from the State Board of Education, all students in grades nine through twelve shall enroll in a minimum of six periods, or the equivalent in block scheduling, of rigorous academic and/or rigorous vocational courses each day, which may include arts, vocal and instrumental music, speech classes, and physical education classes.  I. 1. Academic and vocational-technical courses designed to offer sets of competencies integrated or embedded within the course that provide for the teaching and learning of the appropriate skills and knowledge in the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS), as adopted by the State Board of Education, may upon approval of the Board be counted for academic credit and toward meeting the graduation requirements of this section.  2. Internet-based courses offered by a technology center school that are taught by a certified teacher and provide for the teaching and learning of the appropriate skills and knowledge in the PASS may, upon approval of the State Board of Education and the independent district board of education, be counted for academic credit and toward meeting the graduation requirements of this section.  3. Internet-based courses or vocational-technical courses utilizing integrated or embedded skills for which no Priority Academic Student Skills have been adopted by the State Board of Education may be approved by the Board if such courses incorporate standards of nationally recognized professional organizations and are taught by certified teachers.  4. Courses offered by a supplemental education organization that is accredited by a national accrediting body and that are taught by a certified teacher and provide for the teaching and learning of the appropriate skills and knowledge in the PASS may, upon approval of the State Board of Education and the school district board of education, be counted for academic credit and toward meeting the graduation requirements of this section.  J. The State Board of Education shall provide an option for high school graduation based upon attainment of the desired levels of competencies as required in tests pursuant to the provisions of Section 1210.508 of this title. Such option shall be in lieu of the amount of course credits earned.  K. The State Board of Education shall prescribe, adopt and approve a promotion system based on the attainment by students of specified levels of competencies in each area of the core curriculum.  L. Children who have individualized education programs pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and who satisfy the graduation requirements through the individualized education program for that student shall be awarded a standard diploma.  M. For students who enter the ninth grade in or prior to the 2007-08 school year who are enrolled in an alternative education program and meet the requirements of their plans leading to high school graduation developed pursuant to Section 1210.568 of this title shall be awarded a standard diploma.  N. Any student who completes the curriculum requirements of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program shall be awarded a standard diploma.  O. Any student who successfully completes an advanced mathematics or science course offered pursuant to Section 1210.404 of this title shall be granted academic credit toward meeting the graduation requirements pursuant to paragraph 2 or 3, as appropriate, of subsection B or D of this section.  P. For purposes of this section, the courses approved for college admission requirements shall be courses which are approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for admission to an institution within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.  Q. The State Department of Education shall collect and report data by school site and district on the number of students who enroll in the core curriculum as provided in subsection D of this section.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 6, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 263, • 67, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 233, • 1, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1999, c. 320, • 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 232, • 1, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 87, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 143, • 1; Laws 2002, c. 453, • 4, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2004, c. 82, • 1, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 29, • 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2005, c. 432, • 7, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 289, • 2, eff. July 1, 2006; Laws 2007, c. 173, • 3, eff. July 1, 2007.  NOTE: Laws 2005, c. 80, • 1 repealed by Laws 2005, c. 432, • 15, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-11-103.6a. Review of adopted curriculum - Revisions.  Each area of subject matter curriculum, except for technology curriculum, adopted by the State Board of Education for implementation by the beginning of the 2003-04 school year shall be thoroughly reviewed by the State Board every six (6) years according to and in coordination with the existing subject area textbook adoption cycle, and the State Board shall implement any revisions in such curriculum deemed necessary to achieve further improvements in the quality of education for the students of this state.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 7, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 2002, c. 289, • 3, eff. July 1, 2002.    •70-11-103.6b. Social studies curriculum and textbooks to reflect American diversity.  A. The State Board of Education shall adopt a social studies core curriculum with courses of instruction for all students enrolled in the public schools that reflect the racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity of the United States of America. The United States history and Oklahoma history components required in the social studies curriculum for all students shall include, but not be limited to, African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans.  B. The State Textbook Committee, when adopting textbooks, shall incorporate the provisions of subsection A of this section into the criteria used to evaluate United States history and Oklahoma history textbooks. Any United States history or Oklahoma history textbook on the state adopted textbook list shall conform to the purposes of this act. The State Textbook Committee shall ensure that all social studies textbooks and supplementary materials selected to be purchased with state funds for use in Oklahoma classrooms reflect the racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity of the United States.  C. It is the intent of the Legislature that a portion of the state funds appropriated for professional development in local school districts be used for workshops, seminars, guest lecturers, and other methods which further the purposes of this act.  Added by Laws 1999, c. 294, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.    •70-11-103.6c. Teachers of honors courses - Certification in subject area.  Any school district offering courses labeled as honors courses must ensure that teachers of such honors courses are certified to teach in the subject area of the course in order to label the course an honors course.  Added by Laws 2000, c. 215, • 1, eff. July 1, 2000.    •70-11-103.6d. Certificates of distinction.  A. District boards of education may develop and issue a certificate of distinction that is to be awarded to students, beginning with students in the 2000-2001 high school graduating class who have met or exceeded the following criteria by the end of their senior year in high school with at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale:  1. Earned four units each in English, mathematics, social studies, and science;  2. Earned two additional units in the area of technology, the humanities, or the arts;  3. Earned two units in a foreign language; and  4. Achieved a proficient or advanced score on all end-of-instruction tests as required pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title, as those tests are implemented.  B. For purposes of this section, applicable vocational-technical classes offered by comprehensive high school vocational-technical programs shall qualify for technology, science, and mathematics units. Students enrolled in the programs may use one unit of their six concentrated vocational-technical curriculum units for one unit of mathematics required by this section and one unit of their six concentrated vocational-technical curriculum units for one unit of science required by this section. Advanced placement classes in the subject areas listed in paragraphs 1, 2, and 3 of subsection A of this section may be substituted on a course-by-course basis to satisfy the academic units required for a certificate of distinction.  C. For purposes of this section, “unit” means a Carnegie Unit as defined by the North Central Association’s Commission on Schools.  Added by Laws 2000, c. 232, • 2, eff. July 1, 2000. Amended by Laws 2009, c. 456, • 7, eff. July 1, 2009.    NOTE: Editorially renumbered from • 11-103.6c of this title to avoid duplication in numbering.    •70-11-103.6e. Certificates of distinction as part of higher education admission standards.  Colleges and universities shall not make holding a certificate of distinction a part of their admission standards.  Added by Laws 2000, c. 232, • 3, eff. July 1, 2000.    NOTE: Editorially renumbered from • 11-103.6d of this title to avoid duplication in numbering.    •70-11-103.6f. Students transferring from out of state – Exceptions to graduation requirements.  A. Prior to September 1, 2003, the State Board of Education shall adopt rules to ensure that students who transfer into an Oklahoma school district from out of state after the junior year of high school of the student shall not be denied, due to differing graduation requirements, the opportunity to be awarded a standard diploma.  B. The rules shall allow district boards of education to make exceptions on an individual student basis to the high school graduation requirements of Section 11-103.6 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes for such students who would be unable to meet the specific graduation requirements without extending the date of graduation. Each district board of education that grants exceptions pursuant to this subsection shall report to the State Department of Education on or before July 1 of each year the number of students granted exceptions and reasons for the exceptions.  Added by Laws 2003, c. 55, • 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003.    •70-11-103.6g. Passport to Financial Literacy Act - Short title.  Section 2 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the “Passport to Financial Literacy Act”.  Added by Laws 2007, c. 173, • 1, eff. July 1, 2007.    •70-11-103.6h. Passport to Financial Literacy Act - Areas of instruction - Graduation requirement - Duties of Department of Education - Transfer students.  A. Personal financial literacy education shall be taught in the public schools of this state. Personal financial literacy education shall include, but is not limited to, the following areas of instruction:  1. Understanding interest, credit card debt, and on-line commerce;  2. Rights and responsibilities of renting or buying a home;  3. Savings and investing;  4. Planning for retirement;  5. Bankruptcy;  6. Banking and financial services;  7. Balancing a checkbook;  8. Understanding loans and borrowing money, including predatory lending and payday loans;  9. Understanding insurance;  10. Identity fraud and theft;  11. Charitable giving;  12. Understanding the financial impact and consequences of gambling;  13. Earning an income; and  14. Understanding state and federal taxes.  B. Beginning with students entering the seventh grade in the 2008-2009 school year, in order to graduate from a public high school accredited by the State Board of Education with a standard diploma, students shall fulfill the requirements for a personal financial literacy passport. The requirements for a personal financial literacy passport shall be satisfactory completion in all areas of instruction in personal financial literacy as listed in subsection A of this section during grades seven through twelve.  C. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, school districts shall provide instruction in personal financial literacy to students during grades seven through twelve. School districts shall have the option of determining when each area of instruction listed in subsection A of this section shall be presented to students.  D. Personal financial literacy instruction shall be integrated into one or more existing courses of study or provided in a separate personal financial literacy course. School districts shall have the option of determining into which course or courses each area of instruction listed in subsection A of this section shall be integrated.  E. The State Board of Education shall identify and adopt curriculum standards for personal financial literacy instruction that reflect the areas of instruction listed in subsection A of this section. The standards shall be incorporated into the state academic content standards adopted by the Board pursuant to Section 11-103.6 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes and known as the Priority Academic Student Skills Curriculum.  F. The State Department of Education shall:  1. Develop guidelines and material designed to enable schools to infuse personal financial literacy within any course of study currently offered by the school district or offer personal financial literacy as a separate course. The guidelines shall outline the areas of instruction to be taught based on the curriculum standards adopted by the Board;  2. Develop professional development programs that are designed to help teachers provide instruction in personal financial literacy and incorporate the curriculum into an existing course or courses or develop curriculum for a separate personal financial literacy course; and  3. Provide resources, including on-line modules, for integrating the teaching of personal financial literacy into an existing course or courses of study or for developing a separate personal financial literacy course. The on-line modules shall include an assessment component for each area of instruction listed in subsection A of this section.  G. The Department may work with one or more not-for-profit organizations that have proven expertise in the development of standards and curriculum and delivery of teacher professional development in personal financial literacy for the purpose of developing and providing guidelines, materials, resources, including on-line modules, and professional development.  H. 1. For students who transfer into an Oklahoma school district from out of state after the seventh grade, school districts shall assess the knowledge of the student in each of the areas of instruction listed in subsection A of this section. If the school district determines that the transferred student has successfully completed instruction in any or all of the areas of personal financial literacy instruction at a previous school in which the student was enrolled or if the student demonstrates satisfactory knowledge of any or all of the areas of personal financial literacy instruction through an assessment, the school district may exempt the student from completing instruction in that area of personal financial literary instruction. School districts may use the assessment contained in the on-line modules provided by the State Department of Education pursuant to subsection F of this section to determine the personal financial literacy knowledge level of the student. School districts may also use the on-line modules to present an area of instruction to transferred students who have not completed or who did not demonstrate satisfactory knowledge in one or more of the areas of personal financial literacy instruction.  2. For students who transfer into an Oklahoma school district from out of state after the junior year of high school, school districts may make an exception to the requirements for a personal financial literacy passport pursuant to the provisions of Section 11-103.6 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  I. The State Textbook Committee created in Section 16-101 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes may, when selecting textbooks for mathematics, economics, or similar courses, select those textbooks which contain substantive provisions on personal finance.  Added by Laws 2007, c. 173, • 2, eff. July 1, 2007.    •70-11-103.7. Early childhood education programs - Standards.  A. Each school district may offer to four-year-old children the opportunity to participate in an early childhood education program.  B. The State Board of Education shall promulgate standards for early childhood education programs for children who are at least four (4) years of age on or before September 1 of the ensuing school year. The standards shall include both half-day programs consisting of not less than two and one-half (2 1/2) hours per school day, and full-day programs of six (6) hours. The standards for all early childhood education programs shall require a certified teacher, as specified in this section, to be present in the classroom for the length of the school day. Such program shall:  1. Be directed toward developmentally appropriate objectives for such children, rather than toward academic objectives suitable for older children;  2. Accommodate the needs of all children and families regardless of socioeconomic circumstances; and  3. Require that any teacher employed by a public school to teach in such early childhood education program shall be certified in early childhood education.  C. The superintendent of any school district providing classroom space or other school facilities for a federally sponsored Head Start program that is planning to make a material change in the arrangement, shall give notice to the director of the Head Start program at least seven (7) days prior to a school board hearing on the matter.  D. A school district may offer such early childhood education program within the district, in cooperation with other districts, through the use of transfers as specified by law, or by contracting with a private or public provider of early childhood education programs, or by contracting for classroom space with a licensed public or private child care provider based upon selection criteria established by the district. If the program is provided through contract with a private or public provider other than a school district, the contract may only be continued if each teacher serving the school on and after January 1, 1993, is certified in early childhood education, except that all teachers, without such certification, hired by such provider prior to January 1, 1993, and serving in the school as an early childhood education teacher shall be required to obtain certification on or before the beginning of the 1996-97 school year. Any person who has been employed as an early childhood educator with the Head Start Program, has a child development associate degree (CDA) and has at least five (5) years of experience in such employment shall be certified in early childhood education for purposes of employment in the public schools of this state to teach in early childhood education for children four (4) years of age and younger; if such person is recertified in child development by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition within five (5) years prior to the expiration of the person's early childhood certificate that was issued by the State Board of Education, such person shall be granted a renewal certificate in early childhood education by the State Board of Education upon expiration of the early childhood certificate. Provided, private or public providers shall meet such other standards required by law and by the State Board of Education.  E. If an early childhood program is provided by a private or public provider pursuant to a contract as authorized in this section, the contract shall address the requirements for implementing the residency program for resident teachers as required in Section 6-195 of this title. Teachers employed by a private or public provider in an early childhood education program provided through contract with a public school district shall receive in salary and/or fringe benefits amounts not less than the amounts specified in the schedule set forth in Section 18-114.7 of this title.  F. The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules to provide for the implementation of such program.  G. An early childhood education program may be offered jointly by school districts that have formed interlocal cooperative agreements pursuant to Section 5-117b of this title.  H. The term “pre-kindergarten” shall mean early childhood education for purposes of this title.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 335, • 3, eff. July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 16, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 263, • 68, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 67, • 6, emerg. eff. April 12, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 205, • 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1998, c. 204, • 2, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 355, • 2, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 403, • 2, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-11-103.8. Teaching of ebonics as credit course prohibited.  Ebonics shall not be recognized as a language art and shall not be taught as a course or class in the public schools of the state for which a student receives credit or which is counted towards fulfilling graduation requirements. For purposes of this section, "Ebonics" means an Africanized form of English reflecting Black Americans' linguistic-cultural ties to their African heritage. Ebonics may also be known as Black English or Black dialect.  Added by Laws 1997, c. 86, • 1, emerg. eff. April 11, 1997.    •70-11-103.9. Physical education programs required for accreditation.  A. Except as otherwise provided for in this section, the State Board of Education shall require, as a condition of accreditation, that school districts provide to all students physical education programs which may include athletics.  B. The Board shall require, as a condition of accreditation, that public elementary schools provide instruction, for students in full-day kindergarten and grades one through five, in physical education or exercise programs for a minimum of an average of sixty (60) minutes each week. The time students participate in recess shall not be counted toward the sixty-minutes-per-week physical education requirement. Schools may exclude from participation in the physical education or exercise programs required in this subsection those students who have been placed into an in-house suspension or detention class or placement or those students who are under an in-school restriction or are subject to an administrative disciplinary action.  C. The Board shall require, as a condition of accreditation, that public elementary schools provide to students in full-day kindergarten and grades one through five, in addition to the requirements set forth in subsection B of this section, an average of sixty (60) minutes each week of physical activity, which may include, but not be limited to, physical education, exercise programs, fitness breaks, recess, and classroom activities, and wellness and nutrition education. Each school district board of education shall determine the specific activities and means of compliance with the provisions of this subsection, giving consideration to the recommendations of each school’s Healthy and Fit Schools Advisory Committee as submitted to the school principal pursuant to the provisions of Section 24-100a of this title.  D. The Board shall disseminate information to each school district on the benefits of physical education programs and shall strongly encourage districts to provide physical education instruction to students in grades six through twelve. The Board shall also strongly encourage school districts to incorporate physical activity into the school day by providing to students in full-day kindergarten and grades one through five at least a twenty-minute daily recess, which shall be in addition to the sixty (60) minutes of physical education as required by subsection B of this section, and by allowing all students brief physical activity breaks throughout the day, physical activity clubs, and special events.  E. School districts shall provide to parents or guardians of students a physical activity report. The report shall be provided to parents and guardians at least annually and shall include:  1. A summary on how physical activity is being incorporated into the school day;  2. A summary of the types of physical activities the students are exposed to in the physical education programs;  3. Suggestions on monitoring the physical activity progress of a child and how to encourage regular participation in physical activity; and  4. Information on the benefits of physical education and physical activity.  F. Instruction in physical education required in this section shall be aligned with the Priority Academic Student Skills as adopted by the Board.  G. The Board shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 29, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005. Amended by Laws 2007, c. 258, • 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2008, c. 117, • 1; Laws 2009, c. 83, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    •70-11-103.9a. Oklahoma Kids Fitness Challenge Act.  A. This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Oklahoma Kids Fitness Challenge Act”.  B. The State Board of Education shall establish a physical activity program for public school students in the fifth grade, which each school district may elect to implement for the fifth-grade students in that district. The program shall incorporate the fitness challenges adopted by the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and may include the following activities:  1. Twenty-five sit-ups in two (2) minutes a minimum of three times per week every week during the school year; or  2. Walk a minimum of twenty-five (25) miles per week every week during the school year.  C. The physical activity program established by the State Board of Education shall also incorporate a “Walk Across Oklahoma” activity plan for school districts. The plan shall establish routes that challenge students to complete virtual walks across the state and at the same time learn facts, geography, and history about various locations in the state. The Board shall work with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Historical Society in developing the activity plan. The Board shall provide to school districts:  1. Information about public and private resources and options available to school districts to provide pedometers or step-counters to students;  2. Resources for teachers, that shall be available on the State Department of Education web site, which includes, but is not limited to:  a.  information about using a pedometer or step-counters,  b.  materials to incorporate the use of pedometers or step-counters into course curriculum,  c.  materials and sources of information relating to facts, geography, and history of the state,  d.  information about recreational areas in the state, and  e.  recreation and health education information; and  3. Ideas of ways to involve parents and guardians in the activity.  D. Each school district shall provide exceptions to the physical activity program implemented by the district for students who are unable to comply due to physical limitations.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 98, • 1, eff. July 1, 2005.  NOTE: Editorially renumbered from • 11-103.9 of this title to avoid duplication in numbering.    •70-11-103.10. Program materials relating to environmental issues and policies.  The State Department of Education may make program materials concerning environmental issues and policies, provided by the Department of Environmental Quality, available to the public schools of this state.  Added by Laws 1991, c. 340, • 4, eff. July 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 145, • 355, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7011104. Military and athletic training Assistance.  The board of education of any school district is hereby authorized to provide for military training, athletic training and physical examination of pupils in such district, and is hereby authorized to accept assistance from the United States Secretary of Defense and National Department of Defense or any branch thereof or from any other federal agency or from the Oklahoma National Guard, for the purpose of military drill and training. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 11104. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 11104, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7011105. Use of military equipment in school districts.  The governing board of each state educational institution and of each school district in the State of Oklahoma shall have authority to enter into contracts for the use of property and equipment for military training purposes, and shall have authority to give, or cause to be given, bonds or other security as may be required by federal law or regulations of the Secretary of the Army, Navy or Air Force, or other federal officer or agency, for the care and safekeeping of such property and equipment, or for similar purposes; and shall also have authority to make reimbursement for such property and equipment. The cost of such bonds, security and reimbursements shall be paid from funds available for the operation of such institution or school district. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 11105. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 11105, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-11-105.1. Sex education - Approval of curriculum and materials.  A. All curriculum and materials including supplementary materials which will be used to teach or will be used for or in connection with a sex education class or program which is designed for the exclusive purpose of discussing sexual behavior or attitudes, or any test, survey or questionnaire whose primary purpose is to elicit responses on sexual behavior or attitudes shall be available through the superintendent or a designee of the school district for inspection by parents and guardians of the student who will be involved with the class, program or test, survey or questionnaire. Such curriculum, materials, classes, programs, tests, surveys or questionnaires shall have as one of its primary purposes the teaching of or informing students about the practice of abstinence. The superintendent or a designee of the school district shall provide prior written notification to the parents or guardians of the students involved of their right to inspect the curriculum and material and of their obligation to notify the school in writing if they do not want their child to participate in the class, program, test, survey or questionnaire. Each local board of education shall determine the means of providing written notification to the parents and guardian which will ensure effective notice in an efficient and appropriate manner. No student shall be required to participate in a sex education class or program which discusses sexual behavior or attitudes if a parent or guardian of the student objects in writing to such participation. If the type of program referred to in this section is a part of or is taught during a credit course, a student may be required to enroll in the course but shall not be required to receive instruction in or participate in the program if a parent or guardian objects in writing.    B. The superintendent or a designee of a school district in which sex education is taught or a program is offered which is designed for the exclusive purpose of discussing sexual behavior or attitudes shall approve all curriculum and materials which will be used for such education and any test, survey or questionnaire whose primary purpose is to elicit responses on sexual behavior or attitudes used in the school prior to their use in the classroom or school. The teacher involved in the class, program, testing or survey shall submit the curriculum, materials, tests or surveys to the superintendent or a designee for approval prior to their use in the classroom or school. This section shall not apply to those students enrolled in classes, programs, testings or surveys offered through an alternative education program.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 298, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.    •7011106. Parental inspection of instructional material used in research or experimentation program or project.  All instructional material, including teachers' manuals, films, tapes or other supplementary instructional material which will be used in connection with any research or experimentation program or project, shall be available for inspection by the parents or guardians of the children engaged in such program or project. For the purpose of this section, "research or experimentation program or project" means any program or project in any applicable program designed to explore or develop new or unproven teaching methods or techniques.    Laws 1981, c. 215, • 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 1981.   •7011107. Psychiatric or psychological examination, testing or treatment and eliciting of certain personal information prohibited without parental consent.  Without the prior written consent of the parent or guardian, no student who is an unemancipated minor shall be required, as part of any applicable program, to submit to psychiatric or psychological examination, testing or treatment; nor may any teacher or staff personnel without such consent elicit by written survey or written examination from any student information of a personal or private nature concerning any of the following areas:  1. Religious beliefs;  2. Mental or psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student or his family;  3. Sexual behavior and attitudes;  4. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship;  5. Legally recognized privileged communication.    Laws 1981, c. 215, • 2, emerg. eff. June 1, 1981.   •70-11-108. Oklahoma Youth Community Services Act - Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Youth Community Services Act".  Added by Laws 1992, c. 186, • 1, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-11-108.1. Definitions.  As used in this act:  1. "Youth community service program" means a program established by a school district as part of the curriculum for secondary students which includes youth community service activities integrated with study and reflection on the experiences gained through youth community service activities; and  2. "Youth community service activities" means volunteer activities performed by secondary school students through a youth community service program that meet the needs of others in the school or community and are designed to enhance the student's personal growth, career exploration, understanding of community and citizenship, social science skills, and communication skills.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 186, • 2, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-11-108.2. Secondary educational credit for community service.  School districts may establish as part of the curriculum a youth community service program for secondary students which includes youth community service activities integrated with study and reflection on the experiences gained through youth community service activities. A student may receive elective credit for participating in a youth community service program as long as the outcomes of the program reflect the competencies outlined in the Oklahoma Learner Outcomes adopted by the State Board of Education. A student may perform youth community service activities for educational credit only under the sponsorship of an organization approved by the State Department of Education. Youth community service activities shall not be used to displace any employees or reduce the number of hours for which any employee is paid.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 186, • 3, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-11-108.3. Program development - Assistance from State Board of Education.  The State Board of Education may assist school districts with the development of youth community service programs by:  1. Establishing and maintaining a list of acceptable projects with a description of each project, and providing for projects to be placed on the list upon proper application by the local district and evaluation by the State Department of Education;  2. Verifying that community sponsors have filed assurances with the Department of Education that youth community services students are not displacing employees or reducing the hours for which any employee is paid;  3. Assisting school districts in publicizing the youth community service program and in determining whether there is sufficient interest in the district to warrant a youth community service program;  4. Monitoring districts to assure that youth community service programs are established in districts where interest warrants;  5. Evaluating local youth community service programs;  6. Developing in-service training components to be used by local districts for preparation of youth community service program faculty sponsors;  7. Assisting local districts in applying for grants from private or governmental sources for youth community service programs; and  8. For the purpose of implementing this act the State Board of Education shall utilize only grants from private and governmental sources.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 186, • 4, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-11-108.4. Federal funds - Application.  The State Board of Education is authorized to apply for federal funds for the purpose of establishing a program through which local school districts may apply for grants to fund local youth community service programs.  Added by Laws 1992, c. 186, • 5, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-11-109. Award of funds to school districts - Competitive application.  Funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for the School/Community Network for the Arts-in-Education program shall be awarded to school districts on a competitive application basis in accordance with rules promulgated by the State Board of Education for such purpose.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 11, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-11-109.1. Award of funds to nonprofit organizations - Competitive basis.  Funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for the Arts-in-Education program shall be awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations for programs serving schools identified by the State Board of Education, pursuant to Section 1210.541 of this title, as being high challenge schools.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 12, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-11-110. Coursework inventory - Approved credit towards graduation.  The State Board of Education shall conduct an inventory of all coursework approved for credit for graduation in each school district and establish criteria by which such courses are approved.  It is the intent of the Legislature that only academic coursework, including vocational education courses, shall be approved for credit toward graduation.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 13, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-11-111. College preparatory curriculum - Parental approval for exemption.  A. Beginning with students entering the ninth grade in the 2006-2007 school year, all students shall complete the following college preparatory curricular requirements:  1. Four units of English to include Grammar, Composition, Literature, or any English course approved for college admission requirements;  2. Three units of laboratory science, limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or any laboratory science course with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology and approved for college admission requirements;  3. Three units of mathematics, limited to Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics, or any mathematics course with content and/or rigor above Algebra I and approved for college admission requirements;  4. Three units of history and citizenship skills, including one unit of American History and two units from the subjects of History, Government, Geography, Economics, Civics, or Non-Western culture;  5. Two units of the same foreign or non-English language or two units of computer technology approved for college admission requirements, whether taught at a high school or a technology center school, including computer programming, hardware, and business computer applications such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and graphics, excluding keyboarding or typing courses;  6. One additional unit selected from paragraphs 1 through 5 of this subsection or career and technology education courses approved for college admission requirements; and  7. One unit or set of competencies of fine arts, such as music, art, or drama, or one unit of speech.  B. A student may enroll in a curriculum that does not meet the requirements of subsection A of this section upon approval of the parent or legal guardian of the student. School districts may require a parent or legal guardian of the student to meet with a designee of the school prior to enrollment in such a curriculum. The State Department of Education shall develop and distribute to school districts a form suitable for this purpose which shall include information on the benefits to students of completing the college preparatory curriculum required pursuant to this section.  C. The State Department of Education shall collect and report data by school site and district on the number of students whose parents or legal guardians approve enrollment in other than the college preparatory curriculum required pursuant to this section.  D. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, in order to graduate from a public high school accredited by the State Board of Education with a standard diploma, students shall continue to be subject to the curricular requirements established pursuant to Section 11-103.6 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  E. For purposes of this section, the courses approved for college admission requirements shall be courses which are approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for admission to an institution within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.  Added by Laws 2005, c. 432, • 8, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-12-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-12-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-12-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-12-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-12-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-12-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-12-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-12-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •7012101. Program for audiovisual training.  The State Board of Education shall have authority to formulate, establish and maintain and cause to be administered a program of audiovisual education for the public schools of the state. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 12101. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 12101, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7012102. Motion picture films State depository.  The State Board of Education shall have authority to select or cause to be selected motion picture films appropriate to the curriculum of the public schools of Oklahoma, and shall establish and maintain a state depository where all such films shall be kept for assignment. Certain special films may be designated by the State Board of Education to be circulated from the state depository to various schools.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 12102, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1981, c. 353, • 4.   •7012103. Regional film libraries.  The State Board of Education shall have authority to establish and maintain regional film libraries. It shall be the responsibility of such regional libraries to receive, maintain, keep a record of and circulate all films received from the state depository and to return such films to the state depository when there is no longer a need therefor in any of the schools served by the regional library or when directed to do so by the State Board of Education and to furnish films to county superintendents of schools and boards of school districts upon written requests therefor.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 12103, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1981, c. 353, • 5.   •7012104. Local film library.  Any county or school district or educational institution supported by tax funds may establish and maintain a local film library and shall have authority to expend local funds for such purpose. Monies expended by any county or school district, or by any educational institution supported by tax funds, for the purchase of projection and audio materials approved by the State Board of Education may be matched with state monies appropriated for such purpose, in amounts not to exceed the following: Any county, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00); any school district or taxsupported educational institution employing one to fifty teachers, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00); any school district or tax supported educational institution employing fiftyone to two hundred fifty teachers, Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00); and any school district or taxsupported educational institution employing more than two hundred fifty teachers, Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00). Provided, monies received by a school district under the provisions of this section shall not be considered as a part of its chargeable income for stateaid purposes.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 12104, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7012105. Rules and regulations.  The State Board of Education shall adopt and enforce such rules and regulations as may be necessary to make such program of audiovisual education effective. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 12105. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 12105, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-12-106. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 239, • 55, eff. July 1, 1993.  •7012107. Board of education Purchase or rent projectors and supplies.  Pursuant to an estimate duly made and approved for such purpose the board of education of any school district, or any two or more school districts in cooperation with each other, may purchase or rent moving picture projectors, either silent or sound; purchase attachments, film splicers or film repair equipment of all types, cable, wire or any and all equipment and materials deemed necessary by said board of education or boards of education for the successful operation and conduct of a visual education program in the schools of such district or districts. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 12107. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 12107, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7012108. Personnel to administer provisions of this article.  The State Board of Education shall appoint, employ and fix the compensation and duties of necessary personnel, and shall incur necessary expenses, to administer and carry out the provisions of this article, and all such compensation and other expenses shall be paid from any funds appropriated to carry out the provisions of this article. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 12108. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 12108, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-13-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-8a. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-9. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-10. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-13-11. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •7013101. Special education and related services for children with disabilities Cooperative programs Funding Duty to provide special services.  The several school districts of Oklahoma are hereby authorized to provide special education and related services necessary for children with disabilities as hereinafter defined. Two or more school districts may establish cooperative programs of special education for children with disabilities when such arrangement is approved by the State Board of Education. Funds may be expended for school services for an additional period during the summer months for approved programs for qualified children with disabilities, provided their individualized education program (I.E.P.) states the need for extended school year special education and related services. Children with disabilities shall mean children, as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. No. 105-17, who are three (3) years of age.  Provided, on and after July 1, 1991, children from age birth through two (2) years (036 months) of age who meet the eligibility criteria specified in Section 13-123 of this title, shall be served pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act. The attendance of said children in special education classes shall be included in the average daily membership computations for State Aid purposes.  The State Board of Education is authorized to modify and redefine by regulation the eligibility definitions whenever such modification is required to receive federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. No. 105-17. Rules developed pursuant to Section 18-109.5 of this title shall provide for such modification and revised definitions.  It shall be the duty of each school district to provide special education and related services for all children with disabilities as herein defined who reside in that school district in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. No. 105-17. This duty may be satisfied by:  1. The district directly providing special education for such children;  2. The district joining in a cooperative program with another district or districts to provide special education for such children;  3. The district joining in a written agreement with a private or public institution, licensed residential child care and treatment facility or day treatment facility within such district to provide special education for children who are deaf or hardofhearing, children who are blind or partially blind or other eligible children with disabilities; or  4. Transferring eligible children and youth with disabilities to other school districts which accept them and provide special education and related services for such children, with the district in which the child resides paying tuition therefor as hereinafter provided. For those students who transfer pursuant to the provisions of the Education Open Transfer Act, the receiving school district shall assume all responsibility for education and shall count the student for federal and state funding purposes according to the provisions of subsection B of Section 13-103 of this title.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1973, c. 136, • 1, emerg. eff. May 10, 1973; Laws 1975, c. 118, • 1, emerg. eff. May 13, 1975; Laws 1980, c. 211, • 8, eff. July 1, 1981; Laws 1980, c. 267, • 1; Laws 1981, c. 278, • 5, eff. July 1, 1981; Laws 1989, c. 102, • 10, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1993, c. 116, • 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1999, c. 320, • 27, eff. July 1, 1999.    •7013102. Determination of eligibility Minimum time permitted to attend.  The determination whether a child is eligible for special education and related services shall be the responsibility of the multidisciplinary evaluation team of the school district in which such child has legal residence in accordance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. No. 101-476 and the rules approved by the State Board of Education. The eligibility of children with disabilities shall be reevaluated at least once every three (3) years or more frequently if conditions warrant or if the parent or teacher of the child requests an evaluation as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. No. 101-476.  Any child determined to be eligible shall be permitted to receive such special education and related services for a minimum period of twelve (12) years. Successful completion of a secondary education program must be determined through the individualized education program (IEP) and transcript records of the student. Eligibility for special education and related services shall cease upon a determination and documentation of graduation or completion of a secondary education program in accordance with the IEP.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13102, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 2, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-13-103. Authorized services and transfers for children with disabilities.  A. Any school district in the state may provide suitable facilities and employ qualified teachers and therapists for children with disabilities, either in schools, classrooms, or in other places as the board of education of the district may deem advisable. When a school district cannot provide special educational facilities and qualified teachers, a child may be transferred pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 4 of Section 13-101 of this title.  B. If a child with disabilities is transferred to a school district other than the district of residence of the child pursuant to the Education Open Transfer Act the following provisions shall apply:  1. The receiving district shall establish availability of the appropriate program, staff, and services prior to approval of the transfer;  2. Prior to the approval of the transfer of a child on an individualized education program (IEP), a joint IEP conference shall be required between the district of residence and the receiving district; and  3. Upon approval of the transfer, the receiving district shall claim the child in the average daily membership for state and federal funding purposes and shall assume all responsibility for education of the child. When applicable, the receiving district may apply to the Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund for assistance in meeting any extraordinary costs incurred.  C. Transfers authorized by this section shall be made under rules adopted by the State Board of Education. When a child with disabilities or pregnant child is unable to attend any school or class in the district of residency, the board of education of the district may provide for home instruction for the child. The State Board of Education is further authorized to cooperate with any school district in the state to make it possible for a child with disabilities to attend the regular school by making special provisions for the transportation of the child, or for special equipment, devices, books, supplies or other facilities, or for special instruction within the regular school building. The provisions for services and transfers as provided for in this section shall be made with consideration of the least restrictive environment and IEP requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  D. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, a transfer granted for a child with disabilities pursuant to paragraph 4 of Section 13-101 of this title for three (3) consecutive years to the same school district shall automatically be renewed each year. The district in which the child resides shall continue to pay tuition as provided for in paragraph 4 of Section 13-101 of this title.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13103, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 3, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1999, c. 320, • 28, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2008, c. 185, • 1, eff. July 1, 2008.    •7013104. Authorization for special classes or individual instruction for children in institutions.  Special classes or individual instruction provided for pretubercular, tubercular, convalescent or other eligible children with orthopedic impairment or other health impairments in hospitals, sanatoriums and preventoriums may be maintained by a school district in such institutions within or without the boundaries of such district, and the attendance of pupils therein shall be credited to the district providing such instruction. School districts and such institutions shall enter into written agreements which describe the financial and service responsibilities of each in accordance with state and federal regulations.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13104, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 4, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7013105. State Board of Education may fix qualifications of teachers and support personnel.  A. The State Board of Education is hereby authorized in accordance with state and federal law to determine and prescribe the qualifications of all persons who teach children with disabilities, to define, classify and determine standards of eligibility of all children with disabilities to receive special education and related services, to fix minimum requirements for special education and related services of children with disabilities, and to make such rules as it deems necessary for the teaching of children with disabilities.  B. The State Board of Education shall offer all support personnel, including but not limited to assistants who work with a trained paraprofessional or special education teacher for children with multiple disabilities or deaf-blindness, the same training and education as the trained paraprofessional is required to complete.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13105, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 190, • 2, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 116, • 5, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7013106. State appropriations Apportionment.  State monies appropriated to carry out the provisions of laws dealing with the education of children with disabilities shall be apportioned by the State Board of Education among the various school districts of the state providing such education for children with disabilities in accordance with Section 18-201 of this title and with the standards and rules prescribed by the State Board of Education.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13106, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1977, c. 146, • 1, eff. July 1, 1977; Laws 1993, c. 116, • 6, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7013107. Federal funds Acceptance by State Board of Education.  The State Board of Education is hereby empowered to accept and disburse any grants or funds that may be matched by or received from the federal government for the education of exceptional children and to make necessary rules and regulations for such purpose. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 13107. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13107, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7013108. State funds Allowances for children with disabilities.  A. The State Board of Education is hereby authorized to establish all necessary rules and set the rate of reimbursement for physical and occupational therapists, teachers of homebound children or hometoschool telephone instruction, board and room for transferred children with disabilities to attend a special class, travel for transporting children with disabilities within or without the district, and travel for teachers who are required to travel in fulfilling the services to children with disabilities in homebound, cooperative, or county programs for children with disabilities.  B. The State Board of Education may make provisions for boarding children with disabilities who must be transferred from their home school districts to school districts providing special education and related services, but in no case shall the reimbursement from other state funds for this purpose exceed Four Hundred Fifty Dollars ($450.00) per child per year.  C. The State Board of Education may make provisions and payments therefor from other state funds for the special education of any child with deaf-blindness, deafness or blindness and a resident of the state, in any private or public institution, either inside or outside of the State of Oklahoma, but in no case shall payment from state funds for such special education and related services, including board and room for such child, exceed Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) per child per year.  D. None of the funds received by a school district under the provisions of this section shall be considered as a part of the chargeable income of such district for State Aid purposes.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13108, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 7, emerg. eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-13-108.1. Allocation of funds for the education of homebound children.  If funds are appropriated to the State Board of Education for reimbursement of the costs of educating Homebound Children as authorized in Section 13-108 of this title, the funds shall be disbursed to school districts through claims filed with the State Board of Education. School districts shall reimburse the necessary travel expenses of teachers incurred in fulfilling the services to homebound children in accordance with the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act, Section 500.1 et seq. of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 14, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 415, • 30, eff. July 1, 2003.    •70-13-109. Personnel to carry out provisions of this article.  A. The State Board of Education shall appoint and employ and fix the compensation and duties of necessary personnel and incur other necessary expenses, including cost of consultants, to administer and carry out the provisions of this article, and compensation and other expenses shall be paid from any funds appropriated to carry out the provisions of this article.  B. 1. The State Department of Education shall provide training to special education due process hearing or appeal officials to ensure that, at a minimum, the hearing or appeal officials possess:  a.  knowledge of the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), federal and state regulations pertaining to the IDEA, and legal interpretations of the IDEA by federal and state courts,  b.  knowledge to conduct administrative hearings, and  c.  knowledge to render and write decisions.  2. Every person serving as a special education due process hearing or appeal official shall be required to participate in, at a minimum, continuing education courses in special education law and administrative procedures annually to remain eligible for current case assignment.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13109, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 2009, c. 86, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    •7013110. Teachers Pay.  Qualified and properly certified teachers of special education shall be paid a minimum of five percent (5%) above the prevailing wage paid teachers of children who are nondisabled in the same school district.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13110, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 8, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7013111. Register of children with disabilities Plan for delivery of related services.  A. The State Board of Education shall:  1. Maintain a federal child count register of children with disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. No. 101-476, as may be amended, and the implementing federal regulations;  2. Monitor efforts of the local public schools to meet the needs of children with disabilities as provided by each such child's Individualized Education Program; and  3. Coordinate private and public efforts, including efforts of agencies of state and local government to meet educational needs of children with disabilities.  B. The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the State Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, the State Department of Education, and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education shall jointly develop and implement through interagency memoranda of agreement as authorized in the Interlocal Cooperation Act, Section 1001 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes, a plan for the coordinated delivery of related services to children with disabilities pursuant to the Act for Coordination of Special Services to Children and Youth.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 13-111, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1983, c. 62, • 1, emerg. eff. April 29, 1983; Laws 1990, c. 51, • 135, emerg. eff. April 9, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 317, • 1, emerg. eff. May 30, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 116, • 9, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 88, eff. July 1, 2001.    •7013112. Special education and related services program for children with visual impairments.  The State Board of Education is authorized to select school districts in which to establish a special education and related services program for children with visual impairments from the first grade through the ninth grade. The selection of the school districts, the establishment of the special education program and the determination of eligible children shall be in accordance with the provisions of Section 13-101 et seq. of this title, and with the rules to be adopted for such purpose by the State Board of Education.  Added by Laws 1972, c. 1, • 1, emerg. eff. Jan. 24, 1972. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 10, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7013113. Services to children with visual impairments - Apportionment and distribution of funds.  State monies appropriated to carry out the provisions of this act shall be apportioned by the State Board of Education among the school districts providing a special education and related services program for children with visual impairments. The apportionment and distribution of state funds shall be on a per student basis and in accordance with the rules to be adopted for such purpose by the State Board of Education.  Added by Laws 1972, c. 1, • 2, emerg. eff. Jan. 24, 1972. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 11, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-13-114.1. Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund - Creation - Status - Expenditures.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the State Board of Education to be designated the "Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies appropriated or transferred to the fund by the Legislature. Except as otherwise provided in this section, all monies accruing to the credit of said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the State Board of Education for the purpose of providing financial assistance to local school districts pursuant to Sections 13-114.2 through 13-114.4 of this title. For the 1992-93 school year, monies may be expended from this fund for the local and state-supported financial support of public schools. Expenditures from said fund shall be made on warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of State Finance for approval and payment.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 61, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 280, • 64, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 361, • 5, emerg. eff. June 11, 1993.    •70-13-114.2. Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund - Eligibility rules and regulations - Application for funds - Funding determination - Reevaluation of funding.  Pursuant to rules and regulations established by the State Board of Education, a local school district serving a child eligible pursuant to Section 13-114.3 of this title, upon application to the Department of Education, may receive funds from the Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund, which shall be used to educate that particular child. The determination whether a school district is eligible to receive funding pursuant to the provisions of Section 13-114.1 of this title shall be made by the State Board of Education. The eligibility of a local school district which is receiving funding pursuant to the provisions of Section 13-114.1 of this title shall be reevaluated for each enrollment of a student on an educational cost basis pursuant to Section 13-114.3 of this title and any monies received from the fund adjusted accordingly.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 62, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 280, • 65, eff. July 1, 1991.    •70-13-114.3. Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund - Defraying costs of serving children who resided at Hissom Memorial Center - Funding other services - Determination of home district.  A. A local school district may be eligible to receive monies from the Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund to defray costs of serving children who resided at Hissom Memorial Center prior to December 1, 1991, and subsequently established residency in the school district if any such children were served by the district during the 1991-92 school year including extended school year during summer 1992 or the 1992-93 school year including extended school year during summer 1993. Contingent upon available funds in the Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund, the district shall receive funds in the amount of the actual costs of serving each child less the district per capita and any other funding received for providing services to the child from another state agency upon timely submission of a claim for such amount, accompanied by verification of residency of each child by the school attendance officer and verification from the Department of Human Services that each child formerly resided at Hissom Memorial Center.  B. If funds remain in the Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund after satisfaction of all valid claims submitted pursuant to subsection A of this section, a local school district may be eligible to receive monies from the Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund if a child with disabilities who is being served in that school district:  1. Has been placed in out-of-home placement in an entity described in subsection D of Section 1-113 of this title;  2. Has been previously institutionalized; or  3. Requires services pursuant to an individualized education program (IEP) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which result in extraordinary costs to the providing school district or district of residence. The State Board of Education may promulgate rules to define extraordinary costs, taking into consideration the funding generated by the weighted calculations relating to students with special needs as provided in paragraph 2 of subsection B of Section 18-201.1 of this title.  C. The State Department of Education may prorate any funds allocated pursuant to the provisions of subsection B of this section as necessary, and the State Board of Education is authorized to promulgate rules as necessary to establish priorities in funding for students in this subsection.  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 63, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 280, • 66, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 262, • 7, emerg. eff. May 22, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 116, • 12, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1998, c. 362, • 2, eff. July 1, 1998.    •70-13-114.4. Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund - Distribution of funds - Amount of payments.  A. Funds issued from the Oklahoma Special Education Assistance Fund shall be distributed to the local school district in a timely manner as determined by the State Board of Education.  B. The amount of any such payments shall be determined as follows:  1. Payments made pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of subsection A of Section 13-114.3 of this title shall be the actual cost of serving the child as determined by the State Board of Education less the funding to be received by the district through the State Aid Formula, as reduced to include only the number of days the child is included in the district's average daily membership, and any other funding received for providing services to the child from another state agency;  2. For the purposes of this section, the amount to be received through the State Aid formula shall be the weighted average daily membership of the child times the sum of the current year Base Foundation Support Level and the product of the current year Incentive Aid guarantee times twenty (20).  Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, • 64, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 280, • 67, eff. July 1, 1991.    •70-13-114.5. Allocation of funds for Hissom Compliance.  Funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for Hissom Compliance purposes shall be used to provide resources and programs determined by the Board to be necessary to comply with any federal court order pertaining to Hissom Memorial Center which requires any such resources and programs.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 305, • 15, eff. July 1, 1995.    •70-13-115. Short title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Oklahoma Educational Interpreter for the Deaf Act”.  Added by Laws 2002, c. 220, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002.    •70-13-115.1. Purpose of act.  It is essential for the well-being and educational growth of deaf and hard-of-hearing students that education programs recognize the unique nature of deafness and ensure that all deaf and hard-of-hearing students have appropriate, ongoing, and fully accessible educational opportunities. It is essential that deaf and hard-of-hearing students, like all students, are provided an education in which their unique communication mode is respected, utilized, and developed to an appropriate level of proficiency.  Added by Laws 2002, c. 220, • 2, eff. July 1, 2002.    •70-13-115.2. Definitions.  As used in the Oklahoma Educational Interpreter for the Deaf Act:  1. “Communication mode or language” means one or more of the following systems or methods of communication applicable to deaf and hard-of-hearing students:  a.  American Sign Language,  b.  English-based sign systems, or  c.  oral, aural, or other speech-based communication;  2. “Educational Interpreter” means a person who possesses a combination of interpreting skills for expressing and receiving information in a variety of signed and oral languages and modes;  3. The Oklahoma “Quality Assurance Screening Test (QAST)” means a tool used for the comprehensive evaluation of interpreters;  4. “Interpreter Training Program” means a training program in an accredited college or university for preparing interpreters for the deaf;  5. “Work Experience” means a minimum of three (3) years of full-time-equivalent work in the field of deaf education; and  6. “Comparable Level of Proficiency” means a comparable level of proficiency on any other national- or state-recognized educational interpreter assessment as determined and recognized by the State Department of Education.  Added by Laws 2002, c. 220, • 3, eff. July 1, 2002.    •70-13-115.3. Educational interpreters - Educational and experience requirements.  A. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person who functions as an educational interpreter in a public school shall have the interpersonal skills to work effectively and collaboratively with staff and students within the instructional setting as well as a comprehensive, general knowledge of academic subjects and current events, educational processes and organization, principles and practices of special education, aspects and issues of deaf culture, and have:  1. Completed an interpreter training program;  2. Attained a bachelor’s degree; or  3. Worked three (3) or more years in an area related to the field of deaf education.  B. In addition to the requirements of subsection A of this section, a person who functions as an educational interpreter in a public school shall attain one or more of the following:  1. Certification by the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID);  2. National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Level IV or better;  3. Quality Assurance Screening Test (QAST) Level III or better; or  4. A comparable level of proficiency.  It shall be desirable for an educational interpreter to hold either a bachelor’s or associate’s degree.  C. A person who has never worked as an educational interpreter in any public school, who meets the requirements as provided in subsection A of this section, who does not meet the requirements of subsection B of this section, and who has attained the Quality Assurance Screening Test (QAST) Level I or II, may be employed as an educational interpreter for up to three (3) years. The person shall not be eligible to be employed as an educational interpreter in any public school of this state after the third year until the person attains one of the proficiency levels as provided in subsection B of this section.   D. Any educational interpreter employed by a public school on the effective date of this act who does not meet the requirements of subsection B of this section shall be required to attain QAST Level I or a comparable level of proficiency by July 1, 2004. An educational interpreter shall have until July 1, 2006, to meet the requirements of subsections A and B of this section or a comparable level of proficiency.  Added by Laws 2002, c. 220, • 4, eff. July 1, 2002.    •70-13-115.4. Rules - Registry of educational interpreters - Continuing education.  The State Department of Education shall adopt rules to implement the provisions of this act in collaboration with the State Department of Rehabilitation Services. The State Department of Education shall:  1. Maintain a registry of individuals who meet the qualifications as educational interpreters as set forth in this act; and  2. Establish a system of and requirements for continuing education. Such system shall require completion of the minimum QAST continuing education units per year, in which fifty percent (50%) of such units include training in educational interpreting.  Added by Laws 2002, c. 220, • 5, eff. July 1, 2002.    •7013121. Short title.  Sections 1 through 9 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Early Intervention Act".      •70-13-122. Purpose - Implementation.  A. It is the purpose of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act to establish the policy of this state to provide for early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in accordance with Part C, formerly Part H, of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as may be amended. These services are deemed to be necessary in order to:  1. Enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities;  2. Reduce the educational costs to our society by minimizing the need for special education and related services after such children reach school age;  3. Minimize the likelihood of institutionalization of individuals with disabilities and maximize their potential for independent living in society; and  4. Enhance the capacity of families to meet the needs of their infants and toddlers with disabilities.  B. The implementation of this policy requires the development of a system of services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families which is:  1. Comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary and interagency;  2. Delivered by the State Department of Education, Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and other publicly funded services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act; and  3. Intended to fulfill the requirements of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), by providing early intervention services.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 102, • 2, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 51, • 136, emerg. eff. April 9, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 116, • 13, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2005, c. 89, • 1, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-13-123. Children eligible - "Developmentally delayed" defined.  A. The children eligible for entry into early intervention services in the State of Oklahoma shall be infants and toddlers age birth through two years (036 months) who are developmentally delayed. As used in this act "developmentally delayed" means children of the chronological age group specified in this section who:  1. Exhibit a delay in their developmental age compared to their chronological age of fifty percent (50%) or score two standard deviations below the mean in one of the following areas or in a subdomain of one of the following areas: cognitive, physical, communication, social and emotional, or adaptive development;   2. Exhibit a delay in their developmental age compared to their chronological age of twenty-five percent (25%) or score one and one-half standard deviations below the mean in two or more of the following areas or in a subdomain of two or more of the following areas: cognitive, physical, communication, social and emotional, or adaptive development; or  3. Have a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in delay. This includes, but is not limited to: chromosomal disorders, neurological abnormalities, inborn errors of metabolism, genetic disorders, congenital malformation of the brain, congenital infections and sensory abnormalities and impairments or identified syndromes.  B. The State Board of Education is authorized to modify and redefine by regulation the eligibility definitions established in subsection A of this section whenever such modification is required to receive federal assistance under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as may be amended.  Laws 1989, c. 102, • 3, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 2005, c. 89, • 2, eff. July 1, 2005.    •70-13-123.1. Consent to delivery of services - Parents or surrogate parents.  Parents or surrogate parents may consent to the delivery of services for the early intervention program for their eligible children.  For purposes of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act the terms "parent" and "surrogate parent" shall have the meaning that said terms have in Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 300, Sections 10 and 514 which implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Added by Laws 1991, c. 317, • 2, emerg. eff. June 12, 1991.    •7013124. General administration, supervision and monitoring of programs and activities receiving federal and state funds Continuation of certain existing services Coordination of financial resources - Restricted use of monies.  A. The State Department of Education is hereby designated as the lead agency for general administration, supervision and monitoring of programs and activities receiving federal funds under Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state funds appropriated for early intervention services. To ensure compliance with Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations, the State Department of Education is authorized to monitor and enforce any obligations imposed on agencies participating under Part H of the IDEA.  B. In accordance with Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth shall administer the Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Intervention which shall advise and assist the lead agency in fulfillment of its responsibilities.  C. The State Department of Education, the State Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and other publicly funded services shall continue to provide all services within their respective statutory and constitutional responsibilities to the eligible population except as otherwise provided in Section 13-101 of this title. State and local interagency agreements will delineate responsibility for local and regional procedural safeguards, provision of service and related issues. Funds provided for implementation of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act, Sections 13-121 through 13-129 of this title, shall not be used to satisfy a financial commitment for services which would have been paid for or provided by another public or private source, but shall be utilized solely for the enactment of Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act. Such funds may be used whenever considered necessary to prevent delay in the receipt of appropriate early intervention services by the infant or toddler or family in a timely fashion. Funds provided for implementation of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act may be used to pay the provider of services pending reimbursement from the agency which has the ultimate responsibility.  D. Pursuant to the requirements of Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all financial resources from federal, state, local and private sources shall be coordinated to fund early intervention services. In order to determine the most effective utilization and achieve coordination, a joint funding plan shall be submitted to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Senate President Pro Tempore by the State Department of Education, the State Department of Health, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services on or before October 1. The individual components of such plan as they relate to individual agencies shall be incorporated annually into each affected agency's budget request in accordance with the provisions of Section 41.29 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Such plan shall include, but not be limited to:  1. Utilization of State Aid funds appropriated to the State Board of Education for the purpose of providing early intervention services or provided pursuant to the State Aid Formula for special education services and related services to children with disabilities;  2. Publicly funded personnel and programs in the State Department of Education, the State Department of Health, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services who are currently serving the eligible population;  3. Feasibility of utilization of federal Title V funds;  4. Utilization of new state funds as may be appropriated by the Legislature for fiscal year 1990 for the purpose of early intervention, and of additional new funds needed to fully implement early intervention services in accordance with the State of Oklahoma's implementation of Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA);  5. Amendments to expansion of the Medicaid State Plan to include early intervention services for eligible children utilizing state funds designated for early intervention for the purpose of matching federal funds;  6. Feasibility of application for federal funds appropriated pursuant to P.L. 89-313; and  7. Utilization of funds received under Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  E. The State Department of Education, the State Department of Health, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall be authorized to transfer funds enumerated in subsection D of this section to the Oklahoma Early Intervention Revolving Fund created in Section 13-124.1 of this title to the extent that transfers of such funds are authorized by and directed to the fund by the joint funding plan of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act or by state or federal law.  F. Monies appropriated to an affected agency and monies identified in the joint funding plan for the purpose of providing early intervention services shall be used by the agency exclusively for the purpose of providing early intervention services.  G. For purposes of implementing the provisions of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act, the board of education of any school district in this state may execute an agreement with a city/county health department or county health department to share appropriate facilities.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 102, • 4, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 51, • 137, emerg. eff. April 9, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 263, • 75, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 317, • 3, emerg. eff. June 12, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 373, • 18, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 116, • 14, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1995, c. 137, • 4, eff. July 1, 1995.    NOTE: Laws 1991, c. 280, • 68 repealed by Laws 1992, c. 373, • 22, eff. July 1, 1992.    •70-13-124.1. Oklahoma Early Intervention Revolving Fund.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the State Department of Education to be designated the "Oklahoma Early Intervention Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of those monies appropriated to the fund by law or deposited in the fund pursuant to direction or authorization by the joint funding plan required in Section 13-124 of this title. All monies accruing to the credit of said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the State Department of Education for the purpose of providing early intervention services to children with disabilities in accordance with Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act. Expenditures from said fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of State Finance for approval and payment.  Added by Laws 1990, c. 263, • 74, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 15, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7013125. Contract between State Department of Education and State Department of Health specifying provision or arrangement of early intervention services.  A contract shall be entered into between the State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Health specifying the provision or arrangement of early intervention services by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Such contract shall include, but not be limited to:  1. A delineation of individual and shared responsibilities for planning, administration and funding, multidisciplinary evaluations, development of an individual family service plan, service delivery, procedural safeguards and liability of both agencies;  2. Specification of the numbers and types of personnel to be provided under the contract;   3. Provisions to be made by the Oklahoma State Department of Health for provision of services not available at a local level and authorization to subcontract with other public or private service providers; and  4. Specification of all management and indirect costs associated with the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s provision of early intervention services that are authorized for payment under the contract. Allowable management costs shall be limited to itemized early intervention specific travel, dedicated or shared personnel and maintenance and operations costs. Indirect costs shall not exceed those authorized by the indirect cost formula approved by the State Department of Education for the contract period. All other administrative, management or infrastructure cost recover methodologies shall be specifically disallowed for payment under the contract.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 102, • 5, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1999, c. 246, • 26, eff. July 1, 1999.    •7013126. Procedural safeguards.  Procedural safeguards shall be established in fulfillment of the requirements of Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through interagency agreements involving the State Department of Education, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and other publicly funded services as appropriate.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 102, • 6, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 51, • 138, emerg. eff. April 9, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 116, • 16, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7013127. Timely payments and reimbursements.  The legal requirements for timely payment and reimbursement for services under contract pursuant to Sections 41.4a through 41.4d of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall govern the services, programs and activities for the State of Oklahoma's implementation of Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Added by Laws 1989, c. 102, • 7, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 17, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7013128. Data collection and reporting.  The data collection requirements concerning children with disabilities which are currently utilized by the State Department of Education upon the effective date of this act shall also be utilized to meet the data collection and reporting requirements for the State of Oklahoma under Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Further, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall fulfill the data collection and reporting requirements established by the United States Department of Education pursuant to Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for early intervention services provided by their respective agencies pursuant to the purposes of the Oklahoma Early Intervention Act, Section 13-121 et seq. of this title. The lead agency shall provide technical assistance to the agencies in this endeavor.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 102, • 8, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 51, • 139, emerg. eff. April 9, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 116, • 18, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7013129. Revision of Oklahoma State Plan for Special Education Effective date of services.  A. The Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Intervention shall assist the State Department of Education in revising the Oklahoma State Plan for Special Education to include areas addressing requirements under Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) necessary for full implementation of this act. Such revision shall be completed by April 1, 1990.  B. Contingent upon the enactment of legislation authorizing implementation of an annual budget submitted which is based upon a joint funding plan provided in subsection D of Section 13-124 of this title, services in compliance with this act and Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) shall be in effect no later than July 1, 1990. Subject to such contingency all children eligible for services pursuant to the provisions of Section 13-123 of this title shall be served beginning July 1, 1991.  Added by Laws 1989, c. 102, • 9, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 116, • 19, eff. July 1, 1993.    •70-14-101. State Board of Career and Technology Education - Successor to State Board of Vocational and Technical Education.  A. There is hereby created the State Board of Career and Technology Education which shall succeed to all of the powers and duties heretofore invested in the State Board for Vocational Education. The membership of the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall consist of:  1. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction who shall be an ex officio voting member;  2. Two appointed members of the State Board of Education, selected by the Governor, to serve as ex officio voting members. One State Board member shall be selected for a one-year term and one State Board member shall be selected for a two-year term;  3. Five members to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each appointed member shall be an owner, chief executive or operating officer, or business executive with policy-making or hiring authority for a business or industry located in the state or with a business or industry where a significant number of the workforce performs a task for which training or other educational service may be obtained from the career and technology education system. The Governor shall appoint one such appointive member from each of the congressional districts and any remaining members shall be appointed from the state at large.  However, when congressional districts are redrawn each member appointed prior to July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall complete the current term of office and appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be based on the redrawn districts. Appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be from any redrawn districts which are not represented by a board member until such time as each of the modified congressional districts are represented by a board member. No member shall be appointed pursuant to this paragraph who has not resided in the relevant congressional district for at least six (6) months prior to the date of appointment; and  4. One member who represents the public, private and/or educational interests of the state shall be appointed by the Governor from the state at large with the advice and consent of the Senate.  B. All initial appointments made by the Governor pursuant to this act shall be for terms as follows:   1. Initial appointments of the two members of the State Board of Education pursuant to paragraph 2 of subsection A of this section shall be for terms as follows:  a.  one for a term to expire on April 1, 2004, and  b.  one for a term to expire on April 1, 2005;   2. Initial appointments of the six members pursuant to paragraphs 3 and 4 of subsection A of this section shall be for terms as follows:  a.  one for a term to expire on April 1, 2004,  b.  one for a term to expire on April 1, 2005,  c.  one for a term to expire on April 1, 2006,  d.  one for a term to expire on April 1, 2007,  e.  one for a term to expire on April 1, 2008, and  f.  one for a term to expire on April 1, 2009;  3. The member appointed to represent the state at large shall be the initial appointment for the term ending April 1, 2009;  4. After the initial terms, all members appointed by the Governor shall be appointed for terms of six (6) years. Initial appointments pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be made no later than September 1, 2003. All terms shall expire on the first day of April of the year in which the term of each member expires, except for the terms of office of members serving on the Board on the effective date of this section, which shall expire August 31, 2003;  5. The Chair of the Board shall be the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education shall serve as an ex officio nonvoting member and shall be the executive officer of the Board; and  6. Members of the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall be subject to the orientation and continuing education requirements for school board members specified in Sections 5-110 and 5-110.1 of this title. Failure of a member to satisfy these requirements shall result in the member vacating the seat and the vacancy being filled as provided by law.  C. No person shall be eligible to be appointed to serve on the Board unless the person has been awarded a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency.  D. For each additional month employed, the additional salary shall be calculated on the basis of one-tenth (1/10) of the base salary as prescribed by the school district for a teacher of like qualifications employed on a ten-months' basis.  E. The official name of the Board which is known as the “State Board of Vocational and Technical Education” shall be designated in all future references as the “State Board of Career and Technology Education”. Any references in the statutes to the State Board of Vocational and Technical Education shall be deemed references to the State Board of Career and Technology Education.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 209, • 1, emerg. eff. May 19, 2000; Laws 2002, c. 375, • 17, eff. Nov. 5, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 42, • 1; Laws 2003, c. 228, • 2, eff. Aug. 1, 2003.    •7014102. Meetings Teleconferencing.  The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall meet in regular session once each month at least ten (10) months per year. Special meetings may be called by the Chair or by a majority of the members of the Board. Meetings of the Board may be held by teleconferencing. Five members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. No business may be transacted at any meeting unless a quorum is present in person or through teleconferencing, and every act of the Board shall be approved by a majority of the membership of the Board. Each member of the Board shall receive necessary traveling expenses while in the performance of duties as a member pursuant to the State Travel Reimbursement Act.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14-102, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 178, • 53, operative July 1, 1985; Laws 2000, c. 148, • 2, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 89, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 42, • 2.    •70-14-102.1. New, incumbent, and continuing education workshop and training requirements.  The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education is authorized to provide new, incumbent, and continuing education workshop and training requirements which are required for technology center school district board of education members and State Board of Career and Technology Education members as specified in Sections 5-110 and 5-110.1 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The training may be conducted by the Department or by an outside entity that has been approved and has contracted with the Department to provide the training. The Department shall provide each technology center school district board of education member and State Board of Career and Technology Education member with a training status report twice a year.  Added by Laws 2008, c. 439, • 6, eff. July 1, 2008.    •70-14-103. Powers and duties.  The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall have the following powers and duties:  1. Have the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education of the State Board of Career and Technology Education, which department shall keep its principal offices at Stillwater, and appoint and fix the compensation and duties of the Director and other personnel of such Department;  2. Have the supervision of the technology center schools and colleges of Oklahoma, except Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology-Okmulgee and the Oklahoma State University Technical Institutes at Oklahoma City and Stillwater, which, however, shall be eligible to participate in federal programs administered by the State Board of Career and Technology Education as hereinafter provided;  3. Cooperate with, and enter into agreements with, and administer programs of, and receive federal funds from, the United States Department of Education and other federal agencies in matters relating to vocational and technical education, youth apprenticeship programs, and manpower training, and be the sole state agency for such purposes. Provided that, programs and funds made available through the Job Training Partnership Act, or its successor programs, shall be excluded;  4. Provide for the formulation and adoption of curricula, courses of study, and other instructional aids necessary for the adequate instruction of students in the technology center schools and colleges of this state. It is the intent of the Legislature that instructional models for vocational students should include higher standards of academic work with increased emphasis on communication, computation and applied science;  5. Develop a plan to provide adequate vocational offerings accessible to all students having the ability to benefit;  6. Purchase or otherwise acquire equipment, materials, supplies and other property, real or personal, as may be necessary for the operation of the technology center schools of this state, and provide for the maximum utilization of such property through a coordinated and cooperative use thereof, including transfer of title to real and personal property to a technology center school district for a reasonable cash consideration if said property is to be utilized in a vocational-technical program administered by the technology center district board of education. Any conveyance of real property for a reasonable consideration shall contain a reversionary clause by which the real property shall revert to the State Board of Career and Technology Education if the property ceases to be used in a vocational-technical program administered by the technology center district board of education;  7. Enter into such agreements and contracts with the State Board of Education, boards of trustees of community junior colleges, boards of education of independent and elementary school districts, boards of education of school districts for technology center schools, private educational or training institutions, public or private industry, and boards of directors of community action programs, as may be necessary or feasible for the furtherance of vocational and technical training within this state;  8. Cooperate and enter into agreements with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education;  9. Cooperate with the State Department of Education in developing hands-on career exploration activities for students in grades 6 through 10, integrating academic competencies into vocational instruction, and ensuring counseling of all students in order to minimize the number of students graduating from high school without having completed either a vocational-technical program or college preparation;  10. Develop and periodically update a plan to allow teacher training and the purchase and installation of technological equipment necessary to modernize vocational educational programs;  11. Accept and provide for the administration of any land, money, buildings, gifts, funds, donations or other things of value which may be offered or bequeathed to the schools or colleges under the supervision or control of said Board;  12. Enter into cooperative arrangements with one or more other states for the conduct and administration of programs, services and activities;  13. Cooperate whenever possible, to avoid any duplication of training programs with any established training program registered by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, United States Department of Labor;  14. Accept and expend funds from any source in order to market, advertise or promote programs and services available through the Career and Technology Education system; and  15. Participate in activities pertaining to the recruitment of companies to locate or expand operations in the state, and participate in activities that will increase the competitiveness of companies with headquarters or branch operations located in the state. These activities may require agency staff to travel, train, or provide technical assistance outside the State of Oklahoma.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14103, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 53, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 3, • 17, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 188, • 1, emerg. eff. May 20, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 2, • 27, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 90, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2006, c. 105, • 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 2006; Laws 2006, c. 319, • 1, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006; Laws 2008, c. 54, • 4, eff. July 1, 2008.    NOTE: Laws 1993, c. 144, • 1 repealed by Laws 1994, c. 2, • 34, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994.    •70-14-103.1. Vocational and technical education - Dropout Recovery Grants - Statewide plan.  A. Contingent upon the provision of appropriated funds, the State Board of Career and Technology Education is authorized to award one or more competitive grants for dropout recovery programs to technology center school districts. The grant awards shall be made to technology center school districts serving school districts that do not have intensive dropout prevention programs and that have the greatest need for dropout prevention and recovery as reflected in reports of the Office of Accountability. The Dropout Recovery Grants shall emphasize dropout recovery, shall be in addition to any existing alternative education programs, and shall meet the criteria applicable to Alternative Education Academy Grants as set forth in subsection A of Section 1210.563 of this title.  B. The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall provide or contract for technical assistance from appropriated funds. The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall provide or contract for in-depth program analysis and evaluation of grant-funded programs to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the Legislature no later than November 1 following the end of the school year in which one or more programs were implemented and funded through Dropout Recovery Grants.  C. Programs funded through Dropout Recovery Grants shall be subject to the funding cycle and limitations applicable to Alternative Education Academy Grants as set out in subsection C of Section 1210.563 of this title.  D. By September 15 of each school year, all revenue received and expended for students participating in Dropout Recovery Grant programs created in subsection A of this section shall be reported to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.  E. The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall promulgate rules as necessary to administer the Dropout Recovery Grants and the process by which the grant funding shall be allocated.  F. By September 1, 1995, the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall prepare and submit to the Legislature and the Governor a proposed statewide plan, including a statement of needed funding, for the provision of vocational and technical education to students in grades six through twelve who have been identified by school districts in their needs assessments as being at risk of not completing a high school education for a reason other than that identified in Section 13-101 of this title, and who would benefit from vocational and technical education. The plan shall include the availability of technology education courses to the identified students, an outreach effort to students in grades eleven and twelve in vocational and technical courses, provision for cooperative agreements to provide services for students participating in alternative education programs, and coordination with the State Board of Education.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 290, • 67, eff. July 1, 1994. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 91, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14-103.2. Children placed outside parents' home and school district - Access to vocational offerings.  The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall promulgate rules to ensure access to vocational offerings in technology center school districts to students in technology center school districts who are receiving educational services from a school district due to placements outlined in the provisions of Section 1-113 of this title.  Added by Laws 1996, c. 319, • 4, eff. July 1, 1996. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 92, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14-103.3. Pilot program at technology center schools - Expansion of rural businesses.  Subject to the availability of funds appropriated specifically for this purpose, the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall implement a pilot program at technology center schools, the purpose of which is to provide services and training to help rural businesses expand. The purpose of the pilot program is to provide tuition grants and offer economic development, marketing and technology access services to qualifying rural businesses and communities as determined by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.  Added by Laws 1998, c. 335, • 1, eff. July 1, 1998. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 93, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14-103.4. Program for medical micropigmentation training and certification.  The State Board of Career and Technology Education may establish a program for training and certification in medical micropigmentation. The program shall be developed with curricular advice from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, State Board of Osteopathic Examiners, and the Board of Dentistry.  Added by Laws 2000, c. 330, • 2, emerg. eff. June 5, 2000. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 94, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 384, • 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2003.    •70-14-104. Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education – Successor to Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education.  A. There is hereby created the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which shall consist of such divisions, units and positions as may be established by the State Board of Career and Technology Education. The department shall be under the control of the State Board of Career and Technology Education, which shall formulate policies and adopt rules for the administration and operation of the department.  B. The official name of the state agency which is known as "State Department of Vocational and Technical Education" or the “Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education” shall be designated in all future references as the "Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education". Any references in the statutes to the State Department of Vocational and Technical Education or the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education shall be deemed references to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14-104, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 144, • 1, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2000, c. 209, • 2, emerg. eff. May 19, 2000.    •7014105. Courses of instruction and training State Career-Technology Fund.  The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education may operate and maintain, or otherwise provide for, courses of instruction and training in vocational and technical education courses and subjects, and charge students reasonable tuition fees for such instruction or training. The fees shall be deposited in a special fund, which is hereby created, to be known as the State Career-Technology Fund. The fund may be used to pay expenses incurred by the Department in operating and maintaining such classes, and payment therefrom may be upon vouchers signed by a person or persons designated by the State Board of Career and Technology Education. The fund may also be used for the operation of the Multi-State Academic Vocational Curriculum Consortium (MAVCC) for the purpose of developing and disseminating curriculum materials for the member states.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14-105, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 323, • 6, emerg. eff. July 30, 1985; Laws 1995, c. 144, • 2, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 95, eff. July 1, 2001.    •7014106. Equipment pool.  A. The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education may operate and maintain an equipment pool, at which there shall be kept equipment for the use of technology center school districts and schools supported by public funds, and said department and schools shall be eligible for surplus property and equipment.  B. Whenever the Department determines that any such district or school has, and does not have a need for, equipment purchased wholly or partly with state or federal funds, it may, if consistent with federal laws and regulations, order the equipment transferred to the equipment pool; and the district or school, or officials thereof, shall thereupon have the duty to comply with such order. Provided, any equipment which has been purchased wholly or in part with local school funds shall require the concurrence of the governing board of that local school before the equipment shall be transferred to the state equipment pool.  C. Whenever the Department determines that a technology center school district or school supported by public funds has a need for any equipment in the equipment pool, the Department may transfer the equipment to such district or school.  D. The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall adopt and enforce such rules as it deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.   Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14106, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 96, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14-107. Repealed by Laws 1989, c. 13, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1989.  •70-14-108. See the following versions:  OS 70-14-108v1 (SB 257, Laws 2009, c. 202, • 1).  OS 70-14-108v2 (SB 275, Laws 2009, c. 235, • 1).  •7014108.1. Employee health insurance plans.  A. The board of education of each technology center school district in this state shall provide a health insurance plan for the employees of the technology center school district. Technology center school districts may obtain health and dental insurance coverage as provided for in the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act or may obtain other health insurance coverage. Any technology center district that does not participate in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act shall obtain health insurance coverage for the employees which provides open enrollment, and provide for the continuation of health insurance coverage, including supplemental Medicare insurance coverage, for those district employees who retire from said district after September 30, 1991, with a vested benefit in the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma. A retired person who begins receiving benefits from the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma after September 30, 1991, who retires from a technology center school district that provides other health insurance coverage, and who elects to continue said health insurance coverage shall pay to the technology center school district the premium rate for the health insurance minus an amount equal to the premium rate of the Medicare supplement or the amount determined pursuant to subsection (4) of Section 1316.3 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes, whichever is less, which shall be paid by the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma to the technology center school district. The technology center school district shall remit to the health insurance coverage provider the total premium due less any uncollected amounts payable from retired technology center school district employees or their qualified survivors.  B. A technology center school district that participates in health insurance coverage other than the health insurance plan offered by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act shall not be required to pay any portion of the premium for the employees or the dependents of the employees of said school district. Unless a school district negotiates an agreement with its employees regarding health insurance pursuant to Sections 509.1 through 509.9 of this title, and to the extent that the agreement provides for the members of the recognized bargaining unit, a technology center school district that participates in health insurance coverage other than the health insurance plan offered by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act is prohibited from acquiring additional or supplemental health or dental insurance for any board member, superintendent or any other employee which is not available to all employees of said district, and said technology center school district shall not pay a greater portion of the employee or dependent premium for any health or dental insurance plan or plans provided by said technology center school district on behalf of any board member, superintendent or employee than that portion paid on behalf of all participating employees of said district.  C. If a technology center school district obtains health insurance coverage from a source other than through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act, the employees of the technology center school district who would be eligible to participate in the health and dental plans may require the board of education of the technology center school district to call an election to allow said employees to vote as to whether the technology center school district shall participate in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act. Upon the filing with the board of education of a petition calling for such an election which is signed by no less than thirty percent (30%) of the eligible employees of the technology center school district, the board of education shall call an election for the purpose of determining whether the technology center school district shall participate in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act. The election shall be held within thirty (30) days of the filing of the petition. If a majority of those eligible employees voting at the election vote to participate in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act, the board of education of the technology center school district shall apply for such participation within thirty (30) days of the election.  D. If a technology center school district does not have any health insurance coverage of the type required by this section, that technology center school district shall immediately be enrolled in the health and dental insurance plans offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act.  E. A carrier providing health insurance coverage for employees of a technology center school district health insurance group which replaces a previous carrier for such technology center school district employees shall provide coverage for each retired employee who is receiving a benefit or terminates employment with a vested benefit from the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma and who is enrolled in the health insurance group by the previous carrier at the time the previous carrier providing health insurance coverage is replaced. Notwithstanding any provision in this section to the contrary, any person who retires pursuant to the provisions of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma prior to May 1, 1993, or terminates service with a vested benefit, pursuant to the provisions of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma prior to May 1, 1993, may continue to participate in the health and dental plans authorized by the provisions of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act.  F. In the event a technology center school district ceases to exist, the assets and duties of said technology center school district are transferred to one or more other technology center school districts, said other technology center school district or districts do not agree to employ all of the former employees of the technology center school district that is ceasing to exist, and said former employees who are not being reemployed have rights under federal or state law to continue group insurance coverage, the annexing technology center school district having the largest general fund revenue for the most recent preceding fiscal year for which data is available shall provide group insurance coverage to said former employees not being retained during the period as required by law.  Added by Laws 1988, c. 165, • 2, operative July 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 219, • 2, emerg. eff. May 22, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 359, • 2, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 98, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14-108v1. Technology center school districts - Organization and operation - Governing board - Levy elections - Estimate of needs - Appropriation accounts - Annexation and detachment of territory - Classification, inspection and accreditation - Treasurer - Transfer of tenure or accrued benefits.  A. The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall prescribe criteria and procedures for the establishment and governance of technology center school districts, as provided by Section 9B, Article X, Oklahoma Constitution, and such districts so established shall be operated in accordance with rules of the State Board of Career and Technology Education, except as otherwise provided in this title.  B. A technology center school district shall be a body corporate and shall possess the usual powers of a corporation for public purposes. Its official name shall be designated by the State Board of Career and Technology Education, in which name it may sue and be sued, and be capable of contracting and being contracted with, and holding real and personal estate. Its governing board shall be a board of education consisting of not less than five (5) nor more than seven (7) members elected in a manner prescribed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education. Such board of education shall have the same powers and duties that boards of education of independent school districts have. It may require nonresident students to pay reasonable tuition fees, which may be paid for a student by the independent or elementary school district in which the student resides.  C. An election to vote on the question of making a levy of not to exceed five (5) mills on the dollar valuation of the taxable property in a technology center school district under the provisions of subsection A, Section 9B, Article X, Oklahoma Constitution, shall be called by the board of education and conducted by the county election board of such district in the same manner that elections for emergency levies in school districts under the provisions of Section 9(d), Article X, Oklahoma Constitution, are called and conducted. When such levy is approved by a majority of the electors of the technology center school district voting on the question at such election, the levy shall be made each fiscal year thereafter until repealed by a majority of the electors of the district voting on the question at an election called for such purpose. An election to vote on the question of making a local incentive levy of not to exceed five (5) mills on the dollar valuation of the taxable property in a technology center school district under the provisions of subsection B of Section 9B of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, may be called by the board of education; and elections on a levy for a building fund for an area school district under the provisions of Section 10, Article X, Oklahoma Constitution, shall be called by the board of education of such district and conducted by the county election board in the same manner that elections for similar levies are called and conducted in independent school districts.  D. Annual estimates of needs of technology center school districts shall be made and approved in the same manner that those of independent school districts are made and approved. Provided, that the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall prescribe a list of appropriation accounts by which the funds of technology center school districts shall be budgeted, accounted for and expended. Any such estimate of needs may include an estimate of federal funds as probable income from sources other than ad valorem tax of the district and other than any excise or other tax assessed by legislative enactment and distributed in lieu of ad valorem taxes. If a technology center school district lies in more than one county, the district's estimate of needs shall be filed with and approved by the county excise board of the county designated by the school district board of education.  E. Territory may be annexed to or detached from a technology center school district, in accordance with rules prescribed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education. If the State Board of Career and Technology Education requires the submission of a petition in order for an election to be called for the purpose of annexation or deannexation of territory to a technology center school district, such petition shall not be required to bear a number of technology center school district electors' signatures which exceed fifty percent (50%) of the number of technology center school district electors who voted in the last school board election in the territory proposed to be annexed or deannexed. Provided, the period of time from which the petition is initiated to its time of filing with the State Board shall not exceed ninety (90) days.  F. Schools of technology center school districts shall be subject to classification, inspection and accreditation by the State Board of Education.  G. The technology center school board of education may designate a county treasurer to serve as treasurer of the school district or may appoint an independent treasurer.  H. Within four (4) years after the creation of a technology center school district, such school district may, at its discretion, permit a teacher to transfer any or all accrued benefits upon employment including credit for years of service in the previous school district by the technology center school district, if the teacher at the time of hiring is employed as a teacher by an independent or elementary school district which is all or partly within the boundaries of the technology center school district or is employed as a teacher in a skills center within the boundaries of the school district.  I. The board of education of a technology center school district may convey surplus personal property without consideration to:  1. A school district that is within the boundary of the technology center school district;  2. A public school offering secondary level education which was created and is operated by the State of Oklahoma and that is within the boundary of the technology center school district;  3. A technology center school district; or  4. The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education for the support or delivery of department initiatives.  J. The board of education of a technology center school district may, without prior approval of the State Board of Career and Technology Education, approve all plans and specifications for technology center school buildings, additions, and major modifications to school buildings that are designed to provide for the offering of vocational-technical education programs and services when the cost of the building project is to be paid with local levies or state bond monies or both local levies and state bond monies.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14-108, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1975, c. 134, • 1, emerg. eff. May 19, 1975; Laws 1979, c. 193, • 1, emerg. eff. May 17, 1979; Laws 1980, c. 93, • 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1980; Laws 1982, c. 257, • 1, operative July 1, 1982; Laws 1988, c. 90, • 21, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 263, • 152, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 281, • 10, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 335, • 25, emerg. eff. June 15, 1991; Laws 1999, c. 171, • 1, emerg. eff. May 21, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 97, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 47, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 50, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; Laws 2009, c. 202, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    NOTE: Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 87 repealed by Laws 1991, c. 281, • 11, eff. July 1, 1991. Laws 1991, c. 3, • 18 repealed by Laws 1991, c. 335, • 37, emerg. eff. June 15, 1991.    •70-14-108v2. Technology center school districts - Organization and operation - Governing board - Levy elections - Estimate of needs - Appropriation accounts - Annexation and detachment of territory - Classification, inspection and accreditation - Treasurer - Transfer of tenure or accrued benefits.  A. The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall prescribe criteria and procedures for the establishment and governance of technology center school districts, as provided by Section 9B, Article X, Oklahoma Constitution, and such districts so established shall be operated in accordance with rules of the State Board of Career and Technology Education, except as otherwise provided in this title.  B. A technology center school district shall be a body corporate and shall possess the usual powers of a corporation for public purposes. Its official name shall be designated by the State Board of Career and Technology Education, in which name it may sue and be sued, and be capable of contracting and being contracted with, and holding real and personal estate.   C. The governing board of a technology center school district shall be a board of education consisting of not less than five (5) nor more than seven (7) members. Except as otherwise provided for in subsection D of this section, all members of the board of education shall be elected in a manner prescribed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education. The State Board shall promulgate rules prescribing the manner in which the elections required by this subsection are held.  D. In a technology center school district that serves seventy or more public school districts, the territory of the school district shall be divided into district zones by the State Board of Career and Technology Education. Between August 1 and December 31 of the year following the submission by the United States Department of Commerce to the President of the United States of the official Federal Decennial Census, the Board shall reapportion the territory of the technology center school district into district zones. All boundaries of district zones shall follow clearly visible, definable, and observable physical boundaries which are based upon criteria established and recognized by the Bureau of the Census of the United States Department of Commerce for purposes of defining census blocks for its decennial census and shall follow, as much as possible, precinct boundaries. District zones shall be compact, contiguous and shall be as equal in population as practical with not more than a five-percent variance between the most populous and least populous district zones. The board of education of a technology center school district shall consist of one member elected from each of the district zones of the school district created pursuant to this subsection. The electors of each district zone shall elect a person, who is a resident of the district zone, to represent the district zone on the school board. If during the term of office to which a person was elected, that member ceases to be a resident of the district zone for which the person was elected, the office shall become vacant and the vacancy shall be filled as provided in Section 13A-110 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall promulgate rules prescribing the manner in which the elections required by this subsection are held.  E. The board of education of a technology center school district shall have the same powers and duties that boards of education of independent school districts have. It may require nonresident students to pay reasonable tuition fees, which may be paid for a student by the independent or elementary school district in which the student resides.  F. An election to vote on the question of making a levy of not to exceed five (5) mills on the dollar valuation of the taxable property in a technology center school district under the provisions of subsection A, Section 9B, Article X, Oklahoma Constitution, shall be called by the board of education and conducted by the county election board of such district in the same manner that elections for emergency levies in school districts under the provisions of Section 9(d), Article X, Oklahoma Constitution, are called and conducted. When such levy is approved by a majority of the electors of the technology center school district voting on the question at such election, the levy shall be made each fiscal year thereafter until repealed by a majority of the electors of the district voting on the question at an election called for such purpose. An election to vote on the question of making a local incentive levy of not to exceed five (5) mills on the dollar valuation of the taxable property in a technology center school district under the provisions of subsection B of Section 9B of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, may be called by the board of education; and elections on a levy for a building fund for an area school district under the provisions of Section 10, Article X, Oklahoma Constitution, shall be called by the board of education of such district and conducted by the county election board in the same manner that elections for similar levies are called and conducted in independent school districts.  G. Annual estimates of needs of technology center school districts shall be made and approved in the same manner that those of independent school districts are made and approved. Provided, that the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall prescribe a list of appropriation accounts by which the funds of technology center school districts shall be budgeted, accounted for and expended. Any such estimate of needs may include an estimate of federal funds as probable income from sources other than ad valorem tax of the district and other than any excise or other tax assessed by legislative enactment and distributed in lieu of ad valorem taxes. If a technology center school district lies in more than one county, the district's estimate of needs shall be filed with and approved by the county excise board of the county designated by the school district board of education.  H. Territory may be annexed to or detached from a technology center school district, in accordance with rules prescribed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education. If the State Board of Career and Technology Education requires the submission of a petition in order for an election to be called for the purpose of annexation or deannexation of territory to a technology center school district, such petition shall not be required to bear a number of technology center school district electors' signatures which exceed fifty percent (50%) of the number of technology center school district electors who voted in the last school board election in the territory proposed to be annexed or deannexed. Provided, the period of time from which the petition is initiated to its time of filing with the State Board shall not exceed ninety (90) days.  I. Schools of technology center school districts shall be subject to classification, inspection and accreditation by the State Board of Education.  J. The technology center school board of education may designate a county treasurer to serve as treasurer of the school district or may appoint an independent treasurer.  K. Within four (4) years after the creation of a technology center school district, such school district may, at its discretion, permit a teacher to transfer any or all accrued benefits upon employment including credit for years of service in the previous school district by the technology center school district, if the teacher at the time of hiring is employed as a teacher by an independent or elementary school district which is all or partly within the boundaries of the technology center school district or is employed as a teacher in a skills center within the boundaries of the school district.  L. The board of education of a technology center school district may convey personal property without consideration to a school district that is within the boundary of the technology center school district or a public school offering secondary level education which was created and is operated by the State of Oklahoma and that is within the boundary of the technology center school district.  M. The board of education of a technology center school district may, without prior approval of the State Board of Career and Technology Education, approve all plans and specifications for technology center school buildings, additions, and major modifications to school buildings that are designed to provide for the offering of vocational-technical education programs and services when the cost of the building project is to be paid with local levies or state bond monies or both local levies and state bond monies.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14-108, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1975, c. 134, • 1, emerg. eff. May 19, 1975; Laws 1979, c. 193, • 1, emerg. eff. May 17, 1979; Laws 1980, c. 93, • 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1980; Laws 1982, c. 257, • 1, operative July 1, 1982; Laws 1988, c. 90, • 21, operative July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 263, • 152, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 281, • 10, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 335, • 25, emerg. eff. June 15, 1991; Laws 1999, c. 171, • 1, emerg. eff. May 21, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 97, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 47, • 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 50, • 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; Laws 2009, c. 235, • 1, eff. July 1, 2009.    NOTE: Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, • 87 repealed by Laws 1991, c. 281, • 11, eff. July 1, 1991. Laws 1991, c. 3, • 18 repealed by Laws 1991, c. 335, • 37, emerg. eff. June 15, 1991.    •7014109. Technology center school districts Special building project account.  A. If required to do so as a prerequisite to the receipt of federal funds for a building project, the board of education of a technology center school district may establish a special account to be used for payment of the cost of the building project. Federal and state funds received for the building project may be deposited in the special account. Monies from the following sources, if available for the payment of the cost of the building project, may also be deposited in the special account: bond issues, levies for a building fund under Section 10 of Article X, Oklahoma Constitution and appropriations for capital outlay in the general fund of the district.  B. The board of education shall estimate the total amount to be deposited in or transferred to the aforesaid building project account, and may issue warrants against the account for the payment of the cost of the building project. The total amount of such warrants shall not exceed the estimate of the board of education of the total amount to be deposited in or transferred to the account. If there shall be an insufficient amount in the building project account to pay a warrant, the warrant shall bear interest at a rate to be fixed by the board of education, not to exceed six percent (6%) per annum, from the date of issuance until paid.  C. For the purposes of this section, the cost of a building project shall include expenditures for sites, for the construction of buildings, and for equipment, furniture and fixtures.  D. The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall adopt such rules as it deems necessary to make the provisions of this section effective.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14109, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 99, eff. July 1, 2001.    •7014110. Technology center school districts and independent school districts Separate boards Existing boards Election procedure.  A. If the territory comprising an independent school district has been established by the State Board of Career and Technology Education as a technology center school district, and the boundaries of each are coterminous, the board of education of the technology center school district shall be separate from the board of education of the independent school district and no member of either board shall be eligible to serve on the other.  B. Existing boards of education of technology center school districts which are comprised of members of the board of education of an independent school district with coterminous boundaries shall be dissolved by the State Board of Career and Technology Education, and the offices of the members of such boards shall become vacant on the first Monday in June, 1982. The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall establish election districts for such a technology center school district which shall have boundaries coterminous with the election districts of the independent school district and which shall be numbered identically to the election districts of the independent school district.  C. A separate board of education shall be created for such a technology center school district and its members elected in the manner prescribed by the rules of the State Board of Career and Technology Education except as hereafter provided:  1. The Governor shall appoint members to those offices of the board of education of such a technology center school district which will become vacant on the first Monday in June, 1982, to staggered terms as follows:  a.  two members shall be appointed to a term of one (1) year. Each of these offices shall become vacant on the first Monday in June, 1983,  b.  two members shall be appointed to a term of two (2) years. Each of these offices shall become vacant on the first Monday in June, 1984,  c.  two members shall be appointed to a term of three (3) years. Each of these offices shall become vacant on the first Monday in June, 1985, and  d.  one member shall be appointed to a term of four (4) years. This office shall become vacant on the first Monday in June, 1986;  2. Upon the expiration of the term of an office of the board of education of a technology center school district prior to the expiration of the term of an office of the board of education of the independent school district in a coterminous election district, the Governor shall appoint a board member to the office of the technology center school district for the number of years necessary to establish a coterminous term between the board members of the technology center school board and the independent school district in the coterminous election district;  3. Thereafter, as the office of each member appointed to the board of education of the technology center school district becomes vacant, it shall be filled by a member elected as prescribed by the rules of the State Board of Career and Technology Education except as herein provided;  4. Elections of members to the board of education of the technology center school district shall be held on the same day as elections are held for election of members to the independent school district;  5. One member shall be elected from each election district by the voters of that election district; and  6. The term of office of each member elected to the board of education of the technology center school district shall be four (4) years.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14-110, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1982, c. 91, • 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 1982; Laws 1983, c. 12, • 1, emerg. eff. March 23, 1983; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 100, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14-111. Repealed by Laws 1974, c. 152, • 4, emerg. eff. May 3, 1974.  •7014111A. Nondegree instructors in vocational and technical education programs Increments.  Nondegree instructors in vocational and technical education who are employed in a fulltime, approved, reimbursed program for vocational and technical education shall qualify for yearly increments the same as any other teacher in the public schools.  Laws 1974, c. 152, Section 1, emerg. eff. May 3, 1974.    Laws 1974, c. 152, • 1, emerg. eff. May 3, 1974.   •7014112. Agency for state.  The State Board of Career and Technology Education is hereby specifically designated as the agency of this state to cooperate and deal with any officer, board, or authority of the United States Government which may require or recommend cooperation with any state board of vocational and technical education. The Board, unless otherwise provided specifically by law, shall have no authority to use or pledge funds of the state for cooperation without approval by the Governor of the state.   Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 14112, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 101, eff. July 1, 2001.    •7014113. Citation.  Section 14113. This act may be cited as the "Displaced Homemakers Act".    Laws 1978, c. 94, • 1, eff. July 1, 1978.   •7014114. Legislative findings, purpose and intent.  Section 14114. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that there is an everincreasing number of persons in this state who, having fulfilled a role as homemaker, find themselves "displaced" in their middle years through divorce, death of spouse or other loss of family income; as a consequence, displaced homemakers are very often without any source of income; they are ineligible for categorical welfare assistance; they are subject to the highest unemployment rate of any sector of the work force; they face continuing discrimination in employment because they are often older and have no recent paid work experience; they are ineligible for unemployment insurance because they have been engaged in unpaid labor in the home; they are ineligible for social security because they are too young, and for many, they will never qualify for social security because they have been divorced from the family wage earner; they have often lost their rights as beneficiaries under employers' pension and health plans through divorce or death of spouse, despite many years of contribution to the family wellbeing; and they are most often ineligible for Medicaid and are generally unacceptable to private health insurance plans because of their age.  The Legislature further finds and declares that homemakers are an unrecognized part of the work force who make an invaluable contribution to the welfare of the society as a whole.  It is the intention of the Legislature in enacting this chapter to provide the necessary counseling, training, jobs, services and support programs for displaced homemakers so that they may enjoy the independence and economic security vital to a productive life and to improve the welfare of this evergrowing group of citizens.    Laws 1978, c. 94, • 2, eff. July 1, 1978.   •7014115. Definitions.  As used in this act:  1. Board means the State Board of Career and Technology Education;  2. Superintendent means the superintendent of the technology center school designated as the pilot multipurpose service center for displaced homemakers;  3. Center means the pilot multipurpose service center for displaced homemakers; and  4. Displaced homemaker means an individual who:  a.  has worked without pay as a homemaker for his or her family, and who has reached the age of thirtyfive (35) years or older,  b.  is not gainfully employed,  c.  has had, or would have, difficulty finding employment, and  d. (1) has depended on the income of a family member and has lost that income, or  (2) has depended on government assistance as the parent of dependent children, but who is no longer eligible for such assistance.  Added by Laws 1978, c. 94, • 3, eff. July 1, 1978. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 102, eff. July 1, 2001.    •7014116. Pilot multipurpose service center.  The Board shall establish a pilot multipurpose service center for displaced homemakers in a suitable technology center school with adequate facilities. The Board shall designate the technology center school which is to serve as the pilot multipurpose service center for displaced homemakers. The superintendent of the designated technology center school shall hire the personnel and administer the program for the pilot project. The superintendent is authorized to contract with or make grants to private nonprofit agencies or organizations to carry out the various programs of the centers as enumerated in this act.  Added by Laws 1978, c. 94, • 4, eff. July 1, 1978. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 103, eff. July 1, 2001.    •7014117. Location of center Criteria.  Section 14117. A. In selecting the site for the center, the Board shall consider the following criteria:  1. Accessibility to substantial displaced homemaker population;  2. Suitability of vocational and technical training programs;  3. Availability of child care programs and services;  4. Availability of support services or programs in the community or surrounding areas; and  5. Accessibility to a variety of educational or training programs.  B. To the greatest extent possible, the staff of the service center, including supervisory, technical and administrative positions, shall be filled by displaced homemakers.    Laws 1978, c. 94, • 5, eff. July 1, 1978.   •7014118. Funds.  Section 14118. The Board, superintendent and director of the center shall explore all possible sources of funding and inkind contributions from federal, local and private sources in establishing and enhancing the center and its programs.    Laws 1978, c. 94, • 6, eff. July 1, 1978.   •7014119. Jobcounseling and jobtraining programs.  Section 14119. The center shall establish the following programs:  1. Jobcounseling program for displaced homemakers which shall be specifically designed for the person reentering the job market after a number of years as a homemaker. The counseling will take into consideration, and build upon, the skills and experiences of a homemaker. Peer counseling and job readiness as well as skill updating and development shall be emphasized; and  2. Jobtraining program for displaced homemakers in which the staff at the center shall work with local government agencies and private employers to develop training programs for available jobs in the public and private sectors.    Laws 1978, c. 94, • 7, eff. July 1, 1978.   •7014120. Center staff Responsibilities and duties.  Center staff shall be responsible for assisting the trainee in finding permanent employment. To this end, the superintendent and the center staff shall work with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the service delivery areas under the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 in the area of the center to secure employment for displaced homemakers and/or training stipends for displaced homemakers.  The center staff and the superintendent shall also work to determine the feasibility and appropriate procedures for allowing displaced homemakers to participate in the following:  1. Programs established under the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 29 U.S.C., Section 1501, et seq.;  2. Work incentive programs established under the Federal Social Security Act;  3. Programs established or benefits provided under federal and state unemployment compensation laws by consideration of fulltime homemakers as workers eligible for such benefits or programs;  4. The FederalState Expanded Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970 26 U.S.C., Section 3304, Note;  5. Title II of the Emergency Jobs and Unemployment Assistance Act of 1974 26 U.S.C., Section 3304, Note;  6. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 1974 26 U.S.C., Section 3304, Note; and  7. Related federal and state employment, education, health and unemployment assistance programs.    Amended by Laws 1986, c. 207, • 62, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1989, c. 313, • 12, operative July 1, 1989.   •7014121. Service programs.  Section 14121. The center shall include, but not be limited to, the following service programs for displaced homemakers:  1. Money management courses, including information and assistance in dealing with insurance programs, life, health, home and car, taxes, mortgages, loans and probate problems; and  2. Educational programs, including courses offering credit through higher educational institutions or leading toward a high school equivalency degree. Support services shall be established which are designed to supplement the usual academic course offerings and training programs with classes aimed toward older persons to improve their employment capabilities.    Laws 1978, c. 94, • 9, eff. July 1, 1978.   •7014122. Regulations concerning eligibility for service programs.  Section 14122. The superintendent, in consultation with the director of the service center, shall establish regulations concerning the eligibility of persons for the job training and other programs of the multipurpose service center, the level of stipends, if any, for the job training programs, and such other matters as the superintendent deems necessary to carry out the purpose of this act.    Laws 1978, c. 94, • 10, eff. July 1, 1978.   •7014123. Evaluation of programs Reports.  Section 14123. A. The superintendent shall require the center staff to evaluate the effectiveness of the job training, placement and service components of the center. Such evaluation shall include the number of persons trained, the number of persons placed in employment, followup data on such persons, the number of persons served by the various service programs and cost effectiveness of the various components of the center.  B. The superintendent shall compile the evaluation into a written report for the Legislature to determine the feasibility of extending the pilot program to other areas of the State of Oklahoma. The evaluation report shall be filed no later than July 1, 1979.    Laws 1978, c. 94, • 11, eff. July 1, 1978.   •7014124. Correctional institutions Administration, supervision and instruction of vocational training programs.  The State Board of Career and Technology Education is hereby directed to assume the administrative, supervisory and instructional operations of all vocational training programs in correctional institutions for which it receives funds.  Added by Laws 1980, c. 217, • 6, eff. May 30, 1980. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 258, • 10, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 2001, c. 33, • 104, eff. July 1, 2001.    •7014125. Stringtown Correctional Center Transfer of administration, supervision, and operation.  The administration, supervision, and operation of the Vocational Training Program and School located at the Stringtown Correctional Center is hereby transferred from the Department of Human Services to the State Board of Career and Technology Education. All property, records, and personnel of said center are hereby transferred to the State Board of Career and Technology Education.  Added by Laws 1983, c. 247, • 11, operative July 1, 1983. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 105, eff. July 1, 2001.    •7014125.1. Employees of Stringtown Correctional Center - Retirement benefits.  Employees of the Vocational Training Program and School located at the Stringtown Correctional Center who are members of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System and are being transferred from the Department of Human Services to the State Board of Career and Technology Education shall cease accruing benefits in the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System and shall commence accruing benefits pursuant to the Teachers' Retirement System on July 1, 1983. On January 1, 1984, the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System shall transfer to the Teachers' Retirement System the actual amount contributed to the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System by the state and by each employee of the Vocational Training Program and School located at the Stringtown Correctional Center transferring to the Teachers' Retirement System and the retirement records of those transferring employees. Service accrued by said employees pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System shall be treated as credited service in the Teachers' Retirement System.  Added by Laws 1983, c. 247, • 12, operative July 1, 1983. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 106, eff. July 1, 2001.    •7014126. Consultant services Contracts with retired administrators.  No administration of a technology center school district shall enter into a contract for consultant services with any person who has retired from employment as an administrator with any technology center school district for two (2) years after the retirement date of such administrator. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a board of education of a technology center school district from employing as a substitute teacher, a person who has retired as an administrator or teacher with a technology center school district within two (2) years after the retirement date of the person.  Added by Laws 1988, c. 128, • 2, emerg. eff. April 12, 1988. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 107, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14-127. Youth apprenticeship program guidelines.  A. The Oklahoma Legislature, recognizing the need for improved methods of helping secondary students make a smooth transition from high school to the workplace, hereby establishes guidelines for youth apprenticeship programs.  B. Youth apprenticeship programs shall be defined as learning programs for young people enrolled in vocational education that combine on-the-job learning with classroom instruction, that offer a bridge between secondary and post high school training and education, and that result in certification of mastery of work skills.  C. Youth apprenticeship programs shall be administered and supervised by the State Board of Career and Technology Education, which shall also establish standards for program operation.  D. Notwithstanding any other section of law, youth apprenticeship programs shall not mean any traditional apprenticeship program registered by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, United States Department of Labor.  Added by Laws 1993, c. 144, • 2, eff. April 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 108, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14-128. Oklahoma Youth Apprenticeship Committee - Members - Quorum.  A. There is hereby created the Oklahoma Youth Apprenticeship Committee. The committee shall be appointed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education within thirty (30) days of the effective date of this act and shall consist of thirteen (13) members as follows:  1. The Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education or designee who shall also serve as committee chair;  2. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee;  3. The Chancellor of Higher Education or designee;  4. One superintendent of a technology center school district;  5. One superintendent of an independent school district;  6. One president of a state community or junior college;  7. Two members who represent the interests of labor, including one who represents the Bureau of Apprenticeship Training of the United States Department of Labor;  8. Four members who are currently employed in business or industry; and  9. One member who represents a city chamber of commerce.  B. Seven members of the committee shall constitute a quorum. A quorum must be present to transact any business of the committee. The committee is advisory in nature and shall meet as necessary to provide recommendations to the State Board of Career and Technology Education related to the administration of and standards for youth apprenticeship programs. The members of the committee shall be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in performing official duties in accordance with the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act, Section 500.1 et seq. of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Added by Laws 1993, c. 144, • 3, eff. April 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 109, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14-129. Rules.  The State Board of Career and Technology Education shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this act.  Added by Laws 1993, c. 144, • 4, eff. April 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, • 110, eff. July 1, 2001.    •70-14A-1. Repealed by Laws 1961, p. 555, • 1.  •70-14A-1a. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14A-1b. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14A-1c. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14A-1d. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14A-1e. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14A-1f. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14A-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14B-1. Repealed by Laws 1961, p. 555, • 1.  •70-14B-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14B-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14B-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14c-13. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14c-14. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14c-16. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-9. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-10. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-11. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-12. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-14C-17. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-15-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-15-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-15-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-15-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-15-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-15-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-15-7. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-15-8. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-15-9. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-15-10. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-15-11. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-15-12. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-15-13. Repealed by Laws 1955, p. 445, • 55.  •70-15-14. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-15-15. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-15-16. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •7015101. School buildings Bonds.  Whenever it shall become necessary for the board of education of any school district to raise sufficient funds for the purchase of a school site or sites, or to erect or purchase and equip a suitable school building or buildings, either or both, or for the purpose of making repairs to an existing school building or buildings, or for the purchase of school furniture and fixtures, or for making improvements to any school site or sites, either or both, it shall be lawful for such board of education to borrow money for which it is hereby authorized and empowered to issue bonds bearing a rate of interest not exceeding seven percent (7%) per annum, payable semiannually, at such place as may be shown on the face of such bonds, which bonds shall be payable serially as otherwise provided by law in not more than twentyfive (25) years from date; and the board of education is hereby authorized and empowered to sell such bonds at not less than their par value; provided, before any bonds shall be issued, the board of education shall cause an election to be held in such district as herein provided; provided, further, bonds may be voted in one issue and at the same election for any or all of the purposes hereinbefore enumerated. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 15101. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 15101, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7015102. Election Notice Cost Election on same proposition within four (4) months after defeat prohibited.  The board of education shall call an election, to be conducted by the county election board in all respects as other elections, for the purpose of taking the sense of the district upon the question of issuing such bonds, naming in the proclamation of such election the amount of bonds to be voted on and the purpose for which they are to be issued; and it shall cause to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in said district the time and place of such election, such notices to be given at least ten (10) days before such election. In all instances where proclamations for elections for boards of education are required by statute of the mayor of a city, and in all instances where elections for boards of education are provided for by statute wherein the mayor and city clerk are denominated, the president of the board of education shall be substituted for the mayor and the clerk of the board of education shall be substituted for the city clerk. Boards of education are hereby declared to be free and independent of cities in all matters relating to school elections legally called upon all school matters, and presidents of boards of education shall have full power to issue proclamations calling school elections; provided, that no election shall be called on the same proposition within four (4) months after such proposition has been defeated at an election by the school district electors. The provisions of this act as to the waiting period shall not apply where the school facilities have been destroyed by an act of God. The cost of such elections, together with the cost of such proclamations, publication, notices or other expenses required, shall be legal costs of boards of education.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 15102, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7015103. Electors Qualifications.  On the question of issuance of said bonds, no person shall be qualified to vote unless he be in all respects a school district elector of such district. In case threefifths (3/5) of the voters thereof voting at such election shall vote affirmatively for the issuance of said bonds, then the said board of education shall issue the same and not otherwise. The amount of the bonds so voted upon and issued shall not cause the school district to become indebted in an amount, including existing indebtedness, in the aggregate exceeding five percent (5%) of the valuation of the taxable property therein, to be ascertained from the last assessment for state and county purposes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness; but if the school district has an absolute need therefor, such district may, with the assent of threefifths (3/5) of the voters thereof, voting at such election, incur indebtedness to an amount, including existing indebtedness, in the aggregate exceeding five percent (5%) but not exceeding ten percent (10%) of the valuation of the taxable property therein, to be ascertained from the last assessment for state and county purposes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness, for the purpose of acquiring or improving school sites, constructing, repairing, remodeling or equipping buildings or acquiring school furniture, fixtures or equipment or more than one or all of such purposes; and such assent to such indebtedness shall be deemed to be a sufficient showing of such absolute need. Section 26, Article X, of the Oklahoma Constitution, as amended on April 5, 1955, shall hereafter be in full force and effect. Provided, that any bond election that shall have heretofore been called or held in accordance with the provisions of Section 26, Article X, of the Oklahoma Constitution, as amended on April 5, 1955, is hereby validated if the bonds so authorized at such election have not yet been sold and delivered. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 15103. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 15103, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7015104. Form Provision for collection of annual tax.  The said bonds shall contain all necessary provisions as to form; and such school district shall, before or at the time of the issuance of the same, provide for the collection of an annual tax sufficient to pay the interest on such indebtedness as it falls due, and also to constitute a sinking fund for the payment of the principal thereof. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 15104. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 15104, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7015105. Signatures Registration Certificate.  The bonds, the issuance of which is provided in the preceding sections, shall be signed by the president, attested by the clerk and registered by the treasurer of the board of education, and shall have endorsed thereon a certificate signed by the county clerk and the district attorney of the county wherein such district is located, stating that said bonds or evidence of debt are issued pursuant to law and that said issue is within the debt limit.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 15105, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7015106. Transportation equipment Bonds.  Any school district that is authorized by law to provide transportation for pupils to and from school may become indebted for the purpose of purchasing transportation equipment and may issue its bonds, as provided for by law, in any amount not exceeding, with existing indebtedness, ten percent (10%) of the valuation of the taxable property within the school district, as shown by the last preceding assessment for state and county purposes previous to the incurring of indebtedness. The bonds shall be made to mature within a period not to exceed five (5) years from their date. It is hereby declared that the use of the word "equipment" in Section 26, Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution was intended to include the "transportation equipment" referred to in this section.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 15106, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 257, • 3, emerg. eff. May 25, 1995.    •70-15-106.1. Equipment purchase - Bonds.  Any school district may become indebted for the purpose of purchasing equipment and may issue its bonds, as provided for by law, in any amount not exceeding, with existing indebtedness, ten percent (10%) of the valuation of the taxable property within the school district, as shown by the last incurring of indebtedness. The bonds shall be made to mature within a period not to exceed five (5) years from their date. It is hereby declared that the use of the word "equipment" in Section 26, Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution was intended to include: library books, textbooks, school-owned uniforms, computer software, district software licenses and web-based software subscriptions with a term of more than one (1) year but not more than five (5) years, the acquisition of telecommunications devices and components to be used to enhance classroom instruction and maintenance/service contracts which are included as a part of the equipment purchase price. This provision shall not restrict a school district from issuing bonds with a maturity of greater than five (5) years for the purchase of equipment not listed in this section. If the maturity of the bond is greater than five (5) years, the maturity of the bond shall not exceed the effective life of any equipment purchased with the proceeds.  Added by Laws 1995, c. 257, • 4, emerg. eff. May 25, 1995. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 361, • 22, eff. July 1, 2004.  •7015107. Expenses.  All expenses incident to the issuance of school district bonds, including the expense of holding the bond election, may be paid from the proceeds of such bonds. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 15107; Laws 1974, c. 76, Section 1, emerg. eff. April 19, 1974.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 15107, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1980, c. 217, • 6, eff. May 30, 1980.   •7015108. Investment in government bonds.  The proceeds of any school bonds or any portion thereof, or the sinking fund for the payment of any school bonds, may be invested by the issuing board in any type or series of United States Government Bonds. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 15108. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 15108, eff. July 2, 1971.   •7015109. Bond issues of area school districts.  Area school districts may, in accordance with the provisions of Section 9B, Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, issue bonds in the same manner as bonds are issued by other school districts. Laws 1971, c. 281, Section 15109. Eff. July 2, 1971.    Laws 1971, c. 281, • 15109, eff. July 2, 1971.   •70-15-201. Definitions.  For the purposes of this act:  1. "School bonds" means bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of Sections 15-101 through 15-109 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes;  2. "Commissioners" means Commissioners of the Land Office of the State of Oklahoma; and  3. "Fund" means permanent school fund for the support of common schools of the State of Oklahoma.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 1, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-202. Guarantee of bonds issued.  On approval by the Commissioners, bonds issued pursuant to Sections 15-101 through 15-109 of Title 70 of Oklahoma Statutes are guaranteed by the corpus of the permanent school fund for the support of common schools.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 2, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-203. Restriction on guarantee of bonds.  The Commissioners shall not approve bonds for guarantee if the approval would result in the total amount of outstanding guaranteed bonds to exceed an amount equal to twice the cost value or twice the market value of the assets of the permanent school fund whichever is lower, exclusive of real estate as calculated by the annual audit of the Commissioners of the Land Office.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 3, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-204. Application by school districts for bond guarantee program.  A school district seeking the guarantee of eligible bonds shall apply to the Commissioners on an application which must include:  1. The name of the school district and the principal amount of the bonds to be issued;  2. The maturity schedule, estimated interest rate and date of the bonds; and  3. Any other information as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Commissioners of the Land Office.  The application must be accompanied by a fee set by the Commissioners in an amount to cover costs of administering the guarantee program. The Commissioners and the State Bond Advisor shall enter into an interagency agreement in order to administer their responsibilities pursuant to the provisions of this act.    From the fees collected, the Commissioners shall enter into a cooperative agreement with the State Bond Advisor to defray any administrative costs of his office in carrying out the provisions of this act.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 4, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-205. Duty of State Bond Advisor.  It shall be the duty of the State Bond Advisor to review the bond applications and to advise the Commissioners of the validity of the guarantee application.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 5, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-206. Requirements for districts applying for guarantee.  A. Any district applying to utilize the provisions of this act for its bonded indebtedness shall:  1. Be certified to be in good standing and be accredited without probation by the State Board of Education;  2. Verify to the Commissioners that the bond issue involved is within any limitation provided by law;  3. Comply with such criteria or other requirements deemed necessary by the Commissioners; and  4. Fully comply with all provisions of the rules promulgated by the Commissioners pursuant to this act.  B. No guarantee of bonds shall be effective unless approved by a majority of the Commissioners.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 6, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-207. Inability to pay on guaranteed bond - Notice.  Immediately following a determination that a school district will be or is unable to pay maturing or matured principal or interest on a guaranteed bond, but not later than the fifth business day before the maturity date, the district shall notify the State Bond Advisor and the Commissioners of the Land Office.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 7, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-208. Transfer of funds to pay maturing or matured bond - Cancellation of bond - Reimbursement by school district.  A. Following receipt of notice, the Commissioners shall cause to be transferred from the permanent school fund the necessary funding to pay the maturing or matured principal or interest.  B. Immediately following receipt of the funds for payment of the principal or interest, the district treasurer shall pay the amount due and forward the canceled bond or coupon to the Commissioners of the Land Office.  C. Following full reimbursement to the fund with interest, the Commissioners shall forward the canceled bond to the school district for which the payment was made.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 8, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-209. No acceleration of remaining bonds due to default.  If a school district fails to pay principal or interest on a bond guaranteed by the fund when it matures, other amounts not yet mature are not accelerated and do not become due by virtue of the school district default.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 9, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-210. Collection of deficient payments from school districts.  A. If the Commissioners make payment from the fund on behalf of a school district, the Commissioners shall withhold from any trust fund apportionment payable to the school district until the amount paid, plus interest, is repaid in full or the Commissioners may proceed to collect the deficient payments plus interest and reasonable attorney fees as provided by Section 365.5 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Monies collected from said school district for deficient payments shall be forwarded to the Commissioners within thirty (30) days of collection. In the determination of State Aid pursuant to Section 18-200 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes the State Apportionment component of the Foundation Program Income shall be determined as if the school district had received all state apportionment funds withheld pursuant to this section.  B. The amount withheld shall be deposited to the credit of the permanent school fund.  C. Immediately following any payments from the fund on behalf of a school district pursuant to this section, the Commissioners shall notify the State Treasurer of the payment for purposes of taking any action as is required by Section 8 of this act.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 10, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-15-211. Implementation.  The Commissioners of the Land Office shall adopt rules necessary to implement the provisions of this act.  Added by Laws 1994, c. 346, • 11, eff. Nov. 8, 1994.    •70-16-1. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-2. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-3. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-4. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-5. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-6. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-6A. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-7. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-8. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-9. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-10. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-11. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-12. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-13. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-14. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-15. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-16. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-17. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-18. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-19. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-20. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-20a. Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 506, • 1.  •70-16-20b. Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 506, • 1.  •70-16-21. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-22. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-23. Repealed by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 24-127, eff. July 2, 1971.  •70-16-24. Repealed by Laws 1961, p. 155, • 1.  •70-16-101. State Textbook Committee - Members - Qualifications - Travel expenses - Terms.  There is hereby created the State Textbook Committee, which shall be composed of thirteen (13) members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate: two members from each congressional district, two members from the state at large and one member who shall be a lay citizen not having a teaching certificate and having at least one child in the public schools of Oklahoma. However, when congressional districts are redrawn, each member appointed prior to July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall complete the current term of office and appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be based on the redrawn districts. Appointments made after July 1 of the year in which such modification becomes effective shall be from any redrawn districts which are not represented by two board members until such time as each of the modified congressional districts is represented by two board members. A majority of the twelve educator members shall be classroom teachers. The regular terms of all members shall be for three (3) years. Members shall not be eligible to succeed themselves. At no time shall more than one member of the State Textbook Committee be an employee of the same school district. Each educator member shall have had not less than five (5) years' teaching or supervisory experience in the public schools of Oklahoma at the time of appointment, and shall be actively employed in the public schools of Oklahoma during the term of service on said Committee. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction or a designated member of the staff shall serve as Secretary of the Committee and vote only when there is a tie vote in the membership of the Committee. Each member shall receive necessary traveling expenses while in the performance of duties pursuant to the State Travel Reimbursement Act.  The Committee may meet at the call of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction at the State Capitol and elect by secret written ballot a chair and vice-chair from its membership to serve for the year. The terms for which new members from the congressional districts are appointed shall be staggered by the Governor in making appointments. The terms of four members shall expire each year. The four new members appointed each year shall be certified in one of the curriculum areas in which the textbooks will be adopted that ensuing fiscal year.  Added by Laws 1971, c. 281, • 16-101, eff. July 2, 1971. Amended by Laws 1976, c. 99, • 1, emerg. eff. May 11, 1976; Laws 1985, c. 178, • 54, operative July 1, 1985; Laws 1992, c. 364, • 9, emerg. eff. June 4, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 229, • 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 2002, c. 375, • 18, eff. Nov. 5, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 229, • 5, emerg. eff. May 20, 2003.    •7016101.1. Lay citizen Term.  The lay citizen appointed shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years.  Laws 1976, c. 99, • 2, emerg. eff. May 11, 1976; Laws 1993, c. 229, • 2, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7016102. Meetings Selection of textbooks.  A. The State Textbook Committee shall meet at the call of the chairperson as often as necessary, with two (2) weeks' public notice, to discharge its responsibilities. Not later than the first day of December of each year the State Textbook Committee shall meet at the call of the chairperson at the State Capitol and select textbooks for subjects taught in the public schools of the state up to and including the twelfth grade, which selections shall be for not more than six (6) years for every textbook.  B. From the effective date of this act until December 31, 1993, the Committee may extend by up to two (2) years the five-year adoption period of those textbooks currently on the state adopted list, or provide for an interim adoption period of not to exceed three (3) years for textbooks for certain subjects, for the purpose of correlation with a six-year adoption cycle or for restructure of the adoption cycle of subjects. "Textbooks", as used in Sections 16-101 through 16-124 of this title, means instructional materials that are designed for use by pupils as a learning resource. Instructional materials may be printed or nonprinted and may include textbooks, technology-based and other educational materials. Technology-based materials do not include the equipment required to make use of those materials.  C. Said Committee shall select textbooks or series of textbooks for each subject, which are in its judgment satisfactory. The State Textbook Committee may determine that unusual or extraordinary circumstances exist in a particular subject area during the period for which textbooks have been selected for that subject area. Unusual or extraordinary circumstances shall include but not be limited to significant new techniques of teaching in a particular subject area or significant new findings or discoveries in a particular subject area. Upon a determination by three-fourths (3/4) of the members of the State Textbook Committee that unusual or extraordinary circumstances exist in a particular subject area, the Committee may select one or more textbooks in that subject area for the remainder of the adoption period.  D. Five or more district boards of education may petition the State Board of Education to add a book or series of textbooks to the approved list selected by the State Textbook Committee.  The State Board of Education shall promulgate rules to implement the method and time frame for handling such petitions in the most expeditious manner.  Laws 1971, c. 281, • 16-102, eff. July 2, 1971; Laws 1976, c. 99, • 3, emerg. eff. May 11, 1976; Laws 1977, c. 229, • 1, emerg. eff. June 14, 1977; Laws 1979, c. 94, • 1, emerg. eff. April 23, 1979; Laws 1984, c. 241, • 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1991, c. 280, • 69, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 229, • 3, eff. July 1, 1993.    •7016102.1. Public hearing on proposed textbooks.  The State Textbook