February 9, 2001
HOUSE BILL No. 2126
DIGEST OF HB 2126
(Updated February 7, 2001 11:07 AM - DI 97)
Citations Affected: IC 20-10.1.
Synopsis: Elementary school social workers and school psychologists.
Establishes the elementary school social workers and school
psychologists program and fund. Creates a fund, to be administered by
the department of education, from which the department may distribute
grants to school corporations to place social workers and school
psychologists in elementary schools to provide services for students
and their families.
Effective: July 1, 2001.
Ayres, Porter, Welch, Day
January 17, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
February 8, 2001, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
February 9, 2001
First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)
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HOUSE BILL No. 2126
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-30; (01)HB2126.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-10.1-30 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2001]:
Chapter 30. Elementary School Social Workers and School
Psychologists Program and Fund
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "elementary school social
workers and school psychologists program" refers to a program
carried out under this chapter:
(1) for kindergarten through grade 6; and
(2) by a licensed social worker or school psychologist.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "fund" refers to the elementary
school social workers and school psychologists fund established by
section 4 of this chapter.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "grant" refers to a grant from
Sec. 4. (a) The elementary school social workers and school
psychologists fund is established. The money in the fund shall be
used to assist school corporations in placing social workers and
school psychologists in elementary schools through grants awarded
as determined by the department under this chapter. If a school
corporation is awarded a grant under this chapter, the school
(1) agree to evaluate the impact and results of the school
corporation's program; and
(2) submit the school corporation's findings to the
(b) The department shall administer the fund.
(c) The fund consists of:
(1) gifts to the fund;
(2) appropriations from the general assembly;
(3) grants, including grants from private entities; and
(4) a combination of the resources described in subdivisions
(1), (2), and (3).
Sec. 5. Subject to section 6 of this chapter, for a school
corporation to be eligible to receive a grant under this chapter, the
following must occur:
(1) The superintendent of the school corporation must apply
to the department for a grant on forms provided by the
(2) The application for a grant must include the following
(A) A detailed description of a proposal for placing social
workers and school psychologists in elementary schools to
provide services to students and their families.
(B) Evidence supporting the school corporation's need to
implement the elementary school social workers and school
(C) The number of elementary school social workers and
school psychologists employed by the school corporation.
(D) The elementary school:
(i) social worker/student ratio; and
(ii) school psychologist/student ratio;
for the school corporation.
(E) Any other pertinent information required by the
department, including evidence guaranteeing that if the
school corporation receives a grant under this chapter, the
school corporation will have developed a plan to evaluate
the impact and results of the school corporation's
Sec. 6. Upon review of the applications received under section
5 of this chapter, the department may award grants to school
corporations subject to available money and in accordance with
the following priorities:
(1) To the extent possible, to achieve geographic balance
throughout Indiana and to include urban, suburban, and
rural school corporations.
(2) To address a documented need for new or expanded
elementary school social workers and school psychologists
programs, including consideration of the percentage of
students within the school corporation who are designated as
at-risk students under IC 21-3-1.8-1.1.
(3) To lower:
(A) student/social worker ratios; and
(B) student/school psychologist ratios;
where the ratios are excessively high.
Sec. 7. The department shall determine the amount of each
grant that is awarded under this chapter.
Sec. 8. A grant received by a school corporation may be
expended by the school corporation for a twenty-four (24) month
Sec. 9. The department shall develop guidelines necessary to
implement this chapter.