HB1599 Establishes the Seniors Teaching Students Program Act.
Sponsor: Riley, Terry (43) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: Gaw, Steve (22) LR Number: 3306L.01I
Last Action: COMMITTEE: EDUCATION - ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
02/08/2000 - Public Hearing Held (H)
HB1599
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HB 1599 -- Seniors Teaching Students Program

Co-Sponsors:  Riley, Gaw, Monaco, Curls, Auer, Lakin, Boykins

This bill establishes the "Seniors Teaching Students Program
Act," whereby individuals who are 55 years of age or older, who
have been residents of Missouri for at least 5 years, who are
physically fit, and who have passed a criminal background check
may volunteer to provide services to young students in troubled
schools.  The services provided by the volunteers may include a
variety of activities but must involve improving the academic
skills of students in kindergarten through fourth grade.  At
least 80% of the volunteers' time is to involve tutoring or
mentoring activities.  Volunteers are required to provide at
least 2 hours but no more than 15 hours of service per week.
Beginning July 1, 2001, the Division of Aging is to provide
matching grants to elementary schools selected for participation
in the program based on the following:  (1)  the Missouri
Assessment Program (MAP) performance test for the fourth grade;
(2)  the number of students participating in the free lunch
program; (3)  the child abuse and neglect rate; (4)  teen
pregnancy; and (5)  the single parent rate.  Volunteers may
receive a stipend or tuition for the hours of service provided,
for up to 15 hours per week.  Stipends are allocated at the rate
of $2.50 per hour and tuition credits are allocated at a rate
determined by the State Treasurer in coordination with the
Missouri Saving Tuition (MOST) program.  The Director of the
Division of Aging is to request designation from the Corporation
for National Service in order to provide tax relief for the
stipend and tuition credits offered to volunteers.  The division
is authorized to promulgate rules to implement the provisions of
this bill.


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