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HF 814

1st Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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A bill for an act
relating to children; establishing the teacher education and compensation helps
program; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 136A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [136A.126] TEACHER EDUCATION AND COMPENSATION HELPS;
MINNESOTA EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER RETENTION PROGRAMS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin TEACH. new text end

new text begin The teacher education and compensation helps program
(TEACH) is established to provide tuition scholarships, education incentives, and an
early childhood teacher retention program to provide retention incentives to early care
and education providers. The director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education shall
transfer funds provided under this section through a grant to a nonprofit organization
licensed to administer the TEACH early childhood program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Program components. new text end

new text begin (a) The nonprofit organization shall distribute
funds for:
new text end

new text begin (1) tuition scholarships up to $5,000 per year for courses leading to the nationally
recognized child development associate credential or college-level courses leading to an
associate's or bachelor's degree in early childhood development and school-age care; and
new text end

new text begin (2) education incentives of a minimum of $100 to participants in the tuition
scholarship program if they complete a year of working in the early care and education
field.
new text end

new text begin (b) Applicants for the scholarship must be either employed by a licensed early
childhood or child care program and working directly with children, a licensed family
child care provider, or an employee in a school-age program operated under the auspices
of a license-exempt public program. Lower wage earners will be given high consideration
when awarding the tuition scholarships. Scholarship recipients must contribute ten
percent of the total scholarship and must be sponsored by their employers, who must
also contribute ten percent of the total scholarship. Scholarship recipients who are
self-employed must contribute only 20 percent of the total scholarship.
new text end

new text begin (c) The organization shall also distribute funds for teacher retention incentives of
$1,000 to $3,500 annually to be paid biannually. Applicants for the retention incentives
must be either employed by a licensed early childhood or child care program and
working directly with children, a licensed family child care provider, or an employee in
a school-age program operated under the auspices of a license-exempt public program.
Lower wage earners will be given high consideration. The amount of the retention
incentive must be based on the applicant's level of education when the applicant applies
for the incentive. A provider is eligible for the retention incentive if the provider:
new text end

new text begin (1) has worked in the field for at least one year and has been working at the same
location for at least one year at the time of application;
new text end

new text begin (2) agrees to remain in the provider's current position for a period of at least one
year; and
new text end

new text begin (3) has an associate's or bachelor's degree or a child development associate's degree.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Advisory committee. new text end

new text begin The TEACH early childhood and Minnesota early
childhood teacher retention programs must have an advisory board as prescribed by the
national TEACH organization.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin $....... is appropriated in fiscal year 2008 from the general fund to the Minnesota
Office of Higher Education for the teacher education and compensation helps and the
Minnesota early childhood teacher retention programs in Minnesota Statutes, section
136A.126. This appropriation shall become part of the agency's budget base.
new text end