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HF 881

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/07/2019 02:06pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Introduction Posted on 02/07/2019

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A bill for an act
relating to education; requiring school districts to establish teacher mentoring
programs; modifying allowed uses of staff development revenue; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 122A.61, subdivision 1; 122A.70.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.61, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Staff development revenue.

new text begin(a) new text endA district is required to reserve an amount
equal to at least two percent of the basic revenue under section 126C.10, subdivision 2, for:

(1) teacher development and evaluation under section 122A.40, subdivision 8, or 122A.41,
subdivision 5
;

(2) principal development and evaluation under section 123B.147, subdivision 3;

(3) professional development under section 122A.60; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(4) in-service education for programs under section 120B.22, subdivision 2deleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (5) teacher mentorship under section 122A.70, subdivision 1.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text endTo the extent extra funds remain, staff development revenue may be used for staff
development plans, including plans for challenging instructional activities and experiences
under section 122A.60, and for curriculum development and programs, other in-service
education, deleted text beginteachers' mentoring under section 122A.70 and evaluation,deleted text end teachers' workshops,
teacher conferences, the cost of substitute teachers for staff development purposes, preservice
and in-service education for special education professionals and paraprofessionals, and
other related costs for staff development efforts.

new text begin (c)new text end A district may annually waive the requirement to reserve their basic revenue under
this section if a majority vote of the licensed teachers in the district and a majority vote of
the school board agree to a resolution to waive the requirement. A district in statutory
operating debt is exempt from reserving basic revenue according to this section. Districts
may expend an additional amount of unreserved revenue for staff development based on
their needs.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2019.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.70, is amended to read:


122A.70 TEACHER MENTORSHIP.

Subdivision 1.

Teacher mentoring programs.

new text begin(a) new text endSchool districts deleted text beginare encouraged todeleted text endnew text begin
must
new text end develop teacher mentoring programs for teachers new to the profession or district,
including teaching residents, teachers of color, teachers with special needs, or experienced
teachers in need of peer coaching.

new text begin (b) The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must develop a teacher
mentorship model and make resources for implementing the model available to school
districts and charter schools. The board must provide resources and assistance to support a
school district developing a teacher mentoring program. These activities and services may
include planning, planning guides, media, training, conferences, institutes, and regional and
statewide networking meetings. The board may charge fees for meals, materials, and similar
expenses.
new text end

new text begin (c) A school district may use staff development revenue under section 122A.61 to develop
and implement a teacher mentoring program.
new text end

Subd. 2.

deleted text beginApplicationsdeleted text endnew text begin Board grantsnew text end.

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards
Board must make new text begingrant new text endapplication forms available to sites interested in developing or
expanding a mentorship program. A school district, a group of school districts, or a coalition
of districts, teachers and teacher education institutions may apply for a teacher mentorship
program grant. The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, in consultation
with the teacher mentoring task force, must approve or disapprove the applications. To the
extent possible, the approved applications must reflect effective mentoring components,
include a variety of coalitions and be geographically distributed throughout the state. The
Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must encourage the selected sites to
consider the use of its assessment procedures.

Subd. 3.

Criteria for selection.

At a minimum, applicants new text beginfor grants under subdivision
2
new text endmust express commitment to:

(1) allow staff participation;

(2) assess skills of both beginning and mentor teachers;

(3) provide appropriate in-service to needs identified in the assessment;

(4) provide leadership to the effort;

(5) cooperate with higher education institutions;

(6) provide facilities and other resources;

(7) share findings, materials, and techniques with other school districts; and

(8) retain teachers of color.

Subd. 4.

Additional funding.

new text beginGrant new text endapplicants deleted text beginare required todeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end seek additional
funding and assistance from sources such as school districts, postsecondary institutions,
foundations, and the private sector.

Subd. 5.

Program implementation.

New and expanding mentorship sites that deleted text beginare fundeddeleted text endnew text begin
receive a board grant under subdivision 2
new text end to design, develop, implement, and evaluate their
program must participate in activities that support program development and implementation.
deleted text begin The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must provide resources and
assistance to support new sites in their program efforts. These activities and services may
include, but are not limited to: planning, planning guides, media, training, conferences,
institutes, and regional and statewide networking meetings. Nonfunded schools or districts
interested in getting started may participate. Fees may be charged for meals, materials, and
the like.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2019.
new text end