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HF 1170

2nd Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/26/2015 03:55pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education; postsecondary; providing a teacher shortage loan
forgiveness program; authorizing rulemaking; 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.1791] TEACHER SHORTAGE LOAN FORGIVENESS
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) The terms used in this section have the meanings
given them.
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new text begin (b) "Qualified educational loan" means a government, commercial, or foundation
loan for actual costs paid for tuition and reasonable educational and living expenses
related to a teacher's preparation or further education.
new text end

new text begin (c) "School district" means an independent school district, special school district,
intermediate district, education district, special education cooperative, service cooperative,
a cooperative center for vocational education, or a charter school located in Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Teacher" means an individual issued a teaching license by the Board of
Teaching who is employed by a school district to provide classroom instruction in
a teacher shortage area.
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new text begin (e) "Teacher shortage area" means the licensure fields and economic development
regions reported by the commissioner of education as experiencing a teacher shortage.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education
unless indicated otherwise.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Program established; administration. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall establish
and administer a teacher shortage loan forgiveness program. A teacher is eligible for the
program if the teacher is teaching in a licensure field and in an economic development
region with an identified teacher shortage under subdivision 3 and complies with the
requirements of this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Annual report on teacher shortage areas. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of
education shall use the annual teacher supply and demand report to the legislature to
identify the licensure fields and economic development regions in Minnesota experiencing
a teacher shortage.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Application for loan forgiveness. new text end

new text begin Each applicant for loan forgiveness,
according to rules adopted by the commissioner, shall:
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new text begin (1) apply for teacher shortage loan forgiveness and promptly submit any additional
information required by the commissioner;
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new text begin (2) annually reapply for up to five consecutive school years and submit information
the commissioner requires to determine the applicant's continued eligibility for loan
forgiveness; and
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new text begin (3) submit to the commissioner a completed affidavit, prescribed by the
commissioner, affirming the teacher is teaching in a licensure field and in an economic
development region identified by the commissioner as experiencing a teacher shortage.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Amount of loan forgiveness. new text end

new text begin To the extent funding is available, the annual
amount of teacher shortage loan forgiveness for an approved recipient shall not exceed
$....... or the cumulative balance of the recipient's qualified educational loans, including
principal and interest, whichever amount is less. Recipients must secure their own
qualified educational loans. Teachers who graduate from an approved teacher preparation
program or teachers who add a licensure field, consistent with the teacher shortage
requirements of this section, are eligible to apply for the loan forgiveness program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Penalties. new text end

new text begin (a) A teacher who submits a false or misleading application or
other false or misleading information to the commissioner may:
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new text begin (1) have his or her teaching license suspended or revoked under section 122A.20;
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new text begin (2) be disciplined by the teacher's employing school district; or
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new text begin (3) be required by the commissioner to repay the total amount of the loan forgiveness
he or she received under this program, plus interest at a rate established under section
270C.40.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner must deposit any repayments received under paragraph (a)
in the fund established in subdivision 7.
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new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Fund established. new text end

new text begin A teacher shortage loan forgiveness repayment fund is
created for depositing money appropriated to or received by the commissioner for this
program. Money deposited in the fund shall not revert to any state fund at the end of
any fiscal year but remains in the loan forgiveness repayment fund and is continuously
available for loan forgiveness under this section.
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new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Annual reporting. new text end

new text begin The commissioner, annually by February 1, must
report to the chairs of the K-12 and higher education committees of the legislature on the
number of individuals who received loan forgiveness under this section, the licensure
areas and economic development regions in which the teachers taught, the average amount
paid to a teacher participating in the program, and other summary data identified by the
commissioner as outcome indicators.
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new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Rulemaking. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall adopt rules under chapter 14 to
administer this section.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
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new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2016 and $....... in fiscal year 2017 are appropriated from the
general fund to the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education for the teacher
shortage loan forgiveness program under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1791, and for
adopting rules to administer the program.
new text end