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HF 1663

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 05/22/2017 01:38am

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A bill for an act
relating to education; modifying alternative teacher preparation and compensation
programs; creating a Teacher Shortage Task Force; expanding the concurrent
enrollment teacher program; requiring a report; appropriating money; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 122A.245, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 10; 122A.414,
by adding a subdivision; 122A.415; 136A.1791, subdivisions 1, 2, 9; Laws 2016,
chapter 189, article 25, sections 58; 62, subdivision 4; proposing coding for new
law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 136A.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 122A.245, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Requirements.

(a) To improve academic excellence, improve ethnic and
cultural diversity in the classroom, and close the academic achievement gap, the Board of
Teaching must approve qualified teacher preparation programs under this section that are
a means to acquire a two-year preliminary teacher license, which the board may renew one
time for an additional one-year term, and to prepare for acquiring a professional five-year
license. The following entities are eligible to participate new text beginand seek approval new text endunder this section:

(1) a school district, charter school, or nonprofit corporation organized under chapter
317A for an education-related purpose that forms a partnership with a college or university
that has a board-approved deleted text beginalternativedeleted text end teacher preparation program; or

(2) a school district or charter school, after consulting with a college or university with
a board-approved teacher preparation program, that forms a partnership with a nonprofit
corporation organized under chapter 317A for an education-related purpose deleted text beginthat has a
board-approved teacher preparation program
deleted text end.

(b) Before becoming a teacher of record, a candidate must:

deleted text begin (1) have a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 or higher grade point average unless the board
waives the grade point average requirement based on board-adopted criteria adopted by
January 1, 2016;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text begin (1)new text end demonstrate a passing score on a board-adopted reading, writing, and mathematics
skills examination under section 122A.09, subdivision 4, paragraph (b); and

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end obtain qualifying scores on applicable board-approved rigorous content area and
pedagogy examinations under section 122A.09, subdivision 4, paragraph (e).

(c) The Board of Teaching must issue a two-year preliminary teacher license to a person
who enrolls in an alternative teacher preparation program.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 122A.245, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Characteristics.

An alternative teacher preparation program under this section
must include:

(1) a minimum 200-hour instructional phase that provides intensive preparation and
deleted text begin student teachingdeleted text endnew text begin observed classroom experiencenew text end before the teacher candidate assumes
classroom responsibilities;

(2) a research-based and results-oriented approach focused on best teaching practices
to increase student proficiency and growth measured against state academic standards;

(3) strategies to combine pedagogy and best teaching practices to better inform teacher
candidates' classroom instruction;

(4) assessment, supervision, and evaluation of teacher candidates to determine their
specific needs throughout the program and to support their efforts to successfully complete
the program;

(5) intensive, ongoing, and multiyear professional learning opportunities that accelerate
teacher candidates' professional growth, support student learning, and provide a workplace
orientation, professional staff development, and mentoring and peer review focused on
standards of professional practice and continuous professional growth; and

(6) a requirement that teacher candidates demonstrate to the local site team under
subdivision 5 satisfactory progress toward acquiring professional five-year teaching licenses
from the Board of Teaching.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 122A.245, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Program approval; disapproval.

(a) The Board of Teaching must approve
alternative teacher preparation programs deleted text beginunder this section based on board-adopted criteria
that reflect best practices for alternative teacher preparation programs, consistent with
deleted text endnew text begin
meeting the minimum eligibility and characteristics specified in
new text end this section.

(b) The board must permit teacher candidates to demonstrate mastery of pedagogy and
content standards in school-based settings and through other nontraditional means.
"Nontraditional means" must include a portfolio of previous experiences, teaching experience,
educator evaluations, certifications marking the completion of education training programs,
and essentially equivalent demonstrations.

(c) The board must use nontraditional criteria to determine the qualifications of program
instructors.

(d) The board may permit instructors to hold a baccalaureate degree only.

(e) If the Board of Teaching determines that a teacher preparation program under this
section does not meet the requirements of this section, it may revoke its approval of the
program after it notifies the program provider of any deficiencies and gives the program
provider an opportunity to remedy the deficiencies.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 122A.245, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Reports.

The Board of Teaching must submit deleted text beginan interimdeleted text endnew text begin a biennialnew text end report on
deleted text begin the efficacy ofdeleted text end this program to the policy and finance committees of the legislature with
jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade 12 education by deleted text beginFebruarydeleted text endnew text begin Januarynew text end 15deleted text begin, 2013,
and a final report by February 15, 2015
deleted text endnew text begin of each odd-numbered yearnew text end.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 122A.414, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 1b. new text end

new text begin Teacher development plan. new text end

new text begin A school district, intermediate school district,
cooperative unit as defined in section 123A.24, subdivision 2, school site, or charter school
may develop and submit to the commissioner of education its teacher development plan.
The teacher development plan must be consistent with the school's development, evaluation,
and peer coaching under section 122A.40 or 122A.41.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 122A.415, is amended to read:


122A.415 ALTERNATIVE COMPENSATION deleted text beginREVENUEdeleted text endnew text begin AIDnew text end.

Subdivision 1.

deleted text beginRevenuedeleted text endnew text begin Alternative teacher compensation aidnew text end amount.

(a) A school
district, intermediate school district, cooperative unit as defined in section 123A.24,
subdivision 2
, school site, or charter school that meets the conditions of section 122A.414
and submits an application approved by the commissioner is eligible for alternative teacher
compensation deleted text beginrevenuedeleted text endnew text begin aidnew text end.

(b) For school district and intermediate school district applications, the commissioner
must consider only those applications to participate that are submitted jointly by a district
and the exclusive representative of the teachers. The application must contain an alternative
teacher professional pay system agreement that:

(1) implements an alternative teacher professional pay system consistent with section
122A.414; and

(2) is negotiated and adopted according to the Public Employment Labor Relations Act
under chapter 179A, except that notwithstanding section 179A.20, subdivision 3, a district
may enter into a contract for a term of two or four years.

Alternative teacher compensation deleted text beginrevenuedeleted text endnew text begin aidnew text end for a qualifying school district or site in
which the school board and the exclusive representative of the teachers agree to place
teachers in the district or at the site on the alternative teacher professional pay system equals
deleted text begin $260deleted text endnew text begin $91new text end times the number of pupils enrolled at the district or site on October 1 of the
previous fiscal year. Alternative teacher compensation deleted text beginrevenuedeleted text endnew text begin aidnew text end for a qualifying
intermediate school district or cooperative must be calculated under subdivision deleted text begin4, paragraph
(b)
deleted text endnew text begin 4anew text end.

(c) For a newly combined or consolidated district, the revenue shall be computed using
the sum of pupils enrolled on October 1 of the previous year in the districts entering into
the combination or consolidation. The commissioner may adjust the revenue computed for
a site using prior year data to reflect changes attributable to school closings, school openings,
or grade level reconfigurations between the prior year and the current year.

(d) The deleted text beginrevenuedeleted text endnew text begin aid under this subdivisionnew text end is available only to school districts,
intermediate school districts, cooperatives, school sites, and charter schools that fully
implement an alternative teacher professional pay system by October 1 of the current school
year.

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Teacher development and evaluation aid. new text end

new text begin (a) A school district, charter
school, or other school site is eligible for teacher development and evaluation aid equal to
the teacher development and evaluation allowance times the number of pupils enrolled at
the district or site on October 1 of the previous year.
new text end

new text begin (b) The teacher development and evaluation allowance for a school district, charter
school, or other school site equals $169.
new text end

new text begin (c) Teacher development and evaluation aid for an intermediate school district or other
cooperative unit as defined in section 123A.24, subdivision 2, must be calculated under
subdivision 4a.
new text end

new text begin (d) To qualify for aid under this subdivision, a school district, charter school, intermediate
school district or other cooperative unit, or other school site must either develop a teacher
development plan under section 122A.414, subdivision 1b, implement an alternative teacher
professional pay system under section 122A.414, or demonstrate to the commissioner's
satisfaction that the aid received under this section is used for the activities prescribed under
section 122A.40, subdivision 8, or 122A.41, subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin (e) For a school district, charter school, or school site not otherwise participating in the
alternative compensation program, the allowance under paragraph (b) equals $50 for fiscal
year 2018 and $100 for fiscal year 2019 only.
new text end

Subd. 3.

deleted text beginRevenuedeleted text endnew text begin Aidnew text end timingnew text begin; applications; implementationnew text end.

(a) Districts, intermediate
school districts, cooperatives, school sites, or charter schools with approved applications
must receive alternative compensation revenue for each school year that the district,
intermediate school district, cooperative, school site, or charter school implements an
alternative teacher professional pay system under this subdivision and section 122A.414.
deleted text begin A qualifying district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school site, or charter school
that received alternative teacher compensation aid for the previous fiscal year must receive
at least an amount of alternative teacher compensation revenue equal to the lesser of the
amount it received for the previous fiscal year or the amount it qualifies for under subdivision
1 for the current fiscal year if the district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school
site, or charter school submits a timely application and the commissioner determines that
the district, intermediate school district, cooperative, school site, or charter school continues
to implement an alternative teacher professional pay system, consistent with its application
under this section.
deleted text end

(b) The commissioner shall approve applications that comply with subdivision 1, and
section 122A.414, subdivisions 2, paragraph (b), and 2a, if the applicant is a charter school
or cooperative, in the order in which they are received, select applicants that qualify for this
program, notify school districts, intermediate school districts, cooperatives, school sites,
and charter schools about the program, develop and disseminate application materials, and
carry out other activities needed to implement this section.

Subd. 4.

deleted text beginBasic alternative teacher compensation aiddeleted text endnew text begin Charter school in its first year
of operation
new text end.

deleted text begin(a) The basicdeleted text end Alternative teacher compensation aid for a deleted text beginschool with a plan
approved under section 122A.414, subdivision 2b, equals 65 percent of the alternative
teacher compensation revenue under subdivision 1. The basic alternative teacher
compensation aid for a
deleted text end charter school new text beginin its first year of operation new text endwith a plan approved
under section 122A.414, subdivisions 2a and 2b, equals deleted text begin$260deleted text endnew text begin $91new text end times the number of
pupils enrolled in the school on October 1 of the deleted text beginprevious year, or on October 1 of thedeleted text end
current year deleted text beginfor a charter school in the first year of operation, times the ratio of the sum of
the alternative teacher compensation aid and alternative teacher compensation levy for all
participating school districts to the maximum alternative teacher compensation revenue for
those districts under subdivision 1
deleted text end.new text begin A charter school in its first year of operation qualifies
for teacher development and evaluation aid equal to $169 times the number of pupils enrolled
in the school on October 1 of the current year.
new text end

deleted text begin (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) and subdivision 1, the state total basic alternative
teacher compensation aid entitlement must not exceed $75,840,000 for fiscal year 2016 and
$88,118,000 for fiscal year 2017 and later. The commissioner must limit the amount of
alternative teacher compensation aid approved under this section so as not to exceed these
limits by not approving new participants or by prorating the aid among participating districts,
intermediate school districts, school sites, and charter schools. The commissioner may also
reallocate a portion of the allowable aid for the biennium from the second year to the first
year to meet the needs of approved participants. Basic alternative teacher compensation aid
for an intermediate district or other cooperative unit equals $3,000 times the number of
licensed teachers employed by the intermediate district or cooperative unit on October 1 of
the previous school year.
deleted text end

new text begin Subd. 4a. new text end

new text begin Aid for cooperative units. new text end

new text begin (a) Alternative teacher compensation aid for an
intermediate school district or other cooperative unit with an approved teacher development
plan equals $1,050 times the number of licensed teachers employed by the intermediate
school district or cooperative unit on October 1 of the previous school year.
new text end

new text begin (b) Teacher development and evaluation aid for an intermediate school district or other
cooperative unit receiving aid under paragraph (a) equals $1,950 times the number of licensed
teachers employed by the intermediate school district or cooperative unit on October 1 of
the previous school year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4b. new text end

new text begin Principals. new text end

new text begin (a) Alternative principal compensation aid for a school district,
charter school, school site, or intermediate school district or cooperative unit with an
approved teacher development plan approved under section 122A.414, subdivision 1b,
equals $1,050 times the number of licensed principals employed by the school district,
charter school, school site, or intermediate school district or other cooperative unit on
October 1 of the previous school year.
new text end

new text begin (b) Principal development and evaluation aid for a school district, charter school, school
site, or intermediate school district or cooperative unit equals $1,950 times the number of
licensed principals employed by the school district, charter school, school site, or intermediate
school district or other cooperative unit on October 1 of the previous school year.
new text end

deleted text begin Subd. 5. deleted text end

deleted text begin Alternative teacher compensation levy. deleted text end

deleted text begin The alternative teacher compensation
levy for a district receiving basic alternative teacher compensation aid equals the product
of (1) the difference between the district's alternative teacher compensation revenue and
the district's basic alternative teacher compensation aid, times (2) the lesser of one or the
ratio of the district's adjusted net tax capacity per adjusted pupil unit to $6,100.
deleted text end

deleted text begin Subd. 6. deleted text end

deleted text begin Alternative teacher compensation equalization aid. deleted text end

deleted text begin (a) A district's alternative
teacher compensation equalization aid equals the district's alternative teacher compensation
revenue minus the district's basic alternative teacher compensation aid minus the district's
alternative teacher compensation levy. If a district does not levy the entire amount permitted,
the alternative teacher compensation equalization aid must be reduced in proportion to the
actual amount levied.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) A district's alternative teacher compensation aid equals the sum of the district's basic
alternative teacher compensation aid and the district's alternative teacher compensation
equalization aid.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for fiscal year 2018 and later.
new text end

Sec. 7.

new text begin [136A.1276] ALTERNATIVE TEACHER PREPARATION GRANT
PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given them.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Alternative teacher preparation program" means an alternative teacher preparation
program under section 122A.245, subdivision 2, or an experimental teacher preparation
program under section 122A.09, subdivision 10.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Program" means a teacher preparation curriculum leading to specific licensure areas.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Shortage area" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) licensure fields and economic development regions reported by the commissioner
of education as experiencing a teacher shortage; and
new text end

new text begin (2) economic development regions where there is a shortage of licensed teachers who
reflect the racial or ethnic diversity of students in the region.
new text end

new text begin (f) "Unit" means an institution or defined subdivision of the institution that has primary
responsibility for overseeing and delivering teacher preparation programs.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Establishment; eligibility. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner, in consultation with the
Board of Teaching, must establish and administer a program annually awarding grants to
eligible alternative teacher preparation programs consistent with this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) To be eligible to receive a grant, an alternative teacher preparation program must
certify that it:
new text end

new text begin (1) is working to fill Minnesota's teacher shortage areas; and
new text end

new text begin (2) is a school district, charter school, or nonprofit corporation organized under chapter
317A or under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for an
education-related purpose that has been operating continuously for at least three years in
Minnesota or any other state.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner must give priority to applicants based in Minnesota when awarding
grants under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Use of grants. new text end

new text begin (a) An alternative teacher preparation program receiving a grant
under this section must use the grant to:
new text end

new text begin (1) establish initial unit approval to become an alternative teacher preparation program;
new text end

new text begin (2) expand alternative teacher preparation programs by expanding program approval to
other licensure areas identified as shortage areas by the commissioner of education;
new text end

new text begin (3) recruit, select, and train teachers who reflect the racial or ethnic diversity of students
in Minnesota; or
new text end

new text begin (4) establish professional development programs for teachers who have obtained teaching
licenses through alternative teacher preparation programs.
new text end

new text begin An alternative teacher preparation program may expend grant funds on regional management
and operations, development, and central support services, including financial support and
support for technology and human services.
new text end

new text begin (b) An alternative teacher preparation program may use grant funds awarded under this
section as a match for nonstate funds, subject to paragraph (a).
new text end

new text begin (c) Appropriations made to this program do not cancel and are available until expended.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin An alternative teacher preparation program receiving a grant under
this section must submit a report to the commissioner and the Board of Teaching on the
grantee's ability to fill teacher shortage areas, and positively impact student achievement
where data are available and do not identify individual teachers. A grant recipient must
submit the report required under this subdivision by January 31, 2018, and each
even-numbered year thereafter. The report must include disaggregated data regarding:
new text end

new text begin (1) the racial and ethnic diversity of teachers and teacher candidates licensed through
the program; and
new text end

new text begin (2) program participant placement.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2018 and later.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 136A.1791, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) The terms used in this section have the meanings given
them in this subdivision.

(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.

(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.

(d) "Teacher" means an individual holding a teaching license issued by the licensing
division in the Department of Education on behalf of the Board of Teaching who is employed
by a school district to provide classroom instruction deleted text beginin a teacher shortage areadeleted text end.

(e) "Teacher shortage area" meansnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end the licensure fields and economic development regions reported by the commissioner
of education as experiencing a teacher shortagenew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (2) economic development regions where there is a shortage of licensed teachers who
reflect the racial or ethnic diversity of students in the region
new text end.

(f) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Office of Higher Education unless
indicated otherwise.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 136A.1791, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Program established; administration.

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 deleted text begina licensure field and in an economic development region withdeleted text end
an identified teacher shortagenew text begin areanew text end under subdivision 3 and complies with the requirements
of this section.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 136A.1791, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Annual reporting.

By February 1 of each year, the commissioner 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,new text begin the race or ethnicity of the
teachers participating in the program,
new text end 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.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 11.

Laws 2016, chapter 189, article 25, section 58, is amended to read:


Sec. 58. deleted text beginNORTHWEST REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPdeleted text end CONCURRENT
ENROLLMENT new text beginTEACHER TRAINING new text endPROGRAM.

Subdivision 1.

Definition.

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given them.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text end"Northwest Regional Partnership" means a voluntary association of the Lakes Country
Service Cooperative, the Northwest Service Cooperative, and Minnesota State
University-Moorhead that works together to provide coordinated higher learning opportunities
for teachers.

new text begin (c) "State Partnership" means a voluntary association of the Northwest Regional
Partnership and the Metropolitan Educational Cooperative Service Unit.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Eligible postsecondary institution" means a public or private postsecondary institution
that awards graduate credits.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Eligible teacher" means a licensed teacher of secondary school courses for
postsecondary credit.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Establishment.

new text begin(a) new text endLakes Country Service Cooperative, in consultation with
the Northwest Service Cooperative, may develop a continuing education program to allow
eligible teachers to attain the requisite graduate credits necessary to be qualified to teach
secondary school courses for postsecondary credit.

new text begin (b) The State Partnership must contract with one or more eligible postsecondary
institutions to establish a continuing education credit program to allow eligible teachers to
attain sufficient graduate credits to qualify to teach secondary school courses for
postsecondary credit. Members of the State Partnership must work to eliminate duplication
of service, and develop the continuing education credit program efficiently and
cost-effectively.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Curriculum development.

deleted text beginMinnesota State University-Moorhead may developdeleted text endnew text begin
The continuing education program must use flexible delivery models, such as
new text end an online
education curriculum deleted text begintodeleted text endnew text begin, thatnew text end allow eligible secondary school teachers to attain graduate
credit at a reduced credit rate.new text begin Information about the curriculum, including course length
and course requirements, must be posted on the Web site of the eligible institution offering
the course at least two weeks before eligible teachers are required to register for courses in
the continuing education program.
new text end

Subd. 4.

Funding for course development; scholarships; stipends.

new text begin(a) new text endLakes Country
Service Cooperative, in consultation with the other members of the Northwest Regional
Partnership, shall:

(1) provide funding for course development for up to 18 credits in applicable
postsecondary subject areas;

(2) provide scholarships for eligible teachers to enroll in the continuing education
program; and

(3) develop criteria for awarding educator stipends on a per-credit basis to incentivize
participation in the continuing education program.

new text begin (b) The State Partnership must:
new text end

new text begin (1) provide funding for course development for up to 18 credits in applicable
postsecondary subject areas;
new text end

new text begin (2) provide scholarships for eligible teachers to enroll in the continuing education
program; and
new text end

new text begin (3) develop criteria for awarding educator stipends on a per-credit basis to incentivize
participation in the continuing education program.
new text end

deleted text begin Subd. 5. deleted text end

deleted text begin Participant eligibility. deleted text end

deleted text begin Participation in the continuing education program is
reserved for teachers of secondary school courses for postsecondary credit. Priority must
be given to teachers employed by a school district that is a member of the Lakes Country
Service Cooperative or Northwest Service Cooperative. Teachers employed by a school
district that is not a member of the Lakes Country Service Cooperative or Northwest Service
Cooperative may participate in the continuing education program as space allows. A teacher
participating in this program is ineligible to participate in other concurrent enrollment teacher
training grant programs.
deleted text end

Subd. 6.

Private funding.

The deleted text beginpartnershipdeleted text endnew text begin partnershipsnew text end may receive private resources
to supplement the available public money. All money received new text beginin fiscal year 2017 new text endshall be
administered by the Lakes Country Service Cooperative.new text begin All money received in fiscal year
2018 and later shall be administered by the State Partnership.
new text end

Subd. 7.

Report required.

new text begin(a) The new text endNorthwest Regional Partnership must submit deleted text beginan
annual
deleted text endnew text begin anew text end report by January 15 deleted text beginof each yeardeleted text endnew text begin, 2018,new text end on the progress of its activities to the
legislature, commissioner of education, and Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities. The deleted text beginannualdeleted text end report shall contain a financial report for the preceding
year. deleted text beginThe first report is due no later than January 15, 2018.
deleted text end

new text begin (b) The State Partnership must submit an annual joint report to the legislature and the
Office of Higher Education by January 15 of each year on the progress of its activities. The
report must include the number of teachers participating in the program, the geographic
location of the teachers, the number of credits earned, and the subject areas of the courses
in which participants earned credit. The report must include a financial report for the
preceding year.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 12.

Laws 2016, chapter 189, article 25, section 62, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

deleted text beginNorthwest Regional Partnershipdeleted text end Concurrent enrollment new text beginteacher training
new text end program.

new text begin(a) new text endFor a grant to the deleted text beginLakes Country Service Cooperativedeleted text endnew text begin State Partnershipnew text end to
operate a continuing education programnew text begin under Laws 2016, chapter 189, article 25, section
58, as amended
new text end:

$
3,000,000
.....
2017
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 3,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 3,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

deleted text begin This is a onetime appropriation. This appropriation isdeleted text endnew text begin (b) The appropriations for fiscal
year 2017 and fiscal year 2018 are
new text end available until June 30, 2019.

new text begin (c) The appropriation for fiscal year 2017 is for Lakes Country Service Cooperative.
The appropriations for fiscal year 2018 and later are for grants to the Metropolitan
Educational Cooperative Service Unit.
new text end

new text begin (d) The State Partnership may use up to seven percent of the appropriation made in this
section for the administrative expenses of the program. The State Partnership may partner
with service cooperatives established under Minnesota Statutes, section 123A.21, as needed
to administer the program.
new text end

Sec. 13. new text beginTEACHER SHORTAGE TASK FORCE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Creation; membership. new text end

new text begin (a) The Department of Education must convene
an advisory task force to provide recommendations to the legislature regarding Minnesota's
teacher shortage.
new text end

new text begin (b) The Teacher Shortage Task Force consists of the following members, appointed by
the commissioner of education, unless otherwise specified:
new text end

new text begin (1) the commissioner of education or the commissioner's designee;
new text end

new text begin (2) one person representing colleges and universities offering a board-approved teacher
preparation program;
new text end

new text begin (3) one person designated by the Minnesota School Boards Association;
new text end

new text begin (4) one person designated by the Association of Metropolitan School Districts;
new text end

new text begin (5) one person designated by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators;
new text end

new text begin (6) one person designated by the Minnesota Rural Education Association;
new text end

new text begin (7) one person designated by Education Minnesota;
new text end

new text begin (8) one person designated by the Minnesota Business Partnership;
new text end

new text begin (9) one person designated by the Minnesota Association of Career and Technical
Administrators;
new text end

new text begin (10) one person designated by the Minnesota Association of Career and Technical
Education; and
new text end

new text begin (11) two persons who are members of other interested groups, as determined by the
commissioner of education.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner and designating authorities must make their initial appointments and
designations by August 1, 2017. The commissioner and designating authorities, to the extent
practicable, should make appointments balanced as to gender and reflecting the ethnic
diversity of the state population.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Duties; report. new text end

new text begin The task force must review the current data available on teacher
recruitment and retention, including the supply and demand report submitted by the
commissioner of education, identify factors that affect the supply of teachers in Minnesota,
and make recommendations on changes to laws and policies relating to teacher recruitment
and retention. The task force must report its findings and recommendations, with draft
legislation if needed to implement the recommendations, to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over kindergarten through grade
12 education and higher education by January 15, 2018, and annually thereafter until the
task force expires.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin First meeting. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of education or the commissioner's designee
must convene the first meeting of the task force by September 1, 2017.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Administrative support. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of education must provide meeting
space and administrative services for the task force.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Chair. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of education or the commissioner's designee shall
serve as chair of the task force.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Compensation. new text end

new text begin The public members of the task force serve without
compensation or payment of expenses.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The task force expires January 16, 2020.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 14. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS; TEACHER RECRUITMENT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Commissioner of education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of education for the fiscal years
designated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Teacher recruitment marketing campaign. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of education
must issue a request for proposals to develop and implement an outreach and marketing
campaign to recruit and retain teachers, especially teachers in identified shortage areas and
teachers of color.
new text end

new text begin (b) The outreach and marketing campaign must target groups of individuals who may
be interested in teaching in Minnesota public schools, including:
new text end

new text begin (1) high school and college students who have not chosen a career path;
new text end

new text begin (2) persons from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups; and
new text end

new text begin (3) persons with professional experience in areas identified as subject-matter shortage
areas by the commissioner of education.
new text end

new text begin (c) For a contract to develop and implement the marketing campaign under this
subdivision:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 200,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 200,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

new text begin (d) The grant recipient is encouraged to seek matching funds or in-kind contributions
from nonstate sources to supplement the grant awards.
new text end

new text begin (e) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Principal leadership development. new text end

new text begin (a) For the commissioner to award grants
for the operation of the leadership development programs for principals from
underrepresented racial or ethnic groups:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

new text begin (b) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Paraprofessional pathway to teacher licensure. new text end

new text begin (a) For grants to school
districts for Grow Your Own new teacher programs:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 3,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 3,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

new text begin (b) The grants are for a school district with more than 40 percent minority students to
provide tuition scholarships or stipends to eligible employees for a nonconventional teacher
residency pilot program established under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.09, subdivision
10
, paragraph (a). The program shall provide tuition scholarships or stipends to school
districts with more than 40 percent minority students to enable education or teaching
assistants or other nonlicensed employees who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited
college or university and who seek an education license to participate in a Board of
Teaching-approved nonconventional teacher residency program under Minnesota Statutes,
section 122A.09, subdivision 10, paragraph (a).
new text end

new text begin (c) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Student teachers in shortage areas. new text end

new text begin (a) For transfer to the commissioner of
the Office of Higher Education for the purpose of providing grants to student teachers in
shortage areas under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1275:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 5,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 5,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

new text begin (b) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner of the Office of Higher Education may use no more than three
percent of this appropriation to administer the program under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Alternative teacher preparation grant program. new text end

new text begin (a) For transfer to the
commissioner of the Office of Higher Education for alternative teacher preparation program
grants under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1276:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 0
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

new text begin (b) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Teacher shortage loan forgiveness. new text end

new text begin (a) For transfer to the commissioner of
the Office of Higher Education for the loan forgiveness program under Minnesota Statutes,
section 136A.1791:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,500,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,500,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner may use no more than three percent of this appropriation to
administer the program under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (c) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Collaborative urban and greater Minnesota educators of color programs.
new text end

new text begin (a) The collaborative educator program is designed to address the demographics of teachers
and students, and ensure that all students in the state have equitable access to effective and
diverse teachers who reflect the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of students in the state.
Grants are awarded to teacher preparation programs to:
new text end

new text begin (1) develop, expand, and maintain targeted recruitment, retention, and induction support
directly to teacher candidates who are of color in collaboration with local schools and
communities; and
new text end

new text begin (2) support collaborative efforts involving people of color to make climate and curriculum
within programs more inclusive and respectful toward teacher candidates, faculty, and staff
of color.
new text end

new text begin (b) For the collaborative urban and greater Minnesota educators of color grant program:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,054,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 2,054,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

new text begin (c) Five grants shall be awarded in equal amounts:
new text end

new text begin (1) $273,000 each year is for the Southeast Asian Teacher program at Concordia
University, St. Paul;
new text end

new text begin (2) $273,000 each year is for the Collaborative Urban Educator program at the University
of St. Thomas;
new text end

new text begin (3) $273,000 each year is for the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching at Hamline
University;
new text end

new text begin (4) $273,000 each year is for the East Africa Student to Teacher program at Augsburg
College; and
new text end

new text begin (5) $273,000 is for the Urban Teacher program at Metropolitan State University.
new text end

new text begin Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner must establish a competitive grant of $689,000 each year for
colleges and universities in Minnesota. Institutions that receive grants under paragraph (b)
are eligible to receive competitive grants under this paragraph. Grant recipients may use
grants to provide financial support to teacher candidates to aid in completing a licensure
program.
new text end

new text begin (e) Each institution awarded a grant under this section shall prepare for the legislature,
by January 15 of each year, a detailed report regarding the funds used. The report must
include the number of teachers prepared as well as the diversity for each cohort of teachers
produced. The report must also include the graduation rate for each cohort of teacher
candidates, the placement rate for each graduating cohort of teacher candidates, and the
retention rate for each graduating cohort of teacher candidates, among other program
outcomes.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Board of Teaching. new text end

new text begin (a) For administrative costs related to processing and
reviewing portfolios submitted by candidates for teaching licenses:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 100,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 100,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

new text begin (b) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end