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HF 3093

1st Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 03/01/2010 01:44pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education; establishing an alternative teacher preparation program
and limited-term teacher license; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 122A.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [122A.245] ALTERNATIVE TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM
AND LIMITED-TERM TEACHER LICENSE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) The Board of Teaching must approve qualified
teacher preparation programs under this section that are a means to acquire a two-year
limited-term license and to prepare for acquiring a standard entrance license. Partnerships
composed of school districts or charter schools and either:
new text end

new text begin (1) a college or university with a board-approved alternative teacher preparation
program; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a nonprofit corporation formed for an education-related purpose and subject
to chapter 317A and a college or university with a board-approved alternative teacher
preparation program may offer this program if:
new text end

new text begin (i) a need for teachers exists based on the determination by a participating school
district or charter school that in the previous school year too few qualified candidates
applied for its posted, available teaching positions;
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new text begin (ii) the teaching staff does not reflect the racial and cultural diversity of the student
population of the district or charter school; or
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new text begin (iii) the school district or charter school identifies a need to reduce or eliminate a
student achievement gap based on school performance report card data under section
120B.36.
new text end

new text begin (b) To participate in this program, a candidate must:
new text end

new text begin (1) have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, or have a
bachelor's degree and meet other board-adopted criteria;
new text end

new text begin (2) pass the reading, writing, and mathematics skills examination under section
122A.18; and
new text end

new text begin (3) obtain qualifying scores on board-approved content area and pedagogy tests.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Characteristics. new text end

new text begin An alternative teacher preparation program under this
section must include:
new text end

new text begin (1) a minimum 200-hour instructional phase that provides intensive preparation
before that person assumes classroom responsibilities;
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new text begin (2) a research-based and results-oriented approach focused on best teaching practices
to increase student proficiency and growth measured against state academic standards;
new text end

new text begin (3) strategies to combine pedagogy and best teaching practices to better inform
teachers' classroom instruction;
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new text begin (4) assessment, supervision, and evaluation of the program participant to determine
the participant's specific needs throughout the program and to support the participant
in successfully completing the program;
new text end

new text begin (5) formal instruction and intensive peer coaching throughout the school year that
provide structured guidance and regular ongoing support;
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new text begin (6) high quality, sustained, intensive, and classroom-embedded staff development
opportunities conducted by a mentor or by a mentorship team that may include school
administrators, teachers, and postsecondary faculty members and are directed at improving
student learning and achievement; and
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new text begin (7) a requirement that program participants demonstrate to the local site team under
subdivision 5 that they are making satisfactory progress toward acquiring a standard
entrance license from the Board of Teaching.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Program approval. new text end

new text begin The Board of Teaching must approve alternative
teacher preparation programs under this section based on board-adopted criteria that reflect
best practices for alternative teacher preparation programs consistent with this section.
The board must permit licensure candidates to demonstrate licensure competencies in
school-based settings and through other nontraditional means.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Employment conditions. new text end

new text begin Where applicable, teachers with a limited-term
license under this section are subject to the terms of the local collective bargaining
agreement between the local representative of the teachers and the school board.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Approval for standard entrance license. new text end

new text begin A local site team that may
include teachers, school administrators, postsecondary faculty, and nonprofit staff must
evaluate the performance of the teacher candidate using the Minnesota State Standards of
Effective Practice for Teachers established in rule and submit to the board an evaluation
report recommending whether or not to issue the teacher candidate a standard entrance
license.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Standard entrance license. new text end

new text begin The Board of Teaching must issue a standard
entrance license to a teacher candidate under this section who successfully performs
throughout the program and is recommended for licensure under subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Qualified teacher. new text end

new text begin A person with a valid limited-term license under this
section is the teacher of record and a qualified teacher within the meaning of section
122A.16.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Reports. new text end

new text begin The Board of Teaching must submit an interim report on the
efficacy of this program to the K-12 Education Policy and Finance committees of the
legislature by February 15, 2012, and a final report by February 15, 2014.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2010-2011 school year and
later.
new text end