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HF 3326

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/31/2016 04:37pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/17/2016

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; authorizing the establishment of a continuing
education program; appropriating money; requiring a report.

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

Section 1. new text beginCONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin "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 end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin Lakes Country Service Cooperative, in consultation with
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 end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Curriculum development. new text end

new text begin Minnesota State University-Moorhead may
develop an online education curriculum to allow eligible secondary school teachers to
attain graduate credit at a reduced credit rate.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Funding for course development; scholarships; stipends. new text end

new text begin Lakes
Country Service Cooperative, in consultation with the other members of the Northwest
Regional Partnership, shall:
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

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Participant eligibility. new text end

new 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.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Private funding. new text end

new text begin The partnership may receive private resources to
supplement the available public money. All money received shall be administered by
the Lakes Country Service Cooperative.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Report required. new text end

new text begin Northwest Regional Partnership must submit an annual
report by January 15 of each year on the progress of its activities to the legislature,
commissioner of education, and Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities. The annual report shall contain a financial report for the preceding year. The
first report is due no later than January 15, 2018.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in
this section are appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for
the fiscal year designated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Continuing education program. new text end

new text begin For a grant to the Lakes Country Service
Cooperative to operate a continuing education program:
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 2017
new text end

new text begin This is a onetime appropriation. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021.
The base for fiscal year 2022 and later is zero.
new text end