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HF 4239

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/26/2018 02:42pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; expanding the paraprofessional pathway to teacher
licensure program to include school districts in greater Minnesota; appropriating
money;amending Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 5, article 2, section
57, subdivision 23.

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

Section 1.

Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 5, article 2, section 57, subdivision
23, is amended to read:


Subd. 23.

Paraprofessional pathway to teacher licensure.

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

$
1,500,000
.....
2018
$
1,500,000
2,500,000
.....
2019

(b) The 2018 grants and $1,500,000 of the 2019 grants are for school districts with more
than 30 percent minority students for a Board of Teaching-approved nonconventional teacher
residency pilot program.

(c) $1,000,000 of the 2019 appropriation is for school districts located in greater
Minnesota operating a Grow Your Own program in cooperation with a teacher preparation
program. The teacher preparation program must be approved by the Professional Educator
Licensing and Standards Board and lead to Tier 3 licensure for the program participants
with the expectation that the teacher will meet Tier 4 licensure requirements once the teacher
has three years of teaching experience. A district qualifying for a grant under this paragraph
must apply in the form and manner specified by the commissioner.

The (d) A Grow Your Own program must provide tuition scholarships or stipends to
enable school district employees or community members affiliated with a school district
who seek an education license to participate in a qualifying teacher program. For school
districts located in the seven-county metropolitan area, the teacher residency program must
be a
nonconventional teacher preparation program. For districts located in greater Minnesota,
the teacher preparation program must be approved by the Professional Educator Licensing
and Standards Board.
School districts that receive funds under this subdivision are strongly
encouraged to recruit candidates of color and American Indian candidates to participate in
the Grow Your Own new teacher programs. Districts or schools providing financial support
may require a commitment as determined by the district to teach in the district or school
for a reasonable amount of time that does not exceed five years.

(c) (e) School districts and charter schools may also apply for grants to develop innovative
expanded Grow Your Own programs that encourage secondary school students to pursue
teaching, including developing and offering dual-credit postsecondary course options in
schools for "Introduction to Teaching" or "Introduction to Education" courses consistent
with Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 10.

(d) (f) Programs must annually report to the commissioner by the date determined by
the commissioner on their activities under this section, including the number of participants,
the percentage of participants who are of color or who are American Indian, and an
assessment of program effectiveness, including participant feedback, areas for improvement,
the percentage of participants continuing to pursue teacher licensure, and the number of
participants hired in the school or district as teachers after completing preparation programs.

(e) (g) The department may retain up to three percent of the appropriation amount in
each year
to monitor and administer the grant program.

(f) (h) Any balance in the first year does not cancel but is available in the second year.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

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