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SF 1108

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/26/2021 01:02pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; amending the statewide concurrent enrollment teacher
training program; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section
122A.76; Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 11, article 3, section 23,
subdivision 8.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 122A.76, is amended to read:


122A.76 deleted text beginSTATEWIDEdeleted text end CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT TEACHER deleted text beginTRAINING
PROGRAM
deleted text endnew text begin PARTNERSHIPnew text end.

Subdivision 1.

Definition.

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

(b) deleted text begin"Northwest Regional Partnership"deleted text end new text begin"Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Partnership"
new text end means a voluntary association of the Lakes Country Service Cooperative, the Northwest
Service Cooperative, deleted text beginanddeleted text end new text beginthe Metropolitan Education Cooperative Service Unit, new text endMinnesota
State University-Moorheadnew text begin, and other interested Minnesota State Colleges and Universitiesnew text end
that deleted text beginworksdeleted text end new text beginwork new text endtogether to provide coordinated higher learning opportunities for teachers.

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

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

deleted text begin (e)deleted text end new text begin(d) new text end"Eligible teacher" means a licensed teacher of deleted text beginsecondary schooldeleted text end courses for
postsecondary credit.

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Fiscal host. new text end

new text begin Lakes Country Service Cooperative is the fiscal host for the
Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Partnership.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Establishment.

(a) deleted text beginLakes Country Service Cooperative, in consultation with
the Northwest Service Cooperative,
deleted text end new text beginThe Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Partnership new text endmay
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.

(b) deleted text beginIf established, the State Partnershipdeleted text end new text beginThe Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Partnership
new text end must contract with one or more eligible postsecondary institutions to establish a deleted text begincontinuing
education credit
deleted text end program to allow eligible teachers to attain sufficient graduate credits to
qualify to teach deleted text beginsecondary schooldeleted text end courses for postsecondary credit. Members of the deleted text beginStatedeleted text end
new text begin Concurrent Enrollment Teacher new text endPartnership must work to eliminate duplication of service
and develop the deleted text begincontinuing education creditdeleted text end program efficiently and cost-effectively.

Subd. 3.

Curriculum development.

The deleted text begincontinuing educationdeleted text end program must use flexible
delivery models, such as an online education curriculum, that allow eligible secondary
school teachers to attain graduate credit at a reduced credit rate. Information about the
curriculum, including course length and course requirements, must be posted on the website
of the eligible institution offering the course at least two weeks before eligible teachers are
required to register for courses deleted text beginin the continuing education programdeleted text end.

Subd. 4.

Funding for course new text beginparticipation; course new text enddevelopment; deleted text beginscholarships;
stipends
deleted text endnew text begin participation incentivesnew text end.

(a) Lakes Country Service Cooperative, in consultation
with the other members of the deleted text beginNorthwest Regionaldeleted text end new text beginConcurrent Enrollment Teacher
new text end Partnership, deleted text beginshall:deleted text endnew text begin must
new text end

deleted text begin (1)deleted text end provide funding for deleted text begincourse developmentdeleted text end new text begineligible teachers to participate in the program
new text end for up to 18 credits in applicable postsecondary subject areasdeleted text begin;deleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

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

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

deleted text begin (b) If established, the State Partnership must:
deleted text end

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

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

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

new text begin (b) The Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Partnership may:
new text end

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

new text begin (2) work with school districts to develop incentives for teachers to participate in the
program; and
new text end

new text begin (3) enroll college faculty, as space permits, and provide financial assistance if state aid
remains available.
new text end

Subd. 5.

Private funding.

The partnerships may receive private resources to supplement
the available public money. deleted text beginAll money received in fiscal year 2017 shall be administered
by the Lakes Country Service Cooperative. All money received in fiscal year 2018 and later
shall be administered by the State Partnership.
deleted text end

Subd. 6.

Report required.

deleted text begin (a) The Northwest Regional Partnership must submit a report
by January 15, 2018, on the progress of its activities to the legislature, commissioner of
education, and Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The
report shall contain a financial report for the preceding year.
deleted text end

deleted text begindeleted text enddeleted text begin (b) If established, the Statedeleted text end new text beginThe Concurrent Enrollment Teacher new text endPartnership 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 begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 11, article 3, section 23, subdivision 8,
is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Statewide concurrent enrollment training program.

(a) For the Northwest
Regional Partnership concurrent enrollment program and the statewide concurrent enrollment
teacher training program under Laws 2016, chapter 189, article 25, section 58, as amended
by Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 5, article 2, section 48:

$
1,775,000
.....
2020
$
375,000
.....
2021

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

new text begin (c) The base for fiscal year 2022 and later is $0.
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. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

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

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Partnership. new text end

new text begin (a) To the Lakes Country
Service Cooperative for the Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Partnership under Minnesota
Statutes, section 122A.76:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2022
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 1,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2023
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