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SF 3630

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/13/2020 04:00pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; amending the administration of the collaborative urban and
greater Minnesota educators of color grant program; providing for hiring bonuses;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.02, by adding a subdivision;
Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 122A.635; Laws 2019, First Special
Session chapter 11, article 3, section 22, subdivisions 1, 2.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 122A.635, is amended to read:


122A.635 COLLABORATIVE URBAN AND GREATER MINNESOTA
EDUCATORS OF COLOR GRANT PROGRAM.

Subdivision 1.

Establishment.

The deleted text beginProfessional Educator Licensing and Standards
Board
deleted text end new text begincommissioner of education new text endmust award competitive grants to increase the number
of teacher candidates of color or who are American Indian, and meet the requirements for
a Tier 3 license under section 122A.183. Eligibility for a grant under this section is limited
to public or private higher education institutions that offer a teacher preparation program
approved by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

Subd. 2.

Competitive grants.

(a) The deleted text beginProfessional Educator Licensing and Standards
Board
deleted text end new text begincommissioner of education new text endmust award competitive grants under this section based
on the following criteria:

(1) the number of teacher candidates being supported in the program who are of color
or who are American Indian;

(2) program outcomes, including graduation or program completion rates, licensure
rates, and placement rates and, for each outcome measure, the number of those teacher
candidates of color or who are American Indian; and

(3) the percent of racially and ethnically diverse teacher candidates enrolled in the
institution compared to:

(i) the total percent of students of color and American Indian students enrolled at the
institution, regardless of major; and

(ii) the percent of underrepresented racially and ethnically diverse teachers in the
economic development region of the state where the institution is located and where a
shortage of diverse teachers exists, as reported under section deleted text begin127A.05, subdivision 6, ordeleted text end
122A.091, subdivision 5.

(b) The deleted text beginboarddeleted text end new text begincommissioner of education new text endmust give priority in awarding grants under
this section to institutions that received grants under Laws 2017, First Special Session
chapter 5, article 2, section 57, subdivision 27, and have demonstrated continuing success
at recruiting, retaining, graduating, and inducting teacher candidates of color or who are
American Indian. If the deleted text beginboarddeleted text end new text begincommissioner of education new text endawards a competitive grant based
on the criteria in paragraph (a) to a program that has not previously received funding, the
board must thereafter give priority to the program equivalent to other programs given priority
under this paragraph.

(c) The deleted text beginboarddeleted text end new text begincommissioner of education new text endmust determine award amounts for maintenance
and expansion of programs based on the number of candidates supported by an applicant
program, sustaining support for those candidates, and funds available.

Subd. 3.

Grant program administration.

The deleted text beginProfessional Educator Licensing and
Standards Board
deleted text end new text begincommissioner of education new text endmay enter into an interagency agreement with
the Office of Higher Education. The agreement may include a transfer of funds to the Office
of Higher Education to help establish and administer the competitive grant process. The
deleted text begin boarddeleted text end new text begincommissioner of education new text endmust award grants to institutions located in various
economic development regions throughout the state, but must not predetermine the number
of institutions to be awarded grants under this section or set a limit for the amount that any
one institution may receive as part of the competitive grant application process. All grants
must be awarded by August 15 of the fiscal year in which the grants are to be used except
that, for initial competitive grants awarded for fiscal year 2020, grants must be awarded by
September 15. An institution that receives a grant under this section may use the grant funds
over a two- to four-year period to support teacher candidates.

Subd. 4.

Report.

(a) By January 15 of each year, an institution awarded a grant under
this section must prepare for the legislature and the deleted text beginboarddeleted text end new text begincommissioner of education new text enda
detailed report regarding the expenditure of grant funds, including the amounts used to
recruit, retain, and induct teacher candidates of color or who are American Indian. The
report must include the total number of teacher candidates of color, disaggregated by race
or ethnic group, who are recruited to the institution, are newly admitted to the licensure
program, are enrolled in the licensure program, have completed student teaching, have
graduated, are licensed, and are newly employed as Minnesota teachers in their licensure
field. A grant recipient must report the total number of teacher candidates of color or who
are American Indian at each stage from recruitment to licensed teaching as a percentage of
total candidates seeking the same licensure at the institution.

(b) The deleted text beginboarddeleted text end new text begincommissioner of education new text endmust post a report on its website summarizing
the activities and outcomes of grant recipients and results that promote sharing of effective
practices among grant recipients.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.02, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 14b. new text end

new text begin Hiring bonuses. new text end

new text begin A school board may give a new employee a hiring bonus,
including but not limited to a teacher licensed in or working in a shortage area as defined
in section 122A.06, subdivision 6. A school board must establish criteria for the repayment
of a hiring bonus if the employee does not complete two years of teaching in the district.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 11, article 3, section 22, subdivision 1,
is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

deleted text beginProfessional Educator Licensing and Standards Boarddeleted text endnew text begin Department
of Education
new text end.

The sums indicated in this section are appropriated from the general fund to
the deleted text beginProfessional Educator Licensing and Standards Boarddeleted text end new text beginDepartment of Education new text endfor the
fiscal years designated.

Sec. 4.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 11, article 3, section 22, subdivision 2,
is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Collaborative urban and greater Minnesota educators of color grants.

(a)
For the collaborative urban and greater Minnesota educators of color grants under Minnesota
Statutes, section 122A.635:

$
1,099,000
.....
2020
$
1,000,000
.....
2021

(b) The deleted text beginboarddeleted text end new text begindepartment new text endmay retain up to three percent of the appropriation amount to
monitor and administer the grant program and a portion of these funds may be transferred
to the Office of Higher Education as determined by the deleted text beginexecutive director of the boarddeleted text end
new text begin commissioner of education new text endand new text beginthe new text endcommissioner new text beginof the Office of Higher Education new text endto
support the administration of the program.

(c) The base for fiscal year 2022 is $1,000,000 and the base for fiscal year 2023 is
$1,000,000.