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SF 1832

1st Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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A bill for an act
relating to education; clarifying staff development goals and expenditures;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 122A.60, subdivision 3; 122A.61,
subdivision 1.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.60, subdivision 3, is amended to
read:


Subd. 3.

Staff development outcomes.

The advisory staff development committee
must adopt a staff development plan for improving student achievement. The plan must
be consistent with education outcomes that the school board determines. The plan
must include ongoing staff development activities that contribute toward continuous
improvement in achievement of the following goals:

(1) deleted text beginimprove student achievement of state and local education standards in all areas
of the curriculum by using best practices methods;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2)deleted text end effectively meet the needs of a diverse student population, including at-risk
children, children with disabilities, and gifted children, within the regular classroom
and other settings;

deleted text begin (3) deleted text end new text begin (2) improve and increase teachers' knowledge of the academic subjects they
teach;
new text end

new text begin (3) encourage a sustained, intensive focus that positively affects teachers' instruction
and performance in the classroom and fosters the use of best pedagogical practices;
new text end

new text begin (4) align staff development and continuing education opportunities with the state's
academic standards to improve student achievement of state and local academic standards;
new text end

new text begin (5) be based on scientific research related to increasing teachers' knowledge and
teaching skills and improving student academic achievement;
new text end

new text begin (6) be implemented by qualified entities and individuals experienced in providing
staff development and continuing education opportunities in the specific subject areas;
new text end

new text begin (7) support the success of diverse students in the regular classroom and other
educational settings, including at-risk students, students with disabilities, English language
learners, and gifted and talented students;
new text end

new text begin (8) provide training for teachers to effectively use technology to improve teaching
and learning;
new text end

new text begin (9) promote the use of data and assessments to improve instruction;
new text end

new text begin (10) provide for an ongoing review of the plan quality and the results of its
implementation;
new text end

new text begin (11)new text end provide an inclusive curriculum for a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse
student population that is consistent with the state education diversity rule and the district's
education diversity plan;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text end new text begin(12) new text endimprove staff collaboration and develop mentoring and peer coaching
programs for teachers new to the school or district;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text end new text begin(13) new text endeffectively teach and model violence prevention policy and curriculum
that address early intervention alternatives, issues of harassment, and teach nonviolent
alternatives for conflict resolution; and

deleted text begin (6)deleted text end new text begin(14) new text endprovide teachers and other members of site-based management teams with
appropriate management and financial management skills.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 122A.61, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Staff development revenue.

A district is required to reserve
an amount equal to at least two percent of the basic revenue under section 126C.10,
subdivision 2
, for in-service education for programs under section 120B.22, subdivision 2,
for staff development plans, including plans for challenging instructional activities and
experiences under section 122A.60, and for curriculum development and programs, other
in-service education, teachers' workshops, teacher conferences, the cost of substitute
teachers staff development purposes, preservice and in-service education for special
education professionals and paraprofessionals, new text beginhigher education courses and programs in
teachers' areas of licensure,
new text endand other related costs for staff development efforts. A district
may annually waive the requirement to reserve their basic revenue under this section if
a majority vote of the licensed teachers in the district and a majority vote of the school
board agree to a resolution to waive the requirement. A district in statutory operating debt
is exempt from reserving basic revenue according to this section. Districts may expend an
additional amount of unreserved revenue for staff development based on their needs. With
the exception of amounts reserved for staff development from revenues allocated directly
to school sites, the board must initially allocate 50 percent of the reserved revenue to each
school site in the district on a per teacher basis, which must be retained by the school site
until used. The board may retain 25 percent to be used for district wide staff development
efforts. The remaining 25 percent of the revenue must be used to make grants to school
sites for best practices methods. A grant may be used for any purpose authorized under
section 120B.22, subdivision 2, 122A.60, or for the costs of curriculum development and
programs, other in-service education, teachers' workshops, teacher conferences, substitute
teachers for staff development purposes, and other staff development efforts, and
determined by the site professional development team. The site professional development
team must demonstrate to the school board the extent deleted text beginto whichdeleted text endnew text begin thatnew text end staff at the site have
met the outcomes of the program. The board may withhold a portion of initial allocation
of revenue if the staff development outcomes are not being met.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end