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SF 1907

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education; providing support to newly licensed teachers teaching in
high-need subject areas and schools; appropriating money; proposing coding for
new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 122A.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [122A.623] INDUCTION PROGRAM FOR NEW TEACHERS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Program established. new text end

new text begin (a) A new teacher induction program is
established to assist newly licensed elementary and secondary teachers whose initial
teaching assignment involves teaching in a high-need subject area or public school. For
purposes of this section, a "high-need subject area" for teacher licensure includes career
and technical education, science, mathematics, foreign languages, English as a second
language, and special education; and a "high-need" school is one where 35 percent or
more of enrolled students are eligible to receive a free or reduced price lunch and the
school failed to demonstrate adequate yearly progress in the two preceding school years.
new text end

new text begin (b) Regional education service providers participating in this program must assist
school districts and charter schools employing new teachers, school sites where new
teacher work, and interested intermediate school districts to:
new text end

new text begin (1) adopt a teaching model that supports new teachers' professional development
and growth and trains teacher mentors to successfully work with, coach, and observe the
new teachers;
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new text begin (2) provide unique professional learning activities that promote the growth of a new
teacher's practice in areas including classroom management, subject matter mastery,
pedagogy, relevant curriculum, effective instructional strategies, lesson planning, and
student assessments;
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new text begin (3) provide time for new teachers and mentors to work together;
new text end

new text begin (4) establish expectations for mentors' coaching responsibilities and new teachers'
observations of exemplary teachers;
new text end

new text begin (5) provide and use formative assessments based on professional teaching standards
to improve new teachers' instructional practice and establish professional development
goals;
new text end

new text begin (6) evaluate the program to determine its effectiveness and impact on new teacher
performance, recruitment, and retention; and
new text end

new text begin (7) adopt a model to deliver the new teacher induction program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility; application; program funding. new text end

new text begin (a) Regional education service
providers, including education service cooperatives, school districts, postsecondary
institutions, charter schools, and other qualified education entities able to assist school
districts, charter schools, school sites, and intermediate school districts in supporting
newly licensed teachers, consistent with subdivision 1, may apply to the commissioner,
in the form and manner the commissioner prescribes, to participate in this program.
Applicants must demonstrate to the commissioner's satisfaction that the applicant is able
to meet the requirements of subdivision 1 and also must describe in the application:
new text end

new text begin (1) the roles and relationship among participating school districts, charter schools,
school sites, and intermediate school districts and the regional education service provider;
new text end

new text begin (2) the program components for each participant;
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new text begin (3) the applicant's program components;
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new text begin (4) how the applicant proposes to expend new teacher induction revenue; and
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new text begin (5) the actual program costs the applicant anticipates incurring.
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new text begin (b) In reviewing timely plans submitted to the commissioner, only those applicants
the commissioner determines have satisfied all requirements of this subdivision and
subdivision 1 are eligible for program funding.
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new text begin (c) The commissioner must approve funding for the new teacher induction program
on a first-come, first-served basis and must determine the amount of funding available to a
qualified regional education service provider based on actual program costs detailed in
the provider's application.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Planning; staff development revenue. new text end

new text begin Staff development revenue
available under sections 122A.60 and 122A.61 may be used to develop the program
plan under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Reports. new text end

new text begin Regional education service providers that participate in the
program annually must report to the commissioner in the form and manner determined
by the commissioner on the implementation and effectiveness of the provider's program
and plan. Regional education service providers must survey participating school districts,
charter schools, school sites, and intermediate school districts as part of the report. The
commissioner must complete a timely review of the report to determine the providers'
ongoing eligibility to receive new teacher induction program funding.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Statewide training and assistance. new text end

new text begin The Department of Education, upon
request, may assist regional education service providers in developing a program plan.
The department also may provide regional education service providers with ongoing
support for teacher mentor training and staff development for new teachers, and may
provide materials and other assistance.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2007-2008 school year and
later.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $2,200,000 in fiscal year 2008 and $2,200,000 in fiscal year 2009 are appropriated
from the general fund to the commissioner of education for the new teacher induction
program under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.623.
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