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SF 2689

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 05/23/2019 09:17am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; providing financial aid for teacher candidates of color;
appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter
136A.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [136A.1265] TEACHER CANDIDATES OF COLOR SCHOLARSHIPS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin A scholarship program for teacher candidates of color
is established to provide scholarships to qualified candidates with financial needs.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin A person may apply for a scholarship if the person:
new text end

new text begin (1) has been admitted to a teacher preparation program approved by the Board of
Teaching;
new text end

new text begin (2) self-identifies to the teacher preparation program as a member of populations
underrepresented among the licensed teachers in the state relative to the diversity of students
as measured under section 120B.35, subdivision 3, paragraph (b), clause (2);
new text end

new text begin (3) is meeting satisfactory academic progress as defined under section 136A.101,
subdivision 10;
new text end

new text begin (4) is a resident student as defined in section 136A.101, subdivision 8; and
new text end

new text begin (5) has a gross family income of $125,000 or less.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Amount. new text end

new text begin (a) The maximum scholarship amount is $10,000 per year for full-time
study distributed up to $5,000 per academic term. The commissioner of higher education
must establish a sliding scale of scholarship amounts based on the amount of available
funding and the gross family incomes of applicants. Established amounts are not rulemaking
for purposes of chapter 14 or section 14.386. The minimum scholarship under this section
for full-time study must be no less than $1,000 per year.
new text end

new text begin (b) The amount determined under paragraph (a) must be reduced and prorated per credit
for part-time study.
new text end

new text begin (c) The maximum total amount of scholarships from this scholarship per candidate is
$25,000.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Distribution. new text end

new text begin Scholarships must be paid to the teacher preparation institution
on behalf of the candidate after the institution has informed the Office of Higher Education
of candidates' names, self-identified racial and ethnic identities, gender, licensure area
sought, and full-time or part-time status.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Teachers of color scholarships. new text end

new text begin (a) $....... in fiscal year 2020 and $.......
in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of higher
education for teachers of color scholarships under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1265.
new text end

new text begin (b) Up to five percent of the appropriation may be used for administration of the program.
new text end

new text begin (c) Any balance in the first year does not cancel, but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Grants to student teachers. new text end

new text begin (a) $....... in fiscal year 2020 and $....... in fiscal
year 2021 are appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of higher education
for grants to student teachers under Minnesota Statutes, section 136A.1275.
new text end

new text begin (b) Up to five percent of the appropriation may be used for administration of the program.
new text end

new text begin (c) Any balance in the first year does not cancel, but is available in the second year.
new text end