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SF 3759

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/27/2020 04:05pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education; amending teacher license renewal requirements to include
mental illness training; requiring rulemaking; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
sections 122A.181, subdivision 3; 122A.182, subdivision 3; 122A.187, subdivision
6.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.181, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Term of license and renewal.

(a) The Professional Educator Licensing and
Standards Board must issue an initial Tier 1 license for a term of one year. A Tier 1 license
may be renewed subject to paragraphs (b) and (c). The board may submit written comments
to the district or charter school that requested the renewal regarding the candidate.

(b) The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must renew a Tier 1
license if:

(1) the district or charter school requesting the renewal demonstrates that it has posted
the teacher position but was unable to hire an acceptable teacher with a Tier 2, 3, or 4 license
for the position;

(2) the teacher holding the Tier 1 license took a content examination in accordance with
section 122A.185 and submitted the examination results to the teacher's employing district
or charter school within one year of the board approving the request for the initial Tier 1
license; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(3) the teacher holding the Tier 1 license participated in cultural competency training
consistent with section 120B.30, subdivision 1, paragraph (q), within one year of the board
approving the request for the initial Tier 1 licensedeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (4) the teacher holding the Tier 1 license met the mental illness training renewal
requirement under section 122A.187, subdivision 6.
new text end

The requirement in clause (2) does not apply to a teacher that teaches a class in a career and
technical education or career pathways course of study.

(c) A Tier 1 license must not be renewed more than three times, unless the requesting
district or charter school can show good cause for additional renewals. A Tier 1 license
issued to teach (1) a class or course in a career and technical education or career pathway
course of study or (2) in a shortage area, as defined in section 122A.06, subdivision 6, may
be renewed without limitation.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for licenses issued on or after July 1,
2020.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.182, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Term of license and renewal.

The Professional Educator Licensing and
Standards Board must issue an initial Tier 2 license for a term of two years. A Tier 2 license
may be renewed three times. Before a Tier 2 license is renewed for the first time, a teacher
holding a Tier 2 license must participate in cultural competency training consistent with
section 120B.30, subdivision 1, paragraph (q)new text begin, and mental illness training under section
122A.187, subdivision 6
new text end. The board must issue rules setting forth the conditions for additional
renewals after the initial license has been renewed three times.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for licenses issued on or after July 1,
2020.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.187, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Mental illness.

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must
adopt rules that require all licensed teachers renewing a deleted text beginTier 3 or Tier 4deleted text end teaching license
under sections deleted text begin122A.183 anddeleted text endnew text begin 122A.181 tonew text end 122A.184deleted text begin, respectively,deleted text end to include in the renewal
requirements at least one hour of suicide prevention best practicesnew text begin trainingnew text end in each licensure
renewal period based on nationally recognized evidence-based programs and practices,
among the continuing education credits required to renew a license under this subdivisiondeleted text begin,
and further preparation, first, in
deleted text endnew text begin. Initial training must includenew text end understanding the key warning
signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescentsnew text begin,new text end and deleted text beginthen,deleted text end during subsequent
licensure renewal periods, deleted text beginpreparation maydeleted text endnew text begin training mustnew text end include deleted text beginprovidingdeleted text end a more in-depth
understanding of students' mental illness trauma, accommodations for students' mental
illness, parents' roles in addressing students' mental illness, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,
autism, the requirements of section 125A.0942 governing restrictive procedures, and
de-escalation methods, among other similar topics.new text begin The board must adopt rules setting forth
standards for mental illness training that meet the requirements of this subdivision.
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