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HF 643

1st Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 02/25/2015 12:25pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education; modifying Principals' Leadership Institute provisions;
appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.74.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.74, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.


(a) The commissioner of education may contract
with the Minnesota State University Mankato or the regents of the University of Minnesota
to establish a Principals' Leadership Institute to provide new text beginlicensed principals in Minnesota
with a research-based and independently evaluated
new text endprofessional development deleted text beginto school
deleted text endnew text begin program focused on instructional and organizational leadershipnew text end by:

(1) creating a network of leaders in the educational and business communities to
communicate current and future trends in leadership techniques;

(2) helping to create a vision for the school that is aligned with the community and
district prioritiesnew text begin and that utilizes strategic thinking in an ongoing review of the visionnew text end;

(3) developing strategies to retain highly qualified teachers and ensure that diverse
student populations, including at-risk students, children with disabilities, English learners,
and gifted students, among others, have equal access to these highly qualified teachers; and

(4) providing training to analyze data using culturally competent tools.

(b) The University of Minnesota new text beginand Minnesota State University Mankatonew text end must
cooperate with participating members of the business community new text beginand educational leaders
new text endto provide deleted text beginfunding anddeleted text end content for the institute.

(c) Participants must agree to attend new text beginall sessions of new text end the Principals' Leadership
Institute deleted text beginfor four deleted text enddeleted text beginweeksdeleted text enddeleted text begin during the academic summerdeleted text end.

(d) The Principals' Leadership Institute must incorporate program elements offered
by leadership programs at the University of Minnesota deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin,new text end program elements used by
the participating members of the business community deleted text beginto enhance leadership within their
deleted text endnew text begin, and current research-based practices in educational leadershipnew text end.

Subd. 2.

Method of selection and requirements.

(a) The board of each school
district new text beginand charter school new text endin the state may select a new text beginlicensed new text endprincipalnew text begin or school leadernew text end,
upon the recommendation of the district's superintendent deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin or charter school's board of
new text end based on the principal's leadership potential, to deleted text beginattend the institutedeleted text endnew text begin apply to the
Principals' Leadership Institute
new text end.

(b) The school board annually shall forward its list of recommended participants
to the commissioner by February 1. In addition, a principal new text beginor school leader new text endmay submit
an application directly to the deleted text begincommissionerdeleted text endnew text begin administrator of the Principals' Leadership
new text end by February 1. new text beginA committee comprised of the commissioner of education or
the commissioner's designee, the executive directors of the Minnesota Association of
School Administrators, the Minnesota Elementary Principals Association, the Minnesota
Association of Secondary School Principals, the Minnesota Association of Charter
Schools, and Charter School Partners shall make recommendations to the university from
the applicants. The recommended applicants shall be regionally diverse and include
charter school leaders. The administrator of the Principals' Leadership Institute shall select
applicants and notify the applicants and their recommending organizations of the selected
applicants to participate in the Principals' Leadership Institute each year.
new text endThe commissioner
shall notify the school board, the principal candidates, and the University of Minnesota of
the principals selected to participate in the Principals' Leadership Institute each year.

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Program delivery. new text end

new text begin A Principals' Leadership Institute shall be offered
annually in the seven-county metropolitan area and in greater Minnesota. The Principals'
Leadership Institute in greater Minnesota shall be at one of the designated Centers of
Excellence in cooperation with the Department of Education.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) $....... in fiscal year 2016 and $....... in fiscal year 2017 are appropriated to
the commissioner of education for a grant to the Principals' Leadership Institute under
Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.74, to reduce the costs to participants or schools to
$2,000 per participant.
new text end

new text begin (b) If the appropriation under paragraph (a) is insufficient to fully fund all applicants,
the commissioner of education must first award grants to programs that can demonstrate
to the commissioner that the program uses a model for effective school leadership that
contributes to significant increases in student achievement as measured by independent
new text end