as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 08/21/2015 02:39pm
A bill for an act
relating to education; expanding the list of offenses that authorizes the Board
of Teaching or Board of School Administrators to deny or revoke a teaching
license; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.20, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 122A.20, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
(a) The Board of
Teaching or Board of School Administrators, whichever has jurisdiction over a teacher's
licensure, may, on the written complaint of the school board employing a teacher, a teacher
organization, or any other interested person, refuse to issue, refuse to renew, suspend, or
revoke a teacher's license to teach for any of the following causes:
(1) immoral character or conduct;
(2) failure, without justifiable cause, to teach for the term of the teacher's contract;
(3) gross inefficiency or willful neglect of duty;
(4) failure to meet licensure requirements; or
(5) fraud or misrepresentation in obtaining a license.
The written complaint must specify the nature and character of the charges.
(b) The Board of Teaching or Board of School Administrators, whichever
has jurisdiction over a teacher's licensure, shall refuse to issue, refuse to renew, or
automatically revoke a teacher's license to teach without the right to a hearing upon
receiving a certified copy of a conviction showing that the teacher has been convicted
of child abuse, as defined in section 609.185, new text beginnew text endsexual abuse under section 609.342,
609.343, 609.344, 609.345, 609.3451, subdivision 3, or 617.23, subdivision 3, new text beginnew text endusing minors in a sexual
performance under section 617.246, deleted text beginordeleted text end possessing pornographic works involving a minor
under section 617.247, new text beginnew text endor new text beginnew text endunder a similar
law of another state or the United States. The board shall send notice of this licensing
action to the district in which the teacher is currently employed.
(c) A person whose license to teach has been revoked, not issued, or not renewed
under paragraph (b), may petition the board to reconsider the licensing action if the
person's conviction for child abuse or sexual abuse is reversed by a final decision of the
Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court or if the person has received a pardon for the
offense. The petitioner shall attach a certified copy of the appellate court's final decision or
the pardon to the petition. Upon receiving the petition and its attachment, the board shall
schedule and hold a disciplinary hearing on the matter under section 214.10, subdivision 2,
unless the petitioner waives the right to a hearing. If the board finds that, notwithstanding
the reversal of the petitioner's criminal conviction or the issuance of a pardon, the
petitioner is disqualified from teaching under paragraph (a), clause (1), the board shall
affirm its previous licensing action. If the board finds that the petitioner is not disqualified
from teaching under paragraph (a), clause (1), it shall reverse its previous licensing action.
(d) For purposes of this subdivision, the Board of Teaching is delegated the authority
to suspend or revoke coaching licenses.