Subdivision 1. Code of ethics. The board of teaching must develop by rule a code of ethics covering standards of professional teaching practices, including areas of ethical conduct and professional performance and methods of enforcement.
Subd. 2. Advise members of profession. The board must act in an advisory capacity to members of the profession in matters of interpretation of the code of ethics.
Subd. 3. Election of chair and officers. The board shall elect a chair and such other officers as it may deem necessary.
Subd. 4. License and rules. (a) The board must adopt rules to license public school teachers and interns subject to chapter 14.
(b) The board must adopt rules requiring a person to successfully complete a skills examination in reading, writing, and mathematics as a requirement for initial teacher licensure. Such rules must require college and universities offering a board approved teacher preparation program to provide remedial assistance to persons who did not achieve a qualifying score on the skills examination, including those for whom English is a second language.
(c) The board must adopt rules to approve teacher preparation programs.
(d) The board must provide the leadership and shall adopt rules for the redesign of teacher education programs to implement a research based, results-oriented curriculum that focuses on the skills teachers need in order to be effective. The board shall implement new systems of teacher preparation program evaluation to assure program effectiveness based on proficiency of graduates in demonstrating attainment of program outcomes.
(e) The board must adopt rules requiring successful completion of an examination of general pedagogical knowledge and examinations of licensure-specific teaching skills. The rules shall be effective on the dates determined by the board, but not later than July 1, 1999.
(f) The board must adopt rules requiring teacher educators to work directly with elementary or secondary school teachers in elementary or secondary schools to obtain periodic exposure to the elementary or secondary teaching environment.
(g) The board must grant licenses to interns and to candidates for initial licenses.
(h) The board must design and implement an assessment system which requires a candidate for an initial license and first continuing license to demonstrate the abilities necessary to perform selected, representative teaching tasks at appropriate levels.
(i) The board must receive recommendations from local committees as established by the board for the renewal of teaching licenses.
(j) The board must grant life licenses to those who qualify according to requirements established by the board, and suspend or revoke licenses pursuant to sections 122A.20 and 214.10. The board must not establish any expiration date for application for life licenses.
Subd. 5. Commissioner's representative to comment on proposed rule. Prior to the adoption by the board of teaching of any rule which must be submitted to public hearing, a representative of the commissioner shall appear before the board of teaching and at the hearing required pursuant to section 14.14, subdivision 1, to comment on the cost and educational implications of that proposed rule.
Subd. 6. Register of persons licensed. The executive secretary of the board of teaching shall keep a record of the proceedings of and a register of all persons licensed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. The register must show the name, address, license number and the renewal of the license. The board must on July 1, of each year or as soon thereafter as is practicable, compile a list of such duly licensed teachers and transmit a copy of the list to the board. A copy of the register must be available during business hours at the office of the board to any interested person.
Subd. 7. Commissioner's assistance; board money. The commissioner shall provide all necessary materials and assistance for the transaction of the business of the board of teaching and all moneys received by the board of teaching shall be paid into the state treasury as provided by law. The expenses of administering sections 122A.01, 122A.05 to 122A.09, 122A.15, 122A.16, 122A.17, 122A.18, 122A.20, 122A.21, 122A.22, 122A.23, 122A.26, 122A.30, 122A.32, 122A.40, 122A.41, 122A.42, 122A.45, 122A.49, 122A.52, 122A.53, 122A.54, 122A.55, 122A.56, 122A.57, and 122A.58 which are incurred by the board of teaching shall be paid for from appropriations made to the board of teaching.
Subd. 8. Fraud; gross misdemeanor. A person who claims to be a licensed teacher without a valid existing license issued by the board or any person who employs fraud or deception in applying for or securing a license is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
Subd. 9. Board may adopt rules. The board of teaching may adopt rules subject to the provisions of chapter 14 to implement sections 122A.05 to 122A.09, 122A.16, 122A.17, 122A.18, 122A.20, 122A.21, and 122A.23.
Subd. 10. Variances. Notwithstanding subdivision 9 and section 14.05, subdivision 4, the board of teaching may grant a variance to its rules upon application by a school district for purposes of implementing experimental programs in learning or management.
HIST: Ex1967 c 25 s 5; 1973 c 749 s 11; 1975 c 136 s 4; 1975 c 271 s 6; 1976 c 222 s 25,27,208; 1976 c 271 s 65; 1977 c 444 s 8; 1978 c 706 s 41; 1978 c 764 s 77,78; 1980 c 345 s 11-14; 1982 c 424 s 130; 1984 c 463 art 7 s 16; 1Sp1985 c 12 art 8 s 21; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 398 art 8 s 11; 1990 c 375 s 3; 1990 c 562 art 8 s 30; 1991 c 265 art 7 s 17,18; 1992 c 499 art 8 s 15,16; 1993 c 224 art 8 s 8; art 13 s 44; 1993 c 374 s 28; 1994 c 647 art 8 s 17; 1996 c 412 art 13 s 22; 1998 c 397 art 8 s 61-65,101; art 11 s 3
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