120B.13 Advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs.
Subdivision 1. Training programs for teachers. A secondary teacher assigned by a district to teach an advanced placement or international baccalaureate course may participate in a training program offered by the college board or International Baccalaureate North America, Inc. The state may pay a portion of the tuition, room, and board costs a teacher incurs in participating in a training program. The commissioner shall determine application procedures and deadlines, and select teachers to participate in the training program. The procedures determined by the commissioner shall, to the extent possible, ensure that advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses become available in all parts of the state and that a variety of course offerings are available in school districts. This subdivision does not prevent teacher participation in training programs offered by the college board or International Baccalaureate North America, Inc., when tuition is paid by a source other than the state.
Subd. 2. Support programs. The commissioner shall provide support programs during the school year for teachers who attended the training programs and teachers experienced in teaching advanced placement or international baccalaureate courses. The support programs shall provide teachers with opportunities to share instructional ideas with other teachers. The state may pay the costs of participating in the support programs, including substitute teachers, if necessary, and program affiliation costs.
Subd. 3. Subsidy for examination fees. The state may pay all or part of the fee for advanced placement or international baccalaureate examinations for pupils in public and nonpublic schools. The commissioner shall adopt a schedule for fee subsidies that may allow payment of the entire fee for low-income families, as defined by the commissioner. The commissioner may also determine the circumstances under which the fee is subsidized, in whole or in part. The commissioner shall determine procedures for state payments of fees.
Subd. 4. Information. The commissioner shall submit the following information to the education committees of the legislature each year by February 1:
(1) the number of pupils enrolled in advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses in each school district;
(2) the number of teachers in each district attending training programs offered by the college board or International Baccalaureate North America, Inc.;
(3) the number of teachers in each district participating in support programs;
(4) recent trends in the field of advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs;
(5) expenditures for each category in this section; and
(6) other recommendations for the state program.
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Revisor of Statutes