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122A.415 Alternative compensation aid.

Subdivision 1. Aid amount. (a) A school district that meets the conditions of section 122A.414 and submits an application approved by the commissioner is eligible for alternative compensation aid. The commissioner must consider only applications submitted jointly by a school district and the exclusive representative of the teachers for participation in the program. The application must contain a formally adopted collective bargaining agreement, memorandum of understanding, or other binding agreement that implements an alternative teacher professional pay system consistent with section 122A.414 and includes all teachers in a district, all teachers at a school site, or at least 25 percent of the teachers in a district. The commissioner, in approving applications, may give preference to applications involving entire districts or sites or to applications that align measures of teacher performance with student academic achievement and progress under section 120B.35, subdivision 1.

(b) Alternative compensation aid for a qualifying school district, site, or portion of a district or school site is as follows:

(1) for a school district in which the school board and the exclusive representative of the teachers agree to place all teachers in the district or at the site on the alternative compensation schedule, alternative compensation aid equals $150 times the district's or the site's number of pupils enrolled on October 1 of the previous fiscal year; or

(2) for a district in which the school board and the exclusive representative of the teachers agree that at least 25 percent of the district's licensed teachers will be paid on the alternative compensation schedule, alternative compensation aid equals $150 times the percentage of participating teachers times the district's number of pupils enrolled as of October 1 of the previous fiscal year.

Subd. 2. Percentage of teachers. For purposes of this section, the percentage of teachers participating in the teacher professional pay system equals the ratio of the number of licensed teachers who are working at least 60 percent of a full-time teacher's hours and agree to participate in the teacher professional pay system to the total number of licensed teachers who are working at least 60 percent of a full-time teacher's hours.

Subd. 3. Aid timing. (a) Districts or sites with approved applications must receive alternative compensation aid for each school year that the district or site participates in the program as described in this subdivision. Districts or sites with applications received by the commissioner before June 1 of the first year of a two-year contract shall receive alternative compensation aid for both years of the contract. Districts or sites with applications received by the commissioner after June 1 of the first year of a two-year contract shall receive alternative compensation aid only for the second year of the contract. A qualifying district or site that received alternative compensation aid for the previous fiscal year must receive at least an amount equal to the lesser of the amount it received for the previous fiscal year or its proportionate share of the previous year's appropriation if the district or site submits a timely application and the commissioner determines that the district or site continues to implement an alternative teacher professional pay system, consistent with its application under this section. The commissioner must approve initial applications for school districts qualifying under subdivision 1, paragraph (b), clause (1), by January 15 of each year. If any money remains, the commissioner must approve aid amounts for school districts qualifying under subdivision 1, paragraph (b), clause (2), by February 15 of each year.

(b) The commissioner shall select applicants that qualify for this program, notify school districts and school sites about the program, develop and disseminate application materials, and carry out other activities needed to implement this section.

HIST: 1Sp2001 c 6 art 2 s 55; 1Sp2003 c 9 art 2 s 9,10