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    Subdivision 1. Qualifications. A teacher who holds a license, according to this chapter, and
a contract for employment by a school district or other organization providing public education
may be granted a sabbatical leave by the board employing the teacher under rules promulgated by
the board.
    Subd. 2. Return to position. A teacher who applies for and accepts sabbatical leave shall
agree that, upon the conclusion of said sabbatical leave, the teacher shall return to the teacher's
position for a period determined by the board before the leave is granted, or repay the district the
portion of salary received while on sabbatical leave.
    Subd. 3. Retain rights in employing district. A teacher who has been granted a sabbatical
leave must retain all rights in the employing district as though teaching in that district.
    Subd. 4. Sabbatical leave defined. The term "sabbatical leave," as used in this section, means
compensated leaves of absence granted for purposes of professional improvement or service.
History: Ex1959 c 71 art 6 s 18; 1976 c 222 s 208; 1986 c 444; 1992 c 499 art 12 s 19; 1995
c 212 art 4 s 64; 1998 c 397 art 8 s 55,101