A district is required to reserve an amount equal to at least two percent of the basic revenue under section 126C.10, subdivision 2, for in-service education for programs under section 120B.22, subdivision 2, for staff development plans, including plans for challenging instructional activities and experiences under section 122A.60, and for curriculum development and programs, other in-service education, teachers' workshops, teacher conferences, the cost of substitute teachers staff development purposes, preservice and in-service education for special education professionals and paraprofessionals, and other related costs for staff development efforts. A district may annually waive the requirement to reserve their basic revenue under this section if a majority vote of the licensed teachers in the district and a majority vote of the school board agree to a resolution to waive the requirement. A district in statutory operating debt is exempt from reserving basic revenue according to this section. Districts may expend an additional amount of unreserved revenue for staff development based on their needs. With the exception of amounts reserved for staff development from revenues allocated directly to school sites, the board must initially allocate 50 percent of the reserved revenue to each school site in the district on a per teacher basis, which must be retained by the school site until used. The board may retain 25 percent to be used for district wide staff development efforts. The remaining 25 percent of the revenue must be used to make grants to school sites for best practices methods. A grant may be used for any purpose authorized under section 120B.22, subdivision 2, 122A.60, or for the costs of curriculum development and programs, other in-service education, teachers' workshops, teacher conferences, substitute teachers for staff development purposes, and other staff development efforts, and determined by the site professional development team. The site professional development team must demonstrate to the school board the extent to which staff at the site have met the outcomes of the program. The board may withhold a portion of initial allocation of revenue if the staff development outcomes are not being met.
Of a district's basic revenue under section 126C.10, subdivision 2, an amount equal to $5 times the number of resident pupil units must be reserved by a district operating a career teacher program according to sections 124D.25 to 124D.29. The revenue may be used only to provide staff development for the career teacher program.
A school district may use the revenue reserved under subdivision 1 for grants to the district's teachers to pay for coursework and training leading to certification as a college in the schools or concurrent enrollment teacher. In order to receive a grant, the teacher must be enrolled in a program that includes coursework and training focused on teaching a core subject.
1987 c 398 art 1 s 18; 1989 c 329 art 7 s 6; 1991 c 130 s 37; 1991 c 265 art 1 s 25; 1992 c 499 art 1 s 18; art 7 s 31; art 12 s 29; 1992 c 571 art 10 s 3; 1993 c 224 art 4 s 33; art 7 s 14; 1994 c 647 art 7 s 3; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 1 s 49; 1998 c 397 art 8 s 4,101; art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 1 s 36,39; 1Sp1998 c 3 s 19; 1999 c 241 art 1 s 54; art 5 s 4; 2000 c 489 art 2 s 1,28; 1Sp2001 c 5 art 3 s 82; 1Sp2001 c 6 art 1 s 42; art 3 s 3; 2007 c 146 art 2 s 13