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Senate File 345

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  1  1    Section 1.  Section 256.16, Code 1999, is amended to read
  1  2 as follows:
  1  3    256.16  SPECIFIC CRITERIA FOR TEACHER PREPARATION AND
  1  4 CERTAIN EDUCATORS.
  1  5    1.  Pursuant to section 256.7, subsection 5, the state
  1  6 board shall adopt rules requiring all higher education
  1  7 institutions providing practitioner preparation to include in
  1  8 the professional education program, preparation that
  1  9 contributes to education of students with disabilities and
  1 10 students who are gifted and talented, which must be
  1 11 successfully completed before graduation from the practitioner
  1 12 preparation program., and includes the following:
  1 13    a.  Instruction that contributes to the education of
  1 14 students who are gifted and talented.
  1 15    b.  Commencing with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2000,
  1 16 instruction that contributes to the education of students with
  1 17 disabilities, including knowledge of the laws impacting the
  1 18 education of students with disabilities, including section 504
  1 19 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1991 and the federal
  1 20 Individuals with Disabilities Act; knowledge about, and
  1 21 teaching methods to respond to, the learning styles of
  1 22 students with disabilities and particular mental or physical
  1 23 challenges and barriers affecting the education of students
  1 24 with disabilities; information about resources available to
  1 25 facilitate the education of students with disabilities in the
  1 26 regular classroom, including but not limited to methods for
  1 27 utilizing resources such as other students, parents, and
  1 28 government and community agencies; and knowledge or assistive
  1 29 technology and other available accommodations for students
  1 30 with disabilities.
  1 31    2.  A person initially applying for a license shall
  1 32 successfully complete a professional education program
  1 33 containing the subject matter specified in this section,
  1 34 before the initial action by the board of educational
  1 35 examiners takes place.
  2  1    Sec. 2.  NEW SECTION.  272.21  COMMENDATION OF PROFESSIONAL
  2  2 IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.
  2  3    1.  The board of educational examiners shall develop and
  2  4 implement a commendation of professional improvement program
  2  5 to motivate licensed, practicing teachers to continue to
  2  6 develop their professional competencies and improve their
  2  7 abilities to be effective with all students in the classroom,
  2  8 and to recognize and reward teachers who complete a minimum
  2  9 level of additional core professional development coursework.
  2 10    2.  The board shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A for
  2 11 the commendation of professional improvement program, which
  2 12 shall include, but not be limited to, the establishment of an
  2 13 application process a teacher shall complete in order to
  2 14 receive a commendation, issuance of a commendation of
  2 15 professional improvement to licensed, practicing teachers who
  2 16 complete ten semester hours of coursework within a time to be
  2 17 specified by rule, and approval of coursework an individual
  2 18 shall successfully complete to be eligible for a commendation
  2 19 of professional improvement, including, but not limited to,
  2 20 courses in classroom management and courses in the teacher's
  2 21 content area of specialization.
  2 22    3.  The board shall work with the department of education,
  2 23 institutions of higher education with approved practitioner
  2 24 preparation programs, and community colleges, and area
  2 25 education agencies offering approved professional development
  2 26 programs to ensure that the courses required under rules
  2 27 adopted pursuant to this section are offered throughout the
  2 28 state at convenient times and at a reasonable cost.
  2 29    4.  If the general assembly appropriates moneys for
  2 30 commendation awards, a commendation of professional
  2 31 improvement awards fund is established in the office of
  2 32 treasurer of state to be administered by the department.
  2 33 Moneys appropriated by the general assembly for deposit in the
  2 34 fund shall be expended as follows:
  2 35    a.  To licensed, practicing teachers who successfully
  3  1 complete coursework as required by the board and who apply for
  3  2 and receive a commendation, the board shall pay a commendation
  3  3 of professional improvement award in the amount of three
  3  4 hundred dollars for tuition reimbursement.
  3  5    b.  To the attendance center in the school district that
  3  6 employs one or more teachers approved by the board to receive
  3  7 an award under paragraph "a", the board shall pay a
  3  8 commendation of professional improvement award in the amount
  3  9 of two hundred dollars for each teacher employed at the
  3 10 attendance center who qualifies for an award during the fiscal
  3 11 year for which the award moneys were appropriated.  Payments
  3 12 to attendance centers shall be made annually on or about June
  3 13 15.  Moneys received by an attendance center are miscellaneous
  3 14 income and shall be used to purchase materials, equipment, or
  3 15 supplies for the classroom used by the teacher or teachers
  3 16 employed at the attendance center who received an award under
  3 17 paragraph "a".
  3 18    5.  Payment for awards shall be made only upon board
  3 19 approval of an application.  If the amount appropriated for
  3 20 purposes of this section is insufficient to make the awards
  3 21 payments as provided under subsection 4, the board shall
  3 22 prorate the payments on the basis of the amount appropriated.
  3 23    6.  The treasurer of state shall act as custodian of the
  3 24 commendation of professional improvement awards fund and may
  3 25 invest the moneys deposited in the fund.  The director of
  3 26 revenue and finance shall issue warrants upon the fund
  3 27 pursuant to the order of the board and such warrants shall be
  3 28 paid from the fund by the treasurer of state.  Notwithstanding
  3 29 section 8.33, unencumbered or unobligated moneys remaining in
  3 30 the fund on June 30 of the fiscal year for which the funds
  3 31 were appropriated shall not revert but shall be available for
  3 32 subsequent fiscal years for the purposes of this section.
  3 33 Notwithstanding section 12C.7, subsection 2, interest or
  3 34 earnings on moneys deposited in the fund shall be credited to
  3 35 the fund.  
  4  1                           EXPLANATION
  4  2    This bill requires the state board of education to provide
  4  3 for the inclusion of coursework specific to the education of
  4  4 students with disabilities in practitioner preparation
  4  5 programs.  It also creates a commendation of professional
  4  6 improvement program, award, and fund.
  4  7    The bill requires that students attending approved
  4  8 practitioner preparation programs must successfully complete
  4  9 preparation that includes knowledge of the laws impacting the
  4 10 education of students with disabilities, including section 504
  4 11 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1991 and the federal
  4 12 Individuals with Disabilities Act; knowledge about, and
  4 13 teaching methods to respond to, the learning styles of
  4 14 students with disabilities and particular mental or physical
  4 15 challenges and barriers affecting the education of students
  4 16 with disabilities; information about resources available to
  4 17 facilitate the education of students with disabilities in the
  4 18 regular classroom, including methods for utilizing resources
  4 19 such as other students, parents, and government and community
  4 20 agencies; and knowledge or assistive technology and other
  4 21 available accommodations for students with disabilities.
  4 22    The bill also directs the board of educational examiners to
  4 23 develop and implement a commendation of professional
  4 24 improvement program to motivate licensed, practicing teachers
  4 25 to continue to develop their professional competencies and
  4 26 improve their abilities to be effective with all students in
  4 27 the classroom, and to recognize and reward teachers who
  4 28 complete a minimum level of additional core professional
  4 29 development coursework.
  4 30    To receive a commendation, a licensed, practicing teacher
  4 31 must complete 10 semester hours of coursework in classroom
  4 32 management and in the teacher's content area of specialization
  4 33 within a time to be specified by the board, and must make
  4 34 application to the board.
  4 35    The board is directed to work with the department of
  5  1 education, institutions of higher education with approved
  5  2 practitioner preparation programs, and community colleges, and
  5  3 area education agencies offering approved professional
  5  4 development programs to ensure that courses required under
  5  5 rules adopted by the board are offered throughout the state at
  5  6 convenient times and at a reasonable cost.
  5  7    If the general assembly appropriates moneys for
  5  8 commendation awards, the bill provides for the payment of $300
  5  9 for tuition reimbursement to teachers who receive board
  5 10 approval, and $200 to the attendance center in the school
  5 11 district that employs the teacher.  Moneys received by an
  5 12 attendance center are to be used to purchase materials,
  5 13 equipment, or supplies for the classroom used by the teacher
  5 14 receiving a commendation award.
  5 15    If the amount appropriated for awards under the program is
  5 16 insufficient to make the full awards payments, the board is
  5 17 authorized to prorate the payments.  
  5 18 LSB 2620SS 78
  5 19 kh/sc/14
     

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