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46   nonprobationary basis, and must demonstrate

47   professional commitment to the improvement of teaching
48   and learning, and the development of beginning
49   teachers.
50     Sec. ___. NEW SECTION.  256E.2  BEGINNING TEACHER
Page 2  
 2     1.  If the general assembly appropriates moneys for
 3   purposes of teacher induction, the department of
 4   education shall coordinate a beginning teacher
 5   induction program to promote excellence in teaching,
 6   build a supportive environment within school
 7   districts, increase the retention of promising
 8   beginning teachers, and promote the personal and
 9   professional well-being of teachers.
10     2.  The department shall adopt rules concerning the
11   grant application and award process, including
12   reasonable cost estimates for beginning teacher
13   induction programs.  The department may disapprove a
14   plan submitted by a board if the plan does not meet
15   the minimum criteria set forth in section 256E.3,
16   subsection 2, or the plan exceeds the reasonable costs
17   as determined by the department.  If the cost
18   estimates submitted by a board exceed reasonable cost
19   estimates as determined by the department, the
20   department shall work with the board to identify
21   measures for reducing plan costs.  If the department
22   determines that moneys appropriated by the general
23   assembly are insufficient to meet the grant requests
24   for all approved beginning teacher induction program
25   plans, the department shall award grants based on the
26   geographic location and district population of the
27   school districts with approved plans.  Grants may be
28   awarded in subsequent years based upon the most recent
29   plan on file with the department.  It is the intent of
30   the general assembly that the department approve plans
31   that incorporate local innovation and take into
32   consideration local needs.
33     Sec. ___. NEW SECTION.  256E.3  DISTRICT
35     1.  An area education agency shall prepare a model
36   beginning teacher induction program plan and shall
37   provide the model plan to each school district within
38   its area.  The plan shall include a model evaluation
39   component by which a school district may measure the
40   effectiveness of its program.  Any modifications to
41   the model plan shall be submitted to school districts
42   as soon as practical.  A board that wishes to
43   participate in the program shall adopt a beginning
44   teacher induction program plan and written procedures

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