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38 b. The department shall establish pilot regional
39 academies in cooperation with school districts, area
40 education agencies, and postsecondary institutions.
41 From the funds appropriated in this subsection, not
42 more than $300,000 shall be used to provide grant
43 moneys to the pilot regional academies to enable the
44 academies to provide high school students with
45 advanced level courses and technical courses not
46 currently available within the curriculum in their
47 district of attendance.
48 c. The department shall submit a report on the
49 status of the projects receiving grants under this
50 subsection to the senate and house standing committees

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1 on education and the joint appropriations subcommittee
2 on education by December 1, 2000."
3 6. Page 27, by inserting after line 34, the
4 following:
5 "Sec. . Section 256E.2, subsection 2, Code
6 Supplement 1999, is amended to read as follows:
7 2. The department shall adopt rules concerning the
8 grant application and award process, including
9 reasonable cost estimates for beginning teacher
10 induction programs. The department may disapprove a
11 plan submitted by a board if the plan does not meet
12 the minimum criteria set forth in section 256E.3,
13 subsection 2, or the plan exceeds the reasonable costs
14 as determined by the department. If the cost
15 estimates submitted by a board exceed reasonable cost
16 estimates as determined by the department, the
17 department shall work with the board to identify
18 measures for reducing plan costs. If the department
19 determines that moneys appropriated by the general
20 assembly are insufficient to meet the grant requests
21 for all approved beginning teacher induction program
22 plans, the department shall award grants based on the
23 geographic location and district population of the
24 school districts with approved plans. Grants may be
25 awarded in subsequent years based upon the most recent
26 plan on file with the department. It is the intent of
27 the general assembly that the department approve plans
28 that incorporate local innovation and take into
29 consideration local needs."
30 7. Page 37, by inserting after line 34, the
31 following:
32 "Sec. . Section 261.111, subsections 2 and 4,
33 Code Supplement 1999, are amended to read as follows:
34 2. The director of the department of education, in
35 consultation with the director of human services,
36 shall annually designate the areas in which teacher

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