256.44  National board certification award--appropriation.

1.  A teacher, as defined in section 272.1, who registers for a national board for professional teaching standards certificate and is employed by a school district in Iowa shall be eligible for a registration award as provided in subsection 2, and upon achievement of a national board for professional teaching standards certificate, is eligible for an annual award of ten thousand dollars for each year the certificate is valid as provided in this section.

2.  To receive a partial registration award in the amount of one-half of the registration fee charged by the national board for professional teaching standards, the teacher shall apply to the department of education within one year of registration, submitting to the department any documentation the department requires. A teacher shall receive a final registration award in the amount of the remaining registration fee charged by the national board if the teacher notifies the department of the teacher's certification achievement and submits any documentation requested by the department.

3.  To receive a five-year annual award for achieving certification by the national board of professional teaching standards, a teacher shall apply to the department within one year of eligibility. Payment for awards shall be made only upon departmental approval of an application or recertification of eligibility. A nonrenewable term of eligibility shall be for five years or for the years the certificate is valid, whichever time period is shorter. In order to continue receipt of payments, a recipient shall annually recertify eligibility.

4.  A national board for professional teaching standards certification fund is established in the office of treasurer of state to be administered by the department. Moneys appropriated by the general assembly for deposit in the fund shall be paid as follows:

a.  Upon receipt of award documentation as provided in subsection 2.

b.  On January 15 to teachers whose applications and recertifications for annual awards as provided in subsection 3 are approved by the department. The treasurer of state shall act as custodian of the fund and may invest the moneys deposited in the fund. The income from any investment shall be credited to and deposited in the fund. The director of revenue and finance shall issue warrants upon the fund pursuant to the order of the department and such warrants shall be paid from the fund by the treasurer of state. Notwithstanding section 8.33, unencumbered or unobligated moneys remaining in the fund on June 30 of the fiscal year for which the funds were appropriated shall not revert but shall be available for subsequent fiscal years for the purposes of this section.

5.  An individual shall not qualify for a term of annual award eligibility unless the individual applies, certifying eligibility, to the department prior to June 30, 2003.

Section History: Recent form

  98 Acts, ch 1216, §5


  Application deadline for teachers meeting award qualifications by July 1, 1998; 98 Acts, ch 1216, § 38

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