256E.2  Beginning teacher induction program established--grants.

1.  If the general assembly appropriates moneys for purposes of teacher induction, the department of education shall coordinate a beginning teacher induction program to promote excellence in teaching, build a supportive environment within school districts, increase the retention of promising beginning teachers, and promote the personal and professional well-being of teachers.

2.  The department shall adopt rules concerning the grant application and award process, including reasonable cost estimates for beginning teacher induction programs. The department may disapprove a plan submitted by a board if the plan does not meet the minimum criteria set forth in section 256E.3, subsection 2, or the plan exceeds the reasonable costs as determined by the department. If the cost estimates submitted by a board exceed reasonable cost estimates as determined by the department, the department shall work with the board to identify measures for reducing plan costs. If the department determines that moneys appropriated by the general assembly are insufficient to meet the grant requests for all approved beginning teacher induction program plans, the department shall award grants based on the geographic location and district population of the school districts with approved plans. Grants may be awarded in subsequent years based upon the most recent plan on file with the department. It is the intent of the general assembly that the department approve plans that incorporate local innovation and take into consideration local needs.

Section History: Recent form

  99 Acts, ch 205, §23

Internal References

  Referred to in §256E.3

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