Senate Study Bill 1228 - Introduced SENATE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION BILL BY CHAIRPERSON QUIRMBACH) A BILL FOR An Act relating to and providing for education reform involving 1 student, teacher, and administrator programs and activities 2 under the purview of the department of education, the state 3 board of education, college student aid commission, school 4 districts and accredited nonpublic schools; establishing a 5 fee; and including effective date provisions. 6 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 7 TLSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj
S.F. _____ DIVISION I 1 INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS 2 Section 1. Section 256.7, subsection 19, Code 2013, is 3 amended to read as follows: 4 19. Define the minimum school day as a day consisting 5 of five and one-half hours of instructional time for grades 6 one through twelve. The minimum hours as time spent with a 7 licensed teacher that shall be exclusive of the lunch period, 8 but may include passing time between classes. Time spent on 9 parent-teacher conferences shall be considered instructional 10 time. A school or school district may record a day of school 11 with less than the minimum instructional hours as a minimum 12 school day if any of the following apply: 13 a. If emergency health or safety factors require the late 14 arrival or early dismissal of students on a specific day. 15 b. If the total hours of instructional school time for 16 grades one through twelve for any five consecutive school days 17 equal a minimum of twenty-seven and one-half hours, even though 18 any one day of school is less than the minimum instructional 19 hours because of a staff development opportunity provided for 20 the professional instructional staff or because parent-teacher 21 conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day. 22 Furthermore, if the total hours of instructional time for the 23 first four consecutive days equal at least twenty-seven and 24 one-half hours because parent-teacher conferences have been 25 scheduled beyond the regular school day, a school or school 26 district may record zero hours of instructional time on the 27 fifth consecutive school day as a minimum school day. 28 Sec. 2. Section 256F.4, subsection 5, Code 2013, is amended 29 to read as follows: 30 5. A charter school or innovation zone school shall provide 31 instruction for at least the number of days hours required by 32 section 279.10, subsection 1 , or shall provide at least the 33 equivalent number of total hours . 34 Sec. 3. Section 279.10, subsection 1, Code 2013, is amended 35 -1- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 1/ 70
S.F. _____ to read as follows: 1 1. The school year for each school district and accredited 2 nonpublic school shall begin on the first day of July 1 and 3 each regularly established elementary and secondary school 4 shall begin no sooner than a day during the calendar week 5 in which the first day of September falls but no later than 6 the first Monday in December. However, if the first day of 7 September falls on a Sunday, school may begin on a day during 8 the calendar week which immediately precedes the first day of 9 September. School shall continue for at least one hundred 10 eighty days, except as provided in subsection 3 , and may be 11 maintained The school calendar shall include not less than one 12 thousand eighty hours of instruction during the entire calendar 13 year. However, if The board of directors of a school district 14 and the authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic 15 school shall set the number of hours of required attendance 16 for the school year as provided in section 299.1, subsection 17 2, but the board of directors of a school district shall 18 hold a public hearing on any proposed school calendar prior 19 to adopting the school calendar. If the board of directors 20 of a district or the authorities in charge of an accredited 21 nonpublic school extends the school calendar because inclement 22 weather caused the school district or accredited nonpublic 23 school to temporarily close school during the regular school 24 calendar, the school district or accredited nonpublic school 25 may excuse a graduating senior who has met district or school 26 requirements for graduation from attendance during the extended 27 school calendar. A school corporation may begin employment 28 of personnel for in-service training and development purposes 29 before the date to begin elementary and secondary school. 30 Sec. 4. Section 279.10, subsection 2, Code 2013, is amended 31 to read as follows: 32 2. The board of directors shall hold a public hearing on any 33 proposal relating to the school calendar prior to submitting it 34 to the department of education for approval. 35 -2- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 2/ 70
S.F. _____ Sec. 5. Section 279.10, subsection 3, Code 2013, is amended 1 by striking the subsection. 2 Sec. 6. Section 299.1, subsection 2, Code 2013, is amended 3 to read as follows: 4 2. The board of directors of a public school district or 5 the governing body of an accredited nonpublic school shall set 6 the number of days hours of required attendance for the schools 7 under its control. The board of directors of a public school 8 district or the governing body of an accredited nonpublic 9 school may, by resolution, require attendance for the entire 10 time when the schools are in session in any school year and 11 adopt a policy or rules relating to the reasons considered to 12 be valid or acceptable excuses for absence from school. 13 Sec. 7. Section 299.4, subsection 1, Code 2013, is amended 14 to read as follows: 15 1. The parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a child who 16 is of compulsory attendance age, who places the child under 17 competent private instruction under either section 299A.2 or 18 299A.3 , not in an accredited school or a home school assistance 19 program operated by a school district or accredited nonpublic 20 school, shall furnish a report in duplicate on forms provided 21 by the public school district, to the district by the earliest 22 starting date specified in section 279.10, subsection 1 23 September 1 of the school year in which the child will be under 24 competent private instruction . The secretary shall retain and 25 file one copy and forward the other copy to the district’s 26 area education agency. The report shall state the name and 27 age of the child, the period of time during which the child 28 has been or will be under competent private instruction for 29 the year, an outline of the course of study, texts used, and 30 the name and address of the instructor. The parent, guardian, 31 or legal custodian of a child, who is placing the child under 32 competent private instruction for the first time, shall also 33 provide the district with evidence that the child has had the 34 immunizations required under section 139A.8 , and, if the child 35 -3- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 3/ 70
S.F. _____ is elementary school age, a blood lead test in accordance with 1 section 135.105D . The term “outline of course of study” shall 2 include subjects covered, lesson plans, and time spent on the 3 areas of study. 4 Sec. 8. EFFECTIVE DATE. This division of this Act takes 5 effect July 1, 2014. 6 DIVISION II 7 IOWA ONLINE INITIATIVE —— FEES 8 Sec. 9. Section 256.42, Code 2013, is amended by adding the 9 following new subsection: 10 NEW SUBSECTION . 8. a. The department shall establish fees 11 payable by school districts and accredited nonpublic schools 12 participating in the initiative. Fees collected pursuant to 13 this subsection shall be considered repayment receipts to be 14 used only for the purpose of administering this section and 15 the fees shall be established so as not to exceed the cost of 16 administering this section. 17 b. Costs of administering this section include the 18 costs of providing professional development necessary to 19 prepare teachers to participate in the initiative, providing 20 supervision of usage of the initiative by licensed teachers, 21 acquiring and maintaining equipment and services necessary for 22 use of the initiative, facilitating access to the initiative 23 by school districts and accredited nonpublic schools, and 24 necessary recordkeeping and accounting. Costs of administering 25 this section do not include any of the following: 26 (1) Costs of course development. 27 (2) Costs of purchasing access to course materials unless 28 such costs are charged on the basis of usage. 29 DIVISION III 30 TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT OF TEACHERS 31 Sec. 10. NEW SECTION . 256.96 Online state job posting 32 system. 33 1. The department shall provide for the operation of an 34 online state job posting system. The system shall be designed 35 -4- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 4/ 70
S.F. _____ and implemented for the online posting of job openings offered 1 by school districts, charter schools, area education agencies, 2 the department, and accredited nonpublic schools. The system 3 shall be accessible via the department’s internet site. The 4 system shall include a mechanism for the electronic submission 5 of job openings for posting on the system as provided in 6 subsection 2. The system and each job posting on the system 7 shall include a statement that an employer submitting a job 8 opening for posting on the system will not discriminate in 9 hiring on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, 10 gender, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender 11 identity, religion, marital status, or status as a veteran. 12 The department may contract for, or partner with another entity 13 for, the use of an existing internet site to operate the online 14 state job posting system if the existing internet site is more 15 effective and economical than the department’s internet site. 16 2. A school district, charter school, or area education 17 agency shall submit all of its job openings to the department 18 for posting on the system. The department shall post all of 19 its job openings on the system. An accredited nonpublic school 20 may submit job openings to the department for posting on the 21 system. 22 3. This section shall not be construed to do any of the 23 following: 24 a. Prohibit any employer from advertising job openings and 25 recruiting employees independently of the system. 26 b. Prohibit any employer from using another method of 27 advertising job openings or another applicant tracking system 28 in addition to the system. 29 c. Provide the department with any regulatory authority in 30 the hiring process or hiring decisions of any employer other 31 than the department. 32 Sec. 11. NEW SECTION . 261.110 Teach Iowa scholar program. 33 1. Subject to an appropriation of sufficient funds by the 34 general assembly, a teach Iowa scholar program is established 35 -5- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 5/ 70
S.F. _____ to provide teach Iowa scholar grants to selected high-caliber 1 teachers. The commission shall administer the program in 2 consultation with the department of education. 3 2. An Iowa resident or nonresident applicant shall be 4 eligible for a teach Iowa scholar grant if the applicant 5 meets all of the criteria specified under, or established in 6 accordance with, subsection 3. 7 3. Criteria for eligibility shall be established by the 8 commission and shall include but are not limited to the 9 following: 10 a. The applicant was in the top twenty-five percent 11 academically of students exiting a teacher preparation 12 program approved by the state board of education pursuant to 13 section 256.7, subsection 3, or a similar teacher preparation 14 program in another state, had earned other comparable academic 15 credentials, or had achieved comparable assessment scores. 16 b. The applicant is preparing to teach in fields including 17 but not limited to science, technology, engineering, or 18 mathematics; English as a second language or special education 19 instruction; or is preparing to teach in a hard-to-staff 20 subject as identified by the department. The department shall 21 take into account the varying regional needs in the state for 22 teachers in these subject areas when applying the criterion 23 of this paragraph. The department shall annually identify 24 and designate hard-to-staff subjects for the purpose of this 25 paragraph. 26 4. A selected applicant who meets all of the eligibility 27 requirements of this section shall be eligible for a teach Iowa 28 scholar grant for each year of full-time employment completed 29 in this state as a teacher for a school district, charter 30 school, area education agency, or accredited nonpublic school. 31 A teach Iowa scholar grant shall not exceed four thousand 32 dollars per year per recipient. Grants awarded under this 33 section shall not exceed a total of twenty thousand dollars per 34 recipient over a five-year period. 35 -6- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 6/ 70
S.F. _____ 5. The commission shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 1 17A to administer this section. The rules shall include but 2 shall not be limited to a process for use by the commission to 3 determine which eligible applicants will receive teach Iowa 4 scholar grants. 5 6. A teach Iowa scholar fund is established in the state 6 treasury. The fund shall be administered by the commission and 7 shall consist of moneys appropriated by the general assembly 8 and any other moneys received by the commission for deposit in 9 the fund. Notwithstanding section 8.33, moneys in the fund at 10 the close of the fiscal year shall not revert to the general 11 fund of the state but shall remain available for expenditure 12 for the teach Iowa scholar program for subsequent fiscal years. 13 Notwithstanding section 12C.7, subsection 2, interest or 14 earnings on moneys in the fund shall be credited to the fund. 15 DIVISION IV 16 TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR MATTERS 17 Sec. 12. Section 256.9, subsection 51, Code 2013, is amended 18 to read as follows: 19 51. Develop , and periodically review and revise as 20 necessary, with significant input from Iowa administrators, 21 Iowa standards for school administrators, including knowledge 22 and skill criteria, and develop, based on the Iowa standards 23 for administrators, mentoring and induction, evaluation 24 processes, and professional development plans pursuant to 25 chapter 284A . The standards shall align with nationally 26 accepted school administrator standards, and be designed 27 specifically for purposes of chapters 272 and 284A. The 28 criteria shall further define the characteristics of quality 29 administrators as established by the Iowa standards for school 30 administrators. 31 Sec. 13. Section 256.9, Code 2013, is amended by adding the 32 following new subsection: 33 NEW SUBSECTION . 63. a. Develop and implement a coaching 34 and support system for teachers aligned with the Iowa teacher 35 -7- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 7/ 70
S.F. _____ career paths, leadership roles, and compensation framework 1 established pursuant to section 284.15, if enacted. 2 b. Develop and implement a coaching and support system 3 for administrators aligned with the beginning administrator 4 mentoring and induction program created pursuant to section 5 284A.5. 6 Sec. 14. Section 279.23A, Code 2013, is amended to read as 7 follows: 8 279.23A Evaluation criteria and procedures. 9 The board shall establish written evaluation criteria and 10 shall establish and annually implement evaluation procedures , 11 including written criteria and evaluation procedures for peer 12 review of administrators . The board shall also establish 13 written job descriptions for all supervisory positions. 14 Sec. 15. Section 284.8, subsection 1, Code 2013, is amended 15 to read as follows: 16 1. a. A school district shall provide for an annual 17 review of each teacher’s performance for purposes of assisting 18 teachers in making continuous improvement, developing skills 19 to enrich a teacher’s professional life while increasing 20 student learning, documenting continued competence in the 21 Iowa teaching standards, identifying teachers in need of 22 improvement, or to determine determining whether the teacher’s 23 practice meets school district expectations for career 24 advancement in accordance with section 284.7 . The review shall 25 include, at minimum, classroom observation of the teacher, 26 the teacher’s progress, and implementation of the teacher’s 27 individual professional development plan, subject to the level 28 of resources provided to implement the plan; and shall include 29 supporting documentation from parents, students, and other 30 teachers. 31 b. The first and second year of review shall be conducted 32 by a peer group of at least three but not more than six 33 teachers selected by the building principal in consultation 34 with teachers and the building’s certified bargaining 35 -8- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 8/ 70
S.F. _____ representative, if any . Each teacher shall be assigned to 1 a peer group and shall receive adequate training prior to 2 conducting a peer group review. A teacher who participates 3 in a peer group review shall be provided release time for 4 the training and for the time spent in conducting the peer 5 group review. If the process requires that a participating 6 teacher work beyond regular hours, the teacher shall be 7 paid the teacher’s per diem rate. All persons who meet the 8 definition of teacher for purposes of this chapter shall be 9 eligible to participate in a peer group review process. The 10 peer group shall be established to reflect common grade level, 11 subject matter expertise, curriculum, and proximity or other 12 previously established grouping of individuals employed to 13 provide instruction to students. The peer group shall review 14 all of the peer group members. Peer group reviews shall be 15 supportive and formative and shall be conducted on an informal, 16 confidential, collaborative basis that is focused on assisting 17 each peer group member in achieving the goals of the teacher’s 18 individual professional development plan. If a conflict 19 develops between persons participating in a peer group review, 20 an effort shall be made to mediate the conflict. 21 c. Peer group reviews shall not be the basis for 22 recommending that a teacher participate in an intensive 23 assistance program, and shall not be used to determine the 24 compensation, promotion, layoff, or termination of a teacher, 25 or any other determination affecting a teacher’s employment 26 status. However, as a result of a peer group review, a teacher 27 may elect to participate in an intensive assistance program. 28 d. Members of the peer group shall be reviewed every third 29 year by at least one evaluator certified in accordance with 30 section 284.10 . 31 e. The teacher who is the subject of a peer review shall 32 have exclusive right to all documentation created as a result 33 of the peer group review process. Content of a peer group 34 review shall not be incorporated into a summative evaluation. 35 -9- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 9/ 70
S.F. _____ DIVISION V 1 IOWA TEACHER CAREER AND COMPENSATION MATTERS 2 Sec. 16. Section 257.1, subsection 2, paragraph b, Code 3 2013, is amended to read as follows: 4 b. For the budget year commencing July 1, 1999, and for each 5 succeeding budget year the regular program foundation base per 6 pupil is eighty-seven and five-tenths percent of the regular 7 program state cost per pupil. For the budget year commencing 8 July 1, 1991, and for each succeeding budget year the special 9 education support services foundation base is seventy-nine 10 percent of the special education support services state cost 11 per pupil. The combined foundation base is the sum of the 12 regular program foundation base, the special education support 13 services foundation base, the total teacher salary supplement 14 district cost, the total professional development supplement 15 district cost, the total early intervention supplement district 16 cost, the total teacher leadership supplement district cost, 17 the total area education agency teacher salary supplement 18 district cost, and the total area education agency professional 19 development supplement district cost. 20 Sec. 17. Section 257.1, subsection 3, Code 2013, is amended 21 to read as follows: 22 3. Computations rounded. In making computations and 23 payments under this chapter , except in the case of computations 24 relating to funding of special education support services, 25 media services, and educational services provided through the 26 area education agencies, and the teacher salary supplement, the 27 professional development supplement, and the early intervention 28 supplement, and the teacher leadership supplement, the 29 department of management shall round amounts to the nearest 30 whole dollar. 31 Sec. 18. Section 257.4, subsection 1, paragraph a, Code 32 2013, is amended by adding the following new subparagraph: 33 NEW SUBPARAGRAPH . (8) The total teacher leadership 34 supplement district cost. 35 -10- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 10/ 70
S.F. _____ Sec. 19. Section 257.8, subsection 2, Code 2013, is amended 1 to read as follows: 2 2. Categorical state percent of growth. The categorical 3 state percent of growth for the budget year beginning July 1, 4 2010, is two percent. The categorical state percent of growth 5 for the budget year beginning July 1, 2012, is two percent. 6 The categorical state percent of growth for each budget year 7 shall be established by statute which shall be enacted within 8 thirty days of the submission in the year preceding the 9 base year of the governor’s budget under section 8.21 . The 10 establishment of the categorical state percent of growth for a 11 budget year shall be the only subject matter of the bill which 12 enacts the categorical state percent of growth for a budget 13 year. The categorical state percent of growth may include 14 state percents of growth for the teacher salary supplement, the 15 professional development supplement, and the early intervention 16 supplement , and the teacher leadership supplement . 17 Sec. 20. Section 257.9, Code 2013, is amended by adding the 18 following new subsection: 19 NEW SUBSECTION . 11. Teacher leadership supplement state cost 20 per pupil. The teacher leadership supplement state cost per 21 pupil amount for the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, shall 22 be calculated by the department of management by dividing the 23 allocation amount for the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, 24 in section 284.13, subsection 1, paragraph “0e” , subparagraph 25 (5), by one-third of the statewide total budget enrollment for 26 the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. The teacher leadership 27 supplement state cost per pupil for the budget year beginning 28 July 1, 2015, and succeeding budget years, shall be the teacher 29 leadership supplement state cost per pupil for the base year 30 plus an allowable growth amount that is equal to the teacher 31 leadership supplement categorical state percent of growth, 32 pursuant to section 257.8, subsection 2, for the budget year, 33 multiplied by the teacher leadership supplement state cost per 34 pupil for the base year. 35 -11- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 11/ 70
S.F. _____ Sec. 21. Section 257.10, subsection 8, paragraph a, Code 1 2013, is amended to read as follows: 2 a. Combined district cost is the sum of the regular program 3 district cost per pupil multiplied by the weighted enrollment, 4 the special education support services district cost, the total 5 teacher salary supplement district cost, the total professional 6 development supplement district cost, and the total early 7 intervention supplement district cost, and the total teacher 8 leadership supplement district cost, plus the sum of the 9 additional district cost allocated to the district to fund 10 media services and educational services provided through the 11 area education agency, the area education agency total teacher 12 salary supplement district cost and the area education agency 13 total professional development supplement district cost. 14 Sec. 22. Section 257.10, Code 2013, is amended by adding the 15 following new subsection: 16 NEW SUBSECTION . 12. Teacher leadership supplement cost per 17 pupil and district cost. 18 a. The teacher leadership supplement district cost per 19 pupil amount for the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, shall 20 be calculated by the department of management by dividing the 21 allocation amount for the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, 22 in section 284.13, subsection 1, paragraph “0e” , subparagraph 23 (5), by one-third of the statewide total budget enrollment 24 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. For the budget 25 year beginning July 1, 2015, and succeeding budget years, the 26 teacher leadership supplement district cost per pupil for each 27 school district for a budget year is the teacher leadership 28 supplement program district cost per pupil for the base year 29 plus the teacher leadership supplement state allowable growth 30 amount for the budget year. 31 b. For the budget year beginning July 1, 2015, and 32 succeeding budget years, if the department of management 33 determines that the unadjusted teacher leadership supplement 34 district cost of a school district for a budget year is less 35 -12- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 12/ 70
S.F. _____ than one hundred percent of the unadjusted teacher leadership 1 supplement district cost for the base year for the school 2 district, the school district shall receive a budget adjustment 3 for that budget year equal to the difference. 4 c. (1) The unadjusted teacher leadership supplement 5 district cost is the teacher leadership supplement district 6 cost per pupil for each school district for a budget year 7 multiplied by the budget enrollment for that school district. 8 (2) The total teacher leadership supplement district cost 9 is the sum of the unadjusted teacher leadership supplement 10 district cost plus the budget adjustment for that budget year. 11 d. For the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, and 12 succeeding budget years, the use of the funds calculated under 13 this subsection shall comply with the requirements of chapter 14 284 and shall be distributed to teachers pursuant to section 15 284.15. 16 Sec. 23. Section 257.16, subsection 4, Code 2013, is amended 17 to read as follows: 18 4. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, if 19 the governor orders budget reductions in accordance with 20 section 8.31 , the teacher salary supplement district cost, 21 the professional development supplement district cost, and 22 the early intervention supplement district cost , and the 23 teacher leadership supplement district cost as calculated 24 under section 257.10, subsections 9, 10, and 11 , and 12, and 25 the area education agency teacher salary supplement district 26 cost and the area education agency professional development 27 supplement district cost as calculated under section 257.37A, 28 subsections 1 and 2 , shall be paid in full as calculated and 29 the reductions in the appropriations provided in accordance 30 with this section shall be reduced from the remaining moneys 31 appropriated pursuant to this section and shall be distributed 32 on a per pupil basis calculated with the weighted enrollment 33 determined in accordance with section 257.6, subsection 5 . 34 Sec. 24. Section 284.2, subsection 1, Code 2013, is amended 35 -13- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 13/ 70
S.F. _____ to read as follows: 1 1. “Beginning teacher” means an individual serving under an 2 initial or intern license, issued by the board of educational 3 examiners under chapter 272 , who is assuming a position as a 4 teacher. “Beginning teacher” includes an individual who is 5 an initial teacher. For purposes of the beginning teacher 6 mentoring and induction program created pursuant to section 7 284.5 , “beginning teacher” also includes preschool teachers 8 who are licensed by the board of educational examiners under 9 chapter 272 and are employed by a school district or area 10 education agency. “Beginning teacher” does not include a 11 teacher whose employment with a school district or area 12 education agency is probationary unless the teacher is serving 13 under an initial or teacher intern license issued by the board 14 of educational examiners under chapter 272 . 15 Sec. 25. Section 284.3, subsection 2, paragraph a, Code 16 2013, is amended to read as follows: 17 a. For purposes of comprehensive evaluations for , standards 18 and criteria which measure a beginning teachers required to 19 allow beginning teachers to progress to career teachers, 20 standards and criteria that are teacher’s performance against 21 the Iowa teaching standards specified in subsection 1 , and 22 the criteria for the Iowa teaching standards developed by the 23 department in accordance with section 256.9, subsection 46 , to 24 determine whether the teacher’s practice meets the requirements 25 specified for a career teacher . These standards and criteria 26 shall be set forth in an instrument provided by the department. 27 The comprehensive evaluation and instrument are not subject to 28 negotiations or grievance procedures pursuant to chapter 20 or 29 determinations made by the board of directors under section 30 279.14 . A local school board and its certified bargaining 31 representative may negotiate, pursuant to chapter 20 , 32 evaluation and grievance procedures for beginning teachers that 33 are not in conflict with this chapter . If, in accordance with 34 section 279.19 , a beginning teacher appeals the determination 35 -14- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 14/ 70
S.F. _____ of a school board to an adjudicator under section 279.17 , the 1 adjudicator selected shall have successfully completed training 2 related to the Iowa teacher standards, the criteria adopted by 3 the state board of education in accordance with subsection 3 , 4 and any additional training required under rules adopted by the 5 public employment relations board in cooperation with the state 6 board of education . 7 Sec. 26. Section 284.3A, subsection 2, paragraph a, Code 8 2013, is amended to read as follows: 9 a. For the school budget year beginning July 1, 2010, 10 and each succeeding school year, school districts and area 11 education agencies shall combine payments made to teachers 12 under sections 257.10 and 257.37A with regular wages to 13 create a combined salary. The teacher contract issued under 14 section 279.13 must include the combined salary. If a school 15 district or area education agency uses a salary schedule, a 16 combined salary schedule shall be used for regular wages and 17 for distribution of payments under sections 257.10 and 257.37A , 18 incorporating the salary minimums required in section 284.7 19 or 284.15 . The combined salary schedule must use only the 20 combined salary and cannot differentiate regular salaries and 21 distribution of payments under sections 257.10 and 257.37A . 22 Sec. 27. Section 284.5, subsection 4, Code 2013, is amended 23 to read as follows: 24 4. Each school district and area education agency shall 25 develop an initial beginning teacher mentoring and induction 26 a plan for the program . A school district shall include its 27 plan in the school district’s comprehensive school improvement 28 plan submitted pursuant to section 256.7, subsection 21 . The 29 beginning teacher mentoring and induction plan shall, at a 30 minimum, provide for a two-year sequence of induction program 31 content and activities to support the Iowa teaching standards 32 and beginning teacher professional and personal needs; mentor 33 training that includes, at a minimum, skills of classroom 34 demonstration and coaching, and district expectations for 35 -15- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 15/ 70
S.F. _____ beginning teacher competence on Iowa teaching standards; 1 placement of mentors and beginning teachers; the process for 2 dissolving mentor and beginning teacher partnerships; district 3 organizational support for release time for mentors and 4 beginning teachers to plan, provide demonstration of classroom 5 practices, observe teaching, and provide feedback; structure 6 for mentor selection and assignment of mentors to beginning 7 teachers; a district facilitator; and program evaluation. In 8 addition, for beginning prekindergarten through grade three 9 teachers, the plan shall provide that such a teacher shall be 10 mentored in the teacher’s classroom by a skilled mentor, and 11 the plan for mentoring such teachers shall incorporate any 12 recommendations offered by the Iowa reading research center 13 established pursuant to section 256.9, subsection 53, paragraph 14 “c” . 15 Sec. 28. Section 284.6, subsection 8, Code 2013, is amended 16 to read as follows: 17 8. For each year in which a school district receives funds 18 calculated and paid to school districts for professional 19 development pursuant to section 257.10, subsection 10 , or 20 section 257.37A, subsection 2 , the school district shall 21 create quality professional development opportunities. Not 22 less than thirty-six hours in the school calendar, held 23 outside of the minimum school day, shall be set aside during 24 nonpreparation time or designated professional development 25 time to allow practitioners to collaborate with each other 26 to deliver educational programs and assess student learning, 27 or to engage in peer group review pursuant to section 284.8, 28 subsection 1 . The goal for the use of the funds is to provide 29 one additional contract day or the equivalent thereof for 30 professional development, and Priority for use of the funds is 31 shall be to implement the professional development provisions 32 of the teacher career paths and leadership roles specified in 33 section 284.7 or 284.15, including but not limited to providing 34 professional development to teachers, including additional 35 -16- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 16/ 70
S.F. _____ salaries for time beyond the normal negotiated agreement; pay 1 for substitute teachers, professional development materials, 2 speakers, and professional development content; and costs 3 associated with implementing the individual professional 4 development plans. The use of the funds shall be balanced 5 between school district, attendance center, and individual 6 professional development plans, making every reasonable effort 7 to provide equal access to all teachers. 8 Sec. 29. Section 284.7, Code 2013, is amended to read as 9 follows: 10 284.7 Iowa teacher career path. 11 To promote continuous improvement in Iowa’s quality teaching 12 workforce and to give Iowa teachers the opportunity for career 13 recognition that reflects the various roles teachers play as 14 educational leaders, an Iowa teacher career path is established 15 for teachers employed by school districts. A school district 16 shall use funding calculated and paid pursuant to section 17 257.10, subsection 9 , to raise teacher salaries to meet the 18 requirements of this section . If a school district is not 19 granted approval to implement the framework or a comparable 20 system pursuant to section 284.15, the school district shall 21 comply with the provisions of this section. The Iowa teacher 22 career path and salary minimums are as follows: 23 1. The following career path levels are established and 24 shall be implemented in accordance with this chapter : 25 a. Beginning teacher. 26 (1) A beginning teacher is a teacher who meets the following 27 requirements: 28 (a) Has successfully completed an approved practitioner 29 preparation program as defined in section 272.1 or holds an 30 intern teacher license issued by the board of educational 31 examiners under chapter 272 . 32 (b) Holds an initial or intern teacher license issued by the 33 board of educational examiners. 34 (c) Participates in the beginning teacher mentoring and 35 -17- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 17/ 70
S.F. _____ induction program as provided in this chapter . 1 (2) Beginning July 1, 2008 2014 , the minimum salary for a 2 beginning teacher shall be twenty-eight thirty-five thousand 3 dollars. 4 b. Career teacher. 5 (1) A career teacher is a teacher who holds a statement of 6 professional recognition issued by the board of educational 7 examiners under chapter 272 or who meets the following 8 requirements: 9 (a) Has successfully completed the beginning teacher 10 mentoring and induction program and has successfully completed 11 a comprehensive evaluation as provided in this chapter . 12 (b) Is reviewed by the school district as demonstrating the 13 competencies of a career teacher. 14 (c) Holds a valid license issued by the board of educational 15 examiners. 16 (d) Participates in teacher professional development as set 17 forth in this chapter and demonstrates continuous improvement 18 in teaching. 19 (2) Beginning July 1, 2008 2014 , the minimum salary for a 20 first-year career teacher shall be thirty thirty-seven thousand 21 dollars. 22 2. It is the intent of the general assembly to establish 23 and require the implementation of and provide for the 24 implementation of the following additional career path levels: 25 a. c. Career II teacher. 26 (1) A career II teacher is a teacher who meets the 27 requirements of subsection 1 , paragraph “b” , has met the 28 requirements established by the school district that employs 29 the teacher, and is evaluated by the school district as 30 demonstrating the competencies of a career II teacher. The 31 teacher shall have successfully completed a performance review 32 in order to be classified as a career II teacher. 33 (2) It is the intent of the general assembly that the 34 participating district shall establish a minimum salary for 35 -18- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 18/ 70
S.F. _____ a career II teacher that is at least five thousand dollars 1 greater than the minimum career teacher salary. It is further 2 intended that the district shall adopt a plan that facilitates 3 the transition of a career teacher to a career II level. 4 Beginning July 1, 2014, the minimum salary for a first-year 5 career II teacher shall be forty-two thousand dollars. 6 (3) The contract term for a career II teacher shall exceed 7 the contract term issued to a career teacher under section 8 279.13 by an additional five days. Approximately twenty-five 9 percent of the career II teacher’s total contract time shall be 10 spent on noninstructional duties, which may include but not be 11 limited to time spent mentoring beginning and career teachers 12 and supervising student teachers who are participating in a 13 field experience pursuant to section 272.25. Allocation of the 14 career II teacher’s time shall be mutually agreed to by the 15 teacher and the school district. 16 (4) A career II teacher who engages in peer coaching for 17 at least five hours per week shall receive a stipend of eight 18 thousand dollars annually in addition to the teacher’s salary 19 as a career II teacher. For purposes of this subparagraph, 20 “peer coaching” means additional guidance in one or more aspects 21 of the teaching profession provided to a teacher participating 22 in an intensive assistance program. Assignment as a peer 23 coach shall be based on either a request from a principal or 24 from an individual teacher upon approval of a principal. Peer 25 coaching shall include detailed preliminary discussions as to 26 areas in which the teacher being coached desires to improve; 27 formulation of an action plan to bring about such improvement; 28 in-class supervision by the peer coach; postclass discussion of 29 strengths, weaknesses, and strategies for improvement; dialogue 30 between the peer coach and students and school officials 31 regarding the teacher being coached; and documentation of 32 progress of the peer coaching. A peer coach shall coordinate 33 peer coaching activities relating to training and professional 34 development with an area education agency where appropriate. 35 -19- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 19/ 70
S.F. _____ b. d. Advanced teacher. 1 (1) An advanced teacher is a teacher who meets the following 2 requirements: 3 (a) Receives the recommendation of the review panel that the 4 teacher possesses superior teaching skills and that the teacher 5 should be classified as an advanced teacher. 6 (b) Holds a valid license from the board of educational 7 examiners. 8 (c) Participates in teacher professional development 9 as outlined in this chapter and demonstrates continuous 10 improvement in teaching. 11 (d) Possesses the skills and qualifications to assume 12 leadership roles. 13 (2) It is the intent of the general assembly that the 14 participating district shall establish a minimum salary for 15 an advanced teacher that is at least thirteen thousand five 16 hundred dollars greater than the minimum career teacher 17 salary. Beginning July 1, 2014, the minimum salary for a 18 first-year advanced teacher shall be fifty thousand five 19 hundred dollars. In conjunction with the development of the 20 review panel pursuant to section 284.9 , the department shall 21 make recommendations to the general assembly by January 1, 22 2002 2015 , regarding the appropriate district-to-district 23 recognition for advanced teachers and methods that facilitate 24 the transition of a teacher to the advanced level. 25 (3) The contract term for an advanced teacher shall exceed 26 the contract term issued to a career teacher under section 27 279.13 by an additional ten days. At least fifty percent of 28 the advanced teacher’s total contract time shall be spent on 29 noninstructional duties, which may include but not be limited 30 to time spent mentoring beginning and career teachers and 31 supervising student teachers who are participating in a field 32 experience pursuant to section 272.25; developing, planning, 33 and organizing professional development; organizing peer review 34 groups; and selecting course materials. Allocation of the 35 -20- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 20/ 70
S.F. _____ advanced teacher’s time shall be mutually agreed to by the 1 teacher and the school district. 2 (4) An advanced teacher may engage in peer coaching under 3 the conditions specified in paragraph “c” , and if so, shall 4 receive the stipend set out in paragraph “c” . 5 2. Each school district in compliance with this section 6 shall meet the following staffing goals: 7 a. Employ at least one career II teacher in each elementary 8 school. 9 b. Employ at least one advanced teacher for every three 10 career II teachers employed. 11 c. Employ at least one career II teacher for each of the 12 following subject areas taught in grades seven through twelve: 13 English, mathematics, science, and social studies. 14 3. A teacher shall be promoted one level at a time and a 15 teacher promoted to the next career level shall remain at that 16 level for at least one year before requesting promotion to the 17 next career level. 18 4. A teacher employed in a district shall not receive less 19 compensation in that district than the teacher received in the 20 school year preceding participation, as set forth in section 21 284.4 due to implementation of the first year of compliance 22 with this chapter section occurring on or after July 1, 2014 . 23 A teacher who achieves national board for professional teaching 24 standards certification and meets the requirements of section 25 256.44 shall continue to receive the award as specified in 26 section 256.44 in addition to the compensation set forth in 27 this section . 28 5. A school district that is unable to meet the provisions 29 of subsection subsections 1 and 2 with funds calculated 30 and paid to the school district pursuant to section 257.10, 31 subsection 9 , may request a waiver from the department to use 32 funds calculated and paid under section 257.10, subsection 11 , 33 to meet the provisions of subsection subsections 1 and 2 if 34 the difference between the funds calculated and paid pursuant 35 -21- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 21/ 70
S.F. _____ to section 257.10, subsection 9 , and the amount required to 1 comply with subsection subsections 1 and 2 is not less than ten 2 thousand dollars. The department shall consider the average 3 class size of the school district, the school district’s 4 actual unspent balance from the preceding year, and the school 5 district’s current financial position. 6 Sec. 30. NEW SECTION . 284.11 State supplemental assistance 7 for teachers in high-need schools. 8 1. Findings and intent. The general assembly finds that 9 Iowa school districts need to be more competitive in recruiting 10 and retaining talented teachers to teach in high-need schools. 11 Therefore, it is the intent of the general assembly to 12 encourage school districts to provide supplemental assistance 13 to teachers to teach in high-need schools. This section 14 provides for state assistance to allow school districts to 15 provide supplemental assistance to motivate teachers to teach 16 in high-need schools. 17 2. Department’s responsibilities. Subject to an 18 appropriation of sufficient funds by the general assembly, the 19 department shall do the following: 20 a. Collect relevant data and establish a list of high-need 21 schools eligible for state supplemental assistance. The 22 department shall establish a process and criteria to determine 23 which schools are placed on the list and the department shall 24 revise the list annually. Criteria for the determination of 25 which high-need schools shall be placed on the list shall be 26 based upon factors that include but are not limited to the 27 socioeconomic status of the students enrolled in the school, 28 the percentage of the school’s student body who are limited 29 English proficient students, student academic growth, certified 30 instructional staff attrition, and geographic balance. The 31 department may approve or disapprove requests for revision 32 of the list, which a school district submits pursuant to 33 subsection 3. 34 b. Develop a standardized process for distributing any 35 -22- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 22/ 70
S.F. _____ moneys appropriated for supplemental assistance for high-need 1 schools. In determining the process for distribution of such 2 moneys, the department shall take into consideration the amount 3 of moneys appropriated for supplemental assistance for teachers 4 in high-need schools for the given year and the minimal amount 5 of moneys needed per teacher to provide an incentive for a 6 teacher to accept a teaching position in a high-need school. A 7 school district receiving moneys pursuant to this section shall 8 certify annually to the department how the moneys distributed 9 to the school district pursuant to this section were used by 10 the school district. 11 c. Review the use and effectiveness of the funds distributed 12 to school districts for supplemental assistance for teachers 13 in high-need schools under this section. The department shall 14 submit its findings and recommendations in a report to the 15 general assembly by January 15 annually. 16 3. School district request for approval. A school district 17 may request on an annual basis approval from the department 18 for additions to the list of high-need schools the department 19 maintains pursuant to subsection 2 based upon the unique local 20 conditions and needs of the school district. The criteria used 21 to determine the placement of high-need schools on the list in 22 accordance with subsection 2, does not restrict the department 23 from adding a high-need school to the list as requested by a 24 school district on the basis of unique local conditions and 25 needs pursuant to this subsection. 26 4. Eligibility. Teachers of all subjects taught in a school 27 included in the department’s list of high-need schools shall 28 be eligible to receive supplemental assistance offered in 29 accordance with this section. Notwithstanding any provision of 30 law to the contrary, the department’s determination of state 31 supplemental assistance for teachers in high-need schools is 32 not subject to appeal. 33 Sec. 31. Section 284.13, subsection 1, Code 2013, is amended 34 by adding the following new paragraphs: 35 -23- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 23/ 70
S.F. _____ NEW PARAGRAPH . 0e. (1) For the following years, to the 1 department of education, for purposes of teacher leadership 2 supplemental aid payments to school districts for implementing 3 the career paths, leadership roles, and compensation framework 4 or comparable system approved in accordance with section 5 284.15, or for implementing section 284.7 on or after July 1, 6 2014, the following amounts: 7 (a) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, and ending 8 June 30, 2014, five million dollars. 9 (b) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending 10 June 30, 2015, fifty million dollars. 11 (c) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015, and ending 12 June 30, 2016, fifty million dollars. 13 (d) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016, and ending 14 June 30, 2017, fifty million dollars. 15 (e) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and for 16 each succeeding fiscal year, one million five hundred thousand 17 dollars. 18 (2) (a) For the initial school year for which a school 19 district implements the Iowa teacher career paths pursuant to 20 section 284.7 on or after July 1, 2014, or receives department 21 approval for and implements a system in accordance with section 22 284.15, teacher leadership supplement foundation aid payable to 23 that school district shall be paid from the allocation made in 24 subparagraph (1) for that school year. For that school year, 25 the teacher leadership supplement foundation aid payable to 26 the school district is the product of the teacher leadership 27 district cost per pupil for the school year multiplied by the 28 school district’s budget enrollment. 29 (b) For budget years subsequent to the initial school year 30 for which a school district implemented a system and received 31 funding pursuant to subparagraph division (a), the teacher 32 leadership supplement foundation aid payable to that school 33 district shall be paid from the appropriation made in section 34 257.16. 35 -24- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 24/ 70
S.F. _____ (3) Of the moneys allocated to the department for the 1 purposes of this paragraph “0e” , not more than one million 2 dollars shall be used by the department for the development of 3 a delivery system implementing the career paths and leadership 4 roles specified in section 284.15 including but not limited 5 to planning grants to districts and area education agencies, 6 technical assistance for the department, technical assistance 7 for districts and area education agencies, training and staff 8 development, and the contracting of external expertise and 9 services. A portion of the moneys allocated annually to the 10 department for purposes of this subparagraph (3) may be used 11 by the department for administrative purposes and for not more 12 than five full-time equivalent positions. 13 (4) Of the moneys allocated to the department for the 14 purposes of this paragraph “0e” , not more than five hundred 15 thousand dollars annually shall be used by the department to 16 provide technical assistance to school districts and area 17 education agencies in the design and implementation of the 18 teacher career paths, leadership roles, and compensation 19 framework established pursuant to section 284.15, and for not 20 more than two full-time equivalent positions. In allocating 21 and expending moneys for purposes of this subparagraph (4), 22 the department shall give priority to school districts with 23 certified enrollments of fewer than six hundred students. 24 (5) Of the moneys allocated to the department for purposes 25 of this paragraph “0e” , for each fiscal year of the fiscal 26 period beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2017, the 27 amount remaining after the allocations in subparagraphs (3) 28 and (4) shall be payable to the school districts that have 29 an approved career path, leadership roles, and compensation 30 framework or approved comparable system as provided in section 31 284.15. 32 (6) For each fiscal year of the fiscal period beginning 33 July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2017, moneys received by a 34 school district pursuant to this paragraph “0e” shall not be 35 -25- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 25/ 70
S.F. _____ considered under chapter 20 by an arbitrator or other third 1 party in determining a comparison of the wages of teachers in 2 that school district with the wages of teachers in another 3 school district. 4 (7) The receipt of funding by a school district for the 5 purposes of this paragraph “0e” , and the need for additional 6 funding for the purposes of this paragraph “0e” , or the 7 enrollment count of eligible students under this chapter, 8 shall not be considered to be unusual circumstances, create an 9 unusual need for additional funds, or qualify under any other 10 circumstances that may be used by the school budget review 11 committee to grant supplemental aid to or establish modified 12 allowable growth for a school district under section 257.31. 13 Sec. 32. Section 284.13, subsection 1, paragraph e, Code 14 2013, is amended to read as follows: 15 e. Notwithstanding section 8.33 , any moneys remaining 16 unencumbered or unobligated from the moneys allocated for 17 purposes of paragraph paragraphs “a” , “b” , or “c” through “0e” 18 shall not revert but shall remain available in the succeeding 19 fiscal year for expenditure for the purposes designated. 20 The provisions of section 8.39 shall not apply to the funds 21 appropriated pursuant to this subsection . 22 Sec. 33. Section 284.13, Code 2013, is amended by adding the 23 following new subsection: 24 NEW SUBSECTION . 3. The state board may adopt rules which 25 assure the allocation of resources under this section in a 26 manner that optimizes the fulfillment of the purposes specified 27 in sections 284.11 and 284.15. 28 Sec. 34. NEW SECTION . 284.15 Comparable systems of career 29 paths and compensation —— Iowa teacher career paths, leadership 30 roles, and compensation framework. 31 1. Comparable systems of career paths and compensation for 32 teachers. A comparable system of career paths and compensation 33 for teachers may be developed and implemented by a school 34 district upon receiving approval from the department pursuant 35 -26- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 26/ 70
S.F. _____ to this section. 1 a. The department shall approve an application for a 2 comparable system referred to in subsection 3 or 4 that 3 includes, at a minimum, the following components: 4 (1) A minimum salary and a teacher residency as provided in 5 subsection 2, paragraph “b” , subparagraph (1). 6 (2) Additional levels of compensation for differentiated 7 teacher roles, which shall not be less than the per diem rate 8 established for regular teaching duties at the specified level 9 prior to implementation of the comparable system. 10 (3) Multiple, differentiated teacher leadership roles 11 beyond the initial teacher and career teacher levels, which 12 shall be available to at least twenty-five percent of the 13 teacher workforce. Compensation at the differentiated levels 14 shall be commensurate with the additional responsibilities of 15 teachers who accept leadership roles. 16 (4) A rigorous selection process that involves teachers in 17 determining placement in, and retention of, teacher leadership 18 positions. The process shall include the following components: 19 (a) Site-based selection committees. 20 (b) A requirement that a teacher chosen for a leadership 21 role have not less than three years of experience in the school 22 district. 23 (c) A requirement that a teacher performing in a leadership 24 role be exempt from performing supervisory duties. 25 (d) A requirement that teacher leaders be responsible 26 for modeling best instructional practice, mentoring initial 27 teachers, acting as liaisons with families, and helping 28 colleagues prepare for peer group reviews and evaluations 29 conducted pursuant to section 284.8. Teacher leaders shall not 30 be responsible for purely administrative duties. 31 (e) Authorization for teacher leaders to participate in a 32 peer group review under section 284.8. 33 (5) A professional development system facilitated by 34 teachers and aligned with the Iowa professional development 35 -27- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 27/ 70
S.F. _____ model adopted by the state board. 1 (6) Hiring permanent substitute teachers, including but not 2 limited to retired teachers, at competitive rates, in order for 3 an attendance center or school district to give teacher leaders 4 time to focus on leadership duties. 5 b. The department may approve a comparable system referred 6 to in subsection 3 or 4 that includes, at a minimum, the 7 following components: 8 (1) The beginning teacher and career teacher levels 9 specified in section 284.7, subsection 1, paragraphs “a” and 10 “b” . 11 (2) An instructional coach, who at a minimum meets the 12 requirements specified for a career teacher in section 284.7, 13 subsection 1, paragraph “b” , and who engages full-time in 14 instructional coaching. For purposes of this subparagraph, 15 “instructional coaching” means additional guidance in one or 16 more aspects of the teaching profession provided to teachers 17 participating in intensive assistance programs. Assignment 18 as an instructional coach shall be based on either a request 19 from a principal or from an individual teacher upon approval 20 of a principal. Instructional coaching shall include detailed 21 preliminary discussions as to areas in which the teacher 22 being coached desires to improve; formulation of an action 23 plan to bring about such improvement; in-class supervision by 24 the instructional coach; postclass discussion of strengths, 25 weaknesses, and strategies for improvement; dialogue between 26 the instructional coach and students and school officials 27 regarding the teacher being coached; and documentation of 28 progress of the instructional coaching. An instructional coach 29 shall coordinate instructional coaching activities relating to 30 training and professional development with an area education 31 agency where appropriate. An instructional coach shall receive 32 a stipend of not less than five thousand nor more than seven 33 thousand dollars annually in addition to the teacher’s salary 34 as a career teacher. A school district in compliance with 35 -28- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 28/ 70
S.F. _____ this paragraph “b” shall employ one instructional coach at 1 each attendance center or at least one instructional coach for 2 every five hundred students enrolled in an attendance center, 3 whichever number is greater. 4 (3) A curriculum and professional development leader, 5 who at a minimum meets the requirements specified for a 6 model teacher in subsection 2, paragraph “b” , shall receive 7 additional training at the expense of the school district, 8 during the summer. While receiving training pursuant to this 9 subparagraph (3), the teacher shall be paid an additional 10 salary amount for time beyond the school district’s normal 11 teaching contract. The contract term for a curriculum and 12 professional development leader shall exceed the contract term 13 issued to a model teacher under section 279.13 by an additional 14 fifteen days, and the curriculum and professional development 15 leader shall receive a stipend of not less than ten thousand 16 nor more than twelve thousand dollars annually in addition to 17 the teacher’s salary as a model teacher. A curriculum and 18 professional development leader shall do the following: 19 (a) Provide and demonstrate teaching on an ongoing basis. 20 (b) Routinely work strategically with teachers in planning, 21 monitoring, reviewing, and implementing best instructional 22 practices. 23 (c) Daily observe and coach teachers in effective 24 instructional practices. 25 (d) Plan, facilitate, and routinely schedule literacy team 26 meetings, professional study groups, and staff development 27 sessions in best instructional practices. 28 (e) Routinely use sustained coaching cycles to support 29 teacher growth and reflective practices. 30 (f) Work with and train classroom teachers to provide 31 interventions aligned by subject area. 32 (g) If assigned by the district, work in a new model 33 classroom, or provide daily support to existing model classroom 34 teachers’ implementation efforts. 35 -29- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 29/ 70
S.F. _____ (h) Assist the building principal in developing and 1 implementing a professional development plan. 2 (i) Meet weekly with the building principal and the 3 building’s guidance counselors. 4 (j) Support instruction and learning through the use of 5 technology. 6 (k) Actively participate in collaborative problem solving 7 and reflective practices which include but are not limited 8 to professional study groups, peer observations, grade level 9 planning, and weekly team meetings. 10 2. Framework. 11 a. To promote continuous improvement in Iowa’s quality 12 teaching workforce and to give Iowa teachers the opportunity 13 for career recognition that reflects the various roles teachers 14 play as educational leaders, a framework for Iowa teacher 15 career paths, leadership roles, and compensation is established 16 for teachers employed by school districts. A teacher employed 17 by an area education agency may be included in a framework 18 established by a school district if the area education agency 19 and the school district enter into a contract for such purpose. 20 The framework is designed to accomplish the following goals: 21 (1) To attract able and promising new teachers by offering 22 competitive starting salaries and offering short-term 23 and long-term professional development and leadership 24 opportunities. 25 (2) To retain effective teachers by providing enhanced 26 career opportunities. 27 (3) To promote collaboration by developing and supporting 28 opportunities for teachers in schools and school districts 29 statewide to learn from each other. 30 (4) To reward professional growth and effective teaching 31 by providing pathways for career opportunities that come with 32 increased leadership responsibilities and involve increased 33 compensation. 34 (5) To improve student achievement by strengthening 35 -30- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 30/ 70
S.F. _____ instruction. 1 b. The Iowa teacher career paths, leadership roles, and 2 compensation requirements under the framework shall be as 3 follows: 4 (1) Initial teacher. 5 (a) The salary for an initial teacher who has successfully 6 completed an approved practitioner preparation program as 7 defined in section 272.1 or holds an initial or intern teacher 8 license issued under chapter 272, and who participates in the 9 initial teacher mentoring and induction program as provided in 10 this chapter, shall be at least thirty-five thousand dollars, 11 which shall also constitute the minimum salary for an Iowa 12 teacher. 13 (b) An initial teacher shall complete a teacher residency 14 during the first year of employment that has all of the 15 following characteristics: 16 (i) Intensive supervision or mentoring by a mentor teacher 17 or lead teacher. 18 (ii) Sufficient collaboration time for the initial teacher 19 in the residency year to be able to observe and learn from 20 model teachers, mentor teachers, and lead teachers employed by 21 school districts located in this state. 22 (iii) A teaching load of not more than seventy-five percent 23 student instruction to allow the initial teacher time for 24 observation and learning. 25 (iv) A teaching contract issued under section 279.13 26 that establishes an employment period which is five days 27 longer than that required for career teachers employed by the 28 school district of employment. The five additional contract 29 days shall be used to strengthen instructional leadership in 30 accordance with this subsection. 31 (v) Frequent observation, evaluation, and professional 32 development opportunities. 33 (2) Career teacher. A career teacher is a teacher who holds 34 a statement of professional recognition issued under chapter 35 -31- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 31/ 70
S.F. _____ 272 or who meets all of the following requirements: 1 (a) Has successfully completed the initial teacher 2 mentoring and induction program and has successfully completed 3 a comprehensive evaluation. 4 (b) Has demonstrated the competencies of a career teacher as 5 determined under the school district’s comprehensive evaluation 6 of the initial teacher. 7 (c) Holds a valid license issued under chapter 272. 8 (d) Participates in teacher professional development as set 9 forth in this chapter and demonstrates continuous improvement 10 in teaching. 11 (3) Model teacher. A model teacher is a teacher who meets 12 the requirements of subparagraph (2), has met the requirements 13 established by the school district that employs the teacher, 14 is evaluated by the school district as demonstrating the 15 competencies of a model teacher, has participated in a rigorous 16 review process, and has been recommended for a one-year 17 assignment as a model teacher by a site-based review council 18 appointed pursuant to paragraph “d” . A school district shall 19 set as a goal the designation of at least ten percent of its 20 teachers as model teachers, though the district may enter 21 into an agreement with one or more other districts or an area 22 education agency to meet this goal through a collaborative 23 arrangement. The terms of the teaching contracts issued under 24 section 279.13 to model teachers shall exceed by five days the 25 terms of teaching contracts issued under section 279.13 to 26 career teachers, and the five additional contract days shall 27 be used to strengthen instructional leadership in accordance 28 with this subsection. A model teacher shall receive annually a 29 salary supplement of at least two thousand dollars. 30 (4) Mentor teacher. A mentor teacher is a teacher who 31 is evaluated by the school district as demonstrating the 32 competencies and superior teaching skills of a mentor teacher, 33 and has been recommended for a one-year assignment as a mentor 34 teacher by a site-based review council appointed pursuant 35 -32- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 32/ 70
S.F. _____ to paragraph “d” . In addition, a mentor teacher shall hold 1 a valid license issued under chapter 272, participate in 2 teacher professional development as outlined in this chapter, 3 demonstrate continuous improvement in teaching, and possess 4 the skills and qualifications to assume leadership roles. A 5 mentor teacher shall have a teaching load of not more than 6 seventy-five percent student instruction to allow the teacher 7 to mentor other teachers. A school district shall set as a 8 goal the designation of at least ten percent of its teachers 9 as mentor teachers, though the district may enter into an 10 agreement with one or more other districts or an area education 11 agency to meet this goal through a collaborative arrangement. 12 The terms of the teaching contracts issued under section 13 279.13 to mentor teachers shall exceed by ten days the terms 14 of teaching contracts issued under section 279.13 to career 15 teachers, and the ten additional contract days shall be used 16 to strengthen instructional leadership in accordance with this 17 subsection. A mentor teacher shall receive annually a salary 18 supplement of at least five thousand dollars. 19 (5) Lead teacher. A lead teacher is a teacher who 20 holds a valid license issued under chapter 272 and has been 21 recommended for a one-year assignment as a lead teacher by 22 a site-based review council appointed pursuant to paragraph 23 “d” . The recommendation from the council must assert 24 that the teacher possesses superior teaching skills and 25 the ability to lead adult learners. A lead teacher shall 26 assume leadership roles that may include but are not limited 27 to the planning and delivery of professional development 28 activities designed to improve instructional strategies; the 29 facilitation of an instructional leadership team within the 30 lead teacher’s building, school district, or other school 31 districts; the mentoring of other teachers; and participation 32 in the evaluation of student teachers. A lead teacher 33 shall have a teaching load of not more than fifty percent 34 student instruction to allow the lead teacher to spend time 35 -33- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 33/ 70
S.F. _____ on co-teaching; co-planning; peer reviews; observing career 1 teachers, model teachers, and mentor teachers; and other 2 duties mutually agreed upon by the superintendent and the lead 3 teacher. A school district shall set as a goal the designation 4 of at least five percent of its teachers as lead teachers, 5 though the district may enter into an agreement with one or 6 more other districts or an area education agency to meet this 7 goal through a collaborative arrangement. The terms of the 8 teaching contracts issued under section 279.13 to lead teachers 9 shall exceed by fifteen days the terms of teaching contracts 10 issued under section 279.13 to career teachers, and the 11 fifteen additional contract days shall be used to strengthen 12 instructional leadership in accordance with this subsection. 13 A lead teacher shall receive annually a salary supplement of 14 at least ten thousand dollars. 15 c. The salary supplement received by model, mentor, and lead 16 teachers shall fully cover the salary costs of the additional 17 contract days required of teachers in those leadership roles. 18 Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the 19 determinations of salary supplements paid pursuant to this 20 section are not subject to appeal. 21 d. The school board shall appoint a site-based review 22 council. 23 (1) Each council shall be comprised of equal numbers of 24 teachers and administrators. Teacher members shall include 25 teachers who have been nominated by the certified employee 26 organization that represents the school district’s teachers, 27 if such organization exists, or, if such organization does not 28 exist, by a teacher quality committee. 29 (2) The council shall accept and review applications 30 submitted to the school’s or the school district’s 31 administration for assignment or reassignment as a model, 32 mentor, or lead teacher, and shall make recommendations 33 regarding the applications to the superintendent of the school 34 district. In developing recommendations, the council shall 35 -34- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 34/ 70
S.F. _____ utilize measures of teacher effectiveness and professional 1 growth, consider the needs of the school district, and review 2 the performance and professional development of the applicants. 3 Any teacher recommended for assignment or reassignment as a 4 model, mentor, or lead teacher shall have demonstrated to 5 the council’s satisfaction competency on the Iowa teaching 6 standards as set forth in section 284.3. 7 (3) An assignment as a model teacher, mentor teacher, 8 or lead teacher pursuant to this section shall be subject to 9 review by the school’s or the school district’s administration 10 at least annually. The review shall include peer feedback 11 on the effectiveness of the teacher’s performance of duty 12 specific to the teacher’s career path. A teacher who completes 13 the time period of assignment as a model, mentor, or lead 14 teacher may apply to the school’s or the school district’s 15 administration for assignment in a new role if appropriate or 16 for reassignment. 17 e. A teacher employed in a school district shall not receive 18 less compensation in that district than the teacher received 19 in the school year preceding participation, as set forth in 20 section 284.4, due to implementation of this section. A 21 teacher who achieves national board for professional teaching 22 standards certification and meets the requirements of section 23 256.44 shall continue to receive the award as specified in 24 section 256.44 in addition to the compensation set forth in 25 this section. 26 3. Early implementation. Prior to July 1, 2016, a school 27 district may apply to the department for early implementation 28 of the career paths, leadership roles, and compensation 29 framework specified in subsection 2, or a comparable system 30 of career paths and compensation for teachers that contains 31 differentiated multiple leadership roles. 32 4. Implementation. On or after July 1, 2016, subject to 33 an appropriation of sufficient funds by the general assembly, 34 each school district shall implement career paths, leadership 35 -35- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 35/ 70
S.F. _____ roles, and compensation in accordance with subsection 2, or 1 a comparable system, for which the school district received 2 approval from the department under subsection 6. Compliance 3 with this subsection shall be determined by the accreditation 4 team authorized pursuant to section 256.11. 5 5. Exemption. A school district that meets the requirements 6 of section 284.7 is exempt from the provisions of subsections 1 7 through 4. 8 6. Approval. The department shall establish criteria 9 and a process for application and approval of the framework 10 established under subsection 2, and for comparable systems, 11 which a school district may implement pursuant to subsection 3, 12 or shall implement in accordance with subsection 4. 13 7. Teachers emeritus. A school district is encouraged 14 to utilize appropriately licensed teachers emeritus in the 15 implementation of this section. 16 8. Attendance center applicability. The framework or 17 comparable system approved and implemented by a school district 18 in accordance with this section shall be applicable to teachers 19 in every attendance center operated by the school district. 20 9. Planning grants. Subject to an appropriation by the 21 general assembly for purposes of this subsection, a school 22 district may apply to the department for a planning grant to 23 design an implementation strategy for the framework established 24 pursuant to subsection 2 or a comparable system of career paths 25 and compensation for teachers that contains differentiated 26 multiple leadership roles. The planning grant shall be used 27 to facilitate a local decision-making process that includes 28 representation of administrators, teachers, and parents and 29 guardians of students. The department shall establish and make 30 available an application for the awarding of planning grants 31 for purposes of this subsection. 32 10. Commission on educator leadership and compensation. The 33 department shall establish, and provide staffing and 34 administrative support for a commission on educator leadership 35 -36- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 36/ 70
S.F. _____ and compensation. The commission shall monitor with fidelity 1 the implementation of the framework established by school 2 districts pursuant to subsection 2. The commission shall 3 also evaluate and make recommendations to the department on 4 applications for approval of a comparable system submitted to 5 the department pursuant to subsection 3, and on the expenditure 6 of moneys appropriated for purposes of this section. In 7 addition, the commission shall review the use and effectiveness 8 of the funds distributed to school districts for supplemental 9 assistance to teachers in high-need schools under section 10 284.11. 11 a. The commission shall be comprised of the following: 12 (1) Five teachers selected by the Iowa state education 13 association. 14 (2) Three administrators selected by the school 15 administrators of Iowa. 16 (3) Two school board members selected by the Iowa 17 association of school boards. 18 (4) Each president or president’s designee of the Iowa state 19 education association, the school administrators of Iowa, and 20 the Iowa association of school boards. 21 (5) The director or the director’s designee. 22 b. Members shall be appointed by the director of the 23 department to three-year terms which are staggered at the 24 discretion of the director and which begin and end as provided 25 in section 69.19. Appointments shall comply with sections 26 69.16, 69.16A, and 69.16C. Vacancies on the commission shall 27 be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. 28 A person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve only for 29 the unexpired portion of the term. Members are entitled to 30 reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in performance of 31 their official duties. 32 c. By December 15 annually, the commission shall submit its 33 findings and any recommendations, including but not limited to 34 any recommendations for changes to the framework established 35 -37- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 37/ 70
S.F. _____ in subsection 2 and for changes to section 284.11 relating to 1 state supplemental assistance to teachers in high-need schools, 2 in a report to the director, the state board, the governor, and 3 the general assembly. 4 11. a. Teacher leadership supplement foundation aid 5 calculated under section 257.10, subsection 12, shall be paid 6 as part of the state aid payments made to school districts in 7 accordance with section 257.16. 8 b. Notwithstanding section 284.3A, teacher leadership 9 supplement foundation aid shall not be combined with regular 10 wages to create a combined salary. 11 c. The teacher leadership supplement district cost as 12 calculated under section 257.10, subsection 12, is not subject 13 to a uniform reduction in accordance with section 8.31. 14 Sec. 35. EFFECTIVE DATE. The following provision or 15 provisions of this division of this Act take effect July 1, 16 2014: 17 1. The section of this Act amending section 284.7. 18 DIVISION VI 19 MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS 20 Sec. 36. Section 256.9, subsection 53, paragraph c, 21 unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2013, is amended to read as 22 follows: 23 Establish in collaboration with the state board of regents , 24 subject to an appropriation of funds by the general assembly, 25 an Iowa reading research center. 26 Sec. 37. Section 256.9, subsection 53, paragraph c, 27 subparagraph (3), Code 2013, is amended to read as follows: 28 (3) The center shall submit a report of its activities 29 to the general assembly by January 15 annually. By January 30 15, 2015, the annual report shall include but not be limited 31 to recommendations regarding the following measures to 32 support schools in implementing chapter 284 with regard to the 33 prekindergarten through grade three years: 34 (a) Tools and strategies for assessing early elementary 35 -38- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 38/ 70
S.F. _____ school teachers to determine whether they have the skills and 1 abilities to serve as mentor or lead teachers to other early 2 elementary school teachers. 3 (b) Specific training and professional development to 4 support the mentoring responsibilities of mentor teachers and 5 lead teachers. 6 (c) Assessment tools to identify struggling readers and 7 evidence-based measures designed to respond to the needs of 8 such students. 9 (d) Resources, guides, and informational materials which 10 parents and teachers may share to promote early literacy. 11 Sec. 38. NEW SECTION . 256.24 Competency-based education 12 grant program. 13 1. Subject to an appropriation of sufficient funds by 14 the general assembly, the department shall establish a 15 competency-based education grant program to award grants to 16 not more than ten school districts annually for purposes of 17 developing, implementing, and evaluating competency-based 18 education pilot and demonstration projects. 19 2. The department shall develop grant application, 20 selection, and evaluation criteria. 21 3. Each pilot or demonstration project shall be conducted 22 for a minimum of one year, but may be conducted for multiple 23 school years as proposed by the applicant and approved by the 24 department. 25 4. Grant moneys shall be distributed to selected school 26 districts by the department no later than December 1, 2013. 27 Grant amounts shall be distributed as determined by the 28 department. 29 5. The department shall submit progress reports analyzing 30 the status and preliminary findings of the projects to the 31 state board, the governor, and the general assembly by January 32 15 annually. The department shall summarize the projects’ 33 findings, including student achievement results, and submit the 34 summary and any recommendations in a final report to the state 35 -39- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 39/ 70
S.F. _____ board, the governor, and the general assembly by January 15, 1 2019. 2 6. This section is repealed effective June 30, 2019. 3 Sec. 39. NEW SECTION . 256.27 Schools in need of assistance 4 poverty grant program. 5 1. Subject to an appropriation of sufficient funds by 6 the general assembly, the department shall establish a 7 schools in need of assistance poverty grant program to award 8 funds to school district attendance centers to create pilot 9 projects designed to meet the needs of prekindergarten through 10 grade twelve students who are not proficient in reading or 11 mathematics and to involve the students’ parents in supporting 12 project activities. Pilot project activities may include but 13 are not limited to establishing a longer school day, longer 14 school calendar, summer school, or intensive reading and 15 mathematics programs for such students. 16 2. The department shall develop grant application, 17 selection, and evaluation criteria. The priorities for the 18 grant funds shall include providing project services on a 19 voluntary basis to students deemed at risk of not succeeding 20 in reading or mathematics. The department shall make every 21 reasonable effort to equitably distribute grant funds 22 geographically among rural and urban areas. 23 3. Each pilot project shall be conducted for a minimum of 24 one year, but may be conducted for multiple school years as 25 proposed by the applicant and approved by the department. 26 4. The department shall submit progress reports analyzing 27 the status and preliminary findings of the projects to the 28 state board, the governor, and the general assembly by January 29 15 annually. The department shall summarize the projects’ 30 findings, including student achievement results, and submit the 31 summary and any recommendations in a final report to the state 32 board, the governor, and the general assembly by January 15, 33 2019. 34 5. This section is repealed effective June 30, 2018. 35 -40- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 40/ 70
S.F. _____ Sec. 40. NEW SECTION . 256.34 World language education pilot 1 project. 2 1. Subject to an appropriation of sufficient funds by 3 the general assembly, the department shall establish a world 4 language education pilot project to enhance foreign language 5 education in Iowa schools. The department shall administer the 6 pilot project in partnership with the university of northern 7 Iowa and up to three school districts. The department shall 8 establish criteria for the selection of school districts to 9 participate in the pilot project. 10 2. The department shall establish a world language 11 education administrative team to be composed of school 12 administrators from school districts participating in the pilot 13 project. Team members shall conduct fact finding visits to 14 schools in the United States and at least one foreign school 15 that exemplify best practices for world class foreign language 16 education delivery models. Team members shall work with the 17 department and university of northern Iowa to develop standards 18 and benchmarks based on the latest edition of the national 19 standards for foreign language learning, to develop a written 20 and verbal assessment system that measures foreign language 21 competencies, and to support participating school districts in 22 the development of curricula based on the latest edition of the 23 national standards for foreign language learning. 24 3. Each school district participating in the pilot project, 25 in coordination with the department, shall compare on an annual 26 basis its results under the pilot project with state data 27 to determine the outcomes of the pilot project for student 28 learning. 29 4. The world language education administrative team, in 30 coordination with the department and the university of northern 31 Iowa, shall submit its findings and recommendations regarding 32 the pilot project and foreign language education in this state 33 in a report to the general assembly by December 19, 2014. 34 Sec. 41. Section 256C.4, subsection 1, paragraph e, Code 35 -41- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 41/ 70
S.F. _____ 2013, is amended to read as follows: 1 e. Preschool foundation aid funding shall not be used for 2 the costs of constructing a facility in connection with an 3 approved local program. Preschool foundation aid funding may 4 be used by approved local programs and community providers 5 for professional development for preschool teachers, for 6 instructional equipment, for material and equipment designed 7 to develop pupils’ large and small motor skills, and for other 8 direct costs. Preschool foundation aid funding received by an 9 approved local program that remain unexpended or unobligated 10 at the end of a fiscal year shall be used to build the approved 11 local program’s preschool program capacity in the next 12 succeeding fiscal year. 13 Sec. 42. Section 257.11, Code 2013, is amended by adding the 14 following new subsection: 15 NEW SUBSECTION . 7A. Schools in need of assistance 16 competitive grant program. Pupils who are eligible for free 17 and reduced price meals under the federal National School Lunch 18 Act and the federal Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. § 19 1751-1785, and who are enrolled in a school district that is 20 approved to create a pilot project pursuant to section 256.27 21 shall receive a supplemental weighting of one-tenth of one 22 pupil. This subsection is repealed effective June 30, 2018. 23 Sec. 43. Section 272.2, subsection 13, Code 2013, is amended 24 to read as follows: 25 13. Adopt rules to provide for nontraditional preparation 26 options for licensing persons who hold a bachelor’s degree 27 from an accredited college or university, who but do not meet 28 other requirements for licensure. However, prior to issuing 29 licenses pursuant to this subsection, the board shall recommend 30 licensing criteria to the general assembly. Licenses shall not 31 be issued under this subsection except pursuant to statutory 32 licensing criteria enacted pursuant to such recommendations. 33 Sec. 44. Section 279.9, Code 2013, is amended to read as 34 follows: 35 -42- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 42/ 70
S.F. _____ 279.9 Use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or controlled 1 substances. 2 1. The rules shall prohibit the use of tobacco , including 3 nicotine products, and the use or possession of alcoholic 4 liquor, wine, or beer or any controlled substance as defined in 5 section 124.101, subsection 5 , by any student of the schools 6 and the , or by anyone on school grounds, is prohibited. A 7 school board may suspend or expel a student for a violation of 8 a rule under this section . For violation of this section, a 9 school board may remove a person from school grounds and may 10 bar the person’s future presence on school grounds. 11 2. As used in this section, “nicotine product” means any 12 product containing nicotine or any other preparation of tobacco 13 not described in section 453A.1, and any product or formulation 14 of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine 15 that is manufactured, sold, offered for sale, or otherwise 16 distributed with the expectation that the product or matter 17 will be introduced into the human body. “Nicotine product” does 18 not include any cessation product specifically approved by the 19 United States food and drug administration for use in reducing, 20 treating, or eliminating nicotine or tobacco dependence. 21 Sec. 45. Section 279.60, subsections 1 and 2, Code 2013, are 22 amended to read as follows: 23 1. Each school district shall administer a kindergarten 24 readiness the teaching strategies gold early childhood 25 assessment prescribed by the department of education to 26 every resident prekindergarten or four-year-old child whose 27 parent or guardian enrolls the child in the district , and to 28 every kindergarten student enrolled in the district not later 29 than the date specified in section 257.6, subsection 1 . The 30 assessment shall be aligned with state early learning standards 31 and preschool programs shall be encouraged to administer the 32 assessment at least at the beginning and end of the preschool 33 program, with the assessment information entered into the 34 statewide longitudinal data system. The department shall work 35 -43- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 43/ 70
S.F. _____ to develop agreements with head start programs to incorporate 1 similar information about four-year-old children served by head 2 start into the statewide longitudinal data system. 3 2. a. Each school district shall administer the dynamic 4 indicators of basic early literacy skills kindergarten 5 benchmark assessment or other kindergarten benchmark assessment 6 adopted by the department of education in consultation with 7 the early childhood Iowa state board to every kindergarten 8 student enrolled in the district not later than the date 9 specified in section 257.6, subsection 1 . The school district 10 shall also collect information from each parent, guardian, 11 or legal custodian of a kindergarten student enrolled in the 12 district, including but not limited to whether the student 13 attended preschool, factors identified by the early childhood 14 Iowa office pursuant to section 256I.5 , and other demographic 15 factors. Each school district shall report the results of 16 the community strategies employed during the prior school 17 year pursuant to section 279.68, subsection 4, paragraph “a” , 18 the assessment administered pursuant to subsection 1, and the 19 preschool information collected to the department of education 20 in the manner prescribed by the department not later than 21 January 1 of that school year. The early childhood Iowa office 22 in the department of management shall have access to the raw 23 data. The department shall review the information submitted 24 pursuant to this section and shall submit its findings and 25 recommendations annually in a report to the governor, the 26 general assembly, the early childhood Iowa state board, and the 27 early childhood Iowa area boards. 28 b. This subsection is repealed July 1, 2013. 29 Sec. 46. REPEAL. Section 256D.9, Code 2013, is repealed. 30 Sec. 47. COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION TASK FORCE 31 RECOMMENDATIONS. Subject to an appropriation of sufficient 32 funds by the department of education shall implement the 33 recommendations of the competency-based education task 34 force established pursuant to 2012 Iowa Acts, chapter 1119, 35 -44- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 44/ 70
S.F. _____ section 2, relating to the development of model competencies, 1 to investigating and providing examples of templates that 2 will effectively and efficiently record and report student 3 achievement in a competency-based environment, to developing 4 the assessment validation rubric and model assessments 5 aligned to the competencies, and to creating opportunities for 6 professional development for preservice and in-service for 7 practitioners. 8 Sec. 48. SCHOOL DISTRICT REPORTING REQUIREMENT TASK FORCE 9 —— STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. 10 1. a. A reporting requirement review task force is 11 established consisting of five members who shall be appointed 12 by the director of the department of education as follows: 13 (1) One member from nominees submitted by an organization 14 representing the boards of Iowa school districts. 15 (2) One member from nominees submitted by an organization 16 representing Iowa school administrators. 17 (3) One member from nominees submitted by the largest 18 statewide certified employee organization representing Iowa 19 teachers. 20 (4) One member representing the department of education. 21 (5) One member representing the general public. 22 b. The member representing the department of education 23 shall convene the initial meeting, at which the members shall 24 elect a chairperson. 25 2. The department of education shall compile a list of 26 reports that school districts are required to submit to the 27 department biennially or more frequently. The department shall 28 submit the list to the reporting requirement review task force 29 by September 3, 2013. 30 3. The task force shall review the list submitted by the 31 department pursuant to subsection 2. For each reporting 32 requirement listed, the task force shall produce written 33 justification for continuing, modifying, or eliminating 34 the requirement. The task force shall compile its written 35 -45- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 45/ 70
S.F. _____ justifications in a report the task force shall submit to 1 the state board of education and to the general assembly by 2 December 2, 2013. 3 4. The state board of education shall review the report 4 submitted pursuant to subsection 3, and shall determine which 5 of the task force recommendations for modifying or eliminating 6 requirements may be accomplished by administrative rule and 7 which must be accomplished by statute. The state board shall 8 submit its findings and recommendations, including plans 9 for board action relating to administrative rules and board 10 recommendations for specific statutory changes, in a report to 11 the general assembly by February 3, 2014. 12 Sec. 49. SCHOOL YEAR-LONG STUDENT TEACHING FIELD EXPERIENCE 13 REQUIREMENT —— STUDY. 14 1. a. Each practitioner preparation program offered at an 15 institution of higher learning governed by the state board of 16 regents shall convene a study committee of education faculty 17 members to study the feasibility of establishing professional 18 development schools for preservice teacher candidates in 19 collaboration with school districts, and the feasibility 20 of requiring students enrolled in practitioner preparation 21 programs to complete a field experience lasting one full school 22 year. 23 b. Each study committee shall evaluate for its institution 24 the following issues relating specifically to a proposed 25 professional development school and relating specifically to a 26 proposed full school year of student teaching field experience: 27 (1) The impact on the likelihood a student will graduate 28 within four years, including but not limited to consideration 29 of the cost to a student, student debt load, and class 30 scheduling. 31 (2) The impact on university faculty and the need to employ 32 more faculty, including the need to deliver coursework and 33 supervision to student teachers in the field. 34 (3) The availability of an adequate number of placements in 35 -46- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 46/ 70
S.F. _____ prekindergarten through grade twelve schools and the impact on 1 a school district, including but not limited to the district’s 2 cost to compensate cooperating teachers. 3 (4) The likely impact on the abilities and performance of a 4 student teacher and whether the benefits outweigh the costs. 5 (5) The likely impact on student achievement of students in 6 the student teacher’s classroom. 7 c. The study committees convened pursuant to paragraph “a” 8 shall submit their findings and recommendations in a report to 9 the state board of regents, the department of education, the 10 board of educational examiners, the governor, and the general 11 assembly by December 2, 2013. 12 2. The Iowa association of independent colleges is 13 encouraged to form study committees similar to those provided 14 for in subsection 1 at its member institutions which offer 15 approved practitioner preparation programs, and to submit any 16 resulting findings and recommendations to the general assembly 17 by December 2, 2013. 18 Sec. 50. EFFECTIVE DATE. The following provision or 19 provisions of this division of this Act take effect June 30, 20 2013: 21 1. The section of this division of this Act amending section 22 279.60, subsection 2, paragraph “b”. 23 Sec. 51. EFFECTIVE UPON ENACTMENT. The following provision 24 or provisions of this division of this Act, being deemed of 25 immediate importance, take effect upon enactment: 26 1. The section of this division of this Act repealing 27 section 256D.9. 28 2. The section of this division of this Act amending section 29 272.2. 30 DIVISION VII 31 STATE SCHOOL FOUNDATION PROGRAM 32 Sec. 52. Section 257.8, subsections 1 and 2, Code 2013, are 33 amended to read as follows: 34 1. State percent of growth. The state percent of growth 35 -47- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 47/ 70
S.F. _____ for the budget year beginning July 1, 2010, is two percent. 1 The state percent of growth for the budget year beginning July 2 1, 2012, is two percent. The state percent of growth for the 3 budget year beginning July 1, 2013, is four percent. The 4 state percent of growth for the budget year beginning July 1, 5 2014, is four percent. The state percent of growth for each 6 subsequent budget year shall be established by statute which 7 shall be enacted within thirty days of the submission in the 8 year preceding the base year of the governor’s budget under 9 section 8.21 . The establishment of the state percent of growth 10 for a budget year shall be the only subject matter of the bill 11 which enacts the state percent of growth for a budget year. 12 2. Categorical state percent of growth. The categorical 13 state percent of growth for the budget year beginning July 1, 14 2010, is two percent. The categorical state percent of growth 15 for the budget year beginning July 1, 2012, is two percent. 16 The categorical state percent of growth for the budget year 17 beginning July 1, 2013, is four percent. The categorical state 18 percent of growth for the budget year beginning July 1, 2014, 19 is four percent. The categorical state percent of growth for 20 each budget year shall be established by statute which shall 21 be enacted within thirty days of the submission in the year 22 preceding the base year of the governor’s budget under section 23 8.21 . The establishment of the categorical state percent of 24 growth for a budget year shall be the only subject matter of 25 the bill which enacts the categorical state percent of growth 26 for a budget year. The categorical state percent of growth 27 may include state percents of growth for the teacher salary 28 supplement, the professional development supplement, and the 29 early intervention supplement. 30 Sec. 53. CODE SECTION 257.8 —— IMPLEMENTATION. The 31 requirements of section 257.8, subsections 1 and 2, regarding 32 the enactment of bills establishing the regular program state 33 percent of growth and the categorical state percent of growth 34 within thirty days of the submission in the year preceding the 35 -48- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 48/ 70
S.F. _____ base year of the governor’s budget and regarding the subject 1 matter limitation of such bills do not apply to this division 2 of this Act. 3 Sec. 54. EFFECTIVE UPON ENACTMENT. This division of this 4 Act, being deemed of immediate importance, takes effect upon 5 enactment. 6 Sec. 55. APPLICABILITY. This division of this Act is 7 applicable for computing state aid under the state school 8 foundation program for the school budget years beginning July 9 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, as appropriate. 10 EXPLANATION 11 DIVISION I —— INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS. This bill strikes 12 language requiring accredited schools to provide at least 180 13 instructional days in a school year and specifying what does 14 and what does not constitute instructional time. The bill 15 replaces the language requiring a 180-day school calendar with 16 a requirement that accredited schools provide at least 1,080 17 instructional hours during the school calendar in a school 18 year. 19 The school districts and accredited nonpublic schools set 20 the number of hours of required attendance for the school year, 21 but school districts must hold a public hearing on a proposed 22 school calendar prior to adopting the school calendar. 23 The bill modifies a provision requiring the state board of 24 education to define the minimum school day. Under the bill, 25 instructional time for grades 1 through 12 is still exclusive 26 of the lunch period but may include passing time between 27 classes. The bill strikes language that permits a school 28 or school district to record a day of school with less than 29 the minimum instructional hours as a minimum school day for 30 emergency health or safety factors and for staff development 31 opportunities. 32 The bill makes conforming changes, including giving a 33 parent, whose child is under competent private instruction, 34 until September 1 to furnish a report providing information 35 -49- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 49/ 70
S.F. _____ about the child and the competent private instruction to the 1 school district of residence. The bill strikes or repeals 2 language that permits the department of education to approve an 3 innovative school year pilot program and language that requires 4 the department to establish an extended year school grant 5 program subject to an appropriation. 6 This division of this bill takes effect July 1, 2014. 7 DIVISION II —— IOWA LEARNING ONLINE INITIATIVE —— FEES. 8 The bill directs the department of education to establish 9 fees payable by school districts and accredited nonpublic 10 schools participating in the Iowa learning online initiative 11 established by Code section 256.42. The bill provides that 12 fees collected pursuant to the bill shall be considered 13 repayment receipts to be used only for the purpose of 14 administering the initiative and cannot exceed the costs of 15 administering the initiative. The bill specifies matters 16 that can and cannot be considered costs of administering the 17 initiative. 18 DIVISION III —— TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT OF TEACHERS. The 19 bill requires the department of education to establish an 20 online state job posting system. The system must be accessible 21 via the department’s internet site, although the department 22 may contract for or partner with another entity for use of 23 an existing internet site, and must include a mechanism for 24 the electronic submission of job openings for posting on the 25 system. The system and each job posting on the system must 26 include a statement that an employer submitting a job opening 27 for posting on the system will not engage in discrimination in 28 hiring. 29 The bill requires school districts, charter schools, and 30 area education agencies to submit all of their job openings to 31 the department of education for posting on the system. The 32 bill requires the department to post all of its job openings 33 on the system. The bill provides that accredited nonpublic 34 schools may, but are not required to, submit job openings to 35 -50- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 50/ 70
S.F. _____ the department for posting on the system. 1 The establishment of the online state job posting system is 2 not to be construed to prohibit any employer from advertising 3 job openings and recruiting employees independently of the 4 system, to prohibit any employer from using another method of 5 advertising job openings or another applicant tracking system 6 in addition to the system, or to provide the department of 7 education with any regulatory authority in the hiring process 8 or hiring decisions of any employer other than the department 9 itself. 10 Subject to an appropriation of funds by the general 11 assembly, the bill establishes a teach Iowa scholar program 12 within the college student aid commission to provide teach 13 Iowa scholar grants to selected high-caliber teachers. 14 The commission is required to administer the program in 15 consultation with the department. 16 The bill directs the commission to establish eligibility 17 criteria for teach Iowa scholar grants that at a minimum 18 requires that an applicant must have been in the top 25 percent 19 academically of students exiting a state-approved teacher 20 preparation program, have earned other comparable academic 21 credentials, or have achieved comparable assessment scores; 22 and be preparing to teach in fields including but not limited 23 to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, English 24 as a second language or special education instruction, or a 25 hard-to-staff subject as identified annually by the department. 26 A selected applicant who has successfully completed an 27 approved practitioner preparation program is eligible for a 28 teach Iowa scholar grant for each year of full-time employment 29 completed in Iowa as a teacher for a school district, charter 30 school, area education agency, or accredited nonpublic school. 31 The bill provides that a teach Iowa scholar grant cannot exceed 32 $4,000 per year per recipient, and cannot exceed $20,000 total 33 per recipient over a five-year period. 34 The bill establishes a teach Iowa scholar fund in the state 35 -51- LSB 2122XC (16) 85 kh/rj 51/ 70
S.F. _____ treasury to be administered by the commission. 1 DIVISION IV —— TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR MATTERS. The bill 2 provides for a coaching and support system for teachers, and 3 provides for changes relating to peer group review requirements 4 for teachers and changes relating to administrator standards. 5 DIRECTOR’S DUTIES. Current law directs the director of the 6 department of education to develop Iowa standards for school 7 administrators, which the bill amends to charge the director 8 with also reviewing and revising the standards as necessary. 9 The director is also charged with developing and 10 implementing a coaching and support system for teachers 11 aligned with the Iowa teacher career paths, leadership roles, 12 and compensation framework established by the bill; and with 13 developing and implementing a coaching and support system 14 for administrators aligned with the beginning administrator 15 mentoring and induction program that is established in Code 16 section 284A.5. 17 SCHOOL BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES. School boards are directed 18 to establish written evaluation criteria and to implement 19 evaluation procedures for peer review of administrators. 20 PEER GROUP REVIEWS. The bill adds to the purposes for 21 which a school district must provide an annual review of a 22 teacher’s performance, and provides that a teacher who is the 23 subject of a peer group review has exclusive right to all 24 documentation created in the peer review process. Under the 25 bill, the first and second year of review must be conducted 26 by a peer group of at least three but not more than six 27 teachers who shall be selected by the building principal 28 in consultation with teachers and the building’s certified 29 bargaining representative, if any. Each participant must 30 receive adequate training and a per diem if the review