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S.F. No. 733 - Improved Reading Instruction
Author: Senator Carla J. Nelson
Prepared By: Ann Marie Lewis, Senate Counsel (651/296-5301)
Date: January 31, 2019


Section 1.  Reading Preparation.  Allows a school district to use its staff development revenue for grants to teachers to take courses from the following accredited providers:  a Wilson Language Training accredited partner, a provider accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council, or an Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators accredited training program.

Section 2.  Reading professional development by accredited providers.  Requires a school district in the bottom quarter for student performance on the third grade reading MCAs to reimburse elementary school teachers for successful completion of training provided by an accredited provider.

Section 3.  Hiring bonuses.  Allows a school board to give a hiring bonus to a teacher licensed in or working in a shortage area.  Includes a teacher trained by an accredited provider in the definition of shortage area for the purposes of hiring bonuses.

Section 4.  Allowed use.  Allows a school to use its literacy incentive aid for staff development by accredited providers or for any other school-related purpose.


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