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Teacher Quality Bill or SF277 will provide additional dollars for some Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) staff members.

June 7, 2007

The Teacher Quality Bill or SF277 will provide additional dollars for some Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) staff members. Thanks to the work of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA), certificated AEA employees are included in the funding group.

The teacher’s quality bill contains four different elements: mentoring and induction, career paths, professional development, and evaluation of teachers against the Iowa teaching standards. The major difference for Area Education Agencies is the need to create a Teacher Quality Committee. It will be composed of equal representation of administration (appointed by the school board), and teachers (appointed by an employee organization, school district, or the agency’s administration).

The Teacher Quality Committee will be in place to monitor different rules, regulations, evaluations, and how funds will be distributed. Aside from those duties they will also: provide support for the development of individual teachers, identify links between teacher training and student improvement in learning, consult a teacher’s supervisor to see if the teacher’s development plans promote growth in students and staff, and also review, modify, and accept changes to those plans.

In addition to the TQC there are some other requirements to which the Mississippi Bend AEA needs to submit. First, they need to agree to and expend local money in order to approve student achievement and teacher quality. Next, they need to implement a beginning teacher mentoring and induction program. Also, they must adopt a school district, attendance center, and teacher professional development plans as well as a teacher evaluation plan and a teacher career path.

Starting July 1, 2008 and each year after that, the AEAs will be regulated by the school board or certified bargaining representative. For each fiscal year starting July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2009: $1,487,500 will be given if a national board certification awards is issued. No less than $85,000 can be used to start the ambassador to education position, $695,000 will be given for the purpose of implementing development programs.

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