State of Arizona
First Regular Session
SENATE BILL 1051
amending laws 2017, chapter 284, section 1; appropriating monies; relating to the high‑quality teacher professional development pilot program.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Laws 2017, chapter 284, section 1 is amended to read:
Section 1. High‑quality teacher professional development pilot program; annual report; program termination; delayed repeal; definitions
A. The department of education shall establish a high‑quality teacher professional development pilot program and issue scholarships or grants, or both, on a competitive basis as determined by the department, to qualified applicants in order to obtain high-quality teacher professional development from a qualifying postsecondary institution that will support certificated teachers in gaining additional credentials and certifications to teach in high-need content areas. Scholarships and grants issued pursuant to this subsection may not exceed two thousand dollars $2,000 per qualified applicant. Any qualified applicant who receives a scholarship or grant pursuant to this subsection shall agree to teach in a public school in this state for at least three additional years after completing the coursework or program at a qualifying postsecondary institution. A qualified applicant who accepts a scholarship or grant pursuant to this subsection and who does not teach in a public school in this state for at least three additional years after completing the coursework or program at a qualifying postsecondary institution shall be required to pay back the full amount of the scholarship or grant in a manner to be determined by the department. The department may retain up to three percent of the monies appropriated for the pilot program to offset administrative costs.
B. On or before November 1 of each year of the pilot program, the department of education shall submit to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives a report that summarizes the results of the pilot program. The department shall provide a copy of this report to the secretary of state.
C. The pilot program established pursuant to this section ends on July 1, 2020 2023.
D. This section is repealed from and after July 1, 2022 2025.
E. For the purposes of this section:
1. "High-need content area" means any math, science, technology, engineering or career and technical education content.
2. "Qualified applicant" means a teacher who is certificated in this state by the state board of education pursuant to section 15-203, Arizona Revised Statutes, and who is currently teaching in a public school in this state.
3. "Qualifying postsecondary institution" means a regionally or nationally accredited public or private postsecondary educational institution in this state.
Sec. 2. Appropriations; department of education; high‑quality teacher professional development pilot program; exemption
A. The sum of $200,000 is appropriated from the state general fund in each of fiscal years 2019‑2020, 2020‑2021 and 2021‑2022 to the department of education to provide scholarships or grants, or both, to qualified applicants to complete high‑quality teacher professional development at a qualifying postsecondary institution as prescribed by Laws 2017, chapter 284, section 1, as amended by this act.
B. The appropriations made in subsection A of this section are exempt from the provisions of section 35-190, Arizona Revised Statutes, relating to lapsing of appropriations.