CHAPTER 85

(SB 83)

The length of time increased for which nationally certified teachers
may receive stipends.


         ENTITLED, An Act to  increase the length of time for which nationally certified teachers may receive stipends.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:

     Section  1.  That § 13-42-26 be amended to read as follows:

     13-42-26.   The Department of Education shall establish a program to reimburse public school teachers for the application and processing fee for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process. The reimbursement shall include any federal funds that may be available through a candidate subsidy program. The reimbursement shall be paid upon receipt of documentation that the teacher successfully completed all certification requirements and was awarded the credential.

     In addition to the reimbursement provided pursuant to this section, a teacher who teaches in a public school and who has obtained certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards shall receive a payment of two thousand dollars per year for five years. The stipend shall be paid as follows:

             (1)      One thousand dollars from the Department of Education;

             (2)      One thousand dollars from the school district where the teacher is employed.

     Once the first five years is complete, the school district that employs the teacher may opt to continue payments during the period of the next five years. If, during that period, the school district pays the teacher a stipend, the Department of Education shall also pay the teacher a stipend equal to the amount offered by the school district, up to a maximum of one thousand dollars. However, the department is not required to pay a teacher a stipend pursuant to this section during years six to ten unless the school district employing the teacher opts to pay a stipend.

    The Board of Education shall adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, to establish guidelines necessary to implement the program.

     Signed March 2, 2006
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