Staff Development Update (September 2013)
By Bob Lowe, MSBA Director of Management Services
The temporary suspension of the staff development requirement has expired. Effective July 1, 2013, school districts are once again required to set aside 2 percent of their basic revenue each year for staff development. During the 2013 Legislative Session, the Legislature amended Minnesota Statutes, M.S. 122A.61, Subdivision 1, to allow school districts to use staff development revenue for the development and implementation of teacher evaluation systems. Additionally, during the 2013 Legislative Session, the Legislature amended M.S. 134.36 by eliminating a school district's right to transfer funds from the reserved account for staff development. This statutory change also became effective July 1, 2013.
The following is a list of important staff development changes:
- The requirement to set aside 2 percent of basic revenue for staff development is now in effect again.
- Effective July 1, 2013, staff development revenue may be used to develop and implement teacher evaluation systems.
- The requirement to allocate staff development dollars as specified in M.S. 122A.61 (i.e. 50 percent — 25 percent — 25 percent) was repealed effective July 1, 2012.
- Effective July 1, 2013, school districts will no longer be allowed to transfer funds from a staff development reserved account.
School board members and administrators with questions about staff development should refer to the links located below or contact Cathy Miller at 800-324-4459.