CARTER, DAVIS (63), DOUGHERTY (Co-sponsors), GAMBARO, DAVIS (122), BOYKINS,
DAYS AND THOMPSON (72).
Read 1st time January 27, 2000, and 1000 copies ordered printed.
ANNE C. WALKER, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 170, RSMo, relating to school subjects by adding thereto one new section relating to the creation of a teacher cadet program.
Section A. Chapter 170, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 170.310, to read as follows:
170.310. 1. Any school district in this state may develop a "Teacher Cadet Program", pursuant to this section, which shall consist of both a course offered as a full, daily class period, or the district equivalent thereof, and any other activities as the district or the department of elementary and secondary education may provide. The course may be offered at all, or any one of, the secondary schools in any such district. The course shall provide introductory instruction in the field of elementary and secondary school classroom teaching, and shall provide interested students with an insight into the nature and challenges of the teaching profession.
2. In order to become eligible for any teacher cadet program, a student shall:
(1) Have a cumulative secondary school grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
(2) Submit an essay to the district, in the manner that the district may provide, detailing the reasons why he or she wants to become a member of the program; and
(3) Participate in an entrance interview, in the manner that the district or the department of elementary and secondary education may provide.
3. Any student successfully completing such program shall be:
(1) Eligible for college credit at the University of Missouri or at any state college or university, in an amount to be determined by the coordinating board for higher education;
(2) Given preference in approval for any teaching scholarship offered pursuant to sections 160.276 to 160.283, RSMo, and for any other scholarships designed by this state to encourage the development of elementary and secondary school educators.
4. The department of elementary and secondary education shall develop minimum criteria for the program described in subsection 1 of this section, and any school district adopting the program shall, in addition to such other elements of any such program that the school district may provide, incorporate such criteria into such district's program.
5. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to this section shall take effect unless such rule has been
promulgated pursuant to chapter 536, RSMo.