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  160.540.  Suspension or termination of contracts of certificated staff and administrators in academically deficient schools, when, procedure — incentive program for successful teachers. — 1.  In any school district whose graduation rate, as defined in section 160.011, is below sixty-five percent, the district school board shall determine which schools in the district meet the criteria set forth pursuant to section 160.538 as being academically deficient, based on the results of the assessment system developed pursuant to section 160.518, whether or not the state board of education has made a finding that the schools are academically deficient.  With respect to any such school, notwithstanding any provision of state law or regulation, district rule or regulation, or contract, the school district board shall have the authority to suspend or terminate contracts of certificated staff, the principal and any administrators having responsibility for the school and to reconstitute the school with new teachers and administrative staff.  The authority granted herein shall not preclude the district board from offering contracts to individual teachers or administrators as the board may deem appropriate.  Any termination of a contract of an individual permanent teacher pursuant to this section shall be subject to the procedures of sections 168.114 to 168.120 or section 168.221, whichever is applicable to such contract.

  2.  In any school district subject to the provisions of subsection 1 of this section, the district shall develop a program of incentives and rewards for teachers who contribute to a successful effort to prevent schools from becoming academically deficient as defined in this section or to remove schools that have been so identified from that category.  The district's plan shall be subject to approval by the commissioner of education and may include, but shall not be limited to, bonuses, opportunities for staff development and the granting of status as master teachers.

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(L. 1998 S.B. 781)


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