Oregon Statutes - Chapter 329 - Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century; Educational Improvement and Reform - Section 329.795 - Beginning teacher and administrator program established; district participation; use of grants.

(1) The State Board of Education shall establish a beginning teacher and administrator mentorship program to provide eligible beginning teachers and administrators in this state with a continued and sustained mentorship program from a formally assigned mentor.

(2) Any district is eligible to participate in the mentorship program.

(3) A school district may enter into a partnership with another school district, an institution of higher education, an education service district or another organization to operate jointly a mentorship program if:

(a) All moneys received as grants-in-aid for the mentorship program are administered by the participating school district to provide direct services to beginning teachers and administrators; and

(b) All other requirements of ORS 329.788 to 329.820 are met.

(4) All programs in ORS 329.788 to 329.820 are subject to the availability of funds appropriated therefor. [Formerly 342.786; 2001 c.317 §4; 2007 c.863 §3]

Note: The amendments to 329.795 by section 3, chapter 863, Oregon Laws 2007, first apply to mentorship programs administered during the 2008-2009 school year. See section 10, chapter 863, Oregon Laws 2007. The text that applies prior to the 2008-2009 school year is set forth for the userís convenience.

329.795. (1) The State Board of Education shall establish a beginning teacher and administrator mentorship program to provide eligible beginning teachers and administrators in this state with a continued and sustained mentorship program from a formally assigned mentor teacher or administrator.

(2) Any district is eligible to participate in the mentorship program.

(3) Two or more school districts may operate jointly a mentorship program if they meet all the requirements of ORS 329.788 to 329.820.

(4) Educational consortia established for approved teacher or administrator education credentialing programs pursuant to rules of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission are eligible to operate a mentorship program to serve beginning teachers and administrators in a participating school district if:

(a) All moneys received as grants-in-aid for the mentorship program are administered by the participating school district to provide direct services to beginning teachers and administrators; and

(b) All other requirements of ORS 329.788 to 329.820 are met.

(5) To the extent practicable, school districts may coordinate with institutions of higher education in the design, implementation and evaluation of mentorship programs.

(6) All programs in ORS 329.788 to 329.820 are subject to the availability of funds appropriated therefor.

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