January 30, 2008
HOUSE BILL No. 1184
DIGEST OF HB 1184
(Updated January 29, 2008 5:25 pm - DI 109)
Citations Affected: IC 20-20.
Synopsis: Scholarships for teachers. Establishes the teacher
recruitment program and fund: (1) to encourage and promote qualified
African American and Hispanic male teachers to pursue a career in
teaching in accredited schools in Indiana; (2) to enhance the number of
individuals who may serve as role models for African American and
Hispanic students in Indiana; and (3) to rectify the shortage of African
American and Hispanic male teachers teaching in accredited schools
in Indiana. Requires the state student assistance commission to
administer the fund.
Effective: July 1, 2008.
Smith V, Crawford
January 10, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
January 22, 2008, amended, reported _ Do Pass. Reassigned to Committee on Ways and
January 24, 2008, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
January 29, 2008, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
January 30, 2008
Second Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2008)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1184
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
education and to make an appropriation.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-20-22.2; (08)HB1184.3.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-20-22.2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2008]:
Chapter 22.2. Teacher Recruitment Program
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "applicant" means an individual
who applies for a cash payment under this chapter.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "commission" refers to the state
student assistance commission established by IC 21-11-2-1.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "fund" refers to the teacher
recruitment fund established by section 10 of this chapter.
Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "program" refers to the teacher
recruitment program established under section 5 of this chapter.
Sec. 5. The teacher recruitment program is established.
Sec. 6. (a) The commission shall administer the program
established under this chapter.
(b) The purpose of the program is:
(1) to encourage and promote qualified African American and
Hispanic male teachers to pursue a career in teaching in
accredited elementary and secondary schools with
predominately African American and Hispanic student
populations in Indiana;
(2) to enhance the number of individuals who may serve as
role models for African American and Hispanic students in
(3) to rectify the shortage of African American and Hispanic
male teachers teaching in accredited elementary and
secondary schools in Indiana.
Sec. 7. (a) To qualify for the program, an applicant must furnish
evidence to the commission of the following:
(1) The applicant is an Indiana resident.
(2) The applicant is an African American or Hispanic male.
(3) The applicant is currently teaching at an accredited
elementary or secondary school with a predominately African
American or Hispanic student population located in Indiana.
(4) The applicant holds a current Indiana teacher's license
that has not been suspended or revoked.
(5) The applicant has completed at least one (1) year of
teaching service with satisfactory performance ratings in an
accredited elementary or secondary school with a
predominately African American or Hispanic student
population located in Indiana.
(6) The applicant has provided the teaching service described
in subdivision (5) in instructional activities during full
instructional days during the school year and not as a
(7) The applicant complies with all other eligibility criteria
established by the commission.
(b) An applicant for the program must apply to the commission
on a form prescribed and provided by the commission.
(c) An applicant shall verify all information submitted with the
application for payments.
(d) The commission shall review an applicant's application and
determine whether the applicant qualifies for the payment under
(e) The commission shall publish and make available to all:
(1) applicants; and
(2) members of the public upon request;
a copy of its rules establishing the eligibility criteria for the
Sec. 8. The department shall make available the information
published by the commission under section 7(e) of this chapter to
all students enrolled in an accredited secondary school located in
Sec. 9. Each college and university located in Indiana shall make
available the information published by the commission under
section 7(e) to all its students.
Sec. 10. (a) The teacher recruitment fund is established to carry
out the purposes of this chapter.
(b) The commission shall administer the fund.
(c) The expenses of administering the fund shall be paid from
money in the fund.
(d) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the fund not
currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same
manner as other public funds may be invested. Interest that
accrues from these investments shall be deposited in the fund.
(e) Money in the fund at the end of a state fiscal year does not
revert to the state general fund but remains available to be used for
purposes of this chapter during the next fiscal year.
Sec. 11. (a) The money in the fund shall be used to provide
annual cash payments to teachers who qualify under section 7(a)
of this chapter.
(b) The commission may authorize payments in accordance with
rules adopted under this chapter.
(c) The maximum amount that may be paid in a calendar year
to an individual teacher is four thousand dollars ($4,000).
(d) The total amount that may be paid in all calendar years that
qualify for payments under this chapter to any one (1) individual
teacher is twelve thousand dollars ($12,000).
(e) If there is not enough money in the fund to pay all teachers
who qualify for payments, the commission shall pay a pro rata
amount of the requested payment for each applicant under rules
adopted by the commission under this chapter.
Sec. 12. The commission shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 that
are consistent with this chapter and reasonably required for the
conduct of the commission's responsibilities and duties under this
Sec. 13. The commission may deny the payments available
under this chapter to an applicant who:
(1) is convicted of:
(A) a felony; or
(B) a crime involving moral turpitude; or
(2) provides false or forged information to the commission in
connection with an application to obtain payments.