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CHAPTER 15.1-13TEACHER LICENSING15.1-13-01. Definitions. For purposes of this chapter:1.&quot;Administrator&quot; means an individual who holds an administrator's credential and who<br>is employed by the board of a school district for the primary purpose of providing<br>administrative services to the schools of the district. The term includes a school<br>district superintendent, an assistant or associate school district superintendent, a<br>school principal, an assistant or associate school principal, a special education<br>director, a director of a multidistrict special education unit, a career and technical<br>education director, and a director of an area career and technology center. The term<br>may include an athletic or activity director who meets the requirements of this<br>subsection.2.&quot;Board&quot; means the education standards and practices board.3.&quot;Profession of teaching&quot; means providing services in an approved school as a<br>teacher, counselor, librarian, curriculum director or supervisor, speech or language<br>therapist, school psychologist, special educator, or administrator.15.1-13-02. Education standards and practices board - Membership.1.The governor shall appoint to the education standards and practices board:a.Four individuals who are public school classroom teachers;b.One individual who is a nonpublic school classroom teacher;c.Two individuals who are school board members;d.Two individuals who are administrators; ande.One dean of a college of education or chairman of a department of education.2.The superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee shall serve<br>as a nonvoting ex officio member.15.1-13-03. Board compensation. Each member of the board is entitled to receivecompensation in the amount of sixty-two dollars and fifty cents per day and to reimbursement for<br>expenses as provided by law for other state officers while attending meetings or performing<br>duties directed by the board. A member of the board may not lose the member's regular salary<br>and may not be required to refuse the compensation to which the member is entitled under this<br>section for serving on the board.15.1-13-04. Term of office - Vacancy. The term of office for a member of the board isthree years, beginning on July first of the year of appointment. No person may serve for more<br>than two consecutive terms.If a vacancy occurs, it must be filled for the duration of theunexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.15.1-13-05. Officers. The board annually shall select a chairman and a vice chairman.The executive director of the board or the executive director's designee shall serve as secretary.15.1-13-06. Meetings - Notice. The chairman of the board shall set the date and time ofthe board meetings and shall provide at least ten days' notice of the meeting to all board<br>members. The chairman shall call a special meeting when requested to do so, in writing, by a<br>majority of the board members.Page No. 115.1-13-07. Quorum - Revocation requirement.1.A majority of the board constitutes a quorum.2.Except as otherwise provided in this section, a majority of the quorum at any<br>meeting has the authority to act upon any matter properly before the board.3.At least five members of the board must consent to the revocation of an individual's<br>teaching license.15.1-13-08. Board duties. The board shall:1.Supervise the licensure of teachers.2.Set standards for and approve teacher preparation programs.3.Seek the advice of teachers, administrators, school board members, teacher<br>education professors, and other interested citizens in developing and updating codes<br>or standards of ethics, conduct, professional performance, and professional<br>practices.4.Adopt, in accordance with chapter 28-32, codes or standards of ethics, conduct,<br>professional performance, and professional practices.5.Make recommendations for the inservice education of individuals engaged in the<br>profession of teaching.6.Issue major equivalency endorsements and minor equivalency endorsements.7.Appoint an executive director to serve at its discretion.8.Authorize the executive director to employ personnel, subject to approval by the<br>board.15.1-13-09. Board powers. The board may:1.Adopt rules in accordance with chapter 28-32.2.Contract with other states for the reciprocal approval of teacher preparation<br>programs.3.Apply for and receive federal or other funds on behalf of the state for purposes<br>related to its duties.4.Perform any duty related to the improvement of instruction through teacher<br>education, professional development, and continuing education programs.15.1-13-10. Criteria for teacher licensure.1.The board shall establish by rule the criteria for teacher licensure and the process for<br>issuing teaching licenses.The criteria must include considerations of character,adequate educational preparation, and general fitness to teach.2.The board may not require a teacher who graduated from an accredited teacher<br>education program on or before September 1, 1980, to earn any college credits in<br>native American or other multicultural courses as a condition of licensure or license<br>renewal.Page No. 23.This section does not affect the validity of teaching certificates in effect on July 31,<br>2001.4.This section does not affect the qualifications for career and technical education<br>certificates, as otherwise established by law.15.1-13-10.1. Student teaching requirements - Teachers licensed in other states. Ifan individual who is or was licensed to teach in another state applies for a license to teach in this<br>state, the education standards and practices board may not impose on the individual any student<br>teaching requirements as a condition of licensure. This section is applicable to an individual who<br>graduated from a state-approved regular education program but not to an individual who<br>completed an alternative education program as a condition of licensure.15.1-13-11. Application and licensing fees.1.The board may set and charge a fee for:a.Filing an application for a teaching license.b.Issuing a teaching license.2.Any fee collected by the board must be deposited and disbursed in accordance with<br>section 54-44-12.15.1-13-12. Teaching license - Period of effectiveness. A teaching license issued bythe board is effective for at least one school year, unless suspended or revoked by the board.<br>This section does not apply to provisional teaching licenses issued by the board under section<br>15.1-13-13.15.1-13-12.1. Teaching license - Lifetime licensure. If an individual has been licensedto teach in this state for a period of thirty years, the education standards and practices board<br>shall grant the individual lifetime licensure. Nothing in this section precludes the board from<br>taking any action against an individual's lifetime license if the board determines that the action is<br>warranted under this chapter.15.1-13-13. Provisional teaching license - Period of effectiveness - Renewal. Theboard may issue a provisional teaching license to an applicant, pending completion of the<br>background check required by section 15.1-13-14 or pending the receipt of official transcripts or<br>other original, signed, or certified documents. The provisional license is valid for a period of forty<br>days and may be renewed with the approval of the board. The board may adopt rules governing<br>the issuance of a provisional teaching license. An individual applying for a provisional teaching<br>license may be charged a fee established by the board. However, an individual applying for the<br>renewal of a provisional teaching license may not be charged a fee.15.1-13-14. Initial and reentry licensure of teachers - Criminal history record check.The board shall check, or cause to be checked, the criminal history record of each applicant for<br>initial licensure and reentry licensure as a teacher in accordance with section 12-60-24. All costs<br>associated with the background check and with obtaining and processing the fingerprints are the<br>responsibility of the applicant. Criminal history records provided to the board pursuant to this<br>section are confidential and closed to the public and may only be used by the board for<br>determining an applicant's eligibility for licensure and obtaining documentation to support a denial<br>of licensure.15.1-13-15. Teaching license - Application - Oath or affirmation.1.Each applicant for a teaching license shall subscribe to the following oath or<br>affirmation:Page No. 3I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of theUnited States and the Constitution of the state of North Dakota, and that I will<br>faithfully discharge the duties of my position, according to the best of my ability.2.The applicant shall execute the oath or affirmation in duplicate. One copy of the<br>oath or affirmation must be filed with the board when the applicant applies for a<br>teaching license. The applicant shall retain the other copy.3.The board may not issue a license to teach unless a duly witnessed or notarized<br>oath or affirmation has been filed with the board.15.1-13-16. Teaching license - Student transcript. A student who has met all thecriteria necessary to receive a teaching license, but who has not graduated from a college or<br>university, may request that the college or university provide a copy of the student's completed<br>transcript to the board or to a comparable entity in another state. Within ten days of the request<br>by the student, the college or university shall provide a copy of the transcript showing that the<br>student has met all the criteria necessary to receive a teaching license except graduation. The<br>transcript must indicate areas in which the student has a major or minor.15.1-13-17. Teaching license - Requirements - Exceptions.1.An individual may not engage in the profession of teaching unless:a.The individual holds a teaching license issued by the board; orb.The individual is approved to teach by the board.2.An individual may be approved to teach by the board only if the individual has<br>previously held a North Dakota teaching certificate or license, holds a teaching<br>certificate or license issued by another state, or has filed a completed application for<br>licensure with the board.3.The board shall adopt rules establishing the terms and conditions under which an<br>individual may be approved to teach, as provided for in this section. The terms and<br>conditions may include the payment of a fine to the board in an amount not<br>exceeding two hundred fifty dollars per incident, enrollment in and completion of<br>continuing education courses, and submission of a completed application for<br>licensure by a date certain.15.1-13-18. Teaching license - Presentation to business manager.Before beingemployed to teach, an individual shall present to the school district business manager a teaching<br>license or other evidence of approval to teach issued by the board.15.1-13-19.Teaching license - Expiration.Notwithstanding any other law, anindividual whose teaching license expires within the final six weeks of a school year may<br>continue teaching under the expired license until the completion of the school year.15.1-13-20. Interim reciprocal teaching license - Period of validity.1.The board shall grant an interim reciprocal teaching license in accordance with<br>sections 15.1-18-02 and 15.1-18-03 to an individual who holds a regular teaching<br>license or certificate from another state, provided:a.The individual's licensure or certification is based upon a minimum of a<br>bachelor's degree with a major that meets the issuing state's requirements in<br>elementary education, middle level education, or a content area taught at a<br>public high school;Page No. 4b.The individual's licensure or certification is based upon the completion of a<br>professional education sequence from a state-approved teacher education<br>program and includes supervised student teaching;c.The individual submits to a criminal history record check as required of initial<br>applicants by this chapter;d.The criminal history record check reveals nothing for which a North Dakota<br>applicant would be denied initial licensure; ande.The individual submits a plan for meeting all requirements necessary to<br>become a licensed teacher in this state.2.An interim reciprocal license granted under this section is valid for two years.3.The individual shall submit evidence of progress on the plan required by<br>subsection 1 to the board prior to renewal of the interim reciprocal license.4.The board may renew the interim reciprocal license for one additional two-year<br>period if the board finds that the individual has demonstrated satisfactory progress.5.Notwithstanding any other law, an interim reciprocal license granted under this<br>section is the equivalent of a teaching license granted under this chapter.15.1-13-21. Reciprocal acceptance of teaching licenses. The board shall pursue thereciprocal acceptance of teaching licenses issued by other states.15.1-13-22. Licensure of North Dakota American Indian language instructors. Theboard may license an individual as an instructor of North Dakota American Indian languages and<br>culture if the individual is recommended for licensure to teach North Dakota native languages by<br>an indigenous language board created by a tribal government in this state and if the individual:1.Displays competence in North Dakota American Indian languages and culture and<br>has successfully completed a three-semester-hour course in classroom instruction<br>at a tribal college or other institution of higher education; or2.Holds a baccalaureate degree and has knowledge of and experience in North<br>Dakota American Indian languages and culture.15.1-13-23. School guidance and counseling services - Providers. Notwithstandingany other law, guidance and counseling services at the elementary and secondary school level<br>may be provided by a person holding a graduate degree in counseling from a state-approved<br>school counseling program, with coursework and an internship in school counseling, as required<br>for all counselors by the superintendent of public instruction, provided the person has a North<br>Dakota teaching license or will obtain one within seven years from the date of first employment<br>under this section. The board shall conduct a criminal history record check in accordance with<br>section 12-60-24 on each person hired under this section.All costs associated with abackground check are the responsibility of the person being hired. The board shall monitor a<br>person hired under this section to ensure that the person annually completes at least<br>one-seventh of the total credits required for that person to obtain a teaching license, as<br>determined at the time of employment under this section.15.1-13-24. Complaints against teachers or administrators.1.Any person may file with the board a complaint against a teacher or an<br>administrator.The complaint must state the claims or charges and it must besigned. The complaint may include supporting documentation.Page No. 52.Upon receiving the complaint, the board shall serve a copy of the complaint and any<br>supporting documentation upon the individual personally or by certified mail.3.The individual has twenty days from the date the individual receives the complaint<br>within which to file a response.The response may include supportingdocumentation.4.If the individual files a timely response, the board shall meet to review the complaint,<br>the response, and any documentation submitted by the parties, but may not accept<br>testimony.5.Based on the complaint, the response, and the documentation submitted in<br>accordance with this section, the board may:a.Dismiss the complaint as unfounded; orb.(1)Determine there is a reasonable basis to believe the claims or charges<br>are true and subject to action by the board under this chapter;(2)File a formal complaint against the individual in accordance with chapter<br>28-32; and(3)Schedule and hold a public hearing on the complaint in accordance with<br>chapter 28-32.6.If the individual fails to file a timely response, the board shall determine whether the<br>individual's failure to file a timely response constitutes an admission of the<br>allegations in the complaint and whether the individual's teaching license should be<br>subject to action by the board. If the board determines that the individual's failure to<br>file a timely response is an admission of the allegations in the complaint and that the<br>individual's teaching license should be subject to action by the board, the board shall<br>hold a hearing in accordance with chapter 28-32 to take any appropriate action.15.1-13-25. Teaching license - Action by board - Causes.1.After holding a public hearing in accordance with chapter 28-32, the board may<br>issue a written warning or reprimand to the individual, suspend the individual's<br>teaching license, or revoke the individual's teaching license if:a.The individual obtained a license by means of fraud, misrepresentation, or<br>concealment of facts.b.The board becomes aware of any fact or circumstance that would have caused<br>the board to deny licensure had the board known of the fact or circumstance at<br>the time of initial licensure.c.The individual is incompetent, immoral, intemperate, or cruel.d.The individual has been convicted of, has pled guilty to, or has pled<br>nolo contendere to an offense deemed by the board to have a direct bearing<br>upon an individual's ability to serve as a teacher or an administrator.e.The board believes that the individual, having been convicted of an offense, has<br>not been sufficiently rehabilitated under section 12.1-33-02.1.f.The individual has refused to perform the duties of a teacher or an<br>administrator.g.The individual has breached a contract with a school district.Page No. 6h.The individual knowingly taught in violation of chapter 15.1-18.i.The individual is a school district administrator and knowingly permitted another<br>individual to teach in violation of chapter 15.1-18.j.The individual has violated this chapter or any rule adopted by the board.2.Any action of the board taken under this section may be appealed to the district<br>court of Burleigh County in accordance with chapter 28-32.15.1-13-26. Crimes against a child and sexual offenses - Denial of or immediaterevocation of teaching license.1.The board shall deny an application for a teaching license and shall immediately<br>revoke the teaching license of an individual who has been found guilty of a crime<br>against a child or a sexual offense.2.An individual who is denied a teaching license or who has had a teaching license<br>revoked under subsection 1 may file a request with the board for a due process<br>hearing under chapter 28-32.The hearing must be held within ten days of therequest. The scope of the hearing is limited to determining whether the individual<br>was convicted of a crime against a child or a sexual offense and whether the<br>conviction has been overturned on appeal.3.A final decision denying a teaching license or revoking a teaching license under this<br>section is appealable pursuant to chapter 28-32. A court may not stay the decision<br>pending an appeal. A court shall affirm the decision denying a teaching license or<br>revoking a teaching license unless the court finds that the individual was not<br>convicted of a crime against a child or a sexual offense or that the conviction was<br>overturned on appeal.4.The board may impose a fee against a licensee as reimbursement for all or part of<br>the costs of administrative actions that result in disciplinary action against the<br>licensee under this section.5.As used in this section:a.&quot;Conviction&quot; means a finding of guilt, a guilty plea, a plea of no contest, a plea<br>of nolo contendere, a judgment of conviction even though the court suspended<br>execution of sentence in accordance with subsection 3 of section 12.1-32-02, or<br>a deferred imposition of sentence in accordance with subsection 4 of section<br>12.1-32-02 or an equivalent statute. The term does not include a finding of guilt<br>overturned on appeal.b.&quot;Crime against a child&quot; means violation of section 12.1-16-01, 12.1-16-02,<br>12.1-16-03, 12.1-16-04, 12.1-17-01.1, 12.1-17-02, 12.1-17-03, 12.1-17-04,<br>12.1-17-05, 12.1-17-06, 12.1-17-07, 12.1-17-07.1, 12.1-17-10, 12.1-18-01,<br>12.1-18-02, 12.1-18-03, 12.1-29-01, 12.1-29-02, or 12.1-29-03, or an equivalent<br>ordinance, in which the victim is a minor or is otherwise of the age required for<br>the act to be a crime or an attempt to commit these offenses.c.&quot;Sexual offense&quot; means a violation of section 12.1-20-03, 12.1-20-03.1,<br>12.1-20-04, 12.1-20-05, 12.1-20-06, 12.1-20-07, 12.1-20-11, or 12.1-20-12.2, or<br>chapter 12.1-27.2, or an equivalent ordinance.15.1-13-27. Suspension or revocation of teaching license - Notice.1.If an individual's teaching license is suspended or revoked, the board shall notify the<br>individual, the business manager of the school district employing the individual, eachPage No. 7county superintendent of schools in the state, and the superintendent of public<br>instruction.2.Upon being notified that one's teaching license has been suspended or revoked, the<br>individual shall return the license to the education standards and practices board. If<br>the individual fails to return the license within the time period set by the board, the<br>board may publish notice of the suspension or revocation in the official newspaper of<br>the county in which the individual was employed.15.1-13-28. Teaching license - Effect of revocation. The revocation of an individual'steaching license results in the immediate termination of the individual's employment by a school<br>district. The school district shall, however, compensate the individual for services rendered only<br>until such time as the notice of revocation is received by the district.15.1-13-29. Teaching license of administrator - Determinations by subcommittee.1.Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, when a complaint regarding an<br>administrator is filed with the board, all actions and determinations provided for in<br>this chapter must be made by a subcommittee of the board.2.The subcommittee must consist of the two board members who are administrators,<br>the two board members who are school board members, and two board members<br>who are teachers and who have been appointed to the subcommittee by the board.3.The subcommittee shall convene at a regular or special meeting of the board.4.The subcommittee shall select its own chairman and vice chairman and the<br>executive director of the board, or the director's designee, shall serve as its<br>secretary.5.a.A majority of the subcommittee constitutes a quorum for purposes of this<br>section.b.Except as otherwise provided in this section, a majority of the quorum has the<br>authority to act on any matter properly before the subcommittee.c.At least three members of the subcommittee must consent to the revocation of<br>an administrator's teaching license.6.Any action or determination by the subcommittee regarding the teaching license of<br>an administrator:a.Must be taken or made by the same process and on the same grounds as<br>provided in sections 15.1-13-24, 15.1-13-25, and 15.1-13-26;b.Has the same force and effect as an action or determination by the education<br>standards and practices board;c.May not be modified by the board; andd.May be appealed under this chapter in the same manner as actions or<br>determinations by the board.15.1-13-30. Venue for legal actions. Burleigh County, North Dakota, is the venue for allactions to which the education standards and practices board is a party.15.1-13-31. Conviction of individual holding teaching license - Written notification.A state's attorney shall provide written notification to the board when an individual holding a<br>teaching license is convicted of a felony or a class A misdemeanor.Page No. 815.1-13-32. 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Definitions. For purposes of this chapter:1.&quot;Administrator&quot; means an individual who holds an administrator's credential and who<br>is employed by the board of a school district for the primary purpose of providing<br>administrative services to the schools of the district. The term includes a school<br>district superintendent, an assistant or associate school district superintendent, a<br>school principal, an assistant or associate school principal, a special education<br>director, a director of a multidistrict special education unit, a career and technical<br>education director, and a director of an area career and technology center. The term<br>may include an athletic or activity director who meets the requirements of this<br>subsection.2.&quot;Board&quot; means the education standards and practices board.3.&quot;Profession of teaching&quot; means providing services in an approved school as a<br>teacher, counselor, librarian, curriculum director or supervisor, speech or language<br>therapist, school psychologist, special educator, or administrator.15.1-13-02. Education standards and practices board - Membership.1.The governor shall appoint to the education standards and practices board:a.Four individuals who are public school classroom teachers;b.One individual who is a nonpublic school classroom teacher;c.Two individuals who are school board members;d.Two individuals who are administrators; ande.One dean of a college of education or chairman of a department of education.2.The superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee shall serve<br>as a nonvoting ex officio member.15.1-13-03. Board compensation. Each member of the board is entitled to receivecompensation in the amount of sixty-two dollars and fifty cents per day and to reimbursement for<br>expenses as provided by law for other state officers while attending meetings or performing<br>duties directed by the board. A member of the board may not lose the member's regular salary<br>and may not be required to refuse the compensation to which the member is entitled under this<br>section for serving on the board.15.1-13-04. Term of office - Vacancy. The term of office for a member of the board isthree years, beginning on July first of the year of appointment. No person may serve for more<br>than two consecutive terms.If a vacancy occurs, it must be filled for the duration of theunexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.15.1-13-05. Officers. The board annually shall select a chairman and a vice chairman.The executive director of the board or the executive director's designee shall serve as secretary.15.1-13-06. Meetings - Notice. The chairman of the board shall set the date and time ofthe board meetings and shall provide at least ten days' notice of the meeting to all board<br>members. The chairman shall call a special meeting when requested to do so, in writing, by a<br>majority of the board members.Page No. 115.1-13-07. Quorum - Revocation requirement.1.A majority of the board constitutes a quorum.2.Except as otherwise provided in this section, a majority of the quorum at any<br>meeting has the authority to act upon any matter properly before the board.3.At least five members of the board must consent to the revocation of an individual's<br>teaching license.15.1-13-08. Board duties. The board shall:1.Supervise the licensure of teachers.2.Set standards for and approve teacher preparation programs.3.Seek the advice of teachers, administrators, school board members, teacher<br>education professors, and other interested citizens in developing and updating codes<br>or standards of ethics, conduct, professional performance, and professional<br>practices.4.Adopt, in accordance with chapter 28-32, codes or standards of ethics, conduct,<br>professional performance, and professional practices.5.Make recommendations for the inservice education of individuals engaged in the<br>profession of teaching.6.Issue major equivalency endorsements and minor equivalency endorsements.7.Appoint an executive director to serve at its discretion.8.Authorize the executive director to employ personnel, subject to approval by the<br>board.15.1-13-09. Board powers. The board may:1.Adopt rules in accordance with chapter 28-32.2.Contract with other states for the reciprocal approval of teacher preparation<br>programs.3.Apply for and receive federal or other funds on behalf of the state for purposes<br>related to its duties.4.Perform any duty related to the improvement of instruction through teacher<br>education, professional development, and continuing education programs.15.1-13-10. Criteria for teacher licensure.1.The board shall establish by rule the criteria for teacher licensure and the process for<br>issuing teaching licenses.The criteria must include considerations of character,adequate educational preparation, and general fitness to teach.2.The board may not require a teacher who graduated from an accredited teacher<br>education program on or before September 1, 1980, to earn any college credits in<br>native American or other multicultural courses as a condition of licensure or license<br>renewal.Page No. 23.This section does not affect the validity of teaching certificates in effect on July 31,<br>2001.4.This section does not affect the qualifications for career and technical education<br>certificates, as otherwise established by law.15.1-13-10.1. Student teaching requirements - Teachers licensed in other states. Ifan individual who is or was licensed to teach in another state applies for a license to teach in this<br>state, the education standards and practices board may not impose on the individual any student<br>teaching requirements as a condition of licensure. This section is applicable to an individual who<br>graduated from a state-approved regular education program but not to an individual who<br>completed an alternative education program as a condition of licensure.15.1-13-11. Application and licensing fees.1.The board may set and charge a fee for:a.Filing an application for a teaching license.b.Issuing a teaching license.2.Any fee collected by the board must be deposited and disbursed in accordance with<br>section 54-44-12.15.1-13-12. Teaching license - Period of effectiveness. A teaching license issued bythe board is effective for at least one school year, unless suspended or revoked by the board.<br>This section does not apply to provisional teaching licenses issued by the board under section<br>15.1-13-13.15.1-13-12.1. Teaching license - Lifetime licensure. If an individual has been licensedto teach in this state for a period of thirty years, the education standards and practices board<br>shall grant the individual lifetime licensure. Nothing in this section precludes the board from<br>taking any action against an individual's lifetime license if the board determines that the action is<br>warranted under this chapter.15.1-13-13. Provisional teaching license - Period of effectiveness - Renewal. Theboard may issue a provisional teaching license to an applicant, pending completion of the<br>background check required by section 15.1-13-14 or pending the receipt of official transcripts or<br>other original, signed, or certified documents. The provisional license is valid for a period of forty<br>days and may be renewed with the approval of the board. The board may adopt rules governing<br>the issuance of a provisional teaching license. An individual applying for a provisional teaching<br>license may be charged a fee established by the board. However, an individual applying for the<br>renewal of a provisional teaching license may not be charged a fee.15.1-13-14. Initial and reentry licensure of teachers - Criminal history record check.The board shall check, or cause to be checked, the criminal history record of each applicant for<br>initial licensure and reentry licensure as a teacher in accordance with section 12-60-24. All costs<br>associated with the background check and with obtaining and processing the fingerprints are the<br>responsibility of the applicant. Criminal history records provided to the board pursuant to this<br>section are confidential and closed to the public and may only be used by the board for<br>determining an applicant's eligibility for licensure and obtaining documentation to support a denial<br>of licensure.15.1-13-15. Teaching license - Application - Oath or affirmation.1.Each applicant for a teaching license shall subscribe to the following oath or<br>affirmation:Page No. 3I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of theUnited States and the Constitution of the state of North Dakota, and that I will<br>faithfully discharge the duties of my position, according to the best of my ability.2.The applicant shall execute the oath or affirmation in duplicate. One copy of the<br>oath or affirmation must be filed with the board when the applicant applies for a<br>teaching license. The applicant shall retain the other copy.3.The board may not issue a license to teach unless a duly witnessed or notarized<br>oath or affirmation has been filed with the board.15.1-13-16. Teaching license - Student transcript. A student who has met all thecriteria necessary to receive a teaching license, but who has not graduated from a college or<br>university, may request that the college or university provide a copy of the student's completed<br>transcript to the board or to a comparable entity in another state. Within ten days of the request<br>by the student, the college or university shall provide a copy of the transcript showing that the<br>student has met all the criteria necessary to receive a teaching license except graduation. The<br>transcript must indicate areas in which the student has a major or minor.15.1-13-17. Teaching license - Requirements - Exceptions.1.An individual may not engage in the profession of teaching unless:a.The individual holds a teaching license issued by the board; orb.The individual is approved to teach by the board.2.An individual may be approved to teach by the board only if the individual has<br>previously held a North Dakota teaching certificate or license, holds a teaching<br>certificate or license issued by another state, or has filed a completed application for<br>licensure with the board.3.The board shall adopt rules establishing the terms and conditions under which an<br>individual may be approved to teach, as provided for in this section. The terms and<br>conditions may include the payment of a fine to the board in an amount not<br>exceeding two hundred fifty dollars per incident, enrollment in and completion of<br>continuing education courses, and submission of a completed application for<br>licensure by a date certain.15.1-13-18. Teaching license - Presentation to business manager.Before beingemployed to teach, an individual shall present to the school district business manager a teaching<br>license or other evidence of approval to teach issued by the board.15.1-13-19.Teaching license - Expiration.Notwithstanding any other law, anindividual whose teaching license expires within the final six weeks of a school year may<br>continue teaching under the expired license until the completion of the school year.15.1-13-20. Interim reciprocal teaching license - Period of validity.1.The board shall grant an interim reciprocal teaching license in accordance with<br>sections 15.1-18-02 and 15.1-18-03 to an individual who holds a regular teaching<br>license or certificate from another state, provided:a.The individual's licensure or certification is based upon a minimum of a<br>bachelor's degree with a major that meets the issuing state's requirements in<br>elementary education, middle level education, or a content area taught at a<br>public high school;Page No. 4b.The individual's licensure or certification is based upon the completion of a<br>professional education sequence from a state-approved teacher education<br>program and includes supervised student teaching;c.The individual submits to a criminal history record check as required of initial<br>applicants by this chapter;d.The criminal history record check reveals nothing for which a North Dakota<br>applicant would be denied initial licensure; ande.The individual submits a plan for meeting all requirements necessary to<br>become a licensed teacher in this state.2.An interim reciprocal license granted under this section is valid for two years.3.The individual shall submit evidence of progress on the plan required by<br>subsection 1 to the board prior to renewal of the interim reciprocal license.4.The board may renew the interim reciprocal license for one additional two-year<br>period if the board finds that the individual has demonstrated satisfactory progress.5.Notwithstanding any other law, an interim reciprocal license granted under this<br>section is the equivalent of a teaching license granted under this chapter.15.1-13-21. Reciprocal acceptance of teaching licenses. The board shall pursue thereciprocal acceptance of teaching licenses issued by other states.15.1-13-22. Licensure of North Dakota American Indian language instructors. Theboard may license an individual as an instructor of North Dakota American Indian languages and<br>culture if the individual is recommended for licensure to teach North Dakota native languages by<br>an indigenous language board created by a tribal government in this state and if the individual:1.Displays competence in North Dakota American Indian languages and culture and<br>has successfully completed a three-semester-hour course in classroom instruction<br>at a tribal college or other institution of higher education; or2.Holds a baccalaureate degree and has knowledge of and experience in North<br>Dakota American Indian languages and culture.15.1-13-23. School guidance and counseling services - Providers. Notwithstandingany other law, guidance and counseling services at the elementary and secondary school level<br>may be provided by a person holding a graduate degree in counseling from a state-approved<br>school counseling program, with coursework and an internship in school counseling, as required<br>for all counselors by the superintendent of public instruction, provided the person has a North<br>Dakota teaching license or will obtain one within seven years from the date of first employment<br>under this section. The board shall conduct a criminal history record check in accordance with<br>section 12-60-24 on each person hired under this section.All costs associated with abackground check are the responsibility of the person being hired. The board shall monitor a<br>person hired under this section to ensure that the person annually completes at least<br>one-seventh of the total credits required for that person to obtain a teaching license, as<br>determined at the time of employment under this section.15.1-13-24. Complaints against teachers or administrators.1.Any person may file with the board a complaint against a teacher or an<br>administrator.The complaint must state the claims or charges and it must besigned. The complaint may include supporting documentation.Page No. 52.Upon receiving the complaint, the board shall serve a copy of the complaint and any<br>supporting documentation upon the individual personally or by certified mail.3.The individual has twenty days from the date the individual receives the complaint<br>within which to file a response.The response may include supportingdocumentation.4.If the individual files a timely response, the board shall meet to review the complaint,<br>the response, and any documentation submitted by the parties, but may not accept<br>testimony.5.Based on the complaint, the response, and the documentation submitted in<br>accordance with this section, the board may:a.Dismiss the complaint as unfounded; orb.(1)Determine there is a reasonable basis to believe the claims or charges<br>are true and subject to action by the board under this chapter;(2)File a formal complaint against the individual in accordance with chapter<br>28-32; and(3)Schedule and hold a public hearing on the complaint in accordance with<br>chapter 28-32.6.If the individual fails to file a timely response, the board shall determine whether the<br>individual's failure to file a timely response constitutes an admission of the<br>allegations in the complaint and whether the individual's teaching license should be<br>subject to action by the board. If the board determines that the individual's failure to<br>file a timely response is an admission of the allegations in the complaint and that the<br>individual's teaching license should be subject to action by the board, the board shall<br>hold a hearing in accordance with chapter 28-32 to take any appropriate action.15.1-13-25. Teaching license - Action by board - Causes.1.After holding a public hearing in accordance with chapter 28-32, the board may<br>issue a written warning or reprimand to the individual, suspend the individual's<br>teaching license, or revoke the individual's teaching license if:a.The individual obtained a license by means of fraud, misrepresentation, or<br>concealment of facts.b.The board becomes aware of any fact or circumstance that would have caused<br>the board to deny licensure had the board known of the fact or circumstance at<br>the time of initial licensure.c.The individual is incompetent, immoral, intemperate, or cruel.d.The individual has been convicted of, has pled guilty to, or has pled<br>nolo contendere to an offense deemed by the board to have a direct bearing<br>upon an individual's ability to serve as a teacher or an administrator.e.The board believes that the individual, having been convicted of an offense, has<br>not been sufficiently rehabilitated under section 12.1-33-02.1.f.The individual has refused to perform the duties of a teacher or an<br>administrator.g.The individual has breached a contract with a school district.Page No. 6h.The individual knowingly taught in violation of chapter 15.1-18.i.The individual is a school district administrator and knowingly permitted another<br>individual to teach in violation of chapter 15.1-18.j.The individual has violated this chapter or any rule adopted by the board.2.Any action of the board taken under this section may be appealed to the district<br>court of Burleigh County in accordance with chapter 28-32.15.1-13-26. Crimes against a child and sexual offenses - Denial of or immediaterevocation of teaching license.1.The board shall deny an application for a teaching license and shall immediately<br>revoke the teaching license of an individual who has been found guilty of a crime<br>against a child or a sexual offense.2.An individual who is denied a teaching license or who has had a teaching license<br>revoked under subsection 1 may file a request with the board for a due process<br>hearing under chapter 28-32.The hearing must be held within ten days of therequest. The scope of the hearing is limited to determining whether the individual<br>was convicted of a crime against a child or a sexual offense and whether the<br>conviction has been overturned on appeal.3.A final decision denying a teaching license or revoking a teaching license under this<br>section is appealable pursuant to chapter 28-32. A court may not stay the decision<br>pending an appeal. A court shall affirm the decision denying a teaching license or<br>revoking a teaching license unless the court finds that the individual was not<br>convicted of a crime against a child or a sexual offense or that the conviction was<br>overturned on appeal.4.The board may impose a fee against a licensee as reimbursement for all or part of<br>the costs of administrative actions that result in disciplinary action against the<br>licensee under this section.5.As used in this section:a.&quot;Conviction&quot; means a finding of guilt, a guilty plea, a plea of no contest, a plea<br>of nolo contendere, a judgment of conviction even though the court suspended<br>execution of sentence in accordance with subsection 3 of section 12.1-32-02, or<br>a deferred imposition of sentence in accordance with subsection 4 of section<br>12.1-32-02 or an equivalent statute. The term does not include a finding of guilt<br>overturned on appeal.b.&quot;Crime against a child&quot; means violation of section 12.1-16-01, 12.1-16-02,<br>12.1-16-03, 12.1-16-04, 12.1-17-01.1, 12.1-17-02, 12.1-17-03, 12.1-17-04,<br>12.1-17-05, 12.1-17-06, 12.1-17-07, 12.1-17-07.1, 12.1-17-10, 12.1-18-01,<br>12.1-18-02, 12.1-18-03, 12.1-29-01, 12.1-29-02, or 12.1-29-03, or an equivalent<br>ordinance, in which the victim is a minor or is otherwise of the age required for<br>the act to be a crime or an attempt to commit these offenses.c.&quot;Sexual offense&quot; means a violation of section 12.1-20-03, 12.1-20-03.1,<br>12.1-20-04, 12.1-20-05, 12.1-20-06, 12.1-20-07, 12.1-20-11, or 12.1-20-12.2, or<br>chapter 12.1-27.2, or an equivalent ordinance.15.1-13-27. Suspension or revocation of teaching license - Notice.1.If an individual's teaching license is suspended or revoked, the board shall notify the<br>individual, the business manager of the school district employing the individual, eachPage No. 7county superintendent of schools in the state, and the superintendent of public<br>instruction.2.Upon being notified that one's teaching license has been suspended or revoked, the<br>individual shall return the license to the education standards and practices board. If<br>the individual fails to return the license within the time period set by the board, the<br>board may publish notice of the suspension or revocation in the official newspaper of<br>the county in which the individual was employed.15.1-13-28. Teaching license - Effect of revocation. The revocation of an individual'steaching license results in the immediate termination of the individual's employment by a school<br>district. The school district shall, however, compensate the individual for services rendered only<br>until such time as the notice of revocation is received by the district.15.1-13-29. Teaching license of administrator - Determinations by subcommittee.1.Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, when a complaint regarding an<br>administrator is filed with the board, all actions and determinations provided for in<br>this chapter must be made by a subcommittee of the board.2.The subcommittee must consist of the two board members who are administrators,<br>the two board members who are school board members, and two board members<br>who are teachers and who have been appointed to the subcommittee by the board.3.The subcommittee shall convene at a regular or special meeting of the board.4.The subcommittee shall select its own chairman and vice chairman and the<br>executive director of the board, or the director's designee, shall serve as its<br>secretary.5.a.A majority of the subcommittee constitutes a quorum for purposes of this<br>section.b.Except as otherwise provided in this section, a majority of the quorum has the<br>authority to act on any matter properly before the subcommittee.c.At least three members of the subcommittee must consent to the revocation of<br>an administrator's teaching license.6.Any action or determination by the subcommittee regarding the teaching license of<br>an administrator:a.Must be taken or made by the same process and on the same grounds as<br>provided in sections 15.1-13-24, 15.1-13-25, and 15.1-13-26;b.Has the same force and effect as an action or determination by the education<br>standards and practices board;c.May not be modified by the board; andd.May be appealed under this chapter in the same manner as actions or<br>determinations by the board.15.1-13-30. Venue for legal actions. Burleigh County, North Dakota, is the venue for allactions to which the education standards and practices board is a party.15.1-13-31. Conviction of individual holding teaching license - Written notification.A state's attorney shall provide written notification to the board when an individual holding a<br>teaching license is convicted of a felony or a class A misdemeanor.Page No. 815.1-13-32. 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Definitions. For purposes of this chapter:1.&quot;Administrator&quot; means an individual who holds an administrator's credential and who<br>is employed by the board of a school district for the primary purpose of providing<br>administrative services to the schools of the district. The term includes a school<br>district superintendent, an assistant or associate school district superintendent, a<br>school principal, an assistant or associate school principal, a special education<br>director, a director of a multidistrict special education unit, a career and technical<br>education director, and a director of an area career and technology center. The term<br>may include an athletic or activity director who meets the requirements of this<br>subsection.2.&quot;Board&quot; means the education standards and practices board.3.&quot;Profession of teaching&quot; means providing services in an approved school as a<br>teacher, counselor, librarian, curriculum director or supervisor, speech or language<br>therapist, school psychologist, special educator, or administrator.15.1-13-02. Education standards and practices board - Membership.1.The governor shall appoint to the education standards and practices board:a.Four individuals who are public school classroom teachers;b.One individual who is a nonpublic school classroom teacher;c.Two individuals who are school board members;d.Two individuals who are administrators; ande.One dean of a college of education or chairman of a department of education.2.The superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee shall serve<br>as a nonvoting ex officio member.15.1-13-03. Board compensation. Each member of the board is entitled to receivecompensation in the amount of sixty-two dollars and fifty cents per day and to reimbursement for<br>expenses as provided by law for other state officers while attending meetings or performing<br>duties directed by the board. A member of the board may not lose the member's regular salary<br>and may not be required to refuse the compensation to which the member is entitled under this<br>section for serving on the board.15.1-13-04. Term of office - Vacancy. The term of office for a member of the board isthree years, beginning on July first of the year of appointment. No person may serve for more<br>than two consecutive terms.If a vacancy occurs, it must be filled for the duration of theunexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.15.1-13-05. Officers. The board annually shall select a chairman and a vice chairman.The executive director of the board or the executive director's designee shall serve as secretary.15.1-13-06. Meetings - Notice. The chairman of the board shall set the date and time ofthe board meetings and shall provide at least ten days' notice of the meeting to all board<br>members. The chairman shall call a special meeting when requested to do so, in writing, by a<br>majority of the board members.Page No. 115.1-13-07. Quorum - Revocation requirement.1.A majority of the board constitutes a quorum.2.Except as otherwise provided in this section, a majority of the quorum at any<br>meeting has the authority to act upon any matter properly before the board.3.At least five members of the board must consent to the revocation of an individual's<br>teaching license.15.1-13-08. Board duties. The board shall:1.Supervise the licensure of teachers.2.Set standards for and approve teacher preparation programs.3.Seek the advice of teachers, administrators, school board members, teacher<br>education professors, and other interested citizens in developing and updating codes<br>or standards of ethics, conduct, professional performance, and professional<br>practices.4.Adopt, in accordance with chapter 28-32, codes or standards of ethics, conduct,<br>professional performance, and professional practices.5.Make recommendations for the inservice education of individuals engaged in the<br>profession of teaching.6.Issue major equivalency endorsements and minor equivalency endorsements.7.Appoint an executive director to serve at its discretion.8.Authorize the executive director to employ personnel, subject to approval by the<br>board.15.1-13-09. Board powers. The board may:1.Adopt rules in accordance with chapter 28-32.2.Contract with other states for the reciprocal approval of teacher preparation<br>programs.3.Apply for and receive federal or other funds on behalf of the state for purposes<br>related to its duties.4.Perform any duty related to the improvement of instruction through teacher<br>education, professional development, and continuing education programs.15.1-13-10. Criteria for teacher licensure.1.The board shall establish by rule the criteria for teacher licensure and the process for<br>issuing teaching licenses.The criteria must include considerations of character,adequate educational preparation, and general fitness to teach.2.The board may not require a teacher who graduated from an accredited teacher<br>education program on or before September 1, 1980, to earn any college credits in<br>native American or other multicultural courses as a condition of licensure or license<br>renewal.Page No. 23.This section does not affect the validity of teaching certificates in effect on July 31,<br>2001.4.This section does not affect the qualifications for career and technical education<br>certificates, as otherwise established by law.15.1-13-10.1. Student teaching requirements - Teachers licensed in other states. Ifan individual who is or was licensed to teach in another state applies for a license to teach in this<br>state, the education standards and practices board may not impose on the individual any student<br>teaching requirements as a condition of licensure. This section is applicable to an individual who<br>graduated from a state-approved regular education program but not to an individual who<br>completed an alternative education program as a condition of licensure.15.1-13-11. Application and licensing fees.1.The board may set and charge a fee for:a.Filing an application for a teaching license.b.Issuing a teaching license.2.Any fee collected by the board must be deposited and disbursed in accordance with<br>section 54-44-12.15.1-13-12. Teaching license - Period of effectiveness. A teaching license issued bythe board is effective for at least one school year, unless suspended or revoked by the board.<br>This section does not apply to provisional teaching licenses issued by the board under section<br>15.1-13-13.15.1-13-12.1. Teaching license - Lifetime licensure. If an individual has been licensedto teach in this state for a period of thirty years, the education standards and practices board<br>shall grant the individual lifetime licensure. Nothing in this section precludes the board from<br>taking any action against an individual's lifetime license if the board determines that the action is<br>warranted under this chapter.15.1-13-13. Provisional teaching license - Period of effectiveness - Renewal. Theboard may issue a provisional teaching license to an applicant, pending completion of the<br>background check required by section 15.1-13-14 or pending the receipt of official transcripts or<br>other original, signed, or certified documents. The provisional license is valid for a period of forty<br>days and may be renewed with the approval of the board. The board may adopt rules governing<br>the issuance of a provisional teaching license. An individual applying for a provisional teaching<br>license may be charged a fee established by the board. However, an individual applying for the<br>renewal of a provisional teaching license may not be charged a fee.15.1-13-14. Initial and reentry licensure of teachers - Criminal history record check.The board shall check, or cause to be checked, the criminal history record of each applicant for<br>initial licensure and reentry licensure as a teacher in accordance with section 12-60-24. All costs<br>associated with the background check and with obtaining and processing the fingerprints are the<br>responsibility of the applicant. Criminal history records provided to the board pursuant to this<br>section are confidential and closed to the public and may only be used by the board for<br>determining an applicant's eligibility for licensure and obtaining documentation to support a denial<br>of licensure.15.1-13-15. Teaching license - Application - Oath or affirmation.1.Each applicant for a teaching license shall subscribe to the following oath or<br>affirmation:Page No. 3I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of theUnited States and the Constitution of the state of North Dakota, and that I will<br>faithfully discharge the duties of my position, according to the best of my ability.2.The applicant shall execute the oath or affirmation in duplicate. One copy of the<br>oath or affirmation must be filed with the board when the applicant applies for a<br>teaching license. The applicant shall retain the other copy.3.The board may not issue a license to teach unless a duly witnessed or notarized<br>oath or affirmation has been filed with the board.15.1-13-16. Teaching license - Student transcript. A student who has met all thecriteria necessary to receive a teaching license, but who has not graduated from a college or<br>university, may request that the college or university provide a copy of the student's completed<br>transcript to the board or to a comparable entity in another state. Within ten days of the request<br>by the student, the college or university shall provide a copy of the transcript showing that the<br>student has met all the criteria necessary to receive a teaching license except graduation. The<br>transcript must indicate areas in which the student has a major or minor.15.1-13-17. Teaching license - Requirements - Exceptions.1.An individual may not engage in the profession of teaching unless:a.The individual holds a teaching license issued by the board; orb.The individual is approved to teach by the board.2.An individual may be approved to teach by the board only if the individual has<br>previously held a North Dakota teaching certificate or license, holds a teaching<br>certificate or license issued by another state, or has filed a completed application for<br>licensure with the board.3.The board shall adopt rules establishing the terms and conditions under which an<br>individual may be approved to teach, as provided for in this section. The terms and<br>conditions may include the payment of a fine to the board in an amount not<br>exceeding two hundred fifty dollars per incident, enrollment in and completion of<br>continuing education courses, and submission of a completed application for<br>licensure by a date certain.15.1-13-18. Teaching license - Presentation to business manager.Before beingemployed to teach, an individual shall present to the school district business manager a teaching<br>license or other evidence of approval to teach issued by the board.15.1-13-19.Teaching license - Expiration.Notwithstanding any other law, anindividual whose teaching license expires within the final six weeks of a school year may<br>continue teaching under the expired license until the completion of the school year.15.1-13-20. Interim reciprocal teaching license - Period of validity.1.The board shall grant an interim reciprocal teaching license in accordance with<br>sections 15.1-18-02 and 15.1-18-03 to an individual who holds a regular teaching<br>license or certificate from another state, provided:a.The individual's licensure or certification is based upon a minimum of a<br>bachelor's degree with a major that meets the issuing state's requirements in<br>elementary education, middle level education, or a content area taught at a<br>public high school;Page No. 4b.The individual's licensure or certification is based upon the completion of a<br>professional education sequence from a state-approved teacher education<br>program and includes supervised student teaching;c.The individual submits to a criminal history record check as required of initial<br>applicants by this chapter;d.The criminal history record check reveals nothing for which a North Dakota<br>applicant would be denied initial licensure; ande.The individual submits a plan for meeting all requirements necessary to<br>become a licensed teacher in this state.2.An interim reciprocal license granted under this section is valid for two years.3.The individual shall submit evidence of progress on the plan required by<br>subsection 1 to the board prior to renewal of the interim reciprocal license.4.The board may renew the interim reciprocal license for one additional two-year<br>period if the board finds that the individual has demonstrated satisfactory progress.5.Notwithstanding any other law, an interim reciprocal license granted under this<br>section is the equivalent of a teaching license granted under this chapter.15.1-13-21. Reciprocal acceptance of teaching licenses. The board shall pursue thereciprocal acceptance of teaching licenses issued by other states.15.1-13-22. Licensure of North Dakota American Indian language instructors. Theboard may license an individual as an instructor of North Dakota American Indian languages and<br>culture if the individual is recommended for licensure to teach North Dakota native languages by<br>an indigenous language board created by a tribal government in this state and if the individual:1.Displays competence in North Dakota American Indian languages and culture and<br>has successfully completed a three-semester-hour course in classroom instruction<br>at a tribal college or other institution of higher education; or2.Holds a baccalaureate degree and has knowledge of and experience in North<br>Dakota American Indian languages and culture.15.1-13-23. School guidance and counseling services - Providers. Notwithstandingany other law, guidance and counseling services at the elementary and secondary school level<br>may be provided by a person holding a graduate degree in counseling from a state-approved<br>school counseling program, with coursework and an internship in school counseling, as required<br>for all counselors by the superintendent of public instruction, provided the person has a North<br>Dakota teaching license or will obtain one within seven years from the date of first employment<br>under this section. The board shall conduct a criminal history record check in accordance with<br>section 12-60-24 on each person hired under this section.All costs associated with abackground check are the responsibility of the person being hired. The board shall monitor a<br>person hired under this section to ensure that the person annually completes at least<br>one-seventh of the total credits required for that person to obtain a teaching license, as<br>determined at the time of employment under this section.15.1-13-24. Complaints against teachers or administrators.1.Any person may file with the board a complaint against a teacher or an<br>administrator.The complaint must state the claims or charges and it must besigned. The complaint may include supporting documentation.Page No. 52.Upon receiving the complaint, the board shall serve a copy of the complaint and any<br>supporting documentation upon the individual personally or by certified mail.3.The individual has twenty days from the date the individual receives the complaint<br>within which to file a response.The response may include supportingdocumentation.4.If the individual files a timely response, the board shall meet to review the complaint,<br>the response, and any documentation submitted by the parties, but may not accept<br>testimony.5.Based on the complaint, the response, and the documentation submitted in<br>accordance with this section, the board may:a.Dismiss the complaint as unfounded; orb.(1)Determine there is a reasonable basis to believe the claims or charges<br>are true and subject to action by the board under this chapter;(2)File a formal complaint against the individual in accordance with chapter<br>28-32; and(3)Schedule and hold a public hearing on the complaint in accordance with<br>chapter 28-32.6.If the individual fails to file a timely response, the board shall determine whether the<br>individual's failure to file a timely response constitutes an admission of the<br>allegations in the complaint and whether the individual's teaching license should be<br>subject to action by the board. If the board determines that the individual's failure to<br>file a timely response is an admission of the allegations in the complaint and that the<br>individual's teaching license should be subject to action by the board, the board shall<br>hold a hearing in accordance with chapter 28-32 to take any appropriate action.15.1-13-25. Teaching license - Action by board - Causes.1.After holding a public hearing in accordance with chapter 28-32, the board may<br>issue a written warning or reprimand to the individual, suspend the individual's<br>teaching license, or revoke the individual's teaching license if:a.The individual obtained a license by means of fraud, misrepresentation, or<br>concealment of facts.b.The board becomes aware of any fact or circumstance that would have caused<br>the board to deny licensure had the board known of the fact or circumstance at<br>the time of initial licensure.c.The individual is incompetent, immoral, intemperate, or cruel.d.The individual has been convicted of, has pled guilty to, or has pled<br>nolo contendere to an offense deemed by the board to have a direct bearing<br>upon an individual's ability to serve as a teacher or an administrator.e.The board believes that the individual, having been convicted of an offense, has<br>not been sufficiently rehabilitated under section 12.1-33-02.1.f.The individual has refused to perform the duties of a teacher or an<br>administrator.g.The individual has breached a contract with a school district.Page No. 6h.The individual knowingly taught in violation of chapter 15.1-18.i.The individual is a school district administrator and knowingly permitted another<br>individual to teach in violation of chapter 15.1-18.j.The individual has violated this chapter or any rule adopted by the board.2.Any action of the board taken under this section may be appealed to the district<br>court of Burleigh County in accordance with chapter 28-32.15.1-13-26. Crimes against a child and sexual offenses - Denial of or immediaterevocation of teaching license.1.The board shall deny an application for a teaching license and shall immediately<br>revoke the teaching license of an individual who has been found guilty of a crime<br>against a child or a sexual offense.2.An individual who is denied a teaching license or who has had a teaching license<br>revoked under subsection 1 may file a request with the board for a due process<br>hearing under chapter 28-32.The hearing must be held within ten days of therequest. The scope of the hearing is limited to determining whether the individual<br>was convicted of a crime against a child or a sexual offense and whether the<br>conviction has been overturned on appeal.3.A final decision denying a teaching license or revoking a teaching license under this<br>section is appealable pursuant to chapter 28-32. A court may not stay the decision<br>pending an appeal. A court shall affirm the decision denying a teaching license or<br>revoking a teaching license unless the court finds that the individual was not<br>convicted of a crime against a child or a sexual offense or that the conviction was<br>overturned on appeal.4.The board may impose a fee against a licensee as reimbursement for all or part of<br>the costs of administrative actions that result in disciplinary action against the<br>licensee under this section.5.As used in this section:a.&quot;Conviction&quot; means a finding of guilt, a guilty plea, a plea of no contest, a plea<br>of nolo contendere, a judgment of conviction even though the court suspended<br>execution of sentence in accordance with subsection 3 of section 12.1-32-02, or<br>a deferred imposition of sentence in accordance with subsection 4 of section<br>12.1-32-02 or an equivalent statute. The term does not include a finding of guilt<br>overturned on appeal.b.&quot;Crime against a child&quot; means violation of section 12.1-16-01, 12.1-16-02,<br>12.1-16-03, 12.1-16-04, 12.1-17-01.1, 12.1-17-02, 12.1-17-03, 12.1-17-04,<br>12.1-17-05, 12.1-17-06, 12.1-17-07, 12.1-17-07.1, 12.1-17-10, 12.1-18-01,<br>12.1-18-02, 12.1-18-03, 12.1-29-01, 12.1-29-02, or 12.1-29-03, or an equivalent<br>ordinance, in which the victim is a minor or is otherwise of the age required for<br>the act to be a crime or an attempt to commit these offenses.c.&quot;Sexual offense&quot; means a violation of section 12.1-20-03, 12.1-20-03.1,<br>12.1-20-04, 12.1-20-05, 12.1-20-06, 12.1-20-07, 12.1-20-11, or 12.1-20-12.2, or<br>chapter 12.1-27.2, or an equivalent ordinance.15.1-13-27. Suspension or revocation of teaching license - Notice.1.If an individual's teaching license is suspended or revoked, the board shall notify the<br>individual, the business manager of the school district employing the individual, eachPage No. 7county superintendent of schools in the state, and the superintendent of public<br>instruction.2.Upon being notified that one's teaching license has been suspended or revoked, the<br>individual shall return the license to the education standards and practices board. If<br>the individual fails to return the license within the time period set by the board, the<br>board may publish notice of the suspension or revocation in the official newspaper of<br>the county in which the individual was employed.15.1-13-28. Teaching license - Effect of revocation. The revocation of an individual'steaching license results in the immediate termination of the individual's employment by a school<br>district. The school district shall, however, compensate the individual for services rendered only<br>until such time as the notice of revocation is received by the district.15.1-13-29. Teaching license of administrator - Determinations by subcommittee.1.Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, when a complaint regarding an<br>administrator is filed with the board, all actions and determinations provided for in<br>this chapter must be made by a subcommittee of the board.2.The subcommittee must consist of the two board members who are administrators,<br>the two board members who are school board members, and two board members<br>who are teachers and who have been appointed to the subcommittee by the board.3.The subcommittee shall convene at a regular or special meeting of the board.4.The subcommittee shall select its own chairman and vice chairman and the<br>executive director of the board, or the director's designee, shall serve as its<br>secretary.5.a.A majority of the subcommittee constitutes a quorum for purposes of this<br>section.b.Except as otherwise provided in this section, a majority of the quorum has the<br>authority to act on any matter properly before the subcommittee.c.At least three members of the subcommittee must consent to the revocation of<br>an administrator's teaching license.6.Any action or determination by the subcommittee regarding the teaching license of<br>an administrator:a.Must be taken or made by the same process and on the same grounds as<br>provided in sections 15.1-13-24, 15.1-13-25, and 15.1-13-26;b.Has the same force and effect as an action or determination by the education<br>standards and practices board;c.May not be modified by the board; andd.May be appealed under this chapter in the same manner as actions or<br>determinations by the board.15.1-13-30. Venue for legal actions. Burleigh County, North Dakota, is the venue for allactions to which the education standards and practices board is a party.15.1-13-31. Conviction of individual holding teaching license - Written notification.A state's attorney shall provide written notification to the board when an individual holding a<br>teaching license is convicted of a felony or a class A misdemeanor.Page No. 815.1-13-32. 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