Maine Revised Statutes

§13015. Support system

1. Employment.  No public school or private school approved for tuition purposes under section 2901, subsection 2, paragraph B may employ a provisional teacher unless it has an approved, locally designed, support system or has received specific authorization from the commissioner in accordance with state board rules.
[ 1983, c. 845, §4 (NEW) .]
2. Purpose.  The purpose of an approved support system is to:
A. Provide strong support services for developing good teaching and classroom management skills to teachers with provisional certificates; [1983, c. 845, §4 (NEW).]
B. Provide assistance and review to all individuals who are candidates for a higher level certificate or who are teaching under a waiver of the requirement to be certified under this chapter; and [1999, c. 238, §1 (AMD).]
C. Assist all teachers in becoming better teachers. [1983, c. 845, §4 (NEW).]
This support system is separate from local practices and procedures regarding the supervision and evaluation of a teacher for retention by an administrative unit.
[ 1999, c. 238, §1 (AMD) .]
3. Approval.  Each administrative unit's support system is subject to approval by the commissioner in accordance with state board rules which shall require, at a minimum, that an approved support system contains the following:
A. A majority of classroom teachers, including a master teacher, if available, and other personnel such as administrators, personnel from the Department of Education or institutions of higher education and other outside consultants as the commissioner may approve. The approved support system may consist of as few as 2 teachers and one administrator. For the purposes of this paragraph, the state board shall establish by rule the definition of classroom teacher; [1991, c. 622, Pt. X, §7 (AMD).]
B. A description of the duties and responsibilities of the support system in the preparation of a teacher action plan for both provisional teachers and applicants for master teacher certification; [1983, c. 845, §4 (NEW).]
C. A description of the duties of the master teacher responsible for the design and coordination of a teacher action plan; and [1983, c. 845, §4 (NEW).]
D. A description of any current or planned linkages the support system has or will have with institutions of higher education, department personnel and members of the public in the operation of its support system. [1983, c. 845, §4 (NEW).]
[ 1991, c. 622, Pt. X, §7 (AMD) .]
4. Teacher action plan.  A teacher action plan is developed by the support system in consultation with the teacher who is the subject of the plan. The teacher action plan shall describe the specific skills which must be developed and improved by the teacher, as well as any other requirements, which may include additional professional graduate and advanced study, in order to achieve a positive recommendation to receive a higher level of certificate. A teacher action plan shall contain the basis for the positive or negative recommendation of a support system as to whether a teacher should be granted a professional teacher certificate or a master teacher certificate, as applicable.
[ 1983, c. 845, §4 (NEW) .]
5. Records confidential.  A teacher action plan shall be considered an employee record and shall be kept confidential in accordance with sections 6101 and 6102.
[ 1983, c. 845, §4 (NEW) .]
1983, c. 845, §4 (NEW). 1989, c. 700, §A69 (AMD). 1991, c. 622, §X7 (AMD). 1999, c. 238, §1 (AMD). 2017, c. 235, §41 (AFF). 2017, c. 235, §14 (RP).