272.2 BOARD OF EXAMINERS CREATED. The board of educational examiners is created to exercise the exclusive authority to: 1. a. License practitioners who do not hold or receive a license from another professional licensing board. Licensing authority includes the authority to establish criteria for the licenses; establish issuance and renewal requirements; create application and renewal forms; create licenses that authorize different instructional functions or specialties; develop a code of professional rights and responsibilities, practices, and ethics, which shall, among other things, address the failure of a practitioner to fulfill contractual obligations under section 279.13; and develop any other classifications, distinctions, and procedures which may be necessary to exercise licensing duties. In addressing the failure of a practitioner to fulfill contractual obligations, the board shall consider factors beyond the practitioner's control. b. Notwithstanding section 272.28, subsection 1, a teacher shall be licensed in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to chapter 272, Code 2001, if the teacher successfully completes a beginning teacher mentoring program approved pursuant to chapter 256E, Code 2001, on or before June 30, 2002, or is employed by a school district that does not offer a beginning teacher mentoring and induction program approved in accordance with this chapter during the school year beginning July 1, 2001. 2. Establish, collect, and refund fees for a license. 3. Enter into reciprocity agreements with other equivalent state boards or a national certification board to provide for licensing of applicants from other states or nations. 4. Enforce rules adopted by the board through revocation or suspension of a license, or by other disciplinary action against a practitioner or professional development program licensed by the board of educational examiners. The board shall designate who may or shall initiate a licensee disciplinary investigation and a licensee disciplinary proceeding, and who shall prosecute a disciplinary proceeding and under what conditions, and shall state the procedures for review by the board of findings of fact if a majority of the board does not hear the disciplinary proceeding. However, in a case alleging failure of a practitioner to fulfill contractual obligations, the person who files a complaint with the board, or the complainant's designee, shall represent the complainant in a disciplinary hearing conducted in accordance with this chapter. 5. Apply for and receive federal or other funds on behalf of the state for purposes related to its duties. 6. Evaluate and conduct studies of board standards. 7. Hire an executive director, legal counsel, and other personnel and control the personnel administration of persons employed by the board. 8. Hear appeals regarding application, renewal, suspension, or revocation of a license. Board action is final agency action for purposes of chapter 17A. 9. Establish standards for the determination of whether an applicant is qualified to perform the duties required for a given license. 10. Issue statements of professional recognition to school service personnel who have attained a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and who are licensed by another professional licensing board. 11. Make recommendations to the state board of education concerning standards for the approval of professional development programs. 12. Establish, under chapter 17A, rules necessary to carry out board duties, and establish a budget request. 13. Adopt rules to provide for nontraditional preparation options for licensing persons who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, who do not meet other requirements for licensure. 14. Adopt rules to determine whether an applicant is qualified to perform the duties for which a license is sought. The rules shall include all of the following: a. The board may deny a license to or revoke the license of a person upon the board's finding by a preponderance of evidence that either the person has been convicted of a crime or that there has been a founded report of child abuse against the person. Rules adopted in accordance with this paragraph shall provide that in determining whether a person should be denied a license or that a practitioner's license should be revoked, the board shall consider the nature and seriousness of the founded abuse or crime in relation to the position sought, the time elapsed since the crime was committed, the degree of rehabilitation which has taken place since the incidence of founded abuse or the commission of the crime, the likelihood that the person will commit the same abuse or crime again, and the number of founded abuses committed by or criminal convictions of the person involved. b. Notwithstanding paragraph "a", the rules shall require the board to disqualify an applicant for a license or to revoke the license of a person for any of the following reasons: (1) The person entered a plea of guilty to, or has been found guilty of, any of the following offenses established pursuant to Iowa law or offenses of a similar nature established under the laws of any other state or of the United States, or any other country, whether or not a sentence is imposed: (a) Any of the following forcible felonies included in section 702.11: child endangerment, assault, murder, sexual abuse, or kidnapping. (b) Any of the following sexual abuse offenses, as provided in chapter 709, involving a child: (i) First, second, or third degree sexual abuse committed on or with a person who is under the age of eighteen years. (ii) Lascivious acts with a child. (iii) Detention in a brothel. (iv) Assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. (v) Indecent contact with a child. (vi) Sexual exploitation by a counselor. (vii) Lascivious conduct with a minor. (viii) Sexual exploitation by a school employee. (c) Incest involving a child under section 726.2. (d) Dissemination and exhibition of obscene material to minors under section 728.2. (e) Telephone dissemination of obscene material to minors under section 728.15. (2) The applicant is less than twenty-one years of age except as provided in section 272.31, subsection 1, paragraph "e". However, a student enrolled in a practitioner preparation program who meets board requirements for a temporary, limited-purpose license who is seeking to teach as part of a practicum or internship may be less than twenty-one years of age. (3) The applicant's application is fraudulent. (4) The applicant's license or certification from another state is suspended or revoked. (5) The applicant fails to meet board standards for application for an initial or renewed license. c. Qualifications or criteria for the granting or revocation of a license or the determination of an individual's professional standing shall not include membership or nonmembership in any teachers' organization. d. An applicant for a license or certificate under this chapter shall demonstrate that the requirements of the license or certificate have been met and the burden of proof shall be on the applicant. 15. Adopt rules that require specificity in written complaints that are filed by individuals who have personal knowledge of an alleged violation and which are accepted by the board, provide that the jurisdictional requirements as set by the board in administrative rule are met on the face of the complaint before initiating an investigation of allegations, provide that any investigation be limited to the allegations contained on the face of the complaint, provide for an adequate interval between the receipt of a complaint and public notice of the complaint, permit parties to a complaint to mutually agree to a resolution of the complaint filed with the board, allow the respondent the right to review any investigative report upon a finding of probable cause for further action by the board, require that the conduct providing the basis for the complaint occurred within three years of discovery of the event by the complainant unless good cause can be shown for an extension of this limitation, and require complaints to be resolved within one hundred eighty days unless good cause can be shown for an extension of this limitation. 16. Adopt criteria for administrative endorsements that allow a person to achieve the endorsement authorizing the person to serve as an elementary or secondary principal without regard to the grade level at which the person accrued teaching experience. 17. Adopt rules to require that a background investigation be conducted by the division of criminal investigation of the department of public safety on all initial applicants for licensure. The board shall also require all initial applicants to submit a completed fingerprint packet and shall use the packet to facilitate a national criminal history background check. The board shall have access to, and shall review the sex offender registry information under section 692A.13, the central registry for child abuse information established under chapter 235A, and the dependent adult abuse records maintained under chapter 235B for information regarding applicants for license renewal.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C97, § 2629; S13, § 2629; C24, 27, 31, § 3863; C35, § 3858-e1;
      C39, § 3858.1; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, §
      260.2] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1442; 89 Acts, ch 265, § 2; 90 Acts, ch 1249,
      § 5, 6
         C93, § 272.2
         96 Acts, ch 1189, § 1; 96 Acts, ch 1215, § 46; 2001 Acts, ch 103,
      §1; 2001 Acts, ch 161, §15, 16; 2001 Acts, ch 177, §13, 15; 2002
      Acts, ch 1084, §1; 2002 Acts, ch 1128, §1; 2003 Acts, ch 108, §48;
      2003 Acts, ch 180, §14, 15; 2006 Acts, ch 1152, §9; 2007 Acts, ch
      108, §9
         Referred to in § 232.69, 235B.16, 272.12, 272.15, 279.43

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