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SB-533 Teacher credentialing: Governor’s Urgent State of Need: teacher shortages.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Article 16 (commencing with Section 44415) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  16. Governor’s Urgent State of Need
44415.
 (a) The Governor, upon the submission of evidence by a school district to the Governor, or to an agency designated by the Governor as having specialized teacher workforce expertise, demonstrating a teacher shortage in the school district to the satisfaction of the Governor or the agency, may declare an “Urgent State of Need” in response to a teacher shortage in that school district. Evidence of teacher shortage includes, but is not limited to, teacher availability data and recent efforts made by the school district to recruit credentialed teachers. The Governor may declare an “Urgent State of Need” in a school district for a shortage of either of the following:
(1) Teachers in specific subject areas, including, but not limited to, courses approved as meeting the A-G admissions requirements of the University of California and the California State University.
(2) Teachers with an authorization to provide bilingual instruction to English learners.
(b) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, a school district subject to an “Urgent State of Need” declaration may employ as a teacher a person without a valid credential, certificate, or permit otherwise necessary to provide instruction to pupils.
(2) A person without a valid credential, certificate, or permit shall not be employed pursuant to paragraph (1) unless all of the following conditions are satisfied:
(A) The candidate has obtained a college degree from a regionally accredited institution.
(B) The candidate has a current certificate of clearance issued from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
(C) The candidate demonstrates expertise relevant to the position, as determined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
(c) A person employed by a school district pursuant to subdivision (b) shall, within two years of the start of his or her employment, enroll in a teacher credentialing program that is accredited by the commission.
(d) (1) The school district employing a teacher pursuant to this section shall provide a minimum of 200 hours of support and supervision annually at no cost to the teacher.
(2) The school district employing a teacher pursuant to this section, after the hiring of the teacher but before school begins or resumes, shall do either of the following:
(A) For a teacher who has previous teaching experience, either in another state or country or of at least one year at the postsecondary level, the school district shall provide a minimum of 35 hours of teacher training on lesson planning and the standards of the school district.
(B) For a teacher who has previously taught for less than one year at the postsecondary level or has no previous teaching experience, the school district shall provide 105 hours of teacher training that includes, but is not limited to, lesson planning, discipline, classroom management, and other topics that the school district determines appropriate to aid the new teacher.
(e) A teacher employed pursuant to this section shall be required to join an employee organization selected as the exclusive representative of the certificated employees of the school district or pay a fair share services fee, as provided in Section 3543 of the Government Code. The teacher shall be subject to an applicable collective bargaining agreement made between the employee organization and the school district.