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AB-681 Teacher credentialing: teacher preparation outside of the United States.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/31/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 30, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 681


Introduced by Assembly Member Chau

February 15, 2017


An act to add Section 44275.5 Sections 44275.5 and 44275.6 to the Education Code, relating to teacher credentialing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 681, as amended, Chau. Teacher credentialing: teacher preparation outside of the United States.
Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to, among other duties, establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits. Existing law requires the commission to issue a 5-year preliminary multiple subject teaching credential, a 5-year preliminary single subject teaching credential, or a 5-year preliminary education specialist credential to a teacher prepared in a country other than the United States who meets specified requirements.
Existing law provides that coursework, programs, or degrees completed at an institution of higher education outside of the United States are acceptable toward certification when the commission or an evaluating agency approved by the commission has determined that the institution’s coursework, programs, or degrees are equivalent to those offered by a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
This bill would authorize the commission to determine that the national standards for coursework, programs, or degrees in a country other than the United States are equivalent to those offered by a regionally accredited institution in the United States. The bill would provide that, if the commission determines that the other country’s national standards are equivalent, an individual who holds or is eligible for a credential in that country is presumed to have satisfied specified requirements for obtaining a credential.
The bill would authorize the commission to enter into an agreement with an evaluating agency as necessary to make a determination regarding another country’s national standards. The bill would also require the commission to adopt regulations necessary to implement these provisions. The bill would require the commission to annually report to the Legislature specified information relating to these provisions.
The bill would require a school district, county office of education, and charter school to annually report to the State Department of Education the number of visa applications for certain nonimmigrant aliens the school district, county office of education, or charter school applies for on behalf of potential employees, and the number of those visa applications that are granted. The bill would require the department to annually report that information to the Legislature.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 44275.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

44275.5.
 (a) In addition to the authority granted to the commission under Section 44275.4, the commission may determine that the national standards for coursework, programs, or degrees in a country other than the United States are equivalent to those offered by a regionally accredited institution in the United States. If the commission determines that the other country’s national standards are equivalent, an individual who holds or is eligible for a credential in that country is presumed to have satisfied the requirements of paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 44275.4.
(b) The commission may enter into an agreement with an evaluating agency as necessary to make a determination regarding another country’s national standards.
(c) The commission shall adopt regulations necessary to implement this section, including regulations that do both of the following:
(1) Establish uniform standards for making a determination regarding another country’s national standards.
(2) Prescribe the procedure by which a determination regarding another country’s national standards shall occur.
(d) (1) The commission shall annually report to the Legislature the list of countries that qualify under this section, the number of credential applications from foreign countries that are approved, and the country of origin of those credential applications.
(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

SEC. 2.

 Section 44275.6 is added to the Education Code, to read:

44275.6.
 (a) A school district, county office of education, and charter school shall annually report to the department, in a manner prescribed by the department, the number of visa applications for nonimmigrant aliens described in Section 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of Title 8 of the United States Code the school district, county office of education, or charter school applies for on behalf of potential employees, and the number of those visa applications that are granted.
(b) (1) The department shall annually report the information provided pursuant to subdivision (a) to the Legislature.
(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.