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AB-952 Teachers: Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/18/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 952


Introduced by Assembly Member Reyes

February 16, 2017


An act to add Article 5 (commencing with Section 52200) to Chapter 7 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to teachers, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 952, as amended, Reyes. Teachers: Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program.
Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary schools in this state and authorizes local educational agencies throughout the state to operate schools and provide instruction to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. 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 an authorization for a teacher who meets specified requirements to provide instruction to English learners.
This bill would establish the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program and would require the State Department of Education to allocate funding to specified entities for purposes of providing professional development services to teachers meeting certain requirements to provide instruction to English learners. The bill would require the department to adopt criteria demonstrating a consortium’s ability to provide professional development services, as provided. The bill would require a consortium selected to receive funding under these provisions to be approved for 3 consecutive years, with funding allocated annually. The bill would appropriate an unspecified sum annually from the General Fund to the department for these purposes.
The bill would require the commission, on or before July 1, 2020, in consultation with the Committee on Accreditation, to develop a process for the purpose of identifying other short-term, high-quality pathways to address the shortage of bilingual education teachers, as provided. The bill would require the commission to provide recommendations that identify the most effective incentives for enabling existing schools of education in public institutions of higher education to establish, maintain, or expand a bilingual education program of professional preparation. The bill would require the commission to submit an initial report to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature regarding the development of those alternative routes pathways for the preparation of bilingual education teachers on or before July 1, 2019, and a final report on or before July 1, 2021. The bill would require these provisions to be implemented only upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or other legislation for these purposes.
The funds appropriated by this bill would be applied toward the minimum funding requirements for school districts and community college districts imposed by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Approximately one million, or one of every five, pupils enrolled in California’s public schools speak a primary language other than English. These pupils are referred to as English learners, or limited-English-proficient pupils.
(2) The top five primary languages spoken by California’s English learners are Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Filipino (Pilipino or Tagalog), and Arabic.
(3) The California Education for a Global Economy Initiative, approved by the voters as Proposition 58 at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election, sets forth a goal of biliteracy and multilingualism for all of California’s pupils. Proposition 58 was passed overwhelmingly by the electorate with 73.5 percent of the vote.
(4) In order to implement Proposition 58, schools and school districts will begin to plan and implement various models of dual language and other bilingual education programs for all pupils in prekindergarten through grade 12.
(5) The most significant challenge to implementation of bilingual education programs will be the shortage of bilingual education teachers in prekindergarten through grade 12.
(6) English learners have the same right to a quality education as all California pupils. For these pupils to have access to a quality education, their instructional needs must be met by teachers who have essential skills and knowledge related to the acquisition of the English language, the development of biliteracy, and the development of specific academic language and content instruction in English and a primary language other than English.
(b) It is therefore the intent of the Legislature that California provide specific supports to establish and strengthen current teacher preparation programs and professional development consortia that provide teachers with the essential skills and knowledge necessary to meet the instructional needs of California’s English learners by establishing the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program.

SEC. 2.

 Article 5 (commencing with Section 52200) is added to Chapter 7 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  5. Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program

52200.
 This article shall be known, and may be cited, as the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program.

52201.
 (a) The purpose of the grant program established under this article is to ensure that California can meet the demand for bilingual teachers necessary for the implementation of dual language and other bilingual education programs as authorized by the California Education for a Global Economy Initiative, approved by the voters as Proposition 58 at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election, and to ensure California is able to meet the demand in preparing bilingual education teachers.
(b) The Legislature hereby establishes the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program for teachers seeking to provide instruction in bilingual and multilingual settings.

52202.
 (a) The Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program shall be administered by the department in consultation with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
(b) (1) On or before July 1, 2019, the department shall establish minimum standards and eligibility criteria for the program. The department shall allocate funding to eligible county offices of education, community colleges, public or private four-year institutions of postsecondary education, professional organizations or nonprofit organizations with English learner expertise, or school districts with significant and successful bilingual education programs for pupils in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, who establish a consortium of two or more of these entities for purposes of providing professional development services to teachers who satisfy the requirements of subdivision (c).
(2) The department shall select a minimum of three, but no more than five, consortia for funding under the program.
(3) Each consortium shall include at least one local educational agency.
(c) A teacher shall be eligible for professional development services pursuant to subdivision (b) if he or she possesses a teaching credential or an education specialist credential authorizing the holder to teach pupils with exceptional needs, and does either of the following:
(1) Possesses an authorization to provide instruction to English learners pursuant to Section 44253.3, 44253.4, or 44253.7 and has provided instruction solely in English-only classrooms for three years or more.

(2)Is

(2) Is fluent in a language other than English, and seeks an authorization pursuant to Section 44253.3, 44253.4, or 44253.7 to provide instruction to English learners.
(d) In selecting consortia for funding pursuant to subdivision (b), the department shall ensure that a consortium applicant indicates how it plans to increase the number of teachers who obtain a bilingual authorization as a result of participation in the program and increase the number of teachers with a bilingual authorization who return to teaching in a bilingual or multilingual setting.

(d)

(e) In awarding funding to eligible consortia pursuant to subdivision (b), the department shall adopt criteria demonstrating a consortium’s ability to provide professional development services. The adopted criteria shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Demonstrated commitment to bilingual and multilingual education and bilingual teacher development.
(2) Demonstrated capability to fully prepare teachers to obtain bilingual authorizations and to improve or update a teacher’s knowledge and skills relating to biliteracy, English language acquisition, English language development, pupil assessment in English and other languages, and instruction in the components of a high-quality bilingual or multilingual education program.
(3) The availability of bilingual education staff with demonstrated experience and knowledge of bilingual and multilingual education for purposes of providing professional development programs.
(4) Demonstrated management and support services necessary to efficiently and effectively use funding provided under subdivision (b) to help meet the demand for bilingual teachers.
(5) Matching funds, or other in-kind matching resources, offered by the consortium in support of teachers participating in a professional development program funded pursuant to this article.
(6) An Capacity to conduct an evaluation of a professional development program offered by the consortium for the purpose of identifying areas of strength, areas requiring improvement, and recommendations for making improvement.

(e)

(f) The department shall ensure consortia selected for purposes of this article, to the maximum extent possible, are balanced with regard to geographic regions and urban and rural settings.

(f)

(g) (1) The Superintendent shall convene a workgroup to provide ongoing evaluation of the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program. A majority of the workgroup shall be current classroom teachers with a bilingual authorization. The workgroup shall be composed of representatives of all of the following:

(1)

(A) Bilingual educators. teachers currently teaching in a bilingual or multilingual setting.

(2)

(B) Representatives from schools of education of private and public institutions of higher education.

(3)English learner professionals

(C) Administrators from school districts with bilingual education programs for pupils in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1 to 12, inclusive.

(4)

(D) Professional associations or nonprofit organizations with English learner expertise.

(5)

(E) Teacher organizations and community colleges with transfer agreements leading to teacher credentials in high-needs areas. organizations.
(F) Community colleges with transfer agreements leading to teacher credentials in high-need areas.
(2) The evaluation shall include data regarding the number of bilingual authorizations issued to participants in the program and the number of previously authorized teachers who have participated in the program and subsequently returned to bilingual or multilingual teaching assignments.

52203.
 (a) The sum of ____ dollars ($____) is hereby appropriated annually from the General Fund to the department for purposes of the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program.
(b) A consortium selected to receive funding from the department under subdivision (b) of Section 52202 shall be approved for a period of three consecutive years, with funding allocated annually, contingent upon both of the following:
(1) The availability of funds.
(2) The submission of an acceptable plan to the department and the modification of a plan upon request by the department.
(c) The amount allocated by the department to a consortium shall not be less than ____ dollars ($____) per three-year period.
(d) Upon the completion of one three-year period, an entity shall be eligible to reapply for continued funding for additional three-year periods.

52204.
 (a) On or before July 1, 2020, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, in consultation with the Committee on Accreditation established pursuant to Section 44373, shall develop a process for the purpose of identifying other short-term, high-quality pathways to address the shortage of bilingual education teachers.
(b) Alternative routes Pathways developed pursuant to subdivision (a) shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Online professional development certificate programs relating to English language development and dual language instruction.
(2) The establishment of a recruitment center with a focus on recruiting high school seniors awarded the State Seal of Biliteracy pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 51460) of Chapter 3, bilingual paraprofessionals, and credentialed teachers prepared in countries other than the United States who speak at least one of the top 10 primary languages spoken by English learners in California, as identified by the department.

(3)Training California teachers in other countries, such as Mexico, to support the development of academic language proficiency in a primary language other than English for the purpose of obtaining an authorization to provide instruction to English learners.

(3) Opportunities for California teachers to develop academic language proficiency in languages other than English.
(4) A career ladder for early childhood education paraprofessionals. paraprofessionals and high school career pathways in bilingual teaching.
(c) On or before July 1, 2020, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing shall provide recommendations that identify the most effective incentives for enabling existing schools of education in public institutions of higher education to establish, maintain, or expand a bilingual education program of professional preparation.
(d) On or before July 1, 2019, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing shall submit an initial report to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature regarding the development of alternative routes pathways for the preparation of bilingual education teachers. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing shall submit a final report to those committees of the Legislature on or before July 1, 2021.
(e) This section shall be implemented only upon an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or other legislation for these purposes.