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AB-952 Teachers: Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program: bilingual teacher shortage pathways.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/22/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 22, 2017
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 Section 52203 to the Education Code, relating to teachers, and making an appropriation therefor. teachers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 952, as amended, Reyes. Teachers: Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program. Program: bilingual teacher shortage pathways.
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.

AB 99 of the 2017–18 Regular Session, which has been adopted by the Legislature, would establish the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program and would require the State Department of Education to allocate grant funding to local educational agencies or a consortia of local educational agencies for purposes of providing professional development services to specified teachers and paraprofessionals to provide instruction to English learners.

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This 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 commission, on or before July 1, 2020, 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 pathways for the preparation of bilingual education teachers on or before July 1, 2019, and a final report regarding the development of those pathways and the commission’s recommendations for bilingual education programs of professional preparation 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: YESNO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 52203 is added to the Education Code, to read:

52203.
 (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 short-term, high-quality pathways to address the shortage of bilingual education teachers.
(b) 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) Opportunities for California teachers to develop academic language proficiency in languages other than English.
(4) A career ladder for early childhood education paraprofessionals and high school career pathways in bilingual teaching.
(c) On or before July 1, 2020, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing shall provide recommendations, pursuant to subdivision (d), 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 pathways for the preparation of bilingual education teachers pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b). The Commission on Teacher Credentialing shall submit a final report regarding the requirements of this section to those committees of the Legislature on or before July 1, 2021.