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

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Date Published: 03/21/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 20, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 533


Introduced by Senator Portantino

February 16, 2017


An act to add Article 16 (commencing with Section 44415) to Chapter 2 of Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to teacher credentialing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 533, as amended, Portantino. Teacher credentialing. credentialing: Governor’s Urgent State of Need: teacher shortages.
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 generally requires an individual to hold a credential, certificate, or permit to provide instruction to pupils in elementary and secondary schools. Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to, among other things, establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits.
This bill would authorize the Governor to declare an “Urgent State of Need” in response to a teacher shortage in one or more school districts for a shortage of teachers in specific subject areas or a shortage of teachers with an authorization to provide bilingual instruction to limited-English-proficient pupils. The bill would authorize a school district subject to an “Urgent State of Need” declaration to employ as a teacher a person without a valid credential, certificate, or permit otherwise necessary to provide instruction to pupils, as provided.
The bill would require a teacher employed under an “Urgent State of Need” declaration to receive a teaching credential after 5 complete consecutive school years of employment. The bill would require the commission to determine, based on the teaching experience of the teacher, the appropriate credential to issue and would authorize the commission, if appropriate, to issue to the teacher an authorization to provide services to limited-English-proficient pupils.

Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to teacher credentialing.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


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 may declare an “Urgent State of Need” in response to a teacher shortage in one or more school districts. 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 limited-English-proficient pupils.
(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 both of the following conditions are satisfied:
(A) The person to be employed demonstrates expertise relevant to the position.
(B) A credentialed teacher is unavailable for the position.
(c) After five complete consecutive school years of employment, a teacher employed pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) shall receive a teaching credential. The commission shall determine, based on the teaching experience of the teacher during the five school years of employment, the appropriate credential to issue to the teacher. If appropriate, the commission may also issue to the teacher an authorization to provide services to limited-English-proficient pupils pursuant to Section 44253.3, 44253.4, or 44253.7.
(d) 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.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to teacher credentialing.