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AB-1119 Teacher and Substitute Shortage Workgroup: small school districts. (2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/12/2019 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1119


Introduced by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia

February 21, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 44226 of the Education Code, relating to school employees.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1119, as amended, Eduardo Garcia. Teacher and Substitute Shortage Workgroup: small school districts.
Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to, among other duties, to establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits. Existing law authorizes the commission to issue or renew emergency teaching or specialist permits in accordance with specified regulations adopted by the commission.
Existing regulations authorize the commission to issue a permit authorizing the holder to serve as a substitute teacher, and prohibit the holder of a substitute teaching permit from serving as a substitute teacher for more than 30 days for any one teacher in a general education classroom, or 20 days for any one teacher in a special education classroom, during a school year.
This bill would require the commission, in partnership with the State Department of Education, commission to establish a Teacher and Substitute Shortage Workgroup, comprised of certain members, Workgroup to identify steps that can be taken to improve both the substitute pool and the qualified teacher workforce in small school districts, defined as a school district with fewer than 2,501 units of average daily attendance. The bill would require, on or before March 1, 2020, the commission and the department to solicit applicants to serve on the workgroup, and would require the workgroup to meet, either in-person, through the use of technology, or through a combination of both, no fewer than 4 times during the period of May 1, 2020, to November 30, 2020, inclusive. The bill would require the workgroup to examine, at a minimum, current laws and regulations governing the issuance of substitute permits and recommend changes to those policies, and to prepare and report those recommendations, on or before March 31, 2021, to the Legislature. laws and regulations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 44226 is added to the Education Code, to read:

44226.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares that shortages of fully credentialed teachers still remain, particularly in small and rural school districts, despite state funded programs and local initiatives to increase the teacher workforce.
(b) The commission, in partnership with the department, commission shall establish a Teacher and Substitute Shortage Workgroup to identify steps that can be taken to improve both the substitute pool and the qualified teacher workforce in small school districts.
(c) The workgroup shall include, at minimum, the following representatives:

(1)Two representatives from small school districts.

(2)Two

(1) Four representatives who are credentialed teachers from small school districts, preferably representing two different credential types. including one person holding a single subject credential, one person holding a multiple subject credential, one person holding an education specialist credential, and one person holding a substitute teaching permit.

(3)Two representatives from county offices of education representing counties with high numbers of substitute permits, including long-term and short-term waivers and intern permits. At least one of the representatives shall be

(2) One representative from a county office of education that manages the substitute pool for schools in its jurisdiction.

(4)One representative who is a member of a governing board of a small school district.

(5)

(3) One representative who is a school administrator from a small school district.
(4) One representative who is a credential specialist from a small school district.

(d)The commission and the department shall solicit applicants to serve on the workgroup on or before March 1, 2020, and the workgroup shall meet, either in-person, through the use of technology, or through a combination of both, no fewer than four times during the period of May 1, 2020, to November 30, 2020, inclusive.

(e)

(d) The workgroup shall examine, at a minimum, current laws and regulations governing the issuance of substitute permits and recommend changes to those laws and regulations.

(f)On or before March 31, 2021, the workgroup shall prepare recommendations pursuant to subdivision (e) and report them to the Legislature consistent with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(g)

(e) For purposes of this section, “small school district” means a school district with fewer than 2,501 units of average daily attendance.

(h)Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2025.

(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.