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AB-1536 Teacher credentialing: Technology Education Credential “TEC” Program.(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. 1536


Introduced by Assembly Member Grayson

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 47601 of the Education Code, relating to charter schools. add Article 11.5 (commencing with Section 44390) to Chapter 2 of Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code, and to amend Section 17072 of, and to add Sections 17208 and 24343.9 to, the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to teacher credentialing, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1536, as amended, Grayson. Charter schools: operation. Teacher credentialing: Technology Education Credential “TEC” Program.
(1) 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 establishes minimum requirements for the issuance of a preliminary multiple or single subject teaching credential, which include, among other requirements, a baccalaureate degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of postsecondary education and satisfactory completion of a program of professional preparation, as provided.
This bill would establish the Technology Education Credential “TEC” Program, under the administration of the commission. The bill would require the commission to develop a streamlined teacher credentialing process for professionals from the technology industry, and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions, to become teachers. The bill would authorize the commission to provide grants to these professionals to become teachers through the streamlined process.
The bill would establish the Technology Education Credential “TEC” Fund in the State Treasury to receive monetary contributions made for purposes of the program. The bill would continuously appropriate the moneys in the fund to the commission for purposes of the program.
(2) The Personal Income Tax Law, in modified conformity with federal income tax laws, and the Corporation Tax Law allow various deductions in computing the income that is subject to the taxes imposed by those laws, including a deduction for a charitable contribution, which includes a contribution or gift to a state for exclusively public purposes.
This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, would allow a deduction in computing adjusted gross income under the Personal Income Tax Law and a deduction under the Corporation Tax Law for an amount contributed during the taxable year to the Technology Education Credential “TEC” Fund, as provided.

The Charter Schools Act of 1992 provides for the establishment and operation of a charter school, as prescribed. Existing law states that the Legislature’s intent in enacting the act is to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently from the existing school district structure as a method to accomplish specified goals.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the latter provision.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 11.5 (commencing with Section 44390) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  11.5. Technology Education Credential “TEC” Program

44390.
 For purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(a) “Fund” means the Technology Education Credential “TEC” Fund.
(b) “Person” means an individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, or other group, however organized.

44390.1.
 (a) The Technology Education Credential “TEC” Fund is hereby created in the State Treasury to receive any monetary contributions made pursuant to this article. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, moneys in the fund shall be continuously appropriated without regard to fiscal year to the commission for the purposes of this article.
(b) (1) A person may make monetary contributions to the fund for purposes of this article.
(2) Monetary contributions to the fund shall be tax deductible pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 17072 of, and Sections 17208 and 24343.9 of, the Revenue and Taxation Code.
(3) Neither Section 11005 of the Government Code nor any other law requiring approval by a state officer of monetary contributions shall apply to these monetary contributions.

44390.2.
 (a) The Technology Education Credential “TEC” Program is hereby established and shall be administered by the commission.
(b) The commission shall develop a streamlined teacher credentialing process for professionals from the technology industry, and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions, to become teachers.
(c) The moneys in the fund shall be used to provide grants to professionals from the technology industry and other STEM professions to become teachers through the streamlined process developed pursuant to subdivision (b).
(d) (1) No more than 5 percent of the moneys in the fund shall be used by the commission to administer this article.
(2) The commission may use an additional 5 percent of the moneys in the fund during the 2018 calendar year to develop the streamlined teacher credentialing process identified in subdivision (b) if the commission develops a work plan and designates a completion date for the development of the streamlined process, provides it to the State Treasurer, and posts it on the commission’s Internet Web site on or before April 1, 2018.

SEC. 2.

 Section 17072 of the Revenue and Taxation Code is amended to read:

17072.
 (a) Section 62 of the Internal Revenue Code, relating to adjusted gross income defined, shall apply, except as otherwise provided.
(b) Section 62(a)(2)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code, relating to certain expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers, shall not apply.
(c) Section 62(a)(21) of the Internal Revenue Code, relating to attorneys fees relating to awards to whistleblowers, shall not apply.
(d) For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, Section 62(a) of the Internal Revenue Code is modified to provide that the deduction allowed under Section 17208 shall be allowed in determining adjusted gross income.

SEC. 3.

 Section 17208 is added to the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:

17208.
 (a) For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, a deduction shall be allowed for an amount contributed by a taxpayer during the taxable year to the Technology Education Credential “TEC” Fund, established pursuant to Article 11.5 (commencing with Section 44390) of Chapter 2 of Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code.
(b) Any amount allowed as a deduction pursuant to this section shall not be allowed as a deduction for a charitable contribution.

SEC. 4.

 Section 24343.9 is added to the Revenue and Taxation Code, to read:

24343.9.
 (a) For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, a deduction shall be allowed for an amount contributed by a taxpayer during the taxable year to the Technology Education Credential “TEC” Fund, established pursuant to Article 11.5 (commencing with Section 44390) of Chapter 2 of Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code.
(b) Any amount allowed as a deduction pursuant to this section shall not be allowed as a deduction for a charitable contribution.

SECTION 1.Section 47601 of the Education Code is amended to read:
47601.

It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this part, to provide an opportunity for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently from the existing school district structure as a method to accomplish all of the following:

(a)Improve pupil learning.

(b)Increase learning opportunities for all pupils, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for pupils who are identified as academically low achieving.

(c)Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.

(d)Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the schoolsite.

(e)Provide parents and pupils with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system.

(f)Hold the schools established under this part accountable for meeting measurable pupil outcomes, and provide the schools with a method to change from rule-based to performance-based accountability systems.

(g)Provide vigorous competition within the public school system to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.