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AB-1797 State Department of Education: report: teacher induction.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/25/2019 09:00 PM

Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2019


Assembly Bill
No. 1797

Introduced by Assembly Member Smith

February 22, 2019

An act to amend Section 56426 of add and repeal Section 44279.8 of the Education Code, relating to special education. teachers.


AB 1797, as amended, Smith. Special education: early education programs. State Department of Education: report: teacher induction.
Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, among other duties, to establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits. Existing law prescribes the minimum requirements for a clear multiple or single subject teaching credential, including the completion of either a beginning teacher induction program approved by the commission and the Superintendent of Public Instruction pursuant to the Marian Bergeson Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment System or an alternative program of beginning teacher induction, as provided.
This bill would require the State Department of Education to submit a report providing recommendations on teacher induction and teacher credentialing to the Legislature and Governor on or before December 31, 2020.

Existing law requires school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas to identify, locate, and assess individuals with exceptional needs and to provide those pupils with a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, and with special education and related services as reflected in an individualized education program. Existing law also requires an early education program provided by a local educational agency to include services specially designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs from birth to 3 years of age and their families.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the early education program provisions.

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

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


 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Since 1988, California has led the nation by piloting programs to identify strategies to support new teachers.
(b) The findings from one of these pilot programs, the California New Teacher Project, indicated that new teachers who participated in an induction experience that included intensive mentoring, support, and assistance were not only more successful in their first two years of teaching, but also less likely to leave the profession within their first five years of teaching.
(c) According to the National Education Association, more than 40 percent of teachers leave the teaching profession within five years.
(d) When teachers leave the profession, school districts incur costs to hire replacements. These costs vary, but have been estimated to be between $15,000 and $20,000 per teacher.

SEC. 2.

 Section 44279.8 is added to the Education Code, to read:

 (a) On or before December 31, 2020, the department shall submit a report providing recommendations on teacher induction and teacher credentialing to the Legislature and Governor.
(b) The department shall consider all of the following in its report:
(1) Incentives for a teacher to participate in a teacher induction program at or before the teacher’s first two years of teaching.
(2) Funding opportunities for programs to offset the costs of teacher induction.
(3) Partnership opportunities between local educational agencies and California postsecondary educational institutions.
(c) (1) A report submitted to the Legislature pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2025.

SECTION 1.Section 56426 of the Education Code is amended to read:

An early education program shall include services specially designed to meet the unique needs of infants, from birth to three years of age, and their families. The primary purpose of an early education program is to enhance development of the infant. To meet this purpose, the program shall focus upon the infant and the infant’s family, and shall include home visits, group services, and family involvement activities. Early education programs funded pursuant to Sections 56427, 56428, and 56432 shall include, as program options, home-based services pursuant to Section 56426.1 and home-based and group services pursuant to Section 56426.2, and shall be provided in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. Secs. 1431 to 1444, inclusive) and the California Early Intervention Services Act (Title 14 (commencing with Section 95000) of the Government Code).