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AB-2186 Education finance: Golden State Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Grant Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/27/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 27, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 02, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 17, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 20, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2186


Introduced by Assembly Member Thurmond
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Gonzalez Fletcher)

February 12, 2018


An act to add Article 3.2 (commencing with Section 44480) to Chapter 3 of Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to education finance.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2186, as amended, Thurmond. Education finance: Golden State Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Grant Program.
Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to, among other duties, establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits.
This bill would, upon appropriation by the Legislature, require the commission to establish the Golden State Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Grant Program. The bill would require the commission to select a county office of education to administer the program to provide specified grants to each student enrolled in an approved teacher credentialing program who commits to working in a STEM field, at a school district, county office of education, or charter school, for 4 years after he or she receives a preliminary teaching credential, and when he or she has completed 2 and 4 years of the teaching obligation, as provided. The bill would require the administrator of the grant program to annually report the status and progress of the Golden State STEM Teacher Grant Program to the commission and to submit a final implementation report, within 7 years of being selected as the administrator, that describes the outcomes and effectiveness of the program.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 3.2 (commencing with Section 44480) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 25 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  3.2. Golden State Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Grant Program

44480.
 (a) Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing shall establish the Golden State Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Grant Program.
(b) (1) Under the program, the commission shall select a county office of education to administer the program and provide grant funds of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to each student enrolled on or after January 1, 2018, in a professional preparation program leading to a preliminary teaching credential, approved by the commission, if the student commits to teaching in a STEM field, at a school district, county office of education, or charter school, for four years after he or she receives the preliminary teaching credential.
(2) The administrator of the program shall not use more than 5 percent of a grant award for program administration costs. The administrator of the grant program shall provide grant funds of five thousand dollars ($5,000) after the recipient completes two years of employment as a STEM teacher and five thousand dollars ($5,000) after the recipient completes four years of employment as a STEM teacher, within the obligation period.
(c) (1) A grant recipient shall agree to teach in a STEM field for four years and shall have five years, upon completion of his or her preparation program, to meet that obligation. To maintain eligibility for the grants available after the second year of employment and after the fourth year of employment, described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (b), the grant recipient shall do all of the following:
(A) Have successfully completed a teacher preparation program approved by the commission.
(B) While enrolled in the teacher preparation program, maintain good academic standing.
(C) Upon completion of the teacher preparation program, satisfy the state basic skills proficiency test requirement pursuant to Sections 44252 and 44252.5.
(D) Complete the required teaching service following completion of his or her preparation program.
(2) Nonperformance of the commitment to teach in a STEM field for four years shall be certified by the department to the administrator of the grant program.
(3) Nonperformance of the commitment to earn a preliminary teaching credential in a STEM field shall be certified by the commission to the administrator of the grant program.
(4) If a teacher participant is unable to complete a school year of teaching, that school year may still be counted toward the required four complete school years if any of the following occur:
(A) The teacher participant has completed at least one-half of the school year.
(B) The employer deems the teacher participant to have fulfilled his or her contractual requirements for the school year for the purposes of salary increases, probationary or permanent status, and retirement.
(C) The teacher participant was not able to teach due to the financial circumstances of the sponsoring grant recipient, including a decision to not reelect the employee for the next succeeding school year.
(D) The teacher participant has a condition covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2601 et seq.) or similar state law.
(E) The teacher participant was called or ordered to active duty status for more than 30 days as a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States.
(d) For purposes of the grant program pursuant to this section, the commission shall require the administrator of the grant program to annually report the status and progress of the Golden State STEM Teacher Grant Program to the commission and to submit a final implementation report, within seven years of being selected as the administrator, that describes the outcomes and effectiveness of the program.
(e) For purposes of this section, “commission” means the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.