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AB-1623 Teaching credential: teacher recruitment: Golden State Teacher Grant Program.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 05/17/2019 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 16, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1623


Introduced by Assembly Members Robert Rivas and O’Donnell

February 22, 2019


An act to add Article 5.3 (commencing with Section 69617) to Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to teachers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1623, as amended, Robert Rivas. Teaching credential: teacher recruitment: Golden State Teacher Grant Program.
Existing law establishes the Student Aid Commission as the primary state agency for the administration of state-authorized student financial aid programs available to students attending all segments of postsecondary education. Under existing law, the commission, among other things, administers the Cal Grant Program, the Student Opportunity and Access Program, the Assumption Program of Loans for Education, the Graduate Assumption Program of Loans for Education, the Public Interest Attorney Loan Repayment Program, and the California State Work-Study Program.
This bill, subject to an appropriation of moneys by the Legislature, would establish a program, the Golden State Teacher Grant Program, Program under the administration of the commission to provide a grant to each student enrolled in an approved teacher credentialing program who commits to working in a high-need field, as defined, for 4 years after the student receives a preliminary teaching credential. The bill would require a grant recipient to agree to repay the grant to the state in specified circumstances.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 5.3 (commencing with Section 69617) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  5.3. Golden State Teacher Grant Program

69617.
 (a) Subject to moneys appropriated by the Legislature for the purposes of this section, the Student Aid Commission shall administer the Golden State Teacher Grant Program. Under the program, the commission shall provide one-time grant funds of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) to each student enrolled on or after January 1, 2020, in a professional preparation program leading to a preliminary teaching credential, approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, if the student commits to working in a high-need field for four years after the student receives the teaching credential.
(b) (1) A grant recipient shall agree to teach in a high-need field for four years and shall have five years, upon completion of the recipient’s preparation program, to meet that obligation. Except as provided in paragraph (4), a grant recipient shall agree to repay the state five thousand dollars ($5,000) annually, up to full repayment of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), for each year the recipient fails to do one or more of the following:
(A) Be enrolled in or have successfully completed a teacher preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
(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 the recipient’s preparation program.
(2) Nonperformance of the commitment to teach in a high-need field for four years shall be certified by the State Department of Education.
(3) Nonperformance of the commitment to earn a preliminary teaching credential in a high-need field shall be certified by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to the commission.
(4) Any exceptions to the requirement for repayment shall be defined by the commission. commission, and may include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, counting a school year towards the required four-year teaching requirement if a grant recipient is unable to complete the school year when any of the following occur:
(A) The grant recipient has completed at least one-half of the school year.
(B) The employer deems the grant recipient to have fulfilled the grant recipient’s contractual requirements for the school year for the purposes of salary increases, probationary or permanent status, and retirement.
(C) The grant recipient was not able to teach due to the financial circumstances of the school district, including a decision to not reelect the employee for the next succeeding school year.
(D) The grant recipient 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 grant recipient 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.
(c) For purposes of this section, “high-need field” means any of the following:
(1) Bilingual education.
(2) Mathematics or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
(3) Science.
(4) Special education.
(5) Other subjects as designated annually by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing based on an analysis of California’s teacher supply pursuant to Section 44225.6.