Bill Text For HB1206 - Committee Substitute

 1|                          STATE OF OKLAHOMA                            |
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 2|             1st Session of the 56th Legislature (2017)                |
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 3|COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE                                                   |
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 4|HOUSE BILL NO. 1206                  By: Casey                         |
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 7|                        COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE                           |
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 8|       An Act relating to education; amending 70 O.S. 2011,            |
  |       Section 6-187, as last amended by Section 31, Chapter           |
 9|       54, O.S.L. 2015 (70 O.S. Supp. 2016, Section 6-187),            |
  |       which relates to competency examinations; providing             |
10|       for additional certification of special education               |
  |       teachers in certain instances; and providing an                 |
11|       effective date.                                                 |
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14|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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15|    SECTION 1.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-187, as      |
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16|last amended by Section 31, Chapter 54, O.S.L. 2015 (70 O.S. Supp.     |
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17|2016, Section 6-187), is amended to read as follows:                   |
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18|    Section 6-187.  A.  Prior to July 1, 2014, a competency            |
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19|examination shall be adopted by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher    |
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20|Preparation and beginning July 1, 2014, a competency examination       |
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21|shall be adopted by the Commission for Educational Quality and         |
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22|Accountability for the general education, professional education and   |
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23|various subject areas and grade levels for purposes of ensuring        |
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24|academic achievement and competency of each teacher candidate or       |
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 1|teacher in the subject area the person is seeking certification to     |
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 2|teach which shall also include certification as an administrator, as   |
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 3|prescribed by the State Board of Education.                            |
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 4|    The Commission, consistent with the purposes of this section,      |
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 5|shall promulgate rules and procedures to guarantee the                 |
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 6|confidentiality of examinations.                                       |
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 7|    B.  No teacher candidate shall be eligible for certification       |
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 8|until successfully completing the competency examination except        |
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 9|those candidates who make application to the State Board and meet      |
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10|the criteria for the alternative placement program pursuant to         |
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11|Section 6-122.3 of this title.  Certification shall be limited to      |
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12|areas of approval in which the certified teacher has successfully      |
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13|completed the examination.  Subject to the provisions of subsection    |
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14|C of this section, testing for certification for subjects in which a   |
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15|teacher candidate or teacher is seeking a minor teaching assignment    |
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16|or an endorsement to teach shall be limited to the specific subject    |
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17|area test.                                                             |
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18|    A teacher candidate or teacher may take the general education,     |
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19|professional education or subject area portions of the examination     |
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20|subject to any limit imposed by the Commission.                        |
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21|    C.  1.  Except as otherwise provided for in this subsection, a     |
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22|teacher may be certified in as many areas as the teacher meets the     |
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23|necessary requirements provided by law and has successfully            |
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24|completed the subject area portion of the examination.                 |
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 1|    2.  Except as otherwise provided for in this paragraph,            |
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 2|certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education     |
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 3|shall require completion of an appropriate teacher education program   |
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 4|approved by the Commission.                                            |
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 5|    Any teacher who is certified to teach elementary education may     |
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 6|be certified in early childhood education upon meeting the             |
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 7|requirements provided in law and successful completion of the          |
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 8|appropriate subject area portion of the examination.  Any teacher      |
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 9|who is certified to teach early childhood education may be certified   |
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10|in elementary education upon meeting the requirements provided in      |
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11|law and successful completion of the appropriate subject area          |
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12|portion of the examination.  Any special education teacher who         |
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13|becomes certified to teach through completion of an accredited         |
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14|teacher preparation program may be certified in early childhood or     |
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15|elementary education upon meeting the requirements provided in law     |
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16|and successful completion of the appropriate subject portion of the    |
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17|examination.  Any teacher who becomes certified to teach through       |
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18|completion of an accredited teacher preparation program or becomes     |
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19|alternatively certified to teach through the Troops to Teachers        |
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20|program may be certified in special education upon meeting the         |
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21|requirements provided in law and successful completion of the          |
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22|appropriate subject area portion of the examination.  Any special      |
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23|education teacher who has not completed a Commission-approved          |
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24|teacher education program in elementary education or early childhood   |
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 1|but who has successfully completed the subject area portion of the     |
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 2|examination may be certified in elementary education or early          |
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 3|childhood for the purpose of providing direct instruction and          |
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 4|serving as the teacher of record for grading purposes in special       |
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 5|education settings only.                                               |
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 6|    D.  The Commission shall offer the competency examination at       |
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 7|least four times per calendar year on dates to be established by the   |
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 8|Commission.                                                            |
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 9|    E.  If a teacher candidate or teacher is a non-native-English      |
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10|speaker, the Commission shall offer the subject area competency        |
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11|examination in the native language of the teacher candidate or         |
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12|teacher only if the teacher candidate or teacher is employed or has    |
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13|been offered employment by a school district as a teacher in a         |
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14|foreign language immersion program offered by the school district.     |
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15|If a non-native-English speaker who has received certification in a    |
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16|subject area after taking the subject area competency examination in   |
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17|the native language of the speaker seeks to add a certification area   |
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18|in the future and that person is no longer employed as a teacher in    |
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19|a foreign language immersion program, the examination for the          |
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20|additional certification area shall be taken in English.  The State    |
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21|Board of Education shall issue a restricted license or certificate     |
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22|to any teacher who has completed a subject area competency             |
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23|examination in the native language of the teacher as provided for in   |
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 1|this subsection restricting the teacher to teaching only in a          |
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 2|foreign language immersion program.                                    |
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 3|    F.  Nothing in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act shall          |
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 4|restrict the right of the State Board of Education to issue an         |
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 5|emergency or provisional certificate, as needed.  Provided, however,   |
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 6|prior to the issuance of an emergency certificate, the district        |
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 7|shall document substantial efforts to employ a teacher who holds a     |
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 8|provisional or standard certificate.  In the event a district is       |
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 9|unable to hire an individual meeting this criteria, the district       |
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10|shall document efforts to employ an individual with a provisional or   |
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11|standard certificate in another curricular area with academic          |
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12|preparation in the field of need.  Only after these alternatives       |
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13|have been exhausted shall the district be allowed to employ an         |
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14|individual meeting minimum standards as established by the State       |
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15|Board of Education for the issuance of emergency certificates.         |
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16|    SECTION 2.  This act shall become effective November 1, 2017.      |
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18|    56-1-7215      SD     03/01/17                                     |
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