BILL NO. 1228 By: Sanders, Albright, West (Josh), Boles, Townley, Lawson and McCall of the House
Smalley, Hicks, Kirt, Haste, Bullard and Bice of the Senate
An Act relating to schools; amending 70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-194, as last amended by Section 1, Chapter 246, O.S.L. 2015 (70 O.S. Supp. 2018, Section 6-194), which relates to professional development programs; requiring annual training program for dyslexia awareness; listing components of training program; and providing an effective date.
SUBJECT: Professional development programs for certified teachers and administrators
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:
SECTION 1. AMENDATORY 70 O.S. 2011, Section 6-194, as last amended by Section 1, Chapter 246, O.S.L. 2015 (70 O.S. Supp. 2018, Section 6-194), is amended to read as follows:
Section 6-194. A. The district boards of education of this state shall establish professional development programs for the certified teachers and administrators of the district. Programs shall be adopted by each board based upon recommendations of a professional development committee appointed by the board of education for the district. For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2011, and June 30, 2012, a school district board of education may elect not to adopt and offer a professional development program for certified teachers and administrators of the district. If a school district elects not to adopt and offer a professional development program, the district may expend any monies allocated for professional development for any purpose related to the support and maintenance of the school district as determined by the board of education of the school district.
Each professional development committee shall include classroom
teachers, administrators, school counselors or licensed mental health
providers, and parents, guardians or c
C. In developing program recommendations, each professional development committee shall annually utilize a data-driven approach to analyze student data and determine district and school professional development needs. The professional development programs adopted shall be directed toward development of competencies and instructional strategies in the core curriculum areas for the following goals:
1. Increasing the academic performance data scores for the district and each school site;
2. Closing achievement gaps among student subgroups;
3. Increasing student achievement as demonstrated on state-mandated tests and the ACT;
4. Increasing high school graduation rates; and
5. Decreasing college remediation rates.
Each program may also include
components on classroom management and student discipline strategies, outreach
to parents, guardians or c
D. At a minimum of once an academic year a program shall be offered which includes the following:
1. Training on recognition of child abuse and neglect;
2. Recognition of child sexual abuse;
3. Proper reporting of suspected abuse; and
4. Available resources.
E. One time per year, beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, training in the area of autism shall be offered and all resident teachers of students in early childhood programs through grade three shall be required to complete the autism training during the resident year and at least one time every three (3) years thereafter. All other teachers and education support professionals of students in early childhood programs through grade three shall be required to complete the autism training at least one time every three (3) years. The autism training shall include a minimum awareness of the characteristics of autistic children, resources available and an introduction to positive behavior supports to challenging behavior. Each adopted program shall allow school counselors to receive at least one-third (1/3) of the hours or credit required each year through programs or courses specifically designed for school counselors.
Districts are authorized to utilize any means for professional development that is not prohibited by law including, but not limited to, professional development provided by the district, any state agency, institution of higher education, or any private entity.
F. One time per year, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, a dyslexia awareness program shall be offered. At a minimum, the program shall include:
1. Training in awareness of dyslexia characteristics in students;
2. Training in effective classroom instruction to meet the needs of students with dyslexia; and
3. Available dyslexia resources for teachers, students and parents.
G. Except as otherwise provided for in this subsection, each certified teacher in this state shall be required by the district board of education to meet the professional development requirements established by the board, or established through the negotiation process. Except as otherwise provided for in this subsection, the professional development requirements established by each board of education shall require every teacher to annually complete a minimum number of the total number of points required to maintain employment. Failure of any teacher to meet district board of education professional development requirements may be grounds for nonrenewal of such teacher's contract by the board. Such failure may also be grounds for nonconsideration of salary increments affecting the teacher. For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2011, and June 30, 2012, a certified teacher shall not be required to complete any points of the total number of professional development points required. Provided, a teacher may elect to complete some or all of the minimum number of points required for the two (2) fiscal years and any points completed shall be counted toward the total number of points required to maintain employment. If a teacher does not complete some or all of the minimum number of points required for one (1) or both fiscal years, the total number of points required to maintain employment shall be adjusted and reduced by the number of points not completed.
G. H. Each district
shall annually submit a report to the State Department of Education on the
district level professional development needs, activities completed,
expenditures, and results achieved for each school year by each goal as provided
in subsection C of this section. If a
school district elects not to adopt and offer a professional development
program as provided for in subsection A of this section, the district shall not
be required to submit an annual report as required pursuant to this subsection
but shall report to the State Department of Education its election not to offer
a program and all professional development activities completed by teachers and
administrators of the school district. H. I. Subject to the
availability of funds, the Department shall develop an online system for
reporting as required in subsection E H of this section. The Department shall also make such
information available on its website.
SECTION 2. This act shall become effective November 1, 2019.
Presiding Officer of the House
Passed the Senate the 1st day of April, 2019.
Presiding Officer of the Senate
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Received by the Office of the Governor this ____________________ day of ___________________, 20_______, at _______ o'clock _______ M.
Approved by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma this _________ day of ___________________, 20_______, at _______ o'clock _______ M.
Governor of the State of Oklahoma
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Received by the Office of the Secretary of State this __________ day of ___________________, 20_______, at _______ o'clock _______ M.