Bill Text For SB0217 - House Floor Version

 1|              HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - FLOOR VERSION                 |
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 2|                          STATE OF OKLAHOMA                            |
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 3|             1st Session of the 57th Legislature (2019)                |
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 4|COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE                                                   |
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 5|SENATE BILL NO. 217                  By: Thompson and Bergstrom of     |
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  |                                         Nollan of the House           |
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11|                        COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE                           |
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12|       An Act relating to teacher certification, defining              |
  |       terms; directing State Board of Education initiate              |
13|       certain pilot project; providing for applications               |
  |       process; specifying criteria for provider                       |
14|       participation; requiring State Board of Education to            |
  |       ensure that providers make certain allowances;                  |
15|       authorizing suspension or approval revocation of                |
  |       providers under certain instances; requiring certain            |
16|       notice and opportunities; providing eligibility for             |
  |       certification under certain conditions; requiring the           |
17|       certificate issuance under certain conditions;                  |
  |       assigning responsibility for criminal history record            |
18|       check costs; requiring certain report; requiring                |
  |       reports include certain information; requiring the              |
19|       annual submission of certain evidence; authorizing              |
  |       the promulgation of rules; requiring pilot program              |
20|       end by certain date; and providing for codification.            |
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23|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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 1|    SECTION 1.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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 2|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 6-133 of Title 70, unless there    |
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 3|is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:               |
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 4|    A.  As used in this section:                                       |
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 5|    1.  "Provider" means an eligible entity that seeks or has          |
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 6|obtained approval of an alternative teacher preparation program        |
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 7|consistent with this section; and                                      |
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 8|    2.  "Program" means content provided by a provider that leads      |
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 9|toward licensure in a specific content area.                           |
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10|    B.  The State Board of Education shall identify providers to       |
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11|implement new and innovative pathways toward teacher certification     |
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12|on a pilot program basis.  Providers seeking to participate in the     |
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13|pilot program shall submit applications to the State Board of          |
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14|Education.                                                             |
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15|    C.  A provider chosen by the State Board of Education to           |
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16|participate in the pilot program shall offer a program that:           |
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17|    1.  Provides evidence and history of fiscal solvency, capacity,    |
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18|operation and program effectiveness;                                   |
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19|    2.  Provides evidence of necessary infrastructure to provide       |
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20|accurate, timely and secure data for the purpose of admission,         |
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21|teacher candidate monitoring, testing and certification                |
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22|recommendations;                                                       |
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23|    3.  Has policies and procedures in place ensuring the security     |
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24|of teacher candidate records under applicable laws and regulations;    |
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 1|    4.  Has the instructional capacity or ability to obtain the        |
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 2|instructional capacity to provide adequate instruction in accordance   |
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 3|with this subsection;                                                  |
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 4|    5.  Offers an instructional phase that provides intensive          |
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 5|preparation before the teacher candidates assume classroom             |
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 6|responsibilities;                                                      |
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 7|    6.  Offers a research-based and results-oriented approach          |
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 8|focused on best teaching practices to increase student achievement     |
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 9|and growth measured against state academic standards;                  |
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10|    7.  Provides assessment, supervision and evaluation of teacher     |
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11|candidates to determine their specific needs throughout the program    |
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12|and to support efforts to successfully complete the program;           |
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13|    8.  Provides intensive and ongoing professional development        |
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14|opportunities that accelerate a teacher candidate's professional       |
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15|growth, support student learning and provide a workplace               |
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16|orientation, professional staff development and mentoring;             |
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17|    9.  Offers peer review focused on standards of professional        |
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18|practice and continuous professional growth; and                       |
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19|    10.  Provides a process to review a teacher candidate's final      |
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20|competency of required certification content standards that leads to   |
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21|a potential candidate being recommended for teacher certification in   |
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22|accordance with subsection F of this section.                          |
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23|    D.  The State Board of Education shall ensure that providers       |
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24|approved to participate in the pilot program allow teacher             |
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 1|candidates to demonstrate pedagogy and content standard proficiency    |
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 2|in school-based programs and through other nontraditional means.       |
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 3|Nontraditional means may include but not be limited to previous work   |
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 4|experience, teacher experience, educator evaluations,                  |
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 5|industry-recognized certifications and other essentially equivalent    |
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 6|demonstrations.                                                        |
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 7|    E.  If the State Board of Education determines that a provider     |
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 8|fails to meet or is deficient in any of the requirements of this       |
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 9|section, it may suspend or revoke the approval of the provider after   |
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10|providing notification of the deficiencies and an opportunity to       |
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11|remedy the deficiencies.                                               |
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12|    F.  A teacher candidate that completes a program offered by an     |
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13|approved provider shall be eligible for certification, provided he     |
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14|or she meets the certification requirements set forth in Section       |
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15|6-187 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes in the area of              |
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16|specialization for which certification is sought and is recommended    |
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17|for certification by the approved provider.                            |
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18|    G.  The State Board of Education shall issue a certificate to      |
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19|teach to any person who meets the requirements set forth in this       |
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20|section and who has on file with the Board a current Oklahoma          |
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21|criminal history record check from the Oklahoma State Bureau of        |
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22|Investigation as well as a national criminal history record check as   |
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23|defined in Section 150.9 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  The    |
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 1|person applying for the certificate shall be responsible for the       |
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 2|cost of the criminal history records.                                  |
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 3|    H.  A provider shall submit a report to the State Department of    |
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 4|Education after one year of operation showing the percentage of        |
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 5|teacher candidates who have completed the program and who have         |
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 6|successfully completed or who have failed the competency               |
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 7|examinations for certification and the provider's efforts to help      |
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 8|candidates successfully pass the examinations.  A provider shall       |
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 9|annually submit evidence to the State Department of Education after    |
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10|the pilot year with evidence of the success of the program.            |
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11|    I.  The State Board of Education may promulgate rules to           |
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12|implement the provisions of this section.                              |
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13|    J.  The pilot program created in this section shall end no later   |
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14|than July 1, 2024.                                                     |
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16|COMMITTEE REPORT BY: COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGET, dated     |
  |04/04/2019 - DO PASS, As Amended and Coauthored.                       |
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