View Amendment Current Amendment: 1 to Bill 4758

The Committee on Education and Public Works proposes the following Amendment No. 1 to H. 4758 (COUNCIL\WAB\4758C001.SM.WAB20):

Reference is to the bill as introduced.

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by deleting SECTION 1 and inserting:

/ SECTION1. Article 1, Chapter 25, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59 -25-25.(A) Educator preparation programs housed within an institution of higher education ( IHE) may submit a separate and distinct educator preparation program for alternative preparation to the State Board of Education for approval. These alternative preparation programs are not required to be nationally accredited, but consistent with other alternative preparation programs, IHE-led alternative programs must include, but are not limited to, documented evidence of the following:

(1) budget and sources of revenue including fees paid by the candidates;

(2) organizational information including the names and qualifications of administrators, support staff, and faculty;

(3) entry requirements for candidates for each certification area program offered by the applicant;

(4) plans for curriculum offerings including delivery method and timeframe, field placements, field supervision plans, and assessments of success;

(5) partnerships with public schools for clinical experiences, if applicable, including signed memoranda of agreement with detailed responsibilities for the alternative route educator provider program and the school district;

(6) evidence of annual successful teaching experience by the candidates and progress toward obtaining a professional certificate;

(7) ongoing monitoring of candidates ' performances in the classroom while in the alternative route program; and

(8) mentoring provided by the educator preparation program.

(B) The board shall cyclically review each alternative educator preparation program approved pursuant to subsection (A). The board may revoke its approval of such a program.

(C) The board shall promulgate regulations concerning the granting of approval, cyclical review, and revocation of approval for alternative educator preparation programs provided in this section.

(D) The department annually shall report the total number of individuals employed in this State, by district, with certificates issued by IHE alternative programs to the State Board of Education and the General Assembly before March thirty-first of each year."/