Senate Bill #869 (2019)

AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS

Allows teachers to obtain certification as a principal in an expedited period of time.

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  • 2019 – S 0869
  • 2019 – S 0869 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - TRAINING AND EVALUATION - FAST-TRACK
  • PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS
  • Introduced By: Senators Metts, Goodwin, Gallo, Quezada, and Pearson
  • Date Introduced: May 08, 2019
  • Referred To: Senate Education
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 16-11 of the GeneralLaws entitled "Certification of Teachers [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 16-11 of the General Laws entitled "Certification of Teachers [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 16-11-9. Fast-track principal certification program.
  • (a) The department of elementary and secondary education (the "department") shall establish a fast-track principalcertification program.
  • (a) The department of elementary and secondary education (the "department") shall establish a fast-track principal certification program.
  • (b) The fast-track principal certification program shall include, but need not be limited to, the following courses:
  • (1) School finance;
  • (2) School law; and
  • (3) Program evaluation, including data analysis.
  • (c) Participants will earn a principal certification after successful completion of the courses required in § 16-11-9(b), and successful completion of the following two (2) requirements:
  • (1) A year-long internship shadowing a principal in the district where the participant is currently employed; and
  • (2) Leading a district- or school-wide initiative.
  • (c) Participants will earn a principal certification after successful completion of the courses, from a program approved by the department, required in subsection (b) of this section, and successful completion of the following three (3) requirements:
  • (1) A year-long internship shadowing a principal in the district where the participant is currently employed;
  • (2) Leading a district- or school-wide initiative; and
  • (3) Successfully passing assessment requirements for Rhode Island principal certification.
  • (d) To be eligible for admission into the fast-track principal certification program, an applicant shall:
  • (1) Have a minimum of ten (10) years' experience as a teacher rated "effective"or "highly effective";
  • (1) Have a minimum of ten (10) years' experience as a teacher rated "effective" or "highly effective";
  • (2) Have a recommendation from the superintendent(s) of the local education agency (LEA) or agencies in which the applicant worked as a teacher previously, or is working currently;
  • (3) Have a record of consistent leadership within an LEA, demonstrated through serving as a facilitator of professional development, a dean, a district coach, a department chair, or in another leadership position within a schoolor LEA; and
  • (3) Have a record of consistent leadership within an LEA, demonstrated through serving as a facilitator of professional development, a dean, a district coach, a department chair, or in another leadership position within a school or LEA; and
  • (4) Possess a master's degree or higher.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
  • (e) Participants who earn a principal certification pursuant to this section shall complete a department-approved leadership development program to build leadership skills that support teaching and learning within the first renewal cycle of their certification.
  • (f) For the purposes of this section, "local education agencies" shall include all of the following within the state:
  • (1) Public school districts;
  • (2) Regional school districts;
  • (3) State-operated schools;
  • (4) Regional collaborative schools; and
  • (5) Charter schools.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - TRAINING AND EVALUATION - FAST-TRACK
  • PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
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  • This act would allow teachers to obtain certification as a principal in an expedited period of time.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002552 ========
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  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION - CERTIFICATION OF TEACHERS
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  • This act would allow teachers to obtain fast-track certification as a principal.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC002552/SUB A/2 ========

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