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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Changes since original draft

  • 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
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  • 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 ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

June 13, 2019 at 5:05pm
Yeas: 36 / Nays: 1 / Not voting: 0 / Recused: 1
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Bell N
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. Cruz Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Lawson Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. McKenney Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Murray Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Rogers Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell R
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y
Sen. Valverde Y