Bill Text: MI HB4216 | 2019-2020 | 100th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Education; teachers; instruction on bullying prevention; require for teaching certification. Amends sec. 1531 of 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1531).

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-20 - Bill Electronically Reproduced 02/19/2019 [HB4216 Detail]

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HOUSE BILL No. 4216

 

 

February 19, 2019, Introduced by Reps. Anthony and Hope and referred to the Committee on Education.

 

     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled

 

"The revised school code,"

 

by amending section 1531 (MCL 380.1531), as amended by 2018 PA 235.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1531. (1) Except as provided in this act, the

 

superintendent of public instruction shall determine the

 

requirements for and issue all licenses and certificates for

 

teachers, including preprimary teachers, and the requirements for

 

an endorsement of teachers as qualified counselors and an

 

endorsement of teachers for teaching a foreign language in an

 

elementary grade in the public schools of the state.

 

     (2) Except as otherwise provided in this act, the

 

superintendent of public instruction shall only issue a teaching

 

certificate to an individual who has passed appropriate

 


examinations as follows:

 

     (a) For a secondary level teaching certificate, has passed the

 

appropriate available subject area examination for each subject

 

area in which he or she applies to be certified.

 

     (b) For an elementary level teaching certificate, has passed,

 

if it is available, the elementary certification examination, and

 

has passed the appropriate available subject area examination for

 

each subject area, if any, in which he or she applies to be

 

certified.

 

     (3) Except as otherwise provided in this act, the

 

superintendent of public instruction shall issue a Michigan

 

teaching certificate to an individual holding a certificate from

 

another state or a teaching degree from an out-of-state teacher

 

preparation institution who applies for a Michigan teaching

 

certificate only if the individual passes appropriate examinations

 

as follows:

 

     (a) For a secondary level teaching certificate, pass the

 

appropriate available subject area examination for each subject

 

area in which he or she applies to be certified. The superintendent

 

of public instruction may accept passage of an equivalent

 

examination approved by the superintendent of public instruction to

 

meet this requirement.

 

     (b) For an elementary level teaching certificate, pass, if it

 

is available, the elementary certification examination, and pass

 

the appropriate available subject area examination for each subject

 

area, if any, in which he or she applies to be certified. The

 

superintendent of public instruction may accept passage of an


equivalent examination approved by the superintendent of public

 

instruction to meet 1 or both of these requirements.

 

     (4) Except as otherwise provided in this act, the

 

superintendent of public instruction shall only issue a teaching

 

certificate to an individual who has met the elementary or

 

secondary, as applicable, reading credit requirements established

 

under superintendent of public instruction rule. If an individual

 

holds a teaching certificate, then beginning July 1, 2009,

 

notwithstanding any rule to the contrary, the superintendent of

 

public instruction shall not advance the individual's certification

 

to professional certification unless the individual has

 

successfully completed at least a 3-credit course of study with

 

appropriate field experiences in the diagnosis and remediation of

 

reading disabilities and differentiated instruction. To meet this

 

requirement, the course of study should include the following

 

elements, as determined by the department to be appropriate for the

 

individual's certification level and endorsements: interest

 

inventories, English language learning screening, visual and

 

auditory discrimination tools, language expression and processing

 

screening, phonemics, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension,

 

spelling and writing assessment tools, and instructional

 

strategies. An individual may complete the course of study either

 

as part of his or her teacher preparation program or during the

 

first 6 years of his or her employment in classroom teaching.

 

     (5) Except as otherwise provided in this act, the

 

superintendent of public instruction shall only issue a teaching

 

certificate to an individual who has completed at least 1 hour of


training and education on bullying prevention.

 

     (6) (5) Not later than January 11, 2002, the superintendent of

 

public instruction, in cooperation with appropriate curriculum

 

specialists and teacher educators, shall revise existing reading

 

standards to recognize reading disorders and to enable teachers to

 

make referrals for instruction and support for pupils with reading

 

disorders.

 

     (7) (6) Subject to subsection (8), (9), if an individual

 

holding a teaching certificate from another state applies to the

 

superintendent of public instruction for a Michigan teaching

 

certificate and meets the requirements of this subsection, the

 

superintendent of public instruction shall issue to the individual

 

a Michigan professional education teaching certificate and

 

applicable endorsements comparable to those the individual holds in

 

the other state, without requiring the individual to pass the

 

applicable subject area examination otherwise required under

 

subsection (2) or (3). To be eligible to receive a Michigan

 

professional education teaching certificate under this subsection,

 

an individual shall provide evidence satisfactory to the department

 

that he or she meets all of the following requirements:

 

     (a) Has taught successfully for at least 3 years in a position

 

for which the individual's teaching certification from the other

 

state was valid.

 

     (b) Has earned, after his or her initial certification in

 

another state, at least 18 semester credit hours in a planned

 

course of study at an institution of higher education approved by

 

the superintendent of public instruction or has earned, at any


time, a master's or doctoral degree approved by the superintendent

 

of public instruction.

 

     (c) Has met the elementary or secondary, as applicable,

 

reading credit requirement established under superintendent of

 

public instruction rule.

 

     (8) (7) An individual who receives a teaching certificate and

 

endorsement or endorsements under subsection (6) (7) is eligible to

 

receive 1 or more additional endorsements comparable to

 

endorsements the individual holds in another state only if the

 

individual passes the appropriate subject area examinations

 

required under subsection (2) or (3).

 

     (9) (8) The superintendent of public instruction shall deny a

 

Michigan teaching certificate to an individual described in

 

subsection (6) (7) for fraud, material misrepresentation, or

 

concealment in the individual's application for a certificate or

 

for a conviction for which an individual's teaching certificate may

 

be revoked under section 1535a.

 

     (10) (9) The department, based upon criteria recommended under

 

subsection (11), (12), shall provide to approved teacher education

 

institutions approved guidelines and criteria for use in the

 

development or selection of subject area examinations.

 

     (11) (10) For the purposes of this section, the superintendent

 

of public instruction, based upon criteria recommended under

 

subsection (11), (12), shall develop, select, or develop and select

 

1 or more subject area examinations. In addition, the

 

superintendent of public instruction, based upon criteria

 

recommended under subsection (11), (12), shall approve an


elementary certification examination and a reading subject area

 

examination. If the department develops for use under this

 

subsection an examination that had previously been contracted for

 

using a competitive bid process, then the department shall not

 

expend on the development of that examination an amount that

 

exceeds the amount that the department expended on procurement of

 

the most recent competitively-bid version of that examination.

 

     (12) (11) The superintendent of public instruction shall

 

appoint an 11-member teacher examination advisory committee

 

composed of representatives of approved teacher education

 

institutions and Michigan education organizations and associations.

 

Not more than 1/2 of the members comprising this committee shall be

 

certified teachers. This committee shall recommend criteria to be

 

used by the superintendent of public instruction in the

 

development, selection, or development and selection of subject

 

area examinations. In addition, the committee shall recommend

 

guidelines for the use and administration of those examinations.

 

     (13) (12) The superintendent of public instruction shall

 

appoint a 7-member standing technical advisory council composed of

 

individuals who are experts in measurement and assessment. This

 

council shall advise the superintendent of public instruction and

 

the teacher examination committee on the validity, reliability, and

 

other technical standards of the examinations that will be used or

 

are being used and of the administration and use of those

 

examinations.

 

     (14) (13) Not later than November 30 of each year, the

 

superintendent of public instruction shall submit in writing a


report on the development or selection and use of the elementary

 

certification examination and the subject area examinations to the

 

house and senate education committees. The report shall must also

 

contain a financial statement regarding revenue received from the

 

assessment of fees levied under subsection (15) (16) and the amount

 

of and any purposes for which that revenue was expended.

 

     (15) (14) The elementary certification examination and the

 

subject area examinations required by this section may be taken at

 

different times during an approved teacher preparation program, but

 

the elementary certification examination and the subject area

 

examinations, as applicable, must be passed before an individual is

 

recommended for certification.

 

     (16) (15) The department, or if approved by the superintendent

 

of public instruction, a private testing service, may assess fees

 

for taking the elementary certification examination and the subject

 

area examinations. The fees, which shall must be set by the

 

superintendent of public instruction, shall must not exceed the

 

actual cost of the examination and of administering the

 

examination. Fees received by the department shall must be expended

 

solely for administrative expenses that it incurs in implementing

 

this section. If the superintendent of public instruction increases

 

a fee charged for an examination under this subsection, at least 1

 

year before implementing the fee increase, the department shall

 

notify each approved teacher education institution of the amount of

 

the fee increase. An approved teacher education institution shall

 

notify each of its affected students of the timing and amount of

 

such a fee increase.


     (17) (16) If an individual holding a teaching certificate from

 

another state applies for a Michigan teaching certificate and meets

 

all requirements for the Michigan teaching certificate except

 

passage of the appropriate examinations under subsection (3), the

 

superintendent of public instruction shall issue a nonrenewable

 

temporary teaching certificate, good for 1 year, to the individual.

 

The superintendent of public instruction shall not issue a Michigan

 

teaching certificate to the individual after expiration of the

 

temporary teaching certificate unless the individual passes

 

appropriate examinations as described in subsection (3).

 

     (18) (17) As used in this section:

 

     (a) "Elementary certification examination" means a

 

comprehensive examination for elementary certification that has

 

been developed or selected by the superintendent of public

 

instruction for demonstrating the applicant's knowledge and

 

understanding of the core subjects normally taught in elementary

 

classrooms and for determining whether or not an applicant is

 

eligible for an elementary level teaching certificate.

 

     (b) "Subject area examination" means an examination related to

 

a specific area of certification, which examination has been

 

developed or selected by the superintendent of public instruction

 

for the purpose of demonstrating the applicant's knowledge and

 

understanding of the subject matter and determining whether or not

 

an applicant is eligible for a Michigan teaching certificate.

 

     (19) (18) The superintendent of public instruction shall

 

promulgate rules for the implementation of this section.

 

     (20) (19) Notwithstanding any rule to the contrary, the


superintendent of public instruction shall continue to issue state

 

elementary or secondary continuing education certificates under R

 

390.1132(1) of the Michigan Administrative Code to individuals who

 

completed the requirements of that rule by December 31, 1992 and

 

who apply for that certificate not later than March 15, 1994. If

 

the superintendent of public instruction has issued a state

 

elementary or secondary professional education certificate to an

 

individual described in this section, the superintendent of public

 

instruction shall consider the individual to have a state

 

elementary or secondary, as applicable, continuing education

 

certificate.

 

     (21) (20) Not later than January 1, 2019, the superintendent

 

of public instruction, in consultation with the department of

 

talent and economic development and groups or individuals

 

representing employers, economic development agencies, trade

 

unions, secondary school principals, middle and elementary school

 

principals, teachers, school district and intermediate school

 

district superintendents, and others as determined appropriate by

 

the department, shall promulgate rules to allow an individual to

 

use time spent engaging with local employers or technical centers

 

toward the renewal of a teaching certificate in the same manner as

 

state continuing education or professional development.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

 

after the date it is enacted into law.

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