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2005 Senate Bill 327: Establish additional reading teacher certification requirements

Public Act 118 of 2006

  1. Introduced by Sen. Nancy Cassis (R) on March 17, 2005, to require teacher certification requirements to include additional standards pertaining to the teaching of reading, field work at a school having an above-average proportion of pupils with a learning disability, and early intervention training. The bill is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 324 to 330.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on March 17, 2005.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 3, 2005, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 5, 2005, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not require field work at a school having an above-average proportion of pupils with a learning disability, but does require teachers to take a three-credit reading instruction course within three years. This was amended to allow six years to take the course. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 5, 2005.
  2. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 5, 2005, to require certified elementary school teachers to complete a three-credit course of study with appropriate field experiences in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction. Teachers would have six years to take the course. The bill is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 324 to 330.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 10, 2005.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on May 10, 2005.
      • Reported in the House on March 15, 2006, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 23, 2006, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that extends the mandate to all teachers, not just elementary teachers, and give the Department of Education more discretion in defining the content of the mandated classes. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 23, 2006.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Marie Donigan (D) on March 23, 2006, to tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5424, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 5424 would require the state to spend more to give scholarships for early childhood education teacher training. The amendment failed 48 to 58 in the House on March 23, 2006.
      Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  4. Passed 101 to 6 in the House on March 28, 2006, to require all teachers to complete a three-credit course of study with appropriate field experiences in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differentiated instruction. Teachers would have six years to take the course. The bill is part of a legislative package comprised of Senate Bills 324 to 330.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on March 28, 2006, to give the bill immediate effect. Passed 101 to 5 in the House on March 28, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Received in the Senate on March 29, 2006.
  7. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on March 30, 2006, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on April 14, 2006.

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