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2019 Senate Bill 657: Revise special education teacher certificate
Introduced by Sen. Lana Theis (R) on November 13, 2019
To revise a law that allows teachers in the process of getting a state teachers certificate to teach under an interim teaching certificate, by repealing a provision that bans this for special education teachers.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee on November 13, 2019
Reported in the Senate on February 26, 2020
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 10, 2020
To revise the requirements, qualification and conditions an individual would have to meet to get the proposed interim special education teaching certificate with a slightly different list, in particular increasing the amount of training required to get the interim certificate from 12 credit hours to 32, with each representing seven hours in the classroom. Also, to require the state to contract with a university to obtain a report on school teacher shortage claims (an area where special education programs in particular appear to face challenges).
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 10, 2020
To revise a law that allows teachers in the process of getting a state teachers certificate to teach under an interim teaching certificate, by repealing a provision that bans this for special education teachers. However, candidates would be required to obtain the equivalent of 32 credit hours of training to qualify, with each credit representing seven hours in the classroom. The bill would also require the state to contract with a university to obtain a report on school teacher shortage claims (an area where special education programs in particular appear to face challenges).
Received in the House on March 10, 2020
Referred to the House Education Committee on March 10, 2020
Reported in the House on June 17, 2020
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on June 17, 2020
Reported in the House on December 15, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the Senate on December 18, 2020
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.

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