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2007 House Bill 4591: Increase teacher certification fees

Public Act 144 of 2007

Introduced by Rep. Hoon-Yung Hopgood D- on April 5, 2007
To increase the fees paid to the state by teachers, school psychologists, school counselors, and administrators for the “certification” without which an individual is not allowed to teach in a public school (with some exceptions.) Currently, certification fees range from $125 to $175, and most would increase by $35. Substitute teacher and various other mandated teachers permit fees would increase from $25 to $40. Also, to impose a fee on periodic state reviews that university teacher preparation programs must undergo. The fee would be $2,000 to $3,500, depending on the number of students in the program.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on April 5, 2007
Reported in the House on April 17, 2007
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on April 24, 2007
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 24, 2007
Amendment offered by Rep. Hoon-Yung Hopgood D- on April 24, 2007
To require that the Department of Education perform the $2,000 or $3,500 periodic reviews of teacher preparation programs no more frequently than every five years, unless the content standards for a particulr specialty program are revised, in which case that program could be reviewed before the five-year review.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 24, 2007
Received in the Senate on April 25, 2007
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on April 25, 2007
Reported in the Senate on August 8, 2007
With the recommendation that the bill be referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 8, 2007
Reported in the Senate on October 16, 2007
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on October 17, 2007
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 17, 2007
Received in the House on November 6, 2007
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on November 19, 2007

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