2015 Senate Bill 491

Slightly expand alternative teacher authority

Introduced in the Senate

Sept. 16, 2015

Introduced by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-25)

To expand a law that allows schools to employ a teacher who has not obtained a government teaching certificate to teach courses in computer science, a foreign language, mathematics, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics and robotics. The bill would expand that list to include writing, journalism and health sciences. Current law requires a non-certified teacher to have a major or graduate degree in the relevant subject area, and the bill would also add recent professional experience in the field to this requirement.

Referred to the Committee on Education

Oct. 8, 2015

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

Nov. 5, 2015

Passed in the Senate 30 to 8 (details)

Motion to reconsider

The vote by which the bill was passed.

The motion passed by voice vote


Passed in the Senate 27 to 11 (details)

Received in the House

Nov. 5, 2015

Referred to the Committee on Education