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June 2, 2008

Senate Bill 396: Exempting Virtual Schools from Teacher Certification

Author:
Senators Lehman, Kreitlow, and Taylor; Representatives Pope-Roberts, Sinicki, and Turner

Summary:
Under current law, any person who teaches in a public school, including a charter school, must hold a teaching license or permit issued by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Until July 1, 2009, this bill exempts from this requirement any person who teaches in a virtual charter school. The bill defines a virtual charter school as a charter school that provides an online learning program.

This bill has been amended. It currently allows a person to teach an online course in a virtual charter school if he or she has completed 30 hours of professional development designed to prepare a teacher for online teaching.

Status:

1/17/2008 (Senate) Introduced, referred to Committee on Education
1/17/2008 (Senate) Public hearing held
2/4/2008 (Senate) Passed Education Committee
2/19/2008 (Senate) Senate Amendment and Senate Substitute Amendment adopted by the Senate, 18-15
2/19/2008 (Senate) Sent to Assembly
3/11/2008 (House) Received from Senate, read, read a second time
3/11/2008 (House) Rules suspended
3/11/2008 (House) Adopted Amendment
3/11/2008 (House) Read a third time, rules suspended, concurred as amended 96-1
3/12/2008 (Senate) Received from Assembly as amended, concurred in amendment
3/12/2008 (Senate) Available for scheduling
4/11/2008 Published on 4/21/08

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA opposes this bill

Action Requested:
None at this time.

 Other Resources

Original Bill Text (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Substituted Bill Text (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Assembly Substituted (and final): (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Bill History