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A75, R132, H3476
Sponsors: Reps. Walker, Harrell, Cato, Barfield, Battle, Jennings, Kennedy, Miller and Mulvaney
Document Path: l:\council\bills\ggs\22704sj07.doc
Companion/Similar bill(s): 608
Introduced in the House on February 8, 2007
Introduced in the Senate on March 21, 2007
Last Amended on June 6, 2007
Passed by the General Assembly on June 7, 2007
Governor's Action: June 13, 2007, Signed
Summary: Teacher Recruitment and Retention Improvement Act
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/8/2007 House Introduced and read first time HJ-6 2/8/2007 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-7 3/7/2007 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Mulvaney 3/13/2007 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and Public Works HJ-38 3/14/2007 Scrivener's error corrected 3/20/2007 House Amended HJ-21 3/20/2007 House Read second time HJ-23 3/21/2007 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-12 3/21/2007 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-9 3/21/2007 Senate Referred to Committee on Education SJ-9 5/3/2007 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education SJ-13 5/4/2007 Scrivener's error corrected 6/5/2007 Senate Committee Amendment Amended and Adopted SJ-38 6/5/2007 Senate Read second time SJ-38 6/6/2007 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments SJ-33 6/6/2007 House Senate amendment amended HJ-110 6/6/2007 House Returned to Senate with amendments HJ-111 6/7/2007 Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled SJ-98 6/7/2007 Ratified R 132 6/13/2007 Signed By Governor 6/18/2007 Copies available 6/18/2007 Effective date 06/13/07 6/18/2007 Act No. 75
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(A75, R132, H3476)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 4 TO CHAPTER 25, TITLE 59 TO ENACT THE "AMERICAN BOARD FOR THE CERTIFICATION OF TEACHER EXCELLENCE ACT" SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY HIRE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD FOR THE CERTIFICATION OF TEACHER EXCELLENCE (ABCTE) PURSUANT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. This act may be cited as the "American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence Act".
American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence Act
SECTION 2. Chapter 25, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 59-25-310. In addition to individuals certified for employment as school teachers pursuant to Article 3 of this chapter, a school district may hire individuals who have received a passport certificate issued by the American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) and who meet the requirements of this article in the content areas of biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, or science. Additional areas of certification may be approved by the State Board of Education upon review of the longitudinal information required in Section 59-25-350.
Section 59-25-320. A person who has received a passport certificate issued by the ABCTE must not be hired by a school district in South Carolina without submitting to the State Department of Education, Office of Educator Certification at the time of application a Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint card and without having undergone a criminal records check by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and a national criminal records check supported by fingerprints and conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation pursuant to Section 59-25-115(B) completed within the previous eighteen months.
Section 59-25-330. A person who has received a passport certificate issued by the ABCTE, who has a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an institution with a teacher education program that has been approved by the State Board of Education for certification purposes, and who has met the requirements of Section 59-25-320 is considered to have met the requirements for certification and must be issued an appropriate alternative route certificate as determined by the State Board of Education. The alternative route certificate must be valid for one year and may be renewed annually for two additional years upon the successful completion of teaching and of the hiring district's induction program.
Section 59-25-340. A person who has received a passport certificate issued by the ABCTE, possesses an alternative route certificate, and has been initially hired by a school district must be required, as a condition for professional certification, to successfully pass the South Carolina adopted pedagogy examination.
Section 59-25-350. The State Department of Education shall submit annually by March thirty-first to the State Board of Education and the General Assembly the total number of individuals employed in South Carolina with a passport certificate issued by ABCTE by district and nonprivileged information collected on these individuals through the ADEPT reporting system.
Section 59-25-360. A person who has completed all requirements of this article and has been hired by a school district has the same responsibilities and rights as other teachers hired by the district."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 8th day of June, 2007.
Approved the 13th day of June, 2007.
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