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PSC Updates. 2010 Legislative Session They finally left, but what did they do?. 2010 Legislative Session This is as of today. Nothing is final yet. Subject to change. 2010 Legislative Update. 2010 Legislation affecting certification Deadlines for completing leadership degrees

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2010 Legislative Session

They finally left, but what did they do?


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2010 Legislative Session

This is as of today.

Nothing is final yet.

Subject to change.


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2010 Legislative Update

2010 Legislation affecting certification

Deadlines for completing leadership degrees

PLUs for certificate renewal

Clearance certificates

Open Records protections


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2010 Legislative Update

Deadlines for completing leadership degrees


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2010 Legislative Update

HB923 – Deadlines for Completing Leadership Degrees

The only thing this does is to modify the grandfathering conditions in last year’s “unused leadership degree” law


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2010 Legislative Update

Deadlines for Completing Leadership Degrees

Follow-up from last year’s HB455 (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-212)

Salary increase for advanced degrees in leadership

Grandfather in everyone already holding a leadership degree

Grandfather in everyone completing a program by July 1, 2010

Leadership degrees earned after July 1, 2010 – salary increase ONLY if working in a leadership position

Done in response to a proliferation of “unused” leadership degrees


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2010 Legislative Update

Deadlines for Completing Leadership Degrees

The original House version:

this shall not apply to an educator who possessed a leadership degree prior to July 1, 20102013, as long as he or she was enrolled in an educator leadership preparation program on or before April 1, 2009, regardless of whether or not he or she is in a leadership position.

Two important points:

Extends the completion date

Introduces a “must be enrolled by” date


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2010 Legislative Update

Deadlines for Completing Leadership Degrees

Senate substitute:

Regardless of position – Paid for leadership degree earned by July 1, 2010

Regardless of position – Paid for leadership degree if enrolled in a program by April 1, 2009 and the degree is completed by

July 1, 2012 for master’s degree

July 1, 2013 for ed specialist degree

July 1, 2014 for doctoral degree

Otherwise, paid for leadership degree only if working in a leadership position


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2010 Legislative Update

Deadlines for Completing Leadership Degrees

PSC will issue a guidance document with details on

what this means

who it applies to

how it will actually work

what we have to provide to you and in what form

anything else you tell us we should include


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2010 Legislative Update

PLUs for certificate renewal


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2010 Legislative Update

HB1307 – PLUs for Certificate Renewal

2010 – the year of “flexibility” in light of budget crisis

Flexibility to provide relief to educators

Temporarily suspend the PLU requirement for purposes of certificate renewal

Notion arose independently in House and Senate

House version prevailed


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2010 Legislative Update

PLUs for Certificate Renewal

“July 1, 2010, through July 1, 2015, no professional learning requirements shall be required for certificate renewal for clear renewable certificates for certificated personnel or for certificate renewal for paraprofessionals.”

Rationale – Give everyone one renewal cycle for “free”


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2010 Legislative Update

PLUs for Certificate Renewal

Implementation: For clear renewable certificates, if certificate renewal date (end validity date) is

June 30, 2011 – PLU requirement waived

June 30, 2012 – PLU requirement waived

June 30, 2013 – PLU requirement waived

June 30, 2014 – PLU requirement waived

June 30, 2015 – PLU requirement waived

June 30, 2016 and thereafter – PLU requirement reinstated


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2010 Legislative Update

PLUs for Certificate Renewal

Considerable confusion:

“This means there will be no professional development for the next five years.” --- NOT TRUE

“This means I don’t have to renew my certificate.” --- NOT TRUE

“This waives all certification requirements.” – NOT TRUE


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2010 Legislative Update

PLUs for Certificate Renewal

PSC will issue a guidance document with details on

what this means

who it applies to

how it will actually work

what we have to provide to you and in what form

anything else you tell us we should include


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2010 Legislative Update

Clearance Certificates


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2010 Legislative Update

Clearance Certificates

Concept and intent are simple and straightforward

However, considerable confusion


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Clearance Certificates

Intent:

Close an unintended loophole in charter and IE2 laws

Loophole could allow exemption from criminal background checks and the Code of Ethics


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2010 Legislative Update

Clearance Certificates

Major impact on schools / systems exempting all of certification.

If you continue to require certification, 95% of this will not have any real impact on you.


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2010 Legislative Update

Criminal Background Checks and Code of Ethics

Two major pieces:

Clearance certificate for educators

Fingerprint and background checks for non-educators


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Clearance Certificate

Clearance certificate: What is it?

A certificate issued by the Professional Standards Commission that verifies:

that an educator has completed fingerprint and criminal background check requirements, and

that the individual does not have a certificate that is currently revoked or suspended in Georgia or any other state


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2010 Legislative Update

Clearance Certificate

Clearance certificate: How does it differ from existing certificates?

Current certificates are “a certificate, license, or permit … based upon academic, technical, and professional training, experience, and competency”

Clearance certificates are not based on these factors; issued solely on the basis of passing criminal background and ethics violation checks


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Clearance Certificate

Clearance certificate: Who does this apply to?

Beginning January 1, 2011, all educators employed in public schools – including charters of all types and IE2 systems – must hold a clearance certificate

“Educator” defined as a teacher, school or school system administrator, or other education personnel who would, if not exempted under an increased flexibility contract, be required to hold a professional educator certificate, license, or permit issued by the Professional Standards Commission


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Clearance Certificate

Clearance certificate: How do I get one?

If you hold an existing “professional educator certificate” issued by PSC, and if you do not have criminal or ethical violations, a clearance certificate will be automatically added to your existing certificate

If you are applying for your first Georgia “professional educator certificate,” complete the application, get fingerprinted and have a background check. If you meet all requirements, you will be issued both professional and clearance certificates

If you are at a school that is exempt from certification and if you do not already have a certificate, get fingerprinted and have a background check. If you pass the background and ethics checks, you will be issued a clearance certificate


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Clearance Certificate

Clearance certificate: How / when is it renewed?

Valid for five years

Complete renewal application

Criminal background and ethics checks, but no additional fingerprinting required

If you hold a professional educator certificate, the clearance cert will have the same validity period


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Clearance Certificate

Clearance certificate: What does it mean for me as an individual educator?

If you already hold a professional educator certificate, adding the clearance will have basically not have any effect. Clearance simply “added.”

If you are at a school that is exempt from certification and if you do not already have a certificate, the clearance certificate will allow you to be hired and will place you under the Code of Ethics.


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Clearance Certificate

Clearance certificate: What does it mean for my school / system?

For systems / schools that are not under a charter or IE2 contract that exempts certification, very little impact.

Does offer some cost savings – Previously, educator moving from one system to another would have to be fingerprinted at the new system. Clearance certificate takes away the need for this.


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Clearance Certificate

Clearance certificate: What does it mean for my school / system?

For systems / schools that are under a charter or IE2 contract that exempts certification:

Educators must hold clearance certificate

Must report ethics violations to PSC


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Non-Education Employees

HB1103 requires all Georgia public schools, including charter and IE2, to fingerprint and background check all non-educator employees.

Already in law - HB1103 makes mandatory at all schools (closes the loophole)


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One other thing

This will affect you:

Previously, employee could work for up to 200 days while awaiting criminal background check.

HB1103 reduces that to 20 days.


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2010 Legislative Update

Status

Passed the House March 22 – 162Y, 1N

Passed the Senate as amended April 27 – 45Y, 0N

In the last hours of the Session: stripped out of HB1103 and put into HB1079

Still has not been officially released

If signed into law, becomes effective January 1, 2011


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2010 Legislative Update

Clearance Certificate

PSC will issue a guidance document with details on

what this means

who it applies to

how it will actually work

what we have to provide to you and in what form

anything else you tell us we should include


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2010 Legislative Update

Open Records Protection


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HB1086 – Open Records Protections

Email addresses are collected through MyPSC and paperless certification

This bill explicitly makes email addresses exempt from Open Records requests


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Differential Pay for

Mathematics and Science Teachers


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

Lots of confusion

Lots of questions

Lots of differences of opinion

Lots of worries

Precious few answers


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

HB280 (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-212.5)

Passed the General Assembly a year ago

Signed into law April 2009

Becomes effective July 1, 2010


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

6-12 mathematics and science teachers

Primarily a recruitment and retention tool

Mathematics and science teachers below Salary Step 4 rise to Step 4

Increase on the salary schedule with each subsequent year of creditable service


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

6-12 mathematics and science teachers

Eligibility requirements:

Hold a clear renewable certificate in a mathematics and/or science field

Must be teaching mathematics / science in grades 6-12


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

6-12 mathematics and science teachers

Progress up the salary schedule from Step 4 with each year of creditable service for five years

After five years, the teacher must meet student achievement criteria set by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.

If criteria met, continue up the salary schedule.

If criteria not met, revert back on the salary schedule to where you would have been absent this law.


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

6-12 mathematics and science teachers

Effective July 1, 2010

Eligible mathematics and science teachers paid on the elevated salary step

Funding is formula driven


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

K-5 mathematics and science endorsements

Primarily a teacher quality tool

$1000 salary stipend for K-5 teachers holding a new K-5 mathematics or K-5 science endorsement

Annual stipend - $1000 for each endorsement


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

K-5 mathematics and science endorsements

Salary stipend each year for five years

After five years, the teacher must meet student achievement criteria set by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.

If criteria met, continue to receive stipend.

If criteria not met, no longer receive stipend.


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

K-5 mathematics and science endorsements

NEW endorsement

based on post-baccalaureate nondegree programs, independent of an initial preparation program in early childhood education;

minimum of three courses

two courses focused on content knowledge

one course or more courses, focused on content-specific pedagogy and proven strategies for teaching math or science to children in kindergarten through fifth grade


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

K-5 mathematics and science endorsements

NEW endorsement

Program providers had to re-tool existing programs or design new programs

Require PSC Ed Prep program approval


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

K-5 mathematics and science endorsements

NEW endorsement

In progress – the earliest program approval will be late this summer

Possible that some may be enrolling this Fall, but most will be next summer

“Bridge” is being developed for current P-5 endorsement holders


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

K-5 mathematics and science endorsements

Remember:

Old P-5 endorsement ≠ new K-5 endorsement!

Holding the old P-5 endorsement will NOT get you the stipend


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Differential Pay forMathematics and Science Teachers

K-5 mathematics and science endorsements

Funding is NOT formula driven

Requires special funding appropriation

Funds not appropriated for FY2011


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