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Senate Bill No. 536

Public Act No. 04-138

AN ACT CONCERNING NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (k) of section 10-145b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

(k) (1) Unless otherwise provided in regulations adopted under section 10-145d, as amended, in not less than three years nor more than eight years after the issuance of a provisional educator certificate pursuant to subsection (g) of this section and upon the statement of the superintendent in whose school district such certificate holder was employed, or the supervisory agent of a nonpublic school approved by the State Board of Education, in whose school such certificate holder was employed, that the provisional educator certificate holder and such superintendent or supervisory agent have mutually determined or approved an individual program pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (j) of this section and upon the statement of such superintendent or supervisory agent that such certificate holder has a record of competency in the discharge of such certificate holder's duties during such provisional period, the state board upon receipt of a proper application shall issue such certificate holder a professional educator certificate. A signed recommendation from the superintendent of schools, or the superintendent's designee, for the local or regional board of education or from the supervisory agent of a nonpublic school approved by the State Board of Education shall be evidence of competency. Such recommendation shall state that the person who holds or has held a provisional educator certificate has successfully completed at least three school years of satisfactory teaching for one or more local or regional boards of education or such nonpublic schools. Each applicant for a certificate pursuant to this subsection shall provide to the Department of Education, in such manner and form as prescribed by the commissioner, evidence that the applicant has successfully completed coursework pursuant to subsection (h) or (j) of this section, as appropriate.

(2) Upon receipt of a proper application, the State Board of Education shall issue to a teacher from another state, territory or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico who (A) is nationally board certified by an organization deemed appropriate by the Commissioner of Education to issue such certifications, and (B) has taught in another state, territory or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for a minimum of three years in the preceding ten years (i) a provisional educator certificate with the appropriate endorsement, or (ii) if such teacher has completed thirty credit hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree, in accordance with subdivision (1) of subsection (j) of this section, a professional educator certificate with the appropriate endorsement, subject to the provisions of subsection (m) of this section relating to denial of applications for certification.

Approved May 21, 2004