PA 08-148—sSB 403

Education Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ROLE OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN THE TEACHER CERTIFICATION REVOCATION PROCESS

SUMMARY: This act requires the education commissioner rather than the State Board of Education (SBE) to make the final determination of whether to uphold the revocation of an educator's public school teaching credential when the educator has been convicted of certain crimes.

By law, when a person holding a certificate, permit, or authorization issued by the SBE that allows him or her to teach in the public schools is convicted of specified crimes, the credential is considered revoked. But, when the commissioner notifies the person of the revocation, he or she can ask that the certificate be reinstated according to SBE regulations. Those regulations give SBE final authority to decide on the reinstatement after the commissioner files a statement with the board for or against reinstatement. This act, instead, requires SBE to make an initial determination and gives the education commissioner the final say over whether to overturn or uphold the revocation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2008

BACKGROUND

Convictions Requiring Immediate Revocation of Educational Credentials

By law, an educator's certificate, permit, or authorization to teach in the public schools is considered revoked as soon as the education commissioner is notified that the educator has been convicted of any of the following crimes: (1) a capital felony; (2) arson murder; (3) any class A felony; (4) a class B felony, except first-degree larceny, first-degree computer crime, or first-degree vendor fraud; (5) any crime involving child abuse or neglect; (6) risk of injury to a minor; (7) deprivation of a person's civil rights by a person wearing a mask or hood; (8) second-degree assault of an elderly, blind, disabled, pregnant, or mentally retarded person, with or without a firearm; (9) second-, third-, or fourth-degree sexual assault; (10) third-degree sexual assault with a firearm; (11) third-degree promoting prostitution; (12) substitution of children; (13) third-degree burglary with a firearm; (14) first-degree stalking; (15) incest; (16) obscenity as to minors; (17) importing child pornography; (18) criminal use of a firearm or electronic defense weapon; (19) possession of a weapon on school grounds; or (20) manufacture or sale of illegal drugs.

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