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H.R. 3422: Interstate Teaching Mobility Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 26, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3422

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 26, 2017

(for himself and Ms. Stefanik) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to authorize an interstate teaching application program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Interstate Teaching Mobility Act.

2.

Program for interstate teaching applications

Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

D

Interstate Teaching Applications

2401.

Program for interstate teaching applications

(a)

Establishment

The Secretary, in consultation with an eligible entity, may establish and carry out a program to allow States to voluntarily participate in an interstate teaching application process that allows teachers who are licensed or certified in any participating State—

(1)

to be eligible for licensure or certification in other participating States without subsequently completing additional licensure or certification requirements; and

(2)

to be able to apply for open teaching positions in schools that receive funds under part A of title I in other participating States, unless the open position falls outside the applicant's content area or grade level for which the applicant is already licensed or certified.

(b)

Program requirements

In carrying out a program established under subsection (a), the Secretary, in consultation with an eligible entity, shall—

(1)

create an application for eligible teachers licensed or certified in a State participating in the program who wish to teach in other States participating in the program;

(2)

require each participating State to recognize a teaching licensure or certification of each such teacher who meets the application requirements under subsection (c)(1), and allow such teacher to teach in an open teaching position described in subsection (a)(2), without requiring such teacher to complete additional requirements for licensure or certification;

(3)

ensure that participating States maintain the eligibility requirements described in subsection (d);

(4)

provide technical assistance to participating States; and

(5)

provide an electronic application process for teachers to apply for the program.

(c)

Participating teachers

(1)

In general

Each teacher seeking to participate in a program established under subsection (a) shall submit an application containing—

(A)

proof of an active teaching license or certification in a participating State;

(B)

the teacher's results on each of the assessments described in subparagraphs (A) through (C) of subsection (d)(1) that are required by the initial licensing or certifying participating State; and

(C)

such other information as the Secretary considers appropriate.

(2)

Contract

The eligible entity referred to in subsections (a) and (b) shall collect and assist the Secretary in reviewing the teacher applications submitted under paragraph (1).

(d)

Participating States

A State shall be eligible to participate in a program established under subsection (a) if—

(1)

such State, in awarding a teaching license or certification to an individual, requires—

(A)

an assessment of the content knowledge necessary for postsecondary education and a career before a teacher begins teaching in a classroom;

(B)

an assessment of pedagogical skills not later than 1 year after the date on which a teacher first begins teaching in a classroom; and

(C)

a performance assessment not later than one year after the date on which a teacher first begins teaching, which may include a performance assessment completed as part of a teacher preparation program; and

(2)

the assessments described in paragraph (1) and required by such State are identified as sufficiently rigorous by an organization such as the Council of Chief State School Officers.

(e)

Regulations

The Secretary may issue such regulations as the Secretary considers necessary to carry out this section.

(f)

Definition

In this section, the term eligible entity means an organization or other entity that provides support to States and teachers in teacher certification and licensure, approved by the Secretary.

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3.

Clerical amendment

The table of contents for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2302 the following:

Part D—Interstate Teaching Applications

Sec. 2401. Program for interstate teaching applications.

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