HB 0602 Relating to Educational Personnel of the Public Schools
Sponsor:STOKAN Handling House Bill:
Committee:PROF LR Number:L1294.01I
Last Action:02/13/95 - Referred H Professional Registration & Licensing Comm.
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HB0602 Stokan, Lana Stoll, Steve


HB 602 -- Professional Educators' Standards and Practices Board (CORRECTED)

Co-Sponsors: Stokan, Stoll

This bill establishes within the Coordinating Board for Higher Education an independent board, known as the Professional Educators' Standards and Practices Board, for the regulation and licensure of professional educators. The board consists of 19 members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Nine members shall be employed as teachers, 3 employed as faculty or administration at teacher training institutions, 3 employed as school administrators, one a member of a local board of education, one public member and the commissioners of Higher Education and Elementary and Secondary Education who will serve as ex officio members. Membership, nomination and selection procedures, residency requirements, and other member qualifications are detailed in the bill.

The authority of the State Board of Education for all matters relating to licensure is transferred to the Professional Educators' Standards and Practices Board; however, state board rules will remain in effect until 60 days after the effective date of this act.

Numerous current provisions relating to licensing are transferred to the new board. Among those are the establishment of levels of licensure, which are consistent with current law, and grounds for denial, suspension, or revocation of a license. The board is required to publish a list of ethical standards and a list of crimes which render a person unfit to perform educational duties. All applicants for licenses are afforded due process and appeal procedures, as are teacher training institutions which fail to receive approval.

Under the grandfather provisions in the bill current license holders, upon payment of a license fee, will receive a license most nearly equivalent to the license currently held.

Under the bill, any person who uses fraud or deceit in applying for, securing, or using a license is guilty of a class D felony. Any person who performs duties as a professional educator without a license is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.