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Teaching Quality--Paraprofessionals


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State Status/Date Level Summary
WASigned into law 03/2014P-12Paraeducator Development
S.B. 6129
From the bill digest: Requires the professional educator standards board to convene a work group to design program-specific minimum employment standards for paraeducators, professional development and education opportunities that support the standards, a parae...

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VASigned into law 04/2012P-12Behavioral Management for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
H.B. 325
Requires each school board to ensure that aides assigned to work with a teacher who has primary oversight of students with autism spectrum disorder demonstrate competency in student behavioral management within 60 days of assignment to such responsibility. The...

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TXAdopted 09/2011P-12Educational Aide Exemption Program
19 TAC 21.1084, 1086
Amends the Educational Aide Exemption Program to provide higher education coordinating board staff flexibility in awarding funds through the program if funding is limited. House Bill 3708, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, repealed languag...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011P-12Overhaul of Teacher and Administrator Licensure
S.B. 1799
Effective June 30, 2012, repeals 105 ILCS 5/21-1a on teacher certification exams. Effective June 30, 2013, repeals statutory provisions on (1) teacher certification, qualifications and issuance of certificates; (2) subject endorsement on teacher certificates; ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011P-12Educational Support Personnel Attendance at Workshops
S.B. 1578
Provides that of the 4 days annually that a regional superintendent may arrange for or conduct district, regional or county institutes, 2 days may be used as a teacher's and educational support personnel workshop (instead of just a teacher's workshop). Permits...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Tuition Waivers for Educational Aides
S.B. 1
Amends provisions granting tuition waivers for educational aides. Requires that the courses needed for teacher certification in which the aide is enrolled be in one or more subject areas determined by the Texas
Education Agency to be experiencing a critical sh...

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MESigned into law 05/2011P-12Requires a Study to Ensure That Teachers & Paraprofessionals Working with Children with Autism Are Appropriately & Adequately Prepared
H.R. 546
Directs the state Board of Education and the Department of Education (DOE) to conduct a study to ensure that teachers and paraprofessionals who work with children with autism spectrum disorders are appropriately and adequately prepared. Requires the DOE to con...

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ILSigned into law 08/2010P-12Salary and Benefit Survey
S.B. 3681 - Section 105 ILCS 5/2-3.103
Requires that only districts serving 1,000 or more students provide information on education support personnel for the state board's annual survey of salary and benefits for certified and educational support personnel. Pages 17-22 of 51: http://www.ilga.gov/le...

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FLSigned into law 07/2010P-12
Postsec.
Repeals Certified Education Paraprofessional Welfare Transition Program
HB 7037 - Sec 33
Repeals 1009.64, which created the Certified Education Paraprofessional Welfare Transition Program. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_h7037er.docx&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=7037&Session=2010...

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OHAdopted 01/2010P-12Educational Aide Permits
OAC 3301-25-01, -02 and -05
Repeals and re-enacts rules related to the one-year educational aide permit

3301-25-01: One-Year Educational Aide Permit: http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/pdfs/3301/0/25/3301-25-01_PH_FF_N_RU_20100112_1438.pdf
3301-25-02: Renewal of One-Year Educationa...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Tuition Waivers for Paraprofessionals
S.B. 1798
Amends procedures for educational aides to receive an exemption from tuition and fees charged by public institutions of higher education. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/SB01798F.pdf...

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UTAdopted 09/2008P-12Paraeducator to Teacher Scholarship Program
R277-526
Adopts rules relative to Paraeducator to Teacher Scholarship Program established by 53A-6-801 and -802. Addresses scholarship amounts and requirements; applicant scholarship recipient and school district/charter school responsibilities; and state board of educ...

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MSSigned into law 04/2008P-12Career Ladder for Assistant Teachers
H.B. 902
Requires the Department of Education to conduct a study on the need for and the potential benefits of establishing a career ladder opportunity program for assistant teachers employed in the public schools.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2008/pdf/HB...

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CAVetoed 09/2007Postsec.Teaching interns
S.B. 44
Establishes the Teacher Cadet Program. Requires the State University to convene an advisory committee to develop a common core teacher cadet curriculum designed to expose pupils to teaching careers through development of hands-on curriculum that is aligned wit...

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CASigned into law 09/2007P-12Teacher quality
S.B. 193
Requires a school district or county office of education to require a person participating in the Paraprofessional Teacher Training Program to to obtain a certificate of clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and provide academic achievement ve...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Educational Support Personnel Employees
S.B. 1560
Relates to a section concerning educational support personnel employees. Provides that if the hours the employee works are reduced for certain reasons, then written notice must be given to the employee. Provides that if a reduction in hours is due to an unfore...

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HIBecame law without governor's signature 07/2007P-12Career Ladder for Educational Assistants
S.B. 686
Directs the department of education to submit a report to the legislature before the regular 2008 session on a career ladder program for educational assistants that includes:
(1) Repricing class levels and a career ladder program, and other career ladder...

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NMSigned into law 04/2007P-12Unlicensed Content Area Experts
S.B. 211
Directs the department of education to adopt rules rule for training and other requirements to support the use of unlicensed content area experts as resources in classrooms, team teaching, on-line instruction, curriculum development and other purposes.
http://...

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WVSigned into law 03/2007P-12Education Code Amendments
H.B. 2189
Amends Education Code in the following ways:

1) Prescribes authorities of county school boards.
2) Expands purposes for which schools may expend funds.
3) Establishes certain vehicle and driver safety requirements for transporting students to a school-sponso...

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ILSigned into law 07/2006P-12Early Childhood Teacher Certification
S.B. 2202
Amends the Teacher Certification Article of the School Code. Relates to an early childhood certificate. Provides that the student teaching portion of the practical experience may be satisfied through placement in any of grades pre-kindergarten through 3, provi...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Requirements for Teaching Assistants
H.B. 3025; S.B. 2996
Educational assistants must have, at a minimum, a high school diploma or a GED equivalent, and show demonstrable proficiency in
reading and writing skills. If a licensed teacher to whom an educational assistant has been assigned is required to be absent from t...

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AKRule Adoption 04/2006P-12Paraprofessional Educators
4 AAC 04.220(d)
Amends rules to the Department of Education and Early Development. Deals with paraprofessional educators. Sets a new effective date by which certain paraprofessional educators must meet standards established by regulation. ALASKA 3321...

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NDAdopted 04/2006P-12Credentials and Instructional Standards
NDAC 67-11-01-01, thru 01-07.1 non-seq, 67-15-02-01 thru 02-07non-seq, 67-19-01-01 thru 01-43 non-seq, 67-20-01-01 thru 01-08, 67-22-01-01thru 01-03, 67- 24-01 thru -01-07
Amends administrative rules pertainingto credentials for Title I coordinator, library media, special education director, special education strategist, and reconfiguration ofinstructional days, high school summer school payments, and entrance standards or high ...

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NYAdopted 03/2006P-12Certification of Teaching Assistants
Title 8 NYCRR
Establishes requirements for the certification of teaching assistants for service in the state's public schools: extending the time validity of thelevel I and II teaching assistant certificates, specifying additional requirements for the renewal of the level I...

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LAAdopted 12/2005P-12Paraprofessional Math Credits
LAC 28:I.903
Reduces the number of credit hours required in mathematics from nine credit hours to six credit hours for those individuals seeking to meet highly qualified requirements for paraprofessionals following "Pathway 2", the 48 hour pathway.
Page 35 of 106: http://w...

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NCSigned into law 08/2005P-12Teacher assistants becoming teachers
H.B. 1414
AN ACT to permit teacher assistants who are enrolled in teacher education programs to continue to work while they complete their student teaching. http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2005/Bills/House/HTML/H1414v5.html...

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WVAdopted 08/2005P-12Licensure of Personnel
Title 126, Series 136
Amends rules relating to minimum requirements for the licensure of professional and paraprofessional personnel. Amends rules regarding advanced salary classifications. WEST VIRGINIA REG 4652 (SN)...

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NYVetoed 08/2005P-12Teaching assistants and board of cooperative educational services takeovers
H.B. 8812
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to teachers' rights. Adds other specified personnel to teachers and
teaching assistants where the board of cooperative educational services takes
over a program. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=a8812 ...

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TXEmergency Rule Adoption 08/2005P-12Educational Aide Exemption Program
19 TAC 1.21.II.21.1083
Amends rules concerning the Educational Aide Exemption Program. Allows students who have met the requirement of employment as an educational aide one of the past five years who are applying for their first exemptions to continue to pursue their teaching creden...

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DERule Adoption 01/2005P-12Permits - Paraeducators
14 DAC 1584
Amends regulation relating to Paraeducator Permits by changing the date when Title I paraeducators employed prior to January 8, 2002 must meet the requirements from June 30, 2006 to January 8, 2006 to align with the enactment date of the 'No Child Left Behind ...

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NCRule Adoption 01/2005P-12Preservice Requirements
10A NCAC 09 .0710
Clarifies rules regarding preservice requirements for lead teachers, teachers and aides. NORTH CAROLINA REG 5057 (SN)...

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WVRule Adoption 09/2004P-12Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel
Title 126, Series 136
Amends rules regarding minimum requirements for the licensure of professional/paraprofessional personnel and advanced salary classifications. WEST VIRGINIA REG 4497 (SN)...

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NMRule Adoption 08/2004P-12Instructional Support Providers
NMAC 6.63.3.1, .3, .6, thru .11
Amends issuing agency, statutory authority, objectives, definitions, and requirements pertaining to instructional support providers. ...

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ILSigned into law 07/2004P-12K-3 Class Size Reduction Grant Program
S.B. 2135
Creates a K-3 class size reduction grant program. Provides that only schools that are on the early academic warning list or academic watch list and that maintain grades K-3 are grant eligible. Limits use of the grant funds to operating and maintaining classes ...

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MEPrivate and Special Law No. 45. 04/2004P-12Educational Technicians Upgrades
S.P. 781
Clarifies that the proposed extension of time by which school administrative units may requests upgrades to higher classifications for educational technicians who were employed before a certain date and who are otherwise eligible for upgrade, pertains to a per...

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NMSigned into law 03/2004P-12
Community College
School Personnel
H.B. 304
Relates to school personnel; provides a three-tiered career licensing framework for educational assistants; provides for minimum salaries of educational assistants; makes an appropriation....

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UTRule Adoption 03/2004P-12Paraprofessional Qualifications
R277-524
Provides standards for paraprofessionals consistent with federal No Child Left Behind requirements. UTAH REG 26853 (SN)...

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DERule Adoption 01/2004P-12Paraeducator Qualifications & Permits
14 DAC 1584
Establishes rules complying with changes in federal statute, particularly No Child Left Behind and its requirements for Title I paraeducators. Requires the repeal of regulation 379 Certification Paraprofessional, as the content of regulation 379 has been incor...

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SCRule Adoption 11/2003P-12Nonprofessional and Paraprofessional Personnel Actions
R. 43-209
Amends rules relating to nonprofessional and paraprofessional personnel actions to add further qualifications for paraprofessionals as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. SOUTH CAROLINA REG 2505 (SN)...

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IAAdopted 10/2003P-12Paraeducator Certificates
282 IAC 22.6, 22.7, 22.13
Modifies requirements regarding Paraeducator Certificates. Adds a new area of concentration, School Library Media PK-grade 12. Clarifies that paraeducators must complete competencies in reading, writing, and mathematics areas....

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CASigned into law 09/2003P-12Paraprofessional Teacher Training Program
A.B. 1266 8
Amends the California School Paraprofessional Teacher Training Program designed to recruit paraprofessionals to participate in a program to encourage them to enroll in teacher training programs. Prohibits a laid-off participant from being required to repay for...

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RISigned into law 07/2003P-12Teacher Assistants
H.B. 5825, S.B. 415
Amends the requirements for being a teacher's assistant. If hired after January 8, 2002 and providing an instructional service, staff must have completed at least two (2) years of study at an institution of higher education, obtained an associate's (or higher)...

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NVSigned into law 06/2003P-12Teaching Quality Components
S.B. 1 (Omnibus Bill)
Revises provisions governing the qualifications required of certain teachers in core academic content areas, and for paraprofessionals in Title I Schools, as required for compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act. A new middle school license is aut...

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GASigned into law 05/2003P-12Teacher and Paraprofessional Requirements
H.B. 590
Changes certain provisions regarding the regulation of certificated professional personnel; exempts teachers desiring to transfer to Georgia from other states from certain examinations in certain circumstances; changes certain provisions regarding specific cou...

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MDSigned into law 05/2003P-12Bargaining Representation for Baltimore Paraprofessionals and Administrators
H.B. 778
Includes supervisory noncertificated employees in the definition of public school employee as it applies to provisions that relate to organizations of employees in Baltimore County. States that of three permitted organizations in Baltimore County to be exclus...

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NVTemporary Rule Adoption 05/2003P-12Paraprofessional Requirements
NAC 391
Requires 48 semester hours of credit as the equivalent of two years of study at a college or university; this will be brought back for Board reconsideration within twelve months. NEVADA REG 3146 (SN)...

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WVRule Adoption 05/2003P-12Minimum Requirements for Licensure of Personnel
Title 126, Series 136
The applicant for permanent paraprofessional licensure must submit evidence of satisfying 36 semester hours of post-secondary education or its equivalent in the following:
a. Basic Skills: - The applicant must have completed at least nine semester hours of co...

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OKSigned into law 05/2003P-12Retired Nonclassified Employees
S.B. 663
Adds provision to allow certain nonclassified personnel who return to work after retirement to be paid without penalty to their retirement. http://www2.lsb.state.ok.us/2003-04SB/sb663_enr.rtf...

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MNSigned into law 05/2003P-12Paraprofessional Requirements and Training
H.F. 302 (multiple provisions)
Requires the board of teaching to adopt rules to implement a statewide credential for education paraprofessionals who assist a licensed teacher in providing student instruction. Any paraprofessional holding this credential or working in a local school distric...

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CTSigned into law 04/2003P-12Paraprofessional Pay
H.B. 5289
Allows school districts to pay paraprofessional on a year round basis; defines paraprofessional as an employee of a local or regional board of education who holds a position that does not require a certificate issued by the State Board of Education and who ser...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Policies for Public School Employees
H.B. 2717
Requires written personnel policies for public school classified employees....

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Classified School Employees
H.B. 2520
Provides for cost of living salary increases for classified school employees tied to the consumer price index. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2520.pdf...

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COSigned into law 04/2003P-12
Postsec.
Certification of Education Paraprofessionals
H.B. 1159
Concerns certification of education paraprofessionals; relates to the approval of teacher paraprofessional preparation programs at institutions of higher education.http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/inetcbill.nsf/fsbillcont/30ADA69812E043D787256C9200612D90?Open&...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Personnel Policies for Teachers
H.B. 2516
Concerns the definition of personnel policies that all school district policies must have pertaining to the terms and conditions of teacher's employment. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2516.pdf...

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NMSigned into law 03/2003P-12
Postsec.
Teacher Preparation Section
H.B. 212 (Omnibus Bill)
Amends Section 22-2-2 (Z)(BB and CC) to require the state board to approve education curricula and programs
offered in all two-year public post-secondary educational institutions, except those in Chapter 21, Article 12 NMSA 1978, that lead to
alternative lice...

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NMSigned into law 03/2003P-12Instructional Support Providers
H.B. 212 (Omnibus Bill)
Adds Section 22-10A-17. Requires licensure of instructional support providers, including educational assistants, librarians, school counselors, school social workers, etc, to meet rules set by the state board. Requires state board to set those rules....

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MSSigned into law 03/2003P-12Sick Leave
S.B. 2313
Grants teacher assistants the same sick leave allowances as licensed school employees. Allows up to five days of unused sick leave to be carried over to the next school year and credited to such licensed employee if the employee remains employed in the same s...

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PAAdopted 02/2003P-12Standards for Education
Sections 403.2; Sections 403.4 and 403.5
The standards proposed by the department and approved by the state board affirm the use of flexibility in the current certification system and approve additional certification avenues designed to provide new routes for becoming certified. More specifically, th...

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MASigned into law 01/2003P-12
Postsec.
Paraprofessional Incentive Program
H.B. 4702
Establishes a paraprofessional incentive program to provide grants to residents who are working as paraprofessionals in public schools while pursuing a bachelor's degree at a public college or university in order to become a teacher in bilingual education, spe...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Teacher Aides
S.B. 1405
Applies provisions of existing law which provides that no person shall be initially assigned to assist as an instructional aide or to assist in instruction as a teacher aide for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, unless the person had demonstrated proficiency in...

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MOSigned into law 06/2002P-12Major Bill - Teacher Certification Component
H.B. 1711
Out-of-state certified teachers with five years of experience and an appropriate background check may receive provisional certification, which will become permanent after five years of teaching in Missouri. The department must promulgate rules that allow teac...

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IASigned into law 04/2000P-12Para-Educators/Practitioners
H.B. 2146
Relates to the authority of the Board of Educational Examiners over certification and licensing of para-educators and practitioners; broadens the authority of the Board of Educational Examiners; provides for the certification, rather than licensing, of a para-...

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MSSigned into law 04/2000P-12Qualifications of Assistant Teachers
H.B. 106
Establishes General Education Diploma as a minimum eligibility requirement for assistant teachers....

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