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Teaching Quality--Certification and Licensure--Substitute Teachers


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State Status/Date Level Summary
LASigned into law 05/2014P-12Compensation of School Support Employee Performing Substitute Teacher Duties
H.B. 242
Requires that a school support employee's compensation be not below that of a substitute teacher for all work performed as a substitute teacher. Establishes limitations for determining compensation for such work. Directs each local board to establish a policy ...

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WASigned into law 03/2014P-12Teacher Assignment and Reassignment Data
H.B. 2575
Requires that, no later than the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, school districts must report the dates of teacher assignment and reassignment in the statewide student data system.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passe...

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MSSigned into law 04/2012P-12Deduction of Cost of Substitute Teachers from Pay of Absent Licensee
S.B. 2452
Clarifies that local school districts may deduct the cost of a substitute teacher from the salary of a licensed school employee for the first 10 days of absence due to sick leave in excess of the employee's sick leave allowance, and can withhold the salary of ...

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OKSigned into law 04/2012P-12Substitute Teachers Not Holding Certification
H.B. 2727
Requires districts to set the maximum number of days within which a substitute teacher who does not hold a valid certificate may be employed for the same assignment (formerly was set at 20 days by state law).
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf/2011-12%20ENR...

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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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CTSigned into law 06/2011P-12Allows Waiver of Requirement that Substitute Teacher Hold a Bachelor's Degree
S.B. 933
Allows the Commissioner of Education to waive the requirement that a substitute teacher hold a bachelor's degree upon the request of a superintendent. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/PA/2011PA-00027-R00SB-00933-PA.htm...

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TNSigned into law 05/2011P-12Substitute Teachers
S.B. 1674
Authorizes substitute teachers to be employed and paid by a local education agency (LEA) or by a third party provider. Substitute teachers employed by a third party provider shall receive the same unemployment benefits as substitute teachers employed by local ...

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ILSigned into law 12/2010P-12Authorizations for Substitute Teachers
H.B. 5863
Authorizes a fee, not to exceed the cost of the background check, to be charged to applicants seeking employment as a substitute teacher. Provides that in order to substitute teach in the public schools, a person holding valid certification must register as a ...

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OKSigned into law 04/2010P-12Limits on Days Non-Certified Substitute Teachers Can Teach
H.B. 2854
Increases the number of school days a substitute teacher who does not hold a valid certificate may be employed during a school year from 70 to 90.
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2009-10bills/HB/HB2854_ENR.RTF...

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WVSigned into law 06/2009P-12Hiring Teachers/SubstituteTeachers/Noncitizen Teachers/Teacher Retirement
S.B. 1006A
Amends the definition of "long-term substitute" from a substitute employee who fills a vacant position expected to extend for at least 90 consecutive days to 30 consecutive days; provides that when necessary to facilitate the employment of employable professio...

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HISigned into law 06/2008P-12Wage Adjustments for Substitute Teachers
S.B. 2652
Effective July 1, 2008, directs the board of education to provide wage adjustments for substitute teachers that are comparable to the across-the-board wage adjustments negotiated for teachers in bargaining unit 5. Authorizes the board to also adjust hours, ben...

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IAAdopted 07/2007P-12Substitutes in K-6 Special Education Classrooms
IAC 282-14.143(272)
Expands the ability of a paraeducator holding a substitute authorization to work in K-6 special education classrooms. IOWA 5764...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12Student Teachers at At-Risk Schools and Subject Areas
A.B. 512
Requires a school district which has entered into an agreement for the assignment of student teachers within the district for training purposes to employ certain student teachers as substitutes in at-risk schools and in hard to fill subject areas when licensed...

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WVSigned into law 02/2007P-12Retired Teachers as Substitutes & Retirement Benefits
H.B. 2105
Extends the expiration date of provisions permitting retired teachers to accept employment as substitutes in areas of critical need and shortage for an unlimited number of days without affecting retirement benefits. http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/...

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HISigned into law 07/2006P-12Substitute Teacher Pay
S.B. 3197
Sets and provides moneys for the classification and compensation rates for substitute teachers that are consistent with the compensation rates determined by the Legislature in 1996. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/bills/sb3197_cd1_.htm...

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OKSigned into law 06/2006P-12Substitute Special Education Teachers
S.B. 1493
Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, requires any substitute teacher employed to teach special education for the same assignment for more than 15 consecutive or 30 total school days during a school year who does not hold a valid certificate to teach special...

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WASigned into law 03/2006P-12Substitutes
H.B. 2446
Declares that the provisions of RCW 42.23.030 do not apply to the letting of an employment contract as a substitute teacher or substitute educational aide to an officer of a second class school district that has two hundred or fewer full-time equivalent studen...

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IAAdopted 12/2005P-12Qualifications for Substitute Teachers
IAC 14.119(1), 14.119(3)
Allows a substitute teacher's license to be issued to an individual who has successfully completed all requirements of an approved Iowa teacher education program, but did not apply for an Iowa teacher's license at the time of the completion of the approved pro...

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ILEmergency Rule Adoption 09/2005P-12Substitute Teaching Permits for Katrina Victims
23 IAC 25.105
Offers individuals from the geographic area drastically affected by Hurricane Katrina a temporary permit for substitute teaching in Illinois schools, provided that they have a bachelor's degree, which is generally the qualification required. http://www.isbe.st...

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HISigned into law 05/2005P-12
S.B. 1250
Requires the compensation plan for substitute teachers' pay to be commensurate with their educational training and academic qualifications.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/bills/sb1250_.htm...

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DERule Adoption 12/2004P-12Procedures Manual - Licensing
8 DEC, 911 Procedures Manual, Appendixes A and B
Amends the State Board of Education Procedures Manual by including licensing of substitute teachers and National Board teachers and removing Delaware Performance Appraisal References from the Approval of Rules and Regulations. Adds and removes certain referenc...

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NMRule Adoption 08/2004P-12Substitute Teachers
NMAC 6.63.10.1, .06 thru .8, .12, .14
Relates requirements for substitute teachers and continuing certification....

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NDRule Adoption 07/2004P-12Interim Licenses
NDAC 67.1-02-04-01, -02 thru -08
Establishes rules regarding interim licenses for teacher shortages. Addresses interim licenses for substitute teachers, provisional licenses, interim reciprocal licensure, trade, industry, technical, and health occupations interim license, interim licensure cl...

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MSSigned into law 05/2004P-12School District Substitute Teacher Contractors
S.B. 2498
Provides that private firms under contact with school districts to provide substitute teachers during the temporary absence of the regularly employed teacher shall request that the school district conduct a criminal background check on the contract employee. T...

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UTRule Adoption 09/2003P-12Employment of Substitute Teachers
R277-508
Amends rules to provide for student teachers and paraprofessionals to be used as substitute teachers. Provides language to protect the integrity of the student teaching experience so that the student teacher is not taken out of their assignment and reassigned ...

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MISigned into law 08/2003P-12Obtaining Teacher Certification Credits through Substitute Teaching
H.B. 4391 (multiple provisions)
The department shall authorize teacher preparation institutions to provide an alternative program by which up to 1/2 of the required student internship or student teaching credits may be earned through substitute teaching. The department shall require that tea...

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MESigned into law 05/2003P-12Substitute Teacher Fingerprinting
H.P. 749 (LD 1032)
Beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, requires a person employed as a substitute teacher and a person who is a regular school employee and who also needs fingerprinting and a criminal history record check to be issued a temporary approval card by the Depar...

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NMPocket Veto by GOVERNOR. 04/2003P-12Schools
S.B. 777
Relates to public schools; enacts a new section of the public school code to provide for substitute teachers' salaries....

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KYSigned into law 03/2003P-12Eligibility for Emergency Substitute Teaching Certificate
H.B. 252
Creates new section allowing any individual who has a bachelor's degree in any subject area from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution to be given a substitute teaching certificate by the Education Professional Standards Board. This ...

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MISigned into law 12/2002P-12Substitute Teacher Contracts
S.B. 213
Allows school districts to contract with a person or entity for employment of qualified substitute teachers. http://www.michiganlegislature.org/documents/2001-2002/publicact/pdf/2002-PA-0735.pdf...

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MTRule Adoption 11/2002P-12
ARM New Rule I thru III, XXVIII, XXIX, XXX, XXXI; 10.55.602 thru .710 (non-seq); 10.57.101 thru .801 (non-seq.); Repeal 10.57.103 thru .406 (non-seq); New Rule I/Criminal History Background Check
Establishes rules regarding criminal history background check, substitute teachers, teacher license classification, definition of 'immoral conduct', investigation, and reporting of the surrender, denial, revocation or suspension of a license. Addresses accred...

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TNSigned into law 05/2002P-12Substitute Teacher Qualifications
S.B. 2632
Requires districts to adopt policies on the employment of substitute teachers. Such policies shall, at a minimum, address qualifications and training and shall ensure substitute teachers are subject to investigation pursuant to 49-5-413. Such policies shall ...

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CAVetoed 10/2001P-12Training Substitute Teachers
A.B. 1431
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to award a minimum of 3 grants for the purpose of establishing a new substitute teacher training pilot project whereby each new substitute teacher who will provide services in low performing schools would be pr...

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RIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature 07/2001P-12Teacher Assistant Substitutes
S.B. 662
Requires teacher assistant substitutes who work more than 20 days during any school year to meet the requirements of permanent teacher assistants....

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ILVetoed 06/2001P-12Substitute Teacher Rules
H.B. 2425
Amends the School Code; provides that, for the 2001-2002, 2002-2003, and 2003-2004 school years, a teacher holding an early childhood, elementary, high school, or special certificate may substitute teach for a period not to exceed 120 paid school days or 600 p...

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AZSigned into law 04/2001P-12Rules for Emergency Substitutes
S.B. 1343
THE RULES SHALL ALLOW A GENERAL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IN THE CERTIFICATION OF EMERGENCY SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS...

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OKSigned into law 07/2000P-12Substitute Teachers
H.B. 2000
Authorizes a substitute teacher who holds a lapsed or expired certificate or has a bachelors degree to teach up to 100 days during a school year. Removes all limits on number of days a certified substitute teacher can teach. Removes the prohibition on paying...

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RIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature 07/2000P-12Substitute Teachers
H.B. 7246, S.B. 2590
Extends the period of time that a retired teacher may act as a substitute teacher to 90 days in a school year....

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NMSigned into law 03/2000P-12Substitute Teachers
H.B. 409
Relates to substitute teacher certification requirements....

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SDSigned into law 03/2000P-12Long-Term Substitutes
S.B. 172
Defines long-term substitute teachers; requires certain reporting on the use of long-term substitute teachers....

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