HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3065        FILED ON: 2/18/2021

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 583

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Nika C. Elugardo

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act ensuring diversity in public education.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Date Added:

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

2/18/2021

Adam J. Scanlon

14th Bristol

2/24/2021

Peter Capano

11th Essex

2/24/2021

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

2/24/2021

Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire

2/24/2021

Carmine Lawrence Gentile

13th Middlesex

2/25/2021

Brandy Fluker Oakley

12th Suffolk

2/25/2021

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

2/26/2021

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

2/26/2021

Patrick Joseph Kearney

4th Plymouth

2/26/2021

Vanna Howard

17th Middlesex

2/26/2021

Carlos González

10th Hampden

2/26/2021

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

2/26/2021

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

2/26/2021

Steven C. Owens

29th Middlesex

2/26/2021

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

2/26/2021

Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk

3/4/2021

Tram T. Nguyen

18th Essex

3/3/2021

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

3/3/2021

Danillo A. Sena

37th Middlesex

3/8/2021

Michael P. Kushmerek

3rd Worcester

3/9/2021

Christina A. Minicucci

14th Essex

3/9/2021

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

3/16/2021

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

3/29/2021

Maria Duaime Robinson

6th Middlesex

4/1/2021

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

4/2/2021

Marc R. Pacheco

First Plymouth and Bristol

5/10/2021

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

5/10/2021

Adrian C. Madaro

1st Suffolk

5/23/2021


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3065        FILED ON: 2/18/2021

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 583

By Ms. Elugardo of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 583) of Nika C. Elugardo and others relative to diversity in public education.  Education.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-Second General Court
(2021-2022)

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An Act ensuring diversity in public education.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Section 38G of Chapter 71, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the twelfth paragraph in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following new paragraph:-To be eligible for certification as a provisional educator, the candidate shall (1) hold a bachelor's degree in arts or sciences from an accredited college or university with a major course in the arts or sciences appropriate to the instructional field; (2) pass a test or satisfy alternative measures of proficiency established by the board; provided, that if the candidate chooses to take a test, that test shall consist of two parts: (A) a writing section which shall demonstrate the communication and literacy skills necessary for effective instruction and improved communication between school and parents; and (B) the subject matter knowledge for the certificate; provided further, that in providing an alternative to the test, the board shall consider: (A) the candidate’s proficiency in communication and literacy skills and (B) in subject matter knowledge for the certificate; and (3) be of sound moral character. Candidates who complete the requirements in this paragraph shall be issued provisional educator certificates which will permit them to seekemployment in teaching positions requiring instructional certification in districts which have an approved provisional educator preparation program.

SECTION 2. Said section 38G of Chapter 71, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby further amended by striking the eighteenth paragraph in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following new paragraph:-To be eligible for certification as a provisional educator with advanced standing, the candidate shall provide evidence that he (1) holds a bachelor's degree in arts or sciences from an accredited college or university with a major course in the arts or sciences appropriate to the instructional field or the equivalent baccalaureate degree; (2) pass a test or satisfy alternative measures ofproficiency established by the board; provided, that if the candidate chooses to take a test, that test shall consist of two parts: (A) a writing section which shall demonstrate the communication and literacy skills necessary for effective instruction andimproved communication between school and parents; and (B) the subject matter knowledge for the certificate; provided further, that in providing an alternative to the test, the board shall consider: (A) the candidate’s proficiency in communication and literacy skills and (B) in subject matter knowledge for the certificate; and (3) has satisfactorily completed a board of education approved teacher preparation program; and (4) is of sound moral character. A candidate who completes the requirements of this paragraph shall be issued a provisional educator certificate with advanced standing which will permit him to seek employment in a teaching position requiring instructional certification.

SECTION 3. Section 18 of Chapter 74, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the first paragraph in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following new paragraph:-The state board shall establish basic competency-based vocational-technical teacher training standards which shall serveas the fundamental, pedagogical requirements for beginning vocational-technical instructors. The board shall further require that all persons seeking to meet the board's requirements shall have successfully passed performance and written tests in areas asdetermined by the board or shall have satisfied alternative measures of proficiency established by the board and shall have successfully completed an approved seminar on teaching skills and methods.