Bill description: HB 566 would allow charter school administrators to receive an alternate certificate rather than a full teaching certificate, as required under current law.
Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market?
Under current law, anyone working as a teacher, supervisor, administrator, education specialist, school nurse or school librarian is required to have a teaching certificate issued by the state Board of Education. HB 566 would allow the state Board of Education to certify individuals to work as the administrator of a charter school so long as the individual: (1) holds a bachelor degree, (2) passes a background check, (3) completes a course in administrative evaluations, and (4) has written approval from the board of directors of a charter school that will hire the administrator. Additionally, the administrator would be required to have at least five or more years of administering a charter school, a post-baccalaureate degree and five years in an administrative position, completion of a charter school teachers fellowship, or five years of teaching experience.
By allowing more individuals to work as charter school administrators beyond just those who have traditional educational or administrative experience and a full certificate, HB 566 would reduce the barrier to serving in this administrative capacity. Reducing this barrier would allow individuals who can provide a different perspective, promoting the success of these charter schools which offer an alternative education than what students would receive through traditional public schools.
This analysis was updated to reflect the Senate amendments to the bill on 3/15.
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