Advisory Resolution for SB 1646
(Alpert): Teacher Credentialing

AS-2571-02/TEKR/FGA - May 2-3, 2002

ATTACHMENT TO AS-2571-02/TEKR/FGA

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (CSU) oppose SB 1646 (Alpert) as amended in Senate, April 1, 2002; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support efforts to prepare qualified teachers in a timely manner; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU pledge to work collaboratively with Senator Dede Alpert and other educational policy makers to further our shared agenda; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU send this resolution and accompanying rationale to Senator Alpert and the Senate Education Committee.

RATIONALE: This bill would mandate an undergraduate major in elementary education at every public postsecondary institution in California. Further it provides direction for the content and administration of those programs. In its recognition of the critical need for qualified teachers, the Academic Senate of the California State University supports efforts to prepare teachers in a timely manner. For the same purpose, blended teacher preparation programs have been established on CSU campuses through collaboration and cooperation between education and subject matter faculty. Further development of alternative routes to teacher credentials should build upon existing programs and collaborations.

Our specific concerns in regard to SB 1646 are:

  • Control of curriculum, determination of administrative structures, and quality of programs are properly academic matters.


  • Substitution of mandated undergraduate majors in elementary education for the (current) Ryan Act's prohibition of such majors is excessive.


  • The current language in the bill could result in a significant negative consequence for student financial aid, e.g., Pell Grants.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY - May 2-3, 2002



 
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