Advisory Resolution for SB 1646
(Alpert): Teacher Credentialing
AS-2571-02/TEKR/FGA - May 2-3, 2002
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