84(R) - 2015
Relating to eligibility requirements for issuance of a teaching certificate to an applicant who holds a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor teaching certification.
No significant fiscal impact to the State.
Local Government Impact
This bill would eliminate fees that
districts pay for emergency permits for JROTC instructors who seek the
new JROTC standard certificate. Currently,
districts pay a $57 fee annually for permits for these JROTC
instructors. For everyone who moves to the new ROTC certificate,
districts would only pay $77 for an initial certification and then $20
every five years. Districts may also incur a fee of $170 for a review of
credentials, but that fee is unlikely.
SB 1309 would amend the Education Code to allow a person to obtain standard
teaching certification if the person has received a JROTC instructor
teaching certification from the United States Department of Defense,
United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, or
United States Marine Corps. Their years spent as a JROTC instructor would count towards the traditional supervised teaching hours as part of the certification process.
Vote Recommendation Notes
Allowing an individual who has already spent significant time and effort as an instructor in the military to transfer that to a civilian educator certificate would assist military members in transferring to civilian life and allow them to use their past experience instead of starting over. This supports our limited government principle by reducing occupational licensing requirements for people who are otherwise already qualified. We support SB 1309.