SB 159

84(R) - 2015
Senate Education
Senate Education
Public Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


José Rodríguez

Bill Caption

Relating to certification requirements for teachers in bilingual education.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State or local government.

Bill Analysis

Currently, a teacher is required to be bilingual certified for any dual language program even if he or she would only be teaching the English component. SB 159 would amend Education Code to allow school districts local control over how to utilize bilingual certified and ESL (English as a second language) certified teachers for their dual language programs.  This would allow a school to assign multiple appropriately certified teachers for components of a dual language program provided in components other than English and in English.

Vote Recommendation Notes

05/22/2015 update:

No changes were made to this bill. The second chamber sponsor is Representative Marquez.

First chamber recommendation:

This bill does not abridge or affirm any of our liberty principles, therefore we are neutral on this legislation.