BILL NUMBER: AB 2160	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  134
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  AUGUST 13, 2010
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  AUGUST 13, 2010
	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 2, 2010
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  APRIL 22, 2010
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 6, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Bass

                        FEBRUARY 18, 2010

   An act to amend Section 44265.1 of the Education Code, relating to
teacher credentialing.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2160, Bass. Teacher credentialing: instruction to pupils with
autism.
   The Commission on Teacher Credentialing is authorized to issue
teaching and services credentials, and is required to establish
standards and procedures for the issuance and renewal of credentials.
Existing law authorizes a local educational agency or school to
assign a teacher who holds a level 1 education specialist credential
to provide instruction to pupils with autism, subject to specified
requirements. Existing law makes those provisions inoperative 2 years
after the commission adopts regulations relating to the requirements
for obtaining a specialist credential in special education, or on
August 31, 2011, whichever occurs first, and repeals those provisions
on January 1, 2012.
   This bill would delete the provision requiring the education
specialist credential to be a level 1 credential, would extend the
inoperative date to October 1, 2013, and would repeal those
provisions on January 1, 2014. The bill would express various
findings and declarations of the Legislature, and would delete
obsolete provisions.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares the following:
   (1) In enacting Assembly Bill 2302 of the 2007-08 Regular Session
(Stats. 2008, Ch. 41) the Legislature acknowledged the growing
disparity between the growth of autism spectrum disorders and the
failure of the state to issue a sufficient number of education
specialist credentials that authorize the holders to provide
instruction to pupils with moderate to severe disabilities.
   (2) Existing law authorizes a local educational agency or school
to assign a teacher who holds a level 1 education specialist
credential, or a previously issued credential, that authorizes him or
her to provide instruction to individuals with mild and moderate
disabilities to provide instruction to pupils with autism, as
defined, if the teacher consents to the assignment and satisfies
certain criteria, as determined by the local educational agency or
school.
   (3) In accordance with existing law, the Commission on Teacher
Credentialing reported to the Legislature and the Governor in
December 2007 recommendations to modify current credentialing
standards.
   (4) The existing law is set to be repealed no later than January
1, 2012.
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to extend the date of the
repeal of Section 44265.1 of the Education Code until January 1,
2014, in order to allow all teachers working under the current
legislative requirements to adhere to the approved program standard
changes.
  SEC. 2.  Section 44265.1 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   44265.1.  (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a local
educational agency or school may assign a teacher who holds an
education specialist credential, or a previously issued credential,
that authorizes him or her to provide instruction to individuals with
mild and moderate disabilities to provide instruction to pupils with
autism, as defined by Section 300.8(c)(1) of Title 34 of the Code of
Federal Regulations if the teacher consents to the assignment and
satisfies the criteria described in subdivision (b).
   (b) The local educational agency or school shall determine that a
teacher described in subdivision (a) has satisfied either of the
following prior to allowing the teacher to provide instruction to
pupils with autism:
   (1) He or she has provided full-time instruction for at least one
year prior to September 1, 2007, in a special education program that
serves pupils with autism pursuant to their individualized education
programs and received a favorable evaluation or recommendation to
teach pupils with autism from the local educational agency or school.

   (2) He or she has completed a minimum of three semester units of
coursework in the subject of autism offered by a regionally
accredited institution of higher education. The local educational
agency or school shall maintain the certificate or other verification
of completion of the coursework on file in its office.
   (c) Local educational agencies and schools shall report teacher
assignments made pursuant to this section as part of their annual
assignment monitoring pursuant to Section 44258.9.
   (d) This section shall become inoperative on October 1, 2013, and
is repealed on January 1, 2014, unless a later enacted statute that
is enacted before January 1, 2014, deletes or extends the dates on
which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.