HBA-CCH H.B. 1525 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1525 By: Garcia Public Education 3/12/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, there is a shortage of classroom teachers in Texas, which is especially critical in the subjects of mathematics and computer sciences. Existing law authorizes the State Board for Educator Certification to certify educators who hold a degree issued by an institution located in a foreign country if the individual holds an appropriate certificate or other credential issued by another state or country. Removing this requirement would expand the pool of potential teachers, especially in subjects where the teacher shortage is critical. House Bill 1525 provides for the certification of individuals who do not possess teaching experience and have not completed higher education courses related to teaching if the individuals have an advanced degree from an institution in a foreign country in a subject area for which there is a shortage of classroom teachers. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1525 amends the Education Code to authorize the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to issue a teacher's certificate to a person who holds an advanced degree from an institution in a foreign country in mathematics, computer science, or another subject in which the commissioner of education determines that there is a shortage of educators in Texas, and the person performs satisfactorily on the appropriate certification examination. H.B. 1525 provides that the advanced degree must be equivalent to an advanced degree issued in the United States by an accredited institution. The bill prohibits SBEC from requiring the person to possess teaching experience or to have completed higher education courses related to teaching in order to receive a teacher's certificate. The bill authorizes SBEC to require the person to receive training approved by SBEC that addresses fundamental state educational goals and preferences, including preferred techniques for disciplining students. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.