HB1073 Changes notice and resolution of teacher certification disciplinary actions; requires certain personnel to report certain acts by certificate holders.
Sponsor: Relford, Randall H. (6) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: Fitzwater, Rodger (36) LR Number: 2381L.04C
Last Action: COMMITTEE: EDUCATION - ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
02/21/2000 - HCS Reported Do Pass (H)
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COMMITTEE

HCS HB 1073 -- TEACHER CERTIFICATION

SPONSOR:  Fitzwater (Relford)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on
Education-Elementary and Secondary by a vote of 19 to 0.

This substitute clarifies several points of procedure in the
teacher certificate revocation process.  The substitute permits
the Attorney General to file charges on behalf of a district on
any grounds for revocation except breach of contract and deletes
the requirement that such district must be financially stressed.
When charges are filed by or at the request of a district school
board, the superintendent or board president must sign the
charges.  The substitute adds charges relating to child
pornography as grounds for revocation or nonissuance, to
parallel HB 1215.  The substitute permits notice of revocation
or nonissuance of a new license to be filed by first class mail
after a first notice by certified mail and requires that a
certificate holder give notice of intent to appeal within 30
days of notice of revocation rather than within 30 days of a
guilty plea or finding.

The substitute adds new provisions that:  (1)  permit the State
Board of Education to refuse to issue a license or to revoke the
license of a person who has surrendered the license or failed to
renew; (2)  remove the authority of the State Board of Education
to restore a license to anyone who was convicted of first degree
murder, a dangerous felony or specified sex offenses; (3)
require school board members and district employees with direct
knowledge of sexual or drug offenses or child abuse by a
certificate holder to report the offenses to the superintendent
and law enforcement and provide a penalty for failure to report;
and (4)  permit contested cases and certain other matters
relating to licensure to be resolved informally.  The substitute
makes a technical change to ensure parallel phrasing concerning
offenses under Missouri or other state or national laws.

FISCAL NOTE:  Estimated Net Effect on General Revenue Fund of a
cost of $51,194 to a savings of less than $100,000 in FY 2001, a
cost of $54,628 to a savings of less than $100,000 in FY 2002,
and a cost of $56,056 to a savings of less than $100,000 in FY
2003.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that while HB 1469 tightened up the
certificate revocation procedures in 1998, this bill provides
necessary further tightening of some procedures.  Many of the
changes are to keep certificate holders from simply resigning
and walking away from prosecution and to provide help to school
districts that might want to initiate revocation procedures but
cannot afford to.

Testifying for the bill were Representative Relford; Department
of Elementary and Secondary Education; Office of the Attorney
General; Kansas City School District; and Missouri School Boards
Association.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Becky DeNeve, Senior Legislative Analyst


INTRODUCED

HB 1073 -- Teacher Certification

Co-Sponsors:  Relford, Fitzwater, Seigfreid

This bill clarifies several points of procedure in the teacher
certificate revocation process.  The bill permits notice of
revocation or nonissuance of a new license to be filed by first
class mail and requires that a certificate holder give notice of
intent to appeal within 30 days of notice of revocation rather
than within 30 days of a guilty plea or finding.  The bill
clarifies that when charges are filed by or at the request of a
district school board, the superintendent or board president
must sign the charges.  The bill adds new provisions that permit
contested cases and certain other matters relating to licensure
to be resolved informally.


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