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Update: USDE Alt Cert Report Now Over A Year Late

Way back in 2012, Congress called on the USDE to issue a report on the number and distribution of alternative certification teachers in US classrooms as a condition of extending the provision that makes alt cert teachers highly qualified under NCLB.  

The HQT waiver is good through 2016, which is why there wasn't any need for a rider in the 2015 spending bill currently under consideration.  (The union waiver, known as HOUSSE, is permanent and doesnt't require updating.)

But the report was supposed to come out in December 2013 -- a year ago.  But it hasn't been heard of.

Related posts: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" About Highly Qualified Teachers"Technical Amendments" In The Fiscal Cliff Deal?Alt Cert: TFA "Interns" Allowed To Keep Teaching ELLs (For Now)Budget Deal Gives TFA Another Two Years.

The first CR for Fiscal Year 2014, extended it through the 2015-16 school year.

See: PUBLIC LAW 113–46—OCT. 17, 2013 Sec. 144.  Subsection (b) of section 163 of Public Law 111-242, as amended, <NOTE: 20 USC 7801 note.> is further amended by striking ``2013-2014'' and inserting ``2015-2016''.

 The underlying 2012 CR included this language: SEC. 145. Section 163 of Public Law 111–242, as amended by Public Law 111–322, is further amended—(1) in subsection (b), by striking ‘‘2012–2013’’ and inserting ‘‘2013–2014’’; and (2) by inserting at the end the following:

 ‘‘(c) Not later than December 31, 2013, the Secretary of Education shall submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committees on Appropriations and Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives, using data required under existing law (section 1111(h)(6)(A) of Public Law 107–110) by State and each local educational agency, regarding the extent to which students in the following categories are taught by teachers who are deemed highly qualified pursuant to 34 CFR 200.56(a)(2)(ii) as published in the Federal Register on December 2, 2002:

‘‘(1) Students with disabilities.

‘‘(2) English Learners.

‘‘(3) Students in rural areas.

‘‘(4) Students from low-income families.’’.


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