584-023-0005 Registry of Charter School Teachers
Summary of Proposed Action: Requiring charter school teachers to meet the federal requirements for “highly qualified” is likely “ultra vires” or outside the authority of the Commission.
Background: At the August 2014 meeting, the Commission adopted amendments to the charter school teacher registration rules. One of the new provisions required all applicants for charter school teacher registration to provide evidence that she or he meets the federal requirements for “Highly Qualified” teachers. Requiring charter school teachers to meet this standard is likely outside the authority of the Commission. The TSPC Director, under her rulemaking authority, repealed the “Highly Qualified” provisions by temporary rule on 9/24/2014.
Number of registrations: There are currently 417 active charter school teacher registrations.
Copy of Draft Rule – Recommended to be Proposed and Referred to Public Comment
Registry of Charter School Teachers
(1) No persons shall serve as a teacher (as defined in ORS 342.120) in a public charter school unless such person either holds a valid Oregon license issued by TSPC pursuant to 338.135 or is registered with TSPC as a charter school teacher in accordance with 342.125(5).
(2) TSPC shall create a Public Charter School Registry for all non-licensed persons who are employed and registered as teachers in any charter school.
(3) To obtain a charter school teacher registration, an applicant and the employing charter school will submit a joint application, which will include the following documentation:
(a) Description of the specific teaching position the applicant will fill with the employing charter school plus an indication of the exact subjects the educator will be teaching;
(b) Fingerprints on forms prescribed by the Oregon State Police and in the manner required by TSPC. Fingerprint cards previously filed with the Oregon Department of Education do not qualify;
(c) Completed application and fee;
(d) Transcripts of the
applicant’s post-secondary education and evidence of other experience and
qualifications relevant to the teaching position the applicant is seeking.
subject to the following: (A) If applying to teach in any K–6 classroom: Test
scores of having passed the Commission-adopted multiple subjects test or an
acceptable equivalent elementary test as evidence the applicant meets the
federal requirements for “Highly Qualified” elementary (See OAR 584, division
100); (B) If applying to teach in any Core Academic Subject in
grades 7–12 any of the following must be submitted: (i) Test scores of having passed the Commission-adopted
test in that subject or an acceptable equivalent test as evidence the applicant
meets the federal definition for” Highly Qualified” secondary teacher (See OAR
584, division 100); or (ii) Transcripts evidencing a major or course-work
equivalent to a major in the core academic subjects the applicant will teach;
or (iii) Transcripts evidencing a master’s in the core
academic subjects the applicant will teach. (C) Applicants to teach special education must be fully
compliant with the federal IDEA which requires full state licensure as a
special education teacher in addition to demonstration the applicant meets the
federal definition for “Highly Qualified” teacher (See OAR 584, division 100).
(e) A list of any professional licenses held; and
(f) A passing score on a commission-approved test of knowledge of U.S. and Oregon civil rights laws and professional ethics unless these requirements have already been met through prior TSPC licensure.
(4) The registration is not transferrable to another charter school without an application for a registration change with TSPC.
(5) A charter school registration may be renewed for an additional three-year term upon joint application of the registrant and employing charter school on forms established by the Commission and upon the payment of the applicable fee.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 342
Stats. Implemented: ORS 342.120–342.430, 342.455–342.495 &342.533
Hist.: TSPC 5-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-24-99 thru 2-19-00; TSPC 7-1999, f. & cert. ef. 10-8-99; TSPC 9-2006, f. & cert. ef. 6-15-06; TSPC 7-2007, f. & cert. ef. 12-14-07; TSPC 4-2009, f. & cert. ef. 9-22-09; TSPC 5-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-13-10 thru 12-31-10; TSPC 9-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; TSPC 4-2012, f. & cert. ef. 5-18-12; TSPC 1-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-15-14 thru 9-10-14; TSPC 5-2014, f. & cert. ef. 8-5-14
342.125 Types of licenses; charter school teacher and administrator registry; expedited process. (1) Teaching licenses shall be issued and renewed by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission by the authority of the State of Oregon, subject to ORS 342.120 to 342.430 and the rules of the commission.
(2) Subject to subsection (4) of this section, teaching licenses shall be of the following types:
(a) Basic teaching license.
(b) Standard teaching license.
(c) Administrative license.
(d) Restricted teaching license.
(3) Subject to ORS 342.130 and to subsection (4) of this section and in addition to the teaching licenses described in subsection (2) of this section, licenses shall be of the following types:
(a) Initial teaching license.
(b) Professional teaching license.
(c) Teacher leader license.
(d) Initial personnel service license.
(e) Continuing personnel service license.
(f) Initial administrative license.
(g) Continuing administrative license.
(4) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission may establish other types of teaching licenses as it considers necessary for operation of the public schools of the state and may prescribe the qualifications for the licenses. However, no license established under the authority of this subsection is required for a regular classroom teaching position in the public schools.
(5)(a) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall establish a public charter school teacher and administrator registry. The commission shall require the applicant and the public charter school to jointly submit an application requesting registration as a public charter school teacher or administrator. The application shall include:
(A) A description of the specific teaching or administrator position the applicant will fill;
(B) A description of the background of the applicant that is relevant to the teaching or administrator position, including any post-secondary education or other experience; and
(C) Documentation as required by the commission for the purposes of conducting a criminal records check as provided in ORS 181.534 and a background check through an interstate clearinghouse of revoked and suspended licenses.
(b) Subject to the results of the criminal records check and background check and to information received under ORS 342.143 (2), the commission shall approve the application for registration. The commission may deny a request for registration only on the basis of the criminal records check, the background check through an interstate clearinghouse of revoked and suspended licenses or the information received under ORS 342.143 (2). The registration is valid for three years and may be renewed upon joint application from the teacher or administrator and the public charter school.
(c) A registration as a public charter school teacher qualifies its holder to accept the teaching position described in the application in the public charter school that submitted the application with the holder of the registration.
(d) A registration as a public charter school administrator qualifies its holder to accept the administrator position described in the application in the public charter school that submitted the application with the holder of the registration.
(6) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall adopt an expedited process for the issuance of any license established pursuant to this section. The process may require a school district superintendent or school district board and the applicant to jointly submit an application requesting an emergency license. Within two working days after receiving a completed application the commission shall issue the emergency license. However, the commission may limit the number of applications for expedited service from a school district or education service district to not more than 100 applications in a period of two working days. For purposes of this subsection, the commission may not distinguish between a school district or education service district involved in a labor dispute and any other school district or education service district. [1961 c.439 §2; 1965 c.100 §349; 1965 c.550 §2; part renumbered 342.127; 1973 c.270 §3; 1981 c.663 §2; 1991 c.662 §5; 1993 c.45 §152; 1997 c.352 §1; 1997 c.383 §1; 1999 c.199 §2; 2005 c.730 §17; 2007 c.575 §8; 2013 c.286 §1]
342.143 Issuance of licenses and registrations. (1) No teaching, personnel service or administrative license may be issued to any person until the person has attained the age of 18 years and has furnished satisfactory evidence of proper educational training.
(2) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission may require an applicant for a teaching, personnel service or administrative license or for registration as a public charter school teacher or administrator to furnish evidence satisfactory to the commission of good moral character, mental and physical health, and such other evidence as it may deem necessary to establish the applicant’s fitness to serve as a teacher or administrator.
(3) Without limiting the powers of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission under subsection (2) of this section:
(a) No teaching, personnel service or administrative license or registration as a public charter school teacher or administrator may be issued to any person who:
(A) Has been convicted of a crime listed in ORS 163.095, 163.115, 163.185, 163.235, 163.355, 163.365, 163.375, 163.385, 163.395, 163.405, 163.408, 163.411, 163.415, 163.425, 163.427, 163.432, 163.433, 163.435, 163.445, 163.465, 163.515, 163.525, 163.547, 163.575, 163.670, 163.675 (1985 Replacement Part), 163.680 (1993 Edition), 163.684, 163.686, 163.687, 163.688, 163.689, 164.325, 164.415, 166.005, 166.087, 167.007, 167.008, 167.012, 167.017, 167.057, 167.062, 167.075, 167.080, 167.090, 475.808, 475.810, 475.812, 475.818, 475.820, 475.822, 475.828, 475.830, 475.832, 475.848, 475.852, 475.858, 475.860, 475.862, 475.868, 475.872, 475.878, 475.880, 475.882, 475.888, 475.890, 475.892, 475.904 or 475.906.
(B) Has been convicted under ORS 161.405 of an attempt to commit any of the crimes listed in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.
(C) Has been convicted in another jurisdiction of a crime that is substantially equivalent, as defined by rule, to any of the crimes listed in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph.
(D) Has had a teaching, personnel service or administrative license or registration revoked in another jurisdiction for a reason that is substantially equivalent, as defined by rule, to a reason described in ORS 342.175 and the revocation is not subject to further appeal. A person whose privilege to apply for a license or registration is denied under this subparagraph may apply for reinstatement of the privilege as provided in ORS 342.175 (4).
(b) The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission may refuse to issue a license or registration to any person who has been convicted of a crime involving the illegal use, sale or possession of controlled substances.
(4) In denying the issuance of a license or registration under this section, the commission shall follow the procedure set forth in ORS 342.176 and 342.177.
(5) The Department of Education shall provide school districts and public charter schools a copy of the list contained in subsection (3) of this section. [1965 c.100 §352; 1971 c.743 §357; 1973 c.270 §7; 1979 c.744 §14; 1987 c.158 §58; 1987 c.503 §6; 1993 c.45 §158; 1993 c.301 §6; 1993 c.603 §2; 1995 c.446 §8; 1995 c.768 §14; 1997 c.383 §§11,11a; 1999 c.199 §8; 1999 c.308 §1; 2005 c.708 §52; 2007 c.575 §11; 2007 c.869 §10; 2007 c.876 §8; 2009 c.386 §4; 2011 c.151 §11; 2011 c.524 §21; 2011 c.681 §7; 2013 c.591 §11]