CTC considering options to new school principal experience requirement

Concerns raised by a number of school districts and education groups has the state's credentialing commission looking at new options following a December decision to lengthen to five years the time needed to serve as a school leader in California.

But the move was met by critics who pointed out the state faces a looming flood of retirements from administrative ranks in the next five years. They worry increasing the experience requirement will exacerbate an already difficult recruitment challenge.

While there appears to be no interest on the part of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to retrace its steps, the agency has signaled some openness to explore alternatives - including a waiver provision that might allow candidates to be hired without the required classroom experience.

Toward that end, the commission has announced plans for a March 6 stakeholder meeting in Sacramento in advance of the board's April meeting when the issue is expected to be considered.

Specifically, the CTC is seeking input on a waiver option to the experience requirement as well as ideas for changing the state's existing option for taking an examination to qualify for the administrative credential.

Current state law requires an administrative credential candidate to have three years' experience as a classroom teacher or in the fields of pupil personnel, health, clinical, rehabilitative or librarian services.

The CTC's call to increase classroom service to five years will require new legislation to be implemented.

The March 6 meeting will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the commission's Sacramento office. Offsite participation will be offered via web broadcast and email communication with meeting organizers.

To register for the meeting visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PreAdminServicesCriteria.

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