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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO:   47

 

POLICY CODE:  GCFC

 

TO:                 Superintendents of Schools

                       

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

 

DATE:            November 19, 2003

 

SUBJECT:     Chapter 115 – Certification, Authorization, and Approval of Education Personnel 

 

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            The State Board of Education is proposing amendments to Chapter 115 – Certification, Authorization, and Approval of Education Personnel.  Because of the extent of changes to both content and organization of this rule, this is presented as a complete replacement of existing Chapter 115, with the former version simultaneously repealed.  This rule contains the requirements for certification, authorization, and approval of education personnel who serve in the public and in certain approved private schools in the State of Maine.    Proposed amendments include alternative pathways to certification for teachers, education specialists, and administrators, and reflect alignment with requirements for teacher quality under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  Standards and procedures for certification, authorization, and approval are included and are intended to provide the highest quality of personnel to help students meet the standards of Maine’s system of Learning Results.

 

A copy of the original rule is available at:            ftp://ftp.state.me.us/pub/sos/cec/rcn/apa/05/071/071c115.doc

 

A copy of the proposed rule is available at:            http://www.maine.gov/education/rulechanges.htm

 

A public hearing will be held on the proposed rule as follows:

Wednesday, December 17, 2003, 2 to 4 p.m.

Maine State Library ATM Room (street level)

 

NOTE:  Individuals can participate in the hearing simultaneously using the Department’s Distance Learning Network from the following locations:

South Portland High School, ATM Studio

Bangor Public Library, ATM Studio  

Presque Isle High School, ATM Studio  

 

Written comments on the proposed rule will be considered if received in the Department of Education by 12:00 p.m. noon, Wednesday, December 31, 2003.  This will be accomplished by:

Delivering them to the receptionist on the 5th floor on the Burton Cross State Office Building;

Mailing them to Judith Malcolm, Education Policy Director, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0023;

Faxing them to Judith Malcolm, Education Policy Director, 207-624- 6604; or

E-mailing them to Judith.Malcolm@maine.gov

 

We encourage public participation in this rule-making process.

 

 

 

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