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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO:  54

POLICY CODE:  GCFC

TO:                  Superintendents of Schools

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             October 26, 2005

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

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The State Board of Education is proposing amendments to Chapter 115 – Certification, Authorization, and Approval of Educational Personnel, Part I and Part II.  This rule contains the requirements for certification, authorization, and approval of educational personnel who serve in the public and in certain approved private schools in the State of Maine.  Proposed amendments include:  the addition of a new certificate, the Interim Superintendent Certificate, which would allow a school superintendent whose superintendent certificate had lapsed to be employed in a school district as an interim superintendent for a period of up to two years; the removal of reference to the current testing requirement for a targeted need certificate for prelingually deaf certification candidates; and, the addition of clarifying language that was inadvertently deleted in a prior rule revision in the following teacher endorsements; middle level, foreign language, literacy specialist, and career and technical.

A copy of the original rule is available at:  http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/05/chaps05.htm

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:

Monday, November 14, 2005, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., First Floor, Room 103, Burton M. Cross State Office Building, Augusta.

Individuals can participate in the hearing simultaneously using the Department’s Distance Learning Network from the following locations:  Calais High School, Calais; MSAD #1 Presque High School, Presque Isle; and MSAD #6 Bonney Eagle High School, Standish. 

Written comments on the proposed rule will be considered if received in the Department of Education by 5:00 p.m., November 30, 2005.  This can be accomplished by: Delivering them to the receptionist on the 5th Floor of the Burton M. 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 at 207-624-6604; or E-mailing them to Judith.Malcolm@maine.gov

We encourage public participation in this rule-making process.