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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.640

Introduced by   Representative Pugh of S. Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; professional educators; licensing; African American history

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require each applicant seeking to obtain or renew a license to teach in a public elementary or secondary school in Vermont to have completed at least one three-credit course at an accredited college or university in African American history, covering the period from the European colonization of North America through the end of the twentieth century.

AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING POSTSECONDARY CREDITS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AS A CONDITION OF TEACHER LICENSING

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 1696(a) is amended to read:

(a)  Qualifications of applicants.  An applicant shall submit to the commissioner evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant either has completed:

(1)  Completed all requirements of an approved educator preparation program or has otherwise acquired the knowledge and skills required for a license through coursework and experiences apart from an approved educator preparation program; and

(2)  Completed at least one three-credit course at an accredited college or university in African American history, covering the period from the European colonization of North America through the end of the twentieth century.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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