89.1245 STAFFING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT

(a)  School districts shall take all reasonable affirmative steps to assign appropriately certified teachers to the required bilingual education and English as a second language programs in accordance with the Texas Education Code (TEC), §29.061, concerning bilingual education and special language program teachers. School districts that are unable to secure a sufficient number of certified bilingual education and English as a second language teachers to provide the required programs, shall request emergency teaching permits or special assignment permits, as appropriate, in accordance with Chapter 230 of this title (relating to Professional Educator Preparation and Certification).

(b)  School districts that are unable to employ a sufficient number of teachers, including part-time teachers, who meet the requirements of subsection (a) of this section for the bilingual education and English as a second language programs shall apply on or before November 1 for an exception to the bilingual education program as provided in §89.1207(a) of this title (relating to Exceptions and Waivers) or a waiver of the certification requirements in the English as a second language program as provided in §89.1207(b) of this title as needed.

(c)  Teachers assigned to the bilingual education program and/or English as a second language program may receive salary supplements as authorized by the TEC, §42.153.

(d)  School districts may compensate teachers and aides assigned to bilingual education and English as a second language programs for participation in continuing education programs designed to increase their skills or lead to bilingual education or English as a second language certification.

(e)  School districts that are unable to staff their bilingual education and English as a second language programs with fully certified teachers shall use at least 10% of their bilingual education allotment for preservice and inservice training to improve the skills of the teachers who provide instruction in the alternative bilingual education program, instruction in English as a second language, and/or content area instruction in special classes for English language learners.

(f)  The commissioner of education shall encourage school districts to cooperate with colleges and universities to provide training for teachers assigned to the bilingual education and/or English as a second language programs.

(g)  The Texas Education Agency (TEA) shall develop, in collaboration with education service centers (ESCs), bilingual education training guides for implementing bilingual education and English as a second language training programs. The materials shall provide a framework for:

(1)  developmentally appropriate bilingual education programs for early childhood through the elementary grades;

(2)  affectively appropriate instruction in bilingual education and English as a second language programs in accordance with §89.1210(c)(1) and (f)(1) of this title (relating to Program Content and Design);

(3)  linguistically appropriate bilingual education and English as a second language programs in accordance with §89.1210(c)(2) and (f)(2) of this title;

(4)  cognitively appropriate programs for English language learners in accordance with §89.1210(c)(3) and (f)(3) of this title; and

(5)  developmentally appropriate programs for English language learners identified as gifted and talented and English language learners with disabilities.

Source: The provisions of this §89.1245 adopted to be effective September 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 5700; amended to be effective March 5, 1999, 24 TexReg 1383; amended to be effective April 18, 2002, 27 TexReg 3107; amended to be effective May 28, 2012, 37 TexReg 3822.

 

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