2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Committee Approved)

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HB2217 - Establish Committee to Develop Microcredentialing Program

Item 133 #2h

Item 133 #2h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Department of Education, Central Office Operations FY2019 $0 FY2020 $10,000 GF

Page 131, line 45, strike "$2,933,252" and insert "$2,943,252".

Page 132, after line 22, insert:

"F. Out of this appropriation, $10,000 the second year from the general fund is allocated to the Department of Education to cover costs incurred by the department and the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure in convening appropriate stakeholders to design and implement a micro-credentialing program in the Commonwealth, pursuant to the passage of House Bill 2217."


(This amendment provides funding to the Department of Education for expenditures related to holding stakeholder meetings to develop and implement a micro-credentialing program and is contingent on the passage of House Bill 2217. The bill, as introduced, requires the department establish a microcredential committee to determine how any microcredential awarded pursuant to any such program will be used to award add-on endorsements and certifications for teachers in such STEM endorsement areas. The bill provides certain conditions in which in-person coursework in a microcredential program not contributing to an endorsement is eligible for professional development points towards the renewal of a teaching license. It further permits the department to establish a microcredential program for the purpose of permitting any public elementary or secondary school teacher who holds a renewable or provisional license or any individual who participates in any alternate route to licensure program to complete additional in-person or blended coursework and earn microcredentials in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) endorsement areas, including computer science, for which there is a high need for additional qualified teachers.)