Wednesday, February 22, 2017

More slippage on Master Plan

Every time folks in the legislature see a need for something in the field of higher ed, they come up with an ad hoc solution. The idea of an overall master plan, as there was back in the day, seems lost.

State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced a bill last week to help meet California’s teacher shortage by allowing community college districts to offer teacher credentialing programs.

“As a grandfather, I truly believe that educating future generations is our most important duty,” Dodd said. “We need to do a better job attracting and retaining high-quality teachers.

“Our community colleges are outstanding resources that can help meet the growing need for teacher training and credentialing, especially in underserved rural and urban communities.”...

Under current law, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing may authorize a California State University, University of California, private college or a local education agency to offer a program to credential teachers. However, community colleges currently do not credential teachers on their own...

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