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California Laws | Education Code

(b) In accordance with Section 300.156(e) of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, nothing in this part prevents a parent from filing a complaint with the department under Section 56500.2, and under Sections 300.151 to 300.153, inclusive, of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, about staff qualifications. (30160)

Article 4. Substitute Teachers (56060-56063) (30161)(Text)

56060. A noncredentialed person shall not substitute for any special education certificated position. (30162)

56061. A person holding a valid credential authorizing substitute teaching may serve as a substitute for the appropriately credentialed special education teacher as follows: (30163)

(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c), the employer shall not employ an inappropriately credentialed substitute teacher for a period of more than 20 cumulative school days for each special education teacher absent during each school year. (30164)

(b) Upon application by the district or county office, the superintendent may approve an extension of 20 school days in addition to those authorized by subdivision (a). (30165)

(c) Only in extraordinary circumstances may an additional number of days be granted beyond the 40 school days provided for by subdivisions (a) and (b). Such additional days shall be granted in writing by the superintendent. The superintendent shall report to the board on all requests granted for an additional number of days pursuant to this subdivision. (30166)

56062. The employer shall use the following priorities in placing substitute teachers in special education classrooms: (30167)

(a) A substitute teacher with the appropriate special education credential or credentials. (30168)

(b) A substitute teacher with any other special education credential or credentials. (30169)

(c) A substitute teacher with a regular teaching credential. (30170)

56063. The employer shall be responsible for seeking, and maintaining lists of, appropriately credentialed substitute teachers. The employer shall contact institutions of higher education with approved special education programs for possible recommendations of appropriately credentialed special education personnel. (30171)

Article 5. Qualifications for Designated Instruction and Services Personnel, Related Services Personnel, and Paraprofessionals (56070) (30172)(Text)

56070. (a) In accordance with Section 1412(a)(14)(A), (B), and (D) of Title 20 of the United States Code and Section 300.156(a), (b), and (d) of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, qualifications for designated instruction and services personnel, related services personnel, and paraprofessionals shall include the following: (30173)

(1) Be consistent with a state-approved or state-recognized certification, licensing, registration, or other comparable requirements that apply to the professional discipline in which those personnel are providing special education or designated instruction and services, and related services. (30174)

(2) Ensure that personnel who deliver services in their discipline or profession meet the requirements of this subdivision and have not had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis. (30175)

(3) Allow paraprofessionals and assistants who are appropriately trained and supervised, in accordance with state law, regulation, or written policy, in meeting the requirements of this part to be used to assist in the provision of special education, designated instruction and services, and related services under this part to individuals with exceptional needs. (30176)

(b) Local educational agencies shall take measurable steps to recruit, hire, train, and retain highly qualified personnel to provide special education, designated instruction and services, and related services under this part to individuals with exceptional needs. (30177)

Article 1. State Board of Education (56100-56101) (30179)(Text)

56100. The board shall do all of the following: (30180)

(a) Adopt rules and regulations necessary for the efficient administration of this part. (30181)

(b) Adopt criteria and procedures for the review and approval by the board of local plans. (30182)

(c) Adopt size and scope standards for determining the efficacy of local plans submitted by special education local plan areas, pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 56195.1. (30183)

(d) Provide review, upon petition, to a local educational agency that appeals a decision made by the department that affects its providing services under this part except a decision made pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 56500). (30184)

(e) Review and approve a program evaluation plan for special education programs provided by this part in accordance with Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 56600). This plan may be approved for up to three years. (30185)

(f) Recommend to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing the adoption of standards for the certification of professional personnel for special education programs conducted pursuant to this part. (30186)

(g) Adopt regulations to provide specific procedural criteria and guidelines for the identification of pupils as individuals with exceptional needs. (30187)

(h) Adopt guidelines of reasonable pupil progress and achievement for individuals with exceptional needs. The guidelines shall be developed to aid teachers and parents or guardians in assessing a pupil's individualized education program and the appropriateness of the special education services. (30188)

(i) In accordance with the requirements of federal law, adopt regulations for all individualized education programs for individuals with exceptional needs, including programs administered by other state or local agencies. (30189)

(j) Adopt uniform rules and regulations relating to parental due process rights in the area of special education. (30190)

(k) Adopt rules and regulations regarding the ownership and transfer of materials and equipment, including facilities, related to transfer of programs, reorganization, or restructuring of special education local plan areas. (30191)

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