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  H.B. No. 1469
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to qualifications for certain teachers employed by certain
  open-enrollment charter schools.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 12.129, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 12.129.  MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR PRINCIPALS AND
  TEACHERS. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a [A] person
  employed as a principal or a teacher by an open-enrollment charter
  school must hold a baccalaureate degree.
         (b)  In an open-enrollment charter school that serves youth
  referred to or placed in a residential trade center by a local or
  state agency, a person may be employed as a teacher for a noncore
  vocational course without holding a baccalaureate degree if the
  person has: 
               (1)  demonstrated subject matter expertise related to
  the subject taught, such as professional work experience, formal
  training and education, holding a relevant active professional
  industry license, certification, or registration, or any
  combination of work experience, training and education, and
  industry license, certification, or registration; and
               (2)  received at least 20 hours of classroom management
  training, as determined by the governing body of the
  open-enrollment charter school. 
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1469 was passed by the House on April
  28, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 135, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1469 was passed by the Senate on May
  19, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 2.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor