The Senate Finance Committee introduced their revised version of the budget bill today (House Bill 49) and while the mere summary of changes totals 14 pages, one change that did not occur was to the House’s provision that eliminates the Resident Educator Program required for teachers in their first four/five years in the profession.

The Senate Finance Committee’s version made no changes to the language that the House added in as described by the Legislative Service Commission (click the image to enlarge):

The bill does the following:

  • Eliminates the Resident Educator Program
  • Retains the Resident Educator License
  • Specifies that any Resident Educator currently participating in the RE Program must not be required to complete the program or any of its components (e.g., RESA)

The bill does NOT, however, clearly explain what an RE license holder might – or might not – have to do in order to advance to a five-year professional teaching license except that with the removal of the RE program requirement language, the relevant part of Ohio Revised Code 3319.22 will read as follows:

(2) An applicant for a professional educator license shall:
(a) Hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting organization;
(b) Have previously held a resident educator license issued under this section or an alternative resident educator license issued under section 3319.26 of the Revised Code.

That would mean that the only requirement for a typical RE license holder to advance to a five-year professional license would be to have previously held an RE license.  The language does not specify for how long (one day?) nor does it seem to require that the license holder actually ever taught under the license (just two observations/questions about what we might be in store for later).

We’ll see where this goes over the next couple of weeks.

(Hint: still time to contact your legislators…)