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Subchapter 7. No Child Left Behind Teacher Requirements. Article 3. Middle And High School Level Teachers. Middle and High School Teachers Rural Flexibility.   

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(a) A teacher hired by a small rural LEA, as defined by the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program, after the end of the 2003-04 school year, to teach multiple subjects must meet NCLB requirements in at least one core academic subject assigned but will have three years from the date of hire to obtain highly qualified status in all other core academic subjects assigned to teach.

(b) A teacher hired by a small rural LEA, as defined by the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program, before the end of the 2003-04 school year, to teach multiple subjects must meet NCLB requirements in at least one core academic subject assigned but will have until the end of the 2006-07 school year to obtain highly qualified status in all other core academic subjects assigned to teach.

(c) In order to use this flexibility, covered LEAs will need to:

(1) provide high-quality professional development that increases the teachers' content knowledge in the additional subjects they teach; and

(2) provide mentoring or a program of intensive supervision that consists of structured guidance and regular, ongoing support so that teachers become highly qualified in the additional core academic subject(s) they teach.

Authority cited:

Education Code 12001

Reference:

20 USC 7801(23)

20 USC 6319(a)

(Added by Register 2006, No. 23.)