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AB 1675 to Streamline Licensing Processes for Military Spouses Who Hold Out-Of-State Teaching Credentials

For immediate release:

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – In an effort to reduce the barriers that create burdensome delays for military spouses who hold out-of-state teaching credentials, Assemblymember Chris Ward (D-San Diego) introduced AB 1675.

“California needs qualified educators, ready and able to meet the challenges and demands of today’s evolving classroom,” said Assemblymember Chris Ward. “This is a commonsense solution to cut through unnecessary and burdensome red tape and help students across our great state.”

Current law has made putting together a completed California Teaching Credential application a burdensome process, which includes requesting and collecting various pieces of documentation prior to being able to apply for a credential in each state. AB 1675 will work to streamline the process for military spouses to obtain a preliminary teaching credential by requesting the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to temporarily waive additional documentation requirements (except fingerprinting, proof of a corresponding out-of-state credential, and proof of military orders) for the preliminary credential.

This bill also requires the CTC to post information specific to its policies affecting the military community on its website, improving accessibility to these policies.

“As educators, military spouses bring a wealth of experience and understanding, and our students deserve the opportunity to benefit from their engagement. San Diego Unified students would benefit from passage of this legislation, as would all students across the state,” said Acacia Thede, Chief Human Resource Officer for San Diego Unified. AB 1675 is sponsored by San Diego Unified.

For questions on AB 1675, or to schedule an interview with Assemblymember Ward, contact Ansermio Estrada.