ANNOUNCEMENT 13 May 2015
The new bill removes one of the preconditions for the hiring of foreign teachers in Nevadan schools.
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On May 13, 2015 the governor of Nevada signed into law a bill (AB27) that facilitates the hiring of foreign teachers in public schools.
Existing law provided that, upon request of a school district, the Superintendent of Public Instruction could issue a license to teach to a person who is not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States but who is otherwise entitled to work in the United States if: (1) the school district has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Superintendent that a shortage of teachers exists in the subject area for which the person is qualified; (2) the person is otherwise qualified to teach in the subject area for which there is a shortage of teachers; and (3) the school district agrees to employ the person to teach in the subject area for which there is a shortage of teachers.
This bill removed the requirement that a school district demonstrate that a shortage of teachers exists in a particular subject area as a condition to licensure and instead allowed such a person to be licensed to teach if: (1) the school district can demonstrate that any shortage of teachers exists or that the school district has not been able to employ a person possessing the skills, experience or abilities of the person to be licensed and such skills, experience or abilities are needed to address an area of concern for the school district; (2) the person is otherwise qualified to teach; and (3) the school district agrees to employ the person. This bill also authorizes the governing body of a charter school to request the Superintendent to issue a license to such a person and employ such a person in the same circumstances as a school district.