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(a) Districts shall insure that the skills of their instructional staff are commensurate with the type of programs selected.
(b) If regularly certificated (Type A) teachers who are appropriately bilingual cannot be obtained, bilingual instructors may be used to implement the program. However, if bilingual instructors are used
(1) the district shall implement an action plan to train or otherwise secure certificated (Type A) teachers who are bilingual in other than English languages for which the district offers its program; and
(2) the district shall assure that the salaries of its bilingual instructors are commensurate with the level of responsibilities and duties performed by them and with their training and experience.
(c) Nothing in (b) of this section limits a district's authority to require, as a condition of continued employment, that a bilingual instructor enter into a formal program of training which leads to a Type A certificate.
(d) Each district shall develop a staff training plan for all bilingual program instructional personnel, both permanent and temporary, which includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:
(1) objectives which are directly related to the needs of the students;
(2) methods by which those objectives can be reached;
(3) methods for selecting teachers, paraprofessionals, and potential teachers for training;
(4) the names of individuals who will conduct training;
(5) the location of the training;
(6) content of the training, including as one element linguistic/cultural familiarity with the students' background;
(7) a design for evaluating the training: and
(8) a proposed time frame for carrying out the training plan.
(e) As part of the plan of service required under sec. 55 of this chapter, each district shall set out specific recruitment and selection processes for its bilingual program staff and shall establish, through cooperative agreements with institutions of higher education, and make available a career ladder for its bilingual paraprofessionals which leads to regular (Type A) certification.
(f) The student-to-staff ratio for the district's bilingual program may not be higher than the overall student-to-staff ratio for the district.
History: Eff. 1/14/78, Register 65
Authority: AS 14.07.060
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