Immediate Action Needed !
What is Happening?
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) will hold a public hearing on February 14, 2014 to adopt new regulations that will have a critical impact on physical education in California schools. There was prior action on this in September of 2013 and the CCTC voted to move ahead with adopting these new regulations. This is the final opportunity we have to express our concerns and ask them to vote “NO” on the new regulations.
Why Should I Be Concerned?
If approved at the hearing, this action will amend Title 5 regulations to authorize JROTC instructors to teach physical education. A confirming vote will add a Special Teaching Authorization in Physical Education for Holders of Designated Subjects Special Subjects Teaching Credentials.
Designated Subjects Special Subjects Teaching Credentials currently authorize the holder to teach the subject named on the credential (Aviation Flight and Ground Instruction, Basic Military Drill, ROTC, Driver education and Training). The requirements for a credential include: four years of experience in the specialty area, two years of successful teaching experience in the courses listed above, nine units or 135 clock hours in a progra of personalized preparation. You will note the deficiencies in the requirements when compared to the requirements for a full credential to teach physical education. The proposed change will require JROTC instructors to verify their subject-matter knowledge in physical education.
As you know, high school physical education courses require every minute of the required instructional time and there isn’t instructional time to share with other interests.
Can we count on JROTC instructors to provide content rich instruction in physical education? Or, will they focus on military content and devote time to physical activity as it related to successful completion of military activities?
More on JROTC here: http://nnomy.org/index.php?option=com_flexicontent&view=items&cid=297:jrotc&id=324:jrotc&Itemid=154
What Can I do ?
Three important ACTION STEPS for YOU to take:
1. Share this information with everyone who has an interest in quality physical education in our schools and ask them to participate in our efforts to let the Commission know that this is not an appropriate action to take. Share with your colleagues who teach other subjects as well. Ask them to write a letter.
All written comments must be received by 5:00pm on January 27, 2014