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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Papen
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/8/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Expand Teacher Education Field Courses
SB 233
ANALYST Baca
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$2,000.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Duplicates HB160
Relates to Appropriation in the General Appropriation Act
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education department (HED)
Public Education Department (PED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 233 appropriates $2,000,000 from the general fund to the Higher Education Depart-
ment (HED) for expenditure in FY07 to support the expansion and improvement of educator
field experience courses at public post-secondary educational institutions statewide. The HED
shall apportion these funds based on enrollment in field experience courses among two- and
four- year institutions that prepare educators and instructional support providers for licensure by
expanding and improving field experiences prior to practice teaching and supporting formal col-
laborations between public schools and colleges of education. The funds shall be used to sup-
plement institutional funds allocated for field experience programs.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $2.0 million contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 shall revert to the gen-
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eral fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
It is generally believed that teacher education programs need to be improved and providing field
experiences are considered key strengthening activities that help prepare teachers. It is believed
that providing field experiences in addition to those currently afforded would help improve the
quality of professionals entering the teaching field. HED has provided a table that shows the
number of prospective teachers enrolled in field experience courses.
Enrollments in Field Experience in Education Courses
LOWER DIV
UPPER DIV
GRADUATE
Total
Year COURSES STUDENTS COURSES STUDENTS COURSES STUDENTS COURSES STUDENTS
9495
27
122
142
1600
128
585
297
2307
9596
30
202
129
1885
140
653
299
2740
9697
35
310
188
1704
155
715
378
2729
9798
64
528
161
1748
191
872
416
3148
9899
52
475
138
1407
181
932
371
2814
9900
64
595
174
1502
221
1075
459
3172
0001
77
727
218
1591
199
965
494
3283
0102
82
758
236
1672
187
901
505
3331
0203
90
784
211
1534
231
1130
532
3448
0304
64
775
213
1257
232
1012
509
3044
Changes
137% 535% 50% -21%
81% 73%
71%
32%
Source: Higher Education Department
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
HED reports that four year institutions do not have sufficient funding to provide adequate field
experiences to students enrolled in teacher education programs primarily because there is inade-
quate funding to pay filed supervisors. Further, the HED reports, the funding proposed will be
used to improve alternative licensure programs.
The PED contributes that:
It would be very desirable for most educator preparation courses to have a field experi-
ence component. All teacher preparation programs have early field experiences but they
are confined mostly to giving candidates a general taste of what is involved in working in
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public education. Field experiences tied to each course, module or strand of a program
would significantly strengthen educator preparation programs.
This request was not included in the list of priority projects submitted to the HED and, conse-
quently, was not included in the FY07 funding recommendations submitted to the Legislature.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
The field experiences to be proposed in the bill will not be available to prospective teachers.
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