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Would higher teacher credentialing fees affect you?
Sharp declines in teacher credential applications and the number of tests taken mean the state's Commission on Teacher Credentialing faces a $5 million operating deficit in the upcoming fiscal year. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed eliminating commission positions and increasing credentialing and testing fees to make up the shortfall.
A recent recommendation by the state's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office supports increasing the credential renewal fee from $55 to $70 and the first-time application fee from $27.50 to $35. The credentialing fee has not been raised since 1999 and would be $97 today if it had kept pace with inflation, the recommendation found. The proposed increases would generate an estimated $2.7 million.
If you are a prospective teacher or a teacher who plans to renew his or her credential, what do you think of the governor's budget proposal to increase credentialing fees? How, if at all, would higher credentialing fees affect you? Please share your insights with California Watch reporter Joanna Lin.
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