To define “certificated support service provider.”

Bylaw 12-1. Definition of Terms

d. Classroom teacher: Classroom teacher shall mean any person who is certified, where required, and a major part of whose time is spent in direct contact with students or who performs allied work which results in placement of the person on a local salary schedule for teachers.

e. Certificated support service provider: Certificated support service provider shall mean any person who is certified, where required, and a major part of whose time is spent in direct contact with students providing specialized instruction and/or service in supplement to what is provided by a classroom teacher.

e. f. (re-letter subsequent sections)

Impact Statement

The NEA Bylaws define “classroom teacher” as “any person who is certified, where required, and a major part of whose time is spent in direct contact with students or who performs allied work which results in placement of the person on a local salary schedule for teachers.” In current practice, this definition includes teachers as well as other professionals who spend a majority of their time providing direct student services, such as social workers, psychologists, speech therapists, counselors, physical and occupational therapists, and special educators.

The proposed amendment would create a new definition of “certificated support service provider” that would cover education professionals such as social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors, and special educators. While this is a new definition, the amendment does not change the current definition of “classroom teacher” in Bylaw 12-1(d). That definition, which includes certificated support services providers, would remain in effect.

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