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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Training America's Teachers
2005-05 As Amended
November 2, 2005
|By Direction of: |
G. Rendell, Governor
education of all children is a fundamental value to
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
Commonwealth has the responsibility to ensure that
teacher preparation programs produce high quality teachers in a system
that is seamless and provides for continuous growth; and
Commonwealth desires to further position its teaching preparation programs
as an economic and educational magnet that not only meets the unique
demands of Pennsylvania schools, but also provides other states with
quality teaching candidates; and
Commonwealth has a responsibility to identify an agenda for teacher
preparation excellence in
through effective research, identification of best practices and input
from major stakeholders.
NOW, THEREFORE, I,
Edward Rendell, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of
the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby establish the Training America's
Teachers Commission (hereinafter referred to as "Commission") as
hereinafter set forth:
The Commission shall:
a. Conduct qualitative and
quantitative research, which includes
Pennsylvania, national and international studies.
b. Identify and benchmark signature
teacher preparation programs both in
Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
c. Gather input from stakeholders
across Pennsylvania by providing avenues for discourse that include teachers,
parents, business leaders, and key legislative representatives and
d. Produce a final report containing
The Commission shall:
a. Examine and make specific
recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of teacher preparation
programs in Pennsylvania.
b. Examine and make specific
recommendations to link PreK-12 education with the preparation of
teachers in Pennsylvania.
c. Examine and make specific
recommendations that will further position the Commonwealth's teaching
preparation programs as an economic and educational magnet that not
only meets the unique demands of
Pennsylvania's schools, but also provides other states with quality
3. Composition and Appointments.
a. The Commission shall be chaired by
a prominent Pennsylvanian, and its members shall consist of a wide
spectrum of stakeholders that include the following:
(1) The Secretary of Education.
(2) The Deputy Secretary of the Office of
Postsecondary and Higher Education.
(3) The Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary
(4) The Secretary of Policy and
(5) Two members of the Senate or staff designees, one
appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate and one member
appointed by the Minority Leader of the
(6) Two members of the House of Representatives or
staff designees, one appointed by the Majority Leader of the House
of Representatives, and one member appointed by the Minority Leader
of the House of Representatives.
(7) Representatives from each of the following
(a) Public PreK-12 education, including
administrators, teachers, and parents.
(b) College and university teacher preparation
(c) College and university
(d) Civic and business
(e) At least one student enrolled in a teacher
(f) The State Board of
b. A Commission Steering
Committee, appointed by the Secretary of Education and composed
of select members of the Commission, will direct the work of the
Commission with the assistance of a consultant who will help manage
the process, facilitate key session, conduct necessary research and
produce a final report.
c. The Pennsylvania Department of
Education shall provide administrative support of the
d. A Commission member may designate
an alternate to attend Commission meetings, if
4. Terms of
a. Members of the Commission shall
serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
b. Should a vacancy occur on the
Commission due to resignation, disability, or death of a member, the
Governor, or other appointing authority, as applicable, should appoint
a successor as expeditiously as
Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for
their services, except that such members may be reimbursed for actual
travel and related expenses in accordance with Commonwealth travel and
The Commission shall present an initial report to the
Governor no later than December 31,
2005. The Commission shall produce a final report
containing recommendations on the teaching preparation programs in
no later than March 31,
7. Executive Agencies.
All agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction shall provide
assistance to the Commission as requested by the Chair.
8. Effective Date. This Executive Order
shall be effective immediately.
9. Termination Date. This Executive
Order shall continue in force for one calendar year.