Chapter 139
Enacted 06/26/2015

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Introduced By: Senators Picard, Sheehan, Satchell, and Gallo
Date Introduced: February 05, 2015

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Section 16-11-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-11 entitled
"Certification of Teachers [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board Of Education Act]"
is hereby amended to read as follows:
     16-11-4. Annulment of certificates Annulment, renewal, recertification, or repeal of
certificates. – (a) The commissioner of elementary and secondary education shall promulgate
rules and regulations under which a certificate may be annulled for cause. The holder shall be
entitled to notice and a hearing before the commissioner of elementary and secondary education
prior to the annulment of the certificate. The holder shall have an opportunity to appeal the
decision of the commissioner to the board of regents for elementary and secondary education
council on elementary and secondary education, if desired.
     (b) In the event the license of any person licensed pursuant to the provisions of this
chapter is subject to renewal, recertification, for any reason, including, but not limited to, the
payment of licensing fees, the department of elementary and secondary education shall send
notice to such person of the need for such renewal, recertification, by electronic mail or e-mail.
Said notice shall be issued at least ninety (90) calendar days prior to the proposed action. Such
notice shall include:
     (1) The action proposed by the department;
     (2) The date such action proposed is to be taken; and
     (3) A statement as to what actions the person needs to perform to retain the license, if
     (c) The notice required by subsection (b) of this section shall be in addition to, and not in
place of, any other notice required by law.
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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