The General Assembly passed Special Act 16-9 in 2016, which includes the creation of a task force to study professional development and in-service training requirements for educators. The task force shall examine:
- how the professional development and in-service training requirements prescribed by law are being implemented by local and regional boards of education;
the content prescribed by such requirements, including, but not limited to, any duplicative training or instruction requirements, and the frequency with which educators are completing the same training or instruction;
- the time required each year to complete the professional development and in-service training requirements, and, after completing such training and instruction, how much time remains to address issues and topics specific to the school district;
- the direct and indirect costs of such requirements to local and regional boards of education; and
- the effect such requirements have on the provision of instruction in the public schools.
The task force will make recommendations for streamlining the requirements and submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly in 2017.