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Norman said Santa Fe High School welcomes the support the new laws will provide, especially regarding mental health given students deal with pressures from social media that earlier generations never had to face.School counselors and mental health advocates had mixed reactions to adding more armed teachers and staff in schools, but said they are pleased that lawmakers are also focused on mental health and ensuring students have somewhere to turn.(3) Alternative certification program--An approved educator preparation program, delivered by entities described in §228.20(a) of this title (relating to Governance of Educator Preparation Programs), specifically designed as an alternative to a traditional undergraduate certification program, for individuals already holding at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.(4) Benchmarks--A record similar to a transcript for each candidate enrolled in an educator preparation program documenting the completion of admission, program, certification, and other requirements.(b) Consistent with the Texas Education Code, §21.049, the SBEC's rules governing educator preparation are designed to promote flexibility and creativity in the design of EPPs to accommodate the unique characteristics and needs of different regions of the state as well as the diverse population of potential educators.(c) All EPPs are subject to the same standards of accountability, as required under Chapter 229 of this title (relating to Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs).(5) Candidate--An individual who has been formally or contingently admitted into an educator preparation program; also referred to as an enrollee or participant.(6) Certification category--A certificate type within a certification class; also known as certification field.
Texas Take: Get political headlines from across the state sent directly to your inbox Few signed up in the first five years of the program, but more applied after the Santa Fe shooting, with nearly 200 marshals now trained and employed in schools.(Josie Norris /The San Antonio Express-News via AP) AUSTIN — An unlimited number of school district teachers and staff can now go armed on campus to help guard against future school shootings, a change spurred by the 2018 massacre at Santa Fe High School that brought the reality of school violence home to Texas.In the year since a student gunned down his classmates and two substitute teachers, killing 10 people and injuring 13 others, several Texas school districts have embraced the program that allows school staff to undergo training to become marshals certified to keep handguns on campus.Roughly half of Santa Fe high school employees have expressed interest in the program, although school officials have not yet decided whether they want more armed staff, said school board president Rusty Norman.“I’m not sure just how many could meet the qualifications and live up and do the training that we would require,” said Norman.