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Available for Assignment
An initial request for the School Administrator Permit, Full-year Basic Permit, Full-year Shortage Permit and Expert Permit requires the school to maintain documentation and certify an appropriately certificated educator is not available for the assignment.
The district has sole discretion to determine whether a certified individual is available for the assignment. It has always been the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) position that, as a best practice, positions are posted and widely distributed, and candidates equitably reviewed prior to hiring personnel. This practice ensures the best possible candidate for the position has been selected. However, if a district determines that a qualified and certified educator is not available, the district may take advantage of the flexibilities offered through the permit system.
Reasons an appropriately certified individual is not available for assignment may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The individual is not available at the desired start date.
- Established hiring practices preclude hiring someone with:
- Ineffective or minimally effective evaluations;
- Poor references; or
- Past disciplinary issues.
- The individual lacks specific knowledge or experience that is essential for success in the assignment.
The Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE) specifies that the employing superintendent shall certify that the district conducted a search for fully qualified personnel and that no certified teacher who holds full approval or endorsement for the position was available at the time of the assignment. Available at the time of the assignment means available for hire. As with any other employment search, when a fully qualified candidate has applied, and after interviews has been determined to not meet district criteria, the district is not obligated to hire the candidate. Refer to Rule 340.1783 and the Office of Special Education for additional guidance. If a district determines that a qualified and certified educator is not available, the district may take advantage of the flexibilities offered through the approvals or permit process for a special education assignment.
The hired individual must hold a valid Michigan certificate, or the fee must be paid, and permit issued to the district, prior to the first day the individual is in the assignment.
An individual cannot apply for his/her own permit. An approved district/school employee with permit application access in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) must apply.