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writing, by certified mail with return receipt requested, and
postmarked no later than 14 days after the State Educator
Preparation and Licensure Board's decision. As soon as
practicable after receipt of the appeal, the State Board of
Education must provide a copy of the appeal to the State
Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
(b) If the State Board of Education chooses to consider the
appeal, it must hold a public hearing no later than 90 days
after the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board's
decision, which must comply with all of the following:
(1) The hearing must be held immediately prior to,
during, or immediately following the State Board's next
regularly scheduled board meeting.
(2) Notice of the hearing must be posted in accordance
with the Open Meetings Act.
(3) The hearing may include testimony from members of
the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and
other public participants.
(4) The hearing must include testimony from the
institution of higher education appealing the denial of
recommendation. The testimony must include evidence of any
nationally recognized accreditations, qualifications of
the educators at the institution, a response to any
concerns raised by the State Educator Preparation and
Licensure Board, and any other relevant material.
The State Board of Education must take action to approve or