SAG lauds education ruling

In a clear victory for SAG, the California Labor Commission released its recommendations Tuesday for a credential structure for studio teachers that will strengthen educational opportunities for child actors.

The new regulations, which will likely become law Oct. 1, reverses a nearly decade-long de facto policy that allowed studio teachers to be certified while holding only an elementary credential. Currently, only about one-half of the 430 certified studio teachers hold both elementary and secondary level credentials.

Under the new regs, teachers who hold only an elementary credential can continue to teach and will be provided a three-year grace period to receive the second credential. Sources close to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers say the new policy will have no cost effect on the studios or networks.

“This is a huge victory for young performers,” said Katherine Moore, a spokeswoman for the Screen Actors Guild. “The guild is delighted that Labor Commissioner (Jose) Millan responded to the outpouring of public sentiment.”Millan, who began his post on July 22, said the changes in policy were long overdue.

“It’s about time to take this step to improve the educational opportunities for kids who work in the entertainment industry,” Millan told Daily Variety.

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