Board of Ed taking up tiered licensure

A tiered licensure teacher certification proposal heads to the State Board of Schooling Thursday — after hundreds of teachers voiced their opposition in the course of a series of public hearings.

The board will meet at four:thirty p.m. in West Wing 17, on the Statehouse’s garden degree.

The meeting will be conducted as a teleconference, but some board members are anticipated to attend in man or woman, mentioned Marilyn Whitney, the board’s chief communications and legislative officer.

The public can attend, or pay attention in by dialing (877) 322-9654 and then entering the password 896861.

“I do not know if they will make any determination, but they’ve gone via the public comments and want to speak by means of modifications that may possibly be produced to the proposed rule,” Whitney stated.

Whitney did not think the board would open a new public comment period, because 3 hearings had been conducted in October, and the board’s official 21-day comment window has closed.

The board has many possibilities Thursday. It might change the rule, approve it as is, reject it or carry on discussions to one more meeting.

The tiered licensure proposal stems from the August 2013 suggestions from Gov. Butch Otter’s Job Force for Enhancing Training. The proposal garnered unanimous support at that point. A State Board subcommittee invested this spring and summertime crafting program details.

The program in essence generates two tiers – or amounts – of instructor certification. Starting teachers with significantly less than three many years of expertise will be necessary to earn an original residency certificate, while teachers with more knowledge will require to earn a professional certificate. Inside the expert tier, there would also be a increased master expert certificate and a contingent specialist certificate.

Teachers who get a specialist certificate are not able to lose that certificate or license, State Board member and subcommittee chairman Rod Lewis stressed throughout an Oct. 21 hearing on the strategy in Meridian.

Members of the subcommittee that designed the prepare have stressed that it ought to be tied to a $ 175 million occupation ladder that would improve minimal educator salaries to $ 40,000. Supporters argue tiered licensure is a way to make certain effective teachers are working in every single classroom — and then reward licensed teachers with greater spend.

But the Idaho Training Association has opposed the program since May. The union argues that it is unfair to tie a teacher’s career to evaluations performed at the regional district level.

Penni Cyr

Penni Cyr

The State Board carried out 3 public hearings on the proposal across the state in October. Speakers had been virtually unanimous in expressing concern, confusion or opposition.

“Education pros and concerned citizens spoke loudly and obviously relating to the tiered certification rule at the three public hearings and via the e-mail feedback channel,” IEA President Penni Cyr said. “We hope that the State Board of Education has listened to the voices of these who are on the front lines of schooling each and each and every day, and that the board will pull the plug on the unwell-conceived tiered certification rule.”

If the State Board approves a plan Thursday, it would head to the Legislature in early 2015. In order for the Legislature to end the rule, both the Residence and Senate training committees would need to have to reject.

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