Boise superintendent: Ditch tiered licensure prepare

It’s time for the State Board of Schooling to “hit the reset button” on its unpopular tiered teacher licensing strategy, Boise School Superintendent Don Coberly wrote this week.

The licensing strategy would area teachers into 1 of three license tiers, and advance teachers by means of the construction based on student development and regional evaluations. The proposal has drawn virtually universal opposition at a series of public hearings — which includes a crowded, contentious hearing in Meridian on Oct. 21. Coberly attended portions of the hearing, but did not testify.

Don Coberly square

Don Coberly

“In 2011, the Legislature passed the Students Come Very first laws in the face of overpowering testimony against the laws,” Coberly wrote Sunday, on his Data Factors website. “If anything, the tenor of the comments at the hearings was even far more unified – teachers, administrators, and dad and mom all created similar pointed, exact remarks.”

The Boise district has advised an substitute to the State Board prepare.

  • The district suggests replacing the “unnecessarily complex” three-tiered construction with two “residency” and “professional” certificates.
  • The district program would boost starting salaries to $ 40,000 and prime instructor salaries to $ 58,000, identical to the State Board proposal.
  • The district wants the state to enhance instructor leadership premiums, “in buy to adequately compensate teachers for creating and district leadership roles, and to let them to stay in the classroom rather than pursuing other profession paths.” The 2014 Legislature place $ 15.eight million into these leadership premiums, allowing the state’s 115 districts to use the money as they see fit.

With Coberly opposing the tiered licensure plan, the superintendents of Idaho’s two biggest districts are in sharp disagreement on this controversial concern. West Ada School District Superintendent Linda Clark supports the proposal she was co-chair of a State Board doing work group that crafted the plan this summer.

The next move belongs to the State Board, which is expected to meet in November to consider the proposal.

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