Trustee’s tiered licensure remarks draw scrutiny

Carol Sayles was one of dozens of individuals who testified at a public hearing final month, criticizing a proposed tiered instructor licensing strategy.

But Sayles’ testimony raised a few eyebrows inside of West Ada School District headquarters, because Sayles is an elected school board member.

Carol Sayles

Carol Sayles

The board has not taken a formal place on tiered licensure, district trustee Eric Exline said. Sayles testified at a heated Oct. 21 hearing on the program, held at Meridian’s Mountain View Substantial College, and recognized herself as a college board trustee.

A week later on, the West Ada trustees took up the question of no matter whether, or how, Sayles must have testified. They mentioned regardless of whether Sayles ought to have identified herself as a board member, or whether she must have said she was basically speaking on her very own behalf.

The topic, as recognized on the Oct. 28 meeting agenda, was “discussion of board carry out.”

At the finish of the discussion, the board took to vote and did not censure Sayles, Exline mentioned.

Sayles did not respond Monday to an email in search of comment.

Even though the West Ada School Board has taken no formal place on the tiered licensure program, Superintendent Linda Clark is amid its most noticeable supporters. Clark co-chairs a State Board of Training functioning group that drew up the prepare. “This is foremost edge reform,” Clark advised Idaho Schooling Information in August.

The tiered licensure program would set up 3 types of teacher certificates — and is tied to a occupation ladder strategy to improve instructor shell out for newcomers and veteran teachers. Critics, which includes the Idaho Training Association, object to tying teacher licensure to evaluations written at the regional level.

The State Board is anticipated to take up the proposal in November, and choose whether to get a proposal to the 2015 Legislature.

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