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Thu., May 29, 2014, 3:40 p.m.

IEA fights task force licensure details

The state’s largest teachers’ association is pushing back against a reworked teacher licensure system — a recommendation that received unanimous support from an education reform task force last August. Idaho Education Association President Penni Cyr said her organization opposes tying a teacher’s statewide license to evaluations performed at the school district level.

Gov. Butch Otter’s Task Force for Improving Education unanimously approved recommendations for a tiered teacher licensure system. A related proposal would increase educators’ salaries to $40,000, $50,000 or $60,000 based on movement between the three-tiered licensure system.

Cyr and IEA representatives from Meridian, Sandpoint and Pocatello all voted for the tiered licensure and career ladder when the task force recommendations were approved Aug. 23.

While the IEA opposes tying licensure to local evaluations, Cyr said her group has not changed its position.

“The IEA strongly supports the concept of a career ladder and tiered licensure, but the devil is in the details,” Cyr said. More here. Clark Corbin, Idaho Ed News

Should licensure be tied to evaluations performed at the school district level?




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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.