A small victory, but victory none the less – from Jim Kainber

March 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

6778 – 16 Credit Graduation Requirements

After intense lobbying against this bill written by Senator McAuliffe, it died a quick death in the House Education Committee when the committee adjourned last Friday without hearing the bill.  Of course, anything is possible in legislation, but barring some extraordinary act by legislators clearly preoccupied with the budget, it is dead for this session.

6996/2776 – Race to the Top and QEC/2261

In an interesting legislative move, the House Education Committee amended 6696 – the Senate RTTT bill by striking the entire bill, and overlaying it with the House version.  Two alarming issues arose in this striker brought forth by Rep. Orwall:  a parent representative was removed from the committees overseeing development of teacher and principal evaluations statewide, and a requirement that OSPI collect and report the way in which TRI pay is used by school districts was eliminated.

While our primary amendments by Rep. Priest regarding student teacher evaluation models and inclusion of student academic growth data in those evaluations were passed over, some modestly encouraging language was inserted into the bill that directs OSPI to collect teacher evaluation models from pilot districts across the state, evaluate them and make a recommendation back to the 2011 legislature on whether the state should adopt a statewide standard, and if so, what that should be – including whether it should evaluate teachers based upon student academic growth.

A small victory, but a victory none the less.

We are working with Rep. Orwall and Rep. Sullivan to insert a parent back into the discussion and are hopeful for an amendment that will also reverse the piece on collection of TRI pay.

Even more interesting to the ongoing discussion of the RTTT/QEC debates was that the striking amendment also inserted all of HB 2776 and the model school/QEC provisions that were met with hostility in the Senate.

This move forces an up or down vote by the Senate on both provision, or as will more likely occur, a conference committee meeting where leaders will negotiate a compromise on both provisions.   Clearly, we will be closely monitoring these discussions, and trying to influence the outcomes, but the meetings are held behind closed doors, and without public input.

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