I was wondering where local TFA was all this time.
We'll find out out tonight's School Board meeting as it looks like at least five people who signed up to speak are TFA. One, Lindsay Hill, is the executive director of TFA in the Puget Sound area, and another is one of the teachers hired for SPS, Kenneth Maldonado.
I note that there are still four places left on the speakers list.
I also note that the action item for the conditional certifications has changed under Alternatives:
Do not authorize application for conditional certificates for these candidates. This is not
recommended as these candidates have been through the school-based hiring process and were
recommended by the school-based team to be hired. Failure to authorize a conditional certificate
would result in a school-based decision to hire a particular person being overturned.
Furthermore, failure to authorize will require a new hiring process, which could result in
disruption to the classrooms and schools where these candidates are already teaching. classrooms not having teachers on the first day. (The blue part is the change and the red is the old wording.)
This is precisely the argument we expected to see about changing any of the subs (and I suspect many are TFA but we'll find out soon).
The timeline has changed as well:
These two candidates will be in the classrooms as substitutes pending approval of their
conditional certificates by OSPI. Approval by OSPI has been taking approximately 3-5 days, so
it is expected that their conditional certificate would be granted by the end of the second week of
school.beginning of October.
Is October really 3-5 days away? Just asking.
This should be interesting.