If the Board doesn't vote until September 5, then the district submits the request for the conditional certificates after that, then the teachers will have to start the year without the certificates. That means that they will, officially at least, be regarded as emergency substitute teachers until they get their certificates (the certificates are never denied by the state; the state relies on the district to do all of the due diligence). Apparently they can only be emergency substitute teachers for 30 days without the certificate. Last year the turnaround on the entire process was not that fast. So there is a real concern that if the process is delayed by the time between Board meetings that the district could run up against a deadline for the issuance of the conditional certificates.
Whether the Board does introduction at one meeting and action at the next or introduction and action at the same meeting, doesn't much matter. Their vote is not in doubt and will not be influenced by public input. They will vote to approve because they are contractually obligated to do so.
There are a few much more interesting points to discuss.
- It was reported at the Executive Committee that four of the five corps members hired last year worked out. Did one of them not work out? I don't recall hearing about that.
- Only three Teach for America corps members were hired this year. Only five were hired last year. They are not exactly getting hired in droves, are they? I don't see how the UW can maintain their special TFA-only program for so few students. The four remaining from last year plus the three from this year make a total of only seven from Seattle in the UW program. They were expecting 20-25 a year. They figured that there would be 40-50 in the program this year, not seven.
- Director Peaslee asked if there wasn't a problem - a legal problem - with hiring a Teach For America corps member to teach Special Education. Doesn't that require an endorsement on top of a teaching certificate and how could a Teach for America corps member, who doesn't even have a certificate, possibly have the endorsement? It's a good question. Surprisingly, no one on the staff could answer it. Gee, didn't we cover this territory last year? Apparently not. Wasn't there some assurance given last year that Teach For America corps members would not be hired to teach Special Education? No one could recall. Apparently none of the staff who were with the District last year are still here. 100% turnover in a single year? And none of the people on the staff this year bothered to check the rules?
Thanks to Cecelia and Dorothy for the report from the Executive Committee.