Thanks in large part to the overwhelming response from IEA members and other concerned parties, H0258 has been pulled from the House Education Committee agenda and is not expected to resurface this year.
Legislation that would allow high performing charter schools to bypass teacher certification rules is likely to resurface this week.
New legislation introduced late Friday in the House Ways and Means Committee would allow public charter schools to circumvent teacher certification laws.
Proponents of vouchers and other “school choice” initiatives continue to ignore substantial evidence that shows they do not improve student achievement.
Cyr expressed grave concern that the bill would take the impetus for pursuing Master Teacher Premiums out of the hands of individual teachers and put it in the hands of school districts, as well as opening the door for watered-down payouts under the program.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra has been pushing the concept of a rural schools network for the last two years.