Atrocious Local Certification Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate Education Committee

  Atrocious Local Certification Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate Education Committee The Idaho House passed HB 221, which allows local districts to “self-certify” teachers, by a 54-13 margin, spurning testimony from professional educators who voiced opposition. Rather than addressing the root causes of Idaho’s teacher shortage, the House has opted for yet another shortcut,…

Certification Shortcuts, Private School Vouchers Headline Troubling Legislation

House Education Committee Takes Another Shortcut, Fails to Address Causes of Teacher Shortage The most disturbing alternative certification bill yet, HB 221, passed the House Education Committee on a party-line vote of 12-3. This bill would allow school districts to bypass state certification and “self-certify” anyone meeting these minimal qualification thresholds   Be 18 years old…