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Relating to expanding the current and future educator workforce supply through evidence-based strategies to improve and incentivize the recruitment and retention of highly effective educators, especially in high-need subject, grade-level, and geographic areas, and to establish a cohesive continuum of high quality professional learning from preparation programs to job embedded induction, mentoring, collaboration, and other professional development opportunities (Santos, Tarleton, Fey)

Introduced by title and introductory section only,
relating to expanding the current and future educator
workforce supply.

EFFECT OF SUBSTITUTE: Includes legislative findings related to educator recruitment, educator retention, evaluation of educator effectiveness, educator certification, and incentives and assistance for educators.

SUMMARY OF 3RD SUBSTITUTE ON 2ND SUBSTITUTE:
(1) Creates new educator recruitment and retention policies related to, for example: regional educator recruitment; recruitment of military personnel; and a Professional Educator Collaborative. (2) Revises educator recruitment and retention policies related to, for example: the Recruiting Washington Teachers Program; student teacher field placement; financial incentives, assistance, and supports for people pursuing educator certificates, including grants, conditional scholarships, and loan repayment; the Beginning Educator Support Team Program; and evaluation of classroom teachers and principals.

EFFECT OF 4TH SUBSTITUTE (Appropriations)
(1) Strikes intent language related to the results of an Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction survey of principals and human resource directors related to hiring qualified teachers, and data on the number of teachers produced in 2015 and the estimated shortfall of needed teachers. (2) Makes the Professional Educator Standards Board the administrator of the Regional Educator Recruitment Program, instead of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), but maintains OSPI as the evaluator of the program. (3) Requires the Professional Educator Standards Board, in consultation with Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to establish a process for expungement of certain educator reprimand records. (4) Requires a report to the Legislature on the educator reprimand expungement process, including data on the number of reprimand expungement applications approved and recommendations on statutory changes to the process. (5) Makes non-substantive changes, including removing redundant words and adding a section header. (6) Removes the expiration date for a postretirement employment option for retired teaches in plan 2 or plan 3 who retired under alternate early retirement provisions.

HOUSE FLOOR AMENDMENTS:
Eliminates the restriction that retired members of the Teachers' Retirement Systems Plan 2 and 3 eligible for enhanced postretirement employment be eligible only if employed in an instructional capacity, and only if the school district compensates substitute teachers at a rate of at least 85 percent of the state allocation, and replaces it with a restriction that requires only that the retired teacher be reemployed in a non-administrative position. A similar postretirement employment enhancement is created for retired classified school employees in the School Employees' Retirement System.

SENATE COMMITTEE (Early Learning & K-12 Education) AMENDMENT
(1) Directs the Professional Educator Standards Board to administer the Educational Service District Alternative Route Pilot Program, rather than the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. (2) Directs Central Washington University to acquire the technology and equipment necessary to remotely supervise student teachers in ten rural schools, subject to appropriation. (3) Requires that the Student Achievement Council collaborate with PESB in scholarship recipient selection. (3) Separates the administration of various scholarships between PESB and OSPI. (4) Requires the student achievement council, the professional educator standards board, and the office of the superintendent to coordinate and make recommendations on scholarship programs. (5) Requires that applicants to the Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship be enrolled in a PESB-approved teacher preparation program, rather than an alternative route teacher certification program.

SENATE COMMITTEE (Ways & Means) AMENDMENTS
(1) Adds subject to appropriation language to sections 103, 104, 205, 206, 212 and 302. Adds an expiration date of July 1, 2021, to section 206. (2) Removes the workgroup, and requires PESB to submit the report to the Legislature. (3) Removes the provision allowing a six year time period for comprehensive evaluations for teachers or principals who receive a comprehensive performance rating of level three or higher in the previous comprehensive evaluation period. (4) Limits the expansion of the post-retirement employment options for teachers that took early retirement to return to work as athletic coaches, mentors to teachers, advisers to students, and counselors. Removes the post-retirement employment option provision related to certain retirees of the School Employees' Retirement System. Removes the elimination of the expiration date of August 1, 2020. (5) Requires the PESB and OSPI to jointly submit a report to the Legislature on December 1, 2019, that will include recommendations on the standards and process for reprimands. Recommendations must include whether to create a two-tier or multi-tier reprimand system. Removes the limitation of a five-year look back for the expungement period. (6) Includes apprenticeships into the components of education preparation that must be reviewed by the professional educator collaborative

Hearing Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1827&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)