Action by WEAC members leads to withdrawal of proposal that threatened teacher rights

Due to the efforts of WEAC members, a proposal to seriously threaten teacher rights won’t move forward, the state education agency announced Thursday. Thousands of WEAC members answered the call to action to provide testimony on proposed changes, which included the licensure system as well as sweeping revisions to teacher discipline procedures. While WEAC collaborated on the system changes to support the goal of easing the teacher shortage, our members determined the discipline changes would push professionals away from teaching. “WEAC members stood up in huge numbers to get involved,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, and it paid off.

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WEAC leads efforts to bring teacher voice to proposed license changes

WEAC is leading efforts to build understanding and bring forward teacher voice on proposed changes to the state’s teacher licensure law, PI-34. “We’ve already been in follow up discussions to make the proposed changes to the licensing system better, and get at the goal of easing the teacher shortage,” said WEAC President Ron Martin, an eighth grade teacher. “We’re making headway and the next step is a direct conversation with teachers about how the plan would impact teachers who work directly with students every day.”

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Budget fallout: DPI to remove expiration date from teachers’ licenses

As a result of sweeping changes to teacher licensure included in the now-complete state budget, the DPI is reporting that anyone who holds a current professional or master license will automatically have their license converted to a lifetime license. This will be done by DPI removing the expiration date from these licenses. There will be no fee charged to the license holder for the conversion to a lifetime license and there is no action teachers need to take with the DPI at this time for the lifetime license.  

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