Sunday, February 9, 2014
Important conversations . . .
As I shared in this post, on Friday twelve of us representing our school community visited with five of our six legislators. I was able to be involved with four of the five. The sixth is a member of the House Rules Committee and was called to a meeting because of a looming bill cut off date. So, what did we hear? We heard that the cost of living raise is dead then we heard it is still alive and later we heard that it is doing better than just alive. We saw surprise on one legislators face as we shared the response to this question from another legislator leading me to assume that in conversations between the two something else may have been said. Given what we heard I'm not ready to bet n this one.
On another critical issue we learned that there will be legislation coming out of this session that will change "may" to "shall" related to requiring the use of state testing data in teacher and principal evaluation. We had some interesting conversations about this requirement and what legislators are looking for when they say they want increased accountability. There is no hope of this going away as the lobby from districts with significant Title 1 money and from OSPI is too strong. What will be interesting will be to see the parameters attached to the use of these tests. At least one legislator suggested that he will advocate for language that gives local districts the autonomy to determine how much of an influence these tests will have on an individual evaluation.
Posted by Seeking Shared Learning at 3:18 PM