The House education committee continued its 3 year tradition of weakening PSE’s paraeducator bill, HB 1115 yesterday. They amended the bill by replacing all the recommendations of the paraeducator advisory workgroup (that’s what was in PSE’s bill) and replacing it with voluntary standards for paraeducators (other than the Title I current requirements) even in the special education and bilingual programs. And the training program is dependent upon state funding for paraeducator professional development. Which means, no state funding, no training.
Disappointed but hopeful that Senate Republicans will be able to help us by passing and sticking with a stronger version of the paraeducator development program.