In a strong bi-partisan vote, the Senate approved a comprehensive paraeducator development program. SB 5070 passed on a 37-12 vote and will require standards, professional development, a career ladder, an easier path to teacher certification, and, training for teachers who supervise paraeducators.
What’s next? It goes to the House for consideration. And not to confuse you too much but the Senate will now consider the watered down House version – HB 1115. We are encouraging the Senate to amend 1115 to look like 5070; and in the House we are encouraging them to approve 5070 without amendments.