Both the House and Senate Education committees approved their respective Paraeducator bill this week: 2698 in the House, 6388 in the Senate. Differences between the bills are small but important. Education committee members in the House changed the agency responsible for developing the special education and TBIP (Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program) training modules from the PESB (Professional Educator Standards Board) to OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction). PSE supports the PESB but doesn’t believe it important enough to derail the bill.
Senate committee members changed the bill by eliminating state funds to develop the training modules. Senator Christine Rolfes, chair of the Senate Ways and Means committee, wanted this change but promised that she would be adding it back into the upcoming state budget proposal.
Next up for the bills: 2698 goes to the Appropriations committee, 6388 to the Ways and Means committee.