PSE is working with the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) and the WEA (Washington Education Association) on a bill to make positive changes to the first in the nation Paraeducator bill passed in the 2017 legislative session. The bill, HB 2698, sponsored by Representative Steve Bergquist and Representative Dick Muri was just introduced and does the following:
…Gives paraeducators one additional year to meet the minimum employment standards (until September 1, 2019)
…Gives school districts an additional year to train paraeducators to meet the four day course (if the course is funded), and,
…Asks the state to provide $500,000 each year for 2018 and 2019 to develop special education and TBIP (transitional bilingual instruction program) training modules for paraeducators who work in those programs.
I expect to have a bill number for the Senate bill, sponsored by Senator Mark Mullet, in the next couple of days.