Members Present: Yusuf Quidwai (President); Mike Shephard (Past President);Skeet Gaul (Treasurer); Gerald Apple (Coordinating Secretary), David Slipp (ESD #113); Scott Calahan (University Representative); John Clark (ESD #105); Gale Wilson (ESD #171);Mike Hahn (ESD #189); Mike Heinlen (ESD #121), Alex Hansen (Legislative representative); and Bill Keene (ESD #114).
Guest: Dan Steward- supervisor- ESD #113 TSE
1.) Introductions- Yusuf Quidwai 2.) Elections -Skeet Elections will be held in the following ESD regions- 112, 189, and 105. You only need to have one person running for President and President-Elect. Those running for these two positions have to be members of the WTSEA board. The ballots will be sent out electronically to the WTSEA members in the next two weeks.
3.) Consent Agenda a) Coordinating Secretary’s Report- Gerry b) Senior Driving Report- Gerry c) Treasurer’s report- Skeet d) Website report- Teri e) Time sheet- Skeet
A motion was made by and seconded by to accept the consent agenda items.
4.) Dan Steward’s presentation Dan mentioned that ESD #113 serves approximately 25 school districts and 2500 students. He did NOT want to see the distance learning program deleted from HB 2770. He mentioned that the distance learning program provides access to all kids and it is a vocational skill that all students need. He stated that we are not recruiting districts to have TSE in their schools and that we are NOT making money in the TSE distance learning program. Also, he mentioned that many different programs are offered on the internet. Plus, the program is well monitored and also meets the needs of students that have special needs. Finally, he posed the question to the board “What is your measuring stick at the end of the end of the course on how well the student did in the course?”
5.) Alex Hansen’s lobbyist report Alex met with Representative Hayes in October to talk about his concerns about HB 2770. He is waiting to hear back from Rep. Hayes. Alex has been working with Lucinda Allen of the WEA who has been great to work with. Gerry is lining up a meeting with the new OSPI superintendent (Chris Reydahl) to talk about keeping public school TSE programs under the direction of OSPI and hiring several administrative staff.
Randy Dorn and Rep. Hayes said “NO” to dedicating $350,000 per year to OSPI to administer the public school TSE programs. Alex mentioned that Rep. Hayes does not have the “Big Picture.” Hayes’ lawyer thought all TSE public teachers should be licensed under DOL. We are hoping that Reykdahl will say “YES” to Alex’s proposals.
Lucinda Allen is very willing to talk to Reydahl and Rep. Burcliff (the co-sponsor of HB 2770) to set up meetings. After Alex talked to Lucinda, she agreed that we should NOT allow another agency to license us. Alex stated there are two issues that need to be addressed: a) Go under one entity- not DOL b) Certified teachers should not be licensed by DOL.
Alex stated that we might need to compromise: a) Have a TSE expert on the DOL staff b) Current TSE teachers who are certified under OSPI would NOT be licensed under DOL.
Alex will ask Glenn Gorton to give us the contact person for each school district that offers TSE. David mentioned that we can do a public disclosure to get this information if Glenn does NOT comply with Alex’s request within several days.
Alex stated that we need to provide cluster meetings within the next several weeks (January 7th ?) to provide information to our public school TSE teachers about the current legislative proposals. We could hold the cluster meetings in Olympia, Seattle and Ellensburg.
We need to create three form letters:
a) One to the superintendents of the school districts that offer TSE b) One to the legislators c) One to the newspapers and radio stations
When we have hearings at the state capitol, we need to pack the room with TSE teachers. We need to be willing to take a day off. Gerry will represent the WTSEA board at the monthly WTSC meetings. We will need to take a stand on the bill proposed by the WTSC and DOL. The WSP and OSPI are neutral on this bill. A motion was made by Mike Hahn and seconded by Mike Shephard that Gerry be the spokesperson for us at the WTSC meetings. The motion passed.
Here are the three proposals that Alex asked the WTSEA to vote on:
1.) Distance Delivery- HB 2720 6 voted yes not having Distance Learning; 4 abstained and 1 voted “NO.”A person has to be in front of the classroom, not distance learning
2.) Funding for educational staffing at OSPI- unanimous- 9 “Yes” DOL is asking for 1 more auditor and 1 curriculum director
3.) DOL wants our certified staff to be licensed by them. We voted unanimous- 9 “Yes” against being licensed by DOL. How about the “grandfather” clause where future teacher that become certified thru CWU would need to be licensed by DOL 8- no’s and 1 “yes.”
The WTSEA board is in general in favor of the DOL/WTSC proposal. We do “NOT” need to parcel it out. The DOL/WTSC proposal agrees on the following items: a) During the second six months of the IDL, you can only have one passenger that is not part of the immediate family. b) Must have permit for thirty days. c) Those drivers that have an IDL may NOT drive between 10 PM and 5 AM.There are some exceptions to this policy.
At the February board meeting, Gerry will need to present his time sheet as coordinating secretary and Skeet/Gerry will provide their reports on the 2016 and 2017 fall TSE conferences.
At the April board meeting, Skeet will provide a proposed budget for the 2017-2018 year.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:45 PM.
The minutes were respectfully submitted by Gerald Apple WTSEA coordinating secretary