The DOL has hired the new curriculum specialist who is developing the plan to implement ESHB 1481. This person, unfortunately, has no experience in Traffic Safety Education. So far, CWU is not being consulted prior to meetings or decisions, but is simply being informed of the same. We hope this changes.
Also, it was questioned - “Why aren’t the DOL and OSPI talking about developing joint WACS?” Since the current required curriculum concepts aren’t uniform in both sets of programs, this should be the beginning of the discussion on the new curriculum.
Alex knows of only one legislative bill that will affect traffic safety education in the upcoming 2018 legislative session. Representative Hayes wants to insert clarifying words addressing the TSE Core Curriculum, stating that the “required curriculum” is a list of required concepts that all TSE programs must teach. But, programs will be allowed flexibility in how they deliver the curriculum. His intention in ESHB 1481 was not that everyone must use only one state-approved curriculum, but must teach the same required concepts. He has proposed wording to clarify that.