2017 Pending Policy Changes House Bill 1481 (HB 1481)
HB 1481 – Creating uniformity in driver training education provided by school districts and commercial driver training schools. Sponsors: Hayes, and Bergquist
House Bill 1481 proposes to move oversight of public school TSE programs to DOL to allow for onsite auditing of those programs. Teachers, then, would have to be licensed by the DOL, including taking the qualifying exams, to continue teaching TSE in the public schools. Those currently teaching would not have to be licensed until 2020 or until their current teaching certificate expires, whichever comes first.
HB 1481 was introduced to address the very real concern of lack of oversight in public school TSE programs. It also envisions one agency oversight in order to standardize rules and curriculum in the two environments: public school TSE programs and commercial driver training schools.
The bill retains OSPI has having administrative authority but not oversight (auditing) authority over public school TSE programs. The bill requests resources for DOL to perform its new auditing functions, but neglects to request resources for OSPI to perform its increased administrative function.
You can track the bill’s progress and read all relevant documents pertaining to the bill here:
You can listen to the public hearing on this bill held in Olympia on January 30, 2017. You can hear all testimony, including WTSEA’s testimony from Alex Hansen and Gerry Apple. Written copies are here attached. You can also view the fiscal note, which explains any projected costs.
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