Iowa educators hope for extended rules after COVID-19 proclamation ends

Iowa educators hope for surrogate rule expansion after proclamation ends

Under Iowa’s public health disaster emergency proclamation, paraeducators and associates could substitute in other classrooms. The proclamation expires Tuesday.



>> A PARAEDUCATOR IS SOMEONE WHO WORKS WITH HIS INDIVIDUAL STUDENT OR MAE YBIN A SMALL SETTG GROUP. KAYLA: BUT GOVERNOR REYNOLDS’ PROCLAMATION SIGNED IN MARCH 2020 GAVE SCHOOLS A PERSPECTIVE. A CERTIFIED PARA EDUCATOR WITH REPLACEMENT AUTHORIZATION, COULD REPLACE IN CLASSROOMS REGARDLESS OF GRADE. >> I KNOW THIS HELPS. ALL OUR SCHOOLS ARE FACINA G CRISIS IN TERMS OF FINDING THE APPROPRIATE PERSONNEL. KAYLA: AND WITH THE SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS AND SUBSTITUTES, THIS SHORT TERM CHANGE FOR CA PARA EDUCATORS MEETS A NECESSARY TE.IM >> THEY ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR DISTRI. YLA: KAWAUKEE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS SAYS ITS PARA EDUCATORS WORK THIS WAY FROM NOW TO THEN. I>> F WE DRAW A PARA EDUCATOR FROM A STUDENT, WE ARE STILL DOWN A PERN. SO KAYLA: UT B THE DISTRICT SAYS IT’S HARD TO DENY THE USEFULNESS OF THE PROCLAMATION, TO THEM AND DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE. >> WE HAVE ASKED OUR STAFF LOTS TO COVER, TO BE FLEXIBLE SO THE IMPACT ON WAUKEE WILL NOT BE AS BIG AS I EXPECT ON SOME SMALLER NEIGHBORHOODS. KAYLA: MIKEBERANEK WITH THE IOWA STATE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, AGREES, SAYING FOR RURAL DISTRICTS THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE BOTH THE SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS AND SUB-CONTRACTORS, SO THE END OF THE PROCLAMATION IS A CONCERN, UNLESS SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE. WHAT COULD HAPPEN. THE EDUCATION REVIEW BOARD IS CONSIDERING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AN EMERGENCY ADOPTION RULE – ALLOWING THE PROCLAMATION RULE TO CONTINUE. THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE COMMISSION WOULD ONLY HAVE TO GRANT PERMISSION TO THE DISTRICTS. >> OF COURSE WE DO NOT WANT ANY LONG TERM CHANGES IN THE LICENSUROFE ANYONE WHO WORKS IN OUR SCHOS.OL WE WANT TO MAINTAIN A HIGH QUALITY OF INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS

Iowa educators hope for surrogate rule expansion after proclamation ends

Under Iowa’s public health disaster emergency proclamation, paraeducators and associates could substitute in other classrooms. The proclamation expires Tuesday.

The Iowa Board of Education Reviewers is exploring options that would continue to expand part of Iowa’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation that allows school associates to substitute in other classrooms. Under the proclamation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in 2020 and extended several times since then, a certified paraeducator could obtain a replacement license and then substitute in most classrooms, regardless of grade level. The proclamation is due to expire on February 15. Educators say this has been helpful in managing both a shortage of teachers and replacements, especially during the pandemic. According to the director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, the plan is to meet Monday morning. The board will discuss implementing an emergency adoption rule, which would grant districts permission to use associate teachers in the same manner as set out in the proclamation.

The Iowa Board of Education Reviewers is exploring options that would continue to expand part of Iowa’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation that allows school associates to substitute in other classrooms.

Under the proclamation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in 2020 and extended several times since then, a certified paraeducator could obtain a replacement license and then substitute in most classrooms, regardless of grade level.

The proclamation is due to expire on February 15. Educators say this has been helpful in managing both a shortage of teachers and replacements, especially during the pandemic.

According to the director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, the plan is to meet Monday morning. The board will discuss implementing an emergency adoption rule, which would grant districts permission to use associate teachers in the same manner as set out in the proclamation.

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