House committee approves Rep Whiteford special education bill

first_img Categories: News,Whiteford News 30Mar House committee approves Rep. Whiteford special education bill Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to allow intermediate school districts (ISDs) to hire the best-qualified special education teachers was approved today by the House Education Reform Committee.Current law requires ISDs to give preferential treatment during the hiring process to candidates who were previously employed as special education teachers with another school district or state agency.“What’s best for education as a whole is hiring teachers with outstanding abilities, not necessarily the candidates who previously worked for another school district,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “This legislation will allow our ISDs to do what’s best for the students in these programs and empower our schools to make local decisions and not be limited by senseless regulations.”Whiteford’s legislation was supported by testimony from Allegan Area Educational Service Agency Superintendent William Brown during the committee’s Feb. 23 meeting.House Bill 4166 advances to the House for consideration.#####last_img read more

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