Support Illinois SB 808. Oppose edTPA and teacher prep privatization. Is the IEA really lobbying against this bill?

Senate Bill 808 has passed the Illinois Senate and has gone on to the House where State Representative Will Guzzardi from my 39th district is the chief House sponsor.

It appears that SB 808, which would end the video taping and the violation of student privacy rights has the support of most legislators.

House Ed Committee members are Sue Scherer, Fred Crespo, Thomas Morrison*, Avery Bourne, Eva Dina Delgado, Anne Moeller, Delia Ramirez, Joe Sosnowski*.

*Republicans who have voted against previous bills to stop edTPA practices.

The video taping of student teachers is part of edTPA, a program for evaluating student teacher performance that removes classroom teachers from the teacher preparation process and hands it over to anonymous raters.

SB 808 is a first step to getting rid of edTPA and returning the mentoring of future teachers to professionals.

I have been told that Illinois legislators have been lobbied by the Illinois Education Association to oppose SB 808.

Calls to the IEA government relations office to confirm have not been returned.

The IEA legislative program, adopted by the state Representative Assembly, states, “The responsibility for the evaluation of Illinois candidates for initial teaching licensure should rest with the accredited college or university where the student has received training.” (p. 13)

edTPA places that responsibility with Pearson, a private for-profit company.

Call your state rep to support SB 808.

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