January 13, 2012: Board of Teaching Public Meeting To Adopt Final Special Education Licensure Rules, Including Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard Of Hearing

Published 01-11-2012

Administrative Law Judge Manuel Cervantes issued final rules on special education licensure, including Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing, and Board of Teaching will adopt final rules at Jan. 13th public meeting

What: Board of Teaching Public Meeting
When: Friday, January 13, 2012, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
Conference Center, Room 8
1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113-4266

Will you attend? Call 651-582-8888 if you are interested in attending the public meeting and need CART, Sign Language Interpreters or other accommodations.

Meet beforehand with Mary Hartnett: Mary Hartnett from the Commission will attend, and she will be at the MDE building at 7:45 am. If anyone wants to review and discuss the rule changes that were included in the Judge’s decision, meet Mary in the hallway before the meeting begins. Please email Mary to let her know if you plan on getting there early.

What are the final rules?

The final special education licensure rules include changes made (on pages 20-22) for teachers of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing students.

The Office of Administrative Hearings held a hearing on September 29, 2011 to discuss proposed changes to the rules on teaching licensure for special education, including teachers of students who are deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. Members of the community were able to submit materials and provide testimony. The Bilingual Coalition submitted materials. A group led by Kitri Kyllo Larson reviewed and submitted recommendations for changes. David Nathanson testified, and Joyce Daugaard also testified on behalf of the Commission. Judge Manuel Cervantes then considered the proposed rules and testimony that he received, and posted his decision about the final rules on December 30, 2011.

History of the final rules

During 2008-2011, the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans encouraged members of the community to observe or participate in work meetings where recommendations for changes were made. Representatives from various schools, modalities, parent groups, and advocacy groups also attended.

MNCDHH created a website that documents the changes that were recommended and the final version of the rules that was submitted to the Administrative Law Judge.

Thanks

Thanks go to all who participated in all the phases of the hearings and provided comments and testified. Thanks go to the Board of Teaching for the time and care that they gave to the licensure process.