Since my last post on this issue, Senator Coburn was in Edmond to discuss the Special Education Highly Qualified regulations. After the meeting, the OEA co-signed a letter with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, and the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services detailing our concerns and recommended changes. In essence, a special education teacher would be highly qualified if he or she held a bachelor's degree, had not had certification requirements waived, and held state certification as a special education teacher.
Senator Coburn is now assigned to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (HELP). Members of the committee had breakfast with Secretary Spellings and Senator Coburn shared your concerns. The Senator wants to change this for you and you need to help him. Please email your stories to him. You can do that by going to www. http://www.nea.org/lac/index.html. Enter your zip code in the upper right hand corner and take it from there.