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AFT MA Submits Comments on Proposal to Extend SEI Endorsement Requirements to Vocational Technical Teachers

AFT Massachusetts has submitted comments on a proposal by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to extend Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) training requirements to vocational technical teachers. 

The letter to DESE from newly elected AFT MA President Beth Kontos states that AFT MA supports the concept of vocational technical teachers receiving this important training. However, the letter notes numerous flaws with the proposed implementation plan and timeline. The letter also provides concrete recommendations for solving the identified problems.  

DESE’s public-comment period runs until May 18, 2018. DESE may further revise the proposal based on stakeholder feedback before bringing the changes to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval. DESE says that the Board is expected to vote on the proposed changes at its regular monthly meeting scheduled for June 26, 2018

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