Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In the past, you have indicated an interest in being updated on issues related to the Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) program. We wanted to take this opportunity to briefly bring you up to date on the latest issues affecting ALE, including a proposed rule change in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) that could have an impact on district funding of the program.
We're very proud of the award-winning Parent Partnership Program through the Monroe School District which utilizes parents as teachers. We commend all of you who have invested your time, efforts, and passion in this program.
As you may be aware, there is new proposed language to the WAC which could change staffing ratio requirements to ALE. Monroe School Superintendent Ken Hoover says the rule change could affect Sky Valley Education Center (SVEC) funding for next year. Additionally, if SVEC has to meet the staffing ratio requirements, Hoover says the school district faces three options:
- Hire more certificated staff to meet the ratio, which would replace parents as teachers;
- Take a large financial penalty in state funding; or
- Do a combination of both.
Hoover has contacted Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn with his concerns. Dorn is now considering whether to delay implementation of the rule change until June 2011.
We are also concerned about the impacts of the change and have sent a letter to Supt. Dorn asking him not to adopt the proposal.
We welcome your comments and are honored to serve you.
In your service,