Hundreds of Clark County instructors at risk of losing job, under 2015 state law

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –

An obscure state law passed in 2015 might require hundreds of Clark County instructors out of a job. That’s unless they can spend for a costly class, required to keep their licenses.

The state provided instructors 3 years to comply. State law requires instructors hired in 2015 or later to take a ‘Household Engagement’ course. It’s offered at 11 universities, in-person or online.

The state law affects teachers from out-of-state, who don’t have a course-equivalent completed. The class can cost up to $1,400. It’s a concern that falls on teachers to pay.

“This is an issue,” CCEA executive director John Vellardita stated. “This is not some inconsequential issue.”

Educators have been scrambling to get back into the class. This time it was to sign up for a college course, needed to keep their licenses.

“Their expense cost can be anywhere from $700 to 1,400 to do it,” Vellardita stated.

It’s called the ‘Family Engagement’ course. Location universities have developed curricula to meet the state requirements.

“The idea – the intent behind it is actually excellent: to try to involve moms and dads and households of trainees being taught in the school system,” Vellardita said.

While it ended up being a requirement back in 2015, teachers have been concerned about its approaching deadline.

“We have actually heard as high as 900 in Clark County alone,” Vellardita stated. “There’s presently 450 jobs. You want to release 900. All of abrupt you have a significant crisis.”

He said the county counts on recruiting out-of-state, and it can not pay for to lose competent instructors.

“There’s a variety of educators that do not have this college credit, and what? We’re going to let them go? Not going to occur,” he said.

While Vellardita stated the course does have its benefits, the expense shouldn’t fall on instructors.

“I think there must be more of an investment on the part of the state and, or the district for a teacher to acquire these since that problem is pretty considerable,” he said.

With time running out, Vellardita stated he hopes the state will make emergency situation modifications to offer instructors a chance to comply.

“You don’t let 900 qualified, qualified, accomplished educators leave the door, especially when you have a crisis of shortage, because of this issue,” Vellardita stated.

CCSD delayed concerns to the Department of Education which did not right away have a response.There are already 450

open teaching jobs in Clark County. A state requirement passed in 2015 may force up to 900 more teachers from the system. That’s unless they can pay for a required’family engagement’ course to keep their licenses. Picture of courses offered: @FOX5Vegas pic.twitter.com/qhQvUGmXSl!.?.!— Tiana Bohner(@FOX5_Tiana) April 25, 2018 Copyright 2018 KVVU( KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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