Pre-Legislative Session Update

09 Jan 2022 7:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

ISSWA Proposes National Certification Recognition Program 

Iowa lawmakers are being asked to create a national board certification program for school social workers, school counselors and school psychologists similar to the current program for classroom teachers.

The program would provide a cash “bonus” for school social workers, school counselors and school psychologists who receive certification from an accredited national professional organization.

Please contact the key members of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee (listed below) and urge them to:


  • Establish a “national board certification program,” that mirrors the current teacher program, for school social workers, school psychologists and school counselors.


  • The program for teachers is in code section 256.44


  • For FY 2023, increase the Student Achievement and Teacher Quality Program appropriation by $25,000, with the new funds designated for school social workers, school psychologists and school counselors.  The funds would be made available on the same basis as the current teacher program.


Contact:

Rep. Dave Kerr - david.kerr@legis.iowa.gov


Rep. Garrett Gobble - garrett.gobble@legis.iowa.gov


Rep. Cindy Winckler - cindy.winckler@legis.iowa.gov



Student Aid Commission Proposes Last Dollar Program Change


The Iowa Student Aid Commission is asking lawmakers to approve a change to the Future Ready Iowa Skilled Workforce Last-Dollar Scholarship eligibility.


Currently the scholarship is only available to full time students.  The Commission is asking lawmakers to make both full time and part time students eligible for financial assistance.




2022 Legislative Session Timetable


The 2022 edition of the Iowa Legislature begins on Monday, January 10, 2022.


Here are they key dates for the Session:


  • First Day, January 10


  • First Funnel, February 18 - This is the date by which a bill must be approved by a standing committee of its house of origin to remain eligible for further consideration that year. Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.


  • Second Funnel, March 18 - This is the date by which a bill has to be approved by a committee in the opposite chamber - meaning a House File must be approved by a Senate committee and a Senate File by a House committee - to remain eligible for further consideration this year. Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.


  • Final Day For Lawmaker Per Diem, April 19


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