The department recently released an administrative rule proposal that repeals and recreates PI 34, which governs educator preparation programs and licensure of educators. This is the result of work of Department of Public Instruction (DPI) staff and stakeholders that stretches back over a year. The proposed rule changes are meant to make the licensing process more understandable and increase flexibility, while maintaining high-quality staff in Wisconsin schools.
We will be soliciting public comment on this rule in a series of hearings in January and online. To that end, we have posted the full rule, a one-page summary, and details about how the proposal relates to earlier recommendations from the State Superintendent’s Leadership Group on School Staffing Challenges at https://dpi.wi.gov/policy-budget/administrative-rules/pi-34 . The details about the public comment process are expected to be announced next week. We are asking stakeholders and members of the public to review the proposed rule and comment on it so we can determine what changes should be made. After that, a report will be issued to the Wisconsin legislature summarizing the public comment received and the DPI’s response to that comment. The proposed rule, as revised due to public comment, would then move to the legislature, who must approve it before it can go into effect.
The planned timeline is:
- December: Review by Legislative Council
- January: Public comment and four public hearings
- February: Revision of proposed rule based on review of comments and testimony
- March: Submit final version to the legislature
- March – April: Legislative review