Working to Secure Salary Supplements
The Government Regulations Committee and School Issues Committee are working to secure salary supplements for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has requested the funds in the 2018 OSDE budget, but it will be up to the legislature to appropriate the monies. Andrea Kunkel, representative for Cooperative Council for School Administration and Oklahoma Directors of Special Services, has offered to join forces with OSHA and the Oklahoma School Psychological Association (OSPA) to address this issue.
Licensure Changes Possible
OBESPA lobbyist Mona Ryan has been focusing on changes to licensure language for legislation for speech-language pathology and audiology. The act made it out of committee before the March 2nd deadline, and hopefully will be heard in early March.
Mini Capitol Day in Late April
In late April, OSHA and OSPA will collaborate on a mini Capitol Day to focus on funding for the salary stipend. School-based SLPs should contact their legislators at any time now to let them know how much this 10-15% salary cut has hurt, coming after nine years without raises.