Schools face truth-in-advertising rules on accreditation, clinical work
THE AGENCY Idaho State Board of Education.
THE ISSUE Providing accurate information to students on program accreditation and internships.
WHATS PROPOSED State Board of Education officials say they have received complaints from students at for-profit schools that internships in programs were located far from classroom work. Some internships for Treasure Valley-based schools, for example, were located outside of the Treasure Valley. A proposed rule requires that schools offering clinics and practicums provide written information on the number of positions available in such courses and their locations. State Board officials are also following a national trend to require schools to provide information on accreditation or the anticipated date for full accreditation. Students in other parts of the country have completed classes that were not accredited, and the instruction is of little use without that seal of approval, state officials say.
HOW YOU CAN BE HEARD Direct comments to Tracie Bent, Chief Planning and Policy Officer, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 83720, Boise 83720-1582
TO LEARN MORE Go to the Jan. 2 administrative bulletin at the Idaho Department of Administration at http://adm.idaho.gov.
Proposed rule puts time restriction on sexual contact with between therapists and clients
THE AGENCY Bureau of Occupational Licenses
THE ISSUE Establishing rules governing relationships between clients and licensed massage therapists
WHATS PROPOSED The bureau is drafting rules governing massage therapists, including a rule establishing time limits before a relationship or sexual contact may take place between a therapist and a client. The original proposal said a relationship between therapist and client could not take place until six months after the end of the client-therapist relationship. The bureau is now proposing to extend that to a year, which is more in line with other professions, officials say.
HOW YOU CAN BE HEARD Direct comments to Tana Cory, Chief, Bureau of Occupational Licenses, 700 W. State, Boise 83702. Phone 334-3233; fax 334-3945.
TO LEARN MORE Go to the Idaho Department of Administrations Jan. 2 administrative bulletin at http://adminrules.idaho.gov.