Proposed bill would let Missouri school districts certify people to be teachers

A bill in the Missouri House of Representatives could help tackle the issue of teacher shortages, something that has been top of mind for educators. According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, there is a shortage in teachers for many subjects and grades across the state of Missouri.

The bill would let school districts offer teaching certifications to people who don’t have a certification from the state of Missouri.

“Normally, a teacher would be certified by the state board of education and they go through, typically, a four year education degree,” said Davidson. “This would allow for those qualifications to largely be determined by each particular district, their administrators, school boards, so on, and give them flexibility in the hiring process.”

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