DPI holds hearing on teaching license changes

MADISON (WKOW) — People had a chance on Tuesday to give their opinions about a plan to change the teaching license procedure in the state. 

A report from the Public Policy Forum found that since 2010, more than 5,000 teachers leave the profession each year. Two years ago, lawmakers made it easier to get a teacher’s license. 

The Department of Public Instruction is trying to simplify the process and get more people interested in teaching by highlighting the benefits of the job. The agency held a preliminary public hearing on the licensing rule changes.

"The biggest ones were subject areas to licenses," said David DeGuire, Teacher Education. "So we have received feedback to a work group that the state Superintendent had that districts are having a hard time staffing their buildings and if subject areas were wider, especially in science and social studies, then it would be easier for schools to find licensed teachers."

Lawmakers passed a measure to allow people with an associate or bachelor’s degree to become temporarily licensed to teach regardless of their field of study.

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