Similar stories here. A close friend has taught pre-school for over 20 years was recently discovered to be missing a couple of hours of some training. Instantly DQ’d from teaching until she got the training.
My sister is an award-winning math teacher with 30 years experience. She teaches junior high school kids. Same situation — found to be missing a couple of hours of training.
In both cases this is the result of constantly changing requirements that are fuzzy on what old training counts and what new training is required. The rules get so Byzantine that they almost guarantee everybody is not fully credentialed.
My sister petitioned the state for exemption and won! But it was a horrendous slog through the education bureaucracy.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker wants to create a new pathway for people with real-life experience to get licensed to teach in Wisconsin, but his proposal raised concerns Thursday among those in the education community because it requires no training in how to be an effective teacher.
Walkers plan was one sentence in a news release that detailed other initiatives designed to help create jobs in high-demand fields. His plan would allow someone to forego collegiate-level education courses and instead permit anyone with a bachelors degree who can demonstrate proficiency in the areas they want to teach to be licensed.
It would only apply to subjects in grades 6 to 12. The license would be valid for three years.
The statewide teachers union and the lobbyist for a group representing school principals, superintendents and other administrators criticized the proposal.
Weve got some significant concerns about its philosophical underpinning, said John Forester, lobbyist for the School Administrators Alliance.
He said the evidence shows that high-quality preparation for teachers is what really matters for schoolchildren. Forester said Walkers proposal bypasses the skill of being able to teach in an understandable way to children...........................