The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will ask the Legislative Council tomorrow for approval of an emergency rule change on teacher licensure to help schools cope with a teacher shortage.

A letter from the department lawyer said:

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…. these emergency rules are necessary to increase equitable access to effective teachers in response to the severe teacher shortage from which the State currently is suffering. Emergency promulgation would enable school districts to immediately hire qualified teachers holding provisional licensure and enrolled in alternate educator preparation programs to serve student in the Fall of 2022.

Here’s more on the specifics:

These rules would allow applicants for a provisional license who are enrolled in an alternative educator preparation program to obtain a provisional license without having passed the state-mandated assessment, assuming the applicant holds a bachelor’s degree in the content area in which the applicant seeks to teach, has earned 18 hours of college credit in the content area in the applicant seeks to teach, or has documented, successful relevant work experience in the content area in which the applicant seeks to teach.

The provisional license could last up to three years while working toward a standard license.

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You can read the full request here. The Legislative Council’s executive subcommittee, which consists of four members each from the House and Senate, will hear the request at 10 a.m. Thursday.