Senate approves bill loosening licensure standards for vocational education teachers

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The Senate Tuesday approved a bill to loosen licensure standards for vocational education teachers (SB 449) on a 19-13 party-line vote, after rejecting an amendment by Senate Democrats to create a teaching shortage task force this year appointed by the state superintendent and to sunset the bill in 2020.

The Assembly Committee on Education voted in mid-January to recommend passage, and the Assembly version of the bill (AB 581) was sent to the Rules Committee. In late January, an amendment was offered to the Assembly bill to prevent anyone issued a license under this program from transferring it to another school district. Further, the amendment requires notification on a teaching license to reveal it was obtained under the “experienced-based” program rather than Wisconsin’s high standards for teaching licensure.

The bills weaken teacher licensure standards, harming students and their opportunity for a quality education. WEAC strongly opposes the legislation. Read the WEAC testimony.

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This proposal is short-sighted and won’t solve the teacher shortage problem,” said Betsy Kippers, a teacher and president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. “Wisconsin needs long-term, common sense solutions that won’t shortchange our children.”

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Senate approves bill loosening licensure standards for vocational education teachers

The Senate Tuesday approved a bill to loosen licensure standards for vocational education teachers (SB 449) on a 19-13 party-line vote, after rejecting an amendment by Senate Democrats to create a teaching shortage task force this year appointed by the state superintendent and to sunset the bill in…