A state board is moving to define what it takes for rookie teachers to gain their permanent license. New teachers now receive a two-year provisional license before moving on to permanent status. The State Board of Educational Examiners has proposed a detailed description of what teachers must accomplish to win that permanent license. Board Chair Judy Brueggeman says the requirements have been vague.Under the old rule, teachers must have two years of “successful teaching”, but it never defined what successful teaching is. Brueggeman says in some cases, all a teacher had to do was show up and not be fired for two years to advance to a permanent license.State Education Department officials are concerned the proposed rules are too detailed and will override the authority of local school boards to set teacher standards. Brueggeman doesn’t share that concern. She says she sees that as a separate.The board will now take public comment on the proposed changes before making them permanent.
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