A controversial proposal to establish an alternative way for people to become classroom teachers is scheduled for debate in the Iowa House today. Representative Betty Grundberg, a republican from West Des Moines, says an “alternative” teaching license could only be used to fill high school openings where there are shortage areas.Grundberg, who’s a former school board member, expects the bill to pass. she says it’s a common sense approach to getting more people in the teaching profession.People seeking an “alternative” license would have to hold a college degree, have five years of experience in the subject they intend to teach, and they’d have to complete a 12-week university course on how to lead a class. Grundberg says the standards are higher than some teacher preparation courses today.Grundberg says many states offer “alternative” teaching licenses, and it’s time for Iowa to make the move. Governor Tom Vilsack has said he’s willing to consider the idea, as Iowa schools face a teacher shortage because many teachers will retire in the next few years.
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