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Board mulling changes to Kan. teacher licensing

Associated Press - February 16, 2014 12:46 pm

Kansas State Board of Education officials are considering making changes to how teachers in Kansas are licensed in effort to meet a growing demand for technical education courses at high schools.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the board discussed the changes during a meeting Thursday in response to a growing demand for courses resulting from new programs and funding for technical and career education enacted since 2011.

A representative of the Kansas National Education Association raised concerns during the meeting that the licensing changes could lead to teachers who lack the necessary instructional skills to adequately educate students.

Board members say they have wanted to review the licensing process for years and the increased scarcity of technical and career education teachers is prompting a closer look.

Chris Trostle

February 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

If if becomes difficult to find technical or career education teachers, either policies are too tight, and not making work-experienced citizens able to be hired, or the schools need to re-evaluate their pay-scale to attract quality educators. I do not know the details, so take what I say just as what it is, an opinion. Teaching technical skills does not require a college education to teach others technical skills. I don’t want a book-smart, no experience individual, to teach me technical skills; I want a technically proficient individual to teach me their trade… Now, if I can find a book-smart, technically proficient individual to teach me, that’s fantastic; I just expect to pay more for that individual’s services.

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