Kansas revising teacher licensure process

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas education officials are preparing new regulations aimed at helping school districts hire instructors to meet the growing demand for technical education.

The proposed changes are being written by the state Department of Education and would create rules for private-sector professionals to receive licenses to teach skills in public schools.

The changes are being designed to help districts hire people who have industry certification or career experience in a variety of technical fields, such as plumbing or welding. Individuals receiving the licenses could then teach on a full- or part-time basis.

Districts have seen more demand for technical education since 2011, when Kansas created an incentive program to help high school students accelerate their education to fill industry needs.

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