Alternative teacher licensing part of controversial school finance bill

Classroom (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – For lawmakers, Governor Brownback signing the controversial education bill into law Monday afternoon is a huge win for the classroom.

One of the provisions in the law allows people with experience in companies or advanced degrees to go straight into the classroom rather than earn their teaching degree.

“They are going to be able to go into our classrooms and teach because they are well qualified individuals, who lacked having that teaching license, and sometimes that is prohibitive if somebody was just let go, or they are at the end of their career when Boeing just left town,” said Sen. Michael O’Donnell.

But some teachers have had a very different response to the law.

“My first thought was this is ludicrous. How can someone, who has no teaching background, come in and expect to be highly qualified teachers of science or math? It doesn’t make any sense,” said David Clark, science teacher.

For teachers, who have their license, putting someone who hasn’t had special training on how to teach children could be more of a hindrance than an advantage.

“It’s not as simple. I think as let’s throw some math and science educated people,” said Clark.

Now that the bill is law, it’s an issue that individual districts will decide on as they determine who they want to hire.

“This is a great win for the teachers and the classroom because we’re going to have opportunities to have individuals who have masters degrees in math and science,” said O’Donnell.

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