Changes to educator licensing discussed in La Crosse

Changes to educator licensing

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Permanent changes in educator licensing could be on the way for the state of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction held its fifth and final hearing in La Crosse Monday afternoon to discuss teacher shortages and changes to the educator licensing process.

Changes would include simplifying the licensing process, consolidating subject areas, and making the program approval process consistent for both traditional and alternative route programs.

Directors of the Department say they are trying to make the licensing process better for everyone.

"We are trying to walk a fine path of providing flexibility both to districts and preparation programs but still maintaining high quality teachers in our classrooms," said the DPI's Licensing Team Director David Deguire.

While the last hearing was Monday, the public comment period is open until January 31.

You can mail additional testimony or questions to the address: 

Carl Bryan, Budget and Policy Analyst and Administrative Rules Coordinator
125 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841

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