Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 90th General Assembly
December 15th, 2016 • News
December 15, 2016 – Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 90th General Assembly.
In this week’s report:
- The state Education Department is making it easier for former teachers to get back into the classroom if they have let their license expire.
- It’s called the “Teach Again” campaign and it will last until March 31.Until then, if you’re a former teacher and you have let your license expire, you don’t have to take the full requirement of 60 hours of professional development.
- Although you still must pay the fee of $75, you can regain your teaching license taking only 36 hours of professional development. So far, about 150 former teachers have taken advantage of the opportunity. They include people who have been out of teaching for many years and who have become successful in business and communications technology. That is precisely the kind of experience we need in the classroom to prepare students for well paying jobs in today’s fast-paced economy.
- Addressing a looming teacher shortage is one of the important issues facing the Education Department and the legislature. The “Teach Again” program is just one of several strategies designed to recruit motivated and effective teachers.
Click to Listen - Audio Recording from December 15, 2016