I’ve long advocated this. There are a lot of well qualified teachers out there who are in the business community and would love to retire and go into teaching. They are in many ways more qualified than those who graduated from schools for teachers, schools that by and large have lost their way by focusing more on education theories and teaching techniques than actual substantive fields.
The House Education Committee passed a bill today that would allow professionals with advanced degrees to teach in high school before first gaining full certification.
House Bill 603 would help address the state’s teacher shortage, one of the sponsors, Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), told the committee.
Professional organizations for the teachers monopoly opposes this bill naturally.