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New program aims to make it easier to teach

(WAOW) -

Across the state teachers are preparing for another school year. And, a new program will give more people the opportunity to teach.

"Any time that they have to fill positions and there is an extreme shortage, they have to look at alternatives," Director of Instruction at Mosinee School Department Cheri Polster said.

That's why State Superintendent Tony Evers announced a program called "Licensed Based on Equivalency." It means those with a bachelors degree and three years of teaching experience can apply for a license to teach in public schools.

"They not only need to know the content the what of teaching but they really have to have experience and know how to teach," Wisconsin Education Association Council Vice President Betsy Kippers said.

Educators say the program is designed to fill positions in rural and at risk schools struggling to find qualified teachers.

"I hope it will address some of what we call our hard to hire areas that people will be willing to come and work and provide high quality instruction to our students," Kippers said.

But, some say this new path to the class is unfair. So, we took that question to area schools.

I asked Polster what she had to say to those people who said this program wasn't fair to people who went to college and passed the state exam.

"They're still going to have to go through the whole same process," Polster explained. "The application process, and the interview process."

Educators say applicants will also have to prove their teaching ability through a performance based test. The new program will go into effect at the beginning of this school year.

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