Kansas working through teacher licensing changes

A few hundred teachers and education advocates protest at the Kansas Statehouse against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. They don't  believe the state's schools are adequately funded and object to new laws that will end guaranteed tenure for public school teachers and give tax credits to corporations that bankroll private-school scholarships. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
A few hundred teachers and education advocates protest at the Kansas Statehouse against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. They don't believe the state's schools are adequately funded and object to new laws that will end guaranteed tenure for public school teachers and give tax credits to corporations that bankroll private-school scholarships. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Changes are in store for the Kansas teacher licensure process under a new state law aimed at making it easier for people without education degrees to get into classrooms.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1o7Yfwd ) legislators passed the measure as education officials sought to increase the available pool of teachers in science, math, engineering and technology.

The law takes effect July 1. It will allow people with bachelor’s degrees and significant work experience in the designated fields to teach in secondary schools.

The Kansas Department of Education was already in the midst of retooling the licensure process when the law was passed. The State Board of Education will review proposed rules and regulations in the coming month to implement the new state law.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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