State considers change to substitute teacher policies during pandemic

A shortage of substitute teachers in Kansas schools is prompting the state board to consider temporarily modifying license requirements.

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State News

December 15, 2021 - 8:50 AM

Mischel Miller, director of teacher licensure and accreditation at the Kansas State Department of Education, said the agency was considering ways of altering substitute teacher license requirements to help alleviate a shortage of part-time educators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Dramatic shortage of substitute teachers in Kansas public schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic is prompting the Kansas State Department of Education to consider temporarily modifying license requirements for people seeking part-time work in classrooms, officials said Tuesday.

Teacher retirements, resignations and absences and the anxiety felt by potential substitutes about the coronavirus fuel a daily labor shortage in districts across the state.

The problem prompted some Kansas districts to place adults in classrooms without complying with a requirement that substitute teachers complete 60 hours of courses at an accredited college or university, said Mischel Miller, director of teacher licensure and accreditation at the state Department of Education.

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