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Wisconsin considering more flexibility in getting teaching license

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Changes could help rural schools fill vacancies easier.

The Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction is considering more flexibility in rules for teachers becoming licensed.

La Crosse school district resource director Mark White noted some of the changes.

“Length of time that someone can be a substitute teacher and not be considered a long-term situation so we can employ someone a little bit longer,” he said. “And loosening up some of the license categories and the ways that someone renews their license.”

While believes the added flexibility will be beneficial.

“It may allow some of our staff who were considering retirement to stay on a little longer, which would be good for us in many of our hard-to-find areas,” he said.

The change should also help rural schools find teachers.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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