TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION REJECTS PLAN TO HIRE UNCERTIFIED TEACHERS.
> Last week the Texas State Board of Education unanimously voted against the
> introduction of a "transitional permit" which would have allowed teachers
> without specific teacher training to teach in the state. The State Board
> Education decided to reject the transitional permit recommendation from
> State Board for Educator Certification after hearing testimony from
> Concerns raised through the testimony included: whether or not districts
> would have adequate resources to compensate the mandatory mentors in the
> program, the provision requiring teachers to teach outside their field if
> assigned, and no requirement that local districts must try to hire a fully
> certified teacher before filling the position with a transitionally
> teacher. The official vote recommended sending the plan back to the
> Certification Board for revision.