Bill easing transfer of teaching licensure clears committee | KOB 4

Bill easing transfer of teaching licensure clears committee Web Staff
January 26, 2018 05:23 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico might soon be seeing a reprieve from its teacher shortage.


The Education Committee on Friday morning unanimously passed Senate Bill 97, which would streamline the process for military family members with teaching credentials from other states to be licensed in New Mexico.

The legislation was created with military families in mind – they tend to move a lot, and instead of taking the time to wait for a new license, good teachers might take other jobs.

"(This) doesn't circumvent any policies, procedures or processes," said Sen. Bill Burt, R–Alamogordo, the legislation's sponsor. "It simply allows them to come in if they have a good record, which is a very quick and easy thing to check from a previous state. They get their certificate, they go to work."

Burt said the bill not only helps fill a need for teachers in New Mexico, but it also keeps those teachers from having to work outside their profession.

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