Bill would allow non-certified teachers to teach longer

Teacher shortage at critical level

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A new bill making its way through the Alabama legislature is aimed at helping the teacher shortage in the state.

Right now, superintendents can hire teachers without teaching certificates for one year. It’s called an “emergency certificate.”

This bill would change the name to “urgent certificates” and allow the person to work for two years. The contract can also be renewed twice, meaning someone could teach for a total of six years without being certified.

The hope is to allow more time for non-certified personnel to get their certificates, while also remaining employed.

The bill is currently in an Alabama senate committee.

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