One of the debates I remember from my first few state board of education meetings as a new reporter in Indiana was about teacher licensure — yeah, that’s right, I got to jump right into a big, messy debate about licensure regulations. It was confusing, at best.
Four years later, that debate is still happening, though it’s evolved as teacher shortage news has had a resurgence across the country (and fortunately, I now have a much better handle on the subject). After one such version of that debate during this year’s legislative session, I wanted to dig into the data — who’s using these alternative licenses? And how many options are out there for prospective teachers? Those are the questions I tried to answer in my story below.
— Shaina Cavazos, reporter
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