Virginia lawmakers want the state’s Department of Education to change how it hires teachers.
The Department of Educations has been working on a proposal for several years, but a report released Tuesday says the process isn’t working.
The proposed reforms include requiring more community college graduates to get an associate degree or more advanced training in teaching.
That’s a big change for the state, where public colleges are often the only option for a lot of students who need specialized training for jobs in education, including math, science, and nursing.
The proposal comes as more states are turning to more online programs.
It also comes at a time when the state is facing a massive shortage of teachers.
“It is very concerning that the proposed change would reduce the number of qualified candidates that we will have to select from our teachers,” said Del.
George B. Marshall, a Democrat and member of the Joint Education Committee.
“The proposal will also require a significantly higher proportion of those who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in teaching to take the Associate Degree Teacher Qualification Test, which is not in compliance with the Common Core standards.”
A new bill that would create a statewide teacher recruitment database to track job postings.
Currently, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) is responsible for hiring teachers in the state.
The plan, introduced by Del.
Steve M. Dabrowski (D-Loudoun), would expand that responsibility to include job postings for teachers in every district in the Commonwealth.
It would also create a website that would provide job openings in a list format and allow anyone to submit their own job listings.
The site would also allow educators to submit job postings online, which could be posted as well.
The DLI is also developing an online teacher recruitment program that would allow educators who work in a district to get job offers online.
Dabski’s proposal has been in the works for some time, and the plan would create an online recruiting tool to track jobs in the State’s schools, the State Board of Education (SBEO) said in a statement.
The program would allow anyone who works in a school district to submit a job listing, allowing teachers who work at the school to be hired.
“Achieving the right job will be a challenge for many Virginia educators, but it is vital that they have access to the right information about job openings that are available to them,” the SBEO said.
The idea is to make it easier for teachers to find jobs in their district and to ensure that districts with the most qualified teachers get the most offers.
The report said the state should focus on recruiting students who are ready to enter the workforce, not those who are already in school.
It said the number and quality of teacher jobs is also a problem, as the report said that students who don’t have a high school diploma are more likely to be unemployed, and that students with low levels of education are more at risk of unemployment.
Virginia already has some of the most restrictive teacher recruitment requirements in the country.
Under the Common Apprenticeship Act, students must complete at least a two-year degree program before they can be eligible for a job.
But the new plan would allow teachers to take up to a year of graduate school before they are eligible for an assistant teacher position.
The bill also would require teachers who teach for at least six weeks per semester to complete a three-year associate or bachelor’s education program.
That would allow them to be eligible to teach for a year.
It’s not clear whether those requirements would apply to non-traditional teachers.
Some educators have expressed concerns about how the plan might impact students.
“There is a lot that needs to be changed in Virginia’s education system to create the teacher recruitment programs that we need,” said Elizabeth Wysocki, executive director of the Virginia State Education Association.
“But this report should also raise a few concerns about the proposal and what it could mean for Virginia’s future.”