A new DPI emergency rule promulgated this week makes numerous changes to (PI 34) rules governing the licensure of school personnel, and aims to provide additional flexibility to individuals seeking a license for the 2016-17 school year.
The rule makes the following five specific changes:
- It allows Wisconsin educators who are age 55 or older and who hold, or have held, a master educator or life license to apply for a 5-year nonrenewable license without having to meet professional development requirements;
- It increases the number of consecutive days that a short-term substitute can be employed in the same assignment from 20 to 45 days;
- It expands the renewal options for emergency licenses and permits
- When requesting the issuance of an emergency permit, a school district must state that a search for a fully-licensed candidate was conducted and that no fully-licensed individuals were acceptable for the position. (The previous standard had been that no fully-licensed individuals were available.)
- It expands the number of pathways already licensed teachers can use to add certain additional licenses based on passing content tests.
These changes do not require legislative action.
Read More: DPI News Release