Sep 6, 2017

8 states that made it easier to become a teacher

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States have begun "loosening requirements" for teaching credentials due to a more than 40% decrease in enrollment in teacher preparation programs, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: Recruitment has been difficult due to "low salaries and difficult state-issued credentials." This has hit rural towns especially hard, and districts are being forced to hire teachers that may not be as qualified.

  • Arizona: Signed legislation allowed individuals with "a higher-education degree and significant experience in a subject matter," along with related teaching experience of two years, to receive teaching certification.
  • Minnesota: A new system establishes four licensing tiers; the lowest requires either a bachelor's degree or an associate degree plus five years of relevant work experience.
  • Kansas: Teaching candidates are only required to have a bachelor's degree and relevant experience to teach.
  • Oklahoma and California: Districts have started "issuing more emergency teaching certificates to fill vacancies."
  • Utah: Individuals with one to three years of college classes and practice teaching can receive certification.
  • Wisconsin: The Department of Public Instruction announced "emergency rules changes," making it easier to renew licenses and retain substitutes.
  • New York: NY State Board of Regents made it easier for out-of-state teachers to get certified.

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Stocks fall 4% as sell-off worsens

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Stocks fell more than 4% on Thursday, extending the market’s worst week since the financial crisis in 2008 following a spike in coronavirus cases around the world.

The big picture: All three indices closed in correction territory on Thursday, down over 10% from their recent record-highs amid a global market rout.

Coronavirus updates: California monitors 8,400 potential cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Watchdog opens probe into VA secretary over handling of sexual assault claim

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Fox Business Network’s "The Evening Edit" on Jan. 7. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

The Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General Michael Missal said Thursday he had opened an investigation into VA Secretary Robert Wilkie after lawmakers demanded an inquiry into his handling of a sexual misconduct report, the Washington Post reports.

Context: Wilkie allegedly "worked to discredit" the credibility of Democratic aide and veteran Andrea Goldstein after she reported last fall "that a man groped and propositioned her in the main lobby of the agency's D.C. Medical Center," a senior VA official told the Post.