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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Hearing on Emergency Rule

A hearing is being held today from 2:30-4pm on the Emergency Rule to help with school staffing that became effective August 23, 2016.  The rule provides for the following:

  • Wisconsin educators who are near retirement or have already retired may apply for one (five-year) license without having to meet professional development requirements (i.e., 6 credits or a PDP).  This license is not renewable.
  • The number of consecutive days a short-term substitute can be in the same assignment has been increased from 20 to 45 days.  This should allow schools enough time to either find a properly licensed educator for the position or apply for an emergency license or permit for an educator who does not hold a license acceptable for the assignment.
  • The renewal requirements for emergency licenses have been expanded to include attempting to pass required tests for licensure for educators who have met all other requirements.
  • The pathway for teachers to add additional licenses based on content tests has been expanded to allow:
    • Teachers who hold an Early Adolescence-Adolescence (grades 5-12) regular education license can add another regular education license at the same developmental/grade level by passing a content test.
    • Teachers who hold a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) regular education license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in grades 1 or 2 can add a regular education license at the Early Childhood level (birth to grade 3) by passing the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge test and the Foundations of Reading Test.
    • Teachers who hold a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) regular education license and have at least four semesters of teaching experience in English/language arts or math in grades 7 or 8 can add a license in that subject at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence level by passing a content test.

Written comments can still be made by using the contact information below. Written comments on the proposed rules received no later than October 17, 2016, will be given the same consideration as testimony presented at the hearing. The proposed administrative rule is available to review at http://dpi.wi.gov/policy-budget/administrative-rules or http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/comment.

Agency Contact Person
Carl Bryan, Administrative Rules Coordinator, adminrules@dpi.wi.gov, Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841.

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