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A Long Overdue Deep Dive Into Teacher Recertification

By Liana Loewus — December 06, 2017 1 min read
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It’s an every-five-year nuisance, many teachers say. Not exactly arduous, but an administrative pain and not necessarily productive in the service of becoming a better teacher.

It’s also an education topic that we here at Ed Week, along with the rest of the education-publishing field, have widely overlooked. Until now.

A team of reporters here who cover teachers and curriculum have spent the last several months digging into this complicated, messy, and ill-understood policy landscape of teacher license renewal. We looked into questions like:

We also looked into the pros and cons of lifetime licenses and collected stories from teachers about their good and bad recertification experiences.

We hope you’ll take some time with the full report, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and on individual stories. You can also tweet us your feedback using #BeyondRedTape.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.