A Common Market in the Northeast

Seven states join forces to address teacher shortages

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Teachers who are licensed in one of seven Northeastern states may soon be able to teach for up to two years in any of the other states.

The education commissioners of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are expected in December to approve the creation of a regional credential that would make such a system possible.

What the commissioners are trying to create is a "Northeast Common Market" for educators. They believe that such a market would help to alleviate teacher shortages in some areas by creating a larger educator pool for each state to draw from. It would also increase employment opportunities for graduates of state-approved education programs in the region.

For example, if a mathematics teacher licensed in Massachusetts could not find a teaching position there, the teacher could move to New York and teach under the Northeast Regional Credential for two years. During that period, the teacher would have time to become licensed in New York. The credential is designed to give beginning teachers greater mobility, but it also would be available to experienced teachers and administrators.

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