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An area school district says it supports a new law allowing districts to temporarily hire vocational education teachers based on *experience*.

Governor Scott Walker signed the bill in Milwaukee yesterday, creating temporary teaching licenses for vocational teachers… Fox 25-48’s Jessica Bringe has the story.

At Brown Deer High School in Milwaukee, Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law creating temporary teaching licenses based on experience for vocational education teachers 

 “We want to help make sure that as many young people have those career paths as readily available as possible and that’s really what this bill is about today.”

The law creates a licensing process based on experience in non-core subjects – including child services and marketing education – which the

Eau Claire school district says can be difficult positions to fill

 “One of the challenges that we face is finding a fully licensed teachers in some of the vocational areas, particularly tech education.”

Under the law – a three year teaching license will be issued by the department of public instruction to vocational teachers hired by school districts

Being able to bring that real work place experience into the classroom I think will be a plus

Once that three year teaching license expires, the DPI can issue a professional teaching license to the applicant as long as they’ve successfully completed the curriculum established by the school board.

“This will give flexibility to school districts which is a good thing.”

The district does say one challenge will be ensuring experienced based educators know how to impact fully deliver instruction

With people who haven’t had that particular kind of training it will be a gearing up for us to make sure they have the tool that they need to work with our students.

Jessica Bringe, fox 25-48 news at nine…

In a statement from Walker’s office – it says savings from the passage of Act Ten in 2011 allows for new flexibilities and tools to improve education – including the passage of laws like this ONE.

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