Senator Brown Speaks Out Against Budget Provision That Treats Teachers Like Children
Governor's budget provision would require educators to complete externships for license renewals
February 22, 2017
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Columbus –Today, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) spoke out against a budget provision that would force educators to complete on-site work experience with a local business as a license renewal requirement.

“It is unclear to me how this provision would in any way improve an educator’s ability to teach,” said Senator Brown. “It just places an unnecessary burden on our already underpaid and overworked teachers.” 

According to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), in order to obtain a renewal for a five-year license, teachers must already fulfill the following requirements:

  • Six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure; or
  • 18 continuing education units (CEUs) (180 contact hours); or
  • Other equivalent activities related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure as approved by the Local Professional Development Committee of the employing school, district or agency

“What makes the Kasich administration think that teachers stand to benefit from shadowing businesses—but businesses don’t stand to benefit from shadowing teachers?” Senator Brown added. “This provision treats Ohio educators like children and devalues the hard work they have put in to ensure our kids succeed in the classroom.”

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