KCK public schools will hire 15 unlicensed teachers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Due to a shortage in teachers, the Kansas State Board of Education voted (9 to 1) to allow KCK schools to employ unlicensed educators.

All 15 throughly vetted candidates have advanced degrees in their fields. They will undergo extensive teacher training this summer to prepare for the classroom.

These new educators may only teach unlicensed for one year. In order to keep teaching they must take additional steps to obtain a traditional teaching license.

"These are chemists, musicians, engineers and scientists who have said to us they want to engage in work that is meaningful and help transform lives. They're passionate and we're excited to have them," said Dr. Cindy Lane, KCK Public Schools Superintendent.

Lane says there are less and less people attracted to the teaching profession and this is the best way to get qualified applicants for unfilled positions in USD 500.

These candidates will be monitored by experienced educators, just as any first-year teacher would be.