Laramie, Wy – The feds have stuck in some needed flexibility in a controversial portion of the federal No Child Left Behind law. Teachers in Rural Districts will be allowed to teach more then one subject, even if they are not rated as highly qualified in both. Teachers had been required to be certified as highly qualified in order to teach a subject. But Superintendents like Fremont County District 38 Superintendent Steve Larcomb says that causes problems for small districts. He says that requires those districts to hire more teachers then they have in the past.
The feds will also allow teachers to be certified as just a science teacher and not in a specialized area. Linda Stowers of the Wyoming Professional Teacher Standards Board is pleased that the feds are finally listening to rural states.