A newly passed Missouri law allowing alternative certification options for professionals may help the state's school leaders fill some long-open science and math positions, supporters say. "Most of the [math or science] candidates we get are not fully certified, people that want to come back and change career fields," said superintendent Kevin Dunn, whose district usually only hires alternatively certified teachers when traditionally educated teachers are not available.
As California schools consider eliminating positions to meet state budget cuts, many may face significantly increased class sizes. Research on the effectiveness of small classes is mixed, but some elementary educators say larger classes may inhibit critical one-on-one instruction with their students.
Parents of children with autism have asked legislators in the Oklahoma House to give their support to a bill that would mandate that insurance companies cover autism therapies. The bill has bipartisan support in the state Senate.
Online systems that allow parents to track their children's daily progress are winning praise for increasing parental involvement, but some parents and students fear such systems may increase stress on the children and fuel family squabbles.