The Kansas Department of Education wants to study a proposal to make it easier for out-of-state teachers to become licensed in Kansas.
The Council of Chief State School Officers, a national organization of state education agency officials, issued a report listing 10 recommendations for how states could improve the teaching profession. One of those calls for allowing reciprocity across state lines. Another encourages states to use data collection, analysis, reporting to improve teacher programs and keep them accountable.
The CCSSO is now making grants available to states to study implementing those recommendations. Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said the education department is applying for one of those grants. She added the grant application would not commit the state to changing any of its licensing regulations.