Ohio is moving to continue to let high school graduates teach on the spot

The St. Petersburg local school district hired mothers with matriculation certificates to work as substitute teachers. Strongsville City Schools recruited students. Whitehall City Schools asked principals and office staff to cover the classes.

“For the past two years, every school in Ohio has had days of failing to find substitute teachers,” said Adam Byrd representative, R-New Richmond.

But many of those substitutes – especially those without academic degrees – would not have been allowed to enter the classroom if lawmakers had not calmed state requirements during the COVID-19 epidemic. Temporary teachers were forced to pass background checks, but counties could waive most of the other preconditions such as requiring substitutes to have an academic degree.

Schools, especially those in rural areas of the country, have jumped on the bandwagon.

“When you live in Appalachia and have a four-year degree, you’re probably going to work a full-time job,” said Don Jones’ representative, R-Freeport. “You will not seek to replace teaching.”

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