State's use of emergency certified teachers continues to grow
With the start of classes for most students still a few weeks away, Oklahoma already has issued more than 1,200 emergency teacher certifications.
The state Board of Education approved 853 emergency teaching certificates at its Thursday meeting, the largest number approved in a single month.
Thursday's vote brought the total number for the 2018-19 school year to 1,238 just two months into the school calendar.
The board approved 1,975 certificates last school year, which was a record. Just 32 were used seven years ago.
School districts can appeal to the state for an emergency certified teacher if they are unable to find a qualified educator for an open position.
Emergency certified teachers lack a state teaching license and are allowed to lead a classroom for two years.
Fewer than half of the emergency certificates approved for the current school year are renewals.
More than 270 emergency certified teachers have been approved for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
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None of the board members commented on the growing number of emergency certified teachers during Thursday's meeting.
Emergency certified teachers across Oklahoma by school year.
*Two months into the school year.
Source: State Department of Education