After 18 months, Ed Board approves licensing rules

The Montana Board of Public Education approved new rules to teaching licensing regulations at a meeting on Thursday in hopes of alleviating ongoing teacher shortages across the state.

For the last 18 months, leaders in education wrestled with ways to expand pathways to a teaching license in Montana. The board collected nearly four months of public comment ahead of its decision.

“Now we are at the point of having drafted responses for those comments and we’re at the point where we can take action to move forward with the final steps of the rulemaking process,” said Madalyn Quinlan, a board member and chair of the licensing committee.

After making modifications to revisions proposed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, the board unanimously approved the new rules. The board agreed with some of the recommendations, including creating new ways for current licensed educators to add endorsements as well as returning unusual cases with licensing to the state superintendent.

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Some of OPI’s other recommendations, such as creating a rule that would make it easier for military spouses and dependents with licenses in other states to teach in Montana, underwent slight modifications to

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