(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner is issuing several proposals to make it easier to find teachers to teach subjects like secondary math and science, special education and English as a second language. One of Wagner's proposals is to fill vacancies in the state with teachers who are certified in Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to The Providence Journal. He is also suggesting a seven-year certification period, rather than an annual renewal for districts which rely on emergency certifications to fill the positions, and allowing regular teachers to earn an endorsement instead of a full certification for ESL. The proposals will go out for public comment this fall before a vote from the Rhode Island Council of Elementary and Secondary Education.
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