Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

State To Ensure Fill-In Teachers Obtain a License.(Schools)

Byline: Rory McClannahan Journal Staff Writer

The state Department of Education has had requirements for substitute teachers for several years, but has never really enforced them.

That will change on Jan. 1.

The state has told New Mexico's 89 school districts that substitute teachers will be required to get a license to be able to work in classrooms after that date, said Danielle Johnston, director of personnel for the Moriarty Municipal Schools district.

"This is a good thing the state is doing," Johnston said. "It comes down to making sure kids are safe in the classroom."

Johnston said the license requirement has been in place for at least 10 years, but the state has left it up to districts to enforce it. …

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