- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System could become the first school district in Tennessee to develop and provide its own occupational licensure teacher preparation program.

The Leaf-Chronicle reports (http://leafne.ws/1leW3XC ) that Karen Pitts presented the proposal this week at the School Board’s December executive session. Occupational licensure allows people to use their prior industry experience to qualify to teach in Tennessee.

Pitts says the district has lost a number of teachers as a result of a failure to complete the teacher-preparation program, which currently is an 18-hour teacher-preparation program that people have three years to complete. The school system’s program would replace the 18-hour program.

Pitts says the program must be approved by the district, followed by the Tennessee Department of Education and, finally, the State Board of Education.

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Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com

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