- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says a teacher licensing program aimed at helping veterans and their families is working.

Branstad said at a Monday news conference that the military exchange license program has helped veterans and their spouses secure technical and provisional licenses that will keep them working in the state. The program allows participants to teach in the state for several years without having to immediately take additional college coursework.

Branstad says the program ties in with his separate Home Base Iowa initiative, which went into effect last year. That law is aimed at giving veterans incentives to work in Iowa once their military service is over.

The licensing program is offered through the Board of Educational Examiners. A board report says more than 20 licenses were issued in 2014.

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