- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Board of Education has granted waivers to two school districts so they can employ instructors who do not have state teaching licenses.

The board granted the waivers Thursday to the Pine Bluff and Smackover-Norphlet school districts. Representatives from both districts told the board that they’ve struggled to find enough licensed teachers to fill their vacant positions.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2bZ5HgB ) the Pine Bluff district has 15 vacancies and the Smackover-Norphlet district has two positions they’ve been unable to fill - a band director job and a special education position.

State officials say 53 Arkansas school districts have received waivers of some sort regarding state rules and laws regarding education.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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