With the growing need for qualified teachers and the lack of credentialed candidates, I have a solution to get our state through this shortage until people have the time to complete their credentials.
Currently there are thousands of retired teachers who would be available and willing to return to the classroom to relieve this shortage. The problem is, the state teachers retirement system has a cap on the amount of money a retired teacher may earn in education before losing pension dollars at a ratio of 1:1.
The state should pass legislation to allow a teacher who retired before the end of 2014 (to avoid a retirement rush this year) to work in a classroom without a pension penalty as long as the district can prove that no qualified credentialed candidate is available for that position. The law could sunset in 2018-19 school year
This would give the districts, especially small rural districts, the opportunity to staff the classes and the universities the time to train highly qualified teachers. I returned to the classroom this semester, but the cap prevents me from helping after that until August of 2016.
It is an easy fix to the problem.