SB 2267: Universal recognition of out-of-state teachers’ licenses

Senate Bill 2267, sponsored by Sen. Dennis DeBar, would require the Department of Education to grant licenses to out-of-state teachers who obtained a license in another state.

Under the bill, the state would have to issue a Mississippi license for those who possess a license from another state within 30 days from the date of a completed application. A criminal background check would also be required.

Currently, the state does offer reciprocity, but it is often a very time-consuming process and the Board of Education has discretion to add additional requirements before a license is granted. This has complicated the process of teachers from other states that who hope to find employment when they move to Mississippi.

This will speed up the process for qualified individuals who have already jumped through the hoops to obtain a license in another state, and only help a state that has long complained about a teacher shortage.

Last year, the legislature passed a law that requires licensing boards to recognize out-of-state licenses for military families. This is another step in the right direction. By removing this government barrier, we will be making it easier for teachers to obtain employment in Mississippi.

Empower Mississippi supports this legislation. 

It has been referred to Education. You can read the bill here.