Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy writes today at Carolina Journal about the impact of a change in North Carolina law related to teacher education.

This summer, the General Assembly rewrote the rules governing charter schools. A compromise between the House and Senate determined that only 25 percent of charter schools’ teachers must be state-certified.

That means principals are free to hire whomever they think will do the best job to fill the other 75 percent of teaching positions, whether they have a state license or not. Those teachers could be retired chemists, college professors, lawyers, or professional tutors. 

The change could have an impact well beyond charter schools. It could introduce competition into the training of teachers.