Wisconsin education leaders have mixed feelings about Governor Scott Walker's budget measure to bring back lifetime state licenses for public school teachers.
State Superintendent Tony Evers says teachers would still need some type of continuing education. The five year license renewals adopted in 1983 required teachers to prove their growth -- and Jon Bales, who heads the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, says he would support lifetime licenses if teachers still have access to continuing education. The Republican Walker would cut ten state education jobs that deal with teacher licensing -- and he's also trying to address a teacher shortage by having the U-W work with schools to help teacher aides and others get licensed. Reid Riggle, head of the state Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, says he would welcome such a plan.