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Question #36527 posted on 05/30/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What happens if there is a teacher opening at a school, but it doesn't get filled? Obviously if they can, they would distribute the students into other classrooms, but what if they can't do that? Are they then allowed to hire a non-certified teacher to do it?

- Aardvark

A: Dear Aardvark,

I know sometimes there are temporary allowances. For instance, my 9th-grade Spanish teacher hadn't yet passed her qualifying exams. However, by state law she was allowed to teach for one year while she prepared to re-take them. (She didn't pass them, and sadly had to leave.) It probably works differently in different states. However, much of the time they just have to put more students in each class. From what I hear about overcrowding in some schools, it seems like that's the most common solution.

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