Temporary change in requirements for substitute teachers drawing more workers

School districts continue to deal with worker shortages including substitute teachers, but the Ohio legislature acted last month to address the problem and local school officials say the changes are helping.

Up until now, people wanting to be a substitute teacher in Ohio needed to have a bachelor’s degree. But Senate Bill 1, which passed on Oct. 28, dropped that requirement for the rest of this school year.

And local officials like Oregon City Schools superintendent Hal Gregory say it’s having a positive impact.

“There’s still a big need, but now that we have some flexibility, that’s really helping,” Gregory said.

The change is a direct result of a move by the Ohio General Assembly. It removed the requirement that you had to have a bachelor’s degree to get a substitute teaching license.

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