by Kathy Burcher
Director, Government Relations and Research
Virginia Education Association
I wanted to share everything we currently know about the new 10-year teaching licenses that are the result of the passage of House Bill 1125 (The Teacher Licensure Bill).
If you followed along this session, you know that this bill was a focus of our work this year. Where this bill started to where it ended up is quite remarkable, and shows the VEA’s influence on legislation. One of the biggest changes in the bill is the move to 10 year teaching licenses from the current 5 year licenses. The School Superintendents really got behind the issue and advocated right along side of us for this change.
There are still details to be worked out, but here is what we know:
There are no changes to CURRENT licenses.
All VA licensed teachers will operate under their current license until their renewal date.
If you renew after July 1, 2018, you will receive a 10 year license. The fees will be higher to reflect the longer term of the license, so be prepared for that. We still don’t know the details on how much. The Board of Education will act on that soon.
Unfortunately licenses that expire on June 30, 2018 or before will be issued another 5 year license since the new law doesn’t become effective until July 1. The “prior to June 30, 2018 folks” will be issued a 5 year license, and, when they renew in 2023, they will be issued a 10 year.
Main Point: Your current license is your license until it is time to renew. Absolutely nothing will change until your time to renew. If you renew AFTER July 1, 2018, you will receive a 10 year license.
The BOE is still finalizing details like the # of PD points you will need to complete during the course of your 10 year license and the fees, but July 1, 2018 is the magic date. The Office of Teaching and Learning, Government Relations, and Legal Services are following all the developments closely and will keep you updated. Please feel reach out to me, Dr. Antoinette Rogers, or Dena Rosenkrantz if you have any questions.