USM School of Education professor Flynn Ross discussed how the changes to Maine's regulation of teacher certification will affect the state in an op-ed in Bangor Daily News.
Section 3 of the proposed bill, wrote Ross, does not require literacy courses, content methods, and demonstration of basic knowledge or pedagogical knowledge through test scores.
"Underprepared teachers have high rates of turnover which are costly for districts as well as lower levels of student achievement which are costly for our state," wrote Ross.
Ross suggested that Maine offer teacher residency programs joined with quality teaching preparation and loan forgiveness programs to combat teacher shortage in the state.
Flynn Ross is an associate professor of teacher education at the University of Southern Maine and coordinator of the Extended Teacher Education Program. She is the regional co-leader of the Maine chapter of the national Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications.