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EMERGENCY TEACHING PERMITS OK TILL 2006.

Byline: Lisa M. Sodders Staff Writer

Recognizing the reality of a nationwide teacher shortage, a state panel on Thursday gave California educators with emergency credentials - including 1,300 in Los Angeles Unified - until 2006 to become fully credentialed.

The California Commission in Teacher Credentialing voted unanimously to extend teaching permits - which would have expired Dec. 31 - until June 30, 2006, officials said.

``It is a victory for kids,'' said John Perez, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. ``If you take away the emergency-permit teachers, what they're going to have is day-to-day substitutes, and that's going to hurt the kids. These are classroom teachers who know the students, know the school.''

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, school districts nationwide were required to staff schools in high-poverty areas with ``highly qualified'' teachers - those with complete credentials, beginning Sept. 1. The deadline was later extended to this month.

Teachers with emergency credentials hold a four-year college degree and have passed a basic skills exam, but lack additional course work and classroom training required for a credential.

The state commission hopes to have an alternative permit in place by July 1, 2005, but one with more rigorous standards, officials said.

Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663

lisa.sodders(at)dailynews.com
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