Education Secretary Miguel Cardona says he does not favor lowering qualification standards to address national teacher shortage

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  • Education Secretary Miguel Cardon said on Sunday he was not in favor of lowering teachers’ qualifications.

  • Cardona said he was in favor of using US bailout money to pay student teachers.

  • Cardona told Marget Brennan that the teacher shortage was part of a matter of respect.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said on Sunday he did not support lowering teacher qualification standards for remedy the shortage in schools across the country.

“I don’t support lowering teacher qualification standards, I think we need to be creative in how we onboard teachers,” Cardona told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Cardona said there are other ways to hire qualified new teachers that don’t involve lowering standards, citing the financial aspect of becoming a teacher.

“Teaching students is four months of teaching without pay, I think we should use US bailout dollars to recruit student teachers and give them a salary,” Cardona said. “A lot of people leave the profession or the vocational training program because they can’t afford four months of teaching without pay.”

Cardona said the problem of the teacher shortage goes beyond finances, adding that the shortage is a “symptom” of a lack of respect from some members of the profession.

“It’s definitely not just about the salary,” Cardona told Brennan. “We need to make sure that we support our educators, providing working conditions where they feel connected to the community and feel supported in the work they do.”

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