Licensing backlog, fees add challenges for Oregon teachers

Aug. 2022: The state agency responsible for approving and investigating educators’ professional licenses has a backlog of applications following more than two years of COVID-19 school closures and the return to in-person learning.

Records provided to the Statesman Journal by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission show the agency’s processing time increased about 27% —from 48 days to 61 days — between October 2020 and October 2021. It hasn’t let up.

Read the full story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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