Mississippi parents soon might be able to go online to check whether their children’s teachers are highly qualified, reports the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson Miss. In October, the state Board of Education will decide whether to approve a vendor contract for a web-based program that will store and track educator licenses. The new program could cost about $1 million, said Cindy Coon, bureau director of the Office of Educator Licensure. Similar programs already are being used in other states, including Louisiana, Georgia and Texas, she said. By summer 2009, parents could be able to go to the education department’s web site to see snapshots of teachers’ licenses. The license snapshot will reflect the type of degree the educator has attained, the subjects the person is certified to teach, when the license will expire and if it is valid, Coon said. Educators’ personal information, such as their address and Social Security number, will be omitted. Schools or school districts distribute report cards that include information on teacher certification, but that information usually does not list specific teachers, said Susan Womack, executive director of Parents for Public Schools of Jackson…

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