Mississippi teachers’ licensing info goes online for parents

Parents of Mississippi public school students now can go online to see whether their children’s instructors are licensed in the subject area they teach, reports the Clarion-Ledger. The state education department’s web site shows the type of degree an educator has attained, the subject or subjects the instructor is certified to teach, when the license will expire, and whether or not the license is valid. The web site lists “anybody who has ever had a license and who has ever applied for a license” to teach in Mississippi, said Cindy Coon, director of the Office of Educator Licensure at the state education department. Educators across the state soon will be able to update their licenses online. The online database cost a little more than $900,000, said Pete Smith, a department spokesman…

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