Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill last week expanding teacher licensure in the state.

House Bill 1098 was drafted at the request of the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board in response to statewide teacher shortages. The bill expands elementary licensure from grades 1 to 6 to grades 1 to 8 and modifies the grade range for secondary licensure to include grades 5 to 12, as opposed to grades 7 to 12.

The bill immediately goes into effect now that Burgum signed it, as an emergency clause was added to the legislation, Rebecca Pitkin, executive director of the Education Standards and Practices Board, wrote in an email.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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