Malloy signs into law bill scrapping college requirement for substitute teachers

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill that requires substitute teachers to just have a high school diploma to be hired, scrapping the requirement that every teacher have a bachelor’s degree.

“We’ve heard from a lot of districts [the requirement is] causing a burden on them,” Rep. Andy Fleischmann, D-West Hartford and co-chairman of the Education Committee said when the bill almost unanimously passed the House of Representatives.

The law allows the state’s education commissioner to waive the college requirement. Leaders of the state superintendents and school board associations have both said there is not a shortage of substitute teachers. They also have said when the commissioner’s ability to waive the college requirement was rescinded a few years ago, it resulted in very few substitute teachers being disqualified.

The law will go into effect July 1.