State Of California Loosens Rules For Substitute Teachers

January 12, 2022 14:00 pm · 33 comments

By Ali Tadayon – EdSource

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order relaxing state regulations around the hiring of substitute teachers as districts grapple with staffing shortages exacerbated by the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

“We’re working closely with local education officials to cut red tape to allow qualified substitute teachers to help maintain safe learning environments,” Newsom said in a news release.

Through March 31, the executive order allows for temporary certificates to be issued to substitute teachers who don’t have credentials. The order also extends the length of time substitute teachers can be assigned to a class to 120 days and allows more flexibility for retired teachers to work as substitutes.

Districts must submit a “written finding” that the more flexible rules will allow them to maintain in-person instruction despite staffing shortages.

Bruh January 12, 2022 at 2:31 PM

Lmaooo California CUTTING RED TAPE???

I guess the teachers union must have threatened newsoms campaign funding and thus 2024 presidential aspirations.

How about cutting red tape for everyone else? Or is it only teachers who get the special attention of the Governor? We all know the answer to that is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Randy January 12, 2022 at 3:44 PM


XJ January 13, 2022 at 4:48 PM

Lemme guess, they won’t even check for prior felonies or other criminal pasts like child molestation etc?

whatever January 12, 2022 at 2:34 PM

“cut red tape” = anybody that can fog a mirror.

Anonymous January 12, 2022 at 2:37 PM

Why are there “staffing shortages exacerbated by the omicron variant of the coronavirus?”

Is it because teachers are actually sick or because they found yet another excuse not to come to school?

Old Timer January 12, 2022 at 3:31 PM

How about some relief at the gas pumps and grocery stores.How about some relief with insurance premiums medical cost and energy cost’s.Newscum is making changes in all the wrong ways.The retired people living on social security need help.Pull your head out of your rectum and turn this state around.

Randy January 12, 2022 at 3:45 PM

…watch Cali kids drop from 47th place in education in the country to last now … the “Golden State” used to be 1st…. now we’re a rusty brown 🙁

Pacman January 12, 2022 at 4:10 PM

Pretty sure that’s not rust.

The Fearless Spectator January 12, 2022 at 4:45 PM

Are background checks part of the red tape cutting?

SMH January 13, 2022 at 2:01 PM

I am wondering the same thing

Cellophane January 12, 2022 at 4:49 PM

What worries me is the background checks.

Will those be reduced too?

How’d people like some pedophile in the classroom with your kid?

People need to take back control of this horrific government.

Tod January 12, 2022 at 5:38 PM

This will result in more child predators in the schools like that elementary music teacher guy who was arrested last month. What was his name again? DM?

Tangent January 12, 2022 at 5:43 PM

I just wish the people that whine here..step up and become teachers..or atleast be a substitute. There are pains and challenges and I do believe the teachers make an honest and sincere attempt to educate our kids. All I see here are cynical whiny …keyboard warriors.

Bruh January 12, 2022 at 6:01 PM

@tangent don’t worry there won’t be many kids in California in the coming years so all your teacher friends won’t have to worry about having jobs.

Glen223 January 12, 2022 at 6:33 PM


1. First get rid of the unions.
2. Force parents to take responsibility.
3. Get the government out of education.
4. Get the liberal wokeness BS out of the districts.
5. Get rid of the NEA.
6. Hold kids accountable for their actions – or inactions.
7. No participation trophies.

Then we’ll talk.

What you “believe” is irrelevant. California is 47th in the US for education… and that tells me the entire state is at fault…. Regardless of the amount of money THROWN at the education system. Facts are facts. Sure, a few teachers are good – but they’re far outnumbered and shouted down by the liberal imbeciles pushing CRT and common core math, among other crap. Why do you think more parents are moving to private schools or home schooling?

California I’m will soon be at the bottom of the trash heap when it comes to education. And now they’re dumbing down the teachers requirements. Pretty soon, all you’ll need is a pulse to teach…

Don’t like my opinion? Tough $hit . Then do something about it yourself. Why don’t you become a teacher and turn things around…. Or are you just another “keyboard warrior?”

Cyn January 12, 2022 at 7:48 PM

The whiny cynicism to which you refer is more than justified.

Simonpure January 13, 2022 at 7:49 AM

People in glass houses should not throw stones

Tod January 13, 2022 at 8:06 AM

@Glen223 What a bitter bitter response. People do whine here, including at times, myself.

Glen223 January 15, 2022 at 11:24 PM

@tod -a “bitter bitter response?” And “whining?”

This waaaaay past “whining” or just being a “bitter response.”

But if you’re happy with the status quo, that’s fine. You can be the standard bearer as California sinks into the bottom of the outhouse. The politicians aren’t doing anything except taxing the public more and more while the democrats continue to ignore their financial responsibility and spend it on their pet projects and lie to the public…. And the idiot democrat voters in this state just lap it up with no complaints.

And what are YOU doing about it? Sitting back and re-electing the same moronic politicians? Then you’re part of the problem.

EF January 12, 2022 at 6:56 PM

Subs didn’t need credentials to begin with. Do you mean no longer need a bachelor’s degree and pass the CBEST?

SB January 12, 2022 at 7:02 PM

1. Lawsuits! Students are entitled to highly qualified teachers. Qualified subs have a “30-day emergency substitute permit.” They are already an emergency last resort.

2. It is a great time to be a sexual predator.

3. Forget about your standardized test scores.

KBB January 12, 2022 at 7:18 PM

Last year – nobody is allowed in the classroom
This year – anybody and everybody is allowed in the classroom

MDUSD mom January 12, 2022 at 7:19 PM

Huh! No kids left? All the people snatching houses in our neighborhood for way over asking must be 90 year old millionaires not having kids I guess. I’ve heard the “leaving CA in droves” threat for two years now. It’s just not happening.

From what I can see as a parent and employee: Teachers, staff, subs etc are working their tails off to give kids in this area a good education.

To Do List January 12, 2022 at 9:17 PM

The appearance of houses being snapped up include a record 18% of houses nationally are being bought by investors, and at least one near me is empty (expensive and not being cared for at all) and either investment property or from a foreign buyer using it as an anchor house or offshore wealth hiding.

Glen223 January 12, 2022 at 9:31 PM

Right- and we still see teacher sickouts.

Like I said – there may be a few good teachers, but they’re shouted down by the liberal morons and unions that push CRT and common core. A “good education?” Gimme a break. Why do you think people are home schooling and going to private schools.

And yes, people are leaving. That’s why California is losing a representative in the House.

There’s more here than what’s in your little neighborhood.

Clam Bake January 12, 2022 at 8:57 PM

I’m qualified – I taught “vocational” High School for almost a decade – (mighty tempting to apply). I have a squeaky clean background – and currently work in I/T (technical support / Software Testing) – but I really like working with High School Students – (and Ibhave references). That age bracket is really fun – (they need teachers who are open minded, creative, persuasive, (and who have a sense of humor)). I like working with technology. High School Students learn best by “doing.” (I’m going to sleep on it)….. Nighty Night! ThanX Claycord!

Clam Bake January 12, 2022 at 8:59 PM

I’m qualified – I taught “vocational” High School for almost a decade – (mighty tempting to apply). I have a squeaky clean background – and currently work in I/T (technical support / Software Testing) – but I really like working with High School Students – (and I have references). That age bracket is really fun – (they need teachers who are open minded, creative, persuasive, (and who have a sense of humor)). I like working with technology. High School Students learn best by “doing.” (I’m going to sleep on it)….. Nighty Night! ThanX Claycord!

Glen223 January 12, 2022 at 9:35 PM

And just buying houses for over the asking price doesn’t support your 90-year-old millionaire claim.

Get a clue and go back to your union meeting.

Annonmom January 12, 2022 at 10:02 PM

Are they going to have to pay $120 to obtain an emergency credential like the rest of us. CBEST still required? Bachelors degree? Fingerprints and background checks? At the pace MDUSD moves there will be no new subs til April.

Anonymous January 13, 2022 at 4:29 AM
Fed up January 13, 2022 at 5:36 AM

Subs are currently paid 170/day in MDUSD. They must have a bachelors degree and a few other requirements. At that pay, they aren’t able to fill slots. They are trying to raise it, but that is temporary as enrollment declines.

Justifiable languor January 13, 2022 at 8:45 AM

Warning! Watch for CRT and gender paedophile indoctrination.

Bill Cutting January 13, 2022 at 9:04 AM

What a mess you leftists make just stop… stop ruining everything thing you all need a time out for 65 years for the adults to fix this state/country. It’s obvious the cultural revolution has brought cultural rot. 47th place in the country with the amount of money that’s been pumped into the system that is pathetic beyond belief anybody is involved in the system with education should be fired and their assets seized or jail for this mess

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