The secretary addressed states that have lowered standards for educators to hire more staff, calling the measures “unfortunate.”
Arizona no longer requires teachers to have bachelor’s degrees, and Florida offers temporary teaching credentials to veterans without certifications.
“Our students now need more, not less… I’m not in favor of lowering the standards of qualifications with teachers,” Cardona said.
The United States is facing a national shortage of 300,000 teachers and school personnel, according to the National Education Association.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, championed streamlining processes to certify teachers, saying he hated “the red tape” that slowed things down.
“Streamlining the regulatory and licensing and certification processes, be it teachers or manufacturers, that’s an opportunity every state has,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We do it here. We are streamlining ourselves.”