COVID-19 Licensing Policy
March 22, 2021
Since the first declared states of emergency in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people access healthcare and created new barriers to licensing attainment and maintenance. States responded to those issues through executive orders, legislation and rulemaking to modify licensing requirements, issue temporary licenses and expand scopes of practice and the use of telehealth. Join leaders from state licensing bodies as we look back on the last year and learn what state actions had the most impact by lowering barriers to licensing, increasing access to healthcare and increasing healthcare capacity..
Teacher Licensure: Building Lasting Solutions
December 10, 2020
Part IV of the Teacher Licensure Webinar Series, a four-part series examining the benefits and challenges of the current system of interstate license reciprocity for teachers and considering potential pathways to true reciprocity for the teaching profession. Also part of CSG’s 2020 National Conference Reimagined.
This fourth and final webinar in the Teacher Licensure Series explores best practices for states in building resilient models of teacher licensure tp attract and retain highly qualified educators while allowing for interstate mobility. Speakers share research on current state models of licensure, their strengths and weaknesses and how they permit or impede interstate mobility. Speakers explore how an interstate compact for teacher licensure can help states attract and retain talent, combat teacher shortages, leverage talent from other states and provide greater interstate mobility for teachers. A lengthy Q&A session follows the panelists’ presentations.
Teacher Licensure: Interstate Compacts – Lessons from Other Professions
November 17, 2020
Part III of the Teacher Licensure Webinar Series, a four-part series examining the benefits and challenges of the current system of interstate license reciprocity for teachers and considering potential pathways to true reciprocity for the teaching profession. Also part of CSG’s 2020 National Conference Reimagined.
Currently, seven professions utilize interstate compacts to provide license portability for their practitioners. Each interstate compact was uniquely developed to the fit needs of that profession. However, lessons can be learned from these professions that will benefit teachers as the education community explores options for developing true reciprocity. Hear from administrators of the Physical Therapy Compact and Interstate Medical Licensure Compact as they explain how their compacts work and highlight the different models of license reciprocity that could be utilized by the education profession.
Teacher Licensure: Barriers and Challenges to Teacher Mobility
October 19, 2020
Part II of the Teacher Licensure Webinar Series, a four-part series examining the benefits and challenges of the current system of interstate license reciprocity for teachers and considering potential pathways to true reciprocity for the teaching profession.
This webinar takes a closer look at obstacles to interstate mobility for teachers. Content includes an overview of the Education Commission of the States report, “50 State Comparison: Teacher License Reciprocity,” as well as a panel discussion featuring teacher licensure officials from California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, who provide context to the challenges to mobility in their respective states.
Teacher Licensure: The Urgency of Interstate Portability
September 17, 2020
Part I of the Teacher Licensure Webinar Series, a four-part series examining the benefits and challenges of the current system of interstate license reciprocity for teachers and considering potential pathways to true reciprocity for the teaching profession.
This webinar serves as an introduction to the world of teacher licensure. Our panel explains the philosophical and practical reasons for teacher licensure, highlights the difficulties teachers face in moving from state to state, and formally announces our multilateral effort to create an interstate licensure compact for the teaching profession to ease these difficulties. Panelists include Linda Darling-Hammond, President/CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, and Syd Dickson, Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction, among other experts and stakeholders.
Assessing COVID-19 Occupational Licensing Policy Options
October 14, 2020
Occupational licensing policy has played a prominent role in state strategies for responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Due to increased health care demands and new barriers to licensure attainment and maintenance, states have responded to these challenges through executive orders, legislation and rulemaking to modify licensing requirements, issue temporary licenses and expand scopes of practice and the use of telehealth.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) tracked and analyzed these state actions to highlight the common themes, challenges and experiences of states as they continue to address the on-going effects of COVID-19 and consider the permanent changes that might be needed for occupational licensure policies moving forward.
This analysis is highlighted in the newly released CSG policy report, “Assessing COVID-19 Occupational Licensing Policy Actions.” This webinar reviews the report’s findings and explores some of the top policy themes such as telehealth, data systems and the role of interstate compacts.
Navigating the Anti Regulatory Environment and the Responsibility and Liability of Board Members
April 24, 2019
Licensing boards are facing national anti-regulatory sentiments, national active supervision, and curative measures responsive to the Federal Trade Commission v. North Carolina Dental Board Supreme Court Decision. This webinar provides a survey of these developments and reviews best practices for licensing boards in the handling of meetings, rulemaking, complaints, investigations, hearings and settlements, and communications with applicants and licensees. A discussion on interstate compacts and how to better manage scope or practice conflicts with informal procedures, memorandum of understanding, and potential judicial alternatives is also included in the webinar. These lessons enable licensing boards to gain an understanding of best practices to avoid antitrust liability in the occupational licensure setting.
Occupational Licensure Technical Assistance Available to States
July 19, 2017
The Council of State Governments has announced a new technical assistance project called Occupational Licensing: Assessing State Policy and Practice for state leaders. Through this policy learning consortium, selected states will receive assistance to improve their understanding of occupational licensure issues and best practices; identify current policies that create unnecessary barriers to labor market entry; and create an action plan that focuses on removing barriers to labor market entry and improves portability and reciprocity for select occupations. Technical assistance will be provided through a partnership of The Council of State Governments, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the National Conference of State Legislatures, with support from the U.S. Department of Labor. To apply, please see the request for applications linked here. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, Aug. 21 by 5 p.m. ET. Only one application can be submitted per state, which necessitates that state officials coordinate to provide a single application.
Addressing Barriers to Licensing for People with Criminal Records
August 10, 2018
Finding and maintaining employment is a critical aspect of preventing recidivism among people who have criminal records. But having a criminal record can make it difficult, or even impossible, for a person to find work, especially in a field that requires an occupational license. This webinar discusses some of the barriers to occupational licensing that people who have criminal records face. Presenters share best practices and policy options for policymakers to help address these barriers.
Chidi Umez, Project Manager, The CSG Justice Center
Beth Avery, Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project
Lee McGrath, Senior Legislative Counsel, Institute for Justice
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