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Ricketts eases rules for military spouses to teach

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a rule change that will make it easier for military spouses to teach in Nebraska if they recently arrived from out of state.

Ricketts on Monday hailed the rule as a way to lift a regulatory burden on spouses who want to work in the state. It’s most likely to benefit the areas around Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue.

The previous rules required teachers to get a temporary three-year teaching license while actively working toward a full-time Nebraska teaching certificate. That didn’t work for many military spouses, who frequently move around the country.

Nebraska Education Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt says the rule change is a common sense approach to accommodate those who want to teach.

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