The Department of Education and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union(NSTU) have announced changes in regulations to place allteachers certified by July 31, 2000, on the same footing. “Many excellent teachers will benefit from this,” said EducationMinister Jamie Muir. “It’s something we were able to do withoutchanging our high teaching standards. Students will benefit toobecause school boards will now be in a much stronger position torecruit and retain teachers.” Teachers who obtained certification outside the province by July31, 2000, will now receive their Nova Scotia certification basedon the rules in force on that date. Previously, this group was required to certify under revisedrules which were established on Aug. 1, 2000. Teachers certifiedin Nova Scotia by July 31, 2000, however, were unaffected by therevised rules. The new regulations, which have been accepted by the NSTU underthe Teachers’ Provincial Agreement, apply the same standards toboth groups. Brett Woodbury, registrar of teacher certification with theDepartment of Education, said the new regulations are a responseto concerns from teachers. “Their views are important,” he said. “We value our relationshipwith our teachers.” “This change in regulations will greatly benefit our teachers andthe students they serve,” said NSTU president Brian Forbes. “Weare pleased to have resolved this matter collaboratively.” The changes take effect this year on Aug. 1. More than 200teachers will likely receive higher classifications ofcertification as a result. All teachers certified after July 31, 2000, remain subject to therevised rules.