The list of States and Provinces of Canada, www.nasdtec.net/?page=Interstate under “NASDTEC Interstate Agreement Documents,” click “NASDTEC Interstate Agreement Signatory” Seantor Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) said, “Today`s agreement to allow interstate sale of meat and poultry in Vermont is another important step towards a more resilient and equitable food system for our state and the region. By fostering new market opportunities for small producers and processors, this agreement will create jobs, strengthen our rural economy and further increase demand for Vermont products. As the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I was proud to support the creation of this program in the 2008 Farm Bill to remove the barriers imposed by business consolidation to small independent farmers and farmers across the country, many of whom do not have access to state-controlled plants. The current pandemic has once again highlighted the fragility and inequality of this system. This agreement is one step closer to reversing this trend, and I am pleased that Vermont remains the leader. NASDTEC`s reciprocity agreement is a collection of more than 50 individual agreements between Canadian states and provinces. Each “arrangement” is a declaration of that state or jurisdiction that indicates the educational certificates of other states that are accepted by that state. This is not necessarily “full” reciprocity. The teacher may be required to meet additional requirements such as course work, evaluations or teaching experience before obtaining a full professional certificate in a new state. The Vermont State Agency of Education (AOE) is a member of the NasDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification) and the Interstate Contract (Reciprocity Agreement). NASDTEC membership and contract participation mean that students who have successfully implemented teacher training programs approved by the Vermont State Education Agency benefit from reciprocity with other countries that also participate in the agreement.
Teacher training programs at the University of Vermont have been evaluated and approved by the AOE VT. Teacher training programs at the University of Vermont also receive the award for meeting national standards established by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are therefore CAEP accredited. Teacher training programs at the University of Vermont are also recognized as all standards managed by the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators. The agreement will allow the State of Vermont to implement a CIS program authorizing certain state-controlled facilities that meet federal inspection requirements to ship their product in interstate commerce.