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Utah Board Allows Schools to Hire Untrained Teachers

The Utah State Board of Education will now allow teacher applicants to have just a bachelor’s degree in any field, pass a state certification test and background check, and complete an ethics review.

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Despite an overflowing crowd of vocal opponents at last month’s public hearing, the Utah State Board of Education will now allow teacher applicants to have just a bachelor’s degree in any field, pass a state certification test and background check, and complete an ethics review. No college-level training courses in teaching are required, as was previously the case for alternative certification applicants. Teachers and state Democrats vociferously opposed the new law, while board members cited a desperate need to staff classrooms. (Education Week)

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