Are Requirements for Teaching Too Strict?

In a recent article from the BloombergView, Francis Barry argues that states should have a regulated list of requirements for incoming teachers. At this time, many states have different certification requirements, making it difficult for teachers to move from state to state. Barry believes that states and schools should be more focused on ability and less focused on certification and academic credits.

“As states move toward a set of common standards for students through Common Core, they ought to do the same for teachers, allowing them to move from state to state without difficulty. At the same time, principals ought to have the flexibility to hire teachers based on their ability and experience, not their academic credits.”

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