NJ Approves Union-Backed Bill To Lower Teacher Standards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Co-teachers at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 Marisa Wiezel (who is related to the photographer) and Caitlin Kenny give a lesson to their masked students in their classroom on September 27, 2021 in New York City. New York City schools fully reopened earlier this month with all in-person classrooms and mandatory masks on students. The city's mandate ordering all New York City school staff to be vaccinated by midnight today was delayed again after a federal appeals court issued a temporary injunction three days before the mayor's deadline. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
  • New Jersey Gov. Murphy has signed a bill eliminating a requirement for teachers to pass a basic skills test as part of a broader effort to alleviate the state’s educators shortage.
  • The new law allows prospective teachers who don’t take the so-called Praxis test to get an “alternate teaching certificate” that can become a standard teaching certificate after four years of continuous employment as a teacher at a public school, charter school or private school for students with disabilities.
  • The New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union which pushed for the law, praised its approval and said it would help put more teachers in classrooms across the state amid a record educator shortage.