Michigan debates need for alternative teacher certification

12/9/2009 | National Public Radio

The number of Michigan teachers taking a nontraditional path to the classroom might increase through the state's efforts to qualify for federal Race to the Top funds. The majority of teachers come from traditional teaching colleges, but Michigan lawmakers last week passed a law allowing alternative certification. Some say it could help alleviate a shortage of high-quality teachers, but unions disagree, arguing the change would mean "watering down standards," according to one official.

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