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Teach for America trainees face tough Minnesota test

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of Teach for America members looking to get placed in Minnesota classrooms are facing tougher scrutiny from the state.

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The Minnesota Board of Teaching decides Friday whether Teach for America trainees get a waiver from the state's licensing requirement, and earn licenses on the job instead. It's a variance the board has granted in previous years, but it's taken a tougher line this year. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the state's largest teacher's union is opposed to the variances.

Teach for America means to provide a path to the classroom for people with bachelor's degrees but who don't want to spend another year obtaining a teaching degree. Members can apply for a full Minnesota teaching license after two years of training and working in an urban school.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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