Teachers could obtain competency-based licenses

Teachers could obtain competency-based licenses

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Senate has voted to allow anyone who has a college degree and can pass a proficiency test in their field to get a teaching license.

Senate Bill 48 would require individuals have a bachelor's degree and pass a test proving they have sufficient skills to teach. The bill would allow someone to get a license for grades 7 through 12 without taking teaching classes or tests.

Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, says that students could learn more from someone who has real-world experience than someone who got their experience out of a book.

The bill passed in the Senate on Friday 18 to 10. The bill will be debated further in a House committee.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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