Lawmakers to consider alternatives for teacher licenses

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin schools would be able to hire people who don't have a bachelor's degree to teach subjects like math, science, technology and engineering under a proposal backed by Republicans on the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

The Joint Finance Committee was expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to create an alternative track for people with real-life experience to get licensed to teach.

The proposal would require anyone with a bachelor's degree who wants to teach English, math, science, social studies or other areas to be issued a teaching license if they are determined to be proficient in their subject area and has relevant experience.

Gov. Scott Walker had proposed something similar to help plug shortfalls in high-demand areas.

Critics say those being licensed should be instructed in effective teaching methods.

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