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State Weighs Tougher Teacher Requirements

The state Board of Education is considering teacher qualification reforms that could leave 50,000 teachers with emergency credentials out of work. The board is fine- tuning its definition of a highly qualified teacher to meet federal guidelines.

The use of teachers who have not completed the courses or passed the tests required for fully credentialed teachers has been a major sticking point with federal education officials. Another proposed reform would require new teachers to pass a test and veteran teachers to pass a performance review.

The California Teachers Association president criticized the proposed reforms for setting up more hoops for teachers to jump through. The board is expected to vote on the proposal in July.