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New Jersey To End ‘Basic Skills Test’ Requirement For Government-School Teachers

If Democrat New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy gives his assent, government-school teachers in the state will soon no longer have to show they even have the most basic skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic to teach children. Yes, seriously.

As teachers’ union boss Randi Weingarten frets publicly about the surging number of families fleeing the government school system for homeschooling, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and its pet state lawmakers just gave parents yet another powerful reason to run for the exits.

Calling the “basic skills test” for teachers a “barrier,” the far-left union pushed S1553 through the legislature with overwhelming support. It is now demanding the governor sign it. If he does, teachers without even rudimentary academic skills will be allowed to indoctrinate helpless children.

“New Jersey requires that candidates for teacher certification pass a basic skills test, the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing and Math, or show SAT, ACT, or GRE scores,” the union complained in an alert to members urging them to take action…


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