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AM News: 19 States Adopting Tougher Licensing

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Toucher requirements is an interesting topic. There have been so many restrictions for teachers. Many teachers feel as though they do not have any control over teaching or learning. Many teachers are not appropriately financially compensated for the work they do. I fear that toucher licensing requirements will push teachers away from the field of education. Toucher requirements need to be realistic.

Shelly

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