New teacher legislation signed into law

State Rep. Aaron Miller last week announced his plan to help new teachers be able to focus on students – and not unreasonable certification requirements – has been signed into law.

Miller said the time new teachers spend during the first few years working with students is invaluable, but instead, state laws previously forced them to go back to school to meet licensing requirements.

Miller, a licensed teacher himself, said new teachers should be teaching and setting the stage for a long career working with young minds.

Miller noted the legislation only makes it optional for teachers to pursue the professional certification. The plan has the support of the state Department of Education, along with several other educational groups.

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