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No takers for alternative teacher license program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An alternative teacher licensing program in Minnesota hasn't produced a single candidate in the two years since its inception.

No organizations have applied for approval to start training candidates under the program, which is aimed at fast-tracking licenses for teachers who hold them in other states or for professionals who want to switch careers.

The program places professionals in the classroom with a temporary teaching license after 200 hours of training and preparation. Once the candidates pass the skills tests, they are given a teaching license.

Legislators passed the Alternative Teacher Certification law in 2011. The Minnesota Board of Teaching completed training standards in January 2012. Board director Karen Balmer tells Minnesota Public Radio News they have not yet received one application from a potential program provider.

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