What is Virginia Thinking?

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The urgency of recruiting qualified teachers into the classroom is leading to a wide variety of reforms. Some forms of streamlining will lead to more qualified teachers in the classroom and others, well, others are just lowering the bar. We're afraid that Virginia's newest reform is the latter. Under the plan, nine four-year colleges have pledged to automatically admit any student who earns an associate's degree in pre-teacher education from any of the state's 23 community colleges. The last thing the teaching profession needs is for standards to be lowered, especially when there is so much evidence that other routes with higher standards can fill the available need.