In hopes to raise teacher quality in NJ, an idea was recently brought about by Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf where incoming teachers would need high grades to be allowed to teach in NJ.

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Incoming teachers currently need a 2.5 grade-point average to get into a NJ teacher prep program, and a 2.75 for a provisional license after training is finalized.

The proposal by Commissioner Cerf would boost the minimum to a 3.0 for both of the above scenarios, but allows for exceptions when a candidate has a particularly strong understanding of content. Many institutions of higher learning already require a GPA of 3.0 to enter teacher prep programs.

The proposal is currently seeking public comment until November 15th, and the education board would vote on it after that date.

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