In the modern world of automated bank tellers and self-checkout grocery stores, technology already has infringed upon jobs traditionally reserved for humans. Now a group of educators at one Connecticut school is worried that teachers, too, are in danger of being replaced.

The fuss began when instructors at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Conn., complained that an alternative instructional program for potential dropouts violated state law by allowing students to be taught not by certified teachers—but by machines.

The initiative, called the Student Technology Education Program (STEP), is rooted in...

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