[caption id="attachment_118013" align="alignleft" width="150"] There is no single, national standard for teacher certification, although the federal government does ask states to meet certain criteria to be eligible for federal funding.[/caption]

School teachers should have to pass a stringent exam—much like the bar exam for lawyers—before being allowed to enter the profession, one of the nation's largest teachers unions said Dec. 3.

The American Federation of Teachers called for a tough new written test to be complemented by stricter entrance requirements for teacher training programs, such as a minimum grade point average. It...

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