House Approves Bill on Teacher Certification

Feb 11, 2015

West Virginia House lawmakers have approved a bill opening up teacher certification to more people without education degrees.

Credit West Virginia Legislative Services

The push is aimed at allowing programs like Teach For America to start up in the state.

On Tuesday, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 60-35 in favor of the reform.

Bill proponents said the option would be essential to fill hundreds of teaching vacancies across the state.

Opponents said formal education training prepares teachers for situations they otherwise may not be able to handle.

Some delegates who voted "no" said it'd be more productive to focus on getting raises for teachers, so their pay is more competitive.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.