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Proposed rule on teacher preparation programs draws pushback

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A rule that would allow the New Mexico Public Education Department to oversee teacher preparation programs has garnered criticism and pushback by school leaders and education groups.

The Albuquerque Journal reports speakers at a public hearing Tuesday described the proposal as overreaching and premature with some questioning the legality of the rule’s evaluation system.

The proposal would allow the agency to decide whether preparation programs can continue operating. The programs are currently operated by national teacher accreditation groups.

Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski says improving teacher preparation is a multifaceted process. He says the state “must leave nothing to chance when it comes to preparing aspiring teachers for our students.”

The department has proposed implementing the rule by the end of the month.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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