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Singleton Bill to Expand Pathways to Teaching Clears Senate

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Trenton – In an effort to broaden the educator workforce, the Senate today advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton which would create a pathway to teaching for veterans in the state.

“As New Jersey and the rest of the country continue to face educator shortages, we must look for innovative ways to broaden our alternative route options,” said Senator Troy Singleton (D-Burlington). “Many veterans can bring a unique perspective to the classroom. This legislation will not only address the teacher shortage, but will benefit students and the veteran community alike.”

The bill, S-2764, would establish the “VETeach Pilot Program” in the Department of Education to facilitate the teacher certification of veterans. Under the pilot, Rowan University would enroll veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001, in a 36-month teacher preparation program.

The bill was released from the Senate by a vote of 38-0.