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Lawmakers to consider alternatives for teacher licenses

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to create an alternative track for people with real-life experience to get licensed to teach in Wisconsin schools is up for a committee vote.

The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to take up the idea on Tuesday.

Walker has defended the proposal as making more people available to teach in high-demand areas, or in rural parts of the state where it's more difficult to find licensed teachers.

Critics have said Walker's plan is faulty because it doesn't require those being licensed to have any instruction in effective teaching.

But Walker says he's trying to give a route for professionals who want to teach to take a competency test that would get them licensed and in schools quickly.

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