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Senators, commission keep standards high

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - With a looming December 1 deadline to pass the Praxis test, it appears the Guam Legislature and the Guam Commission for Educator Certification will not lower their standards for more than 40 teachers who have yet to pass the Praxis-I Certification Exam. Senator Aline Yamashita met with superintendent Jon Fernandez, Speaker Judi Won Pat, and the Certification Commission last week to discuss the fate of these teachers who may lose their jobs next month.

"I will say that this legislature and the previous legislature has put into effect the Guam Certification Education Council with the mind that that kind of body is needed to ensure that the standards are high and are adhered to," the senator said.

Yamashita says the University of Guam's School of Education has more than 20 students ready to graduate as well as retirees who would like to return to the classroom should the 40 teachers lose their jobs.

The superintendent has already said that he also agrees that the standards should not be changed.

The issue meanwhile is expected to be brought up during Wednesday's Guam Education Board meeting.

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