Plainly not teachers union teachers, at least according to the union. The New Jersey Progressive-Democratic Party-run State legislature agrees with them, too, which says volumes about the contempt Party has for ordinary Americans.
A major New Jersey education union is pushing Democratic Governor Phil Murphy to sign a bill into law that would eliminate the basic skills test requirement to become a teacher in the state.
The New Jersey Senate and state Assembly passed a bill in June that would allow the State Education Board to issue an alternative certificate to a teacher candidate who meets all eligibility requirements except for the requirement to achieve a minimum basic reading, writing and math skills test score.
The New Jersey Education Association union, via its political arm, the New Jersey Education Association Action Center makes the claim explicit.
[T]he basic skills test was an “unnecessary requirement” and it “created an unnecessary barrier to entering the profession.”
The only qualification a person needs to teach our children is a union membership certificate.
It’s not necessary to be able to cipher in order to teach arithmetic.
It’s not necessary to be literate in order to teach reading or writing.
It’s not fair to require these things.