Educators who are working on their teacher certification via alternative-certification methods still will be considered "highly qualified" under recent federal legislation. More than 90 groups, including the Council for Exceptional Children, have objected to the practice. "What we can't do is put someone in a classroom who's only had a few hours of training and call them 'highly qualified,'" said Kim Hymes, senior director of policy and advocacy at the Council for Exceptional Children.

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