A loophole in the federal definition of a "highly qualified" teacher allows educators in training or those with very little experience to earn the distinction and it should be closed, consultant and writer Jason Stanford asserts in this blog post. "Putting someone with 20 hours of classroom experience on the same level as someone with National Board Certification in Teaching is like thinking a 15-year-old with a learner's permit and an adult with a commercial driver's license along with school bus and passenger endorsements are equally qualified to drive the school bus," he writes.

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