State lawmaker pushing to give all college grads a chance to teach

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A state lawmaker thinks New Mexico should allow all college graduates to become teachers, not just those who specialize in education.

Representative Conrad James filed legislation on Thursday that would allow any professional with at least a bachelor’s degree to teach part time in New Mexico without having to go back to school to get a teaching degree.

James says it would help recruit people with more work experience, something that could help enhance the educational process.

There would be some restrictions. The person would have to pass a teacher license assessment and take a teaching class.

A similar bill passed the house last session but was killed in the senate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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