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The Nation : Education Scandal Seen

September 25, 1985

At least 10% of America's 2 million school teachers are teaching subjects, ranging from algebra to zoology, in which they are not certified--a situation that "constitutes a scandal in the making," a report concluded. The study by the American Federation of Teachers and the Council for Basic Education decided that the practice is encouraged, in part, by loose state laws and has resulted in students being taught by untrained educators. "The misassignment of teachers constitutes a scandal in the making for the entire profession," the study charged.

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