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Ducey signs bill no longer requiring college degree to begin teaching in Arizona's public schools

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that no longer requires a college degree to begin teaching in public schools.

Senate Bill 1159 states that a person only needs to be enrolled in a degree program in order to be hired as an Arizona educator.

The bill also allows teachers with expired licenses to renew their license more easily.

Proponents say it’s meant to help schools recruit educators as the state continues to have teacher shortages.

Critics worry the bill will allow unprepared and less educated people in the classroom. The Arizona Education Association opposed the law.