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State Promises Teachers Will Get Licenses Faster

A new automated system for dealing with the applications has reduced a backlog from about 11,000 to about 1,000.With the annual frenzy of teacher hiring about to begin, New Jersey says it is taking new steps to ensure that new teachers have their licenses in time for the next school year.
New Jersey has long had problems getting teacher-license applications approved on time.
Last fall, 1,000 new teachers had to begin the school year with lower pay and no benefits until they received their licenses.
Education Commissioner William Librera told legislators Thursday that a new automated system for dealing with the applications has reduced a backlog from about 11,000 to about 1,000.
The number of state license examiners has doubled to more than 15. Prospective teachers can call after regular business hours with questions. And candidates can now apply online.
Librera said applying online makes a big difference. In the past, many applications were delayed because they were incomplete, but now it”s nearly impossible to submit an incomplete one, he said.
A spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association, the state”s largest union for teachers, said there are still long delays for people seeking licenses from out of the state.