Lawmakers agree on need for more math, science teachers in N.J.

It’s now up to Gov. Chris Christie to decide whether to sign legislation designed to increase the number of math and science teachers in New Jersey.

The measure passed Friday by both houses of the Legislature would make a pilot program permanent.

Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, said it speeds the process for those with math or science backgrounds to gain teacher certification.

“A provisional certification, if you will, while they are completing their degree work or completing their necessary coursework to get permanently certified so they can actually be in the classroom teaching these kids,” Whelan said. “The shortage is such that it really makes sense.”

If New Jersey students are to keep up with those in other countries, they need more advanced courses, Whelan said. He says having more math and science teachers will make that happen.

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