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Kate Walsh
Maryland gets D+ in teacher preparation

Maryland's teacher preparation programs remain lackluster as the state continues to fall short in standards that would attract candidates with strong academic backgrounds, and ensuring that teachers are properly qualified to teach in their subject areas, according to a report published Wednesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality. The Council, a leading policy group that advocates policies for strengthening the teaching profession, issued the state's teacher preparation policies a grade of D+- --the same grade it received last year-- which mirrors the national average for all states in 2012. According to the report, Maryland needs to raise admission requirements for...