ASU dean testifies to Senate panel considering teacher preparedness

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The dean of Arizona State University’s teachers college told a Senate panel Tuesday that better academic performance in kindergarten through high school begins with better teacher-preparedness programs at higher education institutions.

“It takes an entire university, an entire community, to prepare a teacher,” Mari Koerner told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Koerner, dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, was one of five experts testifying at a nearly two-hour hearing on ways to reduce the number of unprepared teachers.

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