- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill letting programs like Teach for America set up shop in the state.

On Thursday, the Democrat approved the measure that allows some teachers to become certified without traditional education degrees.

The alternative certification would only apply for job openings that are in areas of critical need.

Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman says the bill will help recruit teachers in both subject and geographic areas in need of additional assistance.

Teachers’ union groups had opposed the push, saying it would roll back qualification requirements without addressing low pay for current teachers in the state.

Republican Del. Amanda Pasdon said the bill would provide new opportunities for people interesting in teaching, from college graduates to second-career professionals.

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