Teacher Testing Moves Ahead

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The state Board of Education in a unanimous vote has approved a settlement that could end a 23-year-old federal discrimination lawsuit and result in subject-matter testing of all teachers seeking jobs in Alabama public schools.

The settlement now needs approval by trustees of Alabama State University and U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson.

The trustees and a group of individual black teachers successfully sued the state in 1981, claiming the competency exams used by the state discriminated against blacks.

The agreement would allow the state to require that all applicants for a state teaching certificate first pass tests that are already used in 38 states.