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Report: 1,000 D.C. Public School Teachers Are Not Licensed

Report: 1,000 D.C. Public School Teachers Are Not Licensed

Roughly 1,000 public school teachers in Washington, DC, are operating without a license, according to a report released Thursday.

The report from NBC 4 Washington found that about one in four teachers in D.C. Public Schools taught without a license during the 2017-2018 school year.

It is unclear how many of those unlicensed teachers participate in Teach for America, a program where many recent college graduates teach without a traditional license in underserved school districts for a year before obtaining their teaching certification.

The organization, which supports illegal immigrants who stay in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, states on its website that it can send DACA recipients to teach in the D.C. public school system and other urban school districts across the U.S.

Denver Public Schools also sought out unlicensed educators, specifically those with DACA status, to teach in the school system back in 2014.

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