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Missouri could lose $2 million with education tracking lapses

By AP/KWMU

Kansas City, MO – The state of Missouri could lose about $2 million in federal money unless it does a better job of tracking the qualifications of some teachers.

The U.S. Department of Education is ordering Missouri, Hawaii, Utah and Washington to submit new plans to meet requirements under the No Child Left Behind law.

The law requires all states to have core academic classes taught by instructors who are considered "highly qualified." That means they need a bachelor's degree, a state teaching license and proven competence in all subjects they teach.

A spokesman for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the state hasn't provided enough information on about 16,000 teachers who were certified before 1988.

The four states have until November first to revise their teacher plans.

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