Let's begin with the indisputable: Teacher quality counts. If you want to improve the performance of children in the classroom, if you want students to learn, you need the best teachers. That's why we strongly backed Illinois education leaders when, in 2010, they boosted state standards for college students who want to stand at the head of the classroom.
But enforcing tougher standards means more students, especially minorities, aren't making the grade as prospective Illinois teachers. That's a huge concern because the state needs a diverse teaching cadre.
Illinois state government's wrongheaded solution: Ease the standards.