TRENTON - New Jersey is considering requiring at least a "B'' average in college for most aspiring teachers.

The state Education Department sent a memo this week to school districts asking for comment on the idea, which would go into effect in 2015. The state says it is taking input until Nov. 15.

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The plan is to require a 3.0 grade-point average to get a teaching certificate with some allowances for those with slightly lower grades.

Currently, the state requires at least a 2.5 average, or between a B minus and C plus.

A handful of states and many college teaching programs already require a 3.0.

New Jersey is also looking into a final college exam for teachers.

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