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Ashley Croft

The story of a Tennessee teacher's struggle to become a principal despite having an out-of-state advanced degree has helped inspire legislation addressing the Tennessee Department of Education's licensure process.

Freshman state Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, filed a bill Wednesday that restricts the state board from denying licenses for principals who graduated from a university or college from outside of the state.

Clemmons had heard of the issue through his campaign, but used the story of teacher Ashley Croft's struggles to attain a principal license despite having a master's in educational leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to garner support for the bill.

Read more from our news partner at The Tennessean.

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