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How well do college education programs train future teachers?

The answer depends on who you ask. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, most programs have room to improve. The council grades states in several areas, including the quality of colleges' teacher training programs.

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In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo, eight grader Aklya Thomas and teacher Faren Fransworth use a digital textbook to during a math class at Burney Harris Lyons Middle School in Athens, Ga.
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Georgia could do a better job preparing its teachers, according to a report from the National Council on Teacher Quality. 

The council grades states on the quality of their teacher training programs. When it comes to producing and retaining effective teachers, Georgia earned a C-plus.

Council President Kate Walsh says Georgia could improve its "student-teaching" programs, where college students teach in K-12 classrooms to gain experience.