Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Jersey Jazzman: Shooting Themselves in the Foot: Teacher Certification and NYC Charter Schools

Jersey Jazzman: Shooting Themselves in the Foot: Teacher Certification and NYC Charter Schools:

Shooting Themselves in the Foot: Teacher Certification and NYC Charter Schools



When you run the most awesomest schools, you shouldn't have to follow everyone else's rules -- they're only going to keep you from being even more awesome:

Teachers at some New York City charter schools may soon have a new way to become certified — without completing typical state requirements.
New regulations proposed Thursday by the SUNY Charter School Committee would allow teachers at charter schools authorized by SUNY to work without obtaining a master’s degree or passing certification exams. Instead, charter schools would be able to use their own training programs. 
If the regulations are approved, they would mark a win for the city’s charter school advocates, who say networks have struggled to find and hire certified teachers and that the state’s certification rules don’t correlate with effective teaching. Currently, only 15 uncertified teachers are allowed in a given charter school.
“The charter schools have identified what they see as a serious gap in their ability to hire teachers and their ability to meet and comply with the current statute,” said Joseph Belluck, the charter school committee chair on the SUNY board.
These new regulations say, “If you’re getting better results for kids, we’re going to get out of your way,” said executive director Jenny Sedlis of the pro-charter StudentsFirstNY. [emphasis mine]
Yes, "better results" are all that matters, no matter how practically small they may be. And Jersey Jazzman: Shooting Themselves in the Foot: Teacher Certification and NYC Charter Schools:

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