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Carol Burris: analyzes SUNY's Absurd Proposal to Allow Charters to Certify Their Own Teachers; Diane Ravitch blog

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'In a nutshell, turn up at a charter school door with a bachelors’ degree, and you can become a certified teacher in weeks. The SUNY proposal by the charter committee allows charter schools to hire uncertified teachers and to do their own certifying. Among other problems, this insults the education faculty of SUNY, as well as the New York Board of Regents, which sets high standards for new public school teachers. The charter committee includes no educators; its 15 members were appointed by Governor Cuomo. Prospective charter teachers who hold a Master’s Degree would be required to take only 30 hours of instruction (the equivalent of less than 4 days) including an uncertified teacher whose students got good scores on state tests. Speak out and let SUNY know that you are opposed to the proposed regulations. Let them know every New York child deserves a well-trained, qualified teacher.

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