Some Charter Schools Can Certify Their Own Teachers, Board Says
Networks authorized by the State University of New York will be able to train and approve their own teachers, a move that worries critics.
I have a lot of –long documented– feelings about charter schools and this article highlights a lot of them.
First I want to point out that a really crucial point - illustrated in by the US Dept of Ed’s latest installment of Civil Rights Data Collection:
Nearly 800,000 students were enrolled in schools where more than 20 percent of teachers hadn’t met state licensure requirements.
Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native students were more likely than white students to attend schools like this. The same students of color are more likely than white students to attend schools where more than 20 percent of teachers are in their first year of teaching.
let’s all think deeply about the fact that students of color are the most likely to receive less qualified teachers. Also remember that charter schools are largely plopped in low income, urban areas to serve students of color. All this measure is trying to do is exacerbate this already despicable problem,
But another thing I want to point out is this: charter schools can only sustain ignoring teacher certification if they don’t expect their teachers to not teach for that long. Or rather, they want to manipulate their teachers into staying with them due to the fact that their “license” isn’t transferable. Lets not forget how abusive and schools like Success Academy are to their teachers - so imagine getting a job there, teaching for two years, and after you realize the culture isn’t sustainable *not being able to get hired anywhere else*
And you already know what teaching candidates this is going to hurt the most