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State Eyes Letting Charters Hire Teachers With 30 Hours Experience

July 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY - A state education panel voted July 6 to consider a proposal that would let some charter schools set their own teacher-certification standards—which could enable them to hire teachers with as little as 30 hours of classroom experience.

Under the proposed regulations approved by the State University of New York board of trustees’ charter school committee, the 167 charters SUNY oversees could certify teachers without going through the state’s regular certification process—as long as their students’ standardized-test scores remained high enough. Susie Miller Carello, head of SUNY’s Charter Schools Initiative, wrote in a June 30 memo that the current teacher-certification process is not designed for “teachers embedded in a high-quality school.” United University Professions vice president Jamie Dangler called the proposal “ridiculous,” saying it “undermines all the work that's been done in our state to strengthen teacher preparation and improve the teacher certification exams and process.” “It sends a terrible message to New Yorkers, who want the best teachers in their children's classrooms, not educators who enter the profession by a short cut,” UUP President Frederick Kowal added. The public has 45 days to comment on the proposal. Read more

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