Plan would require more Pa. charter teachers to be certified
By Mary Wilson for NewsWorks on Aug 18, 2014 11:49 AM
Traditional public schools and charter schools don't have the same rules when it comes to teacher certifications, but one new proposal would bring the two types of schools a little closer together.
All professional staff at traditional public schools in Pennsylvania are required to be certified by the state. Contrast that with charter and cyber-charter schools, which are only required to have 75 percent of their teachers state-certified.
Forthcoming legislation from State Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery, would increase that requirement to 80 percent.
"I believe that requiring a higher percentage of charter and cyber-charter school professional staff to hold state certification will help ensure that students attending such schools receive a quality education," wrote Murt in a memo to colleagues.