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Plan would require more Pa. charter teachers to be certified

By Mary Wilson for New​sWorks on Aug 18, 2014 10:49 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.

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Comments (10)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 18, 2014 12:06 pm

And as a SDP teacher I care about this because??????????  Fund our freaking schools!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 18, 2014 1:12 pm

Why waste the legislature's time for a 5% increase. Make it 100% certified teachers or don't bother. Better yet, include it in the charter school reform legislation.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 18, 2014 4:04 pm

They need full Level 1 or Level 2 Certs, it's too easy to have a whole staff of emergency certs that turn over year after year.  

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 18, 2014 5:35 pm

That would be nice. . .considering the (Charters) have been claiming for years that they do hire ony certified teachers (smh)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 18, 2014 5:53 pm

Charters are getting the same funding per student as public schools, their teachers should meet the same "highly qualified" requirements, as public school teachers.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 18, 2014 11:46 pm

we really need a "like" button to click for your words here

Linda K.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 19, 2014 7:46 am

Charters are not funded the same way, nor at the same levels.  Beyond that, charters have to comply with the Highly Qualified Teacher rule of 100% (a number SDP has never reached).  HQT is most easily achieved by certification, so most charters do hire certified teachers (Level 1 or 2).  The bill is ridiculous based upon that fact and is a waste of time and tax payer money.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 19, 2014 1:11 pm

You're kidding, right? Every Philly public school that has gotten fired (and it happens every year) has immediately ended up at a charter school that same year. Any teacher worth a damn is not going to hang out in a charter for long if they can find another job that pays better and requires a smaller work load.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 19, 2014 8:34 pm

Amen to that! And an Instructional I only permits you to teach for a specific time frame and then it has to be converted into an Instructional II, at the teachers expense. 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 28, 2014 7:52 pm

If you go to renewal meetings, you will find that the charters in fact rarely make HQT. It is a federal requirement that has not impacted STC renewal requirements. 

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