August 30, 2017

Weingarten urges SUNY committee to reject 'instant teacher' certification proposal for charter schools

Author: Randi Weingarten, President
Source: AFT
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AFT President Randi Weingarten joined NYSUT, UUP and PSC today in strongly denouncing a proposal to lower certification standards for charter school teachers in some SUNY-authorized charter schools.

Weingarten said the proposed regulations are not educationally sound and are fundamentally unfair to teachers and students alike

 "It is plainly wrong to wave a magic wand, make someone an instant teacher, and allow that person to teach high-needs students in charter schools with as little as one week of specialized instruction and 100 hours in the classroom - less professional practice than is required of cosmetologists and real estate brokers," Weingarten writes.

You can download the complete letter here (PDF).