ALBANY, N.Y. Dec. 13, 2021 — New York State United Teachers today applauded the state Board of Regents’ plan to eliminate edTPA requirements for teacher certification.
“We need New Yorkers to take a look at teaching, and that means taking down barriers that stand in the way of high-quality future educators joining the profession. That’s exactly what state leaders are doing here,” NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene T. DiBrango said. “We’ve heard too many stories about edTPA’s needlessly onerous requirements and costs negatively impacting the student-teaching experience. It’s policies like this that drive people away from the profession before they even get started in their own classroom. We thank Commissioner Rosa, Chancellor Young, Regents Cashin, Collins and their colleagues on the Board for hearing educators’ concerns and taking firm steps like this toward ensuring the next generation of students will have the high-quality educators they need to be successful.”
Through the union-led Take a Look at Teaching initiative, NYSUT is working to address barriers to becoming a teacher and expand the educator pipeline. For more information on Take a Look at Teaching, visit takealookatteaching.org.
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.