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Teacher Quality Lawsuit Update

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A quick update on the new teacher quality lawsuit:

My colleague Vaishali Honawar has a story with more details here.

Also, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education supports the lawsuit. "The federal government needs to close this loophole that allows unprepared and uncertified teachers to enter the classroom and be called highly qualified," Jane West, the group's vice president for government relations and advocacy, writes in this statement.

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I empathize with parents that feel their children's teachers are less than prepared. Many "alternative" programs are meant to help staff understaffed schools. There are a number of states that also offer teacher internships, which grants an intern credential to a student teacher. This intern certificate actually allows the student to teach full-time and be paid for their teaching while working on the regular credential.
The objective of both plans is to eventually grant a full credential to the teacher candidate, not to shortchange the students. There should be some guard against the classification of such student-teachers as "highly qualified".

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