Changes coming for some Charter Schools in New York State

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In New York State, there’s been one certification to teach, no matter what school you want to work at.

But that’s about to change for some charter schools.

Certain charter schools have now been approved to come up with their own ways to certify teachers to teach.

“Schools have to develop their own training program they have to develop that and submit that to suny the charter school institute for approval

New York Charter School Policy Director Jason Zwara says it will help them deal with a growing problem: not enough teachers in the schools.

“[Many] teachers aids, teachers assistants and other professionals in schools have loads of experience working with students and working in the schools, but it’s not always practical or feasible for them to go back and get education degrees.”

But not every charter school will qualify.

“It’s limited to only charters and charter networks that have proven they’re high performing; that have proven year after year they’re outperforming the district,” he said.

Adam Urbanski with the Rochester Teachers Association is worried this could push forward inadequate teachers in some of the poorest neighborhoods.

“I think what’s motivating them is the pressure from charter school lobbyists, who would like to be able to hire teachers who don’t have to finish as many requirements as regular teachers; won’t don’t have to pass teacher certification exams,” he said.

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