Wednesday, October 03, 2007

DCPS trying to determine how may of its teacher are uncertified

In yet another example of change under Chancellor Rhee's reign DCPS is finally trying to understand just how many of its teachers are uncertified.
The No Child Left Behind Act requires the notification, but DCPS has not previously met this mandate, said Mafara Hobson, spokeswoman for Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Hobson said that last year 81 percent of D.C. public schoolteachers were certified. That figure, however, did not take into account new teachers.

After the current payroll period ends Friday, Hobson said, staff members will be able to begin to ascertain who has the proper credentials.

“They will know exactly who the new employees are and will be able to add that count to the current certification list,” she wrote to The Examiner in an e-mail. “In addition, the Office of Certification is currently processing applications, so it’s a joint effort.”

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