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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Should Florida private schools that take public money be required to have teachers with degrees?

Not certified mind you like every public school teacher has to be, but just have a degree in general.

It is absolutely bat sh*t crazy but that is a debate being had in the Florida Legislature right now but welcome to the Sunshine State.

Private schools that take vouchers don't have to have recognized curriculum, certificated teachers or heck teachers with degrees, can teach pseudo-science like creationism and most don't even have to report how they use the money. Florida's voucher program growing at 20 percent a year has siphoned billions out of public school coffers and nobody knows how or what they are doing. You may hate public schools but do you hate them that much that you think above is acceptable?

From the Tampa Times:

After reading an Orlando Sentinel series on the issue, Florida lawmakers came to the conclusion that they needed to stiffen oversight laws affecting private schools that accept state tax-credit scholarships.
They looked at a variety of areas, ranging from school inspections to owner financial status. In drafting his legislation on the subject, Sen. David Simmons also looked at teacher credentials.
He proposed that private school teachers be degreed, differing from the House version. Since then, Simmons said, he has run into pushback.
"There are those who believe there should be certification" for all teachers, Simmons told the PreK-12 Education Committee on Thursday. "There are those on the other end who believe there should be only disclosure [of teacher qualifications] to the parents."
In his effort to get something passed, Simmons has worked to find a compromise. On Thursday, he presented an amendment that he deemed a significant step, but added remains a work in progress.
As currently written, SB 1756 would require a school to report its teachers' qualifications and also to employ teachers who hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a "regionally or nationally accredited college or university in the United States or from a recognized college or university in another country."
That's not certification, he noted, and it takes into account people who have gotten training in many types of environments. He added that the language would apply to teachers hired after July 1, 2018, and who are assigned to grades two or higher.
That way, he said, current teachers at the schools would be "grandfathered, or grandmothered" into the past rules and not lose their positions.
Public schools have been regulated like people hunt seals.
I also find it ironic that the state has jacked up the cost of certification and made it harder while apparently private school teachers just have to be able to write their names so they can sign their checks.
I probably wouldn't care if a billion dollars a year weren't sent to these unregulated schools, but it seems to me that f the public is paying for them there should be some minimal standards. 
This can't be what people have in mine.

1 comment:

  1. They view teachers as babysitters, not as professionals.