Does teacher licensure make a difference?
Legislation has recently been passed that will no longer require a licensed teacher to provide instruction to our most precious individuals in society. Licensed teachers are among the charter schools in Greensboro. Presently, charter schools do not have to have 100% licensure for their teachers.
Under current law, 50% of charter schoolteachers in middle and high school and 75% in elementary schools must be certified. With the introduction of SB 337 it will remove even this minimal requirement and upon approval will allow charter schools to operate without any certified teachers.
According to the NC DPI reports 83% of the charter schoolteachers are licensed and 82% are highly qualified. Therefore, even though they are not required to meet this standard, it is evident that they understand the need for such qualifications.
Greensboro Academy has been designated as an Honor School of Excellence since it has met all their Annual Measureable Objectives. Their school’s report reveals that they have 100% licensure and 97% are highly qualified. Highly qualified teachers have masters’ degrees. What the report does not reveal is whether their degrees are in education. Still only 50% of their students with disabilities are passing in both reading and math.
Should legislators decide what is required of teachers? Removing the licensure requirement does not guarantee student failure. We see many schools today with licensed teachers are being closed and students are not performing well on the state exams.
If only legislators would allow our leading educators to get to the root of the problem and then listen to their recommendations in doing what is best for our children.