Last week’s State Board of Education (SBE) decision to penalize charter schools whose staffs lack the sufficient number of certified teachers is more evidence of the education establishment’s war on charter schools. New penalties for schools that fail to meet requirements could include withholding state dollars from charter school directors as well as the highest and second highest non-certified teachers (Does this seem heavy-handed only to me?). If noncompliance persists, schools may be recommended for closure. SBE seems committed to making sure any charter school that strays too far from the officially prescribed beliefs about who should be able to teach in our schools will certainly pay.
SBE has successfully managed to ignore an ever-growing body of research that only confirms what we’ve suspected for a long time: There is NO LINK between teacher certification and student achievement. Undeterred by the facts, the education establishment presses on. I only wish SBE’s zealous quest for “accountability” and desire to close low performing charter schools applied to the other 96 percent of public schools in North Carolina.