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Uncertified Teachers Could Cost Charter Schools

Posted April 3, 2008

— Charter schools in North Carolina can be stripped of their funds if they fail to employ enough licensed teachers, according to a policy implemented by the Board of Education Thursday.

Charter schools, which are taxpayer-funded alternatives to public schools, are not held to the same standard of teacher certification as their public counterparts. Traditional public schools require every teacher to be licensed by the state or working towards that license. Only 75 percent of charter school teachers in elementary schools must be certified. In middle and high schools, 50 percent must be.

Under the new policy, charter schools that don't reach the requirements will face financial consequences.
If a school is falling short of the requirements at the start of the school year, state dollars will be withheld from the headmaster's salary.
If it falls short the following month, state dollars would also be withheld from the salary of the highest paid non-certified teacher.
If the school continues to fall short of the requirements for a third month, the state funding will be withheld from the next highest paid non-certified teacher.
Finally, if it still short as of Feb. 1, state officials would recommend closing the school at the end of the school year.

If a school reaches the requirements during the school year, full funding would be restored.


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  • well wisher Apr 4, 2008

    What's you axe that you are trying to grind with charter schools. If your improper gramar is an indication of the public schools, then I'm certainly glad my children go to a charter school. Maybe you should go to one and learn proper english.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 4, 2008

    Its really not the state superintendents fault if a student drops below grade level. This is the parents fault for not seeing that their children is studying. Than again, maybe the child needs testing and put in a special program to help him/her.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 4, 2008

    Okay, they you all need to start paying us. Goodness that will save a lot on OUR TAXES. You choose to go to charter/private schools, you should have to pay for everything including the teachers/principals salaries, up keep of your little building and food etc. Start paying you are way behind.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 4, 2008

    Maybe the charter schools like christian school was design so that would not have to tolerate other races. Maybe that is why they are not doing so well.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Apr 4, 2008

    Good. I never seem a good reason to have charter schools in the first place. Whats wrong with the public schools? Nothing. A child can learn, and will learn if given the chance. There have been children who have graduated high school and went to college on to bigger things. On the other hand I have seen children attend charter schools, christian schools etc.; using drug, smoking, drinking, sex, everything you can imagine. Many don't grow up outstanding either.

  • CJ7Girl Apr 4, 2008

    If my child is learning and excelling then I, as a parent, would help fund the school. If all parents would do the same then the school would be able to continue without the "help" of the Public School System! Then they wouldn't have anything to hold over their heads to choke them down. KWIM??

  • Steve Crisp Apr 4, 2008

    This move is yet another example of how the NEA and NCEA "unions" are dictating the terms of our kids education. I will take a good communicator with a degree specific to the course he or she is teaching over some slump with an education degree all day long.

  • christinebbd Apr 3, 2008

    Pardon me for the interuption....

    Being the founder of the first charter school to open in North Carolina, I would like to point out that charter schools were NOT an experiment when they were created in NC. During the mid-90's, the public school pundents (those who hate school choice and charter schools) saw that tax credits and vouchers were soon to be a reality. Instead, charter schools were given to "appease" those of us who wanted tax credits and vouchers.

    Having said that, I for one would LOVE to see traditional public schools with the same "policies" such as this latest one slapped on charter schools. Wouldn't it be a GREAT DAY FOR CHILDREN if we could withold funding from the salary for the State Superintendent of Public Schools if less than 95% of NC school children drop below grade level??? WOW, we'd be getting somewhere!

    Yes, I'd surely love to see that happen some day.

    Christine Chamberlain
    founder, Healthy Start Academy
    Durham, NC

  • christinebbd Apr 3, 2008

    Gee, I wonder what would happen if we created a policy like this for traditional schools...something such as...a school with less than 95% of their children at or above grade level...withhold funding from the principal's salary after the first month. And so on...

  • daMoFo Apr 3, 2008

    Phoenix, I have taught in North Carolina for over 20 years and I do not have a degree in education. I have a BS in chemistry and a minor in math. I also never took the praxis as the state accepted my GRE scores in place of it. My license has never been an issue.

    I have taught in three high schools and none had anyone teaching in the science dept. with education degrees. When I say education degree, I mean a degree in "education" meaning courses mainly from the education dept. We did have people with degrees in biology education but they still had to take over 40 hours of bio classes as well as chemistry and physics. A nearby UNC system school offers a science education degree with it still requires 8 courses in biology plus 3 in chemistry, 2 in physics and 2 in geology. That's still 17 science courses as opposed to the required 9 in in ed, psyc, etc.