Records: Some charter teachers lack certifications

Records show that several teachers at a new Muskegon Heights charter school system that replaced educators in the financially troubled public school system lacked proper certification.
AP Wire
Feb 13, 2013


Michigan Radio reviewed records and reported teachers must have a valid certification or permit from the Michigan Department of Education.

A financial emergency prompted the appointment of a financial manager by the state who ordered the school district to stop providing educational services. He laid off everyone in the district and hired Mosaica Education Inc. to run the school system.

Mosaica Education CEO Mike Connelly said the company believed the teachers were eligible for certification when they were hired.

In Muskegon Heights, public records from January show at least eight teachers weren't certified. That's more than 10 percent of staff in those records.



Is anyone the least bit suprized by this?


There is a difference between "eligible for certification" and "certified". If the school can't properly and effectively screen teachers/staff, what other surprises are lurking that we don't know about - yet


I wonder how more difficult it is going to get to find quality, credentialed teachers after the years of toxic BS coming out of Lansing directed at attacking teachers and administrators (most unwarranted). Snyder & Co. are impeding the the progress of schools that have been successful, under the guise of "reform". The idea that the reforming a school rife with poverty and one with 10% poverty with the same expectations, goals, and expectations is like expecting Snyder, Obama, Hilliary Clinton, McCain, Rubio, & Chris Christie to run a 10K race in 40 min.

Many smart students who were interested in a career in education are now chaging directions. Many are choosing other careers. If it was a challenge to attract the "best & the brightest" before. Guess how hard it going to be in the next 5-15 years. It takes 5-6 years of college and another 7-10 years to "grow an excellent teacher". The haters are about to get what they wanted, the students and the parents are going to realize that they'll be on the losing end.

Was the Charter supposed to fix the problem with innovation (Engler & Co.)? Nice try. There are some good charters, and there have been charters that have been failing for years that are still open- contrary to what the pro-charter groups say.

One size fits all approaches at "reform" are asinine.


See what happens when we all jump on the charter school bandwagon? Charter doesn't necessarily equal quality. And its way too early to determine whether the new system is an improvement over the former one.


Judging from the performance of government schools nationwide, "certified" doesn't necessarily mean quality either, no matter how much we pay to have certified teachers.


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