BY: Citizens Count
Rep. Deanna Rollo (D-Rollinsford) is sponsoring a 2016 bill that requires all charter school teachers to have a "valid New Hampshire teaching credential."
Current law states that only 50% of a charter school's teachers must be certified or have three years teaching experience.
Supporters of the current law argue that certification does not guarantee a teacher's quality. Regardless, charter school teachers must follow state curriculum guidelines, and any shortcomings in education are revealed in statewide assessment results. Charter schools must show they are successfully educating students to maintain authorization from the state.
On the other hand, most states that allow charter schools have stricter requirements for charter school teachers.
In a July op-ed Scott McGilvray, the New Hampshire President of the National Education Association, lashed out at charter schools for their lack of accountability and standards. McGilvray specifically cited the fact that only half of charter school teachers must be certified.
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