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Teacher-Hiring Memo Rankles Conn. Educators

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A teacher-hiring memo sent by the superintendent of schools in Bristol, Conn., has rankled some teachers and university officials.

In the memo, Superintendent Philip Streifer urges school administrators to give preference to teachers who graduated from highly ranked colleges and universities as identified by U.S. News & World Report.

Mr. Streifer insisted the memo was not a slap at Central Connecticut State University, where many Bristol teachers were educated.

The dean of the university's education school, Mitchell Sakofs, told the New Britain Herald there was no research to show students from so-called tier one schools made better teachers than those from state universities.

Vol. 30, Issue 12, Page 5

Published in Print: November 17, 2010, as Teacher-Hiring Memo Rankles Conn. Educators
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