Some charter schools in New York state will soon be allowed to train and certify their own teachers, likely the first instance of a charter school being granted such authority.
The State University of New York charter schools committee this month approved the controversial measure for schools it oversees. Under the new rules, prospective teachers must have far fewer hours of instruction and classroom practice than those on a typical certification pathway. They also won’t have to earn a master’s degree or take all state teacher-certification exams.
Some of the state’s top education officials have criticized the action, and the state’s teachers’ unions have sued to block the new rules.
A version of this article appeared in the October 25, 2017 edition of Education Week as N.Y. Charter Schools Get Go-Ahead to Certify Their Own Teachers