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Delay in teacher certification tests just a sop to unions

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Law students who flunk the bar exam don't get to practice law until they pass it. Same deal with other professions in which testing is required for certification. But then again, not all professions are represented by the biggest political donors in the state. So that's why prospective teachers in New York state who fail the state's certification assessment will get an additional two years to get it right. In the meantime, those educators only ...

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May 6, 2014
7:23 a.m.

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As a retired union worker who had to qualify to work, I think that the Union involved should agree to the qualifying of the teachers instead of fighting it. By testing you strengthen your union! The whole purpose is to provide the very best people who will do the very best job. If an electrician wasn't, qualified would you want him to wire your home? Education is the most important ingredient to success, we depend on teachers to teach our children the basics they will need. The children taught today will be the leaders of tomorrow. Don't we want the best for our children?

May 8, 2014
6:54 p.m.

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This is not a topic that the "teachers unions" as the press loves to rail against had on their agenda. It is the teacher training programs. The "union" jumped in at the last minute to help.
If your writers knew all the details of the tests and the busy work involved in this ed-TPA you would understand the need for change and delay. The so called union is only asking for delay. The whole thing is a mess of expensive tests and busy work.
What should be done is inspect and certify college programs, then give certification to its graduates. What's wrong is exactly what is wrong with the Common Core mess- too many tests, too expensive of time and money, and rushed before proper time to prepare.