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Re: My op-ed in the Express-News: Future of Texas Begins in Pre-kinder Classrooms
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Monday, November 28, 2011
The Texas Tribune reported this weekend that for-profit, alternative teacher-preparation programs in the state are booming. Last session I filed HB 135 to curb the disturbing trend of schools hiring teachers who never had a single day of hands-on student-teaching in the classroom. Many traditional teacher certification programs require 400 or more hours of student-teaching in the classroom. The most disturbing news is this - alternative certified teachers are more likely to teach in impoverished, minority-populated schools with students who rank poorly on the TAKS test.
The bill I filed would have required a minimum of 15 hours of hands-on student-teaching in alternative certification programs. Although it did not pass on its own, we managed to amend another bill to include a watered-down version requiring 15 hours of field-based experience involved in instructional activities. It wasn't as much as I had hoped for, but it was a start.
You can read my blog post from session about why I filed this bill here.