Alt Cert: TFA "Interns" Allowed To Keep Teaching ELLs (For Now)
Yesterday afternoon, the California Teaching Commission -- headed by Stanford University education professor Linda Darling-Hammond -- decided to tighten down on alt cert requirements for roughly 2,200 teachers working with ELL kids -- rather than immediately disqualifying the teachers (officially known as "interns".)
But it was a close call, and TFA and other alternative certification providers aren't out of the woods just yet. Read all about it: Interns lose status as authorized English learner instructors, Stricter state controls placed on teaching interns, Higher standards coming for state’s intern teachers.
One of those who testified against allowing alternative certification candidates to teach ELLs was a TFA alumna Rigel Massaro (pictured, courtesy EdSource Today).
This is just the latest in a decade-long skirmish between alternative certification critics such as LDH and TFA over the eligibility of its members to work with disadvantaged children. In California and nationally, TFA members are deemed to be "highly qualified" according to a controversial Bush-era regulation that's been repeatedly challenged in court and in Congress.
The TFA loophole was last extended by Congress in 2012, with the requirement for a report on the distribution of alternative certification teachers within a year. Read all about it here: How TFA Almost Got Left Out Of NCLB.