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Congress Redefines "Highly Qualified Teacher"



Congress slipped in an attack on low-income communities and the teaching profession while providing a gift to Teach for America and its ilk, defining TfA types as "highly qualified" teachers. This was done in response to a 9th circuit federal court decision ruling a dept of ed reg defining students in training programs as "highly qualified" (done in 2002). See this blog, and for more follow the link to John Affeldt's comments on Huffington. Defining interns as "highly qualified" itself qualifies as an Orwellian use of language - a minor point relative to constructing a system of a revolving door of novices to school low-income, urban youth.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/teachers/congress-passes-weird-definiti.html




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