We don't need no stinking college graduates:
There are so many troubling things about Senate Bill 337, an N.C. charter school bill unveiled last week, that it’s hard to know where to start. But this item stands out like a sore thumb: The bill would remove the requirement that at least half of a charter school’s teaching staff be certified, or be college educated.
Well, most of them teach right out of the book anyway, so...wait a minute. We don't have enough money for new books, either. Well, as long as they check these new degreeless people out first before they put them in the class...wait a minute. We're not going to do that anymore, either:
The bill also does this astounding thing: It makes it optional for charter schools to do criminal background checks on their employees. This is especially mindboggling given all the concern lawmakers expressed last week for the safety of school children in unveiling a comprehensive bill to boost efforts to protect students.
But Tillman’s response to concerns about endangering students was blasé. He said many charters do background checks, anyway, so they need not be legally required to do so. Say, what?
When kids start coming home from school with dark blue prison tats snaking up from the collar of their shirts, parents might finally perk up and notice.