Court finds California dumping interns on poor schools
- Court finds California dumping interns on poor schools
Posted: 09/29/2010 06:44:40 AM PDT
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court has ruled that California illegally
classified interns as "highly qualified" teachers and assigned them to
schools in low-income and minority areas.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in favor of poor families
who claimed the state was dumping uncredentialed teachers on their schools.
A Bush administration policy adopted by a California commission held that
interns on track to receive teaching certification could count as "highly
The court found that those policies violated the federal No Child Left
Behind law, which requires teachers have full state certification to teach
"This is a tremendous victory for the millions of students across the
country that are disproportionately taught every day by teachers with very
little training," said John Affeldt, managing attorney at Public Advocates
Inc., a public interest group representing the plaintiffs.
Evidence cited by the court showed that 62 percent of the interns teach in
the poorest half of California schools.
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