Reposted from Stronger NC.com  Posted by Stu Egan | Jun 29, 2017 | Opinion

    “The overall premise of this bill is to ensure that we have a proper teacher pipeline going into the schools.”

    – Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, R- Wilkes, in response to questions about SB599 on House floor in Raleigh on June 26.

    Senate Bill 599 is the bill (as Alex Granados from EdNC.org reports), that,

    “allows organizations other than universities to operate educator preparation programs in North Carolina. The measure includes private, for-profit organizations. And while the bill passed the full House, it did not survive without debate”(https://www.ednc.org/2017/06/26/educator-preparation-bill-passes-house-returns-senate/).

    What that means is that for-profit outfits can make money fast-tracking teacher candidates in a rather precarious preparation programs.

    The original bill was introduced by Sen. Chad Barefoot who has shown himself to be the most recent poster child of the privatization movement in North Carolina’s public education system.

    Granados further states,

    Elmore explained that the bill was intended to increase the number of teachers coming into North Carolina schools. Schools of education in the state experienced a 30 percent drop in enrollment between 2010 and 2015.

    So Rep. Elmore is explaining that we have a teacher shortage as seen by the drop in teacher candidates in our teacher preparation programs in the last 5-7 years?

    Whatever or whoever could have put North Carolina in a situation that would create a teacher shortage in our public schools?

    The answer is easy: the GOP majority in the North Carolina General Assembly.

    The shortage of teacher candidates that schools of education have experienced is a symptom of a deeper problem. A bill like SB599 is a thinly veiled attempt to further allow for-profit companies like Texas Teachers of Tomorrow to take North Carolina tax money and place pseudo-qualified candidates into our classrooms.

    Another jab at de-professionalizing a profession that the GOP majority in the NCGA has already de-professionalized to a large extent.

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