New York: State’s Top Education Officials Announce Short-Sighted Plans to Address Teacher Shortage

Diane Ravitch's blog

The New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia and the President of the State University of New York Nancy Zimpher announced a plan to recruit more teachers. The teacher educators at SUNY immediately blasted the proposal.m as deeply flawed.

The elements of the plan are not especially original. Recruit more teachers of color. Internships in schools. Career ladder. Etc.

The problem with the plan is that it does not address the root causes of the teacher shortage. The root causes are state and federal policies that discourage and demoralize teachers.

Nothing was said about eliminating the edTPA or making it optional; the test has a disparate impact on teachers of color and is opposed by many who prepare teachers.

Nothing is said about the other tests for future teachers that have a disparate impact on teachers of color.

Nothing is said about the state’s teacher evaluation system, based…

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