Five teachers at Democracy Prep Blackstone Valley, a public charter school in Cumberland, have received “emergency” teaching permits from the state Department of Education, after the department learned that some teachers failed to meet the state’s certification requirements.
The scrutiny followed comments made by one of the school’s leaders, Seth Andrew, who said he did not consider certification status when making hiring decisions…
The five were among only nine new teachers hired by Democracy Prep for the 2010-2011 school year, and the paperwork to apply for emergency status was not filed until a month after classes started…
Only Democracy Prep requested emergency certifications for elementary teachers, an area in which Rhode Island has had an overflow of available certified teachers for many years.
Districts are also required to put in the request “as soon as they hire the person,” Snider said, so many requests flow to the state in July and August, when schools are trying to fill last-minute slots.
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5 TEACHERS AT CUMBERLAND CHARTER SCHOOL NEED EMERGENCY CERTIFICATION; November 26, 2010; Providence Journal (RI)