A Possible Solution

One of the problems in education is getting qualified teachers to work in schools with obvious problems. One of the reasons this happens is that teachers are able to apply to specific schools rather than counties or districts. In Philadelphia they have been trying to solve this problem by having teachers apply to the county, then assigning schools based on the applicant’s location. Usually they try to give you an assignment in a school close to your home, but you can ask to be placed further if you choose. This means that people may not teach in their neighborhood (if they happen to live in the city), but it also means that qualified teachers are spread throughout the country rather than on the fringes closest to the suburbs. Not everyone agrees with the idea, but in the end, it is what’s better for the kids. This might be a good way for other school systems to spread out teachers with Masters degrees, degrees in their subject areas, and completed certifications.


2 Responses to “A Possible Solution”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    January 20, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    I may be wrong, but is there a program in Philly that is trying to hold parents accountable for their child education, or helping? I heard that Philly has something or something in the works?

  2. 2 United We Lay
    January 22, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Te are, but it’s not a huge thing. It has to do with truency, which is important, but to be honest, the kids that don’t come to school are the ones teachers don’t want to see there. If the show up they are disruptive, and there’s no parental accountability for that.

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