By: Krystle Crossman
One of the biggest issues in the public school systems today is the access that kids get to great teachers. Many children that are in lower economic classes than others do not have access to the good teachers and so they find it hard to keep up with their peers. President Obama and his administration will be announcing its plans to put a federal mandate in place that would give all students access to the best teachers no matter their ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
“Excellent Educators for All” aims to give students of all classes and all races the best education possible by ensuring that they have access to more qualified educators. There are three different parts to this initiative. The first one requires all of the states to submit proposals on how they plan to give minority and low-income better teachers in the classrooms. These proposals must be submitted by April of 2015.
The purpose of bringing this mandate to life is to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act which was put into place when President Bush was in office. It stated that no child shall have less qualified teachers than other children because of class or what their race is. Unfortunately this act has been ignored and never strictly enforced. The Obama Administration is hoping to change that.
National surveys and studies have shown that students who are in minorities or in low-income schools are twice as likely to have a teacher that is not properly certified in even basic subjects. This is an unfair disadvantage to the students that cannot choose their school or their race.
There is a waiver that is offered to the states in the country that will help them to be exempt from the No Child Left Behind law. The requirements are that they have certification testing for the teachers and competence testing as well to ensure that the teachers that the schools have are good for the students. Most of the states have applied for this waiver at the moment.