NYC DOE Looks to Solve Teacher Shortage With In-House Training

ON THE JOB TRAINING: Chief Academic Officer for NYC Public Schools, Shael Polakow-Suransky, plans to ask New York state officials for permission to train teachers internally. The request, says Suransky, stems from a severe shortage of science and special education teachers. It wouldn't be the first time teachers were trained in a non-graduate school setting -- the American Museum of Natural History received permission to certify teachers in 2009 -- but there is no New York precedent for in-district certification. Be sure to read the back story from teachers and parents scattered throughout the comments section -- chronic issues are always more complex than they seem.

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