Minneapolis teen moms win settlement over unlicensed teachers

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 9:44 AM

Teens whose credits became tainted while studying at Broadway High would share $400,000 to further education.

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mn55066Sep. 12, 13 5:38 AM

$400,000 divided by 600 = $666.67. The amounts given for each student do not add up.

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whosaysSep. 12, 13 6:55 AM

Who was fired as a result of this fiasco? How about some names of those responsible? How much we're the attorney's fees? How about a follow up in 6 months to how many in the selltlement took classes or took the money or some other form of payment.

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davehougSep. 12, 13 6:59 AM

“None of us is proud of what happened at Broadway,” Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said. - - - BUT somebody KNEW they hired teachers who were not qualified.

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firebirdSep. 12, 13 7:23 AM

@mn55066 - gotta pay the lawyers. @whosays - who filed the suit (union)? @davehoug - they weren't licensed, didn't say they weren't qualified.

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GailKLSep. 12, 13 7:34 AM

Who licenses the online teachers?

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fursideSep. 12, 13 7:55 AM

There are rules governing teacher licensing. Not every teacher is great; but the licensing requirement represents a minimum level of understanding of the process, development and presentation of curriculum. Districts have often used the weasily nature of administrators to just disregard the investment of time and money that people who what to teach invest in getting the proper licenses. There are other indicators; but as a starting point; no license means not qualified. Waivers only apply to people with degrees but without teaching licenses and can only be granted if no applicants with a license apply. Short term sub licenses are not valid either because they have a 15 day continuous use limit.

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mmp14yrSep. 12, 13 8:47 AM

I find it interesting that this caused such controversy while, at the same time, the state allows unlicensed and largely untrained college grads to teach in the schools through Teach For America!? Especially since these teachers did have licenses and training. They were teaching in areas outside of their licenses at a pretty basic academic level (for example: an elementary and special Ed teacher who was assigned to a remedial math class).

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toomuchgovSep. 12, 13 9:51 AM

Just more government efficiency and effectiveness! Can't wait for bureaucrats like Bernadeia to be managing much more sophisticated enterprises like healthcare.

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rlwr51Sep. 12, 1310:01 AM

The thing is, there are people administration wants to put (certain) people into positions they are not qualified for because they like them. Like when they startred their own human resources department rather than use the city HR that required (a very basic knowledge based) civil service test..... Ironic that the district is so hot on students passing tests and requirements, but not those who teach them.

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tammy1964Sep. 12, 1310:13 AM

@mmp14yr, what do you think remedial math class is? It is part of special ed. That could be the only class a student takes that is part of special ed. It could be called something totally different, like different track numbers in regards to math, english, etc. But it is still part of special ed. Remedial classes were known to be part of special ed when I was in school. I doubt that has changed.

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