In today's New York Post, the Editorial Board claims that New York State Regents watered down the teacher certification requirements and rightly so. The reason the State Regents eliminated one teacher certification test was the looming teacher shortage and the State Regents wanted more applicants to pass the teacher certification test. However, the New York Post Editorial Board then should their true hypocrisy by supporting the SUNY Charter Institute's teacher program that would allow uncertified and inferior teacher candidates to teach in SUNY Charter schools. You can read my analysis of the SUNY proposal Here.
Teacher turnover is extremely high in Charter Schools and in New York State only a maximum of 15% of all charter school teachers can be uncertified. By the end of the school year, due to teacher turnover caused by the long hours, inadequate pay, and lack of a social life beyond the charter school, many charter schools are out of compliance. The SUNY proposal would allow for a major lowering of teaching standards and increase the applicant pool of cheap and replaceable educators for their Charter Schools.
The bottom line is that the New York Post's Editorial Board's position is a hypocrisy. First, they complain that New York State Regents has watered down their teacher certification requirements. Then they recommend that the vastly inferior SUNY proposal be approved. Go figure?