Nearly all Philadelphia teachers fully certified

01/25/2006 | Philadelphia Inquirer, The

According to a district report, almost 94% of the Philadelphia school system's teachers are fully certified, a level district CEO Paul Vallas calls "very good," since all must be "highly qualified" under NCLB mandates by June 2007. Vallas attributes the improved certification picture to better year-round recruiting and the termination of a literacy intern program that had put college graduates without education degrees in elementary classrooms.

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